seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)

HEY Y'ALL! DOINK! Final Fantasy Exchange 2013 is open!

It's been a hell of a couple weeks getting everything to this point (especially because I have excellent timing - sure, ACCIDENTALLY A HOUSE right as we are frantically getting all of our cats in a row to launch, clearly I am a professional!), but here we are! And this will mark the first round in years where all three mods are able and excited to participate -- that's awesome.

I pretty much welcome everybody who can to participate -- there are some new rules we're using on a trial period this year, just FYI -- DOINK time is one of my favorite fannish times of the year and I'd love for as many people to play as possible.

If you can't do the exchange bits - schedule, demand, etc - I also beg you to consider joining our pinch hit team. I honestly don't have the language to tell you how important our pinch hitters are to us every year -- so if exchanges aren't your thing, but you want to do something, that's an awesome way to help us out.



Every year I want to talk about the exchange more than I do; I'm a mod, and that means there's a weird line between stuff that I can talk about publicly and stuff I can't. This year has been no different; it turns out no matter how much discussion and communication and work you put into a thing, no matter how much effort you spend trying to be fair and decent to everyone involved, there will be people who think you are doing it wrong: strongly, vocally, happily. There will be people who blatantly disregard the spirit of the exchange so that they can do things the way that they want to, to get what they want. There are people who aren't malicious, but just lazy; there are people who don't care as much as we might think they should.

There were many years of this exchange where the mod team worked incredibly hard to make things fair for our participants -- forgetting (or not really forgetting; deliberately overlooking, maybe; making the choice to not prioritize) that we, too, are involved in this exchange, and the policies we choose need to be fair not only to our participants, but to us as well. There were many years of 3am email chains and desperate chats; years we endangered our sleep and health and our jobs to get things going because we had failed to consider ourselves as parts of our own exchange. "Fair and decent to everyone involved" has to also include the mod team - or the exchange becomes a miserable exhausting experience, and that means we fall short of our responsibilities to the fandom for offering it in the first place. Everyone loses!

But this is our exchange: I won't say we 'own' it, because we're doing it for fandom, not for us; but finally after years and years of doing this we're managing to strike a balance between making it awesome for others and decent for us as mods. I'm very proud of us for doing so; running an exchange this expansive, this diverse, with the amount of by-hand care that we take with everything - our matching is all done by hand with the help of some spreadsheet wizardry; all our assignments and communications and comment replies are done by us - is a lot of work, and I'm so very proud (and, selfishly, relieved) that we've come to a point where we can balance our own strengths and schedules and limitations with the way the exchange runs. Because every year when we gave it our all, there were still people who weren't happy -- this way we can make just as many people happy (if not happier!) and still save a little for ourselves.

This long rambling note isn't to call out any participants, though, or to complain about everyone. My point here is really to just re-announce, pretty blatantly, how much I absolutely adore my co-mods [personal profile] renay and [personal profile] justira and how much I love running DOINK!. It's hard as hell to get this started every year - I am not sure I could name two other friends with whom I would have as absolutely opposite of schedule/availability as I do with them *g* - but I am really glad we're all still working together and I'm excited as fireworks for this year. ♥

Anyway. Go play!

seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)
I think I've been too scatterbrained to mention this lately, but I am getting really excited, so I want to make this announcement:

This Friday I'm flying out to spend the weekend with [personal profile] justira, [personal profile] renay, and [personal profile] owlmoose.

Ira I know quite well; Nay and KJ I have never actually met in person, and I'm not even sure I have words to describe how excited I am. Nay has been my (creepy/creeper -- I'm not sure we've ever confirmed who was creeping on whom first, back in the days of Selphie/Irvine on; I still insist it was me) friend and co-fan and co-mod for years, and we've never met in person; KJ and I have had fandom- and friend- and cute-cat-story-overlap for a long time and kind of just rolled into a really neat friendship that way, and actually almost met up once already (sad truth: I was vomiting).

They are some of my favorite online people, some of the most interesting and awesome people I've met online, and I am beyond thrilled to be finally meeting up all together.

So if this corner of the internet implodes on itself on Friday, you'll know what happened. I definitely don't have words. I really just want to pour !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ASL;DK;LASDK;LASKD;LASKDSA and italics all over this entry.


Jun. 1st, 2012 10:03 pm
seventhe: (FFEX: In the shadows)

right now I'm just reading / looking through and basking in another wonderful year of fabulous, amazing, awesome content. I don't have the brains to do anything more than leave Kudos right now, because I'm coming right off the back of the least relaxing vacation of all time (not *bad*, just not relaxing), I've gotten 10 hours of sleep total in the last two nights, and I'm slowly but surely working through a 12-pack of beer in a Houston hotel room for recovery -- so if you get a Kudos from me, it's not an insult and I'll be back to comment as soon as I can string words into a sentence.

<3 <3 <3
seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)


edit: If you can't come play, please at least take a second and give us a shout-out -- with [community profile] ff_press still down, the only way we have to advertise is word-of-mouth (or journal, in this case). There's easy code - with ~banners!~ in so many colors! - you can just copy-paste here. Even if you can't participate, helping to spread the word over the next week or so would be awesome.
seventhe: (Fandom: Hell Bus)
So I haven't really been crossposting my work from the DOINK Chocobo Races -- I guess I should probably be posting it all over at [ profile] brokenprism also, since I have been using that for years and like having a double archive in case something dies (since both LJ and AO3 are -- it's hard to imagine them not being there, but they've both had their issues in recent years, sadly; I'm not saying it's LIKELY but I'm mostly like OHGOD MY WORDS). But as I am lazy, today is not that day. Instead, here, have some links to fic I've written in the last couple months.

White (2395 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy IV
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rydia, Asura (Final Fantasy IV)

Rydia always thought she'd learn White Magic like her mother.

More meta from me - WHO IS SURPRISED - about Rydia's magic, and Asura. Will I ever get over my girlcrush on Asura? I AM NOT SURE.

Comfortable (922 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy V
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bartz Klauser/Faris Scherwiz
Characters: Faris Scherwiz, Bartz Klauser

Faris has never been comfortable wearing the White Mage crystal. The White Mages do something about it.

I really would like to spend some more time on this idea and fully explore transgender!Faris; MAYBE WITH INCEST? I mean what. I didn't write that. Anyway, this is like the doodle that inspires a fuller work. I think it would be really interesting to go deeper.

Fades to Red (5119 words) by faviconseventhe
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Celes Chere/Kefka Palazzo
Characters: Celes Chere, Kefka Palazzo

Kefka asks Celes to help him with his research. He's only trying to help Terra, you know.

Warning: This is pretty legit noncon. It only qualifies as dubcon if you accept very dubious consent while under mind control. Just so you know, go in prepared, etc. Meant to be dark and creepy but of course I GOT META ALL OVER MY PORN so now I want to be like HEY EVERYBODY READ THIS except that definitely don't if consent is a must for you. It's cool, this is me taking the Fandom Hell Bus to the Shame Train. I'M NOT SORRY. I LIKE MAGIC!KINK OKAY.

So there you go - happy fun fic time. Chocobo Races have been fun -- we've gotten a lot more work than previous years and the Friending Meme has been a blast, for me anyway XD

This is mostly to remind you guys that sometimes I write things that are okay, so that when I start posting terrible Gundam Wing SHAME PORN this weekend no one mass defriends me.
seventhe: (Laguna: I lost my moomba)
image of a cactuar and a tonberry from Final Fantasy with the word Versus in bold between them

The October Prompt-a-Thon is underway for Chocobo Racing at [community profile] ff_exchange / [ profile] ff_exchange! The mighty TEAM CACTUAR is ahead for September, so let's not let evil Team Tonberry catch up ...!

2. I'm going to another career fair tomorrow. Whee...? Although this time I actually get to recruit a co-op, fuck yeah! Downside: Dealing with Mr Douchebag. Upside: free lunch.

3. I officially got a FLU SHOT yesterday. This is my first flu shot, so, here's hoping it works. I realize it won't ward off my usual strep throat and chronic bronchitis (yearly visitors, yay?) but maybe it can keep away some of the other shit flu weeks I deal with every stupid winter. All fingers crossed.

4. And because I really did need another medical ailment like I need a hole in my face, I have TMJ problems. Temporomandibular joint disorder, to be exact, is inflammation of the guy that connects your jaw to your facebone. My mother has suffered from TMJD before, and I've had it once in the past, so I was pretty sure that was what was going on, although it took me a while to put the clues together.

My symptoms were jaw pain and snapping; sharp/severe occasionally when chewing; jaw sensitivity; weird noises in my ear; the feeling of water being stuck in my ear when there ain't; tinnitis; and loss of hearing.

Went to the doctor yesterday, got the TMJ-D diagnosis confirmed, and now I'm on a steroid nasal spray (to tamp down inflammation from the inside) and a handful of other over-the-counter stuff (to attack it elsewhere).

TMJ problems are often brought on by stress. A few weeks ago I was eating nachos with Becky when my jaw did the initial (severely painful) pop-snap. A few weeks ago I was under a ton of stress: shit at work, my move, Becky's move, Ira's everything, Dad's job, Gramma's surgery, ~relationship~ stuff, the marathon, PLUS two handfuls of "lesser" things eating at me. No fucking wonder. Jaw grinding and tension in the neck. I know I need anxiety pills.

Although this from Wikipedia made me froth in rage:
Regular exercise such as running for 20 minutes 3 times a week, is extremely efficient in alleviating TMD brought about through stress-induced bruxism. Exercise essentially burns away the chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine that cause stress so the unconscious mind no longer feels the need to relieve its stress through jaw-clenching.

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY FOR EVERY PERSON. When this happened I was running 4x/week, a total of like probably 5 HOURS OF RUNNING/week, and I was STILL so stressed out I popped a ligament IN MY FUCKING MOUTH. God in heaven, nothing can set me off quite like preachy people who think "exercise cures all! Fix your anxiety easily! What are you waiting for?" NOPE. SORRY. I THINK I KNOW MY BODY BETTER THAN YOU DO, AND IT DOES FUCKNUTS NOTHING. Running has never done a single fucking thing for my stress levels or my anxiety attacks. I should know; I've tried to give it every last chance I possibly could hoping that it would do so. Extremely efficient my gigantic ugly ass.


5. I am up for a new phone and am really pretty severely ogling the new Blackberry - it's a combo touch-screen and keyboard model, it ran really sleek in the store, and it is getting fabulous reviews. However, I can't help but feel like Blackberry as a whole is on its way out, and I can't pull the trigger on a new phone for 2 years just yet when I feel like the company isn't going anywhere. The thing is, I... I don't really want an Android or an iPhone. They both just feel way too freaking zazzy and fancy and flashy and complicated to me. What I like about my Blackberry is its business-like simplicity (I am a boring person okay). I went through the Verizon store and played with all the phones and they just didn't feel like what I wanted.

6. I require more coffee.
seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)

That's right. It's time!

Please make sure you check out this guy ([ profile] ff_exchange) or this guy ([community profile] ff_exchange) before signing up - there's all your schedule information, links to the rules, signup directions, and whatnot.

I'd like to send a very grand thank-you (and a non-creepershark hug, if you're up for it) to everybody who helped us get this year's round off - whether you're helping, supporting, listening to us vent, challenging us to be better, sending kitten photos, or just letting us know that you're excited about the round - and especially to my wonderful co-mods [personal profile] renay and [personal profile] justira. I'm already excited about this round! Spread the word: DOINK! 2011 is open and coming for you.
seventhe: Rydia (Rydia)
- The FFDQ on [ profile] capslock_ff is up and running again. Be sure to take a look. :D

- DOINK! Coming soon to a community near you! Who's excited?

- Ohayocon: this weekend! :D

- The person interested in Goldbug fell through. Does anyone want to buy a 2000 Honda Civic? He's real friendly.

- Ran intervals last night. It's interesting to me how different the treadmill speeds are. This one was slower.

- I'm exhausted.
seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)
Just in case you haven't seen yet: It's Moogle Fluff time at FFEX! This is a great time for the exchange, when we drop all of the pressure and word-count and everything and let people just let loose at prompts: fic, art, drabbles, doodles, anything you'd like. If you have some time this weekend and want to let loose and rack up some words, please do! If you want to win extra brownie points with Sev, pay special attention to the Beta Summons (they're marked), because our beta team this year was awesome. But honestly, Fluff any prompt that tickles you!

Moogle Fluff prompts are here! Directions to post are here. If you want to Fluff but don't have/want an AO3 account, email me your work [seventhe(dot)net(at)gmail(dot)com] and I'll post it, credited to you. (If you do want an AO3 account, let me know ASAP.)

Fluff closes on Sunday, just FYI: this is a free-for-all, fun-filled time, so have at it! Fluff some freaking Moogles already! ♥
seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)
Pinch hits for DOINK! Final Fantasy Exchange 2010 are going to be going out, this afternoon/evening. If you're interested in possibly eyeing our pinch hit prompts, and you've got time before next Sunday to make a gift, you can sign up here -- signing up doesn't commit you to anything but the email list; you'll have to reply to claim a pinch hit yourself, so you can pick and choose.

Keep in mind that while I'm a mod I'm not posting this as a mod; I'm posting as somebody who knows a bunch of fun fandom people on her F-List that might be down with spending some intense quality time whipping up a seriously awesome gift in under a week.

le sigh )
seventhe: (Default)
Look, guys, this week has already been a veritable shitbasket of awful presents from Mother Life, but there's one thing I am totes looking forward to more than sleep, yes that is a true statement (as this thing will stand in the way of my sleep for like a month or two) and that thing is:

DOINK 2010: a brand-new round of Final Fantasy Exchange ♥ ♥

Seriously! I am watching these prompts roll in and plotting as to which diabolical pairing I'm going to adopt as my own and write 20,000 words for this time. This year: there are really good prompts, guys! I DO NOT LIE.

Also: SWEET NEW FORM. I do not think I could praise this form more if it were giving me a neck massage at this very moment. This form is as sexy as Shemar Moore. This form is as awesome as espresso. You know you want to sign up just for the form.

We have [ profile] ff_exchange and [community profile] ff_exchange for your pleasure this year; introductory post for signups is here.

If you want to help/participate but don't want to play, there are two really awesome ways you can sign up to be part of these shenanigans! The first is to sign up to be one of our non-participant pinch hitters - there's no commitment; you're just adding your name to an email list of people we will appeal to in cases of emergency: you decide what you do/don't do. The second is to sign up to be an on-call beta volunteer; there will be more about that coming soon, but let me know if you're interested so I can specifically point you that way. :)

GUYS. When we decided to do a 2010 round I was like "ohgod" and "what the shit were we thinking" but now that is it here I am bouncing around like the world's most hyperactive kitten. This only proves that I am not all there in the head (I IMMEDIATELY REGRET THIS DECISION) but I kind of don't care because yay! FFEX!

In celebration, I'm going to go back to last round and read a bunch of things I didn't get to read (seriously: I don't think I read anything except my own gift; sorry to everyone I love who wanted comments, lol) and post some recs to show just how awesome we are. YOU are; it's fandom that makes this thing so fantastic *single emo tear* I AM A GIGANTIC LOSER, AND DON'T CARE.

More on Awesome Weekend of WineCon and recs tomorrow, but I wanted to get this out tonight.


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