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Bunch of sci-fi books [15 Jan 2007|09:48am]
So the state's power companies are hiking rates by 40-80% on us this month. Plus my power bills here are two to three times higher than they were at the apartment, and my mortgage is about twice what the rent was when I get done adding in the insurance and the taxes and the interest and er yeah.

So I'm selling off books and things at the moment, will probably be selling off anime sets soon, and am likely to spend a lot of this spring sewing costumes for money again. I'm getting a boarder in August, but it's going to be a while until then. Gulp.

So my stuff's listed at my friends' eBay store if anybody's interested. I'm selling a lot of sets of stuff, including Laurell K Hamilton, Tad Williams, Katherine Kurtz, and several of the Elfquest series...

(sweatdrop) one of these days (TM) I really am going to get some fic posted? I've been sewing like mad on the five complete outfits and horrible horrible prop we need for the Great Cosplay Evil in the meantime, though. Will have to post pictures after it has its brainbreaking premiere at Anime Central this year. I really do intend to try to get some fic posted this month...
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Cat oddities [03 Jan 2007|12:53pm]
This is the first time in my life I've ever owned a pet I could actually touch (goldfish in junior high just don't count) and I'm noticing the little fuzzball has some distinct personality peculiarities that don't seem to match the other cats I've known.

So, Why My Cat is Really Odd...

let me count the ways )

Fic coming soon, honest! I've got today off and only two days of work before another weekend... still need to sew more, but I'm taking today as an honest to god Vacation Day as opposed to a WorkingOnDifferentWork Day...
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Advice? [29 Dec 2006|09:33pm]
Any Miss Manners students out there?

'Cause I need to figure out how to say "Mail me your pants" to a married man, without it sounding even MORE wrong than the already-considerable wrongness of the cosplay costume I am going to be making for him based on said pants... ^____^

Have spent entire vacation week either working or sewing. Fic coming next year some time... @_@
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kittypic! [12 Dec 2006|07:01pm]
Kitty pic! )

is hrd to type w kitty between self and keyboard sittign on arm saying Pet Me NOOOOOOOW...
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I have a CAT! [10 Dec 2006|06:48pm]
Yeah, I'm still allergic. Yeah, I don't know if I can keep him. But his previous owners couldn't keep him either (he hates the baby where their other two cats tolerate it, and obviously they're not getting rid of the baby, and I'm much happier with taking their cat than their baby, so it worked all round if my immune system can just shut up and deal). He's a very playful (and pointy-clawed and occasionally overenthusiastic) attention ho who insists I am not allowed to get breakfast in the morning until he has received his morning dose of ankle-twining and headscritches. But he DOESN'T howl outside the hallway door to be let into my bedroom 'cause I KNOW my allergies wouldn't deal with that, and keeping him fluffled down with anti-allergy stuff has worked for the past thirty-six hours, and here's hoping the trend continues.

All my life I've wanted a cat, but both my mom and I are allergic. Mom wasn't willing to give it a shot, and my apartment was just NOT laid out for anybody who had allergies to have any way of segregating a cat. But my HOUSE has a hallway door with a latch in it (which is impressive for this house, because all the doors are broken and my bedroom door DOESN'T have a latch in it) and if I can keep the cat in the non-bedroom section of the house and the basement, I really really hope it's going to work out...

In other news, I have also just gotten horribly horribly addicted to Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. I think I have to blame Meg for this because I think she was the one who first made a snarkpost about the interspecies wannabe dating and the draconic snarkcute and I've been curious ever since. And then there was the point where the remarkably well-educated but also rather innocent dragon was casually observing that he thought the ten-year-old girl was probably too young to go to town for the purpose of hiring whores and the poor traumatized very-proper captain was going '...I need to be considerably more drunk to finish this conversation' and heeeeeeee. ^__^ Devoured the whole first book yesterday, acquired the other two about 10 minutes ago, must NOT spend the entire night reading 'cause MUST get back to work and have my brain on target tomorrow after having been sick too much of last week (it's just RUDE when you're not only sick but scrolling text makes you nauseous so you can't even websurf whilst flat)...

anyway, random squeals of glee here! Hoping I can get through the other two books relatively fast so as to get back to ficcage some time this month, preferably before the great work logjam's temporary bureaucratic blockade shakes free...

(dashes off)
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Christmas fic for Laylah [04 Dec 2006|05:32pm]
Yay - got it done today! ^___^ Laylah and I are doing a fic trade for Christmas and I was really hoping I could get it done today 'cause I've got NO idea when in the rest of the month I'm going to carve out more writing time. Back to work tomorrow; ficness today...

This fic is set in Aster's Stalking Worthy Prey universe, because she let me write a sequel to it for Shousetsu BangBang and Laylah liked the kitties and wanted some Ace/Joker and Haruki/Nao.

I didn't exactly get the slashing into the first half of the request, but they're still plenty busy! ^_^;; Plus new cast members -- who're probably really obvious, but hey, I couldn't resist making the nod to superficial resemblances between various settings, especially given the game-character-overlaps that happen in Laylah's SDR&Rverse...

Christmas fic for Laylah )

notes )

ETA: Maybe I'm a Lion. FFVIII soundtrack. Both name and tune worked WAY too well for the warehouse bits... ^_~

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The NSA-FIAA charter [03 Dec 2006|10:13pm]
So. Work ate me alive. And then Sheer Staggering Awe-inspiring Bureaucratic-Marketing Stupidity happened on a level I can't even begin to respond to. So I took an NSA-FIAA day Monday. Which means I have to go back to dealing with how to solve the problem dropped on us by High-Level Bureaucratic-Marketing Stupidity on Tuesday, but Monday is NSA-FIAA Day.

What is NSA-FIAA, you may ask? )

So I'm going to make a valiant effort to catch up on the past month of stuff I missed tonight, and tomorrow is likely to be totally vegetative and probably involving watching some of the anime I haven't gotten to watch for the past 3 months or so. I have no idea how far behind I am on Host Club by now...

Since I'm going to be trying to get through like 500 friends-list posts in the next two hours... anyone have pointers to anything major I missed during the past month of brainchewage?

(Since Ciceqi was like AMAZINGLY prolific and has probably posted at least 100 of those posts, I think I'm going to start there...)
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brain being eaten auuugh [03 Nov 2006|04:20pm]
work is going to eat my brain for at least the next two months, though I have dim hopes of maybe getting some writing-my-stuff not writing-their-stuff time over what's supposed to be Thanksgiving break, though I'm not holding my breath -- anyway, this is LITERALLY a flyby post to say I'm not dead but I'm going to be living in a hole for the indefinite future. Will try to catch up when I can, but "when I can" may be next month. Or later. @__@

Oh yeah, and also to say Dogmatix ROCKS. Because Hojo Jojo NEEDED to exist to inflict true soul-scarring trauma upon the face of the world.

I go back to mad typing in another window now...
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THE CRAAAACK IT BUUUUUURNS [01 Nov 2006|07:27pm]
Crack vision for the year:

Final Fantasy Powerpuff Style.

Aeris as Blossom.
Tifa as Buttercup.
Cloud in Drag as Bubbles.
The silver-haired triplets as the Rowdy Ruff Boys.
Et cetera. Et cetera. Et frippin' cetera.


For the excuse to have HOJO JOJO.

(is shot and dies)

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VGY fic 3: Eglanteria, Seph/Cloud, PG-13. [31 Oct 2006|11:34pm]

Got up two hours early this morning to work on #2, had to do #3 tonight. Didn't know I could write a whole non-drabblish fic in three hours. Almost midnight. Must post fast. NEEED SLEEEEP. Will try to get comments answered tomorrow night, honest! Just toooooo tired right now...

Title: Eglanteria
Fandom: FFVII
Author: [info]chibirisuchan
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: totally not mine; never even played it in fact...
Prompt: Sephiroth/Cloud. A resurrection technique that really shouldn't have worked. Author's decision about how much angst is involved on Cloud's behalf... [for [info]misskalloway]

Round: 2

Notes: I think I used up the month's angst quotient on that last fic! (sweatdrop) I'm slightly reusing the theory I laid in behind Calling, but I'm also putting a twist into it too, because the timeline for that one takes too long for a fic I've got to finish in less than three hours...

Fic here )

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FFVII: Seph/Zack, Ikenie, R. Happy(?) Halloween... [31 Oct 2006|10:45am]

So here's the second of my three video game yaoi fics (the third had damn well better end up being short 'cause otherwise there's no way I'll be done by midnight! @__@)

Near-total-lack-of-fluff, creepy-as-hell, Seph-is-batshit-insane warning? ^^;;;; It wasn't even intentionally creepy-themed, it just kind of ...morphed on me. @____@

Title: 生け贄 (Ikenié)
Fandom: FFVII
Author: [info]chibirisuchan
Rating: R
Disclaimer: totally not mine; never even played it in fact...
Prompt: Sephiroth/Zack. How do you love a force of nature? [for [info]animekittysama ]
Round: 2

Notes: Ikenié is a living sacrifice, an offering to the gods that goes to the altar still alive and sheds its blood on the stone. This is pretty damn grim. Not quite sure where it came from, other than 'force of nature' to 'act of God' to Old Testament-style appeasements of a pretty vengeful deity...

I was originally thinking petty gossip and both of them going 'huh? I thought YOU were the force of nature they were talking about,' which given their distinctive personalities could be quite a likely misunderstanding, but the plot kinda took a left turn at Albuquerque...

Fic here )

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FFVII - Close Encounters (Zack/Reno, Seph/Tseng, PG-13, challenge fic) [13 Oct 2006|11:17pm]

Was going to write the next of the streetsigns series this weekend, except I looked at the calendar and went "oh yeah you've got three fics to write by the end of October, you should like go do those or something." So here's one of them...

Title: Close Encounters
Fandom: FFVII
Author: [info]chibirisuchan
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: totally not mine; never even played it in fact...
Warnings: smut? Should that be a warning around here? ^^;;
Pairings & prompt: Zack/Reno, Sephiroth/Tseng. An interdepartment mission turns into a double-date. [for [info]animekittysama]
Round: 2

fic here )
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FFVII:AC - Kadaj - Yield [27 Sep 2006|12:34pm]

I normally try to avoid using Japanese in English fics, with the single exception of titles like 'sensei' that don't have an appropriate English-language replacement. In this case, Mother is a perfectly good translation for Kadaj's incessant 'Kaa-san'... but there really wasn't a good replacement for 'Nii-san.' Because 'elder brother' is too formal for Loz's method of speaking, and 'big brother', when coming from someone of Loz's size and stature and being addressed to someone of Cloud's size and stature, is... kind of unintentionally, cruelly ironic. ^^;; English just doesn't have as many appropriate daily-use terms for siblings as it does for parents. So the one bit of Japanese left in here is the brothers calling Cloud Nii-san.

Anyhow, on with the fic. I'm actually pretty nervous about it, because Loz's point of view is really not like anybody else's that I've written before. He's very blunt, very straightforward and simple, and yet not stupid, but at the same time he's so used to people assuming he's stupid that he just goes with that assessment... let me know if the point of view worked...?

Title: Yield
Theme: #2
Author: [info]chibirisuchan
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Pairing/Character: Kadaj and Loz
Rating: R
Table of contents of the 25 streetsigns fics

Warnings: Still relatively normal... however normal anything having to do with Kadaj's brain is, anyway. But it's not going to stay that way for long. (One or two more fics, probably.)

Disclaimer: Totally not mine. Not even the core concept for this arc; it was based on a fic that I shan't identify just yet, because I want to hear the screams when the shoe drops.

Fic here )
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FFVII:AC - Kadaj - Paved [23 Sep 2006|02:29pm]

Okay, here's the first of the [info]25_streetsigns fics. This time I had a brain and nailed down what order they'd come in and what they'd all contain first!

Title: Paved
Theme: #25
Author: [info]chibirisuchan
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Pairing/Character: Kadaj and Loz
Rating: PG-13
Table of contents of the 25 streetsigns fics
Warnings: Don't let this one lull you into complacence. It's going to get WEIRD. And probably higher-rated, too.
Disclaimer: Totally not mine. Not even the core concept for this arc; it was based on a fic that I shan't identify just yet, because I want to hear the screams when the shoe drops.
Fic here )

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FFVII - Beer Run (sequel to the kitty fic, and birthday fic for Nekomaxwell) [17 Sep 2006|10:07pm]

So, it turns out Nekomaxwell, Julius Caesar, and I share a birthday. ^___^ The previous kitty fic was kind of the memorial for the cat I almost could have had; this one's about what happens during the time when Zack's asleep and Cloud and Sephiroth have to survive without him as a buffer zone. But it also involves playing with cat toys and a bitty kitten, so I thought it'd be a good birthday fic for someone whose nickname is, after all, Nekomaxwell... ^__^

Title: Beer Run

Theme: None exactly - sequel to Thirty for Three #21- Naptime, and birthdayfic for Nekomaxwell!

Fandom / pairing: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud/Zack/Sephiroth

Author: ChibiRisu-chan

Rating: PG-15 or so for Cloud's overactive imagination

Disclaimer: sooo not mine - never even played the game in fact...

Table of contents of all 30 fics

Fic here )
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Advice for fic writers 101: Look up your character's name FIRST. [06 Sep 2006|09:34pm]
I was clicking around the Pit of Voles and my brain came to a screeching halt at a summary. Yes, even more than usual.

...I didn't even read the fic; the summary itself was enough to strip all the gears in my head.

The writer in question invented an OC, and slapped a Japanese name on her (despite the fact that nobody has an actual Japanese-language first name in FFVII, not even Yuffie, but that wasn't the brain-stopper; I'm used to seeing that level of lack of attention to detail all the time).

No, the show-stopper was that the fic writer apparently picked Japanese sounds at random and came up with something that sounded like it could be a name.

...Only she basically named her love-interest OC 'stinking cheap whore.'

Kusami - 臭み - means "stench."
Yasune - 安値 - means "cheap to buy."

I didn't even read the fic; I probably should have, but I just had to go "uh... do you know what you just did?" even more urgently. And I don't think I COULD read a fic involving Sephiroth-romantic-love-interest-OC named "cheap stinking whore." I just couldn't make my brain not make that association with those sounds.

...It's like asking someone to read a fic with a character named Sunny Bluebell who's supposed to be an emo cutting goth. The image presented by the name's connotations so completely overrides whatever's presented in the story that it's mental whiplash.

So I'm passing along this tidbit of fanfiction writing advice, for the collections of Asuka and anybody else who's assembling "fanfiction 101 tips" for newbies:

DON'T just pick sounds and use them for names. And DON'T just pick names out of a baby name book. Especially in an Asian language. Because when you end up writing the characters in romaji, you're going to end up with something that probably sounds like half a dozen other words that may well be more common than the reading you thought you were using. LOOK UP THE NAME ITSELF in a DICTIONARY, not just a baby name book. Half the writers of those things never did their research anyway.

It really helps to know some basic conjugations while you're at it, but even if you don't know any conjugations, several online dictionaries would have given you these readings from this pronunciation.

Please, aspiring fic-writer-wannabes, for the love of all that is holy, PLEASE look things up. Those of us who actually speak the other languages you're targeting will thank you.
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My word is "Tentacles." TRAUMA. [02 Sep 2006|08:51pm]
Ganked meme from Edenfalling, and came up with:

Blog-Word! for chibirisuchan

You're an individual - nobody was found with the same word as you!

Check back later, maybe you'll have some LJ-Word buddies then!

Created by Grahame

...AUUUUGH. (dies of embarrassment) I can't believe that it came up with "Tentacles" for me, and that I was the first person it came up with tentacles for! Surely awful_bliss would have first dibs on that...

why couldn't I have had ...well, just about ANY other noun except 'tentacles'...

this will probably be hilarious later, right now I'm stuck between humor, incredulity, and omgzwoe...
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More FFVII fic, kittywibble, and thud [31 Aug 2006|12:55pm]
More fic over here:


kittywibble )

So that's the story. I promise the fic is much fluffier than the backstory...
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Birthday fic for Laylah - beware of kittens! [13 Aug 2006|02:10pm]
So, this is like a month late -- I'm sorry! ^^;; But hopefully it's cute enough to make up for it?

Set in [info]laylah's [info]precious_stones Bijou-verse:

Special Delivery
PG at most. Warnings for possibly excessive doses of fluff.
Topaz is given a box of kittens, and mayhem ensues. With special guest appearances by, well, very nearly everybody.

Beware the fluff! )

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VICTOLY (thud) [30 Jul 2006|04:54pm]
finished that #@$%# pr0n scene in order to finish the Bang*Bang story. AND it even fits in a single LJ post. Go me.

(only spent the entire bloody weekend wrestling with it... @_@ I am SO lemon-impaired...)

ANyway. That should be up soon, and now I can get on with the birthday fics for people! So really, the next post SHOULD be ficstuff...

despite the fact that I've been saying that for (counts) four months now.

But it's really not my fault I had no internet for weeks just before I bought a house and then moved and then had to get it rewired and am still working on fixing the network cabling and am having people moving in with me at the same time that everything needs rewritten before the start of the school year...
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