ratherastory: (Glorious)
Hola!

This is the quick-and-dirty version of the intro-to [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory. Before I had a bunch of "sticky posts" on my LJ page, but by the end there were five of them and they were becoming a serious clutter issue.

In the interests of easier navigation, I am therefore putting the links to those posts all in this post AND in the sidebar of my LiveJournal (along with a bunch of other links you might find of interest, since you've made your way here already).

Intro to Ratherastory

Master List of Fanfiction I (Supernatural & Supernatural RPF)

Master List of Fanfiction II (Other Fandoms & Podfic)

Master Post of Writing Projects

Addendum:

Recent changes on LiveJournal are making it increasingly inhospitable for fanfiction. While I plan on continuing to crosspost here for the foreseeable future, there may come a time when I move permanently. Here are the other places on the Internet you can find me and/or my fic:

Dreamwidth: ratherastory

Archive of Our Own: ratherastory

Twitter:

Tumblr: ratherastory
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hola!

This is the quick-and-dirty version of the intro-to [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory. Before I had a bunch of "sticky posts" on my LJ page, but by the end there were five of them and they were becoming a serious clutter issue.

In the interests of easier navigation, I am therefore putting the links to those posts all in this post AND in the sidebar of my LiveJournal (along with a bunch of other links you might find of interest, since you've made your way here already).

Intro to Ratherastory

Master List of Fanfiction I (Supernatural & Supernatural RPF)

Master List of Fanfiction II (Other Fandoms & Podfic)

Master Post of Writing Projects
ratherastory: ([Futurama] Drama)
Hi everyone!

*waves*

I'm still alive. I hear LJ is getting turned over to Russia, and that means that there's a non-zero chance that my journal and everything contained therein could face deletion (because slash fiction) or whatever else.

So, anyway, I've had a back-up at Dreamwidth for a while, under the same name. If I disappear from LJ, you can always find me on DW, with the only thing missing being many of the lovely comments people have left for me over the years (alas).

Okay, that's it for my PSA. While I'm here, who-all is going to ConfabCon in May? I shall be there, and I want to make sure to see as many of you as humanly possible! Speak up if there's even the slightest chance that you'll be there!

*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: ([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: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
Okay, so I'm, like, five days late. Whoops.

Still, I hope 2014 is treating everyone beautifully so far! If it's not, I hope it mends its ways very quickly for you.

I have actually written words this year. Only 1,000 of them, but that's 1,000 more than I managed to write in the last 6 months, so I'm taking it as a win.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I sat down and plotted out just how much free time I have for writing these days, and figured out that I have about 10-12 hours a month in which I can write. On a REALLY good day I can write about 1,000 words in an hour. Given that some of that "writing" time will have to go toward research and plotting, I think that a goal of 6,000-10,000 words a month is reasonable. Time will tell, of course, if that's feasible.

I am making a serious attempt to turn my life around, to be more present for my family, and that means a lot less time spent online when I'm at home. When I'm at work (or, rather, in the city where I work) I allow myself to be online more, because that's basically the only interaction I get with friends. But when I'm home, I want to spend as much time as possible with my family. When they're not home, I need to maximise the time I do have to do chores, run errands, and also sometimes write. That means no more screwing around on the internet when I could be doing things.

I will also be making extra special efforts to stay on top of the community stuff I'm in charge of. I've been doing okay, but not great, and I am determined to be a better mod this year. Here's hoping.

What's everyone else up to these days? Inquiring minds want to know!
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: ([Rome] Ahem)
I kept thinking I would wait until I had AO3 figure out, but then I realized that if I did that, the challenge would never run. So. :P


Clint/Coulson Holiday Exchange sign-ups are open HERE.
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
I'm still alive!

New job, new city, plus all the family stuff that's been happening have kept me hopping.

However, someone reminded me that Christmas is not as far away as I thought, and that means that I should be doing announcements and such for the Clint/Coulson Holiday Exchange soon.

Naturally, I panicked a little. ;)

The lovely and talented [redacted] had to bow out last year for personal reasons, and I sure as heck can't sail this ship alone. This year I'd like to open up the exchange to non-written fanworks as well. Also, last year people requested that there be an AO3-compatible component to the challenge, which I have NO IDEA how to do.

So here is the post in which I beg for a co-mod. Take a look, spread the word, or even come and volunteer! I could seriously use the help.

Cheers!
ratherastory: (Canadian Borg)

Recopied from Tumblr, for my own records, because Tumblr mostly confuses me.


I had this linked to me the other day.



Cut for length )
ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
Real Life is taking up all my time. When I'm not working night shifts I'm either sleeping (inadequately) or dealing with house and family things. So I basically have almost no time. I check Twitter in short bursts here and there, because it's the only way I can really stay connected to people, but I may have to back off on that too, because it's taking up more time than I can probably spare.

I've stepped back a bit from my mod duties in the comms I run, and recruited volunteers to help with the work load where needed. Hopefully that will make up for my absence lately, because I was feeling really badly about letting down everyone who was counting on me as a mod.

I'm not writing, either, of course. I don't think I'm going to be writing at all, either fanfic or original stuff. It was nice while it lasted. So if you're hanging on here in the hopes of seeing more fic, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

And, naturally, I haven't had time to answer the few comments people have been leaving. I'm really sorry about this, but I don't foresee any of this changing, well, ever. Certainly not in the next few months, probably even a year or indefinitely.

Anyway, this is me apologizing for the fact that I'm not around anymore and likely won't be.
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
Hi fandom!

I'm not dead, just busy, as the subject line says. Girlfriend moved in with her toddler. It's been happy but stressful, with added misadventures just to keep us on our toes!

So, yeah. If I'm not around these days, that's why. RL craziness. Good craziness, but definitely craziness.

Hope everyone's doing okay. I owe a few people emails (especially the [livejournal.com profile] ohsam volunteers. Bear with me, they will be forthcoming shortly!

Take care!
ratherastory: ([B5] Nibbled to death by cats)
There has been no fic. There are two reasons for this.

1- I am doing relief work in another province for my job. There is work coming out of my ears, and I've barely had a minute to myself that hasn't involved working or sleeping or getting myself to and from work and bed.

2- I have been writing, but I'm actually writing an original novel. I'm hoping to get the draft done by the end of February, and then get it looked over and sent out ASAP. It's a simple little m/m romance, and I decided to go with my strengths, which is straight-up h/c (respiratory distress, FTW!) with a bit of mystery on the side. It's 22k so far, and I'm pretty excited about it.

It's nice to be writing again, though, after months of drought, and especially exciting to be writing original fiction again after years and years of either not writing or writing only fanfic. I love fanfic, don't get me wrong, but I missed my own characters.

I'll be home in February, and there will be even more work when I get back. Hopefully I'll still be able to write, so that I can keep this momentum going. It's good to be back. :)
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.
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 )
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
I know I haven't been writing or posting much. I have been remiss, and I do apologize for that. There are reasons, all of them RL related.

Issues and mild TMI behind the cut )

Long story short: tired + kind of busy + no focus = no writing
ratherastory: ([Futurama] Drama)
Due to some recent anon comments to my fanfic that were downright rude/possibly someone trolling me and other commenters in the entry, I am now screening anon comments AND forcing anon commenters to verify that they're "real" with CAPTCHA.

This sucks, because I know a couple of people do comment here who don't have LJ accounts. You can blame the internet trolls for this extra level of hassle in your lives. I will NOT have people coming in and being rude to me and to my friends in my own space.

Even if you think my fanfiction is utter shit (which is your right), I will thank you to mind your manners. If you can't manage that, I will delete your comment with extreme prejudice. Fair warning.

Meme!

Feb. 25th, 2012 10:54 pm
ratherastory: (Canadian Borg)
It's going around my flist, who am I to resist?

First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about:
Star Trek: TOS (yes, I am just that original, although I mostly wanted to be Spock). Simultaneously with this TV series I have never been able to find since then, called "Black Beauty" which had nothing to do with the book but was instead about a British doctor who lived on a farm with his son and daughter and had a horse named Black Beauty.

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans:
You know, I wasn't really part of the Harry Potter fandom per se, but I have a lot of friends in the fandom, so I think that counts.
Otherwise, it's SPN all the way.

Pairing in the first slash fanfiction I read:
I do believe someone linked me to some Harry/Draco, back in the day. Couldn't swear to it, though. Otherwise, I think it was Jon/Robb in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" back when the third book had just come out.

First RPS/RPF I read:
Definitely SPN RPS/RPF, though I honestly don't remember which one was the first. I kind of read a whole ton of it all at once when I first discovered it. I suspect it may have been something by [livejournal.com profile] embroiderama.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, 'YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write...':
Reading [livejournal.com profile] curtana's Firefly fanfiction, actually. She's a great, if oft overlooked writer. She writes in small fandoms and isn't all that prolific outside her original stuff, but I would love to be able to write like her.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote:
I wrote gen for the loooongest time. I think the actual first pairing I wrote was Dean/Cas.

First OTP:
I was never part of the fandom, but I have to say Mulder/Scully. Otherwise, I am a SHAMELESS multishipper.

First RPS/F OTP:
See above: multishipper.

First fannish friend I met in person:
Not counting the people I already knew? I think it's [livejournal.com profile] sinnerforhire by a margin of about one hour. Then I met [livejournal.com profile] peppervl and [livejournal.com profile] elsewhere_kels in the same day. Wild times at L.A. Con. :D

First character I formally roleplayed:
I've been a roleplayer for 13 years, but I don't think that's what this question is about, yes? The question isn't talking about D&D or White Wolf, or any of the other characters I created for my table top games, I'm assuming. The first 'canon' character I roleplayed was Charlie Weasley, and then Bill Weasley almost immediately after/simultaneously, back in the days when [livejournal.com profile] reparo was active. We had great times then, and occasionally I miss the camaraderie. I still have one friend I keep in touch with from that RP.
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Right. Haven't done this in a while. I need to get my ducks in a row.

Projects & deadlines behind the cut )

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