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some people say they're just kidding themselves
1. Comment with the name of a character that I have written in fic.

2. I will reply with:

a. What initially prompted me to write about him/her.
b. One of his/her best traits.
c. One of his/her worst traits.
d. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
e. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character.
f. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.

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umilingual From: umilingual Date: August 11th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The lovely Tomoyo. :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 11th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
a. What initially prompted me to write about him/her.
Ack, it's been so long, but after my first really bad attempt at fic, I went through almost every page of CCS fic on ff.net, and saw a couple of T/T fics. I wanted to do something different, and since it was such an unrepresented pair, I went with that. So it wasn't so much wanting to write Tomoyo--though I do love her--but that I was looking for an idea that hadn't been done to death.

b. One of his/her best traits.
Is there anyone sweeter? She never has a bad thing to say about anyone. She will be anyone's friend and confidant, especially when they need it most.

c. One of his/her worst traits.
Put the camera down!

d. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
As much as I've written her? I still find her difficult. I have not made my way inside her head enough. What goes on in there? And there's the Sueness of her. Whoever said most CCS characters can come across as Sues was right, and so it's hard to walk that line with Tomoyo. You don't want to get too far from her canon self, because then she's OOC, but if she's Little Miss Perfect, who wants to read about that?

e. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character.
Maybe this passage from The Greatest Power?

"She has a kindness that I’ve never witnessed anywhere else since my mother died. Everyone matters to her, from the maid who serves afternoon tea to the woman who runs the art supply store to her best friend to her mother. Everyone is treated with the same consideration and respect. And she has so much empathy for others. She can tell how someone is feeling just by looking at them, and she knows exactly what to say to make them feel better. She has something... something that makes you believe. It isn’t anything specific, but it’s there."

f. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
I don't know. Next time the T/T bug bites me. I'm obsessed with another fandom/pairing right now, so when that wears off, maybe I'll go back to T/T.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
e.

"Tomoyo’s fingers froze. “Oh?” she asked shakily. It had been just as bad as she’d imagined. She made her fingers keep moving. “That’s nice. Are you going?” She hit another wrong note, and the more she tried to concentrate on the correct chords, the more mistakes she made.

“What? Of course not.” Well, not in a date sense.

“I think you should. It’s okay,” she said. She’d been thinking about it in spite of her best efforts not to. She knew that Yukito had a history with Touya that she couldn’t begin to compete with. They were bonded by magic. At least, that had been her interpretation of things, based on what Touya had told her and what she remembered from those days. Maybe they were always meant to get back together, and she was just a stop along their path.

“What do you mean, it’s okay?” he asked. He probably should have started this conversation at the beginning, with Yukito’s more important news, before bringing that up. But it had been at the forefront of his mind, and, besides, it had just been so absurd that he thought for sure she’d see it that way, too.

“I know how much you care about him, so it makes sense that you’d want to see him again.”

Maybe it did, but that wasn’t why he was considering it. “Tomoyo—”

“I just want you to be happy,” she said as tears began to blur her vision. Her fingers kept clumsily pressing the keys, but the notes were all wrong now, and the melody had disintegrated into an uneven mess. But she had to keep going."
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? That's an interesting choice. I think I was discussing this with someone long ago and they said Tomoyo wouldn't cry. I never could decide if they were right or not.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's harder to be Little Miss Perfect and selfless and understanding when putting someone else ahead of yourself means breaking your heart. One sees that happening here. Compare it to when Syaoran shows up; Tomoyo handles that fairly well. But here just the thought of Yukito re-entering Touya's life causes her to break down. I think it also reflects her progression from little girl at 10 to young woman at 16. She's evolving but it's still her.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was my reasoning. Here she's actually put herself out there and is in an actual relationship with someone, not just loving them from afar. This is real, grown-up love, and it's hard and scary sometimes.

But she probably does still cry too much overall. I just remember sixteen being a tough time emotionally and hormonally, so I drew on that. Stuff makes you cry real easy at that age.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It is so hard for me to come up with one that we haven't talked about to death. Can I even surprise you anymore?

Yukito.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You suck.

a. What initially prompted me to write about him/her.
One of the Shrine challenges, I guess. It's not something I'd do unless prompted by someone else.

b. One of his/her best traits.
Well, I guess he's supernice....

c. One of his/her worst traits.
....but that's really f'ing boring. There's no spark to him at all. No fire. No passion. Just... bland pleasantness.

d. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
Medium. To paraphrase As Good as it Gets: I think of a man, then remove everything that makes men interesting, attractive, or masculine.

e. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character.
I think he comes across well in WIDK as a whole.

f. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
I have a Nakuru/Yukito request that I owe, but other than that, none.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm gonna be the Devil's Advocate here and say...

But b. and c. apply to Fujitaka as well! No??
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
But at least Fujitaka has a passion in life--teaching, history, archaeology.

What is Yukito passionately interested in? Nothing. But really, he's not supposed to be. He's just there to be a disguise. A disguise that's no longer needed after a certain point. Hence my being a card-carrying member of Team Merge.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I forgot; Fujitaka is also muscular, and he was young and reckless enough at one point to marry his sixteen year-old student.

But I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that without Sonomi Fujitaka would be a much blander dude. They complete each other.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
he was young and reckless enough at one point to marry his sixteen year-old student

Has anyone ever written a fic to explain why he thought that was a good idea? Why he wouldn't wait until she finished school, or until her family came around (if he thought they would), or whatever? It is kind of an odd thing that doesn't seem to fit his otherwise sensible/honorable/above-board character, but he did it, so... why?
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're not responsible for reconciling CLAMP's plot holes and wild inconsistencies.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 12th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it weren't for plot holes and inconsistencies, I don't suppose CLAMP would even have a body of work.
14 pathetic excuses or justify your existence