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On writing "Hikaru no Joe"


(Caminante's old gift art to me, because it will never stop being hilarious)

Ahhhh, I can't believe Hikaru no Joe is finally done! I started it nine months ago by sending the first chapter to [personal profile] caminante as a silly gift fic. She had first introduced me to the term "coffee shop AU" while explaining what online fandom looks like these days since my first and only foray ten years ago when I posted a few Utena and Fushigi Yuugi fanfics on fanfiction.net.
 
Since then, we've introduced each other to different shows and spiraled into fandoms together, but our Hikaru no Go writing work was always at the core. My corny pun-filled 2,000 word chapter turned into a complete retelling of the whole series laden with subtle canon references and heartfelt character studies that came directly from hours of chatting about Hikaru no Go at coffee shops all over Korea and weekly sleepovers at caminante's apartment.
 
Let's do a final wordcount of the amount of fandom-related writing I've done in the past nine months (so, excluding writing monthly articles for a teachers' newsletter and lyrics for a weekly songwriting challenge):
 
Hikaru no Joe: 31,552
Macchina: 8,278
Waya no Paduk: 11,033 (jointly-written)
Aji: 2,505
TOTAL: 52,368 words
 
Caminante always took the lead with planning our travels together during our year teaching in Korea and almost every weekend was booked with plans to see some beautiful town or festival balanced with days when we would grab take-away food and eat on the floor while watching episodes of Sherlock or Adventure Time or Avatar: The Last Airbender. Since she'd already lived in Korea for two years when I arrived, she also life-beta'd for me by making my transition to life in Korea as smooth as possible. So I always knew she was super organized and super intelligent and selfless with helping others, but then she channeled all that along with crazy-good proofreading skills into this coffee shop AU. I'm still taken aback by how happy I am with this fic as a result of our combined efforts.

Hikaru no Joe is COMPLETE!

 
After nine months, Hikaru no Joe is COMPLETE!!!! All remaining chapters and epilogue have been posted. Enjoy!
 
Link to full story: Hikaru no Joe (Hikaru no Go coffee shop AU)
Link to Chapter 7: Ven-iced Coffee
 
Total word count: 31,552 (!!!)

 
Chapter 7: Ven-iced Coffee
 
Summary:
 
To his great surprise, Touya Akira found himself sitting alone on a gondola in Venice.
 
Chapter 8: Coffee To Go

Summary:
 
"Let's meet here again tomorrow, same time," Touya said. Even though it wasn't a question, he waited quietly for Hikaru's reply

"Touya, I'm sorry," Hikaru thought miserably. "I know you're looking for Sai too. But I don't know how to find him."
 
Chapter 9: The Divine Brew
 
Summary:
 
"Shindou, why are you here?" Akira asked. He almost stepped toward him, but hesitated.

Shindou clenched his fists and looked at him defiantly.
 
Chapter 10: Espresso Weekly (Special Epilogue)
 
Hikaru no Joe

Chapter 6: Closing Time


Summary:

Long strands of dark hair had escaped from Touya’s ponytail and fell around his face haphazardly, but he didn't seem to notice. This time, he was looking right at Hikaru. Not Sai.

Genre: Coffee shop AU
Word Count: 3,700
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Read it on AO3

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The next chapter is the final chapter! Ahhhhhh! My goal is to finish all of Hikajoe by the end of next week to properly celebrate caminante's departure from Korea. When this is all over, I need to properly reflect on the amazing/ridiculous amount of writing I've done this year because I can't quite believe it myself. 

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Hikaru no Joe

Chapter 5: A Victory By Any Beans Necessary

Summary:

“I will now introduce the mystery ingredient for Blind Joe.” Touya Meijin placed his hand on the lid of a covered platter.
 
In the otherwise silent arena, hundreds of seats creaked in unison as the spectators breathlessly leaned forward to watch.

Genre: Coffee shop AU
Word Count: 4,500
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Read it on AO3

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Hikaru no Joe

Chapter 4: The Young Roasters Tournament



Summary:

“The Young Roasters Tournament?” Nase said curiously. “We won this one a few years ago, didn’t we?”

“And then we lost it to our rival, Café Meijin,” Morishita-sensei said bitterly. “The tournament is in two months. We have to take back the title!”

Genre: Coffee shop AU
Word Count: 3,000
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Read it on AO3

Fic: Waya no Paduk

Caminante and I have been working SO HARD on our first collaborative fanfic!! We combined our love for Waya/Isumi with our knowledge and passion for living in South Korea. It's such a tribute to our shared experiences in this country and our friendship, as well as the perfect blend of our various strengths. It's 11,000 words! It's bilingual! There are recipe links! I even made illustrations!

I'm especially proud of Caminante for growing as a writer and sharing her talents publicly. Not only is she a fantastic beta, she is a wonderful writer with an encyclopedia-like mind and perfect comedic timing. We make a great team!

Title: Waya no Paduk
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Authors: [personal profile] caminante and [personal profile] hestialuna 
Characters/Pairings: Waya/Isumi
Rating: G
Word Count: 11,028

Summary:

Waya and Isumi take a trip to Seoul.

"Waya hasn't really thought much about meeting Isumi's Korean friends. Here at home everybody knows them equally well, because they’ve been inseparable for the past decade, but what if these new people think he’s goofy or not good enough for Isumi? Actually, now that he thinks about it, he’s never been out of Japan before, and the only Korean he knows is that “annyeonghaseyo” means hello and “paduk” means go… What if he does something embarrassing?"


I also need to recommend Caminante's first solo fic because it's brilliant and hilarious.


Title: Four Times Ko Young Ha Flirted Shamelessly with the Japanese Pros for Fun and One Time That He Seriously Regretted It
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Author: [personal profile] caminante 
Characters/Pairings: Ko Young Ha/Everyone
Rating: G
Word Count: 588
Summary: Ko Young Ha might have a problem... a flirting problem.

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Happy Hikago Day!

Hi everyone! [personal profile] caminante gave me permission to reblog our announcement about our awesome collaborative Hikago fic, Waya no Paduk! See below!



Happy Hikago Day! So, confession time, [personal profile] hestialuna and I have been working like crazy on a Hikago fic for the last few weeks. We've kept mum about it because it was going to be her Blind Go submission. The bad new is, we decided not to submit it to Blind Go. We didn't want to rush to get it done by the deadline especially since she had eye surgery last week and we had vacation plans this weekend (plans currently still in progress).

The good news, though, is that we're not submitting it to Blind Go because it turned into a LONGER story than we expected (and also because I'm not signed up for Blind Go so it would have been cheating a little bit, although this would have been the least anonymous submission ever--fluff, puns, footnotes, KOREA, hmmm, I wonder who could have written this).

So yeah, there'll be new Hikago fic co-authored by us in about a week. It's called Waya no Paduk, it'll be about 10,000 words, and, basically, we took one of the Blind Go suggested themes, the KOREA THEME and ran with it. Remember how I was recently shouting that more movies should be set in Seoul? Yeah, obviously the solution was the write fic about Waya and Isumi taking a trip to Seoul :D

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Please accept these photos of the Hikago nail art we're sporting today in apology for our failure at getting this story done in time for Blind Go :)



The best part about this is that I stole (borrowed) some go stones from work and carted them all the way to Gyeongju for our go stone 5s only to arrive and discover that the effort had been unnecessary because there was a goban set up in the common room of our guesthouse. Heh, Korea.

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Fic: Macchina, Part 2


Macchina
Part 2: Sai
 
A Sai-focused prequel to Hikaru no Joe

Status: Complete (Read entire work)

Read Part 2: Sai on AO3
 
Summary:

"He had been given a second chance, as Sai. But for what purpose?"


Pairing: Sai/Angelo (original character)
Rating: T
Genre: Coffeeshop AU
Total Fic Word Count: 8,278
Warnings: Please see this footnote if you want further (somewhat spoiler-y) information about potential triggers.

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Fic: Macchina, Part 1

Macchina
Part 1: Sapiente

A Sai-focused prequel to Hikaru no Joe

Summary:

"Sapiente is growing desperate. Angelo believes him to be a figment of his broken mind and pays him as little attention as possible. Why was he given this second chance to complete his work, only to be bound to an engineer who has no interest in coffee, or him? Was this punishment for what he had done?"

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Wow, this Sai-focused prequel sure took a long time and got way longer than I expected! It's a big change in tone and focus from the Hikaru no Joe AU series so far, but it does directly relate to the main story. 

You can also read this as a stand-alone, as long as you're okay with Sai being the ghost of an 18th century Italian barista, but it works best read after at least chapter 3 of Hikaru no Joe. Just please be aware that this story isn't as fluffy as the Hikaru-focused main story and it touches on some serious themes. Please see this end note if you want further (somewhat spoiler-y) information about potential triggers.

When I set out to explore Sai's back-story and to create an original character, a quasi-Honinbo Shuusaku, for my barista AU, I had no idea that it would turn out to be longer than the main story. I hope it works for you! Part II will be posted next week.

Pairing: Sai/Angelo (original character)
Rating: Teen and Up
Genre: Coffeeshop AU
Word Count: 4,505
Warnings: See above

Read it on AO3