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Minitokyo

It is so ridiculous how little time I’ve spent updating this blog.  I mean, first, it started with my inability to connect to the Internet.  Then, I had this ridiculous notion that I, the über paranoid and slightly obsessive computer nerd, needed to do a massive backup and cleanup of my three very powerful and very large computers.  And finally, I went on vacation–to New York!

In the long run, I don’t regret spending so little time on the Internet.  I’ve been busy.  But I do feel kind of bad for you guys who’ve been actively pinging this blog in hopes of updates.  I mean, I love you guys and your obsessive tendencies, and I’m really sorry.  I just don’t know why I don’t write more interesting stuff.

Good news: I’ve been writing more than ever, with more confidence than ever!  I just had to get over that whole obsessive compulsive-like perfectionist tendencies of mine and voila! We have writing!

Bad news: I haven’t really been writing Skip Beat!  Insert nervous smile, sweat drop combo, here. I really just want to finish Second Chance, except that’ll take, like, I don’t know, three more chapters to get to the end–and hell. Shoot!  Who knows who’ll still be interested in it by the time it’s finished?!  Will I?! Heck, I’m starting to lose hope!  But, but, there are so many good fluffy scenes that I want to write… How can I not finish it?

Oh, I finally got the latest volume, Skip Beat! 14 and surprisingly, I wasn’t really all that excited about it.  What I was really excited about is almost completely unrelated to Skip Beat! itself.  LOL I forgot to pre-order my copy on Amazon, so the only reason why I knew it was out was because there were new reviews on Second Chance (>.>;) But I was in New York at the time, so it was a good thing that I didn’t pre-order it!  My friend ended up taking pity on my pathetic face, and took me to the (three-story) Kinokuniya in New York, right on the edge of Bryant Park!  Project Runway fans, rejoice!  Anyway, that was an exciting excuse to visit Kino’s, even though I have one, twenty minutes from my house, back in California.  I’m spoiled, I know.

Anyway, Volume 14 is the one where Ren’s possesive side rears its ugly head, internally.  Sho’s fame and popularity is actually being threatened by a new and upcoming rock band named Vie Ghoul, and Kyoko’s furious that, not only are they deliberately copying Sho’s style, Sho’s isn’t going to do a thing about it!  It’s a new arc that pleasantly reveals Ren’s conflicting emotions over protecting Kyoko from her past and suppressing his ever growing desire to possess her.

This volume used to give me lots of warm fuzzies, but there was something “off” about this translation.  Did anyone else feel that way?  Heh, other than the official book summary on the back, of course (tip of the hat to Golden Meliades).  Maybe this just wasn’t one of my favorite volumes?  But that can’t be it.  That’s absurd, right?  I love Skip Beat!  Every moment of it!  I swear!  … Right.  But, it does make me wonder.  *Bursts out singing Maroon 5*

Moving on.

I miss being a power blogger.  This blog was originally created just for Skip Beat! and Second Chance updates, but if I keep it like that, I’m going to lose interested in the blog and the FanFiction entirely.  I’ve decided that I’m going to shut down some of my extra blogs and change the focus of this blog to both writing and personal interests.  It’s going to be more personal than ever!  If you’re here just for the Second Chance updates, make sure to visit the static pages, particularly, “About Second Chance.”

This week, I’m going to highlight and review some of my favorite Skip Beat! FanFics.  I’ve pretty much scoured the Skip Beat! FanFics on FanFiction.net and the Skip Beat! LJ Community, so if know of any others and you have any recommendations, send them my way!

Now Playing (Media Fire Link): Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5


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Chapter 2 Writing Updates. Almost There.

Some good news and some bad news.  I finished more sections than I thought I would LOL So that’s good.  Bad news: I added one section to write, because that would finish the chapter off better than the scene with Kyoko and Seiji; and I started rewriting portions and notes of the “fight” from Chapter 1.  The more I worked on the Kyoko and Ren scenes for Chapter 2, the more discrepancies I found… and it was just royally screwing up with my mind.  So I eventually ended up just working on the sections without Ren and Kyoko >.> I’m a cheater, I know.  But at least the new “fight” notes really helped me figure things out for myself, and I finished one Ren & Kyoko scene!

Agh, and I cannot tell you why or how, for the life of me, the Lory and Yokiko section took so long to write.  It is unbelievably short compared to other sections, but it was just so d*mned hard to write!  I like what I’ve started to write as a rewrite for chapter one.  I don’t know if I’ll update the chapter to include it, since the writing style is completely different and it might through some people off.  I might just post it here on the Blog, so whoever wants to read what’s going on through my mind can read it as a one shot, or something.  But I’ll ask my wonderful editor first what she thinks, because I’ve given her final say over all of my stuff LOL

On a super sad note, she was working on sections 5-10 last week and she just lost all of her notes to a stupid computer virus =( I’m like, literally mourning for her.  She does a great job editing my stuff, and she’s so detailed and dedicated–OH, IT’S TOO SAD.  But, she’s still working on it!  I must buy her cookies ^-^

1 Seiji & Lory: Final Call (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
2 Kanae & Kyoko: Disappointment (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
3 Yashiro: Decisions, Decisions (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
4 Seiji & Sho: The Contract (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
5 Seiji & Kanae: That’s What She Said (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
6 Seiji & Kyoko: Writing Angst (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
7 Kyoko: Lingering Moment (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
8 Kyoko & Maria: Just Today (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
9 Ren & Yuji: Real Men (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
10 Ren & Kyoko: Flight or Fight (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
11 Kyoko & Ren: One to Ten (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
12 Yokiko & Lory: Overcoming (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
13 Kyoko & Ren: In Revenge (Status: Unwritten/Incomplete)
14 Kyoko & Seiji: This is Goodbye (Status: First Draft/Complete)
14 Ren & Yukihito: Tomorrow (Status: First Draft/Complete)

Extra Chapter 1 Fight
10 Kyoko & Ren: For You (Status: Fourth Draft/Incomplete)

Mm, so in doing my “research,” I ended up reading Skip Beat! Volume 15 and 16 and 17 >.> Again.  They’re some of my favorite volumes!  I really can’t wait for them to be released so I can read the official translations.  These volumes have some LQ scanslations (BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THEM, I SWEAR I’M NOT BEING UNGRATEFUL) but I love Nakamura’s twisted mind.  It’s so deliciously indulgent!  Ugh, I can’t wait.

Dear Shojo Beat: Just skip 14.  Go straight to 15.  That would be so nice.  (Just kidding.  Volume 14’s great too.)

Yes! I am on a roll!

Man, I’ve been so good at being productive lately!  I can’t wait to finish this chapter… and get on with my life LOL I’m actually really looking forward to writing the next chapter–most of the scenes that made me want to write Skip Beat! FanFiction is in the next chapter!  Oooh, it’s so close, I can almost smell it =P

1 Seiji & Lory: Final Call (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
2 Kanae & Kyoko: Disappointment (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
3 Yashiro: Decisions, Decisions (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
4 Seiji & Sho: The Contract (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
5 Seiji & Kanae: That’s What She Said (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
6 Seiji & Kyoko: Writing Angst (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
7 Kyoko: Lingering Moment (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
8 Kyoko & Maria: Just Today (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
9 Ren & Yuji: Real Men (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
10 Ren & Kyoko: Flight or Fight (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
11 Kyoko & Ren: One to Ten (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
12 Yokiko & Lory: Overcoming (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
13 Kyoko & Ren: In Revenge (Status: Unwritten/Incomplete)
14 Kyoko & Seiji: This is Goodbye (Status: Unwritten/Incomplete)

So much for updating before my anniversary date… Really.  Maybe I’m just a hopeless case.  At least, having pseudo deadline actually does help me.  Not that I actually met it >.> but at least it helped. That must count for something… I guess.

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note: does anyone else ever notice these ridiculous proportions?  Or the viewing angles that Nakamura-sensei likes to use?  Sure, it’s all very dramatic and all, but man, it’s so out of whack!  Maybe she just got lazy LOL I mean, I know she said she was having a difficult time drawing this arc… but LOL… really…

My personal favorites are in volume 12: Ren’s Bed and Ren’s refridgerator.  First of all, Ren’s bed is HUGE.  Actually, If you look at the bed to Kyoko to Ren ratio, ‘huge’ doesn’t quite seem to cover it.  And in the picture below, “HELLO FRIDGE.  YOU ARE MIGHTY BIG!”  Especially for someone like Ren, who doesn’t quite seem to ever eat!  Ever!

Anyway, I was very highly amused =)

And now, back to the writing.

Critical Update, June 11, 2008

Dear Readers,

The sudden onslaught of FanFiction comments have inspired me to write this general update to answer the questions: “Where the hell have you been?” and “What the **** happened to updating soon?” Personally, I wish I could say something super interesting like, “I’m moving to Australia!” but unfortunately, that is not the case. Although–Hello!–How cool would that be?!

The sad truth is: I have been working on “Second Chance”–a lot. That is, a lot more than I should be working on it. I really need to just churn out the remaining sections of this chapter, and then the rest of the story (five chapters total!) and move on with my creative writing. For your benefit, the following is the updated section list of Chapter Two.

1 Seiji & Lory: Final Call (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
2 Kanae & Kyoko: Disappointment (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
3 Yashiro: Decisions, Decisions (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
4 Seiji & Sho: The Contract (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
5 Seiji & Kanae: That’s What She Said (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
6 Seiji & Kyoko: Writing Angst (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
7 Kyoko: Lingering Moment (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
8 Kyoko & Maria: Just Today (Status: Third Draft/Complete)
9 Ren & Yuji: Real Men (Status: Second Draft/Complete)
10 Ren & Kyoko: Flight or Fight (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
11 Kyoko & Ren: One to Ten (Status: Second Draft/Incomplete)
11 Yokiko & Lory: Overcoming (Status: First Draft/Incomplete)
12 Kyoko & Ren: In Revenge (Status: Unwritten/Incomplete)
13 Kyoko & Seiji: This is Goodbye (Status: Unwritten/Incomplete)

As you can see, I’ve re-written some sections up to three times (Sad!) and there’s really only two sections left unwritten. The re-write for all of Ren and Kyoko’s sections are driving me mad!

That’s all for updates.

Beta Readers Unite!

To be honest, I don’t use a lot of the features on FanFiction.net, but I have to admit, some of them are pretty nifty. They created a section for “Beta Readers,” where writers can sign up to be Betas (editors, really) if they meet the minimum requirement of 5 published stories, and you can pick a Beta based on the section that they registered for. It’s genius! I mean, there’s a definite charm in being able to “scope out” your potential beta, see what they like, what they’ve written, and then ask them to be a Beta-reader based on your preferences with relatively little fear of rejection–I mean, they’re volunteering, for pete’s sake!

(I have to admit, though, I am a little skeptical about those writers who’ve written over 50 stories >.> How much time and care did you really put into writing if you can churn out so many? On the flip side, if you can do that and produce some really great stories, then: Wow. I’m jealous. I’m having hard enough of a time finishing one story, much less able to hammer out three other ones. No, I’m not bitter. Much.)

Well, the point of this post is that I’ve been very productive lately. I’ve been happier with my writing style than I have been in months, and there’s just a handful of sections that I need to revise/write before I can publish.* While I’m working on that, I’d like to have two betas (or up to five, if people are willing) to catch any mistakes in canon, spelling, grammar, translation, and general style of writing.

If you have any experience in being a Beta reader and you wouldn’t mind giving me a healthy chunk of your time, I’d be grateful for your editing prowess. Mind you, I’m not trying to be picky, but I’m not looking for people who are going nuts over my half-year-plus hiatus, looking to read whatever they can. I’m looking for genuine help, advice, and a pair of critical eyes. It would also help a lot of you know how to use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.

I don’t know how many people take FanFiction as seriously as I’ve been taking it, but I genuinely do believe that writing “Second Chance” has really given me an opportunity to become a better writer. Hopefully, it shows in chapter two! Let me know if you’re interested, via email or comment. You can also find me on the LJ Skip Beat! Community.

* I’m determined to publish soon. I refuse to be the FanFiction writer that takes over a year to update, and I refuse to drop this story. I’m going to finish this one, dangit!