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Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Fanfic Shames
« on: June 20, 2015, 03:44:50 PM »
Soooo... am I the only one who wrote well-intentioned but terribly-written Rayearth fic years and years ago when I sucked as a writer and am now constantly paranoid our reestablished fandom here and on Tumblr has read any of it and wants to crawl in a hole somewhere?

*cough* Um, let's phrase this another way. If you were to rewrite any of your fics, what would you change and why?

Honto no Shiawase / Cephiran Foods
« on: November 28, 2012, 12:07:20 AM »
So I know there's the cheese-fruit thread, but this is (hopefully not redundant) to discuss Cephiran food in general. I've never seen the bit in the materials collection with the fruits/etc. in it, sadly. Waaaaaay back in the day (we're talking 2001) I wrote a lengthy fanfic called Standing on the Sky. It's pretty awful in terms of the writing, plot structure, etc., and I'd really like to rewrite it someday and do it, you know, better. But one of my favorite parts of writing it was that I came up with a bunch of different foods that people in Cephiro ate. (I also came up with names for various native animals and plants of Cephiro, but the food was the most fun.)

Granted, none of these are canon, obviously. And when I eventually rewrite SotS, I'd love to work in things like cheese-fruit instead. But these were some of the things I came up with (breaking the CARS CARS CARS theme of names, I just tried to give them names that sounded Cephiro-y to me; not very consistently, I'm afraid, but whatever):

kymarle: Fish, commonly eaten for breakfast or lunch, often accompanying with a specific sauce.
pyfol: A water bird, commonly eaten in general. Similar in turkey's dark meat as far as taste/texture goes.
amal: A round, baseball-sized fruit, with slightly fuzzy dark purple skin. The inside is pale blue and similar in consistency to a ripe pear. Slightly tart flavor; mostly used in fruit spreads and sauces.
daudrite: A dark orange segmented fruit with a thick, tough green and white skin. The sweet fruit is eaten in segments or crushed for spreads and preserves, and the bitter-tasting skin is ground up and sprinkled on foods set outdoors to keep the bugs away. The fruit's flavor is mild and juicy, similar to pineapple but not quite as acidic.
pirilome: A sour yellow fruit with a rough black peel covered in small, dull spines. The juice and the shredded peel are used in cooking.
themin: A small, pale yellow berry with a mild flavor. Themins are used in fruit spreads and as a side dish in meals or a light snack.
yeral: A pale pink, small fruit with a thin red skin. Yerals are popular in pastries because of their slight sugary taste.
maudre: A fist-sized, dark brown loaf of bread covered in a sticky fruit spread made of themins, daudrites, amals, and several herbs. Maudre is eaten at every meal.
hyredem paste: A thick paste made from the ground up stalks of hyredem, a kind of bluish-green grass. Hyredem paste is normally put on bread or biscuits.

So does anyone else like to think about things Cephirans eat? Any thoughts on food culture (is eating a highly communal thing? Is it a meat-heavy diet, or a grain-heavy diet, or a largely vegetarian diet? etc.)?

Hikari no Tsubasa / Happy Halloween from Umi!
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:55:48 PM »

Quick little oekaki doodle for the board. She was originally going to have a witch's hat/costume, but I couldn't get it to look right, so I guess she's... hanging out with Chizetans? I don't know.

Sorry for the lazy lettering/lack of shading/etc. Started getting a headache and pooped out, haha.

Himitsu no Kimochi / Sorting the Knights into Hogwarts Houses.
« on: October 21, 2012, 04:29:09 PM »
So once upon a time, suz asked me what Hogwarts houses I thought the Knights might be sorted into. (She's not into Harry Potter herself, so she doesn't have enough context to decide on such things herself.) You can click through to read the post, but I'm going to also put my response on here. I'd love to hear people's thoughts!


Fuu is obviously Ravenclaw. No need to think about it. Ravenclaws both value and embody intelligence, logic, and wit - being able to think on one?s feet. They get into their private dorm area by answering a riddle that changes every day. Also, Ravenclaw roughly (and possibly unofficially, I?m not sure) corresponds to the element of air, so that?s a fun bonus.

At first I thought Hikaru and Umi were just as easy - Gryffindor and Slytherin - but then I thought about it and it got more complicated. It?s true that each house tends to embody/emphasize certain qualities, but when the Sorting Hat places a student in a house, it doesn?t just take into account the student?s existing personality. It also can see their potential for development, and it also takes into consideration what traits they value, whether they currently embody those traits or not.

Hikaru seems at first like a classic Gryffindor - brave, daring, strong and outgoing. But one of the key elements of Hikaru?s character is her abundant love for other people and her desire to create harmony. She wants everything to work out as fairly as possible for everyone - and that?s Hufflepuff to the core. She also is incredibly loyal, determined, and a hard worker, which are Hufflepuff traits as well.

I?m so tempted to put her in Gryffindor because it?s obvious, and because their colors are red and gold, they correspond with fire, and their animal emblem is a lion. IT SCREAMS HIKARU. But when you get the core of who she is as a person, I honestly think she?s more of a Hufflepuff. I think the Sorting Hat might put her in either house, probably based on what her opinions of the houses were. If she thought Gryffindors seemed cool, she?d end up there; if her first thought was that the Hufflepuffs sure were neat, she?d end up there.

Umi struck me first as a Slytherin because while she?s clever like Fuu, there?s a touch more cunning to Umi?s quick-thinking. It?s a matter of semantics, largely (I personally think the overlap between Slytherin and Ravenclaw in general is greater than either house would admit), but that cunning coupled with her higher status (there is a trend for well-to-dos in the wizarding community to end up in Slytherin), it was my first thought. She?s also resourceful and sticks to her guns, which reinforced it. (Slytherin is also associated with water, so it?s tempting.)

Then I considered that she might be a Gryffindor. She?s pretty daring and nervy, which are big Griffyndor qualities. I think her doggedness can be attributed to either Slytherin or Gryffindor, so ultimately for Umi I think it comes down to the qualities she values moreso than the ones she embodies. Thinking about it, I do think she?d pride herself more on being resourceful and clever enough to always accomplish the things she sets her mind to, and that?s Slytherin all over.

So, ultimately, Fuu is definitely in Ravenclaw, Umi is probably Slytherin, and Hikaru could end up in either Gryffindor or Hufflepuff depending how the Sorting Hat judged her.

One could also phrase it this way: Hikaru in the anime is a Gryffindor; in the manga, she?s a Hufflepuff.

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