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28th March 2007

5:39pm: FIC: Legacy (Part 5)
Title: Legacy
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia)
Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence.
Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke.
Notes: "Advent Children" and "Dirge of Cerberus" are my only canon experiences in the FFVII universe. So I'll probably fudge a few details. My apologies in advance. Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. ---I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.


Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

Part 5 )
10:45am: FIC: Legacy (Part 4)
Title: Legacy
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia)
Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence.
Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke.
Notes: "Advent Children" and "Dirge of Cerberus" are my only canon experiences in the FFVII universe. So I'll probably fudge a few details. My apologies in advance. Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. ---I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.


Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

Part 4 )

27th March 2007

2:24pm: Art Update
Okay, it's waaaaaay early for Memorial Day, but the imagary came to me so clearly, it was scary.

More Final Fantasy VII holiday art.

24th March 2007

10:35pm: FIC: Legacy (Part 3)
Title: Legacy
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia)
Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence.
Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke.
Notes: "Advent Children" and "Dirge of Cerberus" are my only canon experiences in the FFVII universe. So I'll probably fudge a few details. My apologies in advance. Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. ---I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.
Notes2: ANGST ANGST ANGST (Like Cloud needs another excuse for it...)


Part 1 - Part 2

Part 3 )

21st March 2007

9:19pm: An Update and a German (please?)
An Update: New FF7 holiday pic in Drawings. I guess Reno's not Irish...


A German: Uh...any Germanic types on my f-list? I need to know how to say "This person is a nasty hotlinking bastard." or maybe "Hotlinking is illegal. Please don't encourage the idiots by visiting their site." or something similar in German. Some German forum is hotlinking my pics, and I plan on giving them a surprise.



Thank you!

18th March 2007

6:01pm: Easter Crack!ness
I so blame [info]delaese for this.

So...yeah...Happy early Easter

12th March 2007

1:18pm: Couple of Updates
FIRST:
New art on my Drawing page. At the bottom...2 PPG styled versions of Zack, Seph and Cloud; and a picture of Sephiroth not wearing black.

SECOND:
New Video

"Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - The Musical"
Invalid video URL.

10th March 2007

8:04pm: O.o What new fuckery is this?
This happened yesterday. I finally calmed down enough to stop foaming at the mouth, but I still need to vent.

WARNING: Long Rant Ahead!

The Set-Up )
The response that would have gotten me fired if I’d actually sent it. )

4th March 2007

1:39pm: FF7...with zombie goodness!
Invalid video URL.

I absolutely want to know how she did this.

1st March 2007

6:59am: *sob* but YAY!
Due to the overwhelming amount of prettiness in FFVII:AC and DoC, I became hooked into the FF7 fandom. This slightly sucks as the whole fandom is based on a game that I don't own/have never played and apparently contains a vast and complex storyline.

It further sucks because the renewed interest in the game caused by AC and Doc has caused the price on the original game to skyrocket. I can almost guarantee that any other game that came out in the same year as FF7 is either collecting dust on the 'used games' shelf or being used as a coaster. It certainly isn't going for US$100+.

Unfortunately for me, my curiosity and fandom urges have gotten the better of me. I managed to find a decently priced used copy of FF7. It finally arrived three days ago, so I popped it into my PS2 to give it a whirl. Being backwards compatible, my PS2 played it, no problem.

....then I got to a save point. I know you have to have a PS1 memory card to save PS1 games. I have two PS1 cards, and used them for this game. I saved my game, continued playing, died (stupid robot), and tried to reload from the save point.

My game wasn't there. While my PS2 acknowledged the existence of a memory card, said memory card refused to acknowledge the existence of my saved game. So I can only play it on my PS2 until I die or quit, then have to start over?

This S U C K S ! ! !

Bummed that I would have to sink more $$$ into getting a PS1 console, I start searching the net for hope.

Y A Y for the internet!!! I discovered there is a way to play old console games on your computer. Took me a while to hunt down the necessary plugins and configure stuff, but I can now play Final Fantasy VII - Wooot!

I've just barely started playing, so it's not really interesting yet. My only complaint is for a lack of camera angles, though I suppose that's because I'm spoiled by the newer games.

I would seriously consider getting a PS3 if the rumors about an upgraded and re-released version of FF7 for the PS3 actually pans out into reality.

28th February 2007

8:15pm: Pair of Updates
Firstly, there's a new picture in Drawings (on bottom, as per usual). A self fanart for my fic Fever Pitch.

Secondly, slight rearrangement of my FanFic page. Includes new category (FF7 fics) with Chicken Soup and Fever Pitch added under it. (FP also has the above new drawing inside it.) Also, fixed links under Legacy to include Part2 and the upcoming Part3.

26th February 2007

9:30pm: FIC: Fever Pitch (sequel to "Chicken Soup")
I did not originally intend to write a sequel but [info]animekittysama and [info]mirien fed my plotbunnies. Blame them. I do.

Title: Fever Pitch
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII (gameverse)
Pairing: Zack/Sephiroth
Warnings: This fic involves some potty mouths and several bodily fluids (with fresh lemony goodness too!)
Disclaimer: Everything in this story is copyright to someone who is not me. All I own is a rabid plotbunny, and we’re both broke.
Summary: Sephiroth gets worse…but things get better.
Notes: My attempt at a bit of Zack/Seph smex. I generally suck at writing teh smex. Maybe I should put this in the warnings section.
Notes2: You don't need to read "Chicken Soup" to understand this fic, but it certainly helps, especially with a couple of the jokes.
Notes3: This fic was written under the influence of Sting(not appearing in this fic), Bryan Adams, and Nine Inch Nails.

Zack lounged on Sephiroth's couch waiting for him to get home. )

25th February 2007

11:38pm: FIC: Chicken Soup
TITLE: Chicken Soup
AUTHOR: Lazra
BETA: none
PAIRING: Zack/Sephiroth
WARNINGS: This fic involves potty mouths and bodily fluids, and if you squint and tilt your head, there might be some yaoi.
DISCLAIMER: Everything in this story is copyright to someone who is not me. All I own is a rabid plotbunny, and we’re both broke.
SUMMARY: What’s the opposite of a hypochondriac? Zack’s finding out.
NOTES: My attempt at a bit of Zack/Seph fluff. I think I’m coming down with something.


Zack marched down the halls of Shinra's headquarters. )

18th February 2007

8:14pm: Site Update
New picture in Drawings. All the way at the bottom, the Villians(?) of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

In other news, I have a brand spanking new Deviant Art account. Unfortunately, I've only got a few pics up, and they've all been seen on my LJ/website before. However, I've got a ton of favorites if you want to see the kind of stuff that tickles my fancy.
4:39am: KITTIES!!!
Well, one kitty but....KITTY! *dies from the cute*

Curiosity
Mine. Mine. Mine.
Flying High

Recently got a Deviant Art account and found these photos.

EDIT: And the photographer's got lots more kitties in his gallery. Though, the fact that he put them in the "Domesticated Animals" category makes me wonder if he's actually owned cats.

16th February 2007

6:39pm: FIC: Legacy Pt2
Title: Legacy
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia)
Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence.
Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke.
Notes: "Advent Children" and "Dirge of Cerberus" are my only canon experiences in the FFVII universe. So I'll probably fudge a few details. My apologies in advance. Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. --
I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.


Loss and Meet )

9th February 2007

6:00pm: FIC: Legacy Pt1/?
Title: Legacy
Author: Lazra
Beta: none
Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia)
Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence.
Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke.
Notes: Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. -- I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.

Clicky clicky )

Like I need more fandoms...sheesh!

6th January 2007

7:17pm: New Music Video Update (with subliminal messages)
FF7: Advent Children set to "Holding Out for a Hero". Cloud is a hottie. I felt that Frou Frou's techno/dance/whatever version was appropriate for this movie. But Sephiroth is way hotter.

Invalid video URL.

Or here if the embed is not working. You will send me $1,000,000 in gratitude for my creative genius.

2nd January 2007

11:25pm: New Art/Videos/Thingies....
Put a few new videos up at YouTube. A snapped a few photos at work, and then manipped them as my muses saw fit. The videos are basically a step-by-step from the original photo to the finished manipulation. Of course what you don't see is how much experimenting, rearranging, and erasing was necessary to get through those steps.

#1 - Betty dressed up in White Lace
#2 - Alexandra is a Deadly Beauty
#3 - Christopher needs to Beware o' Pirates! (and Nutcrackers)

26th December 2006

8:08pm: Piratey Goodness!!!
I was going through my PotC: Dead Man's Chest DVD (2-disc edition) when I found....TWO EASTER EGGS!!!!

I don't know if there are any EEs on the movie disc. The ones I found are on the second disc with the documentaries and such.

*

The first one I found is on the second "page" of the disc (you know, the little button on the bottom that says "more", you hit "more" and you get a new screen of stuff to look at). Start with yellow highlighted key on the next-to-last last option (above "Register your DVD"). Then press the Left directional button a few times. The key should vanish, and if you keep pushing Left, a yellow highlighted clump of grass will appear at the bottom. Hit the Enter button.

The Page 2 Easter Egg: A few minutes of talking to/about the "Coconut Man" who was hired to chop coconuts out of trees in order to prevent very strange death certificates.

Bloomsie Bonus: Along with a few others, you get to see Orlando enjoying coconut milk.

Bloomsie Bonus 2: You (sorta) get to see the rest of the parrot "Don't eat me!" scene wherein Will insults the parrot.

*

Having found that one I thought to look on the first screen. Just put the highlighted key at the top, and start pushing Right. The grass clump will appear. Hit Enter.

The Page 1 Easter Egg: A short interview with the "twins" of the Jones crew - two actors wearing a funny jumpsuit that effectively turned them into conjoined twins.

Bloomsie Sighting: Will is in the foreground of a few shots showing the twins in and out of their CG "costumes". (I don't consider it a bonus as this scene is already in the movie, and only a few seconds of it is shown in the twins' documentary.)

Personal Note: I never even noticed this character until I saw the Egg, but it's cool looking, and the actors are humorous.

*

Just something that brightened my day (especially since this is the first time I've ever found a DVD EE on my own). Hope some might find it useful.

25th December 2006

5:42pm: The Non-Ranting Christmas Post
So other than my sister, Christmas has been good.

My haul was more of a handout:
- A bath set (aka "I didn't know what to get you. Enjoy!") from my cousins
- A pair of earrings from my Auntie
- $50 from Grandmommie

Things I bought for other people:
- A tiny purse with hair bands stuffed inside for my 2yo niece (who loooooves purses)
- A green dalestone pendant for my mother
- The shelving unit that I had promised my older sister as a housewarming gift months ago (eep)
- Sets of Dr. Seuss books for my nephews

A conversation with [info]neldluva reminded me how much the education system around here sucks, so I'd better help them in whatever little way that I can. I figured the good doctor might help them get interested in reading. Kid-you-not, I spent an hour in the bookstore rereading Seuss books just because I hadn't read them since I was a kid but remembered how much I loved them. Plus, the boys are at that just-learning-to-read age, and I figured Seuss would be good starters. But books...I definitely wanted to get them books, and my Auntie is crafty and slips a little book in with the toy/clothing gifts.

Christmas Eve was spent at Grandmommie's. We had a turkey/ham/trimmings lunch. Being the way she is, she made far too much food, and ended up begging people to take some home with them. (I managed to nab enough turkey and ham for a few sandwiches and three slices of chocolate pie which ended up as my dinner that night.)

Christmas morning was...well, see previous post for that rant. However, after that incident and making it to the family dinner, things much improved. Lots of good food, lots of family, lots of chitchat about what's been going on since Thanksgiving. Everyone stuffed themselves and had a good time.

A Merrier Christmas than the previous post would have you believe!
4:05pm: Merry Eff'ing Christmas
I feel better when I write. So this is meant for catharsis, more than for it to be read.

The Grinch Who Bitched Through Christmas )

13th December 2006

10:14pm: Cheering Myself Up
...with a little Q&A

Question: Who is Sephiroth?
Answer: The prettiest villain in all of gamedom. Known for his black leather coat, a ridiculously long sword, and flowy silver hair.

Question: What happens when you put a depilatory cream into Sephiroth's shampoo?
Answer )

11th December 2006

6:49pm: I hate real life
Seriously....I can see why some people prefer to go nutters and live in an imaginary world of peace, love, and nothinggoeswrong-ness.

Last Tuesday, I took my cat, Lindy, to the vet. She was barfing constantly. Not ::hack, hack, hairball::, it was ::eat, barf:: Like some kind of kitty bulemia. Nothing would stay down more than ten seconds.

I don't have a regular vet, so I took her to a place a friend recommended. The place bills itself as "24 hours, regular and emergency vet care". I got there at about 8AM to be informed that a doctor won't be in until 10. Not "available" as in "he's in back tending to others right now". "In" as in "just us nurses, no actual vets, sorry".

I think this is pretty lousy for a 24-hour emergency medical facility. To top it off, if you don't have an appointment, they charge you an "emergency fee" (about three times the regular "office visit fee") regardless of what time you come in or whether or not a vet is on the premesis.

I make an appointment for the same day, show up, and spend nearly $200 for the vet to say "I think she's constipated". He gives her a couple of shots, and I take her home.

She eats and doesn't barf. Huzzah!

Yesterday when I gave my cats breakfast, I noticed that Lindy's face was wet. I wasn't sure what from, so I pick her up and have a look.

The entire right side of her face is coated with dried and fresh snot. Not good. When I put her down, I noticed she was walking funny, like there's something wrong with her hind end. Not good. When I actually put food in the bowls, Sugar and Z eat like rabid tigers. Lindy (who is always first in line for food) could care less and just goes for water. Not good.

I make another appointment for today and go back. Despite me cleaning her face repeatedly, she's still very snotty and limping and lethargic when we get to the vet. She weighed 6 pounds this morning. Last week it was 6 1/2 pounds. Her regular weight is 8 pounds. Not good.

I finally get some bloodwork done on her. No FelineAIDS or Leukemia (Yay!) but her liver tests came out funny, and the vet is pretty sure she has a lung infection. She gets two more shots of medicine, and a HUGE needle full of fluids to rehydrate her. I get a bottle of liquid antibiotics to administer at home, along with a tube of some goop vitamin supplement to help her get her strength back.

I took her home, but had to go back to work as I'm still under threat of disciplinary action if I lose too much work time. Spent the day wondering if she's okay. Got home.

She wasn't snotty. Good. She's not quite as lethargic. Okay. She's still limping. Hmm.

Time to torture the kitty with nasty medicine. I decided to give her the supplement first. The vet assured me tastes good to animals. She'll probably like it. Lindy sniffed it, then looked at me in a clear "Pfft...as if" manner. So I got to attempt force-feeding her sticky goop. Umm...yay. I think there was more of it on me than in her. Next, she got an eyedropper full of antibiotic that the vet assured me tasted nasty. Lindy promptly gagged and tried to wretch the stuff out. I get to do both of these twice a day.

Umm...yay. Very weary now....virtual hugs for Lindy and me will be much appreciated.

Okay, Imaginary World...bring on the naked dancing Elves!

10th December 2006

4:13pm: Site Update
New 3D Art. It's at the bottom.

Lindir seeks comfort from Fingolfin after his over-bearing Nana shows up. Based on a scene from "A Far Distant Shore" by the Magic Rat/[info]delaese.
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