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After an off-hand comment by a friend while I was describing some of the plotlines in xaos, I decided to excise any last messianic archetypes lingering on the character of Ashura, and in the process fixed about 5 gaping plot holes. (See Also: I was a fucking moron age 13-17.) So I found myself today tooling on the xaos Master Doc (my handy bible of critical information for this 'verse). I've been working on this document on and off for the past 4 years, and I keep telling myself that once it's in decent shape, then I'll start writing. I'm starting to wonder if this is a mistake, though. Because the more I think about it, the more this story has been mutating and growing in new and interesting ways. And I can't possibly document all of them without, you know, actually writing the story.

I'm wondering if maybe the Master Doc is just an excuse. Because the characters are starting to talk now, and if I don't take advantage of that, maybe I'll end up waiting another 5 years.

I dunno. I had so much trouble with this the first time around because I didn't have an outline and then wrote myself into a stupid corner. And so I decided that I would have an outline this time around, but now the "try to make an outline" thing is utterly failing because the outline keeps changing (or doesn't even exist), and maybe I'm wondering if I should just give up and sketch out notes on how the universe works and then let the characters go.

By the way, it's ridiculous how much I cannot know about characters I designed twelve years ago. At least I now know why a certain character resisted all my attempts to pair her with a boy. (Seriously. TWELVE YEARS.)

Question for anyone reading: would you prefer I posted these things about original works (xaos, Wintermarch, "Taming Fenrir"-verse) under a filter? I'd kinda like to be able to toss snippets and plot ideas and background info around and have people critique them or offer their own ideas. (Or hit me with a clue-by-four when I need it)
ultranos: black on white safety stick-man getting a companion cube to the head (ow)
Quick summary of recent developments while playing Dragon Age: Origins :

-*checks off list* Humans, dwarves, elves, demons, undead, werewolves, and now...talking trees. BINGO!

-The method for indicating loot is making the area sparkle. Dead monsters drop loot. Dead monsters include undead. Therefore, killed undead with loot sparkle. I THINK BIOWARE IS MOCKING SOMETHING. XD

-This is the first time a video game character has gotten mouthy at me and taken the plot in some direction I didn't expect. Huh. I'm...uncertain as to this development in my brainspace.

-Oh boy! Triang relations! That don't get any easier to solve in the computer, sadly, AND WHY YOU MAKE *SADFACE* AT ME, [redacted]?! Oh crap, Bioware figured out how to tap into the "Catholic Guilt" part of my brain. I AM DOOMED.

-Oh. That's probably the OTHER reason this game got rated 'M'.

In conclusion, I am still having a blast with this game. :D

Speaking of characters nomming on my brainspace, a character I developed roughly 12 years ago is being incredibly mouthy and has entirely rewritten her backstory in the span of the last few weeks. Leaving me going, "oh, huh. I guess it does work better this way."

I'm fairly convinced at this point that I don't actually control my own brain.
ultranos: ibuki maya sitting at laptop in shorts and a t-shirt, eating a cookie, with prompt \\ "Rocks fall; everybody dies." (this would be much simpler)
Because it's 1am and I'm not asleep yet.

I'm going to try something here. This is a list of all WiPs I'm theoretically working on. I'm in such a weird headspace right now that I need a push to finish them. So. Here are summaries from what are technically active. As teasers, yes, but as also maybe I'll be motivated if someone kicks me into writing it.

If nothing else, hey, at least I know what I'm theoretically working on.

ETA: Aby reminded me I'm missing one.

I graduate from college, and turn into a demotivated slacker. Who knew? )
ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (the world in my hand)
This is not the SG-1 fic that blindsided me earlier this week (yes, Targasa, I am still blaming you for giving Carter ideas).

This is also not the XAOSverse fic I'm supposed to be writing. This is also not any of the XAOSverse fic from the WIP list. But since Locke Selant is apparently not only a medic, if how he ninja-ed me into writing this is any indication, there is now this fic.

*grumbles about how characters never do what I expect them to*

Title: Jacob in Reverse
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ultranos
Rating: PG-13 (implied references to past child abuse)
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shanghairain for the beta. Any further mistakes are All My Fault.
Summary: "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." (Romans 9:13)

Jacob in Reverse )
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It's gotten to the point where I should post a quick-and-dirty who's-who of the XAOSverse. At least, the major protagonists. There should be at least some vague kind of point of reference for people. I sometimes forget that not everyone knows the entire damn history of the characters and, well, universe for the XAOSverse like I do. So it's a constant challenge for me to write these little sidestories that rely entirely on things I haven't revealed publicly yet.

The least I can do is provide a quick reference guide to who the hell these people are.

XAOSverse Character Listing: Protagonist Version )
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ultranos: daniel sleeping on a nuke (even my sleep is dangerous)
You know, when I complained about having writer's block, I did not need to come up with another WIP. For Stargate, no less. (At least this one might (maybe?) be short.)

Dammit, Sam Carter! What the hell are you doing? Anjirousu, stop talking to her. You're giving each other ideas! I know you claim to have nothing to do with this latest one, but this is totally something you'd pull. Don't think I've forgotten about the pirate-verse, Targasa.

I will be driven insane by two characters who live inside my head.
ultranos: daniel sleeping on a nuke (even my sleep is dangerous)
Well, now this is weird. When I'm not busy sticking my fingers in my ears and chanting "la la la, I can't hear you" at the SG-1 characters coming up to me with plot ideas (This is aside from the previously mentioned Alternate Reality "Untouchables" fic, which, heaven help me, might actually have a name if I'm not careful.), XAOSverse characters are talking to me. That's not the weird part. Specifically, it's Anjirousu and Sagenthir who are talking to me. This is still not the weird part.

They're wondering if there's any way in hell I can give them a happy ending.

That's the weird part.

For the record, how things went down in "And Miles to Go Before I Sleep" is pretty much how it's supposed to happen in the books proper. Those events are supposed to be the catalyst for a bunch of other events related to the action-plot of the series, not to mention being the main springboard for Vagabond. I've never before wanted to give them a truly happy ending, and I really want to so badly, but to do so requires scrapping an entire book AND pretty much all the major themes of the entire series.

I can see no conceivable way to give AJ and Sage a happy ending. Maybe while I'm writing it all out, it'll come to me. But, damn, this story has been growing and mutating for eight years, and they've never, at any point during that time, had even the possibility of one. So now, when they're asking quietly for it, I'm startled and like "what? No."

I feel like such a bastard.
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It has recently come to my attention that there are aspects of this universe that are fairly vague to people. And not in the way I imagined, which is in regards to the stuff I haven't written yet.

Since it is not my intention to confuse you (all the time), have a FAQ. This will be updated periodically, as I get tired of trying to explain things over and over and over...

XAOS FAQ )
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ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (the world in my hand)
(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] stayintheroom)

This is I guess the third in a series of character pieces. This time, it's Lexanthia "Lex" Nakasan, the other female of ID-0780 (Anjirousu is the other) and one of the more functional characters in this universe.

Lex has gone through a couple of personality changes from the first time she came to me. But I like her better now. She's not as well-adjusted as Hiroshi, but she's not nearly as broken as Anjirousu or Ashura (thank god). And I've discovered that she's a fascinating character in her own right.

Title: The Unforgiving Minute
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ultranos
Rating: PG
Summary: Stand on your own two feet and walk

The Unforgiving Minute )
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ultranos: sam can kill you with her brain (I'm secretly amused actually)
I didn't realize it at first, but I need to get Stargate out of my head. Why? Because they are currently taking up residence in my brain. Now, this doesn't seem like a bad thing. At first, I thought it was a good thing.

It was. Up until the point where Sam Carter started talking with Anjirousu Targasa.

Oh dear god. The sheer destructive power of those two...yeah, they could pretty much take over the universe if they wanted.

Why yes, I am entertained.
ultranos: daniel sleeping on a nuke (even my sleep is dangerous)
I think I've finally figured out the problem with "The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns", the previously mentioned XAOSverse story that's been causing me grief. The style is still a problem. It's very different than what I'm used to writing, but it must be written like this. It needs to have the lyrical feel of poetry while still being prose. That's just what it is.

The mistake I was making was believing that was the only problem with it. I thought, "hey, I should really write the short story about how the Skyrynians waited for the restoration of the House of Takski." I thought I could quickly pen it out while I was trying to get some other character pieces done. I was wrong.

It's not a short story. Or at least, its on the larger end of the spectrum.

Somehow, I managed to forget I'm dealing with, in the grand scheme of how I've plotted the universe, a span of 500 years that's essentially an information black hole. I have no fucking clue what the hell happened in that time period other than a few events and one particularly gruesome recurring event.

The amount of universe building that needs to be done is slightly daunting, and not really the material for the type of short story I was envisioning. We might be entering into the territory of the novella. Oh, you can hear my absolute joy. Or I still might be able to pull it off in a short story. I'm really hoping for the latter. It's just, I'm willing to think about the former only because it dawned on me just what exactly I was talking about.
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(Originally posted at [livejournal.com profile] stayintheroom.)

The main character in this has actually been present in the XAOSverse since its inception. I just haven't really given him the time of day and have sort of regulated him to the status of "plot device".

I am a horrible person.

This is the first attempt at fixing this. Also, I now hate pronouns. And present tense.

Title: Somewhere a Clock is Ticking
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ultranos
Rating: PG
Notes: Title from Snow Patrol.
Summary: I've got this feeling that there's something that I missed

Somewhere a Clock is Ticking )
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(originally posted to [livejournal.com profile] stayintheroom)

Shock diamonds are the formation of shock waves in the exhaust plume of a supersonic propulsion system. The flow of the expanding gas forms a visible diamond pattern in the trail.

Hiroshi Rankstri is one of the more well-adjusted characters in this universe. Even though I don't really have a firm grasp on his personality yet. This is him trying to tell me what it is.

Title: Shock Diamond
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ultranos
Rating: PG-13/R (Language, again. Hiroshi has a foul mouth.)
Summary: There were two things that could give Hiroshi a thrill like nothing else: speed and the stars. He finally got to combine the two.

Shock Diamond )
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(originally posted at [livejournal.com profile] stayintheroom)

XAOSverse. A little introduction to the fucked-up emotional aptitude of one Sagenthir Tranta and one Anjirousu Targasa.

Title: And Miles to Go Before I Sleep
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ultranos
Rating: R (Adult language and somewhat graphic imagery.)
Summary: Sagenthir can't figure out what to do. Anjiorousu can't say the words. Somehow, it hurts worse this way.

And Miles to Go Before I Sleep )
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Media List:

Currently Watching:
-- Supergirl(hiatus)
--Pitch (hiatus)


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-The Rook, Daniel O'Malley
-Fortune's Rising, Sara King

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-Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, David Daley


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"So she's good cop, he's bad cop, you're morally-questionable cop, and I'm set-things-on-fire cop."

"Sounds about right."

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"WARNING: When attempting to be clever, make sure you not actually just being stupid."

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"Did you remember to sacrifice the goat before burning the ISO to the DVD-R?"

"Crap! Um, I've got a charred piece of meat here."

"That's called a steak. That's dinner. What about the sacrifices?"

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"I escape through quantum-tunneling. What do I need to roll for that?"

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"Why is it called a 'Monkeylord'?"

"Because it looks like a spider."

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"I have a moral objection to this problem. It implies microwaving a steak."

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"Did you eat the crazy cookies this morning?"

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