Feb. 14th, 2011 11:40 am
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (life (teatree_icons))
From various places: Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

I don't actually have a WIP folder. I have folders divided into fandom, and I don't divide finished fics and WIPs up in there. Also, do I put up every unfinished draft of Dust chapters? THAT IS THE QUESTION. Or just the active ones? Anyway.

behold )

*frowns* I think my Star Wars WIPs are on my external hard drive, not my computer.
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I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which 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 I have 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! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you 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 ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (come back to narnia (boredess))
I keep having the sudden most intense urges to write Narnia more or less out of the blue, but obviously not accompanied by anything helpful like plot bunnies or characters or world-building snippets, just my brain suddenly shutting down all its other essential functions for a few seconds and going "NARNIA NARNIA NARNIA" in response to music or images or random phrases in various books. (It turns out that a certain flavor of Christian music are hardwired Narnia to me. I mean, it makes sense, I have both movie soundtracks and the Music Inspired By album (which is all Christian music), but I didn't realize how intense the feeling was. Hint: I do not usually listen to Christian pop.)

I was not aware that being in Narnia fandom had actually rewired part of my brain.

In conclusion, throw me some prompts? Book or movie canon, although my tendencies are movie canon for LWW and PC, and my canon for LB goes AU about halfway through the book. I will give three sentences minimum! (As you can see, I am not NaNo-ing.)
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Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, books I might get around to writing one day, women in my fandoms, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments). Possibly with pictures.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (bring it starbuck (scifi-tv-addict))
* Six-week terms are really weird, y'all. This isn't even half the length of a regular term, so I'm left going, "But -- but -- BUT I'M JUST GETTING STARTED!" and flailing wildly. And then I'm back in New Orleans in three weeks; going back to a sixteen-week semester is going to be weird. Only two more days of classes! WEIRD.

* My textbooks have started arriving! Mostly my books for Age of the Vikings, along with one book for The Peloponnesian and Punic Wars (seriously, is there any word harder to spell than "Peloponnesian"? I do not think so). Amazon has notified me dolorously that two shipments are delayed because of "adverse weather conditions or natural disasters" -- one of them is out of Illinois and one is out of Oregon. I do not think either state is having a natural disaster or bad weather? But whatever.

* Today in Latin we watched Monty Python's Life of Brian, because my professor figured that he'd already stuffed as much Latin into our heads as he was going to manage in six weeks. On Friday we are watching A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. Tomorrow we are having a quiz that I suppose in theory will not take the entire class, since we usually finish quizzes in twenty minutes or so?

* Am taking advantage of Brooks Library's free printing to print out various knitting patterns that I want to tackle this year. OH KNITTING I like you a lot.

* I have two subplots for Dust part two that I did not have a month ago, but I still cannot figure out how to write Point B, because I need it there! I cannot go straight to points C, D, E, or F, because I need point B! But I don't know what's happening there!

* Night before last I dreamed up a LotR/BSG crossover, in which Eowyn was the final Cylon and Starbuck was Adama's daughter. There was less LotR than one might think, except it was definitely medieval and definitely Eowyn and...I think there were all women in my dream.

* In conclusion, meme:

If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks... what's your ideal fic from me?
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (bring it starbuck (scifi-tv-addict))
meme, gakked from everyone )

In non-robot related news, have finished S1 of Rome! Only slightly flawed by having my dad talk through the last five minutes of THE ENTIRE SEASON. I am a little annoyed by this. Must find S2 now! ...or possibly ruin the entire experience by trying to finish Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Actually, we need to finish watching S6 of Weeds and I am working my way through Prison Break (the prison break scene in Toy Story 3 is actually so much better than in Prison Break S1, I'll have you know) as background noise while working on The Novel with [personal profile] aella_irene, so neither.

In a week of classes, I have noticed that my ability to read new fiction and nonfiction (a.k.a. things I haven't read before) has utterly disintegrated, and I am left with reading cookbooks and sighing over the pretty pictures. (David Lebowitz? GREAT READING COOKBOOKS. No idea how it cooks up, though.) Also, my ability to write has disintegrated: also interesting. Slightly unfortunate, but at least it's only a six-week term and next weekend's a three day weekend. Anyway, I think I may have turned out more Dust in the past month than I did in the past year, so, uh, yay?

(The real question about Dust 21 is, "What happens next besides snark?")
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (no one is as stupid as you (girlyb_icons)
I am given the impression that out of all my Narnia OCs, Mayor is the most popular, which surprises me a little bit because I hadn't expected it (out of Dust, I'd expected Elizar; out of my Narnia fic in general, I think my money was on Osumare Seaworth, not counting the Junior Pevensies). So! A meme-type thing, while I try and get myself psyched up for starting Dust 19. (I am bitter about Dust 18. Oh, so bitter; I shall probably ever again be terrified of starting new chapters.)

Original characters, Dust or Warsverse in general (no Junior Pevensies, please): give me a name, and I shall give you either a 100-word drabble or five facts about them. I will accept repeated characters, and possibly direct questions about them and/or their backgrounds, though nothing beyond Dust 18.

A scattering of characters off the top of my head includes: Mayor (May Your Life Be Long and Your Enemies Honorable, Dust), Elizar Confessor (Dust), Beka Confesor (Dust), Lior Confesor (Dust), Bencivenni Maresti (Dust), Vespasian of Glasswater (Dust), Osumare Seaworth (Golden Age), Fiorenza Paolucci (Golden Age), Louhanna (Golden Age), Sebi (Golden Age), Eian of Archenland (Dust).

Notice for LJ: Comments closed on LJ, please comment on DW using OpenID; anonymous posting is also on and I have one invite code remaining.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (o lucifer art thou fallen (alexielnet))
I am going to be coming in late to Three Weeks for Dreamwidth because I have The Finals (a horrible, filthy, pernicious disease), but things on the books for post-finals include:

A rec post for Malinda Lo's novel Ash and how it breaks with fairy tale tradition
A rec post for S.M. Stirling's novels
Dust 19 (hold your laughter, please)
The Lion King fic
Till Human Voices Wake Us (no, seriously, hold your laughter -- I doubt anyone remembers, but this was begun in July. Of 2008.)
possibly Be Like Water
...I should finish the Narnia/James Bond crossover

Also, snagged from everywhere: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?
bedlamsbard: miscellaneous: read (bookshelf with text "read") (read (girlyb_icons))
I am actually kind of curious to see what's on here; I start reading through and then get bored at around fifty or so.

Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

books! )

*quirks head* I feel like I am the only person on the internet who has not read any of the Brontes or Jane Austen. Also, why the fuck isn't The Odyssey on here? *sniffs* I know I read a lot of these books in the children's classics editions, which I didn't count because...well, that clearly doesn't count.

ETA: Aaaaaand I just realized Wuthering Heights was written by a Bronte; I could have sworn it was written by someone not a Bronte, but, come none of y'all called me on that?

oh hell

Mar. 31st, 2010 04:56 pm
bedlamsbard: the lion king: painting of simba, made by devicons (reckonings (devicons))
In the vague attempt to get this out of my system before (a) The Cowriter comes back and (b) I go back to school and piles and piles of papers:

Give me a prompt (Narnia, The Lion King, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog; at this juncture, preferably The Lion King, but I can swing the others if need be) and if I feel inspired, there will be DRABBLES. Or possibly random meta, depending on my mood.

Or you may ask about The Original, either The Novel or The Historicals.

ETA: For those that are wondering about The Original, the novel I'm co-writing with [personal profile] aella_irene, I talked about it here.

ETA2: The likelihood of my writing crossovers is low at the moment, just as a general PSA.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (winter wonderland (wibbelkind))
* In preparation for registration for next semester's classes, I was trawling through both the major requirements for MEMS, Classics, and English, and Degree Audit, which led me to the kind of startling conclusion that a class I took freshman year actually counts for MEMS (Introduction to British Literature I). This should probably not surprise me as much as it does, but for some reason I'd assumed it didn't count. Counting that, and the classes I'm taking this semester, I'll be fifteen credits into a 30 credit program. Not bad.

I'm tentatively considering triple majoring again, the other two majors being Classical Studies and English literature, because I like English; it doesn't make me squee the way Classics or MEMS classes do, but it's nice and comfortable and I enjoy doing it, not to mention I'm good at it. It turns out I also have the exact same number of credits in both, currently -- twelve -- and I like English enough that I'm not going to have much of a problem taking classes in the department the next couple of years. Especially because next semester they're offering Children's Literature, which, omg YES, I don't even care that it conflicts with the seminar I wanted to take. Also, Shakespeare I; I like the professor, and I like Shakespeare well enough, and that'll count for MEMS too, I think. Classics is kind of a given. *shrugs* I think I'm leaning towards concentrating more heavily on Rome next semester; usually I'm more of a Greece person, but this semester I am Very Intrigued by Rome.

I do keep forgetting that I need to take Latin 101, though. Which messes up my presumptive schedule every time.

* Went to Macy's with friends yesterday because Chicago needed to buy a floor-length dress for Dining In with her AFROTC gentleman friend. Because this translates to four girls during prom season, there was a lot of trying on dresses. Which is FUN. Except -- I realize that I have gone down a dress size (at least) from the last time I tried on dresses (senior year of high school), but on the bright side, at least I have the figure to pull off a mermaid style dress? Which apparently impresses people. I would be more impressed if I actually had occasion to wear floor-length dresses.

* Went out this morning for a walk, which turned into a Borders and Whole Foods trip -- usually I just do one at a time. In the process, I: saw three mailmen on about a two miles span of St. Charles on the same side of the street, got stopped by a woman who recognized my NaNoWriMo t-shirt and is a writing teacher at a high school who made her students do NaNo last year, bought a book (this process was lengthened by the fact that of the two registers available, one was in use by a woman signing up for, apparently, everything imaginable, and the other by a guy returning several books in a complicated manner), got stopped by a man who very earnestly told me not to do drugs, made nice conversation with the cashier at Whole Foods (who automatically assumed I was an English major, I suppose because of the shirt), and got "BOO"ed at by some guy in a car on my way back to campus. Not booed, but he literally yelled, "BOO!" at me. (Did I jump? Of course I jumped; I'm jumpy.)

* Things I have not done: started my Art & Myth paper on Amazons, started my creative project for Spenser, started my imperial succession paper for Byzantine Civ, started my warfare paper for Medieval England. Fortunately, only two of these are due this week, and then I am on SPRING BREAK. I plan on baking a lot.

* MEME. Snagged from [profile] lassiterfics. Five questions; if you want to be asked five questions, answer very seriously: pop, soda, or Coke?

obviously, it is pop. sadly I live in a state filled with soda and coke heathens )
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1. Stop what you're doing. Print Screen.
2. Print screen your current desktop.
3. If you have Photoshop open, print screen.
4. If you have a music player open, print screen.
5. Pick a folder, open it, print screen.

in which my life is boring )
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (becaue life is unsatisfactory (girlyb_ic)
1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[ profile] lassiterfics gave me: "Victorian bounty hunters!" although unfortunately I know just enough about the Victorian period to know that I know nothing about the Victorian period despite last year taking a class called Victorianism about the Victorian mindset. We shall see what this gets us.

The Green Lion )

ETA: To change show name, one picture, character name.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (children (alexielnet))
Okay. So. Dust. I have a slight(ly odd) problem about getting back into it, aside from what can be summed up as "issues".

I, um, want it to be gen again.

See, I started out writing gen, and then I detoured into this weird phase for a while there where everything I wrote was shipping, and then I was started to edge back into gen, and now there's the original which is shippy, and I want to write gen again. Also, all the fics I have? I can reread everything (at the moment) but the shippy stuff. Which -- I have problems rereading the last few chapters of Dust. And I am kind of nervous to start writing it again.

Interestingly, I also currently have no interest in the back half of the Golden Age. I'll get back to you if I'm curious about the front half.

But I want to write Dust, damnit.

So! In the vague hope that I can slowly back into the flow of writing Narnia, prompts! If any of y'all suffered through that first bit of this post and are still here, that is. *grins*

ETA: Oh, I am going old school, it's not so much that I want to write gen, it's that I want to write outsider POV. In a novel-length wherein four of the seven POVs are insiders...this could be a little hard.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (my business is to create (girlyb_icons))
The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So ask me something you want to know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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So, one may have noticed that Dust in the Air has had something of a hiatus. Well, I am trying to get back into it, after enough of a pause that I may have forgotten the great Dust 18 Fiasco of Summer 2009. But wait! There's more!

The meme part of this comes thusly:

Give me a prompt for a missing scene from Dust anywhere from The Last Battle up to Dust 00, and I will try to write it. Canon characters, original characters, locations, world-building, gen, het, slash, England, Narnia, Archenland, Calormen, the islands, the wild lands, various neighboring countries, the whole thing. The only thing I will not write is anything that takes place after Dust 00, and my usual disclaimer for Dust missing scenes applies: I am not wedded to anything I write; the only things that will be considered Dust canon is what actually takes place in the course of the fic.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (becaue life is unsatisfactory (girlyb_ic)
Writing meme, snagged from [personal profile] synecdochic:

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (becaue life is unsatisfactory (girlyb_ic)
Prompts! Give me prompts! And I shall write at least five of them, promise.


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