A few cosplayers in the audience, although not many -- I saw a Yuna, a Cloud, a Terra, a White Mage, a dude in Moogle hat. Someone in line behind me for the ladies room mentioned seeing someone dressed as Quistis, which I am sorry to have missed. Probably the best costumes I saw were Zidane and Garnet dressed for the prom: Zidane with his tail peeking out from a suit that was about a size too big for him, Garnet with the hair and the crown and a poofy pink dress, a corsage tied to her wrist. Very cute; I wish I could have gotten a picture.
Anyway, it was a highly enjoyable experience, and if you are at all a fan of the series and/or the music, I really recommend going if you get the chance.
Okay, writing meme time.
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
I used to write fragments of stories when I was young, but I never got very far. In my head, yes; in my head I would plot and compose epic novels. But I didn't get in the habit of setting them down much, and by the time I got to college I had given writing up completely. I didn't come back to creative writing in any form until 2004, which was the year I spent mostly unemployed. One of my main leisure activities during that time? Playing, and replaying, Final Fantasy games. It was in the process of replaying FFX-2 that I was bitten by a plot bunny. And it bit me hard. So hard that the only way to get it to leave me alone was to start writing the scene that kept playing in my head: a conversation between Paine and Nooj, in which she forces him to confront the demons of his past. That scene was the seed that eventually grew into "Chasing My Past".
There are a number of things I don't care for in that story now -- it doesn't really deal with the incident on the Highroad, the scene between Paine and Baralai at the end no longer feels quite right, I crammed in way too much exposition on my headcanon, and after my most recent replay I'm not inclined to see a real relationship between Nooj and Leblanc -- but there are other things I like about it very much. Paine's interactions with Rikku and Lulu; the nod to Baralai/Yuna, a pairing I still feel like I want to explore someday; Nooj's reasoning for not wanting to be with Paine in this iteration still holds; and I am pleased with the way that nothing is left quite settled between Paine and Nooj.
I think my favorite thing is that I settled into Paine's voice on the first try. She is, without a doubt, the first character I felt comfortable writing. The first character I really wanted to write, so much so that I was compelled to finally sit down and follow through on finishing a story for the first time in fifteen years. Other fandoms and other threads within Spira have claimed my writing attention lately, but I know there will always be more stories to tell about Paine.
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