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sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)

Title:  They Bring Out the Best and the Worst They Can Be
Characters:  Yuffie/Vincent
Rating:  Teen
Series:  FFVII Original Game, On the Way to a Smile, Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus
Summary:  50 one-sentence snapshots of Yuffie and Vincent over the years, in-canon and post-canon, as they grow as individuals and as friends, and eventually become a partnered couple.

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Read on AO3


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Title: Of Monsters, Children, and Beasts
Series: FFVII - Even the Littlest Monsters: Tidbits, previews, and outtakes
Characters: Vincent, Yuffie, Nanaki
Rating: G
Words: 900
Summary: Odd circumstances and odd friendships go hand in hand.

Author’s Note: The first in a series of Monsters tidbits to be shared while I finish drafting the novel that Monsters wants to be. I used this scene as a voicing experiment-in-progress to play with what goes on in Vincent’s head during his “……” moments. Not certain how the voicing will change assuming an edited version of this ends up in one of the earlier chapters. In the current draft, this scene occurs in Monsters after Yuffie makes a few attempts to simultaneously humiliate and befriend Vincent (because Vincent is strange and Yuffie is bored and strange is fascinating and they are both outsiders-verging-on-outcasts). That is followed by her doing something “uncharacteristically” altruistic: she successfully defuses an ugly, edging into mutinous argument amongst AVALANCHE after the first time Vincent turns into Galian Beast (and Barret isn’t having any of that shit in AVALANCHE, thank you very much). This scene below occurs a day after that mess and the Vincent-angst that ensues. In that context, this scene can be interpreted as Vincent’s way of finally saying thanks, although it can also stand alone as a character study.





Vincent found Yuffie sprawled inside his tent. )

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I forgot how much I enjoy writing 100-word drabbles. I also forgot how much time I spend the following evening dicking around with words and formatting for posting.  Both stories are for the prompt "Spring."


Title: Waiting for Warmth
Characters/Pairings: Vincent/Lucrecia, Lucrecia/Hojo
Rating/Type: G
[Read story at ffvii_100]


Title:
Of Ephemerality and Immortality
Characters/Pairings: Vincent/Yuffie
Rating/Type: G
Author's Notes: Yuffie, in her early 30s, leaves Reeve's WRO and returns to Wutai. Vincent goes with her to Wutai as her companion.
[Read story at ffvii_100]


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WIPs that are actually actively in planning/drafting/writing/editing/finishing rotation as of right now, right at this very moment, dammit. Like for real:

Active Rotation FFVII fic projects )

Things I might revisit in coming months:

DAO, DA2, FFXII )
sarasa_cat: (yuffie)
Okay... almost done circling around the Yuffie & Vincent present time story spanning some period of years. I still have questions for myself (and the story), but the structure is all there, the motivations are there, the progression and themes are ALL THERE. The main question I have for myself is WHY WHY WHY do their crises revolve around a certain issue that ... that I will ponder later. Not now.

Because

LUCRECIA.

As I said in the beginning of March, the Lucrecia story burst from my head fully formed all in one go because IT IS SO OBVIOUS. (because reasons. so many of them.)

But now that I'm back on it ... does anyone have their own reasons for what Lucrecia and Hojo saw in each other? Just curious.
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Help me think while I plot/outline!  
 
Ask my FFVII "Even The Littlest Monsters Cast Shadows Long and Tall" characters questions and I will respond!!
 

All asks to POV characters are welcomed -- goofy or serious asks, plotty asks, thematic asks, backstory asks, "how do they feel about ____ // what do they think about ____" asks, interpretations of canon asks, etc.

Asks to any other character also welcomed -- just connect it somehow to the ships, summary, themes, etc., in Monsters!
sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)
I was tempted to do a ship meme on Tumblr but am doing this instead because Tumblr moves too fast and I'm only online some of the time.  

Even though I have been friends-lock journaling like mad about current multi-chapter WIP - Even the Littlest Monsters (Vincent/Lucrecia, Lucrecia/Hojo, Vincent&Yuffie-->Vincent/Yuffie), I am such an everyone/everyone shipper in FFVII because the canon is just glorious for it. 

Thematic running list of my Everyone/Everyone in FFVII:

Read more... )


I cannot promise fast turn around because crazy work-schedule but ...

Prompt me in FFVII land.  Doesn't have to be on the list above but if it is, I'm more likely to have something I can drabble about. Note: I have not played more than the first few missions in Crisis Core so leave most of those folks out for now. ;)

Prompt me as:
- Quick drabbles:  pairing, prompt
- Headcanon:  pairing, typical meme question like these  - e.g., who asks weird questions in the middle of the night) 

Fic I want

Monday, 27 March 2017 09:08 am
sarasa_cat: (Tifa)
 I want a cheerful yet bittersweet lovely fanfic about Tifa and Aerith and Cloud (and Zack) with everyone/everyone, zero jealousy, and awesome characterization of Tifa and Aerith, keeping them just as awesome as they are in canon.  Bonus for found family trope, slice of life, living in the moment.
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There is a flip-flop challenge for GYWO members -- write what you normally DO NOT write. So, if you write fanfic, do 1500 words of original. If you write romance, try (for instance) horror. Etc

HHHHAAAAALLPP

What do I NOT write that I never knew I needed to try?

i write contemporary lit, espionage, SF, fantasy, fanfic romance, horror, comedy, crack, het, slash, multi, angst, fluff, historical, historiographical, straight genre, twisted meta fiction, slice of life, pastiche, mashup, xovers, pr0n.... 

tell me what you have never seen me write or heard me mention.  Help me flip flop with something DIFFERENT. Promise I will borrow or create haracyers I have never written before.

FFXII, revisited.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 09:27 pm
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If I decided to revive any of my prior FFXII fanfic WIPs, drafts, or concepts from past is there anything that anyone still here would want me put at the front of my writing -> editing -> posting queue?

FFXII meta counts too.

Actually, this also includes just asking me to repost or turn read permissions back on for stories that have been packed away for the past 6 years. Re-editing/revising old finished stuff that is unavailable technically counts as writing.
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(heh, I typed 90% of this entry almost 2 weeks ago... finally opened my laptop. Time to finish and post.)

If I remember correctly (please correct any errors!), a few of tiny handful of canon facts about Ostwick and the Trevelyans include:

1.  Someone named Trevelyan (or named something similar to Trevelyan) migrated from Tevinter to Ostwick quite a few generations ago. This person is in Dorian's family tree and he assumes they might have founded the Trevelyan line in Ostwick.

2.  At the time of the Inquisition, Trevelyan has cousins(? it was cousins, correct?) who live in Nevarra and they are close enough to the center of power that they can influence political alliances.

3.  Ostwick's circle was very sedate and easy-going, a mage Trevelyan was able to come and go. That circle attempted to remain neutral after other circles started to rebel. Eventually the templars at the Ostwick circle left their post and that was the end of that, which sounds like no blood shed and a completely peaceful situation, except....

4.  The Senior Enchanter Lydia of Ostwick circle, who was a close friend of Vivienne, was murdered by one of her students in the circle. 

5.  The head of state in Ostwick is called a Teryn.

6.  When the Qunari launched an attack on the Free Marches in 7:56 Storm, their first landing point was Ostwick and from there they launched assaults on Starkhaven and Kirkwall. (Kirkwall fell and remained under Qunari rule until liberated by the Orlesians in 7:60).

7.  According to Josephine, Trevelyan's nobility doesn't carry as much weight as nobility from elsewhere and Orlesians view Oswtick as "quaint" (a politely chosen word that could mean just about anything in the context). If Trevelyan address that comment with a sharp tongued response, Josephine very sternly and very directly reminds Trevelyan that such talk is NOT appropriate (I think Josephine warns that the response is low class speech but I cannot remember and need to find a video of it).

8.  Almost nothing is said about Ostwick in the World of Thedas. I'm starting to think that all of the Inquisitors were purposefully given blank canvas backgrounds so people could fill it in how every they wish?

...

Early phase headcanon ideas:

A.  Ostwick's liberal attitude toward mages and magic stems from the city retaining its ties with Tevinter long after the old Tevinter empire was forced to withdraw from the Marches. Members of Tevinter's Altus (ruling class) have a long history in Ostwick.

B.  In 7:56 Storm, the Qunari selected Ostwick as their landing point not only because they felt the city could be taken but because they viewed it as a satellite state controlled by the Tevinter Empire. At that time, Ostwick instead saw itself as a free "neutral" state that had ties with Tevinter and with Orlais, despite having an upper class and merchant class that was heavily populated by Tevinters. 

C.  After the Qunari invasion was repelled from the Free Marches, Ostwick's leadership decided to remain neutral but feel persuaded, shall we say, to align more closely with Orlais. Glosses of Andrastian belief & culture were painted over Ostwick's pre-Andrastian ways (a mix of Tevine and old Nevarran). The ruling families of Ostwick made a point of becoming Very Financially Supportive of the Chantry. Yet it is all skin-deep. Scratch an Ostwicker and they bleed Tevine.

D. As the Free Marches move into recent eras (the 8th and 9th ages),Tevinter's Altus nobility along with a wealthy ex-pat merchant class continue to have a strong impact on Ostwick society. Ostick's rulership and legal system is directly traceable to Tevinter Altus families. Meanwhile, free from the caste restrictions in Tevinter, a group of non-mage families of Tevinter origin become financially successful (read: seriously wealthy) as the owners and, eventually, the financiers of a variety of mercantile businesses. Scholars and philosophers from Nevarra are employed by the ruling class as Ostwick's response to the Chantry's pressure to lessen Tevinter's influence over the education and scholarship in the city.

E. During the decades leading up the formation of the Inquisition, the Orlesian upperclass and Orlesian Chantry view Ostwick with suspicion because Ostwick is remote, independent, and has a distinctly foreign (Tevinter + Nevarran) feel. Orlesians refer to Ostwick as backwards or stuck in time. Orlesian street urchins and high class players of the Orlesian game are quick to insinuate that Ostwickers resort to blood magic and necromancy. 

And.... there is more but I need to leave for the day...

(no subject)

Sunday, 4 December 2016 11:21 pm
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Have been thinking again over the past few months on why fanfic matters to me, why I miss participating in fanfic-driven fandom, what I currently want to write+share as fanfic (that Tevinter story masquerading as a Trevelyan story) but cannot seem to start a good conversation around it versus what I wish I still wanted to write+share but haven't for years because...

idk.

I don't have time tonight to write about writing. I should have gone to sleep an hour ago.

Another discussion elsewhere on DW got me thinking about fanfic as a means for having conversations. Agreed. And I miss it.

But as both a reader and a writer, fanfic is also a place where I can read or publish custom crafted stories that appropriate popular media icons but repackage them for some tiny audience off on very narrow "long tail" who considered a large enough market by the big media companies to be worth their while.

After all, whenever I actually LOVE a piece of mass marketed media, that is the kiss of death of that show/series/game/whatever.

hmmmm.


edited 20 minutes later to add: fanfiction.net has 2.5 times more FFXII fanfic than AO3 and people from long ago are still updating on FF.net. Interesting. I wonder if that is one way to avoid the [...] while finding fic and possibly even conversations of interest. or not. unknown. tbh, some of the best (for my definition of best) DA fanfic kept itself over on fanfiction.net. hm. I really should go to sleep.
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On Imzy:

-  from_honnleath_to_skyhold - A Cullen Rutherford fandom community. Fortnightly prompt challenges. Welcomes all Cullen ships, Rutherford family, and Rutherford gen. All fanworks from fic to icons to image sets to mixes to essays, etc.

-  sarasa_cat - my personal blog on imzy. likely to be a repository of OCs and character development stuff?


I literally have over 300 invites so if anyone isn't on imzy yet, you can ping me directly here on DW or use the links on either of those two communities to get an invite.
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Finally in the process of switching the rest of my fandom accounts back to my original fandom name from Final Fantasy fandom.

Dreamwidth: [personal profile] sarasa_cat 

AO3:
FF.Net: https://www.fanfiction.net/~sarasacat (back to my old name from FFXII fandom)

BSN.Boards.net: sarasa_cat

IMZY:  sarasa_cat  (primary name), vieralynn also reserved (used in a few places) 

Tumblr:  sarasa-cat.tumblr.com  

Dreamwidth :(

Friday, 5 August 2016 08:34 pm
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Seems that dreamwidth has been intermittent and rather arbitrary about emailing me all of my alerts.

If I haven't seen something or if I have been acting like dreamwidth is sort of dead, that's why.... :/  
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Given all the recent events of suck of the past bunch of days, uh, weeks, uh, make that months *and* given the bizarro-land of surrealist hell that the You Es of Eih has descended into, here is the challenge:

This is your prompt (link to article on huffpo with image for prompt).

This is the tag on AO3 that needs far more than the 7 works it has at this moment.  

Kink. Fluff. Curtainfic. Horror. Tentacles. Angst. H/C. Whatever floats your boat. Just make it so.

And spread the idea. ;)
sarasa_cat: (fran_pilot)
Have you played Solstice?  Let's talk.

Haven't played Moacube's Solstice? Go play it and come back in 7-9 hours. I'll be here.  :D

There be spoilers beyond this cut.

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Read more... )

I need be a responsible adult on and off over the next few days but I will add my thoughts to this post as comments over the next day or so. Please add yours. Please invite people to add theirs.  Obviously, spoilers will exist.

I think I have everything set up so anyone can comment no matter if they are a DW or an LJ user (this is crossposted to both). DW users can track this post for new comments.

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List of threads / thread-starters:
sarasa_cat: (merrill)
I finished my first PT of Solstice late last night.  The ending I received is here (spoilerish if you haven't completed the game at least once).

Without saying anything spoiler heavy:

1.  THIS GAME NEEDS A FANDOM

2.  If you haven't played, you can do a single playthrough in -- idk -- maybe 8 hours?

3.  There is enough nuance in this game to support multiple playthroughs and various scenes are only available via mutually exclusive choices that examine different points of view (e.g. spend this plot point only talking to Character X vs only talking to Character Y).

4.  Yet another rare but fascinating take on The City As A Character.  (perhaps even the main character)

5.  istg this game feels like what would happen if an alien intelligence or artificial intelligence spent a few years studying fandom in order to write something aimed at fandom, except it is written from the AI's pov with a twist. This is a compliment, not a criticism. omfg the handling of the tropes.

6.  Did I say CITY as a character? Fascinating city. Oh so fascinating.

7.  From my POV, the game is a tropegasm. Saying anything more would be a walk into spoilerville.

8.  Very much a game about a group of people being people (for better or for worse). Quite a few interesting pieces of dialogue.

9.  THIS GAME NEEDS A FANDOM.

...

If you want to discuss Solstice leave me a comment.
If you know someone who wants to discuss Solstice, send them over here.
If enough people want to discuss Solstice, I will make a separate post because I want to keep spoilers out of this post.

If you haven't played Solstice, I recommend it.

(please feel free to comment, but don't say anything spoilerish here on this post)

EDITED TO ADD:  A spoiler-laden threaded discussion post for Solstice started over here.

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Years pass and I am still wondering why my style for DA Fic feels so different from my style for FFXII fic. Today I started wondering if the length/format caused the textural and stylistic differences.

With rare exceptions, I have felt incapable of thinking about DA Fic in short form. Every story wanted to be long long long. Even 45,000 words felt like the bare minimum for most of my story ideas. Occasionally I could fit an idea into 2000 to 8000 words, but not often. Most ideas wanted to be novels. Looking at my million+ words in my DA Scrivener and some ideas are 250,000 and still not done. THUNK. (no wonder I didn't want to edit this stuff.)

On the other hand, FFXII fic was short story heaven for me. Piles and piles of 200 word double drabbles. Stacks of flashfic. Long lists of sizeable short stories. Start-to-end novellas dropped out of the sky (but didn't always get edited). Sure, there were some long ideas but short was my bread and butter.

Wondering if Thinking that short fiction just made it far more "easier" for me (easy always goes in quotes regarding writing) to experiment with style, play with style, and really focus on verbal texture when the idea I wanted to express fit into 200 to 12000 words.

Thinking that the degenerate style in my DA fic comes from me needing far more words and far more thought to set up the universe/story/characters in the way that I want ... or the way the story wants ... or the audience wants...

idk.

Wondering if differences in the two canons & fandoms made me favor writing shorter fic for one (scattered all over the net) and doorstopper fic for the other (lol, that never gets posted).

Wondering what lessons I can apply to my orig fic.

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