geri_chan: (Puppy Love)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for volunteering to write a fic for me! Please feel free to take a look around my journal if you want to see what kinds of stories I like. You can find my Fanfic Masterlist here, and the fics are also tagged by fandom and/or title in the sidebar. As you can see, I mostly read and write m/m slash, but if you don't ship the male couples, I would be perfectly happy with a gen or (where applicable) f/f or het story too!

My name on A03 is geri_chan, the same as here on DW/LJ/IJ.
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geri_chan: (Daiki)

Recently I've read a few books about rock musicians, so I thought I'd round them up here (a book by the mom of Nirvana/Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, and two biographies about The Band's Robbie Robertson).

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geri_chan: (Onozuka)

I recently discovered that Netflix has the first three seasons of the Great British Baking Show (or Bake Off to those not in the US), most of which I'd already seen on PBS, but I missed a couple episodes here and there, so I've been having fun re-watching them, and watching the Masterclass episodes, which are new to me.

So what does this have to do with Harudaki? Well, in my fanon verse, Kikuchi is an amateur chef, which is simply because I love guys who can cook, and has absolutely no basis in canon. But hey, that's what fanon is for, right? ;-) Anyway, as I'm watching the Baking Show, I find myself wondering, "Hmm, what would Kikuchi do with this challenge? Maybe he would try to put a Japanese twist on the recipe, and make a matcha-flavored cake, or use yuzu instead of lemon, or decorate the flower-themed cake with sakura petals." 

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Here's the second, somewhat belated batch of reviews for non-fiction books on Japan on a variety of topics (running, Chiune Sughihara, crime, and food):

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geri_chan: (Tsubasa)
Posting some belated short reviews of books I've read over the last several months. I've been reading several about Japan, including a few illustrated travel diaries, listed below. I've also been reading a lot of other non-fiction titles about Japan that I'll round up on a later post.

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geri_chan: (Count D)

I meant to post this awhile back when the show first aired, but I got busy and never got around to it until now. I watch NHK World online and on the local PBS station, and I happened to notice that a Direct Talk episode featured an interview with photographer Mika Ninagawa, daughter of the late Yukio Ninagawa, whom I've blogged about before (here, here, and here). Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a video online for viewing, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to recap it briefly.

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geri_chan: (Hagetaka - Washizu)
This is my entry for this year's Be the First challenge, which is a challenge to write a fic for a fandom that doesn't have any fic written for it yet. It's the second year for the challenge, which is great inspiration for those of us who have a fandom of one. Sometimes it's disheartening to love a fandom that no one else has heard of, but even if we don't know each other's fandoms, we can encourage each other and maybe find some new fandoms to check out. This year I was really delighted that someone wrote a story for one of my favorite childhood books, the Danny Dunn series.

Check out this year's collection of fics, and maybe you'll find something you like! There are quite a few canons that are easy to check out even if you're not familiar with them like songs, or single books and movies.

And now on to my fic:

The Birth of the Vulture (13681 words) by geri_chan
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: ハゲタカ | Hagetaka: Road to Rebirth (TV), Japanese Drama
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Washizu Masahiko/Alan Ward
Characters: Washizu Masahiko, Alan Ward
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Angst
Summary: Washizu has started a new life in America, but is still haunted by his past. He has resolved to concentrate solely on his work, but his subordinate Alan might have other plans in mind.

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geri_chan: (Puppy Love)
I just realize that I never posted the fic that I wrote for Yuletide! So very belatedly, here it is...

Bittersweet Memories and New Beginnings (8031 words) by geri_chan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 甘々と稲妻 | Amaama to Inazuma | Sweetness & Lightning (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Inuzuka Kouhei, Inuzuka Tsumugi, Yagi Yuusuke
Additional Tags: Friendship, Cooking
Summary: Yagi reflects on the past and how he inadvertently introduced Kouhei and Tae to each other, while in the present, he helps Kouhei plan a birthday party for Tsumugi.

I love the Sweetness & Lightning manga and anime, which are both absolutely adorable, so I was happy to be matched on that fandom! I had a lot of fun expanding on the character of Yagi, and in researching the menu for Tsumugi's birthday party.

I haven't yet, but someday I will try out some of the  recipes from the manga!

I'm here!

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:43 pm
geri_chan: (Count D and Souki)
I'm finally here on Dreamwidth! I'm the same geri_chan as on LJ and IJ, so feel free to add me if you were on my Friends list there. I've already added a few of you, but I'm still trying to figure out who else is here on DW, so let me know if I've missed you!
geri_chan: (Puppy Love)

I feel so lucky! Once again I got two Yuletide gifts, both of which I really loved! It was a nice bright spot in what has turned out to be a rather sucky year, and it helped make my Christmas a little merrier.

geri_chan: (Puppy  love)
I thought we could all do with a little cheering up these days, so I wanted to share this Sesame Street video that really made me smile. It's Elmo and Cookie Monster doing a parody of the PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) song that's gone viral. (They've changed it to CBCC, or Cookie-Butter-Choco-Cookie), and they have PPAP singer Pika-Taro helping them with the dance moves. It's really adorable, and it is kind of bizarre but totally cute to hear Elmo and Cookie Monster speaking Japanese but still sounding exactly like the US versions of the characters.

Various versions of the video can also be found on YouTube, but since the Arama version has subtitles, I've linked to that blog post.
geri_chan: (Daiki)
A few days have passed and I feel...well, not hopeful really, but human again. Meaning I can smile and make small talk at work, laugh at a joke a friend made, be pleasantly surprised by a squeeful comment left on an old fic, and find some small pleasures in books and music again. It's not that I'm not still fearful for the future, but I think more like my body couldn't take the state of constant fear and depression, and some sort of self-preservation instinct kicked in to let me function more-or-less normally again.

I did take some measure of hope and comfort in seeing on the news last night that Sting re-opened the Bataclan theater a year after the terrorist attack in France. I was moved, not only by Sting's message and music, but by the courage it must have taken for the audience, family members of the victims among them, to return to a place where such horrific violence had taken place. It reminds me that there are still brave, good, and compassionate people in this world.

It also reminded me of happier times when I'd seen Sting in concert with friends--once with The Police, and once solo. He really is a phenomenal musician, and those were two of the best concerts I've ever seen in my life. I've always loved music and found comfort in it when I was feeling down, so maybe it's not surprising to find some comfort in it now.
geri_chan: (CountD)
Today was tough. I went to bed exhausted last night (well, more like early this morning) but couldn't sleep and spent most of the night tossing and turning, wondering how--and if--we'll make it through the next four years. I know there are many, many things to worry about including undoing all the progress we've made in women's rights, gay rights, health care, and gun control. Not to mention an increase in racism and hate crimes, but the thought that was foremost on my mind was, "Please god don't let him start a nuclear war."

It felt strange and surreal to go work today and have to be polite and pleasant like nothing has changed when all I wanted to do was go to bed and hide under the covers for the next four years. (My job requires me to work with the public, though I'm sure some of them were just as upset as I was but just weren't showing it since it would inappropriate to rant about the election to a stranger, or in the case of our regulars, a casual acquaintance.) I managed to make it through, but it was such a relief when the work day ended.

I'm not sure if I'll keep up with National Blog Posting Month this year. I'm not in the mood right now to squee about tv shows and write book reviews like I was planning. I can't even bring myself to watch Designated Surivor tonight because right now it's just too painful to watch a fictional President who is honest and compassionate and genuinely cares about doing the right thing, even if he's not always sure what that is.

Of course I don't intend to completely stop watching tv, reading books and manga, or writing fanfic. I am signed up for Yuletide, and don't want to default. Right now it's hard to feel enthusiastic about fannish stuff, but I hope that I'll be able to find some comfort in them. I'm sure I'll start posting about this stuff again at some point, but right now I don't feel like forcing it just to meet some arbitrary deadline.

I'll end with Jim Hines's blog post Yes, I Am Afraid, which is addressed to people who have voted for Trump, some of his family and friends among them. It's thoughtful and moving, but I fear the message will be wasted on the people that it's aimed at.
geri_chan: (CountD2)
I'm shocked, saddened, angry, frightened. I knew it would be close, but I thought my country was better than this. Looks like I was wrong. I don't have the heart to post anything more tonight.


Nov. 7th, 2016 08:16 pm
geri_chan: (Puppy  love)
I'm really anxious about how the election will turn out tomorrow--like most Americans, I think. But I've voted early and there's nothing more to do but wait, so I'm trying to distract myself in the meantime with happy thoughts. For today's post, I thought I'd share some of the fannish swag that I've bought recently:

Photo below the cut... )
geri_chan: (CountD)
Some quick thoughts on shows that I'm currently watching: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: LA, and Scorpion. Contains a few spoilers below the cut if you haven't started watching the current season yet.

Spoilers below the cut... )
geri_chan: (Daiki)
No time for a long post today, so a quick mention of what I've been watching on tv lately, which is The Great British Baking Show Masterclass on PBS. (Yes, I know it's actually The Great British Bake Off, but that's what they call it in the US for copyright reasons.) I enjoy baking and cooking, though I'm usually too tired from work to do anything extravagant. But I still love watching shows like this and reading cookbooks, while imagining myself making all these wonderful dishes.

I do plan to make my usual pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and cookies for Christmas, so maybe I'll look for some new recipes to try out for the latter.

I was sad to hear that the Bake Off/Baking Show will not continue, at least in its current incarnation after the show moves off the BBC.
geri_chan: (Valentine Snupin)
I was browsing through a children's cookbook at the library called Little Monsters Cookbook by Zac Williams, and came across a recipe for Wolfsbane Elixir, which I thought was a pretty funny coincidence with me being a Lupin (and Snupin) fan! I don't have time to make a scan of the picture, but it's a very pretty blue drink in a clear goblet, that looks much tastier than Snape's concoction. (Sorry, Professor Snape!)

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geri_chan: (Puppy  love)
I've blogged before about Grace Buchele Mineta's comic books, which are humorously based on her life in Japan with her husband. She now has a fourth book out as a Kindle e-book, My Life in Japan: The Comic Book. (Apparently this was originally funded as a Kickstarter project.) Readers should be warned that it contains a lot of materical from her previous books, which some reviewers felt cheated by. However, to be fair, the comics are all in color when previous volumes were black and white, and since I was warned beforehand, I felt that the $5 I spent was worth it to support an author that I like. And honestly, I thought the introduction written by Grace's husband Ryosuke was worth the price alone, because the story of how he fell in love with her was so funny and adorable.

If you want to meet the real Grace and Ryosuke (as opposed to the comic version), check out their YouTube channel!
geri_chan: (Onozuka)
One of my favorite NHK World tv shows is J-Trip Plan, a travel show that gives travel advice to overseas visitors. The latest episode features Okinawa and has the reporter visiting a pottery shop where she is able to make her own Shisa, which really tickled me because my fanon version of Onozuka has family in Okinawa, and both he and Yoshizumi bring back Shisa souvenirs for Miyasaka and Kenzaki in Part 5 of my Haru wo Daiteita fic "Family Visit: Okinawa". She also gets to "swim" in the ocean on horseback (technically, the horse does the swimming) which really appeals to the horse-mad little girl I used to be.

On the downside, I should warn the squeamish that the show (briefly) features some Okinawan delicacies like pig face (full of collagen, which is supposed to be good for your skin) and irabu (sea snake) soup. I've seen the latter featured on a couple of Japanese cooking shows, and while it's supposed to be a tasty and healthy dish, I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to try it!

Although it might be fun to write a fic in which Onozuka goads Katou, Miyaska, and Kikuchi into trying sea snake soup--all he'd have to do is to accuse them of being too chicken to try it! Kikuchi would of course have to prove his manliness to the Prince, and then Miyasaka and Katou would have to eat it too, so as not to be outdone by Kikuchi. Perhaps with Yoshizumi standing by watching with amusement, and Iwaki sighing with resignation at how childish they're being. ^_^


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