Sophia Prester
20 April 2014 @ 02:55 pm
For the first time in a while, I feel as if I've had a proper weekend, with plenty of R&R mixed in among the chores and other obligations.

Much of the R&R involved reading ("The Maid's Version," wonderful), going for walks/runs, and trying to get caught up on Supernatural. I'm largely spoiled for the eps, and I know a number of people have been dissatisfied by the most recent run of episodes, but that's probably making my watch more enjoyable. I'm going in with lowered expectations, and I'm able to enjoy what's there to enjoy.

While I'm on the topic of Supernatural, there's no way I'll have a draft of my story done in time for the SPN J2 BB, but I'm going to keep working on it and start posting it here in my journal. Not having THAT hanging over my head is a huge relief - plus it means I can sign up to do art.

Speaking of art, I finally finished the painting of my old kitty. I've been working on this for a while, mostly as a way of dealing with his illness/death.

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I also was able to get the penciling done for my Fandom Aid commission! For whatever reason, I had the hardest time getting the composition and poses right for this. Also, I was dogged by a persistent bout of perfectionism for a while, which ends up having the opposite effect of what perfectionism is supposedly going for. I've emailed the recipient a photo of the pencil sketch for feedback before I start inking.

I'll end with a picture of Finn, so you all can see how nice and fluffy the boy has become. Unfortunately, he persists in thinking that my art supplies are toys (getting phthalo green out of white fur is a joy, let me tell you) and my newly-purchased canvas is a nifty cat bed.

Sophia Prester
01 March 2014 @ 01:46 pm
I've already burbled to a few of you in chat about this, but my latest webcomic obsession is Stand Still, Stay Silent. It's a post-apocalyptic comic with horror elements, with the apocalypse apparently caused by a fast-moving global pandemic. Well, there are a ton of post-apocalyptic stories out there, so what makes this one so special?

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Sophia Prester
29 January 2014 @ 07:26 pm
For this year's spn_reversebang, I had the distinct pleasure of working with monicawoe, who was kind enough to pick up my picture as a pinch hit. The story she wrote to go with the original picture is amazing - it's a gripping and creepy cyber/steam-punkish AU that has a fascinating take on the nature of angels and demons. Go. Read.

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Summary: Castiel had been trapped in the room for days, or maybe weeks. He wasn't sure, because every day, after the Engineer finished tinkering, the air filled with smoke and his memory-circuits got scrambled. At least one of his wings was fixed. The other wasn't in such good shape.

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Sophia Prester
04 January 2014 @ 07:09 pm

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Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

I'm going to try to go for smaller fandoms here (Hunger Games probably being the largest of the bunch). Otherwise, all my recs would be in SPN, Avengers, Sherlock, etc. and would probably have been recced in a bazillion other places already.

So, here we go...

Much Unseen

This Friday Night Lights story is heartwarming without being cloying. Tyra Colette embarks on an unofficial summer reading program, and it will take her places she never expected. I love reading stories about people falling in love with reading. Even if you're not that familiar with the show, you'll probably enjoy this story a lot.

Dweller on the Threshold

I just recced this for Yuletide, and I'm going to rec it again here. This is the Twin Peaks fic I have been wanting for years. It resolves (but not too neatly, and with plenty of Lynchian weirdness) the series-ending cliffhanger. It has a fantastic Albert voice, and Audrey is simply magnificent. Plus, Denise gets a meaty role and Harry is wonderfully tortured (mentally, that is).

Hope In the Darkness That I Will See the Light

Hunger Games AU, covering the events of Catching Fire and Mockingjay. In the Quarter Quell, Haymitch goes into the arena instead of Peeta. This story (along with its sequel) has amazing world building, going far beyond what we see from Katniss's point of view in the books.


This beautifully written Chronicles of Narnia fic follows what happens to the Pevensies after they defeat the White Witch. As the author says, "after the coronation festivities, the real work begins." This work introduces a heavy dose of reality to the Chronicles, but without destroying the feel of the series or making things too dark.

(Also, I'm delaying challenge #4 until and if I find an appropriate opportunity)

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Sophia Prester
02 January 2014 @ 06:44 pm

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Day 2

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

SPN Artist Swap: This LJ comm was a fun place to play with some other artists in the SPN fandom. I love the premise, which is that each artist submits a rough sketch, that is then assigned to another player in the round. That artist then creates something based on that rough sketch. Working off of someone else's idea is definitely a challenge, but it was a good way to stretch myself.

31_days: This LJ comm provides a list of various prompts - things like idioms, quotes, snippets of poetry or lyrics etc. - with a different prompt for each day of the month. The comm is still active, though not as active as it once was. It's a fun place to read fic in unexpected fandoms, and it's a great place to go find a prompt to get the juices flowing again. Prompt lists are posted a few days before the beginning of each month.

Diane Duane's Tumblr: Not only does Duane post about her own writing, she is also an unabashed and enthusiastic fangirl. Sherlock is a huge favorite, as is Star Trek (fittingly enough, as she's written some of the best ST novels out there).

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Sophia Prester
01 January 2014 @ 05:57 pm

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Day One

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.

I thought I'd rec across a sampling of the various fandoms I've dabbled in across the years.

Apocrypha (SPN)
This is the longest complete work I've ever written, and it's also the fic I feel is the one that most represents me as a writer. In short, it's my baby. It's also probably the ultimate example of my love of telling stories out of exact order, with multiple timelines echoing each other as they pull towards the conclusion.

Home Front (X1999)
This story illustrates two of my proclivities - playing with history and tying canon to history (WWII in this case) and exploring the backstory and motivation of minor characters.

Child's Play (Bleach)
In this story, I indulge my love for a particular character archetype - the apparently easy-going, lackadaisical, irreverent type (frequently a functional alcoholic and/or lecher) who has hidden, and frequently very dark depths.

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Sophia Prester
31 December 2013 @ 07:44 pm
December meme - entry for etrix  
etrix claimed Dec. 31, asking "Looking for a Brand New Year" How do you reflect your personal history and hopes for the future in your art?

Ooh. This is a tough one, and requires a lot of thought. If I were talking about my writing, that might be a little bit easier, but my return to artwork is barely over two years old.

Looking at what I have chosen to draw/paint/etc over the past two years and change, I find that I am drawn over and over again to faces (whether of people or animals). It's not the only thing I like to draw or paint, but I find a joy and a challenge in trying to convey something through an expression or body language. I see it a bit in my writing, too.

I want to understand what people are thinking, and I want to be able to convey it to others and have them empathize to some degree. What's funny is that I find I do this IRL as well. I want to understand why people think and feel the way they do, and not just as an academic exercise. I also find I want other people to understand these things as well.
Sophia Prester
31 December 2013 @ 07:27 pm
I am just now getting LJ notifications from comments posted four days ago.

To my flist - if I have been tardy in responding to you, there is apparently a reason...
Sophia Prester
31 December 2013 @ 07:21 pm
December Meme - belated entry for aishuu  
Aishuu wanted "Fancypant's First Christmas (and nonrelated holiday stories)."

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Sophia Prester
27 December 2013 @ 03:23 pm
Black Books / Harry Potter

Noble and Most Ancient (7996 words)

Bernard's past catches up with him - by owl post.

"Aagh!" said Manny, not immediately grasping the nature of the situation. "Vulture!" He grabbed a broom and tried to beat it away from Bernard. "Get away from him! He's not dead, he just smells that way!"

Yes, Bernard is one of those Blacks. This story feels like it could have been an episode of the series, with whip-smart dialogue and both Bernard and Fran being awful in their own inimitable ways. Highly, highly recommended, even if you're not familiar with Black Books.

Calvin & Hobbes / Young Wizards

Wizards in Winter (2441 words)

The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT* .

I have a feeling this one will be recommended frequently, and for good reason. It's a perfect blending of the two fandoms, with a good balance of Calvinish mayhem and kind of struggle found at the core of the Young Wizards books. The form Calvin's manual takes is perfect for him, and the solution to his Ordeal...? So very, very Calvin, and reminiscent of some of the comic's best strips.

The Cat Who...

The Cat Who Owned a Library (3307 words)

It's late fall 400 miles north of anywhere, and the library's new exhibit seems to be plagued with troubles. Qwill and his Siamese detectives are determined to get to the bottom of things. (Or possibly Qwill is determined to get to the bottom of things, and the Siamese are more interested in finding new bookshelves to nap on.)

This story feels like it could have come straight out of a "Cat Who..." short-story collection, and was a straight-up shot of nostalgia from the days when I would spend an entire weekend reading "cozy" mysteries.

Divergent Trilogy

the most beautiful great city (8125 words)

When the walls come tumbling down, it's not just about people being set free. It's about how others are able to come in, too.

I know a lot of people weren't happy with the last book in the Divergent trilogy (she said, in a massive understatement), and there's a fair amount of fix-it fic out there. This isn't a fix-it fic. This is a moving past and moving on fic that gives sufficient weight and importance to young love while showing that it isn't the totality of a person's life. The other thing I love about this story is that it takes the messiness of the trilogy's worldbuilding (and its implications) and runs with it. It also hits one of my narrative sweet spots, which is hope in the face of a struggle that may not ever end to everyone's satisfaction.

Twin Peaks

Dweller on the Threshold (39745 words)

On April 3, 1989, Audrey Horne turns up at the Philadelphia FBI field office looking for Albert Rosenfield. She has a story to tell, a business card, and a request for assistance. Over the next few days Albert discovers supernatural science projects and the reason why even forensic specialists should keep up their firearms training, Denise Bryson has a car and the will to use it, the Bookhouse Boys really ought to subcontract more, and Harry Truman has a serious problem on his hands: BOB is out, and eager for fun. He wears a smile; everybody run.

This is the sort of post-series Twin Peaks fic I've been hoping to find for years. It provides a satisfying, creepy, and plotty resolution to the series cliffhanger without tying things off too neatly. Characterization-wise, this piece is just about as perfect as it gets. Albert is his wonderful, prickly, pacificistic self, and Audrey is utterly fabulous - just the right amount of loopy, contrary, and confident. And the two of them together? Awesome. Denise Bryson also features heavily, and is brilliantly written (and road-trips across the country with Albert and Audrey - fun times for everyone!). Also, poor Harry. So deliciously broken... This is one of my very favorite of this year's YT fics, in part because it fulfilled such a long-held desire of mine.

Diane, I Am Now Upside Down (2100 words)

Things in Twin Peaks were always more complicated than they at first appeared. Both Denise Bryson and Dale's feelings for her were no exception.

This is a sweet Cooper/Denise fic that absolutely refuses to categorize who Cooper and Denise are to each other - or to themselves. One thing I love about this year's TP offerings is that there was a lot of excellent Denise.