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I just added up all my main characters, trying to make sure I didn't forget anyone. And I am BOGGLED. How did this happen? When I first wrote the drabble-that-turned-into-a-oneshot that was the seed-idea for this saga, it was a cast of FOUR, with one more right at the end. Now?

Love Her and Despair CAST: (scale of 1-10 for minor to major character): 
  1. Auron   --  10
  2. Lulu      -- 6-10
  3. Isaaru   -- 7-9
  4. Pacce   -- 5
  5. Rikku    -- 6-8
  6. Wakka   -- 4-6
  7. Yuna Jr. -- 4-8
  8. Elma   -- 5-7
  9. Cid    -- 4-5
  10. Lucil   -- 4-6
  11. Baralai   -- 4-6
  12. Paine    -- 3-5
  13. Nooj     -- 3-5
  14. Gippal   -- 3-5
  15. Maroda    -5-7
  16. Zuke   -- 3-6
  17. Vidina   -- 2-3
  18. Shinra    -- 2-3
  19. Brother -- 1
  20. Mbela -- 1
  21. Etta   -- 1-2
  22. Shelinda -- 1
  23. Buddy   -- 1 
  24. Anima, Bahamut   -- 2 
  25. Luzzu -- 2-3
  26. (Dona, Barthello, Maechen, Kiyuri, Wedge -- 0.5 -- yes, Maechen already had a cameo, but it was "teeny-weenie")
Some characters are minor walk-ons and cameos (16-25). However, that's 15 characters with character development and plot arcs that I need to wrap up. Which would be fine, except that most are interconnected. I wrote out a rough "character arc chart" a few years ago treating the first 15 as individual timelines, but I never attempted a flowchart dealing with all the relationships which need to be resolved in tandem. (Cid seems to be determined to be mixed up with everybody's business, even though he doesn't develop/evolve at all. Well, it's a Final Fantasy story...there Has To Be a Cid. *punts Cid*) 

So, when I tried to start wrapping up and jettisoning nonessential personnel befor the Scouring of the Shire / Last Battle chunk of the story, I got stuck, like hitting two handfuls of typewriter keys and jamming them against the ribbon. That's no excuse for posting only two chapters in the last year, but the moral of the story is: keep your main cast to 7 or less, or be prepared to juggle a LOT OF BALLS.

Okay. I can now cross off Cid, Brother, Buddy, and...dangit, Zuke, why did you have to walk back into the story?! Go away! 

In other news, I just updated LHAD's Sticky Post / Table of Contents for my Dreamwidth account so that the navigation is functional, which it wasn't before. You can now navigate from chapter to chapter on DW, instead of having to go to LJ for easy reading.  

Also, I lost a year, so it's not as bad as I thought. I looked back and see I started it on December 14, 2007, not 2006. Think I'll finish in five years? Just in time for Final Fantasy X (HD) to come out. No, I don't have selfish reasons for being happy about that release...nope nope. ;) 

This entry was originally posted at http://auronlu.dreamwidth.org/191207.html, where it has comment count unavailablecomments.


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Dec. 10th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Ohmygod. I know, I know, but I just sprayed TaB all over myself when I read " be prepared to juggle a LOT OF BALLS."

I'm dangerously close to falling out of my chair. You know how things like this affect me.
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
I did, in fact, put that there for you. *ebil grin*
Dec. 10th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
Heh. You know me too well.
Dec. 10th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
If you ever get out to SoCal, I promise to drive you over to the Wood sign so we can take the (in)appropriate picture above. (which is more of an offer than you might realize, as I HATE LA WITH GREAT HATE. But there's stuff in it worth braving the freeways for.)

*points to previous post*

I posted a chapter of LHAD, and then this whinging post afterwards. Want to make sure you don't miss the last post because this one bumped it down in the queue. Though of course reading fic actually takes braaaaaaaaaaains, and you are probably stuck at work.
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Sigh. Yes, at work, and that's usually when I read fic, but flu season is a bitch, so I have to actually WORK, which kinda blows my mind. I'm much too delicate to be abused in such a fashion.

And dude, that is SO on my list of things to do. I have that, the leaning tower of Pisa, and the Capitol building. (It's totally a giant boob.) They're all just begging for vulgar pictures.

And no worries! I'll drive! Mwahahaha! I have a feeling I can drive there the way I've always dreamed of driving. Is it anything like it is around the NY/NJ area? That was fun. Actually, that's on my list of places to visit in the next year or so. I have a friend that lives in central CA, and I've not seen him in years, so I want to head west again soon. Just got back from Portland, which was flippin' awesome, but I didn't get the chance to head south like I wanted to. Boo. I was hoping for a nice long road trip, but it didn't work out.
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
Actually, it's more like around DC.

In NY/NJ, they cut you off and try to kill you with aggressive and frequent lane changes. (I lived in Boston for 3 years. I fear nothing.) In California, they don't do as many lane changes and don't try to murder you like a pack of sharks with blood in the water. Instead, they all drive 79.9 miles per hour (because 80, in a 65 mile per hour zone, is considered speeding in the magical world of California Math), except for the speeders who drive 90, until suddenly for no reason all traffic is stopped across 10 lanes of traffic, at which point you're slamming on the brakes, hoping not to skid, and lucky not to get rear ended by all the idiots text messaging.

Most of them drive extremely well for people who normally drive in the 79-90mph range, often with 2 car lengths between bumpers. They have very good brakes. And a lot of burnt rubber.

The problem is that the closer you get to LA, the more likely that you will get stuck in ten lanes of traffic, all stopped, and it will take you 3 hours to drive 20 miles.
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Stopped cars? Oh, no thank you. LA sounds like it blows, at least the traffic part of it. I know next to nothing about the city itself.

Heh. When I went to Ohayocon last year, I picked up irishais at her place in Baltimore, but on the way there I kind of got stuck in a monster snowstorm and had to find lodging in a very frozen DC. That was a nightmare. Three hours with rapidly thickening ice and I only went something like half a mile once I got off the beltway. Then my car got stuck on a slight incline and four lumberjacks with beer in their pockets (I kid you not. They were at the bar across the street and saw me, so they just pocketed their bottles of Miller) and pushed me to a hotel. It was interesting.

I'm a big fan of giant men in red flannel now. That could have been a very cold night.
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Ooogh, yes. That sounds cold, miserable, and possibly dangerous. I loved blizzards as a kid, hated 'em once i had to grow up and drive on black ice. Can do, but don't miss. Nosiree.

Getting stopped on LA freeways for hours and hours -- or rather stop and go stop and go, stop stop stop and go, inching along and getting sciatica from the brake-accelerator footsie dance -- is why I fell in love with baseball. LA has a really good announcer with a wonderful turn of phrase, great metaphors. Otherwise I would've killed someone by now. But at least it's not COLD when we're jammed. We're just stuck.

I'm actually a bit of a speeder myself; it's the gridlock I cannot stand. And I just can't figure out where/when it's going to happen. (Except for the 55. It is always, always at a standstill. Hate. With great hate.)
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Darn them all to heck. We've got all the gaming consoles except for the Wii and PS3. If they put FFX out in HD .... I hope they make getting the Sun Sigil easier ... and may have to buy a PS3. [Unless it's offered for the Xbox 360.]
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