pez: (Echizen - WTF?)
..........my FE:A fic has a page on tvtropes.
pez: (FE:A - Frederick sidelong look)
stats

.......have I misread or does that say 5100+ hits?!?!?!
pez: (FE:A - Frederick sidelong look)
If AO3 stats are anything to go by, there are at least 200 people following my fic, though only around 5 of them ever bother to comment.
pez: (Yamato & Tezuka - waai <3)
I finished a fic I actually finished a fic yay yay yay.

Let's try to write one-shot next time. (Hahaha.)

Damn.

Jan. 16th, 2014 04:58 pm
pez: (Oshitari - Kansaijin no hiai)
I keep wanting to talk about writing, but Tumblr isn't the place because nobody gives a shit, Facebook isn't the place because that's not where I do fandom, and LJ isn't the place because nobody is in my fandoms. 100k+ words in 3 fandoms which virtually none of my friends are in. Whee.

And before anyone says "you can still talk about it, I'll read it" well yes, but that's the same as talking to friends about stuff that only interests you. They'd smile and nod but can't share your enthusiasm, which makes you feel guilty about wasting their time and the whole exercise pretty pointless anyway.
pez: (SnK - act normal)
Switching between writing SnK and FE: Awakening is like brainfuck, not to mention I have to make sure I use the right name for the FE: Awakening one. >_>
pez: (L2 - Mau and Akaya)
AND THERE'S GEN FIC I WANT TO WRITE BUT 1) I NEED TO LOOK BACK AT HOW FREDERICK TALKS and 2) IT'S ONE OF THOSE GAMES WHERE YOU CHOOSE THE SEX AND NAME OF YOUR CHARACTER AND THAT'S ALWAYS A BIT WEIRD TO WRITE ABOUT EVEN IF SAID CHARACTER WOULDN'T BE THE MAIN FOCUS OF MY GEN FIC.

>_>

And maybe I want to cosplay Lucina. Or Marth. Or Cherche. Or Virion. (I'd love to be Chrom except my arms need to be 3x their size) THE POSSIBILITIES.
pez: (SnK - act normal)
AO3 has >3500 things in the SnK category, I thought people wouldn't spot mine. But they did and now I gotta write part 2. Well, shit. XD;
pez: (Last Remnant - Qubine & Dave)
I've just finished Drakengard, a game in which nobody is good and the story gets increasingly twisted with each ending that is unlocked (there are five). Some bits were proper insane. For example, this happens towards the 4th ending.

(The background to that video is that Arioch, the elf woman, had her children taken from her by the Empire and thrown into the sea along with all the other elf children. She went mad, made a pact with some spirits in order to gain great power, and gave up her womb in exchange. Since then she always talked about fire and death and destruction and laughs manically and screams about her missing children. At the end of the game when all these babies appeared in the air to destroy the world... well. Her death did buy time for the rest of them to escape but who knows if that was her intention or if she was just proper mad and had no idea what was going on anymore.)

This game has children issues. Possessed children, child soldiers, grotesque giant babies floating in the sky. The story starts off basic enough and then you realise everybody's a bit (or very) twisted, with Seere being the only exception. Even the damsel in distress has skeletons in the closet, and eventually kills herself because of it. There isn't much character development per say, but each character has enough personality and background for it to all hold together.

I didn't play through the last bit because it was just so hard and yes I could, with persistence, win it but I couldn't be bothered, it wasn't the most riveting level to play. So I watched the final ending on youtube instead and I'm glad I didn't spend the time - the ending is pretty short. But it's also really full of WHATTTTT? I think the fact that we've played Nier and therefore know what the creator of Drakengard is like kind of helped, but still. Wow. That was sad and funny and brave of them to end it like that.

Just started the sequel, Drakengard 2. The game controls have drastically improved but the voices of two of the main characters are awfully bland and personality-less, and the story itself so far is pretty generic. But it's supposed to be better than the first game, and at one point there was a glimpse of Caim in his current location looking pretty psychotic, so there is hope yet. It's supposed to have some links to Nier too.

(Drakengard 3 is coming out in 2014 - it wasn't going to get an English release but the publisher changed their mind - and I'm going to need a PS3 to play it. Guess I'll need it to play the FFX/X2 HD remaster anyway.)

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Storme wrote Dave/Qubine. Everybody go read Dave/Qubine.

It might shock many to read this but I want to write cheerful fic. [Some of Us], although it has a few moments, is decidedly sad. The SnK one I'm writing is dreary, and the other Dave/Qubine one I have is also full of woe. It seems like I just have the tendency to set things in very dire times (SnK: titans won, humanity lost. TLR: the war goes on, Hermeien has Irina and all the remnants). Why can't I have some cheerful highschool banter or people going shopping, stuff like that?
pez: (RoF - Zephyr's reading habits)
So yeah, [Some of Us]. Posting is slowing because I haven't actually written chapter 31 yet (the rest is all done... well the last chapter needs a rewrite but that's ch.60). It can be pulled out as a standalone side story thing though so maybe I'll just skip over it for now...

Our washer dryer went kaput. We've had it for three years (it came new with the flat) but it's a six year old model. Since it's old and cheap, if we try to get it fixed they might just say they don't make the parts anymore, costs more money than it's worth, blah blah, and then have to pay 100 quid call out charge anyway. So we went and ordered a new one that has a long warranty and stuff. Money we didn't want to spend but have to.

Still, we're in a position where we *can* spend this amount of money on short notice even if we didn't want to. It's a good thing to know.
pez: (SnK - Levi on chair)
Posted chapter 21. I'll be at my usual bomb shelter.

Still trying to write the Eruri. It's weird but it feels like I can only move it forward if I wrote it in Chinese - which would've been fine if my Chinese was up to scratch and I wouldn't pause every other word thinking "how does that word look again"?

The small triumph of the day is writing Levi telling Erwin to suck it, not in a sexual way, but as in "yeah deal with it".
pez: (SnK - act normal)
Anti-inflammatories are working! \o/ It's showing me though, now that the pain isn't just ALL OVER EVERYWHERE, that it's my right side this time, instead of the usual left side. Not sure if I should say "well at least now I'm symmetrical" or "well shit, now the other side's gone too."

So, I have this habit of writing at night and then reading through it the next day see if it was actually coherent or not. Today I find myself laughing at my own jokes...

Don't suppose anyone here wants to/can take a look at some SnK Eruri stuff I'm in the middle of writing? >_> You need to be caught up with the manga though, or not mind spoilers.

Oh.

Sep. 27th, 2013 12:02 am
pez: (RoF - Qubine)
Apparently Henry Cavendish (as in the scientist) has a favourite coat that he wore all the time, and every year when it got too worn out he got tailors to make another one...

I didn't know this until just now. I swear.

In other news, I wonder if I cracked my left kneecap. Which sounds way dramatic but I mean probably just a hairline damage that'd heal itself in time. A while ago I was kneeling on the floor (again) doing stuff and suddenly had a sharp pain in a very small point on my knee that was taking most of the pressure. Now it just hurts, but I can't see any damage or bruising.
pez: (SnK - act normal)
I will not crossover the current [Some of Us] universe with SnK.

I will not crossover the current [Some of Us] universe with SnK.

That would just be too easy.

Oh god, I can see Rowen and Erwin and Mike hanging already. Oh god.
pez: (Kuroro - feathers please)
There are fic chapters on my Drive that are called "Utena" and "Utena 2", but they aren't even Utena fics. ^^"

Been slowly putting stuff on AO3. Lots of read & run, no comments, no kudos. Apparently I'm just that shit!

We've had a major restock recently, and because it's only 1 month till October Expo, and Kitacon has just been announced, and people without wigs for Eurogamer are panicking, sales have suddenly shot up. This led to a busy few days and now I'm completely knackered.
pez: (SnK - Levi on chair)
Finally got around to signing up for an AO3 account. Shall start uploading the old TLR stuff there since their TLR section is looking so sad and forlorn.

I was poking at my Google Drive and found a fic I started May last year, kept writing it until August, then I left it and started writing [Some of Us]. This one is called [Leverage] (fic that has a name before I finish writing? OMG?) and I stopped writing it partly because wah, it requires battle strategies and actual reasoning and stuff. But maybe I'll give this another go. The world needs more Qubine, after all.

There is also a SnK Levi fic brewing in my head. I'm wondering if I should get it out before seeing DVD vol.3 (which has Heichou's background stuff as a bonus). The issue of Aria this month will also have a Heichou story in it... there is no way to tell if all this canon will add to or kill off the writing mojo.
pez: (Kirihara & Jackal - Teh horror)
Editing. Realised that at one point, the pov changed in the prose. And I don't know how to fix it. Wah.
pez: (SnK - act normal)
Getting sick of editing, so I'm going to try to put together some sort of background info instead! One day, this fic shall be posted!

Anyone here up to date with the latest chapter of Attack on Titan? Can we do some fhsjkdhfskaljfhsajkdfhsal-ing together? Because OMG? Erwin? Armin? Jean? YOU GUYS. OMG, YOU GUYS. And then that cliffhanger, holyfuckkkkkkkkkkkk.
pez: (RoF - Qubine)
If I was to post a long fic which is a crossover of two games you've never played, would you read it?

Would it help if I provided background information to the two games, and character outlines?

How about if I linked you to a 2-hour video on Youtube which is basically all of one of the game's cutscenes put together?

Or is it a case of "unfortunately I've got too much other things to read/do already"?

If I wanted readers I couldn't have chosen worse fandoms to write for, but that'd be like cosplaying just for photographs, ie doing it wrong. But now that it's more-or-less done, I look at it and wish other people can tell me what they think. Hmmm.
pez: (RoF - Qubine)
Got to the end of my fic. Wrote the ending, hate it - not the ending itself, but how I wrote it. Gave up, gone back to chapter 1 and began editing. By the time I've gone through 60 chapters maybe I can write actual readable paragraphs for the ending.

Reading through, I realise that the majority of the writing isn't as exceedingly bad as I remembered, just kind of lacklusterish. And the fic lacks excitement, which is hard to correct, unfortunately, because the story is about a bunch of people trying to make the best of their shitty lives. JP is good at picking things up a bit in general, and there are about 3 chapters where there is a proper sense of urgency, but the rest of it is of characters looking at what they've been given, look at what each other has been given, and saying, "right, we're going to make this work, somehow." The whole thing is just character development and interaction. Which is fine, but 60 chapters of it...? Argh what have I done?

I've been playing Tales of Vesperia. 5 years late, I know, but hey. And I hate to say this but I'm not enjoying it very much. Some reasoning behind parts of the story/character decisions are just paper-thin, that's if they actually bothered with reasoning at all. Estelle make me want to kill things, Karol's voice acting has the same effect. The skits are very, very badly drawn, as are the occasional "anime" cutscenes, the art is so bad it makes Weiss Kreuz look artistic. As for the gameplay, I don't enjoy the battle system at all and essentially, most of the time the game plays like this:

1. Cutscene
2.You make your character move from one room to the next
3. (sometimes it tells you if other characters have parted/joined your group at this point)
4. Another cutscene

This happens so often. They might as well just ditch the part where I get to move the character, and just show them do the walking. This game is in essence a visual novel with occasional fighting bits.

I also don't buy the Rita/Estelle interaction very much, but somehow a lot of people are like, "oh how cute, they have girly feelings for each other!!11" Having Rita there doesn't make Estelle more likeable.

If you ask why I'm still playing this, well, Yuri is okay (except when the character reasoning bit fails), and Flynn, although he's inflexible as hell, at least he's consistent. Their interaction is interesting to watch. Plot-wise, there has been one slightly clever bit with Don Whitehorse.

But still, I don't understand why people rave about this game. It's so inconsistent, there's no reasoning behind parts of it so when you just stop to think for a second, you realise it actually makes no sense. Is the bar this low now with RPGs? Are people actually happy with this? As long as you get cute character designs it doesn't matter if the whole thing is stupid? Or do people not actually realise how weak the game is because it's got pretty stuff in it?

Sigh. I'll see if I can keep playing, just for Yuri and Flynn.

In other gaming news, I found out that Drakengard 3/Drag-On Dragoon 3 is being developed by a team which had worked on The Last Story and Nier. Same director/writer as Nier, same artist as The Last Story, and same music composer as Nier. This means this game is a must-play, even though unfortunately it's only getting a PS3 Japan release. No Xbox, no international release. I'll still play it, somehow. But first I suppose I should get the previous 2 games on the PS2. (It seems like Drakengard 2 is quite hard to get hold of cheaply, though.)

I've already looked at the character designs for this, and they look pretty nice. Unfortunately there aren't enough pictures out for me to start planning a cosplay. Can't make anything when you can't see what the back looks like. :(

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