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February 17th, 2017

How about this week, you share as many first sentences as you're willing from any/all of your WiPs? First sentences can be so brutal, it'd be nice to see some that have come into existence. Sadly, the only superhero story I'm working on is my Big Bang at the moment, and I can't share that, so you get non-comics stuff instead!

“Sami, you’re not going to believe this, I got us the sweetest gig for next weekend,” Kevin blurted out as his tag team partner got in the car.

(Shockingly, Kevin will later discover it is not actually "the sweetest gig.")

There’s a woman waiting for them, guarding the gate as though she knew they were coming.

(Ooooh, present tense. Not my favorite, usually, but I'm aiming for a sort of mythical feel, so maybe it'll work! I hate when I realize the tense is wrong because it is SO HARD TO FIX...)

And this isn't even properly a WiP yet, just a first sentence and a pile of ideas, but I'm gonna share because it cracked me up--the first line of the soon-to-be-a-classic "Piledrivers & Prejudice":

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young singles wrestler in possession of great talent must be in want of a tag team partner.

February 10th, 2017

So while we're doing WiP analysis (which I like because they can shift a little every week): What's the current word count on your WiPs? I know that doesn't mean a huge amount because 1000 words can be almost done or 10% done, but let's take a look!

My (shockingly large number for me) 4 WiPs are currently at:

1800 words (probably about 70% done, not sure)
300 words (probably about 30% done, it's a short story)
1900 words (about 50% done)
5000 words (about 70% done)

It's nice to be within shooting distance of two different stories! I have all this afternoon free so am hoping to move forward a little on all of them, maybe even to finish the very short one. How are things looking for you?

February 3rd, 2017

How goes the writing for everyone this week? I am inching along on the Big Bang, but I think I've gotten to the emotional meat of the story so it might be easier to dig in now! Other things are coming along nicely...

We've talked about coming up with titles and how that can be a challenge, how so about we share! What are the titles of your last three works (either WiPs or finished, whatever you like), why did you end up with them, and how much do you like them?

"When in Rome" is the space sex party story, and honestly I'm mostly just surprised I don't have a story with that title yet, it seemed pretty straightforward.
"Three Hotel Rooms" is kind of a bland title, but since the story (not even really a story, just a word-experiment) is the descriptions of three different empty hotel rooms with the contents being hints about what the characters are going through, it fits. :)
"Here's an Idea..." is maybe my favorite title so far--not because it's clever, but because the phrase works well in the story (a character says it whenever he has a particularly daring plan, and it comes up three times, and the last time it leaves implicit a whole crazy AU future) and makes for really nice pacing, I think.

Talk titles and other writing below!

January 27th, 2017

Happy Thursday! I'm stalled out on two different stories right now because their endings both depend on what happens in the next installment of canon, alas! Which means I'm starting other stories instead while I wait, which means I now have...five WiPs, which is unprecedented for me, I think. How many WiPs do you have going right now, and is that standard or not for you? How are they going?

January 20th, 2017

This late post brought to you by OH LORD NOTHING'S GETTING DONE AND I NEED A WEEK OFF PRETTY BADLY.

I've been writing here and there, though! And have so many ideas I want to write. Let me ask, what's the thing burning a hole in your brain right now, the thing you WANT to write, not NEED to write?

(I really want to get back to this story where A thinks that Enemy B's phone number has changed, so sends him increasingly lovesick texts, not knowing that B is still receiving them...)

January 13th, 2017

A quick reminder that this comm is also available on Dreamwidth under the same name, if you're moving over there!

How has the writing gone this week? I've gotten not as much done as I'd liked, added about 5 new ideas to my "write this" file without cleaning anything off the board, but that's okay because I have a lot of things I want to write! This is a good situation. And I'm about 2,000 words into my Big Bang with the first check-in tomorrow, so I'm feeling not ecstatic about it, but at least progress is being made. I hope things are coming along well for you!

December 30th, 2016

Posting late because it's my holidays here and I promptly lost track of the days, yay!

2016 is nearly over! Rather than looking back, let's look forward: what are your hopes/plans/resolutions for 2017, writing-wise or fandom-wise or whatever-wise?

I want to finish this Superbat Big Bang by March, but other than that I have very few plans, to be honest. Going to avoid doing challenges and such as much as possible, because I'm not at all certain the extra pressure will be helpful. Probably I'll allow myself to be self-indulgent and write more small pieces and canon tags in the most active fandom--I somehow had convinced myself that anything under 1000 words wasn't worth posting, that I should be writing longer plotty pieces. And then I went back and looked at my early DC work and LOTS of them are just vignettes and moments written for the sheer joy of it, and I love a lot of them! No more short-fic-shaming for me! :D

December 23rd, 2016

How goes with everyone as the year draws to a close? Next week I'll find one of those end-of-the-year memes and discuss it here, perhaps! I've been writing short vignettes this week and enjoying it a lot. though I'm not sure which if any I will post--I've been trying to practice expanding my range of characters, but it always seems like the vignettes I like best and which resonate most are with the same rather small circle of characters. I guess that's natural, but it's a bit frustrating as well! How are things with you?

December 9th, 2016

What pairing would you like to write for that you never have?

Hm, I can't think of many because almost everything I like I dabbled in at least a little! I've only glanced along Apollo/Midnighter and I'd like to write more of them. Same with Bruce/Selina, who I love but find hard to write.

How's your writing going this week? Mine has been very stalled--I've done some big Bang planning and forged ahead slowly on other things, but it's not really a writing-heavy time of year. I hope your writing life is more productive and your not-writing-life is relatively hassle-free!

December 2nd, 2016

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! November is over and 2016 is nearly over!

This week I'm asking about favorite tropes, mostly because I felt like taking this trope sorter test again and seeing what I came up with. Listing only my top ten yields a fairly predictable set:

1 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
2 Sex Pollen
3 Hurt/Comfort
4 Fake Out Make Out
5 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
6 Amnesia
7 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
8 Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
9 Loyalty Kink
10 Enemies to Friends to Lovers

What are your results if you feel like it, and what are you working on this week? I don't have anything ready to post (alas!) because Yuletide took up a lot of my energy (I do have four Yuletide stories written, so I feel good about that!). And things are going slowly on the writing front in general but I'm confident I'll find some time soon to work on my alien sex party fic, muahaha.
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