baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
I am. Didn't start until 11th November because of illness, so I've no idea if I'll actually finish or not. But I feel accomplished anyway because I got past Chapter 16 in my story, which I have been blocked on for almost two years.

Honestly, Chapter 16 and I were not friends and I am so pleased to have got myself past it!

Since I started so late, all my NaNoWriMo stats are screwed up. Especially the "At This Rate You Will Finish On", which currently says May 11, 2016. I kinda hope I'll finish before that, or I might just go insane.
baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
The first six chapters of my NaNoWriMo novel (including one which only came into existence on Tuesday) are now up on Archive of Our Own. Feel free to read it and comment.

I cannot honestly tell you how much knowledge of the Elder Scrolls universe it needs. I think it should be entirely comprehensible to people who have only played Morrowind or Skyrim, but I don't know how it reads to someone who hasn't played the games at all. I hope it's at the level of Generic Fantasy, where there are names of creatures and places and ethnicities and gods which you're not familiar with but which are eventually explained somewhere in the plot. Hard to know considering that I wrote it, so feedback on that would be interesting.

Now I've reached the part which needs extensive editing, and it's rather difficult. I need to throw away material that I personally like because it lags the plot unnecessarily. It almost reads as "Look how clever I am - I've done so much research into the game Oblivion, I'm including so many minor characters." I don't want people to read it and think that I'm trying to show off! So it needs scrapping, and URGH.

In other news, I have woken up today with a raging sore throat. I think I must have slept with my mouth open for hours. Well, I hope it's just that and/or allergies, and not going down with anything. I'm not aware of any BiCon Lurgy, and that's usually spread by snogging rather than simply being in the same place, but I'm now sneezing and ARGH. Do Not Want!
baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
In other news, while I was away, I worked out exactly what needs to be done to my NaNoWriMo novel to make it work. I'm not sure it's something I can explain quickly, so I won't bother, but it involves rather more scrapping of existing content and rewriting than I am happy with. Oh well. NaNoWriMo is an exercise in proving that you can write 50,000 words - not an exercise in writing a perfect 50,000 words that need no editing. If you're a published author on your tenth novel, you might be able to write something that needs minimal editing - I'm not, so I can't and shouldn't expect perfection.

I also had a very amusing time yesterday. People on irc were going on about personality tests (like the Kiersey Temperament Sorter/Myers-Briggs, etc), and I did the test with both Alix and Martin. (It didn't take me 20-30 minutes, more like 5 for each of them, but then I read really fast). It was quite hilarious because Alix's answers were almost all "Completely agree" or "Completely disagree" whereas Martin was more measured. Apparently my version of Martin Septim is INFJ, and Alix is ENFP. And then I laughed my arse off when I discovered that those personality types are each other's perfect romantic partners. Awww.

(I did not bother to do the test as myself because I would come out as ENFJ. I always do, unless I'm depressed enough to flip into introversion. Similarly, Richard is about as INTP as it's possible to get. Apparently our personality types are also perfect matches for romantic partners, which is quite, quite amusing.)

Also, here is a picture of Martin which [livejournal.com profile] stellarwind drew for me. It is epic, featuring both his human and dragon forms. Honestly, you should look at it even if you know nothing about Oblivion or Skyrim but simply like dragons.
baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
For anyone who's wondering what the characters in my fiction look like, look behind the lj-cut )

Yes, Alix is very pale and very girly. He's supposed to be. Although they're both human, they're different races of human within the Elder Scrolls universe. Martin is an Imperial - the dominant race in Cyrodiil, average height and weight, light brown/olive skin, brown or black hair, based on Roman culture. He's also the heir to the throne, but he goes around in the same beaten-up robe that he wore when he was just a priest: partly in rebellion, partly in denial.

Alix is a Breton - short and slender, pale skin, red or brown-haired, part-elven (which is especially apparent from his ears), high degree of magical ability. He wears leather armour most of the time even though he's a mage, because it offers more protection than mages' robes. (As well as causing slightly fewer people to mistake him for being female).

The artist who drew this picture, Memai, tends to draw Breton men as fairly androgynous, which fits Alix very well. Here's her commissions page, if you're interested - very reasonable prices compared to what a lot of fan artists charge!

I love the expressions in their eyes. Alix is all hopeful: "Hi love, I just returned from a mission, would you like to come to bed with me? Now?", and Martin's saying "oh hell, I was concentrating on some work, but now I've forgotten what I was doing and ... oh!". Hehehe.
baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
Apparently my brain is still stuck in NaNoWriMo mode. Yesterday I wrote 2008 words of a brand new story. Today, a further 2554 words. Alarmingly, I wasn't even expecting the whole thing to be more than 2000 words, but I now reckon it'll be closer to 6000. Very odd.

I am clearly much less ill than I have been. On Saturday I went out to meet complete strangers in the pub: one of the London "end of NaNoWriMo" parties. Frankly the only reason I could even contemplate it was that I'd been to that pub before and knew it was accessible. Was anxious as all hell before getting there. The stupid bus driver failed to notice that I'd hit the "stop requested" button, so went past the stop I wanted - but that was actually GOOD, because it meant I got off by a load of shops, and bought mints, which helped with the anxiety-nausea. I spoke to maybe 7 or 8 people out of the 30 or 40 that were there, which I guess is success. There was one girl almost exactly the same age as me who'd also written fanfic, and we got on really well.

This is kinda amazing because for the past 6 weeks or so, I've been basically a hermit - so introverted that even being around Richard was too much sometimes. Introversion isn't a problem if it's the way your brain is naturally wired, but for me it's a sign of serious depression. I usually need a certain amount of human contact to function. Now I have to contact all the friends I've been neglecting (or they can contact me, if they read this). I must also be better since lately I've been woken up by my stomach, rather than sleeping way past hunger - sometimes to the point where I then don't wake up because my blood sugar is too low. I guess this shows that the med increase is working, because I'm back to behaving like me again. Still don't feel absolutely perfect, though.

Also I need to seriously reboot my brain back into "work" mode. I've been neglecting everything due to anxiety and/or no functioning brain. Really not sure how to do that.
baratron: (mages guild)
Dear friends,

You make no sense! On Thursday, I posted about something very, very important to me - and received 4 comments. Yesterday, I posted about something incredibly annoying, yet trivial in the grand scheme of things - and received 7 comments.

Guys - I WROTE A BOOK! I know I've written books before - technically my MPhil thesis is one; but this is a novel, and I've wanted to Be A Writer for years. And now I am one! Maybe you think it doesn't count because I borrowed the plotline and characters from a video game. Well, lots of people borrow plotlines (a certain Terry Pratchett has been known to borrow liberally from a certain William Shakespeare), and I've taken perhaps all of 3,000 words from the game. The rest of it is mine.

Maybe you were waiting to congratulate me until I finished it completely? I dunno. I'm pretty proud to get to the end of the 50,000 words. Given that I'm feeling better and am likely to be back doing College work next week, I don't know how long the rest of it is going to take. A while. Certainly longer than another month.

...People are strange.
baratron: (NaNoWriMo)
I have written 53,563 words this month.

Despite being broken and sick the whole time.

I haven't managed to combine this with College or earning money, but that's as much due to the way I've been ill as anything else. It's hard to go into College when you're too exhausted and anxious to move.

I do wish I hadn't been quite so utterly introverted this month, since I've been neglecting some of my friends terribly - but again, that's been due to the way I've been ill :S I should be a little more sociable now my meds have kicked in.

I'm fairly sure my stats page isn't actually right, but you can see the progression fairly well, anyway.

The scary thing? These 53,563 words, or 72 pages of A4, represent about 40% of the story. I'm not quite at the level of DualKatanas and his 532,640 words, but I'll definitely have written well over 100,000 words by the time I finish. Huh.

Is anyone very, very bored? I need some beta readers. I want to start publishing this on Archive of Our Own a couple of chapters at a time, even before it's finished, since I know exactly how it's going to end (have already written the ending!). Do realise that you'd be committing to reading 72 pages of my dreadful rambling - or rather, Alix, my main character's dreadful rambling ;)

Statistics so far )
baratron: (Oblivion)
Having finished my 50,000 words, I decided to spellcheck the bugger. I found precisely 6 spelling mistakes: 'beserker' (which I ALWAYS get wrong), 'defense', 'pretense', 'offense', 'vascillated' (which I swear I checked before writing), and 'drafty', plus one which I refused to admit was a mistake: 'artifact' instead of 'artefact'. The game uses "artifact" all the way through, and apparently that's correct American English, and you can justify both spellings perfectly well with Latin - so sod it, I'm keeping the 'i'.

But the point of this post isn't to congratulate myself on my l337 spelling skillz (which, after all, are as much down to luck as anything else). It's to share with you the wonders perpetuated by my spellchecker upon words from the fantasy universe. Enjoy: Read more... )
baratron: (Skyrim)
WTF? According to IMDB, the UK isn't getting Wreck-It Ralph until 15th February 2013. That is just ridiculous. The Disney official site says 8th February 2013, but that's scarcely an improvement. Does Disney not realise that in this day and age, people have friends all over the world? Three months is a long time to wait.

In other news, I have assumed that my weird illness last week was down to side-effects from increasing my dose of venlafaxine. Everything that was wrong was a thing mentioned on the leaflet. If I'm not all the way better next week, I'll worry about it then.

Sutton Hospital have sent me an absolutely ridiculous packet of questionnaires that need to be filled in and taken to my appointment on 11th December. Seriously - I haven't counted the sheets, but we're talking at least 15 sheets of A4 paper. Do they not realise I have chronic fatigue? Damn them.

Also, my NaNoWriMo "novel" has reached the fabled and mythical 50,000 words status. I shall submit it for checking in a few days. The story is approximately half-finished, so I need some other word counter software to plot a little graph to show how I'm doing relative to the idea of N words per day. I'm absolutely sure I could do this in OpenOffice or Excel, but I like the public-ness of the NaNoWriMo site. Anyone know of an alternative that exists all year round?
baratron: (richard)
Richard's opinion on my NaNoWriMo novel: "This thing's been going on for HOW MANY pages and they still haven't got it on? You're crap at writing porn, you are!"

I had to point out that it isn't supposed to be porn :) It's a friendship story that eventually becomes a love story, but it takes them a while to realise that they both feel the same way: what with all the Evil Demons Trying to Destroy The World inbetween.

Also, he didn't like the scene I was writing. I explained to him that I couldn't talk because my characters were busy having an argument and I needed to get it down before I forgot what they said. "You're creating stress!" he told me. I said "What, so you think I should write a story where they meet and are happy and fluffy forever until one of them Massive spoiler for Oblivion Main Quest )

In other news, I really need to stop writing this story backwards: scene 4 followed by scene 3 followed by scene 2 followed by scene 1, because then I have to go back to what I've already written and make continuity corrections. It's most annoying, but I just can't seem to help it. I write what I'm in the mood for and what the characters tell me to write. There're a couple of scenes right at the very beginning of the story that are absolutely plot-essential and which I cannot be bothered with at all, so I'm likely to get to the end of the 50,000 words without having written them. Ah well. No one said it had to be coherent or complete :D

NaNoWriMo

Nov. 13th, 2012 07:35 am
baratron: (Oblivion)
If you would like to follow along with my insanity at home, please visit terrible-fanfiction-which-needs-a-title/stats ;)

And, uh, here's the synopsis, which contains A MASSIVE SPOILER for the main quest of Oblivion. If you haven't already played that game and are bothered about spoilers, you'll want to avoid both the synopsis and the, er, terrible novel when it's finally online. My other Oblivion fanfic is set well before the MASSIVE SPOILER, so can be read without spoilerification. Although there's a bit of foreshadowing.

I have a list of possible titles for the terrible fanfiction, which I'll post if it looks like I have any sort of hope of winning NaNoWriMo, and then you can vote, and laugh. There are two I really like, one that's okay, and a couple more that are either clich├ęd or trying to be too clever.

Though I will never be able to compete with Blood and Steel, by the insane writer DualKatanas. This Oblivion fanfiction stands at 532,640 words, or 10 x NaNoWriMo novels, and is still nowhere near finished. To put it in perspective, the story has just finished the 14th out of 16 quests in the main questline. I am both amazed and terrified. It's a damn good read though, if you have many hours to spare.
baratron: (bi_pride)
I realised last night, I'm on page 37 of my novel and there hasn't been a single female character yet. Not one with actual dialogue. One's mentioned in passing and the other is a horse - I hardly think this counts. The only exception would be if you don't know that I Only Write Slash and assume that the first-person narrator is a woman. Damn!

This is doubly annoying since it's fanfiction, so I'm stuck using the characters who exist in canon. In the scenes with the Blades (the Emperor's bodyguards), I've tried to use the female ones, but there are only two of those. Even worse - and for this I really am a bad feminist who won't be getting any biscuits, my original character Alix moans about a couple of female Mages Guildhall heads. Both of them are incredibly annoying & incompetent in the game: one, who only cares about her own research, not about the welfare of her fellow mages; and another, who has virtually no magical ability whatsoever and only got the job because of who she knew.

This really sucks and I don't know how to fix it. There is a female alchemist, and Oleta, the country's best Restoration trainer, who both have to be written into the chapter I couldn't face writing - oh, and a woman town guard. That's about Chapter 3 of this, if the novel was structured like that. Oleta comes up again in the second-to-last chapter when Alix is completely broken following [MAJOR SPOILER]. There's also a female archivist in the Mages Guild Library who has a part somewhere around the middle. Apart from those, I'd be adding women for the sake of adding women. Hmm.

In other news, I will be at neither the bisexual activists' weekend nor Birmingham BiFest. My body is beyond broken right now. In fact, I've had so much time for writing due to being completely unable to sleep because of pain :/ Right now I can walk about 5 m, and it's fricking agony. Dragging my arse into College today for the first time in two weeks, then home to collapse with the laptop. Urgh.

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