Inspirations

I’m currently around ⅔ of the way through this next chapter, but I wanted to stop and talk about the fics that inspired me to create Messenger. So, without further ado, a list:

Inter Nos, by ethnewinter. Inter Nos is a massive story: massive in the sweep of its plot, in the depth of its research and allusion, and in the complex and subtle world of its characters. It’s one of those stories that I am reluctant to classify as fanfiction: it’s a full-on, standalone work, so powerful and profound that you need no familiarity with Mai-Hime to appreciate its sheer emotional power. It’s long as hell, and (though this makes me a bad classicist!) I found my eyes glazing over a bit during its truly exhaustive overview of how the Roman military worked, but I still count it as truly essential reading. (And the scene with Shizuma and Natsuki in the snow—those who have read this will know what I’m talking about—breaks and warms my heart every time.) I hope that my AU, while not nearly as exhaustive as ethnewinter’s, can be at least somewhat as immersive as is Inter Nos.

The Sorceress’s Heart, by Andwick. I’m not saying that I would sell a kidney to have the opportunity for this fic to be finished—but I would definitely give the opportunity some substantiative thought. It is incredibly, wonderfully adorable, beautifully researched in its historical aspects and extraordinarily creative in its magical/fanciful aspects. My goal in writing Angela/Fareeha’s interactions in Messenger was to create something that people would value half as much as I do the interactions between Yumi and Sachiko in TSH. The Marimite fandom is more or less dead, but oh my god if you like cute, beautifully-written fiction, read this at once, at once.

The Stars our Destination, by @commander-roastedwolf. To me, this is the gold standard not just for Pharmercy fic, but for ancient-world AU’s in general: the setting, the characters, the dialogue all just leap off the page, and I squeal whenever a new chapter ends up in my inbox. The depth and breadth of @commander-roastedwolf‘s universe is awe-inspiring; I, for one, am glad I put Messenger in Ancient Greece, where there are facts to which I can cleave, as I doubt that any universe of mine could stand up to the one of TSoD.

Equilibrium, by caesurae (EDIT: caesurae’s blog is @gravehelm, she is brilliant, follow her). Again, this is what an AU should be: just as a prism refracts light, this story uses the characters that we know (as well as Pacific Rim, which was amazing, please do not @ me if you disagree) to refract and create something new, something deep and meaningful. I literally started crying during the scene when Fareeha and Angela first spar. 

Loved the Stars too Fondly, by partingxshot (again, don’t know the Tumblr, please message me if you do). I have this fic saved on my phone. I read it whenever I am on a plane, or the subway, or anywhere without a data connection. It makes me smile every fucking time. 

So, there are the tributes I feel I need to make. If I didn’t put you or your favorite fic in here, please don’t be mad! I love any transformative work. But these are the ones that directly sired what I’m working on, and I needed to pay homage somewhere. So I did it here.

Chapter 9 is coming! This week! But I have to cook dinner right now, so away I go.

Someone Who Makes You Smile - So my senior year of high school was a literal hell; some days I didn’t want to get out of bed, or couldn’t find the energy to make it through the day. Overall, I just wasn’t happy. It was then that my brother introduced me to Markiplier and through his channel I found Jacksepticeye. And while both distracted me with their humor, Jack brought so much energy to the table that it was infectious! Getting through the day became easier, and as one of the last art pieces of my high school career, I thought I might as well pay homage to someone who helped get me through it. These guys truly have a gift when it comes to making people they don’t even know smile. 

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#WeAreHere: WWI ‘soldiers’ appear across UK in moving and powerful tribute to the Battle of Somme

Volunteers dressed as World War I soldiers appeared in towns and cities across UK on Friday 1st July as part of Battle of the Somme commemorations, marking 100-years since one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The soldiers silently handed cards to passers by, each bearing the name of a soldier who died at the Somme on 1st July 1916.

Occasionally the volunteers broke into song, singing “We are here because we are here” to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.

The Battle of Somme (1st July - 18th November 1916) was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front - more than one million men were wounded or killed.

A tribute to two fantastic shows. I placed 7 things based on/from other shows/movies too. Spot them! 

If you want to know where and what those 7 things are, you can see them here: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/6OrPN

Gideon has an extra finger on his left hand. LOL

Oh and if you guys want this as a print or on a t-shirt, you can buy it here: https://www.teepublic.com/user/kowanp

No text version: https://www.teepublic.com/art_print/627905-mysterious-things-no-text

It’s also available on Designbyhumans: http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/t-shirt/mysterious-things/298418/

Thanks!

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RIP Anton Yelchin (1989-2016) - The great young actor best known for portraying Chekov in the current version of Star Trek (2009/2013/2016) died today at age 27 on a strange car accident. Born in Leningrado, Soviet Union, Yelchin’s career started in 2000, on several minor projects until he got noticed by Scott Hicks who cast him alongisde Anthony Hopkins in Stephen King’s adaptation Hearts in Atlantis (2001). From there, he appeared in more than 60 projects between films and TV shows such House of D (2004), Huff (2004-2006), Fierce People (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Charlie Bartlett (2007), New York, I Love You (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010), Like Crazy (2011), The Beaver (2011), You and I (2011), Fright Night (2011), Odd Thomas (2013), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Dying of the Light (2014), Experimenter (2015), and with five upcoming (already completed) projects, including the 3rd Star Trek installment. A brilliant, funny, and talented man that leaves us so soon and I’m gonna miss him so much.

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The DC Universe // artwork by Darwyn Cooke (2016)

I was saddened by the passing of Darwyn Cooke almost ten days ago and very upset for my inability to pay some respect in here because of personal issues. But I’m posting a great sample of some of his best pin-ups here to remind everyone what a great talent was lost to us in the comic world. Darwyn Cooke did wonderfully something that very few people do these days in the comics medium: he shared optimism in every piece of art he did. He will be missed.