Jul. 8th, 2011 01:12 pm
auronlu: (Plot Device)
From [personal profile] owlmoose  : "Go look at your blog journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?"

Reddas?! First time his name has ever entered my journal, but I think I'm good.

He'll scare them all with his hot pink battle pants.
auronlu: (sam)
Title: Not a Moogle
Fandom: FFX
Characters: Wakka, Lulu, Yuna, kitten
Rating: G
Words: 100
For: [ profile] cygna_hime
Request: So Wakka finds a kitten. Adorability/angst/hilarity ensues.
Timeline: 8 months pre-game.

Not a Moogle )
auronlu: (behindyou)
Title: Kindling
Fandom: FFXII
Characters: Fran, Penelo
Rating: G
Words: 300
For: [ profile] owlmoose
A/N: I respect the pure drabble-form, but lately my 100-word drabbles have been too much plot in small space. So, flashfic.

Read more... )
auronlu: (lucil)
Title: "Inspection"
Fandom: Babylon 5
Drabble for: [ profile] owlmoose
Words: 100

The airlock door opened. Boot heels pounded the deck. "Captain Susan Ivanova, Earth Force, reporting for—"

"'God sent you'?"

"—shipyard tour of the EAS Titans." Dropping the crisp salute, she thrust out a hand towards the unsmiling officer. "Commander Berensen. Pleased to meet you."

He stared at her, then shook hands.

"General Leftcourt did not mention where you'd earned that Purple Star. I'm impressed. Not many came out of that battle." Her voice roughened. "On either side."

He exhaled. "We both need a fresh start, Captain."

"Agreed." Her ramrod posture relaxed. "The ship?"

"Ready for your inspection, Captain. This way."

Note: Cmdr. William Berensen is from "Hidden Agendas" short story by JMS. So he's canon. I donno anything about him except this, which suggests that Ivanova comes to trust him fairly quickly.
auronlu: (Angst)
Oops. I made a suggestion on [ profile] lassarina 's LJ and forgot to repost. So, borrowing [ profile] muggy_mountain 's editorial comment for this mene:

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble OR doodle of any pairing/gen friendship. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.* (Feel free to modify exactly what's being requested according to your skills.)

1. Braska, Jecht, Auron in Besaid, encountering mini-W, L and/or Ch.  [ profile] muggy_mountain 
2. Captain Ivanova for [ profile] owlmoose (leftover from old meme). Or  Fran & Penny.
3. Glorfindel/Maeglin for a devious person who's trying to pop my m/m cherry [ profile] trekqueen 
4. Wakka finds an adorable kitten. (Huzzah, I need to write more Wakka.) [ profile] cygna_hime
5. Reno/Rude with Reno in charge. (O.o;;)  requested by [ profile] melchar 
6. Quistis/Xu (long overdue!) suggested by the madwoman with the bottle.
7. Ashe/Balthier for [ profile] lassarina 
8. Catherine & Lulu for [ profile] wired_lizard 
9. Lulu & Fran talking for [ profile] saharasnow 
10. MYST: The Stranger first encounters THE BOOK. for[ profile] ovo_lexa 

*Or don't, I'm not policing you. :D

Fandoms: FFX with everything else a distant second, but hey, I should branch out now and then: FFXII, FFVIII, Tolkien's Middle-earth (i.e. including HOME stuff), MYST (except MYST V, which I still haven't played, d'oh!), FFVII (but I don't know it as well; I'm more familiar with AC and DoC, not old-school).

ETA: Okay, folks, that's all the M/M requests I can handle! You gotta ask someone else for those. :) 
auronlu: (Bobblehead Night)
Oh, this is evil. Ganked from [ profile] trekqueen

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining John McCain and Harry Potter. The story should use an ancient prophecy as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Scooby Doo and Chronicles of Narnia.
The story should use brainwashing as a plot device!

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Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Invader Zim and Seinfeld.
The story should use unplanned pregnancies as a plot device!

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Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Star Trek and Dance Dance Revolution.
The story should use a zombie attack as a plot device!

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auronlu: (Default)
Oops. I did this meme without realizing quite how self-explanatory my icons are, which makes it more boring. But that won't be true of those who reply.

Taken from [personal profile] dagas_isa:

Comment with the word "ICONS" and I'll select six of yours for you to talk about in your journal.

Babbling about the Icons dagas_isa picked from my userpics )
auronlu: (Default)
I'm back, jetlagged, and incapable of doing anything useful or coherent. This probably explains why I'm doing a meme.

MEME ganked from [ profile] konstantya:

"Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!"

1. In the tall grasses, Lady Ginnem and Yuna were playing knucklebones over her grave.

2. After calling her marshmallow of Yevon for so long, Tiidus often struggled to remember her real name, and the candy canes dangling from the points of her hat were not helping.

3. Under the circumstances, Quistis guessed that Xu would not reprimand her for skipping steps three through five in the interest of efficiency-- although she projected a 99% chance that Xu would look better chained to a wall than The Girl Next Door.

4. "...I'm not needed any longer, Steed," she said with a matching smile: warm, frayed, brilliant.

5. "Er, your move, I think," Elma said, cheeks coloring in the frosty air as she studied the ice-chiseled pieces to avoid Shiva's unsettling smirk.

6. Thunder still ripped the sky, and Clasko's droning voice kept singing the same lullaby, but the screams of the dying faded to the trills of one lonely chocobo.

7. If Chappu wasn't waiting for me, I think I might return for Ginnem's body, adding one more fiend to Yojimbo's tally.

8. Stepping from the crest of the waves to Sin's back, Lulu bent and drew a blade from the scabrous shell, holding it aloft in taunting triumph before Tidus' eyes: Excalibur.

9. The stranger gave a throaty laugh and smacked the water next to Will's heart with a brown palm. "What would ye do, girl-child, shoot me?"

10. Ice shards and blue sparks fell around their shoulders as Auron thrust his sword up through the chaos, letting Evrae's momentum do the slicing for him.

11. Lulu was suddenly afraid that if she turned around, that's all she would see: a stained-glass icon, not the body she had touched, tasted, and loved for the enduring soul inside.

12. Click click click: who the heck walked like that, stapling every step to the deckplates?

13. It took him a moment to realize Yunalesca was finished, and the dark waves of magic shredding the air before them with ear-splitting thunderclaps were coming from Lulu alone.

auronlu: (dork)
1) Poor Ficwad has fallen into a hole of code neglect and is getting buggy. Italics are glitchy. Review counts are at 0 even when there are reviews. Now it's started mangling chapter numbering, so Love Her and Despair has two Chapter 11s, no chapter 12, and the last chapter is invisible. I give up. I'll keep archiving there and on, but please read/comment on LJ! Of course, you all do that anyway. I've forward-dated the Table of Contents/Map to 2010, so it'll stay at the top of my LJ.

2) What was #2? Um. Er. Eee. Oh yeah. I've now edited every chapter of Love Her and Despair. It's mostly minor fixes like capitalization, purple prose trimming, and continuity-tightening, but the latter includes some backstory fine-tuning. Chiefly, in this AU timeline, Tidus died on Mt. Gagazet BEFORE Yuna & Company reached Zanarkand. Auron never implied anything else. Right? Right. Luckily, Auron's so cryptic that you probably don't remember him saying anything to the contrary.
I don't actually hate Tidus. I just don't know how to write the poor git.

3) Muggy Mountain Had a Meme, E I E I O. (Yes, my sleep schedule is totally insane right now.)

Quoth Mugs:
What are the characteristics of my writing? Any patterns or cliches that make my writing recognizable? Any improvements you'd suggest, or anything you'd like to see me work on?

I have a longwinded reply. )

4) dsl;f;lk;lfsaaaa THE CLIMACTIC BATTLE SCENE OF LHAD HAS [Characters Initials: LAIMPWRNPBGYV] 13 named characters from canon that I will have to juggle in a comprehensible and compelling manner. I guess this parallels that part of the game wherein all of Spira is singing the Hymn of the Fayth, except in my version all of Spira is on camera with speaking (and fighting!) parts. I've never had to GM myself before.
auronlu: (lulu)
So. Dissertation research is taking up much time, going slowly. I've also been oozing through FFXII at a snail's pace. It's a good game, but the characters apart from Fran (thong and all) and Balther (yummy accent) aren't grabbing me as those in X did. Which is good, because I just need a diversion, not an immersion.

Love Her and Despair is percolating, and I have had the next bit in mind for months now, but unfortunately with dissertation research eating the day my Muse is flat. I'm usually flailing all day to get enough done that I feel like I've done something research-wise, and often as not the only creativity I have left when I'm not engaged in brain-work is to make icons (this partly because I'm combining my downtime with watching a baseball pennant race). Still, I've been writing...and rewriting, and rewriting... the Operation Mi'ihen sequence. Also I keep pecking at a Lulu/Yuna story which is not entirely satisfying me, but I want to write it.

[ profile] muggy_mountain  did the page 123 meme. Last time I did it, the result was odd -- I think it was something from Goethe's Faust — but this time, the bookshelf next to the bed is full of random mythology/religion books. So let's see what happens. Grabbing a book with eyes closed (and first finding the one empty spot on the shelf, which seems oddly poetic):

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four to seven sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest [unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1].

Well, phooey. It's really quite hard to find a prosaic paragraph in this book, so I'll go with seven sentences to get back to the good stuff:

"She must convene her société (or parish), delegate and supervise responsibilities, provide food and lodging for all her helpers and guests, arrange for a truck to transport everything and everybody, rent the sailboat which will carry them all out to sea, and remember a million other secular details. Apart from this, the actual organization of the ritual details of the service was itself an enormous responsibility. Because it was both costly and difficult, many houngans and mambos never undertook it at all. The others did so at increasingly rare intervals, during which the promises made to Agwé accumulated substantially. The ceremony thus became a very special occasion and in the end the real problem of the mambo was not how to inspire interest and devotion, but how, diplomatically, to keep the number of eager participants within manageable limits.
    By twilight the major tasks had been accomplished and everyone had convened in the large peristyle for the preliminary service. The vevers were traced, the libations poured, and, in their proper order, the invocations followed: to Legba, that he should open the gates; to the Christian Trinity and saints, that they should bless the undertaking; to les Morts, les Mystères, and les Marassa; to the important deities and those which were guardians to the mambo, and finally, and above all, to Agwé and his consort, to "signalé" (inform) him that all this was to be for him, and to ask him to accept it."

-- from Maya Deren, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti  (describing preprations for a ceremony honoring the sea-god. Speaking of which, Agwé, go easy on your people for a while... please? They've been hit so hard with these hurricanes.) 

auronlu: (no regrets)
That, or I can just read anything into anything, because I have a liberal arts degree.

[profile] logistika_nyx opened up a Meme inviting us to name a pairing, stick iTunes on shuffle, and give her the title and length of the first song that came up as a writing prompt; song length = wordcount (3:06 = 306, e.g.)

I was a goof and asked for Auron/Lulu.

The song? Loreena McKennett's arrangement of Prospero's Speech:

And now my charms are all o'erthrown
And what strength I have's mine own
Which is most faint; now 'tis true
I must be here confined by you

But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please.
Which was to please.
Now I want spirits to enforce, art to enchant
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer

Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults
As you from crimes would pardon'd be
Let your indulgence set me free.

Is it just me, or does that make a fine farewell speech for a certain Unsent? Except "which was to please" is a little wimpy.
auronlu: (egads!)
I just saw [ profile] cupcakemonster's post about the anagram generator.

This made me spit on the screen.

Final Fantasy = Anal Taffy Sin

Hmmm. Note that each of these generated a ton of alternates; I just list one.

Tifa Lockhart = A Throat Flick
Cloud Strife = Iced For Lust
Lord Braska = Bars La Dork
Quistis Trepe = Queer Psi Tits
Sephiroth = Hipster Ho
Zell Dincht = Chintz Deli
Bahamut = Tuba Ham
Summoner Yuna = Aneurysm Um No
Kimahri Ronso = Armor His Oink
auronlu: (sam)
Hours of mindless fun.

I recommend as a good place to start.

Alternatively, you could freak out someone you don't like very much by saying, "that's funny, all the text has disappeared from your website."

auronlu: (egads!)
Got this from [ profile] trekqueen. (Tweaked.)

--Go to
--Click on "get Directions".
--From New York
--To Paris

--And read line # 23.

if you laugh, repost this.


ETA: By the way, I'm assuming everyone knows about and The Mars one is fairly straightforward, but try zooming the moon maps to the highest magnification.
auronlu: (Default)
I don't usually like memes, but this one seems to work really well. I cheated and used my "normal" LJ username instead of Auronlu to get a more representative spread of my interests. All of these are appropriate, though some are pretty obscure, like the Myst journal. I love "volcanology" appearing next to Utena and Anthy smooching. :)

My Interests Collage! )
Create your own! Originally Written By [ profile] ga_woo, Hosted and ReWritten by [ profile] darkman424
auronlu: (finishthatsentence)
I was just digging back through everyone's LJs trying to catch up and saw this one on [ profile] mneme_forgets' journal. I don't usually like memes, but this is cute.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Hmmm. And the winning sentences... say WHA?

Errr... I haven't the foggiest clue what's going on here... )
auronlu: (Default)
Because the results make sense, in an odd way. I'm short and stubborn and tend to bump into things.

What breed of puppy am I? )

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