kindkit: Man sitting on top of a huge tower of books, reading. (Fandomless--book tower)
1) I got a flu shot yesterday, and as a consequence am tired and achey today. I was expecting it but it's still annoying.


2) Today after work I went to the fancy cheese shop and bought some fancy cheese to eat on Christmas. I got a bit of Fleur de Maquis and whole little robiola foglie di castagna (I didn't pay $20 bucks for it, either, but I think mine might be smaller). I also got a tiny amount of ridiculously expensive rabbit and pork cheek paté. It was more splashing out than I had meant to do, but I love good cheese and it's been a loooong time since I was able to afford it even as a special treat.

I liked the cheese shop a lot, and I have a vague plan to go back once or twice a month and get a little of one nice cheese each time.


3) Work potluck on Christmas Eve. I've got a cranberry cake in the freezer that will just need to be thawed out and glazed (well, and also have the over-browned bits cut away) and I'm planning to make a big dish of baked ziti, which I'll prepare the night before and bake in the morning.

The gendering of the work potluck is interesting, I can tell you. Most of the people who bring nice homemade things are women (and me, but I'm not out at work so they see me as a woman); meanwhile, the men either come empty handed, the bastards, or they bring something like a storebought cheese and cracker tray or a bag of tortilla chips. Not everyone knows how to cook, of course, and men are more likely than women to never have been taught, but they could at least bring nicer things.


4) I have failed to write anything for Yuletide, even treats. In fact, I have failed to write anything since last Yuletide. (On further reflection, I think I did finish a chapter of the regency romance project, but that's all.) I have a New Year's resolution in mind to write 100 words a day, 5 days a week. This is very very minimal but I think I need to start minimal to get over whatever the hell the problem is.


5) I'm trying to read Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. I started with Player of Games because several people on FFA said it was a better starting point than the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas. It turns out I've read PoG before but I didn't realize until I was a good halfway through, and I only remembered a few standout incidents, so that was fine. I enjoyed it, for a certain value of enjoy considering how terrible most of its events are; it was gripping even though I hated the main character a lot of the time, as I was probably supposed to. I'm now most of the way through Consider Phlebas, which is a weird experience because it's got a lot more plot and events than PoG, but they're all described in such unbearably complete detail that it's rather a slog. It's pretty standard space opera, too, unless there's a big twist coming; PoG is better on the worldbuilding front but it still felt rather thin. Does the series get more impressive as it goes on, or is Banks just remarkably overrated?
kindkit: Images of Mycroft's tie, eyes, and cane. (Sherlock: Mycroft is proper)
I have written 6443 words in the last three days.

Unfortunately, they are 6443 words of Person of Interest fic that I know perfectly well is already jossed. 6443 words of Finch backstory in which Reese doesn't even appear.

The proverbial lead balloon, I have made it.

(It's not quite done yet. I have another section or two to go. ARRRRGH BRAIN WHY? Why so much to say in a hopeless cause

ETA: Draft finished now at 7250 words. Ye gods.
kindkit: Snape frowning, captioned: I am smiling (Harry Potter: Snape is smiling)
I'm not loving this thing that seems to be happening to me about once a week lately, where I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Last night I woke up at 2:30 in the fucking ack emma, spent over an hour tossing and turning, and finally surrendered and got up at a quarter to four. On the plus side, it meant I got 400 words of Sherlock Holmes fic written before work. On the minus side . . . everything else.

So tired. And tomorrow I have to be up at 4 am in order to be at work at 6. So now to bed. Hopefully not to awaken before the alarm goes off.
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
I am, believe it or not, trying to be Cheerful and Positive, fannishly and in other aspects of life. *laughs* Yeah, not one of my natural talents, but it's worth a try occasionally. So, in the spirit of cheerful positivity, a meme.

Ask me any of these questions:

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favorite tense
3. Favorite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)


ETA: Because this is crossposted, some of my responses are on DW and some are on LJ.
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Yuletide draft done and sent to beta. There's still a lot of work to do, but I no longer feel the bears nipping at my heels--they're at least a pace behind me now!

Note to self: Next time, don't wait until December to start, no matter how absorbed you may be in the other thing you're writing.

progress

Dec. 5th, 2013 02:17 pm
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Yuletide fic is now at almost 1400 words. It's far from done, but it's nice to be over the minimum length.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I haven't had problems with insomnia in quite a while, but tonight, after going to bed earlyish because I have to be at work at 6 am, I woke up at a little before midnight and could not get back to sleep. I could quite happily sleep now, at 3:30 in the morning, but there's the whole work at 6 thing. Not good.

It did give me time to work on my post for today, so there's that. Thanks, insomnia?

As requested by [personal profile] likeadeuce, today's topic is: some characteristics of my favorite fanfics.

Narrowing down "my favorite fanfics" is really hard! Especially as I've been reading fanfic for over ten years. I've pulled up my old Delicious account so this won't just be stories I've read recently, but I keep second-guessing myself. Yes, this is a great story, I think, but is it one of my favorites ever? So let's just call this "some characteristics of fanfics I really like."

Here are some, in no particular order.

Great character voices: If I can mentally hear the characters, or in book fandoms if they have the right speech patterns, I'm sold. Example: Wait Wait Don't Eat Me, by Nestra (National Public Radio RPF with zombies).

Subversion: I love it when a story calls into question, in a non-preachy way, the assumptions underlying a canonical situation or a fanfic trope. It's a feeling of revelation and insight. Two examples: Modern Love, by Penknife (Discworld, explores the implications of dwarf gender norms, and how they're affected by contact with humans, in bolder ways than Pratchett); We'll Burn Like Falling Stars Tonight by Challengeaccepted (Sherlock, Moriarty/Moran, destabilizes and denaturalizes the alpha/beta/omega trope and as such is the only a/b/o story I've ever read that I've liked).

Stretching the limits of form: Although I enjoy conventional narrative, I also love it when stories push the envelope with non-linearity, multiple narrative voices, documents, graphics, and so on. Unconventional narration doesn't have to mean a "difficult" story, although I don't mind when it does. This example is extremely readable as well as being a brilliant use of form and metanarrative: The Kids Aren't All Right by Samdonne (Iron Man).

The perfect detail: I'm a fan of details generally, because I love worldbuilding and closely-examined characters. And in particular, I love details that are more than the sum of their parts, that encapsulate important things about the world or the characters. My example story, [personal profile] halotolerant's A Sweet and Proper Thing (War Horse, Jim Nicholls/Jamie Stewart) includes one of my favorites sentences in a fanfic ever: "His parents, who had met each other during a demonstration about the Transvaal, believed in socialism, atheism and carbolic soap, in more or less that order." It's a whole history in 26 words.

New perspectives: This can be as simple as focusing on a minor character whose view of events differs from the main characters, or as extreme as offering a "secret history" inside the canon. It's different from subversion because there's not usually an element of critique, just finding the new in the familiar. Example: The Anatomist by Rosa_acicularis (Sherlock, Molly Hooper; this has been jossed by subsequent canon developments but is still a hell of a story).

Metaphorical intensity: It's hard to explain what I mean by this, but I'm thinking of stories where a metaphor or image is explored to the limit, so that it becomes central and even structural. Example: The Space Between Opposites by Storyseller (Doctor Who, Tenth Doctor/Simm!Master), which is about the Gallifreyan language and what can and cannot be said in it, and also about the Doctor and the Master, and what they are/cannot be/must be to each other.


This isn't (can't be) a comprehensive list, and I'm not entirely sure it's even a representative one, by which I mean that these aren't, by any means, the only kinds of stories I enjoy. They're exceptional stories that have stuck in my memory as special, long after the initial pleasure of reading them. Still, it pains me to think of all the fantastic stories I haven't mentioned.
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
I've updated [community profile] speakable_vice with chapter 5 of my m/m regency romance project. If you want to read it, you'll need to join the community first, but I will approve all applications to join.

Today also concludes my not!NaNo month. My total November word count was 13,789, a little shy of my goal of 15,000 but nevertheless an extremely productive month by my standards. Having a daily word goal worked out so well that I plan to continue: the new goal is 5 days per week of 500 words per day.

This month I posted four draft chapters of the project, whose total length, including chapter 1 which I posted in October, is almost 17,000 words. This makes it the longest thing I have ever written. I note with amusement that the chapters are getting longer: the first two were each around 2500 words, while the latest is almost 5000.

The romance project will have to go on the back burner now until my Yuletide fic is finished, but I'm looking forward to resuming it. (And also to Yuletide, of course!)
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
[community profile] speakable_vice has, despite the best efforts of Microsoft Word to thwart me, been updated with chapter 4 of my m/m Regency romance. Join the community if you want to see it. Comments are always welcome; please bear in mind that what I'm posting is a first draft.

Today's word count: 1081
Month to date: 8788
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
[community profile] speakable_vice, the community for my original fiction, has been updated with chapter 3 of the Regency m/m romance project. You'll have to join the community to see it--just click "join" and I'll approve you ASAP.

WIP meme

Nov. 8th, 2013 09:10 am
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
This one's going around: Post a line from each of your active WIPs. No fandom, no context, nothing. Then people can ask you about them.

Anything Yuletide-related has been omitted.

Click here to read )
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
Chapter 2 of my m/m Regency romance project has been posted over at [community profile] speakable_vice. You'll need to join the community (not just subscribe) in order to see it, but I will approve membership for anyone who requests it.

Comments are welcome; please bear in mind that it's a first draft.

Words today: about 300, finishing up the chapter. My running total is about 2300, still over my goal of 500 words per day.
kindkit: Rupert Giles drinking a mug of tea and reading (Buffy: Giles and tea)
Today's word count: 845

Cumulative word count since November 1: 1975


It's been a struggle with the forces of "I'm tired, I worked all day, I don't WANNA," but the words are getting written.
kindkit: Text: im in ur history emphasizin ur queerz (Fandomless: Queer history)
You may remember that some months ago I created a community, [community profile] speakable_vice, to post drafts of my original fiction. Well, I've finally got a chapter to post there, but it's not the chapter I thought it would be. I don't feel ready to tackle the Second World War POW novel I want to write, and over these months I've found that my mind kept going back to a project I joked about with [personal profile] halotolerant: a male/male Regency romance.

So that's what I have a short chapter of. It will be posted only at [community profile] speakable_vice, which is member-locked, so you need to become a member of the community if you want to read it. Subscribing to the community is NOT enough because locked posts will be unavailable to you. I will give membership to anyone who asks for it, I just want to keep this project locked in case I finish it and want to try to publish.

What I will be posting is a rough draft. It will have all the flaws of a rough draft, from plot holes to awkward style. Gentle constructive criticism is welcome, but please bear the "rough draft" bit in mind--pointing out poor wording, for example, won't be very helpful. Please also remember that I've never tried to write a novel before and some of what you're going to see is me struggling to work out how to construct one.

So, if you want to read Jane Austen pastiche about a world in which male/male marriage (of a sort) is, in some specific and unromantic circumstances, possible, please join [community profile] speakable_vice. Chapter one should be posted within the hour.
kindkit: Two naked men having sex in the grass (Fandomless: Men in a field)
You know you're writing for Kink Bingo when click here )
kindkit: Text icon: "British officers do not cuddle each other. (Not when there are people watching, anyway.") ('Allo 'Allo: British officers do not cud)
My goal for the last round of Kink Bingo was a blackout (filling all 25 prompts on my square) in the Colditz fandom. This year, some evil part of my brain gave me the idea that perhaps I could try for a blackout in 25 different fandoms, all of them related in some way to the First or Second World War.

Some brainstorming has given me a preliminary list of 24 fandoms I could possibly write in (22 I'm reasonably happy about, 2 marginal), and I could easily think up some RPF for the remaining prompt if necessary. ETA: I'm up to 25 fandoms now, but suggestions are still welcome!

click here for the list if you're interested )

Since writing fast has never been one of my skills, and lately I haven't been writing at all, I wouldn't bet money on my chances of actually producing 25 stories. But since I badly want to start writing again, and this is a convenient challenge with prompts and everything, I guess I might as well try.

ETA: Still taking fandom suggestions (for one thing, I'm always happy to hear about fandoms I might enjoy) but I've tentatively worked out a plan of which fandom I want to write for each kink. Some of the matches are obvious (Lawrence of Arabia and caning), but if you want to know why I've assigned "foot fetish" to the Wimsey-verse or "dirty talk" to Sherlock Holmes . . . well, I hope all will be revealed in the stories to come. /tease
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Snagged from [personal profile] likeadeuce: The last twenty-one first lines I wrote in fanfic.

Because I am not prolific, this goes back about a year and half, although there are surprisingly few fandoms. Lines are in reverse chronological order, newest to oldest.

First lines after the cut )

meme

Mar. 16th, 2013 01:11 pm
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Since I'm already horribly behind on answering comments, I thought I'd do a meme. Grabbed from [personal profile] likeadeuce.

Give me a number and I'll answer the question. (You can ask for a specific fandom or story, or just in general):

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you’ve written for [name of fandom]?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of? [Not really relevant to me as I don't make images. ETA: [personal profile] executrix suggests that this question refers to "images" as in metaphors, symbols, etc., not visual images, so I guess it's fair game after all.]
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
11. If I’m showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don’t actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you’re writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic. I have no idea, I'm sorry. I really value comments, especially detailed ones, but I don't have a ranking of favorites.
17. Any mean comments? How’d you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify—
kindkit: A riverside bench with fireworks in background (Fandomless: Fireworks)
Yuletide fic: beta-read, edited, and posted. I'll probably tinker with it a bit more before the deadline, but I wanted to get it posted in case there's a horrible last-minute AO3 crash or something.

Finishing it was actually pretty easy once I made myself sit down and write, and I'm cautiously pleased with the result.

*contemplates writing treats*

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