rynne: (guitar talk)
Two more days until I post my Big Bang. Of course, my feelings at this point are, "It SUUUUUCKS. NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO WANT TO READ THIS THING EVER. I'M WAY TOO WORDY AND MY PROSE IS SO PURPLE IT'S BARNEY AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO SHOW INSTEAD OF TELL."

And then I tell myself, fuck it, it's too late to change MY ENTIRE WRITING STYLE, whatevs.

So...I will keep telling myself that. XD

Some big bang sequel talk and beta request )

In other internet fandom news, I went to talk to the professor who gave the lecture I went to last week, who's a member of the OTW. I can't say I've thought all that much about the OTW since it started up, but after the lecture I went to check it out and I saw that it had a legal committee one could volunteer for, so I went to ask my professor about that. She said there were things even a first year law student could do, and it would count towards pro bono hours. So...starting next semester, I think I'll be volunteering for the OTW.

I just hope that by then the legal side of the internet won't have exploded. Because oh my God, SOPA and its Senate counterpart.... I'm calling my Congresspeople, and everyone else should too.
rynne: (bookstack)
Yeah, I suck at updating.

We're getting into exam season, so school is getting busier. I think I'm mostly looking forward to the end of exams just so I know what they're like and what I really need to do to prepare for them. I have been outlining and looking at past exams and all that stuff, but I won't know how effective it is until after I actually take the exams.

In school-to-fandom transition news, I'm skipping the first half of my Contracts class on Wednesday (with my professor's permission :p) to attend a lecture on Fan Fiction and Feminism, which is supposed to talk about gender issues in fanfic, plus some IP and copyright stuff. I'm definitely interested in hearing about this from a lawyer's perspective, and in seeing if there's anything that I haven't already picked up just from being in fandom for ten years. :p Still, I'm mostly excited that my school is actually hosting a lecture on fanfiction. :D

I've got my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang posting date, the 19th. It's one of the last days, which is a bit frustrating because by then I'll have had my story done for almost six months, and I'm tired of sitting on it. I requested a later date because that's what my artist and mixer said they'd be more comfortable with, and of course I want them to be able to have as much time as they need, but I seriously want to post this fic. I mean, I'm losing interest in further fiddling with it, that's how done it feels.

Still, just under two weeks and I can FINALLY POST. :D
rynne: (four chillin')
I've been really sucking about updating. What's funny is that it's not because I'm too busy, or even that I don't have anything to say. Mostly I've been lazy. Though I also don't have as much to say. :p

Law school is actually going well, I think. I kept hearing horror stories, and then I get here and the workload isn't that much worse than college. Of course, I might be DOING IT WRONG, but I haven't had to spend more than a couple hours per class at the most, so I do actually have plenty of time for my own pursuits. I hadn't brought many of my own books from home because I thought I wouldn't have time to read them, but then the first week after classes I went and got a DC Public Library card.

But yes. I'm actually enjoying law school. My classes are interesting and I've made some friends and joined some clubs and am actually having a good time.

I did finally get a work-study job, so that's going to cut into my free time. I don't mind so much, though, since I really do have a lot of free time, and it's nice to be making money. I'm working in the special collections section at the library, which means, among other things, old rare books. So that's cool.

[livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang is going well. I'm just going through my second draft for typos and awkward sentences from the rewriting I did of the first draft. I can't really do anything else at this point, not until my beta gives me feedback on the second draft. (And don't worry, [livejournal.com profile] ansley15, I still don't have a posting date, so no pressure. Once I have a posting date, though... :p) I am really looking forward to seeing what my artist and mixer come up with, though!
rynne: (once upon a time...)
Last week of class -- tomorrow's the final -- and last week of work. I'm not sad about class since while I've learned a lot, the course was easy and rather boring, but I will miss my job.

Still having trouble with betas for my Big Bang. Back in June I posted a request on [livejournal.com profile] kirkspock, but only got one response -- someone with a new journal. Still, optimistically, I sent the fic off. I asked the person to get it back by early August at the latest. Emailed them last week.

Yeah. Nothing.

This fic is 77,000 words long, and I do not want to leave it as it is. I think I'm going to try posting another request at [livejournal.com profile] kirkspock, but if that doesn't work, I just...I don't know.

Christ on a cracker. I love this fic and want it to be the best it can possibly be, but it seems more and more like I'll have to settle for how it is now. I don't think it's bad or hugely flawed, but I do think there are things that can make it better that I'm just too close to see.

*sigh*
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
Last night I finished that third fic -- 22,400 words. It actually feels very bare, though -- not a skeleton, but certainly a very gaunt body. I think there might be more to this story, but I also think I need either some distance, some help, or both, to bring it out.

I think that's it for the longer fics in this series, though! Everything else I have planned will be one-shots, and much shorter. There's only one that I think might pass 10,000, but that's still a might. That will make things much easier -- I can do one-shots. :p

But I also think I'm going to take a break from this universe. There are still things I want to write this summer, while I still have time, but those things have nothing to do with Kirk Prime. That will be nice. XD

In more real life news, my job finally decided to actually PAY ME. It's a stipend, but it applies retroactively to the entire time I've been there, so when I'm done in a couple weeks I will actually get a check. So totally awesome. :D

On the other hand, though, they did want me to start coming in an hour earlier. And I agreed, because I would like to be paid. But getting up an hour earlier is going to be hard until I get used to it. *sigh*

I only have less than a month left in Reno, though. In less than a month, I'll be in DC! But this does mean I have to finish the things I want to do before my life gets swallowed up by law school, and I just hope I can get to the things I most want. I think I might. This has pretty much been my most productive summer ever. :D

Oh! And in another awesome turn, there is actually going to be a sci-fi convention in Reno next month! Anyone coming to WorldCon? :D
rynne: (mighty pen)
I've passed 11,000 on the third fic, and I think I'm just over halfway done. I think I'm probably finish it this weekend, especially because the second half of my week sort of opened up and I can spend more time on writing.

Though I'm sort of in a particularly strange little funk. I'm progressing well and having no problems with writer's block or anything, but the lack of feedback is sort of messing with me. I don't write specifically for reviews and I'd never do something like hold a chapter hostage for reviews, but it's weird. I do have some sort of sense of if what I'm writing is any good, but now I'm starting to think that sense is based at least partially on what people have said about my stories in the past.

So now I've written over 120,000 words of fic that no one else has given me an opinion on, plus it's all out of my comfort zone in that these fics have actual plot, and I've barely written these characters, and there's so much I don't know about the universe, and in the second story there's actual science happening...

So I'm writing the third story and my brain starts freaking out about how my plots suck and my characterization sucks and my pacing sucks and the whole universe sucks, wtf was I doing thinking anyone would want to read this?

At least I have a few advantages over my negative brain, including the fact that I want these stories told, no matter what anyone else does, so I'm finding satisfaction for myself in telling them. There's also that I don't think they're total crap, even if I haven't had any positive reinforcement about them.

So it's a strange little funk, yet, but I WILL PREVAIL. And then in a few months I'll actually be able to post this stuff. That will be a huge relief.

It doesn't help that there are so few K/S people on my flist. I really sort of suck at making friends. A friending meme would be awesome, but I don't know how often they come around and I really don't have enough gumption to do one myself. XD Maybe I'll feel differently in a few months.
rynne: (mighty pen)
Today I passed 20,000 words...on the sequel to my Big Bang. I haven't even been writing that quickly, compared to the first fic. What I have been doing, at least, is writing steadily. I usually get at least a thousand words, usually more, each day. I won't let myself go to bed without doing some writing. It's really making a difference. I not only have my Big Bang done, but the sequel is long enough to be a BB itself.

What's sort of mind-boggling, though, is that in just another couple thousand words, I will have written over 100,000 words in this universe. In less than two months. That is so utterly amazing to me, both the number and that it's only in two fics. I also have more fics planned, and two of them at least are shorter (I think even one-shots! XD), which is also amazing to me. I have a real universe going.

This is so awesome.

I think I can actually do quite a bit this summer. I still have two months until school starts, and I think I'm probably going to finish the current fic early next week. I can then do the two shorter fics I have in my head, and think about the next longer fic, which I only have a basic idea for. I think I can get quite a lot done before school begins, much less before I can actually post anything, because I have to wait for my Big Bang posting date, which is October at the earliest.

But still, I am excited. Now what I really need are fic ideas that have nothing to do with this universe... XD
rynne: (bookstack)
I downloaded the free trial for Scrivener and have been playing around with it. I did get my Big Bang all squared away in it, but earlier today I finished my preliminary editing of it, so there's not really much more I can do with it until I have a beta.

Mostly what I did was some outlining of the sequel. I have all the chapters for that planned out, and know basically what I want to have in my chapters, but I don't think I'm ready to start writing yet since I want to have more detail about each scene before I get that far. Still, I am pretty pleased with what I already have, since I only came up with this idea a few weeks ago. It's definitely going to be shorter than the Big Bang, but even if I think about it more, I still think I can get it done this summer. Which would be seriously awesome.

In other news, today I asked one of my supervisors if it might be possible for me to get paid. I mean, I love volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I'd rather work there without money if the paying alternative is another job like the theater from the past two years, but...it would be nice to be paid to do work I actually enjoy. Unfortunately, she said it isn't likely. Non-profits are definitely feeling the economy.

Thank god I have supportive parents, really, though I would like to be more independent. *sigh* Well, once I'm in law school, things will probably change. I should enjoy what I have while it's nice and easy. XD
rynne: (four chillin')
It was snowing this morning as I was leaving for work. Hello, June. *sigh*

You know, even when I think that I have nothing left to say for awhile about my Big Bang just because it's finished, I get proven wrong. I have been having compulsive revising urges, probably because I wouldn't let myself revise as I went along. So now I keep thinking about all the things that are wrong with it and that I need to fix. Except I'm trying to give myself time away from it because that thing sort of took over my life for a month.

I'll also need to find a beta at some point, but that at least can wait. In the meantime, I will try to resist the urge to revise as long as I can, or else I will continue to obsess over this fic.

I...have been thinking a lot about the sequel, though. I just thought of a plot element that sort of crystallized the plot for me -- it gave me an A plot and a B plot and the means to tie them together. I'm not going to start writing immediately, though. I'll let the story shape itself further in my mind first, and maybe try an actual written outline. It'll probably be shorter than the Big Bang, at least, though I don't know how much shorter.

There is an entire universe in my head. This summer I might actually go pretty far in getting it out of my head and into a document. We'll see how that goes, but I am optimistic.
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
Okay, I said I was going to cut down talking about my Big Bang, and I will. This will, in fact, probably be my last post about it for awhile. Because...

I FINISHED IT.

OMFG I FINISHED IT.

It is 76,000 words. Thirteen chapters. DONE.

You know, I think I actually wrote the last 40,000 words in a week. Wow.

Now comes the hardest part -- waiting. I was in such a hurry to finish this thing that I didn't care that the rough draft isn't due until September and that my posting date won't be until October at the earliest, but now I'm sort of looking at the fic and thinking...I have to sit on this for four months? I'm an idiot.

But whenever I think that I didn't have to start it so early, much less finish it so early, I remember why I did -- I was afraid that if I didn't start it now, and finish it now, I never would.

But I don't have to worry about that anymore, BECAUSE IT'S DONE!

And, hah, it hasn't even been a month. I remember I told [livejournal.com profile] ladyblahblah when I was a week or so into it that I didn't think I could finish in May, but I could probably finish in June.

Hah. It's still May. The very last day of May, but still May.

It's too bad that May isn't NaNo month, or else I would totally have won. 76,000 words in three and a half weeks. Totally a new record for me, in many different ways.

Now what I'm going to do is close my document and not open it again for at least two weeks, probably closer to a month. I am not going to poke and prod at it. I am going to read some books and play some video games and just not think about it.

I do, at least, have plenty of time to deal with all the revisions it will need later. For now I'm just going to exult in OMG I FINISHED IT AND IT'S EPIC OMG.
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
Happy Glorious 25th of May! Long live the People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably-priced love! And a hard-boiled egg! I am not wearing lilac the flower, but I am wearing lilac the color. It was completely by accident, but I'm still wearing it.

I promise that after this I'm not going to talk about my Big Bang progress so much, but I couldn't let this milestone pass by without remarking on it. I've passed 41,000 words, which is significant because 41,000 words is the length of my current longest complete fic. I do not think that fic is going to hold that title for much longer. :D

Also, I wrote all 41,000 of those words in two and a half weeks. Two and a half weeks! That is also a new record. Not by much -- the other long fic I wrote in three weeks -- but still, it broke my record. I think I wrote 20,000 in one week alone, and I'm not even done for the night.

Okay. Done marveling over my milestone now. Carry on. :)

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