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Beat FF7 [Feb. 21st, 2018|04:19 pm]
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I had a draft of this post saved that I held off posting until I had more in-depth thoughts to share, but it turns out I don't have many, if any. I absorbed so much of this game through fandom osmosis that it resulted in me having difficulty formulating my own unique thoughts on it. This happens a lot, where I expose myself to the fandom of a work I'm interested in, so much that I take it all in, leaving little room left for me to actually interpret it. It's not so much a case of spoilers, which I mostly successfully avoided (with the exception of a certain very infamous character death) as it is reading various analyses of it ahead of time because I want to come out of the game with the "right" opinion. In a lot of ways, I think what I'm expected to believe or feel (example: "This story will make you cry") are bigger "spoilers" than actual plot-related ones are.

But on to the game. I do I have thoughts, but they're mostly assumptions of mine that were proven false. (spoilers)Collapse )

After finishing FF7, I thought I'd burned out on turn-based RPGs for the time being, but now I have an inexplicable urge to play FF8?
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Whatever happened to drabbles? [Feb. 11th, 2018|07:05 pm]
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I don't normally get worked up over semantics as inconsequential as this, but it's been bothering me enough that I want to talk about it.

For a long time, drabbles were defined as 100-word stories. Sometimes you could dip into over 100 words, but the object of it was to tell a story in exactly 100. It's a deceptively simple-looking writing challenge that invites creativity through minimalism, and can be a great tool for chipping at writer's block.

Lately, that definition seems to have been lost and redefined as stories that range from 500 to even 1000 words. I'm not sure when this happened (one of my friends speculates that it might have been somewhere near the emergence of AO3), but I'm at an even greater loss for why it happened. I've even seen 500-1000-word stories not labeled as drabbles receive comments along the lines of "This isn't a full fic, it's a just a drabble." I've seen writers on Tumblr post that their ask box is open for drabble requests, and end up exhausted from writing 300-500-word stories. (Has "drabble" become a substitute phrase for a short story?) It's a little troubling, because the former example implies that short stories are somehow "lesser", and the latter shows writers being pressured to overexert themselves. (Mind, if the writer is writing over 100 words for drabbles because inspiration struck, that's fantastic, but most of the ones I've seen don't have that definition of a drabble in mind.)

tl;dr Let's bring back the original definition of drabble as a 100-word story. They're great writing challenges.
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Taken from itsamellama [Feb. 4th, 2018|03:56 pm]
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The problem with LJ/DW: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then post this in your journal and find out what people don't know about you.
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My card for trope_bingo [Jan. 1st, 2018|12:39 pm]
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...my other New Year's resolution is to get every one of these damn things I sign up for done.

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2017 reflection and the new year [Dec. 31st, 2017|08:30 pm]
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I approach the end of this year with no strong feelings about it. There were good things, and there were bad (mostly on a worldwide scale), neither strong enough to sway opinion one way or the other. I'd say for myself, however, I accomplished a lot. I wrote the most I'd ever written since 2011, I read more books than I had in years, and I finally made the decision to do testosterone shots (I am on my fifth week as of writing this). I continue to work contentedly at my job at the dog boarding facility, which I will soon be approaching my third year on. It's not a job I envision as my lifelong one, but I love dogs, I love minimal interaction with people, and for now, in this moment, it'll do.

The most notable thing of the year for me, however, and it's dorky as hell because it's not life-related! But it's true: Samurai Jack was the bright spot of my year. I finally checked it out after owning the DVDs for years, and I fell in love. When the fifth season aired, I fell even harder, and now that it's concluded, and now that I've seen the series three times in its entirety, I can say with confidence that it's my favorite show of all time. Every time I put it on I experience pure joy, I see newfound beauty in things around me, I get hit with inspiration and other emotions. I checked out the tie-in comics, junior novels, and even the video games; these tie-ins varied in quality (and the video games could have been much better), but it didn't lessen the sheer joy I felt getting more Samurai Jack in my life. Not since Kaiji has a series inspired such a passion within me--both for the work itself and in my creative output. I've written not only a glut of stories for it, but I've even made my own ita bag for the character Ashi (if you don't know what an ita bag is, you can read about them here here), and a damn snowglobe for my OTP, and you bet I checked out that one-night screening of the premiere movie. I love it to bits and I look forward to the joy it'll bring me as I revisit it again and again.

New Year's resolutions:
* Connect with my siblings more. I'm the youngest of my family, and the age gap between me and my siblings is significant--all of them are married, two of them have children, and one of them is expecting. They always made an effort to get to know me, but for a while, I think the both of us knew I was too young to really connect with them on an equal level. They've continued to make attempts to reach out to me every once in a while--and it's time I started making my own to reach out to them. It won't be easy on my part, because I'm still extremely timid when it comes to reaching out, and I'm always "But their children, they're probably busy..." but my therapist made a good point that they'd probably be flattered to hear me taking interest in connecting with them of my own initiative. I'd like for the strongest bond in my family not to be limited to my parents, and I think they'd like that too.

* Use the library more. This one sounds pretty silly, but I am such a packrat when it comes to books that I look back on all the stacks of unread material I have and I get stressed over shelf space and when I'll read them and what to keep and--why not just use the library? There's a time limit, so I'll have the motivation to read throughout each day (especially if it's one I've wanted to read), and if it ends up being one I love so much I need a copy for myself, I'll get a copy then.

...and that's about it. The rest is mostly just keeping at my hobbies I don't think I indulge in enough (reading) and the ones that have been lifelong passions of mine (writing). Maybe I'll try drawing again.
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Gentle Flame (Cybersix fic) for seasonofkink [Oct. 1st, 2017|07:24 am]
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Jack and the Pleasure Drone (Samurai Jack fic) for seasonofkink [Oct. 1st, 2017|12:15 am]
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To Be One with Life (Samurai Jack fic) for seasonofkink [Sep. 30th, 2017|03:16 pm]
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The Seed of Aku (Samurai Jack fic) for seasonofkink [Sep. 29th, 2017|10:01 pm]
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Be Nastier (Steven Universe fic) for seasonofkink [Sep. 29th, 2017|02:37 pm]
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(no subject) [Sep. 26th, 2017|07:14 pm]
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I finished watching Cybersix today, a show I'd been meaning to check out for a while ever since I heard about its ambiguously-gendered hero. It's easily one of the most beautifully-animated TV shows I've seen, if not ever; I was afraid the animation quality would fizzle out after the first one or two episodes, but it never lost its momentum. The characters are all vibrantly animated even when they don't need to be, and it's further complemented by their wonderfully stylistic designs.

It doesn't ever let down on its promise of an ambiguously-gendered hero, either. Adrian's reasons for presenting as a man in their ordinary life while donning the look of a woman when living out their superhero life are never given, and with it, one can arrive to the conclusion the character is genderfluid or non-binary (I err towards the former interpretation). The fact that this is completely incidental is a great joy to behold.

So I'm saddened to say it's a bit of a letdown outside of my aforementioned praises.Collapse )
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Your Love Has Been Set Free (Samurai Jack fic) [Sep. 22nd, 2017|10:53 am]
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Summary: Post-series. Ashi goes on a spiritual journey.
Content warnings: Exploration of death and existential angst.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Saving Saturday.

From the moment she summoned the power of Aku's essence flowing in her veins to form the time portal, Ashi knew she would not last in the Samurai's time.Collapse )
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Sea of Clouds (Samurai Jack fic) [Sep. 18th, 2017|07:58 pm]
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Summary: A morning view like no other.
Content warnings: None.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Feudal Friday.

He stepped quietly into Ashi’s room where she was curled up in her futon, sleeping.Collapse )
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The Unification of Darkness and Light (Samurai Jack fic) [Aug. 17th, 2017|08:28 pm]
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Summary: The fireflies have returned.
Content warnings: None.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Thursday Toast.

The rebuilding and restoration of the Samurai's homeland had made leaps in progress.Collapse )
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Flash (Samurai Jack fic) [Aug. 9th, 2017|08:19 pm]
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Summary: AU taking place during “Jack is Naked”; Ashi is a recurring assassin of Jack’s who finds herself in a situation where she may need to get intimate with her enemy before killing him.
Content warnings: None.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Wardrobe Wednesday.

Ashi summoned her kusarigama and peeked from behind the curtain to focus her gaze on her target. Collapse )
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Legends, Bands, and Bets (Samurai Jack fic) [Aug. 8th, 2017|08:50 pm]
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Summary: AU. Aku is a town legend embraced by the local high school. His lore inspires the creation of a band called the Daughters of Aku, and a student with a great loathing of him who nonetheless becomes infatuated with one of the band members.
Content warnings: None.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Timeless Tuesday.

Their school mascot was supposed to have been an eagle, but from the discussion whispered amongst students to the sheer amount of projects on display depicting the subject in question, it'd be easy to guess it was the demonic dragon-like creature called Aku instead.Collapse )
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Fleeting Thoughts (Samurai Jack fic) [Aug. 7th, 2017|08:58 am]
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Summary: Jack and Ashi aren't through with their inner demons yet. Takes place after episode XCVIII.
Content warnings: Violence, intrusive thoughts, suicidal thoughts.
Notes: Written for Jashi Week: Morbid Monday.

The journey to Aku had been peaceful one thus far, but unease stirred within the hearts of the two travelers.Collapse )
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Taken from insanepurin [Jul. 13th, 2017|03:11 pm]
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Give me a fandom, a character/pairing, and a cheesy cliche, and I will write a short fic. The cheesier the cliche, the better!
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My card for trope_bingo [Jul. 2nd, 2017|01:52 pm]
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The Meaning of Giving (Samurai Jack fic) [Jun. 20th, 2017|03:53 pm]
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Summary: Ashi revisits the marketplace. Takes place in an indeterminate time between episodes XCIX and C. Jack/Ashi.
Content warnings: None, just some good old-fashioned fluff.
Notes: Special thanks to Annie for being my beta!

The marketplace was as colorful and bustling with life as it had been when she first visited it with Jack.Collapse )
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