meme time

Jul. 2nd, 2017 12:51 pm
rivendellrose: (Default)
Dunno if anyone's interested, but I'm seeing this meme around a lot again, so I thought I'd throw it out there:

Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Pretty much all my fic can be found here now.
rivendellrose: (letters)
Ganked from [personal profile] nostalgia: A writing questions meme!

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?


My fic is all here, and I would love a few questions to distract me from the frustrating formatting issues in this edit I'm working on!
rivendellrose: (books)
30 days of fanfic meme, days 5-7. Yeah, I'm cheating a bit. I'm so far behind that if I don't, I'll never catch up.

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Ohyes. Yes, I definitely have. The most egregious was Dukhat (B5), who not only took over my brain for a Day of the Dead alternate scene, but also insisted that he wanted to have a chat with Sheridan, forcing me to write Where No Shadows Fall. I can't complain - the latter is still one of my favorite fics that I've written. It's probably not among my best technical pieces, but I had a lot of fun with it, and I still enjoy some of the ideas that came up. In short, if a character insists on pushing themselves into a fic, I let them. The results are always more interesting than whatever I had planned, anyway, and I enjoy letting the characters do whatever they want.

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I probably have a preference for writing female characters, judging by my track record, but I enjoy both. I pick characters based on whether I like them and how much they interest me, not based on gender.

7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

I assume this means the process of writing my own fic, not reading someone else's (in which case the answer would still be "yes, definitely," but for a different reason). It's definitely happened a few times - I think the process of writing a character is always going to change how one views that character. They become a person. Layers show up that you weren't expecting, you think about them in a different way. That definitely happened to me with... oh, Narcissa Black, John Sheridan, Leoben Conoy. Probably a few others I've forgotten, as well. I get very attached to characters I write, even the nasty ones.


The Rest of the Questions )

Best wishes to everybody on the east coast who's prepping for Hurricane Irene! Take care!
rivendellrose: (Default)
I haven't been posting, so here's an awesome meme that everybody around me seems to be doing:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. —Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?
rivendellrose: (Default)
4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Hahaha, lots.

The characters who 'live in my head.' )
rivendellrose: (seeress)
Just finished the first panel of the "test" lantern, painting the glass with Gallery Glass in amber. Now I'm going to be staring at it for the next few hours, wondering what it will come out looking like...

In other news, our big actual book release over at Royal Archivist is THIS WEDNESDAY, OMG. 90+ pages, full-color illustration, cover art by Julie Dillon (and I am still so in love with that cover...) - and this one includes lifetime updates to the guidebook and its expansions. Which is a huge deal, as we're always doing something! We're still editing and adding to this one up to the minute (...well, a few hours ago, for me, but I know I've got a few more sections coming at me, still!). Super exciting. Lots of really interesting worlds and concepts are coming out, and it seems like every time I get a section there's something new that makes me go "oh, cool!" ♥
rivendellrose: (Delenn2)
All the B5 fen around here should go take a look at [livejournal.com profile] hearts_blood's Delenn/Neroon fic over here, with bonus Branmer. Not only is it totally awesome, but it's the first publicly-visible bit of the slightly monstrous AU that's been eating both our brains for the last few weeks. XD

And now I am off to pick up my sandwich. This whole online ordering thing from the awesome little cafe next door to the office is very handy, and also totally addictive. ♥
rivendellrose: (Delenn2)
So, in the process of twiddling about with the outline for a possible novel that I've been thinking about (or, in the case of today, staring blankly at in between sneezing fits...), I noticed that my Inner Editor and I are having a little fight about something, and that the general world of sci-fi around me isn't helping much. So I appeal to you, f-list, for your opinions on these things.

Aliens in sci-fi - over and done, just over-done, or just not especially 'in' right now? Or, you know, am I just hanging out in the wrong corners of sci-fi lately?

I ask because I can't help but notice that the majority of sci-fi that I've seen or read lately (and keep in mind, I have a chronic problem with not keeping up on current trends as well as I'd like) tends to forego any kind of aliens in favor of humans alone in the universe, doing our thing. Which, okay, great. Love it. It's very interesting. But... I kind of miss the sci-fi of my childhood, sometimes? With aliens? *Points at icon* And as much as I was underwhelmed by the time all the hype was through, Avatar was a pretty clear example that this kind of thing is not totally unappreciated by contemporary audiences, either, right? But the only other recent time I've run across aliens in anything was watching The Boy play the Mass Effect series... and giddily loving every minute of it because it reminded me of my sci-fi roots, damn it. ♥

So why do I feel like the instant I start to consider including aliens in my universe, I'm turning it into a bad space opera? Overactive guilt complex? Obsessive terror of vomiting all my childhood sci-fi pet-loves (what is the opposite of pet peeve?) all over my would-be novel in such a way as to make it utter crap? An unspoken acceptance of the lit-fic nonsense that says that sci-fi and fantasy can only be good and literary and serious if it includes only the faintest twinges of anything we don't see in modern life?

...I'm placing my bet on that last one, with a few shades of the others, myself. But talk to me, oh f-list. What do you think about this subject?

The cats insist that they're starving, and now it actually is almost their dinner time, so I'd better disentangle myself from the blankets and go feed them.
rivendellrose: (Dalek!Love)
The Kickstarter project for my friends over at Royal Archivist has less than a week on it, and only $450 left to go before they reach their goal. They're so close!!!

I've known most of these folks for a really long time, and I know they'll do great stuff with the project... oh, and did I mention that I'm proofreading for them? Yeah, full disclosure there. ;)

If you're interested in a unique project creating a shared universe for writers, artists, and gamers, please consider supporting them on Kickstarter, checking out their "create with us" page, or signing up for their newsletter (on the main page).
rivendellrose: (Delenn2)
From [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge:

The Five Questions Meme

How this meme works:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Anyone want questions?

My answers to her questions:

I natter, so answers are under the cut. )

drabbles

Jan. 20th, 2011 02:14 pm
rivendellrose: (quill)
Hard at work with the writing and plotting practice (...not right now, as I am at work, but in general!), so the following meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] velvet_midnight seemed apt:

The first ten people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble of any pairing/character of their choosing. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.

That should be a good warm-up exercise for my writing for the next few days, if people request things. ♥

[livejournal.com profile] ogew points out that I didn't say anything about fandom restrictions - I would say that anything I've written before is up for grabs, and if you're thinking of a fandom you don't see listed on that page, just ask me - if I know it well enough, I'll probably be willing to give it a go, but there are a lot of things out there that I just don't know a darned thing about.
rivendellrose: (end of the world)
You know that thing when you've finally dragged yourself out of a few weeks of not being able to write anything, and you've managed to write most of a story, but then when you get to where the end ought to be you just sort of keep staring blankly at the screen, twiddling with dialogue that goes absolutely nowhere, and vaguely feeling like you should probably just give up and have the ship explode or something?

Yeah, that's about where I am right now.

Writing woes! These characters hate me and I can't particularly blame them! And some spoilers for BSG, given, well, those are the characters that hate me. )

In short: Somebody please tell the characters hanging out in my head to play nicely?

Time to get back to work. Only one and a half days until the new office. ♥

stuck

Nov. 28th, 2010 05:13 pm
rivendellrose: (NaNo: going MAD)
I am stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck stuck STUCK. 45,785 words, and I have absolutely no clue what happens next in any of the scenes that I'm in, or in any of the scenes that I've just got a few-word outline for.

Cannot be happening. Cannot be stuck with less than 5,000 words to go. Cannot stop.

NEED. MORE. WORDS.

Edit: PROBLEM SOLVED. Apparently all I needed was to flail at the internet, take a deep breath, and then... essentially put on my big girl panties and deal with it. Turns out, sometimes that fixes things. ;) Or, you know, at least makes them temporarily fixed.
rivendellrose: (tease)
You know how when you go to the grocery store (or, worse, the drug store...), you sometimes catch yourself looking at the collection of items that you're purchasing and thinking "god, I hope the cashier doesn't pay attention to the image all this paints together" (like when you buy, I don't know, vaseline, eyeshadow, lipstick, and chewing gum? All for innocent purposes! But together it looks like you're thinking about making a really scary porno, which... is totally not really my point, but is perhaps somewhat related, tangentially)? Well, over the course of this weekend I bought:

Books
Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia
Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television
The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image

Music
Battlestar Galactica soundtrack: Season 3
Battlestar Galactica soundtrack: Season 4
Wailin' Jennies - Firecracker
Marian Call - Got to Fly

Gee, I wonder what picture all of that paints when put together. I'm not subconsciously (and over-academically) gearing up for a post-NaNo fic-writing binge... no, not at all...
rivendellrose: (NaNo again)
I'm at 37,280 (more than a whole day ahead!), and, remarkably, am feeling like this story doesn't entirely suck! It needs a LOT of editing, but it might actually be somewhat worthwhile! Oh my god!

...Bringing in my antagonist as a more active participant in things seems to have really, really helped matters. Amazing how that works. And my characters are seeming less like paper cutouts! I actually sort of feel like this thing might be worth polishing into something that I could eventually maybe stand to let other people read! Considering that only yesterday I was driving The Boy crazy with my doom-and-gloom "I don't know why but I'm just not having fun and I just don't care about it!" thing, feeling like this today is a Christmas NaNoWriMo miracle! ♥
rivendellrose: (easy my ass)
Dear universe (or possibly just LJ):

Would you please stop thwarting my efforts to reward myself? I've been a good girl this morning, I have written over a thousand words *beyond* my required word count for the day, today is Sunday, and I would damned well like to go through this random person's nice BSG fic. And possibly related posts. Please? I'm asking you this because every time I hit their tags for the relevant subjects, you give me three entries and nothing more, even though the tag system says they have 58 entries under that tag. Excuse me, I would like my shameless fangirl happiness, now, please.

...Come on, please? I've already finished my lunch and should get back to work, but I really want some nice quiet time with my fangirl brain. Pleeeeease...?

(*Coughs* So, yeah, if anybody else has had this problem and knows how to make it work, I'd love some advice... I thought it was her layout maybe, but style=mine is not solving the problem... DX)

Edit: Problem somewhat solved for the moment (archives are a good thing, as is viewing with no style), but I'd still love to know wtf was going on there. ...And also why my stomach suddenly hates me, but that's an unrelated (albeit very disturbing) issue.
rivendellrose: (crab)
Pope decides that perhaps condoms aren't actually a tool of the devil after all. Sometimes.

Don't worry, though - they're still not okay if you 'just' don't want to get pregnant. We wouldn't want the Pope to get crazy and join the 20th 21st century or anything, after all.

Just to clarify, I'm thrilled that they've finally got around to making this decision and making it public. I'm just a bit peeved on behalf of all the people who've been infected with AIDS and another horrible diseases because the Pope said using a condom was a sin, who now must feel just a teensy bit as though this is too little too late.

In other news, it's really freaking cold here (outside, not so much in our apartment), and I am suffering from complete mental blank regarding my NaNoWriMo project. Eurgh.
rivendellrose: (NaNo again)
28,630 words - on schedule, as I've been for the last few days - and I've had my first big "oh, that's not at all what I expected to happen" moment of this draft. Nothing too earth-shattering, but I always enjoy the moments when the writing takes on a little life of its own. Particularly since nothing has come particularly easily in this thing since, oh, about the first chapter. It's not quite pulling teeth, but it's definitely not a walk in the park, either.

Still, it's a draft, and I kind of like the damned thing from time to time. That's a good thing.
rivendellrose: (bored now)
Snagging from [livejournal.com profile] icepixie because... well, see icon. Yrgh.

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" What isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions!

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.



I'm totally ass at coming up with good questions on this kind of thing, so I totally understand if there's nothing people are interested in, but I enjoy the hell out of them anyway.
rivendellrose: (today sucks)
I have neck- and head-aches (unrelated, I'm pretty sure - neck is from tweaking a muscle last week, head is either a cold or from the weather changes we've been going through) that respond to ibuprofen, and a... kind of an "eugh"-feeling wisdom tooth/jaw that only sort of does. Daaaaaaaaammmmnnnnn. The tooth is the least of it, IMHO, it just makes me go "AAAAAHHHHHH MY TOOTH IS GROWING INTO MY SINUSES AND NECK" sort of. *Headdesk* Because I'm hilariously paranoid when I'm in pain.

The good news is, our queue at work is about half of what it was last week, thanks to some lovely people who worked over the weekend. That's a very good thing. And after hating my NaNovel with a passion on Saturday, I discovered Sunday that I actually sort of like it. Oh, NaNoWriMo, you are so very crazy-making. It just drives me crazy to have to rush through things quickly - I'm always left thinking "god, this stinks," when (most of) it's really just that I don't have enough time to think clearly about how I ought to be accomplishing the goals of a scene, and I can't go back and actually delete the parts I don't like, or edit as I'm going or anything. Always makes me twitchy.

...Well, that and that I think part of how I tweaked my neck is the way my laptop is set up. Urgh. Must see if I can change the arrangement of the monitors tonight, in order to cut down on the oh-god-pain. :P

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