April 8 edits

Salutations! So I created a Buzz Lightyear of Star Command page. I could have sworn I already made one, but I was unable to find it, so there is one up now. Right now it only has works from one author on it because I pulled the stuff off bookmarks and the rest should be in my alerts and favorites on ff.net. I also finally got around to cleaning up the ridiculous link dump I had left on the Fullmetal Alchemist page, as well as adding a few stories to the Noblesse page.

I have noticed that I have a bad habit of not putting ratings on stories from Archive of Our Own, so if ratings are an issue for you, watch out for those. Speaking of the Archive, it’s pretty cool that it got nominated for a Hugo Award. I’m going to have to remember to keep an eye out and see where that goes. I’m also curious if any of the stories I like have been some of the ones nominated, but I haven’t got around to checking into it.

In personal news, I’m officially set to get my TEFL certification, although the class won’t start until next month, so I should have plenty of time to edit Reading Recommedations. Despite my bold statement as of my last blog post, I hadn’t gotten much work done on it. That’s why there are still way too many link dumps up. I’ve not been getting on my desktop much, and I just can’t edit as successfully on my laptop. How does that song go? “Excuses, excuses, you hear them every day.” I’ve found that having a dirty workroom/office is not conducive to wanting to be on my PC. Spring cleaning has begun now so I’ve since ensured that is no longer an issue.

All of that means I should actually get around to editing again, especially since just the little bit I did today reminded me how many great stories out there I should totally reread. Not to mention, I’ve already started another giant list in my bookmarks page again. The Dragon Ball page is going to be a great deal larger soon, as are the Marvel pages.

So, some stuff done, lots more to go.

 

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News (Exciting! …and Not[because I ramble])

Hello! So, in wonderful news, I have officially received my diploma in the mail. I am now bonafide certified as a Bachelor of Arts, English. Woot woot! That means that I will now actually have time to work on this site!

Of course, that means that in just the past few days when I was relaxing over not being in school anymore, I managed to accumulate a good number of stories that I enjoyed. So the pages will be getting more recommendations added to them

In less interesting news, I have been contemplating the decision to stop using a pen name and just go by my real name on here.  My plan is to get a certification for teaching English as a foreign language, and hopefully get a job in either South Korea or Japan. I have been thinking about putting that on a blog, and hey this one’s here, but then again, this is my space for enjoyable fanfiction stories.

Also, the only reason I even use a pen name online is because when I was growing up, MySpace was in that stage where everyone knew it wasn’t a good place to put your stuff, because the whole world could see it! (le gasp) Looking back on that attitude that I remember hearing so much, I find it so very ironic. I think part of it was also because I live in a semi-rural area, so much was made of the idea of the online stranger danger. “Don’t put yourself in a position where that person can find you in real life.” This really makes me wonder if children in school still get those lectures. I mean, I know really little kids who have Facebook accounts; do they get to hear those lectures about not telling strangers how to find them, or is there some weird absorption thing where kids just know these things, like how you hand a two year old a phone, and they can unlock it in a few seconds? The previous sentence was really long, really weird, and needs editing.

Also, there was also the fun of figuring out a pen name. D’North is a pun. It is a very stupid pun that makes very little sense, but I liked it. I’m from the southern part of the United States, so I am very much not from the north, or of the north. However, my middle name is a derivative of a name that means “Man from the north.” My mother and grandfather also have that name, so the name is quite traditional.  Also, in one of Brian Jacques’s Redwall books, there is an otter tribe that were called NORT, which is short for something I can no longer recall. I was very fond of those characters at the time I was attempting to devise a new pseudonym as I had realized my previous one had romantic connotations that made me sound lovesick, and as an ace decided I was not standing for that. I was just going to go with D’Nort but then googled it so as to prevent any unfortunate connotations with it. After being relieved I had checked the urban dictionary, I decided to go with North as it had connections to my name.

I think I may keep using D’North after all. I am quite fond of my middle name due to its familial connection, and I think I can still have fun with it for now.

Anyway, I will be editing once more, and guess what? I am on a Star Wars kick again. I have grown overly fond of Vader redemption fics, especially those that include characters such as Piett and Veers.  I am also attempting to write my own works again, so we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, Elijah D’North, B.A. signing off.

Does it count putting the B.A. up if it’s your pseudonym?

Oh well, Elijah D’North, signing off.

Little Info and a few Discoveries

I think it is absolutely hilarious to hear James Veitch say, “Bonsoir, my golden nugget, bonsoir.” He’s a very enjoyable comedian that I found while watching TedTalks.

So finals week has not yet arrived for me, so I probably won’t be doing much here for the next two weeks, except when I am procrastinating–like right now for instance.

I was previously not aware of the existence of a children’s show called Lazytown. For a kids show, it is weirdly entertaining. Generally when I watch a show intended for much younger audiences I find myself unable to watch more than a few minutes due to disinterest, cheesiness, or just plain disgust.[I’m not a big fan of downgrading quality for younger children. I think it is both lazy and an adult judgment that ignores the fact that children can be just as smart as adults].  Lazytown, however, is actually entertaining. It’s also kind of a funny story how I discovered it. On Youtube, I subscribe to several people who edit songs into nightcore. One of them posted “We Are Number One But It’s Nightcore” I enjoyed it and listened to it a lot. Then one day when I was bored and procrastinating I played the song and it occurred to me to wonder about the very specific lyrics. Banana peels and throwing things seemed awfully specific for a song that I had assumed was for lack of better words ‘just a song about villainy.’ So curious about the context I searched for The Living Tombstone’s version which unknowing, I thought was the original version [I completely missed the gofundme link for ‘Robbie Rotten’ posted in the Youtube details, and was not familiar with The Living Tombstone]. So when I got to that video I was fairly confused but in the search results was a clip of the song as it was in the original episode. “Oh, it’s a show!” This, combined with noticing the gofundme mention in The Living Tombstone’s video resulted in me looking it up. Then I looked up the fandom. Then I looked up how parents felt about the show. These all resulted in me wondering how I’d never come across this show before, and finally I pulled up an episode on Youtube. Ironically, it was the very last episode. I watched it, every minute expecting to be bored out of my skull as normally occurs with young children’s shows and cartoons. Instead I found myself laughing and enjoying it. I don’t know if I’ll end up watching the entire series or not, I’m fairly bad at completely watching entire series of shows I adore, let alone one I was iffy at from the get go, but it definitely deserves a place in my likes. Honestly, depending on how the series goes and considering the episodes I’ve seen so far, I may start pushing my little cousins, niece and nephew toward it.

I was not expecting to devote that many words to Lazytown. In regards to the fandom, I’m not sure if I will post stories from it or not. It’s well filled with apparently devoted shippers. I might do a focus on gen stories or something similar, but for now that probably won’t happen any time soon. I do enjoy the artwork I’ve seen on Tumblr, though.

Also, I can’t remember if I announced it or not, but R.J. Ross released her twentieth book Rise and Shine. I really enjoyed it, again. Also, for a very temporary time, she is selling T-Shirts here. I believe it stops Friday. I ordered myself the Cold Steel shirt.

I suspect when I begin editing, I may start in the Marvel universe, I’ve gotten myself stuck on hurt/comfort Loki stories again, although I think right now the Tony stories may be a bit more prolific.

 

Jan. 16 edits

Huh. It has actually been a while since I’ve titled a post about edits. Honestly there probably won’t be many of the posts saying edits anymore. I’ve completed the Link Dump and now my edits will mostly be focused on cleaning up–oh, wait. I still have to add in the non-bookmarked stories from my ff.net favorites and the ones from AO3, and the ones from the random-odd sites like Potions and Snitches amongst others. Never mind, lots of edit posts are foreseen in the future.
Speaking of edits, the links dumped into the Case Closed/Detective Conan and Magic Kaito page  have been cleaned up: there were only about four and I found a new one today that I just added so I fixed it up while I was on the page. I know I should have quite a few on my FF favorites list, so I will need to add those and then the page will be somewhat finished.

I haven’t really worked on any of the other pages as I’ve been trying to complete my marathon of Dragon Ball episodes before the semester started, as well as do my spring cleaning before spring comes.
It’s interesting to see how very obvious it is that Naruto was inspired by Dragon Ball, from the visual similarities to the things like one of Tienshinhan’s techniques that probably inspired the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu.
I will probably work on the pages that do not have any summaries up yet: such as Dragon Ball, Sherlock, FMA, and Reborn!

How many of you have snow?

Saddening news

I just learned today that bato.to is going to be shutting down. It has long been my favorite place to read fan translations and I will definitely be sad to see it go.

Since that is occurring I will be placing my follows list from there on the manga/anime rec page so that I don’t forget some of the more obscure enjoyable works I read. It will be a while before that will be properly cleaned after I do that as I will try to find the appropriate places to read the manga placed there.

Link Dump Complete!

So, I have stuck every fanfiction link onto the many different pages. That means that I can now focus on cleaning up the pages and putting the larger pages into subdivisions to be more manageable. Also if I find more enjoyable stories I can just go ahead and add them instead of having a large list in front of them. I may also add a few more series to the book recommendation page I have right now. I think I also need to update the Cape High summary since there’s been a few more books come out.

Happy New Year!

So happy new year, if you use the Gregorian calendar anyway.

My computer thanks me for getting rid of the Naruto folder. I’ve dumped what I think is all the Naruto story links: turns out I had multiple links of a good many stories, some I think I put multiple times in the link dump on the Naruto page.
I’ve already seen much improvement in my browser, but I think I shall continue with the link dump since I am still adding more bookmarked stories every so many days.

I have also decided that I have so many stories on the Naruto page that once I finish the link dump and start cleaning up pages, when I turn my attention to the Naruto page once more, I shall start divvying up the stories into genres. Well, not so much genres as [I can’t remember the right word/description] subject matter such as time travel stories, reincarnation stories, gen, romance, whump, that sort of thing. For instance in Bleach fanfiction, there would be a Ichigo-is-Kaien category; or in the Harry Potter/ Katekyou Hitman Reborn! crossovers there would be a Harry-is-Skull category. In Naruto there might be a Naruto-is-a-Uchiha category. [That might be an overly complicated category considering some of the stories I’ve run across.]

But before that happens I still have a few more link dumps to occur. I have created a Katekyo Hitman Reborn page and a Sherlock Holmes page. There may be some fics interpreted as slash in the Sherlock page as I tend to interpret John Watson and Sherlock Holmes as a queerplatonic relationship and some fics that are supposed to be slash [according to the author] can also be interpreted that way and I willfully do that.

Anyway, I have no more to say, except:

May the worlds in which you tumble within
Discover new thoughts and words that sing
Of worlds within your mind to put to pen
That you may share with the world your written string.

Let your page unfurl to the world!