December 26th, 2006
|11:18 am - Christmassy Ramblings|
Myergle. I ate WAAAAAY too much yesterday. I thought I'd be fine, just having a plateful, but what with dessert at lunchtime, snacking, and coffee and cake, I stuffed myself. I felt a trifle green around the edges when I got home...
Anyhoozle. Tauranga has been... the usual. Sisters being... well, the usual; parents the same. I think the weirdest things was going to church with them and feeling totally wrong, out-of-place. And the worst thing was, I knew I was going to. They're all so Christian, it makes me feel guilty and unrighteous for leaving that path. I dunno why, I've chosen what I am, and I'm happy with it... any time except when I'm here.
Coming back tomorrow will be good. I want to see everyone again... so, so badly. Talking on the phone to David last night made me so homesick, and it's only been five days!
Since I've had time on my hands, I've done some writing, a lot fo reading, and some drawing. I've edited a bit more of Reflections, so I thought I'd post some more up.
( Reflections In Blood And Steel: Chapter 3: AppraisalCollapse )
So there's a bit more. I'm not happy with this chapter, but okay. I think. The characterization is what annoys me the most: I don't think I'm getting it right.
Current Mood: confused
Current Music: Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
December 13th, 2006
|07:06 pm - Life, the Universe, an' Evvvvv'rything...|
Life has been pretty boring lately, funnily enough. Except for looking for jobs (thus far unsuccessful, more's the pity), I've only really been mucking around, trying to write systems for LARPs. I'm working on an IK one, and a 'Universal System' one, so that you can get characters from practically any universe working effectively in the same system.
It's strange, not expecting a new Mordavia game in April or so... but hey, we won. Strange feeling, winning, and losing another character.
Oh well. C'est la vie, ne?
Did more editing of Reflections, so here's the rest of Chapter Two.
( Reflections In Blood And Steel: Chapter 2: ContactCollapse )
And so the general blood an' guts of the thing starts to come out. It's a war story, people. I made a deliberate effort to cut out fluffiness and make it real. I think I... well, at least somewhat achieved it.
I really should write more. I only have... eight... chapters thus far... *laughs*
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: Mercedes Lackey - Freaking the Mundanes
December 7th, 2006
|07:30 pm - I suppose I should update...|
Well, Mordavia was an intense weekend, I lost one character and started another. I'm tired.
From requests, here's another installment of Reflections. It's kinda long, 'cos it's the first half of the second chapter.
( Reflections in Blood and Steel: Chapter 2: ContactCollapse )
I'd post all of the chapter, but really, there's just too much of it. I'm really trying to develop characters here, but I fail dismally more often than not. *sigh*
Current Music: Ronan Hardiman - Gypsy
November 14th, 2006
|12:32 pm - Reflections In Blood And Steel|
I am feeling... not so much virtuous, as satisfied. My wordcount's past 20000 now (YAY!), after a whole morning's worth of writing. And I feel that I can post the second part of the first chapter.
( Reflections In Blood And Steel: Chapter 1: CommandCollapse )
So yes, I'm quite happy with Reflections right now. Dmitri and Kas are behaving (mostly), and rather disturbingly, so is everyone else, even Czarkowski. Possibly to make up for their earlier naughtinesses, and possibly to lull me into a false sense of security for something they are going to spring on me later.
Oh, and I have discovered that when angry, Kasmira is disturbingly creative with curses. Here's a quick sample from a later chapter:
“Damn! Arse! AAAARGH! FUCK! May that Khadoran’s bastard’s balls shrivel to prunes, his eyes fall out, and his armour turn to cream!” Blackpine stares up at Journeyman Mekevich from where he lies, still sprawled from where the black-dressed Khadoran had knocked him down. The Journeyman is venting her obvious anger very, very fluently indeed, and in several languages: Cygnaran, what he thought might be Khadoran, with smatterings of Llaelese and Idrian.
“Ah… ma’am… are you… alright?” He asks, getting up slowly. He’d thought that kind of fluency in swearing was reserved for Sergeants.
“…son of a Cryxian dock-whore and a Gorax!” The Journeyman finishes her speculation on the Khadoran’s parentage, and turns to the Private. She is breathing heavily, and there is a black scowl on her face. Her eyes still glimmer arcane aqua-blue, making her look positively frightening. Blackpine takes two steps backwards. “Yes, Private Blackpine, I am quite alright,” she snaps. “That bastard, however, will not be, when I’m finished with him.”
...I think that goes on the 'Things I Never Expected To Happen' list. Which, by the way, is up to around about six scenes now... *wince*
Anyhoo, hopes you like.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: Ronan Hardiman - Celtic Dream
November 11th, 2006
|07:26 pm - Reflections In Blood And Steel: More!|
And to prove that I am actually doing something here... (Yes, Murasaki, your postage maketh me jealous).
I've only posted the first half (the Cygnaran half) because... well, the entire chapter's nine pages' worth on MSWord...
( Reflections In Blood And Steel: Chapter 1: CommandCollapse )
Haven't written much due to the fact that I've had two exams in the last three days. Study is useful towards the little thing called 'passing'. However, I'm going to do a couple of hours study tonight while everyone's at Masquerade (Yeah. Blah. Too politicky, I wasn't having fun), then write madly for a bit.
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars
November 9th, 2006
|09:45 pm - Exams|
Exams doth suck mighty amounts of ass.
270 (already failed) is over, 210 is done (maybe failed, but that exam is not giving me hope), just got 230 and 310 to go. Saturday and Monday mornings. Can there be worse timing? No, no there cannot.
Anyhoozle, they shall be over by Monday afternoon, and I should be sane again.
And on another note: NaNoWriMo goes good! The plot just keeps flowing, the characters are growing to life, even the minor characters, and the scenes are flowing. Currently I'm at Chapter 3, and the way it's going, it'll be rather longer than 50,000 words... not that this is a bad thing. :)
Current Mood: aggravated
Current Music: E Nomine - Deine Welt
November 8th, 2006
|02:40 pm - Reflections In Blood And Steel|
Right, so, since people are asking, I posteth part the first (or rather, the prologue) of my NaNoWriMo novel.
( Reflections In Blood And Steel: Prologue: OrdersCollapse )
Hope you all like it. I'm currently just starting Chapter 3. Considering they're around about 9 pages of MSWord per chapter, I don't think I'm doing too badly. :)
And that's even with the studying. :)
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Sting - Russians
November 3rd, 2006
|09:10 pm - An' More Madness|
I'm going to be cheerful about NaNoWriMo, because there is little else to be cheerful about right now. So lo, there is county-iconny-ness:
First exam is on Monday 6th, second is on the 9th, then 11th and 13th. First is CHEM270 (which I'm going to fail anyway), then more horror.
Hence why I've got the word count up now, so that I don't have to worry about it later.
Current Mood: worried
Current Music: E Nomine - Im Zeichen Des Zodiak
November 1st, 2006
|04:29 pm - Count 'Em!|
Well, the Erin woke up this morning with the express intention of writing. And lo, I have been tapping away for most of the day, and got quite a bit done...
NaNoWriMo Word Count: 3683
And, moreover, there is time for more writing, so it shall be even better shortly! *squees*
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Elena Paparizou - Zigkolo
October 19th, 2006
|12:12 am - Stream of Consciousness|
Well, I thought that I'd just post a stream of random thoughts as they came to me. Nothing much has happened today, except for a long talk with Tania (productive), and lectures (less productive).
Right. Off to the Forums to see what the hell that PM Turb sent me was about. I get teased even on the internet... *poots* Oh, just about the art. And Sword of Morrow. Gods, when's he going to update?
May as well check email while I'm at it... Gmail first...
OMGWTFBBQ?!!!!! Gene, you gotta be kidding. Salmon cooked in a dishwasher? Schyeah right.
Okay... I'm a believer. Though I really want to see it done, just to see... Call me a sceptic, but hey...
Damn, wish that light would stop flickering! It's getting annoying now. Windows Media Player going would be nice too, but then, Uni computers tend to suck.
OOoohh. Pit did more of the drawing of Sorscha! It's so lifelike, it's scary.
Speaking of lifelike, need to do more of the drawings of the Girls of the IK. Ye gods, I really should have put clothes on some of them... But hey, I can always put up warnings. Should also do more of the Guys of Warmachine claendar, but I'm somewhat disinclined to do that right now.
Things I am inclined to do... write more of Moonlight Serenade. It's really bugging me now - I want to finish it, and yet, I don't know how to. Maybe David was right when he said that I should just leave it be for now - but I need to resolve some issues there for Kas, so I should do it. And I need to find a title and finish the battle plan for the Journeyman story. Any suggestions?
Should do more of the Neverending Story. It seems to have gone quiet temporarily, I should get the battle more underway, so that people can get back to the fun bits of interaction-stuff. I'm not going to let it die.
There. Good. More battle-age. It's kind of difficult, given it's just me pushing the battle again. But at least it's happening.
Hum. Should go home. I'm tired. Good thing it's last week of lectures.
Current Mood: thoughtful