Apr. 7th, 2011 12:00 pm
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Currently writing a fic starring (a living) Yue for someone. I'm having a devil of a time trying to write her. She's just so... boring. There's only so much milage you can get out of the dutiful, self-sacrificing martyr. 

Anyone have any advice for writing Yue? How do you view her personality?

Mac is Back

Apr. 2nd, 2011 10:48 pm
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So my Macbook didn't end up dying after eating half a mug of iced tea. The Mac Store people checked it out and it looks like I managed to get the liquid off my keyboard in time before it penetrated into the laptop's guts. Everything's fine. I've backed up my files again (which I will now do more regularly). 

Help_Japan Auction Related Stuff )
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Current bidding stands at $45 dollars. Do better than that and you can squeeze me for a (minimum) 3000 word fic in either the Avatar: The Last Airbender or Neon Genesis Evangelion fandoms. Or, alternatively, a 3000 word fusion/crossover fic of both fandoms. Donate to charity and give the world have that Gyatso/Fuyutsuki slash epic it has always demanded!

Bidding closes at 6AM (EST) on March 31st.

Here's a link to my offering.

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So my favorite mug broke today. Handle just snapped clean off as I was holding it over my trusty Macbook, spilling half a mug of (sugar-free) iced tea all over the keyboard. .

I pulled the power cord, shut it down, and eventually learned I needed to pull the battery (hopefully soon enough). I cracked open the back and the guts don't have any visible liquid in them. As a precaution I'm letting it dry un-powered for three days. I'm trying not to think about the fact that means I'll be finding out if it's damaged or not on April Fools Day.

Currently typing on my old, mothballed Dell laptop. It's sluggish as hell, can't handle much of anything, but it works so I can't complain. The one thing I'm kicking myself over is that I haven't updated my backups in about two weeks. Most of my fic projects are safe, but the drabbles and project notes for longfic that I've been writing since that point may now be gone. Not exactly heartbeaking but still annoying. The worst part (aside from a possible dead laptop) is that I'd just started sketching out a new one-shot after getting some feedback from Clockworkchoas and now that's gone: about 600ish words for scene ideas and general flow, with another thousands for various bits of dialogue or description.

In less exciting news, Mass Effect 2: Arrival kinda blew. I thought they were setting up an epic moral dilemma but it amounted to no choice at all. The missions weren't even that fun. Definitely no Overlord or Lair of the Shadow Broker in terms of quality.
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I learned this workaround from JoeHundredaire on the SpaceBattles forum.

On FFnet, when you click on your story link to upload a new chapter, you're probably seeing a broken page. On that broken page, there's a section of the URL -- "/story/story_edit_property.php" -- that needs to be replaced. Use "/story/story_edit_content.php" in the URL instead of "/story/story_edit_property.php" and press enter. You should now be able to upload new chapters.  
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This is a link to my fic offering for the Help Japan auction.

For $10, you can squeeze me for a (minimum) 3000 word fic in either the Avatar: The Last Airbender or Neon Genesis Evangelion fandoms. Or, alternatively, a 3000 word fusion/crossover fic of both fandoms. Y'know what that means? The world might just finally have that Asuka/Mai femslash that it has been sadly lacking.
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Thank God that's over. Now I just need to write 14k more for my Maiko Big Bang fic by the 15th, then write my Rare/Crack Pairing fic for the 20th.

No biggie.
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I'm swamped trying to get my Mini-Bang, Maiko Bang, and Rare/Crack Pairing submissions done by their alloted deadlines, BUT my brain needs a bit of distraction now and again...

Via beckyh2112:

Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudocanon.

I'll be limiting this to the AtLA and Neon Genesis Evangelion fandoms.
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Stolen from Avocado Love:

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

Upon request, I will post a random line or two from any of these you choose. Assuming that the file adds up to a full line, that is.

Alike In Heart
Zuko 1/2
...and That Father Lost...
Remaining Avatar 500 ideas
Bender Royale
Reconstructed in Grey
Avatar Hama
World of Broken Glass
Shake a Poor Sinner's Hand
Remember Jacob Grasped Easu's Heel
Ty Suki + Maikka fic
Matched Pair
Avatar Azulon
Natural Beneficiaries Fund
ND: Distaff World
Naru as Beryl
Aang's Posse
Fifth Nation
Recreational Potion Use
Man Among Men
XXty Sequels 2011
Honor in the Night
Suki/Aang Fic
The Damned of Kyoshi
Not as Hard as You
Cold-Bloodied Fire (Maiko 100)
Chariot of the Gods
Her Smoke Rises Up Forever
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This draft is looking pretty solid. It's nearly double the length of previous ones, weighing in at a hefty 5900 words so far. I've managed to incorporate pieces from nearly every previous draft in a non-sucky (I hope) way. The thing I'm happiest about is that I've finally managed to juggle the six characters present for the Iroh/Toph mutual verbal smackdown.

Now I just need to write the big Iroh/Toph fight sequence, the Aang/Zuko fight, and then wrap everything up. Needless to say, Chapter 3 is going to be damn big.

On a completely unrelated note, here's some awesome fanart that has Zuko and Aang taking bongs hits.
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Via damn near everyone:

Ask me fandom-related questions. They can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, kinks, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you've always wanted to know.
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I'm writing fic for Queensland flood relief fic-a-thon.

Anyone here interested in shaking me down for new fanfic made to order can head over here and plop down $10.

I'm offer 1 oneshot fic, 1000 word minimum.

I'm willing to write in any of the following fandoms:
* Neon Genesis Evangelion
* Avatar: The Last Airbender
* The Ciaphas Cain series (Warhammer 40K)
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* I've begun the 612044th draft of the next chapter of Full Metal Bitch. I very much want this chapter to be finished already.

* Fanfiction.net is now practically unusable if you don't have an Ad blocker installed. 

* I finished the newest Caiphas Cain book and found it lacking in the back-half. By the last half dozen chapters I stopped caring completely about what was going on. Definitely the weakest entry in the series.
* Apparently AtLA has a kink meme (NSFW). Who knew? Sadly it's pretty much dead. Not a great loss since the prompts are pretty boring, although I'm morbidly impressed by the sheer number of permutations of "Zuko gets raped" there are. 

* I'm trying to bring myself to start reading Nobody Dies again, but I got really fatigued around Chapter 70 when it seemed like the story went several chapters without finishing a single damn conversation because there were so many ongoing plot threads. 

* I'm in the mood to do another fanfic mini-meme but I don't think now is the time for it. I have -- three? -- projects ongoing that need sunlight and watering.
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Tired of the Ship Wars?

Itching to see something that you enjoy?

Check us out and join!

This time I'm shipping Zei/June, Ursa/Hue, and Toph/Aang. How 'bout you?
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Stolen from John Scalzi's blog:

"The end of the year is not a bad time to think about some of the things one would like to try one’s hand at moving forward. And to that end, here are some things I’ve been thinking about doing at some point in the future. Note that this is not a list of things I am making a resolution to do, or things I necessarily have planned to do in the next year (and yes, I have things planned for the next year). It’s just a list of stuff that I’d like to get around to before I, you know, am hit by a bus and/or get bored with creating stuff and just pack it all in to do nothing but watch movies on Netflix for the rest of my life."

Here's my own list:

1. Write a full-on romantic shipping-centric fic. I've hemmed and hawed in this field of fanfic, racing up to the line but not crossing it when expected to. I always feel very awkward writing romance-centric fanfics because I'm not particularly romantic myself, so I instinctively keep pulling back in my stories. I only vaguely had Mai and Zuko get together in 'His and Her Circumstances' because of this issue. I was much more interested in the story's worldbuilding and individual character arcs than the Mai/Zuko arc and it shows.

In 2011, I really want to do a fic that has a strong romantic/shipping element as its spine. I've been kicking around a few ideas in particular -- Loopy suggested a Sokkla fic I'm prepping as one possibility for this year's Big Bang, I've got a Maiko Big Bang to write for, and I'm currently chipping away at a TyZula fic -- so there's something to look forward to. 

2. Get back to writing Evangelion fic. I wrote very, very little fanfic for this fandom in 2010. I still need to finish Taking Sights, and my Nobody Dies genderswap, and I have a new Evangelion long-form fanfic that I'm excited to start called "Her Smoke Rises Up Forever". I really enjoy the Evangelion fandom. It was the first one I really got into hardcore, and fanfic-wise it offers opportunities that AtLA doesn't with its setting.

3. Finish All My Existing Projects. I'd like to be able to close the door on all the unfinished crap I have posted on FF.net. I don't want to become one of those authors. 

4. Write More Reviews. I'm a bad reader. I don't nearly review fics often enough. I need to work on that, providing fics I like or find interesting with decent analysis.

5. Write More Regularly. I've gotten really bad at this ever since I went on my hiatus with Facing Fearful Odds. I used to regularly crank out a thousand words a day on FFO. Now it's an exceptional day if I can hammer out five hundred words. I only write a lot in occasional splurges, not with any regularity. That's bad. 
lavanya_six: (kirby)
 In celebration of the one year anniversary of my AtLA drabble collection, The Fun and Perky Warrior's Wolf Tail, I've written 31 sequels to all 31 drabbles I wrote this past year. Some are longer than others, and a few are very silly, but you'll find something of every flavor short of porn. 

You can read "31 Sequels" here.
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New drabble up called Ungoodthinker. Every AtLA fanfic writer has to do their take on the post-canon "What about Ursa?" fic, this one is mine. It's also a fic where I explore an idea that's recently occurred to me. Namely, that Zuko is the AtLA universe's biggest, baddest motherf***ing magnificent bastard -- at least in the mind of anyone who doesn't personally know him.

(You might want to read the drabble first before moving on here.)

From an outsider's perspective, Zuko's takeover of the Fire Nation must look INCREDIBLY shady. They didn't have the viewer's omniscient perspective of him as a weak-willed waffler who struggled to do the honorable thing. No, to the man on the street Zuko is a determined opportunist who did anything and everything to seize power after his father mutilated him.

He went on a snipe hunt and then bagged himself a goddamn snipe. When that unexpectedly fell through on the Day of Black Sun, he made buddy-buddy with the snipe he'd spent months trying to murder and then they decapitated his nation's government. (Okay, that metaphor got away from me.)

If I was a Fire Nation citizen chaffing under this new peace, I'd think twice before screwing with someone as determined and diplomatically canny as Fire Lord Zuko. The bastard could sell snow to the Water Tribe.


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