joiedecombat: (triumph)
Laguna in Dissidia 012 Duodecim: hell yes.

I hope to see him pester Squall to no end.
joiedecombat: (romance)
I'm being really lazy on these because my examples only just barely fit - neither of these is something I do very much of. Not even bothering with cut-text, that's how lazy I'm being.

Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?

Believe it or not, I actually really didn't like Squall/Rinoa the first time I played Final Fantasy VIII. This is partly because it's not the best-developed pairing out there, partly because some of the most brilliant bits of characterization are buried in subtext and take some reading between the lines, and partly because I was like eighteen and pretty dumb. What can I say. On replay, though, as I actually started reading into the text a bit more, I warmed up to the characters and the pairing quite a bit.

There's also Aya and Asami-sensei in Weiss Kreuz Gluhen; on first watching I was worried they were going to send Aya spiraling wildly out of character, but they didn't, and on repeat viewing I think the characters are really cute together. But I don't actively ship them because shipping in Weiss Kreuz is a lost cause.


Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?

This is the closest I can get to an example for this one: for about half a minute when I saw the first season finale of Avatar, I kind of thought Zuko and Katara could be an interesting pairing (although Aang/Katara was obviously being set up at the canon ship). This never panned out into anything, and while I don't hate the pairing, I no longer see any potential in it.

The questions. )
joiedecombat: (Rinoa)
Finally making a bit of progress on that speculative FFVIII AU that I've had notecarded forever. And discovering in the process that I'm terrible at managing scenes with more than about three people in them.

Also, Laguna amuses me forever. )
joiedecombat: (Squall)
Observation:

If Team Cosmos in Dissidia: Final Fantasy were the Justice League, the Warrior of Light would be Superman... and Squall would be Batman.

I'll have more useful comments on Dissidia later, but right now I'm too busy preparing to beat up Ultimecia in Shade Impulse.
joiedecombat: (Squall/Rinoa)
Have very ambitiously signed up for a Squall/Rinoa [livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto.

TLDR likely to ensue.

Fic Meme

Jul. 7th, 2009 10:57 am
joiedecombat: (ambitious)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] infinitepryde:

Inspired by Doctor Who's "Turn Left:" Pick one of my stories and tell me a point in the tale that you'd change. Something tiny (e.g. "and then Fay chose silver glitter instead of gold") or big (e.g. "and then Rose was arrested instead of Jack") and I'll tell you how that one difference would have altered the course of the entire story.

Since I usually write shortfic which doesn't especially lend itself to this sort of thing, I will expand "story" to include RP and canon. Have at.
joiedecombat: (Rinoa)
I've hacked together a rough outline for "With Good Intentions," constructed from my fifty-some notecards. This may be my most ambitious project thus far!

Granted, it's a very rough outline. At several points it pretty much reads "I need another scene here but I don't know what yet." Even with that, however, the outline clocks in at about 4000 words.

This has also led me to break my brain trying to make sense of the FFVIII worldmap's hemispheres and what season it would be in Deling City if it's summer in Winhill and if Esthar even has seasons at all or if it's right smack on the equator. Probably nobody cares about this stuff but me, but I can't bring myself to just ignore the issue completely.
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: (and so it goes)
I have been unexpectedly brained by the overwhelming urge to write some FFVIII fic. But I can't decide what yet.
joiedecombat: (Squall)
Title: Persistence of Memory
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Wordcount: 1405
Warnings: None particularly.
Summary: Squall, Irvine, and Selphie in a fireside interlude in front of the Tomb of the Unknown King. Would it be better to simply be forgotten?

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes. )
joiedecombat: (Squall/Rinoa)
Still behind on wordcount, but a bit less behind than I was. So here's another fic, since I think there's only one person on my flist who's actually played Mass Effect anyhow.

Title: Find Your Way
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Wordcount: 929
Warnings: Spoilers for approximately the first disc and a half of FFVIII.
Summary: A vignette in the midst of the Balamb Garden riot and the hunt for Cid, mostly just because Rinoa doesn't get enough credit, and I like filling in the gaps in the characters' interactions.

Read more... )
joiedecombat: (accomplished)
I have been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] dragonsquee to explain some of the interests in my LJ profile, so here they are:

Alone time: I am a firm believer in the value of time alone. I'm a pretty introverted person, so being social, even if it's with people I like and I'm enjoying myself, drains my energy. I need time by myself to recharge, or I start getting twitchy and irritable. Fortunately most of my family is pretty good about understanding that.

B movies: I love cheesy B-grade movies, especially cheesy B-grade sci-fi/fantasy movies. Red Sonja. Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Clue. Big Trouble In Little China. Weiss Kreuz, which is basically a cheesy B-grade anime series. Mystery Science Theater 3000. And the A-list movies that pay homage to B movies by just not taking themselves too seriously, like The Fifth Element and A Knight's Tale. They're just fun, and I ♥ them, because entertainment does not have to be all serious business all the time.

Damaged heroes: As mentioned in my last post. My favorite heroes are broken. I do not know why this is, really. Maybe it's something about how a genuinely flawed character is more interesting to watch than a character who's got it all together; the broken hero has more to overcome. He (or she) isn't just struggling against the antagonist; he's got to struggle against himself too. I like them emotionally and socially retarded, because while emotionally balanced, socially adept characters will mostly follow socially accepted patterns, each damaged character will come at things in his or her own damaged way, and we get to watch them learning to overcome their damage as they go along. Plus, watching emotionally stunted characters trying to figure out their own emotions is just neat.

Magnetars: It's a musical instrument! It's an alcoholic beverage! Actually it's a star with an immensely powerful magnetic field. No, really. And by immensely powerful I mean ridiculously powerful. Could strip the information from a credit card's magnetic strip from more than 190,000km powerful. Stretches hydrogen atoms into spindles powerful. This is relevant to my interests because I play Magno of the Legion of Super-Heroes on The Brave and the Bold, but what makes it really entertaining is that the name they used is so fantastically lame. Magnet - star - magnetar. It's so lame it's epic. And to make matters even better, when I tried to use "Magnetar" as a character name in City of Heroes, it was already taken! I have no idea who else would voluntarily be that lame, but I would really like to know.

Rinoa is awesome: Because she is. She's practically the antithesis of a Mary Sue: she's intended to be kind of annoying. She's immature, inexperienced, and pushy, but she's also idealistic and highly motivated; her biggest flaws and her biggest strengths are ultimately sides of the same characteristics, and yes, she's naive and a bit overbearing, but she's seventeen years old and grew up sheltered and wealthy and she voluntarily abandoned that to join a resistance movement against her own home nation, and that's pretty damn cool. And it puts her in direct contrast to the other major characters, who are mercenaries less concerned with right and wrong than they are with getting the job done and getting paid. She dovetails beautifully with Squall's damage - she's an optimist, he's a cynic; she lives in the now while he dwells on the past and works to plan for the future; she's motivated, he's apathetic - and they both have the same sense of responsibility to other people and the same fundamental refusal to give up once they've set their mind to something, and most importantly of all she gets him and she tells him what he needs to hear as no one else does. And yet she gets almost no respect in fandom and it makes me sad. Thus the inclusion in my interests. Rinoa is awesome. I have preached it.

Spike Spiegel school-of-repair: AKA percussive maintenance, AKA "my ship works better when I kick it." The way Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop fixes everything. I find it amusing.

Unconventional love stories: Closely related, no doubt, to my love for damaged heroes. I don't like pat love stories nearly as much as I like the ones that are skewed somehow. Reversal or twisting of standard gender roles is a big A+; I have a firmly established weakness for relationships in which the guy is the more emotionally needy and/or submissive partner. Complicated power dynamics are also for the win. Endings don't have to be tied off into a tidy happily-ever-after bow. It's better when it's messy.

If anyone would like to expound about some of their LJ interests they may comment and I will pick some out from their profile for them to explain.
joiedecombat: (Squall/Rinoa)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] annwyd's request: Seifer/Rinoa/Squall, up is what he chooses, the kisses and the bruises.


a few discolorations, then it comes along )
joiedecombat: (Squall)
Trying to write at work is horribly frustrating. I keep getting calls which interrupt my train of thought as I'm trying to -

call

- build -

call

call - "If she has time she'll call, and if not I've done what I could," he says. There is one thing I could tell him he could do that he has not done: try not being an asshat.

Ahem.

Anyhow, you see what I mean. Trying to write at work is frequently more trouble than it's worth, unless it's a slow day. Which today is not. Which is obnoxious because one of those Andy/Murrue fics has just about come together in my head and I want to get it written and argh.

On the other hand, I can still occupy the time between calls, such as it is, by going back through old stuff. Which is kind of cool, because now and again I find some unfinished thing that really came out well. Like this, the opening to the rewrite of "After the Storm" which I swear I am going to finish.

In which Garden's policies are REALLY CREEPY, and Rinoa doesn't like to drive. )
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. )
joiedecombat: (Squall/Rinoa)
Squeaking by at the last minute, and it shows...

Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Title: Winter Light
Rating: G
Words: 752

When everything is dark, still something shines. )

Today's ficlet was suggested by [livejournal.com profile] bentarc. To make a suggestion for tomorrow, comment on this entry.
joiedecombat: (Kirk (Star Trek): Trials & Tribblations)

Now we know how Squall stays supplied.

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