clare_dragonfly: cartoon fox standing with arms out, eyes crossed, speech bubble: No! There's a crucial semantic difference! (Writing: semantic difference)
I hate titles. Help me come up with a title for my Warehouse 13/Criminal Minds casefic crossover. Something with neutral in it, maybe?

In a different story, I appear to have used the sentence "The fountain was more patient." I have no idea what this could possibly mean. (It's more patient than it used to be, as opposed to more patient than something else. ...also there's an important fountain later in the story, so I don't know if they should be tied together?)

I can understand the main character personifying the fountain, but why patient? Besides the fact that I can't figure out why, it's definitely too positive of an attribute for this scene. My best guess is that I intended to write another word starting with a P, as that's something I do fairly often, but I can't figure out what.
clare_dragonfly: cartoon fox standing with arms out, eyes crossed, speech bubble: No! There's a crucial semantic difference! (Writing: semantic difference)
What part of my brain decided it was a brilliant idea to create, in two of my major worlds, main characters named Taia and Tay, and then give them both PTSD?! I'm reading a book on PTSD now, and I'm already confusing myself.

(Though to be quite correct, since I haven't finished writing the book yet, Tay does not have PTSD. The trauma is still ongoing.)

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I need to rewrite this sentence and it's confusing me. The original phrase is "for the witch had given him more than enough money than he would need for the provisioning he had been sent to do," but that's redundant. Which is better: "more money than he would need for the provisioning" or "more than enough money for the provisioning"? Or something else entirely?

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I keep seeing advice--not necessarily about writing, but that's included--to make yourself feel guilty about doing something, or set things up so you'll feel guilty if you don't do it, in order to motivate yourself. Um, that's not motivating for me. That just makes me avoid everything to do with whatever's making me feel guilty. When I let myself feel guilty about not writing (and it's definitely a "let"), I write less. And I make myself sick.

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I've typed enough today--much of it notes, trying to transcribe the relevant parts of a Criminal Minds episode for a fic I'm going to write--that my right wrist hurts. I think I shall stop now.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Wasteland: Taia Lucifer)
Comment with "Moo with me!" and:
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- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[personal profile] whatawaytoburn interviewed me!

Questions under the cut )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
A meme stolen from [personal profile] aldersprig:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. -- Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980

If I wrote fic/drew art/vidded/folded origami/etc today, the readers/viewers would immediately be looking for... what?


Don't worry if you haven't read much of my work; I'm really interested in any themes people might have noticed at all!
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Witchy: pagan dna)
20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
I can take it or leave it.

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
Its inherent dreamwidth-y-ness. Seriously... I don't know. It's pretty. Actually, I might have to pick my journal layout. It is soooo pretty.

Do you make literary or cultural references in your work? If so, what sources do you usually draw on? How do you decide whether to make (or keep, when editing) a particular reference?
I frequently retell and/or refer to fairy tales and folklore in my work. If I'm going in deliberately to retell a particular tale, that will inform the structure of my story; if it's not my intention from the start, something else in the story might suggest a fairy-tale reference to me, and I'll slip it in explicitly or obliquely.

What repeated themes do you see running through your work?
Um. I don't know. I like faeries. I don't think they're themes. There are probably plenty of themes that I repeat, but I'm not consciously aware of repeating them.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: grammarsexual)
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
Uh... that doesn't really apply to me. I don't post that much about life things. It's not that I don't have time, it's just that I don't think about it and generally can't figure out how to phrase it. I do lots of things that I'm glad I did but haven't bothered to post about or aren't worth actually writing an entry about. Like, yesterday I went to Rita's to get water ice with my mom and a friend who was spending the night with us. I'm glad I went because it was tasty, but... it's just water ice!

What's your biggest source of writer's envy?
I try not to have writer's envy. I have writers I admire, certainly, but generally I don't wish I'm like them because I'm like myself. I guess I can be a little envious of people who have more discipline or just get more writing done than I do.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Witchy: lightning)
I failed to do any meme questions yesterday (partly on purpose--it was a busy day) so here are two answers for each of two memes!

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?
I guess I would have to say Harry Potter was my gateway fandom. (I was briefly into LotR movie RPF, but I never did more than read, and... well, it's kind of creepy when I think about it.) It's certainly the one I've been involved with most, even if 90% of my involvement has been roleplaying. And yes... I think that there probably is "a" community for it on DW ;)

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
I, um, don't think I have a current obsession? I mean, I have my habits and hobbies and interests, but all the ones I have now are ones I've had for a while. I guess I'm reading more post-apocalyptic fiction than I used to, which is an interest that's increased recently. I think that's mostly due to the PA Goodreads group I joined, though, which has given me a lot more ideas of what to read. What captures my attention about it? Well, I guess it's just that I think it's all too likely to happen in my lifetime.


What kind of support, if any, do you get for your writing?
I get a lot of financial support from my parents, who have been allowing me to live at home rent-free for almost three years now, despite the fact that I haven't had anything published. I also get verbal/emotional support from them, my fiancé, and my friends!

Do you share your writing publicly or keep it private? Have you or would you like to be published?
I share some of it publicly and share some of it with a few people. There isn't much that I haven't shared and have no intention of sharing. My writing isn't just for me. I guess I wouldn't see the point in writing it down instead of just letting it play out in my head if I weren't going to share it.

I have actually been published once--a short story of mine was published in a non-paying e-zine. And a different story was published somehow on my college website, I think, though that counts even less. And of course I also self-publish myself online. I definitely hope to be traditionally published eventually, as well as to self-publish more things that might actually make me money.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
I have a lot of unique interests, actually. I have no idea why Addergoole is unique. There ought to be at least one other person on DW with that interest! You should check it out if you like faeries and/or creepy things. Aliette de Bodard is a French fantasy author. I am really crazy about her short fiction, and I also enjoyed her first novel, Servant of the Underworld. I recommend it if you like mysteries, dark fantasy, and/or the Aztecs. An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom and MeiLin Miranda are two of my other unique interests and they are connected, in that MeiLin writes the aforementioned series, which is hard to describe but you should check if out if you like fantasy and/or erotica. Chatoyant College is my own online serial fantasy novel. Self-promotion makes me too anxious to tell you whether you should check it out. And finally, online serial novels are what Addergoole, the History, and Chatoyant College are, free stories online updated a chapter (or other small amount) at a time. I suppose I don't really need that one to be there since I also have web fiction, webfiction, weblit, and webnovels, all of which are shared interests.

Do you use beta reader(s)? If so, what do you look for in a beta reader? What specialties would your ideal beta have?
I absolutely use beta readers. I tend to post short stuff on my DW, either publicly, access-locked or locked to a specific access group aptly named "beta group." Then I hope for comments. I want my beta readers to, um, notice things? Especially typos. I hate typos and must destroy them all. And ideally they would like my writing but not too much to tell me what's wrong with it in a way that will help me figure out how to fix it.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
Okay, well, going into my profile to look over my interests... I have a hundred and eighteen interests, which isn't that huge of an amount, and you want me to pick five?!

I guess I'll pick five, but I don't think I can really explain why they're telling. At least not today.
Criminal Minds, Ereshkigal, faeries, Holly Black, Wales

Feel free to ask about any of those that might interest you or make you curious. Maybe later I'll be in more of a mood to explain >.>

How do you come up with names and story titles?
Names for characters are fun. I tend to go to a lot of baby-naming sites, especially when I know something about the character before knowing his or her name. alfabette zoope is my favorite for when I know the first letter of the name; I also use the US Census website a lot, especially for picking surnames. I like being able to scroll up and down to see names that are more and less common.

Titles are much harder. I usually end up writing whatever it is, then picking out a phrase or something. (That's usually what I do for chapters of Chatoyant College.) Sometimes I come up with more interesting titles, but I honestly can't tell you where they come from.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Silly: wut is your wishes)
11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Wow, I really have no idea. It does everything that I want a journaling platform to do. The only thing it needs is more of my friends.

Though actually, it would be cool if my Dreamwidth inbox could be only for PMs, with comments and tracking notifications going to my email and nowhere else--it would be convenient not to have to delete things I'd already read out of there. But that's probably not feasible.

What tools do you use to write? Audio recordings, pen and paper, computer software, other methods, some mixture thereof?
Hmm, I sort of answered this the other day, didn't I? Basically, I use pen and paper sometimes--either when I'm not near my computer or when I'm going to bed and don't want to turn it back on. (Though for "not near my computer" I'm probably going to start using my Kindle more often, now that I have a Notepad app for it.) Mostly, though, I type, and most of the time, I'm using Scrivener. I just love Scrivener. It does everything I need a word processor to do. It makes my writing life easier.

Memes again

May. 4th, 2011 12:43 pm
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
Someday perhaps I will come up with more interesting titles for these posts.

These answers are going to be long. )

The memes

May. 3rd, 2011 01:37 pm
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: nano nano nano)
It is ridiculous to make two different posts for the different memes I'm answering this week and next. I shall just put them in one post.

21 days meme:
9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
I don't really know. I guess [personal profile] inventrix and [personal profile] pippin might get along. Either that or they would cause the world to explode.

Writing meme:
How often do you write? Do you have any writing rituals? Say, certain locations, beverages, background music, times of day, target word counts, etc.?
I try to write every day. Operative word being "try." Out of the last week, according to my goal tracker, I've written five days out of seven. I think that's better than I've been doing lately.

I definitely don't have any writing rituals; sometimes I think that if I got some rituals, or at least routines, I'd be able to write more consistently, but then I worry that if I started to rely on rituals, I wouldn't be able to write at other times, which would be problematic when traveling (not that I write much when traveling anyway). I generally write either at my desk in my room or at the kitchen table, neither of which are particularly good environments for sitting for long periods of time, but it's what I have. I usually like to have music on, and sometimes I feel like I can't concentrate unless it's instrumental, whereas other times I write happily with the TV on. Sometimes in the shower (which I do at night) I get ideas, and then I scribble it down in my journal because I don't want to turn my computer back on right before bed.

I think I write better in the evening. It's hard to say. I usually don't feel totally awake in the morning and in the afternoon I'm distracted, but then in the evening I'm tired. I used to think I wrote better in the mornings, though. Maybe it's just progressing through the day.

I give myself a point on the aforementioned goal tracker every time I hit 500 words. I don't have a consistent wordcount goal, though 1000 words a day would be great; I work better with deadlines, like NaNoWriMo, when I have a specific wordcount I have to reach every day to stay on track. In that case I usually exceed it. (You may notice, if you've looked at my profile, that I've won NaNo six times. I have only participated six times. In 2007, I started over almost a week in and didn't count the words from my original attempt; in 2009, I didn't decide to start until almost a week in and still won; in 2010, I made my goal 80k and achieved it. Writing deadlines are my bitch.)
clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
What piece of writing are you most proud of?
That's like choosing among your children! OK, I honestly don't know. I mean, I'm excited about a lot of things, and I guess I could be proud of my consistency in updating Chatoyant College, but I'm not sure I'm so proud of the writing there. I guess I would have to go with "How I Met My Zombie Boyfriend," which is probably the best story I wrote in college and one of the few short stories I'm at all happy with. I haven't managed to get it published anywhere, though. I'm not really sure how to send it. What do you do with a zombie story that isn't horror or really humor?

More memes!

May. 1st, 2011 03:02 pm
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
A writing meme, courtesy of [personal profile] jjhunter. There's 31 questions, one for each day in May.

Why do you write?
This is a really tough question to answer. I think for the writers friending meme I said something like 'because I have to," which is sort of true but sort of not... because I can actually go days without writing. I guess the real answer is that there's all this stuff in my head--stories and people and places and things--and I don't know what will happen to them if they don't get out. Maybe they'll rot and stink, like a dream deferred. Maybe they'll just die, and then I'll feel guilty, because they're real even if they're just in my head. Maybe they'll build up until the pressure in my mind is too intense and then I'll go crazy.
clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
I know I don't post much--heck, I posted three times during NaNo and that was more times than I'd posted the whole year before--but that is about, hopefully, to change. Inspired by Lyn Thorne-Alder, I'm planning to do short fiction posts, a few a week, based on prompts from various places. (If you'd like to offer me prompts to write from, feel free!) It will mostly be original fiction, but fanfic might show up too. Basically, it'll be me stretching my writing muscles and doing some worldbuilding and/or fleshing out of characters.

I'll cut anything longer than 100 words, and most likely friends-lock anything longer than 500 words, or anything that I hope to publish or post elsewhere after it shows up on LJ. Feedback is more than welcome. I intend to use an access filter for the longer fiction, actually, so if you particularly want on or off that filter, let me know.
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