llywela: (cuppa)
I just spotted an alien cat in the kitchen that I think might have been the long-lost Macavity the Mystery Cat! I haven't seen him in over a year! I didn't get a good look, though, so I could be wrong, but the glimpse I caught did look like him - and it would explain why Poppy's rejected food has been vanishing overnight lately...

Today's the day for intruder cats, it seems, as earlier on I caught the neighbour's cat, Tabitha, in my front room, the little minx - she's got a perfectly good home of her own she could hang out in and although she gets on well with Alfie, she knows Poppy doesn't like her, and the feeling is mutual. Actually, when I heard Poppy having a hissy-fit in the kitchen just now I assumed it was Tabitha back again, so it came as a surprise to see a tabby back retreating out through the cat-flap instead.

I hope it was Macavity. I'd been worried about my little stray.

In other news, I had forgotten how all-consuming fic-writing can be, when you really get into it. All my review-fu is currently being channelled in a more creative direction. It's been a really long time since I got all caught up in a fic like this. I've missed it!
llywela: (cuppa)
I just spotted an alien cat in the kitchen that I think might have been the long-lost Macavity the Mystery Cat! I haven't seen him in over a year! I didn't get a good look, though, so I could be wrong, but the glimpse I caught did look like him - and it would explain why Poppy's rejected food has been vanishing overnight lately...

Today's the day for intruder cats, it seems, as earlier on I caught the neighbour's cat, Tabitha, in my front room, the little minx - she's got a perfectly good home of her own she could hang out in and although she gets on well with Alfie, she knows Poppy doesn't like her, and the feeling is mutual. Actually, when I heard Poppy having a hissy-fit in the kitchen just now I assumed it was Tabitha back again, so it came as a surprise to see a tabby back retreating out through the cat-flap instead.

I hope it was Macavity. I'd been worried about my little stray.

In other news, I had forgotten how all-consuming fic-writing can be, when you really get into it. All my review-fu is currently being channelled in a more creative direction. It's been a really long time since I got all caught up in a fic like this. I've missed it!
llywela: (Doyle-readingisfun)
Of course, I don't really write fic these days. I'm not sure why. Just...lost the urge. I'm hoping it comes back some day. I still have a WIP folder stuffed full of notes waiting to be turned into actual stories!

But anyway, this meme was interesting.

Writing Meme )
llywela: (Doyle-readingisfun)
Of course, I don't really write fic these days. I'm not sure why. Just...lost the urge. I'm hoping it comes back some day. I still have a WIP folder stuffed full of notes waiting to be turned into actual stories!

But anyway, this meme was interesting.

Writing Meme )
llywela: (Default)
This is a fairly meaningless quotation post, just for the sake of it. I don't often get a Sunday paper, but yesterday I picked up a copy of the Independent and was quite struck by an interview with John Lloyd, TV writer and producer and the brains behind shows such as Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image and Blackadder.

The quote that struck me was this: "It's boring to say, but the horrible truth is that most people on television don't like the programmes they work for. Everybody's chasing everybody downmarket, so you eventually get to a place where they make stuff that even a person with half a brain cell doesn't enjoy."

Soooo nicely put. And a wonderful indictment of about 95% of what's on TV these days!


In Other News, I am sort of writing again. Ish. I was issued a specific challenge, and am trying, ish, to fulfil it. It's a Doctor Who fic, the first (and probably last!) I've ever attempted. The first 7 pages flowed pretty freely, but I'm now at the point where I really need to conduct research before I can continue. I also need ideas - I need somewhere really ridiculous and exotic for the Doctor to claim to be representing in order to intrigue Julius Caesar into granting him an audience... Suggestions on a postcard please!
llywela: (Default)
This is a fairly meaningless quotation post, just for the sake of it. I don't often get a Sunday paper, but yesterday I picked up a copy of the Independent and was quite struck by an interview with John Lloyd, TV writer and producer and the brains behind shows such as Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image and Blackadder.

The quote that struck me was this: "It's boring to say, but the horrible truth is that most people on television don't like the programmes they work for. Everybody's chasing everybody downmarket, so you eventually get to a place where they make stuff that even a person with half a brain cell doesn't enjoy."

Soooo nicely put. And a wonderful indictment of about 95% of what's on TV these days!


In Other News, I am sort of writing again. Ish. I was issued a specific challenge, and am trying, ish, to fulfil it. It's a Doctor Who fic, the first (and probably last!) I've ever attempted. The first 7 pages flowed pretty freely, but I'm now at the point where I really need to conduct research before I can continue. I also need ideas - I need somewhere really ridiculous and exotic for the Doctor to claim to be representing in order to intrigue Julius Caesar into granting him an audience... Suggestions on a postcard please!

friday

Jun. 23rd, 2006 09:14 am
llywela: (Default)
A few ficcish thoughts about characterisation and development and the pros and cons of tight continuity under the cut )

friday

Jun. 23rd, 2006 09:14 am
llywela: (Default)
A few ficcish thoughts about characterisation and development and the pros and cons of tight continuity under the cut )
llywela: (Judge)
Have decided that what I enjoy most about writing my VS is that I'm writing it for me, and can therefore play about with stupid little details that no one else would notice. Like having a couple of the minor guest characters involved in a very stormy, on-off relationship for months without ever having them in a scene together. Their entire relationship is conducted off-screen, with its progress charted by random, throwaway comments the others make every now and then....

I worry myself sometimes. *G*
llywela: (Judge)
Have decided that what I enjoy most about writing my VS is that I'm writing it for me, and can therefore play about with stupid little details that no one else would notice. Like having a couple of the minor guest characters involved in a very stormy, on-off relationship for months without ever having them in a scene together. Their entire relationship is conducted off-screen, with its progress charted by random, throwaway comments the others make every now and then....

I worry myself sometimes. *G*
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Some people post their fics in stages, as they go along. In short stages, too: tiny snippets that they sometimes don't seem to have even read back one time, never mind edited or spell-checked.

I can't do that. I have to publish as one completed work.I re-draft too much to allow for posting in stages.

While writing a story, I go back over earlier scenes constantly, and am forever leaving little notes to myself throughout the text.

"Insert potential filler scene here."
"Expand on this."
"Re-write this scene to allow for X."
"Possibility for padding this scene out a bit if story is running short."

Or I'll reach a crucial stage in the plot and realise I could've foreshadowed it earlier in the story. Not having already posted the first bits means I can go back and add that foreshadowing. And I find myself tweaking words here and there every time I read through.

It can be maddening at times. Certainly a slow way of working. But ultimately, I think, a lot more satisfying than the instant gratification of giving into that compulsion to press 'post' the second you've committed your thoughts to paper, without waiting to make sure it was the best you could possibly get it.

And then there's the feedback thing. Such a rare, rare animal, and to be treasured when it comes. Which means suppressing that overwhelming urge, at the slightest hint of someone having actually read your stuff, to pin them down under a spotlight and take them through it, scene by scene, and line by line. "And what exactly did you think of this bit, then?"


Currently working on the 14th installment in my Monico series. It's going pretty quickly so far, which is a little worrying - means the muse could abandon me at any moment! It's also throwing up a lot more h/c than I usually write. But heavy on the 'h', not much of the 'c' so far, and slightly darker than I usually write. Funny where a plot can take you.
llywela: (Default)
Some people post their fics in stages, as they go along. In short stages, too: tiny snippets that they sometimes don't seem to have even read back one time, never mind edited or spell-checked.

I can't do that. I have to publish as one completed work.I re-draft too much to allow for posting in stages.

While writing a story, I go back over earlier scenes constantly, and am forever leaving little notes to myself throughout the text.

"Insert potential filler scene here."
"Expand on this."
"Re-write this scene to allow for X."
"Possibility for padding this scene out a bit if story is running short."

Or I'll reach a crucial stage in the plot and realise I could've foreshadowed it earlier in the story. Not having already posted the first bits means I can go back and add that foreshadowing. And I find myself tweaking words here and there every time I read through.

It can be maddening at times. Certainly a slow way of working. But ultimately, I think, a lot more satisfying than the instant gratification of giving into that compulsion to press 'post' the second you've committed your thoughts to paper, without waiting to make sure it was the best you could possibly get it.

And then there's the feedback thing. Such a rare, rare animal, and to be treasured when it comes. Which means suppressing that overwhelming urge, at the slightest hint of someone having actually read your stuff, to pin them down under a spotlight and take them through it, scene by scene, and line by line. "And what exactly did you think of this bit, then?"


Currently working on the 14th installment in my Monico series. It's going pretty quickly so far, which is a little worrying - means the muse could abandon me at any moment! It's also throwing up a lot more h/c than I usually write. But heavy on the 'h', not much of the 'c' so far, and slightly darker than I usually write. Funny where a plot can take you.

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