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I don't particularly have a friending policy since I kind of have a 'anyone-can-come' mentality as far as that goes; however, in light of the fact that I have a tendency to want to share my fannish and non-fannish loves with people (i.e. share comics I enjoy, books I found entertaining, etc.) certain things are going to put behind a lock from now on. If you want access to those downloads, friend me.

+ Those of you who might not have a dreamwidth account can hit me up for an invite or find me over at livejournal [ profile] slyprentice. Or, you know, just message me for the links.
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I haven't done this in a while because real life has been horrible to me lately but just to prove that I am still alive I thought I'd post something fun. The standard disclaimer applies to this: I don't have permission directly from the author as this is for my own personal enjoyment; it's not optimized for printing; cover art created by me with help from google images and deviant art with all artists properly credited. If the author stumbles upon this and would like me to take this down, please let me know!

For those unfamiliar to this particular (work-in-progress) series:

Summary: Tony Stark is a Guide and has known that most of his life, but all the money and time hasn't let him find his Sentinel. Justin Hammer is a dedicated pain in the ass and not someone Tony willingly associates with. Until a chance incident at an Expo reveals that Justin's a Sentinel, and in desperate need of help.

Pairing: Tony Stark/Justin Hammer.

Category: Sentinel Alternate Universe. (Justin's an Alpha Sentinel. Tony's his Guide.)

Preview )

You can download it here.

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I'm actually incredibly surprised that I'm even making this post but someone PMed me this week and asked about permission to podfic my fic at some point in the future: my answer is an enthusiastic (and flattered) feel free to anyone! The one and only thing I ask is that you let me know about it when it's done so I can link to it! :) 
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Every single time I sit down to watch Suits I always wonder why I'm not watching it more. It's just an awesome show with characters I feel stupidly invested in. Even so I haven't read many fics for it (yet) and this happens to be the first one I read...and it's a coffee shop AU. I have no regrets.

This zine only contains one fic: Grand Soy Triple Dirty Chai by friskaz. It has standard formatting, is not optimized for printing, and doesn't contain any fanart beyond a few graphics I was able to find via google images. In all it's a very simply formatted zine so don't look for anything spectacular.

You can download it here or see a preview of it below the cut:

Want some coffee, Harvey? )

If anyone has any suggestions for other fics that deserve a fanzine -- or maybe an anthology? -- feel free to nudge me in their directions. I make fanzines quite often when I have the time (I'm currently working on two at the moment) since all my fic reading is pretty much done on tablets these days thanks to my soon-to-be-ex workplace restrictions. 
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 I intended to share this much sooner but kept forgetting since I've been busy with making others like it and real life obligations. Much like almost everyone in the Dresden Files fandom I'm a big fan of [personal profile] luciazephyr 's writing and have been slowly but steadily creating personal fanzines for each of her finished fics.

The Stars and Scones Bakery and Coffee Shop was one of the first ones I did (before I started printing them into actual books) and is formatted for easy reading on the computer or e-reader. It is not optimized for printing so the margins are standard and there are not blank pages. Coverart is by Robinade and all other illustrations were found via google images.

You can download it here or preview it below the cut. It is in .pdf format.

Preview of Stars and Scones PDF )
I'll likely get share more PDFs later on this evening as well as from now on. It seems a shame to just let these sit on my external hard drive when other people could enjoy them. :)
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I've pretty much been a mess lately with all the stress-drama at work and haven't really had any time for fandom so after weeks and weeks of being away and comforting myself with a Teen Wolf marathon of Netflix (an episode a night), I ended up making this:

Fanart behind cut )

It's not the best but it's been a long long time since I've tried my hand at fanart of any kind so meh. And anyway, it's kept me highly amused with plot bunny after plot bunny of potential fics for it. My personal (cracky) favorite: eccentric fashion designer Stiles meeting grumpy faced ex-model Derek while in Paris during fashion week.

I don't even know. Don't judge me. It's fun. XD


Jun. 30th, 2012 03:24 pm
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I don't use tumblr much (or, you know, at all) but there really are some gems there:


Jun. 24th, 2012 05:37 pm
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 Anyone out there a member of Goodreads? I'd love to have someone to chat about books with and/or see what everyone else is reading! 
slyprentice: (dean says 'bang!')
Despite my love of comic books, all I can say on this Memorial Day is: Heroes don't wear capes. They wear dog tags. So thank you to all the heroes who came before, are here now, and will come after.

Thank you, dad. Semper Fi.
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I know a lot of people are still in the "let's break shit!" phase of dealing with the upcoming new Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Elementary, but I have to say that I'm really looking forward to it. Especially after watching this clip on CBS' website. I know that's a really unpopular opinion right now but it's the honest truth.

I really like the storyline behind it - I'm loving that Joan Watson is hired by Sherlock's father to be Sherlock's sober companion - and I'll be interested to find out some of the things I'm curious about:

- Why is Sherlock in Manhattan for rehab and not somewhere else? Did his father force him away? Did Mycroft?
- Why isn't Joan a doctor anymore? What happened? 
- Why isn't she a solider? That seems like an important part of Watson's character to leave out but...maybe not?
- Will there be any appearances of the other characters? Like a cameo of Lestrade? Mycroft?

...and those are just a few things. 

I think a lot of people are getting hung up on things about it that are just silly. For instance, Sherlock saying "I hate it when I'm right" in the preview trailer: Really? Really? That's what you're going to get hung up on? A six-word throw-away sentence after Holmes finds the body that's "not right" because "Sherlock loves being right"...I's a figure of speech! It's something you say when something horrible happens - like someone is murdered - and you "called it". 

Also everyone's up in arms over Joan gasping over the body and stepping away...I'm not even going to address that, actually. I'll just leave this here and let it speak for itself. 

I also think it's sad that Cumberbatch had to say this:
“[Elementary´╗┐ will] be different and I don’t think it’ll take away the love for ours, and there’s no reason to be churlish or bitter about them or what they’re trying to do” — BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

I know I'm rambling a bit but I just have to say that I wish people would give this a fair chance. Not that that's going to happen but I still wish for it. I mean, it's Holmes and Watson, and I've loved those two since well before BBC's Sherlock. Hell, I've loved them since I was I kid and that has nothing to do with Cumberbatch. It had everything to do with ACD and his awesome characters. I'm off my fifteen and back to work!
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Lately I haven't had the time to sit down and write a proper review so I thought I'd post a few quick thoughts on the books I haven't had the chance to review as well as link to my book list on my listography page. But anyway...onward!

Thoughts and Feelings, Feelings and Thoughts )

On a different note and for those of you who enjoy fanzines as much as I do, a recommendation: The Adventure of the Blue Police Call Box by MJ, a BBC Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover. Slash.

I was gifted the above 'zine as an early birthday present and I loved it. It read like a Doctor Who episode and was just a lot of fun from beginning to end. In fact, I'll likely sit down with a cup of tea and read it again this weekend. Though that might be a bad thing...I really want to buy more 'zines. >.<

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 Does anyone know if Two Two One Bravo Baker by abundantlyqueer was ever finished? I was sent a .pdf of it to format into book format - which, yay! - and ended up having to go look for it on AO3 because it wasn't complete only to realize that the fic itself wasn't complete..? And that the author has disappeared..? Anyone know?

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So after a few weeks of working on it, I've finally formatted the first story in LuciaZephyr's The Matter of Chicago series, other things the road to hell is paved with, into book format. Not zine format. There are no spiral bounds here. It's an actual book with book cover (I might change it since I'm not 100% satisfied with it) and the entire thing typeset to paperback perfection. I plan to do a test-run print on it for myself to double check the spacing -- I don't leave the traditional amount of space around the edges that most paperbacks do; less is better, in my opinion -- but it's done...and I'm excited! \o/

I always am when I finish formatting a book to print for myself, not only because I know I'll soon have that fic on my shelf forever after, but because it means I get to move onto the next one. The last book I did was for Observations on Sentinels and Guies in Victorian London by RyuuzaKochou and it turned out splendidly, though I did initally have spacing issues that drove me crazy. I'm kind of torn about what to do next -- another Sherlock Holmes fic? Suits, maybe? Something else entirely? -- but am already looking forward to the process. 

That said, and before anyone jumps on me for daring to book-format fics, I do this for myself and myself alone. I don't make profit on it it -- in fact, I spend money because I have to continuously get test-copies and even then I only pay the exact amount it costs to print the book up -- and never re-sell it or even share it. I want to share so I have someone(s) to squee with but without the author's permission it would be a really douche bag thing to do and I'm just not that kind of gal. I could share the .pdfs of it, I suppose, but whatever. It's still fun to do! 
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1. The Hunger Games by S. Collins
2. The Hitch Hiker/The Lost Temple by Stevie Woods
3. Alliance in the Blood by Ariel Tachna
4. Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail
5. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
6. SWAT Team One and the Social Worker (#1) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
7. SWAT Team Two and Miss Robin Hood (#2) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
8. Task Force Three and the Irish Jewel (#3) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
9. Angel Bound (#1) by Jana Downs
10. Angelic Ties (#2) by Jana Downs
11. Angel Kin (#3) by Jana Downs
12. Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1) by Lilith Saintcrow
13. Dante Valentine: Working For The Devil (#1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Up Next:
None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain Book 1) by Susan Kaye

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I haven't really had time to sit down and do a proper review for all of these books but wanted to make sure to add them to my list lest I forget about them. So, books I've read so far:

1. The Hunger Games by S. Collins 
2. The Hitch Hiker/The Lost Temple by Stevie Woods
3. Alliance in the Blood by Ariel Tachna
4. Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail 
5. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

Currently Reading: Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville

I just received Zero to the Bone today from my BooksFree account and am really looking forward to cracking it open. It's been recommended to me several times by several different people. It'll be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype. 

On a completely unrelated note, I stumbled upon a Sixteen Candles fic I started years ago between Farmer Ted and Jake Ryan based years in the future (they're both in their 30s) and am wondering why I never finished it. I had the foundation for a really wonderful story and now am thinking heavily about finishing it. It'll give me an excuse to watch Sixteen Candles again, in any case. :)
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...I wish this was real so badly. I would watch the hell out of it.


Apr. 16th, 2012 06:51 pm
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I really hate stomach bugs. Been down with one since Friday and am still feeling queasy off and on. If you PMed me I'll get back to you as soon as I don't feel like falling over.
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Does anyone know if there's a feature on Archive of Our Own that allows you to know when a fic has been updated? Other than manually checking, that is? I rarely sign into my account there and am terrible about bookmarking so it'd be extremely useful for keeping track of fics I'm enjoying it. 
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I've been sitting on this review for a while now because I've been conflicted about what to say about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed what it had to offer and the premise for the entire series  was really intriguing. On the other hand, I really felt like the author missed the chance to create something spectacular with the plot and the characters. But first, a blurb for those of you who haven't read this book:
Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world?

In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards know they need an advantage to turn the tide in their favor: the strength and edge the vampires can give them in the battle against the dark wizards who seek to destroy life as they know it.

In a dangerous move and show of good will, the wizards ask the leader of the vampires to meet with them, so that they might plead their cause. One desperate man, Alain Magnier, and one bitter, disillusioned vampire, Orlando St. Clair, meet in Paris, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance of their decision: Will the vampires join the cause and form a partnership with the wizards to win the war?

--Alliance in Blood by Ariel Tachna, Book 1 the Partnership in Blood series, Dreamspinner Press

It sounds full of potential, right? I thought so. I also thought it sounded right up my alley: vampires and light wizards forging an alliance to fight back against the dark wizards they're currently in a war with? That sounds awesome!

And it was. Kind of. A little bit. 

All right, it wasn't awesome. It was more in the 'this is good' category of reading rather than awesome, but in all fairness to the author (who does have a knack for writing a good story), it was the first book in a series and sometimes that can be the weakest one. Especially with the amount of set-up involved in establishing the who, what, where, when, and why of a series. Which the author did and didn't do here.

For example: we know right from the start of this book that light and dark wizards are waging war against each other; we know that in desperation the light wizards are trying to forge an alliance with the vampires to try to turn the tide in the war; we know that Alain, one of the main characters and a light wizard, is willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. What we don't know and never learn is why they're having the war in the first place!

And that drove me absolutely crazy. I wanted to know why the dark and light wizards were fighting, even if it was for a generic reason like the dark wizards wanted more power and control over Paris (or the world). I wanted to know why this alliance was going to be so important but we never really found out because its importance was kind of swept under the rug so the main characters could fall in love or lust or whatever it was they were doing. 

Speaking of the main characters: Alain and Orlando (the vampire) were both an equal mix of good character potential and wasted character potential. A few quick examples of this:

Alain, we learn, lost his wife and young son in one of the first attacks of the war. This, far from hardening his heart, has turned him into a calm and competent wizard who will do whatever it takes to win. But, for whatever reason, the loss was (again) swept under the rug and regulated to being a small and short aside to Alain's character, and I have to ask...why? That's the kind of stuff that defines a character and is not tossed aside like it's just ancient history (it's not). 

Orlando, too, had the same issue: we learn relatively quickly in the story that the vampire who changed Orlando was a brutal and sadistic maker, who physically and emotionally tormented Orlando for his own sick pleasure. But, apparently, Orlando's distrust of others (which could have been a very lovely and angst-ridden plot point between the two characters) just wasn't what I thought it would be. Instead of him being a tough nut to crack, he was easily hurt (I could buy that, I guess) and a little bit -- whiny isn't the right word but I have no other one to give you in context to him. He was just too soft a character for me in relation to his past and while that's not a failing, it still felt like wasted potential. 

All of that said, I don't want it to seem like I didn't enjoy the book. I did quite a bit once I dropped my expectations (which I admit I should have done right from the start) and just let it be what it was: a straightforward wizard meets vampire and they have a magical bond (in blood) together. Which, really, could be the plot of any number of fan fictions out there these days but who says that's a bad things?

Length: 236 pages.
*My Rating: B-
Book Challenge 2012: #3
Next Book: Wes and Toren by J.M.C. 

*I've changed my rating system so I can have more flexibility when rating because this one was so darn hard to "grade" and I thought it would be more straightforward if I just labeled it this way. 


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