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Despite all the AUs that run around my journal like deranged lemmings, there is an actual "canon" Asmodeus/Raphael timeline. And for awhile it's been suffering from the worst type of writer's block.

As a I mentioned before, it's mainly a characterization issue. I don't want Raphael to be a doormat, and I do want Asmodeus to be evil. I also want them to end up together without compromising their innate characters. And I want Asmodeus and Raphael to have deeper motivations for wanting each other than because I like the pairing, lol.

I think I've finally found a way to do this. Originally in the canon series, Asmodeus and Raphael never knew each other well as angels, but that was really just an arbitrary decision. Lately, I've been playing around a bit with Asmodeus being the former Angel of Passionate Love and him and Raphael having been close, but Asmodeus does not remember his past.

Now I'm seriously considering incorporating this plot device into the main series. It would:
a) give Raphael a personal empathetic connection to Asmodeus, and an actual reason for Raphael to think the best of Asmodeus even when the latter seems to be only demonic now.

b) For Asmodeus, his former closeness to Raphael would explain why he subconsciously is drawn to the angel even though Asmodeus hates most angels. The Love is still there even though it's hidden. And when Asmodeus remembers his past toward the end of the series, it would horrify him but also make him admit to himself that Raphael really does mean so much to him.

So yeah, that's what I'm leaning towards. I don't know if it's because I'm traveling, but I'm feeling really inspired as of late.

forecast: Here's a bit of what's on my to-do list right now for the next month or so...
  • 70%: next set of Asmodeus Raphael 1sentence prompts

  • 55%: Lucifer and Beelzebub's Fall (fic)

  • 50%: Asmodeus/Raphael drabble100 prompts 036-040

  • 15%: Asmodeus/Raphael reverse AU themed to the 7 Deadly Sins (vignette series)

  • 0%: Lucifer/Beelzebub drabble100 prompts 001-005

  • 0%: next five Asmodeus/Raphael fanart50 prompts


As that list suggests, I'm writing some fun filler stuff right now, but when I get back to the USA, I am going to plot out the timeline of the main A/R series. Then hopefully there'll be so more plot-driven, longer fics in the works. ;3

Date: 2011-01-12 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halosphere.livejournal.com
If I'd known you were leaving on a trip I'd have sent you one of my hand-made journals :3 I hope you're having fun and congratulations on the breakthrough! <3

Date: 2011-01-24 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Aww, you're such a sweet thing. *hugs*

It was an absolutely lovely trip! I've been traveling to so many new places in the last two years, that I had actually forgotten how much I adore London. It was wonderful getting to fall in love with that city all over again. *happy sigh* Will definitely be going back for another trip this year.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
Yay for breakthrough! I think that idea works well for them and it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. *grin*

I got your postcard. Thank you! It's lovely!

Date: 2011-01-24 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
I think this change will finally solve just about all of my story dilemmas. *is so stoked*

Oh, you're quite welcome, sweetie!

Date: 2011-01-24 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com
Yay! I look forward to reading what you come up with now that you've worked it out. *dances*

Date: 2011-01-12 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lordofsin
I think it sounds really interesting - could also make for interesting conflict, when Raphael looks at Asmodeus now and remembers what he once was; knowing Asmodeus remembers nothing would be painful. :D And he'll also have to learn to love Asmodeus for who he is now.

So yes, I love this idea. :D Looking forward to all the upcoming drabbles too!

Date: 2011-01-24 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Exactly! Their interactions will never be one-dimensional for Raphael. It also makes a great logical reason for why Raphael would try to hold back in a fight, especially since he's a tiny bit stronger than Asmodeus.

Thank you! With any luck, this project will get back underway in the following months. Then the serious writing can begin. It'd be nice to print and self-publish the canon series by the time I'm 25. XD

Date: 2011-01-24 05:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lordofsin
Poor Raphael. *hugs him*

:D *cheers you on*

Date: 2011-01-13 06:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] randomicicle.livejournal.com
Oh my, it's been ages since I staked your journal and I come back to find this. My knowledge on the subject is practically null, but I read your previous entry about the characterization issues and I hope you had it sorted out. I love how you're trying to keep them IC.

Will check for any new fics from you as well, I'm not sre how much I digged in last time :)

Date: 2011-01-24 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Thanks for the comments! Moreso than plot, I really find that it's the characters that drive a story so I'm a stickler for keeping both plot and characters in balance. Though I'll try just about anything in AUs (great way to take care of rogue plotbunnies), lol.

Date: 2011-01-24 06:07 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] randomicicle.livejournal.com
Sorry for flooding your inbox! *laughs* I just got into them and started commenting, even randomly doing so. Anyway, I love teh balance it has. Not that I know much about canon, but I have this idea of them both now and it's just perfect how it fits even in AUs. Your AUs, at least.

I'm not finished with your stories, but I've been on a trip, so.. you might see another flood soon.

Date: 2011-01-13 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marian-vel.livejournal.com
I think it would works well, I'm glad you have finally found a solution, I always liked most of the bad guys than the good guys, and Asmodeus like that is too perfect to change. And is really good you explore their reasons for wanting each other, it will be very beautiful! *_*

And I love the fact that you will continue the fanart50 prompts, I love your drawings!

Good that you're inspired, good for us! XD

Date: 2011-01-24 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuru-san.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yes, I think there will be a lot more A/R plot development soon now. :D

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