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18 July 2010 @ 07:21 pm
would it be all right by you if i defabricate you?  
I. This icon accurately depicts my life. Ty, Hyperbole and a Half.

II. Everyone is doing that ‘seven things about my writing process!’ meme and I think I am just bored enough to give it a shot.

1. A lot of you have mentioned that you roll scenes and conversations around in your head for a long time before you sit down to write them. I do that too.

And then, ninety per cent of the time, that scene turns to absolute abysmal failure unfit to be read by anyone. If it was a one-shot it will be abandoned and will ultimately be replaced with something off the top of my head, and if it is a scene from a multi-chapter fic I will probably go whine at goldy_dollar and make her write it because I never write multi-chapter things on my own anymore. …Probably for this reason.

2. Plot and I are not friends. I am sure this is readily apparent to anyone who has ever read anything I’ve written, and I think this is probably the biggest hurdle that prevents me from ever writing any original fiction. The only time I even have middling success writing anything even distantly resembling a plot is if I am collaborating and can harass the other person every five seconds when I run into a stumbling block. Which is often. It’s a bit of a shame because, you know, plot is a good thing, and if you are attempting to write anything longer than about 400 words it should probably have something like a plot. But yeah, no, can’t do it.

3. Some part of my brain that read too much Shoebox Project back in the day now arbitrarily decides what tense my fic should be written in, and even if I consciously try to ignore that and write the fic in a different tense, this will usually not work. This is the bane of my existence. I don’t even like present tense, and whenever I notice I’m doing it I get annoyed, but when I try to rewrite an entire fic in past tense sometimes it just… refuses to co-operate. I blame you, Shoebox Project.

4. I can write with other people in the room – comically, I think I wrote the funeral scene in Blood and Anger and Revenge in the middle of the living room surrounded by my aunt/uncle/cousins/parents – but I prefer not to on the basis that I tend to talk to myself without realizing it. Saying lines of dialogue out loud in a couple different ways makes it easier for me to pick the one that I think sounds the most genuine or flows the best or sounds the most like that character’s voice. Similarly I end up pulling lots of weird facial expressions or doing weird hand gestures while trying to figure out how to describe that facial expression/hand gesture.

5. I think good fluff is harder to write than good angst, which is probably why I write so much angst. I am LAZY. Writing fluff, I feel obligated to come up with some new, shiny way to make it interesting and compelling. With angst, I guess I feel like that interest is already built in, which is probably false. Anyway, I guess I feel like it is much harder to establish a hook when I’m writing fluff, or to make that fluff somehow new or interesting. Rationally I’m pretty sure this doesn’t make any sense, because angst can easily be just as repetitive or cliché as fluff. But there you have it; part of the reason I rarely write fluff is because I think it is hard.

I also happen to think angst is a lot of fun to write, but that is another matter.

6. I have not hand-written fic since I was in like fourth grade and writing 101 Dalmatians fanfic by hand with my BFF. The idea is totally foreign and crazy to me now. I mean, no spell check? No instant delete or rearrangement? I can type five times as fast as I can write! Y’ALL ARE WEIRD.

7. I, um, usually do not use a beta. CARDINAL SIN, I know. I don’t think there’s even a good excuse for it, aside from things like “can’t be bothered” and “I am shy”. Occasionally if I am unsure about a fic or something in it I’ll ask a friend to look it over first, but… yeah, most of my stuff is unbeta’d. IDK. I would like to say I am getting better, but I am definitely not one of those people who absolutely must get a fic read over by a certain person before it gets posted.

III. I am totally going to watch that not-Disney-but-everyone-thinks-it-is Anastasia movie for the first time tonight. I KNOW, I AM SO COOL.

IV. Day 12 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy

John Barrowman Writes and Performs Song Fic

Oh, John Barrowman.

Day 01 - Your Favourite Quote - An assortment of things (locked)
Day 02 - Your Favourite Classic Who Fandom -- in which I revoke my membership card
Day 03 - Your Favourite New Who Episode -- Waters of Mars
Day 04 - Your Favourite Doctor -- Ten
Day 05 - Your Favourite Companion -- Donna Noble
Day 06 -- Whatever Tickles Your Fancy -- "Don't Stop Me Now" Fanvideo
Day 07 - Your Favourite Piece of Music -- "Love Don't Roam", "Doomsday", "Song of Freedom" and "That One Song From Series 5"
Day 08 - A Who-Related Photo That Makes You Happy -- Go Go Gadget Team TARDIS
Day 09 - A Who-Related Photo That Makes You Angry/Sad -- The rueful fate of Donna Noble
Day 10 - A Who-Related Photo You Took -- The Greatest Action Figure Ever
Day 11 – Your Favourite Series -- Series 4

Day 13 – Your Favourite Villain
Day 14 – The Villain Who Scared You the Most
Day 15 – Favourite Who-Related Tumblr
Day 16 – Your Favourite Who-Related FanFic
Day 17 – A Piece of Who-Related FanArt
Day 18 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy
Day 20 – The Character Who Is Most Like You
Day 21 – Your Doctor Who OTP
Day 22 – A Who-Related Fan-Site
Day 23 – A Who-Related YouTube Video
Day 24 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy
Day 25 – Favourite Who Actor
Day 26 – Favourite Who Actress
Day 27 – An Episode You Wish Hadn’t Been Made
Day 28 – An Episode Idea You Created Yourself
Day 29 – Who You Think Should Be the Next Doctor
Day 30 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy
a lanky brunette with a wicked jaw: dw || monster chaseintrikate88 on July 18th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)

Kali: dw :: ten/rose :: ell oh ell_thirty2flavors on July 18th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)

omfg John Barrowman
(no subject) - intrikate88 on July 18th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Opal: TEoT: Martha/Mickey cuddleshinyopals on July 18th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Handwriting is a pain in the arse, it just happens to be the only way to do things out of the house. GODDAMNIT, LAPTOPS, WHY DO YOU NEED CHARGING AND WHY DOES SAND GET IN YOUR FANS? It can be kinda relaxing for me, though.

*Pats your plot-free existence*
Opal: JE: trio heading back to the TARDISshinyopals on July 18th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Also lol JB. That song sets of my embarrassment squick way too much to listen to all of it.
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fauxkarenfauxkaren on July 18th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3

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fauxkarenfauxkaren on July 18th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I LOVE ANASTASIA AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT. I've seen that movie more times than I would care to admit. But it is so amazing omg. Best non-Disney animated movie ever (most other non-Disney animated movies that I watched as a kid were super traumatic like All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Land Before Time were really traumatizing).

Also, I love Hyperbole and a Half. I feel like she ~understands me~. I even have a possibly mentally retarded dog. lol. She's so hilarious, and that post your icon is from is one of my favorites. I'm also a fan of the fish story. And the "Alot" post.
Kali: misc :: like a proper adult_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
GIRL ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN WAS LIKE MY FIRST FANDOM. I LOVE THAT MOVIE FOREVER AND ALWAYS. But it was super dark, yes. I didn't notice until I was older rewatching it and then it was like "...gambling? drinking? prison? kidnapping? murder? blackmail? Hell? WHAT IS THIS?"

Anastasia was pretty good, ngl. The songs were surprisingly good for non-Disney.

I love her blog so much. I got bored one day and backread like... all of it.

Lizbazcat89 on July 19th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for you to watch Anastasia!!!

Kali_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)

lol the lyrics are so bad, silly bbKali.

Okay, overall thoughts:
-the music was pretty good for non-Disney ngl
-the animation however was a bit wonky in places sorry2say
-I like that Anya is the one who defeats Rasputin
-in the sidekicks department they had the obligatory cute animal, bad-guy-backup and well-meaning fat guy
-this was obviously made around the time CGI started to get cool and it's funny nowadays
-Anya was pretty cool
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Cateybeingfacetious on July 19th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Anastasia = ♥
Austinjohnmayergirl23 on July 19th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
ii. LOL I love how like, six of these points boil down to "I am lazy" A+ Kali, A+

iii. YESSSSS, but don't watch it right before bed, because as my roommate and i have learned, it can lead to some cracked out scary dreams.

iv. It will never stop being funny.
Kali_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)

I have a few hours left before I go to bed so I should be safe.

ikr? Oh John Barrowman.
The "Original Function"™iceshade on July 19th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Good god, that icon is my life in 100x100 pixels. May I steal it?

LOL ANASTASIA. I LOVE THAT MOVIE. It's hilarious to watch it on youtube and people always, ALWAYS get into arguments in the comments on whether it's Disney or not. Sometimes I break out popcorn.
Kali: misc :: internet -- FOREVER_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Sure, I stole it from someone else, LIRL

IT WAS TOTALLY NOT DISNEY U GUISE! I have definietly had that argument with friends before, too, lol.
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Alia Ziaen: [Moonlight] Mick's 'Brow of Deathsouthernrogue47 on July 19th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I am less than a minute into this video. OMG JOHN BARROWMAN, TEARS. TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY FACE.

Also, Anastasia FTW.
Kali: dw :: cpt bamf :: that much power_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Omg it's so funny, the first time I heard it I just about died.
renee: Do not want!rattus_aerius on July 19th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)


Now I just take my glasses off. ;)
Kali: misc :: like a proper adult_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I love that whole post.
Anya: himym (inside voice lily)erethesunrises on July 19th, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
YAY ANASTASIA. I'm so proud of you. <3

Also, only John Barrowman.
Kali: dw :: eleven :: the most feared_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)

lol ikr?
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Ing: dw :: cloen | Idk. I don't even. Oi!hysteriagalore on July 19th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
III. Anastasia is soo good omg

IV. I'm at work right now so unfortunately I cannot watch the vid, however it's John Barrowman singing a fic so I can only assume it is epic and awkward :D
Kali: dw :: donna :: in my wedding dress_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
It was good! I was pretty impressed with the music because that is often mediocre in non-Disney films.

Omg it's so hilarious, it's like a rewrite of "The Wizard and I".
Kellysweetcherrytree on July 19th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Saying lines of dialogue out loud in a couple different ways makes it easier for me to pick the one that I think sounds the most genuine or flows the best or sounds the most like that character’s voice. Similarly I end up pulling lots of weird facial expressions or doing weird hand gestures while trying to figure out how to describe that facial expression/hand gesture.

i am imagining this and it is hilarious because i see you pulling some godawful expression and flailing your arm outward alone in a room in front of your computer

you're great
Kali: dw :: eleven :: strongest in arms_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
That is basically what it is like ngl.
Sharon: stock - pink roseslatine on July 19th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think that talking to yourself when writing's a good sign to know if you're meant to write or you're simply doing it cause everyone else does it (you are the former, I'm the latter). I have never in my entire life written a scene with a) a plot or b) actually minding it so much so as to read it out loud and see if it sounded strained. Maybe it's because it's in another language and not my native one...

... but I really don't think so, har har. In conclusion, that's a good thing. For you, anyway. :D

I know!!! ANASTASIA IS NOT DISNEY. But you will like it anyway. I used to have her Barbie. Real cool. She had short, reddish hair. So original. *sings* Once upon a December...
Kali: dw :: act :: one two three_thirty2flavors on July 19th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Shaaaaron! Sup girl! It's been a while!

I think I do the talk-out-loud-thing more now that i write TV fic than I did when I was writing HP fic, to be honest. There's something different about knowing the actor's voice and how they read lines versus characters on paper. It does however mean that my dialogue is biased towards things that sound natural in my Canadian English, so I'm not sure how effective it really is.

I did like it! I won a stuffed version of the dog once but I'm not sure if I still own it.
lorelaisquared on July 19th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
I am totally going to watch that not-Disney-but-everyone-thinks-it-is Anastasia movie for the first time tonight. I KNOW, I AM SO COOL.

OH! I love that movie! It's fantastic. Enjoy!