clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
Some of these are quite old, I'm afraid! I believe they're all still applicable, though.

[personal profile] elialshadowpine wrote a post about Women in Urban Fantasy and the Mistreatment Thereof.

[personal profile] whatawaytoburn is taking prompts!

[personal profile] analect wrote about the screwed up British disability support system. There's a petition you can sign if you're a UK citizen.

Stories Are Genderless, so guess what? Boys can read stories about girls too! Wow!

Links to all the 2012 short story Hugo nominees. Some are online and some are PDFs.

[personal profile] aldersprig wrote No Parades, a cool science fiction short story. (Actually, I'm not sure whether it's science fiction or fantasy or what, but the use of redacted felt more SF to me.)

[personal profile] jessicasteiner is holding a cover art contest for The Sleeping Death. There are monetary prizes and promotion opportunities.

[personal profile] pathological_needlepoint wrote Beyond Price, an awesome stealth sonnet, and is now taking prompts.


Holy crap, I have actually posted three times today, and my reading list is full of stuff today. I'd say there's something in the water, but I'm pretty sure that something is 3W4DW. Speaking of which, hi, new friends! ::waves:: I don't normally post this much, but the posts from the past couple of days are probably a good indication of what I usually post...
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
After several years of resistance, I have finally joined deviantArt, mostly because I've heard people find cover art for indie published books there. I have already found some awesome cover artists and I don't have anything ready to publish yet XD I'd also forgotten that people post writing there; it still seems like a terrible medium for posting fiction, but maybe I'll put up a few short pieces. However, it's also rekindling my love of drawing, and since I keep coming upon interesting tutorials, I've started drawing more again. I doubt I'll ever draw as much as I write, but maybe someday I will actually do that webcomic I've been dreaming of.

Anyway, here's me. If you're on DA we should be friends!


I haven't done a Garden of Prose for a while, because I've been so busy, but I'm planning to do one next month. Probably the 13th. It's not very lucrative, but it is fun, and I want to write more short stories to send out for sale!


[ profile] djinni is doing another Free Icon Day. I haven't made my request yet, but I think I'm going to tip, and request icons of two Extranormal Crimes characters: Maggie and Kaede. Hmm, I have a clear idea of what I want the Kaede (as a fox) one to look like, so I guess I'll request that one first. I'm not sure about the Maggie one. I feel like she should be doing something, or holding something... holding up her badge, maybe? Any thoughts?


There's another writers friending meme for Three Weeks for Dreamwidth. I haven't commented yet, but I will...
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.
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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: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Witchy: moon child)
8. What community do you wish was more active?
I'm in a lot of not-very-active communities, but of all of them, [community profile] fantasy would be good. It's about fantasy! But nobody posts!
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?
Tough one. I think I'm going to have to go with [community profile] junetide. Original fiction gift exchange!
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: grammarsexual)
6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
Hmm. I can't think of anything. What do you wish you knew about me? I mean, I don't think I have anything that I have to say "be mindful of this when interacting with me." At least not online. I am very introverted, but that almost never affects my online presence.
clare_dragonfly: A woman's legs, knees together, text: Do you think I meant country matters? (Shakespeare: country matters)
5. How about when you're not on the computer?
What's that mean? ;) Okay, I read, pet my cats and rabbit, and try to exercise a little. I'm trying to take my dog for walks (as opposed to leaving it for my parents to do, not as opposed to letting her suffer walkless) more often. I also knit a lot, but usually I'm on the computer while I'm doing that, either listening to podcasts or reading blogs.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Silly: wut is your wishes)
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
Oh jeez, a lot of things. The Long Hair Community used to be my internet home, and it's not anymore (I hardly even post there), but I still check things a couple of times a day. I read on LJ, of course. I recently signed up for Goodreads and love it. There's my own site and various other weblit sites (mostly MeiLin Miranda's). I read a ton of blogs, but mostly just through Google Reader. I'm on Twitter.

On another note, I have to say that this 3 weeks for DW thing is really freaking awesome. I have so much to read and so many comments. So much awesome meta (mostly FONSFAQ stuff but also at [community profile] fem_thoughts). So many new friends! :D It rocks.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (NCIS: donkey's butt)
3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
No, because after strikethrough and all the ad stuff and all the little things they keep piling on, I really dislike LJ. I still use it because a lot of my friends are on it and most of them aren't on DW (or don't crosspost). I really ought to link once in a while, though, because they probably don't even know I'm posting here!

I actually have an InsaneJournal, which I got following strikethrough, but... nobody's over there who isn't also here, as far as I can tell. And DW's style is much more appealing.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
So I am copying several other people by doing the first two days together... because I forgot to do this yesterday.

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Because [personal profile] foxfirefey kept talking it up, and it sounded pretty awesome. And in fact it is. And then she set me up with an invite and some paid time, which was also awesome.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
I guess it would be a cop-out to just say "it's my LJ name." Heh. It does, in fact, have more of a story behind it than that. Basically, it all starts with Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block, which is one of my favorite books, even though I haven't reread it in years. My best friend and I discovered that book and loved it like crazy. We really found ourselves in it--she was Violet and I, of course, was Claire. So we started calling each other by those names. At some point, I'm not sure when or why, I decided that Clare was a better spelling and I would use it. (Saint Clare may have had something to do with it, because she was awesome.) And the Dragonfly part... well, it's partly to do with my love of dragonflies, partly to do with having wings, and partly just because Clare-Dragonfly feels like my name on some visceral level. It felt that way even before I started college and people actually started calling me Clare. The hyphen is fairly important; I use an underscore because you can't use a hyphen on DW, but I use the hyphen where I can. And "Clare Dragonfly" is definitely wrong. Makes me itchy.


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