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April 13th, 2014 03:50 pm - I share
I saw Winter Soldier last week, as those of you on whose posts I showed up probably noticed! It was good and it was also the kind of story that is going to leave me thinking about what it was trying to do and what it did do for quite awhile, which is a good thing. I did not come out of it with Intense Bucky Feels, partly because when he has his mask on he just looks like Revenge-era Gerard Way and when he has it off I am just staring at his chin going "but why?" But that's okay, because I think the rest of the internet can cover for me on that one.

I did come out of it with intense very minor non-plot related spoilers )

So, of course, I came home from the movie at 12:30 AM and wrote a fic. (Fic is minorly spoilery but headers aren't.) Said fic has somehow become second place on the Pinboard Popular Fandom page in the last three days, which I do not understand because it's basically just an extended in-joke with coworkers who theoretically don't even know my fan name yet, *and* it's gen, but I guess I ought to link it here at some point, huh.

Modern Careers in the Information Sciences (and Other White Lies) (3086 words) by melannen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Random agents, definitely original female characters clearly not based on real people, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoilers, Missing Scene, POV Outsider, Libraries, Librarians, Fort Meade
Summary:

Any agent knows that the most important thing when planning an op is information. Luckily, there's a public library right across the street from Fort Meade.




ALSO! Miseres fest! Went live! I am still reading through all the good fic and art when I can tear myself away from Cap II stuff (and, you know, adulting, which sucks). I got a gift that is so amazing I still don't even really know what to do with it? I keep thinking about bits from it and then going "oh wait no, that's not actually canon." It's one of Pliny's AMAZING Roman poetry works, but don't let the fact that it's poetry scare you away - it's really good epic poetry, which means it sucks you in and draws you along just like really good prose, only better.

The Wine-Ship, or, In Which Fantine Is Treated With Fennel And Does Not Die (4177 words) by PlinytheYounger
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fantine/OMC, Fantine & Cosette Fauchelevent, Fantine & Jeanne Valjean, Jean Valjean & Jeanne Valjean
Characters: Fantine, Jeanne Valjean, Jean Valjean, Mme. Thénardier, M. Thénardier, Cosette Fauchelevent
Additional Tags: Roman AU, Wine, Aurelian Wall, Alternate Universe - Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome
Summary:

Roman AU. Jeanne Valjean sees a child mistreated; Fantine goes looking for her child with her burial money; a merchant is down on his luck; Javert is serving the people and doing his duty; and Jean Valjean has to escape via the latrine.



I also wrote a thing for Miseres fest, and THEN IRENY DREW FANART, and the fanart is way better than the fic, so I'mma just link you to the fanart, okay (It links back to the fic if you really want to read it.)

Le Comte d' Barbarie: Sister Simplice, Sister Perpetue, Père Fauchelevent, Jean Valjean, Valjean's Guinea Pig

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April 6th, 2014 02:29 pm
Today, I:
1. played music for the entire church service
2. excavated a squirrel skeleton from the front yard, with the help of the little boys across the street
3. posted my miseres fic only six days past the deadline
4. rode my bike five miles in effort to map out possible bike routes to work
5. watched the new Cosmos episode (I liked that one! possibly only because of joly feels though.)
6. finished putting a new zipper in a favorite skirt

I feel like that's a good day full of accomplishments? Especially the squirrel skeleton.

On the other hand, today I:
1. played music very badly for the entire church service
2. did not write nearly as much miseres fic as would be required for it to be good as opposed to just tolerable
3. discovered that new zipper will not stay zipped and needs a button or something at the top
4. did not do any cleaning that desperately needed doing
5. did not do any laundry that desperately needed doing
6. did not do any of the computer-based, non-miseres-fic things that desperately needing doing

ANYWAY:

Con.txt is soliciting panel suggestions for the next week or so! I put a few in (you can probably guess which ones...) and may end up putting more in if the list doesn't get much longer. I feel like the current list is pretty short on specific-fandom stuff? But there are already Avengers-ish, Les Mis, and WTNV panels on there, and I am actively uninterested in most of the other large fandoms that are big enough to have wide appeal ATM, so other than a broader Avengers panel, I'm stuck on ideas. Anybody have any specific fandoms they think should have panels?

(It's going to be really weird going to con-txt as someone who's been basically monofannish in a large-ish fandom for the past year. really weird.)

Also, is anybody going to con-txt and thinking about getting person/people to split a room with? I have income this year (yay!) so can finally justify staying at the hotel, but I have no idea how to go about getting people to room with. I am a very considerate roomie? I will have a car on site? We could have a Les Mis room party? Anyone?

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April 1st, 2014 05:58 pm
I have left my laptop at a friend's house, and will therefore will only be on the computer at work for the next couple of days until I retrieve it. (No, this isn't an April Fools joke, just me being useless. :P)

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March 28th, 2014 02:03 pm - Dreamwidth!
Hooray for Tumblr Les Mis fandom deciding to try DW! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES.

Somebody should start a friending meme on [community profile] les_miserables. Somebody who is not me.

Anyway this has guilted me into actually posting to DW. The problem is that I've been avoiding it so long that I've forgotten what I was procrastinating about?

OH RIGHT! [community profile] invisible_ficathon! I got two amazing stories which I have not yet commented on, because I am a loser, which is no reflection on the stories I got!

The Law of Sympathetic Magic (201 words) by Remember When
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Andrew Stonebender, Ma Stonebender, Alicia Stonebender
Additional Tags: Clothing, Magic Gone Wrong, Books, Literature-Magic, Invisibility, Origin Story, Backstory
Summary:

The law of sympathetic magic is this: it cannot be undone.



I Forgot a Bit of the Title Here, But the Story Goes... (734 words) by temvald
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Secret Tunnel (Folk Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:

Three couples who failed to make it through the Secret Tunnel, and one who did.



You should read them both, and leave comments, because I am still being a failure at that. My contribution to the fest was, well, one of my favorite of the small-fandom-exchange fics that I've written in a state of sheer panic right before the deadline while only vaguely conversant with canon. So clearly this fest was an unqualified success and we need to have it again every year! ^_^

Um, in other news, I've been feeling like life is overwhelming me and I'm drowning in Things Not Done, which was my general resting state for most of my life until the last few years when I started to get a bit of an equilibrium and hoping I'd finally Figured Shit Out, so it's kind of uncomfortable to be back there. But then I realized that I am currently:
1. working full-time;
2. OTW staff;
3. On the executive committee for a small business that's trying to expand;
4. Trying to stay active at church;
5. Teaching myself to play the piano;
6. Keeping up a steady-ish, if scattered, creative output;
7. Trying to go out in the fresh air at least once a week; and
8. Keeping up a semblance of a social life

And I start to think it's actually not that much of a failure that I'm feeling slightly frazzled about keeping up. So yeah, there's THAT. (It is, I guess, a realistic life load *before* I added in the "working-full-time" part. Now it is possibly less so. Although still less than a lot of people I know handle, but those people are MAGIC, which doesn't count.)

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March 11th, 2014 05:52 pm
Hurrah I have successfully not-defaulted on Invisible Ficathon!

...whether I have successfully anything else related to invisible ficathon remains an open question.

But now that I'm not actively avoiding that, I guess I can post a proper update there, maybe!

Fannishly: On Sunday I watched the new Cosmos )

Current Mood:: spacey

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February 27th, 2014 07:22 pm
Dear invisible ficathon person:

We're just going to accept that this point that I'm not getting any sort of prompts written for you, I think. I am so sorry. :/ WORST RECIPIENT EVER. Whatever you write me, I'm sure will be great, and I will definitely love it. We can pretend this was some sort of postmodern statement about the idea of fanfiction for a tabula rasa?

What you write me will definitely be better than what my recipient's getting. probably. since I still have no idea what that'll be.

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February 12th, 2014 10:26 pm
I have literally had no time to think since last Thursday. (I have had a small amount of 'free' time but have not had any thinks left for it. sadly.) Hopefully, this Thursday I will have a snow day, and will have time to think!

And I will be able to do things like post a Dear Author letter for Invisible Fication which I almost missed sign-ups for. Sorry, person I matched with!

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January 30th, 2014 07:08 pm - Invisible ficathon!
I've spent the last couple of days, in my spare time, playing around in the [community profile] invisible_ficathon tagset and learning about how to be a tagmod in an AO3 ficathon. (It is an amazing tagset so far, and you still have time to nominate, if you're lucky! ^_^

I finally put my own nominations in last night, and now I get to convince all of you to sign up to write them! As a lot of the fandoms in this fest will be, most of mine are pretty light on canon, so you should be able to sign up even if you didn't know them already

Here are the four of mine that have the easiest canon - all you need to write them should already be in this post!

  1. Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman is a book that appears in a couple of Daniel Pinkwater novels. It's the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout in the US. The longest description of its contents is in Yobgorgle, as excerpted below: It was a pretty interesting book. )I know there are people reading this who have just been waiting to do justice to the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout. Perhaps you are one of them?

  2. Wonder Wombat: This is another one that appears in several Daniel Pinkwater novels, as an old comic that people collect. (It is *not* related to the DC animated character or the video game character.) We know almost nothing about their contents - only that by the late 1970s, they were very sought after, and it was very difficult to collect a complete run of Wonder Wombat. Surely you all would like to volunteer to flesh out the story of Wonder Wombat! Come on. WOMBATS. OLD COMICS. What is not love?

  3. The Stonebender Family Stories by Jubal Harshaw: Jubal was a writer who was a character in some of Robert A. Heinlein's novels, and toward the end of The Number of the Beast, we get to hear a few paragraphs of one of his stories, written collaboratively by himself and an AI. Here is what we get: Uncle Tobias we kept in a bucket )
    That's it, that's all there is to know about the Stonebender family. Aren't you burned up with curiosity about why Uncle Tobias needed that bucket, or what exactly unsympathetic magic involves, or how Cousin Julius came to fit into the family, or who exactly the narrator is, or any number of other things? Yes, so am I. We should all offer to write this!

  4. The Jack Colquitt Adventures by Raul Bloodworth The Jack Colquitt Adventures were written under a pseudonym by the Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files. They are only mentioned in one episode, 4x07 "Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man", which is often taken to be not-entirely-canon by the fandom. We know very little about them, except that they are adventure stories about aliens and assassinations, and that the published version was heavily altered from original manuscripts. Here are some excerpts:
    "Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance..."
    "I can kill you whenever I please... but not today"
    It's implied that the events of the episode, as narrated by Frohike, are loosely based on the Jack Colquitt story that was published. There's a transcript of the episode up at inside the x (hurrah for oldfandom and their episode transcripts!) and it's pretty easy to find the episode online to watch. You really don't need to know anything else about XF to write about Jack Colquitt - frankly, the less you know, the better, I suspect, although if you are as fond as I of CSM, you could also do glorious things with the possibilities.


Hurrah! I see no reason why those can not get many sign-ups. ^_^ Next up: the ones that require a bit more canon knowledge.

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January 25th, 2014 02:48 pm - And in IMPORTANT FANDOM NEWS
[personal profile] jadelennox is running [community profile] invisible_ficathon!!! Yes, it's true, finally the fest we were all waiting for, the exchange for fanfic about those fandoms that don't actually exist! I'M SO EXCITED.

It's running more-or-less by Yuletide rules, I think, so it's currently in nominations. You should all go nominate! I haven't yet because I'm still trying to come up with my list. Current list:

Definitely nominating:
1. Wonder Wombat (the Golden Age comic, not the modern DCU character)
2. Raul Bloodworth's Jack Colquitt Adventures
3. The Lazarus Bowl (Movie)
4. Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure (book canon)
5. The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
6. Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman (Book)

Possibles:
1. Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle (Comic)
2. The Kathy Reichs novels by Temperance Brennan
3. Harriet Vane's Robert Templeton novels (I believe one of these is already nominated but we need the whole series)
4. the Millie books from Chrestomanci
5. The Gray Ghost (TV Show)
6. Wendy the Werewolf Stalker (TV Show)
7. Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan
8. The Six Bunnie-Wunnies book series
9. The short stories of Nal Eiili of Proxima II
10. "The King in Yellow" (play)
11. "The Song of the Twelve" (23rd century song cycle)
12. Troy and Abed in the Morning RPF
13. "The Hobo Wars" (American Experience episode) (or possibly something else hodgmanverse have to check)
14. Supercaptaincoolman (Comic)
15. The Captain Vortalon vid series (and/or The Tales of Vorthalia the Bold)
(And I'm pretty sure there's more I wanted that I'm forgetting, augh, somebody remind me what they were?)

And yes, I will ABSOLUTELY be posting fandom resource posts for all of the ones I nominate - these are by definition almost all five-minute fandoms, everybody who nominates should post intros, I think this ficathon would gain admirably if we get a lot of people writing who know *only* the nominated fandom and not the fandom of origin.

You should all go nominate too! You can nominate without writing (although you should write too) and I kind of want this tag set to be as large as possible. :D

Current Mood:: [mood icon] excited

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January 25th, 2014 01:32 pm - It has been long enough since I last posted that I've forgotten why I was procrastinating
So job: continues to be job! And slowly getting used to being an employed person. Job is sort of thing I would willingly do for free absent economic realities, and it's 40hrs + benefits without being 9-5, so I think it'll do. ^_^

Took Mom out for dinner & a movie to celebrate first paycheck - the only thing that was playing at the right times that looked good was Gravity )

Meanwhile, working five days a week pointed out to me that my "professional" wardrobe was looking pretty threadbare and oddly sized, so I went to all the thrift stores and have bought two sweaters, a jacket, seven shirts, three pairs of pants, and two pairs of shoes for $45, which should mean I don't have to go clothes shopping for another ten years.

...and then Mom dragged me to a used book sale today and I bought THE GREATEST BOOK I HAVE EVER SEEN, that being Too Many Songs By Tom Lehrer with not enough drawings by Ronald Searle which has ALL the piano scores for the songs from his first three albums, I am so excited, I get to learn to play "Smut" and "The Masochism Tango" and "We'll All Go Together When We Go" and All Of Them! :D :D

Also, due to job cutting down on free time, I went and installed xkit on Chrome, because I discovered that it has a "show only original posts, no reblogs" option. And I have discovered that checking my tumblr dash with that option on actually gives me *fewer* posts than my DW in that same period - so there to all the people who say that Tumblr has all the fandom content these days - DW has just as much original content, it just doesn't dump all of it onto your rlist fifty times every day.

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January 18th, 2014 09:23 pm
There's a thing going around tumblr about posting about "Ten books that have stayed with you in some way over your life", and everybody else was sharing their shame, so I thought I'd join in.

(okay I'm not actually ashamed about any of these, sorry.)

There are many more than ten, but in no particular order, the first ten I thought of:

Mostly kids' books as one would expect. )

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January 15th, 2014 07:46 pm - 2014... happened
Let's finally do a 2013 year-end wrap post, shall we?

Last Year's Resolutions )

This year )

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January 1st, 2014 05:58 pm - New Year!
Yuletide Reveals!

I got two stories, both of which were really good:
Five Time Enjorlas Dropped a Barricade On Someone (1594 words) by Bobcatmoran
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Arm Joe, Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Enjorlas (Arm Joe), Ponpon, Police (Arm Joe), Marius (Arm Joe)
Summary:

Dropping barricades from the sky is not a skill that is mastered in just one day, nor is it one to be taken lightly.

ARM JOE FIC WITH AMAZING WORLDBUILDING. Unfortunately this failed at accomplishing the main thing that I was hoping requesting it for yuletide would do - which is to say, sating my mad desire for Arm Joe fic, because this is so PERFECT and WONDERFUL that I now want ALL THE ARM JOE IN THE WORLD even more than I did before because there is hope some of it might be as good as this. I'm not going to rec this at length because really if ARM JOE FIC about ENJORLAS DROPPING BARRICADES with WORLDBUILDING doesn't do it for you than you're probably beyond hope anyway. Thanks, bobcatmoran.


a good song to sing you to sleep (1267 words) by elithewho
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Otzi the Iceman RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Otzi the Iceman
Additional Tags: Religion, Death, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Yew for love, yew for death, yew for the names no one would ever speak.

There were three Ötzi stories in Yuletide this year, and they were all really good (especially the one for me though, of course) - I really recommend reading them all together, because even though they were all for different people and by different people, the Ötzi requests were all basically the same, and they make a really good set. Not to say that the fics themselves were at all the same - one thing that makes reading them together so neat is that they all went in completely different directions, which is what I was hoping would happen if this fandom got fic written!

I really like the one that was for me because, where the other two both tell a fairly straightforward story, extrapolating from the evidence we have to build an answer about how Ötzi came to die on the mountain, my author went in a much less concrete direction, trying to build a picture of Ötzi and his world and more than that, the way Ötzi's worldview shapes his world, without really setting out to answer any questions. It really effective drew me back to the same reactions I had when I was little, reading the first media stuff to come out about Ötzi's discovery, the combination of the creeping horror and the comfortable coziness that are all mixed up together in the story.

I wrote two stories, both of which I really enjoyed writing:

What I Did On My Summer Vacation in "The Bronx" (8432 words) by melannen for [personal profile] waywren
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: PINKWATER Daniel - Works, Alan Mendelsohn the Boy from Mars - Daniel Pinkwater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alan Mendelsohn/Leonard Neeble
Characters: Alan Mendelsohn, Leonard Neeble
Additional Tags: Mars, Alien Cultural Differences, Pre-Slash, Teenagers, POV First Person, Summer Vacation, Friendship, Bookstores, "The Bronx", Comic Book Collecting, 1970s, documentary fic, grandparentshipping, Post-Canon, fleegix
Summary:

Welcome to another great year at Bat Masterson Junior High School. For your first homework assignment, you will write a two-page composition about what you did on your summer vacation. Some of you may get a chance to share them with all of your classmates! Due Monday.

Extended Notes for Pinkwater )


Girl Of My Dreams (1051 words) by melannen for [personal profile] stellar_dust
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lil BUB, Dinosaurs (Anthropomorfic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lil BUB/Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Characters: Lil Bub - Character, Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Additional Tags: Dating, Hot Air Balloon, Dinosaurs, theropod paleopathology, Bub Ub Bub, visiting in dreams, Science and Magic, Post-Episode: s01e05
Summary:

Lil BUB and Sue finally go out to dinner. Nobody gets eaten (except some fishes!) GOOD JOB BUB

Extended notes for BUB )


I haven't had time to read many YT stories - I feel like I've been going nonstop since Thanksgiving and no end in sight - but I did manage to read all the Madness stories over 500 words that were in fandoms I felt like reading, and bookmarked the ones I liked in the yuletide_recs collection, so they are in my bookmarks if you care. Next step is to get caught up on post-YT tag wrangling, so my goal is to read all YT fics in fandoms I wrangle and bookmark-rec in those too. :P By then it'll probably be mid-February.

Current Mood:: flat

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December 15th, 2013 09:40 pm
First off, if you answered the poll from the paid account fairy, you should have gotten some points - I ended up having just enough for everyone to get some. (I decided to send it in points instead of time, just in case you wanted to save up or buy a larger amount in one go - if you were thinking of buying more, DW has their annual 10% bonus points sale going.)

Second off, my evil plan was implemented! Here are the non-locked responses I got:

The Time Has Come (the Rlist Said) to Talk of Many Things
Of Shoes
And Ships
And Sealing Wax
Of Cabbages and Kings
Why the Sea is Boiling Hot
Why the Sea is Boiling Hot
And Whether Pigs Have Wings
Whether Pigs Have Wings.

Impressive set of answers, folks! (And if you haven't done them yet - whether you are doing the meme or not - I am genuinely interested in your thoughts on any of these questions. Especially shoes. And sealing wax. And why the sea is boiling hot. ...and ships, but that one's pretty standard around here.

Third, I posted some Les Mis art on Tumblr.

Fourth: since I know I have a fair number of DC-area people on here, [personal profile] justice_turtle is an excellent fanperson who is about to lose housing in Northern Virginia, and is looking for any kind of help with shelter, storage or transportation while saving up for a new place.

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December 8th, 2013 06:26 pm - paid time
I just renewed my paid account and remembered I have a bunch of DW points sitting in my account, and I know some of you have recently mentioned regretting not having paid accounts any more, so if you'd like an ugh-it's-cold-and-dark (or an ugh-it's-hot-and-bright) present from the paid account fairy, click the ticky and she'll send a month or a few your way!

This poll is closed.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 10

I would like some paid time!

Yes, please, paid account fairy!
10 (100.0%)


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December 4th, 2013 08:23 pm
Some random headcanons from the Doctor Who anniversay special (yes, I am still thinking about this, give me a Master and/or Romana back and I may fall back into this fandom all the way again, oops.)

spoiler cut )

...oh good, there are already people vidding it to Johnny Cash's 'Hurt', I don't have to attempt to do it myself.

(How is there no Peter&Colin&Sylvester BroTP on the Archive yet? How is this possible? (And why is the only Pertwee & Delgado fic in a language I don't read?) Fandom, you are causing me pain.)

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December 2nd, 2013 10:22 pm - Some Exercises in the Craft of Writing
There was a really interesting conversation on Tumblr recently about how to practice writing as a craft (read the reblog comments too, they're all interesting), especially compared to other creative arts like music and visual art, and it was full of interesting thinky bits and any of you who are trying to be better writers should read it.

Anyway, I didn't speak up there because a) still refuse to discuss anything with any depth via tumblr sorry, and b) what I had to say is sort of orthogonal to the fascinating points they were making. But I have had "post about the stuff you do as writing exercise/practice/warmup" on my list for awhile, and I am fresh off a triumphant tenth massive failure at NaNo, so here is a list of five things I do as a writer that I do sort of think of as the equivalent of an artist doing drawing exercises or a musician doing scales or a boxer jumping rope, and that I think address, at least a little bit, the question from the tumblr thread of how you divide "write a thing" up into individual, simpler skills that can be practiced without having do everything at once.

Though first I should say that every brain works differently and every writer has a different way of working with words, so probably most of these will make no sense to most of you. Also, the first and always advice for being a better writer is the same advice for anybody trying to be better at any skill of any kind - do it a lot, do it with discipline, keep doing it. And read what other people are doing, too, read constantly.

The below are just things I have worked out as semi-effective substitutes for being disciplined and diligent, that I can do when I make time or in-betweens, because let's face it, disciplined and diligent is just not happening anytime soon for some of us, and they're things that work for me, more-or-less, or at least they feel like they work. But also, I think there's a tendency with beginning writers to steer them away from these kinds of exercises, because it is easy to fall into doing "writing exercises" instead of actually writing things. All the same, though, I think some of them can be very useful, as long as you keep in mind that they aren't a substitute for actually writing, so it seemed like they were worth sharing.

Also someone recently asked me how I managed to sit down two nights before an exchange fic was due with a blank page and end up with 7000 words of passable fiction by the deadline. My best answer was something like "Well, didn't write anything down until then, but I'd been working on writing it for months..." This is sort of the expanded version of that answer.

Write without writing anything down )

Sketch from life )

Do Stupid Language Tricks )

Pastiche Things )

Do stuff. Try things. )

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December 2nd, 2013 01:01 am - (And this was odd, because it was the middle of the night)
If you're doing that December post-a-day meme and I just left you a prompt that is making you go 'bzuh?'-- it is because I am attempting to hack my reading list so that on and around Dec. 10 we shall talk of many things--
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--,
Of cabbages--and kings--,
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings.


I've been wanting to do this for awhile, you just gave me a mechanism that was too good to pass up. I think there are enough of you that I got double coverage on each topic, so we should be good even if a few people drop out. Carry on. (If you are not doing the pick-a-date version of the meme, you too are welcome to pick one of those topics to discuss on or around Dec. 10!)

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November 29th, 2013 09:07 pm - Long Ago in the Future
"Long ago in the future, in the galaxy of Witzbilb, near Tarraxsten, a planet with five moons, on a little planetoid no bigger than a gob of spit in this vast and expanding universe, there was a moment."

"A moment?"

"That's right."

"This is a story about a moment?"

"Absotivlutely."

"A moment, like a moment in time, right?"

"Right. Now to continue, this was a happy little moment that had never done anybody the least harm. This moment, whose name was Dennis, played with the other little moments, romping and gamboling with never a care in the world. Little Dennis never suspected that he would become a moment in history - of course he already had, because this is a story of the future in the tense of the past."

"Would you mind if I went to sleep now?"

"This isn't holding your interest, is it?"

"I'm nodding."

"Okay, how about if I told you the true story about how I became a time tourist?"

"A time tourist? What's that?"

"It really should be space-time-and-the-other - that's the element in which I am a tourist - but time tourist sounds better. It could be a story on TV. 'Borgel the Time Tourist.' 'Borgel the Time Tourist and his Amazing Adventures.' 'The Amazing Adventures of Borgel the Time Tourist.' Welcome to another thrilling episode of 'Borgel, Tourist In Time.' A watch company could sponsor it."

--excerpt from Borgel by Pinkwater, aka possibly the worst thing I could have picked up for light reading after finally watching the Doctor Who anniversary stuffs

So anyway, yes, finally watched the Doctor Who anniversary stuffs. If any of you have a reaction post I absolutely should read, you should tell me about it now. :P Also, spoilers )

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November 20th, 2013 10:16 pm - "Things", said Montparnasse
1. I went to a Les Mis fan meetup in DC on Saturday! We went to the National Gallery of Art and then to dinner in Chinatown. It was fun! Since it was mostly Tumblr-only people I wrote it up on tumblr first, but reposting here for posterity, because Tumblr.

Les Mis DC Meetup )

2. I know there are some of you who would find this relevant who wouldn't have seen it on tumblr, so I just thought you ought to know that Diane Duane wrote about marriage in the Five Kingdoms, including a tiny ficbit of Herewiss/Wyn that is ADORABLE.

(...I still want to write fic someday that covers all the sub-relationships in that marriage. Series of 128 drabbles?)

3. I got a new computer mike! It's ... much better than the inbuilt one, though not exactly a paragon of quality. Anyway, if I'm really doing this podcast thing, I should practice sound editing, so the first five people who give me a comment selecting 500 words or so of fanfic by either them or me will get a beginner's podcast of it. :D

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