Log in

No account? Create an account
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.
Current Mood: amusedamused
05 September 2011 @ 06:38 pm
As promised, here's the piece that would fill in the "wood" box for my "texture" table. I actually have four completed. Anyway, my apologies for any errors as this has not been read by anyone but myself.

Texture:WoodCollapse )
05 September 2011 @ 06:33 pm
Man, I don't know how I'm supposed to come up with 25 more of these. O_o

I can't compare with mark_asphodel's excellent post about the regional dishes of Magvel, but I had wanted to follow up the climate post with a few comments on the available foodstuffs.
Food and stuffCollapse )

On a related note, the one good thing that came out of reading that ridiculous book, was that I wrote a piece for one of my unfinished projects. It was for one of the mission_insane tables, the "textures" one. The whole thing is meant to be a collection of linked pieces. Since I don't know if I'll even finish the whole thing, I figure I'll go ahead and post the "wood" chapter on LJ... It's just some Seth/Eirika fluff involving lots of food.
Current Mood: busybusy
04 September 2011 @ 09:12 pm
I have to admit something. I've written several stories in which it snows in Renais, but I have absolutely no canon evidence that it does. I just really like to write about winter. Magvel seems to be vaguely European – northern European even – so snow isn't unlikely if that's the case.

Who says talking about the weather can't be interesting?Collapse )
Current Mood: soresore
03 September 2011 @ 10:03 pm
I was chatting with saffiremoon21 tonight and asked if she had ideas for a post. She suggested Joshua's favourite pastime: games. (Okay gambling games specifically in Joshua's case). So I was checking the game scripts and support conversations to try to track down what's mentioned.

Of course there's betting at the arenas. Joshua likes to place bets on coin tosses as we see often enough. Dicing is one of the oldest forms of gambling and though we don't see Joshua play dice, he does say in his B support with Marisa that he prefers "rolling the dice to swinging the

What's really interesting is what's not mentioned: cards. Cards are now one of the most common forms of gaming but they're a relatively recent invention compared to dice. Our modern deck is based off the minor arcana of the tarot deck. According to Wiki anyway, they came to Europe in the late fourteenth century. The earliest decks were handmade but printed ones followed. Another site suggests that "the printed or mechanically-produced versions, cruder in design and execution, were viewed simultaneously by larger audiences but were prone to deteriorate more rapidly especially if they were heavily used." I imagine, though, that it was a while before card decks became widely affordable.

So I can think of a couple of reasons why Joshua never mentions cards.

1) They don't exist in Magvel, or have only recently come into use for games.

2) They do exist, but are still a luxury item and Joshua doesn't want to blow his cover of being only a mercenary.

(Ack! This makes me want to write fic and I need to concentrate on my original story right now!)
Current Mood: soresore
02 September 2011 @ 11:44 pm
I'm pretty tired so let's go with something simple. Seth is wounded at the start of FE8. We're never told the exact nature of the wound. He only says that it "does not affect [his] lance arm." I've had some people tell me they thought the wound was in his side, and I've seen some doujinshi artists depict it that way as well.

It's always made more sense to me, though, for the wound to be near his shoulder, around or beneath his collar bone. I think he could still get away with saying it doesn't affect his arm in that case. A wound in the side makes less sense to me because Seth would be wearing plate-mail and have a breastplate covering his chest and sides. The joints of the armour are typically more vulnerable, I believe and there were of course lots of joints in the articulated sections of the armour, such as at the shoulders and elbows. It makes a lot more sense to me to think that Valter's lance managed to get through a joint in Seth's shoulder armour than to imagine it somehow breaking through the solid sheet of metal over his ribs.

I even checked one my reference books and I think it backs me up:

"Clearly there was little point in using a cutting weapon against plate-armour; a powerful thrust might, in contrast, find a weak joint and penetrate it."

Michael Prestwich. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
01 September 2011 @ 11:03 pm
Okay, I'll bite. Meta isn't usually my thing – basically I make up background information when I need it for a specific fic – but Meta Month sounds fun so I'm going to have a go at it. Obviously Magvel will be my focus and I make no promise that I will actually manage thirty posts or that any of them will be very interesting. ;P On the up side, I can actually use ten of them for mission_insane since they have a non-fiction genre box for just this sort of discussion. *shameless opportunist* ;D

Day 1
Magvel – Time period

It's pretty obvious that many of the FE games are pretty slapdash about consistency and historical detail. Trying to reconcile the conflicting info in the games is the path to madness. That said, when I started writing fic for FE8 I had to decide on a time frame if only for my own sanity. What I settled on was fifteenth to sixteenth century and I can recall three reasons for this.

Pictures included!Collapse )

So how's that for meta post number one? (It even had pictures! ;D )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
29 August 2011 @ 10:23 pm

Comment here with "semicolon" and I'll pick 5 icons of yours for you to talk about on your journal. (Semicolons are my favourite punctuation mark, by the by. What's yours? ;)  )

These are the five crimsonmorgan picked for me.

Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: tiredtired
21 August 2011 @ 12:43 am

Writing wolf gain 53Exp. Writing wolf gained a level and is now level 4!

+1 Stamina -- or at least I hope so as it's a quarter to one and I've only written 530 words. I need at least another 500 before bed.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Final Fantasy VI fanfare
09 August 2011 @ 09:51 pm
You know, I've had an LJ since 2004 and I think this is the longest I've gone without posting in all that time. I don't know... Thing is, I still love FE dearly, and I still have small fic projects I work in odd moments (e.g. during lunch hours on rainy days), but I don't have much to say about it right now. I'm trying to focus on my new story instead of fanfic at present.

Which leads me to the title of this post... So after I got back from my trip in May, I was really busy for a few weeks and then I had lost so much momentum that I was having trouble getting back to my nascent story. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I got an idea from a book I was reading called Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. I review it on my Tumblr, but basically it's about how games and gameful ways of framing real life can improve our quality of life. The author has an entire chapter about a game called Superbetter that she created to help keep herself positive and motivated during her months-long recovery from a concussion. So I decided to turn my writing into a pen and paper RPG.

A Writing Wolf draws nearCollapse )
If anyone else needs a party member for their own RPG let me know; I'll be happy to be a cheerleader while you do all that level grinding on the way to beating your own final boss. ;)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
12 May 2011 @ 10:52 pm
So the latest news is that I'm finally taking a trip. Man it's been... err four years since I travelled much of anywhere. I may have gone to Toronto or Stratford in that time (maybe), but that's it. And that's really sad even for me. So yes, after four years I'm finally going to Kentucky again to visit my friends there (who no longer check LJ ;_;).

In the meantime I have a lot to do. I'm trying to figure out what to do about internet while I'm there. I'd really like to have something portable so that I don't have to borrow my friends' laptops in order to get online.

I also need to procure some sort of present. Hmmm...

I've been writing a little o a new original story, which is relief, but in order to do that I've had to put fanfic to the side for the present. I've never been good at working on two projects at once. So yeah, no Fire Emblem fics for a while. I'm still posting my Artemis/Holly fic, and I posted another short piece I wrote one weekend after finishing the last book of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I basically expect that no one will read (aside from saffiremoon21, but oh well. It was a lovely series and I couldn't resist playing with it a little.

So that's my news. I'll be leaving in a week and in the meantime I'll be pretty busy.
Tags: , ,
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
02 May 2011 @ 11:34 pm
I am thinking of moving to Greenland as I am mortified to be a Canadian tonight.

And hey it's -9 right now in Savissivik, Greenland and they're expecting snow on Wednesday. My kind of weather!
Ughhhh. I don't remember beginnings being this difficult.

I started a new story this evening, an original story -- new series, new characters, new genre, new everything -- and it was painful in the way Nanowrimo is often painful. It started out okay and then just became very... painful (there's just no other word for it). I told myself I would write 500 words no matter what. I got to 559. Good Lord I hope this gets easier as I start getting into the scene and get some sense of my voice in this piece.

You know one of the things that I love about fanfiction is that you can cheat. You don't need to describe who characters are, what they look like, or any backstory. Fans know all that so you get to bypass something which can very tricky in original fiction. Especially in volume one. Volume two of a series is necessarily easier because the audience is already acquainted with all that and only needs a gentle reminder.

I wish I'd been able to work on this a few days ago when I was really excited about starting but alas that pesky job thing got in the way. Tonight... I don't know. I finished a really good book and my thoughts have been lingering there for the past couple of days instead of on my own story. Reading may be good for you, but I find that books I really love can also be terrible distractions. ;P

Here's hoping I hit my stride. I have two more nights of this long weekend to plug away at it.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
12 April 2011 @ 08:04 pm
Tell me what's wrong with this sign:

Tags: ,
Current Mood: amusedamused
26 March 2011 @ 08:52 pm
I'm feeling under the weather today and thus trying to rest. So far this has involved reading, napping, or sitting in my stuffed chair watching a movie. Chances of anything productive happening = 0. I'll try to take it easy tomorrow too I think.

It's disappointing as Saturday is my writing night. Sometime Friday, but always Saturday. Most weeks I'll spend six hours at the computer Saturday night working on my latest project. Sometimes I get 1000 words, other times 5000. As long as I get something done, I'm happy. I've never bothered with word quotas or writing something every day. This is what's always worked for me. As a teenager, when I had extra time during summer vacation, I used to churn out a 100,000 word story in eight months.

That said maybe I can amuse myself by jotting down something simple? (You know assuming I can keep my eyes open for a while longer). So anyway, meme snitched from crimsonmorgan:

Give me a pairing (romantic or platonic), and then give me an everyday setting (coming home from work, waking up in the morning, going grocery shopping, etc.) and I'll write a short drabble involving said pairing in said situation. You can ask for pairings that have already been requested, and be as creative as you want with the situations!
Tags: ,
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
24 March 2011 @ 08:05 pm
Goodness, guys! All the drama! Is this all from the anon meme?

I've been keeping to my little corner. After the time I spent in th HP fandom way back when I've had enough drama to last a lifetime. ;) That said, I know a lot of people have been talking about reviewing. I have to admit, aside from the stuff on fe_contest I generally don't read fanfic while I'm writing. It messes with my ability to hear my own writing voice and to keep my own ideas clear. As a result I only read/review in spurts now and then. I'm also pretty picky about what I read. I don't read epic-length adventure fics like the ones I've written; I usually stick to shorter, lighter pieces and pretty much stick to a few ships I like.

As far as FE goes, I've got pieces by korsriddare and kittykatloren at the top of my to-read list. If there are some really awesome FE8 fics that someone else can think of that I should read, just let me know, though.

Also, on an unrelated note... does anyone else think that Pelleas and Lyon are basically the same character-type? They certainly both annoyed me to no end. :/
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: My Boots - Lights
20 March 2011 @ 10:17 pm
Okay so let's try an actual update. The event of the week was that my kitty had to go to the vet to get spayed on Friday and came back home on Saturday. I was kind of stressed out about it, but Crissie was running about in short order. How she managed to have so much energy after having an internal organ removed, I will never understand.

I seem to be in one of those fallow periods where writing is concerned. Sometimes I finish a big project and I'm able to jump into a new one right away. Other times, like this one apparently, I have to be a little patient. I've been trying to plug away at a oneshot in the meantime, but I just don't feel very into it.

I'm also trying to finish re-reading my original story so that I can write up the synopsis, but I've been rather lazy about it. It's just hard sometimes to convince myself to do something useful when all I want after work is to relax, and then the weekends are busy with chores. Doesn't help that my eyes have been really worn out lately after work. I trust things will improve, though.

A while ago I decided to take a page form dsanti_queza's book and put together a to-do list. I feel sort of embarrassed at the lack of checked off boxes. The only area I'm making progress in is reading up on the young adult genre – and that's only because I do all my "reading" at work via audio books. ;P

writing to-do listCollapse )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: From Now on We Are Enemies -- Fall Out Boy
19 March 2011 @ 07:48 pm
I just found a Seth/Eirika fic in which instead of "Eirika" my own name is used throughout the story. And apparently I am slightly creepy and stalkerish as I've been standing outside Seth's tent just waiting for him to have a nightmare. I'm just like Edward Cullen at heart. ;P

So amused.
Current Mood: amusedamused
12 March 2011 @ 10:49 pm
You know, I think one of the great ironies of writing is that fight scenes are among the least spontaneous parts of any story. For a fight scene to work properly you have to choreograph it, just as they do in movies. I've written action-y scenes that can get done fairly quickly and scenes with dialogue, but battles always take time because I have to think carefully about the sequence of events that leads to the desire result.

Better get back to work. There's an hour less tonight thanks to the bloody time change too...
Current Mood: sleepysleepy