jona: (GKS - bigin)
So, every once in a while, I annoy people -- usually on Twitter -- mightily by going THAT IS NOT A DRABBLE at them.

You may possibly have noticed: it drives me completely BANANAS that nobody in this fandom is using 'drabble' in its original sense, which is ONE HUNDRED WORDS, the end, period. People write 'lol a drabble' and it's like 2000 words long. THAT IS LIKE A SHORT STORY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CALL IT A DRABBLE YOU CAN STATE THE WORDCOUNT OK.

So, this is me on Twitter, at four- or five-months-intervals. I'm sure I annoy the drabblefailers a lot. (YOU ARE. YOU ARE DRABBLEFAILERS.) They probably go grrrr and set bear traps and hide all the bamboo. Because of course language evolves. And people can choose how they use words themselves and what those words mean to them and blah blah blah.


So, I post a story, Akame fluff, 15k, Adult.

You think, 'oh, might be fun', and you start to read, because now and then you like what I write, and it starts out with Jin and Kame having a slightly complicated friendship because of the baby and Meisa and their shared past, and towards the middle of the story they start having sexytimes affair, and then Meisa finds out, and Jin breaks it off with Kame and Kame sinks into the pits of depression and Jin writes Kame a text saying they should meet and they meet at Jin's home and Jin tells Kame that he likes him but never truly loved him because the baby is more important than anything else, and he has to be realistic about the same-sex thing, and now will work on repairing his marriage with Meisa, and we pan out on Kame alone in his apartment with a shot of vodka staring at the Sendai pictures where he's holding Jin's hand and thinking maybe he should be realistic too, maybe he should find himself a beard to marry too. The end.

And you go, 'wAAaaAAAH HOW IS THIS FLUFF?!?!'

And then I go, 'oh, but I use 'fluff' as 'nobody dies' XDD'

There is a point where 'evolving language' turns into 'this term is now completely useless'. And I would not be a pest about this at regular intervals if it were JUST YOU but omg it's like a spreading disease.


Also, it still makes me T_____T when people don't know how to punctuate dialog. Like, really T______T and ;______; and @@ and =8-(( In particular because, unlike words, of which there exist really an awful lot, especially if English is not your native language, this is something you really only have to learn once. ONCE! Just look at ONE REAL BOOK! And then your story would be like 25% more readable, all in one go!

jona: Akame looking cute and telling me to cheer up, emo pornographer (JE - cheer up pornographer (cute))
Contains discussion of writing, porn, and noncon. And spoilers for Same Deep Water if you *really* care. )

* Porn, for the purpose of this post, defined as: porny slashfic, whether it's PWP or long-ass stories with porny bits.
** Except that's the wrong way around way too often. ;____;


This is unconnected to the porn ponderings. It may seem totally connected, because it touches on sex scenes but it's not! (EDIT: No, honestly. This part is not connected to power play porn. I am not looking for 'first times with evil Kame'. Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Basically: does anyone have recommendations for Akame first time stories? First times as in, the classic kind where there is a sex scene, and the 'how' of the sex is actually still about the plot and how the pairing got together?

I've recently been trying to think what stories I know that are actually 'classic first times' as I know them from other fandoms, and I couldn't think of an awful lot. To me, a classic first time is where the 'plot' is the actual getting together (there may be other stuff going on but the emphasis is on the relationship -- but there is a relationship plot and relationship development, not in medias res sex!), there is no fade-to-black, and the sex scene is not there for porny porniness but for 'continuing' the plot & characterisation. And rightly or not, but I strongly associate this with 'old school slash fandoms', and I couldn't think of all that many Akame stories that do this.

(And recently I've been craving it a bit, so I'm asking for recs and pointers. Feel free to self-rec, too, if you've written one like that!)
jona: (JE - Jin saluting)
1. We finished writing #RedK. It clocked in at 85,500 and made us *facepalm* at ourselves. It was still interesting, though. That's the first time that we've written something that's real novel-length. At the start, it seemed to go really fast, and after the first six chapters I thought, wow, we'll finish a 60k story in three or four months. But then August was a loss because of holiday, September was almost a loss because of work, and October was half a loss because of Chibicon, and this baby turned out heavy in the butt, and here we are and we spent most of a year writing the same story again. I was quite shocked when I went to [ profile] haikusociety to post Solo's unicorn and realised how long it's been that we posted a full-size story.

It was also the first time we edited such a long story in one go, and let me tell you, OOF. Solo is a bit more resilient than I am in this regard and she did the heavy lifting in a lot of places, but there comes a time when you dream about tracked changes.

I'm looking forward to posting it now, and I'm also looking forward to getting back to other business, which is, in that order, charity fic we owe [ profile] naricina and [ profile] edogawa, the Deep Water ficlets we promised, and then a bunch of other stuff, like maybe getting that Akamepi finished where poor Kame has had a boner now for well over a year.

2. Speaking of which, if you were curious why I kept calling that story the unicorn, which also was the prompt for how [ profile] 1002unicorns was called, it comes from a dark, sad time in my past when I did not appreciate the beauty and sparkledom of unicorns. I actually made fun of them. (I was young, Peri! I didn't know any better! *cries*) So when I had started to write that story for Solo's 2010 birthday, and then it stalled, and I admitted to Solo some time after her 2010 birthday that there was an unfinished 500 words for her somewhere on my hard disc, I explained it like, 'You... may be offended that I thought this is what you'd like. It's a bit like showing up with a fugly music box with a unicorn on top and going I saw this and I thought of you. Here, this is your unicorn.'

3. I watched the Chain DVD... a while ago, with Jolli and Heli and Solo and Nari, and it was really interesting to watch it back after I've been there and saw the same show live. The main thing I realised was that I'm really weird about the Jin thing and the 6nin-sung-with-5nin songs. They work really well for me by now, but I think that's only because there is a sort of... dual thing going on. It works really well for me the way the rest of the band stepped up and didn't leave Kame hanging all the time, the way is obvious in some of the more painful performances from Jin's 2006 hiatus. Two of the guys working together to bring Jin's parts really gives me happy band feelings, and I'm just happy that they worked so hard and rallied. BUT. I think this only works for me against the backdrop of also having seen the two non-filmed shows in Tokyo Dome where they fucked up the Jin parts pretty much ALL THE TIME. Somehow, those two things together make it work for me. I wouldn't like it if Jin was perfectly replaceable; I wouldn't like it if the 6nin songs all sucked now, mostly because I would hurt for Kame. This mix really makes it easier, weirdly enough.

4. I'm going to be in London from 16-18 December and I get to meet Mec! That was the latest development in my work travelling; I guess I should make a where-I'll-be-when post after all, when I thought I didn't need it anymore!

5. My haircut is two weeks old and already getting too long. ;__________;

6. I'm watching MONSTERS. It is not a good show, but Shingo is growing on me.

7. My Primark shoes died and today I bought a far more expensive Rieker replacement that I hope will see me through the winter and keep my feet dry, thank you.

Oh, whatevs, have a pic of the shoes! )

0. I'm pretty sure when I started out writing this post, I had some other stuff I wanted to mention, and now it's gone. Oh well!
jona: a sleeping panda (panda - sleeping)
This is a post about a plot problem. (PPP!) Or a fic discussion post. Or something.

The subject: Akame idfic that refuses to be as idficcy as it was supposed to be, and IDK where I'd find the time to write it all down, but nevertheless the fact that I have Plot Problems even in my head is very frustrating. I haven't done this before, because usually I'm all anti-spoiler on anything that might get written eventually, but since -- time issues aside -- this won't get written at all if I don't solve the plot problem, I'm throwing it out there to see if anyone has an idea, and also it might be fun. :-)

(If you click on the cut: SRSLY, IDFIC. I'm not claiming this is going to be a subtle work of art!)

Cut to spare the innocent. )


Oct. 12th, 2012 11:15 am
jona: a failing panda (panda - fail)
What I want/have to do over the weekend:

-- kidnap mother's laptop, finalize music set-up for Chibicon
-- write Help with Horselords post
-- decide on Yuletide nominations and draft Yuletide letter
-- clean the house
-- deal with Chibicon decorations, part 1
-- spend Saturday with la paloma grasa and go look at a park
-- catch up on several ~communications
-- write with [ profile] solo____

What I have accomplished so far:

jona: (geänderte verkehrsführung)
You, in an apparent state of porn deprivation, start plotting out happy bad wrong idfic full of hot (censored) and evil wrong (CENSORED) and are really pleased how your id is insistent on getting all the fun stuff that never fit anywhere else in there.

And then three days later you have thoughts like 'but what is the plot?' and 'oh, that other thing would be more romantic' and 'but how do they get to a happy end from there? ;__;' and suddenly your evil wrong (CENSORED) does not fit in with the happy ending or the plot and you realise you will never get your evil wrong (CENSORED) idfic unless you dress it up in four hundred thousand words, and, just, no.

*sigh* It's really a pattern of some sort. Porn --> plot --> romance --> porn doesn't work with the romance --> argh stupid brain.


An admin note: I've been bullied into getting myself a Tumblr, though my oppressor is still mocking me for not knowing how it works. I'm, unsurprisingly, [ profile] jo-lasalle, and may or may not find some of you whom I know to be reblogging pretty pictures. HOWEVER. I don't plan on being social on tumblr, I'm just there for the pics and a very narrow interest. So if I follow or unfollow you, it's All About The Pics and not about whether I like you, okay? (Srsly, if [ profile] solo____ reblogged nothing but adorable baby kittens I would unfollow her, and I would expect her not sulk about it. (But she's doing well with the Pi and more appropriate animal types, so for now she can stay on.))
jona: Akame looking cute and telling me to cheer up, emo pornographer (JE - cheer up pornographer (cute))
[personal profile] haikuesque got itself a kink bingo card, and because we don't have enough writing plans yet, we got ourselves a hurt/comfort bingo card too. For the curious, here they are at [ profile] solo____'s LJ.

I want to write a post, but life is either complicated (girls!) or boring (work...). I guess I could post about my day of researching funeral homes. But that is about, well, funeral homes. So only interesting in the 'god, dying is expensive' kind of way.

(Nobody is dead yet. This is just a planning matter.)
jona: (GKS - bigin)
A question to the writerly types among you: what's your take on retroactive changes to stories you've already posted? Have you ever done that? Wanted to do it?

This is, yes, prompted by a discussion between me and [personal profile] solo, but then I got curious in general. I assume fixing typos is not grounds for any inner writerly conflict. Is deleting or exchanging the odd adjective? What about whole sentences that start to bug you after the fact? What about the three paragraphs in the intro that really don't fit with the rest of the story? That plot twist in chapter 5 that was kinda stupid? And does how old a story is make a difference?

I'm curious about other people's experiences and anecdata. Anyone?
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
I don't often announce fic here because I assume the people who are interested know our regular avenues of posting for our regular kind of stuff, but I still wanted to squee a little about the ART we have for it here -- I bid on [ profile] deshisoraba in a fannish auction and it was the first time I bid & won in one of those in general. And I'm so glad I did, because she is just lovely and I'm so glad we met. And apart from discovering all her other gorgeous art, we had this awesome banner made for us and I wanted to show it off because we loved it so much we ended up writing fic for it.

Aren't they yummy?

The other thing that I found interesting was that this was the first time we wrote, well, a first time after Jin went and got hitched. One of my original fears when I was worrying about the potential of Jin getting married (ha!) was whether that would mean I couldn't enjoy stories set earlier anymore, or write them, or always feel some looming doom in the shape of a break-up even in the happy ending stories.

Well, turns out we just wrote a first time story set in 2007, and the marriage, as far as I could tell, was no problem at all. I consider that... a good sign. :DD

IN OTHER NEWS, I think I am finally HALF caught up. I should really get in the habit of bookmarking. ;___; LJ and DW are so slow these days that I usually get by with scroll-back but I know there were some posts I meant to read again in peace & quiet, and now I have to dig for them. And IDK how this long, long weekend is already almost over...

Also, I bought shoes.

I couldn't help it. I was just shopping for a few last groceries before the long weekend and then this shoe sale assaulted me, held me down, put frilly pink pumps on my feet and was all you know you want it, bitch, and, um, I did.

IDK when I started being able to fit frilly pink pumps into my self-image, but I couldn't resist them, they're real leather and feel like well-worn sneakers and were half-priced and will go great with my blue dress. :D

Proof. )
jona: (ikea man)
So this morning, we try to put up our latest story on our website. Yesterday, we posted it to LJ because our website provider is doing upgradey stuff and we didn't want our story to get caught in that. This morning, some people were impatient for getting it properly up on the website and we'd already taken it down on LJ and changed all the links from the banner and... then the banners are gone. Next the story is gone. Our webhost is doing upgrades.

Solo makes a tweet:
Seems like our webhost is making its 'upgrades' 12 hours later than they claimed. #grrrr #haikuesquedown

Story continues in chat, because Jo is delicate like that:

Jo: dude, this is not 12 hours later
Jo: this is exactly what I told you about yesterday
Solo: No, I realized later it's *six* hours later, but still, they should be done by now.
Jo: no!
Jo: 'early hours in the morning in MST timezone': 9 to 12ish in Europe
Solo: no, really not. early morning hours - 1-4am
Jo: yes. plus 7?
Jo: 8-12
Solo: huh, okay. true. IDK why I thought somehow it came out as 7 at the latest.
Jo: ...
Jo: I TOLD YOU yesterday. Like, I did the math FOR you.
Solo: I did not understand those figures. my fingers were on the keyboard, I did not use them for counting.
Jo: this should be an LJ entry just so people know what I have to put up with
Jo: Can we acknowledge that I was right and predicted exactly this would happen and you did not listen and I am right and beautiful?
Solo: yes, and yes, and yes. :D

jona: (geänderte verkehrsführung)
What I have accomplished:
-- bought a suitcase, picked it up
-- half-packed. rest must wait for pants to dry.
-- did all my laundry. now the laundry needs to do its bit, see above.
-- found my remaining yen-in-cash
-- put passport in REALLY PROMINENT SPOT on the sofa
-- liberated backpack from the sludge of disintegrating shopping receipts, mints, old pens, band aids and the odd free-floating ibuprofen
-- charged netbook
-- wiped the stairs and cleaned the front door

What I just have, no accomplishment:
-- allergies
-- a cold sore (fucking allergies...)
-- allergy pills I hope will kick in any minute

What I must not forget tomorrow morning:
-- remaining pants
-- eReader
-- phone, phone charger
-- my passport in the REALLY PROMINENT SPOT

My shiny new suitcase!

When my old large trolley broke in London, I knew I had to get a new one, but I wavered for AGES between a) a really posh one, Investment For Life, b) another shoddy but cheap one, and c) something in the middle that might make me unhappy about the money spent one way OR the other.

When it turned out that several relatives had a different idea of what constituted a 'large' suitcase and couldn't actually help me out, I really had to get something QUICK. So I ordered this while I was still in Berlin, and after whining a lot at Solo, I went with the c) option, and I'm actually quite pleased with it. It's a four-wheel Samsonite that didn't burst my budget; heavier than the Investment Suitcases would have been but, well, and I'm kind of fond of the green.

I've been so up and down and all around that I haven't really had the time to appreciate that we posted the very last chapter of our whorefic yesterday. It felt weird for a moment, and then I was busy busy busy. Maybe it'll sink in on the plane.

But speaking of fic and planes. Can someone do me a favour and tell me which stories in k_x I might enjoy reading on the plane, and by 'enjoy' I mean 'not cry, feel depressed, or like I just saw puppies killed'? I am really, really not up for excessive angst, and also not for unhappy endings of other kinds. So, recommendations? You'd be committing a public service and I'd have stuff to read on the plane!

I'm leaving tomorrow morning, back on the 24th. And, it's weird, I'm soooo looking forward to the food and the karaoke and the meetings we've got lined up and the food and all that stuff that it also hasn't really sunk in that I'm going to my very first KAT-TUN concert in a week! Huh. :-)

PS: If anyone needs to urgently reach me... e-mail Solo? She's the one who'll have the data sim card, if we can get it activated.
jona: (bunnies incognito)
Life, what life?
I kind of want to post an update on Things Wot Have Happened only They Were Mostly Boring and IDEK. Largely recovered from Meisa freak-out; discovered my emergency sleeping pills were making my heart race; got prescription-grade sleeping pills instead; developing a mouse arm no no no this will be so inconvenient; exercise bike is broken; suspected boss of sulking at me but was proven wrong; went on blind dates; got nice free shopping out of MAMAAA's broken arm; still not King.

On TV:
The Good Wife, episode 3.15: was it just me or was this episode... surprisingly boring, and actually kinda... bad? >.< These are not words I usually associate with TGW, but it just utterly failed to grab me.

I may have to stop watching Grey's Anatomy again. I've had an on-again, off-again low-stakes relationship with this show, where I get sucked in by some of their better dramatic arcs, and eventually get ticked off by some of the dumber dramatic arcs and a set of ethics where the person who ~feels the most~ tends to be in the right, no matter how illogical or unprofessional they are. But the last two seasons, I was practically enchanted -- I thought the shooting and the aftermath was incredibly intense and followed up well, and they've done the best 'Lesbians Want A Baby' storyline I've seen anywhere. (Seriously, I was so URGH when that started, and then it turned out AMAZING, complete with Mark's involvement. I loved it.)

This season, though, we have: Spoilers )

I've also watched all the episodes of Once Upon A Time that are currently out. When this show started, some of the reviews and promo materials totally put me off, and then it wasn't even a blip on my radar. But I was looking for stuff to watch while I was on the exercise bike, and gave this a shot, and... it's not Great TV, but some of the stuff it does, it does very well. I love the way they've remixed some of the fairytales -- for a show that's built on very well-known stories, it's managed to surprise me quite a number of times! I don't love so much the bad fanfic plot turns that hinge on people not telling each other things, or spoilers for episode 13 ) or telling each other useful things like 'if you really love me, meet me by the candystore at 12.03 on Sunday WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOUR BUS WAS LATE'.

But these whinges aside, I'm really finding it quite entertaining. I hope the bad fanfic plot turns won't frustrate me too much as they draw out the Queen's plotting and evil overlording.

On fannish things:
For the... third year in a row, maybe, I'm eyeing the Remix challenge with some... interest. I really love the idea of it, and that particular challenge, but somehow the reasons I never signed up before still haven't gone away. *SULK*

Basically, the dilemma is this. The qualifying rules work against me signing up as ME, because the only fandom I qualify in on my own is BSG. And since you have to offer to write in at least one of your qualifying fandoms, that does not make this a very appealing thought. I'm just over writing BSG.

The 'no pairing guarantees' rule, sensible as it is, works against me bullying Solo into signing [personal profile] haikuesque up. We'd qualify in JE easily as [personal profile] haikuesque, but if we get matched up with a writer of PIN and KOKAME my endless guilt will be... endless. (Not that I'd be keen to write Pin and Kokame as me, either, but I'm a little more ready to gamble than Solo.)

SO THIS IS HARD. I guess I could always try to write a few drabbles before sign-up starts, but really, where'd be the fun in anyone remixing a drabble that I wrote randomly just to qualify?

On Japan:
WE HAVE TICKETS TO ALL THREE TOKYO DOME SHOWS. Thanks to the amazing adorable [ profile] rindiggfelt! YAY!


Feb. 19th, 2012 10:53 am
jona: (bunnies incognito)
A conversation

Solo: Let me summarize this. We grudgingly decided to have warnings for rape and incest, and host them in a SEPARATE COMM to try and keep them as unspoilery as possible, but for Akame angst we're going to use spoilery whitespace warnings in the post now?
Jo: Basically, yes.
Solo: Okay.

ETA: OK, done.

Our Story (Wedding Bell Mix feat. Meisa Kuroki), [ profile] haikusociety post for all notes and warnings. What it says on the tin, plus some crazy seasoning. Thank god we got rid of shame a while ago.


Hello. When did it get so sunny outside my cave...
jona: (geänderte verkehrsführung)
My Days Of Adventurous Indecision:

-- I have signed up for a Japanese cooking class at a local evening school for next Sunday. I was also tempted to sign up for *cough* 'Singles Cooking & Brunch' the Sunday after -- mostly this is in the name of socialising more and occasionally talking to people not Solo. However, the 'teacher'/chef is, among other things, a 'Diet assistant', and especially as this doesn't cost nothing, I am a bit leery of the combination of 'singles' cooking' and 'diet assistant' and how that might boil down to 'let's all talk how we'd be happily married off if we were LESS FAT!' Though perhaps this is an unfair suspicion. But anyway, IDK. Decisions, decisions...

-- Do I stab or strangle [personal profile] solo for ripping up the structure of an ALMOST FINISHED EPIC? Please vote here!

-- Do I sign up for the university's Japanese class again? I skipped it last semester because I knew I had to travel so much; I'll travel less this year, but still a bit, and also it's on Monday evening running VERY late, and IDK, IDK. The evening school has the same courses, only for twice the money (no uni employee discount), but better times. IDK, IDK.

-- Do I want the OTW tote bag enough to throw them $100? I am for the first time feeling like I'm doing well enough I should be donating to shit, so I've set aside some money for that in January -- not huge sums, mind. And the $25 donation 'feels' like the right amount. Only that tote bag is really cool. IDK, IDK.


This last one screws up my list a little bit because decisions were made this morning, and tickets and hotels have been booked, and I'm going to TOKYO from 14-24 April YAY!

*goes off to bully people who write posts about going to TOKYO and label them 'Gah.'*


*comes back*

blah blah blah )

We're going to generally try and keep things stressfree, and not deal with spreadsheets of who's when were. But we are totally up for ~adventures~ and meeting people, just let us know!


In very different news, we've also started posting fic for our kink bingo square. I know it's practically impossible for authors to talk in public about their comments without sounding whiny or passive aggressive, so I probably shouldn't EVEN IF I'M NOT, but, srsly, this was like the weirdest posting experience ever. We actually went to check if the post was broken because, while we've had more than one story that got comments in the single digits, those were all on... gen stuff or 'unusual' stuff (the Akamepi, most notably), not straight-up porn. Porn is our thing. I actually started cracking up about this. The fannish tides are a weird, weird thing.


Perhaps a strange link from me, seeing as I don't watch Sherlock (any of them... I get confused there are SO MANY), but I came across a link to A Scandal in Fandom: Steven Moffat, Irene Adler, and the Fannish Gaze, and while the fandom specific details are entirely irrelevant to me (do not care about any of the people named in the title, or in Sherlock, or... you catch my drift) I found the analysis of the fannish gaze rather cool and well-presented. Worth reading even if you don't care about the specific fandom. (Though it does contain spoilers. Which I also didn't care about. That tells you something.)
jona: (je - akame feeding)
I am back from my traditional New Year's holiday at Chez [personal profile] solo, where there was much boozing, some laziness, some whore epilogue writing, much being snubbed by the cat *sob*, fangirl visitors ([personal profile] mec and [personal profile] threewalls), YAMAPI IN A CAR CALLED AKKUN, Scottish breakfasts at garden centers, and rain. LOTS of rain. RAIIIN.

But have made it home, and have the weekend to resign myself to going back to the office in Monday.

As many of those Present And Snubbed By The Cat were involved in some sort of fic bingo writing, we were at some point joking and wondering about an Akame fic bingo, and, well, the idea had some appeal to me and sort of sunk claws into my brain.

I haven't given much thought to how exactly this would go, in part because I am currently brain-free, but I wanted to throw this out there to gauge general interest. The best-known example in fandom is probably [community profile] kink_bingo, just for cards and rules and concept, though obviously that has a a different thrust than an Akame-centric challenge.

So, basically, I'm asking: If there was a bingo-like challenge about Akame themes -- you get a bingo card with randomized prompts and try to fill those in by writing fic of a to-be-specified length over a to-be-specified-time-period -- would you be interested in participating?

The sort of prompts those cards would include would probably involve a communal brainstorming exercise and some more coherent thoughts on feasibility. I could see both specific things like 'Okinawa' or 'conbini sightings' or 'Yukan Club' and more generic things like 'hair' or 'rumours' or 'dating'. There'd also have to be some thoughts on how to deal with getting too specific -- if seven people have cards with 'pinky rings', it might not be the most interesting thing to have seven pinky ring stories, is my thinking, etc.

But that's sort of... detail. Mostly I'm curious if there'd be enough interest to maybe put some thought & work into how something like this might... work.

Any thoughts / discussion / votes?

Oh, votes: on DW I can haz poll!

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7

If there were an Akame_Bingo...

View Answers

I would be tentatively interested in playing
7 (100.0%)

ETA: Feel free to link this to potentially interested parties. I move in a small circle. *g*
jona: (JE - akame#1)
Hello, hello!

I am back from Japan, and while my level of radiation poisoning has not yet been determined, my level of OMGITWASAWESOME is pretty...high.

It's slightly being interfered with by my level of arghdunwannadostuffIneedtodo, but since Monday is a public holiday here, I don't even feel too stressed about it. I'm currently trying to get all my photos on the same HD so I can sort through them both for developing and for holiday picture posts -- I was doing some on the go in the early days but that got totally swept away in holiday relaxation.

The nice thing is, I don't seem to have jetlag. I had two nights in a row I slept between ten and eleven hours, which must be making up for my two transit days, but they were all at decent, timezone appropriate hours. *fingers crossed*

I still need to watch the season opening of The Good Wife. I DL'd it first thing on Friday, but I was too zonky to retain any details. Then, I need to decide where to put my Kame poster -- I never really wanted posters again after I left my Star Trek Museum room behind in 1997, but the DB poster was too pretty not to get, and also I have a Pi poster that was to cheap not to get, and argh. IT IS HARD.

Randomly, because it amused me:
Sunday planning in #hashtags, by Teh Solo and some other person )

I'm also trying to ignore the fact that if all goes well, I'll have to be on a train to Paris on Wednesday for Srs Bsns, and will have like one day to reactivate French language semi-skillz last used in 2000. #izold
jona: (JE - Junno No)
This is, obviously, a very profound post.

So the last few weeks, when I wasn't working or doing other shit that I'm sure I was doing only I don't quite remember, I've been trying out gyms in the neighborhood. Not necessarily because I want to fit in a bikini, but because a funny thing happened when I was last travelling for work, on that short trip to London/Manchester in July: I went to the gym three times, not even long, just 20-30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, and I was pain-free for the first time in six months.

That happy state of affairs continued for about ten days after I was back, until my back reminded me that maybe a one-off didn't fix it.

Cut for gym blah blah. )

In other news, while I am Home Alone On A Saturday Night Booo Hooo, we are finally writing again, and it makes me very happy. Today was very easy-going writing to a kink_bingo square we can't post about until we have written this other thing, so it was a nice way of easing back into it.

In yet other news, last weekend I was at a family birthday, and accidentally got so drunk it was just that last Ramazotti that wasn't my fault, honest that I started speaking only English on the way home, where I proceeded to fall out of my mother's car. Now every time I call my mother and get my brother on the phone, Dudley quotes my drunken lines back at me and has the time of his life mocking me. The upside is that after I, um, fed the birds out of that side of the car, he no longer wants to sit in the front seat, and we can stop having wrestling matches over it. (My mother has taken it with remarkable poise, though. It's weird, she gets her 'omg, you have alcoholism in your genes!' on whenever I mention I had a glass of wine at home, but apparently getting literally fall-down-drunk at parties is totally ok!)
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In the course of my writing collaboration with [personal profile] solo, we've recently hit on a POV character who's new to us, and it's been surprisingly tricky to find his voice. (Not dialog but narrative, POV voice.)

This probably only happens when you have a concept first and then try to find your ingredients, but it's not like this character is a stranger to me/us, and I could describe what makes him (IMO) tick in a, well, description fairly easily. But to actually start writing, this one took us a surprising amount of warm-up.

Which made me curious how it works for other people. Do you just start, or do you have to think about a character's voice, plan something? Or muddle through a lot of warm-up writing?

Just now we ended up taking an existing piece of writing and rewriting it in the difficult character's POV, just to get a feel for him while we're on familiar territory with regard to plot. It's an unusual approach for me, but it's kind of working.

To go back to my last active fandom, with Lee in BSG I just started, without having to think much at all. But then I identified pretty strongly with Lee and his characterisation cornerstones (as I saw them) were intuitively easy for me to grasp.

In JE, Kame was easy for me too, though that was less about identification and more about... circumstance? The first thing I ever wrote in KAT-TUN fandom was a story where he is one repressed, emotionally unavailable bunny, and I think that played a role in getting me over the hump. Because while he was circling avoidantly around his emotions, I could circle with him and get used to him before I really had to tap into those emotions.

Jin was way more difficult for me. The first Jin POV I ever wrote was a piece of our whore AU, and I remember it involved a lot of staring and internal flailing on my part. Now it's interesting that Jin is, if anything, the one of the two I empathize more with (though not to the degree as with Lee), and yet trying to figure out how his brain works in a way that you can put on a page was like jumping into cold water and trying to paddle...rather frantically.

Is it generally easier to write repressed characters?

...okay, what literally hadn't occurred to me before I started typing this was the role language might be playing. Because you do have people's way of speaking if you're writing English language fanfic in an English language fandom, but in JE, that's a slightly different matter.

(I remember I definitely started writing in Highlander before I ever had access to the original versions of the episodes, or even all the episodes. God, the pre-Torrent life... But I don't remember enough of what that was like re: voices. Quite possibly it was a mix of how the German came across and other fan fiction.)

On the other hand, Kame came to me really easily so... maybe when it's tricky, it's trickiER, but not inherently so different? I don't know!

Anyone want to share how it worked for them? Any theories on or experiences with different languages? I'd be curious!


Feb. 15th, 2011 06:52 pm
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Reason #9 we really need to get the whores posted soon: if I have to rename one more OC because of canon developments, it's going to take my relationship with red wine to a whole new level.

Grrrrraaaaar. (Really, renaming OCs? MORE ANNOYING THAN IT LOOKS.)
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
Main post item:

[ profile] haikuesque is offering to write Akame fic to spec in the [ profile] help_pakistan fandom auction. We started out as a bargain basement, though at the moment we're... medium-cheap.

We are for sale here.


Secondary post item:

I really liked this interview with Pi, mostly because it talked about World is Yours, my favourite recent b-side. (The girl stuff is puzzling and interesting and practially invites comparisons with Jin and Jin's conservative streak. In a tangent with Solo, it's lead to some interesting questions about how Kame probably perceives women, though unfortunately I don't have the time to make that into coherent Kame theory fit for public consumption...)

It's probably just that I don't hang out in the Pin lairs, so maybe they get their tinhats on just as I would over Akame if Kame started making statements about an 'encouragement song' right now. If I were a Pin shipper, I'd be all over that like vanilla sauce on chocolate pudding, and even not being a a Pin shipper... I've been having little warm fuzzies over World is Yours ever since I looked at the lyrics. Is it possible to get a Pin friendship hat? ... would that be a pinhat?


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