Writing - Writer At Heart

When fics take over

(NOTE: This is the meta I talked about previously that goes, kind of, with Chapter 70 of Insanity Underrated. It should have gone up at around the same time as 70 did, but as most of you are aware, I've been grappling with some health issues lately, and that rather delayed my ability to type it up in anything resembling a coherent fashion. Also, while this certainly makes reference to IU because that's the main fic project on my mind at the moment, I'll be discussing To Ignite the Stars as well - my Star Wars AU - and trying to apply what I say here to writing at large.)

I think one of the most interesting phenomena I have experienced since starting to write is something I'll refer to as "story takeover". I'm sure that many writers will be familiar with what I mean here - the point at which a piece of writing veers suddenly from the predetermined plan you had for it, and starts to completely ignore your outline in favour of basically writing itself. As the author you are largely powerless to stop or control this, since if you try, the story simply will not do what you want it to. You have to exercise a certain amount of control, since if you don't your poor story will eventually end up collapsing in a pile of nonsensical glop, but if you try to keep too tight a reign on it, eventually it will suffocate.

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Okay, now that that's out of my system ... I have a story that wants to speak with me. ;)
Insanity Underrated - K/L White Text

Fic: "Insanity Underrated" (BSG, Kara/Lee, 72/?)

I'd really love to get these up more than once a month, but my health hasn't been that great lately, which has unfortunately curtailed my ability to write. I'll try as hard as I can to to post more often, but I also know better than to make ironclad promises on that front. ;) Thanks for your patience!

Title: Insanity Underrated
Author: amidala_thrace
Previous Chapters: Can be read here.
Characters/Pairings: Kara/Lee, Bill, Cottle, mentions of others
Word Count: 5,046
Spoilers: Through S3's "Torn", but very loosely
Rating: PG-13 (some potentially disturbing themes)
Summary: “Don’t let them take her. When she’s born. Don’t let them take the baby.”
Author's Notes: Material from the series Caprica used here is mainly based on canon. I don't know much Old Tauron, nor do I know if such a language actually existed, but the overall name etymology in my own language is correct. (I realize this note makes no sense now, but it will once you've read the chapter.)

Read it here @ jedionpaper
Kara - White Text

2010 in Fandom Meme

Am all moved in at my parents' for a couple of weeks. They and my brother greeted me in typical fashion, with a whole bunch of eye-rollingly pathetic drama. So, to distract myself from that, and from the fact that I have a cold (which will hopefully, hopefully be gone by Christmas or else I'll stab something dammit), I'm doing a meme.

Swiped from ivanolix and cujoy.

Your main fandom of the year?
Battlestar Galactica. It pretty much fully took over from Star Wars this year - you can thank (or blame, if you're one of my poor Star Wars readers) a little fic project called Insanity Underrated for that. ;)

Your favorite film watched this year?
I drew a blank for the longest time on this one, which is rather pathetic. I really don't get to enough movies anymore. >.> I liked Inception, but didn't find it mindbendingly OMG!AMAZING!WOW like some folks did. (Not knocking people who had that reaction, by the way - yay for you if you did! I just ... didn't. Heh.) So I'll go with In the Valley of Elah, a TERRIFIC film about the Iraq war and PTSD that I watched in March - I think - and that absolutely blew me away. Wow. WOW. And of course the honourable mention is Avatar. Say what you want about it, but I mostly watched for Sigourney Weaver, and was in no way disappointed. :D

Your favorite book read this year?
No contest here: The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It's a biography of cancer, and SO amazingly well-written.

Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?
Er. Another tough question, because my music tastes are eclectic at the best of times and the songs I listen to most often tend to be in concert with whatever fic I happen to be working on. Right now I'm obsessed with "Miracle" by the Foo Fighters, "Brighter Than Sunshine" by Aqualung and "God Is A DJ" by Pink. For a very specific, very fic-related reason. XD

Your favourite TV show of the year?
Tie between The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire. My Sunday nights were so damn much fun when both of those were on. *g*

Your favourite LJ community of the year?
ontdcreepy. I need my horror/zombie/freaky stories fix and that community brings it, in a big way.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Dexter. Please note that, as with fully 95% of my fandoms, I did not actually intend to get sucked into it. I blame this one directly on Mona; she was watching Season 5, having been a fan for a long time, and I started absorbing it by osmosis. And discovered that I really really liked it. Almost, almost to the extent that I might get fannish by seeking out LJ comms and writing fic. I'm trying to convince myself not to on the latter though because if my BSG obsession is any indication, it's only a matter of time before I get smacked in the side of the skull with a longfic idea. And I need another longfic project like I need a hole in the head.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Caprica being canceled. :( I LOVED the finale though.

Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Jamie Bamber, obviously, is still a high contender. But I got to renew my utter adoration of Steve Buscemi, as well, which ROCKED.

Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Kara. And Padmé. Duh. (Yes, I know she's not on TV. Shaddap.) But also Debra Morgan. And, as mentioned, I developed a tremendous and terminal crush on Sigourney Weaver after seeing Avatar. XD

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Probably when I found out AMC was making an entire TV show about a zombie apocalypse. And then when I read they'd renewed it for a second season. Zombies. ZOMBIES!

The most missed of your old fandoms?
BSG, unquestionably. It's still fairly active, but that doesn't hold a candle to the way it was right in the middle of the show. I came in right on the cusp of that, so I got to experience the huge jolt of activity with Season 4, but then it started to dribble off.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Breaking Bad. This is another one Mona has largely succeeded in convincing me to watch, hehe. She is a horrible horrible enabler. I've asked for the Season 1 DVDs for Christmas so I can start playing catch-up. :)

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Hopefully, hopefully finishing Insanity Underrated by March. Also hopefully hopefully starting to write To Ignite the Stars again, and finishing it. The second seasons of Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead.
Writing - Struggle of a Fanfic Author

Fic Meme

Aw heck, why not. Stolen from everyone on my f-list ever. XD

If you had to pick one fic of mine that is the one you identify with me, what would it be?

Fic master list is HERE on LJ and HERE on AO3. Not really much difference between the two, except for there being some horrible old stuff on my writing comm which I elected not to share on AO3 for fear of irreparably scarring people at how unbelievably bad it is. But yeah.

Also also, leiascully wrote me birthday fic yesterday! And it is Lee/Kara/Sam and Sam/Lee and it is hot and awesome and hits so many of my BPKs and GUH. Go read. :D (Except probably not if you're at work. Heh.)

I shall do a more general birthday-related post later, but for now, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes and v-gifts and yes, fic! *grin* Really made my online day; I am so lucky to have such awesome friends. <33333 *HUGS her f-list*

Having run out of things to say for the moment and time in which to say them, I shall end off here and head off to a medical appointment. Woot woot. (Not.)
Insanity Underrated - K/L Crazy For You

Fic: "Insanity Underrated" (BSG, Kara/Lee, 70/? and 71/?)

Chapter 70, when I finished it, was almost 7,000 words, so I decided to split it down the middle to become 70 and 71. :) Anyone interested in a writing-related meta dealing with 70 (in part) should watch my journal over the coming days ... not sure if anyone would be, but I figured I'd say it just the same. ;)

Title: Insanity Underrated
Author: amidala_thrace
Previous Chapters: Can be read here.
Characters/Pairings: Kara/Lee, Sam, mentions of others
Word Count: 2,954 and 3,780 respectively
Spoilers: Through S3's "Torn" (loosely). Chapter 70 also contains a spoiler for the Caprica miniseries.
Rating: R and PG respectively
Summary: Please see the individual chapter posts.
Author's Notes: Please see the individual chapter posts.

Read Chapter 70 here @ jedionpaper

Read Chapter 71 here @ jedionpaper
Insanity Underrated - K/L Colonial Day

Fic: "Insanity Underrated" (BSG, Kara/Lee, 69/?)

Yes. FINALLY. Too tired to say much more. I've still got online stuff to do, after which I am going to BED.

Title: Insanity Underrated
Author: amidala_thrace
Previous Chapters: Can be read here.
Characters/Pairings: Kara/Lee; others including Dee, Julia Brynne and Kacey
Word Count: 5,287
Spoilers: Through S3's "Torn" (but loosely)
Rating: PG
Summary: Whatever else Kara concealed, he knew, it couldn’t stay that way forever. It was going to come out in the open.
Author's Notes: Yes, finally. *beats real life with a frying pan* I am going to try my absolute hardest to update this more frequently, I promise. I know it's been a long time. Chapter notes: Kacey's reappearance here was inspired by the canon scene in "Torn", but as you'll see, it bears little actual resemblance to what went on in said scene. The circumstances of this story obligated me to put my own twist on it, which I was happy to do. :)

Read it here @ jedionpaper
Writing - Muse Sleeping Off Bender

My writing routine in a nutshell

As seen on the wrimobuddies community, and as such probably meant to be more applicable to National Novel Writing Month, but to be brutally honest it's a pretty good description of my writing process as well. ;)

Step 1 - Turn off the internet.

Step 2 - Make sure your butt is comfortably seated in your chair.

Step 3 - Turn off/on the music, depending on what works for you.

Step 4 - Ah ah ah, I see you reaching for that internet switch. You were just gonna check your email, sure. TURN IT OFF.

Step 5 - Open up your word processor of choice.

Step 6 - Oh come on, I said you need to turn off - NO. STEP AWAY FROM THE TVTROPES PAGE. IT IS NOT RESEARCH. YOU ARE FOOLING NO ONE.

Step 7 - Is the internet off? Good. Make sure it stays off.

Step 8 - Start typing. Type gobbledegook at first if you don't know where to start, but get those fingers moving.

Step 8b - "Staring at the blinking cursor" is not the definition of "typing." Just so you know.

Step 9 - Sorry, bathroom breaks are for people who've written over 600 words. Have you written over 600 words yet? Then keep typing. Tomorrow the limit goes up to 800, so you'd best get that bladder under control now.

Step 10 - No, you can't get up to get a snack. Tell your stomach who's boss. (ie, your wordcount.)

Step 11 - Keep typing until you get past 1667 words.

Step 12 - Do the same thing everyday. Yes, that means tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that. Every day.

Aaaand viola! Those are secrets to success. Heed them well.

the girl who wrote 20k words last week

Haha. YUP.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a chapter to attempt to put the finishing touches on. Heh.
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Kara - Flame

Fic: "Pieces" (BSG, Kara, 1/1)

I ... do not even want to discuss the debacle that was tonight's hockey game (well, at least not until I absolutely HAVE to on the Sens comm). Right now I am in full-on forget-it-ever-happened mode. ;) So, to distract myself, reposting this from Friday's DPP at no_takebacks.

Title: Pieces
Author: amidala_thrace
Characters/Pairings: Kara, Helo, Lee, Dee; Kara/Lee alluded to
Word Count: 863
Spoilers: Through S2's "Sacrifice"
Rating: PG
Summary: They're not stopping her and for once she is not stopping herself.
Author's Notes: Written for Friday's Daily Pilots Post at no_takebacks, because I'm rather unnaturally obsessed with the Sacrifice arc. ;) Reposted here just for the record. :) This officially pops my comment!fic cherry, too!

Read it here @ jedionpaper
Sens - I Love Senators Logo

And the fans all go insane!

It's that time of the year again - hockey is BACK!

I spent much of last night in a hockey coma, which, as I said on Twitter, is like a food coma but better. ;) Watched a total of three games - Montreal/Toronto and Philadelphia/Pittsburgh simultaneously, and then Calgary/Edmonton, the latter featuring probably one of the most beautiful goals I have ever seen (scored by Jordan Eberle). Seriously, I think I'll have to start tuning into more Edmonton games just to watch this team. They're young, they're determined, and they're exciting!

Of course, I'm most excited about my own team, although that's tempered by the fact that I'm not quite sure what to expect this year. Obviously I am optimistic, eternally so, but I'm not foolish enough to completely ignore some of the issues and problems. Chiefly goaltending, of course. I hope it's just a lot of hype and worry over nothing, but who knows! Time shall tell the tale, as it always does.

I'm headed out to Scotiabank Place with my mom tonight for the home opener against Buffalo, which should be a ton of fun! Even if it ends up going south, I love being in the arena and watching the game live. There are so many subtleties and plays and communication among the players that television doesn't pick up. I think that's largely because the TV cameras will usually focus only on the puck - as they should, really! - which means that some of the work that goes into developing a play invariably gets missed. I'm a fan, born and bred, but I'm also a student of the game, and one of the things I love watching is the strategy. A lot of hockey is random, true, but if you watch closely you can see how plays develop and the plan behind it all. Interesting stuff!

Not a whole lot else is going on in my life now, beyond what I've already talked about. Much love to all who replied to my friends-locked post of a few days ago - I was extremely hesitant about making it, but it reminded me once again why MY F-LIST IS THE BEST. <3333333333 I'll try to get to individual thank-yous soon, but for now I'd feel remiss if I didn't toss out at least a blanket reply. So - THANK YOU! *group hug*

Have been working a ton of overtime lately, which is exhausting even though it is helping me pay for Dragon*Con. ;) I might also have some other con-related trip news to announce in the upcoming days ... we shall see. *winks at nazkey and kag523* Otherwise, I've gotten ottawa_senators up and running with this year's prediction game, and today I actually popped my comment!fic cherry with a short piece at no_takebacks. Woot! I've always been leery of doing comment!fic myself because of the implied short length - I rather suck at short - but the DPP had a prompt that proved irresistible, so I indulged the muse over my lunch hour. :) I'll probably post it to my writing comm later just as a record.

Now, 'tis time to head out to the game! Yay! GO SENS GO!
Kara/Lee - Fence

Fic: "Insanity Underrated" (BSG, Kara/Lee, 68/?)

I've been meaning to make an actual LJ post pretty much forever now, but a whoooooole bunch of things have gotten in the way, heh. However, I'll get back on the horse soon-ish, I hope! In the meantime, here's another chapter. :)

Title: Insanity Underrated
Author: amidala_thrace
Previous Chapters: Can be read here.
Characters/Pairings: Kara/Lee, Gaeta, Seelix, others
Word Count: 5,128
Spoilers: Through S3's "Collaborators"
Rating: PG-13 (ongoing disturbing themes)
Summary: “I want her too much.”
Author's Notes: These latest chapters may seem a little slow-moving, but they're important for future set-up, so I've been a bit reluctant to speed things up or cut anything out. Just bear with the angst for now; it'll get better over time (one hopes!).

Read it here @ jedionpaper