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Apr. 6th, 2017 12:51 pm
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Time to move stuff over from LJ for real and for sure.


May. 17th, 2014 10:17 pm
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Why is it my characters show up and want to play around the most when I have so much else to do?

In past years, I've had to push the writing to the side completely -- too much deadline, not enough time to meet deadlines and write. This year, at least, I'm starting to get some balance -- although the next two weeks are going to be too full for me to do more than just write by hand in the car during car circle.

But at least I can do that.
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I am copyediting a thing about human resources and quality improvement and suddenly all I want to do is unleash consultants (like the "Bobs" from Office Space) on Stark Industries. In fanfic, of course.

The thing is, I used to write and edit consulting reports. I could SO do this thing. It would be hilarious.

But I have three real-life deadlines hovering. No fanfic for you, brain. File the ideas away for later.
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There was an MCU Harlequin challenge and the deadline was April 19 by midnight.

I kinda kicked a few ideas around, but got no traction. Then, midafternoon on the 19th (no really) I got An Idea, about a pairing I'd never really spent much time considering. And then I spent the evening and late into the night writing it. It was no longer the 19th here when I posted, but it still wasn't quite midnight in California. It still counted. :)

Her Winter Soldier (link to AO3)

Her secret identities no longer secret, Natalia Radetsky was trying to build a new self and wipe out the red in her ledger. But when her ex-husband reappeared, all hope of a clean start was lost. How could she build a new life if an old flame threatened to burn it down?

Enjoy! And enjoy the other Harlequin fics too. I particularly liked Whizbang and the Flyboy, featuring Captain Marvel and Rhodey. :)
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I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend. It was amazing, marvelous, surprising, and awesome.

It also probably blew my fic right out of the water. (Well, I could say the fic is set before the events of CA:TWS but, to be honest, who's going to want to read it? I don't even want to put in the time to rewrite the whole thing now, and it's my own fic.)

So I'm going to let it take a break while I work on other things. I'm sure something will pop up and demand my attention at some point, but to be honest, I need to focus on the nonfic writing at the moment anyway, if I have a hope of getting that done. ;)
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Putting that handbook together was so much fun. (More difficult was figuring out how to publish it, but through a painful process, I managed to make graphics out of the page spreads.) But now, I am back to wrestling with 1) my ongoing fic, and 2) my ongoing non-fic project.

I decided the fic needed restructuring because even in fiction, there should be some underlying reality... Also, I thought I should change one of my POV characters. So I started to revise it. The first few chapters were all right, but now I've hit the point where the new POV character has perspective (and attitudes) that the former POV character didn't (this is kind of why I dropped the former POV character -- she wasn't in the thick of things and ended up observing from outside). As a result, I'm not rewriting, but writing everything for the new POV character. (Not to mention that the updating for reality has resulted in me having to rewrite lots of things anyway.) It's fun, though. And I wish I had more time to play with it this week, but there is Real Paying Work to be done and that takes priority.

On the non-fic front, I'm debating whether to restructure my novel-in-progress a bit, as well. (I am queen of "It's not quite right, BURN IT and rebuild from the ashes.") In this case, a pair of secondary characters and their kids sort of stepped in and though their story is interesting, it's kind of derailed the forward momentum of the main plot. Time to restructure... Maybe if they are nice I will give them their own book, although they are already living their happily ever after.

Are there books set in the happily ever after? A friend and I discussed this at length once -- it's obvious that there must be some conflict, but having a couple unite against the conflict rather than being the source of the conflict seems to be key. Otherwise it's a marital squabble and who wants to read about those?
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I'm not sure whether to call this fanfiction or just a strange obsession mired in my years of corporate, but I've just posted this:

It's All There in the Handbook

In which Pepper gets Tony to approve the Stark Industries Employee Handbook.

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I am taking a break from the longer fic (...maybe because I need to restructure it a bit?) to work on something silly and fun that allows me to both use my RL skills and then mock the daylights out of them in the most satisfying ways.

(Don't worry. It's fic too. Sort of.)
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I used to describe myself, writing-wise as a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants). This is true -- I do tend to go into a story with only a vague idea of what's going on, and build it up from the inside. I would sail into a first draft, ride the high, and then get bogged down in rewrites.

But my best and most complete writing experiences could better be described as "iterative pantsing" -- I write to figure out where I'm going, then go back and edit to make sure things hang together on the front end, then write a little farther, then edit as necessary.

The pros of this are that the finished work is a lot more polished and a lot less "well, it's patently obvious that I had no idea what to do next for these two chapters..."

The cons are that it takes much longer to write this way. You get a spurt of glorious narrative flow, followed by a day or two of review and cleanup.

I've just finished a bit of cleanup and am back to the narrative flow, but as I follow this one I'm pretty sure that there might need to be a bit more restructuring than usual on the front end. Which makes this particular high a bit less fun -- but will probably make the resulting story better.


In other news, I was rereading my first novel-length fanfic (it's no longer posted online). It's better than I remember, although it's been completely trashed by canon in the meantime. (I knew that was going to happen; I wrote it between books 4 and 5 of HP.) I still like it, though.

When I wrote that one, I did it in spurts and snatches, often out of order -- just sort of following whatever scene appealed to me, then stitching up the bits later. I remember that the last scene I wrote was actually somewhere in the middle of the story.

On my current non-fanfic work, I've taken a similar approach -- writing scenes as they appeal, then tucking them at the end of the Word doc until I need them. (Sometimes they aren't used; sometimes they have to be heavily changed.) I'm not sure whether it's better than just plowing through directly, but it does make those scenes more powerful, I think, that I write them when they're fresh in my mind. Also it helps me know where my characters' minds are going.
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Clint shoots arrows.

Lots of arrows.

Lots and lots of arrows.

Suddenly, the writer recalls that not once in the previous five chapters has Clint been shown with his quiver or his bow. Or even his nifty little bow-box.

The writer wails in frustration and goes back to remove all the arrows from the narrative -- because in this particular case, no, he shouldn't have had the bow and arrows available.

(Fortunately, this kind of improved the "raising the stakes" part of the big action sequence. But it's still a pain.)
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I've been working on a long-form fic, set in the Avengers universe. I have been having the best time writing it. Really.

But working on it reminds me why I have never been the Dickens-style write-and-post-serially kind of person. I back up and redo all the time. I rewrote the first big action/fight sequence over five or six times -- and that was early on in the process

Today, I had the head-smacking realization that one of my locations was ... not realized very well. I had been thinking in terms of how I wanted the story to go, rather than actual reality, and it made for the kind of disconnect/error that would kick a knowledgeable person out of the story.

Getting rid of it meant sacrificing a particular line I LOVED. It also meant rewriting/rewiring four chapters to accommodate the change. Which is what I'm in the middle of now.

Granted, this is not a BAD thing. It's made me look hard at how I arranged the reveal of information and as a result, I've streamlined the story a bit, which is actually good. It turns out it's not always easy to wrangle six Avengers (and assorted others). Finding good combinations to reveal your info and pass it on is key with them. Geez. I have a newfound respect for Joss Whedon for pulling the movie together.


Feb. 7th, 2014 09:37 am
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On Wednesday I made sure to go to the comics store so I could pick up Ms. Marvel #1 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, and to subscribe. They're both awesome in different ways. I shared Ms. Marvel with my daughter (10 going on Hogwarts) and she liked it, too. Glad we're subscribing. I had to laugh particularly at the fact that both series reference the characters writing fanfiction. Love it!

The funny thing is, I was never a comics subscriber nor did I visit comic stores often (and not at all until I was in college). I wandered in to buy a Sandman graphic novel a couple of times. And it was not comfortable. "Oh, you GIRLS only want GAIMAN."

No, really.

Times have changed; no one batted an eyelash although it's probably true that "you GIRLS only want LOKI" would have the same ring to it. (Yes. And we want Ms. Marvel. And we might even want to back up and read some Avengers arcs but it's hard to know where to jump in so we are researching that.) And they ordered up the new Serenity for me (they'd had it in stock but it sold out).

Having read Loki:AoA #1, I went online to Marvel and downloaded their comic-reading app so I could buy and read the Loki "Fear Itself" arc from Journey Into Mystery. Interesting app, and works well on my (7") tablet. I was glad I could catch up. I need to buy the second part now, having enjoyed the first part.

(The Serenity comic, by the way? It's for my husband. Not that I won't read it too. HA.)
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Sadly, Tom Hiddleston died in the first act, and Benedict Cumberbatch was caught by Germans shortly thereafter.

In related news, World War I trench "over the top" battles were pretty much pointless damn exercises in blood, mud, and horror.


Okay, the movie is over and . . . I don't get it. I am a person who cries at movies. (I hate this, by the way, but there it is.) I cried at Frozen like a baby. I sob every. time. we watch Wall-E. I am afraid of going to see The Fault in Our Stars because I cried so much reading it I gave myself headaches.

I am also a person who read and reread every horse book ever as a child, and sobbed over them. I have Great and Powerful emotions about World War I. The flower of England, face down in the mud, and all that.

And War Horse moved me not at all.

Heartstrings? Are you still there? Because it's not like this movie didn't dance up and down all over you...
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Title: Raison d'Etre (at Archive of Our Own)

Author: [personal profile] trespasserswill

Rating: PG

Notes: Complete, one-shot, post "Magical Place" (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode s01e11)

Character(s): Steve Rogers, Phil Coulson, Dr. Streiten

Summary: Dr. Streiten, rattled from his talk with Agent Coulson, asks Steve Rogers -- the only other man he knows who has come back from the dead -- to talk to the Agent.


About the fic . . .

You could say that watching "Magical Place" freaked me out. A lot. And Dr. Streiten seemed upset during his conversation with Coulson -- upset enough to maybe break a few rules. I could imagine him approaching Steve Rogers with the idea that Captain America might be the best person to talk to Coulson about the situation.

I told [personal profile] telaryn about this idea, and she said, "Write. It."

So I did, and there it is.


Feb. 1st, 2014 05:08 pm
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I have to admit that the first time I watched it, I didn't respond well to The Avengers.

There were things I liked about it (mostly, the dialogue and interaction) and things I didn't (it didn't seem to pull things together satisfactorily in the end; also, Loki + Chitauri why?), and then there was the biggest problem: I didn't see it until it was out on DVD, by which time I had been bombarded by .gifs and memes and all the rest. So I when I first watched it, there was some extensive fandom baggage rather blocking the view.

I still see some problems, but rewatching has shown me more of its charms. Also the fact that some things I considered plot holes could be read as character development and/or openings left for later development (hello, fanfiction). Plus, I do love the team dynamic. (Side note: If there's one thing I wish Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had accomplished, it's handle the "let's go put on a show build a team!" bits with as much aplomb as The Avengers did. It seems to be getting better about this as the season has gone on.)

But I realized, too, that the things I love most about The Avengers are often the things that the movie builds on from other Marvel movies. The Thor/Loki dynamic pales when you don't have Thor backing it up (and boy howdy, does it blossom in Thor: The Dark World). Captain America's disconnectedness and the comfort with which he falls into military routine on the helicarrier (and then begins to question S.H.I.E.L.D.) mean a lot more when you've seen Captain America. I'm looking forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier because I'm eager to see more of how Cap fits in -- and doesn't -- with the new world, as well as more of Natasha Romanoff. And of course, Iron Man gives you Tony Stark's shift from someone who doesn't give a damn as long as he can party to someone who does give a damn. (Never mind that his inability to sacrifice is rebooted for The Avengers.)

As a separate example, I've often read fanfic set in fandoms I don't know anything about. Most of the time (I SAID MOST), it's difficult to read/comprehend if you don't know anything about the original context. When you know the context and go back to read, it suddenly sparkles.

The Avengers works the same way for me: it's loads better as a movie in the context of other movies that make up its world. It's a shared-world experience. And everyone finds their own part of it that clicks.

(For the record: I haven't seen the Hulk movies; I liked Iron Man but IM2 didn't do as much for me; IM3 was in the middle and I want to rewatch; I loved Thor, Captain America, and Thor: The Dark World. Is that everyone? Good. Also I am sometimes enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and looking forward to the Peggy Carter TV series.)
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I haven't done this for so long.

And then a story idea hit me between the eyes and wouldn't let me go. So I wrote it. And posted it to AO3.

But it's been a long time, and I didn't want to just take up the old username mantle (I don't disown it; I was PeacockHarpy). I'm writing in new fandoms, trying new approaches. I wanted something fresh.

Ergo TrespassersWill.
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The local stores are full of chicks and bunnies and tender young flowers in soft pastels, because Easter is right around the corner and we should all be welcoming spring!

Outside, though, it's hitting 90 degrees in the afternoons. It's still cool at night, but the days are decidedly not springlike. They are, in fact, drifting toward summerlike (although here, summer means 95 degrees and up from midmorning on, and night temps that only drop into the 80s). It feels like we've bypassed the whole pastel-Spring-dream thing entirely, which isn't helped by Easter's being so late this year.

And yet... despite the summery tendencies, we still haven't turned on the air conditioner. We usually turn off the air and throw open the windows in the spring anyway. This year, I've resolved to keep the windows open and the air off for as long as possible.

The funny thing is... I kind of like it. And I grew up with A/C. I couldn't imagine living in Florida without it. (My husband, who grew up even farther south in Florida without the benefits of air conditioning, can imagine it but prefers not to live it again. Then again, he dreams of moving to upstate New York for the winters.)

But when the windows are open, you can hear what's going on in the neighborhood -- you know when the mail's here, you know when the school buses pick up and drop off kids. Stepping outside isn't such a shock to the system -- in fact, going into air-conditioned buildings is weirder and feels colder. I feel like I'm taking part in the seasonal change, instead of hiding from it.

It helps that I've lost some weight over the past year, so I'm not as thoroughly insulated as I was. It also helps that, for the most part, we do as others in hot countries do: get the active things done in the morning, spend the afternoon doing more quiet things. In fact, the hottest part of my day is generally cooking dinner, because when you rev up the stove or oven, it heats more than just your food.

We've invested in a few more fans (we have paddle fans in all the bedrooms and in the sunroom, but my office space, the kitchen, and the dining area are sadly fan-free) and with the air moving about the house, it feels -- temperate. Warm, yes, but not unduly so. When the sun sets, you can feel the change in the air. When rain is coming, you can smell it. I like that.

(I also like saving $150 to $200 on my electric bill each month. O yes.)

We'll see how long this lasts. I'm hoping to hold out until June.


Last night, I downloaded The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure for my Nook (Amazon BN Indiebound Powell's), and read it in two big gulps (started last night, finished today). I loved that the author, similar to me, had obsessed over Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a kid, and similar to me, she'd rediscovered them as an adult, found some things to be reassuring and other things to be troubling (hello, Osage Diminished Reserve*). Like me, she'd started nosing around the Internet for more information about what really happened.

Unlike me, McClure took her interest to its (il?)logical conclusion and started rediscovering what she calls "Laura World," first by doing some of the things Laura and her family had done (grinding wheat in a coffee mill to bake bread!) and then by going to the places Laura had lived, in search of ... well, she doesn't quite know, at the start. But she eventually gains her own answers, and a fine collection of sunbonnets. (Don't wear them on your head. Let them hang down your back, like Laura did.)

The result is both touching and funny -- part memoir, part biography, part road trip, part literary criticism, and part realization that the past -- yours and mine and McClure's and Wilder's -- is both still with us and unreachable.

(I should add, here, that I'm jealous -- my wonderful parents took me to Rocky Ridge Farm when I was a kid, on the way back from a trip to visit the Iowa relatives, and the house was CLOSED. The Rock House, at the time, was open and was a gift shop, and that's where I bought my own copy of Donald Zochert's Laura. Also, I have been (briefly) to Westville, FL, where the Wilders lived for a year, because it's right around the corner from Bonifay, where my grandfather grew up -- but I haven't actually Laura-touristed it. Someday.)

*Also, hi, Penny Linsenmayer, whose name I recognized from HP fandom!
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Those of you who have read [livejournal.com profile] crevette's LJ know she is a wonderful woman and a fantastic, fearless writer, who regularly has me on the floor laughing (strawberry-scented elegance! uterus memos!). She is also an intensely giving person who has done the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk (in honor of a friend who survived it) and now goes out every year to cheer on the participants and hand out popsicles. She's the sort of friend who not only brings you a homemade batch of Italian Wedding Soup when you're recovering from an ailment -- she takes your kid and teaches her to make meatballs so you can get some rest, too.

Like me -- like many of us -- [livejournal.com profile] crevette has struggled with weight problems (and their attendant health problems) all her adult life. We've both done the weight loss dance before, and we've both fallen hard off the wagon at times.

Earlier this year, on a whim, she decided to enter a contest to win free lap-band surgery with the follow-up counseling and therapy that will help her achieve a more healthy life. She thought she’d never get a response -- but to her surprise, she’s one of six finalists.

Please (please please please PLEASE) click here and vote for Irene F (under “Dr. Jessee’s patients”). And thanks.
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(with apologies to Henry Reed)

To-day, we have assembling of supplies. Yesterday,
We had the finding of bento boxes. And to-morrow morning,
We shall be departing for the first day of school. But to-day,
To-day we have assembling of supplies. The new backpack
Is dark blue and green with small white flowers,
And to-day we have assembling of supplies.

These are the three-prong folders. And these
Are the sheet protectors, of which you need 10
For each folder, except the blue. There should be an orange folder,
Which in your case you have not got. The backpack
Perhaps should have been purple, you think,
Which in your case you have not got.

This is the binder, which can be opened
By pushing on the metal tab. And please do not let me
See you yanking on the rings. You will pinch your fingers
If you don't use the tab. The backpack
Is easier to open, and you will not have
To worry about your fingers.

And this is the new school agenda. The purpose of these
Is to write out your assignments. Here is the first page
for the first day of school: we call this
Starting the year. Next to the kitchen table
The new backpack stands tall, stuffed with supplies
It is starting the year.

You are starting the year. You will open the agenda
To the first day's page, and stack the pencils and crayons
And the three-prong folders in your desk, except the orange one,
Which in your case you have not got; and the white blossoms
Drift across the front of your backpack, bright and fresh
For to-day we have assembling of supplies.


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