cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Because I'm in the mood to talk about myself. XD

Stole it from [ profile] suzllRead more... )
cairistiona: (CW Bucky)
Gacked from, erm, myself? LOL And also [ profile] nath .  I did this over at tumblr and had some fun, but I have more writer friends here, so have at it if you're interested.

Give me three numbers...

1) is there a story you're holding off on writing for some reason?

2) what work of yours, if any, are you the most embarrassed about existing?

3) what order do you write in? front of book to back? chronological? favorite scenes first? something else?

4) favorite character you've written

5) character you were most surprised to end up writing

6) something you would go back and change in your writing that it's too late/complicated to change now

7) when asked, are you embarrassed or enthusiastic to tell people that you write?

8) favorite genre to write

9) what, if anything, do you do for inspiration?

10) write in silence or with background noise? with people or alone?

11) what aspect of your writing do you think has most improved since you started writing?

12) your weaknesses as an author

13) your strengths as an author

14) do you make playlists for your current wips?

15) why did you start writing?

16) are there any characters who haunt you?

17) if you could give your fledgling author self any advice, what would it be?

18) were there any works you read that affected you so much that it influenced your writing style? what were they?

19) when it comes to more complicated narratives, how do you keep track of outlines, characters, development, timeline, etc.?

20) do you write in long sit-down sessions or in little spurts?

21) what do you think when you read over your older work?

22) are there any subjects that make you uncomfortable to write?

23) any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing?

24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story?

25) copy/paste a few sentences or a short paragraph that you’re particularly proud of
cairistiona: (Bucky fire)
IT'S FINISHED. Wow. Been a while since I could say I've finished a multi-chapter fic.

Thank you, [ profile] mrowe, [ profile] nefhiriel, and [ profile] imbecamiel for the incredibly helpful beta'ing!

Mr. Fix It
On the run for nearly a year after leaving Steve Rogers on the banks of the Potomac, Bucky's found a quiet hiding place in a city far from there, where he can work on becoming an actual human being again. Update: Now that I've seen CA:CW, this is mostly AU, but will be tied in to movie canon where possible. Complete.

Rated T for language
No pairings Oops, I mean Bucky/Pancakes (aka Buckycakes)

cairistiona: (Bucky fire)
(I can hear y;all sigh with relief, don't think I can't....)

I posted another chapter on Mr. Fix It, if any of you here are reading that one (usual places, Ao3 & and got a review yesterday that, despite its brevity, makes me smile:

"Holy poo you're an amazing writer."

That was it. That was the review. XD Much as I love the detailed ones, sometimes the short ones are just as gratifying. I think I'll whisper this one to myself in times of doubt.

Now for some writerly blather about Captain America fic and my own methods and how writing these characters is screwing up my method pretty thoroughly. Read on only if you're interested in reading how another writer agonizes over All The Things...

Read more... )

For the rest of you who skipped all that navel-gazing, here's one of the cutest pics of Sebastian Stan to come out of the big CA:CW press tour....

Such a cute little ray of sunshine, that man.
cairistiona: (CW Bucky)
So I read an excellent meta on tumblr about the Winter Soldier soundtrack and the Winter Soldier theme (here, if you're interested), and it gave me the title for a fic that I know I'll eventually write, but... erm. At the moment all I can do is giggle....

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My brain. It's easily amused.


Oct. 15th, 2015 10:05 am
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
At this moment, I may or may not be listening the LOTR soundtrack while sorting out how Bowen Rushlight and his sons and Eledh and Galadh move his herd of cows and flock of sheep to Bree without being waylaid by anyone. Or anything....

Shhhhhh. Don't frighten the muse.
cairistiona: (Cap)
Swiped this from [ profile] suzll (who is far too obsessed with deer puns).

WIP Meme: when you see this, post a line or paragraph from your works-in-progress, and encourage others to do the same.

Read more... )


Sep. 4th, 2015 08:48 am
cairistiona: (The Road)
All done with the Death of Dulgath beta except for filling out a last feedback survey. This beta went really fast for me this time, I think because this book is firmly back in the 'modern' world of Royce & Hadrian, so not as much worldbuilding to keep track of like there was with Rhune, which takes place in the same world, but thousands of years earlier. That one had 98% new names and characters and places to learn and that's always something that slows me down while I try to learn them all. Dulgath was like putting on comfy old shoes and strolling through familiar woods, even if it was a new path.

Of course, I can't really say much about it because of spoilers (even if I did, it might change by the time the final version of the book comes out), but suffice to say this was a great read, even in the beta-draft version. It'll fit in perfectly with the 8 other Riyria books (I say 8 because the first three--Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron--are actually omnibus volumes of 2 books each). It's another good gap-filling prequel that stands in good company with The Crown Tower and The Rose and The Thorn.

It's the eve of Labor Day weekend here in the US and my sister is coming down, so I'll be busy and probably not on LJ much until Tuesday, so I'm just going to wait until then to restart Aragorn-a-Day. I've missed our Ranger!

Any time I do beta work, whether for a fanfiction or for Michael, it gives me the itch to get back to my own writing. I still want to continue with Bowen Rushlight's story, though the muse is still annoyingly hiding from me on that front. I also have another Bucky Barnes Breathe, Focus WIP in the works. Chapter 1 is all but finished, but before I can finish chapter 2, I need to untangle a story structure issue. The story in my head looks cool, but figuring out how to organize it in a readable fashion is proving to be not as cool. Ugh, logistics and POV. Whyyyyyy are they so hard??? Am I the only one with that problem? Discussion time! How do you guys do your plotting? Seat of the pants or outline or a combo of both?
cairistiona: (much hilarity)
I'm at times amused by fandom, specifically the differences in my two fandoms. In LOTR, the 'good' reviewers tend to leave thoughtful critique, with often genius meta sprinkled in that could pass for collegiate level essay exam answers (complete with documentation).

However, in the Captain America/Marvel fandom, I know I've reached the pinnacle when I get one like this:


Thanks, I really needed heartbreak at work.

You monster. *sobs*

Yep. I've been called a monster. There can be no higher honor. XD

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(That was for Orders Acknowledged, which is a bit of a heartrender. They'll probably destroy their computer--or mine--after they read the follow-up story I'm readying to post later this week...)
cairistiona: (Santa Aragorn)
Gacked from [ profile] suzll. Doing this because it's a very QUICK meme to do.

Total number of stories: 2
Total word count: 4176
Gen: 2
Het: 0
Slash: 0
Femslash: 0

Yep. Two whole stories. *sigh*  One in the LOTR fandom:

Bear It Still For Me A While - The Standard-bearer's thoughts turn homeward as he readies for war. Written for B2MeM 2014, prompt: Spring Landscape. Touches on themes of war, prophecy and death, though this is not a deathfic. Tissues might come in handy, though.

And that reminds me... Tanis made a podcast of Bear It Still For Me A While that I need to do up a post for!. She finished it right as I was in the midst of dealing with my dad's illness, which was a nice bright spot but didn't give me time to advertise it properly! So look for that link soon. :)

And one in the Captain America fandom:

That Kid From Brooklyn - According to his dossier, when on a mission on American soil in 1973, the Winter Soldier failed to show up at the extraction point and instead, confused and leaving great unease in his wake, worked his way across America until he boarded a bus in Chicago that took him to New York. A gap-filler, outsider-POV ficlet for the Winter Soldier, because I couldn’t stand the thought of no one showing Bucky any kindness in all that time.

I guess two is better than none, but oh for the days when I could zip out lots of words over the course of a year!
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Since actually writing seems to have utterly escaped my grasp lately, I'll natter on about writing instead. Fire away:

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].
cairistiona: (b&w intensity)
Doing this because I need to get my brain back into writing mode!!!

Writings ahead... )

cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
Name five 'non-sexual kinks' you have as a reader/writer: that is, five writing techniques, themes, settings, or character types that really draw you into a story. (If they are different for you as a reader than as a writer, please name both!)

1. Platonic male relationships. For me... this is HUGE. I cannot get enough of it. Call it whatever: buddy fic, friendship fic, close-as-brothers fic... it's that male-male friendship dynamic that I find fascinating. Not slash or romance at all, but the complexity of platonic friendship between men. I dig it. Completely.

2. Point of View:  I like it best when it's narrow. First person or limited third. I want to get in *one* character's head and see the story from his/her eyes and really see how that character thinks and how the events of the story may change them. I don't mind multiple POVs (I use that in my current Rushlight WIP) but I prefer to stay in one head as opposed to head-hopping all over the place.

3. Setting - I love setting when it's used well, when it's woven inexplicably with a character's narrative so I have a clear idea of place and mood. Setting should be treated as a character, and I love it when I find a book or fic where the author understands that.

4. This one I'm swiping from Suzll... Vulnerable Heroes. I don't want him to blast through ten thousand armed berserkers and emerge victorious with nary a scratch. I want to see the hero bleed, cry, get so exhausted his legs won't hold him anymore. I want him to feel sorrow and regret and have moments of doubt and epiphany. I think that's why I like h/ccccc so much: it shows the hero at his most vulnerable. That said, I don't want them to be so vulnerable as to be constantly navel-gazing about everything. And related to the Vulnerable Hero is the idea of the Good-hearted Hero. I'm so completely uninterested in the current trend of "no one's good or bad" so-called "dark" fantasy. I want my hero to be basically good. And yeah, evil is fine. I think there really is evil in the world and I want my heroes to take it out!

5. Coming of Age and/or Origin stories. I really, really dig these. I love the self-discovery that takes place in them. And I love looking back after knowing a character as an adult and seeing what he was like as a child or adolescent.
cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
I've been whining about the weather enough, so it's only fair I now give it praise where praise is due: today it's warm and pleasant, the perfect spring day, around 72F. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. Of course, by Wednesday we'll get snow, so... yeah. It's still fickle, this weather of ours.

B2MeM, writing, and a brief medical update... )
cairistiona: (windblown)
Anson Mount, you know that dude on the horse from yesterday's post and who I fancast as Halbarad, is a very cool dude in real life and one of the more interesting folks I follow on twitter/FB. He teaches acting at Columbia University, and he also finds stuff like this to share on his FB page:

Be encouraged.
cairistiona: (read any good books lately?)
Or, A Very Interesting Article On The Migration of Hobbits....

I don't know how many of you follow Michael Martinez' blog, Middle-earth and JRR Tolkien Blog, but he always writes very interesting articles. Back in December, he posted this one, Charting The Shire Lines.

I just discovered the post yesterday and haven't read the entire thing yet, in large part because the following paragraph sparked my imagination and has temporarily stopped me in my tracks:

"Let us suppose that the Harfoots, who were the largest group, first migrated west from the Vales of Anduin because of war in their former lands. They had been accustomed to living with Edainic Men who, in exchange for food and trade, helped to defend them. [my emphasis] The population may have suffered a decline. Then, when Rhudaur came under attack 250 years later, the Harfoots may have suffered great losses again. Although Rhudaur was not overrun, the sudden Hobbit migration out of Rhudaur seems rather alarming. The departure of the Harfoots and Fallohides may imply they suffered grievous losses in the initial war with Angmar."

I confess I haven't given any thought, really, to the hobbits' role in the war against Angmar, but what a picture, imagining them living and trading alongside the Edain and then perhaps even a few doughty Fallohides fighting side by side with the Dúnedain.

Reading articles like this reminds me that I too often fall in the bad habit of thinking only of my "preferred" race when I write my stories. I forget that the Dúnedain of the North didn't live in a cultural or historic vacuum, nor do the Hobbits or the Elves or the Dwarves. Even the more reclusive races like Hobbits had interactions with other races. I'm going to try to keep that thought in mind as I write stories, in the hopes that they reflect more of the marvelous depth that the Professor created in his world.
cairistiona: (read any good books lately?)
Because working on a WIP for B2MeM that hit me out of the blue last night has given me too many Halbarad feels to continue at the moment, thus... I procrastinate.

Although writing about writing isn't really procrastinating, is it? )

cairistiona: (Happy Aragorn)
From [ profile] suzll:

"I am very excited to announce the launch of Big Bang Press, a small, independent publishing company that publishes the original works of fanfiction authors."

Read more at her LJ here. I'm really excited about this. So often traditional publishers look down on fanfic writers, so this could fill a huge niche in the publishing realm. Fingers crossed they can get it off the ground and flying!
cairistiona: (read any good books lately?)
I've seen this one on [ profile] lindahoyland's LJ and [ profile] rakshathedemon's LJs and thought it looked kind of fun:

Ask me a question about one of my stories. It can be absolutely anything (Including current WIP's) I will answer honestly.

You can also ask about my writing as a whole, if you like.

A short rest in Moria
"Pull up a rock and let's have a chat...."


Jun. 14th, 2013 09:20 am
cairistiona: (yuck)

I opened the latest chapter of my WIP this morning and found this sentence:

"Brining Rangers into Bree in a wagon..."

I've heard of chocolate-covered Rangers, but marinated? That's a new one.


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