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Apr. 21st, 2013

I am cleaning today

So, have a few fanfiction things, since I am too busy or tired to be coherent.

These include banners )

Jan. 2nd, 2013

2012 Fiction and Art

On the one hand, I did manage to restart my NaNo habit and finish editing a fanfic I've been working on for years. On the other, this is probably the shortest list of fiction I've written in a while. Some of that is because of a lack of shorter works, I think. Also four new fandoms (Chrono Trigger, Kino's Journey, the Inheritance trilogy, and Twelve Kingdoms), plus Legend of Korra, as well as my forever fandoms of classic Avatar and Slayers.

As for art, I seem to have slipped off the Art Exchange habit, which disappoints me, since it feels like I'm no longer finishing as many pieces. I want to get back to things... but part of the problem is that I no longer feel as connected to my original characters as I used to. So in order to feel like drawing them (and getting art for them), I need to write more original fiction.

Complete Fiction List )

Apr. 27th, 2012

Accomplishment.

I finished editing my [livejournal.com profile] casestory fic, and it went to [info]yuuo, who is beta-reading. Anyone else who wants to help beta-read a novella-length (23,100 words) Slayers fic is welcome to volunteer.

The start of the fic may well pre-date my graduate school career; I know it pre-dates my master's degree and had to be edited for continuity since it was written before Slayers Revolution was even a rumor*.

I could probably look in my writing journal -- the LJ one, since it was before I had even heard of Insanejournal, let alone Dreamwidth. Neither may have existed back then. But, I'm tired. I'm going to bed.

* Well, besides the standard 'they'll make another season Any Year Now' that's been happening since Try.

Nov. 5th, 2011

Yuletide

So Yuletide Treasures/[livejournal.com profile] yuletide is an annual fandom thing, where 1000+ fanfiction authors* sit down and do a secret-Santa style exchange focused on rare fandoms. Basically, with the idea that there are boatloads of Harry Potter stories, and you could even find a decent number of, say, Discworld stories***, but finding a story for Beyond Good and Evil (example chosen to tempt [Bad username or site: yuuo @ insanejournal]) is harder.

Now, every year, it seems like two things happen: )

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* And others. I mean, you could probably fill a request/offer sheet with just Fairy Tales and Mythology, which is technically fanfiction but most people won't object to, say, retellings or 'with a twist'. Or, for that matter Historical** Real Person Fiction. Or 'fiction based on songs/music videos/commercials/gmail themes'. Yes, seriously.

** Or modern, but most people seem to treat writing about modern celebs or politicians different than Shakespeare or Queen Elizabeth I. Probably because the latter have been dead for ages, and half-mythologized.

*** Though part of that is that Discworld got a lot of attention in previous Yuletides, so it's kind of aged out.

Nov. 19th, 2010

Fanfic Ideas...

Perhaps I should add these to The List.

Vorkosigan Saga, Cryoburn spoilers behind this cut! )

Also, Firefly bunny which I totally blame on [profile] ag_over_18's Crafty Chat, about Inara teaching Simon (mostly Simon, since Kaylee seems to know her way around) and Kaylee the ways of love (totally a euphemism)... which would be a lot better if I could write porn.

May. 30th, 2010

More on Fanfic...

Authors respond in different ways to fanfic. Anne Rice calls out her lawyers, Jim Butcher tells people to put it under Creative Commons...

John Scalzi runs a RPF-writing contest involving him-as-an-orc, Wil "Wesley Crusher" Wheaton, a winged uni-kitten, and the world's ugliest sweater for charity. (Seriously, you need to click the link just to see the picture.)

No slash though. Probably because Scalzi knows someone would try to write parody!slash for the lulz.

I don't normally write RPF or crackfic, but this tempts me horribly.

May. 7th, 2010

How I Write Fanfiction

I mentioned this once with regards to my post about how Jim Butcher is a cool author who allows for derivative works under a Creative Commons license. [livejournal.com profile] ankewehner and I started talking about fanfiction, since she's one of the (few?) people on my friendslist who is a fan and a writer, but not a fanwriter (fanficcer?). (I hope she doesn't mind me using her as an example -- is it okay, Anke?)

That and the whole mess with Diana Gabaldon meant I was thinking about fandom and fanfiction*.

This gets long... )

Apr. 21st, 2010

Odd Dreams and Fanfiction

So, why the hell do my naps involve dreams about Harry Dresden and Thomas getting into trouble? I had this dream last afternoon, so keep in mind I'm working from memory and trying to make some narrative out of something that wasn't too descriptive.

Kind of Long, but surprisingly, no Dresden Files spoilers )

(Not sure if this is better or worse than the idea about Mother Summer and Mother Winter from the Dresden-verse being the original Titania and Mab from the Toby Daye books, having gone on to greener pastures, and that's why the fae in Toby's world have missing royalty. Definitely better than crack!shipping Harry and Marla Mason based on the fact thy have comparable luck with romantic relationships.)

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* Considering it's Dresden-verse canon that Dracula was influenced by the White Court to tell humans how to fight the Black Court, (and White Court members own interests in the porn and horror movie industries) it's probably not unheard of.

** So, aside from the 'weird other world', it's an ordinary Tuesday for Harry. Also, based on Thomas and Harry, the dream had to take place between Books 11 and 12.

Apr. 6th, 2010

Dresden Files!

So, the last two blog posts have been on the Dresden Files RPG*. Plus, today marks the release of the next Dresden Files novel. I'll be heading to Borders after work** to get it.

Also, in seeing the RPG and new book, I also discovered Jim Butcher's fanfiction policy. Basically, like Mercedes Lackey, he's allowed fanfiction to be posted under a Creative Commons license. So, any non-commercial derivative work based on Alera or the Dresdenverse can be posted to the 'net, as long as it is under a CC license***. (He also notes that he's still not reading fanfic, so don't ask.)

It came up because the RPG writers noted that they really can't put out the Dresden Files RPG under an Open Gaming License, except for the rules that were already under that. But that they intend to use things like the spellcasting rules as a basis for other work that is not part of a licensed property, which will let them publish under the OGL. And that since Jim Butcher allows derivative works, anything from the Dresden Files RPG is free game for non-commercial discussion -- game stories, characters, Dresden-fied settings, house rules, etc. So, for example, I can't lift the spellcasting rules and publish a FATE Dungeon Crawl, but I could probably use them to run a non-Dresden FATE game using the magic rules (and talk about it via the internet). (Would that be like a crossover?)

Anyway, good on Jim Butcher! As a shameless writer/artist/gamer who plays with derivative works, I appreciate authors who see them as signs of a healthy fanbase, rather than threats. I mean, no matter how many times people write Harry/Thomas, Harry/Marcone, Harry/Carlos†, it doesn't change that the original Harry Dresden lives in Jim's head and the rest of us are working from copies.

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* Still reading, and I already know I'm going to need to make cheat sheets for spellcasting. Probably for character gen and combat, too -- mostly because I've never run FATE before, and it's not a variant of a familiar system like True20 was. One advantage of the old-school 'DM's screen' is that you can stick all the useful cheat sheets and tables to it, so you don't have to play the 'what page was that on?' game.

** That is, if the Ithaca Borders decides it's going to stop being a prat about never having SF books on the release date, no matter how well they might sell. It could just be the computer hasn't updated yet. I really need to see if there's something other than 'Borders, Barnes and Noble, the university bookstore, and various used bookstores' in town.

*** Meaning I need to modify my Dresden Files and Codex Alera fic to show this. My fic journal has a convenient spot for a disclaimer, that I can alter, but I should also get my archived work.

† It's usually either slash or porn, or slash porn that gets authors' undergarments in knots and full of sand. Somehow 'Harry Dresden versus Edward Cullen, hidden heir to the Glitter Court†† of Vampires' doesn't offend. (At least not Jim Butcher, though Stephenie Meyer may object.)

†† Not original. Someone already wrote fanfiction with Thomas using the Meyer-pires as an excuse to meet pretty women with things for vampires. And Harry laughing his ass off at Thomas's use of body glitter.

Apr. 3rd, 2010

Fanfiction Musing

Teasing out an AU 'verse idea for Avatar: the Last Airbender. Gonna try to explain things so that non-AtLA fans can offer opinions as well, but there will be spoilers.

Season 2 Season Finale/Season 3 Mid-season Arc Spoilers )

So I guess that would probably work better. I don't know why I'm planning this, considering the state of my fanfic to-do list, but hey.

Dec. 2nd, 2009

Something off my To-Do List

Things learned:
1. One edit is never enough.
2. Reading things aloud really does catch errors, even if it takes a half hour to read one 3,000 word chapter (that's 100 words a minute).

But, it's done. I finished my first multichapter fanfic in years -- I have a few, but the closest to done any of them are is 'rough draft'. Yes, I take this as Serious Writing, for all that it's fun stuff on the Internets.

Anyway, I present a Fullmetal Alchemist Space Opera AU focusing on Winry and Sheska. Because clearly I don't care if anyone actually reads stuff I poured blood, sweat and tears into.

Nov. 1st, 2009

My Brain is a Strange Place

As in, it thinks doing a Kino's Journey/Slayers fusion fic would be a good idea. Or even a crossover type dealie taking Kino, Hermes and the feeling of Kino's Journey* and bringing it into other settings. Just as kind of a series of one-shot crossovers to play with settings/characters of various series and to write Kino and Hermes.

* If you like thoughtful anime, I recommend this series highly. Basically, the premise is that Kino is a traveler who only stays a few days in each town she visits and Hermes is her motorrad (think motorcycle with AI). A lot of the episodes are stand alones or two-part arcs, and they're very concept oriented. For example, the first episode, Kino visits a town where the inhabitants developed an ability to read each other's minds. As time passed, they discovered that knowing the innermost thoughts of even loved ones was making it impossible to live with them, so they all isolated themselves and used robots to do everything. The one person Kino meets tells her this, then invites her to stay, since she's the first person he's talked to in a while and he wants to live with people who he can't read. It's a very matter-of-fact anime, showing great beauty and kindness, but also great suffering, irrationality, and brutality. (Oh, the ending...) "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."

I really liked it, because it was... I guess because it wasn't depressing for the sake of angst, but because it was matter of fact, showing the world which was. It's on my list with Haibane Renmei and Mushishi for cerebral anime that I liked from club and want on my shelf.

Nov. 20th, 2008

Today's Pleasant Surprise

The NaNo auto word-counter (the one that validates that you indeed wrote 50,000 words and links you to the winner page where you get a button and a printable certificate) is more generous about words than my writing program. Not by much -- a difference of maybe 200 words in a 30,000 word passage -- but enough that it boosted my mood. Browsing on the forum shows that Word and OpenOffice users are having the opposite problem -- special characters like em-dashes and curly quotes apparently mess up their ability to count words, so they give more words than the NaNo site.

I also made my 30K, which means I'm only a day down. I could either do a hard day's writing tonight again, or just make sure I'm setting my daily goal to 2,000 instead of 1,700.

Plus, I'm getting a free lunch out -- the speaker today is taking us to the Mediterranean restaurant instead of letting the department buy us all pizza.

I am learning that I'm less happy with my original fiction than my fanfiction when NaNoveling. As is, I think I'm going to be just writing the first half of a novel -- I'll get to a solution, but really it's not all of the story, and I'll have to keep going, and weave some of my threads back in. I might try the 90-day novel community on Insanejournal (except it's dead) instead for original fiction in the future, and stick to using NaNo as an excuse to write longer fanfiction work, where 50,000 words gets me a lot more. (The 90-day novel is 750 words a day for 90 days. Even then, this might run short -- the writing every day thing does work for me, and keeps me from spending most of my evenings goofing off on the interwebs).

But, after this I have a fanfiction to write for Yuletide, and probably other obligations that I've forgotten about.

Mar. 20th, 2008

Fanfiction

I really need to just get a feed made from this journal, so I don't have to cross-post everything. I'm already behind about things like that.

Anyway, I have two whacked out crossover-fusion ideas. The less weird is a Fullmetal Alchemist/Vorkosigan Saga crossover* with tinges of Elizabeth Bear's work, involving nanotech. The second is a Firefly/Crest of the Stars crossover, mostly themed around 'loss of the frontier' and probably AU to the Big Damn Movie.

* I totally blame othercat@LJ. Well, that and the fact both series ahve main characters who are Very Self Conscious about their heights, and probably would have been much taller, if not for unforseen Tragic Circumstances. (The fact Miles's mother nearly died of poison gas when she was pregnant wiht him, and the whole 'Ed bound his brother's soul to armor' thing.) Plus, Miles is one of the few adult men Ed is taller than.

Granted, given the number of other Large Fanfic Ideas I have -- In the Shadows of the Flames, The Sun, Half Covered (and the end of that trilogy -- why did I finish the second one first again? Oh yeah, NaNo.), the Avatar AU, a couple of mid-sized Dresden Files fics -- I think it's safe to say I will never write these. Especially not if I just sit and play RPGs and Harvest Moon after work.

Jan. 10th, 2008

2007 Fiction Meme

Fics written in 2007
A meme... )

Nov. 28th, 2007

Woo hoo!



No word count tricks, no nothing. I even took out the Emergency Summary (the thing I typed a few days ago in case I hit 50,000 words but couldn't get to the end of the plot before the 30th).

Things I learned From NaNo This Year:
A lot of plot can be gotten from having characters with interesting backstories, then putting them into conflict. Half of my words were fights, and plot points I hadn't thought of in October.

I like this a lot better than last year's.

Nov. 27th, 2007

Late-November Blues

I'm nearly done with my NaNo.

This means I have an action scene. I hate writing action scenes.

Nov. 13th, 2007

NaNo Update

Conclusion: Zelgadis Greywords studies at the Commander Vimes's school of diplomacy.

In other news, I hit 25 k. And now I get to write ninjas and demons. (Yes, this was my reward.)

Nov. 12th, 2007

I forgot this benefit of NaNo. I get very creative on my other projects when I can't work on them. Like, I scrawled a bit of Crest of the Stars fic this morning. And I just thought of how I wanted to end a fic I need to pick up again, In the Shadows of the Flames -- which requires watching Vision of Escaflowne again, and rewriting the first two chapters. As in, I have the text of the last paragraph in my head, and have to write it down.

Well, to do that and get back to work.

Jul. 25th, 2007

Testing the waters...

Would there be interest in a sort of fanfiction write-a-thon? Something like NaNo, but a little less intense?

For great Justice! )

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