Ashana Lian's Fantasy Lab



Fantasy and Fantasy Writing from every angle: fantasy and sci-fi novels, films, artwork, superhero cartoons, children's and YA books, manga, anime, video games and comics. Put the microscope on 'Geek Culture'.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Fiction Friday: Supe'd Up - After The Ball

Image from Google Ims.


The moment Terry opened the door and saw them, Dewey saw flashes of emotions on her face, one after another - surprise, suspicion, amusement, and then alarm. It seemed like only a moment ago she was sighing, "Can't you change out of your converses, Dewey, jeez! If you can at least not look like a jerk, that would make up for acting like one." And now they were back, too soon, and all wrong. Terry's eyes went from his face to his dirtied and ripped clothing, then slid over to shivering Whitney, clutching her bare brown arms, and then to the drops of blood on her pale pink dress.

Terry glared at Dewey. "What did you do?" she demanded.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Superheroes, Superpowers, and the Marvel vs DC Debate :3



Superheroes and Superpowers

Okay. I know what I said about staying focused on Seven Empires - and I swear, I will. But this burst of inspiration that I've had has taken me n a roller coaster. I even have characters already; Dewey and Whitney, and man I have been thinking about them ALL DAY. I loved playing about with the ideas of different superpowers and pleased that I was able to make it so different to my Clear/Zero story (kinda like my X-Men story. So I suppose, this would be my DC story, maybe.) Scenes and characters have been appearing in involuntary visualisations since last night (I was up until two in the morning writing it all down) and I am really hoping to share some of it on Fiction Fridays in three days time :3

Nothing was posted last Friday, as I was working and kind of ran out of time to select a piece of the Seven Empires story I was proud of.

Oh, I'm a bit concerned about that. I'm actually past visualising the actual chronology of the main story and for some reason spend a lot of my time thinking about things that happen after Book 1, when Karalan's not in the story. It's really great and a lot of fun (I did a video about my Eani Aitan/Serotte problem, but just for me to vent my confusion really) but I am worried I am tapering off.

In a Stephen King book I read, I'm sure he mentioned trying to get the majority of a story down in three months, a after that the motivation starts to die. I think I did pretty well, but then my progress was really slow and we are coming up to a year. =/

Meh, I'll figure it out.

Billy Batson / Shazam in Justice League War

Like I said before, I was HUGELY interested in the character of Shazam and this superhero shortfic was actually inspired by the Billy Batson ego of him. I was only musing over the idea, them all of a sudden this whole new character Dewey was born alongside ADORABLE Whitney and a hilarious cast right behind them. I dunno why everyone's a joker in this story but that's just how it turned out. I like it that way, I haven't ever written a story like that before. I literally laughed myself to sleep last night.

It's so nice to be crazy c:




Marvel Pan.

Marvel vs DC

After watching Justice League 'War', I thought about this once again, because man, that was SUCH a good movie. But regardless, I still think I'll stick with Marvel, and by that I mean X-Men.

I take sides with Marvel because even though DC has Batman, who's probably one of my favourite solo superheroes, I generally like the X-Men more than Justice League. But almost cancelling that out, I cannot STAND the Avengers or Captain America (Marvels).

DC Pan. LOOK! Top right, ZATANNA!! :D


Goals

[1] Post my Dewey/Whitney story on Friday, [2] continue working on Seven Empires story. [3] Sort out my life. That would be great too.




Ashana Lian .

P.S. New post days will be, I think, Sunday, Tuesday, and then either Fiction Friday or the Thursday before if it's a gap week.

We'll see how it goes. My life is too hectic to make any solid plans right now. Ciao. (I only just realised this word was Italian... I HONEST TO GOD thought it was Chinese. (No, SERIOUSLY!))

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Justice League - WAR! (2014 Animated Movie Review Thingy. Yeah.)


Intro

As you may well know, I usually pick Marvel over DC. But this will be a DC post, just to make it clear!!!

I spotted this movie by pure coincidence. After spending parts of last week watching certain comic book-related videos (on Grace Randolf’s Think About The Ink Youtube channel) which I’d coincidentally got to  from The Legend Of Korra video, which I’d coincidentally got to from the Youtube blog on Blogger – finding this movie was a complete Why Is DC Always In My Face moment for me. Especially after watching the video that rated the Justice League as the number 1 superhero group. I dunnoooo, maaaaan, I’ve always been an X-Men person.



Those who know me know that I don’t write ‘Reviews’. I write ‘Rambles’. Take from it what you will.



The Movie (Semi-review)

I was going to do it chronologically, as events happen in the movie, but instead I’ll talk about each character. That should cover everything.


MISSED
Martian Manhunter. Always loved that guy. I loved how him and Superman could meet on a level, both being the last of their race. Oh, wait... did I get that right?!


NOT MISSED
I’m glad they didn’t put Aquaman. I never quite get him. I’m always like ‘Why is he here?’ *laughing* I’m sorry, it’s mean, but I do !!




Green Lantern

Seven minutes in, and Hal Jordan is getting on my nerves. Big time! I had to ask myself why nobody was punching him in the face, until I remembered that he only knew Batman so far and Batman was beyond that sort of childishness. Cause he’s BATMAN, DURH! At first I thought how very interesting that none of them know each other, and EVENTUALLY, a long last, I realised it was an Origins plot. It probably took me until Cyborg’s scene that I realised. I thought, ‘Well, as we've seen Hal Jordan, and I don’t think this particular black man is John Stewart (as I was hoping), I have to assume he’s Cyborg. But where’s all his – OHHHH!!!!!’

I literally clicked on this movie without knowing a thing about it. Lucky mistake. c:

(I’d like to take this moment to address Green Lantern’s ring. This is something I’ve thought about for years, it’ the whole, What A Shame He’s Normal Without It issue, it’s the Can This Ring Really Do ANYTHING At All? issue. And I thought about it again at about eight and a half minutes into this movie (8.31 to be precise). I feel as if a seasoned Green Lantern would always use his most powerful attack against an enemy because - why not? Seems as if the same amount of energy is used to create a pillow as an aeroplane. Suddenly he’ll be like, ‘That’s it, time for the big guns!’ and create a tank that shoots rockets, and I’m like, ‘Why didn’t he just do that at the beginning?’ Such a great idea, but so many holes for me! Urgh, my brain hurts. Will continue the discussion another day.)


It grew very irritating very quickly that Green Lantern was always so hasty to attack, and then made me wonder why the man who always wants to throw somebody against a wall is the defender of the UNIVERSE. And erm, how did he get his ring again? What FOR?! He is clearly the Idiot of the movie, having been the one who is proved wrong countless times but not learning from his mistakes. GL says the stupid shit like, “That wasn’t so hard!”

ARGHHHH *facepalm*

I have another question. Is GL HJ usually so overconfident, or is it just this portrayal of him? Because DAMN

- and my feelings are such that no full stop is required.

But despite this, he also had the funniest bits in the movie, which surprised me as I expected that to come solely from Flash!

Funniest Scene #2 is when Superman does some sort of mind-link with Batman and suddenly they’re cool now so GL looks really perplexed and goes “Heyheyhey! We done fighting?” That was funny, BUT –
First places goes to the bit when Flash meets GL and Hals’ all like “Heyyy, Flash!” being all chummy, Flash doesn’t get it, but then Hal says
GL: “Oh yeah and that’s... Batman.”
F: “Batman’s REAL?!”
GL (glum): “Oh yeah, he’s over there.”
That's #1 for sure. No amount of describing will do it justice so you have to watch it firsthand. I had to watch it over and over, and I cracked up every time!



Wonder Woman

First off, I love her costume (image above). It's modest and practical, loving the neck-high/almost-boyshorts look (solves the bulging cleavage and pulling-knickers-outta-your-bum problem. Ignored - but a very real problem! lmfao). It’s also very refreshing from the costume that I always imagine to be the Classic design (image below, hopefully), though I’ve seen a range of WW costumes. But woah, look at how TINY Wonder Woman’s waist is! DAMN. Me: *just ate a lamb patty* =/



The scene Wonder Woman first appears in, I was SO, shocked to hear some man call her a whore! So shocked! I thought, ‘Oh my God, am I still watching Justice League?! Tell me this isn't PG!’ But the bit when she bit into the ice cream (which I expected to be cheesy) was hilarious.

Ice Cream scene from the original comic, found on this blog


When she had her first fight scene, I was like ‘Wonder Woman can kick ASS!!!!’ I can’t deny I was very much looking forward to the first Superman/Wonder Woman meeting and I wasn’t disappointed. When it happened, I was grinning so widely. :3 Happyyy! I’m sorry, I’ve always been a bit ‘Meh’ about Lois =/


Okay, 59.51, more or less. With me? Okay. When she blinded Darkseid!

Women do all the work, is a phrase I’ve heard before, and sorry to say it but WW sure lived up to it. First of all, all the men went barging at Darkseid and got bashed around, while Wonder Woman was very precise and actually suceeded in blinding him all by herself. At that moment, the male superheroes - ? Disappointing. If Batman had been there, he would’ve nailed it. Hey, if Hawkgirl had been there, maybe she'da nailed it too. I feel that the only one who RELATIVELY stood a chance again Darkseid solo was Wonder Woman and, believe it or not – FLASH! Which surprises me too, but at least he got in some solid hits. Makes me feel better to hear the ‘Oomphs,’ hahehe. I don’t know what the HECK Green Lantern got his ring for, I’m telling you. (e_e)

Figurines and fanart already!!! Fanart image from HERE.


I like how when Darkseid charged again, he particularly singled out Wonder Woman as the threat, it made him seem tactical and more clever than he probably is. Although, naturally, seeing her get beat up like that made my stomach turn.

Oh, that reminds me – this movie is VIOLENT!





Cyborg
(or as I keep typing, Cyborb. You might see a couple Cyborb’s in herr =D)

I know little about this character, so it was nice to get a feel, as they say. The moment I saw that his Dad was blowing off his games, I knew that A. this would lead to a dispute and B. the moment he became Cyborg, the dispute would be over. Especially at the scene when his father talked about how superheroes will make his football talent ‘obsolete’. I was like – ‘And theeeeen he’s gonna become a superhero’. Kinda like in the X-Men movie when Archangel (Warren Worthington III)’s Dad’s all like, ‘Yeah I hate that you’re a mutant’ and then Archangel saves his life. Kinda cliche and yet, depending on how it’s done, kinda not. The plot development in the movie was good.

Rewind a little bit. When the Security comes into the locker room all like, “You see a kid run through here?” I laughed because I would’ve thought the ten second pause would’a made it OBVIOUS. Man!

Where was I? Yes, his father is a Royal Ass. Or Arse, as we say over hurr. And very cold to someone he supposedly loves. I was so angry when he goes injecting random alien nanotech into his son! And when he was like ‘meh’ to his son’s own agony – I wanted to whack him more than Hal Jordan. At the end, I knew Cyborg/Victor would end up forgiving him but I was still saying ‘Oh, NOW his Dad is proud! *grumble grumble*

Sorry dudes and dees. I do hold a grudge.

Watching Cyborg become... well, Cyborg, was INCREDBLE. I loved that bit, and I loved then seeing was the alien thingy allowed him to do. It was very cool. I noticed Victor became a hero very quickly, reacting to danger and seemingly knowing what to do at the right time, but I think his modification helped him out there, and also the fast-paced action stopped me from seeing his reflection about his new form, or should I say, his horror.

There was this one bit that made me laugh;
Alien Technology: N e t w o r k - e s t a b l i s h e d.
Cyborg: Yes!
Alien Technology: I n s u f f i c i e n t - e n e r g y.
Cyborg: Shit.

And one bit that made me ‘huh?’, which was when Shazam blasted the motherbox with energy. I thought, ‘As Cyborg’s made of metal, shouldn’t the electricity be hurting him...? Maybe? Maybe the metal isn’t connected to his nerve centres or something... so he doesn’t feel the pain? Not even gonna pretend like I know science (hahahaha)!!

When he gets all the clones back into their own world, and brings all of the humans back, I thought, ‘Well that’s a convenient way to clean up the mess. Convenient that nothing got swept up with them either. AND convenient that Doomsday didn't come back through when he opened the portal a second time.’ I must say, that bit was weak, unless somebody can explain those things to me.


Well, yeah. Oh! Ohhhh! Shemar Moore voiced Cyborg!!! Did you know that? DID YOU KNOW THAT??! Fun fact, eh? =D (I have a friend who’s nuts about him. It kinda rubbed off.)





Supermaaaaaan !

Can we talk about the first scene? Yis?

This Kyptonian man is TOO POWERFUL TO EXIST. I both loved and hated when GL and Batman faced him for the first time. He sent hothead GL flying and kept Batman on his toes, and it was really nerve-wrecking to watch because I didn’t want Batman to lose!!! O_O

Other than that, Superman was, as I expected, very rigid, very Cardboard Cut-out Hero, very Sense Of Justice Do-Gooder. Even though I do and always have liked Superman, I always find him boring on his own. In this movie, he was as I expected and thus great with the team. I’m cool with that.

Hey, they never actually showed how Batman freed him from the alien-glue thingy.
... whatever.






Flash

Ever since I used to watch the animated series, I always thought the Flash was awesome, and it didn’t hurt that he was the comic relief either. He’s always a valuable member of the team, despite his powers seeming relatively weak by comparison down on paper. I think the creativity put into what he does with his powers is what makes him so cool.

Yeah, ain’t much else to say really. His speaking parts were limited compared to the others =(





Batman

First, I’d like to make it clear that Batman is my favourite Justice League member. He is my favourite hero in Gotham. He is my favourite male hero in DC. HELL, he’s my favourite male superhero full-stop... but then we would kinda have to put aside Wolverine and Cable (both Marvel).


Amazing how Batman, as a mortal, can hold his own against the doomsday-like creatures by HIMSELF. (33.53, yes sir.) I loved the bit when he gave GL Hal a little pep talk so remind him that this isn’t just about him, to get the dumbass to stop being selfish and foolhardy. Yer dang right! And then he puts of civilian clothes to get caught by the doomsday-clone drones. So resourceful!

God I love Batman SO MUCH. I’m so glad he’s not underrated. (Like Cable =( )

There's this great line where he puts a knife to Darkseid's minion's throat and the minion says, "You wouldn't." And there's me, expecting the old cliche line 'Wouldn't I?' but actually what Batman says is, "Wouldn't YOU?"

Dude, Dee, I was shaking with excitement. This is why I love Batman.





Shazam

I LOVE Shazam. Such a childlike nature is more adorable than irritating, somehow. Again, as I know very little about his character, it was nice to see a ‘new’ face, though I know he’s not a new hero. I knew more about CYBORG than I did about Shazam.

When alter-ego child-form Billy goes outside, said SHAZAM! and becomes an adult,  I’m like, WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA - ???!!!!!! Officially mind blown. And creeped out. 'Why’s he hanging out with minors? Weirdo.' - that's what I thought during the film as I assumed he was using his kid-form to hide.

But it took me a while to realise that Shazam was the alter-ego, not Billy. Which would explain the childlike nature, and then hilarious bit when he says to Wonder Woman, (about Superman)

Shazam: Is that your boyfriend?
WW: No...
Shazam: Cool. Watch this!!!

From Fat Movie Guy, who also said that Shazam was 'a welcome replacement for Aquaman'.

Another bit I love is when he charged at Darkseid, gets kicked around, and Wonder Woman scolds him,  “You are a warrior, not a CHILD, act like it.” Love that line. Also, now I know Shazam is the alter ego and therefore really is a child, heh, the irony. :D

I always thought (like, in the past) that Shazam could say ‘Shazam’ when ever he wanted to and that would enable his powers. So I was waiting for him to say it for ages, and when he finally did I thought ‘What took him do long?” *laughing*

Okay well, to wrap up, I think they ended it perfectly. Shazam suggested ‘Super Seven’ as a name for the group and everybody groaned, and he goes “What, you don’t like it?” Perfect ending. I laughed, so hard. The irony of it was so much funnier than in the X Men movie when Wolverine mentions the leather costumes and Cyclops was all like, “What did you expect? Spandex?” And it was like Ha Ha, Cyclops but more cheese than irony. (Sorry.)

I have really warmed to Shazam. I went to find out about him straightaway (lol jk, I literally scrolled through the Wikipedia page for five minutes) and minus Batman, I think he’s my favourite JL member O_O


Hem hem... DARKSEID.

He looked like a box *laughinggg*
I know that sounds weird, but when he was hovering through the air, I thought
'Why is his feet so square? His whole BODY is square!' I like his design.
His lack of dialogue made him even more fearsome.


Hey, remember this?
This is the cartoon that made me like Justice League in the first place.


Verdict?

LOVED it. Loved the character designs, the story was gritty and realistic, probably because it’s more grown up than other movies I’ve watched, and also it had references I understood, like when Shazam goes to Darkseid, “Yeah okay Darkseid or whatever your World Of Warcraft name is” – and my eyes when wide in the Oh They Went There kind of way. I mean, World of Warcraft. Woooooahhh. Went there ^.^

So now... I have to go and read the comic :3


Click Here To See More About 'War' On DC Comics Website


I got this incredible silhouette image from Screenrant.

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Aftermath

It’s had reignited an old story I wrote that I loved, which I’ve nicknamed my Mutant Story, also Clear’s Story and later Immortal Architect. It’s essentially about superpowered beings and whatnot, and it’s been racing through my mind ever since I saw the movie (yesterday c: ) but that also makes me very wary as it’s be the first time I’ve become so wholeheartedly distracted from writing my Seven Empire book.

I’m making so much progress - I must not be swayed.




Ashana Lian .

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Progress: Back On The Right Path

Like the picture? A wallpaper I found on Google images for the Legend Of Aang cartoon!


I just logged into my old Fanfiction account on fanfiction.net. Man, I didn't think I'd ever been doing that again. I won't delete my old stuff - that was the springboard into what I write today. Doesn't mean I'm not embarrassed of my old work!

I put a link there to my personal blog for anyone who actually wants to reads more of my stuff, and logged out for what I think now will be THEE last time. I sat and thought for a bit. I may have mentioned my alter egos before; at that moment, I thought about Star and Ashana Lian.

Star wrote the old strain of my work - very Youth Culture influenced, sometimes very Black Culture influenced, in the genres of contemporary or urban fiction, fast paced, sometimes nonsensical, but generally all fun. I can't believe how naive I was then. It was such a happy place to be. I'm still fond of the work I wrote then, even if I cringe at it. Quite a lot.

Ashana Lian on the other hand, writes fiction that that a lot more 'serious', but with that seriousness comes a sadness. This is after I was hit with depression, and almost everything I have written since had been riddled with that heavy, choking reality of life. I love this new work too, because I can compare it to my old work and see I've improved in my writing, and I have grown as a person too. Even if sometimes the hurt is very visible.

Most importantly, Ashana Lian goes back to the root of my love of writing - Fantasy. I, love, Fantasy. As a child, it was the only reason I picked up a book in the first place. Who the hell wanted to read a book about school? =P I had no interest in reading a book about real life, especially as I got older. I wanted to escape real life; for me, that was the point of books (hahaha)!

Of course, I grew to love many genres (including teen reads about high schools, heh) and including non-fiction too. But Fantasy has always been my first and foremost. It's so great that this is a culture that that been rapidly growing (often merging with 'Geek Culture') so it's easier to find other people with the same interest, easier to connect and find great books. I'm glad that I am writing more of it again, and not being distracted so much by other tempting ideas.

-

from Google Ims.


Karalan has been on my mind heavily today, but strangely, Serotte has been as well. Originally, Serotte was going to resemble Milete Beyene, then I thought, wouldn't it be more interesting if she looked like Skirmantas, or even better, startlingly like Karalan... ?! Wouldn't that haunt everyone! =D It would bring out very interesting reactions from those deemed as Karalan's 'disciples'.

I meant to do some writing, but lately every time I sit down at my laptop, it's the last thing I want to do. The very last thing!!! It's as if I wish I would telepathically transmute my words to the page, without having to do the aching procedure of typing word by word. It's aggravating, because when I'm away from the laptop, it's all I think about.

I thought about a lot of Prince and Karalan scenes as well, visualising it, trying to figure out the best way to show their friendship. The problem is that Prince's personality and natural... pshh, speech pattern, I guess - makes his dialogue to her more flirtatious than it's meant to be, which in turn makes hers incredibly aggressive. As she is a sometimes-aggressive character anyway, it gets tiring hearing Karalan always yelling at someone about something. It's driving me a bit nuts.

The only character who helps to smooth out this tension is Rogs, who constantly jokes about Prince not being able to get Karalan, so Prince then has to defend himself. I'm not sure if I entirely like this solution. *Sighhhh* I will think about it again on the bus to Uni and deal with this irritation later.




Ashana Lian .

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Author's Notes on [Revelation Of The Gateway]

HERE to read the short fic.



Well, I don't own this picture but does anybody know who does? I'd like to credit them!

1.
I love that picture.

2.
One rule I kinda made up for Fiction Fridays was that I do not edit whatever I write. So the first draft goes up - bam, that's it. That it. If it doesn't make sense, if there's typos, WHATEVER. It stays.

... this rule might not stay. XD

3.
This fic doesn't actually makes sense. There was some things I realised I didn't explain properly, I wanted to to go back and add it in, but couldn't because of the above rule... oh well. It was fun, for a short fic. I haven't written an oneshot in ageeeees. AGES.

4.
I realised something else about Fantasy Fiction Fridays. If I keep writing short fics, it's going to distract me from the book I'm actually writing. Karalan has been on my mind ALL DAY, nonstop, I thought about her when I woke up, on the train to work, she walked around work with me and used fire essence on evil customers and swore at them and sneered, but I haven't actually written anything down.

SO, oneshots will be every other Friday, and Friday's in-between HAVE to be from Seven Empires Fall O_O wah.

5.
'Celestial energy'? I LITERALLY lifted that from my my other story, Seven Empires. Fall (prev. out Of The Dust) I couldn't really be bothered to go into creating a new magic. Aura energy is already fully developed, so I thought, let's tweak that. If I wasn't myself, I'd be annoyed at my own laziness, but seeing as I don't much care c:




Improvements (If I were to rewrite/add to this, I would...)

- Create a fuller picture of Visago and Neina. I didn't get to describe either of them enough; only the vague impression that she is younger than him because she's his student, and she has long hair.
- Get more in depth about the 'energy'.
... or not. Creating new laws of space/time/physics is hard. I'd first have to take this story a lot more seriously, and we all know I'm not really trying -hahahaha.-
- MASTERS OF THE FORM!! Of everything in this short fic, the Liberty Sword and the Masters intrigued me the most. I'd really love to explore their social/political status and what they can do and whatnot c:


 
Ashana Lian .

PS. I used to only post on Thursdays, but not I post fics on Fridays, normal posts will probably be on Tuesdays now. Such is life.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Fiction on Fridays? Maybe? Maybe?!

SHORT NOTE
HEY! I have an idea!!! :3

Why don't I write a short fic to post on Fridays? =D
I'm so excited about this! I honestly cannot wait to get this thing goin.



MAIN BLOG POST

As usual, I spoke too soon =( Yesterday was pretty awful, won't go into it but I think I need to figure out a technique to deal with situation like yesterday. I think the solution is NLP. So that's the bad news. good news is I did actually manage to do the writing. Because I was very upset, I wrote it from start to finish and didn't edit. I don't intend to look at it again. I will type it up this evening after work and post.

At least I did post today, like I promised. =]

When I have the story posted, I'll put a link to it HERE.



Sha xx

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A New Year, Renewed Efforts

... half a month in, hahahaha !

Oh man. I am awful.

Reminds me of my story Quest. The girl looks as if she may have ginger hair, like Yanamari :3


It was a long time since I've posted. I felt it pointless to point without having done any major work, so as a result, months have languished by. (Languished. Love that word.)

Then I planned to make a fresh start on new years day and make my first post of 2014, like I did with my 5 other personal blogs (almost). But I ran out of time, and then I figured as I missed that deadline I set for myself, what the hell. I'd post when I was ready.

Only that never happened because I was never sure what to say. My non-progress with my writing seemed like a no-go - especially compared to the author of this blog I'm reading, called So You Want To Be A Writer. It's great. She posts on the blog EVERY DAY. Every day, without fail. She left her job to pursue writing full time. I find that all soo inspiring. She also actually writes every day, something that I SWEAR, I am going to get back into the habit of, including reading every day.


Love this cosplay. Her suit's all satin-y and shiny c:

The 'Oh' News

I wasted a good part of this evening watching youtube videos on comic books :) It started with The Legend Of Korra Season 3 (video), which I don't watch but as I am a HUGE fan of The Legend Of Aang, I thought I'd have a gander =P Then I ended up watching a lot of videos by the same Youtube channel.

Then I watched top Ten Black Superheroes (video), which I found interesting as I didn't even know about some of them. I didn't give me any more cosplaying ideas though, I already knew about Storm, and I think Michonne and Amanda Walker would be quite obscure except to huge fans.

Then I watched Anne Hathaway is Catwoman. From Comics to Trailer to Movie.(video) That was pretty cool, gave a history of the character, which I loved. Also answered some of my questions about why this superhero-slash-antihero never seems to wear a practical costume. I haven't actually seen The Dark Knight Rises but now I intend to.

THEN * -pant- * I watched X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jennifer Lawrence, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique (video), which I liked a well. I knew Mystique has been with several known superheroes, but I didn't realise just HOW MANY dudes she's had a baby by until this video! Like wow! I didn't know Grayford Crawson existed! Or was it Graydon Creed? Ohhh, probably Graydon Creed. (e_e) I forget.

So that's what drank my time this evening, when I should have been writing. It has reignited my love for comics, which I haven't read in a surprisingly long while considering I still read a LOT of manga (with thanks to Psyren.) But now I have much university work to catch up on, I don't think they'll be much time. We'll see. I still want to read Xmen: Battle Of The Atom. And I still wanna watch this other video I saw called Scarlett Johanssen As Black Widow and Top Ten Female Superheroes. I wonder who'll make the list. I think my favourite DC hero is Zatanna, my favourite Marvel character is X-Men's Jubilee, but I also get the feeling that next time I think about that question, my answer will change (lmao).


^ Jubilee. Underrated!

The Good News

I am afraid of saying It's Over, but my mental health has improved alot since the beginning of the year. I received an official diagnosis from my doctor which will allow my to get support in case I'm struggling, which makes me feel really relieved.

Ironically, as these structures come into place, I feel a lot less 'down'. I still have those awful days, but they're a lot less frequent. I can't think of many changes I made, except for upping my fruit and water intake, and I started taking St. Johns Wart, which I think I really helping.

This is doubly great because aside from the insomnia and constant tiredness, I can really get on with things and catch up on what I'd missed, including writing and reading time. I don't think I've actually read a BOOK in several months. It was bizarre to go from loving books, to then dreading the thought of having to get through one, whether for university or just for fun. This is really nothing new. But I picked up Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat again, and I'm actually quite enjoying it. Well, as much as you can enjoy a book of that nature. It's really interesting.


GOAL: Post again on Friday, maybe do a freehand writing session in response to a picture and post it here.




Ashana Lian .

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