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Welcome to my journal! This is the master post that indexes the stories in my fanfiction series, Adventures of the Anti-Princesses.

This series is based on the premise that the Disney Castle, as it appears in the company logo animation that appears before Disney movies, is the centerpiece of a kingdom where all the characters from all Disney (and Pixar) movies reside. This setting may be familiar to writers and readers who frequent disney_kink. The two stories set in this setting that provided the most influence and inspiration for my series are Discord Around Disney (WARNING: contains non-explicit discussion of sex) and Careful Where You Be Intimate (WARNING: contains explicit, graphic descriptions of sex). My stories are not in continuity with either of those stories, though, nor do my stories contain any adult content. All pairings in this series are the same as in the original movies.

The following is a list of the entries in the series that are either completed, in progress, or planned. They will be listed in the order in which they take place.

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: John C. Reilly - Lullaby in Ragtime
15 February 2014 @ 01:32 pm
Title: Heal What Has Been Hurt
Fandom: Disney (Part of my Disney Castle fanfic series, Adventures of the Anti-Princesses)
Rating: PG (for blood and injuries)
Word Count: 3,986
Disclaimer: All of the characters and concepts contained and mentioned herein are the property of The Walt Disney Company and Pixar. No money is being made from the publication of this work of fanfiction.
Summary: There doesn't seem to be anything for Fix-It Felix to fix around the Disney Castle, and he's feeling useless and a little down. After he meets Rapunzel, he learns that the kingdom has a place for him and his magic hammer after all.
Author's Notes: This was written in response to this prompt over at disney_kink: “Fix-It Felix and his magic healing hammer team up with Rapunzel and her magic healing hair.”

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Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: jazz piano
10 August 2013 @ 05:35 pm
Back in 2011, I baked an Inception-inspired cake to celebrate Oscar night. This year, for Craft Week over at inceptiversary, I decided to bake that cake again, making use of the lessons I learned the first time around.

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Manuel Iman - Journey Itself
I just came from seeing Now You See Me, and I thought it was an AWESOME movie. It's a marriage of a heist movie and a movie about stage magicians, both of which are types of movies that I love, and the way they combined the two was a joy to watch. The story was well-done and creative, and Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine did a great job in it. If you like heist movies in general, or Inception in particular, or movies about stage magicians in general, or The Prestige in particular, or movies with lots of mystery and suspense in general, or any of the actors I've named, I highly recommend that you see this movie. :-D

(My only complaint was that one of the trailers attached to it was for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the trailer spoiled one of the major points of dramatic tension in the first book, which I still haven't finished yet. On the other hand, the fact that there are shipping wars in the fandom probably should have been my first clue as to how that particular point of tension was going to be resolved. ;-) )
On the recommendation of a local friend, I decided to see what My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is all about. I’m four episodes in, watching via Netflix, and I’m enjoying it so far. The world and the characters are interesting. (Yes, I’m a transplanted Star Trek: TNG fan who’s mostly here for John de Lancie, but the first season is winning me over.) Also, since both of the books I’m reading right now are pretty GRIMDARK (The Hunger Games and Slaughterhouse-Five), it’s nice to be able to balance them out with something lighter and softer. :)
Current Location: Starbucks
Current Mood: chipperchipper
21 May 2013 @ 04:33 pm
Title: Merida's Coronation (Part 2 of 2)
Fandom: Disney (Part of my Disney Castle fanfic series, Adventures of the Anti-Princesses)
Rating: G
Word Count: 1,435 (this part)
Disclaimer: All of the characters and concepts contained herein are the property of The Walt Disney Company and Pixar. No money is being made from the publication of this work of fanfiction.
Summary: Merida learns that she is to become an Official Disney Princess. She is not pleased, but the other Princesses help her through it.
Author's Notes: This is part of a series of fanfics set at the Disney Castle. I will make a master post linking to all of them later. This part is set in late April through mid-May of 2013.

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Current Location: Crane Coffee (Center St.)
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
19 May 2013 @ 10:52 pm
Title: Merida's Coronation (Part 1 of 2)
Fandom: Disney (Part of my Disney Castle fanfic series, Adventures of the Anti-Princesses)
Rating: G
Word Count: 2,807 (this part)
Disclaimer: All of the characters and concepts contained herein are the property of The Walt Disney Company and Pixar. No money is being made from the publication of this work of fanfiction.
Summary: Merida learns that she is to become an Official Disney Princess. She is not pleased, but the other Princesses help her through it.
Author's Notes: This is part of a series of fanfics set at the Disney Castle. I will make a master post linking to all of them later. This part is set in February of 2013. Part 2 of this story, which covers Merida's actual coronation, is coming within the next few days.

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Mannheim Steamroller - Reflection
While reading the d_princesses community here on LJ, I came across this announcement of an upcoming audio drama project featuring Merida and Rapunzel. I absolutely love both of their movies and their characters, and I love voice acting, so I auditioned for a part in the audio drama. I am very honored and proud to say that I was chosen to play the role of Mother Nature.

The audio drama is called "Four." A longer and more unwieldy, but more descriptive title, would be "Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons: The Audio Drama." It's going to be an adventure featuring the characters from Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Tangled, and How to Train Your Dragon, plus some original characters. The premise is that an unprecedented number of natural disasters are afflicting the world, and when Mother Nature realizes that there is a sinister someone behind it all, she's angry. She recruits four heroes (Jack Frost, Merida, Rapunzel, and Hiccup, of course!) to be her champions and fight back against the forces of chaos.

I created my own Tumblr blog to track my participation in the project. I plan on using it to post updates on how the project is progressing, and possibly stories of what it's like to be a voice actor in one of these projects (which I will also crosspost to this blog). You can follow Four Audio Drama on Tumblr for all the latest updates on the project. The promo video featuring my voice should be up fairly soon! The art that's already up is lovely, and I can't wait for more! :)
Current Location: Panera Bread
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Hapa Duniani - African Dawn
08 October 2012 @ 04:35 pm
31 Amazing Days is an event, a challenge, a celebration, and a conversation that's going on throughout the month of October 2012. The idea is to choose to make every day of the month amazing by doing something awesome each day, no matter how seemingly small that something may be, and to share what you did via Facebook and/or Twitter. To read the official introduction to the challenge and what it entails, go read this blog post.

I didn't find out about 31 Amazing Days until day 2, when I saw that a good friend of mine had shared the Facebook page for the challenge. When I read about it, I was instantly hooked and signed up right away. As some of you may know, I love getting involved in month-long challenges. (You're looking at an eight-time National Novel Writing Month participant and five-time winner, who has also at least attempted several Script Frenzies.) This one was just what I needed in my life right now, to get me motivated to accomplish all the things I have the freedom to accomplish now that I have an awesome, career-quality job with an awesome schedule. (Getting ready for this year's NaNoWriMo is one of those things, as are some other writing, beta-reading, and podcasting projects I've been putting off for way too long.)

I've been posting my amazing experiences to Twitter almost every day since October 2nd, only having to play catch-up today (October 8th). I'd like to say a little more about what I've done for the challenge than will fit in a tweet, though, so I decided to start a weekly series of blog posts about what I did each day. In these posts, I'll expand on what I said in my daily tweets.

Day 1: I kicked off the month of October with a visit to Vala's Pumpkin Patch outside of Gretna. (For those readers who may not already know this, on August 1 of this year, I moved from Southern California to Omaha, Nebraska, to work as a network technician.) It was a lot of fun. The other amazing thing I did was finally finish setting up my new desk, which was delivered to my apartment as a box full of parts. I put most of them together myself, but I had to have a friend come over to help me move it into place because it was so heavy.

Day 2 was amazing because I went to pollworker training and learned that I'm really going to enjoy being a pollworker this year. When I went out to pick up my very first pair of prescription glasses, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and I walked around a nearby park just enjoying the sunshine. After that, I expanded and updated all the descriptive text on all my Fiverr gigs, a project I had been putting off for a while. I was really pleased to get that accomplished.

On Day 3, I broke my previous record for productivity at work (I keep records myself, on a spreadsheet) and attended a meeting of the Young Professionals group of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. This trend continued on Day 4, when I beat the record I'd set the previous day (only by 1 point, but hey) and also came to this realization: I started out knowing basically nothing about computer networking, and look at all the new things I've learned since then. Learning more new things on top of those can't be that much more difficult. I can totally do this.

On Day 5, I met my new seatmates at work and used them as a resource to solve a problem I had. Also, I transferred my Kindle books from my old phone to my new one.

Day 6 saw the first major network outage I had experienced since I assumed my regular job duties, which was three weeks ago now. I'm on the team that deals with those, figuring out what's wrong, setting the repair process in motion, and doing damage control. I contributed to the second and third tasks on those lists, handling most of the second one myself (with help from a coworker), and I'm pretty dang proud of the fact that I contributed all that and didn't freak out about what was going on.

On Day 7, after celebrating a lovely Feast of St. Francis with an impressive turnout of family dogs (plus two cats and a small mammal of some kind in a cage), I went to another, much bigger and better corn maze with some friends. I also experienced my very first game of laser tag. It was very short, only 10 minutes, but I'm glad it didn't go on any longer, because the tagger was heavy and I was getting tired of carrying it.

Day 8 has already been pretty amazing. I finally started really getting into my Education for Ministry curriculum again, and getting excited about it. I also supported my local independent bookstore (always something to be proud of) by buying three books: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin, Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass, and Son by Lois Lowry. I'm finding that my old love of and excitement about reading is resurfacing now that I have more leisure time and fewer worries about my future and my own situation. I'm also finally getting excited about being in Education for Ministry, after I sat down this afternoon and really studied this week's chapter, something I haven't done in far too long.

This challenge has been really good for me so far. One of the reasons I love month-long challenges so much is that they offer me accountability for what I do. Having this goal and expectation that I will find something amazing about every single day is really making my outlook on life more positive. I'll see you again next week (most likely next Sunday) with more updates on how things are going!

(Crossposted here, on Dreamwidth, and on my WordPress blog.)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: wind in the leaves of an oak tree
What is a Deadpan MMMMMeetup?

A Deadpan MMMMMeetup is a weekend when the most dedicated fans of Jack Mangan's Deadpan Podcast get together to spend quality time together in person. We record podcast episodes, we go to restaurants, we hang out with each other and other cool and creative people, and we go sightseeing in Central Arizona.

The weekend of May 4-6, 2012, will be the third time we've all gotten together. This one will be even better than the previous two because, for the first time ever, our international members from both the UK and Canada will be in attendance.

At the beginning of January of this year, I lost my main job. I've been trying to get by with my part-time job, Fiverr, oDesk, and Amazon Mechanical Turk, but it's a constant struggle to get enough work to make any money. My Deadpan friends are important to me, and I haven't seen them in person since 2010. I really want to go to the upcoming Deadpan MMMMMeetup, but if I want to go, I have to turn to my friends, and their friends, and their friends.

Your money will go toward airfare between Ontario International Airport in Southern California and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, and meals while I'm there. More importantly, it will support a meaningful, in-person friendship, something some say is going extinct in this virtual world. Save the real friendships. Support my trip to the 3rd Deadpan MMMMMeetup.

(And no, that's not a typo. It's an inside joke among this group of friends.)

Click here to go to my ChipIn page and pay with PayPal.

Or, if you want to hire me for voice acting, proofreading, or rewriting (not original writing, just rewriting), visit my Fiverr page.
Current Location: Panera Bread in Temecula