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coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 12:14 am
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.

1) The Spring Thaw, a Mushishi fanfic featuring Ginko and Tanyuu in a rather shippy but still ultimately gen sort of way. It is far and away my favorite thing I've ever written (not that I've written all that much). I tried to pour all the love I have for these two into this. Mushishi is such a small fandom, but it really is the fandom of my heart and I think (I hope) my small contribution can stand tall next to the other great fanworks people have created for it.

2) [personal profile] coprime_recs, just the entire thing. I have always been proud of the amount of work that I've put into my recs journal, especially considering it started out on DeadJournal without any metadata beyond the fandom name. I've always thought of myself as a reccer primarily and keep intending to get back into it regularly (although not managing quite yet). However, even if I never rec another thing, I still think there are a wide variety of gems in that journal that I tried to bring to people's attention as best I could.

3) The icon on this post. It's from a panel in Mushishi that I colorized. I will probably always be ridiculously proud of this icon because it took so much work for me to make. I find graphics editing programs very counter-intuitive to use and struggle pretty much every time I try using one. (There is a reason why any icon I make nowadays is simply me cropping, resizing, and adding a border to an image.) I like all my icons, but this one is my favorite. I think it's pretty and, well, it's Mushishi.

...It was surprisingly difficult to write that without adding a lot of hedging.
coprime: animated icon of a boy reading intensely and then shouting "But I don't want it to be over!!" (books)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 07:51 pm
Is it wrong that I always get incredibly excited whenever I find a Firefox extension that fixes some niggly behavior to how I like it? Today, it's the ability to permanently sort my bookmarks -- and I can specify which folders I want to sort and how! -- thanks to SortPlaces. Now if only there was an extension so I could easily create duplicate bookmarks (ideally with also telling me when I was about to do so), my day would be made.

The Best of the Spirit - Will Eisner
I figured something labelled "The Best of" would make for a good introduction to one of the most influential comics ever, and I was right! This was amazing. Just incredibly innovating and imaginative and good even when compared to current-day stuff. Not that everything today is good, but The Spirit manages to be unique even when compared to sixty years worth of comics. My favorite thing about The Spirit is the same thing I love about Mushishi. All the stories are focused on people in them, rather than on Eisner's cool idea or neat art or some other bell and whistle that exists to show off and doesn't actually help tell the story. (Something that is, sadly, not as common as I would like.)

God Save the Queen - Mike Carey
This was a gift from a friend, and she got it for me because I really like Lucifer, a different title by Mike Carey. And those sorts of reads are always a bit of a crapshoot, so it was nice that I did enjoy this, mostly because of the art. (Drug use, which isn't something I like to read about generally, features heavily, and I found the heroine unlikable until about two-thirds of the way into the story.) All the pages are painted by John Bolton and are surprisingly realistic yet pretty. I have a feeling that his art is an example of photo referencing done right, but I can't find anything to confirm that he does that. In any case, the art has a slight static quality due to the fact that it's painted and referenced, but it grew on me quickly as I read.

Mushishi v6 - Yuki Urushibara
Finally, a volume with stories that weren't made into episodes for the anime! Because, okay, I adored revisiting the stories as each volume came out, but having completely new material to read is wonderful. "The Chirping Shell" I found charming, and I dare others to find the idea of seashells chirping like birds anything other than charming. "The Hand that Pets the Night" was a surprisingly creepy horror story (surprising because I rarely classify Mushishi stories as horror). "Under the Snow" was nicely uplifting even as it dealt with sibling grief, although I had to reread a few scenes because I didn't realize they were flashbacks the first time. And "Banquet in the Farthest Field" was a neat exploration of the lives of mushishi.
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Thursday, January 1st, 2009 09:15 pm
Now that it's January 1st, I can say I wrote The Spring Thaw for [ profile] jesidres, and [ profile] jesidres wrote the lovely Symbiotic Nature for me. I'd wondered when I saw that there were all of three Mushishi stories this year if maybe my recipent and I had gotten assigned each other. And it turns out we were! It is a funny old world sometimes.

I really enjoyed writing The Spring Thaw, although it took me a while to write because I was worried that I wouldn't be up to the challenge of Mushishi and blending my typical writing voice with the feeling of the series. My idea for the kaihyouki actually came from an art piece by [ profile] jesidres, and the rest of the story sort of formed itself around the fact that I wanted to use these mushi she drew in her story. I don't think it was very obvious that I borrowed them from her art though.

I have discovered that there are only so many times I can see people reccing Merlin stories that can be more or less summarized by "Arthur and Merlin act like morons" before I succumb and start reading them. Without having seen even a scrap of the actual show, mind you, which led to the interesting visualization of Uther being played by Patrick Stewart. And when I started watching the show, it was a bit funny because I already knew each episode's basic plot and resolution. But I've been enjoying them all the same, and Patrick Stewart no longer shows up when I read fic, so it's all good.
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Thursday, December 25th, 2008 03:07 am
Eeee, my story! It is wonderful and perfect and I love it lots and lots! Symbiotic Nature was written just for me, and it has Tanyuu and Ginko and musings about the nature of mushi and humans and how those two worlds interect. It's everything I could have hoped for.

If my Yuletide author is stalking my journal, I tried to leave a comment about how much I love your story, but when I hit submit I got the angry Yuletide snowman. So I have no clue if it went through or not. (If it didn't, I can tell you that it was not substantially different than the above paragraph. If it did, you can confirm this for yourself.) And since I was planning on writing a more detailed comment for you anways when it's not 3am, I'm going to hold off on trying to resubmit.

And now, as it is 3am and I have to be social with about 30 family members tomorrow, I am off to bed.
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 11:56 pm
I got my Yuletide assignment, yay! And I'm totally psyched about it too. I've got an idea that I think will be really neat, but I need to review the canon before I can begin writing.

Also, hi, Yuletide Author! I wrote a letter for you if you want, but you are in no way obligated to read if you don't want.

I already know I'm going to love whatever story you write me because it will be in one of my teeny, tiny fandoms that is dear to my heart. Really and truly, I'm just thrilled that someone else knows these fandoms. I want you to have fun writing your assignment because stories the author enjoyed writing are the ones that come out best. So if you have an idea that would be really cool and awesome but doesn't quite fit my details? Go for it! On the other hand, if you'd like to know more about me, I am happy to oblige.

General Stuff )

Monsoon Wedding )

Mushishi )

Owly )

To sum up, I like lots of things, and I want you to go where your heart wants to because a story you enjoyed writing is one I'll enjoy reading.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 12:47 am
Hrm, I've been feeling the need for new icons but haven't done anything about it because I like to use icons I make myself. But I suck a lot at using Photoshop or doing anything more complicated than cropping and resizing. And what I've been wanting as icons -- colorized images from the Mushishi manga -- is way more complicated than anything I'd previously attempted.

But then I found a tutorial on [ profile] icon_tutorial that looked helpful! And managed to produce this!


I am rather impressed by it but don't know if it's any good or if I should do more to it. Maybe I'll have an opinion after I sleep on it.

ETA: Now that I'm looking at it again, the colors are a little muddy. So I think I'm going to color the ground and the background and maybe sharpen it or up the saturation.

ETA2: After playing a bit more, I've managed to create this:

second icon!

I wish the color in the background was obvious, but at least it isn't so muddy.