joiedecombat: (Murrue)
Remember how a bit back I mentioned that I kind of wanted to write a Gundam SEED Star Wars AU?

...yeah, I still really kind of want to do that.

Fortunately I am not yet Seized With Inspiration for it, which is an odd thing to say "fortunately" about, but I have plenty other fannish things to fixate on right now, and I'm still working on "Fortune Favors the Brave," not to mention all those notecards that I've done up in preparation for making serious headway on "With Good Intentions," so it is definitely just as well.

And yet...

Here are some thoughts, so that I may find them later when I want them. )

Am I completely insane for even thinking about this?
joiedecombat: (Rinoa)
I'm channelling my renewed inspiration for Final Fantasy VIII fanfic into finally trying to get somewhere with "With Good Intentions," my grand ambitious multi-chapter For Want Of A Nail plot.

For variety, I'm trying the notecard method, which at first blush seems to be working nicely. The main obstacle at the moment, aside from my perpetually short attention span, is that so much of the plot involves politics, a subject on which I am mostly in the dark and which I can't just flagrantly ignore because Rinoa is my viewpoint character and she's interested in that kind of thing. That it's the politics of fictional nations only helps a little, but I am making some progress in sorting out exactly what's going on there.

The other problem I'm noticing is that Ellone is pretty much a nonentity throughout the storyline, but in fairness, that's true in canon as well. I'll have to figure out ways to involve her in more scenes, but it's difficult to bring myself to give her things to do that I could give to Raine or Laguna instead, since I like them so much more.
joiedecombat: (Gundam OTP)
Current terrible idea occupying my brain: a bizarre Gundam SEED/Star Wars AU hybrid. Mostly because Murrue would make a fantastic Jedi.

Of course, about the only thing this idea has going for it aside from that is that ridiculous Gundam SEED names and ridiculous Star Wars names go reasonably well together...
joiedecombat: (ang ang ang)
Watched some more Glass Fleet.

It's still kind of on crack. Cut for length and oblique nonspecific pseudo-spoilers. And crazy. )

Meanwhile, probably because it's Global Plot Tiems on BnB... I'm getting random fiction ideas. For one thing, as already mentioned, I've gotten renewed inspiration for that FFVIII Squalltimecia fic; I'm also inspired once again to write "Persistence of Memory," which I originally plotted something like four years ago and never wrote because Squall's deep thoughts are hard for me to write. So maybe I can turn out at least part of one or both of them sometime in the near future.

And at least one Gundam SEED fic, WTF. I'm not sure but I think this is indirectly [livejournal.com profile] annwyd's fault somehow.

And a story set in an alternate version of [livejournal.com profile] nexuscity which doesn't actually use any of the characters established in NC so far, what the hell, brain. It's still sketchy, as, let's face it, all of my ideas are, but presently it involves a pre-teen or teenaged girl refugee from a world that fell to a Zombie Apocalypse (heavily inspired by [livejournal.com profile] funwithrage's Ivy Freeman); a Sekrit Society organized for purposes as yet unclear but related to, at least as they see it, keeping Nexus City from going all to pieces and/or getting taken over by Scary Supernatural Stuff; and the guy who ends up taking the girl in. He lives in an abandoned church, and the community in general, although aware that he's not actually an official priest, accepts him as the next thing to because, let's face it, Nexus City doesn't exactly have a seminary or whatever it is that Catholics go through to become priests.

The community in general doesn't know that he's one of the aforementioned Sekrit Society's wet-works men, but what they don't know won't hurt them. At least not so long as he kills it first.

This is so done in so many ways, but whatever.
joiedecombat: (contemplative)
So I've been stewing on the four fics I owe for that prompt meme I posted, and I will get them all done before the end of the month, I promise.

In the meantime, though, I've also been stewing on that original fantasy idea I'm planning to do for NaNoWriMo. I'm getting a clearer notion of the plot, although there are still a lot of gaps to fill in.

Cut for spam. )
joiedecombat: (AWESOME)
It is probably the result of hitting springtime again that I feel suddenly inspired to write more. (Well, that and scening on TIG woke up my SEEDfic muse, which is a little awkward since I think the moment has kind of passed for everyone else, but whatever.) Suddenly I have... ideas again! Holy shit.

Well, okay, a lot of these ideas I have had for quite a while and just not done much with them.

But anyway. With the signs of my inspiration renewing itself, it's about the time of year for me to organize a list of Fic Ideas I Plan To Write, in the hopes of actually getting around to some of them this time.

Cut for spam. )
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I have been trying to write an Andy/Murrue fic since February.

That is kind of sad.

Particularly since I really haven't made much progress worth mentioning. I have an assortment of ideas, but they have yet to gel into an actual fic. I tried a bit of semi-stream-of-consciousness noodling with just dialogue to see what I could shake loose, but I can't say it's helped all that much.

extremely fragmentary random Andy/Murrue dialogue snippets )

The idea that I'm simmering focuses on Valentine's Day and the unique significance it holds in the SEEDverse following Bloody Valentine and the ensuing war - there's something really intriguing about seeing an established lovers' holiday turn into a day for remembering grief and loss, and the particular perspective that Andy and Murrue would have on it, having both lost the ones they loved to the war. Understanding one another's grief draws them together, but it can't be easy to build a relationship when the ghosts of both your lost loves are (metaphorically) still so present.

I don't have a storyline, just an assortment of things I'd like to explore, like how Andy, who as a Coordinator and a soldier must be accustomed to a high level of physical ability, deals with physical disability - and more significantly how he settles into a civilian life and how much he has to struggle with boredom (cribbing shamelessly from the novelization, in which he refers to boredom as "my oldest enemy" and is pleased after first fighting Kira because he's found a stimulating challenge) - how the two of them came to be living together as shown in the earlier parts of Destiny, the reason for which I imagine must have been a series of practical considerations (Andy having to get used to brand new prosthesis, Murrue needing a place to live since she can't really go back to the Atlantic Federation after deserting) carefully arranged around the more basic need to not be alone - the basic concept of the relationship, mutual support and life going on and really not being about Romance or Passion or zomg True Love because at this point they've been there and done that and don't need to cover that ground again, and God, Murrue's tired of being the one left behind - and finding the balance between honoring the memory of the one you loved, and not being so tied to those memories that you aren't really living the life that they died to protect.

And I am embarrassed at how long it took me just to hack out those last two paragraphs. :(

Edit: I also kind of want to make some use of Derek Walcott's "Sea Canes," which may be cheap of me, but...

cut for awesome )
joiedecombat: (Aya: Stone Roses)
Have not written so much in the past couple days. But with fall, and therefore November and NaNoWriMo getting closer, I've been further pondering the whole Fate & Luck business. More and more I'm thinking that I'd like to do this in a more steampunkish setting rather than simply using the modern world. That may be the [livejournal.com profile] rosemush influence talking, but it also opens up the possibility of including the whole mess of pseudosciences that people came up with back when science was still a pretty new concept, and gives me more opportunities to play around with the ways that the various personifications' spheres of influence run up against the mortal world, and how they interact with the world, and stuff like that.

But I still don't really have much of a plot. I'm toying with the idea of trying to come up with a storyline involving Luck's sister, and giving her stuff to do that doesn't directly involve Fate or Luck, at least not until the shit really starts hitting the fan. There's always the possibility of having Fate's plan determine some nasty fate for her, since that would definitely bring Fate and Luck into conflict, but I certainly don't want her to be a passive participant in all of this. Using the steampunk setting gives me the option of having people try to use their newfound sciences for Something Big that could go Catastrophically Wrong... still chewing on this.

Also stewing over some parallels between Fate & Luck's dynamic in the pairings of Art and Science, and Love and Lust... other possible personifications are Fear, Beauty, Memory, Sleep and Dream... I already have general concepts for Nature and Death... And I could include Chaos as an antagonist as well, but I don't know that there's really room. While Chaos would oppose Fate, that would also take away from the whole theme of free will and taking responsibility for your actions and blah blah fishcakes.

Anyway, off to work now.
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More random thoughts on that whole personification thing... I'm kind of thinking I'd like to put it in a setting that's not the normal modern world, but has elements of the modern and the fantastic, kind of. Of course, that means I have to world-build...

Also, on the issue of the plot, I wonder if I could come up with something to be going on in the human world at the same time as Fate and Luck are going through their issues... maybe involving Luck's hypothetical sister. Again, no real ideas yet, but maybe something will come to me.
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Random contemplation regarding that whole anthropomorphic-personifications-of-concepts fiction idea that I have yet to do anything with... I've established Fate in my mind as following a bigger plan, one not of his (conscious) making, but I've never been able to settle on just who or what that plan does come from, or how to enforce the bad luck parts of Luck's position to keep him from going about being nice to people and only giving bad luck to people who deserve it.

But suppose the plan actually isn't formed by a higher power, and there isn't anything keeping Luck from meting out luck the way he wants to? Suppose instead that what Fate thinks is a plan is actually a combination of the necessity of balancing what Luck does to maintain the essentially random nature of life, and a subconscious way for Fate to justify the really crappy things he has to do to people whenever Luck gets too generous?

You'd think a setup like that would cause Fate to burn out faster than Luck... except Fate has his belief in the plan (and his own personal damage) to keep him steady, and Lucks keep burning out because they're stuck with Fate.

(And wow would it suck for Fate to actually realize all of this...)
joiedecombat: (Rogue: Instrument of Joy)
According to The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference, "margaritomancy" is a form of divination involving pearls.

I am struck by the urge to revive my urban fantasy PI storyline in order to set up a joke involving this term, my main character, her witchcraft-practicing associate, and some tequila.

Note to self: next time I'm in a bookstore, must check the New Age section for something to use as a reference for veg-o-magic.

Ahee.
joiedecombat: (Default)
Nothing really important to note yet, except that I'm going to establish Luck some family members left over from his human life, to whom he is naturally still rather attached. Most notably, I believe I'm giving him a sister. She's a bit more down-to-earth than he is.

That sounded like a pun.

Also I think I'm going to set Fate up as the antagonist, or an antagonist... not so much because he's a bad guy, because he's not, but if Luck comes into conflict with the plan that Fate is enacting, he's going to come into conflict with Fate, which is sounding more fun that teaming the two of them up against someone else. Lots of puttering with the nature of free will, here.

Still no clue where Fate's orders are coming from, though.

Maybe he doesn't know, either.
joiedecombat: (Default)
A few more personification braindribbles before bed...

Read more... )
joiedecombat: (Default)
A bit more by way of personification concepts. The stuff for Luck is pretty much derived from some freeform RP I did with [livejournal.com profile] narli a bit back. All the coolest ideas were hers, but I hope I'm not stealing too many of them.

Luck-foo. )


With Death, meanwhile, I'm past any solid concepts and am working just with a general preliminary idea.

Death-foo. )
joiedecombat: (Default)
Still noodling with that personification idea. Of all the potential aspects, Fate is the one I have the best concept of. Which isn't saying a whole lot.

Fate-foo. )
joiedecombat: (Default)
Working theory: There are some concepts in this world, some forces, which are so difficult to effectively define that they require a human face - a consciousness to serve as a kind of a placeholder. These personifications are the pegs of the loom, giving support and shape to what would otherwise be an impossible tangle of threads.

Fate
Luck
Nature
Death
Time
Chaos
War
Art
Science
Inspiration
Peace
Fear
Power
Destruction
Disease (Plague/Pestilence)
Wisdom
Knowledge
Ignorance
Truth
Hope
Justice
Passion
Memory
Conscience
Wealth
Redemption
Sin
Love
Sleep
Dreams
Confusion
Insanity
Pain
The Mundane (The Grey)


Further thoughts to work with:
Seven deadly sins: Pride/Vanity, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger/Wrath, Greed/Avarice, Sloth

Gandhi's seven sins: Wealth without Work, Pleasure without Conscience, Science without Humanity, Knowledge without Character, Politics without Principle, Commerce without Morality, Worship without Sacrifice

Cardinal/theological virtues: Prudence, Temperance, Courage, Justice, Faith, Hope, Love

Seven contrary virtues: Humility, Kindness, Abstinence, Chastity, Patience, Liberality, Diligence

Seven heavenly virtues: Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Temperance, Prudence

Elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Winds: North, South, East, and West

Hm.

There's a story here, I think, but this is hardly new ground. I'd like to try to find an approach that hasn't been done before... my current notion probably owes a bit too much to Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality.
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I've had a lot of ideas on the brain lately. Due to a bounced email, I had to re-post all of my Wyvern's Library stuff, and in the process one of my unfinished stories received Moderator's Choice. Nothing like a little praise to make you think about writing more often.

Most of my stuff is unfinished; I have a number of projects I began and never did a lot with. Plus a few fanfic ideas that have occurred to me lately and which I have yet to do anything with at all.

I have it in mind to try and restart (or start, as the case may be) some of these projects, and see if I can't get any of them finished.

In particular -

The story idea that got mod's choice at Elfwood, involving a small-town private investigator in a version of the modern world where creatures of Faerie live openly and are either campaigning for or have recently received legal citizenship in the US. Not a new concept (see Melisa Michaels, Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher) but in this case, the PI has no supernatural training, heritage, or ability, and in fact would just as soon not have anything to do with fey, if only they'd quit seeking her out. Particular storyline to involve some sort of wealthy businessman who thinks he's being stalked and harassed but who actually has a poltergeist problem. Stumbling block - I have no idea what said businessman might do for a living, or how to make the whole fey-as-legal-citizens thing relevant, aside from the fact that dudeguy employs an unusually high number of fey.

A high fantasy piece about a retired half-elf and his very not retired elven former partner and a supernatural critter that's been eating people's dreams. I had specific ideas for where this would go at some point, but I've forgotten them all now, save that the critter in question would fight the partners through a number of illusions of their past, and that one of the major conflicts is that the half-elf is Getting Too Old For This Shit, but the elf is trying very hard to ignore that fact.

Another high fantasy piece dealing with a mercenary company, particularly one very stoic and professional guy named Asher who gets hired by a community which has been having monster problems, and must make a bunch of townsfolk somehow capable of dealing with said problems, and... there was a lot more to it, but damn if I can remember that now. There was, however, a romantic subplot which would end when Asher finished his contract and went back to his company, and the girl stayed in the town, because he wouldn't stay there and she couldn't follow him. Also some stuff about Asher's sister, who is a member of a militant religious order. I wish I kept better notes.

The sequel to the above, in which the love interest from the first story gets word that Asher's in jail in some exotic foreign county and ropes some of his fellow mercenaries into going to help spring him, only to find that he's not actually in prison - he's stuck bodyguarding a very young, very immature, very high-risk princess. This time the romantic subplot fares a little better, although there's no overt romance, and I have better notes on what I intended to happen but less recollection of what the major conflicts were supposed to be. Go fig.

I'd like to do some more fairy-tale rewrites. Beauty and the Beast is always good, or I could go for something less traditional, like the Steadfast Tin Soldier. No real ideas, though.

And the fanfic, both the FFVIII bit I posted about in October and a Kingdom Hearts vignette dealing with just why Squall/Leon hangs around Traverse Town picking off the small fry and advising Sora instead of marching off to try to actually do something about the major problem at hand.

Hm.

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