148 | SSSS icons

Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:41 pm
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(Posting this before I forget about it, again.)

I’ve… kind of been making icons for Stand Still Stay Silent lately? I can’t even remember the last time I made icons, but I used to be really obsessed with them, even to the extent of buying a paid account on LJ just so I could use more of them. It’s strange remembering that, considering that nowadays I only have one icon uploaded and never change it.

Anyways. At some point during my SSSS readthrough I was struck by how well a certain panel would look as an icon… and then I started saving pages… and then I started making them. I’m not actually done with all the pages I wanted to icon, not even close, but as I already have 50+ made (and am not actually certain that I won’t lose interest at some point and wander off), I figured I should share what I have now.

many images beneath the cut )
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► So yesterday, I completed Solstice 100%. I don’t have too much to say about it beyond what I already have, but there was one ending variation that I wanted to touch briefly on. spoilers )

I was going to play another visual novel next… and then I somehow started Transistor instead. Whoops. I don’t have too much to say about it yet, but I am enjoying it.

► Also yesterday: I finished a sewing project! My first, unless you count a teddy bear that I made in high school, which I don’t, mainly because I keep forgetting about it. I’m especially pleased about it because I am the queen of unfinished crafty projects, and I went back to this one after taking a break for 2+ weeks and actually finished it. (That baby blanket I was crocheting for my friend, on the other hand… ahahahaha.)

It’s a bag, and I followed this tutorial to make it. a bit more blathering + an image below the cut )
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► Pretty much the first thing I knew this morning was that Stand Still Stay Silent had updated, and I was/am filled with so much excitement that I didn’t even care that I hadn’t finished that short fic* I wanted to write before the chapter started. It’s updating!

The page itself already made me feel all teary and aching, so… that’s promising? Ugh, Lalli. ♥

* on the bright side, it did inspire me to get my butt into gear and stop worrying about whether it was too OTT with its angst long enough to write the last one hundred words needed and post it?

► So I’ve been watching FFA’s 100 words of something threads for a while now, and recently have been trying to write for them. Late yesterday, it occurred to me that I hadn’t even looked at what the themes were for the latest post, so I decided to at least look at them even though I was already pretty tired at that point. And then I mourned, because so many of themes were right up my alley, but I was tired and didn’t want to write.

Anyways, I bring this up because one of them was “100 words of death on a beach”, and of course I immediately thought of brief SSSS spoiler, I guess? ) But I’ve also been reading the Kalevala, and suddenly thought about Aino too, and the end result was… I think I have a new crossover ship? Aino could meet her in the water! It would be perfect! I’ve already started poking at a potential fic, though idk if it’ll ever get anywhere.

Then I went, “oh, poor Kyllikki, I’m taking her water-maiden girlfriend away from her”, and then it hit me like a speeding sledgehammer to the face: Sigrun/Kyllikki. Idk how it would even happen— time travel accident? Sigrun just being an awesome Norwegian warrior woman tromping her way through Finland?— but I think we can all agree that Sigrun would make a much better husband than Lemminkäinen, y/y?

...And then I started thinking about whose personalities would actually complement one another’s best, and got hit with Tuuri/Kyllikki. They’re both social! They could travel the world and hang out with lots of people!

AND THAT was the point where I realized that I needed to stop thinking about this before I ended up with approximately half a million crossover ships for two tiny fandoms.

► Right, I’m past due for a round-up of my fic. So:

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I didn’t not expect to be posting again so soon. If I’d known beforehand that I was going to do this, I probably would have waited to post my earlier entry and just added this to that— but I didn’t. It’s okay, self. Two posts in one day doesn’t actually hurt anything.

I usually don’t make rec lists for exchanges outside of Yuletide, but there were so many good fics in the Multifandom Drabble Exchange, and I’ve had so much fun writing treats*, watching the collection expand, anticipating the opening, spending all of today reading through the collection and trying to comment on everything I read and liked (...to the extent that I forgot to eat WHOOPS), that making a rec list seemed like the natural conclusion.

*which I’m actually ridiculously excited about— I’ve spent years now trying and failing to write a Perfect Drabble, so the fact that I actually managed to write three of them within three weeks is super-exciting to me.

To be clear: this is not a list of every fic I liked. That would take forever to compile; I am not kidding when I say there were a lot of great fics in the collection. What’s here are those that were probably my absolute favorites. ...It’s still a pretty long list, because if you know anything about me, then you should know that I cannot pick a favorite anything to save my life. There’s no commentary, unlike with my Yuletide recs lists, because these are all drabbles, and also because I might actually collapse with exhaustion if I did that, haha.

cut for length )

I’ve had such a good day. Reading, and commenting, and getting comments, and getting replies to comments flowing into my inbox— I just feel really happy right now. ♥ It’s nice.
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► Lately, I’ve been slowly making my way through the Kalevala. I’ve read bits and pieces of it before during that Tolkien class I took when I was still and college, and I’d always meant to go back and read the whole thing, but it wasn’t until now that I finally sat down and started. (Blame Stand Still Stay Silent.) I’m reading it at a pace of two sections per day, which means that it’ll take a while before I’m finished, but that’s okay. I need to get better at pacing myself with my reading anyways.

Today, I read up to section 20, “Slaughtering and Brewing”. (I’m reading the Keith Bosley translation, btw, since that’s the one I had to buy for my class.) a brief summary of my thoughts so far )

► I’ve also been slowly playing through Solstice, because my visual novel backlog is starting to get truly ridiculous. This one’s been fairly high on my list for a while now. It was made by the same people who made Cinders, which was a game I liked enough to write for multiple times for Yuletide. Plus, it has a snowy winter setting! My favorite kind! ♥ (That’s… actually 100% of the reason why I decided to play it now when looking over my backlog, haha.)

I’m not quite done with it (due to the whole “trying to pace myself” thing I mentioned above), but I did get all of the main endings once, even if I haven’t seen all the achievement-worthy events or got all the variations yet.

Spoilers ahead. again, cut for spoilers and length )
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► I’d promised myself no more exchanges until Trick or Treat because I was feeling rather burned out, but now I’ve found myself eyeing [community profile] darkestnightex... and brainstorming possible requests… and maybe also nominating stuff for those possible requests. Um.

► I was reading through Stand Still Stay Silent again (...actually, I’ve already reread all of it, if I'm being perfectly honest;;;;), and noticed that in chapter four, there was some interesting potential foreshadowingspoilers for 750 )

On another note… I’ve also been thinking about more spoilers )

Finally, the cover image for chapter sixteen is gorgeous and heartbreaking and I love it. ♥
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► Soo… I read all of Stay Still, Stay Silent (that is, all that's currently posted), and it was really good? I don’t read webcomics very often, mainly because I am t e r r i b l e at keeping up with updates, but I’ve seen quite a few people talking about this one (including someone on my flist! *waves*), and I did really like the creator’s art…

spoilers ahoy for basically the entire thing (which, for reference, is up to page 750) )

On a mostly-unrelated note, I do really love this language family tree. I’m kind of tempted to buy the poster— it’d fit really well with the “Atlas Of True Names” I have hanging over my desk, theme-wise. I’d also love love love it if this page were to become a print or a poster— it’s so gorgeous. I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

► And now I’m going to be terrible, because there are three different games I should probably talk about (for the curious, those games are: Crisis Core— at this point I might just post the notes I wrote and be done with it instead of doing a proper write-up— Stardew Valley, and Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~), but I’m not going to right now, mostly because I don’t want to sit on posting the above, but also don’t feel up to doing any of those write-ups right now— I don’t think I’d give them the justice they deserve if I did. So…. next time, maybe?
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► I’ve been (slowly) making my way through Crisis Core. Right now, I’m at the point wherecut for spoilers/length )

► I know I haven’t really been talking about Liar! Uncover the Truth here (mainly because I haven’t had much to say), but I played through the last one standing’s lover’s route about a week ago, and I had thoughts. spoilers for the final liars / who the last one standing was )

► I’d been planning on doing the 6th and 7th Uncover the Truth liars’ lover’s routes after I finished with that one, but then Liar! Office Deception decided to celebrate its release with 1) ten tickets per day until 9 June, and 2) a very tempting reward (which, if my eyes did not deceive me, includes Azusa!) if you finished the 6th liar of Office Deception before 15 June, so… I started paying that instead.

I’m finishing up the 3rd liar now, and… I kind of love it? Possibly even more than Uncover the Truth. The main character is a dream. The only downside is that there are three potential liars that I’m already really attached to as people (as opposed to having only one I really loved/hoped wouldn’t turn out to be a terrible person in Uncover the Truth). Hopefully one of them will be the last one standing, and none of them will turn out to have done something unforgivable.

► Some fic I've written since I last did a round-up:
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► Two days ago I beat Final Fantasy VII for the first time. cut for length, and...maybe spoilers? )

I’d already decided before beating it that I was going to continue on through the compilation. I know there are mixed feelings about it, to say the least, but I want to form my own opinion on it. Plus, I already own Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core. (I bought DoC many years ago in GameStop when it was on sale; it was the first FFVII game I bought, and quite possibly also the first Final Fantasy game I ever bought. I got Crisis Core essentially for free when, about 5-6 years ago, my best friend at the time sold me her PSP, and gave me all the games she had for it.) I wasn’t quite sure which one to start with first (DoC is shorter, but Crisis Core is portable and, since I’m mostly unspoiled for it, I actually have a stack of promising-looking-but-unread fic piled up to read after I beat it), but DoC won out because of length + Vincent & Yuffie.

I did want to rewatch Advent Children first, because basically all I remember about it is a fun fight between Tifa and someone (named Loz?) that made me fall in love with her, just a little, and a vague impression of Cloud talking to Vincent at one point. And motorcycles. But it’s not on Netflix, and I’d have to pay extra to stream it on Amazon, which, no. But I was pretty sure that at least one of my brother’s friends would have it, and asked him if he’d ask one of them to borrow it. I ended up not having enough patience to wait before starting DoC, but he did succeed: he handed me his friend’s copy this morning. So I’ll probably watch it soon.

► So, Dirge of Cerberus. I started it yesterday, and while I'm not very far yet, I do have some initial impressions: length, and maybe spoilers? )

(A note on tagging: apparently, Dirge of Cerberus breaks the character limit when I pair it with "video games" and "final fantasy", even before "vii" gets into the mix, so... I'm just going to leave it under FFVII's tag for now? I'll figure it out later.)

► I’m still playing Mystic Messenger, though I did take a break for a few weeks. I just don’t have too much to say about it right now? I’m mostly just collecting endings. Though, I did have a very belated realization about spoiler for Seven’s route )
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Mystic Messenger: omg, Jumin’s Bad Ending 01 was a DELIGHT. I thought I was going to hate it, but nope, it ended up being one my favorites so far! spoilers beneath the cut )

Speaking of A+ content, I also played through Seven’s Bad Ending 01 & 02. spoilers beneath the cut )

► More Spring 2017 anime first episode reactions! Which I should have posted at the beginning of this week at the latest, especially since I already had this portion of this update written then, but oh well. potential spoilers for the first episodes of Sakura Quest and KADO: The Right Answer )

Edit: Ahhh, I can’t believe I almost forgot about this, but I have another fic update.
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Um, long entry alert. This is what happens when I don’t keep up with posting...

► I beat Never Alone a day or so after I last posted. I was actually pretty close to the ending at that time, apparently. It’s not a long game at all— it only took me about three hours from start to finish, according to Steam. Overall… I still feel mixed? There were a lot of frustrating portions, which the occasionally stiff controls didn’t help with, but when it was good, it was a lot of fun, and I loved the scenery and the story. I don’t think I’ll ever replay it from start to finish (though I might take the time to do full achievements + the Foxtales DLC, since I already have that), but I am still glad that I played it, if that makes sense.

► In Mystic Messenger, I’ve achieved Jumin’s Normal Ending and Bad Ending 03. commentary, cut for spoilers )

► I mentioned the other day that the Mystic Messenger April Fool’s Event inspired me to make my own cardboard/paper Seven. What I kept forgetting to mention is that, a day or two later, I made a cardboard!Yoosung as well!
images beneath the cut )

Eventually, I’d like to make papercraft versions of all of the RFA, but I keep putting it off because it takes so long. I spent hours trying to get Yoosung’s pieces designed. ._. Next on the list is probably Jaehee, though I am concerned about how well her (brown) hair will contrast against the cardboard.

► I’ve also started on the Spring 2017 anime premieres! It’s been a while since I’ve kept up with currently airing anime, but I miss it, so I wanted to start the habit again. (I actually wanted to start with the Winter 2017 season, but… pretty much nothing aired that I felt like watching, ahahaha;;;)

I don’t have a premium account on Crunchyroll anymore (halted it because I was somewhere without internet access for most of last year, & can’t justify the expense at the moment, though I do intend to get it again someday), so I’m watching from a week behind on all of the airing anime. Here’s my initial reactions to the series I’ve tried out so far:
length; spoilers for the first episodes of Alice & Zoroku, GRANBLUE FANTASY, & The Royal Tutor )

► This entry was actually meant to be even longer, but it’s literally two minutes to midnight as I type this sentence and I’d like to post it before I go to bed, so no. I’ll try to update again soon to make up for it.
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► So, a few days back I got the final ending for the Mystic Messenger April Fool’s Day Event. spoilers below )

► After I finished with that event, I began working on Jumin’s Bad Endings, starting with Bad Ending 02. spoilers )

I’m working on Jumin’s Bad Ending 03 now, and will probably go back for his Bad Ending 01 next, before moving on to Seven’s* bad endings.

*...There is no way those aren’t going to hurt really badly. I’m not sure if I’m going to be ready for it. ._.

► In other gaming news… I’ve started playing Never Alone. It’s not really surprising that I’d be interested in this game— I remember that when I first saw an ad for this game some years back, I was in Walmart, and I just stood in front of the screen staring a while and thinking, this game was made for me. Mainly because foxes and snowy winter settings are two of my favorite things. And it has a female protagonist, too! I snatched it up during one of the Steam sales— don’t remember which one anymore— and have been sitting on it ever since.

I actually started playing it now because Steam sent me an email telling me that another fox-related game on my wishlist, Seasons After Fall, is on sale. I...really want to play it, but can’t really justify buying another game right now, even when it’s so cheap. But then I remembered that, while I’m not sure if I could justify buying another game, I did already have Never Alone.

My feelings about it… are a little mixed? Working out the puzzles is fun, and I loved watching the little fox run around. So cute. ♥ But I did not expect the game to involve so much being chased by things. I hate being chased by things in games. ._. If it weren’t for those chase scenes/some of the other timed puzzles, though, I’d unreservedly love this game! As things stand, though, I keep having to take breaks when the chasing/timed sequences (by which I’m referring to the bit with the trees in Chapter 8, btw) start to stress me out too much.

I’m also a bit disappointed by major chapter 6 spoiler ) I haven’t finished the game yet, though, so maybe my feelings about that particular thing will change with later developments? We’ll see.
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► Yesterday, I got the good ending in Mystic Messenger’s April Fool’s Event. spoilers )

► I’ve started poking around in the Mystic Messenger fandom, and… it feels very young? Some of it is in ways that are very nostalgia-inducing (people giggling about something being their first fic, or their first try at smut, or other cute-but-naive-sounding comments in the summaries), but others are very...alien to me. brief digression/criticism )

The abundance of “baby’s first fic” or “baby’s first fandom” syndrome does mean that the overall fic quality… does leave something to be desired;;; I have found some pieces that I unabashedly like, but overall, most things that I’ve enjoyed, I’ve enjoyed with caveats. On the bright side, this does make me more confident about anything I may contribute to the fandom in the future? ^^;;;;

The fanart, on the other hand, is really great! I’ve actually been poking around on tumblr a bit because of it— mostly just looking up fanart. Here’s some of my favorite pieces:
Also, these two text posts are both so true.

► I haven’t been keeping up very well with sharing fic links for the things I’ve written “since my last post”— mainly because all of my last few posts since I last wrote something have been a Mystic Messenger emotions train, and I didn’t want to distract from that.

Links:
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► I did my first playthrough of the Mystic Messenger April Fool’s Event yesterday, and now I’m ready to talk about my first impressions! (Since each playthrough takes a day, and there are three endings, I decided to space it out to playing it the day before, the day of, and the day after 1 April.) Overall, it was pretty fun! And it made me forget that I actually dislike April Fool’s Day, at least until I went online today and was reminded of that again again. cut for length & spoilers )

► In other news, yesterday I found out that, holy shit, Honey Buddha Chips are real. ...........I don’t even like chips and I want to try them. Damnit, Seven!
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Feel free to ignore this! This came about mostly because of my organizational tendencies— I’ve made a lot of Mystic Messenger posts at this point, and I decided that I’d like to have an index to quickly help me find what I wanted to look back on.

Character routes are listed in the order in which I played them.
cut for length )
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► Note: There are multiple parts to this entry, but they’re pretty much all about Mystic Messenger. So if you don’t care about this game, feel free to skip over this entry entirely. I just had a whole lot to say, and it was easier to split it up into parts.

► So, I’ve done all the secret endings now, and… wow. Wow. What a ride. It was… emotionally draining, to be perfectly honest, but mostly worth it at the end? cut for major spoilers for both after endings )

► Here, have some meta about the overall themes of Mystic Messenger. This was originally part of the above write-up, but then I decided that I didn’t want it to get buried with everything else that I wrote, if only so that I can find it more easily in the future.
spoilers for the entire game )

► After beating the game, I finally felt free to really dive into the guide books/character information books that came with my VIP package. cut for guide spoilers? assuming that that’s even a thing )

► Finally, at the end of last night I was in the mood for something sweeter after all of the angst of the secret endings, so I decided to play Seven’s Valentine After Story. This was a great decision; his was easily the best of the three I’ve played so far! cut for spoilers )
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Mystic Messenger update: spoilers for Days 9-11 of Seven’s Route + the After Ending )

And that’s the end of Seven’s route! Next up, the Secret Endings? (I think that’s what they’re called, at least. I can’t check right now.) I wanted there to be a bit more to this entry— mainly in regards to some other media I’ve consumed recently— but I’m too impatient to get back to the game and finally get my answers. Everything else is going to have to wait until next time.

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