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08 November 2013 @ 10:44 pm
I know that I promised a fic update sometime in July. It is coming. I have had chronic tendinitis in both arms and I'm relying on text to speech software to make my blog posts and do any writing. I have another doctors appointment for it on 18 November. I still don't have a regular beta reader, but lhinneill has been filling in. There's a lot more beta-ing involved when using dictation software. Let's just say I have a lot done on Force Heritage, but it isn't all done in chronological order. I hope to start getting things up sometime this month.

Anyway, on to the potentially bad news. As most of you know, Aruna7 is no longer active on LiveJournal or Dreamwidth. Shipper Asylum was a collaborative effort between the two of us, and it is a lot to manage for me by myself. I don't get on LJ very much anymore because the all white post page tends to give me migraines.

I'm hoping that someone would be willing to help me managing the links lists, table of contents chapters, and various other housekeeping tasks on this community. Otherwise, I'm afraid that I am going to have to stop updating Shipper Asylum.

All of the stories will remain online, and whatever happens I will continue to update them on either fanfiction.net or AO3.

If you think you could help me out, please leave a comment on this post or PM me. Thanks a lot.

Title: Force Heritage: A Prelude To the Kenobi Way
Chapter Number: 4
Author: Lionchilde
Summary: "Midquel" to my Obidala epic One Path. With Padme and Obi Wan in Mos Eisley, the children face a new danger in the desert.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen/Some romance
Pairings/Characters: Obidala, Luke, Anakin Kenobi, mention of Leia and Bail Organa--possible appearances from them in later chapters.
A/N: Post Clone Wars era AU in continuity with One Path| Notes on The Kenobi Way series can be found here.| Notes and previous chapters of Force Heritage can be found here.

Special note:

Yes, I am back. This is a real update. Your eyes are not deceiving you.

After two long years, I am finally on the track to better health. My migraine headaches are more controlled for the time being, and I will be able to have health insurance starting in October, so hopefully things will continue to improve with my other stuff.
I am not going to be able to update as frequently as I used to-I'm wearing wrist braces on both arms and have to be careful of how much I type. This chapter took about a month to finish and another couple of weeks to get beta'd. So you can probably expect updates every six weeks or so. No more chapters every week like I did with One Path.

I've been out of fandom so long I'm not sure who's still active. I'm looking for a few people familiar with One Path to act as pre-publication readers. Basically, you get the chapters a week in advance of anyone else in exchange for answering a few questions and generally telling me what you think. You don't have to do detailed beta edits, but I'd be thrilled if one or two people might volunteer for that.

A general note about my Star Wars writing and the One Path universe.

My creative partner for this universe/storyline has left livejournal and pared back her involvements in fandom due to other commitments and needs in her life. She's still involved but may not be able to contribute as much to the content of the stories. I'm not as familiar with the EU as she is (and don't like a lot of it) so I'm changing my approach to this story and future content in this 'verse. Since we're not covering the film saga and this is an alternate universe storyline, I'm going to have details that may not match the EU. I don't have the time or interest to research every EU character and plotline. Apologies to anyone who is a fan of the EU; you're just not going to find much of it in my verse. I'll be including a handful of characters who've already been mentioned in One Path (like Mara Jade and Talon Karrde) but in other cases, the characters' backgrounds may be pretty different or they just won't appear.

Now on to notes regarding this story specific chapter.

1. It's been a few years since I wrote in this verse, so if you notice any drastic changes in my writing style, that's why. I'm doing my best to keep it consistent.
2. We briefly mention in One Path that the Kenobi family built a house on the Lars' property. The house is not underground the way the main homestead living space is. The Kenobis and the Lars' didn't have the resources to do that. Most of what I write about the layout of the farm and how it's set up are conjecture based on a few references from the films, what little I could find on Wookiepedia and things I've picked up from reading about desert ecology in Frank Herbert's Dune novels. I have no idea if the EU ever explains moisture farming in detail, so I'm making stuff up and doing my best to make sure it's plausible.
3. What the boys do in this chapter is based on a combination of Dune elements and a Force technique I once read about in an early EU novel. Extra points if you spot the refs.

Before anyone asks: I'm sorry, I don't know when I'll be getting back to Land and Sky or my Stargate stories. I WILL. I promise. Thanks for your continued patience.

Chapter 4.Collapse )
13 February 2013 @ 12:43 pm

+2 here on my blog.

As an update. I now have $14.50 in donations, minus paypal fees. Thank you to the folks who've donated. One of my blog followers did offer to host some of my zip files, but he doesn't have a lot of space, so I don't know if it will be a viable long term solution as the blog grows, and he won't be hosting any of my fanart or LJ stuff. That means I need to continue taking donations for Photobucket or another means of hosting.

Like my graphics? Please help out a little if you can. This is my hobby and I don't expect donations to keep it going. I understand a lot of people are also going through hard times right now. I always said that I'd quit if this got to be too expensive. I don't want to do that, but my only other option right now is to ask for help.

As I said in my other post, I'm out of work due to injury and I've had a lot of unexpected large expenses come up. Photobucket is changing their price plans and I'm not going to be able to sustain a paid account there, which means I'll have to delete a lot of icon sets if I want to keep using the account.
07 February 2013 @ 02:16 am
So, I know this isn't Star Wars or Obidala related, but I'm posting anyway because it sort of will be when all of my gazillions of Obidala icons disappear from the internet.


Hello everyone. As I mentioned in a recent post I hurt my arm really badly. It's worse than I initially thought. I don't know when I'll be able to go back to work, since my job is to type for my boss. I had a lot of unexpected big expenses in 2012, including emergency medical bills, medical equipment, and doctor visits that I needed to pay for out of pocket. Those bills are taken care of and I have enough to get by on, but things are going to be very tight.

I need a new computer. I'm not sure I can afford that, and I know I can't afford to do that and continue pay for the hosting costs related to this blog. (It's a blogspot page, so yes, it's free, but all of the content is hosted privately--and there is a lot of high res content, so I can't just switch to free plans.  Once my paid accounts on PB, Flickr and Mediafire go, so will all the freebies. That includes not only the resources but ALL of the livejournal/dreamwidth icons, all of the free graphics, and anything else that I have posted there over the years.)

I really love doing the blog, and it's important to me to keep as much of my content as possible free for everyone to use.

So, this is what I am going to do. I am looking to raise about $500 toward a new computer and/or $100 toward hosting costs.

In the next few days, I will be adding several more gift packs.

Anybody who donates any amount of money--even a dime--can choose to download ALL the gift packs I offer.  Just post a comment or leave your email address in the comment box on paypal and I will send you whatever ones you ask for.

Anybody who donates $5.00 or more can request a custom pack.

If you are on Livejournal or Dreamwidth, you can also request custom icons.
Anyone can request a custom site header or a wallpaper or other large graphic.

$1 gets you 10 icons or 1 large graphic.
$5 will get you 50 icons or 5 large graphics.
The more you donate, the more I will do for you, up to 250 icons.

I would prefer not to do slash pairings--NO, I am not a homophobe, I just think the vast majority of slash pairings in my fandoms are weird/gross and I can't type enough to provide a list of what I will and won't do--but at this point, if someone wants to donate for that, I'll consider it.

You can click here to visit my blog and use the donate button in the sidebar. You do not need a paypal account.

Thank you in advance; I really appreciate any help you can give.
02 August 2012 @ 12:58 pm
In This post on LJ and mirrored in This post on DW, I mentioned an idea for a prompt/challenge community that is entirely self-directed (meaning you can pick whatever project you want, whatever prompts you want--or no prompts--and the idea is to just get some motivation to finish something by having a stated goal and the promise of a shiny award when you're done.

We're officially opening the community this week, so go. Sign up. Create. ON DREAMWIDTH and ON LIVEJOURNAL.

And I'd like to thank the two people who checked it out for us and flagged a couple of problems last week. Hopefully everything is running smoothly now.

This community is open to everyone. We accept all fandoms and original projects (even non-fiction) and we allow any type of media. All genres, orientations, and types of relationships are permitted.

Open Art works mostly like the 900,000 fanfiction/fanart claims communities that populate Livejournal with a couple of important differences.

*Your project can be entirely self-directed.

*Since it's self-directed, you can use whatever prompts or themes you want (or none at all.) We have some here, but if you don't like or need them, you can ignore them or make up your own.
29 July 2012 @ 07:46 pm

+ Title - A Harder Way
+ Fandom - Star Wars [One Path]
+ Subject - Obi Wan/Padme
+ Music - Breath of Life [Florence + The Machine]
+ File : WMV (72+ MB)
+ Year - 2012
+ Summary - "To get a dream of life again. A little vision of the sun in the end. But all the choirs in my head say, no..."
+ Links - Mediafire | Vimeo [password: life]
Current Location: France
Current Mood: calmcalm
11 May 2012 @ 11:09 pm
Here's the deal. I signed up for the 100 Things blog challenge. My topic is 100 Things I Learned Writing Fanfiction.

One of my subjects will be "Take Fic Requests." I haven't taken any in like 3 years because of my health problems, and it occurred to me that I would like to have some more current material to point to in that post.

So. If you give me 1 word prompt, one subject (fandom, character, couple, group, or premise), and one animal, I will write you one fic.

There are no conditions except I don't do incest and I don't write anything above a moderate R. Oh, and you know. Try to pick a fandom I know something about. I reserve the right to take an opt-out if you ask for a subject I've never written or am not familiar with, but I'll give you another request.
09 May 2012 @ 02:19 am
Ironically, this post comes after I spent a good two hours this afternoon drafting a blog post about the role and significance of reader feedback in the development of epic fanfiction. I promise you, that was a total coincidence, Genius Style.

I've received a number of recent reviews (both on and off LJ) that express displeasure over the employment of quoted lines from the Star Wars canon in our fanfiction projects and/or over how the events in our projects (especially One Path) remain closely tied and very similar to the events of the canon saga even though we made several changes along the way. These reviewers feel like the changes we made early on should have resulted in more drastic differences between One Path and the canon saga.

I always try to address feedback and criticism of the stories because I value the time of the readers who choose to leave comments and I appreciate their input. Sometimes I just reply directly to the reviewer, but there have been enough similar comments in the past week or so that I decided it would be good to address it more broadly and leave a link in the notes.

I understand some of this reaction. Some readers just love an AU where everything changes. I'm not one of them. That's not to say I dislike those kinds of stories. There is definitely a place for AUs in which canon events are drastically altered. The One Path Sequel, The Kenobi Way will have very little in common with the SW EU, for example. I know of writers who have re-written the canon in much more drastic ways than I did, and their stories have as much to offer the fandom as One Path or Land and Sky do.

The simplest answer to the question of why our stories remained so close to canon is: that's what we wanted to write. Aruna and I were interested in seeing how a story could be written that mirrored canon and yet provided satisfying, healthy relationships for as many of the characters as possible. I state several times in my author's notes that my goal was to keep the story as canon-tight as I could.

Regarding the use of canon dialogue: it's very often present in the PT era so that readers can see small changes starting to creep in. When it's not used for that reason, it's used for a "mirror" effect throughout the OT era. You'll see the younger generation repeating benchmark lines/almost reliving lynchpin events. This was a stylistic choice on my part, which I made because I wanted to display a symmetry that ran not only through PT/OT in One Path but through One Path/Canon. They're like multiple facets of the same jewel to me and I see Star Wars as being a place where possible futures and infinite pasts all exist in tandem. Star Wars exists in my head as a matrix of metaphor and possibility, and One Path was strongly influenced by the visual repetition of imagery between installments of the film saga. ( Watch This Vid if you want to see some examples of what I mean)I'm a Dune fan, that's all I can say. My Star Wars fic breathes Arrakis. My name should have been Atreides.

Regarding "Why are they still making the same dumb mistakes?" kinds of questions: I get it. You want them to be smarter. You want them to have learned from their mistakes. You want them to make better choices. So do I. The GFFA just happens to be a place replete with idiots who make the same dumb choices generation after generation. Reminds me of the real world like that. I do like it when the characters make smarter, better choices because they remember what's happened in the past. One Path and to a lesser extent, Land and Sky, just happen to be stories that were written to reflect canon in terms of their external events rather than to depart from it. To argue that it's unrealistic for events to be so similar when the characters have so much more knowledge and training (and more Jedi) is rather like saying it's unrealistic for Palpatine to have been able to fool the whole GFFA into letting him seize power and rule the galaxy. If that the elder generation was still that easily manipulated in the PT, then I don't find it unreasonable to think that the younger, less experienced generation would be even easier to flummox. Ani, and Luke may have had Jedi training in theory, but neither of them had any real experience until they left Tatooine. Leia is the only one who had anything approaching practical experience in dealing with the Empire, and she focused far more on politics than on combat. On the one hand...eh. Maybe you're right and it is unrealistic if you stop and think about it. But then doesn't that make all of Star Wars unrealistic too? On the other hand, people are idiots in the real world, so why couldn't the people in the GFFA conceivably be as fallible and messed up and dense as we are?

My life is an exercise in getting hit over the head with the same lesson multiple times, screwing up the same thing repeatedly and then still, somehow, never quite managing to know better--even though I know better.

So, that's where my head was when I came up with the plots of these AUs. Those are the best answers I can give. Whether you agree with all our plot choices or not, I hope the stories have spoken to you in some way.
30 April 2012 @ 06:07 pm
Title: Coloring the Journey
Author: Lionchilde
Summary: A collection of drabbles inspired by this list of colors.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Pairings/Characters: The Kenobis and company
A/N: I am still working on finishing up my fanfiction claims; I kept having flashes of metaphor around the colors and things they connected to, but it would have been really difficult to write a more literal, prose narrative oriented collection of scenes, so I just went with this. Like my last collection, they're not written in any kind of chronological order; so if you're reading and can't figure out who's talking...well, it's because you're reading something set post-series, possibly from the point of view of a certain couple we've only hinted at in ONE PATH.

Mahogany: LeiaCollapse )

Dandelion: AniCollapse )

Cream: PadmeCollapse )

Tropical Rain Forest: HanCollapse )

Plum: HanCollapse )

Cranberry: Obi WanCollapse )

Avocado: BailCollapse )

Jade: LukeCollapse )

Salmon: Obi WanCollapse )

Topaz: Obi WanCollapse )

Aqua: Obi WanCollapse )

Forest: Obi WanCollapse )

Tangerine: Obi WanCollapse )

Dusty Rose: Obi WanCollapse )

Olive: ShmiCollapse )

Garnet: ShmiCollapse )

Cornflower: JarethCollapse )

Pine: JarethCollapse )

Lilac: LandoCollapse )

Beige: PoojaCollapse )

Apricot: PoojaCollapse )

Mocha: LandoCollapse )

Pewter: PoojaCollapse )

Wild Strawberry: PoojaCollapse )
21 April 2012 @ 05:56 pm
Title: Faith and Where It Leads You
Author: Lionchilde
Summary: A collection of drabbles inspired by the title phrase.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Pairings/Characters: The Kenobis and company
A/N: I've got some active Star Wars fic claims still out there that I need to finish up. I really don't feel like this is the right time for me to launch back into lengthy in-depth storytelling, but I can never leave my stories alone for very long without feeling like I'm somehow trying to leave behind a part of myself. One Path never really goes anywhere for me I've been thinking about what the story meant in my life during the time that I wrote it, what it means now, and how those things largely come down to the same questions. I wondered how the characters might see those things, and this is what I came up with. It's a collection of drabbles inspired by the above phrase. I didn't write them in any kind of chronological order; they' aren't meant to retell the narrative of One Path, they just came out of whatever thought I had when I focused on each character. I'm posting them as a collection for no other reason than that they fit a theme and I don't want to make a gazillion 100 word posts.

PadmeCollapse )

Obi WanCollapse )

AniCollapse )

IsalyCollapse )

LeiaCollapse )

HanCollapse )

LukeCollapse )

MaraCollapse )

LandoCollapse )

PoojaCollapse )

HardyCollapse )

YodaCollapse )