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(cross-posted to tumblr.)

1. Upon entering, ask "Is this a thrift store?" The salesgirl will patiently explain the difference between a thrift store and a vintage store (to wit: thrift stores sell whatever they are donated, from any time period; vintage stores sell items carefully hand-picked from, mostly, the decades prior to 1980). Thirty seconds later, tell the friend you have been on the phone with since you entered that you're at the thrift store.

2. You are, of course, here because you have been invited to a costume party; even odds on whether it's a Seventies party or a Gatsby party. Tell the salesgirl you want either a Pucci print maxidress or a beaded flapper dress.

3. When she explains that those items are rare, expensive and (especially in the case of flapper dresses) basically nonexistent in a wearable size or condition, get extremely huffy. Be sure to dismiss out of hand the half-dozen historically-accurate alternatives you are offered.

4. When the small child you have, for some reason, brought with you begins to get bored/cranky/hungry, do not under any circumstances change your plans to accommodate this. When the salesgirl attempts to distract and entertain your child by inviting them to try on hats, grab your child by the upper arm and order them to wait patiently without touching anything. Repeat every three to five minutes as needed.

5. When browsing, never read price tags. Instead, hold each item up and demand to know how much it costs. Do not show the salesgirl the tag until prompted to do so. Once informed of the price, emit a small, disbelieving huff. Honestly, $18 for a signed piece of 1960s costume jewelry? That's barely less than half of what a lower-quality piece would cost new! Outrageous.

6. When told that an item of clothing is not your size, try it on anyway. In fact, try on as many items as you can, ignoring your salesgirl's recommendations whenever possible. If you pop a zipper or shred an armscye in the process, that is hardly your fault.

7. Do not, under any circumstances, put clothes back after trying them on. Endeavor to leave as many items as possible on the floor, in a pile, unzipped and inside out.

8. Ask if you can put a pair of $5 clip earrings on hold until the weekend. When told there is a 24-hour limit to holds, insist that you will come back for them. Do not give in!

9. Time to make your sole purchase: a pair of $6 sunglasses. Here is where your earlier disbelieving huffs will pay off. Having established that the shop's prices are insultingly high, you may now haggle. Just like you would at H&M.

10. Pay with a credit card. Do not ever come back for the clip earrings, ever, no matter what.
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THE COMIC IS DONE. And with five days to spare before it has to be at the printer!

Would anyone be willing to give the final version a once-over for typos, bits I forgot to color, and other small errors? I've been staring at it for so long I don't trust my judgement anymore.
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Current break-from-drawing activity: Writing about the Quill family’s sad yard sale and the aliens who unexpectedly crash it.

It is really annoying when the POV character can’t know another character’s name for most of the story. I feel like I’m writing Sentinel fanfic in 1996 or something. At least I haven’t had to resort to “the taller man,” “the blond,” or “the Mountie.”
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I'm doing DC Big Flea this weekend, which will be my first time as a vendor. Eep! Exciting, but scary. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm getting all my inventory out to Chantilly to get set up.

Actually, if anyone knows someone with a cargo van, minivan, or even a large SUV who'd like to make a bit of cash this weekend, could you pass them on to me? On Friday morning I need help loading, transport to the Dulles Expo Center, unloading, and then on Sunday evening I need the same in reverse.

I also would love to have company during the show itself, if anyone would like to come along or pay me a visit while I'm there. Let me know! I'm in booth 302 on Aisle E-- nearly to the end of the row, on the right.
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Apparently the stunt coordinator for Buffy S1-S4 has posted a shit-ton of his behind-the-scenes home video to Youtube. I am OVERCOME WITH FOND NOSTALGIA.

(also, remember when that dude had a super public meltdown on the Bronze? Also, remember the Bronze?)
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Have worked out a pretty thorough cast list with the babysitting charges (eta: and additional suggestions from [personal profile] ellen_fremedon), as follows:

Kermit as Valjean
Sam the Eagle as Javert
Miss Piggy as Fantine
Link Hogthrob as Tholomyes
Rolf as the Bishop
Janice as Sister Simplice
Sweetums as Fauchelevent
Statler and Waldorf as the Thenardiers
Robin as Gavroche
The Electric Mayhem as Thenardier's gang
Gonzo as Enjolras
Rizzo as Grantaire
Scooter as Combeferre
Fozzie as Courfeyrac
Beaker as Joly
Bunsen as Bossuet
Clifford as Bahorel
Beauregard as Feuilly
Pepe as Prouvaire
the Swedish Chef as M. Gillenormand
...with the token humans playing Cosette, Marius, and Eponine
(also Camilla is going by Patria for the duration)

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Trying to find new anxiety meds is no fucking fun. Relatedly, I basically have to write the last week or so off as a loss.

On the bright side, I managed to shower and get out of the house long enough to make a vintage-buying house call, and am now in possession of fifty-plus STUNNING 20s-50s summer dresses. Go me!

I have written the first thousand words of like eight different MCU stories and have stalled out on all of them. Dammit, brain.
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Having finished the Buffy zine right under the wire (woo!) I am now realizing that someone other then me should probably look all the finished zines over before they go to print tomorrow.

Anyone want an advance peek? I really just need you to check for typos and tell me if the formatting looks wonky on your computer.

Buffy, AtLA, and my solo zine need looking at right now; I also am going to TRY to eke out the needed Young Wizards pages and get it done by tonight.
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So, I am off work this week and going a bit stir-crazy at home. Anyone interested in an outing tomorrow, either to do touristy DC things or to see Cap 2 again or both?
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Had a conversation yesterday about how Sam Wilson and Maria Hill should be BFFs, because reasons )

Additionally, I have decided that I am cool with Natasha's spoiler )
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ghosts in the machine. 7k, Peggy/Steve/Bucky, Teen. CA:tWS spoilers. History, Peggy has learned, never tells the whole story.
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Had the day off work, made Good Life Choices and wrote a 7k Peggy Carter story that is chock-full of Winter Soldier spoilers. Anyone want to beta?
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hold me tight. 10k, Steve/Bucky, Mature. CA:tWS spoilers.
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Having seen it three times in four days (yeah, you heard me), I am having a LOT of thinky thoughts about Cap 2. I may manage to discuss them at length, at some point; right now, I mostly seem to want to write fic. But I am curious about spoilers )


Apr. 7th, 2014 08:58 pm
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Um, I appear to have written 10k of post-Winter Soldier Steve/Bucky in which they snuggle a lot? idk. Anyone willing to beta?
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So, today was pretty good. I went to Marshall's and they had a style of shoe that I bought three years ago, LOVED, wore to death, bought again when I managed to find them online, wore to death AGAIN, and despaired of ever finding a third time. I guess they re-issued them? WHO CARES WHY, they were $25 and I bought two pair.

And then I was walking back to my car and a bunch of people in Captain America t-shirts went past in the other direction, towards the movie theater. Some were carrying plastic shields. I stopped dead and said "Wait, is there an advance screening of Cap 2 tonight?"

And they said "Yeah! Want to come with us? We've got an extra ticket."

SO THAT WAS AWESOME. I am having a lot of feelings about Steve Rogers right now, y'all. A LOT. IT WAS REALLY MAGICAL, for a value of magical that involves huge explosions and terrible things happening to Bucky Barnes.

More tomorrow, when I am more awake. SUCH A GOOD DAY.
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(crossposted from tumblr.)

The deadline’s come and gone, and while there are a few pieces I’m still expecting in the next few days, I wanted to let everyone know where we stand, pagecount-wise, and what we still need. In order to be printable, the zines need to have a pagecount that’s a multiple of four, so here’s what we’ve got and what we need to reach that goal:

Chosen Ones (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is the shortest on content, unfortunately. I’m expecting a few more pages of essay, but right now we only have six pages, with only one piece of fanart. If we don’t get at least ten more pages, I’m going to have to postpone this zine until DC Zinefest in July.

The Avatar Cycle (Avatar: The Last Airbender) is looking a lot better, fortunately! We’re currently at seventeen pages. There’s plenty of art, and a few more things expected, but I could use a few short one-page text pieces to fill gaps as needed.

Concordance (Young Wizards) is currently at eleven pages. We need five more pages of content to have a complete zine. I’m reasonably confident that we can reach that goal.

Infinite Unknowns (Star Trek) is at 22 pages, which means I need to either add two pages or cut two (which I obviously don’t want to do). I do have some more content expected, so I’m not super worried. That said, I would still welcome anything covering TNG or Voyager, as everything I’ve got is for TOS, AOS, or DS9. (If the spirit moves you to make Enterprise fanwork, go for it? I guess?)

I am, at this point, opening up every zine except Infinite Unknowns to previously published content. If you have meta, fic or fanart that you think would be a good fit, feel free to send it along.

The zines have to go to the printer by April 16, but any content I receive before then can still make it in. If you think you can get something done by then, please let me know!


Mar. 31st, 2014 11:20 pm
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I am super proud of myself for finishing this before Winter Soldier comes out.

persistence of memory

Steve/Bucky/Natasha, explicit.
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If anyone wants to join me for lunch at Woodlands tomorrow, and needs a ride, I'll be picking people up from Takoma Park at noon, then heading over.
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