This was my first year winning NaNoWriMo and I think part of it was that I actually had an idea of the ending going into it and part was cause I really embraced the whole idea behind it. I tend to be real picky about my writing and will get stuck trying to think of just the right word. But this time around I just let it go where it wanted to. There are so many spelling errors in the story  that just doing that  will take forever to correct by itself.  One of the best parts was that when I changed my mind about a character I just started from where I was and wrote in the change. I did not think about having to go back and dealing with what happened before.

In the past doing fanfic and especially writing with a partner I got into the habit of editing as I went and making sure everything was right before hitting that send button. This time I pushed all that to the side cause I knew I was going to have the time and luxary of editing after it was all over. The target was reaching the word count and to some degree getting down most of the elements of the story that I wanted to be there. And to my surprise I am looking forward to editing, even though it means rewriting the whole thing at least once.

I may never get this published on a large-scale and it might end up just on Lulu or CreateSpace with just my friends buying copies. But I have proven to myself that I can do this and that can only lead to more chances taken.

Script Frenzy, I am targeting you and you will be beaten.

Published in: on 27/11/2010 at 06:39  Leave a Comment  

Three Days of Note in a Row

Nov. 9 – Hail Queen Sigrid the Haughty!

Nov. 10 – Happy 235th Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

Nov. 11 – Celebrate Veteran’s Day. Hail to the Einherjar!

Published in: on 10/11/2010 at 06:32  Leave a Comment  

NaNo 2010 Day 5

So a curious thing has occurred this year.

I posted earlier about how working in 20 minute session is working for me. If I do four a day I get near double my word count.  Also having  grammer take a flying leap out the window helps.

As I have been typing, there was a little anxiousness on my part about how sparse my descriptions have been and just how straight narration the words were. There is little mention of how people look and my main character has only been named once in the whole piece. Then I would remind myself that this is the first draft and that the painful part will come during the editing. Kinda like how you forget the pain of a new tattoo but that itching that comes after is the real bitch.

But on my way to work yesterday the thought came to me that I was actually writing my outline as opposed to a first draft. I was just getting the sequence of events out with no frills.

Back in grade school I was in advanced English for a few years and in I think the fifth or sixth grade we would have do a paper every week. Mon we got the subject and brainstormed, Tues was outlining, Wed was first draft, Thurs was revision and Fri was final draft. I could never do the outline before the paper. It was easier for me to just write the paper and then go back and get the outline from the end result.

And I think in a weird way I am doing that again. My first draft is actually the basis for an outline. I’m just getting the bare bones now so I know where the story is going. Then I am going to know where the flaws are and if the direction makes sense when I go for the rewrite.

I don’t think this has ever happened in my writing and it is kinda exciting to discover. When I write a passage I’m not sure about, the thought isn’t so much that there’s a whole chunk I will have to take out, but more like just a bullet point that might get deleted or moved. I have not come across a reference to doing it this way but I am sure it happens.

If I keep up my current rate, I will reach 50,000 at about the middle of the month. Part of me wants to keep going til the end to see how many total words I get and part wants to use that time to extrapolate the actual novel from my outline-first draft. I suppose it will depend if I’ve finished at 50,000 or not.

Published in: on 05/11/2010 at 12:45  Leave a Comment  

A great start

Three 20 minute word sprints has netted me 2525 words. I am way ahead of schedule, even if my MC is just babbling right now. But that’s part of the fun with Nano!

Published in: on 01/11/2010 at 01:55  Leave a Comment  

The start of NaNo 2010

The time is drawing near. The best starting off for a novel I’ve had yet. My main character has gone from being named Jake Hansen (a nod to F/V Northwestern), an orphan whose parents died crossing the border illegally and adopted by parents from Chicago who were themselves adoptees to Sean Victor Salazar, third gen American of Mexican descent, former Marine before becoming a Glendale cop. So fun already.

I spent all day on the couch watching the football games, so I put off getting sugar for my tea til after they ended, so I would have to get dressed and go out for it. With luck that will help with being able to stay up tonight. But an added bonus was a new plot point came to me when I got to the little shopping plaza where the Circle K is. So if nothing else I got that. But I am going to make it to at least 0100 if not 0200. See you on the other side of there.

Published in: on 31/10/2010 at 22:41  Leave a Comment  

Contents of said goodie bag

goodie bag

NaNo kick off goodie bag

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Published in: on 29/10/2010 at 21:46  Leave a Comment  

Nano Kick off

Today I went to my first NaNoWriMo kick off. It was so well done and much kudos to the organizers. I got to add a bunch new people to buddy on the site and am even more jazzed to start on Sun/Mon. I’m definitely going to make an earnest attempt to make it to more of the meet-ups this year. There was even a goodie bag to take home, with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, little pen and paper, stickers and a small package of tissues. Was very fun and can’t wait for it all to start.

Published in: on 29/10/2010 at 21:05  Leave a Comment  

FanFiction and me

And we start at the beginning.

I write fanfiction and have for maybe the last eight years or so. It is a much decried genre and not quite on this side of being legal.

There are those who say we’re not true writers since we are taking another writer’s universe and not creating our own. I will say on one hand that is true. We did none of the hard work to come up with the characters or their world. But on the other (albeit smaller) hand it takes a bit of skill to remain true to the voices of the characters while putting them in foreign situations. There’s enough bad fic out there to prove this point.

There are three main sub-genres of fanfiction: Gen, Het, and Slash.

Gen (general) is when you stick to the canon of whichever book, show or movie you are writing about and usually take it one of two ways.

1.) You show the alternative ala Marvel Comics’ What If…? title where a defining event does not occur as originally given (the first issue, What If Gwen Stacy Hadn’t Died? from the Spiderman universe, being a prime example).

2.) You expand the universe past what the creator(s) themselves set out. The Dune, Star Trek and Star Wars books are the sanctioned examples of this.

In either case, you maintain the status quo.

Het (heterosexual) takes a male and a female character who are either not in a relationship and brings them together or deepens the one given by the source material. That couple you know is never going to get together but everyone wants them to. The best friends who need to become lovers already.

Slash echoes the intent of het, but in this case it involves a same-sex coupling. The name comes from the early days of the genre where friend pairings were listed using an ampersand (&) and involved pairings were shown with a slash (/). Slash is mainly used with regards to male pairings, Femslash is used for female.

There are gen and het archives that will not accept slash fic. The owners are very hostile to it and do not want it anywhere near them. As a writer of slash, I am ever amused by this fact. I suppose I can see their point, but I still chuckle whenever I come across their little fortresses against me and those of my ilk.

Another hot topic is the use of celebrities in fics as opposed to the characters they play. Slashers who do it get a bit more heat than writers in the other two categories, but it is a frowned upon thing in general. Real person is what I have been concentrating on as of late.

When it comes to authors whose work is being used by fanficcers, there are three camps. The first, which includes Anne Rice and George Lucas, do not like it in the slightest and their lawyers have the cease-and-desist forms at the ready.

The second group knows about fanfic, realize it’s out there but don’t want to hear or read about it regarding their works. Charles Stross is one such author.

But it might surprise you to know that the third group not only knows about us, but does encourage us. Chief among them in my experience is Joss Whedon. Joss makes no bones about knowing we’re out here and has thrown us many a bone over the years. In fact, at a 2004 convention of fanfic writers in Las Vegas the guest of honor was Jane Espenson, one of his staff writers and a show producer.

He has even given his name to fanfic terminology. To be Jossed is to have the vague canon reference you used in your fic made concrete in a way that negates what you wrote. An example would be a fic that has Angel as an only child before the flashback episode that speaks of his killing his younger sister.

And he has given slashers more than one doff of the cap. From Spike’s “I’m his date” needling of Angel in front of someone to Angel’s “I’ve got no problem spanking men” threat to one of the bad guys.

I’m proud to be a fanficcer and do not have plans to leave the genre completely as I work on creating original fiction. It’s straight up a part of who I am and what I enjoy. I would never try to gain financially from it nor would I ever have the bad taste to show it to the actors or writers.

At the end of the day, I’m not standing in defense of fanfiction as much as just standing up and being numbered among those who write it.

Published in: on 20/10/2010 at 19:02  Leave a Comment  

Unturned Ground

Lo, though the field be laid out and partitioned, it lays fallow

No care has been given to its tending

It sits, empty. Waiting.

Which is my smart ass way of saying I need to use this thing for what I set it up for. No more excuses and procrastination. So here we go.

Published in: on 20/10/2010 at 14:34  Leave a Comment  

R.I.P. Stephen J Cannell

This first post was going to be an explanation about fan fiction and the subgenre of my speciality, slash. Then it was going to be the beginnings of a writing exercise that caught my attention. But today I found out about the passing of Stephen J Cannell and had to do something for that.

Novelist, actor,  screenwriter and creator of some of the iconic shows of my generation, he will be sorely missed.

Thanks for it all.

Published in: on 27/09/2010 at 22:50  Leave a Comment  
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