ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Hi LJ!

*waves*

Long time no see! That's because I haven't been writing, and I pretty much only use this LJ for my fanfiction. No fanfic, no post, you see how that goes? I stopped writing because writing was making me hate myself, and so far I haven't regretted that decision, even though I still feel guilty about not writing. Of the lose-lose scenario, this one was the least painful.

On a much brighter note, I am going to Wincon, thanks to the generosity of [livejournal.com profile] valtyr who bought me a pass last year when I was broke! \o/

So, who else is going? I want to meet as many of you wonderful people as possible! (And then, quite possibly, I will be peopled out and spend several hours hiding under a table, but you're all cool with that, right?)

Speak and be heard!

*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: ([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: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
Internets, I SUCK and have 9k of summergen due TONIGHT.

I KNOW. /o\

My usual long-suffering and heroic beta is understandably unable to help me due to the SUPER-quick turnaround on this.

I think the story itself is sound, so I just need someone to go over it to make sure I haven't grossly abused the English language anywhere in it, and to point it out if I have.

Is anyone willing to throw themselves on this grenade? Comments are screened.

Thank you!!!!
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Hi all!

So work has kind of gone on an anti-internet rampage. Since I generally reply to fic comments in my downtime there and work on my writing when I'm home, that means that I am WAY behind on replying to comments to all my entries.

I AM REALLY SORRY. I adore each and every comment that I get, and I can't express how much I appreciate that you guys take the time to leave feedback.

In short, I am going to try really hard to catch up, I promise! It might take some time, so please don't be surprised if you suddenly find comments from me cropping up in your inbox. :)
ratherastory: (S&A Stage)
First off, hi to all the lovely new people! *waves*

Okay, so the 7.03 comment-fic meme is still going strong! I am working night shift and moving and packing and dealing with building inspectors, so I apologize for not being more on top of the master list of fills. I SWEAR I will get it updated as soon as humanly possible. LJ being glitchy is certainly not helping.

ANYWAY!

You should go and look at all the juicy unfilled prompts and FILL THEM ALL! ;)

We will go back to your regularly-scheduled programming soon, as soon as I have my life back in order.

/end transmission
ratherastory: (S&A Stage)
First off, hi to all the lovely new people! *waves*

Okay, so the 7.03 comment-fic meme is still going strong! I am working night shift and moving and packing and dealing with building inspectors, so I apologize for not being more on top of the master list of fills. I SWEAR I will get it updated as soon as humanly possible. LJ being glitchy is certainly not helping.

ANYWAY!

You should go and look at all the juicy unfilled prompts and FILL THEM ALL! ;)

We will go back to your regularly-scheduled programming soon, as soon as I have my life back in order.

/end transmission
ratherastory: (Korman Assembly)
I am being wibbly and indecisive. I want to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] spn_slackers_bb, but I don't know if I should try to finish my Sam/Dean Mini Bang, which I've already started and would only be about 15k at most, or if I should try to write my Dean/Cas Big Bang, which I haven't started but have an idea for and would be longer than that.

Apparently I can't be a grown-up about this. So I am turning to you for help.

[Poll #1774759]
ratherastory: (Korman Assembly)
I am being wibbly and indecisive. I want to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] spn_slackers_bb, but I don't know if I should try to finish my Sam/Dean Mini Bang, which I've already started and would only be about 15k at most, or if I should try to write my Dean/Cas Big Bang, which I haven't started but have an idea for and would be longer than that.

Apparently I can't be a grown-up about this. So I am turning to you for help.

[Poll #1774759]
ratherastory: (SPN Is Writing Fanfic)





Yes, I am doing this again. Just wrote 10k on the Big Bang That Would Not Die™ yesterday, and I'm so close to actually finishing this stupid thing I can taste it. It's getting finished today, come hell or high water.

This is really pretty shameful. My poor artist has had to make do with a shitty incomplete fic for far too long, and I haven't had a word of complaint, which makes her a saint. I am never, ever doing this again. Never writing a long RPS and definitely never screwing around like this with a Big Bang. If I don't have a draft I am entirely satisfied with the day before deadline, I'm dropping the fuck out.

For those of you who are curious the BBTWND now stands at a little over 91k.


And once that's done I still have ten thousand other projects that need to be de-neglected. Most of them due really soon. Shoot me.

*soldiers on*
ratherastory: (SPN Is Writing Fanfic)





Yes, I am doing this again. Just wrote 10k on the Big Bang That Would Not Die™ yesterday, and I'm so close to actually finishing this stupid thing I can taste it. It's getting finished today, come hell or high water.

This is really pretty shameful. My poor artist has had to make do with a shitty incomplete fic for far too long, and I haven't had a word of complaint, which makes her a saint. I am never, ever doing this again. Never writing a long RPS and definitely never screwing around like this with a Big Bang. If I don't have a draft I am entirely satisfied with the day before deadline, I'm dropping the fuck out.

For those of you who are curious the BBTWND now stands at a little over 91k.


And once that's done I still have ten thousand other projects that need to be de-neglected. Most of them due really soon. Shoot me.

*soldiers on*
ratherastory: (Korman The Fish)
I am so behind on everything, it's laughable. So, here's another list. Just for my own records.

Summer Writing Projects Behind the Cut )
ratherastory: (Korman The Fish)
I am so behind on everything, it's laughable. So, here's another list. Just for my own records.

Summer Writing Projects Behind the Cut )
ratherastory: (SPN Is Writing Fanfic)
More list-making, because it makes me feel better to see the list shrink, one item at a time. :)

Writing & Other Fandom Projects )
ratherastory: (SPN Is Writing Fanfic)
More list-making, because it makes me feel better to see the list shrink, one item at a time. :)

Writing & Other Fandom Projects )
ratherastory: (*headdesk*)
Oh my God. I am behind on EVERYTHING. So I'm making a list of what needs to get done this month, along with due dates where applicable. No idea if it'll work, since life/job/whatever might get in the way, but I'll give it the good old college try.

Okay, folks. If I owe you a fic (charity, gift, other) and it's NOT on this list, please let me know? I have a memory like a sieve, and I don't want to let people down more than I already have.

Projects & stuff under the cut )
ratherastory: (*headdesk*)
Oh my God. I am behind on EVERYTHING. So I'm making a list of what needs to get done this month, along with due dates where applicable. No idea if it'll work, since life/job/whatever might get in the way, but I'll give it the good old college try.

Okay, folks. If I owe you a fic (charity, gift, other) and it's NOT on this list, please let me know? I have a memory like a sieve, and I don't want to let people down more than I already have.

Projects & stuff under the cut )
ratherastory: (Big Bang 2011)
Okay. Progress is being made. Not quite as fast as I'd like, but I'm getting to the part where, hopefully, the writing should go a little faster in terms of the plot. Also, yesterday was a wash due to my being extraordinarily diseased with the Cold of Doom™, so I slept instead of writing like I should. Alas.



30742 / 80000 words. 38% done!


More writing tonight before bed, so with any luck I should hit at least 32k by then. *crosses fingers*

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