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Oh man, the Magicians season final. I am curious to see if they can get another season after that.

Also, damn but War of the Realms is trying to suck me in. Marvel finally got a cross over event right, imho. A villain is making a power grab and no heroes fighting heroes! Though I am displeased with the first well know hero to fall. At this point I am just going ot collect the main title and not bother with the tie ins, even if they do include characters from Champions. I just don't have the cash for 5-6 titles a week.

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Writing is just not happening and it is getting frustrating. I just tried to sit and write for 15 minutes and could get past the second sentence. I'm beginning to wonder if I need to set aside my story and do fanfic or something. Mix things up.

I also realizing I need to establish the habit of writing, more than I did before. Now that I am on a medication that stabilizes my mood and lifts me from the dreaded depressions I sit in, writing and other creative things aren't the lifeline giving me little jolts of joy. Which means I don't reach for them to lift my mood like I used to do. So now I need to figure out how to write are writing itself and not cheap therapy.

Fun times. I really need to try writing first thing in the morning or as near to it as I can. At the end of the day my creative spoons seem spent, so that's not working.

I should also tag out. Maybe that will knock words loose.

I'm really enjoying Ashes of the Tyrant, book five of the Brimstone Angel series. Some great world building in the form of a non human races culture. Also I am loving the characters so much, as I've said before. I'm getting tempted to do a reread once I get book six, which is the end of the series. I'm also struck all over again how interesting one of main characters, Farideh, could be to play. The challenge, at least as far as icons go, is I'd only have book covers for official depictions of her, which is hit or miss tbh. Nothing wrong with the art, but the expressions are very dramatic, given it's the book covers, and very limited. I do have a few fancast ideas, but I'd need to photoshop in some horns as Farideh is a tiefling. If my drawing skills we up to snuff, i could just draw icons as I need them, but drawing isn't working for me either.

Help me Carry Fisher, you're my only hope.

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Darran just wants to study demonology and make a life for himself in the big city, away from the overbearing influence of his uncle and the demands of the family business. He gets what he wants, and even makes a friend in the only other person studying a restricted subject (necromancy in her case). Things are going great until they discover someone in the city is savaging dead spirits, for which Darran becomes a person of interest by the police, as well as putting his field of study in danger of being revoked.

And if that weren’t enough, he’s developing strong feelings for his necromanctic friend, feelings that would screw up their friendship considering she’s a lesbian. Who would have ever thought balancing the suspicions of the police, academic politics, and stopping the attacks on the city’s dead would be the least of his worries as he tries desperately to sort his feelings without screwing up his friendship.
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Sorry for riffing off of Pink Floyd there.

Things have been moving forward. I'm still writing here and there. My moods have been pretty stable, i.e. my temper is not a wild hyena I'm holding onto with a leash, and I'm doing pretty well. I would like to draw some, but that seems to have taken a back seat to the writing.

Writing is still an interesting ride. I keep figuring out new things, and getting inspirations for how to run the plot or scenes. I think the biggest difference between writing and just imaging plots is that the thing always goes to places I didn't expect in my head. Which is a very good thing. Keeps me entertained.

I have noticed I seem to put limits on myself. I can never seem to write more than 500 to 1000 words in one sitting or one day. It's like I'm either burning out the fuel I have or am worried I am going to burn out. Or I am worried about wasting effort, since why on Earth would anyone want to read something I've written? I'm mostly joking in that last sentence, though I do wonder if that fear is what's holding back the word flow.

I've also been thinking a lot about what my book actually entails, or what genre it's covering. I know I've been calling it a Not!romance, but after being challenged on that by [personal profile] misslucyjane  (and sincerely, thank you for doing that), my brain and muse have been worrying at the idea and seriously, there are several romances occurring in this book, one of which involves the male protag. It's just not the one he spends the most worry on.

I've also figured out a fun way to introduce the detective for the mystery side of the story.

I do seem to have some world building to do, though. Or at least decisions. Since the first scene, I knew Native peoples and PoC would be dominating what we call the Western US and San Francisco. I had it in my head that the Native peoples did not lose political power and were never conquered. I still haven't decided if the Southwest and Western states are part of a unified USA, or if they are a new nation, loosely following the Centralist Republic of Mexico (circa 1836), but I don't want to get into details because the story isn't about politics or how the world is different than our own.

Still, things would be different. Like would SF be designed around street cars and automobiles, or would it be designed around foot traffic and the like? Would there be more parks? I want SF to feel like the SF of the 90s, but different. Like I plan on people using pagers and these pagers have technology that allows text messaging.

Funny how living in a world with instant communication makes me want to not write people not being able to get in immediate touch with others. Funny enough, this is plot driven as I know at the final confrontation with the antagonist, my two protags will be not talking with each other and so one will need to be called in cause they wouldn't be part of the plan.

Onto other things....started reading book five in Erin M. Evans' Brimstone Angel series. Returning to Farideh and the world of D&D's Forgotten Realms. I love this character so much and the author is so good at writing, she immediately draws me in. Resisting the urge to play Farideh somewhere, but I am failing at not looking at possible PBs. The problem with any PB is that I would need to do some Photoshop work since Farideh is a tiefling, and thus has horns, a silver eye, a gold eye, and bronze colored skin. Not sure if that is metallic bronze of more human, but it's tempting to take it literal. ; ) I'm also not 100% sure how her warlock pact would work within Milliways. Inclined to say it works until it doesn't, but she can't summon her devil (unless I or someone else apps him).

Future Fight is fun but I need to stop trying to crunch mechanics to get the best bonuses and just play the teams that are fun for me to play. Like, yes Steve, Sam, and Bucky give wicked bonuses, but I'd rather run with Thor (Jane Foster), Sif, and Angela, and just because they get a third of the bonuses won't take away any of the joy....right?

I also need to stop picking characters who's ranking materials aren't farmable.

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One of the F4 quests for Future Fight features Reed (who is from another dimension, this realities f4 having died) telling Jennifer Walters that they need to find their home but that she should make a new F4 for this dimension. Now that I've got my f4 team to tier 2 status (i.e. advanced), I'm tempted to split them off and make a F4 team for Jen, just not sure whom to use.

Spider-Gwen is tempted as she'd be a good balance to Jen's tank, but her character pieces aren't farmable (though I do have her at max stars, I would need more to get her to tier 2).

Hellcat and Jessica Jones are tempting and give a pretty nice team bonus, but again they aren't very farmable. I could play with White Tiger and Songbird, who are farmable.

Jen, Crystal, and Shurri is tempting as well...though again, Shurri isn't farmable. They sure do make the neat characters I want not be farmable. : /

Then Crystal, Medusa, and Johnny...or someone else for my second F4 team. Or maybe Crystal, Storm, and Medusa.

Then have Reed, Ben, and Johnny be their own team.

Of course too many F4 teams blows out my Netflix Defenders, (Jane)Thor, and Angela teams.
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Idea for another story that hit me on my commute this morning.

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I've been outlining my book for the past week and I think I might be at a stage where I need to shift from the not!romance to the mystery as I seem to be floundering now with the not!romance plot. This could easily be because I don't know romance tropes or plot lines a whole lot--don't ask me why my story decided to use a romance plot structure or have romance themes--so maybe I just need to listen to some romance stories to get the genre.

I'm getting to the end of Act 02 I think, and soon will move to Act 03. I'm not sure if the mystery plot is there though. I think it might be good to read the outline through before I work on it tomorrow.
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Listening to Seanan McGuire and Leah Williams talk about their love of X-Men and their stories for them is making me want to start reading X-Men but I can't afford X-Men (however many titles), F4, Champions, Spider-Gwen, and Unstoppable Wasp. I guess I'll just have to wait until it hits Comixology Unlimited.
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And while I did enjoy it, the resolution of the story revolved around a trope I do not like. I won't list it here as it's a spoiler, but to its credit, they did go somewhere new or at least different than they usually take stories using the trope.

I did like all the characters and am tempted to try out a couple; Ben (n.06) and Pogo. I'm just not so sure about Pogo mostly because of the things he allowed to happen in the past. Faithful butler only gets you so far as an excuse for how you allow children to be treated. Ben is kind of a blank page though, cause there isn't much to go on from the Netflix series. I could pull from the comic I suppose.
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I seem to be in the expel the ectoplasm stage of this cold. Woke up godawful early, i.e. 3:30am, to coughing and ended up for an hour drinking tea until my throat calmed enough for me to try and sleep for another hour or so. Bleck.

I'd love to see Captain Marvel this weekend, but I don't think it's to be. One, I haven't bought tickets, and tw, I think the weekend is already booked. I am wearing my Captain Marvel socks in solidarity though.

Writing is being reluctant again. >:/  Maybe I should just write some fanfic to get the gears moving?
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I think I am coming down with a cold. My throat and sinus are not feeling good, but at least the random hot flashes have passed. I swear if I didn't work more than an hours drive from home, I'd have left work already. I'm already planning on calling in tomorrow.

I watched the first season of One Day At A Time and I love it. That finale was interrupted by onion ninjas though. (Also, the estranged father is going to regret that decision for the rest of his life.) So looking forward to season 02.

I also finished off the 2 seasons of The Good Place that Netflix has. So jonesing for season 03, but Hulu only has the 5 most recent episodes, which means I'd miss the first half of the season. Boo.

I'm also looking forward to season 02 of The Dragon Prince and Umbrella Academy. I should also give Cloak and Dagger a watch.

Magicians has been really good this season, good enough I bought a season pass on Google so I don't miss episodes or have to wait for Netflix to get the season.

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 500 Words, despite a head ache. Woot.

I think I'll have more if I can find more time to sit.
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Looks pretty and I'm glad some elements form the original story are coming in...Mutants In SPAAAAACCCCEEEE....but I'm not a fan of the "girl goes crazy with too much power" ride, yet again. I'd love it if they could switch things around a bit and maybe have her actually handle the powers...at least for a while. I'm more interested in omega level powers creating omega level problems when you still only have mortal human's conscience to determine the best course. Mistakes, even horrendous mistakes, via good intentions are so much more interesting than "Oh, she's just crazy".

That and not a smidgen of character development seems to have happened, which is something that bugs me about the X-Men movies in general. At least Beast seems to have at least one scene where he uses his agility and strength to fight three dimensionally.

Yes, this is only a trailer, so none of those complaints are really valid, but still.
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Random thought as I watch a friend on FB live comment his watching Into The Spider-verse that I never mentioned but had meant to...

Behind a cut cause spoilers... )

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I think I have figured out why I've been reluctant to write, at least with my story. I need more conflict. I have the main conflict and then the MC's person internal conflict, but both of those are slow burners that occur as under currents, so I need to add in more conflicts to move things along.

I think today I will work on a conflicts outline and see what ideas I can come up with.

In other news, I keep wanting to make teams with Marvel's Future Fight, but they only give you three slots for teams before you have to pay for extra, and they only have a total of five slots anyway. I'm sort of gaming the system by having two different IDs I'm playing with though. I think I need to figure out which teams to play on my phone and which to play on my tablet. I know my tablet will be my mutant source, since that's where I paid to get Illyana. I also have a Nadia van Dyne who has potential there, so I'll likely run with a Champions team, since I also have Riri Williams/Iron Heart. I'll just need to decide on if I want to get Sam Alexander/Nova or Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel.
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Oh, and I also finally read Avengers Vs X-Men, the big cross over event Marvel ran a few years ago. Not as bad as I'd feared, though the Avengers really did not look good through most of it. Like would it have hurt Cap to try and reach out to Cyclopes to meet in a neutral area without an army at his back?

I can't decide if I want to write up more about this or not. I do know I wasn't 100% in favor of Illyana's characterization and it was weird seeing old versions of characters that weren't valid any more, like Colossus being the Juggernaut for a bit there.
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With spoilers for Gen: Lock (a Roosterteeth mech webseries) and Chamions (Marvel comic), so behind the cut.

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OK, enough griping. I have Janelle Monáe's cover of Heroes in my head.

I also started Umbrella Academy this weekend, but only got about halfway through the first episode before my tablet ran out of power. Seems interesting and I mean to watch it.

News has it that the Disney+ Marvel shows will tie into the MCU officially. Not sure if that enough for me to keep wanting to play Sam.

I still need to write. I am so far behind.

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I have gotten Illyana to 6 stars, which unlocks all her powers/abilities and she is fun. Screen shots behind the cut.

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