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: (Oblivion)
As is well known, I do not possess Skills of An Artist.

But my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] stellarwind keeps saying Very Funny Things on irc, and as a result of a conversation we had, I was compelled to draw this little Elder Scrolls: Oblivion comic. It took me nine and a half hours because I can't draw, so no bitching about the lack of backgrounds or the fact that Martin's Emperor robe isn't perfect please :D

If you know nothing about Oblivion, the one piece of information you need in order to enjoy it is that "septim" is both the name of the currency of Tamriel, and the surname of its Emperors. And possibly that the big red thing with four arms is the Big Bad Guy of the game who is trying to take over/destroy the world.

65,607 + 1 Septims
Featuring my character Alix de Feu and Emperor Martin Septim.
Also random Trogdor from nowhere since he's the only dragon I can draw.
700 pixel wide image below the cut - this *should* be small enough not to break anyone's LJ style )
baratron: (Warning: Sick!)
So I had the choice of three different End of the World barnights/birthday drinkies/Christmas drinkies parties tonight, at three different pubs in central London. And instead I am at home ragingly ill with a cold. Probably caught from going to see The Wildhearts on Monday and freezing my tits off on the way home (despite a pair of leggings, a pair of jeans over the top, legwarmers over those, thick winter boots, a mesh top, two t-shirts, a thick hoody, a big winter's coat, a scarf, hat, and gloves - and then borrowing one of Richard's hoodies as a blanket!).

It's the sort of relatively low-level infection that, if I were otherwise healthy, I probably wouldn't be bothered by at all. As it is, it's enough to turn me from "coping" to "non-functional". Sigh. Haven't been able to get my blood test done because too ill to leave the house. Have to do that next week.

In other news, I finally like the story that I've been writing with Someone who can make themselves known if they want to. It doesn't suck anywhere near as much as it did last night, since he fixed the bits that weren't working and just generally improved the dialogue and characterisation. I made a couple of minor corrections today, as soon as my brain was working, and yeah. It's done.

Mildly NSFW, though not very. )

Update: Eeee! Someone on the Skyrim Kink Meme specifically requested me to write her Not Porn! Snuggly friendship fic between my two characters before they were lovers! Eeee! I'm famous! :D
baratron: (Oblivion)
Guys. The ending of the main quest in Oblivion. It is WEAK.

Cut because I know some of you still haven't played the game and don't want spoilers. )
I have to admit, the closing graphical scene might have been quite emotional if I could have understood it. Why the fuck suddenly no subtitles? I might write a stiff email to Bethesda, actually. Oblivion might be six years old, but they keep posting trailers on YouTube now with no subtitles. It's basic accessibility. Some people are deaf, other people have auditory processing issues.

I just can't believe that there were dozens of random people running around during that battle, but they were generic Palace Guards and Imperial Legion members instead of the Blades. I mean, what are the Blades for if not to protect the Emperor?

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: (Sims 2)
So, today I've been having period pain so bad I felt as though the entire left side of my abdomen was going to explode, making it Opiates or Death time. Blargh.

Possibly as a result of this, I did something I swore I was Never Going To Do Again, and booted up the very terrible Sims Medieval. Much ranting on irc occurred, since I couldn't remember anything about how it works. The camera mode is greatly restricted compared to Sims 3, and while the Medieval sims look like Sims 3 sims, they aren't - if you take a sim created in one game and put it in the other, you get HORRIBLE MUTANTS. I didn't even remember that Medieval is the world's stupidest version of The Sims, since you can't actually build anything, which is the Fun Part. Also, while I've long known suck at making characters who look like real people, I'd have thought that making a character from one game in another game would be easier. Not even SLIGHTLY!

Anyway, thanks to Tailon on PokeCharms, who has a *very* good eye for attention to detail, this happened:
Sim Martin?

He's still not perfect: in particular his nose is too long and mouth are too wide, since apparently Medieval Create-A-Sim lies, but that's very recognisably Martin Septim.

Utterly lovely pics of pixel men )

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