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I'm not entering official NaNoWriMo, but I am planning to devote November to Finishing LHAD, Dangit!

I posted the first chapter in December 2007, and I'd love to finish it five years later. I see some hopes, although it will take a big push, as I just posted chapter 48 and anticipate that it may run to chapter 60. (49 is finished in draft, and is currently being polished; 50 is in early stages.)

i need a word counter thingumbob to track daily progress. Suggestions?

As a side note, I am sad. "Soldier of Spira" starts out so well that it is useful to me for getting into Auron headspace, but once again I've hit a point in the saga where it's difficult to keep reading.

On the one hand, I'm afraid that my writing is the same way. On the other hand, I believe that my writing is better, and I feel a twinge of jealous-writerdom. (SoS gets the fame, the recs, the tvtropes entry, the all-over-the-web fan following.) Then again, there are many other excellent fanfics that don't get the acclaim they deserve. Not that I don't (Clarion by justira) keep trying (CLARION OMFG) to correct that.

I still think Auron's mental monologue in Soldier of Spira regarding Seymour's in-game introduction is a fun bit of meta:



Well, well. Here's Maester Seymour.

"So we meet again, Lady Yuna." The man's hair fascinated me—-was it a statement of some sort? A protest? Lose a bet?

"Y-Yes?" she stumbled.

"You look troubled. Is there anything I can do?" Would it stay up in a wind? How did he put a shirt on over it?

"Well..." Yuna replied, glancing at the gate.

"I see." Obviously he couldn't wear a hat. How did he sleep? Special pillows? Seymour ordered the guard to let us pass. We followed him through the gates and he stopped to address a group of Crusaders that were formed up on the other side. "Brave Crusaders of Spira, protectors of all Spira. Believe in the path you have chosen, let faith be your strength! I, Seymour Guado, maester of Yevon, will bear witness to your deeds today."

How does he wash it? Perhaps he uses a team? Would he pay by the hour, or by the yard? The young Crusaders he was addressing responded to his words enthusiastically. Wakka was less impressed. "What's goin' on? Why's Maester Seymour backing the Crusaders, eh? They're using Al Bhed machina! They're violating the teachings!"

Good questions, blitzballer.

"Even going against the teachings," Yuna answered, "They're willing to risk it for the greater good. Wakka, I think Maester Seymour sees that too."

Not even close, Yuna.

"Ask him yourself," I said. He was coming over. He walked up to me.

"Ah, Sir Auron. It is an honor. I would be most interested in hearing what you've been doing these past ten years."

Well, of course all of my charity work keeps me pretty busy, you—

"I've got nothing to say about it."

Date: 2012-10-31 12:24 pm (UTC)
thene: Naomi Hunter is very suspicious. (naomi)
From: [personal profile] thene
I use ywriter, which has a daily progress log.

Jealous-writerdom is the curse of comparing oneself to others. I just try not to do that, these days (and to impose a few sanity rules, eg. not reading any Yuletide fics unless they were written by people who read my small-fandom fics too).
Edited (clarity) Date: 2012-10-31 12:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-01 04:59 am (UTC)
radish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] radish
You know? I am one of the world's biggest Auron fans and I have never ever got the appeal of SoS. Whenever I read it, it comes off as mediocre, unlyrical and vaguely self-inserty. Not that I'm adding to the conversation, but I just don't understand why ALL THE ACCOLADES.

So um. In this one's opinion, yours is better by leaps and bounds. Big leaps and bounds.

Date: 2012-11-02 01:20 pm (UTC)
radish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] radish
You know, after I posted that comment I realized it might be somewhat insulting. Which I didn't mean -- I didn't mean for it to be an attack, just an expression of my puzzlement over that story.

And yeah, like I said, I never got very far when I tried to read it, so perhaps it gets better. If he writes Auron's fighting style well, I can see that being good reference material. In fandom, people too often gloss over the actual adventure aspects of a story to get to the shippy stuff. You never do that, and I think it's once of the strongest aspects of your fic.

The writing style -- hmm. See, maybe I'm the worst person to be defending this stance considering how purple-ish my writing style can be. But I don't think lyrical = florid, necessarily. Lyrical writing can be very gruff and pointed -- take Hemingway or Steinbeck as good examples. My beef with this aspect isn't how much it fits Auron necessarily, either, but just that I think it's clunky and mediocre. But again, I haven't read very far.

Not to say that I think it fits Auron. I think the Auron in SoS is far too flippant. Again, haven't read the entire thing, but this is...Auron. Sure, he's a wise ass and I'd definitely grant him the occasional bitter joke as the game does, but he still is that young, serious monk and he's struggling against the tug of the farplane the entire game. He is angsty dude, wise ass or no, and it's an angsty game. The scene you posted, for example? Takes away all the lovely, fucked up tension the game establishes. He's being insulting to Wakka and he sounds far more like Jecht, imo.

But! If it's helping you, then clearly it's doing some good. :)

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