@[community profile] ff_press: [FFIV] [personal profile] justira: Eclipse (Kain/Cecil, Kain/Rosa, Cecil/Rosa) (PG13) (1,500 words)


Fandom | Cast: FFIV. Kain/Cecil (+ Kain/Rosa, Cecil/Rosa)
Rating | Warnings: No warnings. I'd say PG13 for dark themes? (it's Kain.)
Words: Fifteen 100-word drabbles = 1,500 words
Feedback: Yes please! All kinds welcome.
Notes: De-anon on a [community profile] fuckyeahfinalfantasy fill I did apparently like half a year ago on the prompt: Kain wants and has wanted Cecil every bit as much as Rosa.

The original version, being commentfic, remains untouched; the repost on AO3 has some minor typo corrections and sentence structure fiddling and such, not a major revision. More author notes below.

Summary: Kain wants too many things.

( Eclipse on AO3 )

( Eclipse on [community profile] fuckyeahfinalfantasy )

Notes )

x-post: Hosted on AO3. Original version on [community profile] fuckyeahfinalfantasy [here].
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV] [personal profile] justira: Rydia portrait (G)

Daily Doodle: Time for a ladyperson! I really didn't base this very much on her FFIV:DS renders — those didn't seem distinctive enough to me. In fact, this isn't really based on anything. (I really did mean for her hair to actually be a touch messy/wild, not just wavy.) I tried to do a few things (quietly) here — basically more room for certain traits than really expressing them. Room for sadness around her eyes, room for fierceness in her brows, room for mischief in her mouth. I'm sure that sounds quite pretentious, but I had fun trying to sneak the touches in. Also, I was quite sick today! So this felt nice after that.
Time: 30-40 mins

Daily Doodle: FFIV - Rydia )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [Recs] [personal profile] justira: 5 fics, 2 arts (FFI, FFIV, FFVI, FFVIII, FFX-2, FFXII)

I'm having a terrible week and DOINK! signups are on! SO what time is it? That's right! FFEX reccing time! Behold the amazing things FFEX has brought forth! DOES IT MAKE YOU WANT TO JOIN THE PARTY OR WHAT. You can learn about the exchange at [community profile] ff_exchange or [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange /shameless plug

But seriously, I never cease to be delighted by the amazing things people have made. Have some recs =)

[Art] FFI - Sunset hobbies (Red Mage, Black Mage, White Mage) by [livejournal.com profile] tlc010
Rating | Warnings: G, no warnings
Notes: FFEX 2007 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] admiral_jRed Mage/Black Mage/White Mage. Mixed genders, please, and avoid 8-Bit Theater as inspiration. Beyond that, go nuts

Squee: Straight up: One of my favourite pieces of FF art EVER. And it's for an early, underloved game, no less! This thing has probably been recced all over the place and seen by everyone but I DON'T CARE because it deserves the attention and if anyone missed it they need to see it immediately. Besides the incredible quality of the art, I love that the artist flipped the usual genders for white and black mages — male white mage! female black mage! LITTLE BABY CHICOBO. The costume designs are excellent; they really feel like something people might actually wear and travel and go adventuring in. The lighting is amazing, and I adore the red mage doing his wood-carvy thing in the background. Not enough hearts in the world.

[Fic] FFIV - Under Fire (Rydia) by [livejournal.com profile] stealth_noodle
Rating | Warnings: PG, spoilers through the Feymarch
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] sister_coyoteRydia. Rydia delights me with her strength, her courage and her spirit. Anything that highlights her personality would make me very happy, whether it was Rydia on an adventure or just a slice-of-life piece. I'm a sucker for Rydia/Edge, but pairing is not necessary; gen would also be fine, or friendship-fic with just about anyone. 6,940 words
Summary: With the aid of her Eidolons, Rydia makes a perilous journey across the Underworld to reunite with her friends.

Squee: This is all Rydia, Rydia and eidolons, and the Rydia is perfect; exactly as I could imagine her being at this point in her life. Young but full of arcane knowledge, a little uncertain but endlessly brave, stubborn and smart and surer of the eidolons than she is of people. The prose here rolls comfortably along with a great voice and really amazing little pearls of simile and imagery; there are individual personalities and quirks for each of the eidolons; and as a bonus there is even some meta! But mostly it is the story of Rydia re-emerging, and it is wonderful.

[Fic] FFVI - Dissolution (Edgar/Sabin) by [personal profile] seventhe
Rating | Warnings: NC17. Spoilers for Figaro and twin storyline. Twincest, questionable consent, sex between minors (they're 17). As the aithor says, this story rolled in a pile of wrong. And it's glorious.
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] wounded_melodyEdgar x Sabin; first time, perhaps a bit of dub con or very heavy persuasion. 27,000 words
Summary: The death of a king, the future of a country, and the bond between two brothers: the story of how Edgar let Sabin go.

Squee: Okay, uh. I am pretty much guaranteed to re-rec this thing a million times because it's JUST THAT AWESOME. The author has done an AMAZING job fleshing out these characters and their history. This is undoubtedly a shipping story, but it's also a story about grief, and growing up, and it's one of those rare shiptastic stories that I'd happily push on anyone (who's not squicked by the warnings) because it stands on its own as an amazing story, period. Both Edgar and Sabin are handled excellently here, complex and whole and so painfully young and angry. They both feel real and three-dimensional and complicated — and funny. Watching Edgar try to logic his way out of the mess is... kind of heartbreaking and hilarious at once. The various warned-for things are handled so well, too — the twincest is some of the finest I've read, ever, with all the wrong wrong wrong intact and delicious. The punch at the end is satisfying and sad and a perfect ending-that's-also-a-beginning.

[Art] FFVIII - Sunset (Quistis) by [livejournal.com profile] darthneko
Rating | Warnings: G, no warnings or spoilers.
Notes: FFEX 2009 Chocobo Down — FFVIII: Quistis, and the ocean, with her feet in the sand. Happy, calm and still, with or without company (Xu, Seifer, Irvine or, perhaps, Rinoa) in the background. Either alone or being watched, from her perspective or the watcher's. Additional Prompts: Coral shells, homecoming, wind in her hair, seeing the dawn and/or seeing sunsets (figurative or literal in either case).
Summary: Surf, sand, wind and the scent of home

Squee: There are so many things I love about this! The mood, atmosphere, colours — peaceful without being delicate; serene and lovely and strong. The strength is really what gets me here — Quistis looks tough and competent just standing there; I love her powerful shoulders and the gently emphasized musculature — she's a soldier and it shows. And yet there's something slightly vulnerable and far-away in her stance, her face. I love it.

[Fic] FFVIII - Colour Coded (Ellone/Quistis, Ellone/Rinoa) by [personal profile] temples
Rating | Warnings: PG for dark imagery, spoilers through late in the game
Notes: FFEX 2009 Moogle Fluff — FFVIII, Ellone, Rinoa, and/or Quistis, meta about magic, blue magic, and their connection to each other in the grand scheme. 670 words
Summary: She'd never admit it, but darkness calls louder than light.

Squee: I love the quiet intensity here, the strength of the imagery and how much comes across in such a short piece. It's dark and I love it, how Quistis and Rinoa's magics are presented differently, how each is viewed through the lens of Ellone's own abilities. The meta here is great, too, without overwhelming Ellone's presence. And, of course, I will love a story if it's Bechdel Central. This is rich without being overpowering, short but substantial.

[Fic] FFX-2 - Persistence of Memory (Paine/Nooj) by [personal profile] renay
Rating | Warnings: G, spoilers left right and centre
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] owlmoosePaine/Nooj, their first kiss. Funny and awkward, or thoughtful and angsty, or leaping on each other like crazed voles, or a little bit of all three: it's all good. 24,000 words
Summary: Paine and Nooj went their separate ways, but when a mutual friend and shared industry bring them back together, they must work side by side and face their respective truths of an unfriendly parting.

Squee: Okay so, I don't really care if you like the main pairing (Paine/Nooj) at all — this needs to be read for the meta alone. Spheres! Spheres spheres spheres, pyrefly meta everywhere. This is possibly the most unique take on spheres I've yet seen. Well, okay, I lied earlier — there is also excellently drawn-out UST, and politics— politics aplenty. I really love Paine here, prickly but vulnerable, smart and capable and slowly opening up. I love how everyone was affected by Shuyin, what traces that leaves for all of them, how Nooj deals with it, how Paine deals with Nooj dealing with it. And man, when all of it comes to a head in the end, Paine and Nooj's conversation/encounter just kind of took my breath away. Hearts.

[Fic] FFXII - Necrohol (Basch, Fran) by [livejournal.com profile] alimond
Rating | Warnings: G, many many spoilers
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] gunshouFran and Basch. Outsiders, running away, sibling issues. Maybe awkward campfire conversations - both tend to be silent if not spoken to or offering guidance. Definitely a fascination with physical appearance. 1,181 words
Summary: We all carry secrets in our hearts. In some cases, those secrets are other people.

Squee: I love this series of short vignettes — the imagery here, the writing is powerful without being flowery or overwhelming. It's a kind of very direct and unadorned poetry; there are a number of phrases here that just punched me right in the gut. Simple but so, so effective. I love the insights into Fran and Basch here, their similarities, their differences. The mention of Fran and consumption versus discovery hit me especially hard, but I love all such moments in this story. Possibly one of my favourite takes on the two of them together.


@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Rydia doodle (g)

Daily Doodle: Working on that less painty style again, except this time with hopefully less faily line arts =|

Apparently I draw Rydia's hair when I have nothing better to do.
Time: 20ish mins?

Daily Doodle: FFIV - Rydia )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV] [personal profile] justira: Edge/Kain/Rydia (R)


SO [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe / [personal profile] seventhe wrote me an AMAZING story about these three! It is called Momentum and I could roll in it FOREVER.

This can, I guess, be considered an illustration? Credit where credit is due: pose idea started with this Ranma 1/2 art. Feedback welcome all around, this is definitely going in the colouring queue.

... Pretty much the only thing I have to say about this picture is the following:

Guys. Kain is left-handed.


Backdated 2 hours
Time: oh bugger me. 3 hours? something in that area.


Daily Doodle: FFIV - Edge/Kain/Rydia (R) )

PS: If you want to donate money for Haiti and also get arts, please feel free to bid on my art donation thread or any of the other wonderful offerings a [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti! Still a few hours left for this round =D
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:TAY] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Porom Casting (Porom) (G)

Daily Doodle: I was supposed to bail and draw like a kitty or something but instead I drew Porom =|

I was in no mood to deal with her floofy shorts-things, but I am sad I missed out on drawing her most excellent stockings.
backdated 3 hrs
Time: 30 mins?

Daily Doodle: FFIV:TAY - Porom Casting )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Cover Me (Edge/Kain/Rydia) (PG)

Daily Doodle: We interrupt our nascent theme-week-in-the-making to bring you... a small gift for [personal profile] seventhe/[livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe!

I must also thank [personal profile] lassarina for her advice and late-night tips here! I tried to incorporate your suggestions -- the ones that didn't make it are out because of my inability to depict them, not because of some lack of merit =P

I have a lot more commentary, but it's going below the cut for once >.>

Daily Doodle: FFIV - Cover Me (Edge/Kain/Rydia) (PG) )

Backdated 2 hours
Time: oh gosh do I have to disclose. 3 hours? I know, I know >.< Threesomes just always take SO LONG to arrange all the limbs and crap, ufff XD
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Flying sidekick doodle (Yang) (G)

Somewhat recovered from my general malaise, so I had better start replying to comments again, god XD

Daily Doodle: Yaaaang. He was awesome and a freaking powerhouse. Dear FF Fandom: May I introduce you to the ORIGINAL tank.

... I don't actually have much else to say about this. I used this ref with adjustments. I have a weakness for underloved characters. I like trying different body types, though on a doodle this simple I'm not sure how well it came across. I keep thinking there's some kind of proportion wonkitude but can't find it and overall I kind of like this, as far as rough doodles go.



Time: 35 mins or so

Daily Doodle: Yang from Final Fantasy IV )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Rosa archery doodle (Rosa) (G)

Daily Doodle: "Wimmins kicking ass" continues. I found this pretty sweet archery ref stock and thought it would fit right in with this week's theme. But then I needed a girl to use in it. My mind leapt to Fran, but come on, everyone does Fran (though she certainly deserves it), and I tried to think of something a little less... thoroughly appreciated.

Enter Rosa.

I admit she was a bit unhelpful as an offensive party member in the original, but boy howdy did that change in the remake. She and her bows kicked many an ass, and she certainly seems underappreciated on the action front. So here's to you, Rosa!

As for the doodle itself, I am pretty sure the legs are too short and her boob is in grave danger of, uh, a pretty uncomfortable procedure involving bowstrings. But the pose was so awesome. Rule of Cool man, don't dis it. Crit is welcome though of course, I'm just saying the pose is a bit inherently silly. It's all a bit sketchy but honestly this has not been a day for anything else. I'm pretty sure I only really like the face and uppermost body, and I think the proportions are kind of wonky in general, but I really like this idea and welcome any thoughts on how to improve it =)
Time: 45 mins? maybe less, I think. 30?

Daily Doodle: Rosa from Final Fantasy IV )

Daily Word Count: 443
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Simple and Clean (Rydia) (G)

Part of my weekly words project! Word counts for this week )

I feel I should have more to say. But I will sum it up this way: this month has been balls, and my writing knows it. But I'm trying. This next week should be back to normal, and I am hoping to finish and polish some of the longer stories I've been working on. I tire of drabbles every time =|

Title: Simple and Clean
Fandom/Chars/Ships: FFIV:OGC - Rydia
Rating/Warnings/Spoilers: G, spoilers for Rydia's story
Feedback: Always welcome =D
Word Count: 125
Summary: She still does not understand

Weekly Words: FFIV - Simple and Clean (Rydia) (G) )

Notes )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Doodle: Rydia casts fire (Rydia) (G)

Daily Doodle: Oof, so tired. Was in a tearing hurry when I drew this. The proportions are really... kind of, what? I like the idea; might redraw someday. Thanks to [personal profile] lassarina for the suggestion; sorry I didn't have more time to do it more justice. Seriously in a hurry. Hands all funky, features not distinctive, but I do like her hair, which is pretty much my favourite thing about drawing Rydia.
Time: 7 mins or so? 9?

Daily Doodle: Rydia from FFIV )

Daily Word Count: 413
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Rydia doodle in colour (Rydia) (G)

Daily Doodle: Rydia! Okay, so yesterday I was bad and used and extra five minutes. Today, as atonement, I attempt my first coloured doodle, and gave myself a strict no-cleanup admonishment for today. So here we are -- truly minimal cleanup of my lines (this is pretty close to how my doodles look like completely raw), with some quick colours. I admit it, I mostly wanted to play with Rydia's hair. She had like 10 different character designs though. I uh, mixed and matched I guess? I just love her DS sprite's hair!
... I have no idea what's up with her pose, I just wanted some fun sweepy/curvy/movementy lines >.>
PS: tried a different style, kinda cartoony, for more flexibility.
Time: 45 mins total, uh... 20ish for lines and 25ish for colour?

Daily Doodle: Rydia from FFIV, in colour )

IN OTHER NEWS! People! If you have anywhere on your internet persons pictures or vids of people gettin' their groove on, please show me! I have been prodded towards an experiment/project, for which I would greatly appreciate pics/vids of awesome folks dancing like crazy. I don't care what style, gender, or whatever. Gimmeh! Danke =D
Title: An Inheritance of Many Things, Including a Possible Lack of Judgment (But Not of Taste)
Fandom: Final Fantasy IV
Characters/Pairings: Edge/Rydia
Rating: PG?
Words: 1,500
Crit/Feedback: Always welcome!
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe's [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle prompt, Edge/Rydia: mistake/"That wasn't a mistake". Also maybe a touch of the Rosa and Rydia in there. My first FFIV fic!

Summary: Edge thinks Rydia is more than her inheritance.

An Inheritance of Many Things )

Notes )

x-post: [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle [here], fanfiction.net, my journal.
Title: Sev's Sexy Ladies
Fandoms: Final Fantasies IV, VIII, XII
Characters/Pairings: Fran, Quistis, Rydia
Rating: Uh... PG for canonical Fran...ness?
Crit/Feedback: If you wanna!
Notes: BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR SEV YOU OLD HAG ♥. Go and tell [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe happy birthday!

Sexy Ladies )

Notes )




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