healyg: (Frown)
So some of you might be wondering where that make-up review I promised by Sunday at the latest went. Well, the truth is, I lost track of time this weekend and spent most of today writing Gravity Falls fanfiction. (Technically I also wrote a fairy tale fanfic, but, well.) So! For this Monday, I think what I'll try to do is get two reviews in today. If I can't swing that, I'll try to get in an extra on on Tuesday or Thursday. My goal is to get at least 4 reviews done this week, maybe 5. We'll see if I can swing that.

Hey, I wanna read the Gravity Falls fanfic you did! Somehow I doubt that anyone's thinking this, but just in case, these two fics are the ones I feel can be best enjoyed with minimal knowledge of the show. All you need to know is that Dipper and Mabel are staying at their Great Uncle (or Grunkle) Stan's Mystery Shack for the summer, there's a lot of weird crap in their town, and Dipper has a mysterious journal that is sometimes helpful. Here goes:

Glam Cookies, starring Mabel and Stan )

******


Werwolf Date, starring Dipper and Mabel )

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And there you have it! Of course, while you don't have to watch the show to enjoy them, I think there's a certain richness and-- dare I say it-- character that's added if you've watched the whole series through. Anyway, I'll see you guys later, hopefully with a review or two.
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First things first, I'm sorry I've been away for so long. It's been kind of a hectic past few months (including a death in the family early in the month, although everything's back to normal around here), and updating this blog hasn't been a big priority. So, I bet all (most (some)) of you are wondering, "Healy, whatcha been up to since then?"

Well, as it turns out, not much, but there was something I was working on in the meantime: a drabble series for the Gravity Falls fandom called With Friends Like These, Who Needs Anomalies? It stars two characters who are very spoilery, each in their own different ways, so I'm reluctant to recommend it to folks who haven't seen the show yet, or even tell you who those characters are. (Seriously, don't click that link if you're not caught up on Gravity Falls.) But I can tell you it was pretty fun to work on! I wrote all twenty drabbles for the [livejournal.com profile] 31_days comm, and it was a lot of fun thinking up stories for the prompts. I had a lot of trouble in the later days of the project, though, when it seemed like I had used every single one of my good ideas. Like, originally I was planning on doing a story where character A makes fun of character B's comic book collection, but then I thought, "Wait, isn't this just like the one I did where A makes fun of B's record collection?" Even so, I wish I did more of them; you miss all of the one-shots you don't take, after all.

"So what are you doing next?" Well, the XYZZY Awards just put out the nominees for 2015. Looking at the list, I count about 15 games I haven't gotten to yet, and I think I can knock that number down before voting ends on the 14th. I'll be playing some of those games and writing them up on my blog for the next two weeks; let's give myself a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule to start out, and see if I can increase it the next week.

I'm also thinking of making a game for the Tiny Utopias game jam, so look forward to that as well.
healyg: (apology)
If you're looking for this week's Currently Reading Wednesdays, I'm sorry to say that it's not here. HOWEVER, the Yuletide fics have been revealed, and with it some very cool stories, including three of my own gifts:

The End of Autumn (They Might Be Giants - No One Knows My Plan + Destination Moon): An eerie tale of an astronaut, an engineer, their love, and mad science. I really dug how the author worked in the details from the songs.

The New Model (Lupin III): A cute short story about how Lupin can be kind of a jerk sometimes, especially towards women. A lot more focused on dialogue than most drabbles I've read, which I like.

Doing the Job (Beat the Champ - The Mountain Goats (Album)): A werewolf wrestler struggles to contain himself during a match. I really liked the slice-of-life take on a wrestler's life on the road.

Plus there was some other great fics, like the following:

A Heart So True (Undertale): Who would have thought that a Pokemon AU fic could be so good? It's got some good worldbuilding and gets pretty heartbreaking near the end. (Note: Contains mild to moderate spoilers for Undertale, if you care about that.)

The Demon and the Cobbler (12 Dancing Princesses): A very sweet story about two characters who become unlikely friends after the end of the fairy tale. I liked the take on the nature of the 12 princes.

Three Jeweled Branches, and a Golden Cup Too (12 Dancing Princesses): This is a simply delightful CYOA story, and I say that having written a few myself. What I really liked was how the writing for the different protagonists made them all quite distinct.

Filibuster Vigilantly (They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul): A quiet fairy tale about a nightlight who fights off an invasion. It's got a warm and cozy feel to it that I absolutely adore.

Inheritance (Red Riding Hood): A deliciously creepy tale about Red Riding Hood after her fateful encounter with the wolf. The overlapping voices are what make this fic for me.


And that's all just what I've managed to get around to so far! There's a bunch more gems hidden in there. I'm probably going to be reading fic long past reveals at the rate I'm going through them. You should dig in yourselves, see what you can find.
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I declare this past week the week of the drabble! Somehow I learned how to write perfect 100-word drabbles, so I wrote a bunch of them over on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic! Here are the ones I like best:

Retirement (Batman Beyond) (Prompt by [livejournal.com profile] reeby10)
Waking Up to Fireworks (Phineas and Ferb) (Prompt by [livejournal.com profile] leni_ba)
Take Me With You! (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro) (Prompt by [livejournal.com profile] creepy_shetan)

I feel very happy about this. There are so many promising [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic prompts, but I often struggle to write something for them. Now that I know how to write drabbles, though, I can fill a prompt or two a day pretty easily. (Of course, this depends on how annoying other people think it is. I know drabbles aren't everyone's cup of tea, and I'd rather not do this if it bugs people. But we'll see.)
healyg: (Healslime)

  • Bill Brasky is not actually a full-blooded son-of-a-bitch; more like a quarter, or an eighth if we're really being honest.

  • Bill Brasky began his sales career as a way to pay the many, many child support checks for all his bastard children.

  • Bill Brasky could take on Chuck Norris, but not Vin Diesel.

  • Every Tuesday he goes down to the bar and talks about the schlubs he works with at the office.

  • Bill Brasky can make sweet, sweet love to you simply by looking you in the eye.

  • To Bill Brasky!

  • Bill Brasky was the only person to ever get through to Donald Trump's cold, black heart.

  • There is a thriving market in Japan for Bill Brasky's used undershirts.

  • In another life, Bill Brasky was Paul Bunyan.

  • Say! Isn't that Bill Brasky over by the corner there?



(If you don't get it.)
healyg: (Healslime)
This week on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic had two days themed around short fills, so I could actually get around to some of them on time! (I'm a really slow writer, guys.)

Monday's theme was 1 Sentence, and I did around (quick count here) 10 of them, which isn't a bad number at all. Some of the ones I'm most proud of:

Justice League Cartoon, Justice League, affection
Batman: TAS, Harley Quinn/Bruce Wayne, elephant
DCU (any), any Rogue, Get Out of Jail Free card (Filled with Gorilla Grodd.)
any. any/any. is this a date? (Filled with Steven Universe, Pearl/MAY-OR DEW-EY.) (am I going to ship-jail now?)
DCU, Harley Quinn/+any, brainy

Then, Tuesday's theme was 10 Words. I did waaay less fills for this one; apparently I don't do as well with a stricter word limit. Here are two I like in particular:

DCU, any, night sky
Any, Any, secret ambitions (Filled with Aspel.)

I was also working on a longer work this week, but I wasn't feeling it, so I shelved it; I can always come back to it later, right? Many thanks to the people at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic for their prompts and fills this week!
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Bad Bang 4 is the latest in a series of fanfic writing fests in which the point is to contribute intentionally terrible fanfiction and/or fanart (some rounds let you contribute one or the other, but in this one participants had to make both). I made two pieces of fanfiction and art for this round:

Magus, a Study, in the Snow: A one-off drabble about the tormented wizard character from Chrono Trigger. I have a lot of trouble writing drabbles in under 100 words, so this is kind of reflection of my frustrations with the format. Written for certs_up.

Frank Castle Comes to Gotham: In which the Punisher teams up with a young Bruce Wayne. I'm gonna level with you guys and say I'm pleased as Punch at how this turned out. Chapter 5 is one of my favorite things I've written (which doesn't make it good, mind). Written for Liviania.
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This past week at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic was Lonely Prompts Week, where everybody pitches in to complete unfilled prompts left in previous weeks/months/years/etc. I only completed one fic, but I still had a lot of fun. Here's what I wrote:

A Peek Behind the Mask: BTAS, Harley/Batman. Harley Quinn wants to know just what's behind Batman's mask. I am quite pleased that I managed an exactly 100-word drabble here.

I also wrote a fic for Free-For-All Saturday!

Planet Break: Steven Universe, Peridot. Peridot's mission didn't quite go as planned. This was supposed to be a drabble, too, but I ended up about 30 words over the limit. Oh well! (Note: Contains spoilers for the episode Jail Break.)

That's about all I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic! If you want to check out my other projects last week, you'll have to wait until Wednesday. (Oo mysterious.)
healyg: (Healslime)
It was another July scorcher down in Free Country, USA. Strong Bad and The Cheat had commandeered Strong Sad’s Easy-To-Go-Tent, and were now using it for shade.

“I dunno, The Cheat,” said Strong Bad as he cracked open a Cold One, “how are we gonna pull a caper on Homestar? I mean we’ve tried everything! Fire, gasoline, rotten eggs, spoiled milk, day-old hamburger, the ol’ ‘tuna fish daily special’, more fire… We could fill a whole novel with all our attempts to prank the crap outta that guy! But nothing phases him.”

The Cheat groaned.

“Yeah, I don’t think we’ll ever get Homestar if we put a crack team of scientists-slash-detectives-slash-reporters on the case.”

“Hey guys, you talking ‘bout me?” asked Homestar, peeping his head in the tent.

“Go away, Homestar! It’s none of your business.”

“Well why’d you guys say my name a whole bunch if it’s none of my concern? What, you think a guy can’t come into his own conversation?”

“It’s not your conversation, we’re just talking about you!”

“Oh, so that’s how you gonna play me, is it?” sobbed Homestar. “Well, fine! I never realized before how selfish you guys are! Selfish, selfish selfish!” He ran away from the tent in tears.

“Whoa!” said Strong Bad. “I’m willing to call that a win if you are!” The Cheat agreed.


(A [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic fill. Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] leni_ba for the original prompt.)
healyg: (Healslime)
Or, perhaps more accurately, I wrote one drabble and another fic under 100 words. (Some people are very particular about the definition of drabble, you see.) Anyway, the theme was to take a character from the canon and write about how they might interact in fandom, or something like that; I took it rather loosely myself, so I suppose I don't care about the exact theme.

Anyway, here are the drabbles:

7 More @WorstMuse Ideas: It's a sequel to a very popular fic I did at Yuletide. I was hoping that popularity would rub off on this one, but no such luck. I guess I should have considered that Yuletide and this event are two very different things. Anyway, to keep with the fandom theme, I parodied bad fanfic habits; I hope nobody is seriously offended by it. There was an extra one I had to delete to keep it 100 words long; maybe I'll put it in a director's cut?

The Gostak Rasks Five: This is going to be utterly incomprehensible if you've never played The Gostak before. Hell, even if you have. The glossary linked in the notes is highly recommended. Contains a cameo appearance of one of my favorite webcomics.
healyg: (Healslime)
“So, is it true?” asked the young knytt. “Are the stories about you really true?”

Juni smiled, her face lightly wrinkled. “And just what stories are you referring to, little one?”

The child frowned. “Well, well, you know, about your adventures! Like the one where you turned off the machine, or the one when you went to the moon, or-or ate the mushroom, or--”

Juni laughed. “My, you’ve heard a lot about me! Tell me, then: do you love those stories you talk about?”

The young knytt nodded.

“Then they really must be so. You see, all stories are true, in the hearts of those who love them.”

With that, Juni took the child by the hand, and they both walked home together.

(Note: This story was written for the [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon Fanfest, a challenge for people to celebrate female creators and characters in fandom. If you liked this story, maybe you should check it out?)
healyg: (Healslime)

Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner


Hi folks! This year I have decided to try out some Fandom Culture things, and this challenge seemed like a good place to start. Basically:
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Since I did Yuletide this year, why not rec the fics I wrote for it? So without further ado...

The Lost SBemail: Then, a sudden flash! As the video quick-cuts MTV-style between images of dead chipmunks, an ominous close-up of the “No Loafing” sign covered in blood, Trogdor burninating Strong Mad and The Cheat, and Trogdor himself going up in flames, before ending on a medium close-up of Strong Bad crying in the shower.

A lost Strong Bad email brings, not laughs, but only terror! (And also laughs, I hope.) Creepypastas, especially lost episodes, are a genre ripe for parody, and what better vehicle for that parody than Homestar Runner Dot Net (it's Dot Com!)? 1 of 3 Homestar Runner fanfics I wrote this year.

Teen Girl Squad CYOA!: "Come on, my Galileos!" says Cheerleader. "Let's get ready to—"

"WEAR FOOD!" you all shout in unison.


A short CYOA about shopping for clothes made in Twine. Now that I look at it, I see a couple things I'd like to change or add to it. Hopefully I'll get to it before next Yuletide. Homestar Runner fanfic 2 of 3.

Strong Bad's Caper: “Why hello there, Homestar,” said Strong Bad. “My, you’re looking awfully over-warm today. Would you like me to pour some of this Not-Gasoline on you so’s you can cool down?”

Strong Bad pulls a quick caper on Homestar. This started out as a drabble attempt but I overshot the length by about 50 words or so. Homestar Runner fanfic 3 of 3.

9 Additional @WorstMuse Ideas: Grim-and-gritty superheroes? Totally untapped market.

A @WorstMuse drabble thingy. I wrote it after Strong Bad's Caper because I was frustrated that I didn't write a true-blue 100 word drabble. Inexplicably my most popular fanfic ever?
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*Sigh* Okay, Healy, you can do this.

Hi, guys! My name is Healy (or HealyG on here), and I'm a newcomer to both Yuletide and fanfic in general! I am trying to jump into this whole fanfiction thing feet first and not drown! Now if you're reading this it's likely you're my assigned writer (or someone looking to treat, but let's ignore that possibility for now). If so, I truly apologize for the wretched mess my prompts were in. I hope you got the gist alright, so let's get started! Most of this is copy-and-pasted from the prompt with some edification; think of it at a director's cut of sorts.

General Likes and Dislikes )

Gravity Falls )

Steven Universe )

Golden Age of Magic -RPF )

Homestar Runner )

Whew! Whatta a lot of words! I hope you've found them helpful. You don't have to adhere very strictly to these prompts, and I may rewrite some of these for clarification/more ideas later. Have fun!

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