Okay, so to start, I'm reposting the birthdays and holidays list as well as the reminders for Ask the Star Ocean Character - Adray Lasbard
and the rules governing cosplay, fan art, and fanfiction.Birthday and Holiday Reminders/Submission Rules for Cosplay, Fan Art, Fan Fiction, and General Star Ocean Photography
Birthday List - covering January to June
January 1 (Late; assigned by me) - Crowe F. Almedio January 23 (official) - Claude C. Kenny January 25 (assigned by me) - Ilia Silvestri January 31 (assigned by me) - Ryoko Leingod
February 3 (official) - Faize Sheifa Beleth
February 15 (assigned by me) - Peppita Rosetti
February 16 (official) - Noel Chandler
February 29 (official - can swing to either February 28 or March 1) - Precis F. Neumann
March 2 (assigned by me) - Roger S. Huxley
March 16 (official) - Meracle Chamlotte
March 28 (official) - Reimi Saionji
April 10 (assigned by me) - Adray Lasbard
April 24 (official) - Arumat P. Thanatos
May 5 (official) - Bacchus D-79
May 7 (assigned by me) - Blair Lansfeld
May 13 (official) - Rena Lanford
June 1 (assigned by me) - Cliff Fittir
June 29 (assigned by me) - Maria Traydor
June 30 (official) - Lymle Lemuri Phi
New Year's Day - January 1
Valentine's Day - February 14
St. Patrick's Day - March 17
Easter - March 31
Earth Day - April 22
Mother's Day - May 12
Father's Day - June 16
As of right now, I will
be hosting a make-up day for birthdays and holidays. You can submit the birthday and holiday themed stories for the listed holidays.
Regarding: Fanfiction, Fan Art, Fan Poetry, Cosplay, Fan projects
I really don't have very many rules regarding what I'll accept for fan-related material. It does
have to be well-written. I won't just post whatever happens to come my way for any of this. This is an open journal. You do not
need to be a follower in order to read or comment on what I'm writing. I would very much like to keep it this way because one never knows when a fourteen-year-old might become smitten with Star Ocean.
So here are the rules for submitting fan-related material like fiction, art work, cosplay, and other projects.
1 - No smut. Period.
When it comes to art and photography, no nudity. There are sites out there already dedicated for such themes.
2 - All pairings are accepted.
I don't care if it's a pairing I don't like or that I can't see for whatever reason is in my head. If you've taken the time to write it or draw it, I will post it. That means I will
accept heterosexual pairings (Edge x Reimi), xeno pairings (i.e., Edge x Myuria), yaoi pairings (Luther x Fayt), and yuri pairings (Maria x Sophia).
3 - No character-bashing.
This is a little . . . sticky. Yes, you can portray Fayt or Edge or whoever as an S.O.B. - providing there's a reason for the behavior. If you're just doing it because you don't like the character, well, take it to a different site. I have goals in mind for this journal. I'm not about to risk those goals for someone who just wants to be a jerk about a character s/he doesn't like. Remember that people do have their likes and dislikes.
4 - As was mentioned above, all stories must
By that, I mean you've taken the time to craft your story. There are no errors in spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure. I don't care if it's just fanfiction.
because it's fanfiction does not
change the reasons for why people read. Just because it's free for everyone to read (meaning you're not charging them to read it and thus you're not being paid to write it) doesn't mean you should skimp out on the technical parts of writing. Write like you care, or I will throw my pocket grammar guide at you.
5 - Themes/Genres and Crossovers
I will, for the most part, accept nearly every single theme that there is. If it's an alternate universe story, I'll accept it. If it crosses with another fandom, I'll accept it. If you're crossing Till the End of Time
with First Departure
somehow, I'll accept it.
Now, there are some themes out there that do venture into the adult/mature audience category that I will accept as well. Anything with graphic sex just isn't in that area. Tackling current social themes (bullying, body image issues, etc . . .) are definitely accepted.
6 - Cosplay
I definitely would love, love, LOVE
it if people submitted their cosplay pictures to me. They can be from conventions or personal photo shoots. It's all cool. If anyone does the how-to as the cosplay is created, definitely would love to share those, too.
Adding In: As I'm still very much in the dark for First Departure
, Second Story/Second Evolution
, and Blue Sphere
in terms of game play, when you submit a photo, please let me know who the character is and what game the character is from as well as where you took the photo (i.e., backyard, lake, convention, etc . . . I don't need to know your personal address) . . . I know only a few characters from each, like Claude, Rena, Ashton, Roddick, Dorne, Ilia, and Ronyx. Having the names to go with the characters portrayed will be very, very helpful. Thanks!
Most importantly, to me, is that people are having fun and sharing the love for Star Ocean. That's what this is about - bringing fellow Star Ocean fans together. I will definitely let everyone know when I'm posting their works.
One more thing - no personal attacks, no being mean to the author/artist/cosplayer for any submissions. Be respectful of each other at all times. As of this moment in time, we are not
a very large fandom when compared to the likes of Hetalia: Axis Powers or the Final Fantasy series. We don't have
to like a particular character or a particular pairing or even a particular Star Ocean game, but we must remember that there will always be someone out there who does. Disrespectful attitudes will certainly not be tolerated.
Ask the Star Ocean Character Reminder - Adray Lasbard from Till the End of Time
Roger's segment is coming! I swear that it is! If you have some questions for Roger, I'll still accept them and add them in before I post it. In the meantime, I'm accepting questions for Adray Lasbard from Till the End of Time. Is there something about him you'd like to know? Please ask! Questions can be submitted via comment, email (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org), or private message. Limit three questions per person, no profanity please.
Regarding the Make-up Day for Holidays and Birthdays, The Star Ocean Fanzine and Fan Event
As noted above and in previous entries, I do plan on hosting a make-up day for missed birthdays and holidays. In fact, I'm considering it over a course of four days, possibly a weekend, and it could very possibly consist of multiple entries. Given that I've missed these so far as well . . . I'm aiming for June. There's still plenty of time to submit birthday and holiday fan art and fanfiction for the above listed birthdays and holidays. Come July 1st, the list will change. Fan art and fanfiction not relating to birthdays and holidays are welcome at any time. Just please follow the rules I've listed above.
Please note: In addition to taking art, cosplay, and fiction submissions for this journal, I'm taking them for a Star Ocean fanzine. Since I've returned to work, I know that I can get something together in the next couple of months, maybe even by the time Otakon rolls around. When it comes to submissions, please, please, please specify where you want your works to go - the journal or the fanzine. If there is no specification, I will run with the notion that it's meant for the blog, not the fanzine.
Now that I've done that, it's time for me to ask for the help of my fellow fans.
As I know from browsing sites like deviantArt and talking with some rather crafty people myself, fans can be very creative. It isn't just with things like cosplay, art, and fiction. It's the creation of plushies, and, in Charry's case, the Ducky bomb. I'd like to know what my fellow fans have created so take a picture and email it to me. I'd love to share what everyone has done with other fans.
Finally, regarding the Star Ocean Fan Event - I still want to hear from my fellow fans on this! The more input I have, the better! And it isn't just for U.S. fans. It's for all Star Ocean fans around the world. The more interest generated, the more I can plan and try to cement details like when, where, and for how long.
And that concludes it for today. Happy Tuesday, everyone!