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Hello!
Things of mine you might want to check out:

Hells Half Acre's Supernatural Time-Line: Preseries, S1-S5, S6-S7 - The only accurate Supernatural Time-Line on the Internet....in my opinion.

Master List of my Fanfic

If Clothes Could Talk - a catalogue of Sam and Dean's clothes throughout the seasons (this project is ongoing - S1-5 complete)

This journal is public with an occasional flocked post. My friending policy is pretty standard - strike up a conversation and tell me you want to friend me and I'll most likely friend you back (if you say you want me to).

hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
 I'm going traveling in November, folks! 

I'm excited. My BFF is getting married down in the San Diego area. Which seems PRETTY FAR AWAY considering I've never been south of Seattle on this coast.

So, the current plan is to drive to Portland, leave my car there, and then fly Portland to San Diego. Spend a couple of days in San Diego (see a CHEETAH) and then fly back to Portland, pick up the car, and drive home again.

Why Portland? I'm going to be perfectly honest... I want to see the BridgePort BrewPub that stood in for Leverage HQ during the 5th season of Leverage. Other than that, I hear Portland has a cool bookstore? and some fancy donuts? I honestly don't know. Also, due to wedding/BFF hangs, I'll probably only get a day or two in Portland and most, so I gotta prioritize.

In San Diego, I'm gonna try to do the Cheetah run at the San Diego Safari Park. 

Anyway, haven't booked anything yet, but I'm SUPER JAZZED.

SO BE JAZZED WITH ME!
hells_half_acre: (!!!!)
 Hey Everybody! Sorry I've been a little MIA since mid July.

I'm doing well, life has just been busy - I'll probably write about it in a locked post later, if I feel like it - but not right now! 

This is mainly just a reminder to everyone that I will NOT be going to VanCon this year. It's too early in the month and I'm not usually in Vancouver at this time of year (right now, I am in Ontario - where I will remain until the 31st, because I pushed back my flights even further just yesterday in order to spend a little more time here.)

So, no VanCon for me.

I hear tell that next year's VanCon will be in October! This means that a)I'll more than likely be able to go (provided I'm still living in Vancouver at that time,) and b)All the lovely visitors will actually get a taste of the rainy season (ie: late fall/winter) in Vancouver - where it gets dark really early and it's wet and mildly chilly. So, that'll be a little bit of veritas for how the series is filmed, because it really only gets 2.5 months of nice summer weather for filming before we're all plunged into the long dark tea time of the soul... uh, I mean, the long dark winter.

For those not subscribed to my AO3 account, I'm currently posting the final installment of the demented'verse over there (while frantically trying to finish it before AO3 catches up with the chapters that I still need to write/work on.
hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
The final installment of the Demented'verse has started to go up on AO3 as of tonight! :)

Monstrous Magic Marks

I'm sticking with the AU-Canon Divergence, and this time I'm diverging S10.

I hope those of you who are fans of the demented'verse enjoy this story!!! 

I'm not QUITE finished writing it yet (I just have one more chapter left to write, and a couple things to shuffle around. But the first 8 chapters are solid, so that gives me enough of a buffer to start posting a chapter once per week until I'm done. :)

Thank you to my lovely beta, Bex! Who volunteered for the job and hasn't complained that I've only given her half the story so far!
hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
 Hello!

So, I'm NEARLY done with the next (and final) installment of the Demented'verse.

It's about 60k, give or take (like I said, not done yet.)

My question is... when I AM done... 

Who wants to beta it for me?

I just need someone to read it over, tell me what you think, make sure I don't have any homonyms in there... that I spell the Harry Potter words right, stuff like that. 

I know it's the middle of summer and everyone is really busy, but I want to start posting it by the end of the month. So, if I have no takers, I'll probably just start posting it without having someone beta it. BUT, a second set of eyes would definitely be the ideal situation.

Leave a comment if you're interested, and once it's done, I'll send you a link to the a google doc.

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Hello,

So, there's a fair bit of background to explain first, so let's get that done.

...because not everyone cares about the details )

Anyway... that's all been on my mind.

I guess my question to you guys would be: If I did a weekly video and/or podcast - what would you want me to talk about? Or do you think that too many people these days think they're own voices are the best and I should just shut up and continue living my nice private life, to which very few people are invited?

Let me know your thoughts, please.

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Hello!

Journal time -

So, yesterday, I volunteered at the Gala evening for the Leo Awards. The Leo Awards, for those who don't know, are the BC Film and Television awards. Basically, picture the Golden Globes, but JUST awards given to productions from California and awarded to only Americans.... and then switch California with British Columbia and Americans for Canadians, and there you go! Leo Awards!

I was stationed by the registration table as a "runner" (ie: where people check-in with their tickets before going to the red carpet (indoor red-carpet)), so I got to see everyone arriving in their fancy clothes. It was fun! I'm really not good with names or faces, and I hardly watch anything ever - but I DID end up recognizing way more people than I thought I would. Mostly, those from Dirk Gently or SPN which are the two locally filmed shows that I watch.

It was fun to see the Rowdy3 from Dirk Gently all dressed in suits. Osric was there too as a presenter. He wore a suit this year, not a dress (sadly) - my friend at Registration asked him "no dress this year?" and he replied that this year was a last-minute thing and he hadn't had the time necessary for a dress.

Anyway, Ty Olsson was there too and I ended up talking to him and his friends for a second - but it was literally just to give them information about the party already underway... and I was accidentally a little sarcastic. Oops. Anyway, later Ty won an award, so that was cool.

I also saw the twins from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - but they're pretty easy to recognize, and also they were wearing identical outfits/hairstyles, so that just made it all the more obvious. 

The guest stars I recognized from SPN (besides Osric and Ty) were numerous, but I couldn't give you names or episodes - just that they looked familiar enough, and I could picture them talking to Jensen, that I knew they'd been on SPN - though at this point, I think every actor in BC has been on SPN at least once, so yeah, technically, I probably should have recognized every single person there.

Oh, Dan Payne won an award too. He's been on SPN a few times, I think. 

Anyway, I didn't stick around until the final award, or the "mingling" afterwards - because I really don't like mingling or speaking with people that I don't know, in an industry I'm not a part of. Like - my friend who volunteers every year is the type of person who knows everything about everyone, and follows the industry stuff and whatnot, even though she works at Starbucks. But I... don't. I watch two shows, and then I promptly forget who was in them and what they looked like. :P

One of the highly nominated films of the evening was a film called Hello Destroyer that looked really good, but probably extraordinarily depressing. So, it was cool to learn about a movie that I hadn't heard of that I probably SHOULD have heard of, because yeah - really looked interesting... though, not sure I'll ever watch it, because of the inherent sadness.

Anyway, it was cool. Not sure I'll do it again. But it was a neat experience to have.
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I'm enjoying learning ASL.

I've only had 3 classes so far, but it's been a lot of fun. The classes are "voice-off" which is a cool experience, because you find that your communication immediately changes - which is the point. Some people still mouth words while they sign, and I seriously thought I'd do so too, but I don't. Like, it doesn't even enter my brain to do so, and I also instinctively become more expressive in my facial features. We're told that grammatically you have to raise your eyebrows to ask a yes or no question, but I think even if I weren't told that, I'd have done it anyway, because it happens without me even having to think about it. Same with lowering my eyebrows when I'm asking a more complicated question.

Anyway, it's super fun. I still have to do my homework for this week, mind you, but just because my procrastination habits bleed over into things I enjoy, and not just cleaning the house, isn't a mark of how much I'm enjoying something or not. I enjoy writing, but it's like trying to draw water from stone to get me to sit down and write for any length of time these days.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but I'm still not writing as much as I should be.

Did I tell you about the self-help/personal-improvement-whatever-the-heck-thing weekend that work is paying me to go on? I can't remember. Anyway, yeah... supposedly they're supposed to solve problems like this, but I've SO got a bad attitude when it comes to that kind of self-help/change-your-life-in-a-weekend stuff.  But, work is paying for it, so I'm going - because I like free things. Well, not entirely free, as I had to pay $33 and also it takes away a whole weekend... and in response, I'm taking the Monday and Tuesday off work, because screw you work, I need my weekends! But, since I'm on contract, that means that it's actually costing me two days worth of work... BUT, whatever, still "free" in some senses?

And who knows, maybe I'll momentarily feel like I'm a capable adult and I'll get some stuff done in the weeks that follow, before I revert back to old habits as we all do.

Speaking of writing:

I'm finally getting to the climax of the next (and final?) installment of the demented'verse... so, that's just a couple chapters away from being done, and then I can get it betaed and posted.

Epic Fantasy Novel is going okay, but just okay. I realized that I got bogged down in world-building and gender-politics, rather than what I originally wanted the novel to be about - which, like most fantasy novels, is the concept of good and evil and how it impacts our society. BUT, that being said, I'm getting closer to the climax of it as well, which means that I'm about 2/3rds done, which is something. It needs a second draft like a fish needs water though, so it's going to be a long-while before it's in any state to show anyone. But the first draft is just about getting the plot down, the second draft will be about making sure I get my descriptions and themes in there.

What else... what else... nah, that's basically it. I should probably actually go write something.  
hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
Just a quick note to tell you that I now have the Season 12 Timeline posted!

I haven't posted it on the Supernatural Wiki yet, because I'm waiting on a page to put it (I've put in the request, but Jules got distracted by underwear, I think... and who can blame'er.)

Anyway, for all those interested, go check it out!

I have no dates for the front half of the season, but thankfully they gave me enough information that I could at least approximately date the back half of the season.
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
 Oh man, this is going to be a late night...

So, copious drinking, not one but TWO episodes to keep in my head long enough to write up, after only watching them once - Do usual rules apply? YUP! 1. Don't correct me unless I ask you to, or it's plot/character crucial. 2. Keep it positive - if you want to leave a comment with everything you hated, then you have to counter every negative with one positive. Thems the rules.

Okay... let's get to it, I'mma break this post into two different cuts, and hopefully we can do this efficiently. First off, we have 12x22...


Why don't you quiet down? )


Which leads us into 12x23....

 
Have a little faith in me... )


And that's our season....

I'll be posting the timeline next week at some point. I've got a few things I've gotta verify from some episodes that I didn't watch close enough..

I guess I'll see you again for quick reactions in the fall!

I'll be posting this summer too, but it'll just be random junk, and maybe some fic.


Let me know what you thought - and please remember the BALANCE rule... gotta put the positive with any negative.









hells_half_acre: (Worried!Sam)
Alright, so, let's just be honest right out of the gate:

I hated this episode.

But, I have a rule around here, and it's that you HAVE to find the positive in a thing - and the rules apply to me too. So, yeah... yeah... let's see what I can do here.

Live through this and you won't look back... )

So, yeah... uh, that's angry me. I'm sorry if I did a really bad job of following my own rule. Nevertheless, please try to follow the rule when you comment - though, misery loves company, so feel free to complain too. 

hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
Tonight I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, quickly followed by a French documentary about love and toxic masculinity in the Paris projects.... remarkably, they both had similar themes. Though, of the two, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was far more hilarious.

I don't actually have much to say beyond that, because I don't want to spoil the film for anyone. 

But yeah... it was good? Like, it was funny, and had a good message - I laughed, I cried, I cared deeply for characters that SHOULD be absolutely ridiculous and yet aren't. I loved how every single character (nearly) was a super complex character who was never only good or bad. 

That's sort of what I wanted my fantasy novel to be more about, but I don't think I've gotten there yet. There's so many things I have to fix in the second draft, and I haven't even finished the first draft. Yarr.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, so that's all your getting in terms of a movie review.

Oh, except to say that Towards Tenderness really drove home the fact that men being in a position where they can challenge toxic masculinity instead of having it shackle them to a life of misery is a position of privilege, my goodness.

Okay, now THAT's all your getting. :P 

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I tried to use the "puzzle" shut-off for my alarm today. It didn't work - mainly, because I can do simple puzzles while half asleep, and once you do the puzzle, it's done and the alarm is off. Whereas before, even asleep, I'd be smart enough to hit "snooze" not "dismiss" and so be reminded that I'm supposed to wake up at some point about 15 minutes later. Instead of just going back to sleep for another hour and a half. (At least when I hit snooze for an hour and a half, I KNEW I was hitting snooze for an hour and a half.)

Anyway, I'm already off topic.

I spent today in meetings, and when not in meetings, researching software solutions for my company (this was the morning job). The afternoon job, I just did. Then, after work, I continued to sit at the computer and research software solutions for my hobby (video-editing software, for when I want to re-edit shows to my liking.)

The funnest part of that was that I spoke with one of the SPN VFX coordinators for a bit about video-editing (we're friends on FB, though we've only met once or twice IRL).... anyway, he uses adobe premiere - which I might have a lead for a free version of (from someone else), so that's cool. I think that's going to be my choice, because the other top runner was Lightworks, but their free version doesn't look as intuitive. I'm trying to remind myself that I don't like PowerDirector, because a very human part of me is hating the idea of change and just wants to stick with it... but honestly, I think it's probably better if I go with something else.

This was supposed to be short... I keep blathering. I apologize.

Anyway, my point is that I've been sat at this computer all day and my eyeballs are fried. I've been trying to get more exercise and I was doing well last week, but today was an absolute failure. Usually, during the workday, I take five minute breaks and do a bit of the ol' exercise bike... but I didn't even do that today.

On top of that, I realized that my grand goal of writing a bit of fic this week and spending another 2 hours getting S11 clothes up on If Clothes Could Talk isn't going to pan out, because I'm going to the movies tomorrow night and I've got an ASL class on Wednesday, and then on Thursday it's SPN... so, I'm not going to have time to do anything until Friday. And by then I'll probably just want to stare off into space. :P

This is why my fic isn't getting written, people.

I'm also not getting enough sleep at night. The past two weeks, I've only averaged 6.5-6.75 hours/night. Which is NOT enough to keep me healthy and happy.

Part of the problem is my incessant need to stay up past midnight. I really have to get over that. 

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. And it includes several mandatory walks - the first of which is in the morning, because I have to go vote. We're having a provincial election and everyone (I know) is really hoping that we can oust the Liberals (liberals=conservatives.... I know, it's confusing.) Anyway, we'll see. The problem is that the left is split between the NDP and the Greens (the Greens aren't even really left, but people think they are.)

Then I'm going to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, followed by a French documentary about love and disenfranchisement called Towards Tenderness (Vers la tendresse). So, that'll be quite the pairing!

So, there was my day. Now it's 11:20, so I'm going to brush my teeth, change computers, and then stare at another screen for an hour or two while I read fanfic.  

I might f-lock these journal posts in the future, but make sure that I friend people who want to see them, so they can keep seeing them. We'll see.
hells_half_acre: (!!!!)
Hey everyone...

I figured I'd make an official announcement about this, since a few of you see me every year at VanCon - and a few others very much enjoy my VanCon reports... but, I'm NOT going to be attending VanCon this year.

Unlike last year, it's not because I'm super duper poor.

It's because it's early in August instead of late in August. 

I'm going to be in back east at that time, as that's usually the weekend every year that I get to spend in the Montreal area with two of my closest friends. I only get to see these friends once a year, so, obviously, they win the contest for "who am I going to see this weekend" against Jared and Jensen. I know, shocking.... but  I'm sure J2 will understand. 

In other news, I completely forgot to update If Clothes Could Talk last week. So, I've started shipping away at it this weekend. Hopefully, if I'll goes well, I'll have Season 11 all up by next weekend (along with charts and graphs.) Just in time for S12 to be over and people to get on my case about why I haven't gotten it done yet. :P

For those of you going to VanCon - I hope you have a good time!! Give a "woo!" to eveyone on stage for me. :)

CURIOSITY TIME:

Would you guys be interested if I blathered about my life more on here? Or do you not really care. The old school style of DW has gotten me a bit nostalgic for the days where I used LJ more as an actual journal. And I'm wondering if I should give it another go... but, I don't want to do it if it's just going to annoy people.
hells_half_acre: (Crying Dean)
 No worries, I didn't need my heart.

Tonight I went out to see a documentary called The Road Forward, which is about the history of the Indigenous Rights movement in British Columbia. It was really interesting, but already had me quite emotional - because, you know - First Nations have been and are treated horribly in my country.

Anyway, I downloaded the episode when I got home.... which is why this write up is so late.

So, you don't get drunk!me but you do get emotionally wrung-out and tired!me... hopefully I can still be entertaining.

Usual rules apply - No quotes are actual quotes and I'm not going to remember everything exactly (nor retell it exactly). It'll be the general idea - don't correct me unless I ask or it's super duper important to the plot or the understanding of a character.

HERE WE GO...

No songs only sadness... )

So, next week looks like even more shit hitteth the fan.

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments, either on LJ or DW. :)


hells_half_acre: (laughing)
This post is super short!

On the Set with SPN: The Real Fan Contest

cute )

The Winchester Mythology: Shedding Light on the Darkness

shrug )


Digital Magic: Enhancing the Sets with VFX

fun and short )

GAG REEL - always a treat.

Then the Supernatural: 2015 Comic-Con Panel... which I didn't bother to watch, because that's old news. Though, I wish they had that feature back in the early days - my favourite Comic-Con moment to date will forever be Jared mishearing the word "horror" sometime around S2 or S3.

So, not much to say about the features this year. There weren't any real incite that I wanted to talk about... well, maybe just one...

little bit of criticism )

So, that's the DVDs all wrapped up. Yay!

S11 was really good overall, I think. Much stronger than S10. 11x01-11x20 were really what I consider the season, 11x21-11x23, really belong more in the S12 pile, in my opinion...especially 11x23. But we'll discuss that more next year (or in the fall, I guess) when I inevitably rewatch S12. I might switch up the rewatches a bit though and try to do them in a fashion where they take less time. We'll see. It might mean going back to my rewatch S1-S3 format, where I watched the episode straight and then wrote a post afterward, instead of transcribing dialogue and writing the post as I go.


hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
FINAL S11 REWATCH EPISODE!

Earth will be fine. It's got you and Sam. )


Now I can finish up the clothing catalogue and start getting it posted this week. Woot!

Next up, I'll do a brief post about the special feature.
hells_half_acre: (Scary!Dean)
 Hello!!

Alright, back from our little one-week hiatus. You all know the rules by now, so let's dive right into it...

Life is better now that I'm with you... )

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments! :)



hells_half_acre: (...shit)
Rewatches! We only have two episodes to go - I should have just done both of them today, but I got super lazy and watched documentaries on youtube instead.

Ah well, let's talk about this episode - which I can't remember anything about, besides it deals with God and Lucifer's relationship. Fun times!

Let's get into it...

There's a value - a glory in creation - that's greater or truer than my pride or my ego - call it grace, call it being, whatever it is - it didn't come from my hands, it was there, waiting to be born. )
Next weekend, the FINALE! Unless I get super impatient and finish it earlier, but not sure that's going to happen.

But, if that doesn't happen, I'll definitely see you Thursday for the new S12 episode.


hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
Hellllllllllllooooooooo

So, usual rules apply - let's just get right to it.

Oh, first - quick note: those of you who like my rewatches - I won't be doing one this weekend, because my mother is visiting. So, week off!

Now back to S12...

Hunting people, killing them - the family business! )

Anyway, good MOTW episode.

Next week: Back to Plot!

As usual, let me know what you thought in comments!!!! This is also mirrored on DW, if you'd prefer to take the conversation there. 



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