The REAL Episode 31 - No Time For Titles I’m in Space

April 2, 2017

On this episode of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris aw hell that's all I can really cut and paste up here. Listen, guys, I know show notes aren't really that much of a hassle but I just started a new quest line so I'm kind of distracted. Mostly, we just went into a babble session about where we were in Mass Effect: Andromeda. We held off just long enough to also give shout outs to:

- Very cool human being and author person, John Scalzi, particularly The Collapsing Empire and Lock In

- Revenge of the Analog

- Hyperion

And then it's non-spoiler Andromeda chatter! We've got some different opinions and approaches to the game, and I definitely rage-tweet about the combat more than Ness does, but we get to a good place with it.

 

 

Reach out to us! Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 31: No time for titles I’m in Space

March 29, 2017

On this episode of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris aw hell that's all I can really cut and paste up here. Listen, guys, I know show notes aren't really that much of a hassle but I just started a new quest line so I'm kind of distracted. Mostly, we just went into a babble session about where we were in Mass Effect: Andromeda. We held off just long enough to also give shout outs to:

- Very cool human being and author person, John Scalzi, particularly The Collapsing Empire and Lock In

- Revenge of the Analog

- Hyperion

And then it's non-spoiler Andromeda chatter! We've got some different opinions and approaches to the game, and I definitely rage-tweet about the combat more than Ness does, but we get to a good place with it.

 

 

Reach out to us! Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 30 - No One Cares About Dude!Ryder

March 14, 2017

No One Cares About Dude!Ryder

On this episode of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris try to reconcile their packed schedules with wanting to have fun and find something that looks a little like success! Part of making that room for fun is a more streamlined version of the podcast that clocks in at sitcom length instead of primetime drama. The newly focused hosts talk about:

Bullet journaling 

Overwatch (Eris's gleefully inept Play of the Game here)

Metamorphosis Metals

V.E. Schwab live!

OMG MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA R U EXCITE???

Scalzi continues to be a treasure, and The Collapsing Empire is coming soon!

Guys. Audiobooks. Seriously

The Stand (for when you really want to get your money's worth out of that Audible credit)

IT (it's pretty fucked up, guys)

On Writing

The Elements of Style (proving that it's possible to be completely insufferable while also being right since 1920)

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Book Riot's Read Harder 2017 Challenge

The Only Rule Is That It Has To Work

America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation

The Lottery and Other Stories

The Book of Phoenix and Akata Witch

 

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 29: I Hope I Can Bang Her

February 28, 2017

Episode 29: I Hope I Can Bang Her

Eris and Ness talk about what they’re excited about this year (though Ness did forget to mention the new John Scalzi novel, “The Collapsing Empire,” which she preordered and promptly forgot about).

Ness has been reading “Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World” by Kelly Jensen. Eris has been playing “The Witcher 3” and “Shovel Knight” (badly).

And here’s the hype train:

Movies

 

Books

 

Games

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 27: The Gift of Fannish Stuff

December 13, 2016

The Gift of Fannish Stuff

This week, Eris and Ness tackle gift giving! Eris really likes “Pokemon Sun/Moon.” Ness finished her magic ladies loving ladies “Dragon Age: Inquisition” playthrough and is back on her incredibly OP completionist PT.

Here are our holiday (or otherwise) gift recs by category:

  • The Fanfic Writer:
  • Eris recommends: The Leuchtturm 1917 journal, Lamy Safari fountain pen, and Paper Mate InkJoys.
  • Ness recommends: Rhodia notebooks (especially this one), Pilot Kakuno fountain pens, Nemosine Singularity fountain pen (I have the fine nib, which is excellent; I have heard terrible things about the extra fine nib, though), Goulet Pens sampler ink packs, Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, and Mochi Things.
  • Both recommend: Pilot Metropolitan, stickers (try Redbubble or Etsy).
  • The Fan Artist:
  • Eris recommends: Cute storage options. Mochi Things, again. A subscription to Adobe Creative Suite, because that shit can get expensive.
  • Ness recommends: Gift cards, because art gets expensive.
  • String and Needle:
  • Eris recommends: Intarsia software for knitting. This book on crocheting dolls.
  • Ness recommends: Stitch Fiddle for turning pictures into embroidery patterns (also works for knitting). Gift cards to or fabric from Spoonflower. A bag for notions .(I love the one friend-of-the-podcast Rosie made me.) Etsy again, this time for fandom patterns for knitting, embroidery, cross stitch, etc.
  • The Cosplayer:
  • Eris recommends: Making an emergency kit for cosplay malfunctions. (Ness recommends double-sided fabric tape aka Hollywood Fashion Tape for this kit. Also for life.)
  • Ness recommends: More giftcards to Spoonflower, Joann Fabrics, or their local fabric and notions store. (RIP, Hancock Fabrics.)
  • The Merch Hound:
  • Eris recommends: Etsy and Sanshee.
  • Ness recommends: Redbubble, Society6 are also good places to check. Plus if you know their fandom, check out official merch sites, which have gotten so much better these days. Thinkgeek is also a good place. Topatoco has a bunch of stuff for indie fandoms, like Welcome to Night Vale, for example. Don’t forget Funko Pops! I have a ton of them and love, love them so hard. Elhoffer Designs has amazing fannish cardigans and dresses. Jordandene has great font shirts from various fandoms.
  • The Stealth Nerd:
  • Eris recommends: Symbolism is a big damned part of most fandoms (like House Colors or the Stark direwolf), and that shit is a GOLDMINE for the stealth nerd. Jewelry is great for those who wear it, but really anything can work here, including scarves, hats, and other things that look like any other practical gift but carry that little extra bit of personalized specialness.
  • Ness recommends: If you have a stealth nerd friend who loves tea, Adagio is your friend. Seriously. Pick a fandom and someone has made tea for it. My personal fave tea blenders are Cara McGee, The Font Bandit and Stephanie Traylor. Rock Love Jewelry makes gorgeous, subtle fan jewelry in all kinds of fandoms. I own two of her Dragon Age pieces, and I’m drooling over her Destiny stuff. So. Pretty. Nail polish! Lucky 13 Lacquer, the Incidental Twin and tons of folks on Etsy have fannish polish! Shiro Cosmetics, Geek Chic Cosmetics and more have fannish makeup.
  • The Reader
  • Ness recommends: If they like books and bookish things, Book Riot store, Out of Print and Litographs have great bookish stuff you can wear. Going into their TBR on Goodreads could yield some ideas for books to pick up for them and looking at their reviews on Goodreads could yield ideas for fandoms. Gift cards to their local indie bookstore, if they have one!

 

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 26 - Commander Space Bee, Signing Off

November 30, 2016

On this 1 year podcast-aversary episode of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris talk to a documentary filmmaker who wants to bring the story of fanfiction itself to the masses. And now that I put it that way, it seems a little meta. Alice, creator of Fanfic: The Documentary, chats with us about how it’s even possible to get your head around something as broad as fanfic, the fact that Kickstarters are way tougher to run than you’d think, and a couple extras like:

The Kickstarter for Fanfic: The Documentary runs through December 16th, and  you can follow the project over on Twitter @fanficdoc!

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Episode 25: A Mako T-Shirt For Your Heart

November 8, 2016

Episode 25: A Mako T-Shirt For Your Heart

Ness and Eris talk pens and N7 Day!

Eris has serious opinions about pens and paper

  • The Pilot Metropolitan that Ness likes so much is a good example of how nibs on Japanese pens often run finer than European nibs. Pilot is a great brand for those who like a nice, narrow nib.

  • I personally enjoy an inkier writing experience, so my favorite entry level pen is the Lamy Safari/AL-Star.

  • My current favorite pen is my TWSBI 580 AL. I love demonstrator pens in general (a demonstrator is a pen that shows off the ink it contains).

  • While we’re on the subject of ink, Ness and I have both taken a shine to J. Herbin’s Les Pereles Des Encres line for its variety of colors and the lovely shading they produce while writing. It is a very arty ink.

  • If you want something that is more of a workhorse than a dressage star, Noodler’s and Diamine make a great product.

  • Noodler’s Ottoman Azure is Eris’s go-to signature ink.

  • You want paper recs? Oh I have got some paper recs for you!

    • If you like Field Notes, their limited editions tend to have more fountain pen friendly paper. Byline and Front Page are known good ones.

    • Rhodia is very popular, but I am personally not in love with it. It gets its sheen from a coating, and that feels weird under the nib to me when I'm writing. Most people love it though.

    • Tomoe River paper is my jam on toast.

  • Lastly, shout out to my Lihit Labs Bag-In-Bag. Bag-In-Bag is love. Bag-In-Bag is life.

They also mention:

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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100 Percent a Little Shit

October 25, 2016

100 Percent a Little Shit

(Alternate but ultimately too long title: Looks Around At How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now [In Space].)

Ness and Eris talk to fan fic writer and all around awesome human Khirsah about her ultimate OTP, what it’s like to be an author in fandom, and her Patreon. Find her on AO3, Tumblr and Patreon!

We also mention:

• The two Lauren Groff books Ness foolishly read back-to-back are “Arcadia” and “Fates and Furies.” (And then she read seven romance or romance-light novels (The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal) in a row to cleanse her black soul.)

Lou Box Top by Sew DIY

Critical Roll

• Lots of love for BioWare (and hate for Kaidan because duh).

• Yes, HamiltonxMass Effect is a thing, and it’s beautiful.

• Fallout 4.

• Oh, and Ness wasn’t shitting on curly hair. It was a “Scrubs” ref. Dang, Eris. Dang.

And now for Ness’ Fun Time Fanfic Corner: The Khirsah editon:

• “A Dragon Age Fairy Tale” series. (The first is the one Eris read.)

Sexy water times with Blackwall.

F!SolexMacCready

M!HawkexAnders series.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Give Me Elves, or Give Me Death

October 10, 2016

Trigger warning: We briefly discuss a fictional character’s suicide from 42:08 to 43:22. Please skip that as needed, and take care of yourself.

• “Mass Effect.”

• “Dragon Age: Origins.”

Ness’ (not Bell’s) robot boyfriend. (See also: “The Boy Is Mine.”)

• Crunk Crafting.

Morristown Festival of Books.

“Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow.

Naomi Novik.

Organization for Transformative Works.

Episode with Kirstin of OTW.

V.E./Victoria Schwab.  

“Sorcerer to the Crown” by Zen Cho.

“The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers.

• “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin”  by Margaret Atwood.

• “The Dispatcher,” “Lock In” and the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi. (Here, have a review of “The End of All Things” and an interview with Scalzi by Ness!)

• “Fellside” by M.R. Carey.

• “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff.

• “Gena/Finn” by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgerson.

The Pancake Sex Book Club where we tore apart “Emma: A Modern Retelling” by Alexander McCall Smith.

• “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”

The Dragon Age episode of Fan Friction with Sam Maggs, Katey, Meg and Ness.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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