rosa_acicularis: (mickey & jake)
Two commentaries promised in this meme! I quite enjoyed doing these, brief as they are, and I'd be happy to do more. Though after these you might all wash your hands of me; it's hard to say.

commentaries, what? )

In other news, I've been compulsively listening to Bowie's Life on Mars on repeat for the last two hours, and every two minutes or so I get intensely teary and emotional about SAM TYLER and GENE HUNT and THAT BEAUTIFUL SHOW. In a few minutes I intend to switch over to Ashes to Ashes and OH ALEX DRAKE I LOVE YOU LIKE BREATHING.

I might be a little premenstrual. Just a smidge. 
rosa_acicularis: (muppet OTP)
I did not, in fact, die of moving. My stuff is still dumped in a nightmare jumble all over the room, I can't find my toothpaste, and my dresser is blocked by about two tons of books, but all my shit is here, not there, and I think that counts as a success, don't you? To celebrate: a meme, nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] vega_ofthe_lyre!

Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any fanfic I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

meme much?

Jul. 16th, 2010 04:30 pm
rosa_acicularis: (shadows)
The seven things about my writing process meme, nabbed with affection and thanks from [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose.

1. Almost without exception, I get my initial writing ideas while traveling. By foot, by bus, by train - particularly while driving, which tells you something about my less-than-stellar driving habits. I almost always listen to music as I commute, and I think a combination of music and passing scenery knocks loose the necessary inspiration from my logical mind's usual death grip. 

2. I am a compulsive researcher, but it's not as much about accuracy as the strange, formerly unimagined directions new information can inspire in a story. I want to take as much knowledge about a subject as possible, stuff it all in my brain, and then rattle it around until something surprising comes out. Research is also an excellent way to procrastinate when you're avoiding a particularly challenging scene or dauntingly important moment.

3. I almost never write anything by hand. When I used to work at Borders and would spend miserable late night hours alone at the registers, I would occasionally draw incomprehensibly abstract diagrams outlining the plot and pacing of whatever I was working on, but aside from research, all prewriting, outlines and brainstorming live only in my head.  

4. A story doesn't seem real to me until I have a title. Which is problematic, because thinking of a title SUCKS. Most of my titles are either obvious one-word nonsense or song lyrics. Once I've decided on a title, I get very attached to it and rarely change my mind; Tomorrow Is a Long Time is the rare exception. It started out as a very different sort of story (smaller, quieter, shorter) and was called Eastward, in Eden.  Then one day I was listening to Pandora and Bob Dylan's Tomorrow Is a Long Time came up, and I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it before. It was perfect for what the story had grown into, and just like that Eastward, in Eden was a thing of the past.

5. In a book I read recently about writing, the author talked about the almost trance-like state many writers find themselves in as they write. This made a lot of sense to me, as it somewhat explains my habit of listening to the same song on repeat for hours at a time while I write. I know lyrics distract some people as they write, but I swear I don't even hear them - I just need the same song playing, over and over and over again. (This is why my friend who follows me on last.fm is convinced that I am a psychopath. She says it's unsettlingly Shining-esque.)

6. I always, always edit as I write. I've been told this is a bad habit, but I can't stop myself. I can't move on to the next sentence until this one is just right. This is probably why I am, it would seem, the slowest writer in fandom. (This doesn't mean, of course, that I don't still make mistakes - as those who beta for me can tell you.)

7. When something isn't working and I can't see how to fix it, I do what my favorite high school English teacher told me to do: take out the part you love the best. Chances are, I'm keeping it in just because I love it, and not because it serves the story as a whole. I hate this advice, but it almost always works. (Though I do have a file full of well-loved rejects bits from all my stories. Just in case. ) 
rosa_acicularis: (it is on)
I know I'm just about the last person on the block to do this meme, but I've decided that I'm ready to commit to this month-long expression of my television love. So, Day One: A Show That Should Never Have Been Canceled.

Picture this: The woefully underused nutbar Jeremy Piven and the brilliant but Show Killing Paula Marshall in the ultimate Romantic Comedy/Greek Mythology Mash Up, created by Veronica Mar's Rob Thomas and featuring a genius parade of Hey, It's That Guy! That Guy From That Thing! I Love That Guy! guest stars, including Tom DeKay, Patrick Fabian, Sherilyn Fenn, Harry Groener, Joe Flanigan, Marc Vann, and mother-freaking LISA LOEB. (I was thirteen years old when this show first aired in 1998, and all I wanted in life was to be Lisa Loeb. Yes, I know.)

That show you just pictured? That was Cupid.

have a beautiful train wreck. )
rosa_acicularis: (belle and book)

Your result for The Fan Fiction Personality Test...

The Mindgamer

Everything is possible, nothing is ever really over.

Fanfiction is a creative outlet for you. You don't intentionally write it, it just happens. You find inspiration in several fandoms, but are not obsessed with only one.

You like to explore "what if" situations. What if this character had never made this very choice? What if this event had taken place sooner, never, elsewhere? What if these people had never met?

You are likely to write Alternative Universes, fan seasons or sequels and just follow your (sometimes pretty strange) plot bunnies.

Take The Fan Fiction Personality Test at OkCupid

Doesn't sound like me at all. Except for the parts that sort of do.

Also, speaking of fic -- I've been thinking a lot about this Diana Gabaldon kerfuffle, and I admit that it's been bothering me a bit. Now, the only fandoms I've ever written anything at all for are Who (obviously), West Wing, Star Trek, and Merlin, and of those West Wing is the only text that isn't pretty much a form of fan fiction itself. And while I can't really imagine Russell T. Davies waking up one morning and announcing that fic writers are perverts who need to get their dirty pervert hands off his precious creations (who are, of course, like his children, despite the fact that they are fictional and thus, you know, not really like that at all) I still find all this a bit troubling. 

I love fan fic -- I love reading it, and I love writing it. And when I read that Gabaldon post, and the George R.R. Martin one that followed it, I immediately felt the need to defend this world of fandom and fan fiction which has become such a part of my formation as a writer. Then I read Michael Chabon's essay about Sherlock Holmes in his book Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands,  and decided to just point to it and say, THIS. THIS IS WHY THE WRONG LADY IS WRONG. He wrote:
 

cut for awesomeness. )
rosa_acicularis: (hobbes)
Stolen from everyone.

Age: 25.

Where you grew up (Ages 0-18): north of Baltimore, Maryland.

how y'all doin'? )
rosa_acicularis: (belle and book)
I have had a simply awful day, and to cheer myself I have completed - hurrah! - this Harry Potter meme. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] bornofstars.

wotcher, harry.  )
rosa_acicularis: (bloo charming)
Due to wacky Portland weather (two feet of snow is highly inconvenient when you live in a city without snowplows) my family Christmas was postponed this year. As far as me and mine are concerned, tomorrow is both New Year's Eve and Christmas Eve - two holidays for the price of one. Hot dog.

So I have two days of family fun time ahead of me, and while I'm looking forward to it, I know I'll be desperate for an excuse to duck behind my laptop and shut out the convivial bickering for an hour or two. That's where y'all come in.

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68 : Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

I haven't written more than a page of anything in the last month, and it's driving me a little batty. Maybe a meme will help jump start the ol' muse?

rosa_acicularis: (mickey & jake)
Hey, look! It's that Stump the Author Meme all the cool kids are doing. What fun!

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jlrpuck  and many others.

A -- go to my top secret masterlist and pick out a line or two from one of my stories. (Must be a full line, please -- no sentence fragments or speech tags or other such nonsense.)
B -- I will respond with which story of mine I think it's from.
C -- A drabble to anyone who stumps me.

If you do stump me, feel free to request a situation and characters.


And by 'drabble' I mean 'nonsensical ficlet thing of indeterminate length'. Obviously.

rosa_acicularis: (hmm stephen)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68, that minx.

Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five fic-favorites you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.

in no particular order... )
rosa_acicularis: (red socks)
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

How could I possibly pick just one? Inconceivable.

++

Count Rugen: (admiring his torture contraption) Beautiful isn't it? It took me half a lifetime to invent it. I'm sure you've discovered my deep and abiding interest in pain. Presently I'm writing the definitive work on the subject, so I want you to be totally honest with me on how the machine makes you feel. This being our first try, I'll use the lowest setting.

(Count Rugen activates the water powered torture machine. Westley writhes in great pain.)

As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. Really that's all this is except that instead of sucking water, I'm sucking life. I've just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don't know what that would do to you. So, let's just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest. How do you feel?

(Westley moans.)

Interesting.

++

Prince Humperdink: She is alive, or was an hour ago. If she is otherwise when I find her I shall be very put out.

++

Ah, the villains in this movie. I don't think they get enough love. 

(I am writing a new, very strange post-Journey's End fic. If there was ever any doubt that my muse was on crack, proof is forthcoming.)

rosa_acicularis: (broTP)
Tagged ever-so-generously by [personal profile] mirageofmae. Yay!
1. List your top seven character ships
2. Put all of them in order of your love for them; 7 to 1, 1 being your main fixation.
3. Name the movie/show that they're in.
4. Supply photos for said people.
5. Tag seven people.

rosa_acicularis: (hobbes)
Stolen from [personal profile] eponymous_rose, of course. I only did ten fics, though, as I am not nearly so prolific. ;)

Odd. I never noticed how short most of my first lines are. Most are considerably shorter than my average sentence. Hmm.

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