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It'll be hard not to, after watching this*:

and this.**

* Spoilers for all released movies.
** Spoiler-free.

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I've finally gotten fed up with this whole "not writing" thing: it's not that I can't, just that I haven't felt motivated to do it. Since apathy is generally a really unproductive mood in which to resume work on a longer project, I've decided that I'm better off writing random ficlets just for the hell out it. Expect a hodgepodge of lengths, fandoms, and intervals in between them -- I'm basically putting no parameters on these. (Also, FYI, they'll all be unbetaed.)

First up: Harry Potter, of all things, inspired by rewatching HBP with my mom and starting to reread DH. Set during the First War.

Lily, 1980. Nine times clockwise with the glass rod, seven heartbeats, and two counter-clockwise strokes with the wooden spoon.  )
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One downside of all the Exciting Life Stuff that happened this spring was that I lost the considerable writing momentum I'd worked up during the winter, and it's taking some work to get moving again. To try and get myself going again, I thought I'd post a little bit of what's in progress.

First off, the first pages of three stories in three different fandoms. I didn't plan on writing any of these, and my commitment to them varies, but I really like the ideas behind all three. Untitled and unbetaed, in chronological order of when I began them.

SGA (no spoilers) )

BSG (spoilers through S2's 'Sacrifice') )

SPN (no spoilers, gen) )

And finally, here's a piece of To the Dead, my HP post-war novella that I am bound and determined to finish.

The first page of chapter three )
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So for nearly a year now, I've been working on To the Dead, an HP post-war novella I started (and fully plotted) in my senior year of college and then promptly abandoned for two years. The original chapter got an overhaul, and oh my god but the whole thing's getting long (I'm at over 13,000 words right now, with chapters 4-7 left to go). Having gotten a hang of the characterization and mostly fleshed out a lot of the plot's framework, the main challenge right now is writing the magic-intensive sections, because JKR decided to invent a magical world, set the whole series in a magical school, and then make almost no effort to establish how magic actually works. (Oh, what the Harry Potter books might have been if all writers of magical fiction for kids had a little club and Diane Duane had volunteered to be JKR's beta.) I've been gearing up to start chapter four for a little while now, and keep stalling out because it's got a lot of magic use (not to mention characters researching alternate spells and improvising from theory), and I'm not the sort of person who can comfortably put down:

"You know," Draco said, "it's a little disturbing that I agree with you more now than I did when you were sane," and hit him with [INSERT SPELL HERE].

and fill in the blanks later.

So, my solution to this dilemma? Well, given the only general parameter for naming spells that we have (most but not all are bastardized version of Latin words), and given that I'm helping cover the front desk at work (and as I can't do any real work up there, I take that as a time to roam freely around all sections of the internet not rated above PG-13), I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading an online Latin-English dictionary and making a spell reference list. Which is not only a few hundred words long, it's also divided into seven categories (each of which is a made-up type of spell that I know I'll need several of), a batch of general-use words (mostly for modifying the basic categories above), and all of this internally alphabetized.

My girlfriend mocked me. Feel free to do the same.


Sep. 26th, 2006 12:58 pm
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Been forever since I posted here, but not for lack of off-screen action. In the last seven months, I've worked on four stories set in the Westverse or somewhere next-door to it (two are in edits, one is about to get there, who knows with the fourth), gotten halfway through chapter three of "To The Dead," plotted one rather metaphysical science fiction novella I'll probably never write and come up with the character roster for an off-kilter superhero comic that I'll probably never script, and concocted a huge story arc for a project with [ profile] shaenie that could easily surpass 200,000 words before the end of it. I went on a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler binge that may have finally cured me of the belief that when it comes to adjectives, more is more, and I've gotten to know at least two of my characters well enough that their dialogue and actions have started to write themselves.

I could do a whole post on the shifts I'm experiencing in my writing style and my understanding of the craft of storytelling (that sounds incredibly pretentions, but I feel like I'm starting to get what it means to tell a story on a blueprints-and-scaffolding level instead of just a paint-and-polish one), but what prompted me to post now is my decision that I needed to re-work a 2,000 word chunk of a story in edits. Read more... )
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The following are all older pieces housed at my primary journal; the links will take you straight to them. It doesn't make a lot of sense for me to repost everything (and that's a lot of work), so they're all catalogued here. I've put in a brief summary of each, but you'll need to go to the actual posts for full headers and warnings. ETA: for preventative reasons, all fannish content at that journal is now friendslocked. If there's something archived here that you want to read and can't get to, leave a comment and I will either filter you in or repost it (unlocked) here.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of my favorite objects of geekery, but not a universe I play in much, and I think I'm unlikely to revisit it in my fiction.

Split. Technically, the first piece of fanfiction I ever wrote (barring a short story that served as a physics exam, but that's an entirely different story). R, Season 7, Willow and ... others, very slightly off, and entirely creepy.

Lotrips and RPF. "Lotrips" stands (loosely) for Lord of the Rings Real Person Slash (aka, fiction involving the cast of the Lord of the Rings doing things that are entirely unrelated to their actual relationships and sexual preferences); RPF for Real Person Fiction. My true gateway drug, mostly because it was the first place I encountered mind-alteringly good amateur writers. I should note that I have no personal investment in the people featured in these stories, but I liked the strange sandbox other writers created for them, and the Lotrips fandom was the first place I ever found where anyone wanted to read what I had to write. I probably won't write more in it, other than West (see below), but you never can tell for sure.

Fatalis. Second story ever, and while it's got its definite flaws, I'm still kind of in love with it. PG-13, Billy/Dom, a lot of surfing, and my love of writing in the second person. ETA: now reposted here, with a link to its newer sequel.

Calibrate. Third story, extremely graphic, and yet not (for me, anyway) quite about the sex at all. NC-17, Cate/Billy/Dom, only not in the way you're thinking right now, and not for anybody who's totally weirded out by D/s. I repeat that I neither know nor really care what any of these people are actually like. Toys in the sandbox, for my purposes.

Extended Footage. For the [ profile] sparcck's hilarious slash-the-slasher challenge, though I'm not quite sure I can actually lay claim to a slash. PG-13 if you really must, [ profile] shaenie (my Lotrips dealer) and Billy, sort of, and this is probably only funny if you know who she is.

Industrial Melanism. A drabble, in haiku-inflected wordcount (50/70/50). Probably the bitchin'-est thing I ever wrote in Lotrips. Rating not necessary.

Feral. 100 words. Keira Knightly. This is as tight as my writing gets. Rating not necessary.

Harry Potter. Because let's face it, as fairly fantastic as The Half-Blood Prince was, JK Rowling will never have time in seven books to give this world all the exploration it deserves. One of the best-equipped sandboxes available, and I'm coming to the conclusion that just hooking the characters up with each other is a waste of time compared to playing with the world itself. It's entirely possible I'll write more of this, but expect it to be plotty, twisted, and not ever mostly about the sex.

Thaw. This took me for-fucking-ever to write; see humorous partial explanation here. NC-17 in a moderately innocent way, Remus/Sirius (come on, it's not like they aren't blatantly having sex anyway) in their last year at Hogwarts, unapologetic porn where the character-driven plotty foreplay is condensed into actual foreplay. No one says anything horrifically embarrassing, no one has vaginas.

To the Dead [1/5]. The start of something I really hope I'll someday finish. PG-13 for reasons entirely about the creep factor and unrelated to sex, various characters (but mostly a canon Draco Malfoy), takes place after the Second War. The rebuilding isn't kind to any of them.

West. [ profile] shaenie, its creator, calls it a Lotrips AU, but I maintain that we just borrowed a lot of their actors and then cast the majority of them wildly against type. Really, this has nothing to do with The Lord of the Rings or the people in it; it's a very dark western, set generally around 1880. Nothing here ends well. I write Billy Boyd. The following links are the completed chapters he appears in thus far; as the story lines interweave, you'll eventually want to read other characters' chapters if you like this enough to want to really get what's going on (the cut-off for reading them without that context is probably 1876).

Lessons. 1867.
Questions. 1872.
Practical Application. 1872.
Discoveries. 1873.
Parting Ways. 1874.
Balances. 1876.
Revelations. 1879.

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