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Title: Sketch: Something Ere the End
Fandom: FMA (manga or either animeverse)
Character(s): Gracia, Elicia
Rating: PG
Word Count: 500
Warnings: Offstage character death.
A/N: Finally getting 'round to posting this here; it also won co-first place in the weekly FMA Fic Contest for the "just one more thing" prompt about a zillion years ago now. (Talk about positive reinforcement!) Concrit welcomed with a funeral-baked meat.



      "In here, ma'am," says Sergeant Bloch.

Read more... )
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Title: Ficlet: The Honey of Earthly Joy
Fandom: FMA (manga or Brotherhoodverse)
Character(s): Miles, Scar
Pairing(s): Set post-series, with all the spoilage that implies.
Rating: G
Word Count: 250
Warnings: None.
A/N: This 'fic ended a nearly year-long writing drought and also won first place in the weekly FMA Fic Contest for the "sugar" prompt. (Talk about positive reinforcement!) Concrit welcomed with an ISO standard cup of tea. Crossposted from [personal profile] nebroadwe to [community profile] hagaren and [community profile] fm_alchemist.
Dedication: For Katie, by whose recent success it is dwarfed. :-)



How sour sweet music is
When time is broke and no proportion kept!
-- William Shakespeare, Richard II

~*~

      The nameless man takes his coffee black; Miles, with a spiral of cream. Read more... )
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I'll be closing out the Christmas holidays this evening with a hey-nonny-nonny and a whoo-hoo-hoo, because over the past week I've written three, count 'em, THREE complete stories, two ficlets and a short, GO ME. I entered the first ficlet in this past week's FMA Fic Contest (prompt: sugar) and even won against a crowded field ([personal profile] cornerofmadness wuz robbed, sez I). Wow. Talk about positive reinforcement. The second ficlet is marinating for next week's contest (prompt: "Just one more thing ..."). The short story started life as a drabble in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan universe. It was supposed to be a character moment for Alek, but the minute he walked onstage I saw Count Volger lurking in the wings with Dr. Barlow, and then Deryn sauntered in, cool as you please, with Bovril waddling in her wake ... well, the story didn't stay a drabble very long, though it's still (hopefully) a character moment for Alek. Now it gets to marinate for a day or so while I figure out a) a better ending and b) where to post notice of its existence. Heh.

Also, in the background, Michigan State beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl in triple overtime. They nearly went to quadruple overtime. NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GAME, FOLKS.
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Natural disaster #3: minor flooding. Not as bad as what came with Irene, but still pretty annoying. (I hope [livejournal.com profile] kanja177 isn't stuck on a train somewhere -- things started getting bad up by her yesterday.)

Got my [livejournal.com profile] fireandice2011 prompts. I signed up partly because I've written some stuff I really liked for this contest in the past, but mostly to give my muse a reason to get back to work. As y'all will have noticed, I haven't written anything for months. I can count on the fingers of one hand the workable ideas I've had in that time. I have no yen to sit down and write. (I blame this on both my own lack of discipline and the ongoing, soul-grinding difficulties that have overtaken a local voluntary organization in which I have participated, at various levels of leadership, for the past twenty years.) So when the prompts arrived I stared at them and thought, "What in blazes am I going to do with these?"

But I did have the start of an idea for one of them (thank you, Al!) and have been hammering away at a plot to house it. Now I'm at the point where I'm paranoid about repeating myself -- I don't want to keep writing the same story, but my comfort zone for romance is ... narrow. So I decided to set myself a challenge that's frequently considered orthogonal to romance and see if I could create an Ed/Win piece that ... well, you'll see, if I pull it off. All my characters are talking to each other, which is a good sign. I just hope I can plant myself in front of the keyboard long enough to get the thing finished by deadline. Now, off to do research!
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Title: Ficlet: Nian Nian You Yu
Fandom: FMA (manga or Brotherhoodverse)
Character(s): Mei Chang, Xiao Mei
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 250
Warnings: None.
A/N: Very slightly (as in one word) revised version of a 'fic submitted to [livejournal.com profile] fma_fic_contest for the "fish" prompt. (It actually won -- ye gods and little fishes!) Since water is one of the essentials of a Chinese garden and ponds with goldfish a common design element, I had yet another excuse to stud a 'fic with foreign words and idioms. Concrit welcomed with tartar sauce. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).
Dedication: For Renee, who reminded me that it's too long since I wrote something. Congrats on the successful defense!



      One by one the goldfish in the pond beneath the willows die until only the goggle-eyed grandfather of them all remains. Read more... )
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I tried to watch the FMA movie trailer over here, but even on my super-spiffy university connection it loaded in fits and starts. I did notice that Maaya Sue Sakamoto's character appears to be a sharpshooter -- also that a chimera seems to play an adversarial role. Hard to determine much else, really (though that may be the virus talking ...)
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Title: Ficlet: A Very Pine-Apple
Fandom: FMA (manga or Brotherhood version)
Character(s): Roy, Riza, Master Hawkeye
Pairing(s): None. (Again, for obvious reasons ...)
Rating: G
Word Count: 350
Warnings: None. Set pre-series.
A/N: I was going to submit this to [livejournal.com profile] fma_fic_contest for the "canon couple" prompt, but sadly it turned out not to fit the criteria. Ah, well. The title is taken from a line in Richard Sheridan's comedy of manners The Rivals ("He is the very pine-apple of politeness!"), which also gave us the immortal Mrs. Malaprop. Concrit welcomed with cordwood. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] kanja177, who always studies hard and never gets into trouble. Ever.



      Roy Mustang is as precocious a charmer as he is an alchemist because he's clever enough to notice that charm opens doors power and even wit can't force. Read more... )
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
The gentleman on the bike next to mine is reading John D. Sinclair's translation of Dante's Purgatorio. Maybe this is the gym for me after all.

On an unrelated note, I have another story brewing at last, for [livejournal.com profile] fma_fic_contest's prompt "seamless." Go, muse, go!
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Title: Drabble: Wildered With Reading
Fandom: FMA (manga version)
Character(s): Ed, Winry
Pairing(s): None. For reasons that will become obvious ...
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: The title for this one comes from Henry Augustin Beers's sappy poem, "On a Miniature" and the inspiration from rereading the slightly overwrought prose of Baroness Orczy's Scarlet Pimpernel (though the heroine thereof is less inclined to faint than rush off to save the hero, thank goodness). Concrit welcomed with vouchers for Almack's. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).



And he wonders why she reads romances ... )
nebroadwe: (Bear)
... because I don't want to forget how much fun it was, even if I'm not satisfied with how I played Al. (As in, seriously not satisfied. But still ...)
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Must record my impressions, tendinitis in my dominant wrist be hanged! [makes ill-considered emphatic gesture] (Ow.)

Spoilers ho! )All in all, a satisfying read and a good ending. And now I shall go back to chapter one and start over, because I don't want the fun to end ...

Hey, does anyone remember what happened to that letter from Trisha Pinako gave Ed to give Hohenheim? Was that dangling plot participle ever resolved -- and if so, when? You'd think I wouldn't lose track of these things, being an English major, but I do. [hangs head in shame]
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Title: Ficlet: Snake Oil
Fandom: FMA (anime or manga version)
Character(s): Ed, Al
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written in response to the prompts "genuine" (provided by [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae) and "glisten" (provided by [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog) for the Just One Word meme. Concrit welcomed with a patent remedy guaranteed to cure what ails ya! Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).



      Sometimes the Elric brothers know a lead's worthless, like an advertisement for Genuine Philosopher's Stone Chips peddled out of a medicine wagon, offering Relief For The Thousand Natural Shocks That Flesh Is Heir To (headache, earache, indigestion, constipation, arthritis, colic, and, er, female complaints) by Stimulating The Body's Natural Alchemy. Read more... )
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Eek. I didn't see THAT coming. Aren't the good guys supposed to have rescued the damsel in distress, killed the bad guy, and saved the world before matters reach this point? Ye gods!

I love Arakawa's plotting. I love how she upends my expectations. I can hardly wait to see what clever trick she's slipped up somebody's sleeve next.

Further discussion, with spoilers, over here.

ETA: And now it occurs to me that chapter 105 will emerge blinking into the light in the middle of Lent, when I usually give up reading fiction. Dagnabit.
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: So Long at the Fair: A Story in Drabbles
Fandom: FMA (anime or manga version)
Character(s): Ed, Al, Winry, Pinako
Pairing(s): None explicit.
Rating: G
Word Count: 1400
Warnings: None. Takes place after Ed and Al's Big Mistake, but before the story really gets going.
A/N: Written for the 2009 Fire and Ice Challege Contest -- wherein I am proud to say it made it to the tie-breaker -- and revised to the extent of changing one adjective to an adverb. Concrit welcomed with a day pass to the midway and a certificate for one (1) free ice cream cone. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] ed_winry, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).



      The first train to Riesenbuhl leaves East City in the dark before dawn. Read more... )
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Title: Drabble: With Weeping and With Laughter
Fandom: FMA (anime or manga version)
Character(s): Ed
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written in response to [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog's Don't Forget Challenge. Unbeta'd and likely to mutate in small ways before it goes to archive. Concrit welcomed with scenes from my anecdotage!



When young and old in circle around the firebrands close;
When the girls are weaving baskets and the lads are shaping bows ...
With weeping and with laughter still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave days of old.


-- Macaulay, Horatius

      Forget homunculi -- these days, when Ed visits Central, children ten times more persistent hound him. Tell us about the monster on the island! Tell how you lost your watch in Rush Valley! Tell about the battle on the train! Reticence fires their imaginations; rebuffs fall on selectively deaf ears. Ask your father. Ask your mother (and I didn't lose it -- it was stolen). Ask your uncle -- no, not your Uncle Roy! All right, listen, here's what really happened ...

      Time has already cast its glamor over his youth; his best hope for theirs is to transmute legend into wisdom. Listen. Listen.



[Acknowledgments: Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) was created by Arakawa Hiromu and is serialized monthly in Shonen Gangan (Square Enix); two anime of the same title were produced by Studio Bones. Copyright for these properties is held by Arakawa Hiromu, Square Enix, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Aniplex, Bones, and dentsu. All rights reserved.]
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From animenewsnetwork.com's coverage of the New York Anime Festival (to which I would've gone, if I hadn't bought the car, argh) comes the following news regarding Funimation's dub of FMA:B:
Funimation has also announced the English dubbing cast for the ongoing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television series version of Hiromu Arakawa's fantasy adventure manga. Bryan Massey will play Isaac, J. Michael Tatum will play Scar, and Maxey Whitehead will play Alfonse Elric. The other characters will have the same voice cast from the earlier 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist television adaptation. Alfonse Elric's former voice actor, Aaron Dismuke, will have a "big role" later on. Caitlin Glass and Mike McFarland are the ADR directors for the English dub.
My bet's on Dismuke returning as Ling, heh. Maxey Whitehead did a reasonable turn as the young Antonio in Romeo x Juliet, so no worries there. Must get around to putting the dub of the FMA OVAs in the player to check out Tatum's Scar, since I quite enjoyed Dameon Clarke's take. The original FMA dub is one of my favorites, so I'm pleased by the return of the rest of the cast (FMA, along with Princess Nine, Full Metal Panic and sequels, Death Note, Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, is one of the few anime I'm as likely to listen to in English as in Japanese). If Glass and McFarland can pull performances of similar quality out of their VAs this time around, they'll have another winner on their hands. (Can't hardly wait for the scene in the alley ... oh, I'm so preordered on this one ... :-)
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Title: Learner's Permit
Fandom: FMA (anime or manga version)
Character(s): Winry and Pinako
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 100 (3300 in the whole series)
Warnings: None.
A/N: Incipient car ownership is eating my life, so I figured I might as well get a drabble out of it. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_gen, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers, and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction.
Dedication(s): Happy incredibly belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae! Someday I'll finish that Avatar 'fic I was working on, but in the meanwhile ...



As soon as Winry can reach the pedals and still see over the dash, her grandmother teaches her to drive.
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Title: An Inconvenient Season, Part 3
Fandom: FMA (manga version)
Character(s): Ed, Winry and a special guest villain
Pairing(s): Ed/Winry
Word Count: ~3200 (for this part; ~8900 overall thus far)
Rating: PG-13 (for language and violence)
Warnings: None, as long as you've kept up with Viz's English translation. Takes place in an imagined future seven years after the end of the series.
A/N: Part three of a four-part novella I drafted as an entry in the 2008 Ed/Winry Fire and Ice Challenge, but was unable to complete in time. (Part 1 may be found here and part 2 here.) Previously on An Inconvenient Season, a thuggish individual broke into the West City automail clinic where Winry was working alone; Ed, noticing something amiss as he came to pick her up, has just charged to her rescue. Concrit welcomed with pitons and nylon rope to haul everyone up off that cliff where they've been dangling. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. [livejournal.com profile] hagaren_manga, [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist, [livejournal.com profile] fma_het, [livejournal.com profile] ed_winry, [livejournal.com profile] fma_writers and [livejournal.com profile] fma_fiction).
Dedication(s): For my father, who advised me that villains never fight fair.



A door slammed. The maid screamed ... )

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