Ys: Ark of Napisthim - thoughts etc

  • Jun. 21st, 2017 at 6:47 AM
I finished Ys VI: Ark of Napisthim, a word that I continue to struggle to spell despite spending several hours reading it.

Ys: Ark of AUGH DASH-JUMPS ARE THE WORST )

Well, next up is The Strangest Journey, Ys Seven, and sitting down and playing the Caligula Effect because I have been trying to move it on for a month now.

Nayuta no Kiseki - thoughts etc

  • Jun. 18th, 2017 at 9:12 PM
I finished Nayuta no Kiseki earlier this week and it was genuinely sweet! Unfortunately it has never been localised so I had to play a translated version. The translation was adequate, but it did leave me wondering what XSeed could have done with it. That said, it's a solid adventure and a fun way to spend 20 hours!

Take a shot every time someone talks about the stars, and you can't count the characters' names as one because you will die. )

Next up in my gaming list is Ys: Ark of Napishtim, The Longest Journey ... and I really do need to sit down and focus my attention on The Caligula Effect.

Biking + Mastodon

  • Jun. 16th, 2017 at 9:27 PM
I have a bike now. I've been resisting for a while, because biking is scary and I felt like I needed a leg up into being willing to do it. I do have a ton of friends who do bike, though, and they all seem to be really into it, so I let one of them talk me into going on a bike ride with her and really enjoyed it. And that led to the slippery slope of actually buying a bike and then riding it to work. And then riding it back home in the pouring rain. It does cut down my commute to about 1/3 to 1/4 of how long it used to take, so it's definitely going to be useful going forward, especially if I need to get someplace that's obnoxious to get to otherwise. I don't think I'm going to give up on walking everywhere, though. I like the slowed down pace and not having to worry about locking up my bike.

One of the awesome things about getting the bike is that I got it, plus accessories, from a local non-profit called Bikes Not Bombs, and the money I gave them will also hopefully support the cool work that they do both locally and abroad.



Other thing I have been fascinated by lately is Mastodon. It kind of is a roll-your-own Twitter clone, but it also is built to be less awful than Twitter? 500 word character limits, cut-tags (called content warnings) for hiding content if necessary, per-toot(tweet) privacy settings. Open source, free of advertising, strong moderation rules. And a way of viewing the local community through the 'local timeline', where you can see the stream of the entire site in one place.

You might be wondering how this idea scales, because a local timeline on Twitter would be a shitshow, and you're right. It would be. But the idea of Mastodon is to be decentralized, which is kinda difficult to grasp these days when all of our social media is so very centralized. What does that mean in this case? It means that there are a bunch of different webistes that run the Mastodon code, but all of these websites can integrate and talk to one another. The easiest comparable example is e-mail. You may be on yahoo.com and I may be on gmail.com, but we can still send e-mail to one another without issue. The way the local timeline is supposed to work is that you get to see the chatter that's happening in your particular instance, and hopefully you've built a cool little community there. But you can also follow people on other Mastodon servers and see their content and interact with them.

Anyway, I started investigating the idea of setting up a fannish Mastodon site ("instance" in the local parlance), where we can gather and talk about fannish things and have fandom-oriented content policies and code of conducts, but still be connected to the larger Mastodon universe if people want to be. It seems like I'm a bit late to the party, as someone else has started a similar project, but I've been invited to help out as well, so that could be fun. Hooray.

There's also a great set of newbie documentation that's been compiled if you're interested in exploring it further.

I'm not going to lie. It's kind of funky. The UI is generally pretty good, but it can be kind of weird at times. The Tweetdeck-but-not can feel kind of limiting. There's tons of Twitter features that haven't been implemented, whether by lack of time or by design. There's still some weirdness with the distributed nature that makes the integration less than seamless. But I still find it interesting and fun, and I'm a sucker for new things.

If you want to find me (at least for now), I'm @thedeadparrot@mastodon.social. My instance is closed down for new signups right now, but if you're interested, I can also dig up other reputable instances if need-be.

Ebooks and charity

  • Jun. 15th, 2017 at 12:52 PM
StoryBundle has an LGBT+ ebook bundle up for Pride Month. From the description:

First, no novels in which being queer means you're evil, nor any in which it's a doomed and tragic fate. There are places for the latter, but this is June and Pride Month, and I want to share books that celebrate queerness. I've also decided to focus on small press offerings, as they are more likely to be overlooked than books from the mainstream houses. I've tried to pick newer novels, and to reintroduce some older writers, and in general to include books and writers who you might not have seen yet.

This bundle also has an option to donate 10% of your purchase to Rainbow Railroad, which is a charity based out of Toronto. The primary thing this charity is known for is helping LGBT+ people who live in countries where they are persecuted get to safer countries.

I think purchasing this bundle was a good way to celebrate Pride Month, even if a couple of the books are in genres I don't normally read.
I finally finished Chapter 2 of Higuarashi, Watanagashi! Do I know what is going on? Hell no! I have theories, of course, but nothing concrete yet.

one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us one of us )

Next up, finishing off Nayuta no Kiseki (I'm about to start the After Story), then focusing my attention solely on The Caligula Effect ... until I start playing the sixth and seventh Ys games, Crisis Core, Night in the Woods, or War of the Lions in preparation for Final Fantasy XII coming out next month.
Unbirthday ficspam #11~

Summary: People believe in Trent, despite everything, even if he doesn't feel like he deserves it. (G; mentioned Trent/Kira)

On AO3 here.

'Penny for your thoughts?' )
Ficspam #10.

Summary: Haruhi likes to walk alone in Boston. (G; Post-manga with spoilers)

On AO3.

Boston was a city of walks, or at least the area around Boston College was. )

Hath Rather Neither Joy (Original Work)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 9:44 PM
Unbirthday ficspam #9!

Summary: Angie is trying to get herself and her sister reversed, but it's not easy, especially since she has to live Marie's life for the moment. A tiny followup to "Impostor Syndrome".

It was tiring, reading though all of Marie's notes. )

Long, Withdrawing Roar (Magical Diary)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 8:19 PM
Unbirthday Ficspam #8!

Summary: Ellen figures out how to get out of the dungeon without magic. It is, unfortunately, not the way her professors expected her to do it. (G; Small spoilers for the third exam, instructions quoted from the game.)

On AO3 here.

The exit to this dungeon has been hidden. )

A Bright Girdle Furled (Kamen Rider Drive)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 7:28 PM
Unbirthday Ficspam #7!

Summary: Kiriko successfully transforms into Drive. (G; AU to series)

On AO3 here.

Kiriko paused as she settled Mr. Belt around her waist. )

Let Us Be True (Ghost Soup Infidel Blue)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 6:48 PM
Unbirthday fic #6~

Summary: Jin returns to Engineering... for the moment. Ryuuji is not sure what to make of this. (G; Jin/Ryuuji)

On AO3 here.

(I like writing in the GSIB universe, even if it's kind of a joke fandom and everything is pretty much original fic in it.)

Ryuuji was proud of his people. )
Unbirthday Ficspam #5!

Summary: Hilda knows that the world has to repopulate, but she knows the dangers of that, too. (T; references to mid-game events)

On AO3 here.

Hilda watched her advisers as they came in and out with reports. )
Fic #4 for my Unbirthday Ficspam!

Summary: The books in the cell at Kurosawa House have been waiting a long time. (G; small spoilers for parts of Fatal Frame II)

AO3 version here.

(I intended to have only the books show up, and then Mio and Mayu decided to come too.)

It was a small, intimate library. )

Nor Help For Pain (Fatal Frame I)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 4:11 PM
Fic #3 for my Unbirthday Ficspam!

Summary: Kirie watches the Family Master slaughter the Himuro family, and is happy. (T; canon-typical violence, mostly courtesy of the Family Master, with child death)

On AO3 here.

This is both an expansion and an AU to the flashback scenes in the game, as I had the Family Master die in a slightly different place than he did die in-game, I believe.

It felt so good. )

Swept With Confused Alarms (Fantasy Life)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 3:45 PM
Fic #2 for my 2017 Unbirthday Ficspam!

Summary: Eldred comes up with an unusual candidate for Damien's future wife... it's the girl named Katida who, along with the butterfly, saved the world.

Naturally, Demona is less than pleased. (G; discussions of an arranged marriage but none occurs in this fic. Vague references to both the main storyline and Origin Island.)

Also on AO3.

Basically, I wanted a fic where the PC was totally uninterested in Damien, but had some vague royal blood that made her maybe possibly acceptable as the future wife of the young sultan. I don't ship Damien/PC at all, but after seeing so many unfinished Damien/PC fics, I just had to write this plotbunny! I also didn't want to use Erion, who I established being in a relationship with Yuelia, and thus a new PC!

'Are you quite sure, Eldred?' )

The Moon Lies Fair (Fantasy Life)

  • Jun. 12th, 2017 at 2:58 PM
So, here's the first bit of my Unbirthday Ficspam! I wrote 14 15 (fairly short) fics, which I'll be posting in order by fandom, two of which are going by the name local to me instead of the AO3 name.

Summary: Erion wants to make sure Yuelia isn't homesick. (G; Yuelia/Erion, spoilers for the end of the main game and the Origin Island storyline.)

Also on AO3.

'Do you miss your home?' )

A kind of short five things

  • Jun. 11th, 2017 at 10:41 PM
(ETA: I had four, but now I have five, because I forgot something!)

1. I've written about half a dozen things for my Unbirthday thing from prompts I came up with myself, and hope to write more. I still welcome prompts, but I hope to start posting around 11 PM UTC on the 12th. (That's 3 PM American PST, and 6 PM American EST.) I'm trying to add a lot of wordcount as I'm way behind on [community profile] getyourwordsout. (I should be at about 67191 right now, but I'm closer to 38,000.)

2. If someone wants to write me fic for my upcoming birthday (which is this week, scarily enough), I'd love one of the following prompts (under the cut):
prompts )

3. [community profile] treatyoselfcomm is looking for cheerleaders! There are an awful lot of people who don't have cheerleaders, including myself. :(
I'm doing this exchange-of-sorts less as a way to get rid of a plotbunny, but instead to write more of Chiyo/Gako in my Agender Ganma universe because it's writing to my own iddy desires, and it adds wordcount.

4. I'll also be working on some of my WIPs during the treatyoself period. I've got part of the next part of "By Ghostly Ear" written, and after that I'l work on "Not Good Enough For Thee", "Gape For Future Joy", "The Dreamt-of Call" and "Second Son", probably more or less in that order.

5. [community profile] remixrevival looks to run starting July. I have about 20 fandoms that have enough fics for me to put out for remix, though I'll probably concentrate on Power Rangers and Kamen Rider (along with Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, and I'll also do Fantasy Life if I have enough fics). Five of my Power Rangers fandoms (R.P.M, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, Time Force, and Turbo) and ten of my Kamen Rider fandoms (Kiva, Drive, W, Gaim, Kabuto, Blade, Ghost, OOO, 555, and Den-O) are possibly eligible, though some of them might end up falling off the radar once I drop the fics that don't qualify (crossovers, WIPs and cowritten works).

All in the Family reveals!

  • Jun. 11th, 2017 at 1:19 PM
I wrote three fics for All In The Family! My main fic was "Impostor Syndrome" (Original Work), I wrote "An Apparition Not Looking Up" (Kamen Rider Drive) as a pinch hit, and "It's Not Fair, Not Fair" (Final Fantasy IV:The After Years) as a treat.

Incidentally, my gift was written by elwing_alcyone. I suspected it was them because they were the other Fatal Frame requester and they like writing Ryozo and Yae. (I would have written for them except I couldn't get any plot bunnies, and someone wrote Kureha for them, which makes me happy.)

Links and notes under the cut )

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