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Productivity is a GO!

I was ridiculously productive today, by my standards. I got a rough outline for a new fic done, replied to most of my hanging RP threads (with plans to finish the last 3 later), and all-in-all, wrote over 2000 words. That's better than NaNo, folks. Go me! Now, since I've been informed that Goals Are Good, here are some goals.

Before I go to bed today, I want to:
*finish the last 3 4 replies I have pending
*write a rough draft of the first chapter of the new fic (and a title would be nice)
*work out how to finagle the Merlin/HP crossover
*maybe rough outline the Merlin/HP crossover?

Tomorrow, I want to:
*get re-caught-up on any new RP replies
*write a rough draft of the second chapter of the new fic
*finish rough outline of Merlin/HP crossover
*write rough draft of first chapter of Merlin/HP crossover
*maybe first review of the Sophos first chapter?

*cracks knuckles* Forming a habit...

So, I'm trying to get back in the habit of posting every day, as well as writing every day. And posting every day on my RP sites. I may be taking on a bit too much in the way of writing, but I'm going to try. (And yes, Alix, that means you're going to get your posts...eventually. :P)

I used to have the habit of posting; kept it going solid for a couple of months. From October 2nd to December 18th, I posted at least once a day. At the very least, I'd like to keep the pattern going a little longer. Ficcing I was never so solid on. I only managed about half a month of posting a fic every weekday, and some of those fics had been written long before I put them on ff.net. But for fics, since I hate posting unfinished work, I'm more interested in setting the habit of writing rather than the one of posting. Maybe I can even manage to write something longer than a one-shot.

I really want to start writing some crossovers, which in most cases really need to be longer than a one-shot, just to fully appreciate how the worlds are meshing. I mean, I've seen some really good crossover one-shots, but there are only a few fandom crosses that I could see myself writing just a one-shot for. But I have some ideas that I think could be pretty epic if my fingers listen to my brains for once. Like, I someday want to do a fic with the Merlin gang being the Hogwarts founders, though the idea needs a bit of logistical work first. And I have a ridiculously strong urge to cross Criminal Minds with every other fandom ever, even Fillmore! (which as a kids' show, should really never be mentioned in the same sentence as CM).

So yeah. That's what's going on with me right now.

Writer's Block: I wanna be just like you

Was there ever a fictional character who you admired so much that you strived to be like him or her?


Too many to count. Pretty much all of Tamora Pierce's girls and women, a large number of her men, and at least one character from pretty much every fandom I've ever been a part of. I fall in love with characters that I wish I could be like. I fall in love with fandoms because I fall in love with their characters. Well, some fandoms I fall in love with for their worlds, but even those fandoms usually have a few characters that I admire.

And shut up Firefox, fandom is totally a word.

So, it's been a while.

Had a bit of a 'screw everything, I'm going to lay in bed for as long as I can get away with' episode, which is part of the reason I haven't been posting. Also because even once I started getting up and around again, I just couldn't work up the energy to post, and then once I did have the energy, I was so far out of the habit that it just didn't occur to me to post.

But I have been writing a fair amount. I'm trying to start posting a fic every weekday (here if you're interested), which still gives me weekends to write extra fics against a future writer's block, write longer fics that I want to finish before starting to post, or just plain not write and relax a bit. So far it's going fairly well, though lately I've been dipping into fics that I had written and posted elsewhere before rather than new fics. But still, it's something.

School sucks, but what else is new. I just joined an RP group - Dragonriders of Pern, I've got a Candidate being played, and I'm really enjoying things so far, so we'll see how it goes. I haven't done RP in years, so I'm still in the re-adjustment period.

And that's about it, really.

Oh crap.

I just realized that au_bingo ends January 31st. Guess who hasn't written any of her fics yet? THIS GIRL! Yeah, I have procrastination issues.

ETA: It ends February 28th. Crisis averted. Though I should still probably get working on my fics for it.

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Oh, School, how I did not miss thee...

So, today was my first day back at school. (Should've been yesterday, but it was MLK Day and we had off.) And... Well, it's school. Microbiology, Micro Lab, Human Physiology, Phys Lab, Organic Chemistry II, Orgo Lab, and Introduction to Psychology. I'm at school far too long on Tuesdays and Thursdays (actually at school as I type this, in between classes), but I have Wednesday and weekends off, so that's good. Most of my profs seem pretty decent (the ones I've met, anyway - Orgo Lab and Intro to Psych are still up in the air), and I don't have any exams/quizzes/important papers due on February 24th, so I might get to go watch the shuttle launch! Fingers crossed that Psych doesn't screw that plan up.

I've still got to write this week's movie_las fic. :/ I haven't gotten any votes in either direction in the first round of it or book_las. On the one hand, at least nobody hates my stories. On the other, I was really hoping for more feedback, though I did get some great non-vote feedback from sour_idealist on the books fic (and I forgot to ask for extra feedback on the movie one, so that's all on me).

I got my next books1001 book, and I'm looking forward to it more than the last one. This time around, it's Catch-22, which my dad can't seem to praise high enough, and I've certainly heard it mentioned pretty much every time modern classic books get brought up. Or when classics about wars get brought up. Or when someone talks about a no-win situation. Or... You get the picture. So I'm hoping I'll like it.
Title: Sunset Song (A Scots Quair #1)
Author: Lewis Grassic Gibbon (pseudonym for James Leslie Mitchell)
Pagecount: 248 (paperback)
Publisher: Polygon
Publishing date: April 9, 2006 (original published 1932)
Goodreads rating mean: 3.98 (161 ratings)
Goodreads rating mode: 5 (39%)
Goodreads rating median: 4
Publisher's summary: 'Oh, she hated and loved in a breath!'

Chris Guthrie's tumultous feelings as she grows up in rural Scotland are the theme of
Sunset Song, a national and international success which brought fame to James Leslie Mitchell, better known as 'Lewis Grassic Gibbon'. He brings to life brilliantly the countryside of his youth, a Scotland of small farms, hard life, much affection yet much gossip and spite. In the first few decades of of the twentieth century, heroine Chris grows up, marries, is widowed, and watches her way of life altered beyond recognition by a distant war she barely understands. Yet her strength endures, like the land she loves so intensely.

Warning: my review contains discussions of rape, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.
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Bechdel Test: Passes all three levels.

My rating: 2/5 stars, maybe 2.5 on a generous day. The dialect was a little too strong (and, yes, I know, completely missing the point here), and I really can't get over the fact that I spent a large portion of the book cringing, and not in a good way. However, many of the parts that I could understand that didn't make me cringe were very well-written and even beautiful.

Cross-posted to books1001, books, bookish and linked from the Forgotten Treasures challenge.

Hobbit casting

I just heard today that David Tennant is probably going to be in it. MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE. (Okay, so I have a bit of trouble picture Barty Crouch/Ten as King Thranduil, but who cares? It's David freaking Tennant!)

Oh, and I keep meaning to post this:

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Title: The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon Adventures series #2)
Author: D. J. MacHale
Pagecount: 384 (paperback)
Publisher: Aladdin
Publishing date: January 1, 2003
Goodreads rating mean: 4.19
Goodreads rating mode: 5 (44%)
Goodreads summary: Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is not like other boys his age. His uncle Press is a Traveler, and, as Bobby has learned, that means Uncle Press is responsible, through his journeys, for solving interdimensional conflict wherever he encounters it. His mission is nothing less than to save the universe from ultimate evil. And he’s taking Bobby along for the ride.

Fresh from his first adventure on Denduron, Bobby finds himself in the territory of Cloral, a vast world that is entirely covered by water. Cloral is nearing a disaster of huge proportions. Reading the journals Bobby sends home, his friends learn that the desperate citizens of the endangered floating cities are on the brink of war. Can Bobby—suburban basketball star and all-around nice guy—help rid the area of marauders, and locate the legendary lost land of Faar, which may hold the key to Cloral’s survival?


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Bechdel Test: Passes the first level easily, but the second and third are questionable: The second level depends on (spoiler) Po Nassi being counted as a woman, despite being Saint Dane in disguise(end spoiler), and then if the second is accepted, then on whether a conversation counts if it includes a man along with the two women.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars. I've read the first three books before, though it's been a while, and at some point I'll probably finish the series, but it's not really at the top of my list.

Cross-posted to books and bookish.