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My back-up alarm to remind me when RajiPuri is about to go off-line saved me this week and I remembered to listen on the way home.

As an early birthday present, RajiPuri gave me the best possible episode. I already got Okiayu-san hosting for the whole month, but if I got one more hope it was for Kite's voice actor to be a guest... and I got it! Plus my second favorite person in the world, Mikagawa Junko.
So this week we have Okiayu-san, Minagawa-san, Shingaki-san

ShinRajiPuri 195 (RajiPuri 651) )

Until another year from now when I blog again.... DOT NET~!

Sans Voice

Jan. 25th, 2015 06:10 pm
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So two Thursdays ago my roommate Mik and I took a long crazy drive to Nebraska to pick up super cheap clearance fabric at a Jo-Ann store that is closing. We had fun and even went to see the national monument nearby which I'd never visited despite being in town a lot to help the store out.
On the way home though, I could feel my lymph nodes swelling, this usually happens when I'm sick, but feeling the problem develop over three hours in the car was scary.
I spent the next two days at work, medicating myself hardcore for what I thought was a cold, and getting very little relief from my usual over-the-counter cocktail. By the end of sunday (my day off) I had no voice, and attempting to talk, as well as eating or swallowing anything, even liquids, was excruciating.
Monday I went to the doctor, and learned that I had strep throat so bad that it has opened small sores in my throat.
I didn't go to work that day, and only managed an hour of silent office work on Tuesday. Wednesday I pulled off six hours, but still spent most of it not speaking at all. I could not get over a whisper even if I needed to, and the effort of even that whisper for more than a sentence or so was crippling throat pain.

All this meant that I spent a fair portion of that week and of my PAX being silent. Not speaking and not really wanting too. Especially working this was was very challenging and... interesting? I don't know. It makes me desperately want to know sign language at the very least. It also meant that traveling with just me and Cal, I felt bad not being able to respond to things. She fills silences by default, but being able only to smile or shake my head or gesture made me appreciate that I'm rather more talkative than I give myself credit for.
setra: Flame-like words encircle an eye on a black background. (one ring)
Some of the bits I've been inspired to write (and may record) from the prompts at Podfidic.

Read more... )
setra: (benkei)
So... today Mik and I watched a ton of Anime, including quite a few new shows, and I am super proud-palled at how much she seems to love some of the silly pretty boy shows.

1) Binan Koukou Chikyu Bouei-bu LOVE! - I cannot even explain how horrifically perfect this show is. Seriously. It's completely insane and wonderful and a bit magic. We had almost as much fun watching Cal and Boom watch it later in the evening as we did watching it ourselves. XD

2) Sailor Moon Crystal - yes, season 1 is nearly over and I'm behind the times, but I have a suprisingly large number of feelings about this show. Mostly about the generals. Seriously.

3) Bonjour! Koiaji Patisserie - Mik found this, and 5 minute episodes are totally manageable.

4) Kamigami no Asobi - While I was amused by this show a few weeks back, I'm less fascinated now because of how slowly the plot seems to move. I might keep pushing through, but other shows are more entertaining to me at the moment.

5) Brothers Conflict - Well, shit. I started the show because we needed something to wash our brains from Parasyte, and while I was squeeing and trying really hard not to show my incredible and ridiculous instant love for Azusa and Tsubaki, Mik was getting rather attached to the plot. It's also great to hear KENN acting again, and the rest of the cast is pretty baller as well. Also, Hikaru. Hikaru is my favorite. Getting all the names straight will probably be the end of me, but I'm willing to commit to that.

She also looked at UtaPri when we were flipping through shows, so that's a possible thing.
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So, I promised myself over two years ago, that after WCS Prelims in 2014 at NDK, I would take "a year off". Not to say that I'm not sewing or crafting, but just that I'm planning to work on whatever I want for the most part, and not feel guilty for knitting or quilting.

That said, I currently have a few plans for the new year, and I'm sure more will pop up.
1) Lady Back Champion Outfit ~The Black Rose~
Yeah, that's a lot of info. Basically she's shiny and I love her. Might as well do it now while the game is only a year and a half old. XD
2) My Super-Hot Girlfriend James Kidd / Mary Read
I have all the fabrics... ish. I still need detailed sketches and photos for the coat.
3) Clow Clow
Moon moooon. No, really, there will be more Clow. At the very least finishing my formal pieces. Also CoC Clow. And work on Smoke Clow.
4) Completion of Windsinger
Needs bells, will get sleeves and possibly a new skirt. I'll probably end up helping with Lightweaver as well.
5) Higa and Rikkai
Tennis Uniforms. Seriously. I have most of the fabric and just need to make stencils for the Rikkai emblems. I need them, even with my chubby non-athletic body. <3

Other Projects:
1) Rainbow Leaf-Lace Scarf - about 1/2 done, needs to be finished.
2) Sherlock Coat - currently ordering and evaluating swatches
3) PacRim/DCwT Quilt
4) Baby Quilt for Cal's new nephew
5) Reflections Quilt for Mom
6) BQ3 Iris Quilt
7) Picnic Quilt with Neons
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Ok, not really since I already sent in our intro after retyping it. But I'm not sewing tonight.
I've worked about 26 hours in the last three days, and only slept about 12. So this is me, in my underwear in bed playing minecraft on peaceful until I pass out.
Tomorrow morning I'll do some productive shit. Or possibly I'll just sleep until work. Either one will be awesome. I'm so ready for my time off to start. o.o

Also, there will be more of me on dreamwidth because it is hopefully where I can post about progress and things without getting in trouble.
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10 PM: Ok, 22 seconds of audio done!
11 PM: Ok, 45 seconds! That means in another three hours, I'll be done!
11:45 PM: Damnit, our whole skit is going to be about a minute long.
12 AM: Fine, fine, I'll revert to the 11 PM version and resequence the timing.
2:30 AM: Done you dirty rat. Ugh.

Our WCS audio is the most complicated editing work I've ever done. It's not perfect, but I feel ok about it. Now to go listen to it and rehearse until my ears bleed.

Migraine... building... must.... sleep.
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Something about this show. Something about this season.

I have never before wanted to punch a finalist in the face as badly as I want to punch Candice... and I have never cared so much about a pair winning as I do about Maks and Meryl winning. I know it's likely going to be Derek again, because Amy's story is so strong. She is so amazing and I am totally okay if she wins, but I have an admitted Chmerkovskiy problem.

Anyway, this post was supposed to be about dancing, and how I really want to learn to do it. Seeing the bit of dance that Cal and I did in our AO skit on the playback, and knowing that my form should have been better, that I /know/ better, just makes me want to train my body to do that.

Anyway. I got to finish the season this morning, and my feels were justified. And there was a lot of Val in the finale too, dancing in various group numbers. I'm so proud of Maks, and I now want to go find RPF, which is rare for me, but again... Chmerkovskiy brothers and their sexy sexy partners.

Ignore me, I'll be over here.
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Because I know I will re-read this blog someday, and other things I've written here have made me feel better in bad times, so here's another one.

You.
You there.
Have you been to the gym lately?
Have you gone out dancing?
Did you go yesterday?
Have you gone yet today?
GO. Now.
Seriously, half an hour of cardio and a few minutes of weights will make you feel sooo much better. Also, you can shower after and it feels amazing.
Just do it.
Stop your bitching. Take some podfic and go.
You /will/ feel better.
You'll feel like a grown up.
would want you to.
Have a good night.
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Ok, so I just perused my 'Real Life' tag, and I feel like I need to make a post.
A being home post.
An 'I wasn't crazy' post.

I was in a lot of pain in Washington. I was suffering from low self-esteem, I was exhausted, I was depressed, I was alone in a home where I should have felt loved.
I was not crazy. It was not just me.
My store there /was/ poorly managed.
I /do/ know how to do my job. Pretty damn well actually.
I cannot do it alone.

This isn't some major high point in my attitude that I'm documenting. This is pretty average.

I go to work and I get things done. I coach and I learn, and I mess up, and I do things right, and it all happens without the panic and desperation that colored every day in Arlington.

I come home and I sew, I watch my shows or my mom's shows, I cuddle the cat. I sometimes call friends, more often they call me, and we hang out. If I need to get away from my stuff, I can go somewhere and be with other people who actually want to spend time with me. I can talk to these people about my interests.

If I want to be alone, or go out, or cook, or eat out... I can do those things. I can play Infamous for an hour and then marathon Leverage while I work on costumes and not feel guilty.

There is basically no one here that I wouldn't squeal 'I ship it!' at when something I ship was mentioned. Also, occasionally I can talk to Kay about dirty dirty porn.

I made the right choice to move back. I have support here, I have people to talk to. Family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers.

It isn't easy all the time. I still make mistakes. I'm still perpetually late. I still procrastinate. There is still friend drama all over the place.

But this was the right choice, I haven't doubted it for a moment since I came back and I hope that stays true for a long time to come.
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So I've been away from this corner of the internet (tumblr, you are a cruel and demanding mistress.) but this is still the best place to log costume progress and to-do lists, so here I am.

I remastered Benkei for Anime Matsuri in March/April this year, and my skit (with Pas's Nozomi) took Best in Show. Pretty fucking incredible, seriously. They still haven't gotten us our prize money at this time, which is a bit shitty.

Anyway, after that I actually worked hard on Eveline Gurerra, The Corsair from Assassin's Creed: Revelations multiplayer. I have loved her design for years, and the costume pulled together in time for Denver Comic Con, and was then updated for the Colorado Rennaisance Festival in Larkspur.

In between all my Eveline love, I started on my competition piece for NDK and my friendship piece for PAX: Clow Reed (an original version to matck Mik's Yuuko) and Nix (from inFamous 2, to hang with Kat's Kuo)

Also, I may have watched 1.5 seasons of Game of Thrones and 3.25 sessons of Leverage while working on these things.

Progress at present stands as follows:

Nix (Due by 8/27/2013 - PAX Prime)
Done
-Paint Design on back of vest Done 7/29
-Cut down Jeans Done 8/4 and 8/6
-Cut out sleeves
-Pattern and fit neck thingy
-Detail (cutouts in) sleeves Done 7/31 and 8/5
-Attach sleeves to vest (make detachable?) Done 8/6
-Add Tan Panel to Jeans Done 8/7-8/10
-Sew Lining and construct neck thingy Finished 8/10
To Do
-Create and Detail Necklaces - use existing knit
-Test makeup and document
-Test fit and add bandannas and belts
-wig/dreadlock solution - one option done 8/10, need new option?
-Get boots of make boot covers

Clow Reed - Adapted Lotus Version (Due by 9/11 - NDK)
Done
-Pattern and Cut Out Pants
-Cut and assemble shirt
-Shirt Applique Done 8/4
-8/11 - tested vest, decided against vest, patterned coat
To Do
-Shirt Frogs
-modify coat pattern to cross over - Done
-cut and applique coat - Back and cuffs done 9/10 and 9/9
-assemble lining
-bind and finish coat
-coat frogs - 2x butterfly shaped
-make earring tassle
-add collar to shirt, hem shirt - Done
-Cut and construct vest and lining
-assemble pants (and applique ankle) - Done except bottom hem!
-create hair piece
-trim and style wig
-Test and Document makeup
-Test dry ice and light effects with bowl and pillar
-Add velcro pocket to inside of shirt sleeve for light balls

Eveline Gurerra - The Corsair (Update/Complete for PAX)
To Do
-Add button loops to coat - Done!
-add buttons - Done
-straighten back button thing - Done
-get tie for wig (use Misty or Rina's wig?)
-add black detail to pants and make tighter
-move eyes on sash to be tighter - Made additional sash band instead
-practice and record process for makeup
-get extra belts? - Done

Hm...

May. 8th, 2013 11:20 pm
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Things I was supposed to do after work today:
-start mother's day present
-set up vacuum with tiny hose to clean out computer fan

Things I did today:
-caught up on Glee
-fused a small sheet of blue/white angelina, tested opacity and adhesion on the suiting, and started cutting out my multiplayer emblem
-updated my player model in AC:R to match the costume I'm making (no sleeves
-stared at Eveline's model for long enough that her proportions really started to bug me
-finalized plans for embellishment on Eveline's coat (soutache and paint for shoulders, gold binding, some rick rack or more paint for the bottom and rear hems AND pants embellishment)
-Spent an hour with mom discussing options for the remaining pieces of the costume
-played an hour of AC:R multiplayer
-interfaced back-shoulder area on coat
-interfaced and assembled collar for coat... may have to redo this anyway
-chalked in the first lines (to be done in soutache braid) on the shoulders and back of the coat

Summary... finally actually making progress on Eveline, but only because there are other things I should be doing instead. >.>

For Tomorrow:
-pick up 7 1-2" gold buttons (or 5 for front and 2 larger for back)
-look for other trim/cording for button loops
-check color match on gold rick rack and/or gold fabric paints.

SPN 8x02

Oct. 20th, 2012 11:16 pm
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Supernatural
God, I can't even.
I caught up about two days before the Season 8 premiere, so now I'm watching week-to-week on Hulu like a real fan. ^_^

So, Episode 2. I am so in love with Kevin's mom, and Dean's purgatory flashbacks are breaking my heart.

Moose, Moose, Moose. And Squirrel. Fuck, he's calling them Rocky and Bullwinkle. God, Crowley. Why do I love you while I hate you?

Did they just sell fucking MJOLNIR???

Not only did they sell Mjolnir, but Sam was able to lift it. Which warms the cockles of my heart. Dear thing.
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Yuuko talking about Clow (describing how he made Sakura's real staff).
Y:「本物を創ったのはイヤな奴よ で ホンモノのほうはそのイヤな奴のとぉーい血縁の可愛い女の子が持ってるわ」
W:「親戚かなんかすか? そのイヤな奴って」
Y:「なんであたしがあんなヤツと親戚なのよ」
W:「いや。イヤなヤツっていうから関係者かな、と」
Y:「ビミョーに腹立つわね」
Y:「同業者よ まあ長い付き合いね」
Y:「ったく。似合わないカワイイモノ創って あの陰険メガネは」
Y:「まだ会ったことないわよねー その可愛い女の子とその子のお相手に」
setra: (rain/ayato - know myself)
Been on vacation for almost a week now. And a couple of things have happened.
First - I have friends. Places to be and people to see and things to do. I know this would taper off if I lived here, but it feels unbelievably nice to have people to see and talk to and to bring me into new things.
Second, I love my mom's house. Maybe it's just that I'm starting from scratch and a clean foundation, maybe it's that I haven't run out of money yet, but it feels so good to live here, to make food and clean up and sew a bit.
Third, Val texted me and said that they will need a new RTL as of 10/22. And holy shit, why do things like this keep happening? If there has been a message the universe has been trying to send me, I think it might well be 'go back to Colorado'.

Or am I feeling all this because I'm on vacation? I mean, the difference between thinking about going back to work at 2228 versus 2173 is night and day. The smiles I saw on people's faces at the Ft. Collins store and the number of people in the building.... there would still be a shrink plan to follow but... god, I feel like with Val and Shawna I could manage that. I'd be included, I'd know what the hell was going on and what to /do/. I could get back to the place where there are standards and they are enforced.

It's the dream. Anyway. I need to talk to mom about the possibility of living here and/or taking her car if I sold mine. I need to talk to Rob about whether he would stay in Washington if I moved in October. And I need to decide in my heart if this is what I want. In my dreams I can imagine that I could get a better job in Seattle, but there is something in me that fails to go out and do those things, and maybe here... god I hate making choices. They change everything and change is so miserable.
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So. Things have happened to me and with me in the past few weeks.

Love, Hair, Exercise, and Patterns )

I am not talking about work, which is still all kinds of bat shit, but that's a different problem.
setra: Sherlock Holmes in golden light, plotting something. (sherlock)
THERE IS A NEW PART OF THE PARADOX SERIES

Yes, that demands upsized font and all caps from me. I don't know when this happened, but it is fairly recent and it is important to me and relevant to the most important and persistent of my interests.
Oh god, my heart. I am so so so excited, I can't even tell you. I have to sleep now, but that just means I have all night tomorrow to relisten to the whole series and then come home and revel in NEW STORY!!!

Thoughts as I'm reading... )
setra: (rain/ayato - know myself)
amplirecathon 2012 promo image cc celine nadeau


Posting this to my journal for personal reference. Ampliracathon has been and will continue to be utterly delightful for getting to see what other people love and sharing too many rambles about what I love.

Organized by fandom.

Sherlock Holmes: BBC Sherlock, ACD Canon, Ritchie-Verse, and AU )
Merlin (and Merlin AUs)> <font size= )
Supernatural and J2/CW RPF )
Avengers-Related Stories )
Star Trek 2009 )
Doctor Who and Torchwood )
Other Fandoms: Harry Potter, White Collar, Dexter )
Crossovers: Assorted Fandoms from Above )
setra: (doctor who hmm?)
Clow Reed
NDK COSTUME SIGN-UPS - GO LIVE ON 8/18/2012, Noon MST 8/20 - Signup Confirmed, yay!
Progress:
7/21-22 - Cut out all base robe pieces, pants, shirt, and mapped out new pattern pieces for modified over layer
7/23 - Cut out remaining accent pieces for cloak (blue bits)
7/24 - Started shirt assembly (classroom), completed mariners compass halves (including topstitching), pressed and pinned gold border for compass halves
7/25 - Skived off work to sew. Mariner's compass set into gold and blue borders. Body/under layers of both lining and main material put together. Lining for overlay assembled. Overlay pieces and accent pieces labeled and separated. Test for back embroidery and painting done.
7/26 - neck, edge, and tip accents attached to front overlay panels
7/27-8/4 - Hauled ass on all sorts of finishing on the cloak.
8/5 - cloak complete except for white neck accent, top finished completely
8/6 - pants assembled
8/7 - overlocking and seaming on rest of pants seams
8/10 - elastic into pants waist, planning to add a cuff at the ankle to tie in with the costume and to add some length
8/12 - Redrafted McCalls 4645 and previous modifications of it for Clow's coat. Started sketches for jacket back detail and lower hem embelishments.
8/15 - Classroom. Cut all yellow facing/trim strips and coat pieces.
8/17 - Drafted design for asymentric star portions for back tails of jacket.
8/18 - Pieced back point insets, set aside until yellow trim was on.
- Sketched, embroidered, and appliqued center back sun and moon.
- attached all yellow trim/facings at outer hem
- mitered corners and angles of yellow facings
8/24 - bought tassles and piping for jacket, started to top stitch yellow facings/trims. Trimmed down point insets and positioned in alignment with yellow and piping.
8/26 - assembled collar with piping, finished tacking down lower jacket trim, then found out the collar looked horrible and went to sleep
8/27 - managed to fix jacket collar to the point of not-quite-so-failing
8/28 - panicked, spun in circles, then worked on unrelated T-shirt things.
8/29 - finished tacking down lower jacket stars, sleeves attached
8/30 - Printed Shirts for Green Jello Cosplay, Packed
8/31 - PAX - Assassin Day
9/1 - PAX - RT and Aquisitions Inc. Day
9/2 - Fly to Denver, Drive to Ft. Collins, unpack
9/3 - Hiked and puzzled with family, napped, saw Julie at night.
9/4 - Hung out with Mik, finished Jacket cuffs
9/5 - Stayed home. Made piping and cording, finished pants cuffs and fasteners/frogs for jacket
9/6 - cut and attached robe collar! Ordered new boots. Rehersed for walk on. A lot.

To Do:
-create/attach belt or sash
-shoes
-tighten frog loops
-rehearse walk on more

-assemble cloak lining 7/25
-test for back design 7/25
-enlarge back design to approx 19" across
-create back design (applique, embroidery, and paint)
-complete shirt
-assemble cloak outer layer (complete designs first)
-Assemble pants 8/7
-draft jacket pattern 8/12
-cut out jacket pieces, assemble 8/15
-bobbles and tassels for jacket 8/24
-finish Jacket - yellow cuffs with piping 9/4
-finish pants - choose band color for bottom, need extra length (yellow with blue piping?) 9/5
-cut/attach white collar accent on cloak 9/6

Mycroft Holmes
To Do:
-modify/cut jacket pattern
-modify/cut slacks
-purchase or pattern button down
-modify/cut vest
-purchase umbrella (plain black, wooden handle)
-hair gel
-tie/pocket square

Eveline Guerra (The Corsair) [As of 8/28, planned for AkiCon 2012]
Progress:
March - Corset re-drafted, cut, and assembled

To-Do:
-binding, boning, accents, and fastenings on corset vest
-cut out dress/shift
-cut out pants
-sash/belt
-modify and cut coat pattern
-purchase hat
-create head scarf
-hair cut and colored
-boots
-ganuntlets/armor bits
-gloves

ETA:
As of 8/11/2012 I am also considering Order of the Stick cosplay. This is just a theory.
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Just finished and... whew. Wow.
My heart stopped when the thing with Cas happened. You know the one. For some reason, the whole Lucifer getting bitchy over messing with Michael didn't work for me, but maybe it was a thing for someone else.
And were they implying what I think they were implying about Chuck? Because /wow/ that would be crazy. Then again, they are called the Winchester Gospels. But still.

I...
I don't even have words yet.
I did, but then Sam was there, and HOW can Sam be there.

It's a stunning ending actually, it could have finished the whole show. Tragically, but well... but there's more. Two, soon to be three years more... and I don't know how to feel about that.

And I am going on tonight. Becuase that's what I do. But... just from the first two minutes of 6x01... god, I want this for Dean. I know he is in pain, but he's living. He is strong enough to do this. Sam never was, but Dean is and... I want him to have this life. So badly.

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