yati: Yuna by the Moonflow, looking at the lilies and the pyreflies. (we're all made of stars)
The Doink! Final Fantasy Exchange Collection 2011 and the Moogle Fluff Collection 2011 are open! \o/

I received three gifts! Three! One is a gorgeous piece of art by [archiveofourown.org profile] cumuluscastle: Mods de Chocobo, FFVIII. It's of Selphie and Irvine riding a chocobo and is very, very lovely; you should take a look even if you don't know the fandom.

The other two are fic:

The first one is by [archiveofourown.org profile] Icicle_streams, This is our world now, FFX/X-2, about Yuna after the Eternal Calm, and how the changes are wonderful but not quite enough for her. I liked the wistful tone of the whole piece.

The second is by [archiveofourown.org profile] lescafenix, All Work and No Play Makes Life a Beach, a delightful piece about Gippal sneakily tricking Baralai to a beach vacation in Besaid. I had fun reading this one!

I wrote one fic, for [archiveofourown.org profile] darthneko: More Than Enough, FFVIII, Squall/Laguna slice-of-life . . . thingy.

And there are lots more of fic and art posted in both collections! \o/
yati: (massive amounts of fail)
I posted my [community profile] ff_exchange fic with four hours to spare! >.>

To clarify, that is actually Not a Good Thing, mostly because of my perfectionist tendencies. I usually reread fics multiple times before posting, often after setting it aside for a couple of days, and this one didn't get the same treatment. I finished writing it around seven hours before the deadline, and spent the rest of the time polishing it and going /o\ at how I keep thinking it's perfectly adequate, but not great. The last month has been somewhat stressful and I've had too many things on my mind (god it's been so, so hard to concentrate on anything) and I've been writing the fic in a rather distracted fashion, not quite knowing what I really wanted to do with it.

Also this is the first fic I've written since last year's exchange (yes, this very same Doink! Final Fantasy Exchange) and I am so out of practice. It's alarming that it's becoming a pattern -- the last three things I wrote were all for Doink! and the only reason I finished those fics is because I committed myself when I signed up and I dislike the thought of defaulting. Perhaps the solution to this is to go join more challenges, but I'm afraid the persistent anxiety of wanting to please the recipient will kill me. I've always been more worried whether or not someone will like what I wrote for them more than anything else when it comes to fic exchanges. Deadlines and word counts don't particularly scare me, even though I've been known to use the latter as an excuse.

But it's done now, and posted, and I'm crossing my fingers hoping that the recipient will like it! Reveals are in less than a week.

Also: Moogle Fluff is open and you can participate even if you didn't sign up for the exchange!


Anyway. Between posting and riffling through folders with names that were mostly incomprehensible, I found a number of WIPs and ficlets and lines of dialogue from goodness knows when from a few different fandoms. I'm slowly sorting through these and trying to figure out what's worth continuing and finishing, and what should be considered as lost causes. There's one longish FFVIII fic -- more like a collection of scenes, rather -- that's been around for ages; it seems like the problem with it is I don't know whether or not I should break Squall and Rinoa up. (I think it was originally written for a challenge to "subvert your OTP" or some such thing; the notes to it are too vague for me to figure it out now.)

There's a Danny Phantom fic that's too angsty and has no resolution. There's a FFX/FFVIII crossover that's messy and convoluted, but I like the ideas in it even though I don't know which direction it's supposed to go now.

. . . I was quite surprised by some of these. A sort of bemused "I wrote that?" more than anything, especially when I realised that I had laughed while I was reading some of these things, and I wrote those and I have always been so critical of my own writing. I'm not even sure I can write like that any more.
yati: (. . . whatever)
Things accomplished:

• Income tax -- filed! LHDN owes me a few bucks. One day, probably in the far and distant future, I'll start doing it before the last week of April. Obviously this year is not the year.

• That application thing at the office that has been niggling me for the whole week -- sent and done with. They can do whatever they want with it now; I shall stop hurting my head thinking about it.

Things not done:

• My Doink! Final Fantasy Exchange fic! It only has an outline and I have about a week to get it done. asddl;kdgf. A good thing this is a long weekend -- we get Monday off because 1 May is Labour Day -- and I think I'll just spend the weekend curled up in bed, trying to write. Of course it has to be sunny and hot today -- why isn't it raining like the rest of the week? >.>

Or maybe I should go out and get ice cream first before writing. Ice cream, hmmm. And grocery shopping. And dinner, too. (I'll never get this fic done.)

Things I am considering:

• I'm thinking of getting myself an iPad! It would be awesome, don't you think, an iPad? It's my birthday in less than two weeks (I can't believe it's my birthday in less than two weeks) and it's a nice present for myself, yes? Though I'm sort of waiting on how that thing at work is going to work out first, because if it does work out, then I certainly deserve a nice present. (The word "work": the current bane of my existence.)

a number of things

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:19 pm
yati: (odd ways of expressing love)
A few things, in no actual order of importance:

• There is a style class being conducted over at [community profile] style_system; the first session starts here, and the syllabus is here. If you want to learn how to modify or make a layout, that is the place to go. It starts from the very basics, so even without any knowledge of CSS or S2, you'd be able to follow.

I guess I actually already know most of the things listed in the syllabus, but it'd be great to actually properly learn S2 this time around. XD

• There's an April Showers Challenge over at Archive of Our Own, where the challenge is to upload your fanworks. Which reminds me, I still have a few fics I had meant to upload but kept . . . putting off. (I'm not even entirely sure I want my name attached to some of those any more, ahaha. We'll see.) If you don't have an AO3 account, I have an extra invite. PM me your email address and I'll send it your way. :)

• I've been taking the bus to work lately so it's been giving me something like an extra 1.5 hours a day to read. (For some reason I can't seem to fall asleep on the bus despite knowing that it's quite impossible for me to miss my stop.) So I've been reading instead. I'm awfully flighty about reviewing stuff, but my Goodreads profile is here if you're interested. I also try to keep an updated list here in this journal.

What I'm still grappling with right now: Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver and I curse the thickness of the book every time I try to stuff it into my bag. Woe. I've been reading it for almost a month (a month!) on and off, and I'm only around two-thirds done with it asfdfljg;flg. A good thing it's interesting. If nothing else it gets an A+ for diagrams annotated in Latin.

• What I should be doing: writing fic for Doink! Final Fantasy Exchange. I haven't started yet! It is far too early to panic, but I am terrified of the tonberry.

Apparently there are only four things! I'm getting worse and worse at this updating thing.
yati: Yuna standing in front of the Luca stadium. (realities beyond reach)
Why is it when it's something about Gaza and Palestine there's almost no noise at all about it? From BBC News: Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship; from Malaysia's The Star, which reports: Two Malaysians on board aid ship attacked by Israeli warship.

I find this completely unacceptable.

Sigh. With that, on to what I was originally going to post. This was drafted earlier, when I wasn't feeling all that disgruntled with the world.

Final Fantasy Exchange gifts were revealed last week! (This journal: definitely not the place to find breaking news.) I'm just glad to say I had managed to escape from being doinked by the tonberry, even with my horrible last minute efforts.

Here's the gift I received, Forget-me-not by Person, and I love how it fits neatly into the FFVIII canon. It's about Ellone and Irvine, and being the only ones who remember, and I really like how Irvine is portrayed in this.

There are lots more stuff posted at the exchange here: DOINK! Final Fantasy Exchange 2010 so go take a look. I haven't found the chance yet to trawl the archive, but I'm sure there are a lot of awesome stuff.

Like this piece of fanart, Valediction (Final Fantasy X, Yuna and her aeons), by [personal profile] cumuluscastle which is so gorgeous, omg, and so soft and sad.

adventures in tonberry dodging (or, what I wrote for the exchange) )


Now I have to go and relinquish my claim on bug #1813 before I forget. Poor bug. I can't seem to find time for it, and each time I look at it after a few days, I forgot what it was I had done earlier. Another note to self: don't claim these CSS bugs any more, please, you'll just make yourself feel horrible later. >.> I should finish up poor Strata instead, and get a patch for it submitted, and help cut down the number of styles that need conversion in [site community profile] dreamscapes.
yati: Sam and Tucker giving an off-screen Danny an odd look (lost his half of their mind?)
Okay! Three weeks for Dreamwidth starts today -- well, it was yesterday, but my internet connection was acting up and I'm finally posting this after midnight, past my bedtime. Details here: [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, but I have no plans! Is there anything in particular I should blather about? (Not that I have been posting much lately, but hey, that could change.) Suggestions? Anyone?

I'll just paste this thing here that I copied over from the latest things "threeweeks" feed:

What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

I'll even write drabbles! Or thoughts on books I've read -- there's a list here. Or post some pictures. I've always wanted to post pictures (but not of myself -- a bit too paranoid for that.)


FFEX! Posting deadline is less than a month away! Should I start panicking now?

Dear gifter, if you are lurking about, I hope you are having/will be having(/had?) fun with my requests. Nothing in any of those have to be pairings, and I think most of those had additional prompts at the end which are completely optional. Completely. I'm a very easy person to please.

As for the prompts I got, I like them, but I have no idea where to go with them! I can write scenes for them but not a coherent story. I despair when I think about plot.
yati: Yuna standing in front of the Luca stadium. (realities beyond reach)
Reposting this here. You won't believe how many times I went in to edit the fic after posting it to the comm. Why is it you notice these things after you post?

([livejournal.com profile] ff_press, you can ignore this; it has been picked up earlier in FFEX)

Title: On the Precipice of the World
For: [livejournal.com profile] xianghua (for [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange)
Medium: Fanfiction
Request: I think the culture of the summoners is fascinating. Why do some summoners have tons of guardians and others one or none? What makes someone decide to become a summoner — and how does the church of the summoners keep it from being suicide by giant monster for every emo idiot who comes along? My favourite characters are Yuna and Tidus, and I think the way that their relationship echoes, in some ways, the relationships of their fathers throughout X is really interesting.
Fandom: Final Fantasy X
Characters/Pairings: Yuna, Rikku, Tidus, cast (with a strong leaning towards Tidus/Yuna)
Rating/Warnings: PG
Feedback: Concrit very much welcomed!
Spoilers: Everything up to Zanarkand, with foreshadowing of what comes after.
Word Count: 6,400
Summary: The closer they get to Zanarkand, the harder it gets to let go.

Zanarkand is waiting. )
yati: Sakura and Syaoran under an umbrella Sakura's holding, both of them smiling (some things are meant to be)

Fic for FFEX is done. It is posted! It is here: On the Precipice of the World, a FFX fic. (Pretentious title, check.) I'll have it reposted here sometime soon.

Dear recipient, I hope it is satisfactory.

FFEX stuff. How the heck did it get so long. )

no work till Tuesday! )

I've also lost touch with my books, thanks to work and FFEX. Also forgotten about some DW dev stuff I wanted to try, but that's OK, I'll get the hang of things soon.
yati: Oathkeeper keychain made by Kairi for Sora (miles to go before I sleep)
I currently have:
  • Two (2) tabs open in Rough Draft, one of them being used for writing this entry (yes, I'm one of those people who composes whole entries elsewhere before going to the post page/clients to post the entries) and the other one my fic for FFEX. FFEX! By FFEX standards, what I already have suffices -- it exceeds the minimum length, it fulfils the prompt (well, mostly) and it's not bad! Except it could be better and it makes me goes ARGH. I am no good at plot and exposition.

  • One (1) Firefox window where I'm fiddling with the CSS of my Dreamwidth journal, and that's progressing at a way better pace than my FFEX submission despite FFEX having a deadline. Woe. I'm not concentrating particularly hard on either task, but this one seems easier. Hmm.

Tomorrow is a day of arrivals! My aunt will be arriving in the afternoon -- my sisters are going to pick her up. What this means for me: proper dinners when I come back at 9 pm. My sister's college is closed for a week thanks to the H1N1 scare, and my aunt called me as soon as she heard and said she'd like to come over so she could cook for us. Who am I to decline?

Also arriving tomorrow: someone I work with from the Sydney office who sends me grandma hugs through email! (All my other colleagues upon hearing that she was coming: "You mean the one who sends you hugs?" Me: ". . .") She's really excited to meet us and I am mildly apprehensive about the whole thing, because while I sometimes manage to sound clever in emails, I'm terrible at actual conversation.

New features on Dreamwidth: completely awesome. Now what I need is more time to spend around here.

. . . I forgot what else I wanted to say. Oh well. Twelve hours at the office does that to you, I suppose.
yati: Rinoa standing in a flower field, looking at the blue sky. (keep on searching)
Har har FFEX. What was I thinking. (Edit: OMG. Look at the cute Squall here. LOOK. I shall work for my accomplishment sticker!)

Prompts are out! Check your email! Read the assignments! Panic! Now I need to set aside time to make sure I get this done! While I think I won't have too much problems completing the assignment (1000 words!), making myself coherent while telling a worthwhile story would probably be quite a task. >.>

I feel like I'm relearning to write fic -- it's been too long since my last attempt.



Apparently my other assignment, this time from my lunch buddies, is to watch True Blood season one. I'm the only one who hasn't watched it, and they keep nagging me about it. Do you hear guys? NAGGING. I wonder if I can nag them into a group reading of a YA novel. Just to be fair, you know? Let everyone share everyone else's interests? :P

I've never been much of a fan of vampires. My experience is limited to one Anne Rice book (was it The Vampire Lestat? I know it wasn't The Interview with the Vampire), some Christopher Pike books (and what was with that ending, sir? It was almost as bad as "and it was all a dream"!), possibly something by Stephen King (The Shining? probably the movie, not the book).

I don't know whether it's hilarious or it's just that I have a one-track mind that when Fazi asked me whether I wanted to watch True Blood my reaction was something like, "that show based on those books by Charlaine Harris?" Haven't read the books, can't say I have any intention to either.

Oh well. As long as no one forces Twilight on me, I'll live. It's amazing, really, the power of the internet -- I haven't even read the books, yet when someone even mentions Edward Cullen I shudder in horror. Not because of the vampire factor, oh no -- it's because people whose tastes I trusts and are similar to mine dislike the book(s) with a passion. (My youngest sister, when asked, said that the book was "stupid". She falls within the target age group of the books. She loves John Green. Of course I trust this succinct review of hers.)

I'll be back with a report on True Blood. A report, I say!


Other things this weekend:

  • finish a sewing project that got halted because I got the measurements wrong (ha ha).

  • perhaps poke the stylesheet this journal is using and see if I can make it conform to the guidelines for submission we have here at [site community profile] dreamscapes -- give it a go, guys! It's fully CSS, no S2 involved, I swear!

  • uh. There was something I wanted to look at about version control on your local machine but I think I'll just leave that off for now (though suggestions of what programs I should look at are welcome!). It's not just code getting messy anymore; even fic drafts are all over the place.

  • finish that Douglas Adams book (currently reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency -- I've only got to the part where the detective agency makes an appearance) and maybe start Dunnett's Scales of Gold.

  • sleep! And not be a zombie on Monday.

Weekends need to be longer!


yati: Flonne squishing Laharl (Disgaea) while waving one arm (Default)

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