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FF7: The Wind and the Moonlight
The Wind and the Moonlight
By: CSKazaam
Summary: The end of things is near.  Sephiroth sets out on one final mission, alone.  (Star Wars Crossover)
Genre: General
Pairing: None
Setting: Crossover: Star Wars
Rating: K
Status: Complete
Type: Blurb/scene
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy!
Pale.
    Silvery.
Soft.
    Secretive.
Utterly silent.
The moonlight filtered through the heavy atmosphere as if it were a solid thing, somewhere between a wisp of translucent, glittering silk and thick, lustrous honey of crystalline silver.  It came to rest upon the leaves and dormant flowers of the jungle, wetting them with faint light spared from the darkness.  The dust motes and water vapor glinted like stars, trapped within its viscou
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Literature
FF7: The Colors of a Smile
The Colors of a Smile
By: CSKazaam
Summary: In a promise to Zack, Cloud has vowed to get Sephiroth to smile. The thing is, there's just not that much to smile about these days, and Cloud doesn't even know the man. What's a desperate infantryman to do when nothing seems to work?
Genre: Friendship
Pairing: None
Setting: Crisis Core
Rating: K
Status: Complete
Type: One-shot
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy!


"Hey, Cloud, watch over Sephiroth for me?"
It had started with that innocent request. As Zack had left for the chopper, with a false smile and a wave, to a vacation both knew he didn't need and didn't want, he'd tossed those words over his shoulder.
Watch over Sephiroth.
Cloud
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Literature
FF7: Twist
Twist
By: CSKazaam
Summary: Zack gives Angeal a mini lecture on the nuances of language, and inadvertently puts his boot in his mouth. Also, victory poses come from somewhere, right?
Genre: Friendship/Humor
Pairing: None
Setting: Crisis Core
Rating: K
Status: Complete
Type: Blurb/scene
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy!
It was Angeal's half-skeptical, half-wary look as he leaned back, crossing his arms, that caught Zack's attention.
"… What?"
The way the First had taken a half-step back to present Zack more with a shoulder than with his front said volumes about the man's tentatively defensive posture. It was as if he expected Zack to suddenly sprout extra arms and tentacles and go all googley-eyed on him. Which was totally ridiculous. Zack was only a Thi
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Ikiyou the Birthday Dog! by CSKazaam Ikiyou the Birthday Dog! :iconcskazaam:CSKazaam 2 2 Little Dragon by CSKazaam Little Dragon :iconcskazaam:CSKazaam 1 0
Literature
A Stone in the River of Time
A Stone in the River of Time
By: CSKazaam
Summary: After Omega's defeat, Vincent Valentine wakes to find himself within a strange dream - a vision of the past? Or something more?
Genre: Friendship/Family/Time Travel
Pairing: None
Setting: post-Dirge of Cerberus
Rating: T
Status: Complete
Type: One-shot
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy!
Things fade with time … as do many things in this world.
But there are some things that we cannot let disappear.
… I finally realized my true feelings. Even if you may never understand them.
Vincent …
Not that I mind, though. But …
This isn't how it was supposed to be …
Omega rose, pulling the souls from the Planet. They trailed behind, twisting, spiraling, and lifted him on win
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Caught in the Act by CSKazaam Caught in the Act :iconcskazaam:CSKazaam 1 3
Literature
FF7: Accidental Strength
Accidental Strength
By: CSKazaam
Summary: A SOLDIER's strength might be just a little much, sometimes.
Genre: Humor
Pairing: None
Setting: Crisis Core
Rating: G
Status: Complete
Type: Blurb/scene 
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy! 
The sudden, discordant twang of the instrument stung Sephiroth’s ears and disrupted the peace of the forest around them.  He blinked, then slowly turned to level a steady gaze upon his travelling companion.
“Uh … oh, that wasn’t …”  Zack Fair fumbled with the harp, fingering the broken string as if he could magically fix it, then dropped it and busied himself with randomly twisting the tuning pins, as if he had any idea what he was doing.  “Um …
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Literature
FF7: Gasp
Gasp
By: CSKazaam
Summary: The risk of discovery. (1920s Detective AU)
Genre: Suspense/Action/Adventure
Pairing: None
Setting: 1920s Detective AU
Rating: G
Status: Complete
Type: Blurb/scene 
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy! 
They were frozen together on the sheer, shadowed side of the glacier, as footsteps crunched past somewhere above.  Sephiroth had eased himself onto a narrow shelf; he lay there, stilled, glancing downward at Zack, anchored in a dozen feet above the water.  They met each other’s eyes, silent, listening and waiting.  Their empty transport bobbed along, continuing with the current; hopefully they wouldn’t need it anymore.  Zack held his breath as it struck the ice.  Would they hear?
A sprinkl
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Literature
FF7: Stumbling Blocks, Pt 2
Stumbling Blocks
Part II: Reality
One week later …
There was a loud pounding in his ears, and his breath was ragged. He hurried through the deserted hallway as fast as he dared, head down, praying that no one would see him.
Blood stung his shoulder.
He was terrified.
"Hey, you've heard about the Graveyard, right?"
"Graveyard?"
"Train Graveyard. Next to the Sector 7 slums. It's supposed to be haunted. By a demon."
He barely registered the pain. There was blood on his shirt and jacket, too, a lot of it. He shook.
"Give me a break, man. Demons don't exist."
"I wouldn't be too sure. They say it has a burning red eye and rides a pale horse. I think I've seen it."
"You've been there?"
"Yeah. Scared me stiff, whatever it was. I'll never forget it. Not sure what it was, but it definitely had that burning eye. Never want to see that again."
He'd overheard, thought it would be a cool ide
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Literature
FF7: Stumbling Blocks, Pt 1
Stumbling Blocks
By: CSKazaam
Summary: A newly promoted Third, Zack has his entire future ahead of him, and his dreams are looking bright. But one horrific night shatters those dreams, destroying his confidence. It's left to Angeal, a First he barely knows, to pick up the pieces.
Genre: Friendship/Hurt/Comfort
Pairing: None
Setting: Crisis Core
Rating: T
Status: Complete
Type: Multi-Chapter
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy!
Part I: Dreams
Nervous, mouth dry and heart in his throat, SOLDIER Cadet Zack Fair pushed his way through the crowd to the front. He fought to keep himself steady, closed his violet eyes for a moment and took a deep breath. He steeled himself for what he would see. Then he opened his eyes.
The list was directly before him, tacked to the wall. Resolute, fearing what he
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Literature
FF7: Distant Worlds - Ch. 10
Distant Worlds, Broken Souls
Chapter Ten
A Certain Point of View
* * * * *
Captain Yori Markos stood upon the bridge when the SOLDIERs entered. He glanced up when they arrived, lifted a hand to indicate a moment, and returned his attention to the man he was currently speaking with. Zack, new to the bridge, looked about in curiosity.
The room was spacious, framing an enormous window – viewport – looking out upon the stars and the planet below them. It was dim here, the only light coming from coolly luminescing panels which seemed more to serve as accents than real lighting. The perimeter of the room, on either side and toward the front, consisted of a pit where several uniformed attendants manned various stations and computer banks. The center of the room was essentially a wide dais from which the captain could observe the actions of those beneath him; it was circled by a railing. There was a single dark chair in the center, while a wide stairca
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How Many Ways to Say... Kupo? by CSKazaam How Many Ways to Say... Kupo? :iconcskazaam:CSKazaam 5 4
Literature
FF7: Sand
Sand
By: CSKazaam
Summary: Time passes. Zack suffers. Endings close in. (1920s Detective AU)
Genre: Suspense/Angst
Pairing: None
Setting: 1920s Detective AU
Rating: G
Status: Complete
Type: Blurb/scene 
Disclaimer: All related Final Fantasy names and characters are copyrighted © by the almighty Square Enix! This story is all me, however. Enjoy! 
It was passing.  Inexorable.  Irresistible.  Unstoppable, like the noon-time train, chugging along ever so slowly through a crowded town, hauling its heavy cargo to some unknown destination.  Slow, yes, but it will go, it will pass, and it was too big, too massive, too unyielding to ever, ever stop.  Maddening it its slow, yet unrelenting way.
Time.
Like the sand in the hourglass, it fell, grain by grain, second by second, and like that black, steel beast, steaming and hissing and sc
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CSKazaam
Not your average SOLDIER.


Arrived:
The Colors of a Smile - 2013 DOINK Exchange fic! :D

Just around the corner:
Next chapter of Distant Worlds, Broken Souls
Episode 3 of 1920's Detective AU


Kazaam's FF7 Fanfic Library (chronological order, top to bottom) and Story Prompt Corner - where I check things off as I get 'em done!


FFVII
Stumbling Blocks
Just a Little Rough Around the Edges
Fanart by Gryphon98:
Needle Kiss and Kiran fighting the Needle Kiss
Twist
This Broken Road
Brothers Under the Sun
Diana, Stand Down
The Colors of a Smile
Scapegoat
Accidental Strength
All I've Lived For
A Stone in the River of Time

FFVII/SW
Distant Worlds, Broken Souls

FFVII/Detective AU
That First Step
Episode 1: A Knock at the Door
Episode 2: The Girl in the Music Box
Stars
Sand
Gasp

Current Residence: Planet Earth...for the moment
Favourite genre of music: Japanese...is that a genre?
Favourite cartoon character: Hey...Zack's a cartoon character now, isn't he? So are Cloud and Sephiroth.
Interests
I stumbled upon a really nice piece of artwork the other day. I spent a moment to admire it, and then glanced at the artist comments, only to see the notes "please don't favorite this artwork!" and "I HATE that this is the most favorited piece in my gallery!!1"  Essentially, the work was a gift for another person of that person's character.  The artist said that it was not original work, that they'd tried and failed to make it a challenging piece, so they hated it and only posted it because it was a gift for someone else, and if you wanted to fave something, go look at the other much more personal pieces in the artist's gallery.  Apparently, the gift piece was worth nothing to the artist because it was not an original or interesting design, and the only things that were interesting or original were the artist's personal creations, not something containing someone else's character.  They went on to complain that the only reason the work was getting so many faves was because it was a lousy dragon, and that people should be paying attention to the other works that took more time and effort (and which did not contain dragons).

Right. Okay.

So, firstly, I understand wanting other people to love and appreciate your original works - your OCs, your original stories, your original paintings that depict some (perhaps abstract) event or feeling that means a lot to you.  It's nice - really nice - to have that validation, to know that the things that have moved you to create that original piece are also things that move others, and that you have depicted it in a way that speaks to others as much as the founding idea has spoken to you.

But that's something that is incredibly challenging to do, especially with the type of audience you have here on DA.  For example, lots of people like dragons. I like dragons.  I just went through a few minutes ago and binged on dragon pics!  A good dragon picture is epic and beautiful, and the gift picture in question here was very nice.  It's no wonder a lot of people faved it.  In comparison, the person's other pictures they directed people to to fave instead were ... well, from my point of view, decidedly underwhelming.  I wouldn't have given them a first glance unless someone pointed me to them, and even after having taken the time to look at them, they did nothing for me.  So.  Art is extremely subjective, and even if you pour a lot of heart and soul into a picture, a lot of people still won't care.  They'll go to that quick, easy, cliche picture you drew instead, because the visual appeal or content is much more recognizable and interesting within an instant of viewing.

But there's nothing wrong with that!  People like what they like.  If you honestly have a piece that you don't want people to favorite or comment on, then don't post it.  The more you tell people NOT to favorite it, the more they will, because some people just like to poke others in the eye.  You just invite trolls if you tell people not to do something.

Secondly, take favorites and comments for what they're worth!  So what if the piece is not your personal favorite?  If you hate it, don't post, otherwise ... there are a lot of other people out there who may love it.  And isn't that okay?  If there's just one person out there who might find value in something you post, then isn't it worth it to post?  A spectacular artist on their worst day may produce something utterly amazing and beautiful to a struggling artist on their best day.  And for that artist to say that it is horrible, just a quick thing that they hate ... well, how do you think that makes the struggling artist feel?  Especially if nothing they currently produce can measure up to that "horrible" picture?  People tend to like and fave things that they view as superior to something in some way, and often it's because the piece contains something that they think is better than they can do.  So, in putting down your own work, you're actually putting down a lot of other people, too.  Take pride in what you do!  Sure, be humble because no one likes arrogance, but accept the praise for your work, because it's worth it to someone, and it should be worth it to you.  Otherwise, why did you bother with it in the first place?  Every piece has value, even if it's not as much as you would have hoped for.

Thirdly - and this is what irked me the most about this artist - if you make something for someone that is based off of someone else's original character ... don't you dare put that character down.  The character is not original or interesting because you didn't create it yourself?  Utter foolishness!  Someone put time and effort into making that character design.  So what if you went off a reference sheet to create the character with appropriate markings/color/personality?  That doesn't make it any less original or meaningful.  I feel sorry for the person whose gift the dragon was supposed to be, because I know if I heard an artist saying they hated the picture they produced for me because it wasn't interesting, I'd probably cry.  

Without a doubt, a gift of someone else's character is special to that person.  Not only does it mean a lot, but it's incredible to see your own character come to life through someone else's hands.  Rather than viewing it as unoriginal garbage the artist needs to take the opportunity to translate that character into their own style.  Take artistic liberties with the design, if you want!  Mold it into something that's at least a little inspiring to you, as well - the challenge is to stay true to the intent of the character, and particular identifying features, while making it your own.  Otherwise, why would anyone come to you for an image of their character in the first place?  I have never wanted a carbon copy of my personal characters.  I want the artist's interpretation.

In short, that artist did everything an artist should never do when creating or showing off artwork.  Not only that, but they were extremely ungrateful and confrontational to the people who explained why they liked the artwork and thought it was worthy of being liked, and all but told them to go like something else instead.  I could not believe it.  

You can't control what people like.  The only control you have is to not post something.

Be grateful when people like your work!  Someone thought it was worthwhile, and obviously you did too, if you created it.  Take time to appreciate yourself and the things you do - take pride in your work!

Take care that you don't insult other people's characters by putting down your own work that features them.  Constructive criticism is okay, but groundless hatred is not.  If you really don't like the character, guess what?  You don't have to do anything with it.

If you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all ... and if you can't say anything good about what you post, don't post it.

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Ikiyouyou Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
I see you~
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CSKazaam Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
See me where? :P
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Ikiyouyou Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Frick I dunno.  You were active at the time?  I don't remember it was a while ago :P
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StyxxsOmega Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday! :D :cake:
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CSKazaam Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Thank you so much! :hug: ♥♥♥
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StyxxsOmega Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :D
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DXCLove Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sta.sh/0luf5jwi2yy used your chocobo, hope you don't mind
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CSKazaam Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I don't mind at all!  Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, and thank you for asking!  I love your coloring. ♥  Feel free to post it, if you like!  I'd just appreciate a link back to the original drawing, is all.  I'm so glad someone liked it enough to color!  You've done a beautiful job.  :) :hug:
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DXCLove Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I had to kinda trace over the image cause i couldn't actually color it the way it was.

thats why it has those black lines
i didn't want to post it till I got permission 
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DiHA-Artwork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so muchly for the :+fav::dance:
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