rynne: (guitar talk)
So it's been about two and a half months since I updated. I think that might be the longest I've gone without updating. There's been a lot happening. The most significant of which is, I'm in Africa. I've been living in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, for the past month and a half, working at a human rights organization. I do like Kampala, and East Africa (a couple weeks ago I went to visit my younger sister in Tanzania), but I am sort of homesick. Living in a country's capital city is not quite the amount of culture shock as if I were in a rural area, but it is still very different. Mostly I'm at the point of appreciating the different while starting to really miss the familiar. Also, I am so done with all the mosquitoes, and I still have five weeks left here. I finished my first year of law school. I didn't do as well grade-wise second semester, but I honestly don't really care all that much. I'm mostly just looking forward to starting my second year, now that I'm taking classes I've actually chosen. I finally finished my [profile] ksbigbang fic. I wanted to have that done back in May, but it didn't really happen. It took me until now partly because of work and Africa, but also partly because I decided to see the Avengers before I left for Africa. Which might not have been a good choice. I have no urge to write any Avengers fic, and no urge to go read the comics, so I think it's not going to be a lasting fandom. Part of the reason I knew Doctor Who and Star Trek would be lasting fandoms was because I started going back and watching old episodes because I wanted to be familiar with the whole universe, not just the reboots. So far, with the Avengers, I've been fine with reading fic based on both the movies and comics universes, and picking up anything I need to know about the comics from context and Wikipedia. Also, Tony Stark is my guy. I probably could have predicted that -- I have a deep weakness for angsty genius. Also, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark as OTP, which I also could have predicted. I just love the complementary opposites, particularly if they're also best friends (as apparently they were in the comics, even if Joss Whedon decided to emulate JJ Abrams and STXI's K/S dynamic with RDJ's Tony and Chris Evans's Steve. What is it with reboots turning the best friends dynamic into antagonistic-until-forced-to-work-together?). I think those are all the things of significance right now.
rynne: (guitar talk)
I know I've not been posting much recently, but I promised myself I would post today. So have a big long update. :p

i. First, Remix! The fic I received was Full of Grace (the human wisdom remix) by NEStar, West Wing, a remix of "All Human Wisdom." It's Josh-centric and about his relationships with some of the women in his life, so of course I loved it. What's funny is that the person last year remixed the same fic, but in a very different way. It's really, really interesting to see what two different people will do with the same fic.

I wrote The Camera Steals Your Soul (The Leading by Example Remix), Narnia, Susan-centric Pevensie sibling gen. I really enjoyed remixing this one. I knew as soon as I read the fic how I would remix the story, and I ended up quite happy with it.

That was the only fic I wrote for Remix this year. I wasn't quick enough for a pinch hit and nothing in Remix Madness really called to me with the amount of time I really had. That week happened to be the week of my Legal Research and Writing final brief. Speaking of...

ii. Law school! It's exams season. My exams are all on Tuesday and Friday this week and next. I'm...sort of having a hard time caring? I mean, my first one this Tuesday is the only in-class exam -- all the others are take-homes where I'll have an extra five hours to spend on them. Of course I've been studying, but I'm not really stressing about it. I've been far more interested in making up a schedule for next year. XD

What really makes me excited is that I got into the legal clinic I wanted for next spring. It's called the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, and from what I understand, what I'll be doing is in-depth research on another country's laws regarding women, actually going to that country during spring break for fact-finding, and then writing a report on our findings. There might be some drafting legislation in there too. It's going to be so cool! And speaking of other countries...

iii. Uganda! I need to send in my visa application this week, but otherwise I'm pretty on track. I am so looking forward to this. I can't believe I'm going to be spending three months in Africa, working on human rights. Wow.

iv. Okay, so...how do people find places to live that are not student housing? XD I've only ever lived with my parents or in dorms, but I need to find a place for next year. It's complicated by me not being in the country for the summer, so my parents are on my case about doing it now. I've just never done it before, and don't really know how it works. Hmm. I think I might just check out one of the apartment complexes nearby.

v. Writing! I've been doing it. I finished another fic in the Start Infinity Again series -- the planned final fic, in fact. That means it's not going to see the light of day for a long time, and it's probably going to change a lot between now and when I can finally post it, but it's a big relief to have it done. It ended up about 9000 words, and I actually still quite like it. :p

Now this means that I only have two more stories I have to write in order for this to feel like a complete and coherent universe. Both stories are chaptered with plot, so I'm probably going to have to save writing them for this summer. I don't anticipate having regular internet access at home, so that will leave me with little to do but write. :p

Also, I signed up for [profile] ksbigbang. My second Big Bang! My story is fleshing itself out in my head more -- I know the basic plot trajectory of the story, and last night I thought up several key scenes. Once I've got all the scenes basically plotted out, I can start writing, and it will go a lot quicker.

Hmm, think that's about it for now. I'm...going to try to be better about updating. :p
rynne: (guitar talk)
Am in New Orleans for spring break/pro bono trip. It's awesome so far. Our hotel is just off Bourbon street, close enough to...see the sights, but far enough that we don't hear it all night. Tonight we're going for dinner and jazz. And today I went to work at the public defender's office, where I did research in preparation for writing an actual memo. Good trip so far.

I signed up for Remix again. I love it, but I really hope I can manage it this year. It's probably the first one where I'm dubious. And I'd been hoping to finish more Star Trek fics so I could qualify there. :p And speaking of that...

At risk of sounding like a huge broken record -- I seriously need a beta for more fics in the Start Infinity Again universe.

More details under the cut )
rynne: (guitar talk)
Okay, so I have lots of news, and have actually had lots of news for a while, but never really felt like taking the time to update. So...here we go, in no particular order.

i. Today I went to see an argument at the Supreme Court. Law school in DC for the win! Also I never want to do appellate advocacy.

ii. I am going to New Orleans for spring break! I am excited. I've never been to New Orleans, and I've always wanted to go. It's for a school-sponsored trip, so I will actually be working at the public defender's office, but I will be in New Orleans and also gaining legal experience so awesome.

iii. Speaking of travel, I have a summer job already and I will be going to KAMPALA, UGANDA to work in human rights. I am also really excited about that for multiple reasons. I'd really like to work in international human rights after I graduate, so it will be great to get some experience. And also my younger sister is in Tanzania again and will still be there this summer and she's already said she'll come visit me. This means I'll actually get to see her before next winter break. :p

iv. I started volunteering for the OTW. As a first year law student, I feel rather out of my depth and like I don't have much to contribute right now, but it's really nice to see people doing actual legal work, particularly related to fandom. I think I'm going to learn a lot.

v. I finally edited the first sequel to Start Infinity Again, one of the ones I wrote last summer. Hopefully I can get that to my beta soon, but first there are some other fics (shorter fics) in the series I want to write. I keep being hesitant about posting my chaptered sequels because, while they're complete, I want the universe to also feel complete whenever I post something. The third fic especially needs more story to round out the universe, but the second also raises some questions I would like to answer before I let it see the light of day. I just really don't want to post another universe that feels incomplete.

vi. Every so often it hits me that I actually am at a religious school. First with the birth control debate (which has been of particular interest for many reasons, one of which is that I sort of know Sandra Fluke. Not well, but we're in some of the same organizations.), and then today people were walking around with dark marks on their foreheads and then I realized oh, it's Ash Wednesday.

vii. More probably (hopefully) later. :p
rynne: (written word fortune)
Year in fic meme, because I actually wrote fic in 2011! This version stolen from [livejournal.com profile] rae1013.

Year in fic )
rynne: (cold Eowyn)
Family has left, but today we leave to go visit more family. Back on Thursday, after which I have three priorities:

1. Actually get started on the summer job search.
2. Play more Zelda: Skyward Sword while I still have access to my sister's Wii.
3. Outline and maybe get started on the fourth fic in the series started by Start Infinity Again, which has been developing itself further in my head. It's...another one of those fics with plot. *headdesk*

Otherwise -- LiveJournal, I've put up with a lot over the eight years I've been here -- the eight years I've been paying for this site. And I'd still put up with this latest fuckwittery, even though I had to change my journal style to keep the actually good comments page...but your customer service is for complete shit.

I'm not abandoning LJ, but I think I'm finally going to stop renewing my paid account. And I'll give that money to Dreamwidth, who cares more about their user base.

So...first, can someone remind me how to import my journal entries from LJ to DW? Last time I did it was in 2009.

Second, I am, unsurprisingly, rynne on DW. If I don't already have you added there, could you give me your username?
rynne: (don't look down)
Tomorrow is my last exam. I'm not all that worried, though. I took really good notes for this class (42,000 words' worth ahahaha), and the test is open book, and I've studied. I'm sure it's going to be hard, but I'm not going to fail. Beyond that, I don't really care.

I should probably spend the rest of tonight studying, but I'm not going to. This isn't the kind of test I can cram for, and I need to finish my [livejournal.com profile] ksadvent fic. My posting date is the 18th, but I'm still not done and I need to get it betad.

So...anyone up for betaing it? Like I said, I'm not done yet, but I really hope to be done either today or tomorrow. Right now it's at ~6,500 words, and I doubt it will go over 10,000. It's an Academy AU and probably going to be R. Mostly what I want is someone to check my characterization and pacing, so you don't have to go too in depth if you don't have time.

Please?
rynne: (bookstack)
Goodbye, November. You were mostly significant for me finally being able to post my Big Bang. Which, you know, in case anyone missed it -- Start Infinity Again. Generations fix-it! Kirk Prime in Reboot! Crotchety old married couple space husbands!

I've been working out my notes for more of the universe starting with that fic. Yes, notes. I don't have a spreadsheet, but that's mostly because I don't really know what to do with a spreadsheet. I do have a table in a word document, though. It's got basic idea details for each planned fic, plot notes for the fic and where it fits into the universe, and character notes for what I'm trying to do with the characters. It's...really organized. Much more organized than I usually get for fic. XD

And at least two more of the fics have expanded in my mind into becoming chaptered fics. Not necessarily very long chaptered fics, but still chaptered. But I'm going to have to wait to actually write any of them until winter break. Which, speaking of.

One last day of classes, and one class left. Next Tuesday is my first final, the 15th is my last, and then I'll be done with my first semester of law school. Wow, that went quickly.

I'm trying not to freak out. Last week my Contracts prof gave us a practice exam question that he'd meet to give us individualized feedback on, and my meeting with him was today, and he said my answer was one of the best in the class. Which was, wow, not expecting that. We talked about the things I could improve, and then our last Contracts class today was a review session, so I feel pretty prepared for that. It's the other two I'm more worried about. *sigh*

Okay, two and a half more weeks of school, and about as long until I post my [livejournal.com profile] ksadvent fic. So...I need to write that, while studying for exams. At least I have a pretty solid idea -- now I just need to sit down and write it.

I've been...expectedly productive this year. :p
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: (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: (four chillin')
Of late I'm being a pretty one-trick pony. Or one-note song. Whatever.

I've got an outline of the third fic. I managed to actually come up with a plot for it, a plot that lets me hit a lot of things I wanted to address, so I'm pretty stoked. I think I'm going to start writing it tomorrow. I think it'll be shorter than the last one, but not too much. Maybe 15,000 to 25,000.

(Hah, watch me eat those words when I finish it. My initial estimates for the first fic were 40,000 to 50,000, and it ended up 77,000. But I at least have all the basic scenes for this new fic planned out, so all that remains is to actually write them.)

Note that right now I am also:

1. Working an office job. (Part-time, but still working.) This takes up my mornings.
2. Training for my online tutoring job. This takes up some of my evenings.
3. Taking a class at my local university. This takes up my afternoons.
4. Doing in-person basic literacy tutoring and also attending dance class. This takes up more of my evenings.

Ahahahaha well. Hopefully this is good practice for being really busy in the fall. Let's see how fast I actually manage to write, given my schedule.
rynne: (Default)
So there are some actually interesting things going on in my life.

First, hah. I've finished the sequel to my Big Bang now as well -- 33,500 words in six chapters. I have two one-shot side-stories defining themselves further in my head right now, and I expect those to come out within the next few weeks. I pretty much definitely have an actual universe going here, which is so awesome. Also, that universe already has a current word count of 110,000+ words, which is also awesome. I don't think I've ever written that much (purely in word count) in any single fandom, only counting complete fics. Star Wars is approaching that total, but it took me a lot longer than two months to get that far. And given the other Star Trek fics I've already written, that's 120,000+ words, and only going to continue to go up.

Hah. Not that anyone else cares about my word counts, I'm sure. But I'm amazed, so :p.

Second, I have my class schedule for next year. You know, I've known that this is happening for months, but now it finally feels real. I look at the classes on my schedule and realize that I'm actually going to be taking those.

First semester I'm taking Constitutional Law, Contracts, Legal Writing and Research, and Torts. Second semester I have Criminal Justice, more Legal Writing and Research, Civil Procedure, Property, and an elective.

I am...trying not to be terrified.

I am, at least, getting back into the school swing of things starting next week, since I signed up to take a macroeconomics class at my local public university, mostly because I think it'll help the study of law in some way to understand how economic systems work. I just hope it'll be interesting, though, whether or not it ends up being especially useful.

But mostly I'm at the point where I keep thinking, oh my god I'm starting law school in less than two months. I have to write as much as I possibly can before that happens! :p

I really need some sort of law school icon. Hmmm.
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: (dork!)
So I've been working on the sequel to my Big Bang. I've been taking it a lot slower than the first one, but I'm still progressing pretty well. This is going to be a shorter fic, and I'm not in a hurry.

But what this fic does have is an actual plot. A plot that requires science. So I've been emailing Twin (who is currently working at CERN, where the Large Hadron Collider is) asking her to do things like explain black holes to me. I now have the dubious pleasure of knowing exactly what it would feel like to have a black hole consume me.

(BTW, I would spaghettify, which is the actual scientific term. The process sound awful, but that is an awesome term.)

She also referred me to this book called Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World. I've been reading that, and what I can understand (which is actually most of it, apart from any math) is actually strangely disappointing, terrifying, and relieving at the same time. For instance, it is incredibly, extremely unlikely that the Earth will ever be consumed by a black hole, but if it were to happen, that would be terrifying.

So it's probably just as well that I'm writing this fic much slower, because I still have more questions I need to ask Twin. She's already given me some great details I can sprinkle in for verisimilitude, but I want my plot to actually make sense, scientifically. At least, as much as it can given that it's science fiction set in the future.
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: (Default)
Star Trek is kind of screwing with my usual fandom MO.

Of course, there's the long fic, which is unusual. And there's the sequel to the long fic brewing in my brain that I think I'm going to try to start soon.

But I also wanted to write some one-shots this summer. I like one-shots, and they're what I usually write anyway.

But -- and this is where it gets weird for me -- the only fic ideas I seem to have are either chaptered fic or porn. I mean, in all of my other fandoms, I've written a whole lot of gen. Even when I'm focused on one pairing, like I was in Doctor Who, I still had plenty of gen, friendship ideas for the Doctor and Rose.

Somehow in Star Trek, my brain wants either plotty chaptered fic (that's still about a pairing), or pure porn. IDEK. Maybe it's just, with Kirk and Spock, pretty much the only thing I did not see them do on screen was make out and have sex. By the time of the movies they were totally an old married couple and it even felt just like RST to me. And this is such an old fandom, where it's hard to find something that someone hasn't already done, and done twenty or thirty years ago.

I think I'm still going to write some porn, because I have actually written very little porn across my fandom years. But as great as [livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink_meme is for porn ideas that ping me, it's less so for stories without porn. So at some point I might go looking for prompts.

It's been a long time since I wrote off prompts other people gave me. I should totally do that.
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.

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