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09 July 2011 @ 04:17 am
Say hello to my most ambitious writing project to date.

Tempered Will [T/PG-13] - 40,000 words

How did an unruly teenage boy grow up into one of Wei's greatest commanders? A coming of age tale mixed with military drama - my researched take on Cao Ren's maturation from ordinary youth to leader of his own army.

Cross-posted to AO3 and fanfiction.net. I suggest reading at AO3 so you can see it all on one page and not be terribly bothered by my chaptering habits. Ah, the joys of slowpoke incremental writing.

Brought to you by the works of Rafe de Crespigny, many lunchtime chats with zeriel on the subject of peasant militias and military psychology, and all those awesome history enthusiasts who know classical Chinese and are kind enough to share Sanguozhi translations and various facts about Han era life. I'll probably revisit this for further edits in the future - or perhaps to flesh out Cao Chun's narrative some more - but for now, it's done enough to share.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Dynasty Warriors 4 - Look Back On Your Way
Doness: Sawyer: OMFG!donesschen on July 9th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Aaaargh, I read that as "my researched take on Cao Ren's masturbation" XDDDDD
The Heavy Metal Matador: iSmashrydain on July 9th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
XD If only we had a Fangirl Guo Zhi for such detail.

Though I do make eventual reference to that subject, writing about rough men and all...
zerielzeriel on July 9th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hat tip, even if I'm more proud of everything Yuan has ever said. ;)
The Heavy Metal Matador: Ren/Yuan Gay Apparelrydain on July 10th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Hey - whatever spins your drill bit, bro.