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I decided to put this journal into good use and use it to put up my new Avatar: the Last Airbender one-shot collection. Click the cut for more info.

Memories from Western Air Temple

Main characters: Zuko, for the most part
Pairings: Zukaang (main) Toko (friendship), HaruxKatara (one-sided, sprinkled all over the place), Tokka (one-sided, mentioned)
About the story: This won’t be a long story as much as a collection of one-shots that form a bigger whole together. Most of these one-shots are set during the gaang’s stay at the Western Air Temple, hence the title, but there will be a couple of shots that take place before that. The specific setting of those shots will be put in the beginning of the piece in question and they will be marked "out of sequence" because of their small storyline value. The fics will also be able to be divided into arcs according to the theme they revolve around. I will be using a linear timeline when listing the chapters instead of the arc system, however.
The arcs:
1) Guilt Arc: The Guilt Arc revolves around Zuko hearing about what happened to Jet and experiencing a guilt-trip. In the grand scale this arc is going to create connections between Zuko and the minor members of the gaang.
2) Legacy Arc: The Legacy Arc is about Zuko doing the last bit of coping when it comes to his inheritage, fearing that changing sides won't be enough for him to find peace. To the overall plot this arc will bring Aang and Zuko closer to each other.
3) Unity Arc: The Unity Arc focuses on the changing relationship between Zuko and Aang. It also has Zuko gaining more confidence in his position in the group.
4) Comet Arc: The Comet Arc will have Aang finally facing Ozai, which is probably rather obvious from the title.
5) New World Arc: The New Word Arc ties up all the loose ends that the story still has, developing the relationships into their final forms and giving a taste of the world after the war.

Next, the chapters so far, listed in a manner that shows the timeline:

Out of sequence / Comet Arc: Footsteps in Sand
Out of sequence / Guilt Arc: Passing Thoughts

Western Air Temple

Unity Arc: Fear
Guilt Arc: Tentative Contact
Unity Arc: Collision Course
Legacy Arc: Relations
Unity Arc: Sparring Partner

Firebending Masters

Unity Arc: Worthless
Unity Arc: Reasons and Motivations
Guilt Arc: You Cast a Shadow
Unity Arc: The Green-Eyed Monster
Legacy Arc: Good and Evil
Guilt Arc: Tormented
Guilt Arc: This Sickness in Your Soul
Guilt Arc: Dreams of the Damned
Guilt Arc: A New Routine

Boiling Rock

Guilt Arc: Too Good for This World
Guilt Arc: When the Cries Are Silenced
Guilt Arc: What He Needs to Hear
Guilt Arc: Small Comforts
Guilt Arc: Sleeping Arrangement
Unity Arc: It's Fine Because I Say So
Unity Arc: A Matter of Observation

Southern Raiders

Unity Arc: Firebenders' Den
Unity Arc: Perfection
Legacy Arc: Drawing the Line
Unity Arc: Rainfall Benders
Unity Arc: Dancers of Fate
Unity Arc: Drops of Rain

Ember Island Players

Unity Arc: Your Heartbeat Thunders
Unity Arc: Not a Woman
Unity Arc: No Turning Back
Unity Arc: The Call of Reality
Comet Arc: Interlude to the Comet
Comet Arc: Lost And Found
Comet Arc: Light in Darkness
Comet Arc: An Impassable Wall
Comet Arc: Father Mine
Comet Arc: Moonlight's Embrace
Comet Arc: First Step off a Cliff
Comet Arc: Stuck Between
Comet Arc: Second Step Losing Balance
Comet Arc: Third Step Freefall
Unity Arc: How I Feel
Legacy Arc: Burn
Legacy Arc: Hurt
Legacy Arc: Madness We Welcome
Legacy Arc: White Fire
Legacy Arc: No Justice Is Meant for All
Legacy Arc: Different Kinds of Healing
Legacy Arc: Fire's Legacy
Legacy Arc: Essence of Fire
Unity Arc: From Me to You
Legacy Arc: There Is Some Power in Love
Comet Arc: No More Running
Unity Arc: To Look But Not to Touch
Unity Arc: We Could Die Tomorrow
Comet Arc: Beginning of the End
Comet Arc: Red And Blue
Comet Arc: We Are Strangers to Each Other
Comet Arc: You Are Dead to Me
Comet Arc: Your Spirits Beside Me
Comet Arc: Redemption and Those Who Fail to Grasp It
Comet Arc: Broken Fragments
New World Arc: Staring Into the Sun
New World Arc: Path to Truth

Current Location: Finland
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: When the song comes to the stop, I'll be the one blowing kisses from the top

Comments:

From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 26th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)

Koneko says: Thank you...

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Hi!! ^^
I just really wanted to say thank you! i really love ATLA, and my fav. pairing it Zukaang! (^-^)
Can't believe you have so many one-shots...feels awesome, im gonna read them all...thank you so much!!

- Koneko
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From:twilighthdfan
Date:October 3rd, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
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Just starting reading this series, and absolutely loving it :D.
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From:darth_animus
Date:October 3rd, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you and welcome aboard! ;)
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From:aseret_kitsune
Date:December 5th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
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I just found this series and I'm so glad I did. You've got some real talent, and your characterization is amazing. I'm just enthralled with this series and cannot wait to read the next installments!
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From:darth_animus
Date:December 5th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I've been in a bit of a sudden flunk lately, but I aim to add more to the story in the near future.
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From:prismdropz
Date:February 7th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that you've been out of it, I can definitely sympathize. I've got a great idea for a fic but every time I try writing it, the words get stuck.

I am however really glad to know that this fic isn't abandoned because your writing is actually what got me interested in AtLA in the first place. I just loved the characterization so much and your portrayal of everyone really stuck in my mind. It's one of my favorite stories *period* regardless of fandom.
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 7th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I've finally started pulling myself back together after my winter gloom and this story is on the top of my list of things to write.
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From:lonespark
Date:December 26th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
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This story is so amazing!
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From:darth_animus
Date:December 26th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much. I really should get to updating this again.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 9th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)

A great story

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I've really enjoyed this story, I can't wait to see how you are going to conclude it. It's inspired me to start writing an aangxzuko 'shipping story.
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 9th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)

Re: A great story

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Thank you very much. I must admit I'm most flattered every time someone says I've been an inspiration~
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)

Re: A great story

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You're very welcome, this is quite an interesting community, and there are a great many creative people adding their voices to the chorus. There is another aangxzuko community; it isn't in Live Journal; it is in Fanfiction.net. There is an excellent Aang/Zuko story there called "Could We Have Been?" It picks up right at the end of the events in the "Blue Spirit" episode, when Zuko regains consciousness. It is truly a must read!
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 18th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)

Re: A great story

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Actually, I'm quite familiar with the story in question. I was one of the more loyal readers while it was still a work in progress. X3
As I am frequenting FFN, it might be a good idea for me to check out this community.
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From:whaleabc
Date:February 9th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
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... Why are you so AWESOME? I found this fic in the FicRec section on tvtropes, and finished it in one day :) I really liked how you've structured the story and separated them into different themes. The characterization pacing is also well thought out, because I can really see the characters acting that way. Your Azula is also fascinating to read, and it's really interesting that she and Zuko are kind of the same, but not really. I felt bad for her - which isn't that common for me - especially in the latest chapter ("Azula had always been second to the world, both in her father’s mind as well as her brother’s").

I liked how the relationship between Aang and Zuko develops, as neither are reduced to 'damsels-in-distress' in need of a big strong man to save them/make passes at them; instead, they take turns initiating things, which is how a real couple works. They have equal footing in their relationship. I also liked how you handled Mai; she's not reduced to a mere footnote, or a soulless demon, but is a real girl with her own emotions, who loved Zuko in her own way. As someone who somewhat ships Maiko (although my shipping preferences are quite fluid), this makes me glad her actions and thoughts are not brushed aside or diminished in importance.

Last but not least, I can really see your writing improve as I read on; great job!
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 10th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. The pacing is as it is because when I first started writing, the chapters were sort-of separated oneshots and I wasn't even writing them in a chronological order. The themes were an easy way of keeping up with the plotlines and then ended up being a method for categorizing. The structure's been a lot more "together", so to speak, after I finished the Guilt Arc.

Characterization was an important part of this story from the very beginning. Since I didn't intend for the story to actually develop such a far-reaching plot in the beginning, I put a lot of emphasis on planning out and writing interesting interactions between characters. I think the entire process has actually helped me understand the characters a bit better than I did when I started.

I was uncertain about what to do with Azula early on, but I realized that she's such an important part of Zuko's life that I couldn't leave her flat. Same for Mai; she was an important support for Zuko when he was coming to terms with what he really wanted from life. That isn't something that should be brushed aside carelessly.

Writing Zuko and Aang getting together was a challenge, not because it was difficult but because of there were so many angles I wanted to use. At the start of the story they were barely friends, so I was describing the entire development of the relationship, from trust to friendship to love. The characters click, that much is clear to me, but I wanted to deal with the different ways they click. I think this story has forever changed the way I'm going to write relationships of any kind.

All in all writing this story has been a growing experience for me, in more ways than one. Thanks again for the support and for taking the time to leave such a well thought-out comment.
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From:ailssamim
Date:January 28th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)

Интересный блог

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Интересно было почитать. Спасибо.
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From:darth_animus
Date:January 29th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Интересный блог

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I'm glad you enjoyed it. ;)
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 20th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the support. I've been planning out the finale for this story, so I should be able to get to writing it soon~
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From:bndjsfaghag15
Date:July 31st, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
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any hope left we'll be seeing that finale?
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From:darth_animus
Date:July 31st, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Despite various setbacks, the new chapter is nearing its completion, finally.
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From:bndjsfaghag15
Date:July 31st, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
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oh yay, then that means I found this amazing series at just the right time.
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From:sakurajima
Date:February 15th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
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After re-watching a few of the first episodes with a friend (sadly, I haven't watched the entire series yet), said friend showed me a Fanart of Zuko in his 3 forms of each season. The last Zuko smiled and I fell in love with him instantly!!

I had to search for stories!
I believe I found this Fandom rather late -.- but I found your Oneshot collection "MfWAT" none the less ^.^

But you can't leave me hanging like this!!
I love how you show his character, his suffering, his struggle to fit into the group and the growth of his feelings. I love the slow developing of his and Aangs relationship.
I find the white flames and the 'life bending' rather interesting.

Please continue this series.
I'll be waiting patiently ^.^

PS: Just after finishing the last available chapter I heard "Lifesaver" from Sunrise Avenue and I couldn't help but notice how well it fits Zuko's life. Every word!!! (now, if someone would write a songfic with this in mind XD)


Edited at 2014-02-16 01:51 am (UTC)
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From:darth_animus
Date:February 17th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Wow, thanks. I'm still equal parts surprised and flattered when this story series gains new fans.

There's really a lot of personal mess involved in the reasons I stopped writing this, and as such it was never about me losing the interest or desire in the story. Because of that I think I will get back to this again. I just need to look dig up the notes I've made about how I wanted the story to continue.
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