In Search of Lost Time by Alexander Boden on flickr, without changes, per Creative Commons.
Summer heat and RL issues finally faded this week, leaving me less than three weeks before Nano starts. I was thinking of skipping this year as I have too many WIPs for my comfort, but I realized that the structure and deadline act like a booster vaccine for my diligence. This year was much warmer and I had a huge
months-long worker turnover so I only got a relative few chapters/stories finished.
Some years during NaNo, I get my original story drafted (the challenge) AND substantial stories and blogging done. I need engaging story ideas!
I have another week before I get into this year’s prep, which is as a pantser, deciding which story idea to use and decite what plot elements to include. One big choice is whether to do original or fanfic. I don’t know yet. thens a vry primitive summaryabout a paragraphor or broad outline. Before the 23rd, I want to post for a WIP and polish & release a dark fantasy with demons- that has a more horror ending. Third, in the next few days a horror I submitted for the AITHWIP Halloween might be chosen.
Definitely moving into my most active writing part of the year! The boost usually lasts until late spring, Summer heat and humidity really thwart my cognitive function!
I am very tempted with the DC Universe service. I have a long fondness for the characters, and I am very intrigued by the Doom Patrol trailor.
But I really don’t believe in subscribing to more than 2 services. I was interested in getting Disney service due to the Clone Wars… but my faith there is not strong. DC already crashed and burned when bringing the dark, nihilistic Batman into a shared universe. It almost had to go up. Diana and Arthur did it right, and Billy has the right optimism, too.
The issue is that I am fond of my cable lineup and I am not sure I can convince anyone in my family to drop a tier.
As usual, something came up when I have three deadlines too close together. a) NaNo 2018 starts in less than 48 hours. I’m combining the NaNo challenge of a 50k novel draft in one month with part of b) Holly Lisle’s HTWAN class. (only part as the class in only about five weeks in, out of like thirty weeks of class) I also planned to get c) one last chapter of a fanfic done before my December crash. Then there’s RL issues like a missing aide to help my mother and someone scamming over a hundred dollars of Lyfts from a card of someone still in recovery from surgery.
I should surface again in December.
I really don’t want my sniffle to be a cold.
I write some stuff that could be classed as urban fantasy. (It’s not ready for prime time) But I made the trigger event be in 2016 and to my total dismay I discovered a perfect theme song for my lead… that came out about two years later. I cannot move the trigger event, and the world has changed so they can’t get it later when it really came out.
Crane Gears by Kevin Utting, attributed under Creative Commons 2.0
I would love having my lead use a lyric’s text to gird themselves as bad things go down. Everything is dark in my current chapter, and even taking heart is a good thing.
I will probably find a weaker song, or just have it on my playlist when I write for battle.
But it is a missed opportunity, because of a missed point in time…
… No, this is not comments on the latest Potter fabfic, this is just on words. You, know, those little marks in pixels or ink we absorb every day.
Today I was reading a fiction piece that the author had must put out a revised chapter. I’m near the beginning. It opened with a little action, a murder, but this is a villain centered piece, so feeling for the victim is pointless. But that was not what yanked me out of the story,
It was the word ‘various.’ The story said ‘various sofas and seats’ like various said anything useful to establish the description of the room. Were they matching silk and quilted satin? were they Goodwill cast-offs? Were they brand-new and tacky like a gaudy and cheap bordello?
Various is not a descriptive word.
It wastes space and ink better used for other words, words that set a mood, describe objects, or give some kind of counts.
Don’t use it.
I’ve got a sibling who’s been sampling the joys of online dating. (but, no, not using known and more reputable ones) These sites are so effective at something, the prospective dates all ask for money before a date. The latest has chatted for 2-3 weeks. But a first meeting has been postponed twice and they are demanding that sibling say the “ILoveYou” before they meet face to face.
Being romantic, I believe you can fall in love without a F2F connection, but demanding that is just way too soon. Are they that messed up? (Misery– Get away!) or are they greedy, using that as a feeder to start extorting money from a lovesick target?
I really can’t think of anther reason to demand a declaration of love before you meet. Bueller?
I was reading a wikipedia entry on a book I virtually wore out as a teen (Gordon R Dickson’s Dorsai book Tactics of Mistake) and wishing I hadn’t misplaced my copy. (yeah, the electronic replacement copy is priced at least four times what I paid for the paperback that is missing)
As I read the entry I realized that I used the novel’s core concept in a fanfic I started writing three years ago. Are the Dorsai that different than the Fett clones? How long do concepts ferment in your mind before they come out to play?