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First off, things that are complex but appear to be working (perhaps?! I hope!? Please?!?!) in Even the Littlest Monsters:

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AND NOW FOR THE THINGS THAT ARE SO MURKY I CANNOT YET SEE THROUGH THE FOG


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sarasa_cat: (Yuffie and Vincent)
On Tumblr, I'm posting drafted snippets of Even the Littlest Monsters Cast Shadows Long and Tall (FFVII: Vincent, Yuffie, Lucrecia, Cast) more or less at random as I shove things into THE BIG STRUCTURE in Scrivener.

The most recent Monster Bits I have shared are:

Monsters Bits #1
Location in Draft: Drafted scene exists somewhere in the middle of Chapter 1.
Characters in scene: Vincent and his internal monologue of memories.
Rating/Warning: Safe for work, mentions a character’s (Lucrecia's) death.
Summary: There are certain things that Vincent cannot forget

After a long stretch of time of not attaching myself to any place in particular, I decided to settle for a while in Kalm. I found a furnished one bedroom apartment on the second floor of a building and paid two months rent in cash. When I signed my name on the lease, I asked the landlord for the date. The twenty-fourth of July.   [Continue reading on Tumblr]

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Monsters Bits #2
Location in Draft:
Many chapters in, near the end of Act 1 (of three acts).
Characters in scene: Vincent, Yuffie, (Godo discussed)
Rating/Warning: Mostly safe for work (oblique mention of sex) / no warnings
Summary: A few months after Yuffie moves in with Vincent, starting their undiscussed, unexamined relationship(???), Yuffie wants Vincent’s opinion about her father.

Thirty minutes after Yuffie disappeared into the bedroom, she began shouting in Wutaian. Once I realized she was on the phone, I tried to ignore her but the closed door and thin wall between us did little to muffle her tirade.  [Continue reading on Tumblr]

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Monsters Bits #3
Location in Draft:
Half way into the novel-in-the-making
Characters in scene: Vincent, Yuffie
Rating/Warning: Safe for work / no warnings
Summary: Vincent’s memories of New Year’s Eve past while negotiating matters he wants to avoid during News Years Eve in the present.

Sometimes it’s difficult for me to watch people who know their place in the world. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I wish people misfortune or harm. The problem is that when I am surrounded by people who assume everyone else leads lives just like theirs, lives with predictable Monday morning routines, I don’t feel like I belong.  [Continue reading on Tumblr]


sarasa_cat: (Vincent and Lucrecia)
I am writing an epic thing and I am looking for some style inspiration to see how other writers (and other media makers) have handled EITHER of the following two things:

1. Music -- a character “understands” their emotions/feelings/innerworld through music. I have this highly introspective character with middling-low emotional IQ who spends a lot of time listening to music, noticing synchronicities between his life and that music, and making sense of his confused emotions and thoughts through other musician’s lyrics and instrumentation. While I can very easily imagine how I would show these scenes if shooting a movie or writing a graphic novel/manga, I am looking for various ways that authors have done this in prose. That said, all recs are welcome, even if not a prose novel or short story. Thus recs for movies, manga, etc are welcome too.

2. Limerence -- a character is overcome by the mental fantasies and physiological sensations of being overcome with limerence (= extreme infatuation). Pretty much what it says on the tin, and bonus if most unrequited.

Here’s what limerence is. Key bits are obsessive intrusive thinking/fantasizing about future possible events with the person such that the fantasies are set in realistic everyday events rather than merely sexual, and, more importantly, the physical sensations of being in extreme limerence (from wikipedia): “A condition of sustained alertness, a heightening of awareness and an enormous fund of energy to deploy in pursuit of the limerent aim is developed. The sensation of limerence is felt in the midpoint of the chest, bottom of the throat, guts, or in some cases in the abdominal region. This can be interpreted as ecstasy at times of mutuality, but its presence is most noticeable during despair at times of rejection.”

Writing a state of limerence is very mental thus very much suited to prose fiction therefore, a lot easier for me to imagine and write (and I have managed to write it in a prior novella with said character). That said, always looking for other ways that writers have handled it.



Obviously, while not required, big bonus if any of the media examples of 1 or 2 feature a character with a similar temperament/personality as the character I am writing -- LOL -- SEE ICON HEH HEH. ;D

{x-posted on Tumblr}
sarasa_cat: (vincent_turk)
Okay … so the big question still remains. Do I include the prostitute mini-subplot?

The scenes aren’t written. Only somewhere in one of the outlines.

Monsters!Vincent has a complex, messy, confused, lonely sexual/relationship history prior to the bang bang, shoot shot, (un)dead.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

From age 17 through 27, there is a long string of failed relationships plus one night stands (the one night stands never call him back), marked with dry periods of “purposefully not getting involved with anyone.” It’s all one long mess of bad communication in which fantasies and/or sex are substitutes for actual communication.

I have outline for a subplot where mid-20something Vincent, while working for Shinra but before the fateful assignment in Nibelheim, befriends a sex worker and those scenes (at least, in my head, as they are yet to be written so I dunno how they’ll end up) are really just … whistles … melancholic, I guess.

As in, meets a sex worker, pays for the sex worker’s time. Ends up befriending the sex worker (from his POV, possibly from her’s too but left indeterminate), falls for the sex worker despite her having a steady boy friend, thinks himself better than the boy friend, doesn’t fully accept that He Is Really Just Paying For Her Friendship+SometimesSex. (and then it just ends when he moves to Nibelheim).



Thinking that I want to keep it. Didn’t realize this until I typed this out and realized that it needs to end WHEN he moves to Nibelheim and that entire mess sort of sets up him for the bigger mess he gets himself into. (cough: Lucrecia)

Hm.
sarasa_cat: (Yuffie and Vincent)
This is also on Tumblr over here

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So... I have a year of on-and-off writing for Monsters. Pantsorama. Pantspalooza. Pantstastic. Pantsing Pantsy McPants. 

Don’t ask how many words. (Hint: it’s a 6 digit number). Words include drafted scenes, outlines, character notes, drabbles and other short stories that stand on their own, prompt stories (some need to be finished & posted >_<), and various research notes ... so many notes. omfg. And meta conversation notes too.

THE PROBLEM:  IF I ATTEMPT DO ANY MORE OUTLINING AND ORGANIZATION WORK, I AM GOING TO SCREEEEEAAAAAM.

The larger problem:  I’m a tired, exhausted, doesn't-get-enough-sleep, works long hours, has a shitty commute, just doesn’t have time for nonsense, oh sooooo tired, emotionally worn out from work and just wants to write smexy prose person who really cannot schedule high energy mental time for BIG PICTURE ORGANIZATION of the epic amount of stuff in my scrivener binder unless I take a month of vacation and when I take a month of vacation, it isn’t going to be for this. (sadly).

So, I have a very non-linear story and I am trying to figure out how to just sit down and WRITE IT pronto. Note: write means all of the following:

(1)  Write fresh new scenes into the final draft

(2)  Copy-paste previously written scenes into the final draft, editing as needed

(3)  Editing the whole damn thing, as needed.

(4) Post post post post post post post. Cough. POSTING stuff. So, perhaps, whenever I have the next 5 chapters in final draft mode, put those 5 into an edit-for-posting queue which gives me some buffer to make changes as I continue to work forward but, otherwise, anything in the editing queue is almost ready for posting.

The REAL PROBLEM is this:  Sob. The story is so nonlinear. HOW TO DO THIS???  

Well, I’ve spent a year trying to put all of Monsters into my head. Yes. Into My Head. The current goal is to just barf it all out (via cut-n-paste and fresh new writing). In a professional fiction world, I’d barf first, fix later. ...but this is fanfic. ;)  Thus the goal of having a posting queue with approx 5 barf chapters at a time, which allows me to direction-correct a little bit up ahead before committing to posting. 

So, here’s the deal.  (oh, this is Monsters, FFVII, fanfic, epic. but the nonlinear problem could apply to any story, even an orig. deets behind the read more)

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sarasa_cat: (Yuffie and Vincent)

In addition to an anniversary prompt fest for Monsters’ main ships, hit me up on MBTI-related thoughts regarding characterization and how I am attempting (lol…) to use MBTI cognitive function ideas to model unhelpful behavior that ends up putting characters into conflicts with themselves. [EVIL GRIN]

Really, anything from “how the hell does this even work?” to something far more specific, even how did I make these type decisions. 

I have been thinking about writing on this topic but ever time I try, I just end up with a random word pile in my scrivener so… ask away.

FWIW, while one can make different argument for each of the characters, within Monsters I am most definitely treating the following characters as the following types:

- Vincent (Turk!Vincent & undead!Vincent) - INTJ, as an increasingly unhealthy one until he bottoms out into severe dysfunctional INTJ-lost-in-shadow-function-land by the time Cloud meets him. By the end of Monsters, he finally becomes far more functional/healthy/realistic.

- Yuffie - ENFP, who hits a bottomed out super dysfunctional space at a very young age, shortly before she joins Cloud’s crew in FFVII:OG. By the end of Monsters she is definitely starting to grow up (age 21).

- Lucrecia - ENTP, whom I write as a typical(???) ENTP until she becomes emotionally stressed, destabilized, and circles around the drain in a way that is depressingly dysfunctional ENTP, I think…  D:

- Hojo - ISTJ, who starts off as an ISTJ style scientist with some unpleasant quirks that, when put under pressure, goes to shit. And all of that is before he becomes a Crazy Scientist™ with full on avoidant personality issues.

- Other characters open to interpretation… 

sarasa_cat: (Vincent and Lucrecia)

Yesterday on Tumblr I keyflailed & squeed about how today is the one year anniversary of my novel-writing lovefest with the most perfect plot bunny for me to write: Even The Littlest Monsters Cast Shadows Long and Tall -- a FFVII fanfic novel about Lucrecia, Vincent, & Yuffie, plus Grimoire, Hojo, Avalanche, etc.

The story, as planned, unpacks and plays with a beautiful mess of implications and eyebrow-raisers in the cheesetastic Dirge of Cerberus plus other related bits of the FFVII franchise, with all of it viewed through the lens of a gamer/writer who worked as a bonafide Scientist(tm) with a couple of decades of comparable experience (corp+academic), and who is capable of incorporating (fictional?!?) social commentary on post-colonialism, the problems of corporatism-and-science (including when mixed with governmental goals), high achieving professional women’s anger, popular media and identity, and all the horror both literal and figurative.

Plus, well, Vincent is (unintentionally) hilarious despite the whole concept driving him being depressingly sad.

Sigh. MONSTERS. After pants’ing my way to a very large number of messy words, I am in that horrible terrible (boring, lol) phase of TRYING TO ORGANIZE/OUTLINE THE GIANT MESS I CREATED ALL OF LAST YEAR. :D

And to make things more fun while in this terrible organization phase, I am open to prompts all this month! \o/

So, here is an awesome list of prompts and these are the Monsters ships I will take for any of those prompts:

-- Yuffie x Vincent

-- Lucrecia x Vincent

-- Lucrecia x Grimoire

-- Lucrecia x Hojo

Leave a comment below or use my tumblr ask box : just give me a prompt number from that list plus a ship and weirdshit will no doubt result. :D

sarasa_cat: (vincent_dc)
[Originally posted on tumblr over here]

Okay. NOW I am ready to have that low-effort characterization discussion.

If anyone (plural!) is interested, just leave a reply and let me know if you have some time soon or not for a couple of weeks.

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As a bunch of you know, I have a very large FFVII WIP that includes a sizable character arc for Vincent (told in 1st person POV). The WIP also includes other character/plot arcs.

There are a bunch of things itching my brain regarding how I want to handle and interpret certain aspects of Vincent’s canonical presentation, specifically:

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sarasa_cat: (vincent_dc)
Even The Littlest Monsters Cast Shadows Long and Tall [Part 4] (just like how Star Wars stars out of order)

One Minute to MidnightFFVII, Vincent POV, 20k words, complete (despite wanting far more baking as speed written right up to deadline...is2g the title wasn't selected as my personal angst of when it got finished/posted)
Vincent, Yuffie, Tifa, Marlene, Cloud, Cid, Reeve, Lucrecia, Chaos

Tags:  Friendship, Angst, Questions, Past Relationship, Phone Calls & Telephones, Bittersweet, Immortality, Demons, Monsters, Canon-Typical Violence

Summary:  Vincent has always had a difficult relationship with the concept of time.

Immediately after the events in Advent Children, Cloud convinces Vincent to take a break from wandering the furthest reaches of the planet's hinterlands. Vincent agrees to temporarily help people in Edge rebuild their lives. Meanwhile, Vincent has spent the past two years searching for answers to questions that he still cannot name, all of those questions revolving around the monsters that haunt him, particularly Chaos. While staying in Edge, Vincent decides what he needs to do. Luckily Marlene made sure that he carries a phone.

A Vincent Valentine POV story told through slice of life scenes and flashbacks as Vincent struggles with immortality, a sense of purpose, and a deep seated fear of Chaos.

DW-only A/N:  At some point I'll go back in and revise/tighten and increase depth...  Likely to get a major revision after EtLM Part 1-3 go up regarding what needs to be said where (regarding story facts that need to be introduced to reader and might get moved earlier) 

[20,000 words on AO3]

sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)
Title: Rosso Got To Hold A Natural Wonder of Perfection
Characters/Pairings:
Yuffie/Vincent
Rating/Type: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt: #24 - Deadly Sin: Envy on ffvii_100
Author's Note: The origin for "But Coveting Thy Neighbor's Property..."

Read here

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Ongoing series archived here: http://archiveofourown.org/series/730290
sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)
Title: Envying Unconditional Love Was Never Yuffie’s Sin, But Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Property…
Characters/Pairings:
Shelke, Yuffie/Vincent
Word Count: 200
Challenge: Prompt: #24 - Deadly Sin: Envy at ffvii_100
A/N: Occurs sometime after Dirge of Cerberus

Read here


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Title: Spillage From One Of A Thousand Tiny Cuts
Characters/Pairings: Lucrecia, Gast
Rating/Type: T
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt: #24 - Deadly Sin: Envy at [community profile] ffvii_100 

Read here:  https://ffvii-100.dreamwidth.org/159430.html



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Title:  In the End She Got What She Wanted the Most
Characters:  Lucrecia/Vincent, Lucrecia/Hojo, Chaos, Grimoire
Rating:  M
Series:  FFVII Original Game, Dirge of Cerberus
Tags: Dysfunctional Relationships, Lack of Communication, Extramarital Affairs, Pregnancy, Science, Power Dynamics, Sex
Summary:  Fifty one-sentence snapshots of Lucrecia's thoughts about Vincent from the moment the meet until she says goodbye.

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Read on AO3.

sarasa_cat: (Default)
Title: The Sin of Inaction Has Old Roots
Characters/Pairings: Vincent Valentine, Grimoire Valentine
Rating/Type: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt #23 - Deadly Sin: Sloth at [community profile] ffvii_100 

Read here: https://ffvii-100.dreamwidth.org/158586.html


sarasa_cat: (Default)
I made a note in a friend-locked post about working on Even the Littlest Monsters (ffvii fanfic novel, Lucrecia/Vincent, Vincent/Yuffie) has been an interesting experience because it mirrors some of the problems I wrestle with when writing original fiction -- namely the issue of how to write complex female characters.  I decided to unpack this further with more of my thinking while planning/structuring Monsters, although I need to state upfront that this is a bit of a rambling info dump. The act of writing this helped me think but editing it heavily so it is readably by anyone passing through isn't gonna happen. ;)

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So, another episode of writing about writing --- Writing Unapologetic Female Characters.  (Mostly about Lucrecia, but Yuffie is in this too)

Well -- this dumps a lot of headcanon and analysis and a few plot points for Monsters but, really, it is about writing unapologetic female characters )
sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)
Title: Lucrecia Crescent, Ph.D.
Characters/Pairings: Lucrecia
Rating/Type: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt #20 - Boot Camp/Training in ffvii-100 on DW

Read here: https://ffvii-100.dreamwidth.org/157320.html


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Title: There’s Always One in Every Group
Characters/Pairings: Tseng
Rating/Type: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt #20 - Boot Camp/Training in ffvii-100 on DW

Read here: https://ffvii-100.dreamwidth.org/157026.html


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


sarasa_cat: (Yuffie-materia)
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. )

sarasa_cat: (yuffie)
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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