Posts by tag: On writing

Breeding WiPs

Y’all know how those plot bunnies multiply, right? Or typos? Breedin’ in the dark, when you’re not looking.

Well, I learned that WiPs apparently do the same thing. Despite posting several stories in the last two weeks, and being away from the computer for a couple days earlier this week, I count no less than ten (10!) Works-in-Progress in my spread sheet (don’t laugh…) that are one final round of edits away from actually bein’ ready for betaing.

Including one I had totally forgotten about….

And that’s not counting the numerous WiPs in earlier (or post-beta) stages, or the plot bunnies that are clamoring for attention….

Awesome discovery at AO3

Ok, so, we agree that Archive of Our Own is gonna be awesome when it comes out of closed beta, right?

Well, today Tanaqui and I discovered it’s awesome now! Or even more awesome than I figured it already was. Because we (kinda accidentally 🙂 ) stumbled on how to create a shared series for our co-written Awesome!Jakeverse. And that is, you know, awesome

Even more Jericho fic

First a small review rant: If a story is obviously a missing scene, set within an 0ff-screen moment in canon, and canon is picking up almost instantly after the final word of the fic…. Why do people insist that I “can’t leave it like that!”…?

Fandom: Jericho
Title: Thunder Road
Rating: General
Characters: Jake, Jonah
Word count: 980
Summary: Jake meets Jonah for the first time.

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Lots of speculative pre-series characterization in this one.

Fic, muchly, plus actual announcement

Huh, a week off from work plus a shiny new fandom to play in (Jericho) makes the muses all atwitter with excitement and new ideas.  I think I wrote a piece of brand new fic (for various fandoms) every day last, week (except Tuesday, when I went to the zoo with The Nephew, and Friday, when there was too much squeeing over the new fandom going on).

Aside from the story below, I wrote 2 SPN pieces, 3 Jericho pieces, 1 Kill Point piece, and a Kill Point/Jericho crossover. Can you say prolific?

Needless to say, I did not work on the stories I’d planned to work on…

I also lured Tanaqui to follow me over the cliff into Jericho fandom, and I think she fell even harder than I did. With the result that we are now brainstorming and wiki’ing our very own post-series continuation ‘verse…

At the current rate of plot bunny spawning, we’ll be in fic for years to come…

Anyway, on top of that, we also co-wrote a story for the [info]enter_tzone Twilight Zone challence, for our other two-woman fandom (well, Jericho’s bigger than just us, but we haven’t venture far into the fandom yet; it’s those nuts-people, remember 🙂 )

Fandom: The Kill Point
Title: Long Distance Call
Rating: General
Characters: Jake Mendez
Word count: 1,830
Summary: Sometimes our lives turn on a single moment. For Jake Mendez, that moment is about to arrive.

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As said, co-written with the wonderful Tanaqui. This is the first time since forever that I co-wrote something with someone (and that actually turned into something publishable). It’ll be interesting to hear if people can easily spot who wrote what…

Fic tutorial rec

[info]c_woodhaven posted a very interesting essay-type tutorial (or tutorial-type essay…) in [info]shared_wisdom about sensuality and writing.

From the post:

Sensuality is any writing that evokes your senses. One of my goals as a writer is to make my readers actually feel what describing, see what I’m seeing.

It’s clear and well-worded, with interesting examples that show exactly why some word choices work, and some don’t for certain characters. A good post to make you sit back and ponder writing for a bit.

Fic Year In Review 2008

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, to look back at my fic’ish accomplishments over the past year. With eternal gratitude to my betas for (trying to) keep me on the straight and narrow, [info]tanaquispn, [info]inimicallyyours and [info]erinrua.

Finished and published fics:

The Kill Point

Stargate Atlantis

Supernatural

Threat Matrix

WIPs done in their entirety (and in various stages of rewrites/betaing):

  • The Price Of Betrayal (Dark Angel; mostly written in 2007)
  • Before, And After (The Kill Point; 2,350 words)
  • Crossroads (The Kill Point; 1,880 words)
  • Journey’s End (Supernatural; written in 2007)
  • Unsung Heroes (Supernatural; 1,100 words)
  • The monster fixit-AU (The Kill Point; 29,000 words)

Future projects:

  • Orcs in the Cascades (Supernatural; outlined)
  • Untitled AU (Supernatural 2,000 words; outlined)
  • Numerous other plot bunnies awaiting their turn

Total number of words published: 73,811

Total number of words written (est.): 108,000

Writer’s Glee

You know what the advantage is of having a one-woman fandom? There’s nobody that’ll tell you what you can or can’t do. So, if I want to let out my inner romantic, or embrace every bad!fic trope there is, and write about it, I can! No concerns about what readers might think, or if it fits with anyone else’s interpretation of canon, or if there are ‘isms I should worry about, there’s just fic.

And you know what? Writing exactly what you want is great fun!

Of course, it also means that I have spent my entire weeklong holiday not working on what I’d planned to work on, like OTW translations, or finally addressing the Dark Angel AU beta notes, or finishing my John & Bobby fic, or writing any of the half dozen other Supernatural stories on the list. But I did write two ficlets and nearly 15,000 words of fixit fic, including some 2,500 words of slow smut, so I do feel quite accomplished.

OTPs, shippiness and UST–or lack thereof

[info]tanaquisga floated an interesting theory yesterday about my new-found obsession with The Kill Point and the desire to write a shippy bad!fic AU where the guy(s) get the girl(s) and escape off into the sunset(*) as opposed to the decidedly unsatisfactory canonical ending: I’m jonesing for romance!

Now, I have to say that Supernatural, despite all its awesomeness, is indeed rather light on UST and ‘ships—at least for those of us who watch without slash goggles. Thus, after several years of me obsessing over Supernatural, she may very well have a point.

So, thoughts? Is it possible to suffer from lack of UST? Ship malnutrition? Does having favorite pairings advance your viewing pleasure?

(*) It’s also not entirely unlikely I will go and write that, seeing I solved a major plot hurdle last night while taking a leisurely bath (which is when the muses pounce…). All I need now is some sort of ending, because off into the sunset is not it!

First lines meme

Amended, originally from [info]juno_magic

Post the first line from your 25 most recent fanfics and try to find a pattern.

I’m changing this somewhat, since I fear my 25 most recent fics are just about all set in the Supernatural ‘verse, so there’s your pattern right there. Kinda boring. However, since this is my tenth year of writing fanfic (if I didn’t miscalculate), I’ll pick two stories from each year, and give you first lines for that. And because last lines are as telling as first, I’ll give you those as well.

From 1999:

– “The first thing I noticed, was the sound they made.”
– “I wanted to know who she really was. I tried to ask.“Who… are…””

Read story.

– “He jerked awake with a start.”
– ““I’m sorry, Adair,” he said softly and stared off over her shoulder. Only the sun witnessed the cold grin of satisfaction that played around his lips…”

Read story.

From 2000:

– “Nervously Devon smoothed the wide, bulky skirts of her dress. The fabric was soft and velvety beneath her hands.”
– “Thank God, she thought and shuddered. Beside her, Uly shifted restlessly on his cot but didn’t wake.”

Read story.

– “One by one his brothers had died.”
– “They were never seen again.”

Read story.

From 2001:

– “Phoebe’s eyes flashed with indignation. She placed her hands on her hips and gave Cole a look that would have withered the Source himself.”
– “They would find a way. They always did.”

Read story.

– “John slid into his seat beside Sam as quietly as he could. He was late.”
– “Overhead, the clouds parted and tiny stars twinkled.”

Read story.

From 2002:

– “The door closed behind him with a soft click. Alec stood motionless for a long moment.”
– “Slouched deep within his jacket to hide from the rain, Alec began to walk in the direction of Terminal City.”

Read story.

– “Poof! The vampire exploded in a satisfactory cloud of dust. Spike straightened and wiped the particles from his fingers.”
– “She turned off the light and climbed beneath the covers. Just another day on the Hellmouth.”

Read story.

From 2003:

– “Brennan rolled onto his side, kicking his legs at the sheet, which tangled around his feet and refused to let go.”
– “Adam made a mental note to talk to Emma later, though. But that was before he found out that Gabriel Ashlocke had been set free and urgent matters demanded the team’s attention.”

Read story.

– ““Why didn’t you ask her the other question?””
– ““Right. The other question…” He gulped, lifted his head and met her gaze head-on. “Billie, really… Wilhelmina?””

Read story.

From 2004:

– “An ill wind blew from the north, across the plains of Rohan. Upon its cold wings, it carried the scent of snow from the Misty Mountains.”
– “After all, she was the Lady of Rohan, and she would do her duty, whether it offered renown or no.”

Read story.

– “Strong hands held him down.”
– “The dream would continue to haunt him. The dream that was real.”

Read story.

From 2005:

– “Lindsey tried not to cringe when the performer on the stage struck another false chord.”
– “Lindsey shook the proffered hand, unwittingly signing away his very soul with the gesture. By the time he found out, it was too late.”

Read story.

– “”I ask only for the strength to defend my people!” All he desired was to protect Gondor, why did Frodo refuse to understand that?”
– “Alone in eternal darkness, Boromir hearkened the world false pride had wrought.”

Read story.

From 2006:

– “Alec sauntered into command. Up on the landing, Luke and an X4 named Brent were manning the screens, watching the numerous newscasts for anything that might involve transgenics and monitoring the Sector Police channels.”
– “Perhaps, if the truth, the whole truth, about Manticore came out, they could convince the American people that the transgenics weren’t the enemy after all. They just might win enough hearts and minds, one sheriff at the time, to have a chance at life.”

Read story.

– “Not married in the traditional sense—what the hell was that supposed to mean?”
– “Yet, even as she walked to the door to tell Katie she was ready to see her next patient, a tiny voice continued to murmur in the back of her mind: Michael doesn’t belong here.”

Read story.

From 2007:

– “Boromir reined in his horse and poured some water from his water skin onto a kerchief. He wiped the sodden cloth across his brow but it did little to cool his skin.”
– “Boromir grinned. “Lead the way, lieutenant.””

Read story.

– ““I swear, Sam, there’s some evil creature hiding in that basement.””
– “And sometimes, normal was really easy.”

Read story.

From 2008:

– “The first time it happened, Sam didn’t think much of it—other than to worry there was something really, really wrong with his head.”
– “He leaned his head against the seat, closing his eyes against the cool wind that streamed in through the window, and drifted off to sleep…”

Read story.

– “As John strode away, he heard Ronon break the heavy silence he left in his wake with a soft “Congratulations”.”
– “But he’d be damned if he’d change his mind. There was no way he’d let Teyla or her unborn child come to harm under his command.”

Read story.

Whew! That was quite a lot of fic to go through. I picked the stories rather randomly, but did try to cram in as many of my fandoms as I could. Can you guess them all?

Remix, anyone?

So, did anyone else read the preview of the next Supernatural tie-in novel Bone Key written by Keith DeCandido (who also wrote the first tie-in, Nevermore).*

If you did read it, did you manage to make it past the first few paragraphs? All the way to where he again fucks up Dean’s eye color (not that the color of Dean’s eye has any relevance at that point to begin with…)?

I didn’t… Zzzzz…

And I’m not sure if I feel sorry for myself, because I’d like nothing more than a big, juicy, ‘real’ novel in the Supernatural world to read, or for Mr. DeCandido, who gets outshone as an author by a really large part of the Supernatural fandom fic authors.

I can forgive him for having those rather big chunks of exposition, because, after all, the intended audience of tie-in novels are not the fans but Jane Q Public who outnumbers us big time. I cannot forgive the terrible pacing (yawn…) or the dialog that reads like he consulted a “How To Write Modern American Vernacular” instead of how real people speak. That’s just plain bad writing.

So, I’m inclined to feel more sorry for myself. After all, DeCandido has gotten paid for his… work.

I’m half-wanting to call a “Remix the novel”-challenge. And keep hoping someone will MST it, or spork it to pieces. Because, really, we can do better than that, can’t we?

* With thanks to [info]ficwriter1966 who first alerted me to it.

ETA: I love fandom…! [info]tanaquisga took up my challenge and condensed the preview into a 100 word drabble.