Extras

Aug. 11th, 2011 05:45 pm
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
Let's procrastinate!

Pick one of my fics, and I'll give you three details that didn't make it into the fic. Background canon, deleted scenes, or a look into the future. My choice, but if you have a specific question you can ask it in your request.

Masterlist is here.

Come on, you know you want to.

Poll Time!

Apr. 4th, 2011 01:32 am
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
The lovely [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and myself are in the process of creating a joint writing journal for various upcoming projects. It's very exciting! Before we do anything, though, we'd like to have a name for it.

Can we get some input?

[Poll #1726647]
annundriel: ([bh] The Girl You Think I Am)
- Porn Battle XI is open for prompts on LJ and on DW! FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR. I've been going through, seeing if I can't get some ideas already.

[livejournal.com profile] blindfold_spn is also still open for prompt fills.

Four weeks of porn. Fun times!

- I wasn't planning on watching the US Being Human, but then [livejournal.com profile] perfumaniac was watching it so I figured, hey, might as well. I was pleasantly surprised. Prefer the original, but I think this has some nice potential.

- Don't think I mentioned this, but finally got to see Kick-Ass the other night. Watched it with my parents. Mom thought it was really good. Dad liked it but was less enthusiastic about it. It was really hard to tell if he was enjoying it or not while we were watching it, but he did stay for the whole thing (and stayed awake) so that was a pretty good sign. They both recommended it to my brother the next morning.

Meanwhile, The King's Speech is playing in, well, not the local theater, but at least one that's only an hour away. We're tentatively planning on seeing it next weekend. I am excited!
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
That time of the year again.

Anything that was "finished" I'm counting in my overall word count.

Total number of completed stories: 114
Total word count: 94,767

And because I'm curious for comparison:
Completed stories in 2009: 42 (2008? 16)
Word count in 2009: 43,245

Um. Yeah. I'm going to boggle at that a little.

This year's fandoms included: Generation Kill, Inception, NCIS, Resident Evil, RPS, Sherlock BBC, Southland, Supernatural, Torchwood, and True Blood (it totally counts). All of it can be found under my writing:2010 tag or in my memories.

I totally fail at ever answering any of these with just one fic. Considering I have 114 to choose from, I think that's okay. ;)

I had a really difficult time answering some of these questions. Best story? I don't know! If anyone else has an opinion (on any of them), let me know what you think!

A Year in Writing )

Writing

Nov. 15th, 2010 11:18 pm
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
I love writing, and I love talking about writing. I thought this looked interesting.

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] trobadora.

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" What isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! Anon commenting is (always) on, if you feel shy. Or ask your flist to ask you questions.

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.



Or, y'know, feel free to ask me what happens next on a fic, or why Character A did this instead of that, or anything fic or writing related at all. If you have a question, ask!
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
I know I did a list fairly recently, but I need another. It helps me to see what I need to work on.

This is essentially everything I have going right now that I actually still think about on a semi-regular basis.

- Jensen/Misha tie!fic, sequel to suit!porn
- sequel to Arthur/Eames "To Dream, Perchance to See"
- Arthur/Eames ink!fic
- Dean/Leon
- Eames/Fischer
- Inception RPS
- Drabble Request Responses
- Dean/Castiel eskimo kisses
- Dean/Castiel kissing!fic
- SPN/Project Runway fic
- SPN "eight days" fic
- DiNozzo/McGee towel!fic
- DiNozzo/McGee Shop Around the Corner!fic
- Southland fic

Writing

May. 18th, 2010 12:56 pm
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
Do you ever get partway through a fic and realize that somewhere along the line, you stopped writing the fic you thought you were? Do you keep going with the flow, letting it take you where it will? Or do you go back and try to find your original thread again?

I don't know if I have one disjointed fic, one fic that will work out, or two different stories all together.


Dear Dean & Cas,

I love you guys, but really. Can't you just...go with the original plan? Quit improvising.

Thanks,
Me


I am slightly bored at work. Because I am so damn efficient. Curses.

Duh

May. 16th, 2010 04:48 pm
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
It's amazing how much easier writing becomes when you don't feel like crap.
annundriel: ([spn] Curiouser & Curiouser)
Let me illustrate.

"I do not need to eat, Dean."


Castiel is not human, but an angel. He does not need to consume food, but Dean may be able to convince him it is a fun thing to try.

"I do not need to eat Dean."


Castiel is not human, but a zombie. He does not need to consume Dean, but later when he is feeling peckish he may eat Dean's brains.

I'm just sayin'.

Writing

Mar. 27th, 2010 10:26 pm
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
I totally stole these from [livejournal.com profile] jack_infinitude.

21 questions about writing )
annundriel: ([ats] Echo)
Does the Universal Technical Institute realize they share an acronym with urinary tract infections?

How unfortunate for them.

Question brought to you by the commercial that just ran before Annie Lennox's cover of "Whiter Shade of Pale" on YouTube. (I forgot how much I love her voice.)


Meanwhile, I have fic giving me massive anxiety. I hate that.
annundriel: ([es] Meet Me in Montauk)
The other day I was looking for title-inspiration for "whatever we lose" and my eyes happened to fall on my copy of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, which I read a couple of years ago in Modernism in Art and Literature. It contains a quote that spoke to me so clearly at the time I was amazed:

She could see it so clearly, so commandingly, when she looked: it was when she took her brush in hand that the whole thing changed. It was in that moment's flight between the picture and her canvas that the demons set on her who often brought her to the verge of tears and made this passage from conception to work as dreadful as any down a dark passage for a child. Such she often felt herself--struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: "But this is what I see; this is what I see," and so to clasp some miserable remnant of her vision to her breast, which a thousand forces did their best to pluck from her.
- p. 22-23


I get a lot of things out of that passage, and I understand it through my own various experiences involving fear of creative failure, that horrible moment between having an idea and pulling out a blank page to make that idea something more than just a thought, an image in your head. Fear of creative rejection, dismissal.

To borrow a quote from one of my other favorite things, The History Boys, that moment in reading for me was one of these:

"The best moments in reading are when you come across something--a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things--which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours."


I think I've gained a lot more confidence since then. I'm not afraid to start things much anymore for fear they won't live up to the vision in my head. Though I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] ginnith would have interesting things to say on my various writing related neuroses and how the have/haven't changed. She's been there through it all, the lucky lady.

Speaking of writing, back to editing I go.
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
Sorry for the post spam, but I had to get that fic posted before I could do the end of the year fic meme.

Fic, ficlets, and drabbles included, I wrote and posted 42 (life, the universe, and EVERYTHING clearly) fics in 4 fandoms this year: 21 SPN, 13 NCIS, 5 Merlin, and 3 Due South. (I'm counting "Not Dudley Do-Right" as NCIS since it's Tony's POV.)

And 60 newspaper articles.

Last year I wrote 16 fics. To go from 16 to 42 is just...crazy. I don't know. [livejournal.com profile] sdrohc_ratiug says it's due to the goal I made at the beginning of last year: write a little every day. You do that and you're bound to end up with something finished.

Perhaps most amazingly, I managed to complete something over 5000 words. I have never done that before! Outside of classes or school projects. (I really should get a wordcount on my play...)

This year has been very strange for me, writing-wise. Strange in a good way. I don't know quite how to describe how I feel about it without sounding a bit looney toons. But I love where I am right now, creatively. (Except for that fic that just refuses to work. Bleh.)

Anyway. Fic round-up, organized by fandom )

*

Writing Meme 2009 )


Also, I think it's fun to note that at least one Supernatural fic began life as Without a Trace fic (Time to Spare) while another was meant for Due South (Busted). I'm not really writing those now though, but each one either had a particular scene I still wanted to use (WaT) or an almost complete fic (DS). I was very happy to be able to use both.

Drained

Dec. 16th, 2009 08:37 pm
annundriel: ([misc] At the Library)
I feel a bit like I've been steamrollered.

When I sub at the library, I'm the only one there, I don't have a lunch break, and we're not supposed to eat in front of patrons. I don't think I was alone in the library all day. By the time four o'clock hit I was getting a little cranky.

Not that anyone would have noticed. I am that awesome. ;)

But I still feel steamrollered. There was never a huge rush, but it was definitely a steady stream of people.

The reason? The kids got a snow day and school was closed. Dad drove Mom and me into work. There was no way we were doing that with the fog and slick roads.

Oh! I got one of the really quiet kids that comes in to talk to me for an extended period of time! She's working her way through A Series of Unfortunate Events. I've read the first three, so I asked her how it was going. She elaborated on the series. It was great.

Same girl from this post, actually.

I have articles and fic to work on and absolutely no motivation. Blah.

Go Me

Dec. 1st, 2009 05:34 pm
annundriel: ([amelie] Notebook)
I don't really make resolutions for the new year, but last January 1 I decided that I would try to write a little something every day for a month. If I made it through that month, I'd do the same thing the month after and so on.

I thought if I just looked at it as months, it would be less scary and seem less of a chore and more of a manageable goal.

Now, it didn't always have to be writing that turned into anything. A lot of it didn't, though some of it is now making a reappearance and becoming newer, better things. I have notebooks filled with ideas and plot bunnies to work with now.

And I just realized that, omg, it is DECEMBER and as long as I make it through this month, I will have actually stuck to and done right by a resolution.

This makes me really stupidly happy.

Compulsion

Nov. 18th, 2009 12:16 pm
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
I have to remind myself that just because I have finished/posted fic does not mean I have to immediately start on the next thing. Other than continuing writing every day, that is.

Unfortunately, much like needing to start a new book once I finish one, the writing is becoming a bit more of a compulsion. I move one file to "completed," clap my hands and go, "Okay, now what?" because it doesn't feel right not to be working on something.

I have a "now what" ready to begin, but no beginning. I don't want to force it because if I do that, it will feel forced and not work the way I want it to and then I will be Miss Crankypants some more. And I'm already feeling pretty mopey today so I don't need that.

Except I really want to work on something.

Haircut later today. And then at some point we are dying my hair red. Exciting, I know.
annundriel: ([cplng] One-Track Mind)
You know you're writing too much porn when you giggle at "erected" while watching My Fair Wedding with David Tutera.

Or possibly you just know that internally you are a twelve year old boy.

Except not, because that would be weird. Especially with the writing porn part. Anyway.

Has anyone else seen My Fair Wedding? I enjoy it a lot. And I really like David Tutera. He's very blunt and honest with the brides, but not in a way that is cruel or off-putting. I like that even though he'll be like "OMGWTF??" during the original meeting with the brides, he just gently moves their weddings toward something better. And he doesn't come off as condescending. Sometimes improvement people come off as..."My taste level is HERE and your's is all the way down there. Don't argue with me."

And I LOVE IT when he makes them cry because they were previously making their own centerpieces out of things they bought at the 99 Cent Store and now it's Swarovski Crystals and Tiffany. It's a beautiful thing.

Trying

Sep. 20th, 2009 04:43 pm
annundriel: ([bj] Jane)
Things That Make Me Less of a Sourpuss Today:

- Finishing Dan Simmons' Ilium. Except I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON! ARGH! ::waits for the next book::

- Starting Mary Roach's Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Finally just ordered it from Barnes & Noble. I really enjoyed Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (and recommend it), so I'm looking forward to this one.

- That single Top Chef AU scene featuring Jared and Jensen as cheftestants that I sent to [livejournal.com profile] olivelavonne. I enjoy RPS AUs a lot, what can I say? I think it's because I can get the stories I want to read/see and have familiar faces at the same time. Or pre-established character traits. Does that make sense?

- The Pocket God app on my iPhone. Mine is an evil laugh. I'd feel bad except it makes me laugh.

Grr

Aug. 19th, 2009 09:06 pm
annundriel: ([ncis] Special Agent)
Okay, so the NCIS fic is not going so well at the moment. I just cannot seem to get Tony's voice right. I was wondering if it was maybe because I usually go for Tim's POV, but looking at what I've got on LJ, I'm about even when it comes to their POVs. So I dunno.

But it's very frustrating. And discouraging.

So I'm going to go look at old prompts from the porn battles and maybe try something quick and totally unrelated. I may have just had some inspiration from an old drabble, too.

How about you, flist? Anybody want to help a girl out? Prompt me?
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
I have this Dean/Castiel fic I began at the end of June. I can't decide if I should finish it or give it up as a lost cause. I don't think it's bad and I'm pretty sure it has potential, I just...I don't know. I had to take a step or two back from SPN fic there for a while. Not for any particular reason, really, other than I've turned slightly more poly-fannish and so have been cycling through three different interests.

And if I'm completely honest, there was a week/week-and-an-half there where Torchwood completely killed my desire to write any fanfiction whatsoever. (Way to go, TW.) There are pages of original stuff in my notebook now. Crazy!

I also have an idea for a post-"Love & War" DiNozzo/McGee fic based loosely on one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies, The Shop Around the Corner. If I could make it work, I think it could work really well. Sometimes I get scared of characterization though. And beginnings. Mostly beginnings. However, since I've yet to get what I want in regards to "Love & War" fic-wise, I think I might have to actually seriously poke at it.

So what do I do? Finish or drop the SPN fic? Focus my attention on NCIS? Do both? I have friends I definitely know would say do both.

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