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*creeping back into the edges of fandom*

So, mad Russians finally drive me to Dreamwidth. I've always felt favorably about it, since most of the FF gang has migrated. I'm just bummed because I had my LJ set up exactly the way I like it, and it's a permanent account, so, all the icons forever. But usericons are minor.

I shall of course cross-post, and keep checking LJ -- in fact I'm still checking LJ first, before DW, because my brain is hard-wired to think of LJ as "home base." But I don't trust its stability. From now on I shall treat DW as the primary account and LJ as the mirror.

So there's that.

Second thing is that I'm playing my way through FFXIII, finally. I meant to keep a game journal, but, well, I didn't. It is such a curate's egg of a game, but for the most part I'm enjoying it. I want to tell [personal profile] heavenscalyx to play it, except portions of it would make her and Rose scream. But there is a canon lesbian relationship in the party, at least as canon as Sailor Moon (original, not English dub). It's a pity one of the pair is a bit of a sap, but I am happily focusing on their ship and not the parts of the game that work less well for me. I am relieved that several of the characters have turned out to be less annoying than they were for the first hour of playing time.

And, oh, Fang. Square finally gave me the female character I have been waiting for. Except I wish she had magic, too, but I guess that would be too much Mary Sue in one package.

Also, is it my imagination, or was someone dressing Lightning in Utena clothes? Plus roses and rose petals.

I'm up to, uh, the Palamecia, Luck Be a Lady bit. Trying to figure out which combinations of characters are useful and failing miserably...I keep running around in the first spot where you're allowed to mix and match teams, and dying because I've screwed up. I did too much level-grinding with Lightning + Fang + Hope and learned every way to use them, and now it seems like trying any other party, I'm missing all my favorite tools.

LHAD is jammed like 20 keys of a typewriter smacked there by an exuberant 6-year-old. I'm half regretting posting the last chapter: I loved the first half of it, with the gang gathered on the bridge of the airship decompressing, and that was fresh, new, scene so easy to write. The second half was difficult because I'd written Lulu Post-Sin 4 years ago, almost the first thing I ever wrote, and I've had years and years to build up various alternate versions of that moment, each of which had some emotional punch, but trying to pick and choose and stitch together all of them, I feel like I lost something. I'm almost tempted to retcon and post the original version of that scene, if it would let me move forward. So frustrating. I fear it may be that way all the way to the end. I wrote early drafts of the concluding chapters first, and I find the part of a story i've written and visualized and imagined the longest is the hardest to write when I get to it, because I wind up trying to connect all the patchwork pieces, favorite moments and cool lines of dialog like a quilt, instead of blazing a path forward.

This entry was originally posted at http://auronlu.dreamwidth.org/173786.html.
It's better to reply there, but I'll find comments either way.


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Apr. 18th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Are you audibly on dreamwidth? I'm melchar there ... And eagerly awaiting to see what you write. I hope you are happy with it, because I've been delighted with it!
Apr. 18th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Glad to have you back. And yeah, Fang is awesome, but it still trips me out to hear Lulu's voice coming from Jihl's mouth.

I'm sissyhiyah on dw too. I'll have to start checking that one more often, but lj is kind of default for me too.
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Added and subscribed on DW. I'm radish there, if that's not obvious. :)

Also, like you, I am playing FFXIII at this very moment. I had taken a break that lasted for oh, nearly a year, so I might be rusty on the plot. But I am enjoying it. Though I keep getting stuck on Lightning - Hope - Fang too.
Apr. 18th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Heh heh - replaying both FFX & FF7 [the PSP port]. The stories, they are compelling.
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Alas, re FF13. I just can't summon enough interest, after FF12 demolished the franchise for me.

On the other hand, I'm playing Dragon Age: Origins at present. I'm not sure whether it's available for your platform, but if it is, I recommend it (so far). The banter is brilliant and so far, the story is pretty engaging. There's a character who is, I think, based heavily on Lulu -- similar sarcasm, similar looks, though she lacks the boobtasticness.
Apr. 19th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Morrigan~ She is so awesome.

auronlu, if you have the means to play FFXIII, you have the means to play Dragon Age: Origins (and the sequel, which is just as cool but in a very different way.)

(edit for LJ tag fail--too much time on DW!)

Edited at 2011-04-19 12:34 am (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Faaaaang. *rolls in the canon relationship* FFXIII is the first game where I unabashedly and completely prefer all the ladies to the best of the men. I don't usually do that. Usually I ping hard on at least one lady, but not usually the whole cast.

I really, really enjoyed FF13, but I'm used to Unpopular Fannish Opinion Status over here, being approximately the only person ever who didn't much care for FF7. :/
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