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I've actually got something written! I've still got to come up with a final sentence and I'm not so sure that piece really lives up to the premise that I had in my mind, but I finally finished something so I'm counting it as a win. And it's for [livejournal.com profile] one_prompt so there's an added bonus of finally contributing to my own community.
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There's probably nobody on my flist who wouldn't have seen this in the community announcement, but all the same we have a new prompt up at [livejournal.com profile] one_prompt. I even have a story idea for it. I hope others are intrigued enough to come up with stories to add. In spite of the fact that I only got my story for the last prompt half finished, I'm feeling optimistic that I'll get this one done. For one thing it will be a shorter story.

Of course I thought the last one would only be about 1500-2000 words. I think it's currently at @ 4,000 and is only about half done. I'm determined to get it done eventually though. It's a pretty silly premise, and involves crimes against science at the center of the plot, but I've fallen in love with the idea of it.

I also had a plot bunny hit me last night for a Quantum Leap/SG-1 crossover. It's a fairly ambitious idea and I'm not sure that I'm skilled enough to pull off the story that I want to do, but I'm hoping to build up enough momentum to give it a try.

And, I'd like to get back to finishing up my rougher than rough draft of my FiAD story and seeing if I can make anything of it.

Now all that's required is the gumption to get to work on them and not let myself be distracted by shiny things.
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I've successfully written something! Yay!

It's the introductory segment of my [livejournal.com profile] one_prompt story.

It might be the best thing I've ever written. Or possibly it's pretentious and bad. It's hard to say. But at the moment I'm pleased with it.

Now, if I can just get the rest of it figured out.
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1. The deadline for the Jack/Sara ficathon is here. Yay! Well, except for my own story only being about one third to one half done. I'm not sure I'd call it writer's block so much as execution block. I know everything I want to include and where I want to go, it's being stubborn about coming around. I hope to get it done in the next few days.


2. [livejournal.com profile] one_prompt is up and running with the first prompt. The pace is pretty leisurely--the submission deadline is August 31. Feel free to spread the word. And to prepare your own contributions, of course! All are welcome. We'll see how this grand experiment goes.
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[livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton made a post earlier about summaries, asking what people like and don't like in fic summaries. Which reminded me that I'm not really crazy about any of the summaries I've done for my fics.

This, in combination with the vid that I'm almost ready to post, in turn reminded me that I don't think much of most of the titles that I've come up with for either my fics or vids. I can count on one hand the number of titles that I still like. This seems a little odd in a way because at work we often get into title discussions when new books are launched and for the most part my contributions to those discussions have been well received. When it comes to titling my own work, things seem to go downhill. I'm almost ready to consider the merits of adopting some sort of number system--like the SGC uses for identifying planets--for my titles.

How important are titles to you? Do you like coming up with titles? Do you avoid or try out a fic based on your reaction to a title?
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One more Fic Commentary. [personal profile] aurora_novarum asked for either Birthday or Team’s Night Out. Because I’m in avoidance mode on other projects, I’m doing both.

This story has probably gotten the best response of any that I’ve done. It was also one of the scariest for me to do. I’m always a little nervous when I post a new story, but I was especially so for this one because it was my first attempt at pure humor. Angst or drama or anything “serious” doesn’t really make me as nervous because I can always chalk up people not liking something to differences in taste. Humor that doesn’t work, however, is deadly. Which is why even though I probably get the best responses to my more humorous pieces, they’re also the ones that are the most nerve-wracking. With that intro, on to the story.



Read more... )
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One more Fic Commentary. [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum asked for either Birthday or Team’s Night Out. Because I’m in avoidance mode on other projects, I’m doing both.

This story has probably gotten the best response of any that I’ve done. It was also one of the scariest for me to do. I’m always a little nervous when I post a new story, but I was especially so for this one because it was my first attempt at pure humor. Angst or drama or anything “serious” doesn’t really make me as nervous because I can always chalk up people not liking something to differences in taste. Humor that doesn’t work, however, is deadly. Which is why even though I probably get the best responses to my more humorous pieces, they’re also the ones that are the most nerve-wracking. With that intro, on to the story.



Read more... )
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[livejournal.com profile] sg_betty asked about Coming Home and gave the option of doing a commentary or doing a meta. I chose to do a commentary. Since it's a long, long story I'm posting it at Dreamwidth where it can all go in one post.

It's kind of an interesting exercise to go through these. Seeing what doesn't work as well as you thought it did. Seeing what does. Finding the typos that you didn't see the other 200 times you read the story.

Babbling ahoy here

(and now with tags fixed. Things were a little bold there for awhile. *ahem*)
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sg_betty asked for Coming Home. It’s a long one, so I’m posting in at Dreamwidth where it can all go in one post. I’m happy someone asked about this one. While I see a lot of flaws in this story, I do like it and what I was trying to accomplish with it.

Part of the idea for this story came from a conversation I had with someone who was serving as a missionary. She made the comment that people who serve in the mission field or in the Peace Corps for an extended period of time often end up feeling like they don’t really have a country anymore. They love the country where they’ve served, but they’re not really of that country. And yet the U.S. isn’t quite home anymore either. I hoped to get a little bit of that feeling with this story—of no longer really fitting anywhere.


Read more... )
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First up in the Fic/DVD-style commentary is Birthday which [personal profile] aurora_novarum requested. Watch me nitpick myself. There are even some things that I admit to liking.

Read more... )

One down. Others to come. Possibly a bonus commentary.
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First up in the Fic/DVD-style commentary is Birthday which [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum requested. Watch me nitpick myself. There are even some things that I admit to liking.

Read more... )

One down. Others to come. Possibly a bonus commentary.
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The DVD-style commentary on fics is making the rounds on my flist again. As a sheep, I'll play.

Don't know that anyone will be interested, but if you are, here's the listing for my fics. You can pick one and I'll commentate for it. You can learn how a story ended up the way it did and just what I was thinking. (If I remember what I was thinking, that is.)
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The thing about reading through one's older fics (and by interesting, I mean sometimes unsettling) is seeing things I could have done different/better/ etc.

Sometimes I see something and say "hey, that part worked better than I remembered." I find that preferable to "huh, I'm not sure that after all."

It's interesting. In an uneasy sort of way. And hopefully useful in the long run.
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...Well, I probably wouldn't jump off a cliff, what with my fear of heights and all. But I will do the writing meme that's going around. Why not?


Post a list of your top five fic-favorites you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most.

my five )
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Post the first lines from your last 20 stories. Do you see any patterns?

(I don't have twenty stories to choose from yet. But since it's like creating every sentence in my current WIP is like pulling teeth, I thought I'd do this for a bit.)

1. He woke up in a foul mood.

2. How do you pick up the threads of an old life? (a quote)
Sarah awoke as Daniel sat next to her on the hospital bed. (first written-by-me line)

3. Sara slowly picked up the receiver and slowly began dialing.

4. "Poker?" Daniel wondered.

5. SG-1 trudged toward the gate at the end of a long, trying day.

6. SG-1 enjoyed the night and a quiet companionability as they sat around the campfire.

7. General Hammond had been determined to leave the SGC on time for a change.


It appears that I'm usually looking to set a mood or frame of mind. Figuring out the closing sentence is almost always a challenge for me. (Sometimes when I leave a phone message I tend to go on and on because I can't seem to find the right concluding words. Occasionally I feel that way when I'm writing too.) But the opening sentence/paragraph is often a challenge for me too.
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Why are endings so hard to write? Strangely, I often have this problem when I leave voicemail messages too. I've said all that needs to be said, yet I ramble on trying to bring myself to the words to sign off.

Now here I am in a familiar position with a story--on the cusp of the ending, having pretty much said all I want to say, and looking for the proper resolution to put a nice bow on the end. I have a feeling this may turn into a story that just stops with the words "the end." *g*

Strangely a title isn't leaping out at me yet either. That usually makes itself known by now. Hmmm.
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Sign up for a ficathon, I thought. It'll be fun, I thought. Someone else can do the heavy lifting of coming up with the story idea.

Well it is fun. And it's a good story prompt. I just didn't anticipate the new experience of (in fits and starts) getting right to the cusp of the conversation that's to be the focal point of the whole story, being able hear huge chunks of the conversation in my head, and not being able to quite get it transferred to the written word while a deadline mocks me. Stupid thoughts that won't organize correctly. ;) I have a feeling the final product is not going to be quite what I had envisioned when I started out, and it's going to be a very talky fic, but I'm maintaining optimism that I'll get it to come together by the end of the weekend.

Or, I could do an interactive story and have people write their own endings in the comments section. Hey...
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So I've been working on my fanficcy...thing. And, as often happens when I'm writing, I get curious about other people's processes. Those of you that do fics (within the same show/fandom), do you ever try to maintain a personal canon within your own stories? Or is each story separate and complete irrespective of what you've done anywhere else?

I'm not talking about creating a series or anything, but do have events from other stories in mind and do you try to keep whatever you write consistent with what you've written in the past? I'm only on my second story ever and I've found myself almost unconsciously making a tiny little tie or two between it and my first. Not plot specific ties, just something that I know is there even if it doesn't matter to the story or if no one else sees or cares about it. I can imagine that if you've got a critical mass of stories in your portfolio it would become difficult if not impossible to have them all relate to each other.

So what say you? Is each story that you do:

A: A separate and distinct entity unrelated to your other stories?

B: A piece of an organic whole along with the other stories that you've written?

It's purely idle curiosity on my part, I just wondered if anyone had any thoughts on the subject.
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This for those out there who do writing.

What do you do when you find yourself in the midst of a section that you suspect just isn't working at all? Do you:

1. Give it up all together?
2. Fight your way through at and hope it turns into something?
3. Leave it alone, go to other sections, and wait for inspiration to strike for resolving the problem passage?
4. Other?

I'm just curious what other people do. I'm in the midst of a story that I think could turn out to be pretty good. (Damn you internet people and your fanfic influences. I'm still waving the *shaky fist* *g*.) But in the meantime, I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew--it just keeps growing. And I've got a section that I think might be a mistake. I keep plugging away at because it might turn out to work after all once I get everything else laid out. But I have a feeling that I'm going to have significantly cut or eliminate some chunks of what I'm doing right now.

How do you problem solve when you run up against writing dilemmas?
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Huh. Working on this fanfic (that I was never going to do and then somehow wound up doing) has been interesting. From my posting lives, I was already aware that I have a number of tics that show up in my writing. But I hadn't realized until I started working on story-like writing how embedded some of those tics are. It's been an interesting challenge to smooth some of those things out. A good challenge, because I'm flexing some mental muscles that I haven't used much lately. It's been kinda fun.

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