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10 January 2007 @ 10:14 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Characters/Pairings: Balthier and Fran, possibly Balthier/Fran if you stand on your head and squint.
Rating: PG to be safe.
Summary: A viera without a home, a young man getting acquainted with the fine arts of sky piracy, and the Dalmasca Westersand. One way Fran and Balthier might have met.
Status: Let's call it draft 1.5. ~2000 words.
Comments requested: Anything and everything. I don't really know anyone in FF fandom -- plz to be not killing the newbie! -- so I don't really know who to ask for beta reads and such yet. Therefore, anything you have to say will be very very much appreciated, because I'd like to get this polished before I start posting it to actual fic comms. I'm hoping that I got the characters' voices down relatively well, since I haven't written much for FF12 before, and this is the first FF12 piece I have that I'm comfortable actually showing people.

Fran generally finds herself drawn to the Westersand when she's in Dalmasca.Collapse )
 
 
06 January 2007 @ 05:10 pm
Title: Devil's Limbo (subject to change.)
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI (aka three, aka the artist formerly known as Prince.)
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Arrowny (aka Shadow) and Baram.
Rating: R for swearing and naughty topics. Subject to change.
Summary: This story revolves around the events that shaped Shadow, namely the infamous dream sequences.
Status: 999th draft and counting. 18k wordcount.
Comments requested: As always, I'm up for anything you can throw at me. Typoes, grammatical errors, sentence structure... anything. The basis for putting this up is to get feedback on the characterization and the story in general however, which is what I'm most concerned about. Are the characters believable thus far? Do you like the pacing? If not, why? That sort of thing.

Normally I really like to finish the oneshot / chapter / drabble before I put it up, but I'm putting this up for one compelling reason -- I'm stuck. Fortunately I think it has more to do with my mood than the work itself (meaning I'm very likely stressing myself out over it.) I think I just need people to tell me this isn't the crap I think it is, basically.

'So it goes like this, right...'Collapse )
 
 
02 January 2007 @ 07:25 pm
Because a few folks have asked for more time, and because we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to embrace the crack, the deadline for the Harlequin romance novel AU challenge has been extended. The new deadline is:

February 14th, 2007

Because really, it's too perfect.

No claim or sign-ups necessary. Just comment here or on the original post when you're done. Have fun!
 
 
04 December 2006 @ 11:29 pm
The last few days in my corner of the fandom have been odd. There's been a lot of um, heated discussion and other exciting things of the e-drama kind on top of end of the year stress. I've been discussing all the crazy harsh things flying around and been sort of boggled. As owlmoose said earlier: "it's like the internet is in retrograde." And how, man, and how.

This is upseting! Instead of focusing on the negative, I think we should focus on the things and people that make us happy to be involved in this fandom of ours! Final Fantasy is a special kind of fandom; and like other fandoms, it's controlled by the people. So I thought instead of focusing on bad stuff, we all could focus on the people in fandom that make us happy to be here. The people that, when you interact with them or consume their fanwork, it makes you smile.

How To Play:

1) Think of the people you admire in fandom, whether it be a writer, a reader, an artist, someone who makes icons or other graphics, someone who starts great discussion, etc.

2) Post a comment (or two! or three! however many you need! feel free to break the comment size limit!) and talk about the people you enjoy talking to, the people you don't talk to that you admire from afar—anyone that enhances your fandom experience? Name them and talk about them! Talk about why they make your fannish experience richer.

3) Encourage others to come here and do the same!

4) We will all get that warm and fuzzy feeling of reminding ourselves about people here that make our fannish (and regular!) lives a brighter place to be. :D


ETA: Um! Because of some interesting comments, anonymous comments will be screened from now on. Please remember this is a feel-good project! Valid anonymous users, I don't want to leave you out! Feel free to comment still—I'm around so I'll unscreen it as soon as I'm notified of it. Thanks everyone! Don't forget to let lots of people know about the project. ;)
 
 
03 December 2006 @ 07:23 pm
Idea blatantly stolen from sga_flashfic.

We threatened to do it, and now it is here, the crack writing project of the century:

The Final Fantasy Harlequin AU Challenge!

Reimagine your favorite pairing as characters in a Harlequin romance novel. Write it up, and post a link in comments. Any pairing, any FF fandom. Crossovers are A-OK! No official time limit, but if you want a deadline, let's say January 14th.

Need ideas to get you started? Here are actual Harlequin plotlines, gleaned from the SGA community. Note that most of these read as fairly traditional het, but don't let that hold you back!

Plot prompt ideas...Collapse )

Sound like fun? Then let's get cracking! And I do mean crack.
 
 
Current Mood: crazycrazy
 
 
 
21 November 2006 @ 08:03 pm
Sorry I missed a few weeks here. Remind me never to start a project within a few weeks of the release of a new Final Fantasy game. The last entry, along with several recommendations, can be found here! Thanks to auronlu for the original idea.

Read, Review, Recommend

Read a story lately and liked it, but didn't have time or couldn't think of anything to say in order to leave feedback? Now's your chance. Had a story on your reading list for awhile with no time to read it? Now's the time to jump in, and make sure to review when you're done. Don't have anything more to say than, "Hey, I liked this"? No problem. If you have the time or inclination to say more, go for it, but don't feel like you have to leave detailed feedback in order to participate. Part of the point of this exercise is to get used to the idea of leaving comments of any length.

The other point? Developing the recommendation habit. Once you've read and reviewed, if you want to share your find, come back and comment to this post with a link. No need to go into great detail here, either, although it would be helpful to give a title and say which fandom and whether it's worksafe. And then once a week we'll have a new rec list for everyone to check out.

Happy reading!
 
 
24 October 2006 @ 11:07 pm
So let's see if we can make this a regular feature. Last week's entry, along with several recommendations, can be found here! Thanks to auronlu for the original idea.

Read, Review, Recommend

Read a story lately and liked it, but didn't have time or couldn't think of anything to say in order to leave feedback? Now's your chance. Had a story on your reading list for awhile with no time to read it? Now's the time to jump in, and make sure to review when you're done. Don't have anything more to say than, "Hey, I liked this"? No problem. If you have the time or inclination to say more, go for it, but don't feel like you have to leave detailed feedback in order to participate. Part of the point of this exercise is to get used to the idea of leaving comments of any length.

The other point? Developing the recommendation habit. Once you've read and reviewed, if you want to share your find, come back and comment to this post with a link. No need to go into great detail here, either, although it would be helpful to give a title and say which fandom and whether it's worksafe. And then once a week we'll have a new rec list for everyone to check out.

Happy reading!
 
 
17 October 2006 @ 11:15 pm
Remember the Read and Review Mondays project? Based on recent discussions about reviewing and recc'ing, I think it's time to revive it, on a different day and with a slight change in focus. Thanks to auronlu for the original idea.

Read, Review, Recommend

Read a story lately and liked it, but didn't have time or couldn't think of anything to say in order to leave feedback? Now's your chance. Had a story on your reading list for awhile with no time to read it? Now's the time to jump in, and make sure to review when you're done. Don't have anything more to say than, "Hey, I liked this"? No problem. If you have the time or inclination to say more, go for it, but don't feel like you have to leave detailed feedback in order to participate. Part of the point of this exercise is to get used to the idea of leaving comments of any length.

The other point? Developing the recommendation habit. Once you've read and reviewed, if you think the story is worth sharing, come back and comment to this post with a link. No need to go into great detail here, either, although it would be helpful to give a title and say which fandom and whether it's worksafe. And then once a week we'll have a new rec list for everyone to check out.

Sound good? I think so. I hope you do, too. Let's see how it works.

Happy reading!
 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
16 October 2006 @ 10:45 pm
Because in the last week two people told me the rants about short reviews on fanficrants have kept them from leaving short reviews in fear they'll be ranted about there–a poll is born. I do realize that not everyone here likely reads that community so it will be limited in that manner. :)

Poll #846582 short feedback

Do rants on fanficrants about short reviews influence you when it comes to leaving short feedback?

Yes
4(12.9%)
No
17(54.8%)
Sometimes
10(32.3%)
Other
0(0.0%)


Everyone is encouraged to explain why they voted the way they did in the comments. :D
 
 
06 October 2006 @ 05:32 pm
Because I am a google-h0r, I tend to google my story titles for recs/etc. Using this technique I surprisingly found several of my stories saved and/or recced by people I had never even realized were reading my work--because they hadn't left me any sort of feedback. I'm really tempted to contact them and say, "hey, you read this--thanks!" but that seems to be crossing a line. Is there a reason they said nothing? I'm not sure.

So we always talk about why we should leave feedback and how hard it is to leave feedback sometimes and how it's hard to know what sort the author wants. But here's a question: when you read a story, why don't you leave feedback? What are the reasons? If you do leave feedback pretty much to every story you read, what sort of story makes you break that habit?