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11:53pm 08/04/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
My proposal for a Pokémon convention went over really well, and I've been green-lit to hold it this summer! A lot of people seem really enthusiastic about the idea, so I'm really excited! (Heck, I've already found someone from Florida who wants to be a sponsor!) Now it's a matter of organizing different events like panels and gaming/trading card tournaments.

I have my fingers crossed that things work out with the local Pokémon League, since that's still in the planning phase. They have some awesome ideas about gamers battling Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion, but they might be getting a bit too caught up with certain ideas, so hopefully we can maintain focus so there can be an effective launch for the con.

In baking news, I had lots of leftover buttercream icing from my first Pokémon cupcakes, and since my dad loves a certain chocolate cake recipe I often make, I figured I'd make a cake and some cupcakes. So these happened.
Pokemon Trozei cupcakes 2 photo pokemoncupcakes2_zps6190e06c.jpg

This time, I just made some of my favourite 'mons (which you may notice due to the abundance of psychic-types, haha) as well as some generally popular ones. There's Dunsparce, Chesnaught, Delphox, Espurr, female Meowstic, Espeon, Sylveon, Celebi and Mew! Chesnaught was made for moogles4ever, and Dunsparce was a joke-suggestion from fellow SPPf mod Psynergy, but I didn't have enough cupcakes to had to make do with a slice of cake. XD Celebi is totes for Serebii. I'm really happy with how most of these came out, but I need to remember to prevent them from getting all line-y like Delphox and Espurr did.

I ate both eeveelutions and they were delicious. These recipes are really great.

While he's no Mewtwo, Greninja has been announced as a new character in the newest Super Smash Bros. game! He looks so badass, I love it! Initially I liked Frogadier more, but Greninja is growing in me.

I'm also officially done class this semester, whoo!

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Can't stop won't stop  
12:39am 31/03/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
My friend Peter's birthday party was last night, and for the past three years, I have made him nerdy cupcakes for his birthday. I asked what theme he'd like this year, and he said Pokemon. You can imagine how excited I was.

I decided to make his Pokemon Y team, as well as some of his favourites. I used Pokemon Trozei sprites for the template (except for Mega Gardevoir and Mega Charizard, for whom I just used Sugimori artwork). Using only buttercream in ziplock baggies and a lot of time, I made these.

Pokemon Trozei cupcakes photo trozeicupcakes_zps2267f2b9-1.jpg
I am pretty satisfied with the result. :D There's Froakie, Honedge, Amaura, Goomy, Mewtwo, Mega Gardevoir, Gardevoir, Mega Charizard Y, Greninja, Aegislash, Aurorus and Goodra! It's awesome seeing how much I've improved since my first attempt at Pokemon cupcakes (which were also for Peter). My favourites are Greninja, Goodra and Mega Gardevoir.

My sister also had her birthday a couple weeks ago. Half of my family is really into Game of Thrones, and we're super stoked for season 4! So for her, I made house sigil cupcakes, made of chocolate. :D

Game of Thrones cupcakes photo GOTcupcakes_zps825efd48.jpg
These are the houses Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tully and Greyjoy! Some came out better than others, but it was fun nonetheless. My crazy sister also ate the cupcakes but saved the chocolate sigils so she could do a photoshoot. Yeeeeeep.

On an unrelated note, this month you could get a free copy of Pokemon X or Y (offer ends tomorrow)! Boyfriend got a 3DS and Pokemon Black back when I did since I wouldn't stop talking about it at the time, but he never finished the game nor did he get any other games for the system. Since his PS3 recently died and lost all of his saves, I thought he might appreciate a new, free game, so I got him a code to get the download. He did have to go out and buy a new memory card for his DS to get it, but he has begun the game and started with Froakie. Yep, he is a pretty swell dude.

Also meeting the animé convention programming director on Wednesday to discuss my Pokémon convention proposal! Wish me luck!

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The future's lookin' good  
04:57pm 27/03/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I got accepted into grad school! I will be going for a Diploma in Communication Studies, which is a one-year program focusing on media production and criticism. I'm pretty stoked!

I also submitted a proposal for a mini Pokémon convention for my local anime con for this summer. It would involve Pokémon panels, video game and card game tournaments, contests and more. The con's programming director e-mailed me yesterday, and he and the staff are interested! We're now arranging an interview to meet and discuss it further. Fingers crossed!

Incidentally, while in a video game store the other week, I overheard an employee telling a customer that he and some friends were arranging a local Pokémon League. He and I got to talking, and turns out the idea is to have Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion for gamers to battle in our fair city. It's a pretty neat idea, so I've offered to be a consultant and help get it off the ground. They have a lot of neat ideas, but it's geared more towards competitive players, so I'm a bit concerned it won't feel very open to casual players. On the plus side, if the convention goes through, maybe we can bring the League to the con. Guess we'll see.

Oh, and I finally completed the National Pokédex in Y, and now have the Shiny Charm! Thanks to my Shiny Charm in White 2 I managed to find a wild Shiny Boldore, so hopefully my luck continues!

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Items for Sale  
02:17am 03/03/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
~Psychic's Nerdy Sales~

I have an assortment of collectibles from games, animé and more which are currently looking for good homes!
You can also check out my substantial array of Pokemon collectibles for sale!

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On to the Sales!Collapse )
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Sometimes good ideas come from terrible places maybe?  
03:11am 13/01/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I'm currently reading a YA novel called Delirium. It's another dystopian romance, and the schtick behind this one is that love is considered a disease, and everyone has to have a brain surgery as of age 18 to "cure" them of it. It's like the film Gattaca in that the society spends a hell of a lot of time and resources gender segregating teenagers and trying to find "uncured" people, sympathizers, and anyone showing excessive emotion or the smallest bit of affection. "Science" says love kills people, therefore we must micromanage everyone's lives? I'd rather see how a society gets to that point, really.

The writing is over-wrought with flowery metaphors, which succeeds at creating nice imagery often but spends far too much time on it, and there's a lot of spelling the obvious out for the reader. The love-at-first-sight romance is as silly as ever, but I've been especially thinking about the protagonist.

I don't profess to reading a huge amount of YA literature, but there seems to be quite the trend in leading female characters who are super average and plain, and kind of anti-feminine. I'd characterize myself as having been both of those things growing up, so I can relate, but it seems to be becoming this weird cliche. There's also this trend where females who aren't feminine are portrayed as being...almost better than those who are. These plain, tomboyish, quiet/shy girls still wind up getting guys, of course, despite being pretty passive in the courting scene. It's a very strange direction to take female protagonists.

I was thinking about this a bit tonight, and then I just thought "this is so easy I can do it in my sleep." So I wrote up a book summary and tried to make it as generic as possible, about a super average and boring girl who suddenly gets noticed by a guy. I then went to the kitchen for a brownie, and while there came up with a ~crazy plot twist~ that sounds pretty gimmicky, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I could spin it to make what might resemble real characters with actual depth. Woah.

This is actually my first idea for a serious novel in years, and I don't think it's half bad. Maybe it's actually doable. Now it's just a matter of staying motivated and actually writing the thing.

Oh, and I passed math! So now I get to take my first ever computer science course, but it's online which means I have very little motivation to do it. I may go into my school's Applied Human Sciences program, since I really liked the class I had in the subject last year and did quite well. We'll see.

Boyfriend and I had our anniversary over winter break, and for Christmas he hand-sewed me a dress! it's a gorgeous 50's pattern in this lovely silky purple fabric. He and I hosted a fancy wine and cheese (and boardgames) New Years' party, so I got to wear it for that. 'Twas a good time indeed.

Does anyone have any New Years' resolutions? I don't usually do them, but I think I'll try to write more in 2014. Maybe I'll try to start another writing journal. :>

Stay classy, LJ.
tags: books, writing
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Yep, math still scares me  
02:26am 13/11/2013
Psychic MoonShadow
I did indeed use my earnings from my last job to buy the blue Xerneas/Yvetal 3DS, as well as a copy of Y. I got the game the day it came out, which was incidentally the day Moogles came into town, and we hung out, played Pokemon, toured the city, and drank. It was marvelous.

I haven't beaten the game yet, but let's trade FC's!
Pokemon Y Friend Code: 3711-7995-9617

School's going decently, though I have remembered how much I hate math, and why I was so relieved when I finished high school because I thought I would never have to do it again. My marketing class is pretty interesting, but my favourite class is definitely Interpersonal Communication and Relationships. Not only did I ace the mid-term, but I'm actually looking forward to writing the final paper for it. I'm pretty darn enthusiastic about it.

Boyfriend also helped me get a job at the big Canadian chain bookstore, which is pretty awesome, to say the least. I'd still like a job in writing/editing, but at least I'm working with books! (Of course, about 40% of the store is "gift" items, like winter apparel, candles, toys, and of course now Christmas decorations, but hey.) Aside from the employee discount, one big plus is that we can take out books for free for up to two weeks. Score!

The first book I picked up was Divergent by Veronica Roth since it's the new big teen series, and I finished it in a couple of days. Unfortunately, the world-building is pretty disappointing, and there's something about the romance that feels uncomfortably Twilight-esque, with the obsession over every time the protagonist and the love interest touch. Admittedly, a few years ago those bits might have thrilled me, but now there's something about it that just makes me grit my teeth a little.

We've had a few family occasions lately, with two of my female cousins having their Bat Mitzvahs back-to-back. I took Boyfriend, who isn't Jewish, to the first one, and we had a really great time. The second one was in Atlanta and was accompanied by frustrating family drama, plus I was sick by the end of it, so that was just loads of fun.

My parents went to New York City this past weekend. Usually I'd ask for a Pokemon plush from the Nintendo Store, but since I already have over 20 I really like Game of Thrones now, I instead asked for something from the HBO store. I will now be kept warm this winter by my new Targaryen scarf, and some house magnets now decorate my already-crowded whiteboard. (I can't wait to get the fourth book from my friend!)

Lastly, I received my first cake commission! It was for my friend's girlfriend, and I was more than happy to oblige, especially given what he wanted on the cake. :D

Charmander Flamethrowing Cake
by ~Psychic-MoonShadow

Success never tasted so hot.

Oh, and now I browse the Pokemon sub-Reddit. Why yes, I do like to live dangerously.

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Math scares me  
12:50am 12/09/2013
Psychic MoonShadow
After taking a year off, I'm back at university, this time as an independent student. I'm only allowed to take three classes, so I'm taking Marketing 101, this neat course called Interpersonal Communications and Relationships, and my first math class in over five years. *shudders*

I'd like to get into another program asap, but since I'm not sure just which one I want to apply for I decided to take the time and sample some different courses. I'm also aiming to make myself more marketable as a writer, so I was hoping to find some classes to help in the matter.

My supervisor from back in Israel was the one who recommended marketing, and so far the class actually seems quite interesting. Unfortunately there will be a huge group project that will likely involve me picking up other peoples' slack, but hey. Math is more challenging, considering I'm pretty rusty and that I want to understand how formulas are created before I can use them. I'm taking it as a prerequisite for a computer programming course I'd like to take in January, so hopefully I'll scrape by with at least a pass. Lastly, Interpersonal Communication and Relationships is in the Applied Human Sciences department, which I initially just chose because it was one of the few classes I could get into as an independent student. On attending the first class and reading the course syllabus, however, I was excited, and counted myself lucky for having wound up in it. It's a workshop on improving self-expression and communication, which is something I'd really like to focus on.

Otherwise, I've been working during the university's orientation week, helping host events like free coffee giveaways and bar-b-qs. There was also supposed to be a free pole dancing class, but it got cancelled due to, of all things, being unable to fit the damn pole in the elevator. (There's a joke in there somewhere...)
I also unfortunately got sick for a chunk of orientation, and am still recovering, but that's life for you.

I'm considering using my earnings from the job to buy the new Xerneas/Yveltal 3DS (before of course buying Pokemon Y when it's released). That or focus on getting back the $40 I lost when the package of Poke-merch I ordered from Japan finally arrived at my house...opened, with the contends gone. I still have to figure out what to do about it, since the company I bought it from is not responding to my recent e-mails asking them about filing a report. Blech.

Regarding new Pokemon and things, I'm generally looking forward to X and Y. I really like some of the new features like character customization, Pokemon Amie and riding around on a Gogoat. I also rather like a good few of the new Pokemon designs (like the kawaii psychic cat furries and new fossils). The Mega Evolutions seem like a cool feature, but I'm not loving some of the designs, and some of them seem underwhelming. The latest Mewtwo form especially falls into the "wat"/"well this was absolutely unnecessary" category.

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05:44pm 11/09/2013
Psychic MoonShadow
Go home, Mewtwo. You're drunk again.

Fighting-type? Seriously?!
tags: mewtwo
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10:15pm 27/07/2013
Psychic MoonShadow
This has been an AMAZING week.

We had our local comedy festival, featuring comedians from around the world, and food trucks for the first time in years. Boyfriend and I booked tickets to two shows (during the presale, so we got excellent seats), and I'd been looking forward to them for months.

Hint: their names sound like Beddie Bizzard and Eo Irnham!Collapse )

All in all, it was a pretty damn amazing two days! And in a few hours, I'm leaving for...*drumroll*...Israel again! This time I'm just going with family for ten days, in celebration of my cousin's Bat Mitzvah, during which time she will become a woman on top of a mountain in the desert. We'll mostly be doing a lot of touristy stuff I've done before, so I'm also hoping to meet up with some friends while I'm there.

Out of curiosity, has anyone got any favourite comedians? Anyone they'd recommend?

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12:08pm 11/06/2013
Psychic MoonShadow
If the new Mewtwo form is a goddamn fairy I swear

I think I am the only person who thinks Pokemon-Amie looks adorable. Hell yes I wanna pet, feed and play with my Scyther.
tags: pokémon
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