Miranda

Requiem of the Goddess - Mass Effect - Ashley/FemShep, Liara/FemShep, Miranda/FemShep, Aria/FemShep.

Title - Requiem of the Goddess
Game(s) - Mass Effect Trilogy
Pairing(s) - Ashley/FemShep, Liara/FemShep. Miranda/FemShep, Aria/FemShep. Tali plays a role later on.
Warnings - Dominance/submission. Mental and emotional kinks. Other adult themes and language.
Rating - NC-17
Summary - Goddess of mind, goddess of heart - closed-off without consent, She cannot flourish; unlocked to the universe in trust and control, She protects from all outside influences. Only one sits atop the throne of Shepard's subjectivity in worship. Renegon Infiltrator FemShep. Spans the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Links
FanFiction - https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13613336/1/Requiem-of-the-Goddess
Archive of Our Own - https://archiveofourown.org/works/24654982/chapters/59572249
Yoshiyuki

Yoshiyuki Ly

Writing.
Video games.
Music.
Fanfiction.

Don't ignore the:
Social realism + romance.
Intensity.
LGBT, minorities, and women as fully-realized characters.
Power plays that push mental and emotional limits.
Armor over vulnerabilities. Strip that armor to get to the soft, devoted core.



Anathema
Historical fantasy romance. Self-published. It's available now. Book summary:

Prepared to die for her country, Solaire Copeland is drafted to the Drakengard knighthood at twenty-two years old, and vows to stop running away from the one she loves. Guarding over her dark secrets in shame, she nevertheless takes a leap of faith and entrusts herself to her intelligent equal in Stella Azrith, an alluring, measured, and methodical young woman of magic. Solaire elevates her love for Stella in romantic showmanship and subservience, even as the two of them struggle to understand one another through their temperamental differences. Anathema is a historical fantasy romance that tells the tale of Solaire and Stella's courtly relationship in their youth, as they grow into their characters--Archangel Vespair and Mistress Fury--from The Scorpion's Empress, Venus and Lysander, and Black Waltz as a prequel to the existing trilogy.

Desperate to keep Solaire at home, Stella conspires to prevent her from getting sent off to fight in an unjust war for their country, the Monomyth of Astora. In her scheming at the highest levels of government, she forms an unstable alliance with Fey Murasaki, the wicked and wily ambassador from Astora's closest foreign ally. Stella and Fey's influence across the land slithers in darkness while Solaire's knightly powers shine to alarming levels in the light, causing them to become targets--for both good and ill--of the nation's most powerful leaders. Through intensifying mortal perils, Solaire's love for Stella deepens to maddening levels, restrained only by her distinct sense that her free will erodes more each time she kneels in fulfilling servitude.

Independent streaks contradict religiosity in service of loving a woman with a will so strong--Solaire bears both the light and the dark or enlightened empathy and burning hatred, with her secrets fueling her rise as the strongest knight of an age.

Anathema - ebook cover

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Black Waltz
Contemporary fantasy romance. Self-published. It's available now. Book summary:

As a Black Waltz--a magical ballet dancer--Stella Azrith appears to all as a composed, no-nonsense sorceress of notable talent. Yet she is deeply dependent on her muse for far more than most artists, complicating her relationships. Nyte Lysander is a suave, emotional cellist who once struggled in her obsession to stay in Stella's world. She and Stella find one another again after a tumultuous breakup, needing the other for reasons warped beyond the norm. Black Waltz is a sprawling urban fantasy romance set 350 years after The Scorpion's Empress and 100 years after Venus and Lysander, concluding the trilogy. Can be read as a standalone.

Searching for acceptance, Stella and Nyte learn to understand each other anew, strained only by disagreements past and unspoken. Nyte's living situation in the crime-ridden district of Maleficus in the city of Eden pushes her and Stella to pursue better artistic opportunities elsewhere. As they toy with the idea of exploring a power play relationship, they learn about a greater evil that threatens the Azrith and Lysander family. The true enemy twists on its head through whirling rainstorms, driving Stella and Nyte to prove who and what they stand for.

There can be no waltz for three.

Black Waltz ebook

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Venus and Lysander
Historical-fantasy-romance. Solstice Publishing picked this one up. It's available now. Book summary:

Living as a nobleman and a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor's adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val's ruthlessness
for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion's Empress.

Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val's chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis' true motive, Val and Lucrezia's tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.



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Finalist in the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - Lesbian romance
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention


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The Scorpion's Empress
Erotic romance plus a bit of fantasy. Also under Solstice Publishing. It's available now. Book summary:

After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled Empress of the city's oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion's Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl's loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the Empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head, Videl's loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her Empress.

The Scorpion's Empress

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Goodreads // Solstice Publishing

Winner in the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - Lesbian romance
Finalist in the 2016 Independent Author Network Awards - LGBT
Winner in the 2016 New England Book Awards - LGBT
Honorable Mention in the 2016 Rainbow Awards - Lesbian erotic romance

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Online Stories
Find most of my romance works here. The joy of sharing.

In-Depth Story Notes
Find my personal commentary and additional notes for certain stories here.

Book publishing dates/progress

1. The Scorpion's Empress (erotic romance with some D/s) - June 1, 2016
2. Venus and Lysander (historical-fantasy-romance) - January 31, 2017

3. Black Waltz (urban fantasy romance with some BDSM) - September 25, 2018
4. Anathema (historical-fantasy-romance with some D/s) - May 1, 2019
5. Chauvinistic Coquette (contemporary romance with some fantasy) - editing final draft - publishing date: TBD
6. Anathema II: The Scorpion's Empress (erotic romance, dark fantasy, BDSM) - next WIP - publishing date: TBD

These are all set in different eras of my fictional Anathema universe: the world, Tellus, with Nyx Vevina as God of the Anathema religion; she is the morally ambiguous shadow to her more spirited twin sister, Venus, who is revered as the standard of beauty, femininty and acceptance. My main characters all challenge the status quo in these societies in ways that are relevant to the real world.

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Aria

going up the rough side of the mountain.

I don't understand why I keep doing this.

I keep taking the most difficult road. The most stressful path. All for a ridiculous payoff in the end.

It's always worth it. But this leaves me wondering why. Why it has to be this way. It happens with me every time. Every single time.

The next chapter of Requiem of the Goddess is nearly done. I stopped my earlier practice of finishing a chapter before posting the previous one. I don't know, this feels more spontaneous. Less rigid. More free. I already know how the whole story is going to go. It's not like I'm running off and writing random, unplanned chapters. But I finally went through and planned on a micro level, mapping out the rest of these Mass Effect 2 events, chapter-by-chapter. It's a little strange to see everything in one place like this.

In the meantime, I've had to start working on another story in between other freelance writing projects I have going on for work. Just to avoid getting burned out on Requiem, or getting stuck in a maddening loop with it. I have no idea when I'm going to post it. Whenever that happens, I'll have already written several chapters, just like with my current story. I need to be sure. Having this other outlet helps me to take a break from Requiem of the Goddess every now and then. But once again, it's an ambitious tale.

These things are never simple, never easy with me.

I almost wish I were burnt out and tired after writing non-stop for a year straight. But it looks like this cycle will continue for quite some time.

i see my reasons why. I wish I understood them. I wish I knew why I keep doing this. Seems like there's no escape, no way out. It's fine and it's fun and it's freeing to write so well and so efficiently. There are certain consequences from this work ethic of mine. I just realized that I can't remember some peoples' faces anymore. People who used to mean so much. I try to recall what they looked like, and I only draw a blank. It's not because I'm older now or I don't care to remember these things anymore. My resources keep getting rerouted to these projects, to these arduous paths. It's concerning, but I don't have a choice. I really don't.

This is what I do. This is who I am.

You're here to consume this about me, so consume away.
Miranda

Christmas in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.

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I've been playing this game for seven years since 2013. I'm thirty years old. This is the first time the Christmas music in the starter cities doesn't make me feel depressed, or even remotely sad. I can finally just appreciate it for what it is. Even gave me some ideas for Requiem of the Goddess once I reach that time of the year in the story. I'd always had some ideas to get around to. But I have a clearer picture now. There's something about the chill atmosphere in Limsa Lominsa with the snow falling, with other people standing around afk, listening to the music like I am. Even though we're right next to the sea, and it's not supposed to snow here. Whatever. It's the thought that counts.

I used to get depressed at this time of the year. It's not that I've forgotten why or how. I remember exactly why. I've reached a point where those things have no power over me anymore. It took me a long time to realize this. It's okay, though. There's another aspect to it as well. Not just the emotional part.

My writing is my identity. I don't really have a personality of my own beyond the principles and ideas I stand for and believe in. Yeah, I'm very stern and severe, but that's just out of habit, not as a preference. I'm like this because of various reasons I don't want to get into. The point is, my skill as a writer determines my security with myself as a person, as a human being. With Requiem of the Goddess, I finally feel like I've "arrived." My skill level as a writer is where I want it to be. It's what I've spent my whole life chasing after, ever since I was half the age I am now.

I'm looking forward to what else I'll learn next year, and so on.
Demifiend

just now working on the next chapter of Requiem.

Ugh, sorry. Kind of late. Then again, I've written almost a million words this year. Maybe I can cut myself some slack. I'm too hard on myself, I know.

I got delayed due to the latest patch releasing for Final Fantasy XIV. I've been farming Emerald Weapon Extreme non-stop because...I actually like the fight. The song in phase two is a banger. I see Soken took some tips from Shin Megami Tensei's soundtracks. The Black Wolf Stalks Again sounds like it's straight out of Digital Devil Saga 2. I love it. I thought I'd be sick of it by now, but no. The only complaint I have so far is on the people-end. No one ever seems to want to main tank this fight, so I end up having to do it every time. Not a big deal, though. I enjoy doing everything perfectly and having the others rely on me as a guide for mechanics. It's satisfying.

I'm also upset about something else. The news of what happened to FKA twigs just about broke me when I found out. I really respect her a lot. Her latest album from last year is among my favorites of all time. So you can imagine the type of reaction I had. Reserved, as I always am. But still feeling.

I'll try to have the next chapter up within the next few days. I'm sure when you read it, you'll see the other reasons for this delay.
Vespair drawing

never seems to end.

It's always the same.

More importantly, I've been "working on" Requiem of the Goddess for almost a year now. I didn't sit down and start writing it until January of this year. But the plot started stewing at this time in 2019. Around October 2019, I had a strange feeling, telling me to pick up Mass Effect again for the first time in nearly five years. Now this story has taken over my life. It's made me put other plans on hold. Indefinitely. Completely limitless, this is the most ambitious project I've ever worked on. I'm not holding anything back. Aside from pacing myself accordingly. I'm somehow still not tired. Not losing my mind anymore now that I've reached this point. Things are different. Mostly in a good way. Different to the point where I shouldn't discuss the details.

What surprises me the most isn't how long I've been working on this. It's how consistent I am with my plans. In the very beginning, I changed a lot of ideas around. By the time I started posting the story online, everything was set in stone. I haven't deviated from anything major since that initial start. Everything in the plot plays out in service to the main pairing. That's how I want it to be. Going forward, it looks like my plans through to the final chapter will remain the same. All I'm doing is coloring in the details along the way.

What was the inspiration for this story? Well, aside from rewriting the original Requiem of the Goddess (and only using maybe five things total from that version), it's a personal process. I spent a long time living through multiple crises with multiple people. I was the common thread, searching and searching for something. Putting up with these crises to find what I was looking for. As soon as I found it, the catastrophe ended. I found my peace. And I used to spend a long time wondering if it was all worth it. Considering how things are for me today, I think the answer is yes. It was worth it.

You are reading that process. The catastrophes, the searching. The catastrophe's end. Peace. Meaning. Moving forward.

Requiem of the Goddess is about the death of an idea. That meaning is broad enough to apply to just about anything. On purpose. For me, one particular idea had enslaved me. The idea that I had to accept my life as it was. When I stopped accepting that idea, everything changed. Even still, I accept that I am the main antagonist of the story as the author. You never quite know when to trust me; just as I never quite knew when to trust my own life, how things went, and the world itself, with those outside forces as the authors of my fate. But the world is only a reflection of our point of view. It has no ideologies: good or bad. You can make it the villain if you need to. I serve the same purpose as the faceless arbiter of this story.

I always know what you're thinking as you read. I keep writing the way I want to anyway, knowing how you'll react. I am responsible for your thoughts, your emotions. I continue on anyway, aware of my precarious position. I'm not interested in keeping your favor or safety or approval. I'm only here to write. It is self-serving. So maybe that does make me the villain after all.
Vespair drawing

pretty good election (week) outcome and N7 day.

Not at all surprised about what's happened. I knew going into this that it would be close, and the outcome would take seemingly forever. So I was prepared ahead of time for everything. The flurry of impatience from people online felt a lot like watching a collective fever dream. But nothing swayed me from my confidence that this would happen.

The rumored Mass Effect Trilogy remaster finally had an official announcement, too. I'd like more information about it.

Pretty good day overall.
Miranda

now's not the time.

There's so much going on. I don't like this picture I see of humanity these days. I always knew that it was there, but it's still disturbing. I feel like I'm stuck in the middle of serious tribalism. I have my own principles and beliefs. But I'm not succumbing to some of the depravity I've seen going on.

Beyond that, I'm not buying a PlayStation 5. Maybe I will down the line if some of the games actually interest me. Didn't bother pre-ordering it. I'll stick to playing the Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne remaster and the NieR: Replicant release on PS4 next year. I have no interest in any other new games. It's funny, since I have technically already played Nocturne and NieR. I only have faith in these two re-releases. I don't care about anything else. I'm living the mostly-AFK life in Final Fantasy XIV, doing a few things here and there in between writing while alt-tabbed. Not really focused on battle content. When I do, I stick to my tank main, dark knight. I don't think I will ever go back to healing. I'm tired of compensating for other people's mistakes. I have some efficient ways of making a lot of in-game money. I just focus on that when I need to take a break from writing for a little while.

Chapter forty of Requiem of the Goddess should be up within the coming days. It's done. I just have a habit of not posting a chapter until the one directly after it is finished. This helps me go back and edit for continuity. So when chapter forty-one is finished, I will edit and then post chapter forty. I'm not sure if it will be obvious why these chapters have taken me a bit longer. If you look closely, you might be able to tell. But, beyond the substance of these chapters, I also took some time to plan in more detail. On a macro level, I've already planned out the whole story. On a micro level, I made more concrete plans up to and including chapter sixty, mostly to nail down the order of events. We have a long, long way to go. The word count is irrelevant.

I don't have other plans aside from what I have going on with freelance writing for work. The vice-presidential debate tomorrow night should be...interesting. And my state starts early voting later on this month. I decided to wear my N7 mask and go do that instead.

Back to writing my story.
Noctis-throne

spoke too soon about Ghost of Tsushima.

Never mind. I'm bored of this game.

I'd grown bored of it a while ago. Technically the game is fine. After some time, I realized I wasn't invested in the characters/story at all. I couldn't get through act one before putting it down. By the time I noticed I hadn't turned my PS4 on in a while -- again -- that was when reality had set in for me.

I want to buy a PlayStation 5 for the novelty of it all. But I have no idea which games I even want to play on it. Aside from backward compatibility adventures, I really don't know. Realistically, it will only play PS4 games. If it can play PS1-PS3 games as well, then it's an instant buy, but I know that this is wishful thinking. I would like to finally be able to put away my old systems and just use this one. Still no news on the actual price, either. This thing is supposed to come out during the holiday season this year. How much is it supposed to be?

Then again, gaming is more or less on hold for me these days. Whether I end up buying a PS5 or not, it isn't that big of a deal to me. I have been writing and writing and writing Requiem of the Goddess for nine months straight. Started conceptualizing the story in December, and I started writing officially on January 4. It's almost September. I'm shocked that I'm still going. I feel like I'm losing my mind, but this is simultaneously a normal feeling.

Living on the edge like this is not pleasant. I don't recommend it. Why am I doing it? I'm driven and I have a goal to finish this story. Easy enough.