Above is a screenshot of my main from LOTRO. The background image is from Thomas Henderson and is a fabric print you can find here.
Firstly, please know that this journal is not spoiler-free, so please bear that in mind as you look through my meta and other fandom-related stuff. I try to keep major spoilers under a cut, however. Secondly, always feel free to subscribe and unsubscribe as you see fit; I completely understand that sometimes interests just cease to align. If I unsubscribe from you, that's all it is. I know that for a lot of people subscribing and unsubscribing has a lot of weight, but that simply isn't how I feel and as such I have turned off notices for when people unsubscribe. Finally, (n)etiquette is a big deal to me. In theory, this is pretty straightforward, but I feel like modern Internet culture has made it seem all right to be unnecessarily hostile in comments. Anything that edges toward that tone will be screened or deleted. Of course, this isn't all one-sided; I will show your journal the same courtesy I expect for my own. (^^)
My current obsessions are Vanitas no Carte, and Witch Hat Atelier with a dash of several other series, which you can find in my tags. At present, I'm writing the most for VNC; I think it’s safe to say this series has kind of taken over my life at the moment and I have no regrets. XD I'm doing meta for the monthly chapters and I'm working on a couple different fanfics, which you can find here and on AO3 or FF.Net under the same username. I'm also running the Vanitas no Carte Community page here on Dreamwidth (of_the_blue_moon) as well as the Blackwell series Community page (spook_and_ginger), so I'll take a moment to encourage anyone interested in those series to join and take part.
You can take a look at my tags to get an idea of the kinds of things I like, but a very brief list of the series I keep coming back to are Star Trek, X-Files, CLAMP's works, Mochizuki's works, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Fullmetal Alchemist, Good Omens and The Lord of the Rings. I’m always prepared to chat about them with anyone, so feel free to strike up a conversation!
I’m invested in several video games. I really like discovering new indie games or old classics. I’m primarily a PC gamer, but I’m fond of consoles especially the older systems I grew up with, such as the Sega Genesis and Nintendo GameCube. You'll find a lot of thoughts on the games I'm playing and the like.
Unsurprisingly, I love writing as you may have guessed from all of this! I took a break creating content for several years, but as of 2018 I'm back at it with a vengeance. I seem to have far too many ideas and I have no idea how I'll get to them all, but I'm going to do my best. 8D
Speaking of, NaNoWriMo serves as good inspiration for my creative endeavors; I've taken part since 2013 and my first win was in 2015. I mostly use it for fanfiction, so if you're looking for the big updates November is a great time for it or, perhaps more accurately, December after they've been edited. I hope to work on my original stories through it at some point as well.
I'm also laurinda_bosco, which is where I post exclusively original works such as reviews, poetry, and original fiction. There will be some overlap between the two journals, but not too much, I hope. My Ko-fi account is also attached to that page. Please feel free to take a look! (^^)
Access Lists. If we've talked a fair bit and we're of a similar disposition, I will probably add you. The Access List is used pretty sparingly, i.e., it doesn't have that many posts. Fandom stuff will always be public. If you'd rather not be added for whatever reason, just let me know and I'll undo it. Please do not ask to be on the access list. As for other people's access lists, I have a limited capacity for extreme negativity online, so if your locked posts tend to be nothing but that, I'd rather not be included. Thank you for your understanding! As for my own negative posts, I use the tag "bemused's salt." It's rarely used, but if you also need to avoid that kind of stuff, I believe you can block that tag with a paid account.
Icons. I don't mind if people want to use the icons I've selected over here. Just be sure to credit whoever made the icon whether it was me or someone else. There is one exception to this, however! Please do not use any icon that says "reserved for personal use." Those particular icons have some kind of personal meaning to me.
Privacy. Please bear in mind, I use this journal to store Tumblr Asks for posterity when they’re related to meta and the like. If there's an Ask of yours I responded to from Tumblr that you'd rather not be public on this Web site, let me know and I'll take care of it.
Transformative Works. If you’re interested in translating any of my fanfiction or meta, please feel free to send me a message. In general, there are a couple of things I want to ensure:
Please provide me with credit. In other words, provide a link in your post that leads back to my original piece and make note that I was the one who wrote the original.
If this is on Tumblr, I’d rather you not create a new post. Please reblog my post with the translation instead.
It goes without saying, but please make it a faithful translation.
Contact me first so I know about it!
If you want to make a podfic version of my work, please contact me first. I'd like to know more about the project, where it's going, what edits need to be made, etc.
If you just want to draw some fan art, go for it! Just let me know where it's at so I can take a look and rejoice at it. ^^
If there's anything I didn't cover, feel free to contact me about it here or at any of the locations listed below.
FANFICTION, META/THOUGHTS, & MY REVIEWS
This is the bulk of what you’re going to find here. I love discussing fandom whether that’s delving into the meta or writing fic. Notable warnings won't be put in the tags but will instead be written at the top of the post should any apply. I don’t have a set schedule for when things update, but I try to keep up with my various stories. If you’re concerned something has been dropped, the likelihood is that it has not. Any story from 2012 onwards is very much on my mind, particularly the Vanitas no Carte fics. I generally write about manga, video games, books, and TV.
I've been actively involved in online fandom since around 2007 when I finally signed up for FanFiction.Net, the happening place for that kind of stuff at the time! I attempted the occasional forum before that but by and large I would describe myself as a fandom lurker back then. XD My first fanfic was for Fullmetal Alchemist, which isn't currently online but if I ever find it again I wouldn't mind uploading it.
I joined DeviantArt in 2009, which was a really fun, humorous spot at that point, LiveJournal in 2010 and mostly used it to browse communities and fan fic, and finally Tumblr in 2012 when I was feeling a little braver as well as Dreamwidth. Tumblr then proceeded to dominate my fandom existence--I was a part of the SuperWhoLock and Pandora Hearts fandoms among others over there at that point. By and large, good times!
I heard a lot about AO3 on Tumblr, took a look, and started writing there a year later. I made this account in 2016, although I only really started using it properly in 2018. I found myself longing for a more old-school blogging experience once more and Dreamwidth fit the bill.
Crochet - So far the coolest thing I've made is a dragon scarf.
Japanese - I've been working on it for several years on-and-off, but lately I've been making some real progress in it. 頑張ります！ I also have a basic familiarity with Spanish and some with Mandarin Chinese as well. I hope to pursue both of those languages after I've gotten Japanese a little more mastered.
Music - I enjoy art pop, metal, electronica, a whole lot of soundtracks, and what I can only think to describe as "meme music." A few of my favorite artists are Blind Guardian, Susanne Sundfør, Dance with the Dead, Lisa Gerrard, Ofra Haza, Rush, and Ayreon.
Reading - Some favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Shaun Tan, Douglas Adams, Garth Nix, Jun Mochizuki, CLAMP, etc. I like to set my reading goals on GoodReads. My favorite genres are fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery.
Tarot - At the moment I really like The Prisma Visions Tarot, Chrysalis Tarot, Wild Unknown Tarot, and Spirit Song Tarot.
Video games - Some of my favorites are The Blackwell Series, SOMA, INSIDE, Finding Teddy 2, Thief Gold, Dungeon Siege, Diablo I and II, LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online), Portal 1 and 2, etc. I have a special fondness for point-and-click adventure games, story-based puzzlers, and RPGs. I especially like discovering old-school and indie games.
WHERE I'M AT
The best places to find me are this blog, Tumblr, and AO3. I occasionally crosspost to Pillowfort and retweet odds-and-ends over on Twitter. I've been updating and using this site a lot more lately; I'm fond of the layout and the business practice. I may not have a great many readers here, but I'd like this to be a solid repository of all my major writings. I've backdated and tagged the majority of my major posts by this point if you're looking for older work.
Always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have, but know that if you send me anything especially detailed it’s going to take me awhile to get back to you, especially if it’s anything meta-related. If you’re contacting me on Tumblr, send only one or two asks a week (unless it’s a singular question that needs more than that to get the point across). Please do not try to involve me in any current “discourse,” AKA fandom wank. By and large I prefer to stay out of that stuff.
Any other discussion on fandom or general musings is always welcome, though, so feel free to contact me or leave a comment on any of these posts; I like to go by "Bemused" or "Em." Thanks for stopping by!
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