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I signed up for Yuletide. Excitement!

The Nano is going well, although it's really hard. It's Vikings and Monks and sort of magic. Hard. But so awesome to be writing it at last. Actually, in some ways it's really easy as the general form of it has been bubbling about in our minds for some time now. It's those fiddly bits of actual plot that are the hard bits.

These late 19th C/early 20th C stereoscopic views of life in Japan are stunning.

Sex

Dec. 30th, 2008 12:03 pm
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Writing - why so hard? Related to the beating of the head against the keyboard, if you could give one piece of advice on how to write sex scenes that are fresh and interesting, what would it be?

Actually, as much advice as you like!
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To paraphrase [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, don't worry, you're probably not doing it wrong. She says lots of wise things, but I liked this:

"if you consistently find yourself pausing a third of the way into the book to rearrange the first hundred pages, and then moving on, that's okay. It's fine. Go ahead and do it."

I do this all the time with stories: start them and then about a third or halfway through have to stop and reconsider everything. It's always do it with a sense of guilt, like I should've thought things through better before I started. But hoorah! It's okay! I don't have to feel guilty any more.

It makes me feel a bit better about the pile of unfinished stories where I got confused about halfway through, then got too guilty about my failure to plot properly and gave up. It's not plotting that's a problem, it's allowing myself time to think things through and to tell the story how I want to tell it.

[livejournal.com profile] emungere showed me this cool to-do list site called remember the milk. My fic to do list is a little bit scary, but I whittled it down. Prioritised for the coming month:

1. Saiyuki livelongandmarry story
2. Fedal holiday exchange story
3. Rafa's diary
4. Vampiro!
5. To be confirmed
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I wrote fic: Saiyuki Gaiden, Kenren/Tenpou: Ascension, r, for the [livejournal.com profile] saiyuki_time challenge.

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I still have [livejournal.com profile] new_kate's notebook and makeup kit from when she came to stay in April. It was an awesome visit, I think I forgot to mention it at the time, and we had grand plans to go and see some opera that have not gone anywhere yet. Yet! Maybe going to see opera is more a winter activity. She also told me, in vast sprawling hours long installements, about the novel that is currently living inside her brain. There is nothing like listening to someone with an amazing imagination telling you a complicated and well thought out story about hot men, religion and mysterious technology. I wallowed in it, verily.

It inspired me to begin to plan out a new project for this summer, which involves concerted novel writing with an aim for publication. I have two loose ideas which need a lot more firming up, but hopefully I'll be ready to start in about a month's time. I've embroiled [livejournal.com profile] emungere in this as well, so we can egg each other on/commiserate/gnash teeth, and she already has something she's been wanting to write for years, so that's worked out well! My Grand Plan, let me show you it.

In other news, I slipped on our garden steps and smashed my arm in a flailing way into the steps. I now have a lovely dull blue bruise that is highlighted with purple speckles and dashes of vibrant yellow. I also have a line-shaped matching bruise on the posterior. Ow.

Final note: I am really confused about who to vote for in the lj elections, but I feel I should vote and add my voice to the throng. From what I've seen of them, [livejournal.com profile] jameth appears to be something of a dick, [livejournal.com profile] rm seems to be extremely sensible, and the others I don't know at all.

Things

Apr. 29th, 2008 01:51 pm
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How is it nearly May? How?

Life-speeding-by angst aside, my Sweet Charity story (one of them at least - I went with the Edwardian vampires) is done done done, waiting for a final skeg over by the beta and then it can be sent off.

PHEW

I've put some slug traps out the last two nights and the slugs have been happily throwing themselves in. Also, snails. I've been going out every night and rounding them up. My karma feels very tainted right now.
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Um, I seem to have written more than five thousand words about Edwardian vampires (working title: Vampires in the fog).

This is quite exciting! I even have a part two planned. But no part three, sadly. Maybe I won't need a part three. Part two have to wait until I've finished my Sweet Charity story, unless I absolutely can't restrain myself. Vampires in the Fog is really a Saiyuki AU, with Hakkai as a dark and sinister Romanian count, exiled a particularly damp and foggy part of England and Gojyo is the increasingly confused young man he seduces makes tooth marks in.

However, I need to really get on and write more of Sweet Charity, which is hovering around the 8k mark after last week's drastic prune. Drastic prunes! They are good for you. I've struggled through the painful part of shuffling the characters into place and now things can move forward, unless I've now forgotten what's supposed to happen. I did write it down somewhere...

In other, and not related, vampire news, I watched 8 episodes of RH Plus, all the while muffling my cries of glee at the painful acting and terrible plots combined with brain melting levels of pretty. I think [livejournal.com profile] daegaer sums it up best, and I quote: it's like pure liquid manga applied to the eyeballs by angsty gay vampiric hot guys.
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Arrgh, my story!

I do not know what is happening next in it, and it's extremely vexing and frightening. I just have to keep on going through this difficult part and hope it comes out right. I just rewrote a huge chunk of it today and don't want to have to backtrack again. I have all these words and I just need to jiggle them around till they make sense. Possibly I should go and do my ironing and not worry about it anymore tonight. *takes a deep breath*

Recently, I was telling [livejournal.com profile] emungerethat I never thought about transitions in stories and that they seemed to happen easily. Predictably, transitions are now laughing in my face and refusing to cooperate. How many times can I have a character fall asleep and wake up as a way to move the story forward? So far it's happened about four times. Gahh. Transition-fu, I do not have it.
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Whoa, [livejournal.com profile] saiyuki_time has taken off well. From Wednesday to today, 29 answers to the prompts. Go peeps!

It's been a social whirl chez Lux. We discovered a great new pub near us called the Nag's Head and there has been much drinking of real ale and matching hangovers. We went to see a friend's band on Thursday and they did the most fabulous covers of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. The pub was tiny, like being jammed into someone's front room, but it was such a lot of fun and there was whooping and shrieking.

Today I need to do some cleaning and shopping, so that the place is fit for [livejournal.com profile] daegaer's arrival this evening. I can't believe the weather forecast though, I thought March was suppsoed to go out like a lamb? Not with snow and gales. It just hailed, gahhh. Also, slugs are eating my delphiniums. There will be slug retribution, just wait. Hopefully in form of being eaten by frogs.

In hair dye news, the semi permanent coppery colour I used seems to have faded completely after about 8 washes instead of the 26 it said on the box. Huh. I tried a wash- in wash-out red too last night and it left absolutely no trace of colour in my hair. It did make it nice and shiny though.

In other news, my sweet charity fic is at about 8k and not even close to finishing. Ooops. I don't feel bad about this though, because I'm loving writing it. As to that, i really need to sit down and write more later today, as I've let it sit for about a week with only small updates.

Finally, in the great post of randomness, these are amazing: Disney heroes drawn as pin ups
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There was quite a bit of interest in having a Saiyuki timed writing challenge community, so I made one. Hoorah!

[livejournal.com profile] saiyuki_time

Please feel free to join and to pimp it around. I'll probably post the inaugural challenge tomorrow at some point.

♥♥♥♥
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For [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat - and others, if interested, answers to your questions about how I write. I hope they're useful.

This describes how I think about story structure and also has some ideas about ways to practise writing, based on my own experience.

cut for long )
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I'm in a navel gazing sort of mood and would like to talk about writing. Does anyone have any questions about any of my stories, or would be interested in a fic commentary? Or maybe a question about my writing techniques, such as they are?

Please feel free to ask anything - I'll try and answer as best I can.
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Thanks for all the answers to the special powers poll. My favourites:

Sanzo:
If he had telekinesis, he'd never let anyone get within 50 metres of him.
Pissed off!Medium.
Slight precognition and slight telepathy, the rest is all attitude

Hakkai:
Psychometry, healing and life-force vampirism
Only acts like he's reading your mind.
Absolute direction sense like an internal GPS - this made me think of Mildmay!

Goku
Spidey-sense
Telekenesis or just plain superstrength. Maybe he's the Incredible Hulk?

Gojyo
The ability to give someone an orgasm just by thinking about it.
Charm / presence / awe-inducing magnetism. Or pyrokinesis.
Empathic / psychometry - quite a few people suggested empath for Gojyo.

*mulls it over*

Also, random thought of the day (last night): I was wondering if Koumyou kept Ukoku and Kouryuu apart on purpose. Kouryuu only has one memory od Ukoku, but it's clear Ukoku visited Koumyou sometimes - or even regularly? I really want to read more stories about Nii.
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I realised I haven't posted any stories since Christmas and something should be done about this. I have a list of part finished things, all Saiyuki, so clearly the next logical step is to finish them. I've begin my Sweet Charity fic though. It may involve experiments gone wrong, gloomy stone houses in the fog (with vampires) and Things in Jars. It doesn't involve psychic investigators though. YET. This might change.

I had an moment of clarity recently about my writing, and it was possibly brought about by writing Cupidity. It's that I'm not interested (at the moment) in writing anything that doesn't involve a) people with strange and special powers or b) magic of some kind and possibly c) saving the world. Maybe this's always been the case and I've just never realised it on a properly concious level. It matches with the fandoms I've been drawn to: X Files, Harry Potter, Good Omens and Saiyuki.

There's another story I'm writing (that I began when [livejournal.com profile] emungere demanded that I write random 585 phone sex and is now raging completely out of control and this is partly why I fail at finishing things (and as she pointed out, I will clarify that it is the story that is raging out of control, not emungere)), where it struck me today that it would make so much more sense if it had psychic investigators in it. SO much more sense, and that got me helplessly pondering.

If Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo were, say reincarnated or in an episode of Weiss Kreuz and they were each going to have spooky extra-sensory powers, what would they be? Ones I can think of are: telepathy, psychokinesis, divination, communicating with spirits and... surely there must be many more? You could argue that Sanzo has some sort of esp power already, I suppose. It's a smooshy line.

[Poll #1147041]
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I had a book related mishap this week. I started reading Weaveworld by Clive Barker, thinking it was his Imajica. (They have similar covers, shhhh). I read about four chapters, thinking 'this isn't as good as I remembered, and where the hell's the hermaphrodite assassin anyway? Also, carpets? What?'

Anyway, Weaveworld (weaveworld refers to a magical world in a carpet) is interesting although it has random moments of gyno-paranoia that left me quite traumatised. Some of the imagery is just-- yeech. But well, this is Clive Barker I suppose. It's not gripped me enough to finish it.

Moving on, 'In Search of Dracula' by Raymond T McNally and Radu Florescu arrrived today. It's a seveties version with a lurid cover! It was only 39p, compared to the £15 for the more recent one with an Edward Gorey cover.

cut for luridity )

Although there are surely more learned works, I'm hoping for the low down on Vlad Tepes - not so much the impaling as about his complicated relationship with his brother Radu, and the activities of his apparent nemesis, Mehmet III, who kept Vlad's head preserved in honey after his death. It's a strangely compelling story.

As an aside, I watched Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula recently. Weirdly, it makes perfect sense if you see it as a tribute to Roger Corman, especially if you go to IMDB and find out that Coppola worked as assistant director for Corman during the Hammer Horror years. I have to admit I squeed and then continuted watching the film through new, Hammer oriented eyes. There's something about the colours and the sets and the art direction that is deeply deeply evocative of Corman's Hammer films. I must've watched a Hammer horror film every Friday night for years when I was little, as probably did most of the UK population in the 70s.

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In other news, bidding for my fiction services ends at midnight (GMT) tomorrow.
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Hello 2008! A very happy new year to all. There were lots of fireworks last night and I have a hangover the size of which seems unfairly disproportionate to the amount of fizzy wine consumed. However, I did manage to spend some time reviewing my fiction output for 2007 and it is quite an enlightening activity, I must say.

2007 writing review )

Cupidity 22

Dec. 4th, 2007 09:49 pm
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Cupidity chapter 22, for your reading pleasure.

I think we just finished our book tonight. Total word count is about 63k, from 1 November to 4 December. Chapters 22-27 need editing. But, we has done it, by jove. I feel quite dazed. And very very pleased!

Saturday

Dec. 1st, 2007 05:17 pm
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I sat in Coffee Republic this morning with a pot of tea and an iced cinnamon bun and wrote some of the end of Cupidity. It was good. There were lots of people shunting buggies about and also a small party who I worked out were mother, father, son and son's pregnant girlfriend. When she rushed off to fetch the cocoa shaker, insisting that they all must have cocoa on their hot chocolate, the family swapped looks and laughed but it wasn't unfriendly. It was a nice morning. Finishing this story is making me half sad and half relieved. It's been hard, but it hasn't felt bad or impossible at any point. I think that is because [livejournal.com profile] emungere is kind of awesome.

After the writing I went into Marks and Spencers and found black jeans that fit me! I came home and washed the kitchen floor and hoovered downstairs too. I did two loads of laundry. I'm planning to cook a nut roast in a while. Fear me!

Not sure where all the energy and the shopping-fu has come from all of a sudden, but I am happy about it. Also, I has a bagel with marmite.

***

I found this quote recently somewhere. It made me think about writing a story, when you pick the wrong way to go. You always know you have, I think, deep down.

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, but my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it then. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor's question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't,the path is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

Carlos Castaneda

Writing

Jun. 29th, 2007 11:23 am
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I reread one of my latest [livejournal.com profile] springkink fics yesterday and discovered it wasn't as good as I thought it was. How extremely annoying of it. However, perhaps if I leave it and read it again tomorrow it will have got better again.

My brain does seem to work like this with my own stories. One day I can hardly bear to read anything of mine, and another day I can like it all again. Does this happen to anyone else? But just recently I see more and more flaws in my writing and where it could be better. Which possibly might mean I am on a learning curve, I suppose.
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I think I need some Always Calm spray. In a big bottle. I can spray it all over myself before I go to work thus enabling myself to cope with my team leadering angst, which I feel very keenly at the moment.

In other news, I have done two [livejournal.com profile] springkink stories, and have come up with an idea for a third. The fourth languishes. The highwayman Saiuki AU has turned into a 38 page epic, featuring wilfull misuse of cravats, etc.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] jamjar pointed me at goodreads, so I got an account, here.



It's different to librarything, with the emphasis on having a friendslist and sharing reviews, where librarything seems more about cataloguing and listing.
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We went round to a friend's house for dinner last night and I do believe that afterwards we drank a whole bottle of whiskey between us. Oh how I suffer now. The tea is helping a little though. And the sun is shining and birds are bouncing around in the garden so that makes me feel nice. I have some frilly pink tulips this year and they have come out.

Some announcements:

[livejournal.com profile] daegaer- sorry to be so slow on the beta. I will have something for you by tomorrow evening. Also, I wish I had your magical resistance to hangovers.

[livejournal.com profile] emungere, you can keep the copy of The Virtu I sent, because I was unable to resist buying another copy yesterday and rereading. Mildmay is so fabulous. *paws teh book*

[livejournal.com profile] toscas_kiss, no worries about the arrangement last week, because I had forgotten it too! Behold the power of my brain.

The spring kinks are going okay. By which I mean am writing the first one and it is totally running away with me. A dead cow features prominently.

I'm experimenting with a new methodof writing: writing it by hand and then dictating it into a voice recognition programme, Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It's accuracy seems good, even now when I've hardly trained it. Except that Gojyo still tends to come out as 'got you' and Hakkai as 'I can'.

So, the speaking is fine. The writing is harder, because if I want to change or add to the handwritten stuff I have to compose sentences in my head. I don't know if other people write like that, but the physical act of writing is somehow important in channeling my ideas and using my voice instead is very odd.
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A more comprehensive to do list than usual, because I'm feeling guilty about everything I am not writing or am behind on. [livejournal.com profile] emungere said I should make a list, with the most perverted shortest things that make me feel most guilty first.

writing list )
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A miracle - Forbidden Planet in Brum was actually up to date with its manga, so I got Wild Adapter vol 1 on Friday. Yay for translations! I think that spoilers )

I have no idea what George Takei is saying, because I have no earphones and the office is full, but he looks like he's just made a good point.

I posted another timestamp story last night, a tiny sequel to One Summer, here. It has sex and happiness and was very fulfilling to write. When I wrote the original story, I planned to expand it into something much longer, something maybe even novel length and that never happened. I think I need to make another to do list.

I watched Primeval last night, the new ITV rival to Doctor Who, even though ITV insists that it's not. It had anomalies and giant centipedes and spiders. I had no idea what was going on and apparently there was someone from S Club 7 in it. Lots of people were pretty though, even though many of them were also annoying.

Frogs again

Dec. 1st, 2006 12:33 pm
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I dreamed about frogs last night - tiny little ones patterned like sea shells, that I was afraid of squishing with my toes. They were all over my bedroom carpet.

No, [livejournal.com profile] trensaddiction and [livejournal.com profile] new_kate, they did not talk and they were not rentboys. What do frogs signify in dreams? I could google it but I am horribly lazy.

Talking of talking frogs... Iris Print has a call out for its fairy story anthology, so I think I am going to send in my magical talking frog story. It does turn into manlove, honestly, not man/frog love.

So, with the frog story and my last [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_challenge story (which is percolating in my brain... hopefully. At least, it's doing something up there. I trust my brain), I have enough to keep me officially busy for a wee while. Unofficially, the brain is working overtime on stories that do not have a deadline. Stupid thing.

In more gripping arm news, the tennis elbow pain has largely gone. The double crush (!) is still giving me thumb and forearm tingles, but they are lessening, I think. I am back at work, gently typing.

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