I posted the first chapter in December 2007, and I'd love to finish it five years later. I see some hopes, although it will take a big push, as I just posted chapter 48 and anticipate that it may run to chapter 60. (49 is finished in draft, and is currently being polished; 50 is in early stages.)
i need a word counter thingumbob to track daily progress. Suggestions?
As a side note, I am sad. "Soldier of Spira" starts out so well that it is useful to me for getting into Auron headspace, but once again I've hit a point in the saga where it's difficult to keep reading.
On the one hand, I'm afraid that my writing is the same way. On the other hand, I believe that my writing is better, and I feel a twinge of jealous-writerdom. (SoS gets the fame, the recs, the tvtropes entry, the all-over-the-web fan following.) Then again, there are many other excellent fanfics that don't get the acclaim they deserve. Not that I don't (Clarion by justira) keep trying (CLARION OMFG) to correct that.
I still think Auron's mental monologue in Soldier of Spira regarding Seymour's in-game introduction is a fun bit of meta:
Well, well. Here's Maester Seymour.
"So we meet again, Lady Yuna." The man's hair fascinated me—-was it a statement of some sort? A protest? Lose a bet?
"Y-Yes?" she stumbled.
"You look troubled. Is there anything I can do?" Would it stay up in a wind? How did he put a shirt on over it?
"Well..." Yuna replied, glancing at the gate.
"I see." Obviously he couldn't wear a hat. How did he sleep? Special pillows? Seymour ordered the guard to let us pass. We followed him through the gates and he stopped to address a group of Crusaders that were formed up on the other side. "Brave Crusaders of Spira, protectors of all Spira. Believe in the path you have chosen, let faith be your strength! I, Seymour Guado, maester of Yevon, will bear witness to your deeds today."
How does he wash it? Perhaps he uses a team? Would he pay by the hour, or by the yard? The young Crusaders he was addressing responded to his words enthusiastically. Wakka was less impressed. "What's goin' on? Why's Maester Seymour backing the Crusaders, eh? They're using Al Bhed machina! They're violating the teachings!"
Good questions, blitzballer.
"Even going against the teachings," Yuna answered, "They're willing to risk it for the greater good. Wakka, I think Maester Seymour sees that too."
Not even close, Yuna.
"Ask him yourself," I said. He was coming over. He walked up to me.
"Ah, Sir Auron. It is an honor. I would be most interested in hearing what you've been doing these past ten years."
Well, of course all of my charity work keeps me pretty busy, you—
"I've got nothing to say about it."
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