brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
So basically all the health stuff has continued, with a big dose of other things (including depression, hooray! I totally needed that on top of the fatigue!) With the new year I'm determined to get back onto updating Celestial Chronicle regularly. I'm also planning to try and use this journal more, to talk about writing and to connect with other people.

On that note, for the time being I've gone through my access list and taken everyone off it, because at the moment my plan for how I will use this journal does not involve friends-locking any posts. If that changes I'll want to set up the access rules from scratch again anyway. I'm not sure if people get notified when I remove access, but if so, it's not because I don't want you to see things - it's because there won't be anything to see, at least for now. :)

Also, here is an illustration I did for Celestial Chronicle, and then totally failed to really do anything with except stick it on an obscure corner of the website. You get a cookie if you recognise the blatant copying homage. :)

Sol, Luna and Kestrel on the shore of the sea under a full moon

Ep 14 delay

Sep. 6th, 2016 09:33 am
brightwanderer: "In a different world we might be lovers." (Alterniverse)
Just a quick note to explain what's going on: for the last year I've been trying to continue working at my job despite chronic fatigue. However, even with reduced hours and a generous schedule, it's too much, and I've come to the difficult decision to quit. The temporary bad news is that the process of handing in my notice etc is taking all my energy and attention for September, so I'm going to skip updating this month. The good news, hopefully, is that I may be able to go back to updating CC every two weeks instead of monthly once I'm not working. And might be slightly more of a human being, which would be nice...
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
Okay! So! You know that thing where you know you ought to tell people why you've suddenly dropped off the face of the earth, but you keep thinking "oh but I'm going to get back on track any day now so it would be silly to say anything"?

Yeah, that's how six months go past without an update to your story. Sorry!

Some context (not too personal or detailed but I guess minor content warning for discussion of chronic illness - nothing terminal!). )

I'm changing my update schedule to monthly for now, with the hope that as things continue to improve (or, like, I win the lottery and can devote all my time to writing) I will be able to get more frequent again.

I'm also going to be more upfront about any delays with posting/health issues, here and on Twitter, so keep an eye on this space.
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
... is up. I have a lot of feels about this chapter! Mostly about how I want to rush off and write an AU where the adorable-schoolboy-romance-that-never-was actually worked out, and another one where Akemi never had to feel sad about anything, ever.

Read it on the Website or AO3.
brightwanderer: Guardian Luna from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Luna)
Me: I think this next chapter should be a bit of a breather. Let's catch up with normal life for these kids and deal with the Revelations of the previous chapter in a sensible...
Me: Er...
Me: ... well, I mean, okay, a bit, yes, but...
Akemi: Hey, I found this ball labelled "angst" in my bag, any idea what that's about? Do you think Shoichi dropped it? Also have you seen Hana lately?
Me: ... I guess this is what we're doing, then.

EDITED TO ADD: Website for the series is now mostly operational, with character illustrations! We're up to Ep6 at this point.
brightwanderer: Guardian Luna from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Luna)
Gah. I am doing a character portrait for Satoru. It is making me slightly weepy. SATORU HONEY, EAT SOMETHING. GET SOME SLEEP. GET A HAIRCUT. HUGS.

On writing

Sep. 7th, 2015 05:43 pm
brightwanderer: "In a different world we might be lovers." (Alterniverse)
Sometimes I hunt stories down, and sometimes I gradually piece them together. Sometimes I dream them and fill in the gaps with waking logic. Sometimes I find one somewhere else but I wish it was a different colour, so I repaint it. Sometimes I spend a long time building an elaborate series of ramps, strapping wheels to the story, and then pushing it off the top to see what happens.

And sometimes the story rushes out of the darkness and seizes me by the throat and shakes me until I get every last word down. (And then I'm like, where did Monday go?)

All of which is to say: Episode 5 of Celestial Chronicle went up on Saturday. It was a week late, because I was on my honeymoon (I felt this was an acceptable excuse). I am hoping to get Episode 6 up this weekend to return to schedule, but I just lost my Monday to 5,000 words of angsty fanfic so I can make no promises.
brightwanderer: Guardian Luna from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Luna)
Episode 4 is now up! Shoichi finally joins us. He's not sure how he feels about it.
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
Okay! Here we go again. I am pretty happy with the rough outline and detailed backstory I have now, so there should be no further rewrites.

Rather than posting chapters here, I'm going to put them on Archive of Our Own, as I've checked with the mods that it's okay to do that with original fiction as long as I'm not making money off it (and it's "fanfic style", which... very yes). It makes it a bit more visible for people to stumble upon (hopefully). I've also got a website in construction but it's not quite finished yet, I'll link it when it's done.

Episodes One and Two have been somewhat rewritten to accommodate changes I've made to the backstory.

Episode Three has been completely reworked (no Shoichi yet, I'm afraid) as I felt I was rushing too fast to get through the setup. Also because I <3 Akemi.

At the moment I'm planning to update every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Episode 4 is nearly done already, so that's encouraging.
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
There will be more CC shortly. I unfortunately had some health problems over the winter which have had various knock-on effects, plus I realised I needed to rework the story a little before proceeding (and then that took ages thanks to being unwell).
brightwanderer: Guardian Luna from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Luna)
So this is what I meant by cheating my way to illustrating things:

Celestial Chronicle (series cover) by Atalan on deviantART

I created models in Daz3D, posed them with expressions etc, and then rendered it and pulled the bitmap over into Inkscape. From there I could part-trace, part-draw in anime style. (New icons are from another picture of all five guardians that I'm not quite ready to put up yet.) I really like how it's come out, though I'm going to have to stop always making Luna look bemused...
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Sol)
Second part. Very different. Slowed things down a lot, and then in some ways, sped them right up.

Celestial Chronicle - E02: The Flame )

Also, I made a cover. I may post that too.
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Guardian Sol)
Okay, let's try this again! I took down the previous version of the first chapter of this story. Then I renamed the story. Then I chopped the end off the previous version and wrote a second chapter instead. And now I am posting those two chapters. This first one is much the same as the original draft, it just stops a few lines before the end of one scene. The second one is totally different. Now with bonus Luna cameo!

Celestial Chronicle - E01: The Spark )

Old draft

Sep. 20th, 2014 02:00 pm
brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
Semi-final draft of episode 1 of what I think is now titled "The Maze and the Mirror" (possibly with a subtitle like 'tales of the celestial guardians') Celestial Chronicle. I'm 99% sure it's done except there is a tiny part of me that wonders if it needs one more scene on the end or something.

[NOTE 21/11/14 - I've taken this down because I decided to rewrite the second half and split it into two. New version will be up shortly. :)]

Now I need to figure out where to put it so that people will actually find it...


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