scribblemyname: (calligraphy)
Personal

And the scribbler emerges from household deadlines. Living with family means they will only put up with your not having actually finished moving in for so long. In their favor, they had put up with it for 10 months. It was past time for me to finish the process.

So on a personal note, I love my room, my bathroom, and my work area. Now, to keep it that way. Historically, that has been the biggest issue.

Reader/Viewer

I have to catch up on Jane the Virgin before they kill the episodes. Sadly, I waited three weeks to watch to get over the pairing I'm extremely not in favor of, and they killed the latest episodes instead of the earliest. Not too happy with Hulu about that. But they have three weeks of the latest episodes as of today, so I'll just say I missed those middle three and catch up because seriously, I want to know what happens and Rafael's really the only guy I have no use for. (Why, I don't know. I just don't, okay?)

I loved the winter finale of Nashville. I was thrilled to see a new episode. It threatens to be drama, including in my one happy spot of Avery/Juliette. I'm not ready for this.

I got the links to start Strike Back, season 2. Soon. The docket calleth.

I've been guilty pleasuring an episode here and there of Voyager, but I'm only about 7 episodes in, so no marathoning. Life is busy. I do love this show. I remember why Kes was my favorite character when I was younger, and I adore the Doctor and his name and first away mission. I definitely didn't see that particular episode before.

Fandom

I have the third piece for [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts left to do. My highest fanfic priority is a fic for the Marvel Poly Microbang (due on the 14th). And I have my assignments for [livejournal.com profile] beyondpanels and [livejournal.com profile] space_swap. Very exciting. Canon review will be in order for the latter. I'll probably hit the former first.

I discovered I really, really, really don't buy the idea that Natasha and Clint don't know about Coulson being alive. The Avengers probably don't, but two active SHIELD agents at their level of clearance? It's possible, but what do you know, I can't make myself believe it.

I also still don't buy that Clint was 'missing' during The Winter Soldier. I think he was in a different location, sure, doing his thing, or even don't mind the unfilmed scene (due to Renner's schedule) as potential headcanon, but I just don't think his absence needs explaining. SHIELD is big. He and Natasha are obviously not always assigned together.

And last little thought from my MCU meditations. It occurred to me why Black Widows are ballerinas. If you watch their fighting style (and you know how hard it is to actually break a neck), you realize it's built around feminine strength and abnormally strong legs. The best way to weaponize one's legs is ballet. A mugger once sued over injuries sustained from a ballerina simply kicking him once to incapacitate him. Ballerinas have incredible leg strength. Besides a cover, ballet would be extremely valuable training for a Widow.

And that's today's edition of randomosity. Hope everyone else is doing well!
scribblemyname: (calligraphy)
On looking into my email inbox...

Oh, hello, poem! I forgot I'd submitted you.

I submitted a 346 line SFF poem to Strange Horizons (apparently I can be very long-winded; who's surprised?), and they thought about it, bumped it back, and suggested I submit it to a different market because reasons they outlined.

Now, the last time I got a rejection, I commented here that I'd come to expect them and it wasn't really a big deal. But today, I realized something else: I'm getting personalized rejections where my work affected the editor even if they decided ultimately not to publish it.

:cue surprise:

I always thought I was a bit of a take it or leave it kind of girl when it came to writing and I have almost no luck finding an actual good fit for any poetry, so it's been my own thing, mostly for myself with the occasional piece or book finding its way to family or friend.

And part of my secret to writing so frequently and so easily when it comes to works under 5000 words is that I just do it all the time. Words aren't sacred, they're words, and I accept that the only way to produce a lot of great fiction and poetry is to produce a lot of bad fiction and poetry. The stuff that wavers between good and bad is 50/50 whether I'll throw it out there. So there's a lot of bad poetry and mediocre poetry I have under my belt, and it never really occurred to me that there was a lot of good poetry that wasn't just amateur anymore.

I had decided to quit submitting poetry because finding the right market for the stuff I write hasn't always been easy. My narrative stuff is... challenging, epic, or just plain odd. My greeting card verse and personal stuff sometimes feels trite. I don't read the literary, personal, reflective stuff in periodicals, so I don't actually know where to send the loads of that I write. I like form poetry and that's even harder to place.

Now I don't really know. Is it worth the bother? Poetry takes months to come back. By then, I'm often staring at the inbox going, "Oh, I forgot about you!" And it's almost always rejected. (I've had one poem published and it got a bad review there for flowery language and old-fashioned style, which I didn't even know it had.)

Maybe poetry will stay this personal thing. Maybe I'll start treating it a little more seriously. Just some thoughts.
scribblemyname: (calligraphy)
From Wikipedia (and attested by any good grammar book):

A run-on is a sentence in which two or more independent clauses (i.e., complete sentences) are joined without appropriate punctuation or conjunction.


I do not write run-on sentences. I write long, complex sentences that Nabokov puts to shame.

As you were.
scribblemyname: (buried: under the rubble)
So I finally opt to go with the Carrington atomic method and implement the Carrington blog theme on my tester site so I can do what I need to do. One of the most popular themes in town and it doesn't pass theme check.

:headdesk:

I think I'm going to ignore all the dozens of errors (except missing required elements) and go with it anyway.

:grumble, grumble, grumble:

On a sidenote, I need to start posting the personal stuff here more often. It's been too long since I went chatty on y'all and I've kind of missed that.

Safe is under the pen again, getting some love on the next chapter. I wish I hadn't started another chaptered fic, solely because I really need to be working on updating the Vardin ebook files and launching the collection print edition—not a fanfic. But I miss my fanfic peoples! And I have too many ideas, for fanfics, for stories, for income streams, for articles. Too much, too much.

:shakes head at self: Then again, what else is new?

Hopefully, the stuff I've been working on will bring it all back into order soon. Hopefully.
scribblemyname: (fiction: coup)
So...

Suitably Arrayed
Shadowcat | Pyro ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
Finding the right attire for a date with Pyro is not as easy as it ought to be.

Awake
Rogue | Bobby ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy
Bobby was her husband. Her husband. She should want to see him, hold him in her arms again, hear his quiet laughter, see the love shining in his eyes.

10 Questions You'd Never Guess the Answer To
Olivier LeBeau ~ X-Men: Movieverse
Olivier's answers on a school assignment about his parents, Rogue and Gambit, are just a wee surprising.

"The Boys of Summers Have Gone"
Scott | Alex | Xavier ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] xenokattz
Can't kill a Summers. "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."

In Search of the Perfect Cupcake
Pyro | Shadowcat ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
St. John Allerdyce was certainly no cook, but even he knew the simple, innocent cupcake was a weapon of mass destruction of digestion and appetites in the hands of his petite, enthusiastic lady love.

Safe
Rogue | Gambit ~ X-Men: Evolution
for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy
Logan shook his head. "If you two can't compromise, find some other way to meet in the middle before you tear each other apart."

Tears
Four/Tobias ~ Divergent Trilogy
We are trained to remember. We are trained to forget.

Nightfall
Pyro | Shadowcat ~ X-Men: Movieverse
for [livejournal.com profile] arliddian
Who ever thought we'd come to this? Shadowcat and Pyro find refuge in a post-Cure world.
scribblemyname: (divergent: ideals)
From [livejournal.com profile] arliddian:
Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.



1) What is a book that you will always carry in your heart?

Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the series. The first was my first book given to me as a Christmas present and I still love it and read it often. I quote Anne and Philippa and Rachel Lynde more often than I expect myself to, and these books represent most of the good, innocent stuff of my childhood.


2) If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life, what colour would you choose?

I do a lot of the one-color thing, and it always keeps changing on me. Now, I'm a little burned out on that and on a serious mixed-color kick. But if I could only pick one, I think I'd go with purple. Right now, anyway.


3) Think back to what you were like five years ago. How do you think you've grown and changed since then?

I'm a lot easier going when my life implodes—which it is currently doing. I try to avoid conflict more, but at the same time, I try to be less of a doormat. I'm more grateful.


4) What is your favourite movie from your childhood?

Tie: Hoosiers and The Secret Garden, hands down.


5) Who do you think has been the most positive influence on your life so far and why?

My grandmother, hands down. She was there when I was born, always made time to teach and love me; even when I was still suicidally depressed, I knew beyond doubt she loved me and was there for me. She's the one that taught me the things that kept me through that time and made me too thoughty to do something stupid like run away or actually commit suicide. She's the one that taught me socialization, "girl stuff" (I'm shocked at how little my mom taught me and the things I'm still learning), and how to get a good job and keep it. She's the one who taught me about God.


6) If you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday, where would you go?

Hawaii. I've been wanting to go as long as I could remember. Mom was actually pregnant with me when she went, and I missed it! :growls: I'd so go there.


7) Writing is obviously your big passion. What keeps you inspired and motivated to work at it?

I can't stop the stories. My characters are almost always with me. I play with ideas of science, religion, culture, and they become worlds that eventually I want to share. Some worlds I'll never share. They are character and premise-building grounds. Some I think I will, but I won't. Some surprise me and take over my pen, and those are the ones we all get to actually meet.

If there is one thing I've always wanted to be and I still want just about more than anything else, it's to be a good writer and to make my living at it.

This is something I also struggle to balance against the "have no other gods before me" bit. Writing requires little motivation (just the appropriate inspiration on something that's had sufficient percolation to be written!), but that other one does.


From [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue

1. Tell me about your family.
I have one of those large, wonderful families where aunts, sister, and grandparents all live under the same roof and we love each other dearly—even when we squabble. I love to come home and come into "our vibes" whenever I've been out. We love God, spend time together, and work in a ministry together.

2. If money was no object, where on this planet of ours would you most like to live?
Colorado. Probably one of those nice rich houses in the forest communities.

3. Did you have a favorite pet growing up?
Our only pet: a guinea pig.

4. How do you define "spare time?" How do you spend it?
Spare time is time I don't have anything else I need to do in, or at least, it's not scheduled time and there are no burning fire emergencies I can actually do something about. I tend to spend it reading.

5. Who's your main literary inspiration?
Zenna Henderson who wrote the People stories and Ursula K. LeGuin. And now you know why I tend toward "literary" style at the most inopportune moments. :grins:

6. Do you have a most-visited non-writing website? If so, what is it?
Hmm... Probably my Yahoo Mail, sadly. I'm always drowning in emails. Thus, I miss a lot of what's going on with my f-list and rarely, if ever, catch up.

7. Where's the last place you went because you wanted to, not because you had to?
It's been too long. I don't even remember. :mournful sigh:
scribblemyname: (buried: under the rubble)
Well, in a word, busy. Playing catch-up. Working, reading, writing, editing (thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue!), submitting, etc.

Honestly, I'm still on the fence with what I'm going to do with my WIP fanfics and how I want to publish my original fiction. Submitting is great, but it locks up my stories for a long time. Some I'd rather just collect and publish independently, but at the same time, if the periodicals did buy them, I'd get a whole lot better cash flow.

:thinking:

Read some great stuff today: to all mutual friends of [livejournal.com profile] lithiumlaughter, hie thee over and read her original short story; it's amazing.

Also, sending hugs and blessings to those on my f-list I haven't said anything to recently (that whole where in the world have I been bit): [livejournal.com profile] trovia, [livejournal.com profile] stormkpr, [livejournal.com profile] xenokattz, [livejournal.com profile] mwffj, [livejournal.com profile] whipsy, [livejournal.com profile] ashmanda, [livejournal.com profile] alexmonalisa, [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil, [livejournal.com profile] pygmymuse, [livejournal.com profile] rogue437, etc. Have fun and be blessed!

:salutes:
scribblemyname: (happy: raven/erik)
Yep. I am. Daily Science Fiction is a professional market that pays a whopping 8 cents per word and tagged a PS on their form e-reject that said, "This one was an almost." I danced. I whooped. This was a barely edited draft that I can now see how to improve and on a whim, I sent it to the best-paying market for the story that seemed a good fit and they almost published it. Happy me.

On a fandom note, I got two gorgeous stocking stuffer fics:

By [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue, Erntedankfest
(The Uncanny X-Men, featuring Kurt Wagner & Kitty Pryde)

By [livejournal.com profile] vialethe, Life Is Changing [one] and [two]
Pairings: Colin/Sara, Mary/Dickon, Mary/Colin (one-sided)
a/n: This prompt ran away with me in a big way! It's meant to be set a good ten years after both books, I'd think.

Also, accidentally defaulted on a beta chapter due to sickness, temp job woes, and aunt in the hospital, but hopefully this next week will be a wee less hectic, yeah? :sends prayerful thought heavenward:

On the other penname note, sold a copy of a Christmas short story I put online Friday. More dancing and jubilation. I'm just happy today. :grins:
scribblemyname: (future update: garden)

  • 3 holiday fics to do. Apologies to those who are waiting.

  • Work

  • Finances

  • Phone calls

  • Clean the house

  • Type up/analyze scribbles of the last few days

  • Beta for [livejournal.com profile] rogue437



So...


Tomorrow, maybe?
scribblemyname: (crucifixion)
From [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue:

Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you, They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your LJ (or just add a reply back to me). Other people (including me) can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.




Vardin
This, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue is my beta for all stories written in the Vardin world, of which hopefully there will be many. Vardin is sort of the culmination of years of mentally rewriting the evolutionary theory behind superhero mutations into something with concrete scientific rules that make sense and categorize it all neatly. Somewhere in there, a medical terminology course didn't help either. It's fun and logical and illogical all at once, but since I absolutely adore biochemistry and genetics, it was inevitable that I'd eventually turn these stories into original fiction with all the original characters and multifandom bases I'd been playing around with since forever.

busy as a bee
Um... Yeah. Busy I am. I don't seem to know how to stop, even when it's not just good for me, but necessary. I'm always headed in a thousand directions. Real healthy, yeah? :rolls eyes at self:

Rogue/Gambit
Favorite X-Girl was always Rogue, so when I decided to dip my toes back into fandom a few years back, I looked her up, read a bunch of stuff, got inspired, wrote a bit, then discovered Gambit. I was like, "My favorite character has a love interest?!" Then, of course, I fell in love with Gambit. Sometimes I wonder if I actually love him more now.

Christianity
Wasn't expecting this one, though I cannot tell you how awesome it felt that it made it on the list. I often feel I'm too shy about being Christian. It's easy to let the world make me feel ashamed of being Christian or at least of talking about it, like it's okay to bash Christians, just not anybody else, and please, keep your ideas to yourself. And then throw in fanfic, which is about characters that only rarely share even a fraction of my beliefs, and I occasionally wonder how good of a Christian I really am. But there you have it. It made the list. And I love God and it's a part of who I am.

writing
This really wasn't a surprise. Writing is the one thing I swear is written on my blood and bones. There is nothing I would rather be than a writer. Nothing.





Naturally, comment and I'll list you in 5.
scribblemyname: (mood: jubilation)
1. I got a haircut. I asked the hairdresser to make it like the cut in my icon, but a little longer and without bangs. Love it.

2. Learned that I'm allergic to whatever the hairdresser used to straighten my hair. In the future, will take along my own product or ask her to pick another one and go lighter.

3. Took a break yesterday from writing.

4. Will try and update my little pieces floating everywhere today.

5. Thank you, everyone, for my little bits of happy. :hugs:
scribblemyname: (buried: under the rubble)
1. Feeling sick.

2. Still owe y'all next parts of By Any Other Name, To Be Wild, and Let Us Reason Together.

3. Discovered my new site has no statistics. :headdesk: Must install plugin. Tomorrow.

4. Must juggle pennies.

5. Cannot read my own handwriting. (This is a new and undelightful development.)

6. Got my hair cut. Yay!

Requesting cheeriness please: links, poetry, lovely thoughts, anything that has neither angst nor video.
scribblemyname: (future update: garden)
Scribbled a bunch of stuff in longhand for By Any Other Name, a prompt for [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, Token, To Be Wild, and some other stuff. Will try to get it posted shortly and update Let Us Reason Together. Tendonitis acting up. Will type more when I can.
scribblemyname: (scribbles)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce:

I will post the names of all the files in my WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Choose one (ish), and I will post a random line or two.

I have multiple WIP folders, but here goes on ONE. My older one that I still drop stuff into all the time.



[I cheated.]
scribblemyname: (crossover fic)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] trovia:

Pick one of my icons and I'll write you a ficlet based on said icon. If you choose a stock/text only icon, feel free to choose a fandom or characters you think I might know.

A lot of my text only are from a fandom: Divergent, but I'll take swapping or crossover.
scribblemyname: (mood: fire)
1. Amazon

I've never liked them. I wasn't really sure why until MacMillan. And now, I'm doing independent publishing, seeking to start up my own serial (and have some real ideas for it), and learn this. [Click the link and scroll down to "From the Office: Amazon is Nobody's Friend, Part One."]

Read more... )

2. Summerlight

So I finally have a direction for this serial o' mine, and it wasn't what I expected at all. Any thoughts? Love it? Hate it? Would you keep reading?

Read more... )

3. Wordpress

Do I look like a website developer? 'Cause if I do, you must be looking at the gal standing behind me. This is not what I had imagined it would take to build a loyalty rewards site.

Read more... )


4. Tribes

I love Tribal Writer. But her post today still left me flailing in the one way I haven't figured out how to fix, except for in fandom. [Until fandom pays, however, I do need to figure this out!]

Figure out who your people are.

Talk to them. Create for them. And only them.
Read more... )

Recs!

Sep. 16th, 2011 09:46 am
scribblemyname: (miscellany: moments)
Told you RECS were coming soon.

So I rec La Femme Nikita, X-Men, Andromeda, and Roswell at [livejournal.com profile] more_to_fic. I promise to do more of the X-subfandoms next time. I've just been keeping head above water recently. :shakes head at self:


So, I'll play more catch-up soon. I've got some betas to do, stories to edit/post, and a couple of comms to convince I haven't abandoned. Ah, well. 'Tis life.
scribblemyname: (buried: under the rubble)
That is how I felt today when I come back from lunchtime munchables and found my poor baby internet had died ignobly, given up the ghost, and taken most of my work for the afternoon with it.

:headdesk:

Well, it's back and higher speed than we've had before with a new router that's not supposed to die at random intervals. Yay!

In the meantime, what have we done with ourselves? (Yes, I know. I use the royal 'we.' This is a trait that can be annoying but not easily discarded.)

Well...

1. We made a handful of our [livejournal.com profile] pairing20in20 icons. The whole set is due by the 3rd, but Emma/Charles is quite interesting to pull off.

2. We completed the front and back cover and three and a half pages of the comic, Darkholme & Xavier, Vol. 1, "The Baby and the Bath Water."

3. Before the internet died, we reformatted and calameo'd about 7 fics.

4. We're working on our website and will soon have a lovely network of the LJ, original fiction WP, grammar whore WP, writing LJ, and FF. Soon is relative.

5. Did RL work. Some. It's tough to do when most of it is supposed to be done online.

6. Read "Conflict of Interests" by [livejournal.com profile] lithiumlaughter. If you haven't read it yet, hie thee over and get yourself an eyeful. This is awesome.

:hugs to all:

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