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( Jun. 8th, 2015 08:57 pm)
I've been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier to participate in the 7 lines meme: seven lines from page 7 or 77 of a WIP. I'm going to cheat and post two, one from a fanfic, one from an original fic.

(For the first WIP I opened, the entirety of page 77 is filthy, filthy porn, and I'm too embarrassed to post that out of context. So, second WIP. I must say, you can get a lot of mileage out of compound, comma-spliced sentences. *cough*)


Downward he streaks like a shooting star, picking up speed, the speed of light, faster and faster, the blackness growing, growing brighter, and then—oh Merlin he's on fire. He blazes through the void, keening, "Harry, Harry," while everything he was, everything he is, is being burned, burning up, consumed down to the bone.

"SEVERUS," someone screams. It's too late, he can't stop himself, it's already too late, he's on a collision course with the end of the world, and like a flaming asteroid his life, his whole bloody life, falls through years and space and memories and stars, and detonates on impact.

The force of his landing emits a thunder of light, endless and annihilating. The sum of himself, rage and grief, sacrifice and passion, loathing and love, explodes outward.

For an unknowable span of time Severus Snape disappears from the universe.


Excerpt 2, of which only eleven pages exist. So these convoluted sentences are plucked from page seven.

>Cut for those who have no interest in original fic )

Let's see, I tag [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, [livejournal.com profile] cerberusia, [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore, [personal profile] delphi, [livejournal.com profile] pauraque, [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue, and [livejournal.com profile] writcraft.

Have at it, you seven brilliant writers.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2015 11:48 pm)
Spotted here and there amongst my flist, most recently [livejournal.com profile] dbassassin, [livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster, and [livejournal.com profile] creascendo: When you see this, share 3 lines from each of 3 WIPs.

(In case you can't tell, I'm procrastinating, which I'm beginning to think is the arena in which I truly shine.)

1. Severus waits, unwilling to break the spell, as Harry's ephemeral presence circles him, rippling over, inside his skin, a ghost passing through as if he were a wall. It's Harry, he would swear to it before the Wizengamot, before the whole world, and when he closes his eyes the conviction grows so intense that he's not shocked when nonexistent lips touch his. Don't speak, they say, and the word "Harry" hangs suspended in the silence between them, glowing like a star.

2. Since she had no intention of delivering her next words to Rolanda whilst out of breath, Minerva said without breaking stride, "So. Now we're here, will you have me?"

She turned a keen glance at precisely the moment her companion dipped forward in shock and nearly forked herself broomstick-first into the bracken. Old hand that she was, Rolanda pulled up with reflexes so deft it was clear she'd barely registered her near-tumble, a simple twitch in the greater playbook of Quidditch moves.

3. Harry can tell when Snape bends forward, knows if he were to open his eyes, Snape's face would be right there, staring down at him with the devouring, contemptuous hunger that Harry can't seem to do without. He has a sudden image of himself suspended like a pendulum, blackness flapping, fading, Snape blurring in and out of view through banks of cloud, and he wishes he could have seen that. Could have seen how Snape fought the wind, how his magic kept them aloft, what the two of them looked like, bound together.

Observations: my sentences average out at rather too long, and I am a tad dramatic.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2015 11:48 pm)
Spotted here and there amongst my flist, most recently [livejournal.com profile] dbassassin, [livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster, and [livejournal.com profile] creascendo: When you see this, share 3 lines from each of 3 WIPs.

(In case you can't tell, I'm procrastinating, which I'm beginning to think is the arena in which I truly shine.)

1. Severus waits, unwilling to break the spell, as Harry's ephemeral presence circles him, rippling over, inside his skin, a ghost passing through as if he were a wall. It's Harry, he would swear to it before the Wizengamot, before the whole world, and when he closes his eyes the conviction grows so intense that he's not shocked when nonexistent lips touch his. Don't speak, they say, and the word "Harry" hangs suspended in the silence between them, glowing like a star.

2. Since she had no intention of delivering her next words to Rolanda whilst out of breath, Minerva said without breaking stride, "So. Now we're here, will you have me?"

She turned a keen glance at precisely the moment her companion dipped forward in shock and nearly forked herself broomstick-first into the bracken. Old hand that she was, Rolanda pulled up with reflexes so deft it was clear she'd barely registered her near-tumble, a simple twitch in the greater playbook of Quidditch moves.

3. Harry can tell when Snape bends forward, knows if he were to open his eyes, Snape's face would be right there, staring down at him with the devouring, contemptuous hunger that Harry can't seem to do without. He has a sudden image of himself suspended like a pendulum, blackness flapping, fading, Snape blurring in and out of view through banks of cloud, and he wishes he could have seen that. Could have seen how Snape fought the wind, how his magic kept them aloft, what the two of them looked like, bound together.

Observation: my sentences average out at rather too long, and I am a tad dramatic.
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( Apr. 30th, 2014 03:58 pm)
…there's an Anon Fanfic Feedback Meme on Dreamwidth if anyone's interested. So far I don't recognize any of the authors who have posted there, but hey, it's just getting started.

Meme is here

My life is currently a bit out of control, and I haven't answered comments from the last post I made, so I'm closing comments here because, argh, the guilt.
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( Apr. 30th, 2014 03:58 pm)
…there's an Anon Fanfic Feedback Meme on Dreamwidth if anyone's interested. So far I don't recognize any of the authors who have posted there, but hey, it's just getting started.

Meme is here

My life is currently a bit out of control, and I haven't answered comments from the last post I made, so I'm closing comments here because, argh, the guilt.
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For the first time in three weeks, I'm having a day on which I'm awake and functional in a more or less normal fashion - and not working (don't let me jinx that) - so here, let me join the meme brigade. It feels a bit fraudulent, considering I haven't finished or posted any new fic in two years, but I can't help it. I love discussions that swirl around the whole subject of craft. I just wish there were some way to have a roundtable of fandom writers sitting around and talking about it, but this will have to do.


1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
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So I think it's time I abandoned the pretense of meeting the posting challenge and just … continue to post as often as I can without fanfare.

I'm currently avoiding working on a fic and living down to my [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu sworn vow of ten minutes a day by assembling a half-assed version of a meme I'm sure has circulated in one form or another in the not-too-distant past. For a variety of reasons, a retrospective view of beloved and personally important books has been much on my mind lately, so in a fit of procrastination I decided to put together a list of 50 books and authors that have shaped who I am, how I think, what I treasure in reading, what I aspire to in writing - in short, encounters that have left an imprint. (I threw in a special mention at the end whose work is entangled in the various infatuations of my reading and writing life, just because.)

I'd love to see comparable lists of whatever length if anyone enjoys doing this sort of thing. I'm not talking here about reading achievements, but of literary documents (apply definition of your choice) that sent you careening off in intellectual pursuit or struck you with a sense of discovery or seemed exactly what you needed to hear at that point in your evolution. It doesn't have to be a long list. You can pick a few titles and describe them; describe the effect they had on you and what exactly was so damn wonderful about them. (Although I grant this can be an elusive project. At one point I was head over heels in love with Kafka. His books were a strange, meaningful, parallel world for me, but I couldn't for the life of me explain to you what effect they've had on the person I am now.) The things we identify with, however obscure or eccentric, are often fascinating.

Without more ado, the list )

The last book I finished, Andrew Sean Greer's "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells," will not make it onto any future list, alas. It's beautifully written but extremely disappointing, a failure of imagination that leaves me simmering with discontent and tempted to write a long, discursive, haranguing letter to the author. Ah, well. The next book on the stack is "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker, and if I'm lucky it will cleanse my palate.
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Hmph. I'm having a devilish time getting back to a posting schedule. And I still need to answer comments and post more [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom recs. So here I am, taking the easy way out and jumping on one of the latest circulating memes as a communications shortcut.

Most of this is innocuous, but there's a bit of unpleasantness under the cut for those who would rather avoid such things.

1. I am 56 years old, 5'3", and not impressive in person.

A grab bag of the whimsical, the self-absorbed, and the consequences of city living )

These ten things give an entirely wrong impression of the type of person I am. The ones that actually mean something, that reflect who I've been for most of my life, are two and five. Especially five. Very few of the things on this list tell you what's important about me. Or to me. They're the Cliff Notes/TV special edition of my life. For various reasons, mostly having to do with not burdening or freaking out the people closest to me, I've never told anyone about seven, and very few about ten, because most of my friends would have wanted to see the photos, and as for my family - ahahaha. No.

But now I've told you. I do hope this doesn't change anyone's mind about me. :)
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This looks like fun! Don't be shy - come and offer recs for your most fannishly popular and your personal favorites amongst your fic and art. [livejournal.com profile] capitu says it's not restricted to HP, so you can drop an assortment of links if you've got different works scattered across fandoms.



banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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( Jul. 3rd, 2011 09:05 pm)
[personal profile] delphi posted five questions given her by a friend, addressing the process of writing and how it -- and how she -- relates to her own work. She in turn gave me five different questions. This is probably only of interest to other writers, because, well, it's not a story and it's not fandom-related meta, so it is, as Delphi points out, a way of talking about writing rather than doing it.

Navel-gazing under the cut )

If any writer -- or reader, for that matter -- wants five questions along similar lines, I'll do my best to steal them from others come up with a few.
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I keep meaning to post, but not about this. However, on a work night after the evening shift, pitting my memory against a meme is apparently more appealing than actual creative effort.

Seen all over: Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books, comics) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Don't take too long to think about it.

Some obvious, some not )

A few observations: at first I thought I couldn't do this. Instead of fictional characters, I kept mentally reaching for real people. It was unsettling, because I always talk about being a character-driven reader and writer, blah blah and so on, yet it took a genuine internal effort to focus on the invented characters. And I had to keep myself honest. I wanted to claim Dorothea from Middlemarch, but something has always held me back from fully identifying with her, so I felt it would be cheating.

Also, there are cases where it's not one character but the emotional bond between two that matters. The effect dissipates if I isolate them from each other, which is why I chose pairings in some instances (the exception being Philippa and Marthe, who don't interact all that much even if their destinies revolve around Francis Crawford. I should add Christian Stewart to the Lymond list, come to think of it.)

Lastly, I struck "influence" because I'm not sure many of them did - influence me, I mean. Some I love, some fascinate me, all are memorable, but when I think of influences I turn instead to their creators, and to people whose works aren't represented here.

Hmm, yeah, that's enough nattering and pontificating for a 15-minute meme.
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( May. 24th, 2010 04:49 pm)
Yes, this is squirmingly narcissistic. I don't usually do memes that point to my writing because I don't feel that my flist should have to serenade my dreadfully unprolific muse. ;)

However. *cough* That aside, I'm fascinated by the whole id-outlet aspect of fan works. How do you tell what's perfectly conscious and artfully constructed on the writer's part, and what accidentally lets slip the secret life of the id? And how do you separate that from the story itself? Ever since [livejournal.com profile] schemingreader posted a link this morning, I've been pondering how we even talk about this stuff. The language is halting and unsure, at least to my mind. I do notice an inclination in myself to be flippant about it. I'm all for being teasing and affectionate, but it might also have something to do with the embarrassment of naming names.

Anyway, I posted to the LJ version of the meme. I'll understand if no one knows what the heck to say. I'm having that trouble myself.

Id Meme
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Seen all over. This outburst of poetry makes me insanely happy. I spent half the evening tearing books from shelves and reading from random pages.

Teiresias

by Richard Jackson

I can tell you the stars have begun to rot, )
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Yes, I know, this is lame. One stale meme and links to old recs. But considering I haven't visited my own journal for weeks, it's better than nothing, right?

I did the movie meme in an idle moment, even though fandom at large used it up and tossed it away two months ago. I am forever belated, and my brain drags its good intentions around for ridiculous lengths of time before finally letting go.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

…three, two, one. Go! )

Well, that was less than cathartic. ;) And yes, I realize that I could probably come up with an entirely different list on an entirely different day in an entirely different mood. But once is enough.

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I keep postponing links to the recs I made during my respective driving/flying months at [community profile] crack_van and [profile] crack_broom. Since I like to have a convenient record and tally of favorite fics and my thoughts on them, I'm going to use this as a bookmark post. These are several months old, but if there's anything here you've never read before, I urge you to give it a chance. And if the spirit moves you, leave the writers some love in the form of feedback.

Crack Van HP recs. Snape-centric but not particularly Snarryish.

Fallen Far from the Tree by [personal profile] joanwilder

We Should Have Loved More and Feared Less by [personal profile] maelipstick

The Soul Adores by [profile] maeglinyedi

Slow Convergence by Iteration by [personal profile] dracofiend

Mustard Seed by [personal profile] rinsbane (excerpt NSFW) (you need to have Rinsbane friend you to have access to her HP fics)

Match Point (Unforgiven) by [personal profile] snegurochka_lee

Jigsaw Pieces by [personal profile] florahart

All the Dreaded Cards Foretell by [personal profile] lilith_morgana

Silver and Green: A Quartet by [profile] alena_hu

Playing for Keeps by [personal profile] vissy

The Courtship of Benjamin Jink by [profile] atdelphi

Hard Bargain & A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by [personal profile] magnetic_pole

Also, two vid recs, one Snape-centric and one not:

High School Never Ends by Samus McAslan

Beautiful Struggle by [profile] nightchik

Well, that got long. Perhaps it would be wise to save the Crack_Broom recs for a follow-up post.
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So, while gnawing away at my Snarry Games fic and seeking to keep myself from climbing the walls, I latched onto the Myer-Briggs meme that [livejournal.com profile] schemingreader and [livejournal.com profile] cordelia_v posted earlier. I've never taken the test or even looked into the categories before - I tend to react skeptically to pigeonholing, to say the least. But:

"INTPs prize precision in communication and dislike redundancy or stating the obvious. They want to express the exact truth, but they may make it so complex that others have difficulty understanding."

*dies*

Okay, flist, I am so TOTALLY pwned.

Apparently I'm an INTP: Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Intuition. I managed to score 0 on Extraversion (which is somehow higher than 10% of my peers). Come now, I'm not that dependent upon my hard, crustacean shell.

Also, some of the choices were a coin-toss (kindness vs. competence? WTF?). I got annoyed at the over-use of "logical," which is a dubious word at best when applied to human interaction and thought processes.

However.

Totally. Pwned.
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( Jun. 21st, 2009 06:37 pm)
From the ever-intriguing [livejournal.com profile] cordelia_v:

"Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you."

This is what she gave me:

Hm. This didn't turn out very interesting, I'm afraid )

As usual, I am Not Brief.

So, anyone game? I'm diving back into my Snarry fic now, but I'll resurface periodically to see whether anyone wants me to throw them some words.
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