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Feeling Feelings

I can’t even remember where I found this, but it’s been sitting in my dropbox for a while now. I pull it out often when I’m writing. It helps to work through what a character might be feeling at any given point in time.



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Oct ’13 Update

So I’m not really doing the blog thing now. Not here, anyway. There’s this fannish evolution or whatever that’s coincided with my shift in fandoms. Once upon a time everything happened on twitter, nowadays everything is on tumblr. So I finally sucked it up and started using it, after several months of tantrums because I think it’s clumsy and inefficient don’t like change.

So that’s where the fic updates go these days –> My tumblr. To be honest all I really post there is fic updates, occasional small and inconsequential rants, and other than that I reblog gif sets and porn. Cos tumblr is for porn *nods*

My twitter is still a great place to chat, though it’s a lot quieter these days than it used to be.

So, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Two weeks to go. I had big plans to rewrite (I know that’s not the done thing, but meh) my first NaNo novel, Vital Depth, which I wrote in ’09, but to do that I had to sit down and snowflake the everloving crap out of it. And I haven’t done that.  Also, I’ve come to the realisation that anything I write during November (or for Camp NaNo – did that in July this year) is invariably a giant mess due to the word vomit that is necessary just to make the daily wordcount and needs so much rewriting that it freaks me the crap out and I never look at it again (hence the planned rewrite of my ’09 effort – 4 years later).

So, Vital Depth, because it means so much to me, will be getting a much more relaxed effort, hopefully sometime early next year.

And because I’m finding fic so easy to write at the moment, and have plot bunnies coming out my ears (or spilling out of my filofax), I’m just going to write a bunch of fic. I’ve never written fanfic during NaNo before–well, it’s never been the big planned project during Nano, though I have written shorts during November and counted them towards my goal–so this is a new thing for me. Hopefully, with the many short fics, my attention span will remain constant, and short fics are much less scary when it comes to rewriting and editing.

Also happening over the last few months of the year, is Yuletide, the rare fandom fic exchange. I’ve signed up for the first time this year, and plan to write my gift fic during November, and it can count toward my NaNo word count.

So, that’s what’s coming, as far as updates go, it lacks what’s been. Not much, really, except writing. I’ve been doing little else this year, so far I’ve clocked almost 140,000 words published in 2013 to date, and that’s not counting the 50+k I wrote during July for Camp NaNo. That’s almost exclusively Teen Wolf fic, with about 18k of Harry Potter and a couple of thousand words of Buffy.  And that can all be found on my AO3 account (it’s the only place I post nowadays).

Camp NaNo

I totally just signed up for Camp NaNoWrimo. Wasn’t going to, but I’m kinda flopping around with very little writing motivation lately, only keeping my feet wet writing shortfic, and doing it in a vacuum.

I need something fresh, so I took the leap. So, now I’m looking at a mad snowflaking dash for the next two weeks, and then early mornings for the month of July. I do have both kids at school now, and I’ve set myself a 30k target, so technically it should be more doable than ever before, but I’m still feeling wicked apprehensive.

At least I actually get to do NaNo during winter as it was intended—never had that before.

Adoption Fic: Human Chased by a Wolf

Adoption Fic

I’m having a bit of a clean out, and I’m finding a lot of fic I started and never did anything with. So I’m going to chuck some of the pieces up here, list them on Happy Tales Plot Bunny Adoption Center (LJ community) in hopes that someone will give them a home and a life. No point them wasting away on my hard drive, potentially getting lost in a failure.

It’s all first draft (or zero draft, in some cases, beware epic typos and markdown!) stuff, so please don’t judge me too harshly.  Any and all of it is completely editable, the adopter gets free reign within the scope of the licence.

I’m CC licencing them, licences will possibly vary depending on how much of the source material went into them (fuck all and I’ll allow commercial use, quite a bit and I’m sorry, I can’t condone making money off fanfic, KWIM?).

Human Chased by a Wolf

POV character runs from a wolf through woods and an abandoned house and is caught, but the wolf turns out to be his lover. Incomplete from the beginning of the sex scene. 622 words.

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Love, Hate, Elation and Despair: I Finished a Story.

Well, that Teen Wolf story I started back after NaNo ended is now drafted. What I hoped would take me a week and come out about 10k actually took me a month and wound up over 30k. That’s fairly epic for me, and the editing of it is looming all scary and dark over my head.

Particularly for longer stuff, that’s par for the course for me. Whether I’ve outlined myself stupid or not (which I did this time), there’s always some retconning (my word to mean there’s stuff I have to go back and fix to fit the rest of the story) to be done, and way more than general SPaG, it scares the beejeebus out of me.

So I’m chuffed to have taken the story all the way to the end, but simply dreading the edit job. Of course, once it’s all done, I’ll look back and wonder WTF I was worried about.

Hoping to get it all done by February. Cross your fingers for me, shake your pompoms. Ta :)

Oh, it’s called Stronger in Numbers, or, And Will He Starve Without Me (cos I couldn’t decide, but we’ll just call it SiN for short, shall we?). It’ll go up here and on AO3 when it’s done.

Word Count Calculators

I can be a bit OCD about wordcount, it’s something I picked up over four years of NaNoWriMo, and it’s about the only thing that keeps me writing some days.

There are NaNoWriMo word count calculators out there, but I always ended up making my own. I wanted a little more than the NaNoWriMo website stats could give me, but I didn’t need sheets and sheets of linked… stuff, either. My spreadsheet skills are very basic (I don’t even know how to link sheets) but they do what I need them to do, and they keep me writing for the most part, which is the main thing.

I started, of course, with a NaNo calculator, then after NaNo ended one year I started making the calculators for different targets, different time periods. This November, I made one for NaNo that had both the standard 50k target, but also had space for a custom target (I found 50k to be no great challenge, after three years of wins).

Thought I might as well share them. Maybe they’ll be useful to someone else :)

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So, I got bit by the Teen Wolf bug. About halfway through NaNo (and I still haven’t written that NaNo wrap up post) it hit me when I was taking some time out to watch Teen Wolf over again.

Sigh. Derek. Sigh. Stiles. They’re just OMFGPERFECT, aren’t they?


Anyway, it bit me so bad that my NaNo faltered and I had to ban myself from Teen Wolf till the end of the month. But post NaNo, I dived right in and now have a ridiculous collection of images in my dropbox for those late night pretty cravings.

Started a fic this morning. I’ve been planning it out for the last couple of days, and I’m ridiculously organised. Now I just have to write it. I’m hoping I can get it done inside this week, but time will tell. I have my trusty OCD word count spreadsheet, so hopefully that will drive me.

Anyway, with luck, it’ll get written and edited in a decent time frame. I’m posting my fic here on my blog as well as on AO3 nowadays, so it’ll go up here first.