My Top 5 Favorite Final Fantasy VII Posts

In honor of it being the 19th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII’s release in North American, I usually have a new essay prepared to publish on this date. Alas that is not the case this year.  I haven’t had time to draft the myriad articles I still want to write, so I must resort to narcissism of the most shameful kind and give you (literally) my top five favorite FFVII posts.  These are the ones I’ve written over the years.  If you’ve already read and enjoyed them, I thank you in advance, and if this if your first time seeing them, I thank you in the future.

5. The Sum of Our Grief

Original Post Date: October 4, 2015

When I started doing macros, I never thought it explode into so many.  Also two years ago I knew absolutely nothing about photo editing and manipulation, so I’ve learned quite a lot from my forays into it.

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This is my favorite one out of the three I made (per the link).  Anything with Sephiroth and Lucrecia breaks my heart so I’m just going to move onto…

4.  Full of Grace

Original Post Date: March 4, 2016

The true original post date is actually earlier.  I updated the entry because I updated the video on YouTube.  I’m not sure when I first put this up, but I suspect it was sometime in 2015.

This was my very first slideshow, and so far I’m still pretty proud of it.  I’ve only had time to make three others, and I want to graduate to AMVs soon, but I imagine those will take even more time.

I absolutely adore this song.  It started reminding me of their ship while I was writing Northern Lights, Chapter 14 to be exact.  Now I can’t listen to it without seeing the images I chose and even some I made up for the novel length fanfiction.  The next entry is a more recent work…

3.  The Seventh Is the Darkest

Original Post Date: July 15, 2016

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Only a few months old, this essay was a few years in the making.  I always knew VII was dark, but the older I grew and the more I read, the deeper the shadows grew.  I knew I’d have to gather them together in one place (dangerous as that might be) so I could present them to you.  However, there’s another essay that ranks even higher than this…

2.  Heart of Darkness, Angel of Light – The Defense of Sephiroth

Original Post Date: August 5, 2015

Although this essay languished in my brain for over ten years, took me two weeks to write, and cost me numerous tears, I wouldn’t take it back for the world (nope, not even to catch the meteor.  Sorry).  While looking at it a year later, there are some things I might eventually clean up and polish, the core of it is solidly in place.  Though at inception I never planned to not only defend Sephiroth but several people from ASOIAF, an utterly different work, but if in comparison I can offer up other defenses to persuade, I won’t scoff at that.

I refer to this essay quite a bit, and have been pulled into some pretty brutal arguments because of it.  Nevertheless, I continue to find more evidence (possibly because I’m biased towards it.  Hey, I acknowledge it) to support, and I’m trying to foster an attitude that welcomes friendly debate.

1. Northern Lights

Original Post Date: March 27, 2015

Northern Lights Blurb

To date Northern Lights is the best story I’ve ever written.  It was a labor of love and a fantastic learning experience both personally and as a writer.  I wrote it to resolve a grave injustice I know the game (not even the Remake) ever would.  I already talk about NL ad nauseum (and have another Editing Blog post on my day planner to write), so the last thing I’ll say is if my original paranormal romance novel The Serpent’s Tale is every published, it was one, very obviously inspired by the Aeriseph OTP, and two, Northern Lights was written on the template of it.  Therefore if it’s published and if you read it (two huge ifs) don’t think you’ve lost your marbles if you notice that.  It’s not a coincidence.  Sometimes writers have to be lazy or sometimes we just recycle ideas we’ve already thought up.

So there’s my tribute to my favorite story of all time Final Fantasy VII, though it’s not like I’m not constantly writing love letters to it even in posts that aren’t about FFVII.  I try not to let this day pass without saying something about it especially since it invokes triple sevens being SEPTember 7, 1997, which I just mentioned in a comment to one of my lovely blog followers, though I cannot remember which one.

Let me know your favorite character and favorite FFVII song in the comments.  My favorite character is obviously Sephiroth, but Aeris and Vincent are very close for the heroic ones (she’s slightly higher than him).  There are too many songs I love to just pick one.

  • One Winged Angel
  • You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet
  • Aeris’s Theme
  • Tifa’s Theme

I look forward to your replies!

A Few Chapter Covers for The Broken Rose

This is a bit of an impromptu post.  During yesterday’s editing session I finally figured out what picture I was going to use for my Chapter 3 cover.  As with Northern Lights, I intend to use a picture for each chapter in The Broken Rose.  While this can be a daunting task, I still find it a worthwhile visual puzzle for me to solve.  Locating a picture that encompasses the mien of each chapter can be challenging, but I enjoy figuring it out.  I have an easier deal in TBR as NL also had at least one quote for each chapter, but I decided to forgo such words for my latest fanfiction, though I couldn’t let the work not have two at the beginning.

While each chapter title will obviously be indicated in the post, I still decided to incorporate them into the picture itself, an update I’m planning for Northern Lights, too (possibly as soon as my vacation the first two weeks in September).  I made each of these with Pixlr, an invaluable site for macro making and image manipulation.

I’m very thankful to the Deviant Artist for giving me permission to use this.  I may also utilize the image for the overall story and/or the banner I’ll have to created, but I absolutely love it for the opening chapter.

I’m not as fond of how the words look on this one, but I love the picture.  None of these are set in stone, so if something better comes along, I may do a change up.

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This was the picture that prompted me to make chapter macros.  It is exactly what I was looking for when I realized I wanted to find a measuring tape.  Sometimes it just takes a simple image to get the ball rolling.

I’m hoping I can meet the challenge for the remaining 20 or so chapters, though I’m unsure if I’m going to do another post like this since some of the titles/images might be spoilerific.  I really liked these initial pictures and wanted to share since I was quite happy that I finally figured Chapter 3 out, and I really liked how that and Chapter 1’s macro turned out.

Let me know what you think and I hope you all have a good day!

A Bloody Sword

I can actually call this a “Macro Monday,” (only because I scheduled it on Saturday shhhhhh!).

Alas the image source is unknown, but it’s the same used for Northern Lights’ Chapter 4 – Blood Dance.  The words are quite a bit further along in the story in Chapter 14.

A Bloody SwordWhether blood dance or bloody sword, the picture is appropriate.


“The truth will transform you…”

I was in the mood to make some macros for Northern Lights’ blurb so I did.

Northern Lights Blurb

This is the cover I use for so I figured it would be appropriate.  I’m thinking of making macros for all of the chapter pictures with their respective quotes and chapter titles.  I might use them for covers when I finally get around to recording myself reading the story aloud and posting it on YouTube.  It’s looking now that this might be a goal for 2016.  I like the filter for this one, how it gives the title a reddish cast and makes that one streak very pink.  I love this picture because it’s both the aurora AND a meteor.  It’s just so appropriate.

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But out of the two this one is my favorite.  I LOVE the bursting white and how the title is sort of fuzzy and faded like it’s melting into the lights.  It…actually kind of looks like a book cover or inside flap where the blurb would go.  If I took out the blurb it would look more like a book cover, n’est-ce pas?  Ah pipe dreams hehe. That would be an amazing day that will never occur.  Squeenix would never allow it, but a fangirl can dream.I just changed my picture to this with the words and all.  I may make some more.  I have over 500 pictures of the northern lights/aurorae on my Pinterest.  Might as well make use of them.

Which one do you like the best?


The Sum of Our Grief

I was happy.  Let me back up.  I’d rebuilt my wall after a week full of despondency.  I fall into those very easily like a bleeding crack in the skin of the world.  Being a writer of dark fantasy/paranormal romance where my characters are far too often faced with insurmountable despair, I try to keep a thin layer of it available at all times to dip into like a paint pot in order to detail a scene, but sometimes it overflows.  If I’m too stressed out or too anxious, the ends can’t hold and down I plunge.  It took the better part of last week to dig myself out of it so that I could do any kind of writing at all.  I have to have some kind of confidence about myself in order to create anything.  I couldn’t write; I couldn’t blog; I couldn’t do very much except go to work, go to my jazzercise (dance aerobics) class, and sleep.  By Thursday, after a conversation with a good friend who suffers similarly, I felt better.  Usually, all I need is someone to understand and to validate what I’m feeling.  There’s…too much to go into with this, but suffice it to say that I have numerous issues that I’m working on.

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Awesome Cosplay of the Day: 3/15/15

When memes become cosplays!

The Caffeine Crew

Beware the Ides of March, but also beware the wrath of Sephiroth.

I have been using this macro for quite a few months now to express utter disbelief at all types of internet stupidity.

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But I can always count on a Deviant Artist, this time one Vega-Sailor-Cosplay, to turn memes into cosplay art.


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