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May 28th, 2008

The Deaths: Legend chapter 3 - My Prince @ 08:16 pm

meyrevived:
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

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Author: meyrevived
Fandoms: X/1999, Cowboy Bebop, Hellsing, Vampire Chronicles, Doctor Who and many more…
Type: Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, history, crossover
Warnings:
Betas and proofreaders: compli_cait , lumina17 and reitsch.
Synopsis: Cast into an alien world they did not choose to come to, a small human community struggles to survive. With the help of a group of talented brave men and women, they sustain, as struggles from within only add to dangers which seem to add up around them as if for some spectator's pleasure.

Chapter 3
 

May 20th, 2008

Intro & Essay @ 02:22 pm

leandralocke:
Hi there!

I've been a fanfic writer for a few years now, going from Buffy over LOTR to HP and some other fandoms (plus some shorter original stuff). I'm 27, assistant at a real estate office and former student of English and Geography - although I quit after a few semesters. I'm German and used to write mostly in German, but recently I've written a lot of English fics - probably because I can get more readers that way. Anyway, I kinda suck at introductions, so... on to something else ;)

I've written an essay, or rant, whatever, on Mary-Sue fic and the dilemma some authors have when creating an original fan character for a fanfiction. There are many tests and check lists online that are supposed to tell you whether your character is a well-balanced one or a crappy Mary-Sue, but I felt that some of them were too strict or generalising too much.

I hope it's okay to post this here, but I think it should be, as it's a general discussion on a fanfic genre that often is novel-lenght.

Please visit my LJ to read, comment and discuss. Tell me if you agree, disagree, if you have something to add and so on.

( What exactly is a Mary-Sue and how can authors turn her into a well-developed original character? )

If it's not appropriate (couldn't find anything on that in the rules) to link to my own journal I'll edit this post and insert the whole text here.
 

March 10th, 2008

The Deaths: Legend chapter 2 @ 09:59 pm

meyrevived:
Current Mood: working
Current Music: The Mamas and the Papas - Monday, Monday

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Author: meyrevived
Type: Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, history, crossover
Warnings:
Betas and proofreaders: compli_cait , lumina17 and reitsch.
Synopsis: Cast into an alien world they did not choose to come to, a small human community struggles to survive. With the help of a group of talented brave men and women, they sustain, as struggles from within only add to dangers which seem to add up around them as if for some spectator's pleasure.

Chapter 2 part I
Chapter 2 Part II
 

February 7th, 2008

The Deaths: Legend chapter 1 @ 06:57 pm

meyrevived:
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Sir Mixalot - I Like Big Butts

First time poster, long-looooong time lurker. I've finally finished tuning up the more fanfiction-based part of my giant saga and am now proudly presenting it, hoping you'll like it. So, here it is:

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Author: meyrevived
Fandoms: X/1999, Cowboy Bebop, Hellsing, Vampire Chronicles, Doctor Who and many more…
Type: Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, history, crossover
Warnings: None for now
Betas: compli_cait and lumina17.
Synopsis: Cast into an alien world they did not choose to come to, a small human community struggles to survive. With the help of a group of talented brave men and women, they sustain, as struggles from within only add to dangers which seem to add up around them as if for some spectator's pleasure.

Chapter 1 - Once Upon A Time
 

August 23rd, 2007

The September Guantlet is Thrown @ 04:44 pm

ficwize:

Anyone feel like gearing up for Nanowrimo with a shortened version during September?

I'm hosting an unofficial, keep up with your own word count, challenge at my LJ.

The simple gist: 10,000 word warm up - one story (original or fanfiction).

Once it's over, I'll post a master list and pimp it out a bit. :)

For more details, see here.

EDIT: Hello! There was more interest than I'd anticipated, so I have moved the challenge from my LJ.

The Gauntlet will now be hosted at nano_tavern and a more official "sign up" post can be found here.

I hope you'll join us!
 

May 26th, 2007

Some help with netspeak @ 03:55 pm

yamato__ishida:
Current Mood: cheerful cheerful

I'm just in the middle of translating the next chapter of my fanfic and I'll need a little help concerning netspeak.

In this chapter's Fred & George interlude, the twins have one of their little arguments and Fred tells George to shut up before the mods start complaining about all his one word sentences.”

Then, to show that there are even worse things than one-word sentences I want George to reply in a snappy sentence that consists entirely of netspeak. Preferably something that uses a bunch of numbers and capital letters.

The problem is, I really don't have much experience with netspeak. I know some standard expressions like ROFL and IMHO, but I'm not familiar with the different numbers that supply words or word parts.

So I'm wondering if any of you know some websites or communities that list netspeak expressions. I googled around a bit, but haven't found anything so far.

It would be great if someone could help me :-)
 

November 30th, 2006

discussion post -- how long does it take you to draft a novel? @ 09:29 pm

piscaria:
Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful

It's been a horribly long time since I've posted here, and I apologize. All I can say is that when real life fights back, it fights with a vengeance!

But now that November is wrapping up, I'm sure that a number of you have either finished NaNoWriMo or else are glancing at half-finished, or even nearly finished projects, trying to summon up the energy to work on them again. This year, I reluctantly decided that I had too much on my plate to even consider NaNoWriMo, but I was always in that latter group in the years I did participate, so I feel for you all, I really do!

Did anybody attempt any fanfiction projects for NaNoWriMo? If so, how did they go? If you finished a draft, how long are you going to wait before starting the editing process? And for those who gave it their best shot, are you still planning to work on your stories now that November is over? I always ended the month with good intentions, but other projects that weren't fresh with the sting of disappointment always ended up calling my attention away from those half-finished drafts. It always takes me at least a year before I can even bring myself to look at them again!

And for everybody, not just NaNoWriMo participants, I'm curious how long it takes you to complete most novel-length projects. My first novel-length story is a little over a year old now, and I still have about ten chapters to go. I'm starting to suspect that a year is just a little too long, at least for me. I've lost a lot of enthusiasm for this project. My best intentions every (other) November aside, I don't think I could finish a draft in a month. I'm starting to suspect that three to four months would be the ideal length of time to draft a novel, at least in my case. That feels right to me. But then, my life is very much geared around academic quarters, so I'm used to thinking in three-month blocks of time. What about the rest of you? How long do you find yourselves taking to finish your novel-lenght projects? How long would you like it to take? And for those of you who don't post your stories as WiPs as you go, how long does it take you to do editing afterwards?
 

July 20th, 2006

The many downsides to having a disorganised mind @ 05:09 pm

serpentclara:
Hi. This is my first post here, but I'm by no means new to the joys and troubles of novel-writing. I only found this community today, which is a pity, as I've often wished for a place where I could discuss this sort of issues with other writers rather than the hordes of fans avid readers who haunt my LJ.

piscaria raised the topic of having too many ideas and not enough time to write them. Somewhere during the past year, this has become the reason for my rare updates and a far more serious cause of stress in my life than the challenging private college I currently attend.

I'm writing a good dozen oneshots and short stories right now (i.e. I write a scene in one fic, close the file, open another and add a paragraph or two to that one, etc.) while I haven't updated my two novel-length WiPs in half a year and constantly have to reply to reviews demanding that I update them now.

It's not that I've got writer's block or a lack of ideas. I have a detailed outline for each chapter and many of the scenes are already written. But putting it all together to make a coherent chapter is something else entirely. Often I would rather just concentrate on another oneshot or article. I guess the motivation isn't there after you've been working on the same story for over a year. I cannon imagine how JK Rowling managed to keep writing the Harry Potter series - basically, the same story - for a decade.

Once I finish my two novels-in-progress, you can bet I won't be starting another multi-chapter story for a while, if ever.

It is terribly draining. It's a commitment and I take these things seriously – I can't imagine abandoning a story like other authors do. Not because it'll disappoint the readers, but because I'm emotionally involved in everything I write. Writing is my life. I'm constantly thinking of my plots and I would feel like a total failure if I were to leave a project unfinished. When I started my first novel-length story, His Mistress (a dark romance novel set in the Harry Potter fandom), I had no idea I was making a commitment that would entangle me for three years. It has reached 100,000 words and I foresee another thirty to fifty thousand before I reach the ending. I have to finish it and I will ... it's just so tempting to think 'I'll do it later' as I've been doing for months. I wish I had more personal discipline ...
 

New Community @ 07:15 pm

stellahobbit:
I've asked for, and very kindly received piscaria's permission to do this, so...

Allow me to pimp a new community that I created recently.

science_beta - a community created to assist writers, and is devoted to answering multifandom questions of a scientific nature. Membership is moderated, however watchers are invited to join and post their enquires here.

As this community is multifandom, I hope that the Science Betas will be able to assist you if you have any enquires.

Thank you for allowing this commercial :-)
 

Status Report! @ 12:52 am

piscaria:
Current Mood: curious curious

So how's everybody's writing coming?

(This is your chance to boast, bitch, whine, moan, and rage against the injustice of the muses. Feel free to post links to your fanfiction in the comments to this post -- the usual "don't pimp your own fic" rule is null and void here. And lurkers? Consider this an opportunity to step forward and introduce yourself if you'd like.)