Holiday Requests

So I love doing the holiday fics/posts every year, and I'm opening up the requests post again. Pick a date, whether fic or essay, a fandom or storyworld, and a prompt, and I will write at least 300 words for you and post it on that day.

For examples, previous year's:

  1. 2011 - Holiday Fic Requests
  2. 2013 - December Ramblings

You can request more than one. If no fandom or storyworld is stated, I'll try to pick one I know you like.

December 1.

December 2.

December 3.

December 4.

December 5.

December 6.

December 7.

December 8.

December 9.

December 10.

December 11.

December 12.

December 13.

December 14.

December 15.

December 16.

December 17.

December 18.

December 19.

December 20.

December 21.

December 22.

December 23.

December 24.

December 25.

December 26.

December 27.

December 28.

December 29.

December 30.

December 31.

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Nano Prep Post #1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series NaNoWriMo 2014

Reminder to thecatisacritic: I'd advise you not to read these posts.

I've decided to take a fandom approach to my Nano novel. En brief: I'm remixing the material I have and narrowing perspectives and picking an ending to work toward to narrow my focus.

There was quite a chunk of accidental sprawl in creating this novel that was involved in figuring out where said story should go (this is the problem with a premise-only approach to a novel-length work), and then there were multiple characters and the original characters that inspired the story got almost buried under the compelling ones that came along for the ride, so...

Here are my steps for preparing for Nano:

  1. Determine dealbreaker inclusions for the fic
  2. Determine dealbreaker exclusions for the fic
  3. Pick my foci for the section I'm working on, which I suspect will hit that 50,000 no problem
  4. Plan out the highlights I want to hit along the writing way
  5. Know where I'm headed and from whence I'm headed

I'm taking the entire thing from the perspective of the women, all three of them, with absolutely no deviation allowed. I've written fic like this, and it's a wonderful way to bring in my focus. I have a few key knots to work through to get from point A to point B and it took me a while to dig through knots in "Dowse and Bleed." That's work I'd like to get done before I dive in for this November.

I have a beginning, and I have an ending, and they aren't for the same portion of the plot. I'll be learning plot this November, whereas there are others who have grasped this all-important concept at a level I haven't because I generally write around a story and let plot handle itself, but this book has a plot and it's the  plot that's ran away with the story left in the dust. I'm picking this book for Nano because 1) huge priority and 2) because if there's one thing I can do if I think in a ficcing mindset it's pick up a story and dust it off and make it shine out around the plot.

Time to start unknotting.

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Pre-Nano Thoughts

This entry is part 103 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

I broke down and watched The Voice like Dean Wesley Smith has been telling writers to do for years now. The interesting thing about it is after I wrote down the writing lessons I picked up from it, I wandered back through my email archives looking for a manuscript I'd emailed myself and discovered some things that my beta taught me and they ran along similar lines.

The Voice: Go all in. Lay everything out there. Lose yourself in the moment.

in_the_blue: Get down and dirty and write it all out.


The Voice: Overfeel, not overthink. Own the moment.

in_the_blue: Don't apologize.

In short, it took me this long to get a handle on what in_the_blue was actually telling me. There is one story that was her favorite of the Vardin shorts I wrote before I did the 365 challenge (which was a nightmare for my novel-writing skills apparently, though it did wonders for my shorts), and that was Portrait of a Butterfly. She told me it was unapologetic for the characters and their motivations and the hierarchy of Vardin came alive and took over.

I'd like a whole lot more of that, where something I wrote without trying to cater it to the uninitiated came together in a way that came alive.

There is a simple concept so intrinsic and fundamental to Vardin society and its root cultures that I only now, upon rereading all three stories in Gone Hunting, realized I have yet to convey it in writing anywhere and that it is such a fundamental law, tradition, societal code, and aspect of who they are that it is the basis of many of my characters' decisions there, including Rhiannon and Miraia, another whose family's reaction to her marital choices puzzled the one person I bounced them off of.

That code is this: outsiders must become family before they are trusted with the knowledge of the gifteds or are considered members of Vardin society. They must have what is called 'cahnten,' an inner circle of friends and family by whom any Vardin individual is measured.

Outsiders can become insiders and are given very specific avenues into how to do so, but Vardin's is an insular culture, so anyone who does not become an insider is neither trusted as one nor treated as one. This particular rule came out of life and death wars and slaughters in their history where too many died over this issue for their people to ever take it lightly.

As a side note, they don't consider mindreading an alternative as mental gifts are to be used on others with permission where possible, with knowledge and open communication where impossible, and by force only in life or death situations and war. Rhiannon wasn't at war.

Miraia broke the rules at a whole different level: she married a man and refused to make him a "son" of her household. In short, she refused to make him family and an insider. She had reasons, but that's not the part that puzzled the one I was talking to. The family's reaction was entirely overkill by our cultural standards. She had just broken a law that would result in her being disowned or worse and talked them into exacting a blood debt instead as if she had killed a son of the house.

It only makes sense in the context of a culture with intense insider/outsider rules for leaving, entering, or crossing those lines. It doesn't make sense in a culture that is simply protecting a secret. It only makes sense in a culture that is a secret.

I have three different writerly skillsets and intense practice of one makes it very hard to slip into another apparently. I write poetry, I write shorts, and I write long chaptered fiction. I can mix up the first two fairly easily, but the last two don't get along so well. I used to write a ton of chaptered work and kept on it too, then my life blew up and I switched to shorts as a temporary thing to keep in writing practice. Didn't work. Why? I had a very hard time writing chapters after that. After a second life blow up, I almost lost the ability altogether.

At least I get that now and have an idea of how I'm going to approach Nano. I suggest, thecatisacritic, that you don't read my Nano posts because I am going to be yakking about how I work this project for my own personal information in the years ahead, and you've already told me you don't want to know about it if anything goes wrong. So heads up.

This rambly post brought to you by "I felt like writing out my pre-Nano/Yuletide/trovia's gift/collab wrap-up" feelings. Hope I didn't bore you too badly.


First Nano prep post coming soon.

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The Plans

So I break radio silence without much to show for it yet, but care not because accountability being what it is, I work better with a little. That said, the plans:

  1. Write trovia a birthday fic (which I'm still wracking my brains over because I want to write something she'll like and I've clearly not gifted her in a while because I'm still wracking my brains over it)
  2. Wrap my head around this thing I'm trying to do with Lisea and Malina (it's a big thing) and turn out something awesome by end of October because...
  3. I'm doing NanoWrimo. I've tried this four years now (not in a row) and I want to finally win.
  4. Then after that, Yuletide. Still waffling on my last two noms. If they let us nominate 4 fandoms, it'd be a wee easier, but alas! It's three.

Love y'all. See you soon.

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End of the Month of July

This entry is part 102 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

Another month is over. Scary. The last two days I spent busy brainstorming, reading, and scribbling on collab and finishing just a few small items per day, but hey, it was something done.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fanfiction — 507 words completed

  1. MCU: The World is Too Much with Us, 295 words
  2. X-Men: Can't Kill This, 55 words
  3. Leverage: Differing Perspectives on the Concluding Events of a Date, 157 words

Poetry: Fandom — 48 words | 8 lines completed

  1. MCU: Lost Cause, 48 words | 8 lines

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fanfiction — 250 words completed

  1. Leverage: One Big Happy Mess, 250 words

Original Poetry — 106 words | 16 lines completed

  1. We Fashioned Wings, 106 words | 16 lines

Poetry: Fandom — 98 words | 16 lines completed

  1. MCU: Bathed in blood and light, 98 words | 16 lines

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 5 short stories, 12 ficlets — 10,865 words
  • Original Poetry: 3 poems — 460 words | 68 lines
  • Fandom Poetry: 2 poems — 146 words | 24 lines
  • Fanfiction: 57 ficlets — 11,716 words
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Here Be Numbers

This entry is part 101 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

So done with accepting prompts on the prompt post, though I may still write more fic/lets on that thread.

Been buried in exhaustion, so I fell off the face of the earth. Sorry about that. I even had plans and they just went by the wayside completely.

I've finally got my angle on Collateral Damage. It was hiding in the title the entire time. Duh. Sometimes my muse is great at ideas and lousy at communication to the scribe.

Also, have a reading project to finish, two small writing projects to get out of the way, and one large writing project to hit. Catch y'all on the flipside.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fanfiction — 208 words completed

  1. Leverage: On Pain of Being Forked, 208 words

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 5 short stories, 12 ficlets — 10,865 words
  • Original Poetry: 2 poems — 354 words | 52 lines
  • Fanfiction: 53 ficlets — 10,959 words
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Two for One

This entry is part 100 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

So two day worth of scribbling. I've been working on getting back into a book and side-eyeing another overdue project now that there's no stress riding on it. I set it aside for a while due to said stress, but I may pick it back up after I get the other book hammered out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Original Fiction — 1430 words completed

  1. Kingdoms and Thorn: Blurring the Lines, 252 words
  2. Kingdoms and Thorn: The FAQ of Brittany Rachelle Winslow, 1178 words

Fanfiction — 1221 words completed

  1. MCU: Tell Me Who I Am (To You), 245 words
  2. Leverage: What are You and What Have You Done with His Coffee?, 250 words
  3. MCU: Asgard, We Have a Problem, 342 words
  4. X-Men: C'est la Mort, 176 words
  5. Leverage: All's Fair in Love and Popcorn, 208 words

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fanfiction — 573 words completed

  1. MCU: Tea is Tea, 140 words
  2. Leverage: Intel, Dressed in Pink, 218 words
  3. MCU: Remember When, 215 words

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 5 short stories, 12 ficlets — 10,865 words
  • Original Poetry: 2 poems — 354 words | 52 lines
  • Fanfiction: 52 ficlets — 10,751 words
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Looking Before I Leap

This entry is part 99 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

So did some percolating and decision-making/prep regarding original fiction, attempted article writing and settled for article planning, and finished one small piece.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fanfiction — 436 words completed

  1. MCU: The Blinding Properties of Love, 436 words

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 4 short stories, 11 ficlets — 9435 words
  • Original Poetry: 2 poems — 354 words | 52 lines
  • Fanfiction: 44 ficlets — 8957 words
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So That Was Anti-Climactic... Sort Of

This entry is part 98 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

On Wednesday, I ended up scribbling one ficlet besides articles. That was it.

After that, I had a wonderful birthday, blessed by friends and family, got my car payment in just in time, for which I'm very, very grateful, and then had a slow, good weekend. I hope you all had a lovely few days as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fanfiction — 441 words completed

  1. MCU: Everything Else Between, 441 words

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 4 short stories, 11 ficlets — 9435 words
  • Original Poetry: 2 poems — 354 words | 52 lines
  • Fanfiction: 43 ficlets — 8521 words
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Falling Off the Edge of the World

This entry is part 97 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

So the article count I need to rack up over today and tomorrow is... large. Expect nada.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Original Fiction — 269 words completed

  1. When I Know I'm Home, 269 words

July 2014 Totals

  • Original Fiction: 4 short stories, 11 ficlets — 9435 words
  • Original Poetry: 2 poems — 354 words | 52 lines
  • Fanfiction: 42 ficlets — 8080 words
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