Archive for April, 2009

frets and flails

Posted: April 26, 2009 in general stuff

Week 4 entry posted and now I eagerly await the feedback. I went with an idea which formed out of an evening in with Casee and Glyn which was basically a Grim Reaper’s blog. I had a lot of fun writing it and trying to get it to sound suitablt bloggy. My Reaper is new to the job and a little concerned about the responsibilities of the role. He also ended up sounding a little camp. His blog follows the first month in the job, the trials and tribulations and his attempts to bring reaping into the 21st century.

I’m a little nervous as to how it will be received but I’ve so far had a very positive response so finger’s crossed for more of the same.

week 4 entry written

Posted: April 25, 2009 in general stuff

Final week of April’s brigits_flame and my entry is written ahead of time. It just needs re-reading an editing before submission. I’ve had a lot of fun with this one and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will be received. It’ll be posted on the assignments page sometime tomorrow once the final draft has been sorted. For now though it’s time to do the dishes and have a bath.

blimey

Posted: April 23, 2009 in general stuff

I’ve made it through to week 4 of brigits_flame which is not something I expected at all. I was quite proud of last week’s entry but the votes were looking slow and I figured maybe I’d be eliminated. Apparently not. I now have to check my arse in gear and start thinking about this week’s topic again. The prompt is ‘reap’ following on the theme of planting and growing things. I’m tempted to take the Grim Reaper line. I’ve written something several pieces (one of which is in progress) about the personification of Death. It’s something that intrigues me.

Given I have an allotment which is hopefully going to yield some produce I could take that tack. *ponders*

For now however, I shall do the cleaning and let my subconscious mull these things over.

So… week 3 entry is finished and posted on brigits_flame and on the brigits_flame assignment page. It’s quite a long piece compared to my other entries to the community partly because of the complexities of the protagonists relationship. I hope I haven’t taken it too lightly or glibly. I have a tendency to get so far through a piece and then rush the ending, especially when I writing to a deadline. This week I struggled with the prompt and didn’t really get going until Friday on any actual writing. Yesterday as mostly spent running around York looking for laptops and netbooks and so most of the actual writing got done late last night and this morning.

I am getting better at writing on demand which is going to be a useful skill though I am still aware of those times when it is necessary to take a step back and think rather than continue staring at the screen. I had a moment like that last night where I just couldn’t get words on to paper/screen. I took a break and I guess my subconscious did its thing as the words flowed much better this morning. I used to only be able to write when I was ‘in the mood’ but now I’m finding I can force that mood by sitting down and writing something. Deadlines help as they give me a welcome kick up the arse but simply sitting down and either editing and expanding a previous piece or just laying some words on the page can really help focus me into a productive writing session.

I also find music helps. Sigur Ros is good as it doesn’t distract me with lyrics, or at least doesn’t distract me with lyrics I can understand. I think the albums I have a in both Icelandic and the band’s own ‘Hopelandic’ language and so I don’t find myself sulking about how good other people’s words are rather than focusing on my own. Nine Inch Nails’ album ‘Ghosts I-IV’ is also good although I currently only have ‘Ghosts I’. It’s purely instrumental and at times both dark and beautiful. I occasionally and rather sdaly also find the soundtrack to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and good album to write with depending on my mood and the piece concerned. So far no orcs or draenei have turned up in my fiction so it’s not having too much of a detrimental effect on my sanity!

time ticks on

Posted: April 19, 2009 in general stuff, writing stuff

So… deadline fast approaching and I’m taking a little break to work out my next move. My protagonist is about to discover what an unhealthy and abusive relationship she is in but I’m not sure what is going to bring her to her senses. She needs to have the seed of doubt in her mind but up until now she has been utterly devoted to the fucktard she is in a ‘relationship’ with. To be fair the other party most likely has their own traumas and reasons for behaving the way she does but that isn’t going to be explored in this particular piece. I don’t think she’s all bad though. I think something has happened to her that means she can’t cope unless she is controlling every aspect of her relationships even if that involves being physical about it. I think she does love the protagonist but doesn’t know how to express it in a healthy way. She has serious trust issues.

Anyway. The last line is written, I just need to get the ones in between done. I am sitting in a blue muppet skin dressing gown with cold tea on a beautifully sunny Sunday morning and hoping for the next step to reveal itself to me. Of course next week I could well be sitting outside writing my next piece given I have bought a teeny tiny netbook with a decent amount of battery life for portable writing purposes. My laptop has a shocking amount of battery life (the joys of Vista and it’s 1GB requirement just to run at all) and so I’m never far away from a power source. The netbook will be all together more portable (it’s so small!) and will be less distracting as I won’t be able to run WoW on it. The temptation to just pop into Azeroth for ‘five’ minutes will be taken away from me which can only be a good thing.

panic writing

Posted: April 18, 2009 in general stuff, writing stuff

Having spent the day buying jeans, cycle helmets and looking at netbooks I am now frantically trying to write something for brigits_flame. I think it’s going to be a sort of anti love story, albeit a short one.

My one gripe for the evening… aside from the fact that I have a lot of work to do, a headache and I’m very tired, is that Word’s grammar check is constantly flagging so called ‘fragments’ to me. I don’t really know what this means. It certainly doesn’t offer me any alternatives to clue me as to why it is a fragment or what is so bad about having a fragment. Personally I like my fragments and intend to keep them thank you very much.

round three

Posted: April 14, 2009 in general stuff, writing stuff

I made it through to round three of April’s brigits_flame competition. This I week I got the second highest vote along with 4 others which was surprising. I was apprehensive about last week’s piece, especially as I went somewhere fairly weird with it. However, I’ve got some good comments back which is nice and anything that keeps my writing momentum going is definitely a good thing.

This week’s prompt is ‘flourish’ (are you seeing a theme here yet?) and I’m currently drawing a bit of a blank. My free time is going to dwindle somewhat after tomorrow (the joys of having to actually earn my keep) and I’m hoping I can pull something together in time for the deadline. Having been convinced I’d be eliminated this week I really need to get cracking.