Heat Desire

Sweet Surrender gifs

This gifset was my other entry for the seasonal_spuffy winter solstice. Like most of my entries for the Fall round of Seasonal Spuffy, I tried to cleverly combine it with buffyversebingo, and this set was made for my last prompt, "Surrender". Short description: Spike (secretly and not so secretly) loves surrendering to Buffy -- lots of times, and in lots of different ways :-)  The last three gifs could possibly be considered not worksafe.

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Spuffy Christmas by Cil

Spuffy Christmas in bed diorama

I'm enjoying two weeks (yay!!) of Christmas holidays and that means I now have the time to spam everybody with the things I've made in the second half of the year. They were all made for seasonal_spuffy, so be prepared -- it's 100% Spuffy.

I'll start off in reverse chronological order with the most recent thing I did, because it's Christmas-themed, so a good occasion to wish all who read this a
Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, if you're not doing Christmas)!
I hope you and your families are all safe and well, and can make the most of the holidays even if you have to celebrate them remotely or with other restrictions due to COVID-19.

Below the cut you find a Christmas version of the diorama of Buffy and Spike's bedroom in the comics that I made for the Seasonal Spuffy solstice free-for-all. As a bonus (not posted on Seasonal Spuffy) I added an extra picture at the end.

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Hell of a Woman

Signup for Seasonal Spuffy is still open!

Signups are still open, and entries for the banner contest are welcome until the 24th.
The theme for the upcoming Fall round, which marks the 15th anniversary of seasonal_spuffy, is "Fairy Tales Retold".

Are you already working on your entries? I am!
And if you have no time to make anything yourself, you can supply a prompt for someone else to work on.

Spike and Buffy on Buffy's porch, text says Seasonal Spuffy Fall 2020
This banner was created by thenewbuzwuzz, and credits can be found here.
Real Men Drink Tea

Icons: Giles quotes

This is my free-for-all contribution to the recent round of Summer of Giles. It had been a while since I last made icons, so I made a set of icons with memorable quotes by or about Giles. Feel free to snag if you see any you like!

















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Making Of the Shoebox Diorama Part 2: glue, paper, scissors

The next step of making the shoebox diorama was selecting, editing and printing the comics images I wanted to use. Luckily, the Thursday before the summer solstice was my first day back at my workplace, and this meant I could abuse the colour printer at work to print the images. I forgot to print a few of the images, so not all of them are full-colour (most notably the Klimt poster and Buffy’s scarf). I printed out most images in multiple sizes, because it was difficult to estimate the best size and I hadn’t had time to make exact measurements.

For the actual physical execution. I started with the most important piece, that of Buffy and Spike of the bed. I wanted to make the bed three dimensional, but there was no way I could do that with Buffy and Spike themselves. So this ended up as a bit of a strange mix of two and three dimensional (images 1 and 2). I did the same thing with the dresser: the dresser itself is three-dimensional, but the vase with flowers and the tissue box on top of it are two-dimensional. This can be clearly seen in image 1 below, which also shows the backside of the dresser (made of the same cardboard box as the bed).

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Making Of the Shoebox Diorama Part 1: Research

In this part I’ll talk about the preparatory research that was the first step of making the shoebox diorama for seasonal_spuffy (see my previous post).

Before I could physically make the diorama – the crafty stuff follows in the next part – I needed to figure out what to make exactly. Given the theme I’d chosen for the shoebox diorama (Buffy and Spike watching TV in bed together), I knew from the start that I wanted to use this image as the centre piece:

Image 1: Buffy and Spike in Buffy’s bed (Rebekah Isaacs)
NB: this is my edited version and not the original image.

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Buffy and Spike's bedroom diorama

Hey, how are you all doing? I'm having some time off work (well, more or less) and finally finding the time to post some things to LJ. Starting with the shoebox diorama of Buffy and Spike's bedroom that I made for the Summer Solstice free-for-all over at seasonal_spuffy. With thanks to teragramm for the term “diorama” term, which sounds a bit grandiose to my ears, but so much better than “peepbox” which I used originally.

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Spike facepalm

Fic (generated using AI): It's a great story, don't

Summary: What do you get when you try to let a neural network write Spuffy fan fiction? Here you see one of many possible results. Some highlights: Spike losing his virginity while on LSD; an upsetting Buffy/Spike kiss leads to Spike's arrest; some Riley bashing for those who like that sort of thing; and Angelus owning a comics shop.
Word count: 1271 words
Rating: general audiences

About a year ago, I made some attempts at using AI to automatically generate Buffy fanfic. It didn't go that well, to be honest, but I decided to give it another try for this year's Spring round of seasonal_spuffy. I went for a longer story this time, and of course I tried to make it Spuffy (with varying success). The result was weird but fun!

So how was the story made? Everything except the words in bold was written by GPT-2, a state-of-the-art machine learning model for automatic text generation, using this online demo: https://talktotransformer.com/. You only need to give it a starting line as a prompt and then it generates a paragraph of around 100 words. To create a longer story, I fed each ending line back into the model to generate the next part, adding some words of my own to finish incomplete sentences and to (try to) get the story back on the Spuffy track.

Banner credits: screencaps hdbuffy.tumblr.com, font LCD Mono by Samuel Reynolds, background photo by mahdis mousavi on unsplash

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