Tropers: Crystal Glacia
Hey, there. I'm a female Chinese adoptee living in Cedarpointland, Ohio, currently studying computer science and engineering through the University of Toledo (off-campus, though; it's complicated). I remember discovering this website through a link from Bulbagarden Forums back in 2008. That was a long time ago. I then created my handle somewhere around a year later, but didn't post in the forums until February 2011. I joined Bulbagarden with just the name Glacia- because it was the Japanese name of my favorite Pokemon at the time, Glaceon -and didn't prefix it with 'Crystal' until later, so I tend to view Glacia more as my internet 'first name'. You can call me CG, too. I write stuff, and hang mostly around Writer's Block with occasional posts in World Building and Yack Fest. I also draw on occasion, take pictures, play video games, and Reddit. I've been working on a sort-of-anthology of original fantasies (tentatively) called Aither since 2008. Its characters can be seen in the Character Development Threads as well as (well, will be seen) on my Wattpad if you're into that. Troper Wall here, if you'd like, as long as the administration is okay with it existing.
Tentatively-titled plots I'm (sort of) working on that could get posted for viewing someday
Currently, all of my works take place in the same universe, focusing on a planet tentatively called Aitherion (and its moon). Here, recorded history began 50,000 Earthen years ago, intelligent hunter-gatherer aliens live on the moon, the planet has next to no seasonal variation, technology levels run the gamut from stone-age to Crystal Spires and Togas, and magic is commonplace in the lives of all and incredibly diverse in how it is applied and has shaped its users.
- The Water Bearer: An immortal, millennia-old family man discovers one night that whatever gave him his immortality also endowed him with telekinetic abilities, which manifest for the first time in the form of a dissociative episode that leaves one of his children dead and another close to it, shattering his family apart. With the help of his wife and old friend, he tries to heal and uncover what happened that day, and how. Includes depression, racial activism, domestic life as a plutocrat, Food Porn, and lots of Bio Punk.
- The Epic of Iris: An anthology told epic-style of the rise of Lady Iris, Phoenix of Halstant, from servant girl to mother to carer and mentor of the downtrodden, executioner of old, stagnant empires, and war queen of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Includes classic Heroic / High Fantasy, social vigilantism, motherhood, and dragons, ranging from blot-out-the-sun-huge, scary, and Nigh Invulnerable to shoulder-sized, cuddly, and enjoying scratchies.
- Shining Over Heaven: A sort-of political story that centers around the three dysfunctional personal bodyguards of a very unpopular chancellor, all taking place within a mess of a 'country' that has taken the equivalent of a hundred Earthen years to destroy itself. Includes lots of talking about life, the serving of fresh-baked croissants and tea, a boy and his kitty, and occasionally beating people up.
- The Angel of Healing: A disgruntled ex-military doctor with very advanced (and versatile) healing magics travels the aforementioned 'country' after the events of Shining Over Heaven, helping people any way he can, even if that means he has to assassinate a few along the way because it's just so easy for someone with his abilities to get away with. Includes Medical Horror and a man's slow descent into madness.
Tropes associated with me
- Asian and Nerdy: Biology and computer science are fun.
- Author Appeal: Food Porn, Costume Porn, life science, horribly depressing backstories, and stoics.
- Based on a Dream: At least one of my plots in my fiction-files came from a dream.
- Big Eater: (Mostly) skinny variety.
- Femme Fatalons: Whenever I let my nails grow out, they get sharp. Not jagged, just pointy and prone to catching on people wrong. And I don't even have to groom my nails in any specific manner for this to happen.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: They're all over my bedroom. Seven of them are rabbits, eight if you consider Totoro a form of rabbit.
- Good with Numbers: Good enough for computer science. And multivariable calculus is just really cool.
- Happily Adopted: My papers say that I was abandoned at a school in Wuhan at the age of five months (at the start of the summer during record-high temperatures), and the identities of my birth parents remain unknown to this day. I don't know a lick of Mandarin (with the exception of the standard 'ni hao' and 'zaijian') and I have no desire to seek these people out.
- Hates Being Touched: Especially my knees, which are also very sensitive to temperature and can feel a draft anywhere.
- Heavy Sleeper: Apparently once slept through my father's very loud police cruiser panic alarm blaring in the dead of night. I can't say I've ever slept through my alarm clock, though- it's like my body knows automatically that it's a weekday and that I have to get up.
- Innocently Insensitive: Comes with the territory. That being said, if I ever say something that rubs you the wrong way, please let me know.
- Not a Morning Person: I can usually manage 7-ish AM, but not the 6 AM that I need for my classes. Even still, I usually end up feeling like crap for the rest of the day if I get up at that time.
- Real Dreams Are Weirder: For starters, my sleeping brain has no sense of narrative or continuity, and any unnamed extras who appear have no distinguishing features- not even genders -aside from being of my species.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Especially when sleep-deprived.
- The Superego: When I GMed A Game Of Chance, the three GMs fit into a Freudian Trio arrangement. I seemed to fit into this role.
Things I like
TV Shows, Anime, And Such
Webcomics, Web Series, Websites, And Other Online-Format Things
- Animal Wonders
- The Brain Scoop
- CGP Grey
- Freeman's Mind
- I Am Maru
- Reddit (especially /r/talesfromtechsupport and /r/shittyfoodporn)
- Stuart Ashen
- What I'm Doing Right Now
- Wheezy Waiter
- Alan Wake
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
- Amelia's Notebook
- The Fault in Our Stars
- The Kingkiller Chronicle
Other Stuff, All/Mostly Theatrical Productions
The vast majority of my work on the wiki consists of small things like moving YMMV and Trivia tropes to their respective tabs, indexing, folder installation, and occasionally moving a works page off Main. Very rarely will I add an actual example. Below I've just decided to list the bigger things I've done, which takes up less time.
Pages That I Have Curated To A Significant Extent
Pages That I Have Provided An Image Or Several For
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- Fire, Ice, Lightningnote
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroicnote
- Eye Glasses
- Nico Nico Douga
- Harmless Electrocution
- The character images for Final Fantasy Tactics A2
- Elemental Nation
- Dodgeball Is Hell
- John Mackey
- Ray Charles
- Mighty Roar
- Explicit Content
- David Attenborough
- Father Knows Best
- Twitchy Eye
- Most of the character images for The Muppet Show
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- Boris Johnson
- Peter Mandelson
- Sigmund Freud
- Al Franken
- American Restoration
- The character images for Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Amy Tan
- The rest of the character images for Sherlock
- Michael Grade
- Character images for Alan Wake
- Character images for AIR
- Improvised Umbrella