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Date:2007-11-17 00:49
Subject:scene in my head

I think I have an itty bitty PoT thrill pair seed plot.

mm.. should I write?

But I never get anywhere near finishing my stories. *pouts*

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Date:2007-09-22 21:32

Why can't there be more Hikaru no Go fanfic around? I  need more to feed my addiction... haha.

I suppose I could try writing what I want to read, but I'm not that immersed in HnG to have interesting plot bunnies and voices in my head. Nothing that stands out from what has already been written by others anyway. sad sad.

Feel free to suggest ideas for HnG. Maybe something will spark off the voices in my head.

Snake Venom chapter 13 is still short of that annoying flying scene. I'm sick of seeing it sit in my com, stuck in limbo. Do you want me to just post it? =x

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Date:2007-08-01 00:54
Subject:new fandom love + recs

I've fallen into the world of anime! hahah. I heart Prince of Tennis and Ouran High School Host Club (especially episode 8 and 16).

If you like Prince of Tennis and ship Tezuka/Ryoma, you must read fics by kishmet

I wanted to rec a few fics but for her I can't just rec a few. hahaha. I absolutely love her fics and the way she writes. I'm still working backward on her lj (currently at the previous 120 page), reading her previous fics and drabbles. shhh... I'm not a stalker. I just... lurk. =x

Other POT fic I like:
Unspoken by prillalar
TezuRyo. PG13. 1900 words.
Tezuka. Ryoma. Bench. Adolescence.

Not the Triumph by Halrloprillalar ([info]prillalar)
Prince of Tennis, TezuRyo, R, 1700 words.
Beijing 2008. Tezuka's last chance.

If you have any more recs, feel free to comment, especially Tezuka/Ryoma, Tezuka/Atobe, Tezuka/Fuji, Fuji/Ryoma, Atobe/Ryoma for POT and Kyouya/Haruhi, Hikaru/Haruhi, Mori/Haruhi for Ouran High School Host Club.

I also welcome recs for BTVS/ABtvH and HP/ABtvH crossovers. =)

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Date:2006-11-22 23:13
Subject:ignore my whining

Snake Venom chapter 13 is almost done. I feel like posting it but it's still missing a scene and it would be rather weird to have the scene in the next chapter. haiz. I so should not be writing at this moment since my exams are next week but I really still have no mood to study.

And I should know better than to start a new story. Finally gave in to writing it after 2 weeks of voices in my head. You know what's the irony? The voices vanished after I wrote the first chapter. Just fantastic.

I have mean muses.

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Date:2005-10-03 23:04
Subject:writing etiquette (if there's such thing)
Mood: contemplative

I was just surfing ff.net for stories to read when I came across a story which is plainly stated as heading no where. Now, usually I don't like to read a story that would be abandoned or incomplete (I'm sure no one does) and such statements like 'heading no where' isn't the most encouraging thing to write if one wants people to read what's written, but I liked the premise of said story so I clicked on it and read it. Yes, it's interesting and it would be nice if the author continued but I was just thinking... is it good writing etiquette to post something that will arouse interest with no intent of continuing even though an audience will have been ensnared by the story?

It's like posting an incomplete story yet say it's finished. I think this is a little different from abandoned WIPs because the authors of abandoned WIPs do not consciously set out to 'abandon' the fic right from the start. I know it's clearly stated that the story may not be continued or is just 'a little nudge for the [author's] challenges' but the hanging feeling that one gets is... not very nice. Of course, the 'nudge' provided by the fic may actually work -I know I felt tempted. I'm just wondering if it's a 'done thing'; no offense to anyone who does that.

So is it acceptable or bad form to post like a teaser chapter which one may not continue and hope someone else will write the rest? Thoughts and comments welcomed.

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Date:2005-10-02 22:16
Subject:slashfest Master List of Requests
Mood: bouncy

Omg some of the challenges really make me go *squee*.

Especially these...Collapse )

Can't wait to see the finished challenge fics.

Master List of Requests. Go forth, be inspired, and write. *grin*

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Date:2005-10-02 12:49
Subject:why do writers write a particular fic/plot?
Mood: blank

I suddenly feel like reading some romance-novel-type plot with slash pairings but can't seem to find many which satisfy this craving. So now I have this romance-novel-type plot stuck in my head and am trying to fit in characters and twist the plot to make sense. Which leads to the above subject - why do writers write a particular fic/plot?

Well the first reason which came to mind is my current predicament - wanting to read a particular type of story but can't find many to satisfy the craving or wanting to read more of an incomplete engaging fic which does not yet have the next chapter, so ideas of the 'ideal' craved fic or possibilities of how the intriguing WIP could go began building up in the mind. Ideas for the latter usually just stay in my head unless I'm attached enough to the plot to write my own version. For the former, whether the ideas actually get put on paper depends on several things. Currently I'm considering whether the plot makes sense, the sustainability of the story, and my ability to write it well (some ideas may just be better off as ideas in my head). One of the reasons some WIPs hit a dead end or get abandoned is because the writer loses interest in the story or do not know where the story is going beyond a certain point ie. the story is not sustainable in terms of plot/ ideas. I know because I'm guilty of that.

Another reason writers write may be 'rabid plot bunnies' that wouldn't go away, which may or may not be a result of the first. There is a need to write, to tell the story.

Then there are writers who write to challenge themselves and to explore other characters/ themes/ uses of magic/ relationships/ styles of writing etc. Writing is more a craft for them, to practise and perfect (not that those otherwise motivated do not see writing as a craft but that it may not be as important to some). My impression is that they focus more on development and analysis and that effort makes the experience more 'educational'.

There are some who write because they love writing and some who write for an audience and the reviews. Of course, they are not exclusive, just which trait is more predominant. I won't deny that reviews are encouraging and motivate one to write more, and that it doesn't make much sense to waste time and effort on something that no one seems interested in, but there are people who write for themselves and the continuity of the story has nothing to do with the number of reviews. And I sort of admire that quality because the writer doesn't allow outside influence to affect whether s/he writes.

I'm more of a write-what-I-want-to-read and rabid-plot-bunnies writer. I write for the ideas/ plot itself. Reviews do motivate me (though not as much now as when I initially started writing and posting fic) but if the words don't come I won't be able to force out chapters no matter the number of reviews. My problem is ideas are not enough for me to write. I need to 'see' scenes, 'hear' dialogue and unfortunately these mind visuals and audios do not exist throughout the whole fic. Getting between scenes is often tedious and that's why I have writer's blocks. I think I'm not cut out to write long stories. Perhaps I should just post fragmented one-shots. But one can't simply only write and post a 'scene' because a scene by itself is fragmented and incomplete and unable to stand alone. sigh. Do share if anyone has any solution.

Pardon me going off tangent and being a bit incoherent. Feel free to agree/disagree/debate/raise new points.

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Date:2004-12-05 20:35
Subject:Seeking Spiderman slash

I just watched Spiderman again this afternoon and suddenly feel like reading some Spiderman slash - Harry/Peter, Norman/Peter, or even Norman/Harry. (I think fandom has corrupted me.) I'll write one if I had inspiration but I need to be inspired first. *grinz*

I don't suppose anyone can rec me a few good Harry/Peter, Norman/Peter, or even Norman/Harry fics from the Spidy fandom?

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Date:2004-11-30 22:18
Subject:figuring out classes at hogwarts

I was just looking through HP&PS to check what houses have what classes together and all I can find is that Gryffindors have double Potions and Flying lessons with Slytherins. Is it just me or is that really all the information given about class schedules? Me thinks the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs are quite non-existent except for Quidditch matches.

However, if Gryffindors do share other classes with other houses, I think it's unlikely that the information will be totally omitted because, surely, there would be something noteworthy about characters from other houses or about the different interactions in class. So, assuming that the Hogwarts curriculum has single and double classes, can I conclude that Gryffindors and Slytherins/ Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs share double classes?

Edit: erm, apparently not. Why? Because Gryffindors have double Herbology with Hufflepuffs, and double Potions with Slytherins in COS. I think JK Rowling sort of forgot about the other two houses when it comes to shared classes with Gryffindors in HP&PS. Perhaps they're just unimportant. -_-"

Well... I need the class schedules for first year; is it safe to make something up or is all that information in the book and I'm just stupidly blind?

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Date:2004-11-29 23:16

mm... haven't been posting much partly 'cause I have attachment now (it's sort of like working). I still try to write but forever seems to be hopelessly stuck at the same scene. I'm thinking of cutting it off and just moving onto the important parts.

How does one know when to cut things off? I supposed it depends on whether there's a purpose in having that scene. Problem is: I don't really know. ugh.

Anyway, ff.nt seems to have the review history function disabled. I'm not sure if it's temporary or permanent, though I hope it's not the latter 'cause that's how i usually keep track of stories and whether they have been updated.

Really need to get some writing done.

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Date:2004-10-24 20:31

I can't believe I'm trying to write het smut, or any smut for that matter. It's rather agonising and sounds as bad as one of the many romance novels available on the market. How does one go about writing smut anyway?

I always cringe at the smut I wrote. gah.

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Date:2004-09-09 00:56

Just a little writing exercise using present tense and first person POV, plus experimentation in writing insane!Harry. Word of caution: doesn't make much sense and/or plot.

Word count: 1092
Warnings: bloodplay w/o the sex?

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Date:2004-08-09 02:00
Subject:Occlumency, Legilimency and dementors
Mood: anxious

I was thinking of similarities between Legilimency and what dementors do, and maybe Occlumency can help with the effects of dementors. I'm not sure if this makes sense but it has been around in my mind for weeks and I just want to know if it is plausible. Pardon my interchangeable use of Legilimens/ Legilimency and awkward expressions; it is 2 am in the morning and my brain is half-asleep.
Thoughts and comments welcomed.

Definitions(may have been slightly modified) from hp-lexicon:

Occlumency is the art of magically defending the mind against external penetration, sealing it against magical intrusion and influence - the defensive counter to Legilimency, which is the ability to extract emotions and memories from another person's mind. Dementors feed on positive human emotions, draining peace, hope, and happiness, sucking happy memories from people and sometimes forcing them to relive their worst experiences.

There seem to be similarities by comparing definitions as dementors, like in Legilimency, are also able to extract emotions and memories from people's minds.

differences/ point of contention:
It is just different in that negative feelings in people are induced by dementors (counted as magical intrusion and influence?), so people's emotions are not their own true feelings, unlike feelings extracted in Legilimency.
In Legilimency, "the target's emotional state may bring relevant associated memories to the surface (OP24, OP26)". But dementors may not necessarily be using induced negative emotions to bring one's worst memories to the surface.

Argument seems shallow and start to break down at deeper levels when you really go into the differences.

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Date:2004-08-07 19:46
Subject:snake venom

mm... I really should have a proper outline for Snake Venom instead of just rough ideas and adding on as i go along. Debating whether I should add in 'Aiden suffering from amnesia' as a minor plot point. It was in the outline but now I'm wondering what purpose does it serve besides acting as a small drama/cliffie at the end of the chapter. It really shouldn't be for my own gratification only but I'm rather attached to the idea. Should scrap it though, if it's pointless on the whole.

I guess it depends on whom I am writing for, but even I want it to make some sense and not become merely a... frivolous addition.

mm... I will keep on pondering and I don't think I can continue writing while this is unresolved, so further chapters are likely to take some time.

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Date:2004-07-02 12:57

I was just reading Eastern State Pen by Teller and a sentence in the 2nd last paragraph caught my attention - "The obscene is the root of the sublime."

I've been thinking about it and while I know the meaning of the words, I just don't understand the 'why' of the sentence. Anyone care to enlighten me?

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Date:2004-07-02 12:09
Subject:another personality quiz

You are an SRDF--Sober Rational Destructive Follower. This makes you a font of knowledge. You are cool, analytical, intelligent and completely unfunny. Sometimes you slice through conversation with a cutting observation that causes silence and sidelong glances. You make a strong and lasting impression on everyone you meet, the quality of which depends more on their personality than yours.

You may feel persecuted, as you can become a target for fun. Still, you are focused enough on your work and secure enough in your abilities not to worry overly.

You are productive and invaluable to those you work for. You are loyal, steadfast, and conscientious. Your grooming is impeccable. You are in good shape.

You are kind of a tool, but you get things done. You are probably a week away from snapping.

(link to quiz)

my comments... or ranting... lol.Collapse )

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Date:2004-07-01 23:13
Subject:it's over!

Exams are finally over! yay! Can't tell you how annoying it was to have my muse clamouring for me to write something while I'm trying to study. It's so distracting that I'm in this writing mood with plot ideas and what-not, especially during this week when I can't afford to write. Those ideas certainly picked a great time to appear, and it's halfway disappeared, now that exams are over. Really don't know what's wrong with my brain. gah. Anyway, my next four days are relatively free (except for homework that's supposed to be done during the holidays) and I hope to write something during that time, but first I need to caught up on fandom happenings, and sleep. tata.

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Date:2004-06-21 22:41
Subject:just venting

gah, I need to take a break from reading about poverty and globalisation and corruption, sifting through the thousands of useless information to find relevant points for some stupid essay, at the end of which, even the sentences don't make sense anymore. ugh, I'm rambling.

Less than a week left to all the tests, and while a part of my mind is freaking out that I haven't got anything done, another part is content to continue lazing around, reading fics and sleeping and dreaming. I foresee a gruesome, painful death in mid-July at the hands, no, tips of multitude of red pens and remedial Potions [I wish] Chemistry and I think Chemistry won't be the only one.

How? I'm going to die!

Just ignore me.

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Date:2004-06-19 21:14
Subject:quiz or yes, I'm bored

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

I'm actually ISTP if I remember correctly but the link to possible results doesn't work. So tell me if you got ISTP; I'm interested to know who's the HP character. hehz.

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Date:2004-06-09 23:56
Subject:recs: 'I don't want to die a virgin'

So I can Walk by fujinsama - In the wee hours of one rainy morning in 1980, Regulus stops by his brother's house to seek asylum.
Wonderfully written Blackcest that looks into Sirius's and Regulus's relationship as brothers when they were young and how it came back to that. It's not sweet per se, and knowing what will happen in the end makes your heart ache a little.

Lessons Well Learnt by phantom_puppet - 'Charlie would always appreciate his brother for that much. And that was were it began and seemed to end. With Bill Weasley.'
Hot Weasleycest that starts so naturally from Charlie wanting Bill to teach him about sex so that he won't embarrass himself when with his girlfriend. Features insecure and angsty(or is it angry?) Charlie and caring!big brother!Bill. *grins*

What Molly doesn't know... by honeycakehorse - Harry and Charlie want to be together, despite what Mrs. Weasley says.
Molly's objections, Harry's sneaking around, smut and Bill's irritation at being woken. A hot and (sort-of)fluffy fic.

The Squeaky Child Gets the Rod by camillabloom - Trapped somewhere with dementors outside, Draco persuades Sirius to have sex with him because he doesn't want to die a virgin.
A cross of smut and humour with some very funny moments.

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