alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
To try and tide myself over until the next episode I had a look at the AO3 Adventure Zone section, and had a surprisingly strong NOPE reaction to all the fic. So I thought about what fic I would theoretically write, and all my ideas felt kind of wrong too.

On further thought I've decided it's because of the nature of the canon.
No spoilers )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Yes, this is for Yuri on Ice, specifically a 14K Sara/Mila fic, but I’m way more confident about the characterisation/romance etc than I am about the skating stuff, so you don’t need to have watched the show let alone ship the pairing. If you only know about men’s figure skating that would still be a step up from my “have watched YOI and a few youtube clips and read a little bit on Wikipedia”.

Failing that, someone else in the "all I know about figure skating I learned from Yuri on Ice" boat could be useful, make the story so compelling noone notices that I got my jumps mixed up with my spins etc :D

(My previous YOI fics just concentrated on Feelings so my ignorance was less of a problem, but this one has something resembling plot)
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Somehow I got inspired to write a fic which almost describes actual sex.

Icebound (8616 words)
Fanfiction.net link
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, First Time, Happy Ending
Summary: If this is all they can have, then it's enough. An attempt to figure out what was going on in Yuuri and Victor's heads.

And now I have an idea for a femslash fic and because the show is about male figure skaters am having to do research on female figure skating to create original characters and routines etc...and am actually enjoying watching figure skating. And getting attached to the different skaters and having opinions on who is better! Special shoutout to Brooklee Han for being a maths nerd Australian(*) and Evgenia Medvedeva for being an anime nerd who skated Sailor Moon and is into Yuri on Ice herself.

THIS IS ALMOST LIKE ENJOYING SPORT. And I know hating sport is a Thing among nerds but seriously I usually really hate sport. And am not all that much into watching dancing either. Apparently all I needed was to be thinking about how I can use it as inspiration to write shippy subtext. It helps that the skater I'm using as a vague base for Sara, Roberta Rodeghiero, skated to Let It Go, which is such a perfect song for a woman moving on from a somewhat incestuous relationship with her brother to get a girlfriend (specifically Mila, who I am basing on Ashley Wagner, even though she's from the US, since she posted about her resemblance to Mila in a tweet)

(*)Or at least someone who competes for Australia. She was born in the US and only moved here after she fell in love with ice skating, poor thing.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Watching how much fun this Let's Player is having in Twilight Princess with RPG mechanics I find frustratingly difficult got me thinking about what it would be like to play an RPG I was that good at that.

I'm not likely to make one any time soon, since I have plenty of other games on my plate, but wanted to get my ideas down while they're fresh in my mind. I would be curious to hear other people's thoughts, especially people who, like me, enjoy RPGs in theory but find them a bit tricky in practice. It's impossible for one game to be good for everyone but it's still useful to know other people's preferences. I'd also love to hear any recs for games that sound suited to me!
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alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Have done ok initial versions of my [community profile] seeingcolorcomm and [tumblr.com profile] ladystuck gifts, both of which came with nice prompts. Once again having some issues with being the first person to post, before the mods have set things up properly, but I guess someone has to be.

And Cam and I have a plan to deal with a bunch of the clutter in our house: we're hiring a storage unit. The problem when we had an extra bedroom was it was too easy to fill it with crap. But putting things in a storage unit is more effort than throwing things away or donating them, and is a commitment to not want it again for an extended period. So we'll hopefully only use it for things we actually want to store and everything else we'll either get rid of or have to find somewhere sensible to put in the house. The plan once we make some more space this way is to (a) Replace the couch with something bigger so we can fit more guests (it comfortably fits 2 and uncomfortably fits 3) and (b) Set up the kitchen table with my sewing machine and craft/sewing supplies. The original plan was to use my desk in the study, but now cam works from home that's not really practical. So that desk may become the new place to put random crap until it is as full as the kitchen table is currently but never mind :)

And my brother M came over yesterday and we had a nice conversation. He finally got around to telling me about his wedding (in OCTOBER) that mum mentioned at CHRISTMAS, it's in Korea so we can't make it but I hope to see lots of photos :)

Been feeling happier genderwise, even though the external changes are hard to notice. Everyone I've told (including my brother) has been fine about it.

And right now I am reading a NON FICTION BOOK omg. About painting! I am learning things! It's very exciting.

All of this has been done around the same low energy levels I've been having the past few months. So I haven't done much any given day, but that's ok. It's nice to know things can happen, and improve, regardless.

Also a small child is singing outside very badly but with enthusiasm. I love the kids in our set of units, they are all adorable and very kind to the cat when they encounter her despite her evident loathing for them.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I think I may have done this before, but I have written new things since then. Stolen from various people on tumblr. Some of these are original fiction, but I write that exactly the same way as fic.
  1. I saw Dee again today.
  2. Maisie was in no mood for a ball.
  3. It was getting easier to shoot people.
  4. Cassandra was halfway through her second set of sword exercises before she realised someone was quietly trying to get her attention.
  5. "You know that's not your heart right?"
  6. "So...how are things in Kirkwall?" asked Varric, like it was no big deal.
  7. He was dreaming again.
  8. She caught her up in a punishing kiss.
  9. "That is a pretty belt, Cassandra," said Leliana. "Did your secret admirer give it to you?"
  10. They made the loveliest pair of brides Georgiana had ever seen.

And since I posted the finished fic recently but it's actually the first first line I ever posted to the AO3: "Mary Bennet was a very accomplished girl."

In my defense, 8 starts with an excerpt from a deliberately bad romance novel. I was tempted to add the comma that is, in retrospect, CLEARLY missing from 5 but that wouldn't be an accurate reflection of my writing style haha.

Overall I seem to write pretty boring first lines. Many of these are far more interesting in conjunction with the second line, though, eg for 1, "They were so thin, their skin dry as dust, and I could not bear to look them in the eye."
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I FINISHED IT. IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS AND NEARLY 60 THOUSAND WORDS BUT I GOT THEM TO KISS. Yes, at last, I give you the final and complete...

WEDDING IS DESTINY AND HANGING LIKEWISE (Wedding is Destiny at Fanfic.net)

Chapters: 22/22
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Anne de Bourgh
Characters: Mary Bennet, Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Lydia Bennet, Elizabeth Bennet
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, Mutual Pining, 19th Century, Regency, Humor, Happy Ending, Period-Typical Homophobia, Period-Typical Sexism, Canon Disabled Character, Romance, First Time
Summary:In which Mary Bennet becomes a companion to Anne de Bourgh and neither of them gets quite what they were bargaining for.
The new, final, and complete version of the story originally posted as "Wedding is Destiny and Hanging Likewise" and "London".

And also a little extra deleted scene:

To Love And To Cherish (To Love And To Cherish at Fanfiction.net)
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Anne de Bourgh
Characters: Georgiana Darcy, Mary Bennet, Mr Bennet
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, gratuitous fluff, Wedding Fluff
Summary:A little deleted scene from near the end of (the new and improved!) Wedding is Destiny and Hanging Likewise, taken out for being too implausibly fluffy. Contains background Kitty/MOC/MOC.

And to think it started out as a little 500 word bit of crack to test out the Ao3 beta. Thanks as always to [personal profile] hl for helping me get this far.

omg

Jun. 29th, 2015 11:12 am
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I just sent the first chapter of the new and improved Wedding is Destiny to [personal profile] hl to be beta-ed o.O Only twenty more to go...(some of them are very short) I can't believe I wrote a SIXTY ONE THOUSAND word story. The new chapters all by themselves are nearly the same number of words as my next longest story. Apparently that means it counts as a NOVEL woo! (Of course my thesis was longer but noone's going to read that and I didn't have to write anyone talking about their feelings)

It's been a useful distraction to keep myself resting, Cam's going away for a week on Friday so I want to make sure I have my energy stored up for any emergencies I have to handle alone. I feel way more emotionally ready for it than I did for the trip six months ago, hooray for meds and therapy and nothing awful happening recently. Once again I have benefited from a Steam sale at just the right time, expect reviews of cheap games :)
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Went out yesterday and saw [personal profile] sami, [livejournal.com profile] myfyr and Dave whose username I have forgotten if he ever had one (sorry Dave).

And it was GREAT. We've been trying to organise a get together for LITERALLY YEARS but mutual health problems and distance made it difficult. But we prevailed and it was great!

I'm kind of sleepy now but not too wasted, and managed to write some thinky posts about stuff I've been thinking about for a while which was cathartic. And I have not many plans for the next week or so.

What I would like to be thus doing over the next few days: I have been WORKING ON WEDDING IS DESTINY. YES REALLY. I have about 4000 words written and am moderately confident I can get these wacky kids together within another 3-10K. (For those who have only tuned in recently, eg within the last three years, this is my eternal Anne/Mary Pride and Prejudice WIP that has not been updated since 2012)

And I just had a nice chat with [personal profile] lilysea!

Also my cat is adorable. We watched fish videos this morning and she was FASCINATED. And then it all got too intense and she went to sit somewhere else for a while.

Cam is going away in a couple of weeks for work but I have a bunch of games I got in the Steam sale and should be ok.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
The structure is like Magnolia or Pulp Fiction: a series of somewhat disconnected scenes with different characters that all add up to a coherent interconnected story.

At the start you wander around as the starting character and have the chance to talk to different people/do different things. At some point you trigger a cut scene/scene change etc, and there are multiple different ways to do this.

The game then switches to a new character with a different point of view, possibly even a flashback. This is chosen to connect to whatever scene you triggered last time. The game keeps switching between scenes, each scene chosen to connect with the story/plotlines created thus far. There will be scenes/plotlines that show up in every game but in different orders depending on the player's choices, and others that only show up in some games.

A simple example:
A1: You start out as character A, and can talk to B or C.
A2: something happens to continue A's plot
A3: something happens to continue A's plot
B1: Flashback to B's past where we play as B
B2: continuation of B flashback
C1: we flash to an assassin coming to murder C, play as the assassin
C2: Assassin plot continues
AC: Scene involving C and A
AB: Scene involving B and A
ABC: Assassin attacks, A, B and C defeat it. Everyone's arc is finished.

We always start with A1. If the player chooses to talk to B, the order would be:
A1 B1 A2 B2 AC C1 A3 C2 ABC
If they talk to C it would be:
A1 C1 A2 C2 AB B1 A3 B2 ABC

But with more continued player choice. Maybe some random plotlines that only show up sometimes, too.

I am still pretty sleepy so I hope this makes sense. Needless to say the version in my dream was fairly incoherent and silly. I can see a bunch of ways this could be difficult to implement and make enjoyable, but it's interesting to ponder. If any of you have encountered games anything like this I'd be curious to hear about them!
alias_sqbr: (bookdragon)
So! Thanks to people's prompts helping me past a creative block I have properly started on an idea I've been poking at for a while: a Visual Novel/dating sim version of Northanger Abbey. And I was hoping you guys might have some thoughts on all the fun/interesting "what if"s I can explore. (I still intend on doing the prompts, this is one of those big projects I poke at intermittently)
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Wrote some semi original fiction omg! One for the Jukebox "write a story about a song" exchange, another for a writing meme I made up myself. Also did some art for that limited palette meme that's been going around tumblr, which was super fun.

Spare Change (1393 words), The Man Who Sold the World, Teen And Up, Horror, Fantasy, Original Fiction, Fanfiction, Inspired by Music, Genderqueer Character
Summary:Two friends meet by chance long after both have died.

The Most Talked About Night Of The Season (5355 words) G, No Warnings, Fantasy, Regency, Happy Ending, Fae & Fairies, Non-Graphic Violence
Summary: Maisie was in no mood for a ball. She always felt like a fool in formal wear. The ball was full of Pixies and Slyphs looking lovely in ensembles much like hers, but delicate ringlets and a ruffled dress were far less flattering on a seven foot tall Lob covered in hair.

A colouring tutorial

Literally every comment on Spare Change has used the word "creepy" :D On one hand I'm quite happy with the story, on the other hand want to stop thinking about it so I can GET THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD.

And now....art!
Edward Scissorhands, Iron Man,Bastion, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fresh Pretty Cure )
alias_sqbr: Zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
Forgot to mention: ISOBELLE CARMODY BORROWED MY HAT. She bumped into me in the lift as I was coming into the hotel and asked to borrow it for a friend getting over skin cancer (it's got a remarkably broad brim). She apparently later spent an hour looking for me, then left it at the front desk from where it wound it's way back to me. I of course totally forgot to say anything about liking her books, but she KNOWS WHO I AM. Which is kind of cool :)

Making Indie Games )

Invisibility )
alias_sqbr: Zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
So! I just came from Swancon. It was great! I may write some more coherent personal thoughts later, but plausibly not cos I don't have much interesting to say. What I do have are COPIOUS NOTES. So let's get started.

Queerbaiting )Favourite Comics )Magic Systems )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
I'm sorry hebethen, I was putting this off until I thought of something interesting to say but I'm not sure that day is going to come. So, while it's still January, some entirely off the top of my head rambles.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
For owlmoose. I am feeling super tired, so this is just going to be some off the top of my head rambles. I am SURE I am going to realise some of this is wrong later. I start with some discussion of the difference between art and writing since I can't see any way not to.

So. The thing with original art is that the art world is SUPER WEIRD.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
For leahazel, for the January posting meme.

One answer to this used to be "complicated but self consistent time travel plots" but I finally got one of those to work, so now all that's really left is mysteries and other stories with unexpected yet retrospectively inevitable twists. I am ok with twists as a background element where if the reader figures it out early it's no big deal, but have no idea how to successfully write stories with a central mystery which the reader is supposed to be confused about until the end at which point it all makes sense.

One of my flaws as a writer is that I tend to keep too much of the story in my head, not on the page. I've gotten better at making sure to tell readers everything they need to know but only by explicitely telling them in blunt prose, I'm still not very good at judging if my subtle implications are coming across. This is ok for nuances of character, if some of the implications go over people's heads they'll still get the general gist, and if my characterisation is a bit heavy handed it's not the end of the world. But if the implications of a Vital Clue are literally imposible to parse from the text that takes the fun out of the mystery and any Final Twists will seem entirely arbitrary, and if I make it too obvious readers will just roll their eyes. The double think of "having the story seem to say X when what's actually happening is Y" is largely beyond me (except for "seeming to be Trope X then SURPRISE SUBVERSION", but those don't actually rely on the surprise, and I don't know if mine are actually surprising)

Which is a pity, because I love surprises in stories that make sense in retrospect. I like to think some of my plots have this effect, even if they don't revolve around a central Mystery or Big Twist, but I don't know if they do.

The self restraint required to not start posting these meme posts early was INTENSE :) I've only got one more draft written, better keep going!
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
I love these things, so many numbers! Via [personal profile] torachan, html from Kate.
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alias_sqbr: (bookdragon)
(I write this as a post on the forums for the course "Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative" and NOONE REPLIED so I'm archiving it here. Note that this is about Romance in the old fashioned sense, not romance novels. I feel weirdly self conscious posting something meant for one audience to another)

I haven't studied any humanities since highschool, but something I find really interesting is the complicated interplay between different cultures and changes in attitude within a given culture, and how these affect long standing genres like the Romance. I was hoping this would be more of a focus in this course than it has been so far, I hope it comes up later. So for now I'll just ramble about what I have picked up as an amateur and hopefully more knowledgeable people will chime in :)
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