apocalypsos: (i agree with lacey's BISH PLZ)
For starters, I don't have internet access at the moment. I mean, I do through my phone, so that's not a problem or anything, but my internet service is down in the apartment. It's entirely likely it's due to my bill, since it's the bill I'm most likely to put off when money's tight, but it's the same bill as my cable and I'm watching the Mythbusters marathon right now with no problem.

Whatever. For right now, I'm accessing LJ through my phone, which means I have an awesome phone, which means I'm not really complaining. :)

Anyway.

I didn't sign up for GYWO this year, mainly because it hasn't worked out and it just makes me stress about my word count all year long. My goal is more simple this year:

Write. Write fanfic, write short stories, write scripts, write novels. Write whatever I can squeeze in between a full-time job and college classes. Write grocery lists and blog posts and snarky comments on my dry-erase board at work.

Just WRITE.

Keep it simple, stupid: my writing motto for 2011.
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I figured I'd get this out of the way now, because it's highly unlikely that I'll post much in the next couple of days if everything goes to plan.

My current writing projects look like this:

-- Work on NaNo tomorrow
-- If I hit the halfway point in the amount of words I would need to win NaNo by midnight tomorrow night, work on NaNo Tuesday as well.
-- If I don't get that far by midnight tomorrow night, I'm going to officially give up and move onto my Yuletide.
-- Once Yuletide is done, move onto completely frivolous just-for-fun gay romance
-- Once completely frivolous just-for-fun gay romance is done, go back to NaNo project

I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get to the point I want to get to tonight for NaNo, because not getting to that point makes reaching 50k by the deadline a little more terrifying. It's not impossible for me to reach 50k by Tuesday night, God knows, but it requires me to write a metric fuckton of absolute bullshit in the next two days. It's almost freeing, because it means I have to stop thinking so hard about stuff and just write.

Then there's Yuletide. I'm working on getting my grubby paws on the source material again, and the plan is to refresh my memory before the weekend and get it done Saturday and Sunday night after I get back from work. I'm really hoping I can pull this off if only because I wasn't joking when I said I'd considered this particular prompt for this particular fandom once and it fills me with all sorts of glee just contemplating it.

Then there's the gay romance. Damn it, I can totally write one, and God knows I read enough of them anymore, and I think I just want to get it out of my system. Granted, the idea I have is sort of all my slash kinks getting together and making a porny love child, so it's a bit cracktastic, but I've never had a problem writing crack. ;)

Okay, okay. Time to go beef up my NaNo word count for tomorrow.
apocalypsos: (i might find that a bit offensive)
So, yeah. I'm pretty sure I'm blaming [personal profile] apiphile for this.

I may be changing my NaNoWriMo idea and it's all her fault. I say "may be" because I always reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute, because I'm a twit like that.

Anyway, somewhere between me being led during a discussion to say that the whole thing made me want to write a story where the previously-mentioned unshaven cardigan-wearing asexual heroine glares at the stereotypical heroine who asks her about shopping or something and sneers, "Yeah, I'm not helping you pass the Bechdel Test," [the entire discussion brought to the fore my basic feelings about the Bechdel Test, which is that I understand the point of it while still kinda wanting to set it on fire before using it as genuine film critique] before walking deliberately out of the scene, and the flaily glee I had over this week's SPN ... well, after all of that, I'm in the mood to write the Asexual Archivist/Librarian Who Saves The World Without Wearing Leather Pants Or Firing An Enormous Gun Or Being A Scrawny Waif With Ninja Powers.

... er, obviously the title will probably be shorter than that.
apocalypsos: (i wish writing weren't so hard)
For the record, I know that everybody's been asking lately who wants to be on their NaNo filters, and I just wanted to put out the blanket statement that yes, I want to be on all of your NaNo filters. I'll be doing NaNo myself and it helps to know other people are putting themselves through the same sort of hell.

Those of you who've been around for a while know I don't have a NaNo filter. You're here, you're reading, you get to suffer along with me. Or laugh at me as I suffer, in any event. ;)

I cannot WAIT for NaNo, by the way. I had something like seven or eight vacation days from work and no reason to use them, so I took the first two days of November off and I'm pretty much off for the last week and a half of the month as well, interrupted only by the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving and possibly Black Friday (we still don't know if we're getting that off yet).

As for my NaNo idea itself, I'm still worldbuilding. I still haven't figured out if I'm going AU or post-apocalyptic future or how this is going to work, but there are a LOT of rules to go over and I've got a month to work on it.

*

Aaaaaand then there's Yuletide.

I think I know what I'm asking for:

Cutting for those who'd like to avoid my probable prompts. )

*

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand then there's fic. Which I am writing. Er, right now.

We'll see if I actually get it finished today.

*

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand then there's my original stuff.

Aside from NaNo I've got a couple of short stories I want to work on and some other novel ideas I've put aside for a rainy day. Writing the fanfic that I've got open right now is part of that, because I seriously need to stretch my writing muscles.

Here's hoping I can get something done this weekend, though. I could use the pick-me-up, quite frankly. (My mom's taking me clothes-shopping for my birthday, which is nice and I appreciate it and I could certainly use new jeans, but at the same time I'm disappointed I won't be getting an eReader. I can't really afford to buy one for myself, especially with Christmas coming up, and I'd rather have a new netbook for Christmas because I need one with school coming up since the one I currently have hasn't been working right for a while. And I certainly don't expect my parents to splurge on more than one expensive piece of electronic equipment at a time, nor will they. Sooooo, no eReader for the girl with three paperbacks in her purse at any given time then. Ugh, me and my First World problems. *sigh*)
apocalypsos: (i am surprised by you)
-- I have a grand total of fifty-six cents in my checking account right now. Granted, my paycheck from Wegmans goes into my account at midnight, but it's still a bit unsettling when it gets down that low.

-- I watched the Chuck premiere last night! Spoilers )

-- So I decided (at least for the moment) that I'm going to try and plan ahead for writing The Ridiculously Deep and Thoughtful Story Idea Of Doom for NaNoWriMo, which means I have to start worldbuilding and plotting and researching, uh, yesterday. It's kind of nice and low-stress because I'm not actually writing anything yet, but a bit stressful because Nano is ... well, NaNo and I'm worried I'm setting myself up to write something that needs way more serious treatment than trying to write half of the damn book in a month. We'll see, though.

I'm also not allowed to think about it too much. I mean, I can plot and write down character notes and whatnot, but some things I'm just not allowed to approach at all. Like, the other day I started thinking, "So what genre is this, anyway?" and wanted to say YA and then was like, "Oh, fuck, no," because the subject matter's going to turn it into one of those books parents take out of the library just to set on fire. Well, it will be if I do it right.

*cracks knuckles*

-- I'm also still going to try to see if I can dredge up some words for that story I want to write for that Samhain compilation. We'll have to see if my brain will behave.

-- My supervisor called me into her office yesterday to give me a packet of forms for me to fill out today as I work. They're supposed to be a new tracker the company is testing for our department, as if we don't already fill out three or four trackers already online. This, however, would be on paper, obviously, and because my supervisor is cool I felt free to point out that they're a waste of paper, that writing all of the reference numbers for my work out will take up a boatload of my time, and that I find myself wondering where the hell they plan to store all of these considering how many people are in our department. Oh, this is going to be FUN. *headdesk*
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Well, I have a new toy. That counts for something, right?

(The Zune actually counts for my early birthday present for myself, really, because if
I don't buy myself something for my birthday, no one will. Sad but true. Anyway.)

So, by project:

-- Did not get to finish or even start my [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang story. Which sort of sucks but considering my work schedule the last month or two is entirely unsurprising.

-- Did not get to finish editing GPW by the first like I wanted. What I really think I need with that is to print the whole damn thing out and start mapping out the story by taping scenes up on the wall and figuring out what's missing. I'm a lot better at this sort of story organization when I get a bit tactile with the whole thing.

-- Heroine Addiction is still in editing limbo right now (have personally whacked it with a stick, am waiting for agent to be able to whack it with a stick), but what with the lack of free time I've had lately I'm not angsting over it or anything.

-- A Lousy Pun About Death, Or Possibly The Weather is actually a file in my WIPs folder. And it has words in it. They will probably not be staying, but they're in there. I need to pick up some printer ink because I want to print out a character chart to work on Opal, my main character, because I don't have the precise and definite picture of her that I want.

-- This Way To The Egress is on hold, but that's just because everything is on hold.

-- I need to rifle through my WIPs because I honestly can't remember what half of them are. I have complete and total brain fry ... have I mentioned that?

So basically, there is not enough free time in the world. Blaaaaaaaargh.

On the bright side, there is [livejournal.com profile] criticalfandom, which you should all go join. I read the userinfo and spent a giddy moment petting the screen. :D
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I am on my second day of having nothing else to do -- no job, no plans -- and I haven't written more than a hundred words or edited a damn thing.

So I opened up the most developed or most intriguing (well, to me, anyway) story files in my WIPs folders, and here are the opening lines:

-- If Christians are Christlike, Jesus must have been a real asshole. [as written in a world religions textbook] (Exile From Hateville)

-- The only thing stopping me from attempting to murder my blind date with my leftover pizza crust is that he's already dead. (Incognito/Capture The Pawn)

-- The Holy Protective Order of St. Sally boasts thirty-seven nuns, most of them in varying stages of pregnancy. (Barren)

-- I keep expecting my roommate to just fuck her boyfriend right in front of me and get it over with already. (This Way To The Egress)

-- The sleeves of my graduation robes reached past my wrists, covering the bite marks. (The Hollow Girl)

-- Billie Cherry tripped as she emerged from her front door, nearly giving herself another black eye in the process. (Cherry Bomb)

Well, if there's one thing I can say, I really do like my opening lines most of the time. Now, if only I could keep going much farther after I write them ... *sigh*

*

In other news, I don't know which is worse, all of the fireworks randomly going off across town or the person across the street who keeps attempting to play drums and has done so all day long. At least I was expecting the fireworks.
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So I just got done with the GPW outline, and I sort of want to throw it off a cliff.

Granted, there is good stuff in there, and a good concept, and good characters, but it kinda collapses about three-quarters of the way through because I am a terrible writer who can't plot for shit. (Okay, okay, this is not true. I just see the end and yelp, "Oh, thank God, I'm almost done!" and then sorta trip and fumble my way towards it as fast as I can manage until I faceplant into the finishing line.)

Let's just say I'm going to have to delete so much stuff. Not that I didn't expect to have to -- I'll need to hack off at least 35k words to make it edit-worthy anyway -- but I think I may have to go as far as whacking off 50k words to make it remotely plausible. I just had far too many instances of reading stuff *I* wrote and saying, "Where was I even going with this?" There's at least two characters I can see myself completely getting rid of, two or three that need expanding, and entire plot points that make no goddamn sense to me now.

Urgh. Why did I decide to like writing when joining the circus seemed so much more fun?

Anyway. The new stories. Now that I've got the outline done, the rest of the day is for story notes on Barren and the sequel to Heroine Addiction. Hopefully I'll manage to sketch out both today without making some tragic mess of things like I have with GPW.

On a completely unrelated note, I had tropical jungle nature sounds playing on my computer as it started thunderstorming. That confused me for a minute.
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I have eleven chapters of Heroine Addiction left to edit before the first. I completely forgot that I get out of work at five tomorrow, so I can totally go to Panera for a couple of hours and bang out a few more chapters. And Friday should give me two more chapters. I'm kinda hoping I can get it down to six or seven left for the weekend, because my grandparents are coming in and my mom keeps mentioning my cousin's birthday party (which I don't really want to go to) on Sunday. But I'm currently on track to hit my goal of getting the entire book edited by June 1. *crosses fingers*

So my summer deadline list looks like this:

May 8: [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon first draft due
May 15-16: [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon story/stories to be posted
June 1: Have my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang completely edited.

June 1: Turn in edited copy of Heroine Addiction to agent-shaped person.
August 1: Turn in edited copy of The Grand Prize Winner to agent-shaped person.
August 1: Rough draft of [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang submission due. (8k words or 80% complete)
September 4: Final draft of [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang submission due.
September 25: Rough draft of [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang submission due. (9k words with clear beginning, middle and end or 90% complete)
October 23: Final draft of [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang submission due.

I've got plans for another story, but they're a bit hazy until I get the Heroine Addiction edit out of the way. Once I get that out of the way, I'm focusing on three things:

-- The new story idea that's been floating through my head
-- [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang (Lee/Crystal AU, woohoo!)
-- Editing The Grand Prize Winner

If I don't mentally sprain something this summer, it won't be for lack of trying, let me tell you.
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-- My [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang story is all edited and tucked away until posting day. So, yay, one less thing to worry about! \o/

-- I've spent most of today working on Heroine Addiction. I've gotten five chapters out of twenty-five edited so far. The good thing is that out of the nine days I've given myself to finish this thing and get it done, four of them are days off. The good thing is that only three or four chapters really need major work, so what I'm hoping for is to get six or seven more chapters edited tonight and tomorrow so I'm close to halfway done.

-- My only problem is that I'm kind of itching to outline The Grand Prize Winner and start hacking away at the excess. I have a hard copy of it printed out and it's HUGE. I have to throw away thirty thousand words, and it shows.

-- I still haven't gotten a chance to work on either my [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang or my [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang stories. Right now, Heroine Addiction has top priority, and I sort of want to wait for both shows to end first so I have a better idea of what to work with.

-- I have this short list of finale fic ideas I'm hoping to write sometime. I wonder what it says about me that of the finale fic ideas I've had, a large chunk of them are Lisa-centric. Possibly that when the boys decide they're going to chuck it all and pretend to be normal, I love that they hook up with women I feel could kick some ass if they turned to hunting. And hey, unlike Jess, Lisa knows who Dean is. (Well, maybe not everything, but ... you know, the hunting and all.)

Plus ... I don't know, I'm finding out I'm not a big fan of the angle where Dean turns into a depressed alcoholic and Lisa cries in the laundry room over a basket of freshly-washed underwear and then Sam shows up all broken and woobie-faced asking for Dean-hugs and knocks Lisa out of the story with his big pointy possessed elbows. Maybe it'll work for me if it happens in canon, but it's turning me off in fic.
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Yeah, I got the cat a catnip toy. I'll never see him again.

Anyway, status of the writer:

-- I'm trying not to fry my brain by staying up too late considering I have to set my alarm for 5:30 if I want to get to work by 8:30, which means I won't get much farther in editing Heroine Addiction. As long as I finish a chapter today, though, I'll be good. The good thing is that there's not much to the edit. Hacking pieces from it made it a lot more manageable.

-- Speaking of hacking pieces off of a story, The Grand Prize Winner is going to need me to hack off something like 35k. I might as well just go at it with an ax, but I think at this point I'm not afraid as much to knock it into submission. (Why does every description of my editing process sound like the severe beating of a urban fantasy novel?)

-- Fic! 'Cause there will be some. I need to get the Heroine Addiction edit underway and then it's on the "Swan Song" crack. Woohoo!

-- Oh, and there's my [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang and [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang fics, neither of which I've even started yet.

-- I have to plot, like, five or six different novels. Urgh. Now would be a really nice time to suddenly become independently wealthy so I can stay home all day and write, seriously.

*

Oh, and did I mention that I went to get the car from the garage the other day? The mechanic is going to fix it later this week, and it's not like it doesn't drive well -- it drives just fine -- but it smells so BAD, and I can't turn on the heater (not really a problem anymore) or the air conditioner (yeah, okay, THAT'S going to be a problem). Ick. Stupid car.

(And thanks, everybody. *hugs*)
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So I wanted to talk about my [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon stories, because I wrote something! Two somethings! And I finished both of them!

In which I talk about women who can kick your ass and words that won't come and how the apocalypse unsurprisingly sucks beyond the telling of it. Spoilers for the finale. )

I still do have to sit down and respond to comments, which hopefully I'll get a chance to do either today or tomorrow. I was going to sit down and write a Chuck story today, but I think I have to have a nice little marathon so I can theorize hardcore.

So instead today shall be editing Heroine Addiction, which I plan to do just as soon as I finish my hot chocolate and head out of the cafe. (I so very much needed to get the hell out of my apartment. I just wish it were warmer so I could go to my parents' house and commandeer their deck chairs for the afternoon.)
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-- I posted fic! That's the first time I've done that since, uh, Yuletide? Sheesh. Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea requested female-character SPN fic, so I wrote Mary, Jo, Ellen and Jess in a car together and Becky fic.. So, YAY, that's one ficathon off my to-do list.

-- Today is for finishing my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang edit. I thought I'd get it done a few days ago, but the whole car thing threw me off.

-- I have finale fic ideas on the brain. Crack fic! Angsty fic! More angsty fic! Still MORE angsty fic! And then maybe some angsty crack fic! Of course, I have to write them all first, but I got inspired. That's got to count for something, right?

-- As soon as I finish the Big Bang edit and get it off to beta and artist, it's onto Heroine Addiction. I've got two weeks to get the edit finished and shoot it off to the agent-shaped person. And this time I will it done. What helps is that I have training at work for the next two weeks, and I get to edit during my downtime, and because training starts earlier than my usual shift I'll get home at 5:30 every night, AND I have Memorial Day off and next weekend to myself and soon enough I'll be down to just two days a week I'll have new episodes of my regular summer viewing to watch. (SYTYCD, Top Chef, and Leverage, woohoo!)
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[livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon assignment:

2509 / 1000


It's obviously going to need some tweaking, but I got it done and after the last three months of getting absolutely jack shit done, I'm fairly happy with the way it turn out for a first draft.

Now I'm going to sit down and organize the stuff I need to edit or write in the next few months into one handy file. And tomorrow I'm probably going to see if I can start on the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang edit, just because I'd like my artist to get a copy that's not a flaming pile of crap.
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So here is my new writing schedule (sans Yuletide and other original novels):

May 8: [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon first draft due
May 15-16: [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon story/stories to be posted
June 1: Have my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang completely edited.
June 1: Turn in edited copy of Heroine Addiction to agent-shaped person.
August 1: Turn in edited copy of The Grand Prize Winner to agent-shaped person.
August 1: Rough draft of [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang submission due. (8k words or 80% complete)
September 4: Final draft of [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang submission due.
September 25: Rough draft of [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang submission due. (9k words with clear beginning, middle and end or 90% complete)
October 23: Final draft of [livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang submission due.

It's not as bad as it seemed when I swooped in and signed up for both Big Bangs earlier in the day, but I'm still pushing it. That said, in both cases the fics only have to be 10,000 words this time around, which should work out MUCH better. And hopefully I won't develop another raging case of writer's block for the next three months like I did the last time I signed up for a Big Bang. *eyes my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang*

SO. What am I writing?

[livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang: This one's easy. I'm writing the Lee/Crystal vampire AU I've been dying to write since they did that Ford commercial for the show. I've never written an AI fic before, but hell, it's absolutely criminal that there isn't any Lee/Crystal fic out there, honestly.

[livejournal.com profile] werewolfbigbang: Currently I'm thinking Glee, Brittany/Santana, with the Cheerios as a pack and Sue as an alpha. Seriously, how perfectly is that? And okay, I maybe have a bit of a weakness for werewolf stories where werewolves find their mates, so this might tilt that way.

Of course, I have to finish my [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon assignment before I can even think about starting those, so yeah, I'll just go do that. :D
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I didn't do my GYWO count for March because, uh, I'm a terrible person. But here is my attempt to get some idea of where I'm at in regards to my 2010 word count.

In which I attempt to do basic math. )

Well, I've definitely got a bunch more to go, but Big Bang put a nice old dent in my deficit. That's 25961 words in ... well, technically the last two months, since it's since the last time I tallied for GYWO, but the vast majority of that was in the last week and a half.
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Current word count: 1500 words
Time until story is due: Nine days.

This is going to be the roughest rough draft to end all rough drafts. It's going to be a log with the bark still on on its way to the lumber factory.

But I've got the entire weekend from eight tomorrow night to ten Monday morning to write another, er, 13500 words. Or more, hopefully, all things considered. I bought Pepsi and Cheetos today, so I'll be all stocked up for writer food.

Oh, man, I am SUCH a glutton for punishment. I should just skip this writing thing and spend the entire weekend whacking myself in the face with an oar instead. I'll probably feel the same way when Monday rolls around either way. *sigh*

EDIT: Just out of curiosity, show of hands -- who's at the same level I'm at but still trying to finish in time for the deadline? It's always nice to know you're not the only nut.
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Current word count: 1100 words
Time until deadline: Nine days and sixteen hours.

The good thing is that I only just realized that May 1 is a Saturday. That gives me an extra twenty hours or so at the end just in case I can't manage to squeeze out the vast majority of words this weekend. (And when I say vast majority, I pretty much mean all of them. If I don't hit at least 15k by Sunday night, I think I may be screwed.)

That said, the good thing is that I don't think this is going to take me too much more than 20k to finish. I don't think this is going to be one of those instances where I hit 20k and I've still got, oh, 20k more to go. I think it'll be a little over 20k and then, DUNZO.

Oh, and I'm still doing the Ellen/Mary story, for the record. I ended up scrapping what I'd already written of it and starting over, and it seems to be working. I think completing it this weekend may just be a matter of painfully careful planning over the next two days. I doubt I'll get much writing done tonight with SPN (\o/) and Project Runway (*zzzzzzz*), but then again I've been doing a fair job of getting what's been written so far out while I'm watching something else. And I'm not even sure I'm going to pay much attention during the Project Runway finale, because if Seth Aaron doesn't win I'm going to be irritated as hell.

*crosses fingers*
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The one bright mark of this entire week is that even though going to the dentist has resulted to me being four hundred bucks in debt to the guy, I haven't felt a lick of pain since about three hours after leaving his office for a short time after the novocaine wore off.

On the other hand, I'm blocked.

Oh, God, I'm so blocked it almost HURTS. Big Bang, [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon, WIPs ... nothing seems to want to come. I'm so blocked I haven't even been able to edit. That's bad.

In fact, the only creative thing I've managed to dredge up is The Cheese Ball, and me making snarky comments about cheesy songs really doesn't count as actual writing, except for the writing and the research and the brainstorming and ... okay, maybe it's sort of writing.

I just need to not be stressed, which -- what with recent events -- I don't see being remedied anytime soon. Fan-fucking-TASTIC.
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So, I'm thinking I'm going to be dropping out of Big Bang this year.

Not that I'm not going to write the Ellen/Mary story. I still want to write the damn thing, and Lord knows that if I do finish it and still want somebody to throw together some art for it I probably wouldn't have any trouble getting somebody willing to do it.

But at this point it's three weeks to write twenty thousand words, and while it would not be a problem if I were having an easier time of writing, right now I'm just dropping handfuls of words here and there and it's not going to work out unless I suddenly flush every last shred of writer's block clinging to my brain. So ... that's out, I guess.

To be fair, I feel like at this point the majority of my writer's block is due to my toothache, because at any given point when I'm not downing painkillers like they're going out of style it's this monstrous sharp pain on the left side and it's incredibly hard to focus on anything else when it starts up. And for added fun, I have another month and a half before I have dental insurance. So, yeah. This keeps up and I may not be writing for just that long.

In any event, I've got my [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon assignment to work on today, because I'd like to get it done and out of the way now rather than later. The good thing about modding the damn thing is that I took a prompt that I could personally write half a dozen stories for, which helps when I'm having a bit of a block. I've started two different stories for it already, and I could easily start a couple more. I'll just be happy to get one done, of course, but I need an open-ended prompt right now. The one I've got, I've got a bit of legroom to play with.

As for my original stuff ... well. *sigh*

I was attempting to sketch out a bit of world-building for This Way To The Egress during the week at work. The hard part is just that I'm a bit rusty when it comes to writing story notes. Well, that, and I need to get back into the habit of writing so many words a day again. It may be a lot easier now that I've got a new schedule for work and don't need to get there until eleven. If I can get myself up early enough and get ready, that'll leave me a three-hour block every morning to focus completely on writing. Of course, that entire plan depends on my lazy butt getting up that early.

Also, I've still got Heroine Addiction and The Grand Prize Winner to edit. *pouts* I miss being unemployed and having pretty much all day long to write. (... okay, no, I really don't.)
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At the moment I have four different files open on my desktop. So let's go with those for now.

The first is a list of details and whatnot for the checklist of things I need to edit in the new draft of Heroine Addiction. I've been fleshing out the answers on and off for the past week, and I'm hoping to get the last three problems that need working on fleshed out tonight so that I can print it out and bring it all with me to work this week. (As soon as I can go to work, anyway ... still no call from HR to come in tomorrow.) I'm really never a big fan of the editing part of writing, and when it comes to editing I find it a lot easier to fix the spelling and punctuation and whatever than the content for the obvious reasons that ... well, they ARE easier.

The second is my Big Bang. All I've got right now is the header, which sucks because obviously it'd be nice if I had pretty much anything written. I still want to do the same idea, which is pretty impressive considering I've usually changed my mind half a dozen times by now. I just need to watch a few episodes to get a grasp on the characters again. But as the Flying Spaghetti Monster is my witness, there WILL be femmeslash!

Anyway, the third is This Way To The Egress. I haven't looked at it since November. I had six thousand words or so by the time I put it aside, which gives me enough of a word count to make me not want to put it aside permanently. I really need to refine the hell out of it, because I want to go a sort-of mock autobiography direction with it, and I'm terrified it'll start tilting Mary-Sue-ish.

The fourth is Cherry Bomb. Another one I haven't touched in a while, this one since January. I love the story, I do, but I currently feel like I need to work on the lead character a little, if only because I'm finding her partner waaaaay more interesting (she's a bit Parker-esque, so she's more than a bit nuts). That said, I just need to sit my butt in a chair and pound out some damn words already.

I've got a few other stories to work on, of course -- the GPW edit is still on, and I've got Blood Red Carpet and Nearly Departed and Gilded lying around gathering dust, AND I would have fun writing a gay paranormal romance, I think -- but right now I'm just trying to latch onto something that wants to be written, which is a bit harder than I'd like.

I just really really really really really really really really really really really really REALLY want to get published already. Ahem. *beams*

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I'm opening the floor to questions just to see if it'll spark some inspiration, so if anybody's got any questions about the stuff I'm currently writing, now's the time to ask. :)
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So I just sat down and made a checklist of stuff I need to edit in Heroine Addiction. It's only half of a page, but it's half a page of "Completely change this plot point" and "Tweak this character from top to bottom" and "Slash and burn this, this and this."

Urgh. One thing at a time, right?

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I only need one more SPN episode and I will have every episode I need to get into the heads of the right characters for my Big Bang. Let's just say it's a good thing I already own season two, because I'm going to need it.

I still haven't started writing it yet, or plotting it all that much. I also didn't do what I'd be tempted to do all day, which is come home from work and write fic -- yes, fic, real honest-to-goodness FIC -- because I was wiped. It'll be brilliant if they finally do cancel the voluntary overtime this week, because as much as I would like to work next weekend and get even further ahead just in case, I've worked every day for the past two weeks and won't have a day off until next Saturday. I won't even know what to DO with myself on a day off, but what I'll need to do is write something.

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Continuing to read the annoying paperback I picked up the other day is aggravating me. It's one of those books that makes me annoyed because while there are some very good things to be had in it, there's also an aggravating lead and unnecessary footnotes to throw in snarky remarks that could just be in the damn story the way they are and insets in case you want to make the drinks the lead is swilling (You probably don't.). Also, commas. I really shouldn't feel the urge to take a red pen to an already-published novel. (I wasn't allowed to be within ten feet of a red pen while reading the Twilight books. I'd be preoccupied FOREVER.)

Basically, it bothers me because, hell, I write better than this. What the fuckity fuck, you guys?

If nothing else, it certainly encourages me to edit HA and GPW. Commas -- they're like sprinkles on sundaes, yay! *eyeroll*
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Woohoo! I'm officially caught up to the number of GPW chapters I needed to have edited by yesterday! \o/

It took me staying up until 1:30 in the morning but I did it, so YAY. Next up on the agenda:

The Grand Prize Winner -- Two chapters edited and sent to ye olde agent-shaped person by Monday, which gratefully are very easy to work on at work just as long as Chatty Cathy doesn't decide to bug me during breaks again. Also, I need to start going through the checklist of continuity/character/plot problems I've been making as I go along and figuring out exactly how I plan on fixing them.

Heroine Addiction -- I need to sit down and make another checklist from the chats and emails and stuff with ye olde agent-shaped person of things that need fixing, and I need to find someone willing to do a Racefail Avoidance edit for a main character with two grandmothers born in Mexico.

This Way To The Egress -- It's kind of stupid and silly and will probably never get published anyway, but at the same time I was thinking about it the other day and I've got something like five thousand words and it's ridiculously easy to write for, so I'm going to dig it out this week and see what happens.

Cherry Bomb -- Needs plotting, and for me to finish the prologue already.

[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang -- I still plan on working on the same story I signed up for, which is cut for anybody who'd like to be surprised ) I haven't started anything but I believe I have a title I like (I've been listening to The Stand on audiobook at work and something stuck with me), I've been toying with some ideas I really like thanks to the last few episodes, and all I really need to do right now is get my grubby paws on all of the episodes each has been in. It's just a matter of putting fingertips to keyboard at this point.

But yaaaay, back in the swing of things, you guys. :D
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Only one more chapter of GPW to edit and I am officially caught up with where I'm supposed to be! Woohoo!

This is the problem with working as many hours as I am, and fitting in the gym every day, AND not having a car, AND having to edit two different manuscripts, AND having a book and a Big Bang I want to write but am having the hardest time finding the time to squeeze in. Somewhere between the overtime and the not-having-a-car, the stupid car is swallowing up a huge chunk of my time. Case in point: my mom picked me up from work today, and then detoured to Wal-Mart to pick up cat litter and wash her car, wasting an hour of precious writing time.

I did manage to squeeze out some notes on my Big Bang today at work, though, and thankfully the show's been throwing me a few bones in canon. It just goes to show how little free time I've had lately, however, because the company laid off a few people in other departments today, and I couldn't suppress a bit of disappointment when the people in my section found out our jobs are safe as long as the customer service department is safe, and they'd lay off everybody else before they laid off the people trained to take the phone calls. I had a moment of FREE TIME TO WRITE ZOMG!!! before I reminded myself that, dude, layoffs are BAD.

I really just wish I could have a day to myself to sit at my computer and write, and not have to worry that this has to be edited or that needs to be cleaned or I've got a full overtime schedule and therefore don't have a day off until March.

Ugh, have to go to bed, need to wake up in six hours to slog off to the gym.
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-- I haven't written in three weeks. YUCK.

-- I got the timeline for Heroine Addiction done! Now I have to sit down, organize Editing Checklist #2, and start in on the second edit.

-- I have five chapters to edit in GPW to catch up to where I'm supposed to be. One is already completely edited on paper and just needs to be updated in the file. The other four are coming with me to work tomorrow, and God help me I am going to get them edited and ready to be entered into the file tomorrow if it KILLS me.

-- My current plan is to be so caught up with editing my other things that I can devote next weekend to plopping my lazy butt in front of the computer and pounding out as many words as possible.

-- The day drafts will learn to edit themselves will be one of the happiest days of my life. F'real.
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-- Am still trying to get over my damn cold already so I can stop fighting the urge to sleep when I get home and write instead. I need to remind my body that once upon a time -- as in, oh, last year at about this time -- we did actually manage to get through the day sometimes with only five hours of sleep, so this eight-hour BS has GOT to go.

-- Have opened a file for my Big Bang, but haven't really written anything in it just yet because there's a handful of episodes I need to rewatch before I start. I'd say which ones, but that'd kinda give away which femslash pairing I'm writing, although if anybody really cares that much it's in the comments of the Big Bang sign-ups anyway. Heh. ;)

-- Have about 800 words in Gilded, which I may or may retitle as Merry Jane just because I spotted somebody with that actual name at work yesterday and my main character's name is Jane and ... well, it just sort of fits. Although Gilded does, too. Er. I'm horribly indecisive at times. Have I ever mentioned that? *headdesk*

-- Haven't even begun to work on editing the two chapters from GPW I swore I'd get done by Monday. Hey, remember when I was laid off and I had all of the time in the world to write and I developed a stress-induced case of writer's block? And how I said that I'd get a job and suddenly my urge to write would come back and I'd be cramming for the time to do it? I'm PSYCHIC, you guys.

-- OMG NEW PROJECT RUNWAY TONIGHT! (Hey, it's technically related to the status of the writer. I'm fucking ECSTATIC, seriously. :D)
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It's been a nice quiet day.

I got all of the grammar and spelling mistakes and typos from the Heroine Addiction edit into the file, and now I'm going through the content edit bit by bit by bit. It's a page-and-a-half-long list, but a lot of it is "add a couple lines of dialogue here" or "add a few more sentences of description there." So hopefully I can get a good chunk of it done tonight and work on the rest in the next couple of days.

I just feel like I should get ONE of these manuscripts done, you know? The sooner I can send something I am currently happy with to the agent-shaped person, the happier I will be. And I think not having one done is distracting the hell of me in terms of trying to get my Yuletide done. Trust me, I have a prompt I should be able to pull off in my sleep, so the fact that I've been blocked on it all weekend has got to be me needing to get my priorities straight.

It's been a good day for editing, though. Rainy and gross and nowhere to go, so here I am on the couch with the electric blanket and a cup of hot tea.

I also took down the paper I've had on the living room wall for a couple of months for story notes and whatnot so that I can replace it with a new one for the start of 2010. I signed up for a 250k pledge for [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout (smaller than this year's pledge, still within my abilities without the stress of being jobless to screw up my head), so the plan is to have four to six stories to work on. So far, the list looks like:

1. This Way To The Egress
2. Gilded
3. The Hollow Girl
4. Nearly Departed
5. The untitled gay paranormal romance
6. Aaaaand more Heroine Addiction 'verse. Maybe.

Okay, back to the editing.

*cracks knuckles*
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[Poll #1498009]

On one hand, I'm tempted to take the 100k because I really could do that easily.

On the other hand, I adore a challenge and 350k makes me cackle with a combination of glee and terror.

Currently on my to-do list:

-- That gay paranormal romance
-- The Books of Boggs
-- More Heroine Addiction 'verse. Possibly.
-- This Way To The Egress
-- The Hollow Girl
-- Nearly Departed
-- That untitled Regency fantasy I still have to flesh out and research and whatnot

Even with I just focus on those, I would have plenty of material to work with to get to 350k. It would just be a matter of putting butt to chair and getting stuff done.

Eh, this weekend I'm just going to focus on getting my Yuletide out of the way and then I've got three weeks to put all of my energy into getting Heroine Addiction and The Grand Prize Winner edited within an inch of their lives. Victory is mine, victory is mine, great day in the morning, people, victory is mine! I drink from the keg of glory. Bring me the finest Cheetos and Pepsi in all the land!

Hey, maybe if I keep yelling that, it'll help perk me up. :D
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What I have at this particular moment, the Heroine Addiction edition:

-- Ten more chapters to go over with a red pen. (Which I should in theory be able to finish tomorrow.)
-- One checklist almost an entire page long in 8-pt Courier of content tweaks I still have to make.
-- An anal-retentive need to get some more of the pressboard report covers I like and can never find around here before I finish this draft, since they're the only manuscript covers I like. (Dude, it costs fifteen bucks to order those stupid things from Staples. You can throw a few into a business sized envelope and mail them through the normal post for, like, TWO bucks.)
-- Another even more involved edit of an entirely different story coming up right after I finish with this one.

... no, seriously, kill me now.

*headdesk*

Er, HAHAHA.

Dec. 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm
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It's probably wrong that I'm just happy I broke halfway through my [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout pledge, right?

Word meters ahoy! )

The bad:

1. There's no way in hell I'm going to get my GYWO pledge for this year, but then again I already knew that.
2. I didn't win NaNo even if you just add up everything I wrote last month.
3. I probably won't be writing a lot of new stuff this month anyway, since I'll be editing.

The good:

1. I finished Heroine Addiction, didn't I? \o/
2. That means that I have two first drafts to edit, but I want to have them done before I start writing whatever I'm writing next.
3. ... because I'm pledging again with GYWO for next year. Er, heh. :D

That said, I'm definitely not trying for the Difficult level. I'm probably going to pledge for 200k this time around. I think my problem all boils down to the fact that when I'm working, all I want to do is go home and write, and when I'm not working I get horrendous writer's block. I spent two-thirds of this year unemployed. You do the math.

The plus side of having a full-time job again is that I'm being reminded of sitting at work bouncing in my seat wanting to race home and write. There's also the added advantage that being at work -- where I can't access the internet or be distracted by emails and don't have an MP3 player to listen -- means I've been writing stuff out in notebooks or, as I've been doing the past few days, taking a red pen to a first draft. It's the perfect environment for it.

I have an hour or so before I'm going to bed -- I want to hit the grocery store before work, which means getting up a bit earlier than I'm used to -- so the plan after I'm done writing this up is to see how much of the Heroine Addiction edits I can get in the file before bedtime. Time to pop on an Air Crash Investigation episode and buckle down, I guess. :)
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Heh. Uh, good? ;)

Okay, seriously. I started editing Heroine Addiction last week when I wasn't done with the last four chapters yet, which is good because now I've got more than half of the chapters edited for grammar and spelling and sentence structure and whatnot and a nice long list of content stuff to work on (nothing complicated enough to intimidate the hell out of me, so that's good). The only thing I haven't started in on is the timeline edit, but since I may have to switch up stuff anyway when I edit for content, I figure I'll save the timeline for later.

It's a nice easygoing edit so far, though. *knocks on wood* If I manage to do things just right for the rest of the work week, I may be able to get it organized enough to work on it this weekend. (I doubt I'll get it done, though, since I'm getting that wisdom tooth yanked bright and early Saturday morning. My plans for this weekend include my bed, painkillers and naps. Lots of naps. Urgh.)

I want to work on GPW afterward. I wish I could just get them both done and out of the way by the end of December, but I still feel like GPW is going to require me to rewrite a bunch of spots and trash a few others. The only thing I can hope for is that editing at work on breaks works as well as it's going with Heroine Addiction.

The notebook that has the list of content problems I need to work on for Heroine Addiction (I started the list a while ago) is in a notebook with a list I made of stories or story ideas I've started and/or wanted to work on. I updated it a bit and ... okay, seriously, I don't know where I get all this shit. I need to become independently wealthy just so I can stay home and finish all of these.

I have to get Yuletide done and out of the way, but after that my writing time is my own. Now that I'm not in the need-to-finish mode anymore, I'm back in ooo-ooo-what-next mode. Which isn't a bad thing, God knows, but right now I'm just going to stick with the editing stage because I'm sick of having only one done and finished manuscript to work with. The Monsters of Moosic is LONELY, y'all. It wants a friend. ;)

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