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Dissappearing Act

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If you're following my Tumblr, you've been kept more updated as to what's going on with me than here. Long story short, there was Christmas, beginning the new year with issues regarding one of my health insurance cards, then my dog passing away, and adopting a new cat.

It's been a challenging year so far and I can't imagine what the rest of it is going to be like.

Most active projects right now are Takane no Hana and a special commission, but even those are moving slowly.

Progress Update 12/15/12

Nevermore
Takane no Hana [KHR - Yamamoto x Reader]
Chapters Completed/Posted:
1-13 out of 51 (word count: 7301)

Chapter(s) In Progress:
14 (word count: 256)

Notes:
I wrote and updated 10 chapters in the span of… hm, two weeks? I think that’s about right. Talk about a burst of inspiration! Unfortunately, that’s been fading since this past Sunday (the 9th) - though that could be through my own fault for procrastinating when coming up with a couple of things for chapter 14. Now that I’m done with that, I can probably finish the chapter soon. Though, I think my mom is making caramel popcorn tomorrow which means I’ll be helping (to taste it, yum~) so maybe I won’t be finishing that chapter as soon as I hope.

Season Themes Challenge
Autumn
changing leaves
sweater
boots
scarf
apple cider
rain
mist/fog
blustery day
chill
jack-o-lantern

Winter
snowflakes/sleet (snowfall?)
ice skating
peppermint
gift/present/Christmas
freezing
frost
hot drink (coffee, tea, cocoa, etc.)
mistletoe
chocolate/sweets/valentine
fireplace

Spring
showers
buds
dew
breezy day
thaw
birdsong
butterflies
fresh air
blossom

Summer
fireworks/sparklers
shaved ice
sundress
break/vacation
heat wave
fireflies
sunglasses
cicadas
sand dollar/seashell
sea/ocean/pool

Notes:
Some prompts have been taken out/replaced or aren't listed here because I only have 10 even prompts for each season so far. The two with the most are winter and summer at 15 each (13 for spring and 11 for autumn). I’m hoping to get up to 25 each for a total of 100. I've come to the conclusion that I need to include holidays - mostly due to the culture difference between what I know (or don’t know, rather, since there aren't really seasons where I live) and the fact that KHR takes place in Japan. I’m keeping this a KHR exclusive challenge so that I can narrow the prompts and keep them specific. Typically when I write for KHR, it’s either Hibari or Yamamoto, so keeping the prompts more oriented toward Japanese culture/holidays and such is more accurate for the setting.

Now, if you'll excuse me while my brain overloads from the nuclear explosion of cute courtesy of the Too Cute episodes airing on my TV (I hope the next episode is kittens~).

Distraction, not Procrastination

Vongola Primo
Because my brain will not let this go, I will post it here so that I can get back to working on Takane no Hana.

Season Themes Challenge
Autumn
changing leaves
sweater
boots
scarf
candle
stroll
apple cider
rain
bonfire
mist/fog
windy day

Spring
showers
buds
dew
breezy day
thaw

Summer
fireworks/sparklers
shaved ice
flip flops/sandals
sunscreen
heat wave

Winter
snowflakes/flurries
ice skating
peppermint
cocoa
mistletoe??

Please note the list is incomplete, I am just posting this here to get it out of my head for a bit and possibly some input if my lovely followers have any suggestions!

This challenge is being created with the KHR/Reborn! fandom in mind, so please no suggestions of things like football, summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, et cetera (i.e. blatant American seasonal associations). A little bit of research and asking around is still needed on my part (Japanese and Italian holidays/customs and whatnot), but please don't be shy about making suggestions!

You can comment on this entry or go to my profile page on Lunaescence (here) and email me through the contact author link (use the challenge title as your subject line so I don't delete it with the spam, pretty please).

So, anyone have something to suggest?

Progress Update

Say wut?
One Piece
Loved [AU] [Ace x Reader]
Chapter 2 - 187 words

KHR
Takane no Hana [Yamamoto x Reader]
Chapter 4 - 483 words
Chapter 5 - 342 words

Notes:
I got a big boost to work on Loved not long ago and then it somehow turned into a Dante and Vergil focus and now my attention's on Yamamoto. Fandom bouncing abound! I know what's going to happen in chapter 2 of Loved, I just have to write it >.> I redid my prompt chapter plots and their order for Takane no Hana for the THIRD time and I'm really, really happy with this one. I didn't struggle with it except for maybe 2 or 3 of the prompts. I ended up getting a second DMC fic idea as well as one for a Vergil one-shot and did a bit of work on both of those. I'm trying not to bounce around everywhere but my attention is being pulled in so many directions!

Progress Update

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So my dog has been sick the last couple of days. She went to the vet yesterday and I have to be a dog sitter today (though I'm always the dog sitter, but she has to eat a couple tablespoons of food every couple of hours and only have minimal water so I have to keep a very close eye on her as I'm the only one home).

This means writing is on hold for a bit. After posting the first chapter of Loved, I was drained for a few days because I put so much focus into finishing it. Only getting 2 reviews hasn't helped me want to really jump on the next chapter either despite my excitement about the story.

Now it seems I've been bitten by the DMC fanfic bug again so I've been toying around with a new idea and thinking up new OCs and doing some plotting. While I loved some parts of When Devils Walk the Night, I feel as though the story could have been handled a thousand or more times better than it actually was and I've been bothered by this for some time.

Progress Update

Vongola Primo
One Piece
Title: Loved
Rating: 13+
Summary: [AU] Everyone wants to be. Even you, who struggles with each and every step. [Ace x Reader]
Chapter 1 - 3904 words

Notes: This was previously titled Second Chance - I've since decided I like this title/summary better as it fits the story more closely. Anyway, update before I sit my butt down and try to finish this chapter today. It's breaking 4k easily as I won't be done with it in 95 words. Well, I could, but it would be a super lackluster ending to the chapter.

Oct. 2nd, 2012

OT4
One Piece
Second Chance [AU]
Ace x Reader
Multi-chapter? - 2298 words

Wayward [AU]
Zoro x Reader
One-shot - 775 words

Inertia [AU]
Luffy x Reader
One-shot - 566 words

Notes: And so the binge continues. Ace's fic is really taking off, though I'm unsure how to approach the scene I'm leading up to. Turning over scenarios in my head takes time. Zoro's... I've added bits to it here and there but just... blah. Luffy's fic gets random bursts of additions when I'm stalling on Ace and Zoro's fics. I've written all 566 words in two big separate chunks.

Priority List

Say wut?
High Priority
Wayward [One Piece]
Summary: [AU] Directions were all he needed; he wasn't lost, dammit. [Zoro x Reader]

Inertia [One Piece]
Summary: [AU] The first day of summer vacation was reserved for doing absolutely nothing. Unless he was around. [Luffy x Reader]

Second Chance [One Piece]
Summary: [AU] You couldn't know it was in this time, this life, that you would have the lost opportunity to be together. [Ace x Reader]

Takane no Hana [KHR]
Summary: What seems to be close may in fact be the furthest from your grasp. Can you reach the flower on the precipice before it withers? [Yamamoto Takeshi x Reader]


Notes: I'm on a One Piece binge, so those stories are of course high on the list of being finished (though Mihawk's is not listed because his story's still being thought out). Wayward and Inertia are one-shots while Second Chance is multi-chapter.

Takane no Hana is a dedication story and very important - how could I leave it unfinished? It's planned out, I just have to write the remaining... 47 chapters.


Medium Priority
Seduction for Dummies [KHR]
Summary: What the hell kind of title was that for a book supposed to be a gift? Then again, it was from Reborn; you couldn't really expect anything nice. How was it his business what went on in your bedroom anyway?! [Hibari Kyoya x Reader]

Un Vol de la Fantaisie [KHR]
Summary: Fate was surely mad if she thought you and he could have anything close to a fairy tale romance. [eventual Hibari Kyoya x Reader]

Skobeloff [Saiyuki]
Summary: To create any hue of cyan, you first have to mix both green and blue together. [Cho Hakkai x Reader]


Notes: Both Hibari stories are troublesome. One is the story about how his relationship developed with the reader and the other is about him being seduced of all things by the same reader character.

Skobeloff has hit a block - or I should say my inspiration for it is low. I know what will happen in a few of the future chapters, but not the chapter in progress.



Low Priority
A Woman In Love With This Man In Uniform Should Have Her Head Checked! [Gintama]
Summary: Even love can form somewhere between sadistic tendencies and many noodle bowls. [Okita Sougo x Reader]

Don't Sleep With Moonlight Shining On Your Pillow [Gintama]
Summary: ... because being around all of these people will make you quite insane without added help. You'll do your best to return the favor though. [Gintoki/Reader/Hijikata and Various/Reader hints]

A Supernatural Kind of Thing [Supernatural]
Summary: Being a hunter put a target on your back. Forming a kind-of alliance with John Winchester put you into the middle of something so much bigger than you realized and it all started when you tagged along to help him investigate the death of Daniel Elkins. Now you had a damn fluorescent red dot between your eyes. [Eventual Sam/Reader/Dean]


Notes: Gintama fanfiction unfortunately falls very low on my priority list. It is one of the manga I enjoy reading but not writing fanfiction for. I wasn't planning for the Okita story to be long - maybe 10-12 chapters. As for DSMSYP, Gintama is just too long for me to go on putting the reader character into the story. After an original arc, the story will be finished.

For ASKT, again, the same issue: Supernatural is a long series and it takes much dedication to continually stick the reader character into the show. While I had that ambition initially, I don't anymore. I have to figure out how I'll continue the story from here and how to end it.



Unknowns
Soul Searching (series)[rewrite] [Bleach]

Rivalry (series turned multi-chapter fic)[rewrite] [Fairy Tail]
Summary: The things men do for love... like attempting to sabotage your friendships, constantly picking fights with their potential rivals, looking dumb while trying to impress you and just generally turning your life upside down. Well, you wouldn't say men as a whole - just Natsu and Gray. It came with being the focus of their enormous competitive spirits. Pairings: Various/Reader + Reader/Various [triangles, squares and more; implied shoujo-ai]

The Times and Trials of a Loyal Shonen Jump Fan [Gintama]
Summary: Because not even purchasing Jump is easy for a guy with a natural perm. [Sakata Gintoki x Reader]


Notes: These stories are more or less in limbo. When they will be worked on is anyone's guess - even mine.

My Soul Searching series has two of the eleven already written and posted. The remaining nine are planned/roughly outlined and have to be written up.

Rivalry actually has one chapter written but the rest have one sentence summaries of the chapter plot.

TTTLSJF has a vague plan of 11 chapters total. The first chapter is partially written.

Progress Update

Nevermore
Progress Update
One Piece
Wayward (AU)
Zoro x Reader
One-shot - 676 words

Notes: Still going nowhere fast here. I know what I want to have happen but it's a matter of getting there.

Inertia (AU)
Luffy x Reader
One-shot - 177 words

Notes: Literally got this idea yesterday (9/11). First idea ever for a Luffy story and it fits right into the AU of Sanji/Ace/Zoro's stories.

Progress Update + AU Idea

OT4
Wayward (AU)
Zoro x Reader
One-shot - 661 words

Notes: Poor Zoro, his fic is just not taking off like Sanji's. I'm super stressed right now though.


Okay, so, the surprise I was talking about yesterday. Keeping with the One Piece theme: A Cafe AU!

Inspired by the anime's "Historical Arc: Boss Luffy" filler but set in modern times. The Straw Hats' roles/occupations are up in the air. I can have all or some of them working at the cafe/be patrons of the cafe. My original idea had them all working together but I'm also liking that the cafe is a place for them to gather.

For example, following the above-mentioned filler closely, Nami is the cafe's owner/manager, running the cafe and keeping a tight leash on the finances as well as doubling as a hostess/waitress. Sanji is of course the chef/cook. This would be nearly identical to the filler. These roles fit them so well it's hard to see them doing much else, actually. Going along that vein, it would be appropriately called Cafe Pinwheel or something similar. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hats would be patrons but aside from that, I haven't come up with more.


The other thought was something a bit more... hmmm, I guess it's hard to describe. It's not quite like a host club or a theme cafe.

Nami and Sanji's roles are essentially the same but somehow or another the rest of the Straw Hats end up employed at the cafe, some as servers and others working in other ways (we're not talking selling themselves or whatnot here) which I'll have to come up with another time. With all of them working there, the name would have to be Thousand Sunny Cafe. Maybe they have a small catering service that somehow incorporates Going Merry?

Anyway, this idea has the cafe drawing in customers because of the servers/wait staff and Nami capitalizes on it. (Anything to make money.)


Those of you that know me/what I write should know I wasn't going to do this as reader-insert. I'm a huge sucker for nakama fics. Forget One Piece OCs. I'll even bypass a One Piece RI for a good nakama fic. I love them THAT much. However, with this AU, I think I could make a short chaptered fic. But we'll see how much I like it if I ever get the urge to go further with this idea. I do have several other things I need to finish! (Should really make a list...)