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3rd-Mar-2033 03:33 am - billet collant (beurk!)
sandman
Hello!

I'm xen. Mostly, I'm a fanartist. Very occasionally, I write fics. The rest of the time, I babble.

This journal is a mirror of my fannish home on Dreamwidth. If you have a DW account, please consider following me over at [personal profile] xenakis. You can also use OpenID or poke me for an invite code, I have plenty! You are of course welcome to friend this journal instead, no need to ask or tell me why (although I would love to know, or you can just say hi!). Unless I think you're my grandma, I will probably grant you access in return. In any case, only rl related posts are locked.

The link below brings you to my masterlist of art and fics on DW (all works have links back to LJ entries). I hope you enjoy them! Comments, feedback or concrit on any of them are always welcome.

MASTERLIST OF ART AND FICS

sandman
Not-Technically-Backlog-Cause-I-Made-This-Last-Weekend post #3!!!

MY PACIFIC RIM FEELS, YOU GUYS. IT'S EMBARRASSING *claws at face*

I just want Mako Mori to be President of everything ever and Raleigh Becket Mori to be the best First Husband and to knit her lots of sweaters and love her lots and lots and lots while Stacker Pentecost glares at him from beyond the Drift. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?



All the Places We Went To
Also on AO3 (bigger resolution) and tumblr

Gipsy Danger is beyond the bottom of the ocean, now, but Mako and Raleigh can always find her in the Drift.

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sandman
Backlog post #2!!!

This, it will come to no surprise, is all Plor's fault.

These doodles mark the moment where the chatlogs between [personal profile] toomuchplor and I went from "Eames is hilariously pregnant!" to "LET'S GIVE ARTHUR AND EAMES ONE BAJILLION BABIES!!!"

Also curtesy of the chatlogs, we remembered that this entire series was briefly going to be called Every Sperm is Sacred. Because obviously.



Let the Heathen
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Where Otis is tiny, Luke is the prettiest God of Thunder, tired George is tired and Arthur has Dad Shoulders.

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9th-Aug-2013 04:17 pm - dans mes rêves
sandman
Backlog post #1!!!

I did this piece back in March, because three years into this fandom, I am still waiting for the epic fic where Dream goes all "WTF is this, get off my lawn" at the PASIV users stomping all over the Dreaming. And also because Eames is totally Desire, let's be real. (And why do you think Arthur uses all that hair gel? Because otherwise *point at icon*)



Under Again
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When the PASIV program had started sending trigger-happy soldiers down into the Dreaming, Morpheus had had no choice but to take the matter into his own hands. Desire -bored and precariously back into the Dream King's good graces- had offered to tag along.

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9th-Aug-2013 03:54 pm - dépoussiérage
sandman
HI DREAMWIDTH HIIIIII!!!!!

Well, I'm not dead, but it appears I have unknowingly moved to where all the cool kids are these days...

So, if you want a slightly less intermitent update on my life and my fannish ramblings and offerings, I can be found here [twitter.com profile] xenophonique and here [tumblr.com profile] xenophonique and here [archiveofourown.org profile] xenakis.

Because I'm a completist, though, I'm about to spam you with the few things I've managed to produce but forgot to post here since... Yuletide reveal, dear God D:

I promise I'll do better from now on, mostly because I have recently smashed ridiculously hard into a brick wall of Pacific Rim/Mako Mori feels, and I expect many a fanart bunny to hit me in the near future, mostly featuring Raleigh Becket as the best golden retriever puppy in the world. *FLAILS*



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28th-Dec-2012 06:02 pm - réaction en différé
sandman
ahjgsdajsdgfdf I've just realized that apparently, in the utter madness that are the Holidays, I've dreamt that I posted this entry, but... didn't? So to remedy this at once:

A YULETIDE STORY FOR ME!!!!

Guys, guys, guys!!! Look what I got!!!!

Throw A Stone to Break Some Glass (1460 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Day Made of Glass (Commercial)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dan, Jennifer
Summary: Sometimes the future is not all it seems to be. A sort of post-apocalyptic fic based on the commercial, A Day Made of Glass. The title is a twist on the saying, "People in glass houses should not throw stones."


It's a wonderfully creepy look at what Jennifer goes through throughout the commercials. It raises really brilliant questions about what it means when computers designed to make your life easier starts making the decisions for you. And what happens when some people starts realizing something's wrong.

It made my Yuletide morning, and you should all read it and tell my author how awesome they are! I can't wait to know who wrote it!!!


As for my own story, I'm not giving you guys any clues this year, it's just so ridiculously obvious :P Guess away!



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28th-Dec-2012 05:29 pm - mieux vaut tard, etc, etc, etc
sandman
In honour of BBC Merlin ending (and to give [personal profile] yue_ix a heart attack from the surprise of me posting this after *counts* three years of it sitting there as a WIP) I present to you my (most probably) very last piece of Merlin fanart!

This is inspired by [personal profile] happydork's wonderful OT4 LeGuin fusion fic An Ever-Fixed Mark, which I will assume everyone has read (and if you haven't, RUN, don't walk!!!). This is my vision of Camelot's ruling sedoretu, as well as my personal head-canon of how Merlin should have ended. I hope you enjoy it!




The Royal Sedoretu of Camelot
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sandman
Dearest [personal profile] toomuchplor,

So I tried mailing you these for you birthday, but apparently Poste Canada cannot magically ship photoshopped covers of fictional recordings of fictional characters from alternate universes of works of fiction across the country. Which I frankly think is just rude.

So instead these humble offerings shall forever remain on our fictional bookshelves, unattainable and silent, and yet proof that somewhere out there, Arthur and Eames are making music like classically-trained badasses, falling in love all over the Steinway and taking us along for the ride.


Happiest numerically improbable birthday, Plorface.

<3 <3 <3 <3



Still Life (in Progress)
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24th-Jun-2012 12:18 am - avec les doigts
sandman
Yes, it's me again, and the terribleness is only escalating.

Behold:

a guy like you (should wear a warning) (4505 words) by faviconxenakis, favicontoomuchplor
Fandom: Inception (2010)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Arthur/Eames (Inception)
Summary: In which Eames’ excuse for getting naked in front of Arthur is even more filmy and transparent than his panties — and that’s saying something.

So, in a fit of dementia, [personal profile] toomuchplor and I decided that it would be really awesome to write/draw a story as a sort of mixed media round-robin. She pointed me to the Draw Something app for iPhone, which is why the beggining of this masterpiece looks like this:



I'm... not actually going to repost the rest of the "art" I contributed, BECAUSE OF OBVIOUS REASONS. You can see/read the rest of this shameful adventure at the link above or at Plor's journal here.

UUURG. I SWEAR AT SOME POINT I WILL STOP USING MY (increasingly dubious) ART-FU FOR EVIL.



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sandman
What better way to relearn how to post than by spamming all of you with terribleness?


So I was at the library, lazily browsing the music shelves, when my eyes caught the most magnificent example of late 1990s CD cover fashion:



OH GLORIOUSNESS. The upturned jaws, the pensive looks, the terrible clothes, the random Hourglass of Symbolism, THE MOTHERFUCKING ROSE OF AUSTRIAN ANGST AND ROMANTICISM.

And then, and then- I had to- I just had to-

Yeah, you know where this is going. SteinwayVerse purists, you should probably not click this. BUT COME ON YOU GUYS, THIS IS SO TOTALLY WHY GOD INVENTED PHOTOSHOP.Collapse )

I'm not sorry.



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sandman
*testing, testing* Does this thing still work?

So, I saw Prometheus.

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22nd-Apr-2012 08:05 pm - moi en chiffres
sandman
Two posts in a day! Trying to make up for lost time by doing a little bit of meme lemminging:

My top 10 AO3 works by hit count:

1. Of Pants, Pranks and Incidental Courtships | 10757 hits | Fic | BBC Merlin RPF
2. Nearly Home | 5885 hits | Fanart (fic by [personal profile] toomuchplor) | Inception
3. Je te veux | 5827 hits | Fanart and audio editing (fic by [personal profile] toomuchplor, podfic by [personal profile] pennyplainknits) | Inception
4. I am Acton Bell's Metaphorical Manhood | 4462 hits | Fic | Hark! A Vagrant
5. They're not one hundredth of you, your Highness | 1239 hits | Fanart | BBC Merlin
6. Oooops | 1152 hits | Fanart | BBC Merlin/xkcd
7. At the Nut Factory | 1149 hits | Fanart | BBC Merlin
8. Such a Vast Multitude | 1014 hits | Fic and fanart | BBC Merlin
9. NBC [B] 3.4.6.11. 1) | 901 hits | Fic | Inception
10. Before the Nile | 550 hits | Fic and fanart | Temeraire

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22nd-Apr-2012 06:01 pm - mes amies sont les plus meilleures
sandman
Hello everybody?

Um. Rumors of my death have been (only slightly) exaggerated?

Anyway, RL has been particularly RLy lately, but who cares about that when fandom shows up and SHOWERS ME WITH AWESOME?

LOOK WHAT MY FRIENDS GAVE ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY LOOK LOOK LOOK!!!!!

[personal profile] toomuchplor wrote me Twinky Bottom!Eames with Sekrit Feelings and Architecture Snob!Arthur with Sekrit Pet Names. Then, because she felt the whole thing wasn't enough to melt me in a puddle of goo, she topped the whole thing with Cuddles on Flea-Ridden Couches (her titles are better, but mine are more accurate, so there).

ASKFHSDGAKSHFGADSJHDGSA. AND THEN. AND THEN.

[personal profile] anatsuno put All the Feelings into a cold read of Plor's fic, that I have now edited for your listening pleasure BECAUSE THE GREATNESS MUST BE SHARED (except for the bit where she says "wriggling" ten times fast, that bit of greatness is mine and mine alone :D :D :D ).


BESTEST FRIENDS OR MOST BESTEST??? :DDDDDDDD


ilu guys *ALL THE SMOOCHES*



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14th-Feb-2012 01:23 am - attention les ovaires
sandman
[personal profile] toomuchplor and I came to refer to this project as Operation Schmoop Bomb. This is your only warning.

Nearly Home (25127 words) by faviconxenakis, favicontoomuchplor | Plor's DW masterpost
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Inception (2010)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur/Eames (Inception)
Characters: Arthur (Inception), Eames (Inception), Dom Cobb, Yusuf (Inception), Ariadne (Inception), Original Female Character
Summary: Ndoto haihadithiwi ~ You can’t name a dream. - Swahili Proverb
Arthur and Eames are on the verge of giving up mind crime when Cobb convinces Arthur to be his point man on one last job — which rather inevitably goes wrong. Eames is pulled into the mess as Cobb’s simple heist spirals into an attempt on inception. It’s time to stop trespassing on the dreams of others; building a home takes two sets of hands.

Part of Inception Big Bang. Many thanks to [personal profile] frigg, who has developed some kind of freaky art beta sixth sense, for which I am eternally grateful. Endless glompage to Plor, for the utter delight that was making this with her. I would offer my firstborn, but if there's one thing we've learned from this whole adventure, it's that we prefer kids that are not ours, or better yet, entirely fictional :P



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1st-Jan-2012 06:37 pm - rarrrr?
sandman
It's reveal time!

Thank you [personal profile] oxoniensis, wonderful writer of my Tintin fic The Tchang Affair, and misura, cracked-out creator of my Hark! A Vagrant one, Études (the ~*FRANZ LISZT!!!1!*~ featuring F. Chopin remixes). YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST <3 <3 <3 Go read their stories now, if you haven't already!


My own fic this year was for the lovely escritoireazul, who wanted ladies kicking asses, dinosaurs and apocalypses. Who was I to resist such a combination?

Thank you so much to [personal profile] toomuchplor for the cheerleading and last-minute beta. Thank you also to the usual suspects, for putting up with my flailing and moaning while I was writing this <3

Woman Inherits the Earth (2265 words) by faviconxenakis
Fandom: Jurassic Park (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kelly Curtis Malcolm/Lex Murphy
Summary: The headlines had gone from BRONTOSAURUS IN CENTRAL PARK to KILLER ROCKS IN EARTH'S HEADLIGHTS in the space of an afternoon.</p>



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sandman
After months of lazyness, I've finally updated my AO3 profile and DW masterpost to include my remixing policy, which (shamelessly stolen and adapted from [personal profile] anatsuno's) reads like this:

You do not need to ask my permission to remix, podfic, translate, create art for or create any secondary fanwork of any fanwork I have posted. Anything you produce in turn should feature a link back to my work and credit me by name. Please also share your work with me, so that I can properly flail at it and thank you :D

\o/

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19th-Nov-2011 12:05 am - du fond de la bouteille
sandman
Because [personal profile] leupagus :

Drunk Ariadne is drunk, and so is xen.




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16th-Aug-2011 02:15 pm - je te veux (bis)
sandman
A month or so ago, [personal profile] toomuchplor, [personal profile] pennyplainknits and I posted Je te veux, a Steinway!verse multimedia project for [community profile] pod_together. For completeness' sake, I'm reposting the various pieces of art I made here, as well as my editor/illustrator's notes:


Je te veux
Written by [personal profile] toomuchplor
Performed by [personal profile] pennyplainknits
Edited and illustrated by [personal profile] xenakis

Notes: Ok so, this is a little bit my fault. I just- I had so much fun working with Penny on Ach, des Kaben Augen, that I just wanted an excuse to do it again! So I went to Plor and said "Pod_together! Steinway! Write me something! Penny will totally read it! *handwaves* Pretty please?" and simultaneously went to Penny and said: "Pod_together! Steinway! Plor will totally write something! *handwaves* You'll read it! Pretty please?" Somehow, both of them agreed to indulge me, despite Plor jet-setting halfway across the world at the time, and Penny apparently being in the midst of podficcing ALL of bandom :P I LOVE YOU GUYS, SERIOUSLY. Much love also goes to anatsuno and yue-ix for last minute editing beta and handholding <3 <3 <3

Art-wise, I have never produced this many drawings in such a short time, OMG! This style was so liberating. Just a series of sketched outlines over selected references, and a splash of colour from a watercolour texture and tada! Much easier than my initial idea, which was a series of Quentin Blake-y cartoons like in those Roald Dahl books I loved as a child. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to make a squiggly deformed Eames look remotely attractive :P Therein lies Blake's genius, I realize, because I remember finding the BFG quite dashing in that book... Regardless, I hope I've managed to retain a bit of the charm of those children's book in my illustrations. Thank you once more to Yue for the quick and always insightful art beta.



Eames hadn't even heard the ping of the bell, the quaint sweet sound of it that's been so pleasant to him at the end of a long day of rehearsal the last week.
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7th-Aug-2011 12:18 am - la montée de la planète des singes
sandman
I'm not even kidding. Who comes up with these translations, oh my God.

So, that was amazing, and Andy Serkis and WETA are incredible, and all that, but am I the only one who came out of the cinema ardently craving a sequel where casting spoilers for Rise of the Planet of the ApesCollapse )

Fandom, if there isn't at least a dozen fics of this on the AO3 by the end of the month, I will be very disappointed.



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20th-Jul-2011 07:32 am - sous le ciel de paris
sandman
Annnd we're live!



Je te veux (6385 words) by favicontoomuchplor, faviconPennyplainknits, faviconxenakis
Fandom: Inception (2010)
Series: Steinway!verse
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur/Eames (Inception)
Summary: The story of ‘happily ever after.’

This was a labour of much love and mutual admiration. I hope you'll enjoy reading/listening/watching it just as much as we enjoyed making it!



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14th-Jun-2011 06:04 pm - c'est beau, la science, quand même
sandman
OMG you guys, I have to laugh about this otherwise I'm gonna cry.

TMI of the ladybits kind. All perfectly tame, really, unless you're a Young Male Doctor, apparently...Collapse )



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10th-Jun-2011 12:20 am - retour aux sources
sandman
Reason 123654763 why I love this city:

Show up alone at the downtown cineplex, debating whether to go see something, and a fangirl will magically appear, ready to go in with you and squee maniacally during the whole thing.

So I've just come back from an impromptu viewing of X-Men: First Class with [personal profile] not_unwise  :D

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5th-May-2011 12:31 pm - Messiaen en 2999
sandman
Awesome random thing what I learned today:

This fine lady's first name...

...is Turanga.

As in:

Matt Groening, ILU.

Bonus!
A little introduction to the Ondes Martenot. (Watch Jean Laurendeau be a giant nerd at 6:00)


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1st-May-2011 07:06 pm - vroom, vroom
sandman
So, I went to see Fast Five with cabayuki and margueritem :

Spoilers go ZOOOOM!!!!Collapse )



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21st-Apr-2011 11:02 pm - trop c'est trop
sandman
JESUS CHRIST KATE BEATON PLEASE STOP YOU ARE MAKING THE REST OF US LOOK REALLY PATHETIC


To quote [personal profile] emef :

I looked up pictures on the internets and Kate Beaton is really pretty
and I just don't think that's fair,
surely you don't get to be witty and pretty

YOU HEAR THAT BEATON? CHOOSE ONE OKAY?


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This is Chopin's Etude Opus 10, number 2, in A minor:
lalala, so many notes!Collapse )

This is Chopin's Etude Opus 25, number 4, also in A minor:
moar notes! wheee!Collapse )

This is Chopin's Etude Opus 25, number 11, still in A minor:
a fuckton of notes omgCollapse )

And this is Marc-André Hamelin's Triple Étude, combining all three:
what is this oh my god I don't evenCollapse )

No, that's not three different recordings played at once. That's just him and his (as far as we know) ten fingers. La preuve:
NO. FOR SERIOUS. WHAT IS THIS.Collapse )

I just. What?



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20th-Mar-2011 11:09 pm - tout ça pour un foutu moineau?
sandman
Just came back from seeing Love and HONOUR on the Scottish Highlands The Eagle with [personal profile] tei and margueritem.

Um.
If you think of Kronar from Oglaf everytime somebody says the word honour, the whole mess makes a lot more sense? And judging by the number of women in this movie, this strip also applies perfectly.

Random, not really spoilery thoughtsCollapse )

Also, there was the trailer for Fast and Furious 5 in the previews. We've made it as a target audience, guys, it's official.

Icon because Zuko would have loved this film.



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20th-Mar-2011 03:39 pm - pour vos oreilles
sandman
So, Penny and I made something:



Written by [personal profile] toomuchplor , read by [personal profile] pennyplainknits , with musical excerpts edited by yours truly.




I hope you enjoy it! We certainly had a great time making it!
Don't forget to tell Penny how awesome she is! And plor, of course, sine qua non.




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