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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Warnings: This chapter contains mentions of torture.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.

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13th-Aug-2011 09:51 am - Weekend Update
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Hey, everyone! Sorry for disappearing yet again; the last few weeks of summer have been one event after another: finishing up my summer internship, packing and moving things up to my college apartment, shopping for furniture for the apartment, trying to transition to vegetarianism, and visiting the dentist three times in two weeks (once for a cleaning, once for a filling, and once to take pictures for a surgeon, because I'm trying to have jaw surgery over Christmas break. Which means braces again. Joy.)

On the plus side, I did finish the Wonder Woman costume.

And by finish, I mean I still don't have the boots or the wig, but I'm impatient and wanted to brag.Collapse )
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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.

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4th-Jul-2011 10:14 pm - Another Victory for America
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And now that my obligatory Independence Day repost is out of the way, on to how I spent my Fourth of July.

I was holding off on my "Check out my latest project!" post until I had all the supplies at hand, but since I started sewing this morning and am still waiting on three different fabrics to arrive in the mail, I decided to go ahead and pimp out my cosplay geekery, even if my supply set is looking decidedly lackluster:

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Sure, it just looks like a yard of sateen lying on a yard of cotton with a paper eagle and a gold lasso nearby, but twelve hours of labor managed to transform that sorry set of materials into...

...An unfinished corset with a paper eagle and a gold lasso that I'm thinking of scrapping for a longer one.

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Well, it'll be awesome eventually.

I just now realized how weird it is that I spent all of Independence Day working on the costume of a Greek hero.
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I really need to stop making those "I've returned to the Internet" posts, because inevitably, every time I make one, something comes up and I end up disappearing for another few weeks. This time, I at least have an excuse in the form of a summer internship, but that's a topic that deserves its own post, and anyway, right now my brain is full of comic books.

I was introduced into the world of Green Lantern two years ago, and appropriately enough for a Gotham geek like me, I was introduced through Batman. Well, Scarecrow, actually. I ran into a Sinestro Corps Scarecrow at my first convention and from there Google filled me in on the spectrum of light and all the weird yet enthralling creatures that used its power.

It wasn't the first time I'd heard of Green Lantern; I watched Justice League as a kid and I was familiar with the power ring from there. But I'd never seen any of the Justice League episodes that dealt with Oa, the Guardians, or the rest of the Green Lantern Corps, and that was what drew me into the comics so strongly. Science fiction and superheroes, my two great loves, had been combined. And it was awesome.

So naturally, I was over the moon when I heard that there would be a Green Lantern movie, however alone I felt in that excitement. While I was giddy over the casting of Ryan Reynolds, the Internet was already fueling up its flamethrowers. While I was geeking out over the suits in the trailers, my friends were shaking their heads and saying it would be the next Batman and Robin.

(Incidentally, am I the only one who loves that movie? Sure, it's terrible. But it's so terrible that I can't not love it.)

It was disheartening, being the only Blue Lantern surrounded by Reds, but I was sure the movie would vindicate me upon its release. After all, if a snoozefest like Thor could score 77% percent on Rotten Tomatoes, how badly could they possible thrash Green Lantern?

(Yeah, I didn't like Thor. In my ranking of comic book films it's on par with Fantastic Four and X-Men: The Last Stand.)

And then the reviews came out, and it was panned across the board. My most anticipated movie of the summer was, according to the critics, a bunch of crap. I was working the entire opening weekend, and didn't get a chance to see the film until the Monday night after its release. Each day, I checked the reviews, hoping the numbers had bounced back up. It didn't make any sense. They had great actors, writers from the comics on board, and a director who had pulled the Bond franchise out of the dumpster. Where did they go wrong?

And then I saw the movie for myself, and only got more confused.

Why in the hell were the critics so harsh on this movie?Collapse )
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I never actually got around to posting all my pictures from this year's C2E2, so here I go.

Gratuitous amounts of cosplay within.Collapse )
31st-May-2011 12:23 pm - I'm Still Alive
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Hello, everyone. I've pretty much disappeared from the face of the Internet for the past month with no forewarning that I'd vanish, and I'm sorry for that. Things have been hectic, but they've calmed down now so I'll be around more frequently. My absence has mostly been due to the stress of finals and moving back home (being around my family for any extended period tends to make my blood pressure sky rocket) as well as working and preparing for my brother's high school graduation party. On top of that, I'll be moving into an apartment for the fall, and I've been looking for internships, as well as considering jaw surgery, so I haven't had much energy to keep up with my LJ friends.

Additionally, those who follow me on Fanfiction.net have probably noticed that I haven't updated in an egregiously long time. Unfortunately, I seem to be out of steam for the Bat universe at the moment (writing nothing but Bat-fic for three years now probably hasn't helped) so I'm currently taking a break from fan fiction to focus on original writing.

Batman brings me to the other point of this post: Since filming for The Dark Knight Rises has begun, and potential spoilers are already out and about, I am secluding myself from various places on the Internet where I am likely to be spoiled. I'm one of those people who loves to be surprised by a movie (I never figure out plot twists ahead of time because I never try to; I like entertainment to pull the rug out from under me) and because I love Nolan's franchise so much and love its ability to subvert my expectations, I definitely don't want to run across spoilers for the third installment. Thus, much as I did with the final Harry Potter installment, I'm cutting myself off from potential spoilers ahead of time.

Meaning, I am currently not checking my friends' list. Most of my friends and communities are either Bat fans or Bat-related, and I don't want to unwatch the entire list. So I will still be around, and available for contact through my own journal, email, or Skype, but unless you point me toward an LJ post, chances are I won't see it.

I've really missed everyone here in my absence, and it's good to be back.
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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.
Author's Note: And yet again, an Inception-related dream draws me back into writing. It's getting uncanny. That, and Health Ledger's birthday is tomorrow. Sorry for my disappearance—though three weeks has nothing on four months—I spent the week before last preparing for/attending a convention and the past two weeks catching up on everything I'd neglected in that time.

Thanks for the reviews!

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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.
Author's Note: And here's our first look into the Joker's mind. I decided while writing it that I've been watching far too many survival horror game walk-throughs online.

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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.
Author's Note: So an absurdly long amount of time has passed since my last update, and I apologize for that. I won't bore you with all the details, but essentially, real life got in the way and my decisions on how to handle it weren't the most productive. I've been meaning to get back to writing for months now, but it wasn't until I had three Inception-related dreams in succession—either my subconscious is trying to tell me something, or my readers got their hands on a PASIV—that I felt properly motivated enough to continue. I am going to give it my all to be better about updating from here on out.

To everyone who's sent me a review in the past few months: Thank you and I'm sorry I've taken so long to reply.

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1st-Feb-2011 01:29 pm - Snowpocalypse 2011
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So the Midwest (or at least Indiana) is being ravaged by an ice storm right now, yet BSU had to be one of the three colleges in the state not to cancel class. Granted, most professors canceled anyway, but it's the principle of the thing. The school finally decided to officially cancel all classes, but only those that start at or after 3:30. Now, I only had one class today, but I can't help but feel anger on behalf of all the commuters and professors who had to drive over miles of icy death getting here.

The only good thing to come out of this mess (other than the canceled classes, of course) is this photo that some wonderful person created for the Snowpocalypse 2011 Facebook group:

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It brightened my day, at least.
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First of all, I've been gone from the Internet forever and have totally fallen behind on my correspondence, and for that, I apologize. I'm trying to catch up on things in the next few days.

As proof of my behind-the-times ways, I was just headed over to batman_lulz to post the concept art for the never made Batman high school AU series,Gotham High.

Now, our personal feelings on high school alternate universes aside (I personally don't think it looks godawful) it does raise a number of questions. Why is Harvey Dent already disfigured? Why didn't they made Riddler the hipster? What's this about a Batgirl/Batman romance? Is giving Catwoman a leopard print skirt really the best thing they could come up with to show us that she likes cats?

My friends and I, over the course of the ensuing conversation, came up with what we would do for the characters if we were to make a Batman high school story. Which we wouldn't, but I feel that if we did, it would be complete crack, but far superior to the Gotham High idea.

If you don't like high school AUs or crack or walls of text, you won't like what's under this cut.Collapse )

The first episode would have to be called "Saved By the Bat."
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I don't know if I've mentioned this on Livejournal before, but when I'm not at school, my job in my hometown is working as a cashier in the local theater. I've worked there both before the advent of 3-D, when the cinema only analog projectors, and after, now that we've purchased the technology to show digital 3-D, and this experience has proved rather conclusively to me that 3-D is nothing but a waste of time and money and a big headache for everyone involved.

Now, other, more experienced people than me, such as Roger Ebert in his fantastic article Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too) have already covered the downsides of 3-D in terms of image quality (such as darkening the film, draining the colors, and the fact that 3-D only adds to the experience on a superficial level because your mind already processes 2-D film as three dimensional) but I've yet to see a theater employee's take on it before, so I decided to add my own.

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This week has been one big series of unfortunate events.

My laptop is three years old and, over the course of that three years, has acquired a ridiculous amount of damage, despite my attempts to take care of it. The frame around the screen is cracked, the screen itself is so loose I'm surprised it hasn't fallen off of the base, the frame around the keyboard is also coming apart, I can hear something rattling around inside when I pick the thing up, I've had to replace the entire keyboard and the harddrive, and now my harddrive is showing signs of failing again. I really can't afford to be away from the stupid machine until the end of the semester, so I've been backing everything up on an external and hoping for that it'll last until Christmas break when I can have it sent off for repairs. But now the charger's decided to make life just that much more hellish too.

The charger has had a short between the battery pack and the laptop for several months now, and every so often, when I plug it in, it'll do this stupid "plugged in but not charging" thing so that it just sits there and fries my battery until I take the stupid thing out and twist it around until whatever's shortened inside will transfer a current again. I've asked my mom to order a new one multiple times, but she keeps forgetting, I guess. And now there's a short between the plug itself and the battery pack, so half the time, it won't charge at all. (I'm writing this in the computer lounge for that very reason). The last time I used the charger, it decided to just up and stop working when my laptop was almost fully charged, and shut the laptop down with it, somehow. I had to take the battery out of the laptop and put it back in just to get it to turn on. So yeah, finals week is going to be fun.

My phone has been dead for the better part of the week, because I kept forgetting to charge it when I was actually in my dorm room with the phone, and only remembered in the times I was in class or somewhere else nowhere close to my phone or charger. This morning, I plugged it in to find that A) I had four voicemails. B) All from the health center. C) They had the results from the heart monitor, and they weren't normal. D) Because they weren't normal, the health center had gone ahead and scheduled me an appointment with the cardologist at the local hospital.

As you might have guessed, I missed the appointment. So I have one rescheduled for the last day of finals week, and because the health center didn't call and cancel the appointment when it became clear that they weren't going to get in contact with me, I now get to pay a fee for missing my appointment. Wonderful.

My heart condition is called sinus tachycardia, incidentally. Googling it tells me that it's usually brought about as a response to exercise or stress. I suppose I should be thankful that it's nothing major, but selfish as it is, I'm finding it hard to look on the bright side of things today.
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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs post-movie for both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.
Author's Note: Arthur owns a Vuitton suitcase because he's a total Francophile. In my interpretation, anyway.


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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs after the events of both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's head.
Author's Note: The Sun is a British tabloid. It's most well known for its "Page Three Girls," topless photos of women it has on the third page of the issues.


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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs after the events of both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.


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Title: Masterpiece of Reality
Fandom: The Dark Knight/Inception
Rating: R for eventual disturbing imagery and situations.
Spoilers: Occurs after the events of both films.
Summary: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in a madman's mind.
Author's Note: This story takes place about two years after the events of The Dark Knight and Inception occurred.

The title comes from the quote "dreams are like the paints of a great artist. The dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality." Try as I might, I've yet to find an attribution for that line.



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