16 March 2009 @ 01:23 am
I need something jumpstart my writing. I'm so braindead. I sit down to write and I can feel myself getting stupider by the moment, because my writing goals don't seem concrete enough -- all fuzzy and distant because it's my NaNo novel and there's still so much left to do. A small part gets written, but it's still so far from complete that I think I need the writing equivalent of a hat knit on size 12 needles with bulky yarn.

To that end, I'm thinking about doing something that I mentioned as being "super awesome" in one of the Yuletide threads, way back in December. What's that, you say? Why, it's a Shakespeare fanfic exchange, that's what!

I just don't know where to start. Anybody on my flist interested? Any communities you can think of to drum up interest? I'm not sure if I can post about this at [ profile] yuletide or not. I really don't dabble in fandom all that much. I guess I'm a stoic fanfic writer? A hermit? A rock, an iiiiiisland?

What I'm thinking is very similar to Yuletide, except all Shakespeare. People nominate plays, then write prompts, they get matched up and a deadline, 1000 word fic minimum. Write a fic, get a fic, please allow six weeks for shipping and handling. I'm expecting it to be small, so I don't see any problem doing the matching manually, rather than computer-aided.

I don't know if I posted this to my journal off the Yuletide filter, but this is what I wrote for Yuletide 2008:

Title: Rosaline, At Rest
Fandom/Characters: Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet; Rosaline
Word Count:</> ~1500
Rating: Apparently I rated it PG-13? I don't know what I was thinking. Eh, nothing scandalous.

I really enjoyed it, and I'd like to write more, but I want to write more with the guidance of a prompt. And knowing I'll receive something similar in return.

What? Altruism? Wazzat?
15 November 2008 @ 11:41 pm
Somebody in one of the Yuletide comms linked to this, and it is so perfect for me I feel like the person who made was communing with my spirit.

Write or Die: Dr. Wicked's Writing Lab

Basically, it's an application where you have to constantly write or there are repercussions. To quote the guy who made it:

Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences. . . .

A tangible consequence is more effective than an intangible reward. . . .

The idea is to separate the writing process and the editing process as much as possible. . . .

This is aimed at anyone who wants to get writing done. It requires only that you recognize your own tendency towards self-sabotage and be willing to do something about it. If you're sick of saccharine writing advice that no one could honestly follow and you want a real method to getting work done.

Um, hello, writing difficulties! Just don't try to use it while eating dinner, because your dinner will go cold.
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Current Music: Another Bites the Dust -- Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Queen
19 October 2008 @ 04:05 pm
I just left a comment about verb tenses on a comm I'm a member of, and I can't get how complex the English language is out of my head. Like, I look at the sentence I just wrote, and sort of marvel at how the words work together. It's beautiful. How you can string together long series of verbs in various forms and not get gibberish. Amazing!

It's kind of trippy. I do have a little cold-related lightheadedness going on, so I feel kind of disjointed. But the words are so beautiful.
17 October 2008 @ 07:21 pm
So, remember how I said I was feeling better? Apparently I lied, though I did not know it at the time. I got up way early this morning, drank some coffee with my mom before she left for work, and started to do the old lady yoga (which is really just stretching with sitar accompaniment), and only got fifteen minutes into it before I had to stop. Because I was coughing. And coughing. So irritating. So I gave up and went back to bed. I'm willing to admit defeat. I'll start when I'm not still sick.

In other news, I have crossed one item off my list of things to finish writing before NaNo starts. Have I made a decision on what I'm writing for that? Oh no! Of course not.

Title: The Lemon Party
Author: [ profile] msmcknittington
Word Count: ~1600
Pairing/Character: Liz, a little bit of Jack but not in the flesh
Rating: PG
Summary: You get a reputation for ordering extra bread, Hassidic diamond merchants show up, and then all of the sudden you’re a maverick. Part 1 of 1
Spoilers/Season/Episode etc: I don’t think there are any spoilers at all in this. The first episode? The fact that the show exists? Tina Fey’s doppelganger? Liz's distaste for Dennis Duffy? At any rate, I have really got to cut the crack out of my diet. Weirdest crossover, ever.


There was some craziness with making the post when I first did. Like, it was in my journal and then it disappeared and I have no idea what happened. But it's there now. I like previewed and stuff. So read it while it lasts.

So, that's one down, four to go!

Now I'm going to go off and finish that Narnia piece, because . . . god, it just needs to be done. Who knows if I'll share it when it's finished.
Current Music: Oran Luaidh -- Mary Jane Lamond
17 October 2008 @ 01:46 am
Uh-oh. People there is a problem with the NaNoWriMo poll. Namely, there's a big fat tie. Like everywhere.

Witness the perturbation )

You need to vote in this if you haven't. Vote early, vote often!

OK, so a post or so ago, I said that I was thinking about CC28, which is in 2010* in Milwaukee. That is so much more accessible than either of the coasts for me. Which means the only way I will not be there is if something sudden and horrible happens, like the appearance of Cthulu. Tentacled doom. That's the only thing that will stop me.

So, of course, I'm already thinking of what I'd like to make and wear there. What centuries? What silken insanity? Why am I planning so far ahead? We'll probably never know the answer to that one. (Actually, I do know the answer. So I can save money and sew things.)

What are my ideas? Click and behold!

There are no bad ideas in brainstorming, Lemon. )

In other news, I made dinner tonight and it was total fail. I don't know what went wrong. Well, I do for one part, but the other two are a little wha-? huh?

I made sweet and sour chicken from a boxed kit and garlic sesame chicken from scratch. So I had a wok and a cast-iron skillet going at the same time, both with chicken in them. I was supposed to add a half-cup of water to the sweet and sour, and 1 1/2 cups to the garlic chicken, and oops! I mixed that up. So the sweet and sour chicken was a little bland because the sauce was way watered down. And then I followed Mom's recipe for the garlic chicken, with 1/4 cup of cornstarch to 1 1/2 cups of water, but that turned out so thick. Like a gel instead of a sauce. I've no idea why. I measured right, I cooked it right, and it just turned out as a gel instead of a sauce. I ended up adding another cup of water to thin it to the right consistency.

And then the rice. I don't know what happened to the rice. I brought it to a boil, put a cover on it, and turned off the heat, which should have resulted in delicious fluffy rice. But instead I got rice that was perfectly cooked on top and still crunchy on the bottom. I don't know . . . That shouldn't happen.

I'm a better cook than that. A way better cook. I just wasn't on my game and I don't know why. It's edible, but not as good as it could have been. *sigh*

*In the year 2525, if man is still alive . . .
Current Music: Ghost Song -- Patrick Wolf
15 October 2008 @ 11:40 pm
I'm William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, the Fifth Duke of Portland!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

You guys, this is so me. )

And now for some info about my three possible NaNoWriMo novel ideas. I really don't know which one to go with, which may be a good or bad thing. It might just be that I find all three equally interesting or that they're all equally uninteresting. We'll see.

The ideas in detail )

I will admit that the medieval romance novel was born out of the fact that all the other medieval romance novels are so poorly written. I'm not even joking. So anachronistic it's disgusting and very cliché. I mean, I can get the desire to have medieval romances be fairy tales, but there's also a lot to be said for medieval people acting like medieval people and not storybook characters in trews. I'd like some recognition of the fact that these knights had their squires scouring out their armor with urine and sand, you know?

So, now the poll.

[Poll #1279562]

When I started writing this entry, it was supposed to be about costume plans for CC28, which is going to be in Milwaukee. I can do Milwaukee! But somehow NaNo took over. So, another post? Maybe. I think I might actually go to sleep at a reasonable time tonight.

*Did you guys know that Edward I had in excess of fifteen children? Seriously, like 19 kids, 16 of which were with Eleanor of Castile.
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Current Music: Land's End -- Patrick Wolf