frith_in_thorns: Better Butter Bugs for a Brighter Barrayar! (V Butter bugs)
In the interests of holding myself publicly accountable:

A couple of friends and I have agreed that we're all going to write ridiculous gay YA novels. Between now and the end of August.

Mine is going to be about space whales. And space mermaids. And lesbians. IN SPACE.

Wish me luck :P

(Also I FULLY intend to blackout my bingo card, because I only need to write four more fics to have done one for each of my 25 squares. And then I will have achieved a blackout once in my life and I never need to do it again.)
frith_in_thorns: (Neal 1)
This is a perennial debate I've been having with a few people, especially [livejournal.com profile] sholio, so I thought I'd type it up for general interest/discussion. This is all highly personal and subjective, of course, and I accept that people have many different opinions on this topic which are all correct! (Unless you're Thomas Hardy. He can go jump off a cliff into a SEA OF CHARACTERS' TEARS.)

First: I find angst fun to write, as is probably blatantly obvious. I enjoy torturing, breaking, and sometimes outright murdering characters. And I enjoy reading the same — some of my favourite fics, and books, are the ones which make me sob until I'm an utter wreck.

However, I'm also a massive fan of happy endings. Or, if happy isn't quite the right word, than at least hopeful. Some of the characters can be dead, the survivors can be battered — but if the ones who are still alive are also still standing, looking forward and knowing that they'll be able to continue on, then I'll be satisfied.

I think a major part of my feelings on this topic are born of a strong belief that reading is a reciprocal act. The writer is telling the story, but the reader is giving their hand to the writer and trusting them to lead them through it, and out the other side. Some writers delight in dragging the reader over jagged rocks and then abandoning them there. (I've done it! It can be really fun! And I also enjoy reading oneshot deathfics for my favourite characters in which the character dies and that's the end!)

However, I'd never write a fic like that that was more than a few thousand words at the most. Certainly anything over ten thousand words is pretty much guaranteed a happy ending, and even more strongly if it's posted in chapters or as a series. This is because I firmly believe that, having trusted me enough to invest the time and energy in reading my stories, I at that point owe it to people reading to lead them to an emotionally satisfying ending. Especially in multi-chaptered things, if I'm dragging people through chapters of EVERYTHING IS AWFUL, it doesn't feel fair to not provide the recompense of pulling everything back together and ending on a high note. (Yes, this is why I hate Thomas Hardy. And Wuthering Heights. And the pointless character death at the end of The Tenderness of Wolves. I carry GRUDGES about these books.)

(Again, things can end satisfyingly/hopefully without being happy, or without the happiness making up for/overshadowing what's gone before. A couple of examples I can think of here are The Lions of Al-Rassan and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Both of which I am a mess by the end of, but I still looooove the endings.)

And, fundamentally, unless I end a story with a total nuclear holocaust or something, I feel that I should be able to bring out some sort of hope for the future. I know I often hide it behind my massive cynicism, but I'm actually pretty optimistic about the human ability to eventually find happiness out of most situations, given time and sometimes a little narrative nudge!

I read a formative quote, when I was a baby writer of sixteen who was just starting out on the internet, which went something like: Unhappy endings are easy, and very Sixth Form. Fixing what you broke is harder. It's very much stuck with me. To me, and this is entirely subjective, breaking everything and then not doing the harder work of fixing/rebuilding feels almost like cheating. In a short piece I can let myself "get away" with it, but in a longer thing — no. I haven't done the work the reader was expecting, and that isn't fair.

What are your thoughts?
frith_in_thorns: Mako Mori with an umbrella above her head in the rain (PR Mako Mori)
The "Ask Me About My Writing" meme! As seen just about everywhere on my flist.

Just ask me general questions because I don't know how I would answer the suggested ones :P
frith_in_thorns: (Neal 1)
So who else is currently in a "I'm not going to be able to write ALL OF MY FRIENDS fandom_stocking fics!" panic and still typing furiously?

(Please tell me I'm not alone.)

(This post is basically a pre-emptive way to say even if I don't have time to write for the stockings of everyone on my flist I STILL LOVE YOU and I just ran out of time!)
frith_in_thorns: Mako Mori with an umbrella above her head in the rain (PR Mako Mori)
My November has so far been full of writing. I have as yet kept up with doing >1000 words per day, which I'm very pleased about! (I still have some to do before I go to bed -- the fourth trip on the X5 coach in a fortnight produced a "please make this be over" state rather than one conducive to writing.)

Things I am working on:

My nano (which is not being written to the word count standards of NaNoWriMo, nor is yet long enough for me to really call it a novel): 8100 (It is called Artifice and is about a steampunk-ish city on an asteroid, and teenage girls, and metal insects, and dubious fog.)

Hc_bingo: gets its own section )

Also it is not writing but I knitted Eleanor some elbow-length Hufflepuff gloves and I am extremely pleased with how they turned out!
frith_in_thorns: (SGA - Jennifer+Teyla - chibis)
Guys. The next time it takes me such a long time to get around to reading such an utterly fantastic book as Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, you have my permission to start hitting me around the head with it. In fact, I will consider it a moral failing if you don't. (I note that this would work especially well with Strange & Norrell, since it's such a large book.)

Historical fiction set in the reign of George III with magic and academic rivalries and academic rivalries about magic and footnotes referencing biographies about the main characters written by other characters, and faerie! And main characters who are less important than they imagine themselves to be, and side characters who are awesome. And wonderfully dry commentary on race and gender and class without at all breaking the historical tone.

Seriously, guys, read this book. (I note that the first 100 pages are my least favourite; do not give up until you have met Strange.)

In not-really-related news, I have over half the required word count for my big bang fic with nearly a month to go, due to having sacrificed a load of internet time in favour of writing obsessively*. I suspect I may have been replaced with a pod person (although clearly a really defective one, because I seem to have picked up a throat infection. Maybe it's a symptom of me being taken over). On the other hand, it seems to be elongating exponentially -- the characters are only now at the point where I thought they'd be less than a thousand words in. Also I am so far being horrendously mean to Diana. I feel slightly guilty, but it's done with love.

Also. Thinking about the logistics involved in epidemic/pandemic response is fascinating. (This is totally one of the reasons for my love for Mira Grant's zombie books -- she clearly finds it really fascinating too. I could just sit and read about adaptations and responses for ever.) (I will also note here that one of my favourite sci-fi books is about an alien race working out Einsteinien+ physics all the way from first mathematical principles. That is the entire plot, and it is awesome.)

And now I'm going to ask stupid questions of my flist: is there any canon for where Elizabeth's parents live? And does she have any siblings? (I suspect the answer is "no" on both counts, but I'm really unsure.)


*When I put it like that I feel I should have more words to show for my time than I actually do. But I'm a really slow writer...
frith_in_thorns: (.Flail)
(I am quite bad lately for writing out a post and forgetting to actually hit the button to post it until the next morning!)

So fandom_stockings have been revealed, and mine is awesome. So many lovely graphics and fic! Thank you all so very much! Seriously, I really really really love everything that I received, and I feel so incredibly lucky and loved. ♥

This was my first year participating in this, and it was a huge amount of fun. And somehow I ended up writing a final count of thirteen fics XD (Although I still wanted to have written more, ngl!) I'll be posting them here spread out a bit, so as not to just spam everyone.

Again, thank you ♥
frith_in_thorns: (Zundry - teacups)
Christmas is over, which I'm rather pleased about. I ran away to Esvan's after Christmas dinner (I'd forgotten how nice long walks in the dark through the countryside can be, even though I had to go by the roads because the fields were pretty sodden), and I'm still there. I have now finally seen The Avengers, and games of DOTA2 are currently ongoing.

Also I have been writing things for fandom_stocking while Esvan's been playing DOTA. So far I have White Collar fic and Mechanisms fics, for Once Upon A Time (In Space). Sadly only two people besides me requested Mechanisms fic, and it would probably be rude to write it for people who didn't :P But I am getting so into writing it! Particularly Rose Red/Cinders, because TRAGIC DOOMED LOVE AND SPACE BATTLES.

(On that note, [livejournal.com profile] hedge_backwards and anyone else who's interested, stockings still seem to be being posted today, so you could still sign up!)

Also, I started out by trying to write quite long fics for the stockings. Considering I have an incredibly long list, this is not at all sustainable and everyone else is probably getting context-less h/c :P

And apparently we only have a few days left before this round of [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo is up! I... think I'm going for the amnesty period.

LOOK HOW RIDICULOUS MY CARD IS )

That is probably all for now. I should go do more writing.
frith_in_thorns: (Mechanisms - snow's forces)
Fandom_stockings are going up! Mine is here. And I have an entire browser window full of people I want to write things for. I think I'm probably going to use this opportunity to try and write things for people in tiny fandoms I don't usually write in (things like Fallen London, Eternal Lols Law etc). Because, since I'm actively trying to promote Once Upon A Time (In Space)/[community profile] the_mechanisms at the moment Sentient space pirate ships! Fairytale reworkings! Awesome women! All the canon femslash!, I think the least I can do is spread it around.

LOOK I AM SO SUBTLE

Unrelated: I also seem to have started making a fanmix entitled "dysfunctional Neal&Peter songs". So far it has "Lost Kitten" by Metric and "Piano Pieces For Adult Beginners" by Woodpigeon. I blame several people. (Most of them are me.)

This is apparently also the week in which I fail at getting to bed at sensible times...
frith_in_thorns: (Neal 1)
Meme time again! (I really do apologise to people on my flist who have no interest in either fanfiction or White Collar.) I think [livejournal.com profile] veleda_k was the first person I saw posting this...

Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.
frith_in_thorns: (Neal+Peter 1)
It's the first of December and I won mini_wrimo! Unsure of my exact word count until I type up, but I definitely wrote over 500 words per day.

I SHALL PARTY.

Read more... )

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Reminder that you should totally sign up to my Christmas Card post, so I can send you a card with Exciting Things inside! (Note: excitement levels may vary.)
frith_in_thorns: (CM - Reid - brown)
It's nearly the end of [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo! I am astounded that I have kept up my aim of writing at least 500 words a day through the entirety of November. On Saturday I shall party :D (At my computer. Quietly :P)

Other things that are ending: Sandy relief auctions. My thread is still here. That will be the next thing I work on, once I've got my fic together for my advent day. (I need to check what my day is, too.)

Ummm... I don't think I have anything else right now. So have the music meme I've seen floating around everyone's journals :)

Go to your music collection. Type in these words, and post the first song that comes up.

Happy: Happy Alone - Earlimart
Love: No One's Gonna Love You - Band Of Horses
Hate: Whatever You Want - Vienna Teng (Valid. And nothing else came up.)
Light: No Sunlight - Death Cab for Cutie
Dark: I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Good: Goodbye Mr A - The Hoosiers
Bad: A Bad Dream - Keane
Smile: God Put A Smile Upon Your Face - Coldplay
Cry: Crying Shame - Jack Johnson
Girl: Gold Guns and Girls - Metric
Boy: The Boy Done Wrong Again - Belle & Sebastian
Sad: A Sadness Runs Through Him - The Hoosiers
Lost: From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea) - The Decemberists
Night: Propane Nightmares - Pendulum
Day: End of the Day (Silence) - Blue Foundation
Wolf: Wolves at Night - Manchester Orchestra (Close enough.)
Robot: Robot Boy - Linkin Park
Dance: Born To Be A Dancer - Kaiser Chiefs
Time: The Times They Are A Changin' - Bob Dylan
Life: Life For Rent - Dido
Death: Death And All His Friends - Coldplay
frith_in_thorns: (Zundry - K for Kate)
Today I am kind of fed up, and severely lacking in motivation for any of my current projects. And getting increasingly dispirited with the process of emailing my CV out into FEATURELESS VOIDS. So, instead, a meme:

Pick one, a fandom and character/pairing, and I'll tell you the story I'd write for that trope now, and then probably try and actually write it in the next couple of days or something. I make no particular promises about quality.

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College

There are likely to be better results with certain tropes than others. GUESS WHICH ONES.
Fandoms: White Collar, Criminal Minds, SGA, Avatar (Airbender&Korra), Vorkosigan, CSI NY, H50, Eternal Law
frith_in_thorns: (Neal 1)
I'm pretty sure that I can point to exactly which author wrote quite a few of the LAS submissions :D

Go read them all and vote, guys!

I'm holding my breath that if I stay on through this round there are no more drabble ones. I'm not really a drabble fan.

(Also, I am STILL BEHIND on replying to comments on, like, everything. I can read them in as notifs in my email, but replying needs internet time in a cafe, on which I have to prioritise jobhunting. But I <3 you all, you know that right?)

Eta: Oh look, we have another patronising and passive-aggressive letter from our landlords. I rather want to tell them to grow the hell up.
frith_in_thorns: (Zundry - pretty jellyfish)
I may have gone and bought an Eee netbook purely so I can take it to cafes and steal their wifi, since we're not being connected up until the start of October. It's very shiny. I'm currently trying to decide on what to name it. (All of my tech shinies get names, except my phone for some reason. So far I have/had Lucy, Athena, Rodney, Zelenka, Osiris and Matilda.) This one may end up being Miles, because it's little and clever.

Also, it has spellcheck! I apologise to everyone who's had messages typed from my phone. I am a terrible speller.

In my internet-less state I've been doing quite a lot of writing. I've also finally got around to typing up a lot of stuff from my notebook that had been languishing for a while. And I'm still aiming for a blackout on my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo card. So, things I am currently working on that I'm hoping will eventually see the light of LJ (as opposed to things I have which I'm more meh about):

~ I am resurrecting my Diana (and Neal)-centric casefic, which is a crossover with Criminal Minds and has Diana/Garcia as a ship. I came up with this ship in January, and I will go down with it :P It also has dead bodies and explosions. I really like writing explosions. Going to be a while before it's finished, though.

~ A wingfic I started ages ago for a prompt from elrhirhoden. This is pretty much ready to post, actually, although I think it should really have a sequel because it doesn't really go anywhere much.

~ One where Neal wakes up in a prison cell and can't remember the last few months.

~ An apocafic. Of which I have written very little, but I have plans for more. Whee, doomsday viruses. It has Peter and Neal and Diana trekking to try and find El and Mozzie, who managed to escape the city before it was quarantined.

~ Some Diana h/c I promised to surreal_14 in April *headdesks*

~ A fic I promised to sholio at around the same time *headdesks some more* Neal goes off the radar to find Peter, who's gone missing, and (naturally) gets into trouble himself. Then Diana and Mozzie have to team up to try and solve the whole thing. This is going really slowly because I keep making a mess of it, argh.

~ Various random bits of h/c. Mostly for Neal (shockingly), and being written to various prompts around the place.

I wonder how long I can stay in Burger King on their wifi before they kick me out...
frith_in_thorns: (White Collar - Diana+Peter - bench)
Question: does Christie have a surname? Imdb doesn't think so, which is a problem for one of my WIPs. (I'm positive that I've seen her named as Dr suchandsuch in a fic, but that may well have been fanon.)
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More meme, because I'm procrastinating from typing stuff up and I'm still in a want-to-talk-about-fandom mood: (via [livejournal.com profile] sallymn)

Give me a character, and I'll tell you

1. Why I love them or why I wish they'd go die in a fire.
2. My OTP for the character
3. My favorite gen relationship with this character.
4. An unpopular opinion about this character.
5. One thing I wish would [have] happen[ed] with this character in canon.
6. A fic idea I have for the character that I haven't written yet/won't ever write for whatever reason.

_

Oh, I'm also now finished with Mirror Dance in the Vorkosigan books. So much angst for everyone. *hugs them all* Also, CORDELIA.
frith_in_thorns: (SGA - Team - not lost)
I do not like job interviews. This is my thing I have learnt today. Although, it was nicer than every other interview I've ever had (I'm not counting TeachFirst under 'job' because it bore way more similarities to my school scholarship interview than it did to this one.)

Anyway, I am waiting for the Odeon to ring me back, which they said they'd do this evening, but it's now gone half eight, so I probably didn't get it. JOYS. Not sure where to try next - Waterstones, maybe. Bleh, it was much easier not being an adult.

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My "supposed to be working on" fics are being so uncooperative at the moment. (Also, I cannot write sex scenes. This appears to be a fact.) Well, my wcpairings fic is mostly done, but I'm kind of really annoyed at my BB fic. I'm still writing it, but I'm really doubting it's going to hit 10,000 words. ARGH. I used to be able to write long-fic (I think my longest hit 35k, and not that much even happened in it! It was just some characters being slowly crushed in a collapsed building!).

Although, all my long ones were chaptered, which I guess might have had something to do with it -- I did have most of it written before I posted, though, so it's not like I kept on making up new stuff. What I did enjoy doing was writing up to cliffhangers. Because I'm kind of a terrible person in many ways.

Also, I kind of feel my BB fic isn't really interesting enough for a BB. It's just one of my general stories, but it goes on for longer. (And has actual plot.) So maybe I'll just finish it and post it normally.

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I have not much else to say? Oh, except that I've watched a season and a bit of Hawaii Five-0 and I really, really like it. It's extremely fun and happy, and I love the characters. So that's nice, especially as I ended up massively disappointed with Grimm.

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frith_in_thorns: (Zundry - teacups)
I can't be the only person who really loves filling prompts but just cannot ever think of any to leave for other people. Like, the only "prompts" I can think of are either the equivalent of a bingo card square or an incredibly detailed plot with no wiggle-room at all. And I don't feel that either of those things are particularly helpful to drop onto a comm/meme.

I sometimes feel rather guilty about this, actually. Like I'm going in and stealing all the prompts while leaving none in return XD I guess this is why I never have a problem with people posting lots and lots of prompts to a meme, which some people don't like? My reaction tends to be YESSS MORE PROMPTS EVERYWHERE rather than NO STOP PROMPTING UNTIL WE GET MORE FILLS. Which seems to be the stance that [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbcfic and [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner take (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

There doesn't really seem to be a point I'm making. Just thinking aloud. What are other peoples' opinions on this?

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I'm writing quite a lot of stuff at the moment. Yay! Although I looked through my notebook, and estimating 500 words per side (I actually fit slightly more on, but it's a good standard) I have 23,000 words to be typed onto the computer. UM. WHAT.

Also, this sort of conversation with [livejournal.com profile] helle_d is responsible for a lot of the fic I produce:
Me: Okay, so I've got this concept for the characters [explains].
Her: Yeah, I like that, write it.
Me: Well, I need to think of a plot to fit it into.
Her: Concussion.
Me: ...That's not a plot.
Her: Yes it is. It's a good plot. Write it!

So yeah.

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Finally, just because I really like today's a softer world:


This needs a fic
frith_in_thorns: (BSG - Boomer+Tyrol - cell)
Because I really needed to sign up to more things: my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo card. It looks like it's one I can actually do this year, which is nice.

Card here )

Relatedly, why I am the only person on AO3 so far writing Lin h/c? Because, seriously! LIN.

(Even less relatedly, this is a memo to myself for next weekend to make the LoK vid to "We Built This City" that I've been planning since the first ep.)
frith_in_thorns: (Writing - tea and book)
I'm in Bristol this week, which is nice and relaxing. I'm beginning to read my way through the Vorkosigan books (part-way through the second now -- I love Cordelia a lot) and playing Skyrim. I can do both these things while working on the embroidery I'm doing, so I can feel productive.

I should probably be writing, but have the slight snag that I left my pen-drive with my Scrivener file on my desk. Where, you know, I had all my plans and prompts and suchlike. Annoying, especially as I think I'm supposed to produce actual plot for the [livejournal.com profile] whitecollarhc and the [livejournal.com profile] wcpairings challenges.

I want to rec these two fan-made versions of Rue's Lullaby and The Hanging Tree, from the Hunger Games books (no plot spoilers, although there may be in the vid comments). They're beautiful, and I've had them on repeat all evening.

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