Author has written 7 stories for Fullmetal Alchemist, and Final Fantasy VIII.
Name: Kandilokai ach Ishte (aka Ishte)
Current Goal: Chasing the Trail 14 - "Chafing Under Restraint", currently in progress. Update expected ... soon
Notes: So maybe it's time for another update here. I don't know if anyone actually reads this, but here goes anyway. As I said before, starting in mid 2007, I started having trouble meeting my writing goals, not just here, but elsewhere. In summer I was training for the MS 150 (this is a 150 mile bicycle ride for Multiple Sclerosis that takes place yearly) I participated in the ride, but found it very unrewarding once I realized how much of the money I had raised was being wasted by the organizers. My father became ill and eventually passed away February 26th of 2008. Despite that, I did manage a successful NanoWriMo again in 2008. I managed to post Chapter 12 here eventually, But Chapter 13 has sat idle for a long time. I did not participate in NanoWriMo in 2009 or 2010. I was too busy with school and work. Seriously, I'm part of movement to move NaNoWriMo to a month that is NOT right at the start of the holidays when most of us are super busy, and plant it in a month like February when it's too cold (in the northern hemi) to go out and do a lot anyway, and most people are still broke from the holidays. PRIME writing time.
2009 and 2010 has been a long dry spell for me. I have hardly written anything. Partly due to being too busy and partly due to a lack of concentration/inspiration. Not just here, but my personal original fiction has suffered too. I can't tell you the last time I even looked at Gaia's Song. That story is important to me, and I have a goal to get that out again this year and start working on it. It's a good story and it needs to be told.
Now that I'm no longer at the job I started in 2009, I've realized that much of this has to do with the shift I was working. It's hard to write when your prime writing time is after midnight and you have to go to bed at 11pm every day. That will no longer be occurring. I'm starting my own business, and with hard work things will go well and I'll work when it's best for me to work.
So now this decade of woe is over. Hopefully things will get better. Economically speaking this is the worst decade I have ever endured. Worse even then when I first moved out of my parent's house during the disastrous economy at the end of the 80's when nobody could get a job at entry level anything (and of course that's what I was back then. This last 10 years has been worse than that. I finally had to give up on ever using either of my degrees and go back to school and get another one. Seems like most of my friends are back in school now. or else just finished. The upshot is that studying should put me in more of a writing mood. I aced my English class, so obviously I CAN still write. Now I just need to DO it.
Note on Edward X Winry as canon: ≈≈note this will contain some spoilers≈≈ I am always surprised when someone claims that Edward/Winry is ~not~ canon, because to me it pretty obviously is. More in the Manga than the anime. He won't let her sully her hands with Scar's death. Why? because he loves her. Meanwhile she notices that his 'back is big' i.e. he's grown, his shoulders are broad, and she's wondering when he became a man. Riza even sees it and says it straight to his face. His reaction is priceless, but obvious. And in the anime too, his actions speak louder than words... and the way his expression softens around her... He tries to deny it for years... a little TOO vigorously to believe he doesn't have any interest. In the movie, Alphonse tried to use Winry as an argument against Edward leaving again. "What about Winry? She misses you too you know?" He hesitates... his smile is wistful... "She always did make the best," as if to try to make light of his own heartbreak. Meanwhile she is weeping because he's not going to allow her to wait any longer... he's planning to leave for ever this time, and she can't do anything about it. By the time Alphonse regains his body, he is 6 years Winry's junior... So while it wouldn't be impossible for him to hook up with her, it's unlikely that she would consider him, or for that matter would he have as much interest in her as an adult. So even if Edward had decided to stand aside for Alphonse (despite his own feelings) if he wanted to pursue Winry, he wouldn't have to do it for long before it was clear Alphonse wasn't interested. At that point I think it's obvious that the age difference would make Alphonse more interested in a girl closer to his own age. So I think once Al had his own serious girlfriend, to me it's obvious that the way is clear for Edward to speak his mind, and he would. I really have a hard time understanding how anyone could think it was NOT canon.
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