WIP meme

Jan. 9th, 2016 04:02 pm
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
Grabbed from [personal profile] naraht.

Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

"Hold on, okay?" said Marco. "I can be there in half an hour."

"There?" Juliet asked blankly, wondering where he was going. A police station? Why would that take half an hour?

"Your place." Marco sounded surprisingly gentle.

Not tagging anyone, but feel free if you like!
randomling: Kira Nerys (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (kira)
* Inbox zero!!!! Has been a long time coming, so: FINALLY.

* Does anyone have any (online, preferably) shop recommendations for storage solutions for paper/stationery/etc? Ikea have some lovely things, but their delivery charge is exorbitant and I most certainly don't have the spoons for a trip to Croydon any time soon.

* Night Vale live next month EEEEEE.

* Work is going well! Have resolved some slightly snarly client stuff and am getting things done. Last couple of weeks have been really rough but I'm working my way back to where I want to be.

* I am not getting much (any) writing done and I'm slightly panicking about that 'cause it's Exchange Season and i have no idea what I want to nominate for Yuletide.

* I'm also not reading much, but this is an Ongoing Pattern and has been for at least a year. I have zero attention span.

* I think that's it for now!
randomling: Mulder (The X-Files) looks up at the sky. "the truth is out there" (the truth is out there)
Almost 17,000 words this week!

~7.5 on WIP Big Bang.
~9.5 on my original sci-fi porn.

My mood is all over the place, but I am getting words written, so that's something I can at least call an accomplishment.
randomling: Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with a cigarette in his mouth. (spike)
This came to me in the form of a TV script. I don't know how to write TV scripts and I don't actually care - I'm not planning to do anything with this. Just wanted to get it out of my head. It's junky and needs some work and I don't know if I've actually stolen it wholesale from a Sorkin show (it has that flavour) but it needed to be posted.

poor imitation of a tv script )
randomling: Dr Julian Bashir (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (bashir)
By organising my bunny list. Oh my god, there are so many things I could write. Including prompts that are more than five years old (I'm so sorry, guys). But yay, ideas! Including many ideas for original stories, which is amazing, and not a thing I ever thought would happen.

So that is a positive.

And I'm currently being really inspired by a story I am writing, with the aim of submitting it to [livejournal.com profile] bb_shousetsu. Which is extremely good news!

Focusing on writing is a useful thing when I'm down. So having it coming back to me is awesome.
randomling: Audrey Parker (Haven) in a white vest, looking less than amused. (audrey)
Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.

Found this on [personal profile] naraht's journal, via [personal profile] moetushie, who comments:

"I agree with Tehta -- responses in the format of story reviews or recs (or anti-recs, or 'constructive criticism') would be the best."
randomling: Josh Lyman (The West Wing) in black and white. (josh lyman)
I have finally decided on a pen name for my original writing, after much deliberation. The name I'll be using is Jules Thorpe. I kind of like it.

Now, I guess, I have to do some actual writing. But in the meantime, I've created social media accounts for my author identity, because obviously that makes sense.

So you can find me here on DW as [personal profile] jules_thorpe, on Twitter as [twitter.com profile] JulesThorpe, and on Tumblr as [tumblr.com profile] jules-thorpe.

I am still figuring out how to be a presence in these three places. (Tumblr is the easiest - I reblog writing stuff to [tumblr.com profile] jules-thorpe and my usual mishmash of social justice, fandom and cat pictures to [tumblr.com profile] randomling.) So there may not be much to follow just yet. But I'm working on it.

And I'm also working on the novel. I'll probably be posting some stuff about that over on [personal profile] jules_thorpe.

That may be the most usertags I've ever used in a single post, and they're all mine. Hello, I'm self-absorbed.

Anyway - feel free to follow me in any or all of those places if you are interested in original writing chatter!
randomling: RIver Song (Doctor Who) holds a big gun in front of her. (river song big gun)

The story starts when your protagonist begins having nightmares.

Another character is someone from the future who has amnesia.
randomling: A wombat. (Default)

The story starts when your protagonist is abducted.

Another character is someone from another galaxy who plans to use your protagonist as a scapegoat.
randomling: River (of Firefly) looking up. (river tam)
...but I would really like to write a piece of metafiction called "The Dead Wives' Club". In which all the wives, girlfriends and female SOs of the men we like to slash - the ones who get killed off, divorced, broken up with, or otherwise disappeared to enable our slash pairings without making our boys have to cheat on them - have a support group.

Things that run through my head. And that I have conversations with myself.

I should put that on the bunny list.
randomling: The Tenth Doctor (of Doctor Who) looking sad, pressed against a wall. (sad ten)
So. I am in theory writing a novel, though it's somewhat stalled right now, but it's not the novel I'm thinking about tonight.

I'm thinking about how one of my kill-time activities (and calm-down activities) is doing codewords. They're also known as code-breaker puzzles, and they're the kind that's shaped like a crossword, but instead of clues, there's a number in each square. The puzzle is to crack the code by figuring out which letter is represented by each number. Fill in the correct letter in every square, and you complete the codeword. You're left with a grid full of words, just like a completed crossword.

The part that interested me tonight was the part where you're left with a grid full of words at the end. See, in a crossword, you're trying to figure out the words on a semantic level. In a codeword, you're trying to figure out the words on a purely structural level - which words fit into this hole? And it means that the words themselves, when you get them, feel to me somewhat more surprising, because you never had any clues to what they might mean.

How does this relate to writing?


I completed a codeword earlier tonight, and afterwards I was looking at the grid and thinking, and I remembered that writing exercise where you have to write a story including certain words. And I wondered what it might be like to write a story based on the words in my codeword.

I haven't done it yet, but since I completed a second puzzle tonight, I thought I'd share the words, and maybe some thoughts on what kind of story the words might generate.

Puzzle 1: chubby, jejune, image, maze, leg, snap, awry, diary, alert, accepts, safes, tells, expunge, piled, toque, vole, boys, win, gunk, notch, trendy, tetchy, clematis, pub, over, mercifully, boa, swan, eased, yield, tinny, cascade, unquote, pin, jelly, eight, aster, jogs, nit, needlework, nova, pot, severely

Musings on these prompts )

Puzzle 2: animal, baroque, unify, boom, togs, eked, prize, sail, blue, icing, vows, junk, city, isle, ibex, cold, stun, goat, earth, grew, oxen, gnaws, tier, warn, upon, alder, revert, faking, adverb, grocer, lasso, beau, anew, mood, eject, name, lump, ingle, gnat, rick, damn, mini, aide, zinc, stow, byte, girth, surf, rags, vying, took, sago, rein, where, exiled, wiring

Thoughts on these prompts )

I think I like this idea.

Feel free to share where you might take these prompts if you feel like it! And if you do write something of your own based on these prompts, I'd love to read it!
randomling: Mulder (The X-Files) looks up at the sky. "the truth is out there" (the truth is out there)
If your characters had their formative teenage years during the 80s or later, and they are music fans, and they grew up in the US or UK the Now! That's What I Call Music series is a really excellent resource for finding out what kind of music they might have enjoyed as a youngster. All the track listings for both series (the US and UK versions) are on Wikipedia, and so far I haven't had trouble finding any of the songs on Youtube.

I'm currently using this to do some deep background on my current characters, whose teen years were in the late 90s/early 00s. (Yes, I was a teenager myself in 1999. My memory is terrible, and actually hearing the tracks helps.)
randomling: Joey Fatone of *nsync looks up and to the left, laughing. The word "ahaha!" appears. (ahaha)
So apart from Harry Potter and the Methods of Anti-Gravity, I haven't posted any fic at all in almost three years. And I have written very little of anything in that time, either. I keep starting things and then abandoning them.

And yet I'm tempted to do two different Christmas exchange challenges this year. TWO.

One is Make the Yuletide Gay. I did it for the first three years, but have skipped it for the last two. It's in my old main fandom, popslash, and it must be admitted that I miss popslash dreadfully.

The other one is the famous Yuletide. This is much more work, because I have to figure out what fandoms to request and offer.

I think, however, that writing two 1000 word stories in 3 months is not impossible.

Friends, tell me if I am reckless and insane?
randomling: HG Wells and Myka Bering (Warehouse 13) have a heart-to-heart. (HG/Myka)
I have decided to do a fic meme for the first time in aaaages. Perhaps it will actually produce some fic.

Pick any of these tropes, offer me a fandom and character(s), and let's see what shenanigans I can get up to.

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. first time fic
7. amnesia
8. crossdressing
9. truth or dare/dark secret/confession
10. Animal transformation
11. historical AU
12. high school AU
13. soulbonding
14. sex pollen
15. de-aged

For those of you who haven't seen me do much writing around here, I've included a list of fandoms under the cut.

Fandoms! )
randomling: Amy Pond (of Doctor Who). The text "oh call my name" is displayed. (call my name)
It's been... I don't know how long since I posted anything new. In fact, yes I do - it was Christmas 2009, the last time I took part in MtYG, the popslash Secret Santa challenge. I just haven't been writing.

So it seems like weird and unusual circumstances that I have a new fic to share with you all.

It's called Harry Potter and the Methods of Anti-Gravity and that link goes to the story on AO3.

It is, as the title suggests, a Harry Potter fic (my first and only).

randomling: A wombat. (Default)
I am home from North Ca'lina and alive, but quite tired.

Things appear to be looking up. The volunteering thing starts on Monday. I'm sort of even looking forward to my therapy appointment this week. And I'm knitting a fair bit and planning to write more than I'm actually writing.

(I should do some writing before I go to sleep, really.)

How's everyone been this week?
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
I'm baking bread and doing laundry.

I have an email to send, a cover letter to write and a CV to tailor, and an interview to prepare for (it's for a voluntary post, but that's okay). All of that is deadlined for Monday, so it's today or tomorrow.

I've also got an ongoing knitting project - no deadline, but "watching TV and knitting" is my go-to relaxation activity. Noticing those depression warning signs means I'm trying to allow myself lots of relaxation time, in the hopes of preventing myself going totally to pieces before I can get more drugs on Tuesday.

And there is stuff to be done to stop the entropy in my room. Five minutes of picking-up and putting-things-where-they-live will totally make my bedroom back into a haven.

So I am working hard on the self-care thing, while also trying to keep an eye on the various balls I have in the air.

I also still want to do writing but I'm totally floundering. Thank you to everyone who gave me links for prompting communities - I have lots of stuff to play with now! But something is still missing, I just wish I knew what.

Grr, this whole thing of having to figure out what you need before you ask for it. It's frustrating!
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
I need to write! And I am completely stumped. So my plan is to trawl the kinkmemes of the world and look for something to inspire me.

Except I don't really know where the kinkmemes live.

Anyone have links? Doctor Who, Whedonverse, small fandom or multi-fandom memes would be awesome.

(I know about the popslash fic requests comm - but I'm kind of not finding anything there to inspire me just now. :()

Or you could just prompt me?

Stupid lack of muses.

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