Friday, November 23, 2012

Sales are mean

So I was doing my usual poke into the Steam store to see if there was anything I wanted on sale last night... Well thity-five dollars later I found myself with Risen and the Ultimate version of Dragon Age Origins. I still have twelve dollars left. Must resist.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Coffee for the Win

So I got one of those Tassimo coffee machines a while back. I thought it would be a good investment considering how much I like expensive coffees and lattes, and how much cheaper it would be if I just made them myself instead of buying them, but I forgot to take into account a few details. Like the fact that I don't actually buy expensive coffee all that often now that I don't live in walking distance of a cafe, and that even if seven to twelve dollars for eight cups of coffee/tea/hot chocolate is a great deal compared to three to six dollars for one cup in a cafe, it is not all that great a deal if you are going to be drinking those fancy coffees frequently. Basically, I've been spending twice as much for a  few cups of (admittedly really good) chai tea latte as I would for a large can of Nabob which can make dozens of cups of coffee. Not my best investment, but still completely worth it for the taste and convenience.

In fandom news, I've been all over the place lately. I've been a bit flighty about finding a new main fandom since the last few I looked into were fairly small or dying off to the extent that they had been around long enough that most of the original fic writers for those fandoms have already moved on, leaving a trail of unfinished epics left behind due to lack of interest. That's one of the worst things when you go back to old fandoms: finding out that all of your old favorites that were unfinished when you left are still unfinished when you come back. Currently I'm poking around in the Supernatural fandom, but it probably won't last since that is a fandom that contains a lot of things I tend to avoid (like RPF -it's cannon even!- and for the longest time the main slash pairing was incest, which is so not my thing even in fiction). Also, I'm getting more and more annoyed with the Buffy Crossover fandom. I used to like Xander centered fic back in the old days, when his characterization actually matched what existed in canon.  These days though, it seems like no one remembers that there are any characters *other* than Xander and his characterization and motivations in fanon are so far away from his canon characterization these days that it isn't even funny. Seriously, part of what made him an interesting character was that he didn't have super-powers and still fought anyway. the most annoying thing though, is that these Xander-Stu fics have become so popular that it seems like that's almost all there is anymore. Other BtVS characters may as not even exist, or are killed off, made into the villains, or just so badly characterized that I wonder if the writer has ever even seen an episode of Buffy. I used to be able to find lots of great fic at Twisting the Hellmouth, but these days its getting harder and harder to find anything even moderately readable and at this point I think I'd be happy just for fic centered on someone other than Xander- even for a power-up fic. Meh.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Today on Fandom Quest

Okay, so before I say anything about my ongoing quest for a new fandom, I'd like to admit that I just bought myself an Iron Man costume for my sack-person on Little Big Planet. It is adorable, as all sack-person costumes are. I also finally bought the Pirates of the Caribbean level pack, which contains water that doesn't kill me. Yay.

And now back to my regularly scheduled blog.

So last time on Fandom Quest I mentioned I was going to look into Hawaii Five-0 as my next potential fandom or go back to Doctor Who. I didn't find much for new Doctor Who fic that I actually wanted to read, and Hawaii Five-0 has some good stuff, but its one of those fandoms where I'd prefer to have seen more of the show before digging into the fic so I've been a bit hesitant to grab onto that fandom just yet. Instead, I somehow just sucked into the Inception fandom, which has lots of great fics, and then the Suits fandom, and back into the White Collar fandom for a bit, and now I've found myself poking into the Star Trek AOS fandom... though I probably won't stay there since Star Trek has never really been a fandom I've enjoyed fic for- mostly because a lot of the good epic fic I've seen tends towards too many technical world-building details and not enough focus on the characters or plot. Although, there have been a few fic that I liked back in the day... who knows, maybe I might stay longer than I thought. We'll see. 

In other news, I was going to do NaNo this year, but signing up didn't actually make me any more inclined to write than usual. These days I can barely muster the energy to write in this blog. Meh. I did get some good ideas for a story though, so who knows, maybe something might come out of it after all.