Check-In – Day 26

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:45 pm
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*coughs*

Let us pretend that I did not miss a day. What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And the question for today: What one thing will get you to drop your writing instantly, whether you wish to or not? (In my case, it's a new Fire Emblem game, but that's me.)

Update

Jun. 25th, 2017 03:30 pm
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 So... At the beginning of June, I had a proper car crash. NOT FUNNY. Damage of some 18.000 €. I can be happy I've got a good insurance. And nobody was hurt - that's the most important thing.

Been working on my fantasy novel (editing) and on my Steampunk novel (typing).

And I've bough my first Shred DVD. Man, do I have sore muscles now! I've been quite relaxed about my diet these days, and I haven't put on any weight. GREAT!

And I'm enjoying my time off from work. YAY.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 12:59 pm
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 I know I haven't been here in a long time. Keeping up with the Sims community takes up most of my social time online, and also I thought that DW would be a chance to escape from the LJ anxiety, but well, the anxiety followed me, and I guess it's easier to keep posting on social media accounts where anyone who's not into me has already been weeded out, so I don't have to worry about how to be perfect and how to please everyone so that no one abandons me.

Which that isn't really rational. I don't know any of you, so if you decide you're not into me, how is that abandoning me? 

While I have not been posting here, I have been doing a lot of research and reading and thinking about complex PTSD, and I think I'm starting to make some real progress on understanding it and on rewiring things a little bit in my brain. Like, you know, coming to some sort of uneasy peace with the idea that strangers online may decide that they're not into me for whatever reason and that's okay, and that it's not a replay of past hardcore abandonment.

If I am going to start really using this blog, here's something to help you decide if you want to clear out now. I will sometimes post about giftedness.

Which, again, this is also progress with the complex PTSD, finally realizing that if people get all mad when I bring that up, it's not a personal judgement on me and a replay of past hardcore stalking and attacking and mobbing. It's that everyone has different experiences and different levels of knowledge and different conceptions of reality and society and how things work and different backgrounds, and that I can't do anything about someone who has some very deeply embedded prejudices or personal hurt around that topic that is based in experiences that I had nothing to do with and that I can't do anything about, and so their rejection of me because I sometimes talk about that topic is not a personal attack or a reflection on me.

Yay I am developing boundaries! :) Well, I have been doing that ever since the ulcer in 2011, but I'm making a lot of progress in it right now, I think.

Speaking of which, in a few weeks it will be the sixth anniversary of Almost Died But Didn't Day. Hmmm. What do I want to do for it this year?

check in day 23

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:02 pm
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: what are you working on this weekend?

Home again

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Home late last night after a lovely, lovely train journey up the coast to Portland, and then east to Minneapolis. Once I got there, I bumbled my way to the delicious breakfast place my daughter and I found last year (The Buttered Tin) and after that, in perfect weather--low seventies, cloudy, tiny drops of rain--made my way to the hotel for Fourth Street Fantasy.

Other than a somewhat jolting experience at the opening ceremonies, which made it clear yet again that many of those who have always assumed their perfect safety in any circumstance (and who thus find argument entertaining) simply do not comprehend the paradigm for those who have always had to be wary, to at least some degree, while maneuvering in public spaces. I trust that learning happened.

After that, things went so very well. So many great conversations, over delicious food. Interesting panels, lovely weather. Another thing occurred to me: I so seldom get that quick-back-and-forth of conversation, as my social life is about 95% online, that I found myself frequently behind a couple steps. At least, I think it's due to that and not (I hope) to me dulling with age.

The con was splendid right to the last moments: my return train was to leave Mpls. at ten-ten that night, and I did not particularly look forward to sitting at the Amtrak station for six hours, but I didn't have the discretionary cash for adventuring about. However after delicious ice cream sundaes (yum, yum, yum!) [personal profile] carbonel generously offered to take me home, then drop me at the station, though it was not even remotely in her way.

My six hours passed so pleasantly it was emblematic of the entire weekend for me: after the fast pace it was so nice to sit quietly, watch some BBC animal planet documentaries . . . and, to my utter delight, the resident kitting--after doing considerable showing off by leaping to wall and ceiling beams and down again--curled up in my lap to purr. When you realize that I rarely get to see cats except in youtube vids when the news is too fraught, you will understand how that was the perfect close to an excellent weekend.

Thence an equally lovely train trip back, much reading and some writing achieved.

And this morning, I hauled my aged bod to yoga, for a much-needed session. This last couple weeks has been all about the head. Exhilarating, but not good for the bod. I used to be so active, until the arthritis turned all my joints into a constant ache; now exercise is something I have to do, so I've some tricks to keep my lazy ass in gear.

Anyway, it occurred to me as I sweated and stretched that the fundamental good of yoga is to strengthen all those muscles we otherwise do not notice that hold the body upright. Especially someone like me with rotten posture (I've had the child-abuse shoulder hunch all my life, and when young fought against it in dance, constantly hearing, "Shoulders down, Smith!" The only time I didn't have it was in fencing, oddly enough) it's easy to turtle. But I feel much better and stronger overall when I keep up with the yoga.

So--that, and to my desk to catch up!

A bit of writerly stuff to pass on: an indie writer I met through a fantasy bundle project last summer, C.J. Brightley, has put out a call for fantasy stories of the uplifting sort, and asked me to pass it on. Submission data here.

check in day 22

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:43 pm
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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researched
1 (16.7%)

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1 (16.7%)

had a cheeky break
1 (16.7%)

dealt with life
3 (50.0%)



Discussion: resources. What are your favourite resources for writing? (this can be anything - software, assistive tech, recurring challenges and exchanges, comms etc) also if you think it would be useful to have, I can make a sticky with resources and try to keep it up to date especially the comms side of it.

Dear Rare Pair Writer

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
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Dear Rare Pair Writer,

 

Links to my fandom pages:

 

Maeve of Winter on AO3

 

Maeve of Winter on Tumblr

 

Maeve of Winter on Dreamwidth

 

WhimsicalNixie on LiveJournal

 

Maeve of Winter on Fanfiction.net

 

 

Wishing you well! This my first time participating, and I'm very excited!

 

I should say right off the bat that my prompts are only here for guidance, not as anything you are obligated to right for me. If you have your own idea for the pairing that fits with my likes, it’s more than okay with me if you want to write that.

 

Also, feel free to mix and match my prompts with different pairings and fandoms. If it’s somewhere in my letter, it’s something I’m okay with receiving for any canon or character.


Summer Solstice - Early Morning

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:52 pm
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 Blessings on this most ancient of earth's sacred days ~
The sunlit harmony of the Summer Solstice ~  longest day of the year.


check in day 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:11 pm
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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1 (14.3%)

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Discussion: titles. Do you find titles easy or difficult to come up with?
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[personal profile] kaoriva
These last days I had been tied on bed with fever, thankfully now I'm gettin better, but during my feverish thoughts, out of sudden I started to think about Shusei Kagari, and my heart broke to pieces.

If you think about it, Kagari was the unluckiest one of the Division 1. Think about it: he was confined to a rehabilitiation facility since he was five years old, being separated from his family at such young age and spend the rest of his life completely locked away from the outside world, his only friend being a boy who attempted to escape and later got killed for it. No doubt all those things made him resent the Sibyl System: they basically stole his freedom and his friend; on the other hand, his isolation of the world may had been a factor of why he developed this childlike personality that made him so adorable, and yes, innocent in a way, but not naive.

And then Kagari is released to become an Enforcer. Imagine how must had been for a kid like him with no experience in the outside world to execute someone for the first time with the Dominator, uff, I bet it may had took Kagari a while to completely adapt to his new job as an Enforcer...but then, Kagari realized that, for the first time, he wasn't alone anymore. The Division 1 became his new family: Masaoka as his new surrogate dad, Shion as the cool mom/older sister figure, Yayoi and Kougami as his older siblings who keep him in line and teach him new cool things, Ginoza who despite his actitude acts like a protective mom, and now, Akane, who's his new friend whom he can drink with and have fun. There you can see a reason that may had prevented Kagari of turning completely bitter and apathethic towards his job because it's connection to the Sibyl System: his love for his new family that became the Division 1.

But then, Kagari gets executed by the System itself, and worse of it: given his sarcastic smile and last words, it's very likely that discovering the truth of the Sibyl System left Kagari completely shocked and also....angry, in a way. So at the end, this was the System that had depraved him and so many others of normal life for what they decided it was a "latent criminal"? A bunch of brains? So a collective of people was controlling other people's lives? They were the reason why he had to live like he did, weren't they? And not only that, the System is now pointing at him with a Dominator, ready to end his life. At the end, the System controlled completely Kagari's life, and even decided his own death. Despite he didn't did anything wrong, save being diagnosed as a "latent criminal".

And that's what breaks me about Kagari: he was the one who lost everything to the System. He lost his freedom, his normal life, and then when finally it seemed he now had a new family and a job, he got that stolen by the System because he "saw too much". And to make things worse: Kagari, who was always loyal to his friends, got registered by the System as a criminal who escaped - the complete opposite he did. He will be officially remembered as a "traitor" when he never betrayed his team. And that's fucking sad.

And that's why I think Kagari was the member of the Division 1 who had the most tragic fate. I mean, all of them suffered, but at the end, they all kept going - happy or not - with their lives in a way or another, and Masaoka, who died as Kagari, at least died knowing he saved his son's life, so his death wasn't in vain. But Kagari didn't had that: at the end, the System overrode any kind of evidence about his last actions and moments, and officially portrayed him as a betrayer who ran away to hide the fact they killed him. Only Akane knows the truth, but the rest no, even if some of them may have their suspicions.

Agh, no.



check in day 20

Jun. 20th, 2017 02:41 pm
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I seem to have got mixed up and thought that this week was covered. Oops. I'll be around the rest of the week. How is the writing going today? What about the last three days?

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Discussion: what are you working on this week?

5 things make a post

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:03 pm
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1. Oh good, the new school year doesn't start for another three months and I'm already in "I am a failure compared to other people I know" mode. (I'm not planning to move until early/mid August -- the term starts late August -- and several people I know who are also starting grad school moved to their new cities this past week. I am reminding myself there's no reason to be there that far in advance when I know I won't be doing anything productive, and I'll just be paying rent and making my own food two months early.)

2. I do, I think, have a place in Atlanta, with a friend of a friend who was looking for a new roommate. We've been e-mailing for a few months and had a video chat last week, and she seems nice and this should work out. I do keep worrying about furniture and stuff, but she said I could send things there so I might end up buying furniture online and shipping it there in advance of my arrival.

2a. I still have not made, like, concrete plans on how to get my belongings from point A to point B. I should...do that...eventually...I guess.

3. I feel terrible about the fact that my personal crisis and breakup coincided with, you know, the American political crisis, and they definitely fed off each other in ways that I don't really want to examine too closely -- I mean, my reactions to both did, I guess, obviously my personal life was not affecting American politics. But it definitely affected the way I reacted to it, and the emotional and mental energy I had (have) to deal with it. I don't know, there's not really a point to this.

4. I've been fighting a lot with my father lately, and it's exhausting and demeaning and awful. And it's not even fighting, per se, or maybe it is -- like, the other day he came up to my room because we're having an internet problem and he wanted to see how my connection is, then stayed in my room looking around at my art and figurine displays after I asked him to please get out of my room. "No, I want to see your things." "This is making me uncomfortable." (At this point he's walking around my room; also, I feel like I should add that I have a fair number of Star Wars pinups in my room, so like, my father looking at sexy ladies? V. uncomfortable.) "Why? I want to look at your little things. Obviously you want them to be looked or you wouldn't have put them up, don't be so sensitive." "They're here because I want to look at them and this is making me uncomfortable." "Don't be so sensitive or get out of my house." Etc.

And then yesterday I made a comment about having already done my exercise for the day and my dad said, "What, did you walk downstairs and then up again?" and I, well, overreacted and said, "This is why I don't do anything when you or mom are at home, because you always make fun of me!" "No one is making fun of you, don't be so sensitive." "You literally just did!" "I just made a comment, don't be so sensitive." And then I went upstairs and cried and tried to figure out if I really had overreacted.

So that's been happening a lot lately.

5. I am moving to Atlanta in August, so I'm trying to decide if I want to go to Dragon*Con or not. I've never go to a con besides Star Wars Celebration, and I'm not sue if I actually know anyone who's already going or not, so... *hands* Also, I can't figure out from the website if I can go for just one day or if I have to pay for the whole weekend? I am probably missing something obvious.

check in day 17

Jun. 17th, 2017 03:07 pm
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How is the writing going today? what about yesterday?

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2 (28.6%)

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Feel free to share a snippet of something that you're working on or link to something that you've posted. Ask for any help that you're in need of or chat amongst yourselves.

Talk

Jun. 17th, 2017 07:18 am
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I am in lovely Minneapolis, second day of Fourth Street, which got off to an excellent start yesterday. So many Viable Paradise alums here! The writers of each year have been bonding into tight networks of mutual support and inside info. It's great to see.

I have two panels today, Theory of Mind (I have pages and pages of notes to boil down to a few remarks before two o'clock, so I don't turn into one of those horrible panelists who hogs the mic for 45 minutes, but I have at least that much material) and The Worst Mistake I Have Ever Made as a writer. That, I claim Queen of the Universe on: I still don't know which mistake. Because I have made pretty much all of the stupid mistakes there are, I guess I shall see what others say, and choose one of the legion that isn't covered.

Over at BVC, it's my turn to blog, and actually, it is tangential to Theory of Mind. One of the fundamentals of storytelling is gossip.

Color Poems

Jun. 16th, 2017 07:41 pm
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When stressed or feeling down, I turn to nature and the garden.
So far, the month of June has certainly been a troubled one for the world.
I hope that these vibrant summer flowers will bring some of nature's
healing beauty to those in need of comfort.
 

check in day 16

Jun. 16th, 2017 08:58 am
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: what are you working on this weekend?

check in day 15

Jun. 15th, 2017 07:38 am
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: midway. As we're halfway through the month, how are you getting on with your goals?

July sign up

Jun. 15th, 2017 07:30 am
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[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
I'm going to be unavailable for the week of 9th to 15th as my family are visiting for a few days.

It's time to sign up for the July WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of June.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


Copypaste below:



I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)

check in day 14

Jun. 14th, 2017 09:04 pm
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: collaborating. Do you co-write fics? work with artists or make art for others? work with beta/cheerleader? Do you prefer to work alone?

check in day 13

Jun. 13th, 2017 12:07 pm
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Sorry I missed yesterday, I fell into the job applications rabbit hole. How is the writing going today? What about the last two days?

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Discussion: finding typos via fanfic flamingo. Do you find typos after you've posted? Do you fix them? Do you leave them?

a flamingo head on a pink background with the white text check spelling and grammar 16 times find numerous typos after you post it
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