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So I finally finished one of my WiPs. I need to give it a good strong polishing, but at least the meat of it is done. Why can't I bring myself to just do it? I don't know. I figured I just needed a bit of distance following finishing that draft and starting the polish so I walked away from it for most of the day. Doing other stuff so I can look at it with fresher eyes is always a good idea anyways.

Only now I can't even bring myself to look at the file.

I also need to be packing, and dealing with a few issues that have popped up this weekend, and doing some massive cleaning to prep for guests.


On a positive note, I did go out for a lovely dinner with my parents, so that is a nice thing.
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I have just finished reading A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it.

Contains some spoilers, but if you know your typical romance story themes and endings than it won't come as much of a surprise... )

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So yes, now to decide what's next. Perhaps this time it will actually be Mansfield Park?

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Also, question for the fannish folk interested in sharing...

If you have a story/series of ficlets that, while not while not strictly related to each other (are intended to be read completely independently of each other) are linked by a common theme, do you prefer to read them as they are written or only once the collection is complete? So, I guess I'm asking: Read in installments or in one-go?

Wall?

Apr. 27th, 2010 10:17 pm
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Have you ever been just going along, happily typing away with good momentum and a seemingly clear idea of where you want to go with a story, and then just... hit a wall? Like, out of nowhere, smack into it? Repeatedly and painfully?

Argh!
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So this piece was an alternative to section 2 (In His Own Med Bay) from A Prize for Good Behavior because the original one I'd written (the one I wound up keeping in the fic) had enough similarities to the +1 section (In His Own Damn Med Bay) that it might throw a reader off. I worried that it lost impact because of the similarities. I also worried that McCoy's sarcasm and continual putting off of Chapel would go against the "being a good patient" theme of this part of the fic too.

I didn't want to lose out on having Christine Chapel in there somewhere being perceptive and supportive (or kickass and take-no-prisoners, as above), so I wrote this as a possible alternative.

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Leonard sighed and rubbed a hand across his eyes. )

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In the end, the original section 2 was a lot more fun to write and reread and it had more impact on the story, I feel, both for Bones himself and for beginning to hint at Bones & Spock having something going on, even if it kinda reads as preslash at this point. So with the help of my friendly, lovely beta I kept it that way and poor McCoy and Chapel snippet got tossed. Until now, that is.

I have nothing else to offer fandom-wise at the moment, so I thought I'd toss it out there.

I wrote a silly, easter(ish) themed ficlet for the kinkmeme, but haven't decided if I'll post it yet. It's fairly ridiculous, but perhaps I should archive here for the heck of it. Hmmm.

Woo!

Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:36 am
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(Very) Rough draft of the McCoy 5+1 fic is done. It's currently over 4900 words long (and what is with my inability to keep 5+1 fics short and sweet? Isn't that the point?), but there is a TON of editing that needs to happen even pre-beta, so I have no idea how much will actually remain in the second draft. We shall see. Tomorrow. Perhaps with a little assistance in the form of a glass of wine. For right now, sleep.

Fic woes

Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:46 pm
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Argh! Why won't they stop talking? I want to wrap this sucker up but Bones will just not shut up!

I need to be barred from the kink meme. For serious.
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So I think I'm going to have to put the finishing touches on it tomorrow because I'm exhausted and still recovering from the plague (or, you know, allergies with a side order of intense hypochondriacal drama). But yay! Creativity!

Anyone wanna act as a beta? It's a fairly lighthearted 5+1 fic with a bit of McCoy/Jocelyn and winding up with suggestion of McCoy/Spock and inspired by this kink meme prompt. I'm anticipating around 2500-3500 words, but haven't yet brandished the red pen delete key of doom yet.

Please?
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...and it is driving me insane.

Today was a day where I specifically planned nothing so that I could perhaps get some writing done.

And I... haven't. Each time I open a WiP I read it over, stare at the screen for a while, sigh, and close the file again. I even started trolling for prompts over at the kink meme to try and came up empty - is it just me or are they getting kinkier? The three "long" stories I've written have been inspired by the meme, as are most of the WiPs, so it isn't as though I haven't found anything before, but I struck out today. *sigh*

On a positive note I did read several fic on my "to read" catch up list, take a nap, do 2 loads of laundry, and make chocolate cookies, hummus, and peppers & mushrooms in balsamic vinagrette today. So at least I haven't been entirely unproductive.

So... not saying that anything would ever get written, but if you wanted to read a ficlet in the Star Trek reboot universe, what would you like to see?
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So tonight's activities resulted in two [livejournal.com profile] bridge2sickbay ficlets and a batch of seriously delicious chocolate cookies.

The B2S theme for this week was poetry quotes.

I wasn't familiar with either of the quotes when I read them at the comm, so the fics were inspired by the line(s) alone. I googled the poems after the fact to find out where the lines came from.

To Share a Journey, Gaila/Pike, PG )

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Warmth, Spock/Uhura, G )

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So, yes. I feel absurdly proud to have produced anything at all tonight. I've been struggling all week, wanting write and yet not typing a single keystroke. So yes, glad to have anything at all to show for my weekend :)

My cookies are excellent as well :) Far more polished an attempt than the ficlets, by far :) I used a recipe recommended by [livejournal.com profile] wesleysgirl which can be found here only without using the buttercream to make them into sandwiches. I've found that while I adore the cookie part itself, I stink at making buttercream frosting (when I tried the recipe originally it wouldn't stiffen up and was gooey and messy and grainy and just overall terrible). So I left it out and nommed nicely tonight on lovely chocolate coffee cookies. Half the batch is tucked away into the cookie jar and the other half is packed up to take to work for my coworkers to descend upon like a ravening horde.

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Back to [livejournal.com profile] bridge2sickbay for a moment. A couple of my prompts were posted but not filled. I am reposting them here to a) hopefully encourage someone to write them for me *pleading eyes* or, if need be, b) remember them for some undisclosed time in the future to try out myself.

~Pike, Kirk or McCoy, Kirk - Follow me ever - desert me not while I live. (Ashes of Soldiers by Walt Whitman)

~Author's Choice - The sun and moon get crossed, but they never touch (On Looking Up By Chance at the Constellations by Robert Frost)

~Spock, Uhura - Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite. (Reason & Passion by Khalil Gibran)

~Winona, Pike - I could've died for love - But for livin' I was born (Life is Fine by Langston Hughes)
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It is currently 2am and I am still awake. I have to be out and about to take my car to the mechanic in under 6 hours. I am not happy about this. Since I'm not yet sleepy, however, I am writing this and eating leftover acorn squash and chocolate cheesecake. My weird cravings, let me show you them.

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So I participated in [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking for the first time this year. I had fun, but didn't produce nearly as many fills as I had hoped I would, sadly. My stocking's contents can be found here. Go and admire :) There is an especially adorable Zoe/Wash backstory drabble by [livejournal.com profile] isellersfic that I love as well as a sweet and wonderful Teyla/Ronon/Rodney Vegas!verse fic by [livejournal.com profile] purple_cube. You will also find icons by [livejournal.com profile] vandonovan and [livejournal.com profile] yhlee that are excellent and definitely added to my collection. To round it out, you will find a link to a Doctor Who Ten/Reinette, Ten/Rose fanvid (Woo! Fanvid!) and holiday wishes.

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My fills are reposted below:

Originally written for [livejournal.com profile] queenmidalah at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking here.

Firefly, Signs of the Season, Mal/Kaylee, PG )

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Originally posted for [livejournal.com profile] storydivagirl's stocking at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking here.

Star Trek, White(ish) Christmas, Kirk/McCoy, Joanna, G )

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Posted for [livejournal.com profile] celli's stocking at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking here. Her special request was to include mentions of accounting or taxes. So here we have: Accountant AU. I think this might be my first AU...

Star Trek, 'Tis the Season, Kirk/McCoy, PG-13, AU )
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It's been an excruciatingly painful process, but I've actually been getting a bit of writing done. It's been entirely in [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking rather than my WiPs of doom (or would it be W(s)iP?) but it's still writing. I've been greatly helped in the process by a friend who recommended the following sites:

Write Or Die
13 Tips For Actually Getting Some Writing Done

So, these have helped me to sit down and just write something. I'm trying to sit and write and just do it without psyching myself out about the general suckiness of whatever it is I'm working on. I guess the current motto is: At least write something and if it sucks, you can delete it. But at least you did it. We'll see how this works as an MO for me.
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I answered four prompts for last Sunday's B2S drabblefest. I was definitely heavy on the Kirk/McCoy pairing which I adore so very much.

I am really enjoying reading and writing in this community. Even when I can't get a word down on screen for any of my WiPs I have still managed to have a blast with the drabbles. Less stress, perhaps? Two of WiPs have the potential to be monsters, so maybe I'm just overwhelmed?

Note: All drabbles/ficlets are left (pretty much) as is. So far I've resisted messing with them after posting them to [livejournal.com profile] bridge2sickbay so that I don't make myself insane. Aka, unbetaed and rough(ish).


Prompt: Author's Choice - No, it's not regret, just remembrance, is all / Of how close we had come / The war almost won / But I sent up our flag and moved on (Vienna Teng)
Surrender; Kirk/McCoy, PG )

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Prompt: Kirk/Author's Choice - I'm only happy when it rains, I'm only happy when its complicated (Garbage)
Complicated; Kirk/McCoy, PG )

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Prompt: Kirk/McCoy OR Sulu/Chekov - But you, my brother in arms, I'd rather I'd lose my life than let you come to harm. (Decemberists)
Eyes on the Prize; Ensemble, hint of Kirk/McCoy, PG )

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Prompt: McCoy/Author's Choice - Georgia, Georgia / No peace, no peace I find / Just this old, sweet song / Keeps Georgia on my mind (Ray Charles)
Peace I've Found; McCoy/Uhura, PG )

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Hmmm, first time I've ever written McCoy/Uhura. I find I rather like them. At the very least Uhura fit best for the idea I had, it just felt right somehow.

Still, can't beat Kirk/McCoy for top place in my heart and affections.

Fic stress

Jul. 12th, 2009 03:55 am
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The story I am currently working on is giving me fits. Fits of frustration, most especially. Argh!
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Hmmmm. It's so tempting, but I've never written that much for one story before, and I'm not sure I'm up to that yet... Plus finding willing and able betas has been a challenge.

And still, so tempting.
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Written for [livejournal.com profile] wizard_love. The community's explanation/intro post can be found here. My story there can be found here.

Title: A Moment of Silence
Author: [livejournal.com profile] exiled_mind
Recipient’s LJ name: [livejournal.com profile] le_calmar_geant
Rating: R
Pairing(s): Remus/Tonks
Word Count: 1251
Warnings (if any): heights, really light bondage, outdoors!canoodling, mild angst
Authors notes: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] amor_remanet for being such a fantastic beta. She is deserving of cocoa and appreciation. I managed to hit a few of [livejournal.com profile] le_calmar_geant's requests, working in the outdoors smut, really light bondage, and even managed to dial down the angst (an impressive feat for me :) ). Feedback is greatly appreciated.




Although the moon was waning… )
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Yay! [livejournal.com profile] remus_reads fic finished, betaed, and sent off to the mods :) I'm actually meeting a deadline well before it's due. Very exciting for me, I assure you.

Hmmmm, what next? So many bunnies, so little time... I'm thinking I'll go read some fic, starting with a rec from [livejournal.com profile] amor_remanet :)
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[livejournal.com profile] wizard_love fic is edited, finished, and sent in. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] amor_remenet for betaing so quickly and capably :) (Don't worry, her name won't be appearing on the fic itself until after the reveal/after I post the fic elsewhere, so I'm not actually giving anything away).

I have a seven-item long list of ideas that I want to start/continue writing NOW, but so much else to do. Yarg. It's a really odd list, too, for me at least. One would be a new fandom for me (Firefly/Serenity), and though the rest are HP, for the most part they aren't the pairings/characters/styles that I've done before. Which is a good thing, but it makes it harder to actually buckle down and write something that I might actually end up keeping.

But for the moment - laundry beckons.
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Well, I'm finally over the hump on my [livejournal.com profile] themed100 project at 54/100 icons finished. Of course I have less than a month left in my challenge block, so I have some work ahead of me :-p My theme is "seasons", which I have chosen to interpret liberally... including baseball, strawberry, olympics, wedding, Christmas, and mating as specific seasons in addition to the traditional Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Go ahead and check them out.

Getting nowhere in my [livejournal.com profile] wizard_love fic.

Received my mp3 challenge inspiration song and am mulling it over. It is "Distractions" by Zero 7.

Finally went to see Brokeback Mountain last night. Wow. I knew that I was in for sadness, but I didn't expect it to be such a painful sadness. There were also moments of "whoa" and really amusing scenes as well.

slightly spoilerish )

It was a really, really wonderful film, and that means something to me, given that I tend towards the comedy/sci-fi/fantasy type of movie.

Time for bed for me, I think. I want to try to wake up by 4 so I can actually do things while it's still daylight. That'd be a pleasant switch.
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*sigh* I think I need to stick with gen. The gen muse is definitely more free with her blessings.

I'm trying to stay awake until 7am so as to stay on my night shift schedule, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to get some writing done, I'm trying to get a good jump on my Valentine's fic, but it's just not coming to me at the moment. I'd also like to go and read more of the [livejournal.com profile] shackinup_sesa submissions (think I've read about 1/4-1/3 so far), but after two night shifts wherein all I can do afterwards is collapse into sleep, I've got TONS of back reading to do on my friends lists. Oy, I think I definitely need to filter out fanficrants and metaquotes though - those'll slide without me missing out on much.

And [livejournal.com profile] themed100 is due in a little over a month and I'm not even half finished... and my winter break is about half over.
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Well, I've discovered that nighttime is the perfect time for me to write... when I shouldn't be doing so. When I should be sleeping or studying for an exam or somesuch, I cannot resist the urge to work on my WiPs.

When I actually have the leisure to write at night, and when, in fact, it would help to keep me awake? Nope. I got nothin'. No icon ideas, either, and my [livejournal.com profile] themed100 is due by the 2nd of February.

Bah humbug. I need to make friends on the other side of the world, so that when everyone 'round here is asleep I'll have someone to talk to. Then again, I'm rather boring, so...

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