alexseanchai: Shadows of the Nameless Pharaoh and some of his priests (Yu-Gi-Oh! shadows of pharaoh and priests)
The problem with [community profile] fic_promptly is now I want to assemble my [community profile] queer_bigbang from lonely [community profile] fic_promptly author's choice prompts. (The Yu-Gi-Oh! selection is...slim.)

Things this is: hilarious. Things this is not: conducive to accomplishing challenge week.
alexseanchai: Yuugi the legendary warrior (Yu-Gi-Oh! Yuugi the legendary warrior)
Ooh, [community profile] fan_flashworks challenge is Jewelry. I believe I want to write something to do with Yuuki and the Millennium Puzzle, but I dunno what to write that wouldn't be a scene from my [community profile] queer_bigbang. PROMPT ME.
alexseanchai: Graceful Dice (Yu-Gi-Oh! Graceful Dice)
So apparently Japanese elementary schools (at least in the 80s, because that seems to be the decade all this source's cites are from, but I haven't found a source for the 90s when my characters were in elementary school and probably the system didn't change much in a few years) divide their classes (on average thirty students, at most forty or forty-five) into four-to-six-person groups called han, and rather than calling out a particular student's errors the teacher will call out a particular han's errors and let the erring child's han-mates apply peer pressure till the error goes away. So, how do the teachers identify one han from another, I wonder? Are they given color names, numbers, individual hiragana (like US schools might go Group A, Group B, Group C), what?

...I am probably overthinking my [community profile] queer_bigbang.
alexseanchai: Shizuka in hospital pajamas (Yu-Gi-Oh! Shizuka)
Oh, Tristan. Tristan, no. No using the word 'friendzone' unironically.
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
My Scrivener file for [community profile] queer_bigbang has now cracked the minimum word count for [community profile] queer_bigbang.

Mostly because my notes file is nine thousand words long.
alexseanchai: Mai from Yu-Gi-Oh! (Yu-Gi-Oh! Mai)
Does anybody know where I could find English-language resources on being queer and/or trans in Japan in the early 2000s? I've already found and ordered this book, which was published a couple years too early to be ideal. I also see this and this but I don't know that I want to spend thirty or sixty dollars on fic research, you know? And simply DuckDuckGoing is giving me queer Christian theology, which is not quite what I'm after.
alexseanchai: Yami Yuugi and the Magician of Black Chaos (Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yuugi and Magician of Bla)
Yami Yuuki in the girl edition of the Domino High uniform

I should be homeworking, not arting or canon reviewing or [community profile] queer_bigbanging...
alexseanchai: Yuugi the legendary warrior (Yu-Gi-Oh! Yuugi the legendary warrior)
There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, and when she was bad, she was horrid.
alexseanchai: the moment of division between Yuugi and Yami Yuugi (Yu-Gi-Oh! Yuugi and Yami Yuugi split)
Setting up a new filter for my [community profile] queer_bigbang, which is the Yu-Gi-Oh! always-a-cis-girl!Yuugi and actually-a-trans-woman!Atem fic. Ping me in the comments if you want to be on it. (If you don't currently have access to me, probably I've been meaning to give you access for a while and haven't gotten around to it.)
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
So I'm experimenting with formatting the first few scenes of my [community profile] queer_bigbang (this is the always-a-cis-girl!Yuugi and um-actually-a-trans-woman!Yami-Yuugi fic). I am attempting to use paragraph alignment to convey a particular mood. I'd like people's opinions on what mood I'm trying to convey and how well I'm succeeding at conveying it. Actual text of the first scene and a bit provided.

I'd also like to know how much of an accessibility fail I'm looking at. Paragraph alignment isn't a thing screenreaders register, is it?

Also, how to HTML code the text behind cut two to look like the text in the image behind cut one. I seem to recall <center> is bad form and I can't remember if I ever knew how to code right-aligned, and while I could look this up, I'd like someone more familiar with HTML to tell me whether I'm correct in my suspicion that I can't actually make the text look like the image without a lot more fuckery than I'm prepared to do or possibly than AO3 and DW are willing to handle. Because I think alignment goes with <p> tags, so I could do consecutive snippets with the same alignment as the same paragraph with <br /> tags between, but I'd need a new paragraph (with paragraphs spacing instead of line-break spacing) to make the following snippet a new alignment, which would mean breaking my paragraphs midsentence. So I would need to fuck with paragraph spacing in my <p> tags in order to get it to look like the image, which I don't think I want to slash can do.

image of properly-formatted text )

text for the people who can't read the image, but if you can read the image please do )
alexseanchai: Alexia Fast as Emma from Supernatural 7x13 (Emma 2)
I only got one WIP, for [community profile] queer_bigbang, but it's a doozy, so I'm giving you three snippets.

(1)

Grandmother Madeline looms over Emma. "We have no place in our ranks for a perpetual child!"

"I'm grown!" Emma protests. "I can fight!"

"But you will never be an adult!" Grandmother says, a sweeping gesture indicating a giant United States map with pushpins. Seattle, northwest Ohio, southeast Kansas, northwest Montana, southern New Jersey. There's no pattern to the Winchesters' movements. Emma will never find her father. "Look at yourself!" Grandmother says, and Emma is wearing the denim dress that hasn't fit in days. "You are a petulant, sniveling little child who will never be a warrior!"

"I will," Emma says. "Watch me."

(2)

"I have some advice for you, if you're willing to hear it," Barrowman says. "You're young. You're smart. You're pretty. Do something with your life that isn't going to turn you into an ugly corpse."

"My mom wanted me to be an investment banker," Emma says. She thinks of Aunt Charlene, of her people leaving her, and stifles a sob. "I'd rather hunt."

(3)

If he wants to imply that getting fucked is somehow shameful, well then he can just go get fucked himself.
alexseanchai: Sydney Imbeau as Claire as Castiel in Supernatural, killing a demon (Clairestiel)
My QBB Google Doc now has a paragraph in brackets that has a brief description of the scene that goes there plus 'Fuck it. On to the next.'

I have never done this before.
alexseanchai: Sydney Imbeau as Claire as Castiel in Supernatural, killing a demon (Clairestiel)
Things I know today that I didn't know yesterday: Emma's MP3 player came with Salim Nourallah's "Don't Be Afraid" (she must have got the same model I did), there are going to be absolute hysterics when Claire figures out about the food additives, my girls are fond of a cappella as well as Florence (note to self, track down work by female a cappella groups), and the Dresden Dolls' "Half Jack" really speaks to Emma.

Things I have written today that I didn't have written yesterday: uh.
alexseanchai: Alexia Fast as Emma from Supernatural 7x13 (Emma 2)
Gah, girls, talk later, tearful life-affirming sex now.
alexseanchai: Sydney Imbeau as Maddy in Really Me, or as Claire somewhat later than S4 in the Supernatural timeline (Claire young adult)
I have spent all day on this scene and it's still less than five hundred words long and half of that is quotes.

On the other hand, less than four hundred words till I make QBB word count!
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
Nine thousand words and the plot has actually gone somewhere. I should go back and foreshadow the plot ninjas, maybe.
alexseanchai: Sydney Imbeau as Maddy in Really Me, or as Claire somewhat later than S4 in the Supernatural timeline (Claire young adult)
There appear to be no books on the writing of queer romance. Never mind ebooks. No books, full stop. And any writing-het-romance books, of which there are multitudes, are certain to be too heteronormative and asexuality-exclusive for my purposes. As for writing-femslash metas? BAHAHAHAHA NO. Demographics of fandom simply do not allow for that to exist. (would be delighted to be proven wrong)

This post brought to you by, nearly eight thousand words into the story, and Emma and Claire are flat out refusing to interact on other than a professional level. Which makes sense, I mean, they've only known each other two days. BUT STILL.
alexseanchai: Alexia Fast as Emma in Supernatural 7x13 (Emma)
I think I may finally have finished the SHOPPING. Claire and Emma are talking about Emma's aborted adulthood ritual and how to adapt it so Emma can actually do it without getting killed (again) in the process.
alexseanchai: Alexia Fast as Emma in Supernatural 7x13 (Emma)
Seven thousand words. At least I won't have trouble making word count? But it's all, get acquainted with Claire, get acquainted with Emma, get Emma alive again, SHOPPING SHOPPING SHOPPING SHOPPING interspersed with Important Conversations. And still the closest I've gotten to discussion of sexuality is Emma saying her ancestors are from Crete, not Lesbos, and Claire coming out of B&N with lesbian romance, and a couple people wondering aloud if Emma and Claire are a couple. ARGH. Did I mention that it's nine months from when we meet Claire to when we meet Emma, and it hasn't even been two days since we met Emma?

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