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Aug. 7th, 2020

Masterpost

Leasspell Dæl is Old English for "Fiction Valley". Here you'll find fanworks by myself, Jade Dixon.

This is a mirror of my Dreamwidth, and all links in this masterpost lead there. The content is still available here if you wish to browse through the tags for it.

Regarding spoilers )

Regarding Ratings/Warnings )

Fanfiction )

Essays/Reviews/Reference )
 

May. 17th, 2013

Addendum: Masterpost (Content Warnings)

If you want or require in-depth warnings before reading any of my fanfiction, they can be found here. If I have failed to warn for something appropriately (or at all!), please notify me so that I can fix it.

These warnings are specifically for the content of the fanfics, not the canons they come from. )
 

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/2013/05/17/masterpost-content-warnings.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Mar. 24th, 2012

[Discussion] [FF13-verse] Serah/Snow

I find Serah and Snow's relationship to be fascinating, and have very strong opinions about it. These opinions were formed abstractly during FF13, but with the additional perspective of FF13-2, they've solidified. (FF13-2 information will be behind a Cut.)

In my review of FFXIII, I mentioned how I wish we had learned more about Serah throughout the course of the story, especially her relationship with Snow. I wanted to know how long they had been together, how long they had known each other, how they met, that kind of thing. The only hint we have is that in the "Thirteen Days" section of the Datalog, we learn Snow has only just met Lightning. This suggests a fairly new relationship.

Everything goes topsy-turvy at this point, when Serah gets branded as a Pulse l'Cie and attempts to break-up with Snow for his own protection. Snow, madly in love, refuses to let her face her fate on her own. He defies everything that has been indoctrinated into him since birth and stays with her, promising to help her fulfill her Focus, saving her from becoming a Cie'th. Both Serah's actions and Snow's show how much they care for each other.

During the Fireworks Festival, Snow asks Serah to marry him. This is an absolutely heart-warming gesture, and give Serah a desperately needed morale boost in her darkest hour. )

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Spoilers behind the cut )

So that's my two... er two billion cents on the matter. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, disagreement, or anything really, feel free to drop me a line! I love discussion! (and recs :D)

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/18128.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Mar. 23rd, 2012

[Discussion] Final Fantasy XIII-2, the non-review version!

So I recently posted a review of Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which should only be read if you've finished the game), and left a slew of topics at the end which I claimed I would discuss later.

game as fanfic, Chrono Trigger, Snow/Serah, Lightning's knowledge of the future, "hope", Noel's inexperience, Etro's successor, Yeul's connection to Caius, historia crux shape, fanworks

It is later. :)

As before, this is going to be full of spoilers for the game, so it should only be read if you have completed it (including the Paradox Endings). )

Okay, getting wordy again. Going to leave the topic I wanted to talk about the most (Snow/Serah) for another day, and will shoe-horn in "fanworks" with it.

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/17731.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Mar. 18th, 2012

[Review] Final Fantasy XIII-2

I finished Final Fantasy XIII-2 a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to let my thoughts percolate rather than make a knee-jerk review. I think I've reached the point where my opinion isn't going to change, and I have a solid grasp of why I feel certain ways about certain aspects. So, here's my review. All spoilers will be written after the second cut. There will be spoiler-space in-between the cuts if you're reading the first section.

Graphics: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Battle System: 8/10
Story: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Music: 8/10
Overall: 9/10

Spoiler-free breakdown )

Spoiler-filled discussion of squee! and issues )

TL,DR; Very fun, with lots of replay-value. Significantly improved from its predecessor.

Wow, quite a wall of text, huh? And guess what?! I'm not done yet!! :D

But I will leave it there for now. Next time: game as fanfic, Chrono Trigger, Snow/Serah, Lightning's knowledge of the future, "hope", Noel's inexperience, Etro's successor, Yeul's connection to Caius, historia crux shape, fanworks

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/17608.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Jan. 16th, 2012

Sometimes it's the little things that make you smile

So, I was excited enough when I realized that James Patrick Stuart who voiced Xigbar/Braig in the Kingdom Hearts series was playing Dick Roman in Supernatural this season. When I realized that the guy who played the enemy for 7x12 (Jason Dohring) was the voice for Terra (BbS)? The glee was unparalleled.

I can totally get behind turning SPN into a retirement home for KH voice actors! XD

Moment of shame? I recognized Dohring from his role in Veronica Mars, and only coincidentally made the connection to Terra this morning. *sobs*

ALSO! Suikoden fans should keep an eye on [livejournal.com profile] marksofstars for the next couple of months! They're trying to post 108 days of new fan activity, be it fanworks or discussion. There's still a lot of days left unclaimed if you want to join in!

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/17382.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Nov. 28th, 2011

[Discussion] Fandom entitlement

Have you ever felt like a bad fan? I do, sometimes.

Often, I'll look at various fandom posts, and feel irritated by the sense of entitlement that's expressed. You know the type of posts, ones where the the writer expresses dissatisfaction with an installment of their fandom because it doesn't conform to what they want from it. This could be a love-interest that interferes with a non-canon 'ship, or new information revealed that goes against their head-canon. (This is not to be confused with legitimate complaints concerning shoddy writing/development/plot holes, etc, or a calm decision to ignore canon that josses a fanfic idea.)

I've been doing up notes on my personal head-canon for Kingdom Hearts in preparation for work on one of the projects I wound up ignoring during NaNo.

There is a conspicuous lack of Xion.

I could excuse myself by saying... )

In an unrelated note, I've edited the Pairing Meme entry to reveal the answers, in case anyone's interested.

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/17133.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Nov. 24th, 2011

[Meme] Pairings

Swiped from [personal profile] cypher.

Here are twenty ships of mine in twenty different fandoms, not named but described in a sentence. Guess who!

(I'm pretty liberal about my pairings, and don't have many dedicated "ships" per se. So these are just some pairings I enjoy. Some are canon, others are decidedly not.)

[Edit: 2011/11/28 to add answers. Some will only have the fandom visible, with the characters blacked-out if I feel it might be spoiler-y. For the record, I'm being stricter than my normal spoiler policy here...]

Read more... )

All fandoms are represented in my interests on my profile, if you want some hints.

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/16858.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.
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Nov. 14th, 2011

[NaNo] Progress Report VII: Passing of the Torch

According to Scrivener, I have achieved my 50000 words! \o/

(Of course, according to Open Office I have 986 words to go, but given that I have sixteen days left, I'm not too concerned.)

The fic is far from over, although I have finally reached the first true inklings of the plot. And am mere scenes away from introducing the love interest from left-field. And I've surpassed all the scenes I had skipped ahead to write when I needed speed over order.

Now I'm going to go sleep the sleep of the dead, because I only got four hours of sleep last night, and my eyes just won't stay open any longer.

If they would, I'd attempt to show Open Office who's boss. But just... no. Not right now.

Sleeeeeep~!

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/16332.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.
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Nov. 13th, 2011

[NaNo] Letter to the Editor

Dear Self;

Using video-game cameos to fill-in for the KH characters' parents was supposed to prevent you from needing to make up back-story and characterization while still having standards with which to hold yourself. Giving the parents further back-story defeats the purpose of this. Especially as it's not plot relevant. Remember the plot? The bit you haven't started writing yet?

...

*sigh*

The worst part is I'm not even certain that the scene that's causing me this consternation is going to make it into the final draft. I'm not even sure the scenario that's plaguing me would make sense in the greater scheme of things. I'm going with it for now, though, because I'm having problems getting into the groove today, and I have to write something.

*mutters mutinously before returning to the document*

(In the interests of helping others procrastinate on their NaNo/general discussion, how do you guys deal with characters having absent or vaguely referred to family?)

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/15962.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.
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Nov. 11th, 2011

[NaNo] Progress Report VI: The Undiscovered NaNo

Okay, so my last title got cut off, apparently. It was kinda wordy and excessive.

In my panick-y whiny post about a week or so ago, I bemoaned (amongst other things), that I'd have to go into work today.

It turned out, that I didn't. This meant a whole extra day of writing I wasn't expecting, and I decided to make the most of it. Being 11/11/11, I made it my personal goal to write 11000 words today. Then I discovered that there was an on-site challenge to do 11111 words.

Made it! :)

This leaves me at 37774 words in total, which is 75% done guys! I'm stoked, I really didn't think I'd make it even this far (especially as, y'know, I only got my plot last night, and still haven't really incorporated it yet), and now I actually think I'm going to reach 50000.

If I write as much as I usually do on my days off on Sunday and Monday, I could even be "done" by Tuesday. I barely dare to hope. Of course, the fic is so far from being done that it isn't even funny, but y'know. Progress.

The thing I've really liked about doing NaNo this year (besides actually keeping on top of my wordcount for once)? )

I don't have an excited flail-y icon. Why do I not have an excited flail-y icon? Must look into this.

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Nov. 8th, 2011

[NaNo] Progress Report V: Why does NaNo need a starship?

Skipped a couple of updates. I managed to squeak in my (personal) goal of 2000 words Saturday night, then completely slacked off and skipped Sunday altogether. Today I managed nearly 8000 words, bringing my word-count just over the half-way point at 25076! \o/

My editing sensibilities are twitching at all of the things I already know need to be either edited out or expanded upon, but I'm just going with the flow for now. I'm find the farther in I get, the less twitchy I'm getting. About the current material anyway, the earlier stuff I'm pretty much ignoring. XD

I got an extra hour sleep this weekend, and that makes me happy. :)

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Nov. 3rd, 2011

[NaNo] Progress Report III: The Search for NaNo

2209 today, for a total of 12802. I am now over 25% done. I have never made it this far before!

I can already see that I'll need to do a lot of editing when I'm done, but I'm enjoying just getting stuff out. Even if I reduce my count to 1000 a day after NaNo, I'd still be pumping out a lot of material, and may actually get some of my ideas finished. Still haven't worked on any of the fics I'd planned to work on, but hey if it's working for me... XD

I restarted my Tamagotchi on the same day I started NaNo, and haven't managed to kill it yet, despite ignoring it for both work and writing. This makes me happy. And nostalgic. :)

This entry was originally posted at http://leasspell-dael.dreamwidth.org/14400.html. Feel free to comment there using OpenID.

Nov. 2nd, 2011

[NaNo] Progress Report II

Well, I've made my goal and beyond today, although it's not near as impressive as yesterday.

I've added 2355 words, bringing my total word-count to 10592! I'm 20% there! The trick now is not to get overconfident with my buffer. I still want to try to reach 2000 words a day, although at this point I only need 1400 a day to finish on time.

Still working on the same fic, and I'm at the point where I'm working on transition scenes I hadn't thought about yet which is both good and bad. It's good because it's new material, which is more engaging than stuff I've thought about a million times. It's bad because if I hit a stumbling block, it's going to take longer to work through it. So far so good, though!

What I'm truly enjoying at this point, is that I'm reaching places to insert exposition naturally that I kinda crammed in at the beginning. I'm re-inserting the exposition so I can prune the beginning when NaNo's done and it's editing time. Show, not tell, right? Either way, I'm not going to worry about now.

NaNo stats predict me finishing by the 9th, which while better than yesterday, is still hilarious. :D

Also, my music rotated to Robo's theme from Chrono Trigger while I was writing, and I just instinctively started grooving where I sat. This makes me happy. :)
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Oct. 24th, 2011

[Fic Rec][Chrono Trigger] Time Breaks the Threaded Dances + [Suikoden] self-pimp

So I participated in the Round 3 Gift Exchange on [community profile] newgameplus, and received this beautiful gem! The prompt I had given was: Crono, Schala, meeting anytime post-rise of the Black Omen. Ignores Radical Dreamers, Chrono Cross, and the new DS ending.

I wanted to wait until the author-reveals had been done, so that I could give proper credit where it's due.

BIG BIG THANKS to [personal profile] jack_of_none, who wrote one of the most unique fates for Schala I've ever read!

Title: Time Breaks the Threaded Dances
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Summary/teaser: You never forget a woman you died for.

In case you're interested in what I wrote... )

Sep. 30th, 2011

[Review][No.6] A short anime with a long back-story

I was introduced to the anime "No.6" around the time that episode nine was released. As there were only two more left to go, I decided to wait until the series was finished before writing a review. That was several weeks ago. I've been thinking about it since then, trying to decide what to write.

First of all, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Post-apocalyptic dystopia? Sign me up! )

So, if you enjoy character-driven anime with a sci-fi/dystopian bent, this is a definite must! What I'm enjoying even more is a fan-translation of the novels that's slowly (but brilliantly!) being released. Now I'm getting all the extra goodies that were left out of the anime too!

Sep. 4th, 2011

[Discussion][Song of Ice and Fire] Finished A Dance with Dragons

So I finished A Dance with Dragons last night.

Spoilers behind the cut! )

Of course, this is all speculation. The only theory I'm really married to is the one about Jon Snow.

Hopefully it won't be another six years to find out more. XD

Aug. 26th, 2011

[Discussion][Doctor Who] A Good Man Goes to War

So I re-watched A Good Man Goes to War tonight, to refresh my memory before the new episode comes out tomorrow.

While watching, I couldn't help but think that the role of Vastra (the reptile alien) would have suited Jack Harkness much better.

Spoilers behind the cut. )

Vastra would have been a cool character to have there too, but I really felt like she was just substituting for the Captain as it stood.

I thought it was all in my head, until I read this:

Steven Moffat said he planned writing in a cameo for John Barrowman to reprise his role as Jack Harkness, but Barrowman was busy filming Torchwood: Miracle Day and was unavailable.

I think in my head, from now on I'm going to be substituting Jack in that scene. XD

Aug. 23rd, 2011

[Discussion][Song of Ice and Fire] Eating my words, but not all of them

I'm on the third book for my SoIaF re-read, and even before I finished the first one I realized that half of my theory was wrong.

Once again putting my theory behind the cut, even though theories don't really count as spoilers, do they? There ARE spoilers through the first three books. )

There's probably more, but that's all I could think of off the top of my head. I'm keeping my eyes open as I continue my read-through. Keep in mind, I haven't read the newest book yet, so my theory may get destroyed then and there. We'll see.

Aug. 7th, 2011

[Resource][The World Ends With You] Wardrobe Project Masterpost

This is the masterpost for my The World Ends With You Wardrobe-breakdown project. Please note that the purpose of this breakdown is to serve as a reference for writing fanfiction, and thus does not include game mechanics.

The World Ends With You was created by, and is the property of, Square-Enix and Jupiter.

Specifically to this project, I am heavily indebted to this Item List on GameFaqs, as well as the Threads List on TWEWY Wiki.

While all characters can wear all articles in The World Ends With You, a lot of articles will only activate an ability if a specific character wears it. I'm considering such articles as being specific to a certain character's wardrobe. There are also a number of items that only your partner can activate or that anyone can activate. They'll be listed under their own tables.

Clothes are sorted first by type (Top, Bottom, Top&Bottom, Headwear, Footwear, Accessory), then brand, then the item name, then price, then description (from the game).

In the "Item Name" column, I also included the in-game icon and the bravery stat. While I'm trying to keep the game mechanics out of these resource posts, I think the bravery's often significant as to how likely a character is to wear something. There are certain challenge related items where the stat is obviously stacked for game mechanic's purposes (such as My Phones, Mr. Mew, the Angel Feather, and Your Cap), but overall I find it useful.

( Neku's Wardrobe )

( Shiki's Wardrobe )

( Joshua's Wardrobe )

( Beat's Wardrobe )

( Partner's Wardrobe )

( Anyone's Wardrobe )


There's a lot of room for interpretation, and compiling this has sparked a few ideas in my head. I hope it has the same affect for others!

If you find an error, or have found this resource useful, please feel free to comment and let me know! :)

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