rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Continuing the theme of 'posts I had half written before cosplay took over my free time for a month, I finally got around to catching up on both xxxHOLiC and Tsubasa a couple of months ago – to discover that Tsubasa had actually gone and ended in my absence. *cough* Definitely time to catch up.

Thoughts on the ending, plus recent holic – SPOILERS, obviously )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
I can only suppose that by this point, it would probably surprise anyone who's still reading for the purpose that I haven't completely forgotten about The Telling of One Billion Ghost Stories - a.k.a. the novel-length xxxHolic/Tsubasa post-apocalyptic AU fic that I posted in draft form back in 07/08, and have been promising to revise and repost ever since. *hangs head in shame*

Actually, most of my own edits have been finished since earlier this year. Unfortunately, since then distractions have been myriad, and now it seems that neither of the friends who originally volunteered to beta for me have been having much luck finding the time to go through this 90,000 word monster of a fic. :/ So more than a year since I posted the final chapter, I'm finally back to hunting for anyone who may be willing to beta for me. Soon for preference, though I'm painfully aware I don't have much freedom to be picky in that regard.

<.< Any volunteers?

Waicon 09

Feb. 5th, 2009 11:16 pm
rallamajoop: (still in the dark)
If anyone actually noticed I've been around online lately... even less than usual, then it's safe to say that that thing where Waicon was last weekend probably had something to do with it.

After attending every one since 2004, the point has been reached now that I don't think there's much I can say about this year's Waicon that I haven't already said about a previous one - or about several Waicons, if not about every other con I've ever been too. It was even bigger than last year, [livejournal.com profile] pinneagig's store make a killing, and despite all last minute stress our costumes came out great - business as usual. Preparations take over your life for anything up to several weeks beforehand, then the con takes over your life, then you wake up Monday morning feeling vaguely hung over yet strangely convinced it was all worth it and completely prepared to do it all over again at the next opportunity.

I also realised that excluding one or two posts about a giant key I've said sweet bugger all about what I was I've been working on that kept me so busy in the lead up. Oops?

Anyhow, apart from recyling my well-traveled Millia costume for its first appearance in the state from whence it hails, my new costume for this year was Syaoran from Tsubasa (the scary one-eyed black-coated version who escapes from Fei Wong's hideout somewhere around volume 16-ish. I would use the general nickname fandom uses to distinguish him from his counterpart, but it's still a bit spoilerish). I've wanted to cosplay that version of Syaoran ever since I encountered him, but didn't get to it last year as Hiei turned out to be more than enough of a job by himself. Putting it off a year did have the advantage that by the time I got around to doing it I'd been to both the Genghiscon and Swancon Jedi Bootcamp sessions of '08 (Star Wars-inspired fight choreography workshops, for the unaware) and came away itching to find an excuse to use some of those moves in a cosplay skit. Lucky me, Syaoran carries a sword. This will be important in a minute.

So how did it all go?

  • I WON BEST INDIVIDUAL SKIT ON THE FIRST DAY!!! I was not expecting this. The limit of my weapon handling experience comes down to a bit of background in gymnastics, a bit more in some poi twirling, and having been to Jedi Bootcamp sessions for a couple of weeks. The whole skit consisted of less than a full minute of sword-twirling to music - I didn't think it was going to be long enough to even be considered eligible. But clearly the judges thought otherwise, so who am I to complain? :3

  • WE WON BEST GROUP ON THE SECOND DAY!!! This was a narrower thing than you may think. [livejournal.com profile] jaseroque - who was to be the A.B.A. to go with my key - has a history of finishing her costumes at the very last minute, and this year it was something like five minutes before we went up on stage. So not kidding there. But she made a fantastic A.B.A., and [livejournal.com profile] velithya joined us again as Sol, the walk-on went well and everything paid off on the day.

Given that I've never even participated in the competition both days before, that is really kind of awesome. =DDD

A couple of photos )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Obviously I didn't attempt NaNo this year or you would've all heard about it. But since one thing or another has kept me from writing or posting hardly any fic since I finished the Ghost Stories draft in late July, I did declare November Local Get On With It Already Month, and turned out the reasonably respectable total of about 20,000 words (most of which haven't been edited or posted yet). That's not counting over 15,000 words worth of posts since I got back from Japan about all that stuff I've been up to lately, which doesn't strictly count but does chew into one's writing time in a significant sort of way. So I'm going to call that a decent sort of success.

While I'm talking about writing, I thought I'd post a new WIP list - partly so I can use it for my own checklist, but also for anyone who might be interested in what's in the works (or who wants to put in a vote for where my priorities should be out of all those different projects). No proper extracts this time because I am feeling lazy though convincing me to add them in probably would not be all that hard.

Also while I'm talking about writing, [livejournal.com profile] cheloya and [livejournal.com profile] lunargeography, I know neither of you are on LJ much lately, but if you are reading this, are you still up for betaing duties if the story in question is ready some time soon? ^^;

xxxHOLiC/Tsubasa fic )

The World Ends With You fic )

Guilty Gear fic )

...yep, that should about keep me going for a while. x_x
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30, Part 31, Part 32, Side Story 1

IT'S ACTUALLY FINISHING )

Will be back to worry about how long it's going to take to edit this monster into a finished version neurose about how much better it was meant to be throw the obligatory OMG IT'S DONE party later. \o/
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Note to self: There was a reason you used to limit these to 2000 words per chapter rather than three times that much, and it had a lot to do with that being a nice, comfortable sort of total to deal with on a weekly basis while maintaining your sanity, general wellbeing, keeping up with other commitments etc. Also, endings are hard, but you already knew that.

On the other hand, being six thousand words closer to the ending which is right on top of you all in one post is just about worth it. *_*

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30, Part 31, Side Story 1

Part 32 )

ZOMG. I'm actually up to writing the epilogues ZOMFG!!!
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Ye gods, I was not counting on this chapter taking this long to finish. >_< Wasn't counting on it turning into a single scene that went on for very nearly six thousand words either. It's been a real chapter for underestimation. I'm so very sorry.

Just a quick side note to since there've been quite a lot of people pointing out typos in the last couple of chapters: I appreciate that people are trying to help me out, but I'm not labeling this thing a 'draft' because I expect my audience to do the betaing for me, I'm doing it because it helps to have that regular posting schedule to keep the momentum going, even though I'm still half expecting I'll wind up completely rewriting every other line between now and the finished version. So combing through for spelling errors is probably a bit of a waste of everyone's time at this stage, especially when corrections made on LJ posts generally don't make it back to the main word document on account of authorial laziness and will only have to be found again later if they don't get written out in the meantime. I'll have to get to finding someone to do a proper full betaing job on this monster some way down the line, but for now picking out typos is better left to the later polishing stages. (Unless of course it really has gotten so bad you can't make sense out of what I'm trying to say, which would be your cue to bash me over the head a few times and remind me that the whole world can see what I'm posting here, and I might want to pay a bit more attention. >.>)

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30, Side Story 1

Part 31 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
...can anyone else believe this thing has made it to part 30 and is still going? Because I'm writing it, and even I'm not sure quite how that happened. o_O

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Side Story 1

Part 30 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Okay, so, I just need to make it clear before going any further that [livejournal.com profile] jaseroque claims full responsibility for certain plot developments that come into play below. Quite rightly, too.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Side Story 1

Part 29 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Monday was a public holiday, which was awesome apart from the bit where it meant one extra day without even limited Internet access during work hours. *twitches slightly* I shall have to try to get the rest of chapter 29 done by Friday to catch up a bit - it's mostly edited already, so it should be doable. (...and now I notice that I'm not even seriously hoping we'll have our net connection woes sorted out by then anymore. The delays just go on and on. ><)

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Side Story 1

Part 28 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Correction on the ETA for part 27 - [livejournal.com profile] k_chan009 (who is now conveniently only five minutes away from us since our move) has been wonderful enough to let us invade her house on Sunday morning and hijack her Internet connection. <3 So part 27 goes up one day earlier than I was counting on~

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Side Story 1

Part 27 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Still no Internet connection from home, posting from work again. In theory one more week is supposed to be the longest they could take to get our connection sorted out, in practice... *gnaws fingernails*

In the meantime, that new chapter certain people were clamoring for after the sort-of-cliffhanger of the last one is done - and even back on the old chapter-a-week schedule for once! Though I make no promises that people will find it any less frustrating that the previous. Or a good few of the ones still to come. I mentioned how we're moving into the final arc now, yes? Suffice to say it's going to be that kind of ending. And that is all I will say on the matter.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Side Story 1

Part 26 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Posting sneakily from work again just to get this chapter up. Something of a dialogue-heavy installment this time around - lots of blather to get through, but this should be the last chapter like this before we're back to the action again in a big way. I'm actually getting to close enough to the end of this at last that I've got a rough estimate of about how many chapters there are left to go (though the answer there is 'still a good few yet').

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Side Story 1

Part 25 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
That whole 'chapter-a-week' schedule hasn't been working out so well for me lately, has it? >.> 'Least I'm in under the two week mark this time around.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Side Story 1

Part 24 )
rallamajoop: (Watanuki)
A week and a half late on this chapter - oh man, I was not counting on this taking so long. >.> I've had a pretty good run on this story so far, but this chapter kicked my arse - which I was expecting, but not quite on this scale. This would be what happens when you finally get to scenes you've been building towards for pretty much the whole damn story (bound to be a few more of those to come now I'm getting towards the end of the story, but I'll just have to take it as it comes on that front).

On the upside, in that extra week this thing grew to twice the length of most of the chapters I've posted so far, so, er, maybe I can claim it as equivalent to two chapters? Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] lunargeography for looking over this part for me and - well, mostly just telling me I didn't need to worry so much about how it had turned out in the end. The part to follow is coming along with much less fuss so far, which is a great relief.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Side Story 1

Part 23 )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
A little late this week, what with giant cons chewing up my weekend. Bit of a tricky chapter too - we're back in the present finally, but at the moment that means I'm finally into the build up for one of those rather more important story events and next week's only going to be even more so...

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Side Story 1

Part 22 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
...so just to really confuse everyone before I finished up with the flashback chapters, I went and wrote one about how Kurogane met Fye.

Uh, yeah, I think that's about all I can say in introduction to this one this week. >.>

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Side Story 1

Part 21 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Another long chapter (though only 3000 words this week) for the first part of Fye's backstory. Aspects of this are so heavily based on Fye's official backstory that a lot of this chapter probably counts as spoilers unlike a few certain facts regaring Sakura from last week, which I only got right by accident. *cough*

Fun fact: though I'm sure no-one else but me would remember, we were just up to that arc of Tsubasa around when I first started seriously thinking about turning this AU into something bigger, with the result that a surprisingly large amount of the world built itself backwards out of a little idle speculation about how you could possibly retell a story like Fye's in a post-apocalyptic universe. Apparently world-building is easier when you have the story first.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Side Story 1

Part 20 )
rallamajoop: (kurogane>you)
Oh man did this chapter ever take longer than I was planning. ^^; It's not even the chapter itself that was the problem, but I was off work with a killer headache for half of last week, still a bit woozy for the rest of the week and at a few too many parties or being distracted via chat by certain people who kept throwing fantastic crack ideas at me over the weekend. That kind of week really chips down on your remaining hours of fic-editing productivity.

Anyway, on the upside, what I've got to post is the first of the backstory chapters, and if it seems unusually long to people, that would be because it clocks in at slightly north of 4000 words - roughly double most of the chapters I've posted so far. For the record, the flashback chapters collectively switched into present tense so many times when I was trying to write them that eventually I just gave in and let them have their way (comforting myself with the thought I could go back and fix them in the final copy. *cough*) Either way, the backstory chapters have come out in rather a different style to the rest of the story so far, which I hope won't wind up being too jarring.

Other parts: The original ficlets, Plot notes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Side Story 1

Part 19 )

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