Filed under: Event | Tags: Kaplah, outland, rambles, sign-session, status report
So last weekend I attended Kaplah as a guest, and I also had the privilege of visiting Outland Kirkegata for a sign-session!
To be honest, the weekend was quite stressful, as we only spent about 40 hours in Oslo, and we almost missed the flight down there because we left 30 minutes too late and there was a queue from hell on the way to the airport. Miraculously, we made it to the gate in time, and landed safely in Oslo that night.
Then on Saturday, after being disappointed by how there was no bacon at the hotel buffet (yes I know I keep whining about this, but it’s the best part of any hotel stay!!) we went down to Outland.
Although not a whole lot of people could make it to the signing, I had a lot of fun while I was there! And it was so much fun meeting those of you who showed up to have your books signed, and stuck around to talk with me for a while. Thank you~♥
I want to thank the Outland staff for taking such good care of me, and making it such an enjoyable experience! Thank you so much for the fantastic set-up as I walked in as well!
While I was there, I had to meet pretty much everyone I know in the city, plus new people that my friends brought as well. So even though not a lot of people showed up, I was surrounded by all these amazing people, and it was just great.
It was especially great to see friends who I literally haven’t seen in years!
Afterwards I dragged part of my crazy ensemble over to Filmens Hus, for Kaplah. We were running a little late, not helped by the marathon happening in the streets, so we missed the opening show, but we still got to see the Q&A with Nordic Garrison, mingled a little, caught the Tolkien panel and then hung around for a bit before the Yaoi%Yuri panel started.
To be honest, I was very nervous about the works. Not because I worried about the panel in itself, but more because I had yet to meet my partner, and we didn’t really know how the panel would work out – if we were to discuss with each other, with an MC or the audience. But as soon as we shook hands, we just got along brilliantly and it turned out we had the same opinions and concerns. So we just got along swimmingly, and the panel turned out to be such a fun experience!
Both Eirik and I agreed that we should do this more often, and I’d definitely like to attend more panels like these in the future. It was so much fun, and very interesting to discuss with an audience and Eirik about various concerns and traits of both “genres”. If we hadn’t run out of time, I’m sure we’d be sitting there all night! Ahaha~
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the panel and asked questions and to those who joined us for the discussion after the panel had ended.
I also want to give a quick mention to the few, but awesome cosplayers who were there! I didn’t get to take a lot of photos myself, but everyone was amazing! Congrats to everyone who received prizes!
Although Kaplah lasted into the wee hours, we decided to call it a night after the cosplay winners had been announced. My friends and I were all tired, and we had our flight to think about the following morning, so we packed up nad left around 11.
A rather funny episode followed as we were walking back to the hotel along with one of my friends:
We were ｓtanding at a street light, waiting to cross when someone grabbed my shoulder from behind. I get a lot of attention because of my hair, so I’m used to (although I find it extremely unpleasant) drunk people seeking me out if I go out at night and such, so at first I assumed this was the case, but then I looked up into the face of the journalist from BLIKK who interviewed me at Aicon X-2! Such a surprise!
But a pleasant one at that! (´∇｀) He said he’d contact me, so let’s see where this leads~
It was a fun experience in any case! hahah~
All in all, it was a highly successful but kind of tiring trip. And the flight home was kind of atrocious. But we made it back alive, had Chinese for dinner and got to enjoy our Sunday.
So yeah. I had tons of fun, and I’m so glad I was allowed to attend both of these events.
Thanks to everyone who made the weekend such an epic one!
Also fun fact: I didn’t have time to buy anything but food in Oslo, and felt super proud of myself. But then I got home and ordered one grand worth of manga online…. Eh. Σ(＾∀＾；)
Anyway, have some photos!
Hahaha, the car in front of us on the way to the airport! I took this as as sign.
This was an amazing sight to walk in on ♥
Photo by Nahtalie Larson
Forcing people to choose between my pretties ♥ Photo by Nathalie Larson
Uh. All I can do is apologize for how bad this photo is, I seem to have murdered my camera.
We were going for a cool expert-kind of look, but it looks like some cheesy movie poster… Σ(＾∀＾；)
Well then, enjoy your Friday everyone! And hopefully I’ll see some of you at FCBD tomorrow!
Filed under: Drabbles & Snippets | Tags: drabble, maaki, prompt, Snow, tumblr, writing
Hey guys, it’s been a while! As usual I should say.
Well, for those who follow me on Tumblr, you might know that I recently bought a new laptop after my loyal old one decided to retire itself. It was a bit emotional, considering I wrote two novels on that thing, but it was necessary, and now I’m the proud owner of a shiny new toy! The point of this rant was that well, it takes some time to get used to a new laptop and a new keyboard, so I asked on Tumblr if anyone had any prompts for me.
I had an Anon request some MaAki fluff, and after procrastinating a little, I jotted down something last night. I hope you’ll enjoy it Anon ♡
Feel free to let me know what you think~
Aki stirred, turning his head towards the sound, attempting to fend off the overwhelming tiredness as he cracked his eyes open and tried to focus on the form sitting above him.
Maaya was nothing but a blurry silhouette blocking the lamplight, he clenched his eyes shut again and yawned.
“What are you doing?” he ground out in a hoarse, sleepy voice.
The room was already too hot, despite the whirr of the air-conditioning. It was far too early. It didn’t matter what day it was. It was summer vacation, and way too early to be up after having been awake way too long the night before.
The room felt even hotter. His lip twitched weakly, before the smile dissolved into another yawn.
“Are you gonna sleep all day?” Maaya’s soft voice traveled down towards him as he leaned closer. Strands of pink came to brush against Aki’s cheek, and the tip of his nose.
“Not at all…” warm breath ghosted over his cheeks, right before warm lips rested on his temple and fingers found his hair, running through the wiry, ebony mess in a loving motion. “I could watch you sleep all day.”
“I could sleep all day,” Aki muttered in response, his lip curving upwards. His mouth felt dry. Opening one eye halfway, he peered over at his boyfriend. “What are you doing with your phone?”
“Like I said, I could watch you sleep all d-”
“Did you take my picture just now?”
His eyelids, which had felt so heavy up until that point, flew open.
“Maybe.” Maaya smirked, tilting his head to the side.
“What do you mean maybe?” Aki’s hand grabbed the elder boy’s wrist.
“You’re just so adorable when you’re asleep,” the boy’s grin widened, “So innocent and-”
“Shut up! Delete it!”
“Not on your life.”
Ignoring the dazzling smile, Aki tightened his grip around Maaya’s slim wrist, squeezing it hard, pulling him closer. “Yes, you will.”
“Never,” Maaya lowered himself on top of him, pinning him down with the weight of his body. He rested his forehead on Aki’s, touched his lips to the tip of his nose, and finally rolled over on his side, landing next to him on the mattress. Aki’s hand was still clasping his wrist, but since Maaya now lay on his free arm, he had no way of getting to the phone holding the embarrassing photo.
“I’m gonna use it as my background photo,” the elder of the two teased, prodding him in the side with his elbow.
“You wouldn’t dare.”
Their eyes met. The covers rustled. Maaya’s lip quirked, he laughed softly, stroking his fingertips along the younger boy’s cheek. Such a gentle touch, like the first spring breeze.
Lips that found his own, catching them in light, loving kisses.
“Then at least take a new one…” Aki finally murmured, pulling away slightly.
They lay side by side, cramped on the bed that was really only meant for one person, their faces only a slight inch apart.
Their lips met again, followed by a clattering sound as the cell phone was dropped to the floor.
Filed under: Drabbles & Snippets | Tags: boylove, drabble, maaki, Snow, Valentine's day
Despite my rant yetserday on Twitter, I don’t mind Valentine’s day. But I don’t care about it either. I think it’s a good reminder if you’re in a relationship to show appreciation for your lover – but you should never forget to do that the rest of the year, and it’s not supposed to be an obligation. On the other hand, being single isn’t the worst thing in the world, so please don’t let it get you down that you don’t have a Valentine. After all, this holiday was created for the consumers to throw their money at corporations.For me, it’s just another excuse to order in Chinese and flop on the couch with a movie – which indeed makes this a good “holiday”. Ahah~
With that said, I did write something for today. I keep thinking that I don’t want to share too much on this blog, as I don’t want to overdo anything, but in the end, Maaya and Aki are too cute, and I couldn’t resist.
I wrote this last week. Please enjoy this tidbit:
In Japan, girls give chocolate to the boys they like on Valentine’s day – the boys return the favor on March 14th (White’s day). There are two types of Valentine’s chocolate in Japan: Giri-choco which is basically “obligation chocolate” – you give this to your close male friends, brothers etc. And Honmei-choco, the real deal, given to someone you like.
100¥ = ca.$1.07
“Hey you,” Maaya grinned, not bothering to hide his surprise at finding Aki waiting for him outside the school gates. If Aki was waiting for him at this hour, then that meant that he must’ve skipped out of school early again. He didn’t want to dwell on it though. Or, for that matter, display any kind of concern.
“Hey, where’s Atsushi?” the raven haired teen replied flatly, looking around.
“Basket ball practice. There’s a game this weekend, so they’ll be camping at the gym all week.”
He chose to ignore the reply, brushing off the younger teen’s tendency to claim he disliked Maaya’s best friend. The truth was that the two of them got along fairly well.
“So, how’s the loot?” the younger asked.
“Don’t you usually rake in the sweets on this day?” Aki sent him a scrutinizing glare-
It was February 14th; Valentine’s day, and even now that he was out, Maaya would always receive all kinds of chocolate and sweets from the girls in class, and even from some of his kohais.
“And I did,” Maaya flashed him a happy grin. “Can’t wait to get home.”
“Of course you did”
Maaya listened for any kind of jealous tinge in Aki’s voice, his lip quirking.
They walked down the street together, Aki a couple of steps ahead, his hands stuffed into his pockets.
“So anyway,” Aki’s steps came to a halt, he slowly turned around, a light pink gracing his pale cheeks. “Here.”
He handed over a small package, completely anonymous in shape. No ribbons or heart-patterned wrappings or anything.
“For me?” Maaya accepted it, smiling. He pulled the younger boy closer. “You’re so sweet.”
“Oh shut up,” Aki averted his gaze, threatening to pull away. “It’s giri-choco okay?”
“No it isn’t, we’re a couple!” Maaya held him in place, nudging the boy’s ribcage with his elbow.
“Exactly. We’re a couple, so I’m obliged to give you something.”
By this time, the boy’s cheeks were a healthy crimson. Maaya laughed.
“It cost like a hundred yen at the conbini!”
The younger boy seemed completely reluctant towards showing any kind of emotion.
Maaya took his hand, and brought it up to his lips, placing a soft kiss on the boy’s fingers.
With a huff, Aki tore himself loose and strode back down the street. Laughing softly, Maaya followed suit, stuffing the little packet inside the pocket of his uniform.
He would save the best for last.
Augh. As usual, I’ve disappeared. Well, to be honest it’s been partially on purpose this past week. That, and I’ve been swamped with stuff. Right now, I’m supposed to be studying, but I’m being distracted by a livestream.
Anyway. I hate being in the media – that is, I am really bad at getting my photo taken, and I really dislike how uncomforable I always look in photos, so being in for instance, a paper, makes me really uncomfortable.
However, on the Jaded release event on December 1st, a journalist from a local paper (Same one who covered Torucon), stopped by interviewed me for an article about Jaded and SNOW, and my writing in general. I’m impressed at how it turned out, considering I was in the middle of the event when we conducted the interview!
He’s a very good journalist, so I enjoyed the interview itself, but because of the bad light, we didn’t get any good photos. In the end, we had to take new ones, so the article wasn’t published until last week.
To be honest, I was horrified when my friend called and said she’d read it; because when I saw the article, not only was the picture….well….as expected (bad), but it was a full page at that! So I kinda panicked and went underground for a while.
But the article itself was good, and the journalist did a very good job conveying what I wanted to express into words. So I’m gonna post a link to the web version here.
Naturally, it’s in Norwegian, but I’ll try to get a translation done shortly (yes, I know I said that last time as well. But I will this time)!
So anyway, if you’d like to read the interview, you can go here!
I’ll do my best to translate it soon, but right now I’m completely swamped. I’ll try to blog more again too >_>