schneefink: (Hängebrücke)
Ghosts
1.3k, gen, Lin Chen & Meng Zhi, time travel
Summary: "How do you know everything?"
"Be my disciple at Langya Hall for three years, I guarantee you will know more things too."

I wrote this months ago, and it was originally planned to be much longer. Even after I decided to shorten it I was never quite satisfied with it. I decided to post it anyway instead of hiding it on my hard drive because hey, if one person enjoys reading it *shrugs* I couldn't get the idea out of my head since the second time I watched the scene with the quotes from the summary.

Misc

Mar. 21st, 2017 11:49 pm
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
Today is world poetry day, and in some cafés in Vienna you could pay for a coffee with a poem. I met with my mom and my cousin at a café after work and wrote three poems featuring coffee in five minutes each. The ability to relatively easily write silly poems and rewrite song lyrics is among my favourite things I inherited from my dad, who occasionally rewrites the lyrics of entire musicals for anniversary birthdays.
I also wanted to post a poem but I'm too lazy to pick one out, but I will post at least one sometime in the next month.

DD and I are rewatching NiF two episodes a week, which we decided on because we needed a fixed number to stop ourselves from speeding through it in time we don't have. On the one hand it's something I now look forward to every week and it's great to rewatch it together, but on the other hand there's fic I want to edit or write for which I need to rewatch later episodes and I don't want to skip ahead. Ah well, better late than never. In the meantime I have so many feelings about all the NiF characters that I seem to be able to only express nonverbally, especially about Jingyan and Liyang who are so good and deserve so much better and just *flails*

Not that I have too much drive to write right now anyway. Hopefully next week? I try to at least keep up with commenting on fic I read during the day in the evenings, because it feels too awkward to visit the Archive at work and typing on my phone is annoying.

My head is full of random stuff. Eh, could be worse, at least most of it is not negative random stuff. Stuff like plans to finally try out the "Lord of the Rings" boardgame I got for cheap over a year ago this weekend, or museums, or calendar confusion, or the surprisingly annoying decision what to wear each morning. Not that the company has a strict dress code but still. I think I want to have more necklaces. It's on my list of things to buy with my paychecks, somewhere after "new headphones" because my current ones only work intermittently, and somewhere before "new laptop" because I know me and it'll take me ages to finally decide on a new model. My current one lasted almost eight years even though I didn't treat it very well, I'm attached (and lazy.)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
A bit late, but: In my fandom_stocking I got great recipe and story and vid recs, and great stories :)
In the Hour of the Ox by [personal profile] naye, a Nirvana in Fire canon-divergence hopefully-fix-it with Lin Chen and Jingyan and absent MCS being very much themselves (with all that entails *facepalm*); and
Tubbs, In Repose by [personal profile] nenya_kanadka, a fun and adorable Steerswoman/Neko Atsume crossover.

Yesterday I played Cards Against Humanity with friends and we had a fantastic time. I'm also a bit proud of myself: in the past often most of the time I've been invited by my friends to do stuff, and for a while now I've wanted to initiate doing stuff together more often from my side, so the friendship is more equal in practice too. I organized the game on Thursday and it turned out great, and the people I introduced to each other got on as well as I hoped they would. I hope I'll be able to do it more often :)

Every once in a while, when people in my dw circle post about what they've read in a week, I'm amazed at how many books they read. Those are weird moments, because I'm a fast reader and I read a lot. And then I think back to how many novel-length fics I read each week and it makes sense again.

I had a therapy session on Monday that felt fairly brutal, but I've been more active in my job search this week than in many previous weeks so she probably knows what she's doing.

After the HTML+CSS basic course last weekend, this weekend I'm being introduced to JavaScript. I'm looking forward to it, even though I'm sorry to miss the Woman's March in Vienna, and I know I'll be exhausted on Monday. D&D on Saturday is not ideal, but I'll make it somehow. At least today is my dad's birthday party and there will be cake. And maybe I'll finally get around to trying out the smoothie machine my roommate Nadine got for New Year's.

2017, day 1

Jan. 1st, 2017 07:56 pm
schneefink: (A:tla group hug)
Happy 2017!
I celebrated New Year's Eve with Lio&Maria and Lisa&Nati, and Maria tried out about ten or so different cocktails, yum. Three other people showed up for a while and drew Lio into a discussion on politics, and I hated that on the last day of 2016 while I wanted to play a game and enjoy myself I couldn't help but hear someone argue on the other side of the room that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were equally bad options. Bleh. Fortunately they left before midnight. We sang a bit (including to Level Up and This Year), and after midnight we played four rounds of cards and I won all of them :) I came home so late that I narrowly missed OT of the Pens-Habs game, but the Pens won so that was good too.

I wrote two stories for Yuletide this year:
See Your Silhouette for [personal profile] lilacsigil
Fandom: Gladiator – Dami Im
1.3k, background White Warrior/Princess
Summary: She hadn't seen the Princess in fifty years.
My assignment. It was pretty frustrating because the prompts were good and I had ideas, but it was hard to put them together into a story, and at some point I planned something much longer and more complex before I condensed it to its current length. It probably made the story better, but there were a few elements I'm sorry I lost.

Step Forward for [archiveofourown.org profile] alessandriana
Fandom: Nirvana in Fire
1.6k, gen, canon-divergent AU
Summary: Jingyan had known this day would come, but for years xiao-Shu had done him the favor of allowing him not to think about it.
The first time I actually finished a Yuletide treat! Jingyu dies from natural cases and so there is no conspiracy. I'd started sketching this AU before I even saw [livejournal.com profile] alessandriana's letter, and when I saw that she prompted it it gave me the push I needed to finish. I really like this AU, and there's a possibility that I'm not done with it yet because I keep thinking of more things that would be interesting to explore in it.

There are many Yuletide stories I still want to read (thanks to everyone who recced stories), but I decided to put those aside for now and try to write something for [community profile] fandom_stocking.
I also still need to do my 2016 year review, aaand I decided to try and do at least half of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge this year, so at least 7 days.

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Huh. I think I'll cheat a bit and refer to "Step Forward" above, because I really like the concept of this AU and I feel like I wrote a good look into it.

Dark Blue Skies, a Steerswoman fic: "In the third year of Willam's apprenticeship with Corvus, Abremio came to Wulfshaven." It's one of my longer works and I'm quite proud of how it turned out.

Assuming Shape, a Young Avengers fic, Teddy Altman's mom's backstory. (I can't remember if her name is from canon somewhere or if I took it from another fic.) I wrote it because I wanted to make her more real (which makes canon even sadder) and I feel like I succeeded.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
I wanted to rec the first of these as soon as I saw it in the Yuletide collection, and then I realized it fits well with several other stories I also want to rec. What can I say, I really like post-canon Nirvana in Fire fics. My favorites:

The Next Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] julad
17.3k, Lin Shu/Nihuang, canon divergent AU
Additional tags: what the fuck was I thinking, to write a story with a challenge deadline, about a man with three identities having an identity crisis, AND FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW
Summary: Post-series, alternate ending. Lin Shu ends his engagement with Nihuang. Nihuang lets him. Jingyan finds this unacceptable.
Why I love it: I haven't even commented on this yet because I'm still working on how to properly express my enthusiasm. This is just *flails* so good. I love Lin Shu and his long journey of recovery and figuring out what to do with himself, and I love all of his friends who refuse to let him go and call him on his bullshit, Lin Chen and Jingrui and Meng Zhi and so many others but especially Nihuang, who knows that she deserves exactly what and whoever she wants, and Jingyan, who's as stubborn as an ox and just wants his friend back and isn't afraid to use any means necessary. It's often heartbreaking but also warm and sometimes even funny, and it has a lovely happy ending.

Still Here (With All I Hold Dear) by [archiveofourown.org profile] marvelist
10.1k, gen
Summary: Jingyan misses Xiao Shu in all the ways that matter but he cannot fall apart.
Surprisingly enough, Lin Chen can relate to that.
Why I love it: And this is the version where Lin Shu does die, and Jingyan and Lin Chen and everyone else have to live with that. It's a story about grief and healing, and it's gorgeous. Sad but life goes on and eventually there are smiles again. It has beautiful Jingyan & Lin Chen friendship and many other characters too. A great look at what LS/MCS meant to them and what it means that he's gone and what happens after.

where you go when wanderings are over by [archiveofourown.org profile] Katharos
1k, gen
Summary: After the war, Jingrui goes home.
Why I love it: This is exactly what I wanted for Jingrui post-canon, and it's beautiful. In my mind this is in the same 'verse as my Yuletide gift:

Parallax by [archiveofourown.org profile] lostlenore
1.6k, gen
Summary: The work of the Jiangzhuo alliance is never done.
Why I love it: Jingrui fifteen years later, excellent. Recced again because it is my gift and I love it and for completeness' sake.

even if you cannot hear my voice by [archiveofourown.org profile] Alaceron
2.3k, gen
Summary: The ones we love never truly leave us.
This is somewhat truer for Lin Chen than most.
(Ghost!MCS)
Why I love it: And here, the rare funny post-canon fic. LS/MCS is still dead, so there is grief too, but he's not exactly gone, and it's hilarious and warm.

NiF fic

Nov. 6th, 2016 11:44 pm
schneefink: picture of Relena looking at the viewer (GW Relena)
Writing every day in November: week one was a success, feels good. So far I have written snippets of one sort-of fusion, time travel, a canon divergent AU, post-canon fix-it with magic, and an ep 54 missing scene, all for Nirvana in Fire. I made some structuring progress for my Yuletide fic too, I think it's coming along.
(Other than that last week was unfortunately unproductive -.- This is most likely related. I'm not looking forward to therapy on Tuesday at all.)

I finished one ficlet:
New Life, Different Fur
NiF, 330 words, short silly post-canon fluff with magic.
I wanted to write post-canon fluff for [personal profile] naye and found out that in this fandom that's harder than I anticipated… I accidentally wrote three snippets of spoilers ), I meant to fix it but the angst refused to leave. So I had to come up with something else.

NiF 2

Oct. 31st, 2016 11:53 am
schneefink: Parker grinning, from First David Job (Parker smiling before jumping off a buil)
They announced that there will be a second season of Nirvana in Fire! I'm almost more nervous than happy. The show is so good, I really don't want my enjoyment to be dampened if I don't like the sequel. It'll be set 50 years later, so at least the characters will be different, but we'll still (I assume) find out a lot about what happened to Jingyan and the others. Of course I know that there's no way that their future is free from hardship, minor spoilers )
On the other hand the sequel will be written by the same person, so there is a chance it'll be as good. In which case the cliffhangers will be terrible.

It'll be a year until NiF 2 comes out – I already know that waiting for the translations and subtitles after each episode comes out will be hard, and it's about 50/50 if I'll manage to wait or spoil myself completely. Hopefully until then I can ignore most of what comes out about the sequel and enjoy my own headcanons.

Speaking of, I'm currently writing three (3!) NiF fics that I feel good about :) Very slowly, but still. Sometimes/when I'm blocked I forget how much fun writing can be. (I never forget the frustration, not even when things are going well.)

In completely different news, today I woke up to zero AO3 notifications. I currently subscribe to 146 stories, 147 series, and 193 authors (authors may overlap with stories/series), so that has never happened before. Not even a comment reply, and I try to leave comments frequently. I was honestly relieved to find out that the problem was on AO3's end, otherwise it would have been a very weird coincidence, and on Halloween of all days. (Problem appears to be solved now, missing emails should appear soon.)
schneefink: (Fleury)
Yesterday I thought about how much fun it can be to mash together two fandoms who have absolutely nothing to do with each other. "But sometimes," I thought, "it's really hard, like, just as a random example of things I've been watching recently, Nirvana in Fire and hockey."
An hour later I had the basic premise of a story I'm not going to write.

I'll share though. )
schneefink: picture of Relena looking at the viewer (GW Relena)
this once, don't wake
1.6k, gen, time travel fix-it
Summary: This time, Liyang knows what is in the wine.

The first of several NiF time travel fix-it stories I want to write, it's a trope that works well for this canon. First, one of my (many) favorite minor characters: Grand Princess Liyang.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
A week ago I wondered if I could finish "Nirvana in Fire" before Yuletide nominations close on Friday. I shouldn't have worried, it was too hard to stop.

episodes 49-54 )
schneefink: picture of Relena looking at the viewer (GW Relena)
Writing more of these for me later. I had time today because the furniture moving was easier & faster than anticipated (yay) and too many people cancelled so there was no D&D (boo.)
(I met with CP regardless, we talked, played board games, and watched some videos. I like him as a friend; sometimes I wonder if he's flirting with me and I try not to encourage that, but I'm not sure how clearly. Maybe I shouldn't have visited today, idk.)

Nirvana in Fire episodes 35-39 )
schneefink: (ahsoka)
Back home in Vienna. Together with my grandparents we had a few beautiful hikes (some more walks really, they are getting older…) in the mountains, it was great. And I got to spend time with almost all of my maternal relatives :) My cousins are almost adults now, it's a bit odd.

Back home in Vienna, tomorrow DD starts moving in, and since I took an early train that meant I had some time to watch TV today. Unsurprisingly it was very difficult to stop once I started… Very good though! I'm glad nobody has or will in the near future have the room next to mine, it's nice not to have to feel self-conscious about high-pitched noises and clapping.

Nirvana in Fire up to episode 34 )


Over half of the series over, I'll probably manage to finish before Yuletide nominations close, convenient. I really like the intro and ending music too, when I binge-watch a series I usually cut those off but not here.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
Brief reaction: Spoilers )


It turns out I do have time to watch at least a few episodes while at my grandparents', I just have to deal with my grandmother looking into the room every thirty minutes and disapprovingly asking what I do on the computer "all the time." I really wanted to find out what was going to happen at the party though.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
I have terrible timing. Tomorrow I'm leaving to visit my grandparents for a few days, before my summer ticket runs out; it's not for long but why not take the chance to see them when I can (and don't even have to pay for it.) However, the day before yesterday I read a fic I saw recced on pinboard, then I looked up the canon on wikipedia, and now I've started watching "Nirvana in Fire" and I don't want to stop. I most likely won't have time while I'm at my grandparents' though, very annoying.

"Nirvana in Fire" is a revenge drama taking place in fictional Imperial China, and it's so good. Plots and conspiracies and politics and court intrigues, fantastic identity porn with bonus loyalty kink, great characters, competent characters, and so much more. I've just finished episode 12 (of 54) SPOILERS )


D&D yesterday: we finally entered the haunted library! There was a big fight with many minions and three of our NPC allies died, including the Lawful Good demon. (The other two will come back to life sans body, probably, eventually, it's complicated. Fortunately we weren't too attached to them.) Twice I managed to hit 6-8 bad guys at the same with an area spell and do 20/21 points damage, that was frustrating because they had 22 hit points. Oh well, everybody from the main party survived. Barely, but survived. Actually my character was doing pretty well: Fly is a great spell. Even my beetle familiar managed to kill a few bad guys.
Next time will probably be mostly information gathering in the library. There should be so much information there :) Other parties get rewarded with money or magical items, we get information, and hopefully spells.

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