To all new followers, welcome! I see you on facebook! I know when you "like" my stuff. Ha ha!
For all of you new peoples, there is something I started upon beginning the Star Ocean Universe. It's called Ask the Star Ocean Character, and I post who I'm going to interview. I will be incorporating the characters from games 1 and 2 upon finally playing them. I haven't done that yet. No PSP.
In addition to the main casts, I've selected a few of the bosses and NPCs to be apart of this. It's been a fun ride.
This is an interactive thing, Ask the Star Ocean Character. Fellow fans are invited to submit up to three questions per character that they want to ask. The questions can be fun, thought-provoking . . . almost anything goes, and I do my best to interpret how that character will react to those questions.
There are some rules to this. Old time peeps who've followed this blog from the get-go know them.
1 - No profanity, no lewd comments and no disrespecting the character in question. You may not like the character, but there are others that do. Also, this is a public page, public blog. It means anyone old enough to get onto the internet can find it and read it. I'm not having my blog shut down because some parent threw a hissy fit over the language used. While I can't control what kids find on the internet, I can control whether or not I keep this going. Any questions and comments that break this rule will NOT be used.
2 - As mentioned above, there is currently a three question limit. Ask what's most pressing to you. If you want to ask more, save them for a later date because I will cycle through the characters and start over again.
3 - Dont' ask me about when your favorite character is going to appear. I know you Albel Nox fans love him. I did one with him already as a birthday gift for a fellow Star Ocean fan, but he's not goin to appear until way later in the series. Fan favorites like him and my personal favorites are reserved for last.
4 - Questions must be in no later than midnight of the Wednesday night before the Star Ocean Character segment is to appear. Ask the Star Ocean Character is reserved for Fridays, something fun to start your weekend. Questions can be left in comments, or sent to me as Private messages or in emails. You can email the questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
5 - Please let me know what name you want me to use, if any, when I write the segment or if you wish to remain "anonymous". If you don't, I will use the name that appears with the inquiry.
6 - Most of all, let's just have some fun with this.
As this is going to reboot the entire series, the first character in the line up is Reimi Saionji from the Last Hope. Her segment will appear on Friday, June 19, 2015. All questions must be submitted no later midnight on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Enjoy your weekend, folks!
I'm back, my fellow Star Ocean peeps. I apologize for the somewhat lengthy absence. I had a few things come up that demanded my attention. It's probably going to continue, but I've got the strength, love, and perseverence to carry through, carry on.
Last entry was about books that I would love to discuss with the likes of Edge Maverick and Fayt Leingod. This time, it's about movies.
Oh, man, the horror that would cross Edge's face over the Austin Powers movies. I love Austin. He's so wack-a-doodle British, and it's just hilarious to me. Of course, I do have a bit of a sick and dirty sense of humor. Of course, with Reimi and Myuria there, it'd be even more hilarious.
I'd warn them off some of the movies based off of books. Why? Because not all book-based movies are true to the books. I've been hooked on the Percy Jackson series for some time now, so much so, I've been reading them over again, and I watched the two Percy Jackson movies. They've mucked up so much of the storyline, it isn't funny, and they're not even worth watching or owning. And, yes, I understand and accept that, when it comes to books and movies, there are time constraints. You can't put everything into the movie that's in the book. (Anyone remember the fuss over The Lord of the Rings and the fact they left out Tom Bombadil?) And some changes to a storyline are good. To me, they add to the spirit the author intended to create when writing the story.
Not so much with the Percy Jackson movies. Too many changes were made, and, once I'd read the books, the first movie lost its charm. I do thank it for being the reason why I've read the books and enjoyed them so much.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are also so some fun ones along with the Batman movies done by Tim Burton. Yeah, I like them! So sue me! LOL And the natural disaster movies! They may not think such movies are so much fun, might actually believed such things happened, but they'd be fun for me. I especially love nitpicking at some of the SyFy original natural disaster movies, they're so corny.
One thing I would need to remember, though, especially with the likes of Edge and Reimi, is the need to explain to them that this all just entertainment. Even true story movies have had some liberties applied during the filmmaking process. Not very many, but enough for some people who know to realize the difference.
Anything I would preserve I would make sure there's a note saying as much. And I would take pictures, of family, of friends, of the people I will be eventually leaving behind, and of this good, green Earth.
Of course, there are other things I would love to do if fictional people were real and from a future depicted in the Star Ocean games. Most of this - the music, the books, the movies - we can download onto disks and tablets, and I can send those back into the future. What's really appealing to me would be to take them to the lakes here in Michigan, to go to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and walk back to Lake Michigan on a nice, hot summer day. Maybe run outside when it's raining.
So now that this is done, this is written and posted for everyone to enjoy, I pose these questions to you: What music, what books, and what movies would you share with your favorite Star Ocean characters?
Does anyone remember the scene with Edge and Welch? The one that plays in Item Creation after Bacchus is recruited and Welch is being an utter goofball about some literature she'd read? Anyone?
The first thing Welch had in front of her was a cardboard standee cutout of a French maid's outfit. She called Edge "Master", claiming she'd read it in some ancient literature. Of course, Edge was incredulous. Why would anyone want to be called "Master" and what were the previous generations thinking in leaving behind literature like that?
Good times in our Star Ocean lives, right?
Of course, we the players know that literature wasn't written for people living one hundred years later. It's written for the people who live in the times the stories are created and published. We don't necessarily think of the people who may survive something catastrophic, say, like nuclear World War III, and may not understand fiction is just entertainment for us and a way to live out certain fantasies and adventures. Could you imagine Edge's reaction if Welch had read romantic erotica and used that instead of the French maid outfit? Oh boy!!
Naturally, in writing about the types of music I'd play for Edge and Fayt yesterday, I wanted to also talk about movies and books. What novels would we, could we read together and discuss? What would I want to specifically send back with them to the future in the event it's something that doesn't survive? What else can I fill this space with until I get my gaming consoles and play more? LOL
In all seriousness, I do wonder what books would survive so that would definitely be one thing I'd ask them. What has survived? What don't you know about when it comes to fiction?
There is a great chance a lot of the classics don't necessarily survive something like WWIII. If the bombs don't destroy nearly everything, the radiation levels will. I'd be very sad to learn if stories like The Lord of the Rings and The Three Musketeers aren't somehow preserved. (Can anyone else imagine Fayt reading The Three Musketeers and acting out the swordfights? Or even getting wound up in Frodo and Sam's journey into Morder? I can!)
Even more fun for me would be to introduce them to what we consider to be Middle-grade/Young Adult fiction like the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. Would Edge and Fayt be fascinated by the fact that many of us, in the 20th and 21st centuries, believe in magic and in Gods? Or would they call us silly and shake their heads?
All the things to imagine and consider with these fictional boys.
Welcome to Wednesday, my fellow Star Ocean peeps. Today, I want to discuss music. Not necessarily what music might sound like for our intrepid heroes in each Star Ocean game but rather the type of music I'd like to play for them should the likes of Fayt Leingod or Edge Maverick or even both appear in front of me.
There is a great diversity of music nowadays, from classical to rock, hip hop to rap, folk to country, and Christian rock to . . . whatever His Infernal Majesty happens to represent. Some of it is quite the same in terms of sound - electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards - and lyrically - rap has a bit of a consistent theme anymore.
In addition to the mainstream stuff I grew up with in the 1980s, I would present to Edge and Fayt some of the more obscure music I found in the early days of my internet browsing, bands like the Continental Drifters with their line-up of Peter Holsaple, Robert Mache, Susan Cowsill, Russ Broussard, Vicki Peterson, and Mark Walton (I think that's his last name) or the duet of Debbi Peterson and Siobhan Maher in the form of Kindred Spirit. Of course, I would also play Gackt and the Beatles and Elvis and my favorite band of all time, the Bangles. There's some of the classics from the 1950s and 1960s, Bach and Beethoven, and German bands like Rammstein I'd love to play. To wind everything down, I'd play Enya, Annie Lennox, and Loreena McKennitt.
I could spend an entire week introducing them to the kinds of music that gets lost to the ravages of World War III, even longer trying to get everything downloaded and preserved so people in the aftermath of World War III have something to lift their spirits. To me, it wouldn't matter if I didn't like the type of music, I'd still have them listen to it and find a way to preserve it. As a writer and in light of current events, I truly understand just how difficult preserving things like music, movies, and books can be and how they can be easily taken for granted. There is nothing more heart-wrenching to realize that one's hard work can be destroyed in an instant. While I can't preserve music that hasn't been released yet, I can certainly try with what's already accessible.
And this is inspired by me finding an untitled Star Ocean 3 story on my flash drive where I'd typed in some of the lyrics for a song called "You Were on My Mind". I've heard the song performed live before by the Bangles, and I just . . . want to share such moments, such memories with those who may end up robbed of such things.
Tomorrow, it's books I'd share and the conversations about those books!
Ola, my Star Ocean compatriots! It's been a very long time since I've posted much of anything. My last entry consisted of a little bragging rights, if I recall correctly. I published, under the pen name Elise K. Ra'sha, two stories, The King and Queen of Wands and Portal to Gaming, Book 1 to my Arc of Fantasy series. I believe I also mentioned that the Arc of Fantasy series is Star Ocean-inspired. If not, well, there you have it! I started an original story based on my love for Star Ocean, specifically Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. It is my goal to get myself back on track with the Star Ocean blogs. I'll be copying and pasting entries to my flash drive at some point so I don't repeat myself on topics.
Here is a topic that recently came to me as I played over the events of Star Ocean: The Last Hope. For all of you Faize lovers, this entry is for you!
I don't know how other people have played the game, which answers they chose when they were on Lemuris or if they even did this before setting out to Triom and obtaining Lymle. I've created a few different play-throughs, and, on one, I had Faize tell Edge something personal about himself.. Spoiler alert here: Eldarians are pretty much test-tube babies. Faize in no exception.
However, test tube babies need genetic donors. While we don't necessarily see too many female Eldarians as major players or even NPCs, we can presume that Faize does have a female genetic donor somewhere out there. As for his male genetic donor or "father", I have a theory I know who this might be.
Now mind you, before I continue any further, a lot of this speculation is based on memory. I've not played the games in several months, almost a year this summer, and I have no PS3 or XBox 360 for game play. This is driving me a little crazy because I really miss playing these particular games.
Continuing on - I believe Faize's father is the Eldarian commander, Gaghan. For some reason, out of all the Eldarians under his command (this includes Arumat), Gaghan has a specific interest in Faize. It could be due to Faize's intelligence, his ability to use a rapier, and his affinity for Earth-based symbology. It could truly be due to Faize's inexperience and nothing more. The thing is, I'm sure there are others under Gaghan's command who could have benefitted from traveling with Edge, those who might not have flipped and go psycho after dealing with some particular difficult situations. Heck, there's the issue with Arumat slowly dying because of genetic modifications done to his body to improve his fighting abilities, but evertying leads back to Faize. Gaghan takes a very keen interest in Faize Sheifa Beleth over everyone else. He asks Edge about Faize in communications before The Calnus crashes on Nox Obscuris and before Crowe joins the fight. Some could argue that, if Gaghan was Faize's father, Faize would have the last name of Gaghan, not Beleth. I could point out that it would only be so if the Eldarian family structure is anything like traditional European and American families - the last name is handed down through the father.
Of course, this is only a thought. :)
Until tomorrow, my friends!!
deviantArt peeps, if you don't see the entries appearing there, please refer to star-ocean-fan.livejournal.com, star-ocean-fan.dreamwidth.org and . I've decided to utilize a very handy feature for scheduling entries.
Thanks for following!
Yes, I've read the article. Yes, I'm excited!
One - I have moved a few times now. I've landed in the city I've dreaming of living in since 2002: Philadelphia, PA. It's here I hope to start a different life for myself and to breathe new life in the Star Ocean Universe.
Also, I've taken some major steps in publishing. Original material, inspired by one of the very games I love so much. The story is called Portal to Gaming, and it's available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK for $3.99. It's the first in a six-book series called Arc of Fantasy.
Portal to Gaming starts out with Fen Willows, the nineteen-year-old and only son of two universally renowned alien archaeologists, Farold and Victorie Amie Willows, and who lives in a peaceful, idyllic future.
The idyllic life is not for Fen. He longs for travel and excitement, anything to break up the dullness of his life and to ease his broken heart after finding out his boyfriend cheated on him. Unfortunately, war with an alien race known as the Salmorians keeps him Earth-bound while his parents continue to explore dig sites with the military backing them. With his best friends Daniel and Wolfgang Evans, he takes to the gaming simulators of Portal to Gaming, a giant in the entertainment and information industry.
It's in the simulators that his life is turned upside down. A stranger approaches him and utters three words.
"Draw your sword."
After that incident, strange phenomena follow Fen around wherever he goes. Convinced he isn't crazy, he finds himself in a position where he can't prove it and where no one believes him. He vows to find the stranger and confront him one more time in a fair fight.
Unbeknownst to Fen, his parents are hiding secrets from him, secrets that will change the course of the war and his life. Forever.
I hope my fellow Star Ocean fans check out the story, read the sample on both sites, and join Fen and his friends on their crazy journey.
And that's it! The craziness has begun!
I am moving to Seattle. Today. I'll be getting onto a bus with a few bags and heading to the West Coast. I will be seeking work, a place to live, and a computer.
On the bright side to this, I will be taking my SO figures and my camera with me. Pictures will be forthcoming and in better light!!
I hope everyone's had a wonderful summer and has a wonderful weekend! Halloween's around the corner, too, so any and all Halloween-related stories, artwork, and cosplay welcome!
Until the next time!
This isn't a permanent hiatus. It's just me taking the time, reorganizing for the page and the blogs, and balancing what I want to do with what I can do.
Know that I still love Star Ocean. That will never change. I just want to run the best page and blogs possible.
RE: Ask the Star Ocean Character - Sophia Esteed
As I never got around to posting it, I'm still accepting questions. I will aim for a fall segment. Thank you for your patience on this.
Before I get to the segment itself, a couple of things.
1 - If anyone has any thoughts to share on any aspect of the game and you want them posted to the blog, please let me know! Seriously! I will share almost anything and everything Star Ocean related in this blog. And you will be credited!!! (dA users, feel free to submit essays to the group with a tagline saying whether or not I can repost elsewhere.)
2 - I'm going to do ONE more Ask the Star Ocean Character segment then I will be tentatively taking the summer off from the series. My little sister graduates high school this year, and I'm going to once again attempt relocating myself in a different city. This is subject to change based on time and whether or not I finally get my own computer. I'll still post as often as I can, be it in revisiting old conversation topics or fanfiction.
3 - TILL THE END OF TIME IS TEN YEARS OLD AND THE LAST HOPE IS FIVE!! LET'S CELEBRATE!!
Want to share your favorite Till the End of Time or The Last Hope moment? I'd love to hear from you!
And now for the Ask the Star Ocean Character announcement. Since I've rebooted the entire series, up next in the queue is Sophia Esteed for Friday, May 23, 2014. Remember to limit yourselves to three questions, keep it clean, and have all inquiries in to me (comment, PM, or email - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )by midnight of Wednesday, May 21, 2014!
Onwards with Albel! And happy birthday, Noxie!!
Happy birthday, Noxie!
“Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character! I’m your host, Dragonfly Moonlight.
“Now, everyone at home might be asking why is today’s edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character special? Don’t we do this often enough?
“The answer, my friends, is yes. What makes today’s edition special is not that we’re still coming to you. It’s who our guest for today is and that we’re coming to you live from Elicoor II, from the top of the Kirlsa Training Facility. Please give a warm welcome to . . . Albel Nox!”
The moment his name passes my lips, loud and joyous screaming echoes up from the audience surrounding the facility. Albel walks over, a swagger in his hips and a smirk on his lips.
“Welcome, Albel,” Dragonfly says, extending a hand. “We’re glad to have you with us today.”
“So I hear,” he says. The screams have not died down.
“Yeah. We couldn’t avoid the fangirl crowd.”
“It’s quite all right,” he replies. “It’s nice to know I’m more popular than that maggot Cliff.”
“Oh yes. That buffoon thinks because he’s strong like an ox – and he smells like one, too, by the way – that the girls love him more than they would me. This . . .” He grins wickedly. “Is vindication.”
“I see . . . Does this mean you and Cliff are competitive?”
“Only when it comes to women. Since our team has a good portion of females . . .” Albel shrugs. “It was inevitable.”
“So who gets the most attention from the girls?”
“Fayt? But if you and Cliff . . .”
“He and I are not competitive for the women who travel with us. Except perhaps that fool’s female counterpart. She’s a worthy adversary. So is that Aquarian slut. Otherwise, the rest of them are too busy competing with each other for Fayt’s affections. It’s most nauseating.” He makes a face.
“Do you say this out of jealousy?”
“What?” he snarls.
“Are you jealous?”
“Of whom? Fayt? Hardly?”
“What of the women, though? Are you jealous of Fayt’s attentions on them or not?”
“No. Why would you even ask that?”
“Well, because, in part, it’s a fandom thing. Many of the girls love to see you dominating Fayt.”
“Yes, which brings me to a fan question from Dark Signer Yusei – What do you think of the yaoi fan made stuff that’s out there?”
“As long as I’m not paired with that buffoon or that rodent child,” Albel shudders, “it isn’t so bad. Fayt isn’t exactly hideous to look at.”
“This is true . . .” Dragonfly’s expression goes dreamy for one moment. Then she blinks. “Still, it has to be tiresome to see yourself paired with guys an awful lot. I’m sure you do prefer women.”
“I prefer someone strong and intelligent, which most of the women I deal with are not. The only two who even come close to my criteria are Fayt and that Mirage woman.”
“I do like Mirage. She’s awesome. She looks like she could take you in a sparring match.”
“If she and I were to spar, she would prove a challenge, I’m sure. She’s even a decent field cook.”
“Really? Who is the best cook overall out of the group?”
Albel growls a little.
“As much as I loathe to admit as much, the Aquarian scum and the Esteed wench are the best cooks. Fayt isn’t bad, either. Do not let Cliff anywhere near a stove. Everything he tries to cook comes out as blackened wood.”
“That doesn’t sound promising.”
“It isn’t. When it comes to inventing, he’s better suited for blacksmithing and what you offworlders call engineering. He can’t even compound medicines properly.”
“Speaking of inventing, what’s your favorite invention overall?”
“The ducky bomb,” he replies with a wickeder grin than before.
“And what’s your favorite moment from your travels with Fayt and the rest of the group?”
“I honestly can’t decide between kicking Luther’s ass or Crosell’s,” he replies with a casual shrug. “Both were such great challenges.”
“And your least favorite?”
“Again, I cannot decide between meeting that Traydor wench or the Esteed one.”
“Why meeting them?”
“The first wench, while I don’t exactly oppose a woman in command – Aquaria proved their women are more than capable of leading – assumed herself to be a group leader when I first joined them. The buffoon listened only half the time, and only if it didn’t contradict what Fayt said to do.”
“But Fayt doesn’t have as much leadership experience as either you, Nel, Cliff, or Maria. Why him as the leader?”
“I don’t know.” Albel shrugs. “He’s certainly likeable, easy to approach with concerns. He has all the qualities of a leader.”
“So you’re just deferring to him so he can gain experience.”
“Something like that, I suppose.”
“So why was meeting Sophia one of your least favorite moments?”
Albel growls low in his throat.
“For someone who grew up with him and defended him against the Traydor wench’s words, she insisted it was not like him to be so gloomy. How else is one supposed to act when his father dies?”
“I think I can understand why that is.” Dragonfly gives him a moment to compose himself. “We’re almost out of time so we’ll get to the rest of the fan questions. Dark Signer Yusei also asks what do you dream about when you have nightmares?”
“I don’t remember.”
“And the last question from Yusei, what does the Ascension of the Flame ceremony entail?”
“Lots of drinking then wrestling a dragon.”
“No grand words?”
“Mine was too chaotic for me to truly remember. I’ve avoided other ceremonies since.”
“That makes sense. Finally, we come to Mrs. Nox, who is celebrating her birthday to her.”
“Happy birthday, wenchlet.”
“You’re so sweet, Albel. Her first question is about your hair. How is it two-toned? Do you dye it that way?”
“If she’d really like to know, she’s more than welcome to come and visit me. I’d be,” he grins as he speaks, “glad to show her.”
“That’s very . . . salacious of you. Second question. Do you prefer the use of your claw or your katana?”
“And finally, who is the best training partner in the group?”
“Oh, that’s easy,” he says. “Fayt. He’s one of the only other swordsmen in our happy little group. He’s young, he’s spirited, and he proves to be the best challenge. The worm Adray isn’t bad, either, but I prefer to train with Fayt.”
“And there we have it! Thank you so much for joining us today. I have one final thing to say to you, Albel.”
“And what’s that?”
“Run. The fangirls are scaling the walls.”
Please follow the link and read what this man has to say.
I want to add this as well. I will not tolerate threats of any kind towards another human being. You may be sitting at a computer, faceless and anonymous, but that doesn't mean you aren't traceable. You're not being cute, you're not being funny, and you're not even acting like a decent human being if you think it's okay to threaten someone over the internet with rape or death. If I've offended you because I think you're a coward for hiding behind a screen and threatening someone, great. I'm with Brian on this. I don't want you following my blog and inflicting your poison on others.
And I write this as someone who received a death threat a little over three years ago for not following what someone wanted me to do for my fanfiction. From a so-called fellow Star Ocean fan.
He claimed himself to be nobility, that he could strangle me with one hand, AND that he could get away with it by claiming diplomatic immunity. All because I didn't want to use his story ideas and characters for some of my Star Ocean fanfiction, because, as an aspiring writer, I saw flaws with his OCs and told him no one would want to read about them.
I was at least able to laugh this off because of where I live. Even if he was a noble of some kind, no one would believe he would have diplomatic relations for a woman who lives in a farming community of Michigan. And this was also under the apparent assumption that I would be defenseless somehow and unable, unwilling to fight back. I live with family, my stepdad, brother, and uncle love to hunt, and, while the county doesn't patrol the roads, that doesn't mean anyone can come to this little neck of the woods to cause trouble and expect to get away with it.
So I laughed about it. I also took no chances. My best friend requested and received screen caps of the conversation to give to the FBI because she knew who to send them to. Just to be on the safe side.
Not everyone can shrug off such a threat, and not everyone should dare shrug off such a threat. I know there are people out there that can trace an IP address, even if it's "anonymous". For those people, I will gladly forgo an entry about Star Ocean and say, "No more. It will not be tolerated anymore". I ask my fellow Star Ocean fans to speak up as well and join me.
Have a safe and fun weekend, everyone! Sometime this weekend, I'll post the latest installment of Ask the Star Ocean Character and announce the next character.
"We're not gonna take it! No! We ain't gonna take it! We're not gonna take it anymore!"
- Twisted Sister
Yes, it's been ten years since one of the most awesome, in my not-so-humble-opinion, RPGs was released. Till the End of Time seems to be the glue that holds the fandom together. It may be an older game, but I love the graphics to this very day.
I know. Not all of us have known about the game for that long. That's still quite all right.
So, with that in mind, The Star Ocean Universe asks: Who is your favorite Till the End of Time character? This is not restricted to the playable party. Bosses and NPCs are welcome!
Final Reminder for Ask the Star Ocean Character!
You have until midnight this Wednesday to submit questions for Albel Nox! Limit yourselves to three questions! This is for missnox's birthday, which is in a few days!
Thursday, I will get back into the original groove with the next character.
I know. Not much for a Monday. I'm still trying to get back into the groove of blogging. I may just scour Till the End of Time and The Last Hope for more conversation topics.
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Now that the reminder is out of the way, it is now time to announce I will no longer be updating my fanfiction.net account. I tried to repost Ask the Star Ocean Character in a story format with no hints I was accepting questions from readers, and I was contacted by a member of a group called Eliminator about my submission almost within twenty-four hours of a potential ToS violation. Not an outright one. Potential. Not even a single review asking anything or commenting on anything. Yet this person still felt the need to PM me with the threat of elimination and a list of four possible solutions to keep it from being a violation.
This upsets me on so many levels. I'm one of those people who tries to obey the rules set forth by sites likes FFN when it comes to posting. I deleted a Transformers fanfiction piece due to the number of song lyrics woven throughout it so it wouldn't be reported and deleted and my account either suspended or deleted. And then I go through the fandoms I enjoy, only to find reader inserts, interactive stories, songfics, stuff with bad grammar, and in the wrong categories. Oh, and let's not forget the mature content that gets rated as "M" but very dangerously borders NC17. That no amount of reporting can get rid of. And I'm receiving a private message insinuating that I'm breaking the rules when I'm not.
I'm normally an easy-going person when it comes to people contacting me about my work. I really am. I want to be approachable, but this was stupid with a dose of idiocy.
Now, to be fair to this person, I did double-check myself. The series itself is interactive. My fellow Star Ocean fans submit the questions, and I use them in the series itself. But I refrained from writing in my author's notes, "If you have a question you want to see answered" . . . I gave no hints that I'm accepting questions to the potential readers at FFN. At this point, I don't feel the need to post it to the Star Ocean fans at FFN. Nothing against the FFN readers, but they're not strictly frequented that site. In fact, most of the Star Ocean fans I know are through livejournal and deviantArt. So, for FFN, I decided to leave that option out. If someone asked me if I was accepting questions in a review, I'd have said "yes" and instructed them on how to do so.
I probably wasn't very nice to this person when I did reply back. Call me confused in the first reply. The first time Ask the Star Ocean Character was removed from FFN was shocking, but, when I received the notification, I understood why it was gone. Stupid me, I forgot what I agreed to in the ToS so I wanted to be sure if I reposted the story to FFN, that I wasn't in violation. My next few replies were not so nice. I admit it. And, in hindsight, with the "suggestions" for author's notes from this person, I don't think it would have mattered. Telling people in a note that I'm accepting requests through livejournal, here, wordpress, facebook, and deviantArt via comments, PMs, and email would have still made it interactive somehow, and someone would have reported it anyway.
I'm not happy overall with FFN anyway. There have been some site changes that I don't feel were for the better - I disabled anonymous reviewing for a reason - and they did away with that. (Um, hello? I don't like people swearing at me in reviews!) It's now set up so you can allow them, or screen them before they're posted. Just if you don't have a computer for a week, they get posted anyway. Because we have to let the trolls get their say in and all that.
I'll still visit FFN. I have authors there that I like, that I want to see how their stories continue to play out. I do hate how crabby and whiny I sound about this. But truth be told, I just want to have fun with the writing. I really do want to be approachable to my fellow Star Ocean fans and for them to have fun with the Ask the Star Ocean Character series. It isn't about role-playing the characters to gauge their reactions to something. It's about delving into their inner most thoughts and reach my own understanding of them. My insights are not the only ones, and that's something I really do respect. :)
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For those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter!
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Yay!! The reboot is done!!
Reminder: Taking questions for Albel Nox for Mrs. Nox's birthday next month!
Tomorrow: Birthday reminders.
For any Star Ocean fan who stumbles upon this and wants to ask a character, who has already been featured, a question, I will still accept them. They just won't appear until the next time that character comes into play.
So tomorrow! Reimi Saionji makes her second appearance on Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today, for missnox and her upcoming birthday, I am announcing the next character for the next segment.
Yes. I am announcing that the next character to be featured in Ask the Star Ocean Character is to be Albel Nox. I'm making an exception for him because missnox has done a few extraordinary things over the past year. She may not feel they're extraordinary, but, to me, they are, and this is for her.
A reminder of the rules.
1 - No profanity please and thank you! The blogs are open for fans of all ages. I know there is some swearing in the games, but I'm running clean sites. So please. No profanity. Thank you for that courtesy.
2 - Limit yourselves to three questions. If you have more, please let me know. I want everyone who wants to ask a question to have the chance.
3 - Please be respectful to the character in question. Your least liked character is someone else's favorite.
4 - Deadline: All questions for Albel Nox must be in by midnight on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Albel's segment will appear on Friday, May 2, 2014, in time for missnox's birthday.
5 - Pick your user name! If you wish to be "anonymous" or have a certain I.D. designation, please let me know, or I will use what I know you by.
6 - Let's just have some fun. Don't care how silly you think your questions may be. Everything helps me to get a handle on the character. So ask away!
Questions can be submitted to me via comments, private message, or email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
See you tomorrow when I grill Reimi once more!
So first up - what's going on if I have all of this time since I'm not working? Well, I've obviously been goofing off on the internet. deviantArt, facebook, and Scribophile have been my favorite places so far. I've also been consumed with story-telling and working on an original story. The original story process is important. I really want to not worry so much when I have no work about money coming in and trying to survive. I've always wanted to be a writer anyway, and fanfiction was my first step. And I do admit. I've been avoiding eBay. Doesn't do me any good to look at Star Ocean merchandise when I have no money. Having cash would be good for buying the official merchandise, creation of my own, and helping with the cosplay.
I know. Economics for a lot of people suck right now, and I really do appreciate that. That's why I'm just keeping my fingers crossed my temp agency will place me soon so I can do some of this stuff while I write.
So let me do my best to get back on track.
For Star Ocean birthdays, we have the following for next month:
April 10 (assigned by me) - Adray Lasbard
April 24 (official) - Arumat P. Thanatos
April Fool's Day (April 1)
Palm Sunday (April 13)
Passover (April 15)
Good Friday (April 18)
Easter (April 20)
Earth Day (April 22)
If you have a piece of fanfiction, fan art, or even a cosplay for these to characters in celebration of their birthdays or these holidays, I am accepting submissions. For the deviantArt people, just submit to the gallery and write in the description if your works can be cross-posted to livejournal and dreamwidth. I will not cross-post unless I have permission. For livejournal and dreamwidth (and soon to be wordpress) people, please keep your stories to one-shots. I do have limited space in these journals. I don't mind posting multiple entries, but I do want to keep the number of posts to a minimum. If you've found me through twitter - yes, there is now a twitter account for this journal, link will be forthcoming for those of you already on twitter - you can still submit something to me.
Story and art submissions can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I do have an interesting question to pose to everyone who has played Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Why do you think Fayt goes on a family vacation with his parents when he's a college student and doesn't spend much time with them anyway?
Re: Ask the Star Ocean Character.
Because I've taken way too long to post Roger and Adray's parts, they will not appear right away. Now don't freak out if you've submitted your questions. They will be answered. I promise you that. I'm rebooting the whole thing. I want to post it back to fanfiction.net and that means a whole new way of writing the series.
With that in mind for Ask the Star Ocean Character, I am taking questions for Reimi Saionji of Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Limit three questions per person. (That means, one person can ask three questions.) Keep the vulgarity down. I don't care if you don't like the character. There are people who do, and, out of respect for them, keep the vulgarity down. You wouldn't want anyone disrespecting your favorite character.
So three questions. Questions MUST be submitted by Wednesday, April 9, 2014, by midnight. The Ask the Star Ocean Character reboot will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014. On April 10, I will announce the next character. You can leave me a comment with your questions or send them in a PM. Email works, too.
The Star Ocean Universe wants to know what you think! Send me your character study! It can be in the form of a fanfiction one-shot, essay, or just general analysis.
Character study postings will coincide with the Ask the Star Ocean Character segments. I'll accept anyone at any given time, though, and post them when that person appears in Ask the Star Ocean Character.
Just keep it clean!
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One other update before I forget, and this is in regards to conventions.
As of right now, due to lack of work and income, I will not be going on a huge convention circuit ride. It's going to be pushing it for me to even try to get to the three I really want to attend this year. In fact, I'm not even going to announce which conventions I am making (tentative) plans for attendance. When I have something confirmed, I will announce. Even then, my huge convention hopping is going to wait until next year.
However, if you're cosplaying as a Star Ocean character for any convention or just for fun, share your photos with me! I would love to display them, and any instances where you've met a Star Ocean voice actor.
This is your Star Ocean fandom. These are your Star Ocean experiences! I'd love to hear from you and share your wonderful stories as well.
Today, I bring you only an updated Star Ocean projects list.
While I have a few works in progress, the only one up for this blog right now is Destinies Intertwined by Fate. The prologue and chapters 1 and 2 are posted. Chapter 3 has been started.
This will be a three part process.
One part of this is compiling a list of merchandise that's already available, be it official or potential bootleg, where it can be found or potentially found, who's contributed to the compilation of this, and photos to correspond with each item. Second Story/Second Evolution and Till the End of Time seem to be the biggest ones for merchandise
The second part of this will be seeking out fan-made creations, such as plushies, doujinshi, ducky bombs, t-shirts, and whatever else has come out of the minds of fans. Like me, there are some extremely and insanely creative people in the Star Ocean fandom, and I would love to showcase such talent.
The third and final part will be my personal attempts at creating things like plushies, afghans, t-shirts, and whatever else I can think of in addition to bringing the characters to life in the form of Asian ball-jointed dolls. The first two I'd love to bring home are Luther and Fayt.
This will contain two parts.
The first part will be the cosplay others have done, be it in the backyard or at a convention. If I can, I'd like to find the photos of the process as well as the final product.
Second will be the cosplay I create for myself, and I'll definitely take pictures of the process as it unfolds. Right now, there are six characters from the Star Ocean fandom I wish to cosplay - Fayt Leingod, Luther Lansfeld, Mirage Kaos, Edge Maverick, Myuria Tionysus, and Sarah Jerand - plus there are other fandoms I enjoy that I'd love to create cosplays for as well, but, for the purposes of this journal, cosplays will consist only of Star Ocean characters and variant costumes for them. (Original characters may be welcomed depending on how well they can meld into the fandom.)
Voice Actor Compilation and (HOPEFULLY) Interviews:
This is a bit self-explanatory. For each game, I'll be compiling a voice actor list, both the Japanese and English and the other projects in which they appear and potential convention appearances. I will NOT guarantee that I'll be able to interview any voice actor that I list, especially the Japanese. Voice actors are generally very busy people, working on more than one series at a time. Also, my Japanese is quite limited. When it comes to interviews, the absolute best that I can do is send the voice actor a request and hope that I hear back. I will also try to find out if the voice actors have official websites - it does seem like most anyone famous does (but it doesn't hurt to check)
Ask the Star Ocean Character:
This has already debuted with Reimi Saionji. Each week, a different character will be selected for an "interview" with the more popular characters like Fayt Leingod, Albel Nox, and Edge Maverick being reserved for the very end. This also gives me a chance to buy or find a PSP so I can play the first two games. I know I can read the manga (what little bit is available for the first game) and watch Star Ocean EX on youtube in addition to reading the manga, but, given the limited number of volumes available for each, it's very hard to get a feel for some of the minor characters involved in the game. For example, I could read the volumes for Second Story, but if there isn't much interaction with Ashton and his twin dragons, I don't get to know him and thus may not be able to have him interpret any questions people might like to ask.
Also, while this has already debuted with one question for Reimi, there is always the possibility that a character who has already been featured could be "asked" to return or cycle through them again once I've reached the final character. And expect to see some of the NPCs and villains, like Crowe F. Almedio, Luther Lansfeld, Stephen D. Kenny, and Deputy Director Shimada (just to name a few), appear in this. NPCs and villains help to make the games as much as the heroes, heroines, and playable characters do. Plan on this being interesting, weird, and fun.
Please note: Fanfiction and Ask The Star Ocean Character are both free for me to write. The same goes for simply browsing sites like eBay and yahoo! auctions. No one pays me to write either, and I don't get paid to write them. I also don't expect to be paid (though I won't deny it'd be nice if someone from Square Enix contacted me about writing an official Till the End of Time novel). The merchandise and cosplay and almost anything else I add to the list will cost me money (which I don't mind), be it when I buy something to add to my collection, the materials to make something, or to buy a doll/doll accessories. I'm also being quite broad in terms of projects because of money. As things change, when they change, I'll be able to do more in terms of the projects I've listed. In the meantime, I'll be working with what I've already got on hand.
This will be like cosplay. I'll be working on this in two parts. It's something I will be learning how to do in addition to learning the aspects of costume creation.
First, with the permission of others, I'll show the pictures of plushies they've had commissioned by others. On deviantArt, I've seen Faize, Fayt, Albel, and the Star Ocean bunny. I'll either post the pictures or the links, whichever is more appropriate for the plushie's owner or creator.
Second, as with the cosplay, I'll post pictures of the plushies I make and the process.
The Birthday Project:
This is actually going to be quite simple. For the characters not assigned an official birthday (yet - I have no idea if Square Enix will assign official birthdays for the First Departureand Till the End of Time characters) I will be assigning birthdays.
For the birthday project, when I announce a birthday, what I'm looking for to celebrate the character's birthday are the following:
All of it must be specific to the character announced. My goal is for this to be a fun thing for fans to participate in and enjoy. It isn't a requirement, just something if someone wants to write or draw something, they can submit it to me.
This is something already in progress. It's just the things I would like to see for potential future Star Ocean games. This isn't anything official, but a girl can always hope.
This will be a time consuming process, but one that will be worth it. My goal is to crochet a Star Ocean afghan once I become proficient enough in crocheting.
If anyone has crocheted or knitted an afghan or even plushies and wishes to share it (or any other craft item), please email me the photos! I will post any and all photos emailed to me or linked to me so that others can see what's been done and enjoy.
The Star Ocean Universe and the Star Ocean cookbooks:
Once I get the funds up, I plan to start a quarterly fanzine called the Star Ocean Universe. It will be dedicated to all things Star Ocean and where fans can submit their fan works and cosplay photos.
I also want to publish cookbooks based on the invention category of cooking. There will be five books in total, one for each game, unless there isn't much deviation between Second Story/Second Evolution and Blue Sphere. How long this will take me, I don't know. It's more about playing around with ingredients for the given food item to see if it works or if I need to keep playing around with food until I get the desired effect.
Star Ocean Fanzine:
This will be like the plushies, cosplay, books, and other crafts. I'd like to start a quarterly Star Ocean fanzine. I'll keep everyone posted on how it's turning out and when the first issue will be available for sale.
Star Ocean Fan Event of some kind:
Knowing that two really good friends of mine started their own convention and experienced success with it (shortly after it was over, attendees and dealers were asking when the next event was going to be) has given me the inspiration to try and start my own fan event with the Star Ocean fandom. I will announce more at a later date.
** If you wish to weigh on on attending a Star Ocean Fan event, please leave me a comment, send a PM or an email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out the poll I have up at fanficton.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/831901/
If you're a Star Ocean artist of some kind, be it drawing, sculpting, or sewing/crocheting things like plushies and costumes, and you'd like to let others know you take commissions, give me a shout out. I'll post an advertisement for you in this journal.
Welcome to 2014!
This is all tentative. I must put emphasis on that word because things with work could change in a heartbeat. All I can do is do my best and hope things beyond the realm of my control don't change so I can do everything I'd like to do for the Star Ocean Universe.
That said, I have really sucked at updating and I most seriously, most humbly apologize for my long absence. So what else has gone on? Well, working, not working is one thing. Last month was NaNo and my last one. I may change my mind years down the road and participate again, but it'll be better if I avoid the competition for a few years. I have a bad habit of starting new projects and not finishing old ones. That's something that needs to change (especially if I'm ever going to complete the beast known as Destinies Intertwined by Fate). I'm currently working on finishing this last NaNo project (a story of original material that utilizes Nordic mythology), and I've watched Thor: The Dark World.
I do hope to have some Christmas/Yule/Holiday fiction for everyone up, probably the week of Christmas itself. I have some Star Ocean friends in need of some holiday cheer so they will definitely be getting some gift ficlets from me. Bummed out friends need the cheer most of all.
I have not even thought of doing anything with Ask the Star Ocean Character because of the craziness of the last month and a half. My apologies to those still waiting for Adray's section to appear and for the reboot. It really has been the furthest thing from my mind as of late.
I do hope to get back into the swing of things, in light of the job and working on the original novel. I hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful wintry season so far. Until the next time!