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[User Picture]From: [info]dimestore_romeo
2013-06-10 10:20 am (UTC)

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I'm just getting up to date with the threads and I'm already getting mad fluttering excitement in my chest. I am loving the new ways in which all these characters are meeting, and the subtle changes to their dynamics.
[User Picture]From: [info]hatake_kakashi
2013-06-10 05:58 pm (UTC)

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YOU RETURN TO US.

I'm so pleased you're following Legacy. :D A whole bunch of new threads just went up over the weekend, so there's a lot to catch up with. I hope you enjoy!

(Also, YOUR ICON LIN BEI FONG YES. We totally based the new ANBU commander on her, because she is all the awesome.)
[User Picture]From: [info]dimestore_romeo
2013-06-10 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Of course I have returned! :D No question of it, I have always been here for the long haul, whatever new form this takes. God, I even remember Scarlet Spiral. xD Reading the new threads here really brings back how it used to be, when I'd check the comm when I got up the morning and settle down with a cup of tea to read and make gleeful squawking noises. So nice to be back.

(Lin Bei Fong was absolutely the highpoint of Korra for me! Well, and Asami was badass. Shame about everything else, because it really didn't live up to my hopes. Plotting and characterisation and pacing were...sloppy. Sigh.)
[User Picture]From: [info]tousaki_ryouma
2013-06-10 06:16 pm (UTC)

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Learning that we were part of your pleasant morning routine just made my morning. I hope we, at least, continue to live up to your hopes. :)
[User Picture]From: [info]dimestore_romeo
2013-06-10 06:21 pm (UTC)

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I am seeing that time and experience has made all of your writing even better than it was before. (I may be having a massive glorious reread of FL as we speak) :) Everything seems a bit tighter this time around, and it really sparkles. The threads have a lovely flow to them.
[User Picture]From: [info]tousaki_ryouma
2013-06-10 06:29 pm (UTC)

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Excellent! I hoped that's what you'd find. A lot of the early threads at Leaves--even my favorite threads--kind of make me cringe now; I think we've improved both as individual writers and on a structural and world-building level, so thanks for the validation. :)
[User Picture]From: [info]hatake_kakashi
2013-06-10 07:01 pm (UTC)

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*DANCE!*

That's wonderful to hear. We've been evolving the method of responding to each other within tags, rather than writing shorter, rapid-fire tags with single responses. Which gives us much snappier dialogue, though also much longer tags. XD *wrote a five page one the other day*

From a reader point of view, do you have any difficulties following whose POV it is if one characters gets two or three running tags in a row, or do the icons/account names/writing make it obvious?
[User Picture]From: [info]dimestore_romeo
2013-06-10 07:30 pm (UTC)

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I like the much longer sections - sometimes the old quick switches seemed a little odd, or a character's thought process in one section would seem a bit too rushed/not fleshed out enough. This way is a lot more detailed and the longer focus on each character feels deeper(?) than it was. It's hard to describe, but in some of the old old FL stuff I felt like character's motivations and leap from one thought/emotion to another passed by too fast, or the writing was too sketched out? More draft/chatlike, whereas this is more polished.

I usually check the name on each tag - it did throw me a little that one character might get three tags in a row, because obviously I am used to a more back and forth kind of thing, but I like this better? Like I said, more detailed and more tightly focused.

I have been caught out a couple of times when - I think it's the section when Kakashi puts the guy through two walls, and then we flip over from his and Ryouma's more or less synchronised pov to Genma, and it felt like there was a gap in the action? I can see the reason for that - there isn't a need to repeat a situation from another character's pov when it has happened, if everything is happening as it happens. (edit - and upon looking at that bit again it is nicely continous, it was just the shock of the switch from Raidou+Genma as masked strangers in Kakashi's view to their own povs observing Kakashi and Ryouma.)

Hmmmmm. I think I just noticed that more because it was the two separate stories coming together very quickly. The more I reread I appreciate that there is less *reacting* to the last tag in the next and so on (e.g in FL Kakashi says/does something, and then Ryouma reflects on it and responds, and then Kakashi takes that in and responds...), which is almost a repeat - it does seem snappier and more solidly continuous because of a stricter linearity.

Phew! That got long. I think this is all because I'm rereading the old and reading the new, and my separation between the two isn't that good yet. But after I've finished my reread of FL I think it will be easier to look at AL more...coherently. And get in to its style. xD