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Feb. 15th, 2015 | 01:16 pm

Attention, fannish types: I'm moving my fanstuff to dreamwidth and will eventually leave this journal for non-fannish friends use. It's currently in WIP so don't mind the mess.


Whatever remains here will remain here, just probably collecting the internet equivalent of dust bunny orgies.

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So um, hi.

Jan. 15th, 2015 | 01:00 pm
music: Spiel mit mir - Rammstein

I'm alive.

Although I did spend most of the last two years wishing I wasn't, on account of severe, crippling depression.

There isn't much to update, but I think I'm going to at least finish my stupid Inception gen fic, even if nobody is reading it any more, because I know what's going to happen at the end, so why not?

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Sep. 2nd, 2013 | 11:08 pm
music: Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead

Someone decided to be "helpful" and jump the gun on activating my new phone before I could backup the phone numbers, so now I have a grand total of one phone number on this overfeatured thing.

If you know me and I have a reason to have your number please email it to cyanidebreathmint at gmail dot com, before I lose what's left of my support network.

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For personal reference.

Sep. 30th, 2012 | 01:05 pm
music: Faraway Vol. 2 - Apocalyptica

The next time I feel angsty about future job prospects, I need to remember niches like custom prosthetics.

- Mel

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Uh, Holy Crap.

Sep. 24th, 2012 | 08:33 pm
music: Deathzone - Apocalyptica

Uh, fellow fen, if you haven't already seen this:

JGL does Magic Mike. On SNL.

- Mel

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Adventures in Finnish Supermarkets, Yksi

Sep. 9th, 2012 | 09:37 am
music: Wiener Blut - Rammstein

One of the things Americans will find rather odd in Finland is, you can find assembled, chilled cheeseburgers in plastic packaging in the "sausages and other heat-and-eat" foods section of the supermarkets here.

I am asked by one hot-blooded Texan gentleman of their edibility, and I am afraid to report that I dare not try them. Peeking beneath their translucent plastic shroud, they mewl piteously at me like unfinished homunculi, spawn of the formless seed of unholy cosmic bovines strewn over blameless fields of stubble in the nameless hours between very late and very early, where they crawl from the violated earth like grubs and are herded, dumbly, to their eventual destination in cryogenic suspension, by sackcloth-clad penitents of an unspeakable cult.

But a lot of Finnish students assure me they're horrible but good enough, like the dire sausage that's so breadcrumb-filled it counts technically as a pastry is still good enough for sausage. ie, like the Finnish pot noodle, I guess.

Maybe I'll make laudre try them during the end-of-year visit.

- Mel

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The Bullet Catch 6/12 (An Inception Fanfiction)

Sep. 4th, 2012 | 07:10 pm
music: Still Thrives This Love - k.d. lang

Title: The Bullet Catch 6/12
Author: Mel Wong, @chn_breathmint on Livejournal and AO3.
Characters/Pairings: Eames, Arthur, Ariadne, Yusuf, OCs. Eames/Arthur flirting, Arthur/Eames attraction, Arthur/Ariadne attraction (and vice versa), Ariadne/Eames attraction (and vice versa), eventual Eames/Arthur/Ariadne OT3, Eames/OMC ex-relationship, Arthur/OFC ex-relationship, Yusuf/OFC relationship (eventually.)
Status: WIP
Rating: R for language, graphic violence, sexuality, drug use, other nasty stuff.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Inception or its characters.
Word Count: 7334
Summary: This is the fic I’ve spent 50k words winding up to – Eames and Arthur finally enact their mission of payback, but to get to their targets they have to go through the Russian mafia first.
Warnings: This chapter’s fairly boring by the standards of the previous ones. Exposition ahoy! Also, it’s a year late and written partially under the influence of codeine-laced cough syrup.
Notes: Thank you to skiriki for the Finn-picking and to nagaina_ryuuoh for the beta. As with previous instalments, words in < > brackets denote conversations taking place in a language other than English that the POV character does in fact understand.

Eames’ experiences of family reunions did not extend to armed standoffs, and he started to wish they hadCollapse )

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Reality Mimics Inception.

Sep. 4th, 2012 | 08:32 am
music: Bones - Editors

Cobb? Is that you?

Scientists figure out how to control rat dreams. People are next, one assumes. With heavy helpings of Edith Piaf.

- Mel

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Sep. 3rd, 2012 | 04:35 pm
music: Refuse / Resist - Apocalyptica

I just got back from jam-and-cobbler making with a haul - one serving of cobbler for my roommate Lea, six jars of bilberry and wild raspberry jam, and four jars of apple jam.

And I've an invite to go pick more apples so I can make more cobbler. Yum.

- Mel

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Sep. 3rd, 2012 | 12:00 am
music: I Might Be Wrong - Radiohead

I just sent the latest chapter - 7k words - of The Bullet Catch to my beta-readers and my Finnchecker. Not that there's much Finnish in this one.

Holy crap, people. I'm doing two semesters in a foreign country, adjusting to living alone in a different culture, learning a Finno-Ugric language, and I still have more writing time than I normally do as a BFA senior.

And people think artists are lazy.

- Mel

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My First Week of Suomi 1 has ended. Updates now.

Aug. 13th, 2012 | 08:05 am
location: Student housing, Finland.

Okay. So folks who are following this know that I'm currently in Finland for a year's exchange. These are my observations.

- Finnish is a fiendishly hard language for someone whose two mother tongues do not contain any appreciable amounts of declension or conjugation. Finnish also has several classes of verb conjugation, and each class contains its own special snowflake irregular verbs. FML.

- I am an oddity among exchange students inasmuch as I'm not here to party. Everyone else here seems to be. This has led me to a strange sort of situation where I'm surrounded by people who aren't here because they're a: out partying, or b: crashing after a party. I do at least get along with grad students because they trend older and some of them also aren't here to party.

- Some countries have forests. Finland has The Forest, from which all livable space was carved out of. This leads to entertaining things, like being able to snack on the arctic raspberry bushes on campus when peckish. Just, y'know, avoid the ones near roads (car exhaust) and the ones within the reach of a dog's leash (pee). It also leads to occurrences such as watching a startled hedgehog run for cover in the the middle of a busy street, after being scared out of the hedge it was previously in.

- Similarly, while other parts of the world have lakes, Jyväskylä has LAKES. The campus itself straddles a lake, and so does most of the city's development. Fishing is popular, I hear, but mostly I enjoy watching the wild (okay, semi-feral) ducks doing duck things from time to time.

- Fuck car rallies. I mean it. Having to walk home at 1 AM after my tutor stranded me several km from my student housing, through drunk celebrating people here for the Neste Oil rally? Not fun.

- Did I mention that drunk Finns shout? Not at you, but at each other. It's like, the more they drink the deafer they get, and the deafer they get, the more they shout. And it's this vicious cycle of drinking, being unable to hear each other, shouting at each other to get more beer, getting drunker. As I'm pretty twitchy around loud shouty people for any reason whatsoever, Saturday night was like being out in Beirut for me.

- Finland is ridiculously safe, though, which is something I hadn't expected. I mean, I know intellectually that it's one of the safest countries in the world, but elsewhere I'd expect to be nastily accosted if I'd walked through some very drunk crowds at 1AM.

- Everything here is expensive. Everything. My Dutch roommate comments that everything here costs about twice as much as it does in Holland. The cheap thing? 3G network time. I'm getting charged 20 euros per billing cycle for unlimited data. It gets throttled past one gig's usage, but it's unlimited. Daaang.

- The sauna is the best Finnish invention known to mankind.

- Finnish cuisine is not scary. People are stupid when they say it's scary. Sure, the black sausage can look kind of intimidating, and mämmi is just a bit weird-looking, but judging Finnish culture based on an Easter porridge is like basing Minnewegan cuisine solely on Garrison Kielor's descriptions of lutefisk.

- Exchange students adore knitters, even if they can't party. Especially if you teach them to knit a baby hat for their incoming niece or nephew. Especially if it's a baby hat that LOOKS LIKE A TOMATO, complete with a tiny little stalk growing out the top.

- Finns have a greatly self-deprecating view of their country. Every Finn I've talked to, to whom I've explained "Mä on vaihto-opiskelija," (I'm an exchange student) wonders why the heck I would come here instead of some prettier, sunnier place. Guys, your country is beautiful. Your forests are not hideous. Please don't make me write Scandinavia and the World Finland wingfic. The results will be terrifying as your national bird is a swan, and swans are pugnacious assholes.

Now, about fanfic. I've got the current chapter of The Bullet Catch nearly done and should be able to finish it this week barring needing to get stuff done, but then that always happens. It'll be announced here when it's up.

Spoilery for the Dark Knight Rises, potentially troublesome age differential discussion. Also, spoilers!Collapse )


- Mel

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I just spent my first night in Finland.

Aug. 2nd, 2012 | 07:47 am

I will elucidate further later. Now is breakfast and soon meeting with my tutor.

Also: Finland is incredibly pretty. Prettier than Skyrim, which was explicitly selected to be the prettier parts of a supposedly Nordic setting. Really. I'll explain later.

- Mel

PS: Looks like the university email server has exploded. Stupid server. I need to access my email to download and print my insurance card now I'm in a foreign country. And I can't notify anyone officially that I'm in Finland now. Arg!

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I'm in Frankfurt.

Aug. 1st, 2012 | 02:26 am

So: there is free wifi in Frankfurt Airport. Problem: you need a live cellphone to use the free wifi. My cellphone is in North Carolina.

So I forked out five euros to get an hour of web time so I can tell you I'm alive. Also to bitch about Newark.

- Newark is a sucky horrible airport. They didn't even tell me about which gate I was supposed to board at UNTIL FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE FINAL CALL. I had to run out, exit the screened areas, get the skytrain over to the right terminal, and then get screened by the TSA all over again before they let me in.

- The TSA didn't give me trouble per se, but I keep thinking it would be more efficient for all parties involved if they told me to remove my money belt and my knitting row counter BEFORE I stepped forward, not after, and both at the same time, not one at a time. Perkele.

- Lufthansa is a niiiice airline. Maybe the wine they kept plying us passengers with helped. One sticking point, and something that isn't their fault; I wound up sitting in the same section as a kid who decided to cry for five of the seven hours I was in the air, and wouldn't stop wailing. Nope, Mel has had no sleep at all.

- Surprisingly little trouble with Customs. The officer was pleasantly surprised I spoke elementary German and could greet him and thank him in Deutsch.

- Similarly, everyone at Frankfurt has been very friendly so far. It's not as nice an airport as Changi International, but I'm not too bothered by that. I have a place to sit, a spot to use the hour of wifi I bought from Telekom (FIVE FRIGGING EUROS, PEOPLE) and later I can knit and try to stay awake until my flight to Helsinki.

- Mel out.

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All right. Off I go.

Jul. 31st, 2012 | 10:50 am

I'm shutting down my laptop for the flight out to Newark and probably Frankfurt. No guarantees on free wifi in Frankfurt, but if I do get some I'll post an update of my aliveness.

I'll be arriving in Helsinki on the 1st of August 5:30 PM Helsinki time, and be in Jyväskylä about midnight after a long bus ride.

See you on the other side.

- Mel

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Christopher Nolan Is A Bad, Bad Man.

Jul. 21st, 2012 | 01:36 am
music: Laichzeit - Rammstein

Now I want to write Nolanverse Batman fic. I don't have time for Nolanverse Batman fic, I have Inception fic to finish and Finland to prepare for!


- Mel

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Jul. 18th, 2012 | 07:13 am

So I managed to book my plane tickets for my whole student exchange trip thingie. I'm leaving the 31st, and arriving the next day in Helsinki.

Good news! The plane ticket is about $270 less than my last estimates as my student discount travel agency is desperately trying to fill the last two seats on that flight.

Not-so-good news: I am expecting three hours' stopover in Newark. Ewww. The armpit of the US.

Kinda-cool news: I'll have about 7 hours' stopover in Frankfurt! I can horrify native Germans with my horrible elementary German-level pronunciation and vocabulary!

And then the Finns get stuck with me until May. It's a win-win, I tell you.

- Mel

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What Could Be Better Than A Warm, Woolly Hat?

Jul. 7th, 2012 | 04:53 pm
music: Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

A warm, woolly Cthulhu hat, that's what.

- Mel

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Good news, everyone!

Jul. 6th, 2012 | 11:24 pm
music: A Wolf at the Door. (It Girl. Rag Doll.) - Radiohead

The Finnish government has approved my application for a residency permit, which means some cashflow issues aside, I'm definitely showing up for the August Finnish immersion class.

Also: I'm paying about 250 Euros a month for a flat shared with one other person, and water, electricity, sauna and Internet are rolled in for free. God damn, you socialist Nordics. I could get used to this.

- Mel

PS: The cashflow issues aren't terrifying, I just have to wait for my travel grant to kick in the 15thish of this month.

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Sporadic Update

May. 18th, 2012 | 02:04 pm
music: Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

- Diablo 3. Box requirements claims it runs on my Mac. It won't in any playable sense, since I can't kill anything at 8 frames per second, and this is after turning it to below screen resolution and everything graphical turned off. I'm going to go off and do something else instead of angsting, but I'm pissed that Blizzard essentially lied to me.

- On the knitting front: got a couple projects.

- Fic has been on hold as I'm trying to tackle moving-related stuff right now and my brain is really tied up with OMG MOVING. I don't know, I think I need a good dose of squee and excitement back.

- I've been struggling with crippling levels of depression lately. Spending the whole day in bed moping levels of depression. I don't want to turn this into a pity party, so I'm going to just stop there.

And you know what? I'm going to steal a meme from dremiel. I'm going to post the first two lines, lyrically, from the first twenty songs in my playlist, and you're invited to guess the damn things.This is going to either be easier or harder because of all the foreign-language stuff on my playlist, but then ... considering my music tastes it's probably pretty easy to identify the foreign-language stuff on my playlist. So I guess it depends on how much you know. I'm going to skip instrumentals, stuff with the title in the first line, and weird stuff that doesn't quite work.

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Yeah, I know.

- Mel

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May. 11th, 2012 | 04:37 am
music: Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode

Insomnia. Managed to add about 500 words to the current chapter of Bullet Catch. What do you know, the end of the semester has brought fic writing!

One more plot scene, I think, and I'll be sending it off to beta.

- Mel

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Things I have Backlogged.

Apr. 28th, 2012 | 10:06 pm
music: Spieluhr (Live in der Preussag Arena) - Rammstein

- Inception fic

- PbP thread on RPGnet.

- Progress on Warhammer 40K army.

All of this will begin to resolve after the 1st of May - my final critique for Sculpture is the 30th, and my final presentation for Historical Pattern Drafting is the 1st. Please be patient with me until then. You know who you are.

- Mel

PS: Just worked from 2:30 to 9 PM in the studio. Going back tomorrow for more. Perkele.

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Apr. 26th, 2012 | 09:40 pm
music: Sonne (Live in der Preussag Arena) - Rammstein

It's been nearly 24 hours since the Rammstein gig yesterday and I still have tinnitus.

- Mel

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[Modern Art +] Hubert Duprat and his pimpin' caddisfly buddies.

Mar. 21st, 2012 | 01:23 am
music: Scatterbrain. (As Dead as Leaves.) - Radiohead

I was doing research on caddisflies and bagworms using "recycled" natural materials to make protective casings when I stumbled upon another artist fascinated by their behaviors, one Frenchman named Hubert Duprat. Duprat is also a naturalist and has been fascinated by caddisflies since childhood.

Well, this is really neat. Duprat caught caddisfly larvae from the stream they lived in, gently removed them from their little portable houses, and then transferred them to a tank with gold spangles and beads, tiny gemstones and pearls, and waited.

Lo and behold, the caddisfly larva equivalent of MTV's Cribs.

My favorite picture on the blog is the third one - the caddisfly larva sticking his head and first arm pair, gesturing at another caddisfly larva as though to say "Yeah, well, my hot tub's THIS big."

- Mel

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Adventures in Woodworking: The Mighty Tagua Nut.

Mar. 2nd, 2012 | 06:40 pm
music: Animal Nitrate - The London Suede

Pop quiz: What grows on a palm tree, is edible when immature, and used as an ivory substitute when mature and inedible?

The tagua nut. I found a specimen for sale in the school museum store. Okay, actually it was a free sample they gave away with a vegetable ivory ring that they were selling. I bought the ring so I'd have a free tagua nut to carve at.

I'm currently in a woodcut class, and I wanted to sign my prints with a seal - basically, think my own personal version of the Japanese gago-in, and I wanted to make mine from tagua.

Experimentation in the woodshop told me a single tagua nut wouldn't give me the seal I want - basically a fingersize stamp - so I bought some pen blanks to make handles with.

This is the result.

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Mind, I did pay a price for this. It turns out tagua nuts are also very hard to clamp because of their irregular shape and routing is NOT A GOOD IDEA because the nut will come flying out of the bench clamp, the Dremel will tip, and the router bit will bite into any available finger, causing some pain and bleeding.

However, out of adversity comes triumph, and I've now figured out how to work with these verdamnt things.

- Mel

PS: They smell like popcorn when you sand them.

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In the latest fic-writing forays.

Feb. 27th, 2012 | 08:51 pm
music: The Asphalt World - The London Suede

4500 words into the current chapter of The Bullet Catch. I'm going to tack on about 500 to 1k words more, get it betaed, and release it screaming into the wild.

In other news, I totally want to write an angsty Arthur/Mal/Cobb fic to Suede's The Asphalt World.

Oh god, why is my high school music coming back to infiltrate my fic thinking?

- Mel

PS: Next I'll have Arthur singing Nirvana's Lithium or something.

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