Anonymous asked: What do you think of dramione?
I don’t read it but I don’t have anything against the ship, or any ship in particular, at least in HP fic. I’m not attached to canon stuff as long as the characterizations are done well. HP’s the odd fandom where I’m pretty much open to any genre and ship, and I actually prefer relatively shipless stuff c:
IT TOTALLY FITS! When you have to say you’re not crazy, well, I’m sorry to say…
This is why I declare my craziness outright. I like to set precedent for people when they first meet me, so they know what they’re in for :’D
You’re welcome. And thanks! c: I probably won’t be able to draw much of anything else for a while though.
I can give you a bit of feedback, but I can’t do any of the work for you! Ruts happen :( but it’ll pass. Sometimes, at least for me, I overthink designs and a simple practical design is really the best option, even if it’s not the most impressive thing.
I’m not a big fan of them, but I like Kyuhyun and whatever crazy stuff Heechul is getting into.
At first I was like, naaaah drawing a kiss is hard (poses!!! hands!!! lips!!!) not to mention awkward and I’ve got things to do but ok fine I’ll give it a go, and then I didn’t stop drawing and then a full blown picture happened and I can’t stop giggling because I drew a snog. I’ve got to fix some sassy butts and hands but I’ll post it soon :’D
Anonymous asked: You're uploading all of Capers all in one go??
That’s the plan! It all sort of goes together anyway, like one big ending. There’s a lot of things to end.
#and capers ensue
Hullo people from the computer science tag! I wonder how many wandered in and got totally confused at the fact that this is a fanfiction blog 90% of the time.
I find my coursework challenging but not overly so. I’m a solid-B student with a part-time job, internship offers, decent social life, and time to write and draw, and I consider myself a procrastinator. The big ol’ post explained the most general of class overviews and I didn’t want to go too in-depth, because rating the difficulty and enjoyment of the major depends entirely on the college and professors you get (for example, a business major in a small state college and one from Stanford are two totally different experiences). You’re better off asking computer science majors in the college that you attend/want to go to. Perhaps try the college confidential forums (http://www.collegeconfidential.com/ - mind the crazies).
Anonymous asked: This is the same high school junior interested in CS(assuming there's only one). I'm thinking about taking Computer Programming 1, which deals with Alice, whatever that is, learning java, python, and programing a robot. I've seen java and I'm a bit worried about it. Do you have experience with java? Should I be worried? Also, what should I be looking for in laptops? I know some of the lower end ones have some trouble with compilers. I just read your CS post and it's very helpful, thank you!
That’s great that your school has a CS class! I’ve heard Alice is gaining ground across high schools. I’ve actually tutored a class that used Alice (the class is geared toward non-majors) so I know how to use it. It teaches the fundamental computing concepts usually learned in an intro class at college and has a similar style to Java (‘object-oriented’ programming language).
Java and Python are pretty popular intro languages at schools. I learned Java first and I learned Python at work in order to write some scripts; it only took about half an hour for me to pick it up and get a script written. That’s what I mean when I say it’s not that hard to pick up a new language once you have one down, although Python is particularly easy to learn - it’s intuitive and needs less bells and whistles for something simple to work, while in Java you have to set up files a certain way and it has a lot of new keywords that you won’t understand all at once.
It can be intimidating at first. Remembering back to my intro class, everyone was a bit confused and flailed around for the first few weeks, but after you play with Java for a while, it starts to make sense and by the end of the class, it’s not bad at all. I think anyone with an interest in it would have learned all of the material, but also a great deal of that was dependent on the professor, and I had a great one. It’s just a lot of unfamiliar stuff, and it can be strange learning an entirely new topic that’s difficult to relate to other subjects like English or biology; you probably haven’t had to do that since elementary school. I’d compare learning how to code like learning a new verbal language and its grammar rules.
As for laptops, I’ve always owned a Mac. I’d say it’s about 50/50 Mac/Windows split when I look in a full discussion hall. I personally prefer using a Mac because it’s a Unix-based operating system and easier to use with other Unix systems, which is what your comp sci labs will likely have and require you to do homework on. No one I know likes the Windows command prompt. I’m pretty biased heh, but a lot of people do use Windows so it clearly works for them, and most tools I’ve come across are available for Windows/Mac/Linux.
Here’s actually a list of stuff I have at least some experience with, in case of future questions:
General: Java, C++, C, Assembly, Python, Actionscript, Ocaml, Scala
Other: Unix (command line stuff and scripts), regular expressions, text editors, git
Glad I could be of help!
Anonymous asked: so i am like /partially/ interested in comp sci (i'm a sophomore in high school) but I'm better at science. just omg idk what to do. Hm, so what were your best classes in high school? math, or...
I didn’t know whether I would like comp sci either! I liked trolling around internet communities and I was better with computers than the average person, but that was the extent of it. I loved most of my classes in high school, from biology to government to literature, but I didn’t have a subject that I wanted to have a job in. I just liked learning things and knowing things (though I don’t particularly like math and grudged through it). I was a good student, honors/AP everything, but honestly none of the stuff I learned in high school prepared me for anything I’d learn in computer science. I got into comp sci because it seemed interesting enough, gave it a shot, and stuck around.
I like the kind of problem solving I get to do; it’s very much figuring out how to make something work given a set of requirements. The stuff I learn feels very practical, and unlike most other engineering majors, I also have the benefit of getting results quick. I can write up a program, run it, and see if it works. If it works, bam, I’ve built something!
#and capers ensue
Hello from airport wifi!
THAT WOULD BE PERFECT, return of my sanity ?????? Baha, I just didn’t feel like officially putting anything in there at the moment. I’m likely going to reread/edit all of Capers because it has been SO LONG. Standard procedure for me heh, but I may add new details, which I don’t usually do. I always meant to get into their family life more, etc. and er I madee up a lot of things as I went, so still trying to bridge those a bit. But I’ll mention here if I add anything important. Then I’ll write the last three chapters in a row, because it’s basically one ending split into three chapters. The last one is likely set ~3 years later. gubs already witnessed me getting emotional over thinking about it.
Aaah I’m always so bashful of answering these questions because I’ve seen so many people who are more devoted to writing, and still I feel like a procrastinator masquerading as a writer, derping away at the keyboard telling stories about explosions and mobs. But *deep breath* here I go:
- Growing up, I occasionally wrote stories when I was bored, but I pretty much disliked writing otherwise (never kept a diary). But I read voraciously and had a great vocabulary because of it, and I still think the stories I read when I was a preteen are the biggest influence on what I like to read and write now; when I think of my childhood, I think of fantasy stories, science books, and libraries. I didn’t read as much in high school but I was in the honors track for English. Literature can be dry, but if you can appreciate it and understand how to analyze syntax and symbols and how they provide emphasis, it helps with your own.
- For most of the last 2.5 years, I’ve written roughly 10k a month. I try to challenge myself when the muse is willing with character types and genres I haven’t done. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing worse than before, but I have to keep going, and ruts happen but you have time to get out of them.
- I’m known to be an avid editor, and it’s not for everyone, but a lot of great lines of mine have come from the second or third editing read-through. Go back to your stories a few months later. Don’t hate it if you feel like it’s outdated; either appreciate it for the progress you’ve made or change it. Do something.
- Commit yourself. Love the stories you write, because your readers will know. I personally view finishing my stories as a way of respecting that story and respecting my readers, so I try not to start things I can’t finish.
- Get a good support group. Some of the best friends that I’ve made are from hpff. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have stuck around, period. Talking about writing with them keeps me sane and gets me through those ruts, and we beta each others’ writing.
- I feel like the one special thing I’ve benefited from is that I adore analyzing tropes (love TVTropes). When I watch and read stuff, I’m constantly aware of all the meta stuff: plot structures, character arcs, archetypes, etc. I’m that person who makes predictions while watching movies in the theater. When a story is done well, I think about why it’s done well.
- Also, don’t get in the mindset that certain story elements, particularly in character development, just “are.” Like the naive girl has to mature or the ice queen has to melt. You get lazy when you believe these explain themselves. When you write your characters, think about their reasons, and then think about their reasons again, and this can be the difference between an acceptable characterization and a great characterization. Always ask yourself: is the character doing what they would want to do, or what you would want them to do?
OK THIS IS VERY LONG NOW but yeah, there’s a bunch of random advice. Basically write and read a lot, so exactly what you said 8D
#remember the days when I had time to doodle answers :c
That’s very vague D; I LIKE TERRIBLE MUSIC EXCEPT FOR THE MUSIC MY FRIENDS RECOMMEND ME. I listen to a lot of indie pop, folk, and kpop so I CAN MAKE A MIX OF WHICHEVER. I was going to make a badass females of kpop mix and a summer mix, because it’s always summer here lol.
That makes you more optimistic than either of them! Don a bit of Team Clemence wear (green, naturally) in the mean time. Next chapter may be set during Valentine’s c:
<3 you are all so patient (or not, but forgiving) ;-; like I may have been trying to write the chapter for two months, but I hadn’t updated it in FOUR MONTHS that’s like a third of the year D: and admittedly it’s probably not the last time this will happen BUT I WILL FINISH EVERYTHING, ONE DAY!
I DO SOMETIMES (I’ve seen a few episodes and I watch it through tumblr gifs) that’s how I know it c:
That’s also Ellen Page!
That twitter thing was just a one-off response to a question, but I am known to make silly things like that if someone throws me a tempting enough hypothetical prompt/situation 8D
I DO FEEL BAD. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SOME OF THESE ASKS ARE REALLY OLD D: I honestly would love to put writing at the top of my priorities because that sounds great. I have more and more ideas every day (there is this glorious Hugo and Albus spin-off sequel that I thought of that I know I will never be able to write). And I feel ridiculously bad mostly because I did keep promising to update and that never happened, and, that totally sucks because it’s one thing if I said sorry, I’m busy, but I did say I’d update and just kept not… updating.
And I actually made this meme last year when I failed to update, which people into kpop will understand:
(and Lee Hi’s album is pushed back another week to the surprise of no one)
SO I AM ALIVE. I AM SORRY :C I’VE GOT A 7K CHAPTER LINED UP AFTER I FINISH STUDYING COMPILERS.
Aaah, that is what I usually aim for (I usually post something new every 3 weeks) , and that’s how it’s been for roughly the last two and a half years until this past two months D: I mean, it actually doesn’t feel busier than usual, but usually I casually procrastinate a lot more to write, and a lot of stuff popped up this winter quarter that I basically couldn’t procrastinate on: compilers homework (which is not your ordinary homework; basically the king of timesuckers in CS - labs 25 hrs/week atop everything else), time-sensitive stuff at my job, job fair-ing for summer, job interviews (one of which I’m in the final round of!). So hopefully, I will be able to during spring quarter. I’m at the mercy of my schedule!
YUSH, Julia is responsible for both, natch, because she has better taste than me. I loved Kate Nash in high school, but I hadn’t kept up, and her song just got catchierrr. And Attracting Flies is like MY JAM RN. It is such a Clemence song.
I STILL MEAN TO ANSWER THIS IN A BIG LONG ANSWER WHEN I HAVE TIME. I don’t know if you saw my very brief answer in the status box, because I’d been avoiding asks at the time (I am happy with it! The curriculum depends heavily on the school you’re in. Very diverse choices in careers. Not a lot of math unless you’re into theory but a lot of logic problem-esque things; it’s hard to imagine without experience but a lot of “organizing data” and understanding patterns and figuring out efficient ways to get the job done). If this question has a time-sensitive issue though (choosing classes and whatnot for next year), I can put this at the top of my priorities!
UNTIL I NEXT POP IN
Anonymous asked: erm... are you alive? or rather, are you alive and updating? oh wait, i'm not supposed to ask for an update so i guess i'm just going to beg for one: please please pleaaase update chapter seventeen! the wait is too much for me, etc. etc. is like my drug ok and i need it gina, i really do. x
I WROTE 1500 WORDS AND DELETED 500 AND STARTED MIXTAPING WITH JULIA, KIND OF PROGRESS?
I also spent some time this weekend just laughing at how horrendously bad I have been at this update, because wow there is bad and then there is ‘GINA’S ATTEMPT TO UPDATE DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY’ bad so NEW RULE: slap me (or your computer screen?? please don’t break anything) if you see me ever promising, hinting, thinking about update day be it here or in an author’s note or frosted on a cake, anything. NEVER EVER EVER EVER AGAIN.
Meanwhile go listen to Julia’s mixtapeee.
Anonymous asked: "I probably won’t be writing any more big grand novels in fanfiction" Say it isn't so!
Oh, but it is! Probably. Realistically, I’ve still got a lot of things to finish, and I suppose I don’t have any big ideas that I really want to write for fanfiction anymore. As far as novels go, Game and Capers and etc. pretty much encompass what I’ve wanted to write: a rom-com, an ensemble action-comedy, and well, Clemence. When I write these, I aim for a certain level of quality, so it can be somewhat taxing, and I’d rather put the serious effort into OF in the future. So I will still be around, but probably writing less difficult stuff and more silly things, which I love all the same (the story of mine that I reread the most is actually Love/Stats because it is just so full of zingers and James being stupid and it’s nice and short). And etc. will likely be ridiculously long at this point, and there are many many side stories left to Capers and its universe, SO it almost doesn’t matter.
To quote what I responded on ze personal about OF plans:
#actually leaving the room now
Aaah totally forgot to answer this, because I was all I AM THINKING HARD ABOUT WHAT I WANT TO WRITE but I’ll probably just figure it out when it happens. Even though I stopped reading for fun right around the time I entered high school - and that’s a pretty dang long time now - reading pretty much defined my childhood, and I think anything that I’ll write will be majorly, majorly influenced by all of those stories. Self-reflection detour: as a kid, I was one of those little academic overachieving robots on steroids. I didn’t like receiving help from anyone, especially my mom, because I liked showing off what I could do on my own. I wanted to be totally responsible for myself (and I pretty much was, because nowadays, I realize I don’t have any sense of parental authority over me). So I learned everything from books, because well, you can learn just about anything from them. Science and history etc, and in fictional books, that’s where I formed my heroes, and you can see what I like when every favorite book I can remember has awesome female heroines. So I want to write one too, because that list is too short.
It’ll probably be fantasy, because that’s what I grew up reading, and I think it’s visible from my current stories that I like having larger-than-life storylines. I never read any modern fantasy stuff, sans Sunshine, because when I tried I could never get into those worlds. I realized I don’t actually like YA books as much as children’s fantasy books. I don’t get why the divide is there, because I swear the books aimed toward 12-year-olds sweep the floor of the ones marketed to 16-year-olds.
At the moment, I don’t have an OF muse, since I’m saving it for later after I finish Capers, but it comes up every time I pick up a book again, so I think it’s something that won’t ever leave me. Even though I didn’t really start writing until college, I’ve had stories on the brain since I was seven (and I still have those stories I wrote for class! It’s the earliest stuff I’ve saved), so I might not have ever thought of getting a book published but I have always wanted to tell a good story in some sort of medium since I grew up relating to stories and their characters better than anything else. /socially awkward kid checking in
Anonymous asked: I think I may be the only person who is still secretly shipping Pickett/Dom. Oh well... as long as there's an update on the horizon, I'm not fussed because I know etc. etc. will turn out spectacular either way. Oh, and, you /have/ to do a James II fic after! That would just completely fill the hole in my little hpff heart. I'll give you a sparkly unicorn if you do, I swear. <3
I’ll admit that is tempting.
I actually figured out what Ellian does after Hogwarts, and the idea is kind of hilarious in my mind, so the likelihood is going up! As it is, I probably won’t be writing any more big grand novels in fanfiction, so any new future work will be short and/or fluffy crack.
And don’t be dissuaded! c: There is a ship for everyone. Dom just hasn’t been in for awhile, but she’ll have her chapter too. There is quite a lot of etc. still to come~ and I’m… working… on it. ahem.
GOOD NEWS IS I’M CLEARED OF MY INBOX except one of you who asked for spoiler doodles, which is now a bit late, so mayhaps I’ll answer it in the future, when I do have something spoilery to doodle. Bad news is that I’ve got to go work on my quarter-long compilers project now AND THERE GOES MY FRIDAY :’D