Author has written 3 stories for Final Fantasy VIII.
Words of Wisdom
"I didn't drop it, it jumped." Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos after dropping the Spanish Cup under the wheels of the tour bus.
"These hands can dismantle an AK-47 in twenty eight seconds. Imagine what they could do to you baby." Frankie Boyle doing a Lonely Hearts video in the style of Osama Bin Laden.
"Why's an igloo always white? Eskimos racist!" Doc Brown
"That'll put a damper on the comeback tour." Ally Todd (yes me) on the death of Michael Jackson.
"I hate all these mixers, like Blue WKD and Smirnoff Ice. I make a point of never drinking something that looks like bubble bath." John Bishop.
"I can talk you through it. The wheel blew out, I swore and then it was two weeks later and I was in Leeds." Richard Hammond describing his Vampire Dragster crash at 288 mph.
"Got to move lamb. I think it's fair to say schools out for bloody summer." James Marsters as Spike in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
"I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away." Nicholas Brendan as Xander Harris in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
"Comrade Stalin's foreign policy is based on peace. A piece of Poland, a piece of Hungary and a piece of Romania." British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin.
Update on Doomsday, 18th of December 2013
I would like to apologise profusely for the delay on chapter twenty two of Doomsday. You see, it was a monster that did not want to be written and yesterday when I decided to upload it I discovered it had disappeared into thin air. As you can imagine that didn't go down particularly well and I threw a tantrum. Now I have vented I am going to have to tell you I'll have to rewrite it. Bad times. That said, I intend to commit myself wholeheartedly to finishing it before Christmas. I must thank all my readers, reviewers and followers for their never ending support. In case things go wrong again I'd like to wish each and everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy your holidays.
Update on Doomsday, 22nd of January 2013
Don't panic it's not bad news. The main storyline of Doomsday is over and the main antagonist is so beyond dead it's not even funny. Of course the whole revenge storyline centred on the Obsidian Family needs to be resolved and that's still to come. This part of Doomsday is looking to be pretty damn long, maybe 40 chapters so I've had to scrap a storyline involving the return of a certain Mika Skyle. I'm letting him live his normal life. We may see his return in another project I have in mind but it's a way off, if it ever happens at all. As you'll no doubt be delighted to know, Squall and Rinoa's wedding is coming up. If you have any ideas for their first dance let me know. I am NOT going for "Eyes On Me" for two reasons.
1) The song has little to no bearing on Squall and Rinoa. It's all about Laguna and Julia's romance which never even got off the ground.
2) It's sappy, not very well translated and it makes me want to blow my head off. It is, in a word, garbage. Oh and I'm not talking about the very excellent rock band that gave us the talents of Shirley Manson and Butch Vig.
Now that the sacrilege is over I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continual support and reviews without which this fic would not exist. I've had some ideas in my head for close on ten years and I cannot tell you how satisfying it is to get them down. I never thought I'd write about Squall and Rinoa's wedding because as some of you know I used to LOATH both of them. This should be an interesting exercise. If I can write their vows without launching my lunch it'll be a miracle. I am a massive advocate of not getting married. Also, fans of Irvine watch this space.
Update on Doomsday, 5th of February 2013
Okay Doomsday is coming to an almighty close, but I'm not done yet. I have been known to dabble in the universes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries but I'm still not confident in my ability to deliver just yet so I've decided to do yet another work in the FF8 universe. That said I am encountering serious difficulties deciding what exactly to do next. I have three different ideas that are all challenging but I've never been one to turn a challenge down. These are my ideas and I'd appreciate your thoughts.
1) A sort of "Next Generation" thing with the whole gang's kids, including Selphie and Irvine's daughter Luna. It'll follow on from Doomsday so no Edea, but plenty of cameos. This is probably the least challenging but it has been done to death so I'd sooner not do it compared to the other two.
2) Another concept that isn't exactly original but I have always wanted to do a prequel, starting from Squall's entry into Garden and ending just before the duel that opened the game. Unfortunately that would mean no Irvine and a highly limited amount of Rinoa so I doubt it'll be very popular.
3) The third is something every writer in this 'verse has probably tried and it's a mammoth undertaking I'm not entirely sure I'm capable of. A full, complete and most likely soul destroying complete novel of the game in itself. Many have tried but as far as I know no one has succeeded save Peptuck himself. I'll be lucky if I can get past the "giant mechanical spider" episode.
So there you go, those are my ideas. Not exactly original but if that bothers you I'm always open to challenges so feel free to give me one. If you want to see my efforts on one of the above then feel free to tell me which and I'll take you advice into consideration when I make my decision.
Update, 4th of March
Okay this probably not going to endear me to very many people but here goes nothing. I have deleted my debut on this site the Balamb Chronicles for a reason that I am going to give you now. I do not spend all my time sitting around writing fan fiction, in fact most of my work is original stuff that I hope to self publish at some point in the future. The BC was my fail safe if you will. I started writing it primarily as fan fiction but changed my mind halfway through. I decided that if people liked it, I'd change names, storylines, appearances and more and publish it on Kindle. Sadly, as the launch date is approaching I've had to removed the BC from this site permanently.
I hope you don't hate me for this (though I'll understand if you do) but believe me this is for the greater good. The BC is currently being refined and polished and once I have a new title I'll let you know so you can buy it on Kindle is you're so inclined. In case you're wondering I am NOT going to do the same with Doomsday. That was only ever fan fic. I'd like to thank all fans of the BC for their never ending support in helping me with this endeavour and I can only hope none of them are the murderous type.
Final Fantasy Eight Fan Fiction Awards, 8th of March 2014
They are back and I have decided to add some new rules for my awards, specifically only works or writers I have encountered in the last couple of years are eligible for the awards. Most of you will know of my great respect and esteem for the likes of Niqsta, Peptuck, Cyrus Truth and Freyjadour but I have been a fan of them for a considerable amount of time and I think other people deserve some awards. So allow me to begin. Feel free to PM me if you disagree with any of these awards.
Best Writer - Ashbear
Best Complete Work - After the Fall by Ashbear
Best In Progress Work - The Ultimecia Affair by Prodigy
Best Noveltisation - The Ultimecia Affair by Prodigy (in progress)
Best Original Character - Doctor William Ash from Phoenix by Bebedora
Best Relationship - Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly from After the Fall by Ashbear
Best Villain - Doctor William Ash from Phoenix by Bebedora
Best Comedic Piece - A Friendly Little Game by Bebedora
Best Cover - Cover for Phoenix by Ronin-ai
Comic Relief Award - Jane from Phoenix by Bebedora
Worst of the Worst Award - Alexander Obsidian from Final Fantasy Eight: Doomsday by Ally Todd (couldn't resist)
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