fay_e: Text: though our instincts say that we should turn and run (instincts turn and run)
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 12:35 pm
I tried the Ultimate Trope Showdown, and it is a filthy liar. I mean, alright, fine, I can imagine all the tropes that tie at No 1 for me going down in the same fic:

Rank Name
1 Sex Pollen
1 Hurt/Comfort
1 Fake Out Make Out

But then I get 14 TROPES tied at position 4, and yes I know I'm indecisive but I can't like ALL of them that much. (Also there's no way that I could fit all of them in one fic. Which would be half the fun.)

Edit: Ok apparently I clicked I like both too many times. This is a little more accurate, though there are tropes I would still smush.

Tropes redo below! )
fay_e: Text: if I told you a secret will you hold it and keep it alive (secret)
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 03:00 pm
Again stealing things from other people's memes, I found a topic from this post about fannish growing up where the poster is asked to write about how life and age and experiences has changed his/her taste in fannish stuff.

It fascinated me enough that I have to write about it myself.

I probably have been fannish my whole life, because I remember obsessing about books, but the age in which I remember being fannish in a significant life-style changing way was when I was 12. That was when the wave of Japanese manga/anime started becoming prevalent in my country. They were all pre-dubbed/translated into Chinese.

The interesting thing about being where I live is that the Taiwanese version of translations came out the fastest. That meant that I got translations in a) my mother tongue, b) with the traditional script that I wasn't as familiar with, because I grew up with the simplified form of Chinese.

That was why when I first became "fannish", I was predominantly reading and writing (!!!) in Chinese. I wrote my first fic in Chinese. I also somehow managed to overcome the barrier and actually read traditional script, which is still pretty useful now. (I don't know why I didn't extend that power to Japanese boo hoo).

Watch me morph over the years! )
fay_e: Text: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes they truly exist (wishing heroes exist)
Friday, November 29th, 2013 09:00 pm
Dear reader,

Today I completed NaNo for the second time at 50,094 words.

It's a day early to boot! This experience was really very different from my last NaNo experience. I used to think that writing 2,000 words at a go was too hard, but that became my average towards the end. Which was good, because I had some very awful days in the middle of the month when I was too sick to write.

The methods that I used to write this round were very interesting. I more or less had a routine on workdays that went something like this:

Daily writing process )

I also have to say I love technology. I wouldn't have been able to do this if I hadn't been able to load Evernote on my tablet, smartphone and office computer that I couldn't install anything on. There was sufficient web functionality for me to keep my versions straight, but also let me peck out words while the connection was bad without worrying too hard about losing stuff. I think the only exception was when my work computer couldn't connect to the internet for a good few days, but then I typed discreetly on my smartphone.

Weekends bizarrely weren't times for writing a lot, but instead for making sure that I kept my story straight. The idea of a puppy pound was also such a godsend.

I'm going to take a break by WRITING NOVEL RELATED PR0N. Which won't make it into the story itself, because I think that as much as I love pr0n, I don't want it to detract from the rest of my story. So it will only be as treats to myself =)

As for next month, I think I will focus on finishing the story. I'm up to Chapter 10 and one major reveal, but there's one more to go and a possible tonal shift in the final section. Other plans are: do a read through to fix grammar and spelling; start looking at reference images to bulk up descriptions and/or store for a novel related tumblr; record myself reading the novel aloud, and listen to it while editing to make sure there aren't any awkward bits.

We'll see how much of the last para gets done. ^_^
fay_e: Text: though our instincts say that we should turn and run (instincts turn and run)
Friday, February 1st, 2013 08:05 am
I haven't been posting here, since I've been rushed off my feet, but I can officially say that I wrote for (almost) every day of the [livejournal.com profile] 31_days challenge! GO ME.

Now I just have to write [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 and [community profile] trope_bingo. WILL THE FUN NEVER CEASE.
fay_e: Text: I am not afraid to keep on living (not afraid to live)
Monday, January 14th, 2013 01:46 am
As I was writing this, I could sense I was getting tired. I'm not sure whether it's because of writerly burn out, or just that the theme wasn't speaking to me.

School starts tomorrow, and I've got a bunch of themes that I have no ideas for. We'll see whether I manage to get to them.

Title: neither rhyme nor reason can say how much
Day/Theme: 13. Never again will I lose anyone I love.
Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Characters/pairings: Homura, Kyouko, Mami
Rating: PG
Content Notes: Kyouko, Mami and Homura have different reasons for making their team work. Set post series, spoilers for the entire series.

Homura causes her team to worry )
fay_e: Text: silence falls between us, as the shadows steal the light (as the shadows steal the light)
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 12:15 am
Title: so I stayed in the darkness with you
Day/Theme: 12. you've been the song playing on in the background all along but you're turning up now.
Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Characters/pairings: Sayaka, and Madoka. Brief appearances by Hitomi
Rating: PG
Content Notes: Sayaka has an old-new best friend. Spoilers for the entire series.

I knew that somehow I would find my way back )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (rukia blue skies)
Monday, April 2nd, 2012 10:16 am
A bit late, but I'm proud to say that I finished my Meme March challenge. I didn't want to announce it yesterday in case you thought it was an April Fool's joke. XD

It was tough going, but there were enough challenging memes on [community profile] bakerstreet and [livejournal.com profile] memebells to keep me going. There were some ideas that never even crossed my mind until I saw it in the memes! You all should check these comms out.

I also have HARD PROOF that I finished my challenge. I have a shiny new badge on my 750 words page~

This picture is too awesome to look at without prep )

The list of stories should be going up on DW soon, even if they're all cracky crossovers.
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (karakura best friends)
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 11:14 pm
Days 1 to 29 )

30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

Well, this person requested to be tagged, so I tag [livejournal.com profile] firehawk05. What I like about [livejournal.com profile] firehawk05 is although she's new to writing, she's not ashamed to try it out. And she likes writing for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days so she's pretty handy with prompts.

Also, I tag the REST OF THE F-LIST. I know a lot of really good writers are on my f-list (even if I don't comment =PPP) and I'll love to see what some of you have to say about your own writing!

Now that it's over, I have to admit that I haven't actually thought that much about my own writing! Even though some of the questions are annoying, it has helped realise some of my preferences, and maybe make writing a less instinctive process for me. Hopefully, that would help me in avoiding pitfalls in what I write. *crosses fingers* Or get me to write more. *hides face in hands*
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (karakura best friends)
Sunday, August 1st, 2010 02:54 pm
Days 1 to 28 )

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

All. The. Time. I've always got the writer brain humming in the background, working on something so that when I check back on it I'll have the full scene in my head. I tend to plot in images, so when I come back to it it usually unfolds as a clip or a specific scene.

That's why I can't pinpoint a single thing IRL that reminds me of my story/characters. It's such a subconscious process to begin with that I can't really trace the origin of everything. Sometimes it's cool clothes I see. Othertimes it's a piece of music. Sometimes it's just rewatching a series and thinking "wouldn't it be cool if - ?"

The latest example is Hitohira no Hanabira, since I plotted an entire story around the lyrics in that song. But it's moving very slowly.

Tomorrow! - 30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (avatar toph bring it on)
Saturday, July 31st, 2010 02:28 pm
Days 1 to 27 )

28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

(This is a really insensitive question but bear with me)

I guess only Toph counts, since she's already blind in canon. I don't purposely set out to write characters with mental or physical disabilities because:

a) I think it's very insensitive since I write characters based on the plots I want to see them in, and to set out with a plot that requires a character to be disabled is just weird;

b) It requires a lot of research, which is the last thing I'd be doing when I write fanfic. It's for my squee, not the next big novel;

c) While I dig h/c, I don't dig that particular type.

That doesn't mean that I won't read a good story with a character with disability. I'd like to list Spellhorn as a good example of a book with a blind main character (even thoug she ends up sighted for a while). It had a huge impact on how the story unfolded, and it was an accepted fact that had to be worked around. I like those stories.

Also there is no such thing as a small disability - it's big enough to the person experiencing it.

Days 29 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichi aichi)
Friday, July 30th, 2010 01:58 pm
To make me happy, please give me prompts for the next meme!

The Hypothetical AU Meme: Take any one of the fandoms you know I write in, and give me a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, Ancient Rome, Regency England, circus AU, Lovecraft, etc). Edit: More suggestions of AUs from [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo! I will then explain what story from your chosen fandom I would write for your chosen type of AU.

List of fandoms I've entertained fic thoughts of )

And now for the writing meme:

Days 1 to 26 )

27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Oh yes. The advantage of being in a manga/anime fandom is that there's a glut of fanart, so I usually don't have to draw anything myself. I have a hyoooooooge fanart folder that I sometimes refer to when I want an image of a character in say, plain clothes. And well, I'm a mental fashion designer so I'm always on the look out for clothes my characters can wear. The appearances are usually again, plot-driven, though I try to have a formal dance scene as far as possible, because I love gowns. =) Having said that, the toughest clothes for me to think up of are always men's clothes though - until now, I still do not understand the subtleties of formal wear for men. I know that the cutting makes a difference, and I know that certain types of shoes are much better than others, but I really really can't grasp it.

Casual wear I get though. I do sneaker shopping and there are some trousers/jeans cuts that make the looker go mmmmmmmmmm. Also I have a weakness for T-shirts with words.

Days 28 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (Default)
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 10:10 pm
Close to the end of meme.


Days 1 to 25 )

26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

I write for series that have a lot of fanart floating around, and I've browsed some of them in order to get fic ideas. That being said, I'm a writer, not an artist. I do sketch, but I don't think I'm very good at drawing any character.

No drawings of OCs at all, I'm afraid. They don't stay still in the headspace for me to draw them.

Days 27 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (rukia blue skies)
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 09:31 pm
Late cos of need to hustle.

Days 1 to 24 )

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

No. Which is funny since I've always wanted a pet myself, but since I don't have one - no.

OK I lie - Ichigo housesits a place with a cat in one of my fics, but that's because Ten and I dreamed it up together. That's about it, honestly.

Days 26 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichi aichi)
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 01:42 pm
Days 1 to 23 )

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

*tilts head* I write about people who are already dead, does that count? I did do a comment fic which started with Ichigo from Bleach truly dying and ending up in Soul Society permanently, but he's already half dead so whatever mental qualms I have about that should be pretty muted. Besides the poor boy was already that badly injured in canon - I just tipped the scales a bit more to kill him off completely. But I didn't write the death scene, so I still think it doesn't count.

No interesting ways for killing people, except maybe in that Bleach horror fic that I've been trying to write for several years now. Does death by Hollow count as interesting?

Days 25 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (karakura best friends)
Monday, July 26th, 2010 09:43 am
Days 1 to 22 )

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

Are we talking about average or the extremes? And how long is a fic?

On average, if we're talking a normal competition fic it would take about 3 weeks - 1 week to sit on the idea and turn it over, 2 weeks for writing, inclusive of trial and error. Beta might vary, but under competition circumstances the turn around is a day.

Shortest I've ever done is 2 hours for a drabble, especially if the prompt fires my imagination. The longest to date is the Avatar fic, which I've mulled on for 5 years before putting pen to paper. It really depends on how tightly the idea grabs me, and how much detail needs planning. Not to mention that I've actually (mentally) torn up the premise of Avatar fic and started on a new track.

This reminds me of how I found it so hard to do first drafts in school (which were mandatory when you are wee) because my first drafts were all in my head. I used to get back comments saying that I didn't revise my first drafts enough. But they didn't see that I couldn't, because I'd honestly dwelt on the idea and phrasing so long that I couldn't figure out any other way.

Days 24 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichi aichi)
Sunday, July 25th, 2010 05:43 pm
Days 1 to 21 )

22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

This is extremely rare as I usually talk through any ideas I have with the ladies - it helps me figure out what it would eventually look like in words and iron out anything that's weird in there.

But well, I've got a scene meant to be fic for [profile] hallowd, just that I am fighting with the structure. Rather than tell you about it, have a snippet! Set in the Desert Rangers verse:

the river of all night's dreaming )

Days 23 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichikitty)
Saturday, July 24th, 2010 03:14 pm
Days 1 to 20 )

21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT they are all rather young. OK except for maybe Byakuya and Hisana from Bleach. And the Justice League. But in canon (read: all types of canon for Bleach, cartoon canon for JL), these characters did not have children. That uh, didn't stop me from writing some little snippets where Byakuya and Hisana DID have a kid, because the fangirl theory that Hisana died in childbirth tickles me.

I'm not too sure how well I wrote the kid-OC, but I will say that I had a lot of fun writing him, which is what my main aim usually is. Especially since it's not published fic.

Come to think of it, I have written a fic from the pov of an IchiRuki kid as a gag. Don't think I continued that though.

Days 22 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (karakura best friends)
Friday, July 23rd, 2010 04:51 pm
Busy busy busy.

Days 1 to 19 )

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

Banter. I don't care whether or not the characters are romantically involved, but I love the spark that has to be there for a good banter. The characters have to be on some basis of understanding (e.g. friendship, shared interests, etc etc) in order for the banter to really work. Not only that, the basis of understanding has to be apparent enough to the reader so that the banter would be better understood.

Given the above complexities, I quite like writing banter. And it can be used for any character, which makes it an easy means to connect. Plus, my humour tends to be a bit more wry so banter is easier for me.

Days 21 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes they truly exist (wishing heroes exist)
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 10:19 am
Days 1 to 18 )

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Hisana from Bleach. I wanted to write J'onn, but he's not exactly a minor character - just a very marginalised major character. Hisana is like the poster girl for minor characters - we see her in a flashback, she's dead by the time canon comes around, we know nothing about her except what other people have said (and her dying words *wibble*)

Yet I like writing her. Part of it is because I like the characters that she's associated with: Byakuya and Rukia. There's also the issue of coolness by proximity - how did such a character make an impact on Byakuya and Rukia's lives? Plus she's pretty much a blank slate - there isn't much canon on her so it's easy to take the various possibilities and see how far I can spin it out.

Days 20 to 30 )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichi aichi)
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 10:05 am
So here's my ART Week 2 round up, a few days late. I wanted to say RL blinded me with SCIENCE, but actually it just blindsided me in the latter half of the week, which made it impossible to get into the proper mindset for writing Iroh. Still managed to get 800 over words from him, so I'm still counting that as a triumph

I also pecked a little at Lunar Eclipse and Sam/Faye, and that's the real reason why I can announce my total word count as 1,234 words (I KID YOU NOT), which works out to an average of 205 words over 6 days.

Ten assigned me a penance prompt anyway, and I nattered at voices in my head for 500 over words. WISH ME LUCK IN WRITING MORE STUFF! =D

In the meantime, writing meme!!

Days 1 to 17 )

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

Is it cheating if I say Hollow Ichigo from Bleach? =) In a way it is, because Hollow Ichigo is basically the evil version of the main character of Bleach. Only you know, he's in Ichigo's head. And is a source of power he badly needs in order to win his current fights.

What makes him my favourite is that he's a physical manifestation of all the dark parts of the hero that make him who he is. To me, he isn't some bad guy that is simply defeated, or that Ichigo can run away from. He IS Ichigo, he IS the hero, if the hero is allowed to be petty and hurtful and not care about who he hurts.

I'm also a big fan of storylines where the hero isn't perfect and has to accept his imperfections. Right now Ichigo is so far on the other spectrum of accepting this that it isn't funny. And that's part of the reason why Lunar Eclipse keeps bugging my brain - I want Ichigo and his internal antagonist to work together. They're literally two sides of the same coin. Which means that Hollow Ichigo keeps bugging my head, and I have to like him. *grins*

Also, on a completely shallow front, I find him cute. =D

Days 19 to 30 )