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I'm doing a panel at a con. I volunteered it. I came up with the concept.

Okay, what I did was say, "Oh, you're the Steampunk Track Coord? Awesome! You need people for next year? Y'know, it'd be truly awesome if there was a panel on not constantly doing Steampunk as 1870-1900, Western Europe and North America. I could do that."

Me and my big, fat, ambitious mouth. Plus, we grew up together, I'm honor bound to help her out.

Here's the link: DarkoverCon Steampunk Schedule

That's me at 16:00 (4:00 PM) on Friday. I have to figure out what to discuss for an hour that will cover this topic. I have no access to overhead projectors or any of that fancy stuff, nor the money to crank out example costumes. I have no idea how many people will be there or how big the room is, so handouts are right out. And it's been years since I took a Speech class. 

So, yes, it's official. I'm an idiot.

It'd be cool if I could throw in references to my own work, but part of my talk mentions "show, don't tell" and there wouldn't be time. My friend, Amber (the one I'm doing this for) did send me this, which helps a little. But I need other cultures. I need to figure out how to express that, hey, guys, the Ancient Greeks had the knowledge for steam power, what if they never lost it? What if these cultures or societies over here figured it out? What if we all lost the ability to run current tech tomorrow, what would life be like for us?

Y'know, that's not a bad idea. Give them a few hypothetical scenarios, and expound upon that. That could work. 

What if the Greeks and the Egyptians were still the dominant cultures of the Western world (implying that they also abolished slavery, which is apparently one reason steam power never took off)?

What if Japan, right after Perry came, were magically sealed off from the world?

What if the Tsars never fell, but digital technology did?

What if a small Caribbean island discovered steam and clock tech before the rest of the world?

So, yeah, I'm still nervous. Heinously nervous. But, maybe I actually have a plan now.


BIG NO

Oct. 9th, 2010 08:54 pm
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 The NaNo website is broken!
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 So, Chris and I have been talking. In order to get away with Project Reveille getting off the ground, we need approval from some people. We have a chance at that approval, but there's always the chance that we'll be turned down. Chris will continue to try, but he offered me up an alternative. We take Project Reveille and make Project Lunacy out of it.

For some strange reason, no matter how reasonably he presents it, I'm instinctively balking at the idea. I have to wonder if JD has been told and what he thinks of it. I want to like it, I want to try, I want to make it work. Except that I don't. I'm fighting it. The very idea of taking four years worth of work and chopping out what feel like huge sections (that Chris swears aren't that big) to make it fit another world makes my skin crawl. I cried when we talked about it and it seems stupid, but it hurt to think that all my work trying to find ways to explain such a deep and detail-rich world without treating my viewers like idiots or falling into tired old exposition styles was going to be wasted because none of the same history or mythos would apply (I'm sorry, dude, I love you, but you can't tell me that the Ur-Mage Society in "Reveille" is the same as in "Lunacy" or even that there was one).

It's so fucking childish of me, I know. I'm being stupid about it. But, personal pride has made me hardheaded and, right now, I can't bear to look at my notes for anything dealing with the project. Probably just as well. It seems I've lost some important notes. 

Why can't I just be a damn grownup about this?

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Title: Basiliphobia
Rating: G
Characters: Jane, Katya
Summary: Jane gets some horrible news...

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Title: Shock Jocks
Fandom: Kingdom RPG (Genderswap Bandom AU)
Rating: PG
Synopsis: The quietest member of Love Assault has a run-in with his deepest fearOh, shit, oh, shit, oh, shit... )


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A very odd piece to develop my Geist PC.

 

The moon has its many phases, each coming and going in turn )

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 Title: The Blue Book Affair--The Startling Death of Lara Antonovna Rubina
Fandoms: The Man from UNCLE/Sapphire and Steel
Canon Characters: None Yet
Summary: It all began at an ending...
Warnings: Alluded Gore, Religious Themes That Some May Find Uncomfortable
Disclaimers: I own neither Man from UNCLE or Sapphire and Steel. Certain themes are loosely based on the works of Margaret Starbird. None of this actually happened. Hopefully, none of it ever will.

 

Read more... )

 

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Author's Note: Right, so. It's been a long time since I've felt comfortable writing any kind of fanfiction, but the spark hit me. I'm naturally a little worried it won't work or that I'll portray a character wrong, but I'm going to give it a shot, because it's a good break from other works and, believe it or not, is helping me get a better handle on my original fiction. So, here's to the next part!

EDIT: It's been brought to my attention that I messed up on the nomenclature there. It's been fixed, I hope.

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Today's heavy, ranty stuff... )

Okay, I'm done with that.

Now, I've been thinking of trying to become a professional blogger. Except, I'm not sure what I'd blog about. I considered writing about being a female nerd/lolita/whatever else I identify as, brought up in the South and living as a modern liberal spiritual type, surrounded by mostly conservative religious types (tentative title: Southern Fried Loli). But, right now, I live so far from anything, I wouldn't have much to write about. It may just have to wait another year.
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Fandom: Kingdom
Characters: Vanessa, Jane
Summary: New Year's Eve, 2014. Two old warhorses toast the future.

It was easily the most beautifully absurd thing Vanessa had ever laid eyes on. )
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Fandom: Kingdom
Characters: Jane, "Heidi" (still in progress)
Summary: Partly written as an answer to Gryle's AU, and partly to prove I can do this, Jane's Last Stand, written to the tune of "Knights of Cydonia". Warning: Rough Language and Gore

Jane could see it. )
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Fandom: Kingdom
Characters: Jane, Jane's Grandkids
Summary: Jane, at 75, faces her fallen friends (AU-ish, possible ties to Mexico AU)

“It's )
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I decided it was time to change things up a little! I might also change my default icon for a little while, to relieve the monotony. Only I can't decide which icon to switch for. Something Marie Antoinette themed, one of my own creations, one of my friends creations?

There may be a winter show in my future, giving me an opportunity to add to my repertoire (and a reason to clean up the upstairs here to give me a practice space). More on that later, as well as stuff on my NaNovel.
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Note: This story is not one of my better ones. It was one I wrote to be sold but it was rejected for being unbelievable. I'm posting it anyway, because it's one of the few pieces I've finished.


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I know I shouldn't edit when I'm not even done. But, this concrit thing has been kicking me in the ass. So, I'm highlighting, color-coding, making notes and wondering if it's worth it.

Cut for the men who may be reading. Discussion of womanly issues within. )

So, for easy locating, and posterity, this is what I've heard so far.

"This has been well written, although I can understand why you're unsure about how it reads. You're introducing a lot of new concepts and characters very early on, which can be overwhelming for a reader. However I didn't find myself wanting to drift off at all: you've done well to feed the information in slowly. But I might be more patient than most readers, I don't know.
I like the way you've captured the scene of the children playing in the evening, it's very effective. But the game the Smalls play will be alien to a new reader and isn't informative to the story, so you might want to consider cutting it or using it somewhere else later on. It's a nice idea, but its a risky tactic.
The stories that the Smalls tell each other seems to be more integral to the plot, so you might want to explore more of them rather than using the ball game, although your descriptions of the fountain are very nice. Maybe the Smalls could simply throw the ball to each other while telling each other stories. That way, you could build up a greater tension in the prologue.

I hope this helps you out a little. I think you've got good descriptions skills and a nice idea here. If you want to write a longer piece though, don't get bogged down with editing at this stage, keep developing the story!!!
P.S. That includes worrying about the title "

"Yeah it was a lot of information to digest especially for a prologue. That being said it did keep me interested and your descriptions are effective. I was caught off gaurd at one poin at first I thought they were playing baseball then you mentioned football and it wasn't till the end I realized this was fantasy. All that being said I'm sure you know better than anyone where you are headed so my advice is to keep at it until the story is complete then hammer out any issues."

"So. Two targeted suggestions:

a) The boy's disappearance in the prologue. I know it was meant to be very sudden and shocking, but I think it was almost too sudden, writing-wise. I think even a sentence more of lead up (the younger girl pointing to the fountain, something like that) might do well to set up the disappearance.

b) Chapter 1 feels like it has a great many goals all at once. I feel like I'd need to read it super-slowly or more than once to grasp what was going on. You might try changing the descriptions to be less leading - just hair color and texture, etc, without suggesting that it's a sign of wasting. Then you can catch up with it later in another chapter. Also, I would again suggest more lead up, this time to the bathing ceremony. I only got that it was supposed to be important right before she was stepping into the bath.

I only made it to the ceremony, so that's where my advice ends.

I'm excited to see more!"

Maybe after my hormone levels are back at "sane human being", I can try to work on it again.

Bah, effing Humbug
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I'm backing up City Under Glass here. Also, I'm venting, because the people I'm venting about don't know about this account.

To Family Friend who writes and is trying to help,

I know, I took it hard. I know you only wanted to help me. But, the advice hurt. "Everybody's first novel sucks?" "Write something else and, if it gets published, try to publish your first one?" Yeah, that hurt. Even if it's true. I know you were probably trying to save me a lot of heartache, but the ache's just as bad, if not worse, knowing that I will probably never see this story published.

*/vent*

The wind's been knocked out of my sails about this novel. Maybe I'll pick it up later, but right now, it seems so damn futile. Sure, I have other things I can write, but will it matter? It'll all suck for the first million words. Why should I even bother? That million words is the first three novels, and that's half the series I had in my head. It doesn't deserve to suck, none of my ideas do, so what's the damn point?

I can't write for the moment. Give me a week. Maybe more, maybe less. It just hurts too much to go back and look at those 31 pages and realize how stupid it must all sound. It was all so brilliant back in December. It was beautiful and golden and witty. Now? I don't think I know anymore.

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