darkauthor26: ([skins]The Fear You Won't Fall)
Right. I haven't gotten much done on my NaNo novel. I'm really really far behind. Like, a week behind in my word count. It's bad. But I think I might have reached a break though. Maybe. Because my biggest problem is wanting to get straight to action, to skip the "boring" set up parts that are important and can be really emotional and suspenseful if I do them right.
cut for nano musing )

NaNo Novel

Oct. 31st, 2011 03:09 pm
darkauthor26: ([harrypotter]Patronus)
I went to nanowrimo.org, clicked on "create novel" and just typed in a title and synopsis. We'll see how I well I follow this, but so far the title of the zombie novel is At the Dawn, and the summary is:

"Cyrus Moore has her world come crashing down when a zombie plague sweeps across the United States--perhaps even the world. With her parents dead, she and her brother travel across the country in the hopes that Cyrus's girlfriend and her family are still alive. Along the way, they pick up a ragtag group of survivors."

Like I said, we'll see how this goes. I think throughout November I'm going to watch zombie movies and shows and read zombie books for inspiration. I hope this goes well.

I only named this At the Dawn because I have nothing else to name it, and it needed a working title. Hopefully, that title will either end up working for it or else I'll find a better title once I go back over it.

NaNoWriMo

Oct. 26th, 2011 12:11 pm
darkauthor26: ([doctorwho]Ride)
The last time I did NaNoWriMo, I wrote the rough draft of Dusk, which was an idea born from discussing what Twilight would have been like if Edward's behavior (stalking, breaking into her house, controlling actions) hadn't been so romanticized by Stephanie Meyer. My friend and I also concluded that lesbians make any story automatically a hundred times better.

Anyway, I've recently gone back to editing this story which I mostly completed by the time NaNoWriMo came to a close. It turned out that the story needed more than 50K words to complete it so while I "won" NaNoWriMo, I didn't quite finish the story although I was drawing close. But since I've recently begun editing this story, and I've got a lot of work to do for college, I'm hesitant to try and participate in NaNoWriMo again even though I didn't participate last year either. I just sort of assumed that I wouldn't be involved this year, and I don't even have an idea to work with.

I'm wondering whether it would be a good idea to give it another shot, but make it perfectly clear to myself that if it doesn't work, it doesn't work out and it should definitely be only my second priority. BUT if I can get back in the habit of waking up at 5AM (a habit that has fallen to the wayside as I find it harder to get to bed at 10PM, and also find myself more exhausted by returning to kung fu), then I should be able to get up and write most of my daily word count before heading off to classes. In this case, my NaNo project wouldn't interfere with my school work at all because I would have most, if not all, of the rest of the day to work on class work if necessary. With some proper time management and some quick plot planning right now, I could do this easily.

That still leaves me with the dilemma of what to write about. The first idea that popped into my head was a zombie apocalypse. That may be because The Walking Dead has just returned to television and also because I was just watching a show about zombies last night. Whatever the reason, I think it could be a good idea. I think it would be really fun to write my own zombie apocalypse novel. With lesbians, of course. Badass ones.

I've only got a few days until November 1st so I'll begin sketching out my characters and plot. Then once November rolls around, I'll decide for sure whether I'm going to participate or not.

darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie Taking Pictures)
I woke up at 5:30AM, got up, dressed, had some toast and went walking with MacKenzi. I had gone walking with MacKenzi and her mom yesterday, but her mom walks too fast for me, and by the time we got back to the house, I was tired, thirsty and starving. Today MacKenzi and I decided to let her mom do her walking while we would go at our own pace. We started at 6:30, and walked a mile in half an hour. When we got back, I was feeling good. I wasn't overly tired, and I wasn't hungry. The toast was a good idea. A really good idea.

I'm going to continue getting up at 5:30AM so I've got plenty of time to eat a small breakfast before walking. I'm also going to get into the habit of working on a project of my choosing for half an hour to an hour after walking (with a shower in between, of course). I figure that'll help me get back into my writing, and once college starts back up again, I can use that time to work on home work or get a head start on major projects (or the research for them). Once I get my course schedule at orientation (on August 31), I'll figure out a second block of time (and perhaps a third or fourth or a 'just in case') for doing homework and projects during the day (or working on a project of my own if I don't have any homework or school projects just too keep me in the proper mindset about those times).

Something I discovered yesterday was this website called ZenHabits which had some really great tips for simplifying and de-stressing your life. One of the things the author talks about is getting rid of clutter--on your desk, on your walls, even on your desktop. He gave a link to some really awesome programs, one of which was Launchy: The Open Source Keystroke Launcher. It's really great because it can open all sorts of programs and documents quickly without having to clutter up the desktop. My desk top is almost completely cleared of anything save the screen saver now, and I love it.

Since he's also a writer, he also gave some links to programs that would make it easier to write--one's were they took up the whole screen and had all the options hidden until you put the cursor where they should be so all there was was a plain screen (with a background image) to write undistracted. The one I downloaded was Creawriter. I've poked around it, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. It looks really neat, though. I played around with the setting and changed the background image to one of rain hitting puddles of water (which I found on Google), and turned off the ambient nose for now (the cracking of a fire).

Alright, so it's a lot later than I had planned to write it, but it's still morning, and now I've written it. Mission accomplished! I'm making progress already. 
darkauthor26: ([yugioh]I'll Be Your Shelter)
I just finished reading the trilogy When Women Were Warriors at 3AM last night, and I have to say I don't think I've ever had as much satisfaction from a book series ever. It certainly didn't hurt that 95% of the main characters and the major players in the novels were women and the vast majority of the major women characters were lesbians (or bisexual depending how you care to read it). Tamras, the main character, was incredibly unique, in my opinion. The story lines were tightly woven, and at the end all had been wrapped up. I found the world imaginative and just...

You guys. You guys. This is a fucking awesome trilogy. I seriously just want to start reading it again but I keep stopping myself since I just finished reading it. I don't know why I'm doing that, though. It's weird.

Anyway, don't take my word for it. If you go to the authors website she's made the first book in the series available for free in three different formats. Check it out for yourself.

Also, I started rewriting the beginning of Dusk Friday (or was it Thursday?) to something I might be happier with. I wrote 616 words today. I might write some more later. 

darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie)
So I was requested to make a Lip Service/The Walking Dead crossover fanfiction. Basically, I'm taking the Lip Service characters and dropping them in a zombie apocalypse, and I'm going to follow the show in broad strokes. There will probably be some 28 Days Later influence in there too. Now what I have to figure out is if I want the story to be about Frankie's personal growth and struggle to survive for the first few chapters or if I want the reader to be as disoriented and confused as Sam is when she first wakes up.
more musings under cut )

darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie)
I found some prompt tables today. I think I'm going to use them to write some Lip Service fanfiction because I don't think any has been written yet. Which makes me sad.

prompt table )

This reminds me, though, that I still haven't finished a prompt table for Avatar: the Last Airbender yet, and I still have request fics to finish too. Oh well. I'll get around to them all at some point.
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Got a review on The Pit for my story Playing with Fire (link leads to FF.net) that said--and I quote:

omg
that was umm well I can't really comment because I ama girl myself and if i
said that was "cool" or "awesome" it would sound like I am lesbian, which i'm
not

but Great penmenship


...? I don't understand... If you don't want to sound like you're a lesbian, then why would you a) read fanfic that is clearly marked as containing a lesbian pairing, b) read one that is clearly going to be sexual in nature (all you have to do is look at the summary and the rating to figure that one out) and c) comment on it in the first place?

Also, most importantly, why would you be concerned with whether or not someone on the internet who you don't know is going assume you're a lesbian, especially when that person is the one who wrote the fic. I just...

Damn it.
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THE FANFICTION LOVE MEME


If any of you guys are interested in it that is. :)
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So I just checked my email, and it tells me that on FF.net I got a review for my fic A Question, and all it says is: "ok...Big Silence."

...

WTF? I can't tell if the "Big Silence" bit is supposed to be some sort of signature or whatever, but damn. Please don't ever waste my time again, you asshole. What was even the point of that review? That's not even a review. I don't know what the hell that's even supposed to mean. *facepalm*

I really hate it when people do that. >.<

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Finally got the banner for winning week #46 at [community profile] avatar_contestwith my fic Destiny.

Check it!:




It's pretty cool, even if only to remind me that I won something. Still a little conflicted about it being that fic since I was lazy with that fic, and it's no where near what it could have been if I hadn't procrastinated until the last second. But whatever.

I WON. AND GOT A BANNER. BOOYAH!
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I've been thinking about getting a writing journal. I wasn't really sure how I'd be using this journal when I first made it or how much fanfic I'd be posting up here, but it's apparent to me now that I'm going to be...ah...posting rather a lot of fanfics, and I plan on getting some more original writing up here eventually, too. I know some of you guys have writing journals (and even if you don't, I value your opinion), and I was wondering would you recommending getting one? And if you do, would you recommend getting a seperate account or creating a community for a writing journal like I've seen some people do?

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