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Apr. 28th, 2014

Writing

Impromptu poll. I want to actually try to complete all the daily 31_days themes this May. Do I pick a single fandom/original setting and make them connected in that way, or do I go with whatever fandom I think of first?

(Or, heck, I could try to do a new fandom for every language the theme is in. So 11 fandoms in the first 11 days, then go back to #1 for #12...)
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Sep. 11th, 2013

Where has the year gone? People are already talking about Yuletide*, and I'm still wondering if I'm burned out on writing or not so if I should sign up, or just offer to pinch hit. (Mostly that gives me the chance to preview my prompts and see if I get an idea.)

I'm not even thinking about NanoWriMo yet.

* An annual end-of-the-year fic exchange for small fandoms.
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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 )

Apr. 16th, 2013

And now for something completely different.

I'm stealing a meme from [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower. Basically, post the opening lines of the last 21 fics you wrote.

Because I did at least 20 drabbles in January, I'm going to do this twice, once for all fics (which should all be at [personal profile] invoking_urania, but I have a backlog of things to post there), and once for all my longer fics (which I usually archive over at [archiveofourown.org profile] beccastareyes). You can play guess the fandom, but I name canon characters or use fandom-specific terms in nearly all of these lines, so it'll be the least exciting game ever.

Warning: I spoil a very long list of fandoms in this, because apparently I like to write drabbles that are reactions to Shit Has Happened. The non-drabble list is moderately safer, but I still mention at least one 'this character dies in canon'.

All Fiction )

Excluding Drabbles )
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Feb. 25th, 2013

(Placeholder)

I'm doing the [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen exchange, and will be putting a Dear Recipient letter here.

(PS, signups are until the end of the month -- go check out who we nominated. The theme of the challenge are 'female characters with few fics about them, either because it's a tiny fandom or they just aren't popular characters'.)
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Feb. 17th, 2013

I never know who to ask about this, but...

Anyone want to beta-read a 50,000 word Slayers fanfiction? (Mostly featuring Zel and Amelia, though Lina and Gourry have a sideplot. It's a sequel to "The Sun, Half Covered" if it helps...)

Feb. 4th, 2013

Still Here!

So, I'm going to try to do a general life update. )

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 )

Nov. 5th, 2012

NaNoWriMo

I'm actually marginally on track, after a poor start (thanks to massive headaches on 1 November).



Also, if you want to follow along, I'm writing in Google Drive (at least at home: I have an offline copy for working at coffeeshops and such). So here's my story

Oct. 22nd, 2012

Dear Yuletide Author

Okay, so time for my annual Yuletide letter. I have four requests. Unfortunately, three of the four have some canon investment, so if you want to check them out, it might be a stretch to do so between now and Yuletide. But I'm listing them in general.

Here's my last year's letter and here's a list of things I like in stories. Obviously they aren't going to be complete guides to what I like, but give you some samples of 'things that appeal to me'.

As I note, I'm not much of an erotica or pure bitter angst reader, and I love female characters being awesome.

So, onto the specific stuff. )

Sep. 24th, 2012

Yuletide

Just turned in my fandom nominations for Yuletide/([community profile] yuletide) the multi-fandom fic exchange devoted to rare and no-longer-active fandoms.

Consider this a post inviting others to join me. Yuletide seems to attract the really bizarre requests (one year there were several works devoted to a Youtube video where an octopus steals a diver's video camera as the camera records, and someone is already nominating 'anthropomorphized Solar System*') as well as the classic fairy tale retellings and figures of myth, so folks who don't normally do fanfiction might give it a try. (Though knowing the lingo of fanfiction helps.) Plus, the classic 'ask for things that no one ever writes, and write something new'.

Nominations for fandoms are open until the 3rd, and signups are from the 15th through the 28th of October.

* Not gonna lie, I might say I'll write this. I might actually request this, since I'd love to see an anthropomorphism of Pluto that doesn't complain about being 'demoted'.
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Sep. 17th, 2012

Plot ideas

I miss doing NaNoWriMo. I'd like to do it again, even if I'm supposed to be writing my $@)&%( thesis. So I'm going to brainstorm story ideas. Because I'm a lot better at worldbuilding than plotting sometimes.

This is Long )

Sep. 2nd, 2012

Genre conventions...

Inspired by a twitter conversation with [livejournal.com profile] beanbunny.

Most fantasy series don't capitalize nonhuman species (elf, dwarf, hobbit, etc.). Most science fiction series do (Klingon, Vulcan, Wookie, Ewok, etc.). My theory is that fantasy is working from myth and biology, where we don't usually capitalize other species (dryad, angel, crow, jackalope, etc.). Science fiction is working from something like nationalities, where we do capitalize different groups of people (American, Russian, Indian, Chinese, etc.).

Related idea: a lot of SFnal aliens have either planetary-wide cultures*, or two cultures, one of which is a Persecuted Minority. In that sense, the analogy makes a lot of sense: if you start going 'Space Soviets', 'Space Japanese', 'Space Jews'. Which has really Unfortunate Implications, now that I type it out.

Fantasy isn't immune to that, but fantasy also occasionally has a more narrow geography to work with. If you have only one group of elves who all live in the same woods, then it makes sense that all of them share a culture as much as all New Yorkers have things in common that even folks from New England don't get. When your Space Elves have forty planets and there's no regional variations between them... it starts to get weird. (Especially if humans still retain ethnic and regional identities.)

* If not one culture across all planets that a species owns. Maybe related to the whole 'one climate per planet' thing.

Aug. 23rd, 2012

100 SF/Fantasy Stories 015: Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

I'll blog more later, but have a book for now.

I read most of Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet as a teenager, before the modern YA trend got started. And, well, she writes a good blog and is sort of local to me, and I have several friends who are fans of her. And, honestly, once I got past my teenaged years, I got a lot less insecure about reading 'kids books'.

So, I picked up her other world of books, the Magic Circle ones, which follow four orphaned youngsters from different backgrounds who end up having a semi-rare sort of magic for a certain craft or set of things. )

Jun. 20th, 2012

So, a week(ish?) ago, I happened to get into a fan discussion about Reborn!/KHR on Plurk. Now, all I know about the series is from friends, but it's about Tsuna, an unlikely Japanese schoolboy discovering he was the heir to a Mafia family and that it started as a gag comedy manga but the author eventually decided to try to plot something. One of the points of Tsuna's characterization was that he was a good kid who was determined to not compromise that even if he was the head of a Mafia family.

So my Plurk friend was ranting about how fans of the series were all 'Mafia = serious business' and therefore that the logical thing would be for the series to crush Tsuna's innocence until he had to act all ruthless and how a Mafia boss should act, rather than have the plot be about Tsuna's conflict between duty and idealism* and let that take it where it may.

I commented this is a lot like how some Avatar fans reacted to the end of Season 3 of Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Spoilers here! )

And I'm still going! )

* I mean, this isn't an uncommon theme, especially in shounen anime/manga. The protagonist is an idealist. Usually he has an ally or rival that is a pragmatist. When he confronts the antagonists, he has to choose if he wants to compromise his ideals for a better shot at winning, or try to stick to his guns and win.

Jun. 15th, 2012

From othercat

I've done this one before, but it's fun.

1.) Give me a pairing.
2.) Give me an AU setting.
3.) I will write you a three-sentence fic.


As always, if you don't know if I know the fandom, just ask.
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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.

Rebecca versus her Inner Skeptic

Some people have inner editors. I have an inner skeptic. She comes out to play when I try to worldbuild, especially if I'm playing on the science-fictional side of the force.

Example conversation: )

The thing is, my inner skeptic rarely (if ever) rears her head while I read. And less so for fantasy fiction.
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Feb. 25th, 2012

WIP First Line Meme

In which I go through my WIP folder and post every first line, no explanations. Okay, anything that looks like Doctor Who fic was written by request of a friend in a pan-fandom RPG, so may be wildly OOC since I'm working from her writing and not the canon -- that's the only explanation I get to give.

Maybe someday I'll finish them.

Also, feel free to ask me about them, play guess the fandom (on ones where I don't name people/places), or whatever. Maybe it'll be incentive.

Read more... )
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Feb. 5th, 2012

Dreaming

Had a dream that my mother, my adviser and I were eating out together. I don't know why.

In other news, I also had a dream where I was the castle warder at Cair Paravel in Narnia the day that the Pevensies left for their world (unintentionally). Like a lot of dreams where I'm someone else, there's this sort of split-personality thing; I-the-dreamer knew that the High King and his siblings were never coming back, and that Narnia was heading into a dark age/invasion, but the character just assumed something happened on the road, and they would be back soon.

If I cared more about CS Lewis**, it would make an interesting fanfic to write about what happens when the Kids from Another World (tm) go home. [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower linked a Narnia fanfic that told more about how the Pevensies established themselves as Kings and Queens of Narnia beyond 'defeated the White Witch and had Aslan's blessing'*, but it would be interesting to see the other end: what are these fantasy realms like from the native POV, rather than the kids who stumble into it?

* This probably was what prompted the dream.

** I used to when I was in grade school, but, man, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle just depressed me. I'd try to apply the concept to some of the anime series that feature 'person from another world', but of the only two I know well (Escaflowne and Fushigi Yuugi -- I've also seen the El Hazard OAV), both seem to have a set-up designed for the person from our world to go home at the end.

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