The Editing of Northern Lights – Chapter 8 and an Ocean Full of Sads

These are the Editing Notes for my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights (which you can find at the end of that link).  I will be discussing a myriad of topics along with my frequently tangential and harried editing process.  You should be able to garner some enjoyment and insight from this without having read the story and/or without prior knowledge of the original game, but if you’re a fan of paranormal romance and/or dark fantasy, you may find it to your liking.  The story will be spoiled in this editing examination, though I will do my best to mark spoilers for any other narratives I mention.  Thanks for your interest and enjoy!

<–The Box Contains More Chapter 8                            Between the Seams of Chapter 8–>

Holy shit it’s been a while since I’ve updated this.  I have it on my schedule for every fourth Saturday or something like that.  I switch up what I work on on Saturday just because I have so much.  I’d like to say I’ll increase when I publish these, but I’m lucky to get to it when I do.  Just a reminder, I wrote these notes three years ago now while I was editing the fanfiction.  My writing has improved since then (at least I think so), and it’s a mix of then writing and now, though I don’t always indicate where that happens.  I try to remember to use italics when I’m inserting future me into a conversation, but I did some editing on this before like a few months back, so even though it’s future me, it’s not necessary now me lol.  Anyway, if you have any questions, you know where to find me!

Mmmm chocolate…oh wait, oh what?

Welcome back.  Chocolate is like God’s gift to your mouth.  One of the side effects of mostly eating healthy (or at least for me) is going through phases where you just want to eat ALL the food.  That’s happening to me right now.  I eat all the food; weigh myself; flip shit, and then go back on track the next week and hopefully undo the damage.  Tis a long journey, but it’s all about the climb, isn’t it?  No, fuck that…I want the goddamn results.

Ah yes, this is when I was overly concerned with reducing myself down to an impossible size hehe.  I was seriously and sadly obsessed with that…like so many other people.  I have a far different viewpoint on it now, especially since I can’t physically stand for more than ten minutes due to still unknown reasons.

So I asked what your favorite season one.  I’ll answer mine is a brief dialogue.

Random Person: Hey Adrienne, what’s your favorite season?
Me: Advent.

It counts!  It’s a “season;” it’s Christmas, and I love Christmas cause I’m a Christmas goth.  At least I finally found an Advent Calendar that I could get on board with.

♫Tis the season to be drunken♫

♫Tis the season to be drunken♫

I’d drink my Advent Wine on Advent Sunday while watching Advent Children.

I’m not even going to try to ease my way into this conversation to what my editing notes are.  There is no graceful segue.  You’ll have to be content with non sequitur.  At the time of this writing I was helping a friend by beta reading a sexy time part she had to add to a story, and this got me thinking about the line between romance sex and erotic sex.  Romance sex tends to focus on feelings whereas erotic sex focuses on the physical.  Now obviously you can weave physicality into romance sex and emotions into erotic sex, and frankly you have to.  You can’t just have all emotions and feels or fluids and flesh, but there’s a delicate balance between what’s expected in each genre.  She is more of an erotic sex writer where I tend to take the romantic path.  I can and have written erotica (nothing published) and I often push the envelope in the ideas process and then dial it back when it comes to the writing portion and pare it down even further when I edit.

No sexy time for a while yet with this story, though.  What did I say before?  You can’t marry (or fuck) the princess before you slay the dragon, and dear god is there a “dragon” to slay.  Hehe in trope land this is not really quite accurate, as the Dragon is more the Big Bad’s top enforcer.  TV Tropes doesn’t agree with my point of view on this having Jenova as the Dragon to Sephiroth on its page where I really see that as quite the opposite.  Jenova was the catalyst to his insanity, the start of his darkness.  It wormed its way into his head and gutted everything he ever was.  But for that incident (much like Isildur’s refusal to destroy Sauron’s ring), there would be no story.  I know I keep bringing this point up and driving it in (ughhhhhh), but it seems to be a bone of contention with so many people insisting that Sephiroth is just plain evil, but I think my interpretation is far more accurate and in a way darker.  Sephiroth is the Lucifer/Satan of the FFVII world, the fallen angel, the most beautiful and the best…but there’s something worse than he is.  Jenova is the dark source, the antitheses of the source, the distorted absolute.  I don’t know what the Unholy Sephiroth to Kether is (nor would I call or write its name), but that would be represented in Jenova.  I looked it up in my Dictionary of Angels, but I’m till not going to write it, and I talk more about the horrifying implications of Jenova further below in my discussion about war.

But for now we should move on to brighter and happier things, and as such is lacking we shall go to the editing of Northern Lights.

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The State of the Gamer: 4/4/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
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Currently Playing: 2

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016
Date Finished(?): February 19, 2017


Yeah, I’m still playing this even though I don’t think I logged any game hours this week, or did I?  I can’t remember what I did last Wednesday.  It doesn’t look like I did any of the things I was talking about in the last entry.  Oh!  I remember, I played Wii DDR and attempted to play FFV, which is when I discovered my controller was busted (I’m not throwing Widder on this list, because it’s just going to be me playing sporadically when my knees and lungs tell me I can.  Silly, decrepit body…).

I think I might boot WOFF up tomorrow…or possibly tonight (if I get the time) since my husband went to hang out with our friends at a diner 30 or so minutes away.  I…was supposed to go, too, but I came home and passed out for a few hours.  So tired 😦  I’d sort of made a half-promise I was going to go out, and I’d planned to schedule this very post on Monday, but I had too many things to do yesterday to schedule it, so I’m writing it now.

Anyway, my plan is to possibly play a bit tomorrow and see if I can get the Quacho Queen trophy, the one where Lann has to deal the finishing blow.  I’ll take one or two Magitek Armors with me to see if I can fulfill the “kill many enemies with Magitek Armor” trophy (how vague can you be?), and I believe there are still some murkrifts lurking around.  I’m certain they’re in the dungeons, because I’m pretty sure I scoured the world map with the airship.

Oh, and the review of this is coming along, though this is technically not the post for that; there’s a bit of crossover with SOTW, since I’m writing about gaming, wouldn’t you say?

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

I am obsessed with this game now.  Holy lord.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, and LightningEllen pointed out that NRG, is “energy.”  How the hell did I miss that lol.  Between this and WOFF, Squeenix is becoming the pun masters (hire me please!  Notice me, senpai!!!  I will write dialogue for the nonexistent, never happening DLC where Sephiroth meets his real mother.  OMG PLEASE!!!) *ahem*

So far I haven’t had much problem playing as much as I want, but I’m only on Level 12 or Rank 12 or something like that.  I’m still in the learning phase.  I had no idea what the Rare Ticket Summons did or how to use them until a few days ago, so I now have 15 characters to toggle through including Cecil and Rydia from FFIV, Kuja from FFIX, and Sazh from FFXIII.  I made some promises that if I happen to pull the legendary Lightning, I’ll be more than happy to trade her for the less than stellar Hope hehe, because I know if Sephiroth is somehow drawn, the same will be done for me.  That would be the perfect trade actually lol.

I spent about 2-3 hours last night equipping everyone and doing a slapdash organization of parties.  You can have five separate ones, which is pretty convenient.  Story wise, I accidentally entered the pier in Lodin and was whisked to the next continent, but thankfully, you can still go back, and I have a bunch of missions to complete: two still from the royal capital, and I just picked up a ton from Lodin.  The two capital ones have to do with defeating five sergeants and three hill gigas’.  I found one sergeant in the Grandshelt Castle Throne Room, but apparently, I can traverse the entire castle and both enemies should be there.  They apparently become less rare further along in the game, so if they’re not forthcoming, I might just move on.  The one good thing about doing the same dungeon over and over again is you can level up your characters.  I’m still not sure who I’m going to keep (since I’m not really sure under what parameters I should use to decide that) so for now I’m going to try to rotate them.  Cecil, Rydia, Kuja, and Sazh are most definitely here to stay since they’re from specific games.

This is my first freemium game, and I absolutely love it.  Not surprise it was a Squeenix JRPG.  If you play or decide to play, my player number is 767,052,992.

Games Currently Watching

Title: Phantasy Star
Series: Phantasy Star
Genre: RPG – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Developer: Sega
Original Platforms: Sega Master System
Other Platforms: Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Original Release Date: December 20, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: March 24, 2017

Hoorah!  I received the email notification that another video is up.  This makes my night.  I can’t wait to see more of the adorable, talking cat.  How could you sell a sentient, talking kitty? D:

In researching this game, it seems that there are other ports for it outside the SMS.  I might check those out, but this doesn’t dissuade me from wanting to try the original.

Title: Mass Effect III
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: January 23, 2017

I watched two or three videos this week, and the Omega DLC has gotten interesting.  I like the dynamic between Aria and Nyreen, and I really love that since Olizandri is playing a female Shepherd, it’s three women trying to take back what’s theirs (or Aria’s) from a man.  Yassss.

Nyreen is the first female Turian ever seen/introduced, and she kind of has a General Grievous look about her.

Nyreen looks less sinister (though still bad ass), but it was the first thing I thought.  Also, I didn’t think Turians had slit pupils, but if you look, Nyreen definitely does, but Garrus doesn’t (I double checked).  Are slit pupils unique to female Turians?  Is there an evolutionary advantage in that?  Or is it an error on the game designers’ part, which I highly doubt since ME is very well done.  If the females were the main hunters, and they did so at night, then it would make sense that evolution would select for having the genes for slit pupils on the X chromosomes (if Turians have similar genetics to humans in that regard), and it would have to require two X chromosomes (unless there are some male Turians that have slit pupils, too without an additional X chromosome so no XXY).  Why am I thinking about this so hard??  Well considering I did enough research on cat’s eyes to write a dissertation, this is a drop in the bucket :p

Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 97
Change from Last Week: 0

Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: 0


Adventures in console buying (someone “console” me *runs away*).

At the mall last weekend, we found a PS3 at the GameStop; $150 with 500GB.  I had my husband ask about it, because I’m incredibly shy and awkward asking for things in stores.  Okay, I’m not that awkward, but I have to rehearse what I’m going to say before I say it so I don’t sound super awkward, or so I don’t think I sound super awkward.  While hubby was doing that, I took a look at the figurine wall where the Funko Pops hold sway, but amongst them was a non-Funko Pop Spock that was too cute for words.  The company is called Dorbz, which I’m assuming is short for aDorbz, a word I use all the time.

Don’t act like this isn’t the cutest thing ever.

I initially thought it was Captain Picard, because of the round head, but I was not remotely disappointed by Spock.  While I’m more of a TNG girl, I still fell in love in Leonard Nimoy (RIP), especially considering how he stood up for Nichelle Nichols and made sure she was paid fairly for her work.  I also loved him in the newer movies and the older TOS ones, plus I enjoyed his cameos in TNG.  He and Picard have a special bond since they mind melded.

Anyway, I handed Spock to my husband and went off to return some shoes, figuring he’d do the right thing in regards to the PS3.  He did and bought it with a $20/two year warranty.

Yesterday, I came home from work and organized the PS2 and Wii games we have sitting by our bedroom door, since one or both of us keeps knocking it over.  There’s a high bureau with the bedroom TV sitting on it, so I just put the games into one of the drawers.  Brian (my husband, I’m sick of just saying “husband” or “hubby;” he does have a name lol) knocked a hole in the back of the bureau to thread the PS3 cords through.

I unboxed the system and immediately put on my snooty face.  Don’t judge me!  For some reason I thought it was going to be a new PS3, so I was prepared to see a new PS3; don’t ask me why.  I have absolutely no problem when used games or anything like that. I’ve padded my collection with them, and I may very well be receiving a Wii U from a friend soon; the same one who gave me her Game Cube.  It was more that it was unexpected, though I don’t know why I’d think I’d find a new PS3 anywhere.  I think because the one on Amazon looks like it’s new, so I thought the one bought from GameStop would be as well?  Who knows how my mind works.

We plugged everything in, flipped the TV to the right channel, and turned the system on, and this is where my snootiness was vindicated!  The red light came on, showing the system had power, but when we hit the button again for the green light, it stayed on for maybe three seconds before turning off.  We tested this numerous times with a game in and not, but the system just wouldn’t stay on.  The Twitterverse (and I thank you all for that!) suggested that there was something wrong with the OS, which it very well could be.  Either way, we packed everything back up as it was (I was kind of sad to lose the controller that was clearly used for Call of Duty with its camouflage markings), and Brian returned it today with no issue.  He’s going to purchase the Amazon one, which is around $207 right now, but from all appearances it looks new.  I think a warranty would be a good investment with it, too.  I’ll keep you informed about the developments!

What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17–>




Question of the Week: 8/28/16

<–Question of the Week: 8/21/16          Question of the Week: 9/4/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

Who is your favorite non-villain character?

I had to give the caveat of “non-villain” character as opposed to just saying “favorite superhero,” because my favorite character is a villain, my favorite superhero is a captain, but my favorite non-villain character without question or argument (whom I like better than the favorite superhero) is Captain Picard.

I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for nearly two years, and I haven’t yet gushed about my love for Captain Picard.  TNG was my introduction into the Star Trek universe though I had seen episodes of TOS when I was younger.  At the risk of inciting any flame wars for Kirk fans, I’m just going to say that Picard is not only my favorite captain, but I think he’s one of the best.  He’s the most noble person to ever exist, and while we can argue to the Delta Quadrant and back over who broke the Prime Directive more, Picard always did it with only the best intentions in mind (as in the episode “Pen Pals,” which always makes me cry) or when there was no other choice and/or to better a worsening situation (as in the episode “Who Watches the Watchers“).  Additionally, his philosophy and speeches should be studied and noted by anyone seeking a position of leadership and power, nor was he ever afraid to defy those in higher positions to protect the rights of others.

While Picard could be harsh, he was always fair, erred on the side of both logic and reason, but also compassion and doing what’s right   I cannot watch the episode “The Inner Light” without a week’s preparation, and I know I’m always going to cry, because anything about memory and loss pierce me to the core.

I can’t talk about Captain Picard without lauding the magnificent actor who plays him, Patrick Stewart, who is totally and literally a sir (yassss Sir Patrick!).  Similar to the character he plays, he believes in fairness and equality, and due to early exposure of domestic violence, he does work with Amnesty International.

Also his bromance with equally magnificent Sir Ian McKellan is delightful.

I want them on my team for the apocalypse

Who is your favorite non-villain character?  The can be a superhero; I just made that caveat just in case they aren’t.

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

<–Question of the Week: 8/21/16          Question of the Week: 9/4/16–>