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[profile] bluewalk has written and posted a fic to me!! :DD As I remember, I thought of Skypiea when she asked for prompts and particularly Raki, and she gave me a lovely story on Raki's background, and to some extent her whole generation of Shandians: intense, thoughtful stuff.

Sample lines:

Still, it's better not to risk it. Pity is a fast-acting poison, and kindness as well--it blunts your sharp edges, makes you soft. More of her mother's words to swallow, and they settle like stones in her gut.

The story is called small gods and can be found here (Livejournal) and here(AO3)!
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I picked up a fun icons meme from [personal profile] sara_tanaquil! I did this once before, but I wanted to try again - and happily five different icons were picked from the first time.

Meme rules:

1. Reply to this post and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Behind the cut are the ones [personal profile] sara_tanaquil picked for me, with my comments!

a lot of babbling )
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] thewordweaves!

I wrote a birthday shortfic for you. I'm afraid it's unedited at this point, and probably a lot longer than it needs to be (especially since very little actually happens). Lightly Sanji/Usopp though probably more gen than not, set some unspecified post-timeskip time. PG for language, I guess.

I don't have a title for it yet either )
printfogey: Bemused Luffy going "Hm?" (puzzled luffy 2)
Smoke on the Water by xparrot is a cool Smoker-centric shortfic in two brief chapters. It includes some very intriguing backstory speculation re Smoker's childhood as well as a canon moment in the Alabasta arc.
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Cold Dish by [profile] maldoror_gw is a darkish fic showing the crew struck by loss, trying to recuperate and plotting for revenge. Rated PG-13 for language and violence. A two-parter, link goes to part 1; there's a direct link to part 2 at the end. Stark and tense, all in Sanji's POV, but with a lot of emotions all the same.

I'll quote from the Author's Notes:"(...)Consider it an alternate timeline where it wasn't Garp who showed up on Water 7 after Enies Lobby had been won...

This fic is grimmer than I usually write 'em, though it won't be obvious why until a quarter of the way through. That being said, before you wonder why I didn't put more warnings on this...remember the First Rule of One Piece!
printfogey: Luffy and Usopp leaning on each other while asleep (luuso snore)
Foolish by [personal profile] chibi_trillian is a sweet 375-word ficlet, rated PG-15 for implications. Author's summary is "Usopp thinks too goddamn much". Set at an unspecified time, but likely pre-water 7. The prose might be a little purple at the start, but it's a good read all the same in my opinion (this is my favourite couple, though, which might affect my judgment ^_^).

Usopp worried constantly; it was part of his nature. His mind saw situations and immediately started looking for possible dangers, things to flee and hide from. This arrangement wasn’t precisely dangerous, but it wasn’t safe either. His heart said one thing, his head another, and his gut something else entirely.
printfogey: Nami attacks Calipha (weather witch)
Under A Different Moon by [personal profile] naye is an AU of an AU! To quote from the author's notes: "It is a what-if in a what-if - the Une!verse is asking what it would be like if Portgas D. Rouge had had a daughter instead of a son. And here the question was - what if Kuina, not Zoro, was the one to set out in the world, carrying both their legacy?

And what if they met?"

Well, then you get this intriguing fic, drinking sake on a night in East Blue on a floating restaurant...

I just wish there could be more of this continuity!
printfogey: Ukyo from Ranma 1/2, playing the flute (ukyo_flöjt)
I just posted a two-part fic to Archive of Our Own that was originally done for one of [personal profile] naye's glorious chaos threads. Its new name is A Solid Place To Stand: it's about trusting and being trusted, from Usopp's and Robin's POV (pre-Alabasta and end of Skypiea, respectively). I've polished it up a bit. Concrit very welcome.
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Someone prompted me in an anonymous space to write about Garp and young Ace, Luffy or Sabo. I wrote this shortfic from Sabo's POV and then couldn't think of a title. De-anoning and reposting it here now anyway. (The only ones I can think of are things like "Into the Bargain" (sounds not entirely gen, somehow) and "I've Inherited *What*?!") Edit: Okay, got a title now.

Title: Comes With The Territory
Word count: around 850
Spoilers/setting: Set during the time shown in chapter 585
Characters: Sabo, Garp, Ace, Luffy
Rating: G
Concrit: Most welcome

Disclaimer: These characters and their world belong to their creator Eiichiro Oda. They are used here without permission for entertainment purposes only. This fic is not to be used for profit in any way and should not be reposted elsewhere without the writer's approval.

behind the cut )
printfogey: (usopp well)
Reposting something (with slight revising) that I put on Tumblr yesterday - about why I am still so darn fond of the fight between Usopp and Perona in Thriller Bark.

more behind the cut )

Comments very welcome!
printfogey: Ukyo from Ranma 1/2, playing the flute (ukyo_flöjt)
I have a manga recommendation to make - the series Suppli by Mari Okazaki (also romanised as Sapori; the French title is Complément affectif). I mentioned this one in passing when reaching the letter S for my Manga Alphabet last year, but I wanted to finish it before reccing because I knew josei titles can be tricky.

Well, I did finish it now - read the first five volumes in English*, and volume 6 to eleven in French. And I'm happy to say my recommendation still stands! Mind you, it's a manga much given to romance and office stuff, and might not tickle everyone's fancy.

more behind the cut, with two images )

* Actually four physical volumes, since the English edition squashed vol. 4 and 5 together.
printfogey: (robin intro)
This fic was originally written for [personal profile] prpl_pen on her birthday and posted then but filtered to her alone, since I wanted to tinker with it a bit more. Now it gets (re-)posted in public with just a few polishes.

Nitpicks and other concrit extremely welcome, as is of course any other feedback. It's okay to be harsh!

Title: Take My Hand
Word Count: Around 1, 200
Rating: PG
Pairing: Robin/Usopp
Spoilers/setting: Post-Enies Lobby, pre-Thriller Bark

forget your fears, babe )
printfogey: Toby Ziegler, West Wing. Quote: "Voices of better angels" (toby better angels)
Only now do I learn that Keiji Nakazawa, creator of the Barefoot Gen manga, passed away on December 19.

This was not only the first manga I ever read but one of the first comics period that showed me the comics medium can tackle really serious issue. Although many manga I've read since have been more sophisticated in storytelling and art, Barefoot Gen - all ten volumes of it - retains for me a primal power and immediacy that makes it among my absolute top manga still. And the long interview with Nakazawa published in The Comics Journal # 256 was fascinating. He was a passionate and very cool guy that deserves truckload of respect and remembrance - and to keep being read for a long time yet.

(More of my thoughts on Barefoot Gen here.)
printfogey: Nami from One Piece (Nami Seatrain)
So, a while back I asked for prompts/requests and got a bunch of them, but alas, my inspiration has been very unforthcoming this month. :( And when it hasn't been lacking, time has. So the only thing I've managed to finish in time is this pic with Nami and Vivi, requested by [personal profile] prpl_pen.

This takes place sometime in the timeskip (note length of Nami's hair). Er, I'm not the best at painting sunsets. *^_^*

more behind the cut )
printfogey: Yotsuba, with the text "Go go go" (go go go)
I could think of no entries for X and I don't have any for Z, either: as with the letter J, I know of titles beginning with those letters, but I haven't read any of them myself. Hence, this will be my final post.

My thanks to everyone who have stucked with me through this! If you have any thoughts about this entry or earlier ones, I'd be delighted to hear them. ♥

Yotsuba& )

Creators )

Favourite characters )

So there we are then - from 20th Century Boys to Yotsuba& (not a shabby pair of book-ends if I may say so), this is my manga alphabet at the moment. What about yours?
printfogey: (robin intro)
Now I realise that for both my V entries I again only have two titles where I've ordered and read the French translations as none exist in English and my attention span for scanlations suck. At least in this case I do know that scanlations exist for both of them. Though when it comes to Vinland Saga at least, I'm honestly baffled there's no English translation for it.

Still, now I kinda wish I'd read the oft-praised Vagabond so I could offer one rec that's actually out in English in a real print version.

As always, please share your V recs if you have any, and feel like it!

Vacances de Jésus et Bouddha (a.k.a Saint Young Men) )

Vinland Saga )


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