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2030-07-30 01:47 pm
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So, I'm on tumblr

Like probably half of everyone I know, I too have completely migrated to tumblr.

This means two things:

1) As little active as I was before on LJ and DW, I'll probably rarely post anything here anymore

2) Nonetheless I'll keep the accounts to comment on fiction by the various authors I follow.

Anyway, if you want amusing reblogs and the occassional update on me, my art, cosplay and general dorkiness, hop over to cayra.tumblr.com !
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2015-01-27 12:52 pm

Glow Cloud cosplay!

Whew, it's been a while since I posted anything here.

For Connichi last fall I made a costume for the allmighty Glowcloud from WTNV.





WtNV: All hail the Glow Cloud by cayra on DeviantArt


WtNV: Glow in the dark by cayra on DeviantArt



straycat_cayra: (vassaporny)
2012-07-07 02:23 am
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My newest shortfic for smut_fest!

Title:Turning upside down
Author: straycat_cayra
Recipient: wwmrsweasleydo
Pairing: m/m
Warnings: Total insanity and a bit of angst.
Word Count: 4,022
Summary: Two mature wizards at the end of time. It’s not a sane place.
Author's Notes: No research whatsoever has gone into this. Very fake wizard science. I’m sorry. nu_un

Read more... )

straycat_cayra: (sarutobi)
2012-03-31 12:05 am
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Convention report: Leipzig Book Fair 2012

LBM is one of my favourite convention, since it's in my home town. Luckily, it's not very far from Halle.
This year I hung out a lot with my fellow student and friend Elli, who I met at last year's LBM.

Have some fake cuts to my tumblr!

Thursday

Friday

Saturday and Sunday

I had a lot of fun and re-wore older costumes I like a lot.
I will continue doing so this year. No new costumes for me while I write my master graduation paper.

My next new costume will be Chiaro from Cantarella (with Elli as Chesare) for LBM 2013.

straycat_cayra: (mele)
2012-03-21 11:57 am
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Short story: Mermaid Redux

Written for the smut_exchange Folklore round.

Author's Notes: A lot of thanks goes to Semi, who not only alpha-read this train wreck in progress, but supplied me with a bunch of related Youtube links and then started to draw both the lovely illustration for this story and a cracky bonus; Char, who beta-whipped my ass into shape; and Shroud, who basically keeps me from talking myself out of participating every single time. I love you people.

Read more... )
straycat_cayra: (rio)
2012-03-03 11:20 pm

Mechanical love

The Engineer curses.

Cups are knocked over.

Screws and gears scatter wildly.

Wine spills, drips on the floorboards.

A precious glass vial is just barely caught.

His assistant is cowering under the table, hiding.

Hurtling hunk of metal comes straight for him, he squeaks.

Assistant tries to dodge, forgets where he is and hits his head.

The Engineer gets a heavy wrench, hefts it, swings it threateningly.

He is not fast enough, every swing just hits air, making him dance around.

It is a silly dance, all flailing arms and stumbling steps, twirling in circles.

The assisistant comes out to help, gets nearly hit, is drawn into the dance himself.

"Stay behind me." the Engineer orders, pulling him to safety, out of the flying objects way.

Mechanical hearts all aflutter bumble around the room, bumbing into furniture, emptying the shelves.


"Love is in the air~" the radio sings.

_____

straycat_cayra: (emoelf)
2012-02-11 11:28 pm

(no subject)

I entered the Fall/Winter contest at German-Cosplay on DeviantArt ~ I'm really exited!
I got the most votes in my half of the preliminary poll, so I'm in the final voting round now.
I'm competing with my Madara costume:

If you're on DeviantArt,please vote for me

>>HERE<<

And I will love you forever!^^

straycat_cayra: (gokusakura)
2012-02-09 05:33 pm

Offering translation services

Japanese-English (comicstrips and other really short stuff only)
Japanese-German (same here)
English-German

available.

Either you pay me (I’m poor and need the money, 5€ for an hour of work) or we work something out that you can do for me.

________

For questions, send me a message.
straycat_cayra: (vassaporny)
2012-01-24 10:34 pm
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Weblit recs!

So, I read a lot on the internet, since I can't afford to buy a hundred books a year and my library subscription ran out. Some of what I read is fanfiction, but for the last few years, I've been reading more and more original fiction and web literature. I thought I'd share a recommendations list. Try those stories, and maybe recommend a few of your own?
Beware, most of this is gay.

The Peacock King
http://peacock-king.infernalshenanigans.com
By: Irk&Char

Content:
It's awesome. Oh wait. *steals official blurb*

''The enigmatic Peacock King, ruler of half of the known world, seeks to possess the land itself by enslaving the spirits
of the wild. Gerald, a newly initiated Poet whose magic is as real as he can write it, is also one of the Armed — enforcers of the Law who wield guns with souls. His mission: infiltrate the Peacock King's Court and gather intelligence. Unfortunately for Gerald, things quickly go awry...

Can he outwit the Peacock King? Will he be able to save his long-lost brother, who is the King's new spirit-tamer?''

In short, it is a story about stupid spies getting caught, magic sword kings, traps, men in makeup, talking guns, brawls where people get bitten, ecological activism, hardcore diary writing, world war, caffeinated politics, chess games over custody, dramatic courtroom fingerpointing, and tea.

Gratification-level: Currently four novel-lenght 'books' are finished, more are planned to be written. There's also a ton of short stories. The artwork is very pretty. The characters are refreshingly non-heteronormative, even though only a few are gay.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: I already kind of did, though the paper copies will come out not very soon.


Shousetsu Bang*Bang
http://community.livejournal.com/bb_shousetsu/
By: Various Authors

Content:

More gay short stories than you can shake a stick at, of all genres. All of them are explicit, most of the authors are really f*ing talented. I have written for this 'zine and consider myself to be part of the moderately-talented lower 30% there. (pseud: seiwa kaiyura)

Gratification level: They have everything. EVERYTHING. Each issue has another theme, so unless you hate explicit slash, you will be guaranteed to find a story that floats your boat.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Sadly is never going to happen, too many different authors.


Captive Prince
http://freece.livejournal.com/
By: freece

Content:
Fantasy about sharp-tongued pretty princes that make you wince away from the screen with their remarks, uppity manly slaves, lots of intrigue and warfare, a fuckton of unresolved sexual tension and the subversion of some cliches.

Gratification level: If you muddle through the mediocre first few chapters, you will be hooked, addicted and read it through in one session, screaming with frustration when you finish the latest chapter and have to wait two months for the
next. Well, I did.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Not yet, but there'll be an e-book of book one soon.

In the Company of Shadows
http://www.aisylum.com/sonnyais/index.html
By: Sonny&Ais

Content: Post-WWIII-world spy drama with romance and lots of drama/angst. And UST. Ohh the delicious UST.

Gratification level: It's epically long, the smut and action scenes are really great, but still a work in progress.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Nope.


A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
http://www.to-jovan.net/
By: Ellipsis

Content:
Monsilys...capital of an Empire racked by intrigue, facing invasion from abroad and treason from within.A young Empress recalls her two uncles to the capital, hoping their presence will help her keep her throne…
Cassius, a seasoned military commander with an impulsive temper and a decided preference for the company of men, and Valentin: politician, diplomat and spy. Seventeen years ago, their brother the Emperor banished them to separate corners of the Empire for a crime few people know the truth of.
But now they’re back.

The adventures of Valentin and Cassius, who face traitors, tyrants, bandits, femmes fatale and manage to prevent roughly as many wars as they start — all in service of the Empire. More or less.
Political intrigue and other court games to the max!

Gratification level: Low gay content, but the characters really grow on you.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: No, but I have the PDF of book one.


Shadow of the Templar
http://mooncalf.org/sott/novels.html
by: M. Chandler

Content: Simon Drake is an up-and-coming young FBI hotshot, an agent with a personal track record so outstanding that it borders on unbelievable. Not yet thirty, he's already the leader of his own special ops team; a ragtag bunch of talented but nigh-uncontrollable lunatics, it's true, but under Simon's inspired leadership they're a force to be reckoned with, a
team with an unparalleled success rate, a team with an almost unblemished record--until now.

Jeremy Archer is the brilliant and unpredictable scion of a long line of international art thieves, simultaneously a phenomenally wealthy English socialite and one of the most infamous criminals in the world. At twenty-seven years old he's already wanted on nearly every continent for thefts totalling more than ninety-one million dollars, and yet no one has ever come close to catching
him--until now.

Now? May the best man win.

Gratification level: First, the UST and the banter and the wacky characters drive you insane. THEN you find the side story section that has all the faded-out sex scenes. Hrrrr. The main four volumes are finished, but there are still side stories being written.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Yes, I bought all four volumes. Hoping M will do a collection volume for all the short stories, too.

More stories by the same author: http://mchandler.org/

100 candles
http://www.100.chaobell.net/main/?page_id=3
by: Sakana Sara

Content:
"I deal with a lot of seriously freaky stuff. Like “I see dead people” freaky.
I just want you to know what you’re getting into. The last guy I went out with ran away screaming like a girl the first time he saw a tea kettle with legs walking around some old lady’s house."

Jeff is a perfectly normal young man with a perfectly normal life. Then he finds a cursed fortune-telling doll washed up on the beach, meets author and paranormal investigator Kenny Tachibana in the process of trying to get rid of it, and pretty much kisses that normal life goodbye after that. At least he gets an awesome new boyfriend out of the deal.

This story started out on SSBB, but evolved into a whole series. Ghosts, demons, gay romance. <3

Gratification factor: The series has not been updated in over two years, so the chance it's ever going to be finished is slim, but the existing chapters/stories stand well on their own and are totally worth the read.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: No.


The Administration Series
http://www.mannazone.org/zone/admin/
by: Manna Francis

Content: There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.
One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world where torture is a legitimate part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division .
One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a 'sim' system which places users in a fully-immersive virtual reality.

Their world is the dark future dystopia of New London, where Europe is controlled by a totalitarian bureaucracy, which shares political power with powerful corporations. The oppressive government uses torture, violence and the various
Divisions of the feared Department of Internal Security to maintain power. The corporations fight amongst themselves, using lethal force under the euphemism of 'corporate sabotage', uniting only to resist attempts by the Administration to extend its control over them.
The series follows Warrick and Toreth, and their families, friends and enemies as they struggle to survive and hope to
prosper.

Gratification level:
It's long, pretty hard core and the character development is pretty interesting.

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: The longer stories in this series are available as paperback.

The God Eaters
http://chartreuse.studiowhippingboy.com/g_e_index.html
by: Jesse Hajicek

Content:
Imprisioned for 'inflammatory writings' by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story's over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes... and love can change the world.

Gratification level: Finished novel, an awesome world setting, sweet romance. <3

Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Yes, you can! <3<3<3


Daron's Guitar Chronicles Sex•drugs•rocknroll•the closet•the stage•the 80s
http://daron.ceciliatan.com
by: Cecilia Tan

Content:
Daron’s Guitar Chronicles tells the story of Daron Moondog (real name withheld by request) from about the time he was eighteen onward. He arrives at RIMCon (Rhode Island Musical Conservatory) in the mid-1980s, desperate to leave behind a
dysfunctional family in New Jersey’s suburbs and discover himself. It’s the advent of MTV, AIDS, and punk versus metal, all of which would affect his journey searching for fame, artistic expression, and the courage to seek out the sex and love he needs.

Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is a bildungsroman, which is a fancy word for a novel where the coming of age process is long and gradual.

Gratification level: It's long, but still a work in progress. Sometimes you want to shake the main character a little. The sex scenes are available for a small donation.


Can you buy this as a paper copy?: Nope, but there's e-books of vol. 1-3
straycat_cayra: (rio)
2011-06-16 07:31 pm

Selling books

Since I have to move in fall at the latest, I'm selling off a lot of books.

German language:

Anne Rice - Die Königin der Verdammten
- Armand der Vampir
- Pandora
- Memnoch der Teufel
- Blut und Gold
Janny Wurts - Die Schiffe von Merior
- Meister der Schatten
Tom Arden - Das blaue Juwel
Micheal Moorcock - Tochter der Traumdiebe
Hugh Walker - Magira 1
R.A. Salvatore - Der dunkle Mönch
Wolfgang Holbein - Hagen von Tronje
- Odysseus
Jean-Luis Fetjane - Die Stunde der Elfen
- Die Nacht der Elfen

Magaret Weis & Tracy Hickman - Der Herrscher von Merilon
- Die Geschichte der Drachenlanze 1+2
- Die Geschichte der Drachenlanze 3+4
Robert Silverberg - Die Zauberer von Majipoor
Sara Douglass - Das Vermächtnis der Sternenbraut

Bildband Asiatische Häuser


English language:

Anne Rice - Vittorio the Vampire
- Blood Canticle
- Violin
Paul B. Thompson & Tonya Carter - Dragonlance Preludes Vol. 1


All listed here, as well as some manga and old Cd's:
http://www.amazon.de/shops/cayra

Or you can comment here, I take Paypal or german bank transfer.
straycat_cayra: (Default)
2011-06-02 12:27 am

PIMPING WRITING EXCHANGE

http://smut-fest.livejournal.com/7128.html#cutid1

Seriously people, go over there and participate. It's awesome. I wrote for the last round, but I'm kind of EPICFAIL at Sci-Fi, so I'm begging you to carry on the olympic torch of shorts stories in my stead. XD

Sign ups are extended 'till the 3rd.
straycat_cayra: (emoelf)
2011-03-23 11:51 am

Spenden, nicht jammern! Donate for Japan.

For English Version, please scroll down!


An all die jenigen, die ebenso bestürzt und entsetzt sind von den Geschehnissen in Japan:

Alle Mitleidsbekundungen und Papierkraniche nützen den Japanern gerade reichlich wenig.
Wenn ihr wirklich helfen wollt, dann spendet an das Rote Kreuz, diese Verwenden das Geld zur Nothilfe vor Ort.

Link zum Online-Spendenformular: (Bankeinzug o. Kreditkarte)
http://www.drk.de/spenden/online-spenden.html?no_cache=1

Spendenkonto: 41 41 41
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
BLZ: 370 205 00
Stichwort: Tsunami 2011

Schon 5 Euro können weiterhelfen.
Wenn euch wirklich etwas an den Japanern liegt, dann verschiebt den nächsten Mangakauf um einen Monat, und spendet jetzt!
Info bitte weitergeben!

Und damit es einen kleinen Anreiz gibt: Wer mir eine Spendenquittung von 10 Euro oder mehr für Japan vorzeigen kann, dem zeichne ich ein Bild (egal ob Original oder Fanart) oder schreibe einen Haikuzyklus nach Wahl. Für 5 Euro gibts ein neues Cosplayfoto aus meinem Repertoir nach Wunsch.

_______________

To everyone who heard about the catastrophe in Japan and feels for the people there:

Telling them 'I'm so sorry for you!' or folding some paper cranes does not help them one bit.
If you really want to HELP, donate to the Red Cross, they use the donated money directly on site in Japan.

Here's the link for online donations:
https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&5052.donation=form1&df_id=5052

The red cross also lets you donate by mail or SMS.

Even 5$ can help a lot.
If you really care for the Japanese, then buy that manga you have been eyeing a month later and donate now!
Please spread the word!

And to make donating worth your while, I'll be offering commissions to everyone who donates. Send me the copy of a donation reciept and you will get:

5$ - a new cosplay photo from one of my existing costumes
10$ - a lineart illustration or some custom haikus of your choice.
(Of course, if you donate more, I'll throw in colour/other bonuses).



A thousand cranes
by ~cayra on deviantART
straycat_cayra: (zaiteddy)
2011-03-11 03:17 pm

Erdbebenbericht Japan: Gweni

Tokio. Ein Erdbeben der Stärke 8,9 hat gegen 14:46 Uhr Ortszeit den Nordosten Japans schwer getroffen. Dem Beben folgte eine Tsunamiwelle, für die gesamte Pazifikregion von Russland bis zu den USA wurde eine Tsunamiwarnung ausgegeben.
Gegen 8 Uhr MEZ trifft eine bis zu zehn Meter hohe Welle den Hafen von Sendai im Norden. Die Behörden fordern rund 20.000 Menschen im Osten des Landes auf, sich in Sicherheit zu bringen.

Livestream Japanisches Fernsehn: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tbstv#utm_campaign=unknown&utm_source=4939766

Liveticker stern: http://www.stern.de/panorama/live-ticker-zu-erdbeben-in-japan-tsunami-reisst-hunderte-in-den-tod-1662366.html

Gwenis persöhnlicher Bericht (per MSN):

[14:05] gweni: Hi *umflausch*
[14:05] gweni: Ich bin froh das Asu bescheid gesagt hat ^^
[14:05] Cayra: gween
[14:05] Cayra: jau
[14:05] gweni: es ist alles ok..aber man das war was..
[14:06] gweni: und es ist noch nicht vorbei...
[14:06] Cayra: hab auch bis eben noch mit yuka auf japanisch gechattet, ihr gehts auch gut aber ihr vater kommt nicht heim weil nix fährt
[14:06] Cayra: ich hoffe dir passiert nicht noch was *knuddel*
[14:06] gweni: die Erde hat von 14:45 bis 17:17 durchweg gebebt
[14:06] Cayra: jo
[14:06] gweni: ja ich hatte voll glück
[14:06] gweni: bin mit dem ersten Schulbus gefahren
[14:06] Cayra: das überfällige 60-jahre-erdbeben hat zugeschlagen
[14:07] gweni: und dann in die U-Bahn und dann grad angekommen - einmal die Starße überquert und in einen Shop rein weil ich mir grad was zu trinken kaufen wollte
[14:07] gweni: udn plötzlich ging es los..
[14:07] gweni: ein Händler hat mich an die Hand nach draußen geführt und an die Absüperrung von der Straße gesteltt
[14:08] gweni: dort standen zig menschen und hielten sich fest
[14:08] gweni: es was so krass und ich dachte jede Sekunde
[14:08] gweni: ok jetzt fällt gleich das Haus auf mich drauf ..
[14:12] Cayra: oh gut, dass sich der um dich gekümmert hat.
[14:12] Cayra: die japaner werden ja zum glück auf erdbeben gedrillt
[14:13] Cayra: ach ja, ich hab ne entwarnung für dich über twitter u dein gästebuch rausgegeben, als asu mir bescheid gesagt hat. damit sich keiner sorgen macht
[14:16] gweni: vielen Dank *knuff*
[14:17] gweni: ich habe meine Schule in berlin auch schon informiert
[14:17] gweni: udn meine Ma uauch - die hatten schon Panik geschoben
[14:17] Cayra: wir auch
[14:17] Cayra: *hat ziemlich viel wasser in den augen gehabt*
[14:18] Cayra: hab sofort asu angerufen u die hatte zum glück schon von dir gehört
[14:18] gweni: was am schlimmsten ist - ganz viele Kinder sitzen in der Schule fest - da ist es dunkel und lklat weil in Yokohama - ok wie auch in ziemlich vielen teilen tokyos
[14:18] gweni: wenn ich im zweiten Bus gessenen hätte säße ich da jetzt auch noch fest
[14:18] gweni: erst morgen früh kann man sie abholen
[14:18] gweni: da die Autobahn gesperrt ist und nix fährt
[14:18] Cayra: au scheiße
[14:19] Cayra: und wie iss es zuhause?
[14:19] gweni: ja und da hätte ich euch auch erst moregn bescheid sagen können
[14:19] gweni: na meine gastkinder sind in der Schule..x.x
[14:19] Cayra: bis dahin hätten wir ne krise bekommen
[14:19] Cayra: aber ihr habt strom?
[14:19] gweni: und wir haben erst 18:45 kontakt aufnehmen können - über das Krisentelefon der deutschen Botschaft
[14:20] gweni: denn in der Schule ist ja alles , Pc Telefone - alles lahmgelegt
[14:20] gweni: ja wieder
[14:20] Cayra: immerhin sind sie nicht verletzt, ja?
[14:20] gweni: er war auch schon weg
[14:20] gweni: nein niemand ist verletzt
[14:20] gweni: aber wenn ich die vielen Bilder sehe..x.x
[14:20] Cayra: ja das macht angst.
[14:21] gweni: ja ich hatte auch angst
[14:27] gweni: sie hatten ja schon weitläufig evakuiert
[14:29] gweni: es ist schon furchtbar
straycat_cayra: (zaiteddy)
2011-03-11 02:10 pm
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Sendai earthquake

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tbstv#utm_campaign=unknown&utm_source=4939766
http://www.stern.de/panorama/live-ticker-zu-erdbeben-und-tsunami-in-japan-gebiet-um-akw-wird-evakuiert-1662366.html


My mother woke me this morning with the news from Japan. I was really scared and cried a little, since I not only have a lot of Japanese friens, one of my best German friends, chibi-Gwen, is on an intership at a kindergarten in Tokyo right now.

Luckily, by now I have news from her and one of my Japanese friends, Yuka, both are unhurt.

The Japanese got lucky. Every 60 years or so, a huge earthquake reoccurs in Japan. This one was late by several years (last Kanto eathquake was in 1923), and after the horrible catastrophe in Kobe, the government and people were reasonably prepared. The were a lot of victims, but while the earthquake was much worse than in Kobe, there were much less casualities.

Gweni just signed on on messenger, I'll write more when I know more.

Here's the chat log with Yuka, if anyone is interested:
Read more... )
straycat_cayra: (mele)
2010-11-06 09:13 pm

Self portrait cuteness!


www.dreamself.me