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09 October 2016 @ 04:10 pm
Dear author,

Thank you for signing up and writing the story you’re about to write!

This is my second Yuletide. If you want to check my existing stories, those I’ve written in the past year are on Ao3 and crossposted to ffnet. That’s where all previous fics are located, under the same user name, wolfraven80.

Also, I’m going recycle some of what I wrote last year since I’m requesting some of the same things.

I'm hoping for something that has a happy ending and is fairly light, i.e. no angst, death, dark themes, etc. I listed characters in pairs, but if you’d rather write about friendship rather pairing them, that’s fine.

My "No" list: Please no non-con, dubcon, NC-17, incest, main character death, or dark themes generally.


Enchanted Forest - Telemain/Morwen

I loved how the third book in the series really focusses on their dynamic. You get to see very clearly how Morwen, in spite of her impatience with Telemain, is really concerned about him when he's straining himself with the transportation spells and then when he gets knocked out in the swamp. And then in the fourth book she has to patch him up again and somehow that leads to off-camera marriage proposal. They're a bit of an odd couple, but they work so well together and that always made me smile.

Lockwood & Co. - Lockwood/Lucy

I said no "dark themes" above, right? So obviously these stories are creepy and spooky but they're not hideously violent so basically if it keeps with the theme of the books and the same middle-grade level ghost story that's totally fine. As for Lucy and Lockwood, they're by far my favourites in the series and I'm also sucker for stories where friendship develops into romance.

Matt Cruse – Matt/Kate

I only discovered this series a few months ago and loved the mix of adventure, alternate history, with a dash of romance on the side. One of the things that I found really interesting about the dynamic is how much Matt respects and admires Kate’s intellect and her desire to be a scientist. Even though women don’t yet have the vote in their world, he always takes her seriously and never belittles her because she’s a girl. Of course he’s also keenly aware of her flaws. He knows her better than anyone and accepts her as she is. So yeah, I’d love to see something that takes place after the series finishes. An adventure if you’re feeling ambitious, or just a quiet domestic moment between them maybe. It would also be interesting to see a bit more of their world, just to find out what's going on. Have Canada and/or France gone back to space? Did the suffragettes make any headway?
26 October 2015 @ 07:32 pm
Dear author,

First of all, thank you. :) And sorry for the empty AO3 page–- this is my first Yuletide and I created my account just a few weeks ago so I could participate. If you’re curious about my existing fanfics, they’re all on ffnet under the same username wolfraven80.

Mainly I’m looking for something that has a happy ending and is fairly light, i.e. no angst, death, dark themes, etc. I basically listed characters in pairs, but if you don’t ship them then that’s fine; a story about friendship would be okay too. My aim here is to not be too picky. As it's my first time participating in Yuletide I wasn't sure how much or how little direction to give. If you’ve got questions feel free to poke me here or on my Tumblr where I’m more active these days–-and anon comments are open.

My “No” list: Please no non-con, dubcon, NC-17, incest, gore, main character death, or dark themes generally.


Radiant Historia – Stocke/Raynie

The thing I found really interesting about these two is that to get the good ending (and their ending as well) you have to go through all the dead end nodes. The implication, I think, is that Stocke experiences all the wrong paths and remembers them, including the one where he stays with Raynie in Skalla. They spend a year together and then Stocke has to go back and try another path. He would remember that year even though she wouldn’t.

Enchanted Forest – Telemain/Morwen

I loved how the third book in the series really focusses on their dynamic. You get to see very clearly how Morwen, in spite of her impatience with Telemain, is really concerned about him when he’s straining himself with the transportation spells and then when he gets knocked out in the swamp. And then in the fourth book she has to patch him up again and somehow that leads to off-camera marriage proposal. They’re a bit of an odd couple, but they work so well together and that always made me smile.

Lockwood and Co. – Lockwood/Lucy

Admission: I only just started book three–but I’ll be done soon so no worry about spoilers but I am, at present, a little behind.

I said no “dark themes” above, right? So obviously these stories are creepy and spooky but they’re not hideously violent so basically if it keeps with the theme of the books and the same middle-grade level ghost story that’s totally fine. As for Lucy and Lockwood, they’re by far my favourites in the series and I’m also sucker for stories where friendship develops into romance down the line. Busy if it’s present day to the series then friendship is just fine since they’re pretty young and busy dealing with the Problem. A story about an adventure of theirs or what they do on typical day or just what happens when they’re sorting through all those sources and other knick-knacks in the house–pretty much any goes!
03 June 2012 @ 09:36 pm
First, a quick question... Does anyone around here besides saffiremoon21 use Tumblr as a personal or fandom blog? If so, how's that's working out for you? I like Tumblr for pics, but it seems a lot less comment-friendly than LJ.

Also, in an attempt to keep myself sane while working on my revision, I'm going to offer to write propmts... for the two or three people who still read my LJ.

Drabble Meme

Leave me a pairing, a time, and a place, and I will write a drabble based on them. If you want, specify whether it’s a friendship or relationship pairing. Also, if you want a third character go ahead request that too. I can take it!

Example: Geoffrey/Elincia, during a snowstorm, in the stables. Or, Knoll, Natasha, 10 yrs after the war, Grado.

Usual fandoms apply (you can always ask if you're not sure) with the addition of Mass Effect, though I'm limited to femShep there and ship her with Kaidan so...
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03 June 2012 @ 03:46 pm
Oh my gosh. I just realized that, for reasons unknown to me, everything in my story starts with the letter M.

- I have a central character named Marilyn.

- I somehow managed to name two of the MC's relatives Margaret and Martha.

- There's a brief scene with a character named Melanie.

- MC attends the fictional Macpahil Public.

- An important scene occurs at the fictional Emily Murphy building.

Pardon me while I go change a bunch of names.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
02 June 2012 @ 07:33 pm
For anyone who was around the last time I was working on a second draft, you might remember a number of posts wherein in wailed and grumbled about it.

*wails and grumbles*

It's Saturday night. Instead of working on a fresh new scene, I have to fix stuff. I have this one bit I got to where I have a third of a page crossed out because there's some dialogue I no longer need and there's a section where I need to switch around who says what. My first reaction: Oh my gosh! Crap! How do I fix this?


Revising skillz. I don't haz them.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: the veltd -- deadmau5
20 May 2012 @ 10:16 pm
So I finally, finally finished my first draft, months overdue. I already know I need to change a bunch of things before I can show it to my readers but hopefully it'll be quick.

I meant to be finished ages ago, but I've been so low-energy this year and then I got the flu in March and was laid up for a week and half--used all my sick days--and was tried for ages after. Turns out my iron was really low. Feeling a lot better now. Actually, I feel a lot more like myself.

I'm still not sure how things will go with my readers. A couple of my friends volunteered but neither of them reads much young adult fiction and one of them... well she reads things that make me cringe. In fact she finds my cringing very amusing and keeps threatening to wallpaper my cubicle with pages from Twilight. :/

Also there has been much playing of Mass Effect 3--in spite of its having possibly the stupidest ending in the history of gaming. But the rest of the game was amazing so I'm pretending the ending never happened. I'm also weirdly addicted to Multiplayer. Go figure.

/latest update ever
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Calling -- Sebastian Ingrosso
20 February 2012 @ 05:01 pm
So, last month I woke up at 4am on a Friday morning because there was a terrible whistling sound coming from the furnace. I immediately turned off the furnace and my mom had to call the furnance company and I had to take the day off from work. There were three other emergency calls ahead of us so by the time the technician came, eight hours later, it was -12C outside and 12C inside.

Anyway, long story short, the furnace fan was fixed, but today it started making the same sound and we had to call them again--luckily in the afternoon, and on a day I had off (civic holiday in Ontario). They had to replace the motor this time. Exciting. :/ *needs a nap*

In other news, and in case anyone is still reading, here, have a meme or two.

Snagged from hooves

Stump the Writer!

A -- go to the list of my fics (linked by category in my sidebar) and pick out a line or three from one of my stories. (Must be a full line, please -- no sentence fragments or speech tags or other such nonsense.)
B -- I will respond with which story of mine I think it's from.
C -- A fic snip to anyone who stumps me.

My fics: http://www.fanfiction.net/~wolfraven80

And yay tarot cards:
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And now I have to go make crèpes in honour of Mardi Gras, which is tomorrow but it's easier to do that today than on a workday.
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Current Music: Miss You-- Boyce Avenue cover
03 January 2012 @ 07:58 pm
I know I'm terribly sporadic on LJ these days, so could someone just tell me what I'm missing here... Why does everyone suddenly have a Dreamwidth account? Is there a mass exodus going on that I missed?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
25 December 2011 @ 09:50 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to all of you enjoying festivities and vacations. I myself am finally, finally off (I was working until noon Friday). Things have been crazy the past few days and I'm exhausted so it's nice to finally have some time off.

I'm hoping to get some good work done on the tail-end of my original, fic but I also want to have a little fanfiction fun on the side. So, if anyone would care to participate here is a little drabble meme.

Drabble meme snitched and tweaked from Tumblr:

1. Give me a character or pairing, from a universe/fandom I know, and you enjoy.

2. I’ll hit ‘shuffle’ in my music collection, and I will write you a drabble based on the song you picked.

3. If the song is horrible, or I can’t work with it, I’ll hit Shuffle again - but that’s a last-ditch caveat. I will do my best to make something with every song. No matter how absurd.
Current Mood: draineddrained
17 December 2011 @ 09:33 pm
So has everyone survived finals? Must say that's something I certainly don't miss...

I'm still working on my YA novel. I expect it'll be a bit shorter than I'd first thought. I'm currently at 38.8k (and I'd bloody well better get to 40k tonight) and the first draft is looking like it'll be 50k or so, though I'm already aware of a number of things I'll have to flesh out in the second draft.

I keep vacillating between totally believing in it... and worrying about not being original enough, that the pacing is all wrong and I'm making the same mistakes as in my last novel, and whether I should've done it in the first person (since that's what everyone else is doing *groan*). Confidence FTW!

Then there's the matter of lining up readers when I get the second draft done. I've pretty well lost touch with the two people who read my novel, which is too bad as they gave solid feedback, but I don't think they read YA anyway.

In other news, I do want to submit a short piece for the latest fe_contest prompt. I've been trying to work on it on weeknights. Because it's a short, light piece I can manage to do it in spurts, which I've never been able to manage with longer fic. I can't stand writing guides that advise people to write a tiny bit ever day. I'm like: Screw that! I'm just gonna write a whole lot on weekends! *shrugs* Well it works anyway. I find I can't get any flow going if I'm only working for a short while.

EDIT: 40,197 :)
Current Mood: deviousprocrastinating
Current Music: This City-- Patrick Stump
01 November 2011 @ 07:59 pm
Yeah I'm terrible about keeping up with LJ. Just thought I'd pop in to wish all this year's NaNoers good luck! Have fun, guys! and get your 1,667 words a day!

(I'm still working on my new YA novel so I don't want to interrupt myself with another project.)
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
18 September 2011 @ 06:29 pm
Sorry for the double post, but odds are if I don't post this tonight it'll go until next week and I wanted to share. Because it's always fun to share fanart! ;P

Friday I ended up image hunting and I actually managed to find a few new things, which is always fun. The best, though, was when I stumbled across this site, which I hadn't been to in a while. The artist does gorgeous watercolours (she's the one who did the pic used for this icon) and there were some I hadn't seen the last time I'd dropped by, including:


She has art for several of the FE games. FE8 is the second gallery from the bottom.
Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: Hang Ten-- Edwin
18 September 2011 @ 06:22 pm
So here's the last meta I wrote while I was still on vacation and was too tired to post this week:

One thing that always amuses me with supports is the way they sometimes make reference to other supports. Some of them connect in interesting ways:

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Current Music: Causing a Commotion-- Madonna
15 September 2011 @ 09:31 pm
So, Monday I returned to the office from my one week holiday and found my coworkers had done this to my cubicle:

Vandals!Collapse )

Revenge will follow! ;P

Oh and just for the heck of it, a meme:

1.) What they most commonly do during sex (if they are the sexing type)
2.) Who has prettier (or just more attractive) hair
3.) What they argue about most often
4.) Who'd cope best if the other one died
5.) The happiest plausible happily-ever-after I can think of for them
6.) The most tragic possible ending for them
7.) What I enjoy most about their dynamic
8.) What I find difficult to write about them
Current Mood: busybusy
11 September 2011 @ 09:59 pm
I'm back to work tomorrow so probably won't be able to keep up with LJ so well. I do have a couple more meta posts written, though, so if I only get to twelve, that's still not too bad, I suppose. Anyway, on with more meta about the randomness of the FE8 script.

So... Has anyone noticed how much was going on in Magvel ten years ago?

I've been doing key word searches through the support and game scripts to look for info for some of my posts. In doing so I kept come across the phrase "ten years ago." Here's what was going on for our cast then:

-Kyle met Syrene when he went to Frelia to deliver a message to King Hayden. He was subsequently attack by bandits.
-Franz's father hunted down and killed an infamous assassin and died in the process
-Innes, who was only a child, outmatched a trick archer who was visiting Frelia (Moulder/Vanessa B support)
-Garcia retired from his position of troop commander for Renais
-Joshua left Jehanna to roam the continent

Busy time for them all, eh? In fact it sounds like things were a bit unsettled at the time. It would make for an interesting fic, I think to try to link some of these events. After all, one of the great mysteries of FE8 is where these people got all their battle experience when there's supposed to have been 800 years of peace.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
10 September 2011 @ 05:59 pm
I thought of touching on Seth's age, but that seemed like beating a dead horse after the lengthy discussion of it on magvel. So instead et's go with a related topic.

Seth's age hinges on the fact that he was a squire ten years ago when Franz's father was killed. If FE reflects the real world (and yes, that's a huge 'if'), one becams a squire between the ages of twelve and fourteen. Wiki also has people becoming knights at twenty-one but clearly in FE they get knighted much earlier. How much earlier? Well what about Franz? As far as I can tell, he's a full knight, not a squire. Ten years ago, however, he was barely old enough to remember his father. What age would you put him at there? If we go at "six" it means you can be a knight by the time you're sixteen, which is awfully young.

Interestingly, if you go with the info in the supports, Kyle has been a knight longer than Seth. Seth was a squire ten years ago when Franz's father was killed; ten years ago, Kyle was attacked during a mission to Frelia and says that his attackers realized he was a knight. That puts Kyle at at least twenty-six.

To bo honest, I just think the script writers were sloppy about details, but to write fic sometimes you have to try to make sense of the senselessness, I guess. ;P
Current Mood: sleepydrowsy
09 September 2011 @ 10:43 pm
As far as supports go I see no reason fic-wise to limit it to the five allowed in-game. Mostly I just pick and choose which ones I think happened in a given story. However, one question that I've run into on more than one occasion is where did the support take place and at what point in the game? The game has us doing supports in the middle of battles and at any point of the game that we please. However, while many supports explicitly state that they take place on the battlefield (Forde sleeping during a fight in his supports with Vanessa, Joshua blocking an arrow aimed at Natasha, etc.) others seem to take place at camp since the characters are sparring or meditating or whatnot.

But there's also the question of when they take place during the game. The support between Seth and Eirika has always seemed to me something that took place in the early chapters of the game. This mainly due to some lines in the A support. There's Seth's line that "This thought should not rest beneath the crown you soon must wear." And then Eirika comments: "But... it was improper for a queen of Renais. And with my father dead, I suppose that is my station. I am a queen, and you are a knight in my service. If I do not keep this in mind, then I will never be able to rebuild our kingdom."

I admit, the kingship/queenship of Renais seems sort of wonky sometimes and maybe I should do a post on that too. Basically, though, I see Ephraim as the older twin and thus the king, leaving Eirika as a princess... unless something has happened to him. So in my mind, if Seth and Eirika are both thinking of her as the queen then it's more likely that the conversation takes place when Ephraim is still missing behind Grado lines.

Similarly, I always had it in my head that Tana's support with Ephraim takes place earlier in the game. She seems much more childish in those supports versus her supports with Syrene which have to take place later in the game a Syrene only arrives in chapter sixteen. Some of her other supports are like that so I mentally arrange them in a certain order.
Current Music: haven't Had Enough -- Marianas Trench
08 September 2011 @ 11:50 pm
So, as a followup to yesterday's post, why is it precisely that Seth's wound hasn't healed? And when and how was it healed to begin with? He gets injured on the way to Frelia. Before reaching Frelia's capital they have to retake Border Mulan and they don't have access to a healer in between. In the game of course, you can patch him up with a Vulnerary. I officially ignore those when I write fic. I just... refuse to deal with them. They're a game mechanic plain and simple and I can't imagine writing something realistic with those things floating around making it so easy to heal up.

I'm going to suggests that his wound was bandaged up on the road, but not properly treated until they reached Frelia. I think that could also account for why it continues to bother him. If there's a delay in the treatment of a wound, it maybe doesn't heal as cleanly as one treated immediately by a healing staff. In his supports with Eirika, Seth even says that it may "afflict [him] to the end of [his] life." That suggests to me the sort of thing that a staff can't treat, like arthritis which can develop after an injury (again, this goes with my theory that he was injured in the shoulder area rather than the side).
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
07 September 2011 @ 11:13 pm
After having to deal with a very displeased digestive system last night, I found myself thinking about healing staves and what they can and can't do. It seems pretty well established in FE8 anyway, that staves can heal injures but not illnesses. After all, nothing can be done for Vigarde, and when Lyon talks about his research with the Dark Stone he goes on to say "Maybe we can use it not only to heal wounds, but also to stop diseases." So staves work on injuries. Okay.

Even when it comes to injuries, we know staves can't fix everything. Lyon mentions using the Stone to treat a burn victim who couldn't be helped by staves. There's the matter of Seth's wound that he says hasn't fully healed. And then there's the bit where L'Arachel offers to heal Ephraim's scars. Now, why can a staff heal a scar but not help Seth's wound?

When I write fic, one of the most important things I try to do in terms of battles is not make things too easy. If staves are a cure-all then there's little risk to the characters. I like to write it so that really serious injures, even if they can be healed by staves, may require several treatments over a period of days. Probably how soon the wound is treated affects how well the treatments works. I also think some wounds can't be treated. I you lose an eye on the battlefield that's that; it's gone. If your leg gets crushed to a pulp by a wyvern, there's not going to be enough material for the staff to reconstruct and they're going to have to amputate. Healing is also draining to staff users so I imagine a lot of triage has to be done when there's a whole army to treat.

As for the scars, my guess is that since that's only a cosmetic detail, then perhaps that's a simple matter to heal.
06 September 2011 @ 08:07 pm
I was exceedingly busy today and as a result I really can't come up with anything very deep to talk about... so let's go with under-things. I had the misfortune once of reading a fic that had Kyle wearing boxers. Because naturally the all-important question of boxers or briefs can be traced back to the fifteenth century. Naturally. *headdesk*

Okay, so while the character portraits have most of the boys in very modern-looking trousers, I really don't think we can have them modern underwear, if, for no other reason, than the lack of elastic bands. A more reasonable alternative would be a layer of light draw-string trousers, perhaps knee-length, which is a lot closer to something historically accurate. I suppose it's less sexy but as I don't write smut, I really don't care. ;P

As for what the girls are wearing under those skirts... I don't even want to go there.
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