Manna
02 August 2013 @ 10:22 pm
 
this was posted on tumblr so feel free to skip over it:

Have you ever edited a story that was 250,000 words long? For the first time? Oh my God. I’m the worst at editing in the world. It’s a good thing Kender’s around to keep me in check because I keep forgetting to go back and edit my parts.

Below is crap about RPing fanfic out through email. Oh and Kender and I wrote a 76,000 word story in eight days. BOOYAH.

(For those out of the loop, Kender and I have co-authored like a million things and by a million I mean nine, but it’s over 700,000 words of fanfic between us. Nothing’s posted yet. We’re uhm…editing.)

The fact that we semi-regularly (all year) have been writing stories 40,000-70,000 words long is hysterical. The advantage to this “RP"/coauthoring thing is that it keeps us both writing. I could argue that we would be writing separately if not together, but that’s not true.

Our process is something like this:

1. We “take turns" picking a plot/beginning scene/whatever, write it up in the POV of our main character, send it to the other person.

2. Other person responds with the second character.

3. This goes back and forth until the story is done, with us picking up other characters who appear. Sometimes we switch, so for some RPs I did Farina, and for others Kender did Farina. In the one we did where almost the entire cast of FE7 was present, we had to pick characters in advance and points of view for scenes, and plot it all out.

Anyway, it’s fun. I could respond to RP/fic emails in between classes, or even during class if I was super sneaky. She can even reply on her phone. It’s been really nice.

Sometimes we have long scenes. I know I’ve written some that were 1,600-2,500 words long, so basically a one-shot all on their own, but it’s seriously a lot of fun to do this with someone else. It keeps the story fresh and interesting (because in RP you can’t always predict how another character will react to what yours does) and it requires a little teamwork and snatches of free time.

I know when I sit down to write actual fanfiction, on my own, I need a block of about six hours (even if I know it’ll only take me two to write what I need to; I have to know I have TONS of time) and perfect peace and quiet. For RP-email ‘ficcing? I don’t quite need that.

So with our first RP, we slapped it up onto Google Docs in ten parts and started editing scenes. (Part 10/10 editing begins now; this has taken forever. The best part? We still don’t have a title. Dang we’re good.) Because our first RP was written in sloppy both-points-of-view with overlapping parts, we had to cut back and make each scene from just one character’s point of view (instead of letting it be completely omniscient) so it’s been a ton of work. But man it was fun to write.

The RP/fic that we just finished today? 76,000 words. We started it on July 25th. It was a ‘fic I intended to write for the final conclusion to my novelization—which WE ALL KNOW WILL NEVER GET WRITTEN ANYWAY. 8-9 days to write 76,000 words.

WE. ARE. AWESOME.

I mean, I know it sounds silly, but it’s just so much more fun than sitting alone to write for hours. Sometimes. Regarding certain things. RPing out fanfic for some ideas is way easier than forcing yourself to get excited about it alone. When you don’t know how other characters are going to react exactly to what someone says, it leaves this element of suspense to the story that makes it so it might turn out differently than you had planned, but the advantage is that you don’t ever feel like you’re forcing characters into roles or situations that they probably wouldn’t get themselves into.

And the amazing amount of miscommunication is perfect. It feels real when Hector says X, and in a fanfic Farina would know he meant Y by saying X, because you’ve probably planned that and you’re one person thinking with our own mind, but in an RP she might actually think he meant Z by saying X. The person playing her might read what you say and decide immediately that it doesn’t sound like what you meant it to sound like when you wrote it. (Kind of like…real life.)

Basically: I fucking love this. It’s awesome. It’s so much fun. It gives me something to look forward to most days.

And Kender is probably getting sick of it BUT TOO BAD. /noogies her and flees.

The unfortunate thing is that to turn these into fanfics, there is some serious editing that has to be done. I still feel it’s worth it. ;)

Too bad I suck at editing.

When these are done they’ll be posted here.

#blamekender

Here are the stories we’ve written in order:

#1: Hector/Farina* (started out with no plot, ended up super long and involved; farina and hector basically make a lot of bets with one another)
#2: Hector/Farina (friends-with-benefits)
#3: Hector/Farina (farina shows up out of nowhere and starts flirting madly for “no reason")
#4: AU Hector/Farina* (hector meets farina by running into her at all three of her jobs; deals with endometriosis)
#5: Hector/Farina (trust issues/scared of sex/getting married just so that hector won’t have to marry a stranger)
#6: Kent/Lyn, Hector/Farina, Sain/Fiora, Eliwood/Ninian, Erk/Priscilla, Serra/Oswin, others (pretty much a massive blanket scenario type fanfic but not as weird as it sounds)
#7: Kent/Lyndis (lyn decides she’s going to do what it takes to get kent to notice her. pretty much as bad as it sounds but not written as bad as it probably sounds)
#8: Hector/Farina, Oswin/Serra (farina comes to hector looking for work that is safe, but she kind of can’t do it)
#9: Kent/Lyn, Sain/Fiora, Hector/Farina, Wil+Florina (Lyn goes back to rule Caelin after Negal’s defeat, does a terrible job, and is Hausen’d (aka poisoned))
* = our best efforts

WHAT WILL NUMBER TEN BE?????????? who knows. It’s my turn to pick, and I’m in love with Kender’s Kent—she’s so good at writing him it makes me jealous. I’m considering an AU.

But uhm…I need to edit… Yeah. >_> TO GOOGLE DOCS!!!!!
 
 
 
 
Manna
11 March 2013 @ 10:47 pm
 
So instead of working on my Creative Writing final I wrote more Hector/Farina. Uhh...I have no real excuse except #blamekender and the fact that there are so few stories about them on FF.net. I aim to write the most, obviously. I will not only be the Kent/Lyn Queen, but the Hector/Farina Queen as well.

Also shut up I promise I will finish this story.

PS. HELP I CAN'T STOP WRITING THIS PAIRING HELP.

--

My pastor's memorial was yesterday. It was so lovely. The church, for the first time since about 1989/1990/1991 was PACKED. So many people came. So many people were there that my family had to sit in the choir's seats (we haven't had a choir since the 80s there). But that was cool because we've gone there for 25 years. Mannnn. I recognized people from the Dayton congregation and Brother Tom from New Castle Indiana's congregation. It was so amazing.

My sister and parents bawled their eyes out. I pinched myself damn hard to keep from crying when they started out singing It Is Well (With My Soul)--it's one of my favorites and my pastor had his own special arrangement for the piano that he made up himself. Ahhhh. But such a nice service. And people stayed to mingle afterward which also almost made me cry.

Hell it almost made me cry to see every pew filled and people sitting on folded chairs and standing against the wall at the back. So touching.

June put out her husband's paintings all over the place. My family is gonna pay to have her favorite framed for her. I sneakily measured it when she wasn't looking.

--

So I made a new Fire Emblem buddy. Sort of. There I was, in Great Books, talking to the girl who draws pictures on the board. We were chatting about names.

Megan: You know how your parents called you by your middle name when they were mad?

We talked about this a while, but then I admitted:

Me: My parents never really did that. I actually wanted to go by my middle name, though. I almost did.

Megan: What is it?

Me: Lynn.

Megan: Ohh that's such a pretty name. Actually, it's the name of one of my favorite Fire Emblem characters. Or close: Lyndis.

Me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH FIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEMMMMMMMMBBBBBBBLLLLLLEEEEEEMMMMMMMMMM

(Just like that.)

Then she said she shipped Florina/Lyn like burning but was sad that they didn't get a legit ending.

Me: That's what fanfic is for!

Megan: I swore I've never stoop so low.

Me: I can admit I stooped very low because I've written hundreds.

Megan: Wat.

Me: Yes. Literally. Hundreds.

Megan: ...I kind of want to find them now.

Anyway so then she drew a tiny Florina on the board and the whole class wondered why there was a pegasus up there. She also is a part of the in-joke in my family about how Neal killed Florina.

Megan: HOW COULD HE DO THAT
Me: I KNOW RIGHT
Megan: SHE'S SO CUTE
Me: AND AWESOME
Megan: EXACTLY.

So she drew Florina being too late to save Myrtle from The Great Gatsby and the whole class will always wonder about it.

Dun dun dunnnnn.
 
 
 
 
Manna
07 March 2013 @ 07:21 pm
 
I'm pretty sure I'm the laziest person on the planet.

Okay, so the RPfic Kender and I have been working on is 240,000 words. i think we're getting close to being done so it might wrap up within another 10k or so. (HAHAHAHAHAHA maybe.)

It's always hard to end a long story because honestly, you want people to feel like a good conclusion's been reached but you don't want to go on and on forever. How does are have ending for stories? :|

So [personal profile] kender and I have reached an understanding. I write 'fic, she writes 'fic. I wrote some Hector/Farina so she updated Still Ongoing. I think this means if I write like 100 more H/F 'fics she'll update again.

Also I have a new tag. It's a great tag. My latest surge of "AHHH HECTOR FARINA AHHHH" is all her fault. HERS. ALL HERS. I mean I always liked that pairing probably 2nd best (after Kent/Lyn DUHHH) but I was too wimpy to try really writing it seriously, because Hector is hard to write but damn. They make a fine ass pairing. Kind of messed up, yes, but still. (/cries I love Farina)

ANYWAY that aside I have a legit FE13 question from my FE13 bros. This could apply to like FE7 and FE...erm...12 too.

With the "tactician" characters who are given default names (Mark, Chris/Kris, Robin), do you feel those names are better to use in 'fics? Because I looked at the FFN FE front page and quite a few had named "Robin" something different, like Ethan or FJDSjfljajdfsbob. I don't know that I have a real opinion on it, but I can't help but be a little...hmmm...maybe a little...not annoyed but SOMETHING about it.

With FE7 I firmly prefer Mark.

For FE13 though... I'm not sure. I mean, I really like the name Robin--I worked with a cool bro or four named Robin--but I think the simpler the name the more I'll not mind it. For example, when I saw a "Robin" named Ethan, I wasn't really bothered, but when I see him named some kind of pseudo-Japanese "cool-kid" name it really rubs me wrong.

Does that even make sense? The same applies to Mark, though. If someone named "Mark" Ethan or Sandra or something I'd be like, "Okay, cool." But then you get like tacticians named SANOSUKE and SEPHIROTH RAVENWINGS and I'm like...wow okay...how about no.

Thoughts? Personal preferences?