matchboximpala_dw: (SD askance)
Which I find confounding, since I am not a fan of her writing.

Posting this because I thought her mention of Dean Winchester was amusing.  Click to see larger version.

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For years and years Entertainment Weekly pretty much ignored Supernatural -- I know, because I've subscribed to that magazine longer than the show has been on. Suddenly, they keep popping up!

This may have been posted elsewhere, but I'm so behind on my flist I wouldn't know.



Link to PDF of article.

In the same issue was an article about Matt Smith and his role in The Crown. I've watched through episode 5 and love it!


Link to PDF of article.

Pretty boy

Dec. 12th, 2016 08:41 pm
matchboximpala_dw: (SD askance)
These days it seems to take me forever to get through my photos. But here's one from the recent San Francisco Con. I was so amazed that Jensen made it, considering his twins were born just a few (2?) days before he was scheduled to appear.

matchboximpala_dw: (SD askance)
And my posting of the mxa_news newsletter is going to be late tonight because I cannot stop reading the post-debate tweets. Hilarious.
matchboximpala_dw: (SD askance)
Click on the picture to see my Flickr album of photos from the Heroes & Villains FanFest I attended in San Jose, CA, last month.

Heroes & Villains FanFest

I hadn't realized until attending that this Con is organized by Stephen Amell and a friend of his. I liked that it was small enough that you could see everything and the lines weren't ridiculously long. I decided against getting pictures, but I got four autographs. I wanted to add Katie Cassidy's and Amy Gumenick's autographs to my Supernatural book and then decided to have Stephen Amell and Clark Gregg sign it, too, since I didn't have anything else I wanted them to sign.

Clark (because I call him Clark now, haha) was super sweet and I love him to pieces.

(Also, you'll note that there are a few blurry pictures of people doing pushups -- someone in the audience asked most of the panelists to do the 22 Push-up Challenge. I was impressed that so many were able to do it!)
matchboximpala_dw: (merlin_smile)
Title: Never Stay Buried
Author: [livejournal.com profile] paopu_parachute
Pairings/characters: Gwen/Lance, Arthur/Merlin, Gwaine/Eira
Word Count: 27,220
Warnings: blood, gore, violence, death, zombies
Summary:On a particularly nondescript day, Arthur comes home in a panic and drags everyone off to a base where his father works. By noon, the world they knew is gone. They are now living in an unrelenting zombie apocalypse where just surviving is the hardest thing to do.
Somehow, Gwen has to find a way to drag everyone from the blood, tears and ashes and figure out how to just stay alive.

Story link: AO3 Link

This was a great project to work on, though I wrestled a bit with how to capture the tone of the story. It inspired me to try something new, and I am pretty happy with the results.

I'm glad I got to work with you [livejournal.com profile] paopu_parachute!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ac_mod for doing such a great job running this challenge.




Under the cut is a detailed account of the steps I took in making this image, with the exception of some small tweaks that I can't even remember now. Sources are also included.

Read more... )

Excited!

Sep. 15th, 2016 10:50 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] merlinreverse has arrived!!

Get excited for the new Merlin Reverse Bang community!
Calling all artists, writers, people near and far, sign ups open October 10th!!
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My art for [livejournal.com profile] aftercamlann.

Title: The School of Merlin
Author: Aelys_Althea
Pairings/characters: Gen
Rating: M - for themes
Word Count: ~176'000
Warnings: Bullying and bullying violence included.
Summary: Merlin has a secret. A secret he knows he must guard with his life because most of the world won't understand. They'll think him Bad, Evil, Dark. So he keeps it hidden.
Unfortunately, secrets have a way of getting out.
In a world of magic, a world of learning that magic, of embracing it and exploring the wonders it can perform, Merlin is different. He's always been different, and that difference could be dangerous if he lets it run untethered and raging. What better solution could there be than to learn to tame his wayward power?
No one ever told him that school could be so terrifying, and that was to say nothing of the people there.

Story link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7873996/chapters/17982514

Artist notes: First, thanks so much to the mods for doing such a great job running this challenge!
I've only read a few stories that put the Merlin characters into the Harry Potter 'verse and all of those were crossovers. This was the first story I have read that completely relocated the characters into this world and I was captivated by how familiar it was, yet how very original the author made it. It was a wonderful read and I wait with great anticipation for future installments. The story also inspired many ideas for art -- there were at least nine scenes I wanted to illustrate, but unfortunately only managed two. I appreciate the input Aelys_Althea gave me -- she was a terrific collaborator. I also must give many thanks to my wonderful beta, [livejournal.com profile] sophiap.

Banner:



Cover version:


More behind the cut )
matchboximpala_dw: (tsunami)
At the Ladies of SPN convention.



with Nina Winkler, Kelli Ogmundson, Vivien Elizabeth Armour, and Natalie Sharp.

It was their idea to take the picture -- they loved the book. My version doesn't include Season 10 so I had them sign on pictures of the characters they played. They were all so sweet -- seriously, really great.

Someone finally got some videos and good pictures up on the FB page. My photos of it are linked from my sticky post.
matchboximpala_dw: (tsunami)
First, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kalliel, [livejournal.com profile] halfshellvenus, [livejournal.com profile] geekslave, [livejournal.com profile] dodger_sister, [livejournal.com profile] saltandburnboys, [livejournal.com profile] enablelove, [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal, [livejournal.com profile] sillie82 and [livejournal.com profile] dont_hate_me01 for the birthday wishes. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated!

For you Colin Morgan fans out there, I watched the first episode of The Living and the Dead, and once I got past the distraction of HOW F'ING AMAZING HE LOOKS, I really enjoyed it.

I have screencapped all six episodes and will share them as I watch the episodes. Episode 1 caps can be found here. A zipped folder is here.

TLATD_1_141

Two more under the cut )
matchboximpala_dw: (jensen walking)
Author name: elenyasblood
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] matchboximpala
Genre: RPS
Pairing: Jensen/Jared
Rating: R
Word count: 51,721
Warnings: See tags on AO3 post
Summary: Jensen's life is falling apart; with his formerly booming business going bankrupt, he's losing his girlfriend, his money and his direction. To add insult to injury, he finds himself doing community service as a janitor in a mental hospital after having racked up one too many speeding tickets. But between scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors, Jensen saves the life of a young patient named Jared and is shocked when he follows him home. Weirdly, Jared seems insistent about wanting to stay with Jensen despite them being strangers, making every further discussion futile. Running out of time and too compassionate to leave Jared all alone, Jensen makes a momentous decision: instead of escorting the shy young man back to the hospital like he probably should, he lets him tag along to his brother’s wedding, and together they embark on a journey through the summer-hot, golden South that will shake both their lives to the very foundations.

Link to fic


matchboximpala_dw: (me)
Well, that's not really true, because there is a lot of great TV being made right now and I can't keep up with it. But I thought I'd give some new shows a try and in most cases gave up after one episode. Maybe these are going to get better, but I don't really have the patience to wait and see.

Of Kings and Prophets (cancelled after two episodes, no surprise there)
Supergirl
Houdini and Doyle
Lucifer
Blindspot
Quantico
Heroes Reborn (I actually watched 5 eps before giving up)
The Bastard Executioner (cancelled, again, no surprise)
The Magicians
The Aliens

Haven't watched yet, but plan to:
Sense8
Damien (I've seen bad reviews which makes me very unhappy because, well, BRADLEY!)
The Expanse
Hap and Leonard (I love the books)

New shows I'd recommend:
Limitless (tonally all over the place, but at times hilarious)
Life in Pieces (family comedies are not my thing, but this is really good)
Colony -- okay, I don't really *recommend* it, but it isn't terrible. Bonus Kim Rhodes!
The Man in the High Castle -- just two episodes in, but I like it. Bonus Rick Worthy & DJ Qualls!

Shows cancelled that I am bummed about:
The Awesomes (NOOOOOOOOO!)
The Good Wife -- but even though I am really sorry to see this end, sometimes it is good for shows to quit while they are ahead.

Still haven't gotten through my pictures from Vegas, but here is a pic of two of the most fabulous women in the universe. I am just bummed because in so many of my photos, one of them is blurred or out of focus. They need to stand still!

IMG_3817 copy
matchboximpala_dw: (me)
VegasCon was great, but I came back exhausted and then caught cold and couldn't go to Seattle to volunteer for that Con. But that is probably good because I would have been returning today completely wiped.

I haven't even looked at my pictures, but when I do get through them I will share.

What I have been working on instead is syncing all my SPN pictures, videos & miscellany to my work Box.com account, where I have unlimited storage. Currently it all resides on an external hard drive and I'm getting nervous about the possibility of that hard drive crashing. It's slow going as I'm trying to delete duplicates and other files that I really don't need to save before I sync the folders. I'm also creating a Lightroom catalog for just my SPN stuff. This has not been slow going, which makes me very happy with my new(ish) laptop. My old one probably would have crashed multiple times doing this.

Does anyone watch The 100? I watched 1/2 of the first episode when it first came out and gave up on it because it seemed to me to be yet another rehash of 90210 (Post-apocalyptic 90210!). But recently Entertainment Weekly wrote an article raving about it, so I decided to give it another go. I am so glad I did because it is freakin' crazy! Ludicrous at times (these people heal from life-threatening injuries even faster than Sam and Dean), but mostly so fast-paced and action-packed that you ignore the lapses in logic. And boy, the producers are not afraid to kill their characters. I'm only on episode 3 of season 2 and I'm not keeping count, but it probably is more like The 64 now. (Actually, that would be pretty funny if they changed the title every episode, reflecting how many of the 100 are still alive.)

Another reason I am very happy that I like this show is because one of my all-time favorite fanfic writers, chash (aka [livejournal.com profile] longsufferingly aka [livejournal.com profile] poor_choices) left SPN fandom (*sob*) and took up with The 100. I cannot wait until I get current with the show and so I can go read ALL THE FIC (184 stories and counting).
matchboximpala_dw: (me)
This video by my friend Denise was one of the winning picks at VegasCon. The version they showed there was good, but she edited it after submitting it and the version posted on YouTube is better. She is such an amazing editor.

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