Guys, GUYS, did you SEE the latest Naruto manga?!?!? Fuuuuuck, it's got me PSYCHED!! Oh god, the cover, THE COVER, SERIOUSLY!!
Perve over here: Naruto 515
The fighters! The generals! Akatsuki's force! Naruto being awesome (and about as sharp as usual, which is not very), Sasuke! Kabuchimaru being creepy! PREPARATIONS FOR WAR!! It's got everything!
Also, "the turtle moved"?! Was it just me that let out a Small Gods-related squee of doom? THE TURTLE MOVES, Y'ALL.
Why, you ask, am I getting wired up by Naruto again, after spending months handing my brain over to Inception and Sherlock?
Well, I shall tell you!
Some of you may remember that back in June, before the whole "waiting for a train" malarchy started, prettypriestess
and I signed up for the Jounin Wave of the Naruto Big Bang. There have been some delays in deadlines and posting, and then Uni started for Ember, and we sort of stalled around 50K (it was only supposed to be 20K! Why, brain, why?). Now, though, we've been informed (thank you, weeaboobs
) that we have LESS THAN TWELVE DAYS TO COME UP WITH SOME EPIC SHIT TO ROUND UP OUR EPIC STORY. The deadline is 14th November, and I have lectures (and a Super Sekrit Event, more on this later) happening on 13th Nov, so that day will be wasted for me, as, I imagine, would be most of 14th Nov.
So that leaves us with about ten days to tie up a hell of a lot of back story, and aforementioned epic shit, and yet do justice to the most fun either of us has had writing in ages. I'm re-reading over the 50K we have so far, just to remember what we did when, and I know Ember's doing the same. We have a good chance of making this work, since both of us work WAY better under pressure. As I told weeaboobs
earlier, I hope it will all come together in one great big glorious mess right on time.
I'd actually forgotten just how much PURE FUN writing Naruto is. Inception is a fandom full of thinky thoughts, with characters whose writing brings about certain responsibilities to them and to the fandom (which is ridiculously prolific, and whose quality of writing material is beyond anything I've ever seen anywhere else). There is a sort of set viewpoint to Arthur's and Eames' characters that isn't quite as malleable as we pretend it to be, because we in the fandom are a bit set on certain character traits that can't be fiddled with too much without descending into OoC-ness.
With Naruto, you have the 'verse, and well-shaped characters that have been around for years, and a huge backstory that you can use at will, and it's still
more FUN than anything else. Ember and I have been having a ball fiddling with it, and I hope that when we finally post, it will be as enjoyable to our readers as it was to us wot wrote it. Okay, back to slaving away with me!
OH OH also observe my new Tom Hardy mood theme!! It is by Aeolytheis, and it showcases the many, MANY reasons I adore that silly, strange, bizarre, yet appealingly complicated man.