Beta?

Jun. 11th, 2011 03:11 pm
curuchamion: text icon says Fabricati Diem PVNC (fabricati diem)
Er. Anyone interested in beta-reading 1585 words of Sam/Bra'tac friendship fic (SG-1, obvs) on a prompt of "gender roles"? There is staff weapon fighting, knitting, and motorcycling involved. I'm mainly concerned about pacing, clarity of the action scenes, and characterization. (Canon continuity isn't a huge issue, as it's, um... missing-scene fic for a nonexistent episode. Er, yeah. o_O It's somewhere in S4/S5...)

The way I usually do this is to put the fic up as an entry in a filtered locked post, so only the beta and I can see it, and have the beta comment. If a potential beta would rather I e-mailed the Word doc, I can do that too - just let me know which.

On a related note, I do not seem able to write SG-1 fic that has not got knitting in it, except for that one Siler drabble. This fact amuses me. *g*
curuchamion: TARDIS in a sunny field (sunny TARDIS field)
I know I don't have a whole lot of 'Gate writers on my flist/dwircle (good grief that's a weird word), but I'm mentioning this anyway:

LJ's sg1friendathon i.e. the Stargate SG-1 Friendship Genficathon (whew *g*) now has 172 prompts up for claiming in their prompt post right here.

Prompts are first-come-first-served, and they're going fairly fast (I snaffled "Sam/Bra'tac friendship, gender roles", which ought to be interesting at least); stories are due August 1, word minimum is 1000. C'mon in, the water's fine! ;-)



...yes, I signed up for a ficathon with a thousand-word minimum. Me, who didn't even hit my 300-word goal for Clocket's help_haiti piece. O_O I guess winning MaNo has pickled my brain a bit. ;-)

*needs to do a Bra'tac watchathon* *although it's really Sam who's kicking my tail atm*

(Yes, I am working on everything else I need to be working on too! *pets flist* lol)
curuchamion: Illya Kuryakin grinning captioned BOOM! (Illya boom)
I WROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTE. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote! And now there are 50,025 words of story about Mort and James and their nieces and nephews. And I am exhausted. *g*

but not too exhausted to ramble under the cut )

Also: PARTAY!!!!! I am just a little bit too frazzled to fetch Tuxodo (sorry, tuxedo!Odo) over here from my LJ scrapbook, and I am going to bed now, but PARTY TIEM. Drinks for everyone! Or whatever.

*falls over whump* ;-)
curuchamion: MacGyver in a blue shirt, fifth season hair (Mac blueshirt)
My MaNoWriMo novel is currently 16,531 words long.

I'm still 2825 words behind, but I'm a third of the way through! :D And having to push for more than my "comfort zone" of 1500 words every day is really doing me a lot of good, I think. I'm learning to WRITE ALL THE SCENES, whether I think they'll wind up in the finished book or not, because every one of them teaches me more about these characters and their story. Even if every single one wants rewriting. ;-)

I don't know if I'll hit 50,000 words before the end of the month, but even if I don't, I am massively happy with this novel and I think I'm going to keep working on it after May is over until it turns into a coherent story with continuity. (Then I'll have to find a "first reader" to tell me how dire it is... oh, joy. *g*)
curuchamion: Snoopy dressed as Sherlock Holmes (Snoopy Holmes)
Okay, so over on [community profile] ds9_rewatch we've been discussing "The Forsaken" aka The One Where Odo And Lwaxana Get Stuck In A Turbolift. I've been promising all and sundry a massive rant!post about that ep ever since I first saw it. This is that post.

Xposted verbatim from ds9_rewatch, with their discussion questions, because otherwise I'd spend all this evening rewriting this instead of working on my [profile] manowrimo wordcount!

Longness, spoilers for this and future eps, and discussion of sexuality and rape/consent issues under the cut )
curuchamion: Ninth Doctor captioned I see what you knit there (Ravelry) (Nine browsing Ravelry)
In about an hour and a half - at midnight GMT (aka 5pm Pacific Daylight Time or 8pm Eastern Daylight Time) - the seventeenth monthly round of Fic_Rush will begin!

Fic_rush is a 48-hour writing marathon. (Obviously, no one's there the whole time!) You can work on anything you want, WIP or not, fanfic or not. We all drop in and out as we please, chatter in the hourly posts on fic_rush_48 - about our writing, lack of writing, ninja penguins, or whatnot - cheer each other on, commiserate, and write lots of fic!

(Honest. Despite DDoS attacks and the usual 'rush shenanigans, I finished and published five stories on April 9th and 10th thanks to Fic_rush. It is An Invaluable Resource.)

Some of my friends from ds9_rewatch may remember my mentioning a writing comm with motorcycle space pirates a while ago in chat? THIS IS THAT COMM, and it is truly epic. I encourage everyone reading this to at least drop in to fic_rush_48 and browse the back chatter posts a bit before you say no! :-)

oddments

May. 1st, 2011 01:04 pm
curuchamion: text icon says Fabricati Diem PVNC (fabricati diem)
* Re: DS9_rewatch - I love that I have just asked someone, quite sincerely, "In what way is the emu demeaning? I'm curious." OH TREK. (FTR, it's demeaning because all Odo gets to do this week is spoiler cut ) But he's so darn cute doing it that I personally will save my ranting-at-writers for Next Week aka "The Forsaken".)

Also, EMUS. Seriously, rewatch chat is awesomeness of awesomeful. :D

* William Campbell just died. Trekkies on my flist probably know him as Captain Koloth (one of the first three Klingon captains from TOS, who also made guest appearances on DS9 and, I think, TNG; he appeared in "The Trouble with Tribbles") and Trelane (from "Squire of Gothos", a proto-Q character).

* Re: MaNoWriMo - my wordcount right now is 3453 words. In something like nineteen hours. (I started on Greenwich time, but it's fair because I will also finish on Greenwich time. If I finish.) The thing that scares me the most right now about this whole insane plan? I did the math for May being a 31-day month, and it knocks 54 words off every day's goal.

In other words, I have committed to write 54x30 words on the same story every day of this month. I AM TRULY INSANE. But optimistic! Sort of. ;-)
So there is on Dreamwidth, as part of the "Three Weeks for Dreamwidth" event (a yearly thing wherein people post awesome stuff and keep it exclusive to Dwth for three weeks, intended to boost activity on the site), a Friendship Fic Comment!fic Fest.

Being, as I am, a gen girl whose favorite thing in the world is friendship fic, I am scattering prompts all over this fest and encouraging all my friends to do the same. And also fill them, lol. (You don't even need a Dwth account - you can comment with your LJ OpenID - although if you post a fill, you'll have to not xpost to your LJ for three weeks.) I shall also be trying to scatter fills if I can, so go over and put up some prompts in our shared fandoms so I have something to work with! ;-)

I've already put up an Odo-Quark prompt and am just working on a Jack-Teal'c one...
I've been meaning to do this for a while, and this seems like a good time to do it - all the stories I was Going To Publish First are published, and my next project appears to be a 50,000-word original novel (yup, still crazy), so that won't be appearing for a while.

Pick any story I've written under 1000 words, or a passage from one of the longer ones, and I will give you a DVD commentary on it: inspirations, missing scenes, comical observations, what's happening outside the scene, how the characters were to work with, all that kind of stuff. Sadly I cannot mock the special effects like a real commentary, I don't think.

Almost all my fics are currently here at AO3. A few of the more embarrassing ones are only on FFnet or under my fic tag; they're all up for commentarying.

Oh, and if you've just joined my flist - don't be shy! I love chatting with new people. :D
curuchamion: Ninth Doctor captioned I see what you knit there (Ravelry) (Nine browsing Ravelry)
So! I've been doing Quite A Lot of writing lately. For the most part, I'm happy with my progress.

However, I got sick a few days ago and wasn't able to do much except (very slowly) work through my three-inch-thick folder of Past Scribbles To Type Up... most of which were written when I was a much worse writer, or in a much worse funk, than I am now. I'm sick and tired of typing up my old ideas, most of which I remember fairly well anyway.

Therefore - no, I am NOT going to offer to write prompts! Certainly not. By no means at all. Anyone who's ever given me a prompt knows why. ;P

What I am going to do is ask y'all: what's your favorite way to get started on writing something new and random, besides asking your flist for prompts? Is there a website, a prompt generator (please not the Doctor Who random pairing generator, it always makes me feel like the not-really-expert poseur!geek I am *g*), a technique you like to use for formulating ideas?

(What I really want to write is orig!fic. Except most of the orig!fic 'verses I want to write in look, at this distance, remarkably like fandoms I haven't gotten into yet. I hate that. And I can't even make calculus jokes about it because I haven't had calculus yet.)

Failing all that - anyone up for a mini!fic_rush in the comments here? I have (pretend) glowsticks...
curuchamion: Snoopy dressed as Sherlock Holmes (Snoopy Holmes)
From Dwth's [community profile] fannish5 comm, one of those random memeish question-posty things:

Name your 5 favorite fictional marriages.

On finding that very few people get married in my fandoms, I change it to marriages and couples who ought to have got married (or, in one case, arguably are married by some definition)... and I'm still astonished that I could come up with five. ;-)

This is, as usual, a cut )

And that's five, and I'm going to bed. Wow. Shouldn't have stayed up this late. But I've been meaning to babble about some of this for a while.

ETA: and apparently I totally forgot Han/Leia and Sarek/Amanda. *headslap* And now I am going to bed.
...I don't know if this is a good idea at all, but I have realized that at least 75% of all the fics I've ever planned to write have no existence on paper, and most of the others are in some state of outline-iness or snippetude. This is all for one reason: I'm a perfectionist who would rather not start than fail to produce awesomeness (and, okay, be complimented thereon. *wry grin*)

That is a Bad Reason to not write and/or not publish fics. Therefore I make a very late New Year's resolution: I am going to go through my list of fic ideas and try to write the ones I still want to see written, and then I am going to publish them. And (while I will be sensible and have them betaed for "is this any good?") I am not going to worry about having them as brilliant as they want to be in my head. If an idea is worth writing, A Story using it is at least somewhat better than No Story, y/n?

(And I am also not going to worry about whether anybody is going to be interested in reading them. I tend to shoot down far too many of my own ideas with "well, I never saw it done before, so obvsly nobody likes it" - which results in the writing of Bad Cliché!fic and nothing else. *g*)

Wish me luck! ;-)
...Can I get a quick beta for a 600-word Doctor Who (UNIT)/X-Men crossover? You don't need to know either fandom; I just want to find out if it's as dire in its current condition as I think it is.

Thanks, anybody that takes me up on this...
I say.

My Jack voice is back.

This does not necessarily mean fic - all hail the world-conquering geology lab homework (why yes it's late, and I have been reading [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose's archives, which tend to make me cracked-out) - but my Jack voice is back. After about five episodes. Do you know how long it is since I got to watch this show?!

*bouncy*
I have a paper due on Friday.

I appear to write better nonfiction when I am taking fiction breaks when I get stuck.

I seem to be completely blocked on all my current plot bunnies.

Thus... ficlet project! :D

If you have no idea what that is - it's been going round my flist recently. Basically: First person to comment on this post gets to request a ficlet. One fandom, one or two characters and a prompt, on the understanding that I may do anything I like in the way of ignoring said characters/prompts as long as I stay within the fandom. I write said ficlet, post it, and the first person to comment on that post may then request a ficlet. (If you've already had one, please step back and let others have their turn.)

The idea is, it's a way to get myself writing in small spurts and start clearing the channel, so to speak. Quality not guaranteed, but I will try to post a ficlet every day or two, for as long as I want to go on. I'll try to warn when I'm starting to run down.

Fandoms: Doctor Who (Three, Four, Nine, or Eleven eras); Man from UNCLE; MacGate (you take what you get); Legend; X-Men (Wolverine-centric only); Star Trek TOS (I'm a Bones girl primarily, but willing to try to write any main character, as long as you don't care what I do to them). No ship, no slash, and I disclaim responsibility for possible probable crack, angst, or meta.

Let the good times roll! ;-)
I can't imagine why I keep posting these things, since obviously nobody is interested... but I rather like to natter on all introspectively about my writing process, anyway.

Under the cut )

You know, I'd really like to read about y'all's writing processes, too...

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