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Mystic Messenger update: I am on Day 6 of Seven’s route and I love it so much, omg. ♥ these long Mystic Messenger updates are actually really exhausting to type up, but still worth it in the long-run, imo )

► I’ve been poking around on the Fire Emblem: Awakening wiki reading some of the scripts for the Summer Scramble and Harvest Scramble, mostly concentrating on the ones relating to Lissa or Gaius for now (for fic-writing reasons). I bring this up because one of the Harvest Scramble conversations really struck me. cut for length )

Oh, that reminds me: I did finish my replay of the game, if anyone’s curious. I don’t really have much to say, though I did find Inigo’s comment during the fight about brief spoiler ) to be very revealing, and intriguing.
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I beat Jumin’s route on Mystic Messenger yesterday! spoilers for the end of his route, his After Story, and Yoosung’s After Story )

I’ve started Seven’s route instead of doing Jumin’s bad endings right away, mainly because now that I’ve gotten so close, I’m suddenly incredibly impatient to reach the end and unfold the rest of the mysteries still remaining. There’s not much to say yet, as I’m only on Day 1.
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Dear Writer,

Hello, and welcome! I’m very excited about this exchange, and excited that we’ve (presumably) matched! Thank you in advance for writing for me. I think that I’m pretty easy to please, and I’ve tried to provide plenty of information about my likes, Do Not Wants, and the kinds of fic I would like to see to make things easier on you. Hopefully, something inspires you!

AO3 Handle: straightforwardly
cut to spare the flist )
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► So, Wolf’s Rain. I have thoughts, and now that I’ve slept, I think I can put them in some semblance of order. spoilers for the entire series, but especially the finale )

tl;dr I think the series had a lot of flaws, but I still liked it a lot.

Mystic Messenger update: spoilers for Jumin’s Route, Days 5-10 )
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► I’m nearly finished with my replay of Fire Emblem: Awakening. I’ve finished Chapter 25, and now I’m just going through all of the DLC Paralogues I couldn’t do in my first playthrough because I didn’t have internet at the time. cut for length and spoilers )

► I meant to mention this in my last post, but I’ve been working a bit on cutting down on my backlog of indie games. I have a bad habit of occasionally going on downloading sprees. It’s really hard to resist, especially on itch.io where there are so many intriguing-looking games— and for free!— but it does mean that I have a lot of games on my computer to play through.

One of those games is Roguelight, an incredibly charming roguelike game. You play as an archer going through I love the pixel art, the use of light and shadow, and, of course, the gameplay. I haven’t beaten it yet, but I’m getting closer— I’ve unlocked all but one of the extra abilities/boosting items, and have seen what I think is the boss, though I haven’t beaten it. It’s very fun, and I definitely recommend it!

I’ve also played the first two games (out of four) in the Lonely Wolf Treat series, Lonely Wolf Treat and Friendly Bunny Mochi. These games are pretty much purely story-driven, and pretty short— maybe 15-20 minutes each. They’re really cute! I love the color palette, and the snowy setting. I ship Moxie/Mochi a little bit, and I really like Treat and Mochi’s friendship. Moxie’s definitely my favorite character, and not just because she’s a fox, though that definitely helps.

I played both of these games on the same night, about a week ago, but I haven’t moved on to the third game Clever Fox Moxie yet because I haven’t managed to finish the demon summoning sidequest in Friendly Bunny Mochi. I just can’t get the weak light bulbs! I know where they are, but brief cut )

Other than that, I liked the games a lot, and am looking forward to Moxie’s game.

► I do have a lot to say about the past day of Mystic Messenger (mostly along the lines of goddamnit, Zen), but this entry is long enough, I think. Tomorrow, perhaps.
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► Since my last update, I finally started Jumin’s route in Mystic Messenger. Today I hit Day 5. Deep Story prologue + Jumin’s route Day 5 spoilers  )

It also turns out that the game doesn’t automatically change over when Daylight’s Saving Time does— it was first behind, then, when I exited and re-entered the app, it noticed it, but saw it as being in a different time zone;;; Still, as long as it works, I suppose I shouldn’t complain.

► Oh, I nearly forgot! Some years ago, I briefly posted links to what I’d written lately in my dw updates, in an attempt to counterbalance my habit of hiding my writing by posting most non-exchange fics to my fic journal exclusively and never sharing it anywhere. TO BE FAIR, I mostly do this when something’s really short, or if I’m not entirely happy with some aspect of it but feel too shy to go through the whole process of finding a beta (once I have a beta, everything’s good— I liked constructive crit; it’s just the finding part that’s a problem), but still.

My point in mentioning all of this is that I’m going to try start doing that again, starting now:

  • A Practical Proposal (Fire Emblem: Awakening, Chrom & Maribelle | implied Maribelle/Lissa, 1.1K)
  • New Beginnings (Fire Emblem: Awakening, Donnel/Maribelle | Maribelle & Donnel’s Mother, 1.6K)
  • Uncertainty (Shall We Date? Wizardess, Liz/Amelia, <1K)

► I also wanted to do an update on my Fire Emblem: Awakening replay, but I’ve a fair amount to say about it and this entry’s REALLY LONG already, so I’ll save it for another time. Soon, hopefully.
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► Still making my way through all of Yoosung’s Endings in Mystic Messenger. Since my last update, I’ve gotten Bad Ending 01, Bad Ending 02, and the Normal Ending. cut for spoilers )

► It’s… already been a few days since Chocolate Box authors were revealed, haha, but I wanted to share what I wrote! I wrote a few fics, but nothing longer than 1K. For Harry Potter, I wrote a Lucius/Narcissa fic and a Tom/Ginny, pre-Harry/Ginny fic. The former was my assignment. I also wrote Emma Woodhouse/Harriet Smith for Jane Austen’s Emma and Lucina/Severa for Fire Emblem: Awakening. (In unrelated news, I now have a new FE:A ship. :P)

► Speaking of which… between writing Fire Emblem: Awakening fic for Chocolate Box and receiving it, I got struck by the urge to replay the game. So that’s what I’m doing now. I’ve just finished Chapter 14. cut for spoilers and length )

►My big brother and I have started watching Wolf’s Rain together! God, it’s been ages since I’ve watched this anime— well over a decade, I think. We never finished it— we only knew it through renting a disc or two from Hastings. (I remember it as being only one volume— the first one. My big brother remembers watching the first two volumes. He has the better memory, so I’m tempted to defer to him.)

Speaking of which, I’d forgotten… pretty much everything about it? I remembered that the main characters were wolves, and that their human forms were illusions, and I had very clear memories of them standing on those pipes in the first city talking to one another, and a few bits of memory about how Kiba was re: Cheza, but that was about it. I’d even forgotten about some of the main characters! Kiba and Tsume I remembered pretty decently, but Hige and Toboe kind of blended together for me— I remembered there was a character who was the “youngest”, and I kind of remembered Hige’s character design, so when he showed up I went, “oh, he must be the youngest.”

One thing that strikes me: I remember when I was a kid, I was very focused on the “ooo, pretty boys!” bit, but now I’m very much focused on the fact that they’re wolves and that the human form is just an illusion. I just find it such an interesting concept? And I love the moments where it shows what’s happening underneath the illusion so much. ♥

We just finished up episode 8 tonight, and I’m cautiously intrigued by where this is all going. Post-apocalyptic futures with wolves, yess. ♥
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Chocolate Box opened a few days ago, and I got the most fantastic gift. It’s a Fire Emblem Awakening Virion & f!Robin friendship fic with a side of Virion/Libra, and it is absolutely lovely and deserves more attention.

Here’s the link: Captured Piece

► Since my last Mystic Messenger update, I finished Yoosung’s Good Ending as well as the first Bad Relationship Ending. More under the cut! As always, spoilers )

► I turned on Pokemon Go this morning to just glance at the interface, since I knew that Gen 2 had been released, and… saw a Murkrow standing in my house??? So I caught her immediately. My first Gen 2 Pokemon in this game! I suddenly feel actually attached to Murkrow now, haha.

I was gone for a couple of days, like I mentioned in my Mystic Messenger update, and I did play Pokemon Go a bit during that time. The Pokemon were pretty much the same as at home, though, but I did finally catch a Vulpix, so yay. ♥
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► I’ve reached Day 10 of Yoosung’s route in Mystic Messenger, and wow, what a ride. cut for spoilers for Yoosung’s route up to Day 10 )

► The other day my big brother sent me a link to an article. He does this often (as in, multiple times a day often), but I found this one particularly interesting: Why It's So Hard To Make Games In China.

All of the games mentioned in the article looked pretty interesting. One of them, Hazy Days, was both free and short, so I downloaded it and played it. I… can’t say that I enjoyed it, precisely, but it was definitely thought-provoking, and I think I would recommend it playing it at least once. If nothing else, it’s an interesting example for how video games can be used for more than just entertainment. And it is really short— I didn’t time it exactly, but I think it took me maybe ten minutes to complete the entire thing.

► On Pokemon GO: I saw a Vulpix for the first and only time yesterday, but didn’t have any Pokeballs. D: What is with this Vulpix-related bad luck I’ve been having lately.

I did finally figure out how to get free Pokeballs from Pokestops, though, so that was excellent. And there seem to be a lot of Pokestops down Main Street, though the bit where they really begin to cluster together is a pretty far walk from my house, so.

Something that amused me: the local military school has a gym, and that gym is being held by Team Valor. Somehow, I am utterly unsurprised.
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► It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Mystic Messenger update (or any update at all, for that matter). Since I last updated, I've finished Zen’s Normal Ending, and am now playing Yoosung’s route. I’m currently on Day 7. My thoughts:spoilers for Zen’s Normal Ending (and Jaehee’s endings too), and all of Yoosung’s route through Day 7 )

In other news… Cheritz has released a Valentine’s After Story for (I presume) all of the characters. Since it’s an After Story (which unlocks once you’ve beat a route), I’ve only been able to play Zen and Jaehee’s stories so far. I did Jaehee’s first, then Zen’s. My thoughts:
spoilers for Jaehee & Zen’s Valentine’s After Story )

► I’ve also started playing Pokemon Moon! It feels weird, waiting this long to play a Pokemon game… I haven’t been playing a whole lot, though— currently, I’m on the second island. cut for length + possibly spoilers )

► Finally, today I (finally) started playing Pokemon Go! I’m slightly surprised that it took me this long post-new phone to start, and also still slightly sour that my having an outdated phone before kept me from playing when it was all new and everyone was super-excited about it. But I still had fun. cut for length reasons )
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► Since my last update, I’ve only watched two episodes of Critical Role— parts three and four of Trial of the Take. I at first thought I wouldn’t have anything to say about them other than “I liked the other half of the party’s adventures better”, but there were a few things that happened in the latter half of part four that really caught my attention. cut for spoilers for episodes 20-21 )

Also, this is completely unrelated to the characters/plot of Critical Role, but there was this moment when one of the guest Wills (as himself, not in-character) said something along the lines of, “Crocheting is fantastic!”, which. Considering that my Critical Role-watching time is generally also my crocheting time, that definitely made me smile.

► I now have obtained all of Jaehee’s Bad Endings in Mystic Messenger! Some brief commentary:cut for spoilers )

► In other Mystic Messenger news… I didn’t mention this before, but sometime in the middle of January, after I beat Zen’s route, I decided to buy the Mystic Messenger VIP Package. This isn’t actually much of a surprise, despite my usual thriftiness: I have a huge weakness for soundtracks and a slightly-smaller weakness for art-or-guidebook-type things, and all the in-game benefits [unlimited phone calls!] just confirmed it for me.

The estimated shipping time was something like twenty-one days, so I didn’t expect it until sometime in the middle of February— which was why I was so delightfully surprised when it showed up today! I impulsively decided to photograph my unboxing, so I’m going to share bits from that now.
warning: very image-heavy )

tl;dr I’m super pleased with it! I definitely want to wait until I’m 100% finished with the game to dive into the books, but I’ve already loaded the CD into my computer, and am listening to it now.
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► This year, I’m… actually doing a better job at commenting on non-exchange fics that I read? I mean, I’m still nowhere near perfect, but I’ve noticed today that I’ve actually been leaving comments on some of the fics or chapters when I have something to remark on, instead of thinking it to myself and never actually expressing it out loud. This is something that I’ve wanted to start doing again for many years now, so it’s kind of nice to see that I’m finally easing into it again.

►Speaking of which, I’m going to rec two of the WIPs I’m 1) enjoying the most right now and 2) have updated in this past week.

The first is because he strayed across the path (Harry Potter, currently 27K), which is an excellent canon-divergence taking place in POA. This is just such a cozy, feel-good read for me, and I love how it echoes the tone of canon while still doing its own thing. Idk, I’m finding it hard to talk about, but it’s been making me smile every time I read a new chapter. So that's good.

The other one is An Ever-Fixed Mark (Pride & Prejudice, currently 113K) which is a fantastic soulmark AU. It’s tagged as a deconstruction, and it does really dig into the trope, and does some great worldbuilding in regards to how soulmarks would affect the canon setting. The philosophy!

Also, the Darcy and Elizabeth dynamic in the last few chapters have been absolutely golden. So. There’s that. ♥

►Working my way through Jaehee’s other endings in Mystic Messenger! So far I’ve gotten the Normal Ending and Bad Ending 01.

cut for spoilers )

► I’m still slowly making my way through the episodes of Critical Role. Yesterday I finished up Episode 19 - Trial of the Take, Part 2. My thoughts, in bullet-point form: spoilers through episode 19 )
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► I was going do a Mystic Messenger update at Day Nine, but by the time I found time to write up my thoughts, it was already pretty late, so I headed to bed instead. Then I figured that if I was updating on Day 10, I might as well wait for Day 11 to hit and write up all my ending thoughts at once… so here I am. cut for length and spoilers for the end of Jaehee’s route + the After Story )

► I’ve been poking around with crochet again. Specifically, I’ve been working on this baby blanket, as a surprise gift for a friend. I’m using different colors, though— I went with white, mint, black, and gold, since a bit of snooping around on her Pinterest suggested that that’s the color combination she’s wanting. It’s going pretty well so far!

► I’ve also started watching Critical Role. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long while now, since I’ve always been fascinated by D&D, and I already know from listening to Dragon Friends that I love seeing other people’s campaigns, but didn’t get around to it until now. I’m trying to listen to about an episode per day (though sometimes I only manage about half of one, since they’re so damn long), and right now I’ve just finished up episode 14.

Overall, I really like it! cut for possible spoilers )

I started watching before I started the above crochet project, but I’ve found that I really like watching it when I crochet. I’m not very good at focusing on audio-only* things (one of the reasons I’ve never gotten very passionate about music, and also why I never listened to podcasts before it occurred to me that I could listen to them while doing chores), so it helps me focus on the show, but it also gives me a set amount of crocheting time so that I don’t procrastinate. Win/win!

*Yes, I know it's not really audio-only, but there are long stretches of time when it's not really necessary to watch the screen, imo, so it's basically the same thing for me.
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► Another Mystic Messenger update! Since I last posted, I got two of Zen’s bad endings, and have started Jaehee’s route. cut for spoilers )

► I also started playing Liar! Uncover the Truth!. Right now, I’m about to finish up with the 4th Liar, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s interesting in the sense that I’m not particularly interested in the romances in this game— I’m mostly playing because it’s fun to fit together all of the clues and figuring out who’s the one who’s lying.

I did have to laugh when I met the main character’s coworker, Ayumi— mainly because I was about two seconds away from naming the main character Ayumi before I decided no, that name didn’t really suit her. (Instead, I named her Kanae.)

► I think that I’ve mentioned before that my big brother and I have this thing where we chose a series (usually an anime) and watch through it together? I mentioned this because last night we finished watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which we started after I came home. It was a rewatch for him, but the first time for me.

a bit of my history with FMA and overall reactions, including spoilers )

I also kind of want to rewatch the 2003 anime now, but it looks like it’s no longer on Netflix, and crunchyroll only has the movie. Woe.

Speaking of which, it occurred to me while watching Brotherhood that brief spoilers for the end of the 2003 anime )

► Google just suggested that I correct the word "homunculi" to "munchkin". I find this hilarious.
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So, yesterday I finished up Zen’s route in Mystic Messenger! Well, not finished, exactly— I think for it to be finished I’d need to get all of the endings— but I got the good ending, and read the after story, so. cut for massive spoilers for days 10-11 and Zen's after story )

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