jebbypal: (muse meta)
The problem with long writing hiatuses (hiatusi?) is simple....

Feedback becomes bunny/muse crack.

Here goes the negotiating with the muse that we wrote what we wanted to write, that we lack time to delve into it, and there are a lot of actual WIP available if it really wants to flex it's muscles.

However, I have a suspicion that my muse would be a republican if it were not a part of my brain and an amphibian, so I'm not hopeful that this will work....

Of course, the good news is the set up would be short....of course, those are famous last words, no?
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So I started out going down memory lane last week by rereading some of [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster's firefly fic (which, if you are new around here, read fanfic, like firefly and haven't read, where the hell have you been? Go and read). then yesterday I caved and did the year in review fic roundup *hangs head*. And then started rereading some of my own fic because I didn't remember what I'd written for the Washathon and...

It may be something in the food or air, but for once I can read it and not feel like it sucks (of course, I'm not going past 2006....can't do that without getting the insane urge to either rewrite or delete of the internetz!! It's not trash, but omg before that was I having growing pains and learning like WHOAH).

After the dry spell of the past year, it felt really good to remember that I can write and it's not all dren when I do. Makes me not dread so much opening up the WIP files (though I'm starting to wonder if I just need to rewrite tons of it - ie if that's why I'm so stuck since that can be what the muse does to punish me for not listening).

Of course, letting myself fall this much back into my head for writing is going to make real life on Monday hurt all the more.

Siiigh, I've really gotta figure out what I need to do to get some original fic ideas.......
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As I started my laundry, I reread what I wrote last weekend on the Unit/BN xover. And it's not the worst dren I've ever written and I did actually manage to catch some of the Unit members voices (yes, [livejournal.com profile] halcyon_shift, I should know better than to doubt you).

Good to know I won't be starting from scratch when I get some time to write again.

But now, thesis :P:P

Also, I still don't know whether to be glad or upset that my body still continues to do the "one symptom per day" thing every time I get sick. Yesterday headache, upset stomach, and sleeping 18 + hours with no problem. Today, post nasal drip to wazoo and achy back. But at least I can think straight to do revisions.

And I finally uploaded a Burn Notice icon (though you have to know the show to realize it).
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When I got home, I was tired of staring at a computer screen, so I stared at the TV instead. A little bit of Old Christine, some being horrified about the blatant sexism, agism, and omg obsession with marriage of Age or Love *gaaaah ---- a tad less objectifying than Pussycat Dolls, but only barely*, some Hell's Kitchen to clean the palate, followed by the wonderful PBS series on great art masters (Rembrandt --- it got a bit dry when they went into his later years after his hey day and the death of his wife though).

Somewhere in there, a lid popped off a barrel and the bunny for [livejournal.com profile] spn_50states came barreling out. Including a character. That actually fit nicely into the legend I wanted, though I haven't exactly figured ouot how to fit the legend, the bit of "odd" history lore, and the case together yet, but we'll see what Sam and Dean have to say when they show up.

But you know what's really weird? Writing about a place I've been to instead of something I've seen on TV. And writing about an event I've experienced (okay, not all of it. there's no amount of money in the world that would get me to work in an outdoor food stall in OK heat. And my mother would never have made me do it because I would have made her life a living hell. Plus, she had enough trouble to get me interested in cooking at all without ruining my interest with horrible manual labor like that. But I watched her suffer through it! So research!).

My verb tenses are all over the place. I know if I let [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster even look at this draft, I'll have huge notes about SETTING! DETAIL! I CAN'T SEE IT!

And yet, two pages. that I didn't force. *knocks on wood*

Good, frog. Good. More of this, but without the eating of my brain till the diss is done. If you can do that, there's a bunch of whatever favorite bug you want. Just name it.

I have no clue if I can actually make the Aug 1 deadline. And I cant' say I'm going to kill myself trying. Right now, I just hope the other two writers for the state aren't doing the same myth or town. *prays* It's a big state, but not many people. (worse, I hope the two writers aren't anyone I've actually met in RL).
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Apparently I need one. Because I ALWAYS forget frog-speak when I haven't written for a while.

As in, if I'm struggling for over a week with the intro to a plotty story, it's not because I've forgotten how to write.

Rather, it's not the story that the muse wants to tell.

Siiiiiiigggghhh. Which means the Washathon story won't end up being plotty and long in all likelihood. However, it did feel good to write and I even managed to turn off the editor so i could get it all down before the frog shut up.

Still, it would be nice to have that dictionary for when this happens again.
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As seen pretty much everywhere on my flist.. And I purposely left off WIP. No tagging because I think everyone who will do it, has already.

Post a list of your top five favorite vids or fics you've made, regardlessof fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written orvidded, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to dothe same.

1.) Resting Place - Supernatural.
This was a bit of a departure for me, and a challenge to write from the POV of an inanimate object. It's also one of the few things I've written in SPN that doesn't come across as too much upon rereads.

2.) The Missing Chapters - Firefly
I started to hate Simon a little bit while struggling with this fic and I definitely was not happy about learning to "re-write" while working on this story. Still, it managed to accomplish a bit more than I thought it would and I'm proud that I managed to finish it rather than abandoning it and going for something easier.

3.) Obsession Revisited - Firefly
Yosaffbridge was my original muse and caused me to write my first fic (chapter 1 of Susanna's Story - back before I got conned into making it an unfinished WIP). I'm still endlessly intrigued by Yosaff and pretty much anyone she interacts with for extended periods of time.

4.) Relapse - Firefly
Probably one of the single most painful stories for me because it does draw a lot from RL. Still, I love AUs and I love fics that twist characterization on its head. This was my first real attempt at it myself as well as some much needed catharsis.

5.) Bitter Dreams - Firefly
One of the few times I purposely wrote mostly for style while still serving a theme. Old as all get out, but I still love the way it came out. The frog does good work sometimes.

(as a side note, I sooooo need to get someone to clean up my tags over at frogs fics. Even I can't find anything, which probably defeats the purpose of having created a fic only journal).
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[livejournal.com profile] tightropegirl has a post about potato chips and writing. It's one of the best pieces of writing advice I've read in a long time.

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