all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (teatime 3)
Dying of frustration. There needs to be more Susan/Teatime fic on the internet in a very serious way, and I don't want to have to write it all. (In large part because I keep swerving towards Angsty Doomed Romance*, and frankly I'm not sure Teatime would quite understand the concept of romance. Or love, for that matter. It would probably translate as "someone I haven't killed yet because they are interesting as well as useful.")

I'm still trying to navigate the whole question of whether Teatime really gets what sex is all about. He comes off as being very child-like in some ways even though he's an adult, so my working theory at the moment is that he has sexual urges but can't really make sense of them. Sort of. Except every once in a while one gets through and he acts on it, because… I don't know yet. Argh argh argh, why did I decide to love a ship that's so hard to write for?


* I've come to a point where I can kind of maybe see romance as an eventual possibility, in a long story with slow character development on Teatime's part to make him a little less insanely homicidal and a little more cognizant of what normal human relationships entail, rather than just thinking of Susan as something that belongs to him. Even if it's just a move from thinking of Susan as something he owns to someone he owns, it'd be a step. But mostly I still think of Susan/Teatime as a ship where happily ever after is a joke, except for the part where this story seems to want to go there so badly, and I don't want to have to make it long enough to encompass the necessary character development for something like romantic love to even start to enter into it.

Ok, I've written enough entries about this ship for it to get its own tag. God help us all.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (hoppity-skip)
I did not mean to stay up until 1:30 in the morning writing a monologue about my boobs. I swear to god I didn't. But that's the theme for ETC's fall showcase this year, and I thought I'd missed the deadline, but it turned out that they extended it until Friday, so… here I am.

1:30 in the morning, and I just sent the club president a monologue called "I Have Fantastic Tits."



…yeah. That may be the weirdest email I've ever sent. Anyway, it's obviously completely unedited, and the ending is a bit rough, but I present to you my monologue on the manifold glories of breasts.

Under here. )

And now I am very sleepy indeed, but at least I will not go to bed trying to remember the phrase "the Mary Poppinses of breasts". I may regret that more in the morning, when I have to get up and get out before everyone else gets the bright idea to go home early for the Labor Day holiday.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sleep is god)
As expected, my mother knew exactly which monologue was mine. The Dorothy Sayers reference does kinda give me away. Luckily, she was not awkward about it.

Now I'm going to fall over, because I never really woke up this morning.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (reading is sexy)
Apparently 1 AM is the time when I get good story progression ideas.

On a related note, I might be less bored during this time of enforced confinement (still no job, still nothing back about places I've applied to volunteer) if I schedule a couple of hours a day as writing time--as is, sit in front of the computer and write SOMETHING until either I've reached my word goal for the day or a set amount of time has passed. It would give me some nice structure for part of my day, and i might even *gasp* make progress on something. Certainly much more efficient than my current system of one chapter written over the course of a few days every 7 to 9 months.
all_strange_wonders: (buggre alle this)
Guys, I have missed my chance. If I had only finished The Last Saint last year, it might have had a chance at being part of the post-vampire YAF fad. According to The Guardian, it's angels, and if (incredibly hot, betrayed, misunderstood and just slightly bad-boy) Lucifer doesn't fit right in there, I don't know what does. AND HE'S THE PROTAGONIST. And not in a rebelling-against-god-is-actually-a-good-idea way, either. Ina genuinely likable, doing-the-right-thing-and-getting-screwed-for-it way.
*sigh* Ah well. Dreamy Lucifer will just have to hang out with me a while longer.

Also, ohgodmyheadisexploding. I am not even kidding. And there is no time for having fun. Not even a little.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sleep is god)
Finally banged out next chapter of The Drift of Stars. It needs editing, but at least I've gotten one of those important steps out of the way--introducing all of your main characters to each other. The last chapter I posted was in July, so it's really due.

Now to transcribe, edit, and send off to my beta. But not right now. Right now, putting on some B5 and hopefully drifting off to sleep. It's funny, the things I find relaxing to sleep to. "GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVES!!!", PPG fire, the end of the world (in several different flavors)…
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Dinner at midnight-thirty and trying to find notes on a fanfic I last updated 4 years ago. Yep, sounds like my life. To be fair, lunch was at 5:30, so dinner's not quite as insanely late as it sounds.
Although breakfast was at 9:30.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (do not attempt)
In other new- Castle got renewed, yay! Go Nathan Fillion for having a job for another season, and also the other actors in the show who I didn't know previously but now like quite a lot.

---

And now for something completely different

I wait- with patience, with hope and trepidation- for the long promise of spring to be fulfilled.

Although I'm starting to feel as if I'm low on patience. This too shall pass.

---

And this again:
O you whom I often and silently come where you are that I
may be with you,
As I walk by your side or sit near, or remain in the same room with you,
Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing
within me.


I don't love Walt Whitman without qualification- I think some of his stuff is just absolute rubbish- but I really do love some of his work. Especially this bit- it just seems so… accurate, somehow.

Reading back through my journal to find that snippet, I have decided that I do rather like my own style. Thank goodness, because that means I have one.

"It's a hard job, stating the obvious, but somebody's got to do it."
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (suspension of disbelief)
If every story has a secret, silent heart around which the whole revolves, and if every story in some way reflects the author- what do my stories say about me? Because I know the secret heart of everything I write- it's always the same.

And the secret heart of this post, its motivating force and center, is brought to you courtesy of an uncomfortably insightful coworker telling me things I know but pretend not to, because ignoring those things makes my life much more manageable in some small but important ways.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (bookshelves)
It's kinda discouraging to work hard on something and then have no one read it. Maybe I'm just impatient, but I feel like maybe one of the people who has The Drift of Stars on their alerts list should have read the new chapter by now. Or even one of the people who has an author alert on me.
*sigh*
well, onward I march nonetheless. If nothing else, it is good practice. After I finish this next chapter, though, I think I might take a break from DoS and work on HNY instead, since it's totally original fiction, as opposed to mostly original fiction. Once I've gotten it written and edited out to something respectable, I'm thinking about maybe submitting it somewhere.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (reading is sexy)
Glory be, I'm popular! Well, within the limits of Crusade fandom. I'm beginning to think I may have slightly underestimated our numbers- I would now venture to say that there may be as many as eight people, including myself, who read or write in the fandom! I wish that excitement were sarcastic or feigned, but it is absolutely not.
Anyway, it's nice to have people like what you write, and although I'm not getting a lot of commentary, I think that people do. I'm certainly ending up with more hits than visitors, which means some of them are going back and reading it again, and I'm inclined to think that people review more when they have something bad to say anyway.
*bounce*

Also, I heart some of my recent icon finds. Like this one, for example.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
I feel like there's a little disapproving chorus in my head:

CHORUS: WHAT are you working on, young lady?
SARA: *mumble*
CHORUS: What did you say?
SARA: …secretsoulandlastsaint…
CHORUS: I didn't hear you clearly, there. Own up!
SARA (defeated): Secret Soul and The Last Saint…
CHORUS: And what are you SUPPOSED to be working on?
SARA: The Drift of Stars and Happy New Year
CHORUS: So WHY AREN'T YOU WORKING ON THEM?! No, no I don't want to hear it. *storms off*
SARA: ………Maybe I should get a bit more sleep.


In other news… I GOT A REVIEW on The Drift of Stars! And it was really nice! I was super, super nervous about this chapter for a lot of reasons- the fact that it took me forever and a day to hammer out the last few paragraphs, the fact that the break is still less than ideal, the fact that it's still all original characters, the fact that this is ME trying to write ROMANCE, and dammit I just found another typo. No matter how many times you go through it before you post, there's always something. This is why there's a big note at the bottom saying that if anybody wants to read these chapters before I post them and correct the stupid shit like this place where I'm MISSING A PERIOD of all things, I will be infinitely grateful. A note which someone… actually read. Neato!
Anyway, it's not that I'm NOT working on my target pieces, it's just that a few things popped up from the back of my mind for other stories. Life the fact that Carys plays the dulcimer and Lucifer can't sing, or like the idea for getting Secret Soul through breakfast (ohthankgod. They've been eating breakfast for YEARS. Literally. Like… 3 or 4. Years. Of sitting there and staring at the screen and wondering what kind of corner I've managed to write myself into and what on earth was I planning to do about it. Now they're they're done eating and the hamster has returned to the wheel!)

So… this was supposed to be a short post, once upon a time. Oops.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". ([exciting event here])
So I have 9- count them, NINE- stories that I currently view as active and reasonably worthwhile. Of those, I've actually recently worked on four. It's no wonder I never seem to finish anything. I think I'm going to try and pick two to focus on- one original and one fanfic. Not that anybody here cares about the fanfic, but I find it to be invaluable when I've hit a roadblock in something else. I can always bang out a page or so on Crusade or Doctor Who. And since I'm one of three people still writing Crusade fanfic, it's always well received by the ten people still reading it.

Yes, it's a NaNoWriMo icon, but it's the only writing icon I have. Also, I have a story with a rather large action sequence that is represented in much the same way because I wanted to get on to the aftermath and wasn't quite settled on exactly what would happen, or where. It says something like (insert exciting danger here- Lily gets hurt. WRITE THIS PART).


Edit: Oops, make that TEN stories. One wasn't in the right folder.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
"Do you ever wish you had sonic hearing?"



*facepalm*



(On the happy meme- life is kinda more full of suck than good at the moment. my CSD concerts went well- we even got a good review, although one part of the review is WRONG about which piece had which soloist- one a baritone, one a soprano, totally different styles… hey, whatever. And I baked like mad. But I'm still behind on christmas kintting and writing, and my grandfather is in the hospital with what seems to be a combination of pneumonia and his chronic heart condition. My mother was in High Point for the second time this week today because of it… and at some point she has to go see a neurologist about some nodules that showed up in the MRI they took to see if she had a tumor on her auditory nerve. And my Aunt Lisa has breast cancer. ARRGH!)
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Oh, yes- I have actually been good about my writing. I've put it rather more than 200 words on the 2nd chapter of DoS, but it just won't stop! I thought I was coming up on a nice little pause where I could break and post, but apparently my slight course change has steered me off into deeper waters. So, no adoring letters, but at least this chapter is really going somewhere.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (not the droids)
Day Four:
Little things. I rescued a split stitch 4 rows down in my mother's gift by dropping it on purpose and working back up with a crochet hook. My vignette on the relationship between Nicholas and Evangeline got a fave on DevArt (Gwen's character and mine from the Requiem chronicle we played summer before last). I cleaned some. [livejournal.com profile] kibarika clued me in about filet crochet, which means that now all I have to do for Christmas is craft like mad. The new washing machine should come tomorrow!

And yes- that is two fandoms in one icon. Tomorrow I will use the awesome Fozzy icon, which I'm continually wanting to edit so that it says "a (sky) pirate's life for me", thus combining steampunk and muppets. I mean, how much more awesome can you get than Star Wars Daleks and steampunk Muppets?
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
8 days meme from [livejournal.com profile] kibarika

The rules are that for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same...
We all know I'm a non-binding tagger, right? Good.
[livejournal.com profile] torque_spackey, [livejournal.com profile] silvertsubasa, [livejournal.com profile] russsp, [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_sage, [livejournal.com profile] flannelchild15, [livejournal.com profile] lastshadow, [livejournal.com profile] kit_rin, [livejournal.com profile] wyrmscrest


Day One
Today I read Labyrinth fanfic, which I haven't done in a long, long time. It made me laugh until I couldn't breathe. See, it was halloween, and Sarah was trying to explain it to Jareth, and there was this kid dressed up as a pineapple, and trick-or-treating, and then there was pineapple boy again and… probably you just had to be there. But the punctuation, grammar and spelling didn't make my eyes bleed, and I hadn't had a good laugh like that in a while.
Also, it reminded me that I'm only about 200 words away from posting the next chapter of The Drift of Stars, as a sort of extra bonus. (The fandom I cater to may be very small, but they're awfully loyal. If I'm good, in another couple of days you'll see "Today all five of my readers wrote me long letters about how awesome I am and how they even like my original characters!")
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". ([exciting event here])
Well, I've signed up for the official insanity train- I'm giving NaNoWriMo a fairly serious try.

So, this brings my tally of Things To Do In November up to:
1. Knit a vest for my dad.
2. Knit a long-sleeved lace shrug for my mother.
3. Knit two top-secret type gifts (expanding the Sara's Mad Christmas Knit-a-Thon to FOUR recipients)
4. Find a new job.
5. Write a 50,000 word novel.

Totally workable, as long as I grow an extra set of arms or two. Maybe I should make that number 6…
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". ([exciting event here])
play games or write?
this really shouldn't be that hard a decision to make, and yet… I want to write, and yet pretty much have to force myself to start, instead of getting distracted by the shiny thing.
*sigh*
time for the List of Ways to Make Yourself Write
no, seriously, there is one. a list of strategies to make yourself do something you enjoy. how weird is that?
nice to know I'm not alone, though
all_strange_wonders: (buggre alle this)
I am officially working on Too Many Stories, as well as looking back through my poetry and seeing the need for some serious editing. *sigh* Such is life.
I think the worst part is the names. Hardly any of my characters come with names- it's as if I always walk into the conversation just after someone has said it, and I just can't quite catch it. I've spent an hour trying to name somebody. I've run through my favorite name database twice, and still all I've got is "I think it should start with a C, not have too many percussive consonants, and sound old." Maybe if I'm very good, it will come to me in my sleep.

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