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Love Her and Despair is a dark AU sequel to Final Fantasy X answering the question: "What would have happened if Yuna had chosen the Final Summoning?" Main characters are Auron, Lulu, Isaaru and his brothers, with more or less substantial roles for Elma and Lucil, the Crimson Squad, Wakka and Rikku.

Act I: Menace at Sea Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Act II: Operation Mi'ihenChapter 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Act III: Al Bhed Homecoming  Chapter 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Act IV: Assault on Bevelle  Chapter 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Act V: Breaking the Cycle  Chapter 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43
Act VI: The Houses of Healing  Chapter 44 45 46 47 48 49

Note: On map below, itinerary of "Isaaru's Pilgrimage" has clickable links to chapters.

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So while I've been away...

Boulet-Guardians
Moogle_university (aka Rina) has been doing an awesome commentary and playthrough of a few games, including just-finished FFX, and I need to catch up on all your awesome commentary huzzah.

Just a FYI for Minty and others who may still be eyeing this blog from time to time. 
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Writer's Block
 So, over the past two days, I've watched the classic Who world of text graffiti wall explode into an incredible outpouring of the entire collective mind of a fandom, often with many different people writing simultaneously, and it was hilarious and awesome and eye-rolling and amazing. Every in-joke is there (often in triplicate.) Every meme. Every point of canon contention and discontinuity. Subfandoms. Amazing ascii art. Drabbles. Shipping discussions. Meta discussions. Discussions of the production team and trivia and mistakes. Vile puns. Jokes. Pranks. Touchy-feely comments about fellow fans. People posting their fandom blog URLs and ages and networking and chitchatting about this and that. Polls. More in-jokes. It's just...
  • HERE IS YOUR BRAIN
  • HERE IS YOUR BRAIN ON OUR FANDOM
  • ANY QUESTIONS?
Now, Final Fantasy fandom is a good deal smaller than classic Who fandom — they've got a good 30 years headstart on us, after all. We're all scattered to the winds and busy with real life and work and other things. So I don't expect anything on that scale. But I'd love to see what happens if we put our minds to it. Sort of like capslock_ff in the old days but with meta discussions and everything else thrown in, too.

Are you with me? 

Then enough expository banter; GO TO THE FINALFANTASY WORLD OF TEXT and start posting. Stream of consciousness. Anything Final Fantasy. ANYTHING.


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Lucretia
This is a Final Fantasy blog. But it's also a fandom blog. So, here's something that's been distracting me, in a good way, for the past several months. The entire rough draft is finished (around 30K words), but later parts need more spit and polish before posting.

Doctor Who (Big Finish) Fanfiction, Team Five
—> Read it on AO3

Title: “Master’s Thesis” (Chapter 1 of Fiveish)
Characters: 
Fifth Doctor, older!Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Lasarti, and *cough* Matt Herse
Word Count: 2600
Summary: When Nyssa all but hijacks the TARDIS to return home, she discovers an old enemy taking a sinister interest in her family. Tiptoeing around temporal paradoxes means she can’t let the Doctor find out. It’s a good thing she has a friend like Tegan to rely on.
Continuity: Between Heroes of Sontar and Kiss of Death, but you don’t have to have listened to any Big Finish audio episodes to follow what’s going on here.


(photomanip mimicking the CD cover art used for Doctor Who audio episodes)

This was one of my favorite TARDIS teams back in 1980, except that the writers back then were clueless about how to write stubborn and/or smart women. Poor scriptwriting and sexism are usually NOT a problem in Big Finish studio's Doctor Who radio plays of the past several years, reuniting classic Who actors and giving their characters more development and respect than the TV series did. 

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More birthday fanart

Fangsmirk
Me and my bizarre shoulder kink. *hides face* I can't remember what possessed me to let slip this personal foible, but I can't really regret the indiscretion, since Flynn-the-Cat keeps catering to it.

Putting this here for ease of future ogling; thank you!






Back: Nyssa and Romana from classic Doctor Who
Front: Lulu and Fang


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A thing Mintywolf made for my birthday...

Yuna + Lulu

Braids
by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

...so I can find it later. (Of course, I can look back on her dA as well).

Thank you so much!

...Rikku, Yuna and Lulu playing with each other's hair. And braids, because braiding hair (or having someone else braid one's hair) is fun and soothing.


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More Kinds of Mary Sues...

Lucretia
I propose that we make 2014 the year of the Mary Sue. This is the year where women writers take our women-driven fandoms and unapologetically write our own wish-fulfillment fantasies, our idealized, heroic characters, our self-inserts and our ways of escaping from the reality of our less-than-ideal lives. I propose that we take the term Mary Sue and treat it just like the name James Bond: A cool, kickass character that all look upon with adoration or fearful respect, who gets to go do exciting things, meet cool people, look fucking hot and awesome all the time, kick people in the face and go back to the hotel for a drink and a fuck. Because female fans, female fandoms, and female characters shouldn’t have to gain permission to be badasses.
~ skadi-again-again [personal profile] vieralynn has been writing good stuff about (a) the validity of reclaiming Mary Sue and (b) the way a lot of fandom escapism doesn't speak to her because it tends to suit the tastes of white / straight / anglo-american fans. Incoherent nattering about my own tastes in Mary SuesCollapse )
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WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN

Bobblehead Night
I keep poking at Infinity Blade, a silly iOS sword-and-sorcery game which is good graphics and cathartic but mindless, as opposed to the ever-growing To Play list:

  • Gone Home
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Dragon Age I & II
  • Finish Let's Play FFVII-FFIX before...
  • FFX / X2 Remaster
  • Lightning Returns
  • FF Tay, Tactics, Dimensions
  • Try P3 again
  • Katamari Darcy which I keep missing because other stuff
  • Replay and do a let's play of Suikoden 5
  • Check on what Cyan's been working on
  • Let's Play FFXII-FFXIII-LR


Which should take me well into the next decade at the rate I play. Whoa.

Infinity Blade is like the Sidequests Before Saving the World portion of an FF game: FIND / COLLECT / FORGE / DEFEAT ALL THE THINGS.

Or just thwack a stone golem with a rolled-up newspaper, depending on one's mood.



(Yes, that is armor made of cardboard and duct tape.

... it sucks.)


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For the Japanese speakers here...

SephiroWTF
...
...
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this is NSFW. But I'm sure you'll get more out of it than I have since you can read the captions, whereas I only know the lyrics of the original zany song. (Yatta!)



I'm tickled by all the obscure cameos from FFI-V near the end, (Maria! Minwu! Faris! Lenna! Desch!) plus more recent folks like Sazh.

And Mr. Chupon. O.o


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NaNoFiMo

Writer's Block
ursulav has a nifty acronym for what I am going to try and do in November: finish LHAD (or at least get closer).

NaNoFiMo.

(With thanks to Minty for encouraging me!)


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