mintywolf: (fus ro yuna)
I was in a bad mood today and made a little tumblr post complaining about followers who are only following to glean content for their own blogs rather than interacting socially with the poster, which is one of my biggest tumblr pet peeves. It cost me four followers, and good riddance. I bet they were all blog scrapers. *throws a rock*

I'm going to start posting on DW more often. (Rather than just whining about how nobody uses DW anymore.)

Earlier today I had the windows open and heard a caterwauling that sounded like it was coming from outside. With a sense of "Ohhh no," I counted cats, and only found two. Out in the backyard I saw the cutest fluffy orange and white cat just browsing around casually among the violets, and James flattened down in the grass making the most godawful racket trying to scare it off. (He takes his job of guarding the homestead very seriously, but he's not very good at it.) The other cat was unimpressed.

I opened the back door to shoo the stranger cat away just in case of a turf war. James had his back to me and didn't see me, but the other cat took off right away, and he was SO PROUD of himself for having scared off the intruder. I grabbed him and brought him back inside before he could start chasing it and he strutted around for a while looking very pleased.

Then he got a bit too confident and tried to make a bid for Top Cat by swatting at Chloe, the reigning tiny tyrant, and she was similarly unimpressed. (And she is, at this moment, yelling at me to surrender my her desk chair, so I suppose it is time for bed.)

mintywolf: (waterwalk)


Wooo Part 16 is here at last.

We rejoin Yuna spending her honeymoon alone in the Bevelle dungeons, which is probably still preferable to anything that Seymour was planning.


So to continue this I of course picked up the game again for the first time in kind of a while, and was just roaming around the Calm Lands collecting fiends for the batty old monster hunter guy and thinking of what to write for the next installment, and after a while I was like "Why does my face feel weird?" I realized it was because I had been sitting here with a big smile on my face for like the past hour, that's why, like ~ wow, what an amazing concept.~

I play a lot of games, and obviously this one is my favorite, but I don't think I get that kind of sustained happiness from any other game, (or much of anything else, really) even Skyrim, which I can play almost indefinitely. Of course, I'll probably feel differently when I get to Mt. Gagazet and have to fight Seymour again, but I have to say it's pretty nice feeling uncomplicatedly happy about something for once. :)

mintywolf: (fus ro yuna)
Ugh forgive me for ranting but I really want to yell to somebody and I can't do it in this house.

My parents got a blue light to put outside our house, apparently this is a thing people are doing now "in support of the police." Because you know the police are the people who need support right now, not the families and communities of the people they've killed who will never ever receive justice for them because our system is so flawed that the police can literally get away with murder.

I just . . . I really hope they're just badly misinformed because the mainstream media reporting has been so one-sided and shady and not being willfully horrible (and, you know, racist). My mother is generally, or at any rate used to be, a very liberal, progressive person politically, but my sister's Virginia Good Ole Boy husband is a cop, and ever since they got married I've noticed my mother's attitudes shifting to accommodate him and I find that really upsetting. She keeps saying things like "Well, we can't know what it would be like to be in Clint's position, to make the kinds of decisions a police officer has to make." You know, the decisions police have made to shoot unarmed teenagers, on several occasions.

When I expressed my disapproval of the light she said, smiling dismissively at me, that it was "to show that there are good police officers, and we're supporting the good ones," but you can't express that much sentiment in such a simple symbol. Knowing one good cop doesn't mean that atrocities haven't been committed by other cops, and moving attention to the support of "good cops" just feels like a way of ignoring the corrupt ones and the things that they've done, and refusing to address the problem. When you make a gesture like that, you're taking sides, and the way things are right now the two sides to take are either in support of ALL the police or in support of the people they've wronged, and it looks like the rest of my family has come down on the wrong side.

mintywolf: (summoner minty)



My FFX Let's Play resumes!

I had a really long tangent written about the Phantom of the Opera parallels and then realized that I had gone into wayyyyy too much detail and probably nobody would care so I ended up cutting the entire thing. But deep in my heart, I am still thinking musical theater thoughts about this game.


mintywolf: (Default)



I was going to post this on tumblr a little while ago because I thought AuronLu might enjoy it since she liked the other video I posted of the arrangement of "Bad Apple" with traditional Japanese instruments. (Same arranger and shamisen player as this one.)

Then all of a sudden, several months after I had posted it, that video suddenly went viral and while that sounds great, it pretty much ruined my tumblr experience for a solid week by flooding my dashboard with notes. (It has over 16,000 now and still going.) I installed an xkit widget to hide them but it takes a few seconds to kick in and doesn't work on mobile. I don't know how actual tumblr-famous people manage to use tumblr.

I didn't want that to happen again, and then I remembered that Dreamwidth is a thing, so here it is. :)

(And after all that I didn't even get that many new followers because Touhou isn't the usual subject of my blog. :/)

In other news, I've started playing Final Fantasy VII, at last and in earnest. I'm really enjoying it now that I have time to actually sit down with it without distractions, which was part of the problem I had getting into it before. I'm keeping two save files, one for playing with my cousins, currently chronicling the adventures of "Cumulus," "Arm Gun Man," "Knockout," and "Aeristh," and another one that I am playing by myself without any gratuitous silliness. (I don't know what happened to the save file we had where everyone was named after fresh produce, but there was one. If I ever do a second playthrough, all "let's play this game properly" rules are off and Eggplant and friends will probably make a glorious return.)

mintywolf: (glasses lulu)


Hair Pets by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

This was really silly but it ended up being one of my favorite things I've ever drawn. There was some giggling on tumblr the other day about the tendency of Lulu's hair to move around like it's alive/some kind of eldritch horror and someone was like "LIL BABY SNAKES," which was the best possible explanation. I was entirely too entertained by this idea.

I like to imagine that everyone is so used to this that they forgot to warn Tidus in advance and he didn't know about them until they all reared over her shoulder and hissed at him for barging into the temple. And that they are very affectionate with Yuna, who pets and brushes them, even though snakes really don't need to be brushed.

Even if she didn't have Medusa hair I think this turned out really nicely too.

mintywolf: (Default)


(Look at me, posting this on time like some kind of organized person.)

We last left our heroes on the run from the law after Yuna’s little talk with Seymour ended a bit more fatally than either of them was expecting. Now that they’ve become public enemies #1-7, Yuna is worried about the feasibility of completing her pilgrimage, but Auron points out that summoners only need approval from the fayth, not the temples, Yevon be damned. Unfortunately, the fayth happen to be housed in temples of Yevon, so how they are planning to infiltrate Bevelle to get Bahamut is a mystery.
 
Sin, in a rare moment of tranquility from the fayth’s singing (apparently part of the process of becoming a fayth is classical opera training?) helpfully picks up his son and friends and deposits them gently out of harm’s way, in the oasis on Bikanel Island.

Or at least he gently deposits Tidus; the rest of them seem to have just been dropped in the desert for all I can tell.

(Read the rest here.)

mintywolf: (moogle vickie)


In which Seymour's bachelor party goes awry in the worst possible way and I continue to be the most negligent crossposter ever.


Last time we were on our way to rendezvous with Seymour at Old Meme Temple when Tromell showed up to isolate her from her guardians for reasons that were, I am sure, perfectly scrupulous. However, Kidnapping Attempt A was immediately countered by Kidnapping Attempt B from an Al Bhed motorcycle gang. Everybody jumps into the fray like it’s Christmas 1983 and Yuna is the last Cabbage Patch doll.
 
(Incidentally, Cabbage Patch Yuna would be the cutest thing.)

(Read more here)

I've been kind of neglecting my DW journal recently but everything that happens seems to happen on tumblr these days, and I don't really have anything interesting to share about my life. I've been trying to train myself to draw using on my bamboo tablet instead of a physical paper sketch first because I think that will make Guardian a lot easier. It's tricky but less difficult than I thought it would be. Having a blank computer image open is a lot more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper, but I'm starting to get the hang of it I think.

I did this a few days ago and I really like the way it came out:


Night Owl by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

(I'm still super lazy about backgrounds. There was going to be a bookshelf behind her and then I didn't want to draw it. So now there is just a wall.)

I also attempted a completely digital speedpainting for the first time too:


Out There by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

It ended up taking about five hours, which isn't exactly speedy, but that's a lot faster than it usually takes me to finish a piece. The no-lines approach was new for me too and kind of fun.

Anyway! There's a whole crowd of relatives here for Memorial Day and I really should go socialize but I've been stalling. :/
mintywolf: (violet lulu)


I am consistently terrible at remembering to crosspost. Sorry for making you late to the party, anyone reading this from here.

We last left our friends at the Guado ancestral manor where Seymour, with his characteristic lack of romantic finesse, backed Yuna into a corner and proposed marriage. He’s not even pretending to hide his extreme shadiness anymore. (Not that he was making much of an attempt before.)

(Read more here)


mintywolf: (Default)


(I am super bad at remembering to crosspost, sorry anyone who's following this from here.)

Last time, Seymour and Yuna’s first date ended in disaster when a space whale slammed into the beach and murdered everyone. (Exactly as he was expecting.)
 
The adults are waiting around outside the temple for the lazy teenagers to get out of bed. If you talk to Lulu, she offers some inspiring commentary on their situation.

(Read more here)
 


mintywolf: (Default)


Last time we were on our way to Djose temple when we received an invitation from Yuna’s blue-haired creeper admirer to come . . . watch a catastrophic battle with him. Spirans are kind of bad at dating.

Before I start in this episode to get into the subtle nuances of why Seymour and Yuna’s relationship is so disturbing, I want to pause for a moment and examine Yuna’s character design in greater depth. (Which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now but now is a good time for it.)
 
Let’s have a look at this cutieface.


(Read more here)

mintywolf: (bitty yuna)


 
Chapter Two

The halls of the temple were a maze of dim and twisting passageways, very alike and none of them familiar to Lulu. It was only with some difficulty that she managed to follow the directions she had been given to find the girls’ dormitory. The walls were stone, and seemed very old, older even than the walls of the forgotten temple in the village that had been her home. She supposed they had stood for a thousand years or more, maybe even since before the Machina War long ago.

 

Read more... )

 

 

mintywolf: (fus ro yuna)
So I decided out of the blue to start playing Final Fantasy VI tonight.

Almost immediately got overexcited, knocked over a glass of water.  Fortunately it wasn't entirely full so the only casualties this time were two stacks of post-its rather than my computer. I should probably start drinking out of a sippy cup when I'm at the computer good grief.

At any rate I'm looking forward to this game! (And being able to read AuronLu's Let's Play of it.) From what I've heard it's one of the best in the series.

mintywolf: (fus ro yuna)
The FFX Let's Play is moving to Blogspot!

It looks a lot more user-friendly now and it can handle all the images! Hooray!

I also revised some of the entries with a few new insights and to include some commentary that came up in the comments (including Doge Waffles).  I'll continue to use my DW journal for DW purposes, though.

mintywolf: (lulubell miffed)
Well fluff. The 10GB of photobucket bandwidth that was supposed to last for an entire month ended up being chewed through by my FFX playthrough in TWO DAYS. I didn't realize I was so popular!

So over the next few days I'm going to be moving the Let's Play to its own site to accommodate the increase in traffic, and hopefully encourage more conversation. I'll still continue to use DW as a personal/art journal, and the old entries will remain here, although you may or may not be able to see the pictures. I will let you know the new address when it's ready!
mintywolf: (violet lulu)
 photo ffxplaythroughtitle_zps3809a38b.png

And we’re back! (Sorry for the delay; I’ve been stupidly busy recently.)

Also I hit my photobucket bandwidth limit again. Since I don’t think anyone is reading this on lj, I’m going to try not crossposting it there anymore and see if that helps. If not I may have to find another file hosting site but I haven’t found one yet that allows multiple uploads as easily as photobucket does.

Last time we got pummeled by everything with a pulse along the Mi’ihen Highroad (and by some things without one) but managed to make it to the Travel Agency in one piece. There’s no rest for the weary, though, since a giant . . . something . . . has just landed on the roof.

Here we go again )


Next time: This will not end well.
mintywolf: (moogle vickie)


Kicking off the second chapter in the same place the first one began.

I'm planning to keep returning to this pivotal scene in between chapters but doing so makes the change in my art style readily apparent, haha. I only started about eighteen months ago but I think the early pages are pretty embarrassing to look at already. (I don't know at what point it becomes obvious that I had NO IDEA what I was doing when I started out. The inception of this project was very sudden.) Who knows what it will look like at the end of this chapter.

Technically the beginning was last week, when I posted the cover:


Guardian: Part Two Title Page by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

In the beginning I thought it would be nice to have real-media covers and decided impulsively I should get some use out of the lovely watercolor pencil set I had been given but never used because I didn't know how. They are really nice pencils but frankly I still have no idea how to use them properly. (It is on my list of goals for this year.) But since I did it for the first chapter I had to keep it up.

I really prefer traditional media to digital for coloring but I usually don't have time and also my scanner frustrating refuses to pick up certain colors so it never makes it to the computer true-to-life. Sigh.
mintywolf: (skyrim lucy)


I stayed up until four in the morning working on this because I wanted to get it done last night.  (Knowing I'd have to get back to work on Guardian today and I wouldn't have time.)  Surely this was the responsible thing to do, haha.  I actually prefer working on art late at night though.  It was really peaceful sitting at my computer in the dark, nobody else awake, painting in all those blues.

But ughhhh it wasn't worth it.  I had someone ask me yesterday how to get her work more attention and my first inclination was to be like "Haha sorry you have come to the WRONG PERSON for advice on that."  *facedesk*  Keep trying, I suppose.

mintywolf: (bitty yuna)



Chapter One

Lulu at last waded out of sleep, struggling to shake off the last filmy tendrils of the dream that had been clinging to her like the fronds of underwater plants. It seemed as though a long time had passed since she had last been fully awake. For what had felt like days she had been lying like an exhausted swimmer cast onto an unfamiliar shore as a swirl of fever dreams, muddled with a dim half-wakefulness, had lapped over her in waves.

 

 

mintywolf: (waterwalk)
Sooooo against all reason and better judgement, I started writing a thing.  Not as a NaNo project but I did start it at the end of November. I haven't decided whether to post it on DeviantArt (allows images and artist's notes, bad for chaptered fics), ffn (I don't think it allows images, but I haven't been back there in years so I'm not sure, and around the time that I left author's notes were no longer allowed), or A03 (I've never been there and don't know anything about it) so I am starting off here.  But if anyone can recommend one of those as a more official home I will listen.

This came about as a mash-together of some unused plot arcs I wanted to but couldn't fit into Guardian, of which it is kind of a doom spinoff but you don't need to have read it, and an AU that occurred to me while I was doing the writeup for my Let's Play.  What would have happened to Yuna -- and everyone else -- if Braska had failed to defeat Sin?  What if she had grown up not as the beloved daughter of the High Summoner but known only as the child of the heretic summoner and an Al Bhed?

((Spoilers for the thing you are about to read that looked stupid stuck at the bottom of the page so scroll ahead and come back afterwards if you want: The design for the Lulubeast, Yuna's Final Aeon, was the very first piece of FFX fanart I ever drew way back in like 2008 after or near the end of the first time I played it.  When Lulu volunteered to become Yuna's aeon I got SUPER EXCITED, and, in the space that it takes anyone to respond during that scene, my mind had raced ahead envisioning an outcome where these two women go off, leaving the rest of the party behind, save the world, and die together after one of them becomes a giant monster.  I had a feeling that that wasn't going to happen, but I got really excited about it in the approximately three seconds I had before the scene continued.  I've never posted that picture anywhere but it is still my favorite thing I've ever drawn, for anything.  When I started writing Guardian I decided I should probably come up with a less monstery design, went through a few more humanlike concepts, and then decided fluff that, Lulubeast it is. You still can't quite see her clearly, and she probably won't be coming around again needing a full description until late in the story, but in the end I had to decide between not wanting to reveal it until its proper place in Guardian and wanting a dramatic opening here.))

Anyway, here's the beginning of a thing.

The Heretic’s Daughter


 

Prologue

The execution was not scheduled to take place until midmorning, but a crowd had been gathering on the steps of the Palace of St. Bevelle since dawn. It was composed of a diverse assortment of clergy, off-duty warrior monks, and ordinary civilians, from the bent elderly with joints aching from the long wait to fidgety children perched on the shoulders of their parents to get a better look. Most of them were citizens of Bevelle, but some had come from as far away from Besaid. Everyone was eager to see Yevon’s most hated enemy, apart from Sin itself – of course – brought to justice.

 

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