esmenet: Korra kicking ass from the LoK trailer (korra kicks ass)
So I'm writing a Pacific Rim fic and there's a line that will 90% likely not make it to the final draft, and I'm posting it here so I remember how great this thing I accidentally wrote is.

(context: the drift & memory stuff & the possibility of falling into it and never coming up for air again)
don't get lost, mako. this is our heroic journey; ten years at sea and now you must come home.


now I just need someone who actually knows the Odyssey to write Pacific Rim fic for me.
esmenet: Kanae standing at a window (kanae)
Do you ever have that problem where you set out to write a story, but on the one hand you want it to be super 100% realistic also kind of dark and angsty and on the other hand you want it to be SUPER ROMCOM WITH BONUS EXTRA HILARIOUS SITCOM TROPES.

(Stories I am currently having this problem with: 3.)


And if you have experienced this problem, is there a solution?
esmenet: Jin, with the caption "I AM SMART" (I AM SMART)
Sometimes I think my creative mojo is 100% gone, and then it turns out it's just misdirected. Which is to say: I cannot believe I just spent three hours working out the rules of a fictional duelling game that I will, in all likelihood, never write about.

(For an AU in which the Death Eaters are, instead of magical neo-nazis, just a really aggressive group of tournament gamers.)
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
I think the rubric for tagging characters in AO3 should be: if they have enough of a significant role that someone could look back at the story afterwards and go 'that's my favorite character in the whole fic!' then tag them. otherwise no.
esmenet: Fuu, Mugen, and Jin, all doing that ridiculous peace-sign-over-eyes pose (*dorky pose*)
On a completely different note: I have found myself working out an entire theory and history of Arithmancy, as well as a system of magical education in America. Harry Potter universe, why can't I quit you?

(The US doesn't really do the Magic High School thing; people learn from their families or through community programs or the lady who runs the magic bookstore, and then they can go to magic college or not, whatever they want. There is a set of government-sponsored tests, about six, for each major discipline of magic, and these cover absolute beginner up to pre-Master's level*. There are also separate master's tests, usually sponsored by one or two of the national/international guilds and sometimes by universities, which are a bit different from the Master's you would get from a university. However, unlike the Europeans, the U.S. has gone and split the standard mastery up into two levels, master's and doctorate, to match the muggle university levels. A doctorate may only be obtained from a university; anyone who comes from the European apprenticeship model will have to attend a university to get the credentials even if their work is more than up to scratch. --The official level of journeyman is nonexistent in the United States.)


*based on language tests such as the HSK and the JLPT, which are the closest equivalent I can think of -- tests that are not required, nor part of a particular school system, but give a big boost to your CV if you've passed a high enough level. And you can get exam preparation books at your local magic bookstore!
esmenet: Scar frowning (:[)
I keep getting stuck on writing stuff, because it's like:

I want to write thing!

But this fandom is awful and its canon is even worse.

I want to write thing that will fix everything!

But I don't want to spend all that time thinking about this awful fandom.

...Fuck it, let's go re-watch Leverage.


This problem could probably be 100% solved by me going back to only watching anime and j-/k-/c-dramas, but I've been out of that scene so long I don't know what's good these days. :(
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
I am, on occasion, truly amazing at thinking up titles. Even when I'm trying to think up something else!

--Which is to say, the point of this post is that I now have 'Time Travel for the Unconvinced', 'Bad and Worse Happy Endings', and 'Tales of Extremely Banal Horror' floating around in my head, among others, and every one lacks a story (or, for many of them, essay) to attach it to.

At least 'Interpretive Necromancy and You' is a fic I am working on.
esmenet: one hand held in two others (hands)
So I pretty much never do this, because I almost always write short things, but, um. Would any of you be willing/have the time to beta/bounce ideas back and forth about this Harry Potter fic I've started writing? It has Ginny, and Dean, and Hermione, and I think Luna + some original characters, and it's about a) the symbolic rituals people make for themselves, b) the ways you go quietly mad when you feel like you're not doing anything, c) trying to help institute wide-spread social change without really having any idea what you're doing, and possibly d) something that may or may not be totally off-the-wall and belong in a different fic but ties in nicely with b).
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (anthy~)
I was looking through some old 750 Words entries, and I came across quite a lot of stuff that was going to be history of the rose until that turned into an entirely different fic. But the quality of writing in them is probably better than the actual fic turned out to be (not that I don't love it as it is) and it seems a bit of a shame for them to be lost to the depths of the internets. So! Princess Tutu/Utena crossover bits. )
esmenet: Utena and the million swords of hate (utena swords)
I started thinking about things that need to exist, and somehow I am now on the verge of writing a novel. (Well, okay, not a novel, but possibly a bunch of short stories that look somewhat like a novel if viewed from far away.)

character profiles for my own reference: warning for genderqueer excellence )
esmenet: Ty Lee holding Azula's hands in front of a circus tent (tyleezula4ever)
I am at the point in (not gonna write you a) love song (that Ginny and Parvati and Pansy and Hermione and Tracey fic) where I would usually put together a playlist or something to procrastinate. However! The St. Trinian's soundtracks are so completely perfect for this fic that I honestly don't think I could come up with anything.
esmenet: Kanae standing at a window (kanae)
So I think I wrote a lot less than last year, but more fic & ideas for/of fic actually happened? Which is to say, I am very unsatisfied with myself all around, but I actually made some stuff.

Leitmotif(s) of the year: Freedom, escape (as usual); relationships that may or may not be romance, no one is quite sure; poetry; meta-fiction; and "Well, what do we do now?"

Favorite(s) of the batch: history of the rose, because even though I don't think it's particularly well-written, it's a bunch of things I love all squished together.

Best of the batch: streets and skies and open doors is the only thing I wrote this year where I feel like I really got everything just (almost) the way I wanted it. Writing is a giant pain sometimes, because I keep wanting everything to be a great big spiral of perfect, but honestly if I can get the phrasing and imagery right then the rest doesn't matter that much.

Most underappreciated by the universe: ars poetica, first fic in which I publicly mentioned Tracey Davies and poetry in the same sentence. I feel like I got more of the imagery right here than in the actual poems I wrote for her, mostly because actual poetry is a fucking pain in the ass.

Favorite first lines: My actual favorite first line is Their lives are made of ink and paper, which was going to be in history of the rose until that turned into a completely different fic. My favorite posted line is Latin leaves me like an ex-boyfriend, from wizard-born.

Most fun to write: no such thing as silence was super fun, because it is one of those short crunchy character-sketch fics, self-introspection cheap at twice the price. And I learned that I really do love Taki quite a lot.

Sexiest fic: (not gonna write you a) love song, which I have barely even started on, because I'm still hashing out all the characters in my head. I'm not even sure it's going to have romance in it, let alone sex, but it is still the sexiest thing I have written all year, because it involves a lot of girls staring at each others' hands or hair or mouths. This untitled Chrome fic is probably a lot closer to the traditional definition of sexy, but it's actually asexy so it doesn't count.

"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" fic: That Hermione-goes-to-Ohtori fic. It is self-indulgent crossover meta-tastic idfic at its finest, and at some point I will finish it and post the damn thing.

Fic that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: (not gonna write you a) love song, absolutely. The reason none of it is done is that I'm spending lots and lots of time thinking about Pansy and Parvati and Tracey and Ginny and Hermione, and I still haven't gotten their basic characteristics all worked out in my head yet. But it's going to be fantastic.

New pairing/genre/fandom you never predicted writing in January: I certainly didn't think I was even going to consider writing Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami fic! And yet it is happening.

Hardest fic to write: ALL THE ONES I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET. Everything I have finished was easy, otherwise I couldn't have done it. These current ones, now, these ones are hard.

Biggest disappointment: ME. More particularly, the fact that I haven't written those help_pakistan and help_japan fics yet. They're on the work table, I swear! It's just going slow.

Biggest surprise: The amount of fics I actually did manage to write this year, even if they're tiny.

Most telling fic: silence speaks louder than words, I think. The way Taki relates to the world is not the way I relate to the world, but the way she reacts to great pressure is the way I hope I would.

What's next? Finishing some of the things I've started. Starting some of the things I've talked about. DEFINITELY NO THOR FIC. I refuse!
esmenet: Mugen with his sword on his shoulder, from the opening of Samurai Champloo. Text reads "Live what you love." (live what you love)
Instead of writing up HP meta or going 'aaaaaa JLPT on Sunday don't know enough words going to fail'—too tired for any of that right now—I am going to alert you all to the existence of [tumblr.com profile] askkingsley. Go submit some questions so we can get more fantasticness!

Also, there is some interesting stuff on HP fan-worldbuilding here (go join that promptfest, everyone!), here, and here.

Will post about wizarding music and connections with the muggle world (and possibly also lack of numinousness?) some time tomorrow-ish. Expect lots of Pansy and Hermione and mentions of the African Institute of Black Magic.
esmenet: Mugen with his sword on his shoulder, from the opening of Samurai Champloo. Text reads "Live what you love." (live what you love)
Nice things that happened today:

It kind-of-rained-kind-of-didn't, and it wasn't terribly cold or windy, so everything outside looked beautiful and was perfectly pleasant if one happened to have a coat.

I am learning things in my Chinese class that my Japanese class didn't get to until the second semester! (Admittedly this goes both ways.) I now know how to say someone is doing something rather than that they do it, and just today we learned a) how to say someone said something, and b) basic time descriptors (when x was going on, y happened).

Symphony concert! Sometimes I get really worried about being out of tune/behind/ahead, but even though I that did happen a few times today, it was glorious. The best way to listen to orchestral music is to sit right in the middle of the musicians. (I think this may be why I like performing in an orchestra better than by myself; if I'm in the orchestra then I'm there to help and to listen, if it's just me then I feel like I'm playing for people, which is sure to ruin everything.) It's a real rush, and bits of the pieces are still echoing in my head. ENTIRELY INCIDENTALLY, Jonathon Daly is a pretty amazing cellist.

During the break I was all by myself, because everyone else went off with their friends and I am no more than mildly acquainted with any of them, but then on the way from the band room to the stage I had a tiny conversation with one of the wind section girls, and then after the concert I had another tiny conversation with a guy who may or may not have been a brass player, and then a longer conversation with one of my fellow second violins and also a little bit of hanging out with my stand partner and some of his friends. So, um. Yay, I am not fated to be all by myself in a crowd of teenagers just because I didn't go to high school?

And I've been been thinking of going into languages and linguistics for quite a while now, but some stuff the harp soloist said reminded me just how cool the idea of making instruments is. Maybe something to look into.

I have decided pretty clearly on the title for that Harry Potter fic with all the girls! It's one that's been hanging around my head for a while, marked 'possibly for Dean/Hermione queerplatonic hijinks' so I'm glad to have something semi-definite to use it for.

[personal profile] littlebutfierceguessed me as the creator of zir Kaleidoscope gift! I, of course, refuse to confirm or deny.
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I think I need someone I can, on the fly, message/text and ask "Quick—what's a word that's like 'loud', but with sort of more spark? Something that goes with 'flashy'."
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (anthy~)
Writing fic in general beyond "this happened and then she did this and then that caused something else" is usually so hard for me, I'm always (pleasantly) surprised when I manage to come up with a really cool sentence. I shouldn't be, I suppose, because pretty phrasing is what I'm good at (plot & structure not so much) but still it's like "Oh! That's how this writing thing works!"

Maybe if I read more poetry and things, it would happen more often? Or maybe I just need to spend more time practicing this sort of thing. Hmm. Advice?


(In related news, my Magical Girl exchange fic is finally going really well! Which is good, because the deadline is next week.)
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
I am kind of scared of my Kaleidoscope assignment. It's in a fandom that I love, for a wonderful person, and I am in the space where I am very excited and also slightly panicked. What if I can't figure out anything good to write? What if I plot out something awesome and then I write it and it turns out terrible? Above all else, WHAT IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT?

I am seriously so wary of somehow losing/not gaining their respect. D: I know that's probably nonsense, though. And on the other hand, if I do manage to write something really fabulous and they love it, I will be incredibly happy. ♥

Writing for people I like & admire is always scary, but I love being able to do it.
esmenet: Azula and Mai and Ty Lee and Zuko, looking like they're at a festival (the Dangerous Ladies are all here)
(This is exactly the sort of thing I should not be doing when I have three-and-a-half essays to write before tomorrow and a scene-bunny bouncing around in my head. Bite me.)


I feel like everyone will be able to guess my fics in anonymous writing fests now, because all they'll have to do is pick the one with the over-symbolic title.

Evidence: )

I did manage to finish all but one of the essays before I finished this post! Booyah.
esmenet: Mugen with his sword on his shoulder, from the opening of Samurai Champloo. Text reads "Live what you love." (live what you love)

I just remembered that I wrote these up a while ago and forgot to post them! Oops.

21. Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Nope, never. I tend to write things that don't need sequels, or things that are connected but not really related, or stories that are actually one big fanfic written as several smaller ones. I expect someday I will write one (Knife & Ink doesn't count, okay) but not for a while yet.

How do I feel about sequels? Well, sometimes they're good, and sometimes they're bad, and sometimes they're just not as good, and sometimes they're actually better. I think the best kind of sequel is something like Geas of Gryffindor, something that takes place after the original story but is not just a continuation of it. I guess I really don't like having one story split up into two—why bother? If it's long, then it's long. If it's two stories, one of which happens to be set after the other, then that's a real sequel.

22. Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I tried to participate in au_big_bang once, and failed miserably by both over- and under-thinking my plot. From that experience, I have learned that it's totally okay to elide over small details like timelines and period accuracy, so long as you know why the hell all the characters are doing what they're doing, and have a rough idea of where the hell they're going to end up.

I'd like to try that one again at some point, I think. But the one I'm really interested in is the idea for a potential Asexuality Big Bang someone on asexual_fandom proposed a while back. Partly because GO GO (GADGET) ASEXUALITY, partly because I don't think I would sit down and write any of the ace longfic I have semi-planned for quite a while yet without someone pushing on me. Then again, I hate being responsible for things. So IDK, really. But it might be fun, and even if I don't participate I'd really love for it to happen. Genfic is great and all, but I'd love to see some longfic with explicitly ace characters.

I've done fests and things, though. FMA Ladyfest, springtime_gen, blind_go, Yuletide. And I've signed up for a bunch more now, though it may not be the wisest thing to do on a full courseload. :D

23. When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

These days I mostly post to AO3, unless I'm responding to a prompt/participating in a non-AO3 fest/exchange. It does all the things I need it to do, it's pretty cool. But there's just something special about typing in a comment-box.

24. How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or dream story?

Well, I'd like to use at least one. :/ But since I usually write super-short things it just doesn't seem worth it to ask anyone. Maybe for stuff like Knife & Ink, when I write enough of it.

Horror story, now . . . well, let's just say I have become absolutely determined to only beta for people I am actually friends with. I just don't have the patience to work with people who a) I don't really know and b) can't master the apostrophe.

25. Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Sometimes I listen to songs to get me in a certain mood, sometimes I listen to them because they're catchy and they're stuck in my head. But yes, I do usually listen to music while I write. It's a combination of needing noise and needing to be able to control the noise—a lot of the times I can't stand the quiet, but I also can't stand the noise other people are making. So, loud pop music!

26. What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Right now, I'm researching Heian-period waka structure and trying to pretend it's for Knife and Ink.

27. Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I nearly always write at my desk, on my laptop. The bad thing about this is that it faces the windows, so I can see what a lovely day I'm missing while I sit inside and type. And it's kind of a pain to try to keep this on my lap while I type, or to lean over & type on it when it's on the floor, so I don't usually take it outside.

I like writing on the computers at school too, though. They have really fun keyboards, all big and clacky, which encourage typing.

28. Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

No. But I want to! [personal profile] fulselden, if you see this, let's co-write/shared-universe Knife & Ink together for awesome, okay?

29. What is your current project or projects? Is there a common theme here? I'm honestly not sure. )

30. Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

The Hermione-in-Ohtori fic is my favourite, full stop. I love everything I'm writing and most of what I've written, but this is my chance to just write about a bunch of stuff I like without worrying about things like whether or not it's period-appropriate or canonically accurate. Anything can happen, so long as it's in the right style and is full of symbolism! Also, I can finally write my favorite kind of romance. I think it's one of those months-long projects, but oh my is it ever going to be wonderful.
esmenet: Azula and Mai and Ty Lee and Zuko, looking like they're at a festival (the Dangerous Ladies are all here)
I feel like those memes about writing always ask about titles, so here is a slightly better answer than I tend to give most of them.

I love titles! Usually. But mostly I try to title things before I write them, or at least before I get too far in, because I like titles that are really relevant to the story. And I tend to build off titles: I don't need a title to start out with, but if I just stick on a title at the end it feels sort of disconnected, even if I've spent a long time thinking about it. I tend to pull a lot of the theme from the title, and doing that in reverse is a little more difficult. A title is a foundation, a direction; I think in a much clearer and more constructed way about a story once I have a title to go off of.

I mean, Knife and Ink is a lot less fun-and-games-in-Ba-Sing-Se than it used to be, and a lot more about Mai and spirits and things that are written down, or not written down, or written down somewhere else. Blood Dreams (that mostly-genderswitched KHR AU that I have posted one fic of) has gone from just being an excuse to write a darker and mostly-female KHR to something that is about inheritance and the lack thereof, about the refusal of gender roles, and about discovering the time for an old dream to die. (I am also fighting a terrible urge to retitle it Girls' Generation.)

Not that I haven't come up with some terrible titles, mind, that never did anything at all. But I think I've gotten better about that lately, and I'm very much looking forward to what that Hermione-in-movie-Ohtori fic is going to look like once I've found it a proper title. (Let alone all the auction fic and challenge fic that are simmering on the stove of my brain.)


TL;DR: Titles are hard, but they're also fun and very useful. I need to go think up some more.

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