nrgburst: (Caroline perseveres!)

Fic/meta with links and mini-summaries here. Comment if you would like me to add you too- I f-lock more personal entries.

Feel free to translate, podfic and/or create fanart, fic or fanmixes based on my fics. Please just let me know, and link back to mine!

Similarly, all icons I create can be used as bases and re-transformed if you give me credit (and comment, so I don't call you out!) If you want to use my GIFs in your meta post, just credit.

Please do not archive or re-post any of my creative works elsewhere. This includes icons or GIFs into a tumblr set. (It's also against tumblr's TOS.)
 

Kimi no Na wa | 君の名は | Your Name )

Moana )

The Martian )

The Originals )

Star Wars )

HTGAWM )

Daredevil )

The Hobbit (movies) )

Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU) )

How to train your Dragon/Dreamworks Dragons )

Pacific Rim )

The Vampire Diaries )

Batman/The Dark Knight )

FFVII )

Bartimaeus  )

"We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to." W. Somerset Maugham
 
nrgburst: (party like it's 1864)
Most of my shows are on hiatus still BUT CHECK OUT ALL THE PROMOS FOR UPCOMING AWESOMENESS:

Spoilers for The Originals, iZombie and AoS )Short reactions to media consumed this past week-ish:

 Passengers (Rape Culture Redemption Story In Space. I am seriously contemplating writing a fix-it because WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WAS THAT ENDING) 
The Originals 4x01 (Meh. My faves weren't in it. I got totally emo over Hope wearing Davina's bracelet though) 
Grey's (Yay Japril is back together-ish!)
 
nrgburst: (justice is blind)
So I just had a conversation with a new-to-tumblr person who reposted a bunch of my GIFs. And they were absolutely baffled as to why I was contacting them because they "just found them on Google Search" and had noooo clue that they weren't supposed to re-upload them. :/ 

Making GIFs takes work. It usually takes me an afternoon or morning to make one set, i.e. several hours.

Here's what goes into making a single GIF:


1. Download file off Youtube or rip it from DVD etc. The higher the quality, the better your GIF will look.

2. Cap relevant scene. I usually watch it a bunch of times so I can remember exactly what they're saying and then get around 30-60 caps of the relevant part. You don't want to cap every frame because then your GIF file size will be massive and you'll only get them saying like, two words. So you skip-skip-cap, skip-skip-cap, until you get what you need.

3. Make and name a folder so you can find the caps easily. Place caps in it.

4. Boot up Photoshop. Make a Frame Animation from your folder.

5. Reverse order of frames. Choose the fraction of seconds you want each frame to play. Set replay to forever.

6. Cut your GIF down to size. (optional) I usually make square GIFs now because a) you can cut out background stuff you don't need b) most icons are square c) people steal them less.

7. Sharpen each frame one by one. Do this by matching the frame selected with the original image down the side, then clicking Ctrl-F. THIS IS THE PART I HATE THE MOST. But otherwise your GIF looks fuzzy instead of sharp and crisp.

8. Color your GIF. Highly recommended because most shows shoot everything fairly dark. I usually color each GIF one by one by adjusting Curves, Vibrance and Brightness, although some people just slap a PSD on. Make sure your changes affect the layers you want.

9. Add text (optional). This can be finicky, frame by frame work if you want text to appear only part-way through a GIF instead of through the whole thing.

10. Add other effects. (Fading, Merging two sets of frames, etc.)

11. Save it. Adjust number of colors and image quality to make sure filesize of each GIF is less than 2999kb. (It used to be 1999kb until very recently.)


Rinse and repeat for each part of your set, then

12. Upload to tumblr, adjusting the positions of each GIF in the set and adding a caption and tags.


I hope that makes it a little clearer. I think plagiarism of written work is understood to be clearly wrong because people understand (and even revere) the process of writing more than art or graphics. We study how to make references to source materials when we write papers or essays. But if you wouldn't copy/paste somebody's fic and pass it off as your own, PLEASE DON'T REPOST OTHER PEOPLE'S GIFs OR ARTWORK. It takes less than a second to attribute a source with a link or to reblog the original.

ETA: It's VERY EASY to find the original source of any image, because Google is awesome and powerful. I usually credit in a blog post like this:
Also, please don't reblog sets that proudly proclaim "GIFs not mine!", the same way you would avoid copy/pasting anything verbatim with a disclaimer like, "Reprinted whole sections of this without permission or references! :DDDD"


*grumbles*

nrgburst: (kol drinking)
Well, obviously my faves are either dead or asleep but if I know myself at all, I'm pretty sure The Originals is going to capture my fannish heart again once it comes back on tomorrow. So I'm going to try to focus on getting Halo out today because otherwise who knows when I'll update. (If ever.) Sorry Grey's- going to watch you later too, although this Japril publicity does have me intrigued. 

Anyway, here are Marcel-centric and Vincent-centric sneak peeks for TO!




One thing that has me ??? is Josh supporting Vincent instead of Marcel in the second!? What is going on with the power dynamics in NO? Also I can't wait to meet Hope, the character, not the object that must be projected onto/protected. :D

Still 5 clues left unsolved in the puzzle meme! Anybody? There are more clues in the comments for #3 in the LJ entry, if you're stumped. 

Also, went to a local fertility festival on Wednesday. Phallic shaped snacks, free sake and carved penises (and foreigners) everywhere! Gotta love living here sometimes! :DDD 
nrgburst: (Despicable me yay!)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] wheatear

To celebrate Women's History Month, here's a meme! I have selected 15 female characters from 15 fandoms. Try to guess who they are from the clues! Fandoms listed in tags, characters chosen are mostly my faves. :)

Guess the character! )



nrgburst: Taki/Mitsuha (Red string of fate)
Fandom: Kimi no Na wa | 君の名は | Your name
Characters: Miyamizu Mitsuha/Tachibana Taki
Rating/Warnings: T, non-explicit sex, crossing timelines
Word Count: 1269
Summary: Because some bonds are soul deep.

Deep Tie Knot )


nrgburst: (Johanssen NoYes)
Dear Spacer,

Thanks so much for making something for me! Very excited to participate in this swap!

I’m NRGburst everywhere- here’s my tumblr and AO3 if you want to get a look at things I like. 

I don't usually read: A/B/O, mpreg, modern AUs, crossover/fusions, kidfic.

I’m okay with any amount of romance/sex, from just acknowledging a mutual attraction with barely touching hands to PWP to married.

No non-con, character death or character bashing please.

I prefer things that have lots of female character POV. Missing scenes or canon fix-its are right up my alley! Details like callbacks and parallels make me really happy when I find them in canon, fic or art. I also like scientific/medical realism, worldbuilding details (including acknowledging the social networks characters belong to) and humor. As for tropes: I like happy/hopeful endings, friends to lovers, first/last time, grand sacrifices for others, reunions, and mutual pining.

I adore nicely structured fics. 5+1s, fics with epistolary breaks, intersecting character arcs, etc. And if your work has me analyzing, I will probably comment more than once! 


The Martian details )MCU details (basically Gamora please) )


Hidden Figures )

I think that's it! Feel free to comment via anon if you need clarification/more details. Looking forward to seeing what you make! <3


nrgburst: (Fitz ZOMG)
Brief thoughts on Shadowhunters 2x08 )


JTV 3x12 )

Agents of WHAT?! )


I was supposed to read American Gods and I've made it all the way through the intro, carried the book on the train a number of times and yet still haven't managed to read the rest of it. So because I just can't seem to get into it, I put it down and devoured another book instead: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It's funny how her stories about shitty things she lived through makes such good perspective for others, (including myself). Lovelovelove. 


Grey's: way to take one of my favorite tropes (Reunions) and make it painful, grounded in stark reality and yet still somewhat hopeful. This is why I still love you.

I can't bear to watch HTGAWM live, so I'm going to wait so I can pause it when it gets too full on. I don't know if I can bear to see Wes die. :( 

nrgburst: (padmaiden)
Title: Collateral
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters: Padmé Amidala & her handmaidens, Jobal Naberrie, implied Anidala and F/F relationships
Rating/Warnings: G, none
Word Count: 2915
Summary: “This is my decoy, my protection, my loyal bodyguard.” ("We are brave, your highness.")


Collateral )

nrgburst: (moanamaui)
Back on a Moana kick recently. So I made this set and then I made another centering around the use of hongi in the film and belatedly remembered to check the tag first and oh. Somebody else had made it already (with almost the same choices of GIF size and frames- it was bizarre!) and their set already had more than 25000 notes. XDDD The digital release is tomorrow (it's already the 21st here, but I'm assuming most of you reading this are not on this side of the world, haha), and I'm very much looking forward to getting the mini movie with it! :DDD

Here, have some icons in the meantime! GIF ones are sized for DW, but the last two are JPEGs that will work for LJ too.

Pua the pig drooping Maui winking and pointing Moana and Te Ka do a hongi Baby Moana meets the ocean Moana smiling hopefully Moana and Te Fiti do a hongi Moana throwing a spear
Baby Moana reaching up for the ocean Baby Moana tracing Te Fiti's heart Moana shouting at the ocean Baby Moana getting splashed Te ka hongi Te Fiti giving the stinkeye


Your Name (君の名は)

A gorgeous movie that hooks you with its lighthearted and hilarious beginning and gradually ends up heartrending and suspenseful. The bickering between the main characters for "acting OOC" during their inadvertent bodyswapping is just delightful. XDDD My favorite bit is when he's yelling at her for spending his money on cafe food and she's like, "well it's YOUR body I'm feeding and I'm doing your PT job to earn it, so." And then the confusion and loss when that nuisance other half suddenly disappears. The plot is like The Lakehouse, but layered with references, parallels and symbolism, and the attention to detail is astonishing. I loved seeing the red string everywhere. I loved how it really felt like Tokyo, down to the warning stickers on the train doors. I got so nostalgic watching it- I used to live in Tokyo and even hearing that abrupt slamming sound of a train rushing past another made me love it all the more. It does the flip side of country life just as accurately, with the sound of fusama shutting to the accent (Gifu is near where I live, and my kids actually have an accent like Mitsuha's, to their Tokyo relatives' constant amusement.).

Despite all the buzz, I think anybody saying this is the best animated film of the year is kidding themselves? Moana, Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings convey much more powerful, universal messages, especially when you consider that the target audience is a lot younger. Yes, it definitely could have gotten an Oscar nod, but I don't think it deserved to win over any of those. Still, it was a wonderful film, and I made some icons to celebrate it too! (Really, I just wanted the words バカ and あほ on my journal. LOL):

Mitsuha and Taki and the fateful string Mitsuha writing aho on her face Taki writing baka on his face Taki and Mitsuha protesting Mitsuha and Taki meet at last

Race to the Edge is back too, but have only watched the first ep so far. It's not as compelling as the HTTYD movies so it's easy to give them to the kids one at a time. (Plus I've already been spoiled via tumblr, so I can just watch those GIFs with glee.) :D

Reveals will be happening for chocolate box soon! Can't wait to see what else my gift maker has written! I think somebody has recced my fic somewhere because I just got a bunch of comments on it in this morning, which just makes me so happy. :D I wrote something that wasn't a popular pairing/character and it's towards the back of the archive because I guess I submitted earlier than most folks, so the hits have been pretty low. I'm glad people who read it liked what I did, at any rate! :D

nrgburst: (baby groot carried away)
So much amazing stuff to look forward to! Starwars.com posted a pic of an empty box yesterday and muffled screaming echoed across the world because LOOK AT OUR TRIO IN THE LAST JEDI, GUYS:

The Last Jedi spoiler spec and pic )
GotG 2/May 5th also can't come soon enough! I made these icons mostly from the trailers. Feel free to use them! They're sized for DW- most of them are too big for LJ. Credit/Comment, no hotlinking please.


GotG icons- mostly Baby Groot )

Also The Originals is back in less than a month! Check out the promo poster!

TO poster, icons and spec )


And as of 9 hours ago on twitter, Kylie Bunbury still doesn't know if Pitch will be renewed. *sigh*
breathe mami pitch ginny livan walk

ETA: Tried to cut to save image loading on reading/friend's pages but DW still hates div/cut tag interaction so I apologize for the formatting. *siiigh*
nrgburst: (Astrid writing)
 
 More recs! Not sure I looked through the archive properly though because I kept seeing duplicates galora?


Star Wars

i'm starting to feel it's right- M, Jyn/Cassian, 2853 words
This songfic had me giggling and I love how each section is inspired by a single line from Shakira's "Hips don't lie". There's a nod to AotC, sparkles and too tight pants. The Good Crack. :DDD

you only live a day (but it's brilliant anyway)- G, Galen/Bodhi, 2442 words
I love how this fic plays with time and memory, and the things that evoke emotional bonds. Absolutely beautiful.

Homecoming- G, Finn/Rey, 729 words
This fic is so them, capturing their incandescent happiness at being reunited again. Like that hug on Starkiller, but with kissing.

Rogare- M, Chirrut/Baze, 1811 words
Lovely backstory that explores those recurring Rogue One themes of faith and hope, and re-kindling (or perhaps finding anew) what was lost.



MCU

Say You Like Me, Just For The Night- T, Sam/Maria, 2140 words
Fake dating and competency kink. I'm totally sold on this pairing now. LOL


nrgburst: (bb8 flailllll)
I've had relatives in town so I haven't been able to read and rec until today BUT SO MUCH DELICIOUSNESS :DDD


I'm blown away by my gift. It's an AMAZING Bucky/Nat that is canon compliant to CW, and the terse emotion and detail/implications woven into each line are just incredible. Natasha is perfectly characterized, both cautious and confident. She pushes because she needs to know, but she's also careful because she understands if he doesn't (or can't or won't) remember and it's all shown so beautifully. Negotiating boundaries with emotional undercurrent and all the angsty push/pull= my crack. The final image of Bucky like Snow White in his crystal coffin (asleep to keep the poison apple from doing its worst) is just !!!! *cries* Plus code-switching! And they "subtitled" the fic with hover too, which is exactly the way I prefer to read code-switching. Even the title is nicely ambiguous, and the fic is both Remember this? and Remember This. It made me so emotional that it hit all my buttons bang on. :'DDDD READ IT GUYS READ IT

Remember This- G, MCU, Bucky/Natasha, 1593 words


I'm only about a third of the way through the collection  but here are some recs organized by fandom:

Star Wars

Two Guardians and a Baby- G, kidfic, Chirrut/Baze, 567 words
I don't usually like kid-fic, but this one is charming without being saccharine. Both Chirrut and Baze are captured just right.

Drive Me Crazy- M, Jyn/Cassian, 5+1 things, 1821 words
Can a fic be smutty, charming and make you LOL by taking things literally? This one did for me. XD

Fierce- G, Chirrut/Baze, 396 words
I literally LOLed at the ending. Chirrut, you charmer.

microcosm- G, Galen Erso/Bodhi Rook, 3135 words
This is such a gorgeous piece. Melancholy and introspective, and a sense of impending doom echoes throughout the flashes of warmth and connection that lead them to where we find them in canon. Just wow. 2nd person Galen POV. ([personal profile] tielan was this you?)

found, G, Finn&Poe Dameron, 711 words
A nice little in-the-after piece.

Intake Day, G, Baze&Chirrut, 494 words
A bright little picture of the past.

What's Cooking? G, Han/Leia, 445 words
Squid Pie and frazzled Leia. Short and sweet.


Sense8

Palette, G, Wolfgang-centric, 1021 words
A little slice of life on how it feels to have the others in your head. Felix boggling at the changes is amusing, and Wolfgang's calm acceptance is also great.


Shadowhunters

No Sweeter Victory, T, Alec Lightwood/Magnus Bane, 5+1 things, 1416 words
Post 2x06, Competitive Malec dates and delightfully suggestive hints of fun to come.




nrgburst: (katherine cessation of hostility)
Since we can upload images to DW now, I have to mess around with it JUST 'CAUSE I CAN. :DDD
Elsie Hughes smiling when she sees Clementine's unscripted movement
Look Ma, no outside linking and auto sizing! (Elsie is pleasantly surprised too!)

To celebrate, I made a few icons. Feel free to snag them if you want! :D The usual no hotlinking, credit/comment please!

Padme disguised as her own handmaiden Padme hoping the Gungans agree to be her pawns Padme decides to return to Naboo Elsie Hughes smiling Baby Groot plugging two cords together Gamora with her hair flowing dramatically behind her

Wait, what

Feb. 12th, 2017 10:17 am
nrgburst: (caroline what?!)
Anybody else love the original Underworld movies? I loved how there were species weaknesses that the other exploited (Silver vs. UV light) and how they were given an origin backstory. Plus I love a good forbidden fruit supernatural romance. But I think I must have forgotten an awful lot because I was terribly confused when I checked out the Blood Wars sequel. 

Blood Wars and Awakening spoilers maybe )


Also, I forgot to say I also watched Hidden Figures a couple weeks ago and it was WONDERFUL. I loved Mary the most:

"Mary. It's Sunday. Have some shame."
"I will not."

I love how they showed just how many people are involved in getting something up into space! I loved how all these incredible WoC got their own arcs and how starkly racial inequality was depicted right from the get-go. Just the visceral terror of three women who did nothing wrong in the face of a police officer, and then the surprise ending of them chasing him down. XDDD I also loved how they tried to disguise racism with sexism throughout, too, because it was the more acceptable version of the -isms. How Kirsten Dunst's character was never anybody except Mrs. Mitchell --her husband's name.


Also it's ruling at box office too, so HAHAHA. THERE IS SOME JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD.


Like, it's telling that when Obama was president, the conservatives were buying guns to protest with their dollars, and now that Lord Dampnut is in, the liberals are buying books. (There are two kinds of people...)
nrgburst: (kol drinking)
Today was a writing day again at long last! :DDD Have a good start on a Leia-centric fic for [community profile] trope_bingo .

So many fandom things to write about too:

I got spoiled on FB so I put off watching this ep of JtV until today. And seriously

Jane the Virgin 3x10 spoilers )


Speaking of characters that are supposed to be gone, HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN THE PROMO FOR THE ORIGINALS?!


She's dressed in white, like an angel. *cries* Not forgiving them for offing my faves (TWO IN THE SAME EP FFS) but I will take back my rage!quit threats if she gets to guest star a decent amount. (And maybe gets resurrected? Maybe? Please?)


Also I thought Malec had already done it, but I guess I was wrong about the implications of Alec saying, "Not much sleeping involved" last season. (Whoops.)

Anyway the next ep looks like great fun! :DDDD I'm totally Izzy. LOL





I binge watched Westworld over the last week too.  I really enjoyed it! If I'd known Jonathan Nolan was involved I might have watched it sooner. Naturally my fave got killed off, because my stanning instincts remain A+++. XDD The producers have hinted she might not actually be dead though, so hope remains. I should GIF her for [community profile] halfamoon but I'm still playing catch up on both real life and fandom things, so we'll see if I get some motivation tomorrow to cap. The review hunt being hosted sounds like fun too! 


I'm kind of meh over HTGAWM still. I don't know, it feels forced ("Spoon me"? Really?) and OTT and my favorite bits are actually the flashbacks and Michaela. This Wes thing is still breaking my heart and I feel like, zero forgiveness, nothing left to give you, show.


AoS remains awesome in its LMD arc. Don't like the foreshadowing that May's real body is going to give up though, although I'm getting a sneaking suspicion that is exactly why LMD!May's body is still hanging around. :/// 

ETA: I've figured out the DW html fail: any time I edit, it screws up tags for some reason. RME Note to self: leave typos as-is for less frustration.

noooooooo

Feb. 4th, 2017 05:53 pm
nrgburst: (ded)
My computer battery just died with no warning while I was doing edits to my chocolate box assignment on AO3. (Usually it tells me things like 20% left, 10% left.) :(

Reboot. Two hours work GONE. UGH. Why didn't I hit preview even once? Also why didn't it warn me?!

I'm too depressed to try to remember all the changes I made yet. UGH.
nrgburst: (baaaaaaa)
Every time I see a FB friend proudly declare that they've silenced all mention of politics on the feed because it's all just negging, I'm sort of amazed that they think they're privileged enough not to have any of this affect them at all. Sure, the "get over it, it'll be fine" assholes are mostly white men, but the number of white women and MOC who put up statuses like this make me feel SERIOUSLY JUDGEY.


IT WON'T COST MUCH. JUST YOUR VOICE! THOSE POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS (are not me hahahahaha)


Thank you to those who marched. Thank you to those who are organizing and fighting back. Here's a good list of places to send money if you also have no political voice/vote in any country. (Expat for too long.)


Jane the Virgin continues to delight. The humor (The puns! The total disregard for the 4th wall via the narrator!) and political snark is totally on point, as are all the character dynamics. I lovelovelove how every single character gets their own POV explored! Nobody is a foil or a prop- they're all their own people, with their own selfish (and unselfish) motivations, actively writing their own stories. This show totally deserves all the accolades it got in S1, although it makes me sad that the ratings remain lackluster. :(((

Anyway, this GIF of Jane pretty much sums me up right now:
jane ew gross

nrgburst: (Fitz ZOMG)
This LMD mid season arc is SO GOOD. I'm glad ratings are reflecting that too! 

Read more... )
ALSO HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN THE COLIVER SNEAK PEEK FOR HTGAWM 3x10 

RIP THAT BAND AID OFF HELL YESSSSSS 

The title of tomorrow's ep is "We're Bad People", in stark contrast to 3x01's "We're Good People Now". 

BRING IT ON. :DDDD



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