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The fic series I've been casually writing for my main RP hero in City of has unexpectedly bloomed. This is mainly because I've finally come up with a workable antagonist for him who fits into the story without too much jigging about.

There is really only one problem with this:

It'll mean I'll be trying to concentrate on this and on NaNo at the same time from now till... whenever it gets finished or the end of November at least, whichever comes sooner.

I suppose I could write City of fanfic for NaNo, using this plot as a springboard and writing big chunks of backstory for both Psychist and Tommy Bedlam (antagonist!) and re-writing (for NaNo) what I've already written to fit in... but I'm loathe to do that. For one, it'll mean I'll be way too easily distracted by the game in the form of "character research" (I know what I'm like). And for two... I'm not sure if I want to do fanfic this year. I mean, I use NaNo as a writing exercise - something to get me to write in large chunks, on a regular/daily basis, because otherwise I'm a sporadic writer at best despite all the stuff I've got on the computer and on paper round my room that needs to be finished - so whether or not I write something that can be published is of no real consquence to me. But on the other hand there's a part of me that always enjoys coming up with the world and new characters and plots and stuff...

Arrgh. Why can't my head just stick with one idea?
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Good news: the money Nick's mother sent Special Delivery on Monday finally arrived today.

Bad news: it arrived five minutes after our doctors' surgery closed for the day (half day on Thursday), so we can't pick up the perscription till tomorrow.

At least I have chocolate (and Nick can haz pizza tonight).

On the other hand, I can't sleep right now despite having been up all night (I settle down to play City of for a couple of hours, and the next thing I know my friends are joking about what time it is over in the UK and the milk floats are driving through the streets. At least I got two levels on my Warshade and had some good fun teaming). So I'm wandering round the net and doing random things. I may try doing some writing even, or perhaps even some NaNo prep (I have that Snowflake Method thing somewhere in my bookmarks...).

Although knowing me, I'll just end up reading random stuff on the web for a couple of hours till I'm ready to drop...
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Ok, scratch yesterday's idea. It was deeply fun and all, but I don't think I would have been able to find the momentum to carry it all the way through.

This is my new plot idea:

"A teenage boy, recently released from a mental hospital, survives an attack from a serial killer and discovers that he now has a mental link to the killer - seeing what he sees and the like. With nobody believing him for obvious reasons, he takes it upon himself to try to warn the killer's potential victims and stop the killer himself."

There's a fair bit of The Eyes of Laura Mars in there, and I keep seeing the Corinthian standing in for the killer so far so something may be done with that... as well as some other stuff I haven't identified yet... we will also leave until later the discussion as to why I always seem to use the same characters/character types in my stuff (I have a theory, but it's long and complicated and rather weird, plus I have to think on it some more).
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...it's utter crack, but hey, it's better than nothing.

"A teenager in a mental hospital seems to have no grip on reality. He has delusions of being several different people, all of whom are 'special' in some way, and several of whom have connections to pre-existing fictional worlds.

What the doctors (and, to some extent, the patient) don't realise is... he's right. The teenage boy is in fact a nexus of sorts, and therefore does 'exist' in several worlds at once. The problem is that the various different versions shouldn't be aware of each other, but they are starting to notice... and that the 'version' in the mental hospital shouldn't exist at all, and certain forces are attempting to correct that fact. If the 'nexus' version dies, all the others will cease to exist..."

...no, I have no idea where this has come from, except that it maybe borrows a little from the BtVS episode "Normal Again". On the other hand, it'll allow me to write both fanfiction (and get away with putting an OC in there!) and original fic in one, and when I get stuck, I can write short episodes involving the various different 'versions' as filler.

...This really does confirm that I am utterly, utterly crazy, doesn't it?

NaNo 07

Oct. 2nd, 2007 08:11 am
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Well, I've just signed up.

I have no idea what I'm going to do this year, but that's just a small hurdle right now. I have a few half-formed ideas that I could go with.

*insert moment of flailing and "Why am I doing this?"*

...Right. Now all I need to do is come up with a workable plot, plan it out so that I can at least start the thing come November, and at get to at least a good stage to go 'on hold' with my RP story I'm writing for CoH right now. The last part being slightly more difficult as apparently people are enjoying it and are looking forward to more.

*insert more flailing*
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So, I'm planning out my horror movie book again, with the intention of really doing something with it this time (really! I've got way too many half-written reviews and articles lying around the place and on the hard drive that I really need to do something with).

Behind the cut is what I've roughly got planned out so far...

A rough idea of chapter content and movies... )

My (hopeful) plan is to eventually have five movies for each section; so far I've only managed that for two of them, so if anyone has any suggestions...

I've also got to decide if I want an additional chapter dealing with the 'greats' of horror - Jason, Freddy et al, but so far I don't think that's too bad of a start...
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GCSE essays 'sickeningly violent'

The article, for those not about to click on the link, states that examiners are becoming worried about the number of creative writing essays they get that are (apparently) very very violent with little plot development. They're also bothered about the number of essays which are receiving high marks simply for being very long, while also being full of bad spelling and grammar and little else.

I have a problem with the first of their worries (not the second; I fully agree that we shouldn't be giving people high marks just for writing like Thomas Hardy or Leo Tolstoy without the benefit of a spellcheck). First off, the article doesn't give any demographic breakdown of whether girls or boys are worse at writing this 'sickeningly violent' stuff. I'd bet my cheesecake it's boys - considering the article states that a popular title is "The Assassin", that sounds like the very kind of thing a lot of teenage boys strapped for inspiration might write. And just how weird is that? I'd think that people would actually be more concerned if you had boys writing gentle comedies of manners or romances for their GCSE coursework.

Second, I really dislike the idea that, if you write something violent, you're instantly someone to be watched and worried over. Over the course of my school days, my Creative English works included:

- a short story about a mugging which goes wrong and ends up with both lead characters dead
- a story about a train wreck (actually for my GCSE English exam; the prompt was "Write about a school trip where something unexpected happens". Well, thought I (not liking the prompt very much), what's more unexpected than a train derailment? I also didn't think I'd be allowed to get away with the Spanish Inqusition.)
- a post-apocalyptic story based very strongly on The Stand (I was reading it at the time) which included descriptions of people dying unpleasantly of a virus
- a story about a zombie attack (my A-level coursework)
- a story about a teenage girl who takes revenge on a classmate by poisoning him

Now, I don't know if the difference between me and them (because I received high marks for all of them and no comments or worried looks from teachers... well, I did for the zombie one, but that was because my English teacher was terrified of the sight of blood) is that I was a better writer and so my choice of subject could be... overlooked, but that really shouldn't be the point. Creative Writing is all about imagination, not reality, and people shouldn't be assuming that because we write about stuff like this that we're actively hoping for them or going to go out and do it.

Maybe we should be looking at why kids are writing violent stories with no plot or substance... are they actually being taught how to write these things? I know I was lucky in school because I had teachers who saw that I enjoyed writing and actively encouraged me to do so whenever possible, but from what I see of the way school is going nowadays, I have to wonder if Creative English is being taught at all in some areas. And if that's the case, then it's no surprise that kids are reduced to writing "The Assassin" and similar.

I'm just deeply concerned that this is going to lead into a 'watchlist' of 'dangerous' students whose only crime has been to write something for their schoolwork that has violence in it...

Catch-up

Jun. 8th, 2007 08:21 pm
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I haven't posted for a while. I know, it's terrible.

So, what's been happening?

- after a slight problem involving my email not getting the worksheets being sent to me, I got my schedules for this week and next for work. My first job is on Sunday. Then I've got another on Monday (goodbye sleep!) and one on Wednesday. I'm at least glad that I don't have to work next weekend, as there's a double-XP weekend going on CoX that I don't want to miss (and I'm already having to miss a roleplay event happening this Sunday night).

- I've started my planning for Blogathon '07.

- [livejournal.com profile] learnedrobb is coming down to see us tomorrow and staying overnight, so Jelli can sit on him and Mac can run away whenever he moves (Mac is slightly scared of big people)

- I'm writing porn for [livejournal.com profile] amara_m/[livejournal.com profile] phantisma's Inappropriate Content ficathon. You may all start trembling now.

I think that's all the salient points...
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I started writing a big long post on this topic (connected, of course, to the great clusterfuck that has been going on with journals and communities round here over the last couple of days), but it got too long (and I've been a little ill) so I saved it with the intention of continuing tomorrow.

Of course, between then and now stuff has happened which has made a lot of what I wrote obsolete. You snooze, you lose, I guess.

So, an all-new post.

I am a writer. I write both original fiction and fanfiction (albeit somewhat less of the latter, although that may be changing). Sometimes I write things which other may not like or approve of - homosexual relationships, child abuse, sexual practices which could be considered 'deviant' by some, violence, supernatural elements... pretty much the whole shebang. Sometimes the things I wite about might well be considered illegal (I have an ongoing problem, for example, with two of my characters who, at the ages of 16 and 17 respectively, are legal to be involved in a sexual relationship in the UK but not in some parts of America)

This does not mean that I am in any way in favour of any of the things I write about (well, the patently illegal things, at any rate... I'm fully in favour or kinks, homosexuality and the like - if that makes sense). And people shouldn't think that I am just because I write about them. Tom Clancy writes about terrorists, but I don't see him in Guantanamo Bay, for example.

The events of the past couple of days have reminded me of things I've read about and seen in the past. The 'video nasties' panic of the early 80s (and its brief resurgence in the early-mid 90s, which I was... 'lucky' enough to live through). The 'satanic panic' of the mid-late 80s. They all started with 'concerned citizens', and ended up with mass hysteria, blanket condemnations and innocent people being hurt.

To be fair, the issue of pedophiles on the web is a problem. But pedophiles were around before the web, and they're going to be around when the next big thing for communication comes around, and the one after that... And they're not nearly as big or well-organised a problem as some 'concerned citizens' would like to have you believe. And this sort of thing is certainly not the way to go about dealing with them.

Neither I nor any other writer - of original or fanfiction - should have to put up a disclaimer stating that we don't agree with the things we write about. It should be obvious to anyone with a bit of common sense - but as Nick tells me often, common sense is exactly that - common. We shouldn't be made to feel like criminals for what we write. We shouldn't have to censor ourselves.

I've been anti-censorship for most of my life (started as soon as I was old enough to understand the term). I understand that certain things need to be controlled and banned (for example, actual footage of people or animals being tortured and killed for entertainment should be illegal). But other than a few exceptions, I believe and support the right for people to read and watch whatever they damn well want. Even if I don't like it myself. Because that's what freedom of speech is all about.
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...well, kind-of porn... it didn't want to go into the explicit stuff, not without me writing a whole lot more than I did, but it's still porn of a sort...

Inspired by the Word of the DAy on Amara's journal, where she asked for comment porn and the like...

Cut for softcore stuff... )
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[livejournal.com profile] amara_m started a new fic community, [livejournal.com profile] fivethingsfic. The idea is that someone (a character in fandom or original fiction) finds a box with five things in it, and you have to tell stories/do art/whatever else tickles your fancy about those five things.

My mind is obviously set up for this sort of thing, because I immediately joined up and picked a 'box'. After all, it's not like I have too many other demands on my time right now...

My 'box'... )
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See what happens when two slightly unhinged people are bored?

The saga begins... )

Yes, [livejournal.com profile] jackthecake decided to join me on Virtue last night, and the two of us created new RP characters for the occasion - Dr Nitrous Brio and his long-suffering lab assistant Ellie Diskordia.



So I just felt I had to do a little something to commemorate the event...
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(Part 1 can be found here)

Title: Auld Sang Lyne II: Let it Snow
Fandom: City of Villains
Prompt: #067 – Snow
Characters: Kaykor Death (and the MacBot troop), Shadow Witch Orchid, Vraenar the Devourer, Geoff Smith
Word Count: 807
Rating: PG
Summary: They’re on a mission from Santa...

***

Flailing in a winter wonderland... )
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For [livejournal.com profile] jackthecake and the other members of Evil Industries, who apparently like my silly little fics about our villaingroup...

Title: Auld Sang Lyne I: Unusual Suspects
Fandom: City of Villains
Prompt: #095 – New Year
Characters: Kaykor Death, Shadow Witch Orchid, Vraenar the Devourer, Geoff Smith; Old Father Time
Word Count: 932
Rating: PG
Summary: Evil Industries is asked to save the world...

***

Apparently everyone else was busy... )

Part 2 here
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Ok. If you didn't quite believe I was mad, this would certainly convince you.

Prompt table for fanfic centred on the Evil Industries villaingroup in CoV )
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I finally managed to type up the entirity of my first chapter! It's incredibly rambling and wordy because I'm going for length right now and planning to edit most of it out after I'm done, but here it is for anyone who's interested...

Chapter One )
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14,974 / 50,000
(29.9%)




Ok, things are going better now. Starting to get away from the setup and into the actual horror/action of the story. I am mildly concerned that I might have too much setup which leads to a too-slow buildup, but I guess if that's the case I can just edit like mad when I finally finish and come to go over it. I just need to remember that this month, at least, is just for getting the damn thing down...

Also don't know how much time I'll have to write tomorrow, as Kerry is coming down to see me. The theory is that we'll be going out for something to eat and to the cinema, but that may be subject to change as I have absolutely no money till Wednesday (we spent the last of our funds yesterday on kitty litter). So we might end up in the living room watching DVDs and eating what food we have in the freezer (thankfully there's plenty of that)...

Also discovered the source of the mystery puddles on my bed - it was Mac, who apparently decided to start widdlling on my bed. Which would have been bad enough, except that he did it while I was in it. He was thoroughly told off for that (I was so angry that I scared him into running away from me for five minutes, which made me feel really bad once I calmed down), and we've moved his litter box out into the upstairs landing in the hope of reminding him that he isn't to go anywhere but there. Currently he's watching me trying with some interest.

Edit: Also, having just loaded a word count widget from the NaNo site, I am amazed to see that I'm actually over 1k ahead of the word count I should be at! I'd worked it out that I was supposed to be at 16,667 (that's the daily count of 1,667 multiplied by 10), but apparently my dyscalcula has struch again. Or maybe I'm reading the widget wrong. Anyway, I should probably stop procrastinating now...

NaNo Day 7

Nov. 8th, 2006 03:19 pm
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10,911 / 50,000
(21.8%)


We shall not talk about Monday, becuase that was a sucky day. A sucky day when I had too much to do and was then to tired to get more than a few hundred words done.

No, we shall instead focus on how I managed to redeem myself yesterday by geting up to just below 11k, despite the mystery of the puddle of liquid that appeared on my mattress with no indication of where it came from...

Also have to keep myself motivated this week, because this is where I usually start to fall apart and stop writing. Since I still have a strong idea of where I'm going in general with this, and some detailed ideas of what's going to happen in the next few chapters, this shouldn't be too much of a problem, but there's always the risk of burnout from simply wanting a break from writing...

NaNo Day 5

Nov. 6th, 2006 09:59 am
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8,715 / 50,000
(17.4%)


...And the plot has arrived! Well, sort of. I've finally gotten to the hook that will get my MC to the town where the zombie hoards will soon be eating at theit all-you-can-eat long pig buffet.

This is nearly always something that frustrates me when I'm writing, actually. I get all these tense, action-packed ideas for stories, and I can't wait to get them down on paper... but then I realise that I have to write build-up to them, and set the scene, and so by the time I actually get to the action, I've quite often burned myself out.

This is why I quite often write in a fragmented, completely non-linear fashion - I write all the action scenes and exciting stuff first, and then try to fit in everything else around them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

But this time I'm doing the old-fashioned A-to-B-to-C... route, just for tradition's sake. And it's not going too badly so far, although I'm still acutely aware that I may start to get burned out before I really get to the zombie hoards. Hopefully I can work out ways to avoid that, though. I really want to do well this year.

Now, to boring real-world stuff that has nothing to do with writing (or even the internet) for a while...

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