750 words

May. 6th, 2014 01:24 pm
janetlin: (Begin)
I need to write more.

Well, I need to write more that isn't RP, and preferably not fanfic. I haven't written original fic outside of NaNoWriMo in... I can't even remember. Six and a half years? If that angsty/creepy doodle that never actually used Lucius' and Narcissa's names counts as not-fanfic. Otherwise nine, all the way back to the pieces I wrote for the online creative writing class when I was living in Kansas City. Wow.

So I've gone back to 750 words. 'Cause that seems like a good number to shoot for each day. Not NaNo-pace, but big enough that it isn't just a matter of dashing something off to get it over with for the day. I can't remember my old login info, so I had to start a new account, and sadly have therefore lost my old stats, though actually I'm not sure they would even still be relevant after such a long time.

So eenyhoo, come join me over there. It's free, though after June 12th new accounts will have to pay to subscribe after 30 days, so get in under the wire ;)

EDIT: herp derp, I misread the membership page and it was June 12th of _last_ year. Oops. Now I do wish I could remember my old login info :p
janetlin: (Alice)
Gilded

Summary: Manhattan, 1887. Mr. Gold was injured in the Civil War twenty-five years ago. Now he's a railroad robber baron, and he has a new maid...

Rating: PG-13/T

Chapter 2
"I am a generous man, and I do love a desperate soul."
janetlin: (Begin)
I finished the first chapter of the fanfic I mentioned in my last entry. *kermit arms* I've posted it at A03; all my fanfic has been mirrored there.

Gilded - Chapter 1 "Something Unusual"

Summary: Mr. Gold was injured in the Civil War twenty-five years ago. Now he's a railroad robber baron, and he has a new maid...

Rating: PG-13/T

"It's money, Da, and we need it."
janetlin: (ScarGold)
Okay so that's been forever. :-s Sorry guys.

Things is good, in fact that's why I've been pretty quiet around here. Found a couple of panfandom rp comms and have made some great connections with the other players and am having a shitton of fun playing Ronon Dex on board Serenity, and Scarlett O'Hara who is now married to Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin (don't look at me like that, it actually works!), and a very slow-burn relationship building between Janet Fraiser and Wolverine (again, trust me, not as weird as it sounds).

I have also discovered tumblr in the meantime. Oh god. That place is a bigger timesink than facebook. More fun, too, fortunately, but yeah, not so good for productivity.

Except when that productivity is writing. 'Cause almost a month ago, an intriguing historical au prompt for Rumpelstiltskin/Belle came across my dashboard, and it's been eating my brain and I have a TWENTY CHAPTER outline and the rough draft of the first chapter is already about 3k words and I'm only 2/3 through what's supposed to happen there. Sooo yeah this is shaping up to be a frakking novel and if I take only two weeks (that's rather fast, for me) to write each chapter, I'll be at this for the better part of a year. It's... kind of terrifying. I haven't written fanfic of any kind since *blows off the dust and cobwebs* February of _last_ year. And I've never tackled something this big. *wibble*

So I'm kind of scared but also super excited and I'm trying to get at least this first chapter together before I get sick of the whole idea, and then hopefully get some momentum going to carry me through the rest. My rp Gold/Rumpel, [livejournal.com profile] chianagirl, is being a fantastic cheerleader and sounding-board and I like having someone to talk to as I write and who shares my giggles whenever the characters have an amusing interchange because she gets all the inside jokes.

The kids are great: Morgan just started FOURTH GRADE on Thursday, Liam is walking but still only babbling vowel sounds and glottal stops (where'd he learn that?!), though there are several words/commands/requests that he understands and with which he complies with gratifying frequency.

We've bought our tickets to New Zealand for [livejournal.com profile] allova's wedding next year. Yay! That'll be a lovely trip and some nice time just the two of us because the kids are staying home with my mom.
janetlin: (Writing)
Wow; for once, I didn't post anything here about NaNoWriMo this year. Huh. Maybe there's something to this "don't talk about what you're working on" thing. Which is a bummer, because I like talking about whatever project I'm currently excited about. And I was - and am - very excited about this year's story. I hit 50k early for the first time ever, and kept going until the story was finished, at 54.6k. Wow. Of course, that's NaNo-rough, so the size may come out very different after editing and rewrites ;). Also new this year: I'm looking forward to said editing. I lived with this thing for a month and am not sick of it. Wow. I even actually have hopes of shopping this one around, so I apologize but I'm going to be vague about it.

Thanks, as I said in my victory post, to the mods and denizens of [livejournal.com profile] allyear_sprints: if I had been a more dedicated sprinter I could have finished even earlier. Thanks also, of course, to my beloved [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat for encouraging and setting his own high word counts for me to try to beat ;) and [livejournal.com profile] thulrandir for the genesis of the idea and for being my sounding-board and cheerleader at every step.

Basically it's a steampunky AU with an American (shameless author-insert at the moment, I'll fix her later) professor doing research for a grant proposal, a dashing Australian airship captain who's, like, Malcolm Reynolds meets Allan Quatermain, and the captain's gorgeous nemesis, who is Ba'al or maybe Lucius Malfoy. ;) Also dinosaurs are involved, and heinous misuse of aboriginal mythology. I heartily apologize and I promise I'll fix it.
janetlin: (NaNo 2012)
THANK YOU to the sprint gang tonight, who are awesome cheerleaders. When I sat down tonight I was like, I have 5k to go, think I'll do ~2k tonight and the rest tomorrow. But they cheered me on and I DID IT ALL!

janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
"A New Year Present! A new Dark Arts community and it is weekly drabbles. It will be more relaxed than [livejournal.com profile] darkarts_ldws and this comm may take over from there if people aren't wholly interested any more. Here is a nifty banner to promote the cause...


I do think I like the idea of a week-at-a-time thing. The challenge of last writer standing is fun, but it would be nice to take each week as it comes and start over fresh each time, as and if the prompt resonates and depending on rl obligations that particular week. Also no eliminations, yay! So do every single week if you want!
janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
Well, I didn't win last week, but I wasn't eliminated; with only three entries it had me nervous. So now it's time to do it again! The remaining three in the semifinals.

Vote one, vote all, vote great, vote small...
It's Round 5 Challenge 3. Click the banner to go to the voting post and vote for the final three left standing, because there can only be one and the odds are made by your favour. The subject is Dark Creatures (Thestral) and Severus Snape with a canon character of choice. They're less miserable than the usual tripe, Snape would say, because that means the best.
janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
Welcome to Round 5, Challenge 2 voting at [livejournal.com profile] darkarts_ldws
Click and vote, it's simple, so simple Voldemort couldn't understand it.
The character is Gellert Grindelwald (and a canon character of the author's choice)
The prompt is Acromantula. It will be fun. Maybe even instructive. ;)
janetlin: (Announcement)
Eeeee, omg, I won!


(that's my writing-only journal)

Pic is a link to the results post, which in turn has a link to the voting post which now has author names revealed.

Eeeeeeeee!
janetlin: (Writing)
I may be crazy for signing up for this while also planning to do NaNoWriMo. We shall see.


Click the banner to take you to [livejournal.com profile] darkarts_ldws 5th Round, Dark Creatures, and sign up for a hard-driving LDWS that allows you to use all your cunning and ingenuity.
janetlin: (NaNo 2011)
Wow, I hadn't posted _anything_ about NaNo this year. Haven't posted much of anything since we moved, actually. Probably due to both unpacking in general and also that my computer is currently set up on the coffee table in the living room and sitting at it for extended periods of time is quite uncomfortable. But, as evidenced by my snazzy new icon, I persevered and wrote all my words. Yay! Alan also won, and honestly I think it was him doing so well that kept me going. Throughout most of the month I was so uninspired to write, but it was him sitting at the coffee table next to me typing away that made me pull my socks up (as he would say) and just do this thing.

I never did get any flash of brilliance or even just a good idea, so it ended up being a Zorro reboot, and I didn't think I'd make it to 50,000 words just because the premise was so weak. But hey, any landing you can walk away from, right?

See you next year, NaNo!
janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
Kind of as a warm-up for NaNoWriMo next month (so far I have _ no_ idea what I'll write), I've joined [livejournal.com profile] darkarts_ldws, a Harry Potter drabble (small word-count) contest. The first challenge of the current round is Lucius Malfoy and a canon character of the writer's choice in Knockturn Alley. Voting is here, and polls close tonight at midnight.
janetlin: (Steampunk)
Yesterday's bit of writing is up over at my writing journal, for them's who were curious.
janetlin: (Steampunk)
Yesterday's bit of writing is up over at my writing journal, for them's who were curious.
janetlin: (Dancing)
Success! Prompt-writing tonight has resulted in fiction instead of random real-life babbling! And original, too, not fanfic. I'd post it but it's in desperate need of editing first. I waited rather late and so was in a rush to get it done before midnight. Funny double-standard: daily writing has to be finished by midnight; daily housecleaning, however, can happen... eh, ten past, twelve thirty, whenever, as long as it's done before bed it counts. But writing has to be midnight, dammit! lol So far I haven't slacked on either.
janetlin: (Dancing)
Success! Prompt-writing tonight has resulted in fiction instead of random real-life babbling! And original, too, not fanfic. I'd post it but it's in desperate need of editing first. I waited rather late and so was in a rush to get it done before midnight. Funny double-standard: daily writing has to be finished by midnight; daily housecleaning, however, can happen... eh, ten past, twelve thirty, whenever, as long as it's done before bed it counts. But writing has to be midnight, dammit! lol So far I haven't slacked on either.
janetlin: (Breakthrough)
I've made a few different resolutions for this year, and may still make more, but so far today at least I'm on track. Woo hoo! 1 day down.

I want to be more serious about my writing, which means make a point to sit down every day and get something out. Ideally of course this would be stories, but even nonfiction stream of consciousness and/or blogging counts as eventually I will run out of real-life stuff to talk about and start making stuff up. ;) To that end, I've dusted off my Writer's Book of Days for daily prompts, and am using http://750words.com as recommended by [livejournal.com profile] eonone to keep me on task.

I had this fantastic idea that instead of making a big scary (and vague) resolution like "keep the house clean" I would instead word it as "do one bit of house-tidying every day." See? Much less scary. I figure it will be easier for me to stick with it if all I have to do today is scrub the toilet. All I have to do tomorrow is vaccuum. The day after that is sort the mail that's accumulating on the buffet. Etc. Now, the apartment is in such a state that unless I go crazy and do a binge one day, it might take me into February before the place as a whole is tidy. But hey that's February and that means I have the whole rest of the year to carry on just doing one thing every day and I will never have to stress about my house being a mess. That sounds pretty awesome.

We're planning to go to church tomorrow morning (another resolution), and my perennial one is to stop biting my fingernails and I'm happy to say that I didn't today. There was much cuticle-nipping and filing whenever I got the urge instead. Morgan is into having her nails done so I think if I can institute a weekly manicure day for both of us, that will please her and help me quit biting. Plus it's a big-girl bonding thing and that's time that I will spend particularly with her, so hopefully she won't feel forgotten or overshadowed when the baby comes. I know a certain amount of that is unavoidable, but both Alan and I are aware of that potential so we're putting things in place ahead of time to stave it off. Alan's time specifically with Morgan, for instance, is teaching her to swordfight (I think I mentioned us buying wooden swords at the pirate fair last summer or fall for this purpose? Well, it's finally started happening). And of course the good thing about instituting these things now is that she won't associate them with the arrival of the baby, won't feel like everything changes all at once. Instead she'll have these nice familiar routines she can depend on when so much else is different.
janetlin: (Breakthrough)
I've made a few different resolutions for this year, and may still make more, but so far today at least I'm on track. Woo hoo! 1 day down.

I want to be more serious about my writing, which means make a point to sit down every day and get something out. Ideally of course this would be stories, but even nonfiction stream of consciousness and/or blogging counts as eventually I will run out of real-life stuff to talk about and start making stuff up. ;) To that end, I've dusted off my Writer's Book of Days for daily prompts, and am using http://750words.com as recommended by [livejournal.com profile] eonone to keep me on task.

I had this fantastic idea that instead of making a big scary (and vague) resolution like "keep the house clean" I would instead word it as "do one bit of house-tidying every day." See? Much less scary. I figure it will be easier for me to stick with it if all I have to do today is scrub the toilet. All I have to do tomorrow is vaccuum. The day after that is sort the mail that's accumulating on the buffet. Etc. Now, the apartment is in such a state that unless I go crazy and do a binge one day, it might take me into February before the place as a whole is tidy. But hey that's February and that means I have the whole rest of the year to carry on just doing one thing every day and I will never have to stress about my house being a mess. That sounds pretty awesome.

We're planning to go to church tomorrow morning (another resolution), and my perennial one is to stop biting my fingernails and I'm happy to say that I didn't today. There was much cuticle-nipping and filing whenever I got the urge instead. Morgan is into having her nails done so I think if I can institute a weekly manicure day for both of us, that will please her and help me quit biting. Plus it's a big-girl bonding thing and that's time that I will spend particularly with her, so hopefully she won't feel forgotten or overshadowed when the baby comes. I know a certain amount of that is unavoidable, but both Alan and I are aware of that potential so we're putting things in place ahead of time to stave it off. Alan's time specifically with Morgan, for instance, is teaching her to swordfight (I think I mentioned us buying wooden swords at the pirate fair last summer or fall for this purpose? Well, it's finally started happening). And of course the good thing about instituting these things now is that she won't associate them with the arrival of the baby, won't feel like everything changes all at once. Instead she'll have these nice familiar routines she can depend on when so much else is different.
janetlin: (Writing)
So NaNoWriMo this year was a dismal failure. I was behind by the 6th and haven't even opened my document since the 10th. "Week Two" struck early and never really did let go. Despite having it all plotted and planned out and even estimates about how many words each part should take, writing this thing was like pulling teeth. I never did hit that point where my fingers on the keyboard are just the vessel for the story and it's just flowing through me. Every sentence was forced, and frankly it wasn't fun anymore. Yes, I know that writing is work more often than not and one shouldn't expect it just to be easy street all the way through. But I also believe that each story has its time, and trying to force one out when that time isn't right isn't going to result in anything pleasant. It was perhaps overly ambitious of me to decide to write a steampunky western when I know next to nothing about steampunk and western has never been my favorite genre. It's still a good story, and some day when I have time to do sufficient research and background work, I think it will come out well. But I was trying to cook without all the ingredients this time.

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