esmenet: the castle in the sky where eternity dwells (Utena) (the castle in the sky where eternity dwe)
Someone please tell me that attempting to write an A:TLA and LoK crossover with Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities is a horrible idea which I should stay far, far away from.
esmenet: Kanae standing at a window (kanae)
So I think I wrote a lot less than last year, but more fic & ideas for/of fic actually happened? Which is to say, I am very unsatisfied with myself all around, but I actually made some stuff.

Leitmotif(s) of the year: Freedom, escape (as usual); relationships that may or may not be romance, no one is quite sure; poetry; meta-fiction; and "Well, what do we do now?"

Favorite(s) of the batch: history of the rose, because even though I don't think it's particularly well-written, it's a bunch of things I love all squished together.

Best of the batch: streets and skies and open doors is the only thing I wrote this year where I feel like I really got everything just (almost) the way I wanted it. Writing is a giant pain sometimes, because I keep wanting everything to be a great big spiral of perfect, but honestly if I can get the phrasing and imagery right then the rest doesn't matter that much.

Most underappreciated by the universe: ars poetica, first fic in which I publicly mentioned Tracey Davies and poetry in the same sentence. I feel like I got more of the imagery right here than in the actual poems I wrote for her, mostly because actual poetry is a fucking pain in the ass.

Favorite first lines: My actual favorite first line is Their lives are made of ink and paper, which was going to be in history of the rose until that turned into a completely different fic. My favorite posted line is Latin leaves me like an ex-boyfriend, from wizard-born.

Most fun to write: no such thing as silence was super fun, because it is one of those short crunchy character-sketch fics, self-introspection cheap at twice the price. And I learned that I really do love Taki quite a lot.

Sexiest fic: (not gonna write you a) love song, which I have barely even started on, because I'm still hashing out all the characters in my head. I'm not even sure it's going to have romance in it, let alone sex, but it is still the sexiest thing I have written all year, because it involves a lot of girls staring at each others' hands or hair or mouths. This untitled Chrome fic is probably a lot closer to the traditional definition of sexy, but it's actually asexy so it doesn't count.

"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" fic: That Hermione-goes-to-Ohtori fic. It is self-indulgent crossover meta-tastic idfic at its finest, and at some point I will finish it and post the damn thing.

Fic that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: (not gonna write you a) love song, absolutely. The reason none of it is done is that I'm spending lots and lots of time thinking about Pansy and Parvati and Tracey and Ginny and Hermione, and I still haven't gotten their basic characteristics all worked out in my head yet. But it's going to be fantastic.

New pairing/genre/fandom you never predicted writing in January: I certainly didn't think I was even going to consider writing Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami fic! And yet it is happening.

Hardest fic to write: ALL THE ONES I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET. Everything I have finished was easy, otherwise I couldn't have done it. These current ones, now, these ones are hard.

Biggest disappointment: ME. More particularly, the fact that I haven't written those help_pakistan and help_japan fics yet. They're on the work table, I swear! It's just going slow.

Biggest surprise: The amount of fics I actually did manage to write this year, even if they're tiny.

Most telling fic: silence speaks louder than words, I think. The way Taki relates to the world is not the way I relate to the world, but the way she reacts to great pressure is the way I hope I would.

What's next? Finishing some of the things I've started. Starting some of the things I've talked about. DEFINITELY NO THOR FIC. I refuse!
esmenet: Azula being awesome (azula: fantastic)
By the way, if anyone's wondering why I haven't replied to their comment, it's because I have been having a fascinating discussion of Azula with [personal profile] quadruplify over here. I love Azula, but goodness are my thoughts on her difficult to explain.
esmenet: Toph in a mud bath, earthbending the mud on her face. Larger text reads "I feel pretty", smaller text "oh so pretty" (oh so pretty)
Now that I (technically) have time again, I am doing what I said I would and borrowing [ profile] makeste's super-excellent meme!

1. My favorite character.
2. ANOTHER favorite character!!
3. My favorite character relationship, and by "relationship" I don't necessarily mean pairing and certainly not OTP, but on the other hand, depending on the fandom MAYBE I DO!
4. The moment/character/THING/WHATEVER that first hooked me on the fandom.
5. One of my favorite moments.
6. A song or track that reminds me of this fandom.
7. One miscellaneous awesome thing about the fandom.
8. One completely random thought I have regarding this fandom.
9. One fic/essay rec, fanart, or fanvid that depending on the fandom I either had lovingly bookmarked or saved onto my hard drive, or only just now found during a two-minute Google search.
esmenet: Azula and Mai and Ty Lee and Zuko, looking like they're at a festival (the Dangerous Ladies are all here)
(This is exactly the sort of thing I should not be doing when I have three-and-a-half essays to write before tomorrow and a scene-bunny bouncing around in my head. Bite me.)

I feel like everyone will be able to guess my fics in anonymous writing fests now, because all they'll have to do is pick the one with the over-symbolic title.

Evidence: )

I did manage to finish all but one of the essays before I finished this post! Booyah.
esmenet: Azula and Mai and Ty Lee and Zuko, looking like they're at a festival (the Dangerous Ladies are all here)
I feel like those memes about writing always ask about titles, so here is a slightly better answer than I tend to give most of them.

I love titles! Usually. But mostly I try to title things before I write them, or at least before I get too far in, because I like titles that are really relevant to the story. And I tend to build off titles: I don't need a title to start out with, but if I just stick on a title at the end it feels sort of disconnected, even if I've spent a long time thinking about it. I tend to pull a lot of the theme from the title, and doing that in reverse is a little more difficult. A title is a foundation, a direction; I think in a much clearer and more constructed way about a story once I have a title to go off of.

I mean, Knife and Ink is a lot less fun-and-games-in-Ba-Sing-Se than it used to be, and a lot more about Mai and spirits and things that are written down, or not written down, or written down somewhere else. Blood Dreams (that mostly-genderswitched KHR AU that I have posted one fic of) has gone from just being an excuse to write a darker and mostly-female KHR to something that is about inheritance and the lack thereof, about the refusal of gender roles, and about discovering the time for an old dream to die. (I am also fighting a terrible urge to retitle it Girls' Generation.)

Not that I haven't come up with some terrible titles, mind, that never did anything at all. But I think I've gotten better about that lately, and I'm very much looking forward to what that Hermione-in-movie-Ohtori fic is going to look like once I've found it a proper title. (Let alone all the auction fic and challenge fic that are simmering on the stove of my brain.)

TL;DR: Titles are hard, but they're also fun and very useful. I need to go think up some more.
esmenet: Azula and Zuko fighting on the deck of Azula's ship, circa early season two (sibling love-love)
You will not be stopped by violence toward the innocent.

This line gave me a very immediate reaction of yes goddammit I would. Because I know what she's getting at, the next line says it right out, but if I were doing anything other than directly saving more lives I'm pretty sure violence towards the innocent would stop me right away.

Kuei is endearing himself to me more and more, though. Keep teasing your Dai Li about marriage! Keep trying to help people! \o/

I really like her author's notes this time around, oddly enough. Usually they're either pretty faily or rather condescending (or both) but I kind of love the one about rescuers & noble intentions. Because yes.

And I'm super super looking forward to what Zuko & co. are going to do next. Vathara writes really good action scenes, whether or not there's any physical action going on. (Though if she gives us an Azula + Dangerous Ladies scene I'll be just as happy. If I were her editor my comments would mostly consist of NEEDS MORE AZULA.)
esmenet: bottom view of Azula's, Zuko's, Ty Lee's, and Mai's faces (team fire nation awesome)
Comment with "me me me" and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1. Who is your favorite pony in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Read more... )

2. Do you have a favorite ATLA episode? spoilers )

3. What place on earth would you most like to visit? Read more... )

4. What kind(s) of music do you like? Read more... )

5. What fictional character would you most like to meet? Read more... )
esmenet: Azula being awesome (azula: fantastic)
Azula, why are you so haaaaard. I love you! You're like my favorite character! But argh, so difficult to get a handle on writing-wise.

(This is not helped by my extremely spotty recollection of season two.)

Well, I know one thing for certain: when I do get my Avatar-brain in order—which may take a while—this fic is going to be really awesome. Azula and Zuko, when it comes to tricky and fascinating sibling relationships you never let me down. ♥
esmenet: Azula raising her eyebrow and giving a sidelong look (*raised eyebrow*)
I have lots of THOUGHTS and FEELINGS about everything, and have been torn between "You should post them! Get them out of your head and into the interwebs where someone else could be entertained!" and "No, definitely not! Your thoughts and feelings suck, self. Keep them quiet at least until they're coherent, srsly." But tomorrow I am packing for the NINE-HOUR DRIVE TO KANSAS and FOUR AND A HALF DAYS OF NO COOKING AND NO VIOLIN. Which I forwent practicing today in favour of making dinner, oops. So, since I refuse to depend on crappy hotel wifi unless I really have to, here are some of them.

I hate long car trips. Hatehatehate. I can barely sit still long enough to watch a movie most of the time, and I get a general bleeeeaaagh feeling if I'm confined too long even in a big house with my own room where I don't have to share anything or put up with people if I really don't want to. And this one does not even contain any cousins at the end of it. (Plus I'm skipping my weekly-ish friends meet-up that is the teen library group.) NO FUN, WORLD. NO FUN.

On the other hand, it will force me to focus on novels and history and languages, things which I can have on hand when there's no internet, for at least nine hours total and probably more. Yay, learning things! I've been having sort of a block on novels lately, so maybe this will break that a bit.

Knowing some Japanese is kind of frustrating right now. It's like, I know stuff! But not enough to understand the things I want to read! :| Oh well, it'll get better if I keep practicing. And it's kind of interesting when I'm just starting Latin and Chinese, because with Chinese you get the fun of "Hey, I recognize that hanzi! But I know it's absolutely not pronounced jou." And with Latin, you get the fun of "Yay, easy pronunciation! No extra alphabets! Wait what conjugating nouns WHAT IS THIS MADNESS."

I am going to end up packing All The Language Books tomorrow, I just know it.

Okay, pretty sure Keima (of The World God Only Knows) is asexual. SO MANY NAKED GIRLS. SO MUCH LACK OF SECOND GLANCES. I can't think of any fic to write for this manga, but I'm sure it would be amazing. (Possible KHR crossover?)

I wanted to talk about Utopia of Homosexuality, but it looks like that'll have to wait until I have more sleep and mental distance. I have mixed feelings, by which I mean the manhwa's premise is cool but the execution made me acerage. (Finally, a chance to use this Azula icon! Sorry, lj-ers.)

Lady Gaga's new album has been growing on me. I don't quite know how I feel about it, but I think overall it's better than The Fame Monster. The lyrics are pretty good, and it's all so catchy! I think it was worth the extra money for the deluxe edition just for the Born This Way remix (despite my problems with that song).

I am utterly failing to find Korean counterparts of things like Nurarihyon no Mago or Pandemonium and Parade. This is probably because I'm not looking hard enough, but dammit I could really use some. And I need to go look at that map of the Avatar world so I can figure out where to put alter!Korea. And what to call it.

Ho hum.
esmenet: azula firebending (azula & her lovely colour contrast)
You hear that sound? That was the sound of Azula being even more awesome than usual.

(And aww, I think the Dai Li kind of like her, too.)


Mar. 17th, 2011 08:19 pm
esmenet: The Shadow Girls from Revolutionary Girl Utena putting on a play (shadow girls: the play)
For the first time in my life, I own a pair of sunglasses! That fit! That I can see out of! It was only $16 to get them with my new regular glasses (which give me a vision headache at the moment, but I'm sure that'll go away soon; they're really pretty, very thin-framed with small lenses that are a little bit cat's eye) and they have those plastic frames that I never get because the metal ones are lighter and better for wearing all day, these ones being a lovely shade of mauve. I love them!

Also, I think I may have finally written something better than wild flowers that are never seen in spring. Ba Sing Se, you are my new favorite character and I don't care who knows it.
esmenet: Kanae standing at a window (kanae)
Name a character I've written about, and I will tell you three (or five) things that I think are essential to keep in mind when writing that character.

*cough* Characters I may have been thinking about writing are also fine.
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
I kind of hate re-reading really good fic, because most of the fics I love enough to re-read multiple times draw me in so much I will hardly do anything else for as long as it takes to finish them again. Which would be fine, except a lot of the stories I re-read often are the ones that are hundreds of thousands of words long.

Mostly I regret the muscle pain, though, because the long stories I re-read and get drawn into this way are valuable enough to be entirely worth the time. Especially when I get something new out of them, or something old I'd forgotten.

Re-reading Blood Magic (too lazy to fetch a link right now; it's by [personal profile] gatewaygirl and linked to at the top of her journal) is especially worth it, because it's about distrust and keeping secrets from your friends and having huge horrible fights and popular expectations and making bad decisions and betrayal -- and for all that, it's ultimately a happy story. I think it's important for me to remember that you can disagree with and mistrust and have huge screaming fights with people and still like them. And so far, nothing in the world makes me think about that more or in a better way than this.

And now, to assure you that re-reading isn't all I've been doing for the past four days, a little bitty quote from the Azula fic (most scenes previous to this yet to be determined):

“Found you,” she says, then “Foooouuuund yoooouuu!” she sings out, enjoying the long words of her childhood tongue and the memories they bring. Found you, Zuzu, can’t hide from me. . . .

Lu Ten can’t hear her, of course, but it’s the thought that counts.
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
Cold fruit for hot sunny days, hot fruit for cool nights, her mother used to say. But Azula has always liked the warm chunks of pear-apple more than the thin cool slices of plum-peach. She would heat them up just a little more as she held them, to take pride in her control. It was such a challenge to make them hot without cooking.

It feels strange to eat them cold, now.

Azula, where are you and what are you doing? I didn't think they had fruit in the Spirit World!
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
I feel the need to write things again! Unfortunately, I'm kind of blocked on most of the stuff I'm working on. So, a writing(ish) meme!

Give me any iteration of a character I'm familiar with, and I'll give you at least one piece of headcanon/short fic for them. 'Any iteration,' of course, ranges from 'Jet' to 'Knife and Ink!Ty Lee' to 'Yankumi at Ohtori'. (Other people's ficverses are totally up for grabs, by the way. If I know 'em.) Other prompts of any kind are also welcome, but I refuse to promise anything for them. ;)

Totally not inspired by [ profile] suzukiblu's Firebender!Jet fic.
esmenet: silhouette of Kaitou Kid (1412)
¤ Give me a pairing (threesome/moresome) and I'll tell you my favorite get-together plot. (crack and crossover pairings encouraged. XD)

Although apparently I don't even need suggestions to start thinking about this. :D

Knife and Ink is my favourite get-together plot, haha. It goes something like this: After Mai becomes Fire Lord, there are peace talks! Peace talks which Kuei happens to be at. And somehow, while the real politicians are talking, he comes up with the brilliant idea of a contractual union between the two countries' rulers. His advisors are all absolutely HORRIFIED, as are the Fire Lord's. Mai suggests the two of them retire to a quieter location to discuss it privately. (And then they talk a lot and Mai is like "you really don't understand politics at all, do you" and Kuei is all "Nope! :D" and when they go back out they're both smiling a lot because this is going to work out *perfectly*, and all the advisors are D: )

[ profile] threethieves Mmm, let's see. Ran catches him dead to rights somehow -- say, he's quick-disguising himself as Shinichi but missing a scar and she notices -- and helps him anyway. And he comes over afterward to say thank you like a gentleman, of course. And then he finds himself coming over again for whatever reason, and again and again until one day he realises he's helping her cook dinner and they've been chatting about her college plans for the past twenty minutes.

Or, alternatively, he and Ran and Aoko all get kidnapped/otherwise stuck in a small area together for a lengthy amount of time that somehow forces him to reveal his Sekrit Identity or lets them guess at it. And yeah, Ran has kind of noticed that Conan has nightmares about sinister people with alchoholic names who wear black (when he has nightmares about, oh nothing otherwise), and Aoko can hardly have missed all those snipers hanging around Kid heists, and oh, you're a karate champion/you have an in at the police station? And you know a famous teenage detective or two? What a co-incidence. I wonder if we could do something with that?

And this is sort of turning out to be totally a Ran/Aoko story, but I AM TOTALLY OKAY WITH THAT. Though I guess they want Kaito in on their schemes for his mad disguise skills and such, so they make him go out and do a bunch of the footwork, and it eventually turns into a threesome thing. and poor Shinichi is left at home solving murders for a while (eventually he follows Ran and runs into Kid) because Ran refuses to involve him in such dangerous things. Murder is one thing, but evil shadow syndicates are different! She's not going to drag a seven-year-old into that any more than she has to, even if she has suspicions about his family life possibly involving people in black trenchcoats.

wow that was long. (And, er, maybe a bit revealing of my ulterior motive of Give The DC/MK Ladies Plot Relevance.) Give me more ships to ramble about?
esmenet: Zuko crouching, arms on his knees (Text: angst moar) (angst moar)
Okay, this looks like a meme that's fun and something I might actually finish:

Give me a character I'm familiar with and I'll either write you a ficlet (~100 words) or the equivalent amount of personal canon. (Academic!Zuko is totally a separate character from canon!Zuko, btw.)

Maybe this will help with the writer's block? (fma_ladyfest deadline on the eighth. Eep!)

EDIT: An explanation as to why I haven't written the aca!Zuko fic yet, in response to the question when, where and how you see him diverge from canon!Zuko?

I'm actually not sure about that yet! It's probably either a slight difference in him, when he was young, or a difference in the Fire Nation as a whole. Because I have it in my head that the Fire Nation, and parts of the now-Earth Kingdom, used to speak a very different language than the fairly unified one they do in canon, but I haven't figured out how late they would have given that up as the official language. People would still speak it for a while after it was made un-official, at home if nothing else, but even if Aang's slang was outdated it was still understandable. Which would mean either that it was made un-official more than a hundred years ago, or that people in the Fire Nation still understand a fair amount of it even if it sounds outdated and awkward. (Which might mean that Zuko and Azula learned some of it from Ursa? Or maybe Zuko was a tiny child-academic who studied it on his own?) 

And of course I've no idea at all when the Earth Kingdom was unified and made to speak a single language, since it was probably a bunch of different ones for a very very long time. ^_^

So pretty much the difference between academic!Zuko and canon!zuko is all wrapped up in regional and linguistic differences in the A:TLA world and the things he learned/was taught before he got banished. Canon!Zuko, for instance, can probably compose some acceptable poems, but academic!Zuko would have learned enough classical court poetry to spot references to it in everyday speech. (Which could lead to all sorts of fun in Ba Sing Se, when he has a moment of thinking "oh, they're referencing that famous poem that compares alcohol to politics -- wait, no, crap. wrong language, wrong country. no, wait again, are they taking International Poetry at the university? Are they the kind of people who would make cross-language references about plotting against the government? Or is there an Earth Kingdom thing they're referencing here that I'm missing entirely? ARGH.")

So basically my writing of academic!Zuko is stalled by my ignorance of Asian literary traditions and linguistic differences, which are the kind of thing that I could easily spend the rest of my life researching. And it would be AWESOME. And this is why I can't really answer your question, because if I knew enough to answer it completely I could start the damn thing. XD
esmenet: A duel scene from Revolutionary Girl Utena (wakaba+utena)
I just realized the reason I'm (very slowly) writing this Zuko-in-Ba-Sing-Se!fic is a) to fulfill my narrative kink of Destined Hero abandoning their destiny for a happy domestic-ish life, b) to write something about the Dai Li, and c) to get Zuko/Li* to go to university. And get all angry about them not having certain scholarly works in their collection, since, seriously, just because you happen to be at war with someone's country is no reason not to have copies of everything they ever wrote. Also maybe he will get offended that they only have the modernist version of Love Amongst the Dragons and spend weeks trying to find someone who has the one written in pre-Reformation Vulgar Fire Nation. Oh gods I am not equipped to be turning Zuko into an academic. Why am I trying? Oh right because I am secretly trying to write the most idfic-y Zuko ever. Okay then. :D

*I don't know if Zuko is the kind of person who thinks of himself by name in his head. But I personally would find if everyone I met knew me as Li and called me such then that would be pretty effectively my name whether I was given it at birth or not.

Also Wade-Giles romanization can go DIAF. *glare*


esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)

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