ponderosa: portrait of daniel craig smoking (bond - smoking hot)
I am consistently astonished by how each year I manage to receive the most amazing fics in Yuletide. I've historically requested Spy Game more often than any other Redford film, but this year I opted to go for Butch & Sundance and oh god, I am so glad I did because this is SO GOOD. It's an amazing blend of fix-it and partners to lovers and everything I have ever wanted out of fic for these two. The bits of Etta/Sundance are perfect and it's one of those fics that I wanted to just quote back in its entirety when I was trying to leave a coherent comment. SO, SO GOOD.

And The History Books Forgot About Us
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Butch Cassidy/The Sundance Kid
Characters: Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid
Additional Tags: Post-Movie(s), Fix-It, Past Etta/Sundance, Domestic, Pining
Summary:

Sundance thinks about shaving off his moustache – it gives him away, always has. But he looks at his drawn face in the dirty mirror, and can't quite manage it. Gotta be something there to recognise, something of the famous old days.

ponderosa: Profile headshot of Crowley from Supernatural (Default)
Catching up on a billion things during my time off. Including lots and lots of TV. My brain is still like 90% Pacific Rim/Max Martini&Idris Elba, but Almost Human hits so many buttons for me. The carguments might even be better than early H50.

I have two more days off, and tomorrow I'm hoping to poke at my site a bit. Since AO3 is being slow it's giving me the kick in the butt to actually catch up with posting stuff on my personal archive. Also maybe I will do some much-needed sewing so I can put the machine away!

Almost Human - Dorian/John sketch )
ponderosa: Profile headshot of Crowley from Supernatural (Default)
J and I drove up to Sonoma today. There was a plein air painting festival in the plaza. It was rainy, but not so bad that they had to close down, so we saw neat paintings and walked around looking at cute buildings and nifty shops.

I napped most of the afternoon away, which was pretty fabulous. Now I am making pot roast for the first time in ages. The apartment smells amazing.

I'm undecided how I feel about Sleepy Hollow. I loved Abbie and a few minor things, but in general I didn't feel engaged and the fish out of water thing was a little tiresome in places. I'll give it a few more episodes anyway. I also watched the pilot for Ironside which I didn't think I'd like based on the first few minutes, but as it got more into the characters I got drawn in. Not sure I'll keep with it yet, either. We shall see! I'm looking forward to Elementary coming back. And also catching up on White Collar.
ponderosa: photographic portrait of Idris Elba in a fedora from GQ magazine (misc - idris)
I went to spin class this morning since the gym wasn’t closing for the holiday and it was the best worst idea ever. My body feels great, but I had to nap around 11ish since I'd woken up so early (it was a 7am class and I didn't get to bed until quite late). The apartment right now is like PERFECT napping temperature and I keep having to resist cuddling up for a second nap. So comfy, but I'd like my sleep schedule not to be completely fucked.

Since CBS has been streaming all of S1 Elementary, I've been going through a rewatch. I'm on the last three eps. There's a part of me that really wants to read fic, but the vast majority of me is just so thoroughly satisfied that fic-reading is probably not going to happen.

I'm super pleased though about my progress on the Losers Big Bang. I didn't think I'd get nearly as far as I'm at right now (5 fully inked pages!) and it's making me excited at the thought of actually getting something to print again. I have some thoughts, and a whole lot of PTO saved up for around the holidays. I feel somewhat unprepared for the workweek, as I'm taking some time off the following, so there's a lot to do in four days. I'm hoping also that we'll be reviewing resumes somewhat earlier in the week and not later since I am dead curious what the trimmed down version of our applicant pool looks like.

In other news, more Pacific Rim arts, this time for Hot Dads Awareness Week.

Stacker/Herc fanart )
ponderosa: (people - jdm is relative to my interests)
So this conversation happened...

regicidaldwarf:
Wait. Are you seriously telling me that Trespasser went through the bridge, down south into San Francisco….and then up north to fucking Concord?

Also, the movie narration says that it got 35 miles inland. That barely even takes it to Vallejo, let alone Sacramento, let alone back down again to Oakland. Seriously guys, look at a fucking map before you let your Kaiju rampage nonsensically over the Bay Area.

kirimoth
Fucking tourists never know where they’re going. If I get stuck behind one more kaiju trying to drive a GoCar down Market…


If ever there was a reason to doodle, this was it. )

Also, guys now that I have gotten to the cleanup phase I am SO EXCITED about the Losers Big Bang. It's turning out so much better than I'd hoped (best scriptwriters ever!)

I really hope I get both comics to the same level of polish by reveal time. This is likely, I think. I may have to submit with a few really sketchy pages and then keep working, but I may otherwise print out my digital drafts and start doing cleaner lines at work during my lunch hour. We shall see.

But mostly gah, Aisha is the best. I love her so much.

In other news, I really, really need to get caught up on White Collar. I had to take a break mid-season because of all the Elizabeth vs Neal tension but now I feel like I can wade back in. The set pictures of the new season are making me get all flaily about the show. I miss it dearly.
ponderosa: (aces - gun show)
My thoughts on the teen wolf finale: what did I just watch; Scott you remain the best ever; Peter=lol forever; I should probably read fic.

I have to say I’m pretty glad I spoil myself for this show because I’m not sure I could manage the various levels of wtf if I didn’t. I still fail to care at all about Peter. My love for Scott just grows and grows though.

On the RL end of things, work is going well. I got thrust in rather abruptly to handle one of the pieces of my new position that I had zero experience in, but despite needing to figure out and wrangle some answers for in-house processes, it was easier and more intuitive than I expected. It's exciting to learn new stuff. I was also on a call with our outside SEO dude and confirmed that everything I'd put in place since the relaunch was spot on, which means he can advise on outside strategy and do the legwork for all that and that leaves me free to continue with migration efforts.

Reminder that my department is hiring. We'll be accepting resumes through the end of this week, so if you know anyone who might be interested, please encourage them to apply!
ponderosa: (people - no key no plan)

  • Eat French Toast for breakfast

  • Unfuck some key areas of the apartment

  • Attend a corgi’s birthday party

  • Go to the comic book store

  • Rework some page layout on this Losers big bang

  • Finish tailoring a couple shirts



That last one probably isn’t going to happen, but I have high hopes for the other four.
ponderosa: (people - rdj steady rollin)
Marketing Associate - Design & Production

tl;dr version: Are we drift compatible? I want to work with someone who understands my fannishness at the bone-deep level. (Also my cubemate is watching Doctor Who right now and Buffy and loves True Blood and Game of Thrones, so we’ve got the corner on geek interests in this building.)

My department is hiring! If you know someone who loves books and has basic design skills (ability to make gifs or float cute text on images totally qualifies but inDesign is especially helpful) point them to the above. The position is in Berkeley for a publishing company with multiple imprints—travel, academic, feminist—so focus of work would cover a range.

My company has pretty solid benefits/PTO (plus the industry perk of summer Fridays in which you work only half the day on Friday during the summer but get paid for the full day), and the work environment is very friendly to queer and trans folks.

We do hire outside of the area and have a relocation fund, so please don’t hesitate to promote this to folks outside of the Bay Area. If you have any questions about the company or the position just ask, I’ll answer as best I can. I’m not free to discuss salary, but if you’re not saddled with ridiculous student loan debt like I am, you can live with a roommate in a decent neighborhood (probably even in walking distance) on the amount this position is likely to pay.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, you can use the craigslist post above, or ask me for my pro email and I’m happy to forward your cover letter/resume to my boss.

Please do share this in the fannish community, there are so many talented folks out there! Also, if I didn't mention it, there are also free books. :)
ponderosa: Profile headshot of Crowley from Supernatural (Default)
So over this weekend I participated in a Jaegercon meetup in SF which drew almost 50 people. I met some pretty amazing folks there, and it was such a great spread of fannish energy and interests. It was fantastic, though I bowed out fairly early since I'd been up early. I was pretty proud that I managed some halfway decent closet cosplay with zero preparation time. On Sunday I met up with [personal profile] mrkinch and we took the train for a visit with a much smaller and intimate group which was amazingly lovely and A++ company.

Today my former boss offered me a senior position at the company he now works for. It's really tempting and also not. I loved working for him and with a supportive owner we make an unstoppable team. The starting pay is very generous, and I've been thinking about it all day, but I'm probably going to decline. I would be a lot more tempted if I didn't get along so well with my (soon to be growing!) team and if I hadn't just accepted a promotion on Friday. I like both industries quite a lot, but the main things are that I don't think I'm ready again to shoulder the sort of demands that a top position at a smaller company requires, and the changes I /can/ and have influenced in the way my company approaches their web properties is pretty huge and can potentially shift the way our greater publisher network does things in a very positive way.
ponderosa: Profile headshot of Crowley from Supernatural (Default)
I’d forgotten that I opened a google hangout with myself to webcam my hand for reference and then scared myself when I leaned back in my chair and was suddenly in frame again. I should probably head to bed and see if I can wind down to sleep sometime soon.

But four pages done on Team American Classic's Losers Big Bang Comic and only eight more to go. The sketches are a whole lot cleaner than I’d expected with how rough my thumbnails were. Having a team relying on me to get this shit done is pretty damn motivational, I have to say. It's also doing what I'd hoped in terms of being a good learning experience. While I have one printed fancomic to my name, all the others I've attempted I've failed at completing. Some of those have been because of having difficulty translating a very motion oriented script to static panels, but also some of it is simply not being very good at the thumbnailing stage. Doing several rounds of thumbnails for this has been difficult, but now that I'm at rough sketches it's helped so, so much.
ponderosa: (xmen - snikt)
I finally own a blender again. Berkeley is continuing to be chilly though so instead of smoothies I am making biscuits. I will probably break the blender in tomorrow after yoga.

This week kinda flew by. Thursday night we made sushi with friends, and last night, J and I went and saw The Wolverine. I really enjoyed it, a lot more than I expected since the trailers weren't really doing much for me. Ending credit scene though made me flail like crazy.

Drawing is on the agenda for today and tomorrow. I need to get from thumbnails to raw lines by next weekend on this comic, or else!
ponderosa: Profile headshot of Crowley from Supernatural (Default)
I made enchiladas yesterday with sauce out of a can and it turned out pretty tasty, but they were even better today. The rice I'd made seemed super spicy when it was fresh but seems to have mellowed out overnight, too. I love cooking dishes that actually make decent leftovers, and I think I'll add these into my rotation of typical dinner foods a little more frequently. I haven't made them in several years, and not since I was cooking for more people than just two, so it was a nice change. Also next time I think I'll freeze some so I have a lazy microwaveable meal when I just don't even want to look at the stove.

After coming home from the gym I shaved my head again. I'd pretty much let my mohawk grow out on the top and then just kept trimming the sides and then eventually the back. My work bestie just got a new cut that's not quite an undercut but goes from pixie short on one side to chin-length bob on the other, and since my hair is so thick and grows so quickly, from some angles it was looking similar. I figured I'd just buzz it all down so that her new style stands out more, and this way by the time October comes around I'll have a decent length to spike up if I feel like cosplaying some Teen Wolf.

In big bang news, apparently I can't draw a kitten that doesn't look like a doll. Getting there, but getting there sloooowly. I've been doing all my sketches traditionally, and set up at the kitchen table, which makes me feel like I'm doing homework since that was my default spot when working on painting assignments. The only difference is that now I'm listening to Welcome to Night Vale instead of watching Top Gear. I'm pretty hooked on Night Vale. At first I felt like it was a little too absurdist, but I've really gotten into the rhythm of it now. It's making me want to try my hand at podficcing again, but I need to find a new piece I think I could reasonable tackle in after the last author I wanted to podfic never answered me about permission. The obvious solution is podficcing my own work, but that seems less exciting!
ponderosa: (honey and clover - o_o)
Saturday: Saw Pacific Rim. Promptly died of excitement. Wanted ALL the pilot AUs. Walked downtown and spent the evening with friends, drinking sake and tasting a ton of different dishes at Ippuku. Had an excellent time, and was very glad I didn't look at their hilarious awful website before going.

Sunday: Still thinking about Pacific Rim and still wanting all the AUs. I also read a bit, made it to the gym, and worked on my part of the Losers big bang team effort. I've gotten from teeny thumbnails to larger panel roughs though and now it's time to assemble reference for the specific details. I'm trying very hard not to care what it looks like at this point and to not be hyper-critical of every panel. I am...almost succeeding. It would be easier probably if every single thumbnail of Jensen didn't look remarkably like Vash. Buh.
ponderosa: photographic portrait of Idris Elba in a fedora from GQ magazine (misc - idris)
Recently I've gotten used to actually unhooking my gaming laptop from its ridiculous nest of cables on my desk so this weekend I finally dusted off my sewing machine and got working on my dwarf costume. So far, so good, though I still hate sleeves. Why so hard, sleeves? I expected to feel pretty rusty seeing as I haven't sewn a costume in a few years, but it's been pretty straightforward so far.

Other things:

J is using dialogue from Leverage for his animation project this semester. I love it. It's a clip of Parker from the jury episode, and it makes me laugh every single time no matter how often he has to replay the scene. Last semester he noticed that the only students including women in their assignments were the (very few) women, so he's making an effort to buck the trend. Best husband.

After some epic reading on lazy weekend afternoons, I finally made it through my current reading list. I just finished Richard Kadrey's Aloha From Hell. I like the first book in the series the best (Sandman Slim) since the protagonist's goal was really defined, while the other two feel more like he's being dragged along by circumstance. Fun reads though, and I love the way the world works.

I'm now slowly making my way through my company's titles. I started reading Bi today since I was actually scanning through pulling out snippets for marketing. In a lot of ways it reads very much like someone's thesis, but I'm finding it a lot more engaging than the last academics-slanted title I'd snagged from the shelves. So far, the author does a really good job of breaking down the bigger concepts and making them accessible.

Finally:

My excitement for Pacific Rim is epic. I want it now.
ponderosa: photographic portrait of Idris Elba in a fedora from GQ magazine (misc - idris)
Any Bay Area folks interested or know someone interested in a summer publishing internship (web/marketing with some editorial)? It’s unpaid sadly, but super flex hours (16-24) and we also have a strong record of hiring from the intern pool. Hit me up for more info if you know anyone. :)

Read: I really want a fannish hivemind here. Just sayin'.
ponderosa: View of Captain America's original shield on his back. (marvel - oldschool shield)
I've had a crazy couple of months. I still have every intention of posting about our road trip, but between that and last weekend in the Tahoe forest, most every ounce of my free time has been recovering from all the travel and also all the mental energy I've been using up at work.

I went to lunch with [personal profile] mrkinch on Friday, which was super lovely, and the perfect thing to force me out of the office and start my weekend. I'm on half-day Fridays now for the summer, but my department just relaunched our imprint's website. It was a pretty huge undertaking, and we essentially managed a complete overhaul and significant migration of content in a little over three weeks. I didn't sleep much this last week and ended up working a lot of overtime, but shockingly it wasn't really a stressful project. There's a lot more to do as far as migration and optimization in the weeks and months to come, but overall, it was a damn successful launch.

House-hunting for J and I is on a bit of a pause. My mom has finally gotten into a headspace to move and spoke with a realtor for a spot appraisal, so finding a property with an in-law or two homes on a single lot is back on the table. I went down to her place yesterday to help clean out the house and it went a hundred times better than I expected. We got one and a half rooms completely cleared, and now there's really only one more room and the garage that needs a ton of work to sort through. Because of the remodeling that she did a couple years ago, the main living and family rooms are essentially just bookshelves full of books and papers which will be easy to box up and/or shred. I'll probably end up going down every other weekend to continue helping clean and box things up, but aside from the loft in the garage which is going to need J's help, I think she and I can do the house ourselves, and then look at hiring someone to haul away everything that's in the barn and shed.

The week to come feels pretty excellent with no more mental space being taken up by managing such a large work project. With help from J, I also got around to modding my new bike helmet today, so that's one more thing off my plate!

I want a new bike now to match. In Iron Man colors. )
ponderosa: rdj as tony stark building the mark i (iron man - with spare parts)
My day job needs a quick turnaround (preferably end of this week) on a 1.5-2min project. Footage is pretty clean. It doesn't need a lot of cuts to edit together the scenes mostly just trimming the ends of the separate clips, but will require some minor sound/lighting adjustments, and a simple intro/outro with logos and credits. My team has a budget of around $300 negotiable.

If you're interested and have an example of your editing work (like a fanvid!) please message me or email me at kimi@foundcake.com. I need someone lined up by end of day Tuesday.

x-posted on Tumblr.
ponderosa: (spn - sam and dean)
Instead of writing up a post about our adventures in Washington, I used my time to knock a bit of art from my to-do list. Pretty fair trade, I think.

A quasi redraw of a pic that I don't think I ever actually posted.



Supernatural. Sam/Dean. Just some sleepy cuddling.

Cold Light of Morning... )

Also at AO3 or on Tumblr.
ponderosa: rdj as tony stark building the mark i (iron man - with spare parts)
J and I went on a week long road trip that took us up through Oregon and throughout Washington. Better still we had a [personal profile] blue_soaring along for the ride for half of it! Despite camping half the time, we still managed to see the season finale of The Following, and I also caught the newest SPN which prompted me to actually get my ass caught up on the show. It was a really lovely vacation despite the surprise!wind that cut our time in eastern Washington short. I managed to post a few photos from the road on Tumblr/Twitter, but I'm hoping to assemble it all into a proper entry tomorrow evening and recount all the things we saw and did.

It was fun using the books my company publishes to plan our trip, and we made it home again late Friday, so I've had the weekend to recover. We did help my work bestie move into her new apartment this afternoon, which despite always being The Friends With the Truck, it was nice to get out of the house after spending a lot of the day sorting and cleaning up various vacation detritus.

I feel nicely rejuvenated, and ready to tackle finishing up the Big Project I took off right in the middle of. I found out that there's been a bit of a shake-up in the greater department while I was gone, and I'm curious to see what the climate will be like tomorrow. More on that under lock later probably. I also managed to kick start my drawing and work on my commissions today, and also got over a minor hurdle in a couple WIP fics I had, so I'm feeling ready to tackle the creative projects of my own I have floating around. Good times.

The most important thing during my vacation: Iron Man 3.

Not really spoilery, just a reaction shot. )

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