ratherastory: (Glorious)
Goodbye, 2014, I will not miss you. Here's to kicking ass and taking names in 2015.

I hope the year is treating everyone well so far!

Things are finally starting to settle into a semblance of normalcy over here at casa [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory. I still haven't unpacked all my boxes from when I moved from Montreal to Ottawa back in November, but all the important things are unpacked. Work is calming down, the dog is calming down, and the kitten is never calm anyway. ;)

2014 was really rough on me physically, emotionally and financially. Between the end of my relationship, the death of my cats within a week of each other (one of them highly traumatic), the renovations on my old house, the sale of my house, the move to another city, having the dog and my new kitten each have a bunch of health issues, and then needing repairs on my car, I'm kind of glad the year is over. That's only my personal problems, not even counting the murders of the RCMP officers in June, the terrible events of Ferguson and everywhere else, the honour guard murdered in Ottawa in October, and the summer of constant, unrelenting online misogyny and violence against women and trans people and people of colour. Almost everyone I know suffered personal losses and crises, one after the other. In short, 2014 sucked. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I have a number of things I would like to get accomplished in 2015, some of them writing-related, and all of them designed to make my overall quality of life infinitely better. I won't bore you with the personal goals, but since this is my fic journal, I will list the few but important goals I have for my writing this year.

Writing Goals:

  • Figure out how to write for the sheer, unadulterated joy of it again

  • Update some of my 'verses. In particular Fusion, because I love that 'verse, and the Garden 'verse, because I know where I want that 'verse to end, and I'm not there yet.

  • Write, edit and submit a novel for publication

  • Outline all my current novel projects (I have four in various stages of conception and writing)

  • Write every day in my "Morning Pages" journal, which is the best creative tool I've found for myself thus far

  • Write 300,000 words by the end of the year (I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] gywo with this goal in mind)

I've also given myself a moratorium on signing up for challenges and exchanges this year. They used to be a great source of motivation for me, but this year I found that, because I was already pretty burned out, all they did was ramp up my anxiety issues and make me hate myself and my writing. So this year will be devoted to writing things only when they bring me joy.

If you would like, you may leave me prompts for any of my existing 'verses in any fandom (not that I have that many), or request time stamps/whatever for anything I've already written**.

**I am going to be SUPER picky about which prompts I accept for Fusion, so don't take it personally if I don't end up writing your prompt specifically. I get a lot of "Sam freaks out and Dean comforts him" prompts for that 'verse which, well, is not a useful prompt, since it basically describes over half the stories in the 'verse. ;) But if you have things you'd like to see, themes you'd like to have me explore, then please toss your hat in the ring! I have a big old playground and everyone is welcome!
ratherastory: (Glorious)
Writing Projects!

I signed up for a few things this summer, and I'm kind of on a time crunch these days, so I figured I'd make a list to keep myself accountable. I don't have much time for writing these days, as I'm trying to get my house ready to sell, but I will have more and more time for writing as time goes on. So, yay for that!

Avengers RBB: 5,000 words minimum. Due August 18th.
Current progress: About 1,000 words written. I am scrambling a bit, but I think I can get a good draft done in time.

Marvel Big Bang: 10,000 words. 80% draft due August 27th.
Current progress: About 2,000 words, but it's a bit of a hot mess. I am considering scrapping the current idea (which is awesome but probably needs about 50,000 words to do it justice, if not more) in favour of a more manageable one.
So, uh, I'm open to suggestions/prompts which would not be as epically long as my original idea. Anyone?

Teen Wolf Rare Pair Challenge: 1,000 words, due September 5th.
Current progress: Have narrowed it down to a pairing from the prompts I received, with a vague idea about what to do with it. I'm not worried... yet.

Why, LJ?

Jul. 10th, 2014 03:33 pm
ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
I missed the "random posting" day. Sorry.

Can anyone tell me how to put my friends "feed" back to the way I had it before LJ decided that imposing their new style on me was actually what I really wanted? I have googled and searched the FAQs, to no avail, and I really loathe the new look. I liked it the way I had it before, thanks!

Also, I apologize for the lack of fic. )

*waves*

Feb. 12th, 2014 12:47 am
ratherastory: ([MST3K] Evil & the Narrator)
Not dead.

I've been writing a bit. Nothing ready to post, but it's nice to get back into the habit of putting fingers to keyboard for something other than work and Twitter. I even managed to get some writing done while I was at home last week, which is a first. It wasn't much, but it was something, and I'll take it.

I even had a wee plot bunny for this season of SPN, which hasn't happened to me since Season 7. I am having trouble with the current canon, and even more of a problem with fandom's reactions to current canon. There is so. much. Sam-bashing. To the point where I, once again, have found myself scratching my head and wondering if people are watching the same show as me. Granted, the writing has been sub-par for a while, and I don't think the writers are hitting the emotional beats that they're aiming for. They've hit the target, but more like the outer rings than the bullseye. They're not even close to centre target, alas. So that probably accounts for some of it.

The point being, I have been keeping away from fandom, because my psychological make-up is such that I find this sort of thing profoundly upsetting. (I just want everyone to get along, okay?) I have been avoiding meta posts, even by authors I know are generally pretty balanced in their view, or at least take the time to explore what's going on (rather than pick a "side," whether it be pro-Dean or pro-Sam, and for the record I find Dean-bashing just as upsetting as Sam-bashing, because I'm a Sam!girl and it hurts my soul when people say mean things about Sam's brother). I am unwilling to take the risk that the comments in those posts will end up upsetting me due to their content.

This sort of thing negatively impacts my enjoyment of the show, in a significant way. I'm no longer as emotionally invested in the show as I was when I watched the first five seasons. After the main 5-year arc ended, my investment waned little by little, until now SPN is a show I love to watch, but it's not the show of my heart anymore. I haven't replaced it with another, mind you. I've just spread myself out a little, fandom-wise, and dabble a little in a few places. But I resent anything that makes me not want to watch SPN, and comments about how awful one of the boys is, or how 'shitty' an episode was, make me reluctant to watch, especially as I'm always at least a day or so behind, often more, due to work and life stuff.

Long story short, I have deliberately stopped any dialogue with fandom, in order to preserve my sanity and my enjoyment of the show, such as it is. That's where I'm at. But at least I'm writing again, and exploring other fandoms while I'm at it.

Note: This is NOT an invitation to discuss any kind of meta in the comments. I will delete any such comments with extreme prejudice and, if I must, lock down comments on the entry entirely. Don't make me do that, okay? Thanks.
ratherastory: (Crash and Burn)
Okay, flist. I'm going to try this cool new thing tonight called "actually writing." Crazy, right?

So, comment here. For every comment I will write you 100-500 words. Anything goes. Existing 'verses, new ideas, anything. Any fandom I have written in is fair game. For the record those are, in no particular order:

Supernatural (FPF and RPF)
Hawaii Five-0
Leverage
Teen Wolf
White Collar
Avengers & related characters (mostly MCU, but I have read some of Bendis' comics)
Cracked (Season 1 only, I have not been watching S2)
Burn Notice (though only the once)
Dresden Files (I am NOT caught up on all the books, so be nice about spoilers!)

If you happen to know of a show that I watch(ed) (or a book series that I read, for that matter), and you want to prompt me for that, feel free. I'll try to list a few shows I can think of off the top of my head (I watch a lot of TV, apparently):

Haven
Person of Interest
Grimm
Covert Affairs
Lost Girl
Elementary
Farscape
Firefly
The Pretender

Uh, that's all I can come up with right now. But yeah, improvise if you want. :)

:::ETA::: There have been a lot of requests for Fusion, but since all the prompts are pretty loose, what I will do is work on a separate instalment and post that instead.
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Okay, fellow writers, I have a question.

How do you handle real-life settings with which you're not familiar? I've been reading (dangerous, I know), and many of the books on writing all agree that having a strong setting will add richness and depth to your story.

On the surface, I totally agree. I am a big fan of good world-building when it comes to sci fi and fantasy, for instance. I also love books in which I get a real feel for the setting, the stench of a city's underbelly or the stark beauty of the cityscape at night, the fragrant smells of farmland, etc. I can usually tell when an author is writing about a setting they've lived in or experienced first hand.

The few times I've used setting to good effect, it's been when I was familiar with the locale. In my long-abandoned zombie novel, I was able to follow the characters from street to street and describe in very accurate detail not only what they were seeing, but the kind of weather they were experiencing, the colour of the buildings, etc. In another story, The Built in a Day Job, to be precise, I used my recent trip to Rome in the springtime to evoke all the sights and sounds and smells of the city that were vital to what I was trying to accomplish in my story.

So what am I supposed to do when I need to set my story in one or more places with which I'm not at all familiar? Somewhere I've never been? I can give overall impressions of a place based on research, but I have no idea how to get the level of detail I would like to put into a story. Is there really a shop on that street corner in Memphis? Is that a one-way street? What bus routes should my characters be taking in Calgary? Is there even reliable public transit? What's the weather like in Colorado in March? What did Cambridge smell like in summer in the late 1800s?

So how do you handle it when you have to write in an unfamiliar setting? Any advice?
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
You may have noticed (ahem) that I haven't been writing. This is due to many things, all of which can be summed up as Real Life Has Eaten [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory's Brain.

In bullet points:

- New job
- New schedule (a very fucking early schedule)
- Commute to a different city (2-3 hours one way)
- Toddler
- Family stuff
- Crappy/not enough sleep
- Various minor health issues
- Massive anxiety issues

The result is that, essentially, my brain is fried. I can't concentrate long enough to even read one chapter in a book these days, let alone write anything. If I'm lucky I can focus for the 40 minutes it takes to get me through an episode of TV, but even that is hit-and-miss. Sometimes I'll be watching something and realize close to the end of the episode that I stopped paying attention 15 minutes in and have no idea what's happening.

That being said, I miss writing. I even picked up a prompt for the fic challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ohsam to see if I could get the juices flowing again. I doubt it'll happen this month, what with the holidays and all, but I'm setting myself a goal for January, to start writing again.

In light of that, I'm going to write down a list of all the projects and ideas I have simmering in the back of my mind. Not that all of these will get written, but it'll be good for me to have all the possibilities laid out before me. The emphasis for me right now is to work on finishing stuff. If I want to be a "serious" writer, I need to not let myself get distracted by shiny new projects and instead work out structural problems in the stories and fix them, then finish my projects. For my original stuff, the focus will be on structure and outlining, which I am not good at, since I think that will really help me get it all written and finished.


Projects & stuff behind the cut! )
ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
So [livejournal.com profile] spnroundtable appear to have temporarily lost their minds and asked me to do an Ask the Author segment.

If you've ever had any questions, now's the time! You may do so here.

Prompt me?

Sep. 12th, 2012 12:45 am
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)

So [livejournal.com profile] hoodie_time is having a curtain!fic challenge.

Curtain! fic & art Week
( September 16th – 23rd)

[Click on the image to go to the challenge.]

Banner courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] salty_catfish @ [livejournal.com profile] local_colour

1- Go play. Go now. :)

2- My Muse has left the building, so I was thinking maybe I could shamelessly take advantage of my wonderfully creative flist. Anyone want to leave me a curtain!fic prompt that you'd like to see me write? You can prompt me in any of my existing 'verses (Fusion, Garden, whatever) or a stand-alone, with the caveat that it has to focus on hurt!Dean, since that's the challenge.

Humour me? Anyone?

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

ratherastory: ([Firefly] Aw shucks)
Man, so many people sent me so many nice PMs that I haven't been able to reply to individually.

Guys, you are awesome. Thank you, seriously. I can't tell you how much I needed it.

Anyway, there was a misconception, it seems. I am not leaving fandom. I'm not leaving LJ. I'm just... not writing right now. If the writing fu magically makes a reappearance, then I will simply start posting fic again. :)

Thank you again. You are all so, so lovely, and you deserve all the love forever. ♥
ratherastory: ([Futurama] Drama)
*sheepish wave*

Hi all!

So, um, for a fanfic journal, it's been depressingly void of new fanfic in here, recently. I apologize. The short version of the story is, well, pretty much everything I've written since March is pure and utter shit, and I haven't been able to finish a single damned story.

I'm only marginally optimistic I'll be able to get my exchange fic done in time this week, and I'm probably going to end up dropping out of the couple of challenges I'm still in.

Woe is me, etc. *shrug*

Anyway, in case you were wondering what the hell happened, well, there it is. :)
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Okay. Before I head out on hiatus, I figured I would make another much-overdue list of projects I have going on. Partly for my own reference (I plan to keep a copy of this offline until July) and partly because I seem to recall others enjoying watching me lose my mind over my excessive commitments. ;)

Projects & Due Dates Under the Cut )

Fic meme!

Dec. 13th, 2011 03:18 am
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
Seen on [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis' and [livejournal.com profile] road_rhythm's LJs.

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences from or about it.

Fic meme!

Dec. 13th, 2011 03:18 am
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
Seen on [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis' and [livejournal.com profile] road_rhythm's LJs.

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences from or about it.
ratherastory: (Ahem)
First off, I updated the Fusion Master Post with a list of all the stories in chronological order as well as the order in which they were written, so now people can decide in which order they'd rather read them.

Onto the rest of the post!

Spurred by boredom, procrastination, and an ill-advised half-hour of lurking on the anon meme a day or so ago, I decided to re-vamp my Master List. It was getting overly long anyway, so it was due for an overhaul.

First off, I split it off into two posts. The first post is all SPN, all the time, and SPN RPF/S. The second post contains all my podfic and all the fic from my other fandoms, few as they are right now.

That being said, I'm not sure if I've got this down to a science yet. I still have my fic sorted primarily by length, and while it makes sense to me, I'm not sure it does for anyone else. Also, while my lists currently consist of the title, summary and posting date of the story, I wonder if many readers aren't scanning the list and wondering how the hell they can tell if a fic is gen or slash or het or whatever without clicking and reading the header of the story itself (although 90% of my SPN fic is gen, I just counted while I was working).

In short, who feels like helping me make a better, more user-friendly Master List? I have even made a handy poll for those of you who only want to click and not type. ;)


[Poll #1777113]
ratherastory: (Ahem)
First off, I updated the Fusion Master Post with a list of all the stories in chronological order as well as the order in which they were written, so now people can decide in which order they'd rather read them.

Onto the rest of the post!

Spurred by boredom, procrastination, and an ill-advised half-hour of lurking on the anon meme a day or so ago, I decided to re-vamp my Master List. It was getting overly long anyway, so it was due for an overhaul.

First off, I split it off into two posts. The first post is all SPN, all the time, and SPN RPF/S. The second post contains all my podfic and all the fic from my other fandoms, few as they are right now.

That being said, I'm not sure if I've got this down to a science yet. I still have my fic sorted primarily by length, and while it makes sense to me, I'm not sure it does for anyone else. Also, while my lists currently consist of the title, summary and posting date of the story, I wonder if many readers aren't scanning the list and wondering how the hell they can tell if a fic is gen or slash or het or whatever without clicking and reading the header of the story itself (although 90% of my SPN fic is gen, I just counted while I was working).

In short, who feels like helping me make a better, more user-friendly Master List? I have even made a handy poll for those of you who only want to click and not type. ;)


[Poll #1777113]
ratherastory: (SPN OMG hold me)
This is actually turning out to be a really useful way of keeping on top of things. The list is slowly shrinking, which is a heck of a relief.

I'm behind on my overall wordcount for my year-end goal, but hopefully the next few days will let me get in a lot more writing for that. I'm not *that* far behind that I can't catch up thus far.

Bizarrely, I'm looking forward to when all my deadlines will be past, because I have all these non-deadline bunnies that I want to write as well.

I am also taking part in Round 10 of [livejournal.com profile] gsd_rtfn, because it's turning out to be a really useful tool for actually getting shit done. Who knew?


A challenge to write all the words and get shit done in a week.



Lists behind the cut )
ratherastory: (SPN OMG hold me)
This is actually turning out to be a really useful way of keeping on top of things. The list is slowly shrinking, which is a heck of a relief.

I'm behind on my overall wordcount for my year-end goal, but hopefully the next few days will let me get in a lot more writing for that. I'm not *that* far behind that I can't catch up thus far.

Bizarrely, I'm looking forward to when all my deadlines will be past, because I have all these non-deadline bunnies that I want to write as well.

I am also taking part in Round 10 of [livejournal.com profile] gsd_rtfn, because it's turning out to be a really useful tool for actually getting shit done. Who knew?


A challenge to write all the words and get shit done in a week.



Lists behind the cut )
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
I should have put this in my last post, but oh well.

I have come to a decision. I have all these plot bunnies dancing around in the back of my head, mostly for SPN and H50, and in the whole BB and challenge madness I have been neglecting the sad bunnies.

So once my current BB obligations are filled, I'm not going to sign up for any BBs until 2012. I think having a restrained list of BBs I would really like to participate in is a good plan. So, tentatively, here are the BBs I'd like to do next year:

- [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: it's my first love, and I can't imagine not doing it

- [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang: hopefully I won't crash and burn this year, but I had such a wonderful time with last year's BB that I want to keep doing it.

- [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: I never managed it this year, but I'd like to give it a shot next year.

- Whichever one of the existing H50 Big Bangs survives into next year. I somehow doubt it'll be the one I'm in this year, but you never know. :)

And that's it. All my other writing I'm going to do on my own time, just for the sheer joy of it. No pressure, only stories.
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
I should have put this in my last post, but oh well.

I have come to a decision. I have all these plot bunnies dancing around in the back of my head, mostly for SPN and H50, and in the whole BB and challenge madness I have been neglecting the sad bunnies.

So once my current BB obligations are filled, I'm not going to sign up for any BBs until 2012. I think having a restrained list of BBs I would really like to participate in is a good plan. So, tentatively, here are the BBs I'd like to do next year:

- [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: it's my first love, and I can't imagine not doing it

- [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang: hopefully I won't crash and burn this year, but I had such a wonderful time with last year's BB that I want to keep doing it.

- [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: I never managed it this year, but I'd like to give it a shot next year.

- Whichever one of the existing H50 Big Bangs survives into next year. I somehow doubt it'll be the one I'm in this year, but you never know. :)

And that's it. All my other writing I'm going to do on my own time, just for the sheer joy of it. No pressure, only stories.

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