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So, I like writing, right? I do, I'm sure I do! So why is it completely, utterly awful and the words have to be dragged kicking and screaming to get anywhere near paper (or screen *g*)? Just... gaaargh!
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See, I had this brilliant idea when days needed filling at Dialj, that I would take another date, like various other people had, and I'd use it to post a story I've been working on since... 2007, I think. Possibly 2006, but probably 2007. I got a fair bit done to start with, as you do when you're inspired to write the story, and then amongst other things I left Alaska, and then years later I picked it up again and kept going for a fair bit more, and then I left that part of life too... It occurs to me, reading what I'm typing, that it's been around ten years since I started this story. It really needs finishing. There's over 32,000 words of it. Sixty-seven .doc pages, 12 font. There are pictures, somewhere (though not with the lads in). I've had all day, dedicated to this story. So, having re-read the 67 pages, and done some editing, how much more have I written today? Less than 400 words. Aaaaargh! I tell myself I had to catch up to where it was, and work out the plot again, and mull the rest of the plot and how it comes together and all, and it's true, but still... I wouldn't mind, but I've not really done anything else, either... *sighs* What happens to days like today?

I am gonna do this, though...!

Less whingingly - I can hear an owl outside as I type this. And the Bronte family film, To Walk Invisible was very good, I thought. And I'm optimistic that the low-grade headache I've had for the past couple of days might go away tomorrow. And the fairy lights on my Christmas tree are still pretty.

I hope you've had productive, satisfying days - someone should!

ETA - after I wrote this I put the pile o' papers back together, flicking through them, and as I did that I thought a-ha!, and started jotting down some more notes (but new, fresh ones *g*) and I think I know what I need to write for the end much better now. So thank you for letting me whinge - it helped! *g*
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Hmmn - another of lj's features that I've never actually used - the share button! So let's give it a whirl, because I'm quite excited about this... *g*

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mescott at Patreon!
My Patreon is live!

After a bunch more talking and tweaking, I’ve decided to concentrate on Astreiant for now. I’m doing a simple monthly appeal: if enough people sign up to bring in $100 a month, I’ll post a sketch from Astreiant. It can be anything — a bit of drama, a character’s background, daily life, one of Old Steen’s sea-stories as Rathe remembers is — but it will be at least 500 words. These are bits and pieces that are unlikely to make it a novel, or will do so only in a severely edited form. They’re like the seven studies of folded hands that you see in an artist’s sketchbook: one of them may end up in the completed portrait, but it won’t be the same as the sketch. If the page reaches $250 a month, I’ll post a second sketch, also of at least 500 words. If the page reaches $500 a month, I’ll add an almanac entry — at least 250 words from my notes, almanacs, and imaginary reference books. I might include horoscopes and maps here, too.

I’ve set the minimum pledge at $1 a month, and for that, you get access to all the Patron posts. At $2 a month, I’ll send you an Astreiant-themed thank-you card — nothing fancy, but drawn from the dozens of stamps and images I’ve collected that remind me of this world. At $5 a month, you’ll get all of the above plus the chance to offer a prompt for a sketch. If you want to pledge $10 a month, I’ll throw in a signed copy of any of the Points books that you might be missing, and if you want to pledge $100 a month (this would be extraordinarily generous, to say the least!) I’ll make sure you get a complete set of the books currently out, and I’ll send you each new novel as it comes out for as long as you stay subscribed. Since you’ll be subscribing by the month rather than by the story, you’ll never risk paying more per month than you intended.

Why do this? For the simplest of reasons: money buys writing time. Income that can be calculated in advance, like the royalties from those newer publishers who pay by the month rather than every six months, buys slightly more writing time precisely because it can be relied on. The more I can raise here, the more time I’ll have to spend on my writing, and the sooner Point of Sighs can go to Lethe.


And some rambling from me... *g* )

I'm curious - what does anyone else think of this sort of thing? (Quite apart from - yeay, Astreaint! *vbg*)

Erk, yes I should still be working... *sighs*
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Finally the day has come - a Writing Wednesday that I haven't filled with other things! I have three things I need to do today - write, finish that bloody CoRtA form, and practice fiddle for tomorrow's lesson. which means that I have so far posted an October fic, downloaded a trial of Aeon Timeline, which I'm loving (and is at least connected to the specific writing that I'm trying to do and I've actually been doing Useful Things on it) and had a Yog Nog bath so that now I smell yummy... *g*

I'm also missing the pic that I spotted of MS in my flist earlier, from a show I didn't watch last night (hello catch-up tv), and since it sadly seems to have vanished, I shall post one of my own (though it'll have to have Bodie as well, cos boys together). So...
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Okay - I know I ask for this every now and then, and then don't come through, but... does anyone out there want to give me a prompt for a wee (very wee) Prosfic - maybe three random words, since that's often worked for me in the past? Or a link to a poem or a picture or something? I want to slap all writers who say there's no such thing as writer's block (no, for you there's no such thing as writer's block - lucky you!)... I have lots of things I could be writing, but sometimes it's the freshness of something completely different that's the fresh air needed...

To do
- write! (not just plot - write!)
- download Aeon (to see if it helps with plotting *g*)- liking this!
- fiddle practice
- complete CoRtA application form and prepare for posting tomorrow - get it done now that the bc's arrived! - (at last!)
- post an October Pros fic
- more fiddle practice
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...and by the time I got to the end of them and thought Oh-I'm-sleepy-but-I-must-post, my next question was but what about...? But here I am at last, so let's see what we've got!

Thursday was Bath day again, the third one, but for some reason it just wasn't happening for me, which was annoying - the writing group, I mean. I was there, but there wasn't much writing going on in my head. I blame myself for checking my email just before I went in, and there being a work email I didn't have time to deal with - I was all distracted... On the bright side, once I'd pottered around for some chores, I decided to go home and work, because I had a place to work at home and it was nice. *g*

Friday was... erm, can't remember. Work of course, and I got it all done, and... nope, it's a blank. Oh, dinner with K and J (landlords)! Very nice and chatty and friendly and all.

Saturday was more shopping than I'd meant to do, and going to try and track down Apparitions in my storage, only to realise that it was in a bag way at the back, underneath the bicycle and the shelves and the suitcase, and the... So maybe I'll have to stick to re-watching LC's Jack the Ripper instead. Although - that did make me think...
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Sunday I decided would be an at-home day, a no-spending-money-day (okay, I may have ordered A Death at the Dioysus Club from Wordery online bookshop, but that doesn't really count... *g*) and hopefully a deciding-what-to-write-for-NaNoWriMo day. See, I think that part of the reason NaNo works for me is that for an entire month I'm absolutely allowed to be completely immersed in the world that I'm writing - everything else, work included, has to fit around that. So I'm not sure about my initial idea of finishing things up after all cos I'd be chopping and changing between worlds. But... then I remembered a story that I forgot to include in my list the other day, maybe because I've barely started it (except for the overall plot, which I do have) - my Victorian story!
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Remember that? I got tangled up in wanting to do lots and lots of research for it, when what I really need to do is write it. So maybe I should do that for NaNoWriMo, right? Plus - (thanks [livejournal.com profile] solosundance for posting it, cos I hadn't actually checked it out yet) how well does this year's banner fit a Victorian story?! So... I think maybe...yes. Probably. Cos if I finish Two Go Adventuring Again first, then I'll be not-fresh to start the third Pros story, and although I could have a go at a steampunk-ish original fic I've got bubbling in the back of my brain... well, Kenyon and Cross are rather like Bodie and Doyle in my head, and I figure that might be a good enough cushion to keep me comfortable with trying a historical story... The only thing like that I've done for years was also based on LC's Godley from Jack the Ripper, Towards Home, and I'm not sure that the time it was set comes through at all, really... eep! So I'm still a bit worried it might not work, but if I start getting my Victorian on this week, then by the time we get to the first of November I'll be all ready to go - right? Well, that's the plan... *g*

Okay, I'm rambling now, aren't I? *g* Oh - and my other plan (apart from the whole moving-into-the-annexe-at-the-end-of-November) is that I will rise to a challenge set me by Kiashi - "taking lots of atmospheric photos of all things pertaining to an "English winter". All I have so far is:
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But that's cos I didn't go anywhere atmospheric, and it's been a bit flat and grey in between the occasional touch of damp rain. It will get better, I promise!

Oh - and they've decided to turn the heating on for a bit in the evening - yeay, it'll hopefully just take the edge off enough! Though we're back up to 16C again tomorrow (my plan is to do laundry, cos the one thing they don't have here are tumble driers!) Right - I shall go and snuggle up with Sergeant Godley, I think... *g* Come to think of it, the book I'm reading for the R.I.P. challenge right now is set in Victorian times - I shall get on with it! And a new Mathey and Lynes book winging it's way here too - more inspiration. Yeay! I can do this, right? Kenyon and Cross for NaNoWriMo!
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New icon! *g* (Thank you [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic!)

Also - hurrah, cos I've been writing Pros again, which I've not felt like for ages. My theory is that using your brain is like exercise - it begets more using your brain/exercise... *g* So now that I'm feeling all useful and purposeful with my seasonal-second-job, I get to write Pros too! Hurrah! Of course it all ends at around 3pm today, when I have to go home and do seasonal-second-job for the whole weekend, but... in the meantime - There's over 14,000 words of hurrah! (Okay, some I'd written before, but they've been languishing, and now they're not.) Also, have huge-enormous idea for an older-lads novel-y thing which I really want to write, so that's on the cards now too... Oh, and WWII story... WWII story is still there, turning gently over and over in the background... Maybe with newly found want-to-write-now-ness I'll write all three! Hmmn... by the end of the year, what d'you reckon to that as a goal...? And it's kind of nice, cos even if no one else wants to read them, I still want to write them... *vbg*

Right - the lads, to celebrate!


Started out a weird day, though.. )

Apparently they've found the longevity gene... )

Finally they're admitting women may have used weapons in the past... )

Sea Angels and Sea Devils! )

And now there are just nine minutes before hometime, yeay!
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New icon! *g* (Thank you [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic!)

Also - hurrah, cos I've been writing Pros again, which I've not felt like for ages. My theory is that using your brain is like exercise - it begets more using your brain/exercise... *g* So now that I'm feeling all useful and purposeful with my seasonal-second-job, I get to write Pros too! Hurrah! Of course it all ends at around 3pm today, when I have to go home and do seasonal-second-job for the whole weekend, but... in the meantime - There's over 14,000 words of hurrah! (Okay, some I'd written before, but they've been languishing, and now they're not.) Also, have huge-enormous idea for an older-lads novel-y thing which I really want to write, so that's on the cards now too... Oh, and WWII story... WWII story is still there, turning gently over and over in the background... Maybe with newly found want-to-write-now-ness I'll write all three! Hmmn... by the end of the year, what d'you reckon to that as a goal...? And it's kind of nice, cos even if no one else wants to read them, I still want to write them... *vbg*

Right - the lads, to celebrate!


Started out a weird day, though.. )

Apparently they've found the longevity gene... )

Finally they're admitting women may have used weapons in the past... )

Sea Angels and Sea Devils! )

And now there are just nine minutes before hometime, yeay!
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Ohmigawd, I have just seen the following sentence in someone's lj...

I did my own Britpicking (with the help of Thingie who is also not British)

To be fair, they didn't do a bad job (way better than alot I've seen), but... what is this definition of Britpicking that you can do it yourself? Isn't that actually just trying your best and not bothering to get anyone else to check?

Or is it me, and I've always assumed that when someone says they're going to get a story Britchecked/picked that they mean by a Brit? Or at least someone who's, say, lived there, or seems to know what they're doing because they know how to change their spellcheck to UK English?

Also - did I wake up grumpy? *eyes coffee* *g*
byslantedlight: (JJD headdesk (agentxpndble))
Ohmigawd, I have just seen the following sentence in someone's lj...

I did my own Britpicking (with the help of Thingie who is also not British)

To be fair, they didn't do a bad job (way better than alot I've seen), but... what is this definition of Britpicking that you can do it yourself? Isn't that actually just trying your best and not bothering to get anyone else to check?

Or is it me, and I've always assumed that when someone says they're going to get a story Britchecked/picked that they mean by a Brit? Or at least someone who's, say, lived there, or seems to know what they're doing because they know how to change their spellcheck to UK English?

Also - did I wake up grumpy? *eyes coffee* *g*
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I decided a little while ago to glance into the world of m/m romance, and having seen this recced in my flist, thought I'd start there...

Frost Fair )
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I decided a little while ago to glance into the world of m/m romance, and having seen this recced in my flist, thought I'd start there...

Frost Fair )

The WIP meme...

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 07:49 pm
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... gacked from everyone... *g* Ha - I'd forgotten about some of these, and I'm also happily surprised that there aren't more lurking on this harddrive...

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

WIPs, I has 'em... lots of 'em... )

The WIP meme...

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 07:49 pm
byslantedlight: (BD reading papers (norfolkdumpling))
... gacked from everyone... *g* Ha - I'd forgotten about some of these, and I'm also happily surprised that there aren't more lurking on this harddrive...

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

WIPs, I has 'em... lots of 'em... )
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So... yesterday worked out quite well... From not feeling at all write-y, to actually writing not just for half an hour, but for another two and a half hours when I got home - yeay! And I did feel better afterwards, writing is fun. *g*

I didn't make it a public post yesterday, because I wasn't sure how it'd turn out (and there's tinkering I want to do, in fact) but I shall go away and unlock the results now - 'twas basically a pwp, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] schnuffi, and whether or not it's any good, it's writing again, so la! Turns out accountability works - at least for now... *g*

And being me I'm going to strike while the iron is hot, and see if I can do it all over again.

So - again! - the first person to give me a prompt, whether it's something new, or something I already owe somewhere (picfor1000, timestamp meme, various ideas I've said ooh, that'd be fun to write... etc) will set me off on what I'll write today...

Takers?
byslantedlight: (BD orange (imbeiaiel))
So... yesterday worked out quite well... From not feeling at all write-y, to actually writing not just for half an hour, but for another two and a half hours when I got home - yeay! And I did feel better afterwards, writing is fun. *g*

I didn't make it a public post yesterday, because I wasn't sure how it'd turn out (and there's tinkering I want to do, in fact) but I shall go away and unlock the results now - 'twas basically a pwp, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] schnuffi, and whether or not it's any good, it's writing again, so la! Turns out accountability works - at least for now... *g*

And being me I'm going to strike while the iron is hot, and see if I can do it all over again.

So - again! - the first person to give me a prompt, whether it's something new, or something I already owe somewhere (picfor1000, timestamp meme, various ideas I've said ooh, that'd be fun to write... etc) will set me off on what I'll write today...

Takers?
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Having just seen this at [livejournal.com profile] phantomas's place, I realise that I'm in the mood to drabble... There's clearly no point in me doing the meme, cos all I could really offer up, fandom-wise, is Pros, so I'm just gonna offer up drabbles in general...

If anyone'd like a Pros drabble, comment below with some sort of prompt-y word or idea or whatever, and I'll see what I can come up with!

And if anyone'd like any other kind of (non-fandom) drabble, then we can always try that too. *g*

(Cos otherwise, I'm gonna be stuck having to think of things for myself - ack!)
byslantedlight: (BD MixedDoublesBreakfast (annacoriander))
Having just seen this at [livejournal.com profile] phantomas's place, I realise that I'm in the mood to drabble... There's clearly no point in me doing the meme, cos all I could really offer up, fandom-wise, is Pros, so I'm just gonna offer up drabbles in general...

If anyone'd like a Pros drabble, comment below with some sort of prompt-y word or idea or whatever, and I'll see what I can come up with!

And if anyone'd like any other kind of (non-fandom) drabble, then we can always try that too. *g*

(Cos otherwise, I'm gonna be stuck having to think of things for myself - ack!)

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