Jan. 29th, 2012 09:45 pm
elsewhence: (petty bickering)
i'm vaguely writing about the eighth doctor and sarah jane and there's so many things that don't actually mean what they appear to at all. it's really quite irritating. i'm actually having to stop and wonder what exactly they're talking about, here. yeah, authors not being in complete control of the way their stories play out is definitely a thing. i mean, i could force it to play out however i wanted, but that wouldn't be the way the story is meant to turn out anymore and completely defeat the point of writing it at all.

(don't expect to ever actually see any of this, though. there's a snippet of a different fanfiction in my tmp folder that i've been working on for over a year and there's no sign of me ever finishing the damn thing even though it would likely turn out to be less than 1000 words long. yeah.)

Aug. 21st, 2011 03:02 am
elsewhence: (common eye spider)
i don't know if i'll ever really get used to the idea that it's okay to put things into a piece of writing in progress that i'm not sure i want to keep in the long run, and even to have several different versions of the same sentence in the same document. it feels so untidy. :|

Aug. 12th, 2011 07:51 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
i oddly feel like writing something. maybe i could do a [livejournal.com profile] 1character or [livejournal.com profile] 1fandom set? they're to regular fanfiction what warioware's microgames are to regular video games, or even more accurately, like warioware: D.I.Y. to multimedia fusion. coming up with one sentence is much easier than coming up with even a drabble, though at the same time implicating entire situations and even stories in single sentences and not just writing crap like "and they kissed under the full moon" for "moon" (though that would be more the domain of [livejournal.com profile] 1sentence, which i didn't mention above because i don't feel like specifically writing pairings). i can come up with longer plots, actually they rather tend to come up with themselves, but when it comes to putting them into writing, i quickly lose interest or just don't even care because they're already complete in my head, after all.

i just don't actually know what fandoms i feel up to writing for. heh.

Oct. 16th, 2010 04:28 am
elsewhence: (four dreaming)
the thing when i try to write fiction is, i get a lot - if not all - of it worked out in my head before i ever get the idea that it could be a story, then when i try to make it one, it just feels like there isn't actually any point in writing it down anymore because it's basically already all played out, hasn't it?

i may be missing the point.

Jul. 13th, 2010 02:06 pm
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Nov. 15th, 2009 10:43 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
i feel like writing fanfic. how weird, that's usually something i do every few years...

i could do that other doctor who/his dark materials fusion where differing from the first one, gallifreyans do have dæmons, but they're not physically seperate, unlike the humans of that world, and then there's sort sort of psychic phenomen or artifact that temporarily makes the doctor's more tangible. problem being that i really don't know which doctor that would work with (except that it wouldn't be either of the modern ones because i just don't want to write about them) or what sort of minimal plot i could work it into.

or i could do the "what if han solo was force sensitive" star wars thing. which would decidedly not try to give him jedi-level skills - i've seen several authors try to do that and it always turned out boring and cliched and just doesn't work with his character. no, it would be more of a "maybe he does have a little ability in that area, because you can't tell me his particular brand of luck/intuition hasn't made you wonder, but he doesn't really want to have it because it's too irrational/unpredictable for his taste" kind of thing. because going by the MBTI, he's so a sensing type.

yeah, i don't do long, plotty, character-driven things. just consider that when i was writing that last fic, i didn't even know which doctor it was about (though looking back, it's pretty clearly an alternate eight)...

(also, i think said alternate!eight's dæmon was named by sarah jane. or she at least played a big role in finding a name. that's just a feeling though, not something i particularly feel the need to write more about.)

Apr. 24th, 2009 02:46 pm
elsewhence: (beware of the mouse)
i also have this somewhat cracky fanfic idea that could be basically summed up as "the ICC is a spaceship. the TARDIS plays at being a train". it also may or may not include the line "you really ought to teach your TARDIS some manners, doctor".

i wouldn't expect it to ever go further than that if i were you.

Jan. 15th, 2007 08:47 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
do you know that thing where every book seems to be far too short? i bought the wee free men today, two hours later i was done with it. hnglrh. and you may remember me mentioning that i read the bulk of jonathan strange and mr. norrell in two nights? 800 pages or so? yeah.

i told you there's a reason i list "reading very quickly" as an interest.

did you know i've always wanted to write a discworld/dirk gently crossover? because one day i got the thought that, hey, dirk's habit of not discounting things just because they're impossible might counteract the thing where people don't see death because they believe he can't be there. and that might be amusing. guess i'll never actually do it, though. i kind of considered a dirk gently/hitchhiker's guide crossover too, because dirk and ford are too damn similar characters in some ways and that could also be funny, but i'm even less serious about that idea. and i'm not much of a writer anyway, not in that i'm bad at it, but in that i don't enjoy it that much. i prefer other forms of creativity.

May. 7th, 2006 02:25 am
elsewhence: (Default)
and then my thoughts about blue turned into a drabble. my writings just get shorter and shorter, but at least they're there at all. a bit slashy if you want it to be, dunno if enough so to go on [livejournal.com profile] reddwarfslash, rated G. i'm so harmless.

Remorse )

May. 6th, 2006 08:23 pm
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rereading infinity welcomes careful drivers, the bit where lister says he failed his GCSE in technical drawing caught my eye. because considering spanners ended up going into engineering, couldn't that be the point of divergence between lister and him, similar to how not being held back a year was that between rimmer and ace? hmm.

also got hit with an idea for an alternate ending to timeslides where the explosion hits lister instead of the newly revived rimmer. even though while that might end up interesting, it's really not at all funny, more like sad and depressing and lister being hard pressed to keep his optimism up and rimmer feeling an enormous amount of guilt. that and it's really quite cliched, so unless i think of a constructive direction to go with it, i won't even try to do anything with it. not like i'm likely to to begin with.

also ended up with a bunch of slashy ideas involving ace when he somehow snuck into my dreams. uh.

also found that i write more easily if i just write the random snippets that come into my head and then try to connect them, rather then forcing myself to start at the beginning.

and oh, look, over 1000 posts. their signal-to-noise ratio hasn't really increased since i hit 900 posts. or since i got this journal, for that matter. which is to say it's around 0. story of my life.

Feb. 12th, 2006 02:05 pm
elsewhence: (Default)
OMG I FINISHED [livejournal.com profile] 1sentence . available here, if lister/rimmer is the sort of thing you enjoy. I FEEL PRETTY DAMN GOOD.

Jan. 28th, 2006 01:55 am
elsewhence: (Default)
someone tell me why lister looks so smegging young in stasis leak? i just can't figure it out. sure, he does in all of the earlier seasons, for obvious reasons, but somehow it's especially noticable here. it's driving me craazy.

may i also note that somehow i love any scene set on pre-accident red dwarf? dunno why. it just seems right. like it's really a logical continuation of present-day culture. it's so... imperfect. there's things that don't go right. there's people that aren't perfectly well-balanced and successful and happy. there's machines that don't work exactly as they should, and there's tasks that aren't done by machines because it'd be a waste. there's little everyday problems, some of which don't get solved. some things are more advanced, some have changed, but the basics are exactly the same. the people are exactly the same. it's very different from, say, star trek in that respect. it's a believable future i could see happening. it's familiar. something that seems like it could be your home.

and actually i love all of red dwarf, and especially the world it's set in, for these same reasons; it's just clearly more obvious in the pre-accident scenes because you see more little bits of everyday life in them.
elsewhence: (Default)
this is my commentary on how the chat has been behaving lately:

Over the past days Zeo's internal transport systems had seriously been on the fritz. No matter by what method you were trying to move into, out of or around the chat, chances were you'd end up either exactly where you had started out or in whatever place bore the least relation to where you'd been planning to go. Needless to say most Zeophytes were extremely peeved about this, and all but the most dedicated (or mad, depending on your point of view) had temporarily returned to whatever they considered to be home. The chat was, for all intents and purposes, dead.


This is why those who had remained were more than a little surprised when the teleport system activated. The fact that they had as of yet failed to repair it, meanwhile, was the reason that they were more than a little worried about the things that might happen in a few moments' time. Finally, the fact that they had spent much of the last days and nights partying, instead of even attempting to repair the system, was why they felt more than a little guilty. (And also, even though that wasn't the point, a lot more than a bit tired.)

i'm not that great a writer, but eh. and maybe some day i'll have written enough of these little bits to actually fit them together into something worthwhile.