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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!
  • Just sent a new chapter of Unrehearsable to the betas tonight!

    As far as my three most recent works, (not counting Unrehearsable or Under the Radar, since I've been working on them for years), those would be "Back Again... Different than Before," "Honey and Vinegar," and "Passamaquoddy Impromptu".

    Back Again was a tenth-hour Yuletide pinch-hit. As I mentioned before, when I take on a pinch-hit with a tight deadline, I only step up to the plate if I immediately get an idea for a fic from the prompt. In this case, the giftee had asked for something in the Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon fandom. In case you're not familiar with it, the premise was six kids from our world get zapped into a fantasy realm and keep trying to find a portal home. The prompt was a request for a glimpse of what happened when they finally made it back. I took the title from a lyric in the song "Giants in the Sky" from the Into the Woods soundtrack:

    And you think of all of the things you've seen
    And you wish that you could live inbetween
    But you're back again only different than before...


    I knew I had to use that lyric in my title; it just clicked for me.

    Honey and Vinegar was my initial Yuletide assignment. I didn't have a prompt for this one, just a request to use two characters. The main character is spirited and snarky. Her best friend is one of those "too sweet for words" types. She is the honey to the main character's vinegar. I'm not sure it was the best title possible, but it certainly fits!

    As for Passamaquoddy Impromptu, aka the OUAT-Pete's Dragon crossover that kidnapped me away from my other writing for six months and did not let up...

    Passamaquoddy is the setting of the original (1977) Pete's Dragon movie. OUAT has a couple of episodes named after locales, one of which was "New York City Serenade". I wanted a title that would make it clear that I was crossing over with Pete's Dragon. And I liked the idea of a place-name/musical composition title. So, I went to Wikipedia for a list of types of musical compositions and "Impromptu" seemed to work best with "Passamaquoddy". (Passamaquoddy Symphony? Sonata? Fugue? Just... no.) I do think that the title is interesting enough to get someone to read the summary and lets you know it's a crossover out of the gate (assuming you're familiar with the other fandom. In other words, it does what it's supposed to and does it rather well!

    • Passamaquoddy Impromptu is a really good title, I think! It just rolls well in the brain and is striking and not cliched. I'm kind of envious of it. :D

      "Into the Woods" has a lot of lyrics that would work well with the D&D cartoon (oh, the childhood memories!) I like that choice quite a bit...

      Hope the beta is going well!
  • Titles are the worst. The worst!
    I won't ever share mine, I'm too ashamed.

    Edited at 2017-02-03 08:02 am (UTC)
    • I think I'm just lucky that mine are beyond the "Hurt/Comfort WiP" stage of my titles. :) Well, my Big Bang title is still at that stage, but that means if I share it it'll give away which one is mine, so... nope! Though just typing here I think the actual final title just came to me, so that's good! Whoo! (Not that I can share that either!)
  • Writing has been a bit hit-and-miss this week. I've decided not to be concerned about that, however, and consider it a recharging interlude. Plus, maybe it's good to make a couple of false starts to help focus in on how a story needs to go.

    My biggest title issue of late has been being ready to post a fic only to have to deal with AO3's demand that there be an umbrella series title for all related fics. I know I should be prepared for that but somehow I never am.

    "Curses Foiled Again" is my favorite of recent titles. The fic's original, working title, was "Fate and Destiny Meet in a Bar," referencing a cartoon I'd seen, but it never felt right. The final title was a sudden inspiration, remembering the Snidely Whiplash character from the old Dudley Do-Right cartoons, "Curses, foiled again!" Take away the comma and it was perfect for the fic.

    "Boats Against the Current" was going to be "First Impressions," referencing Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy getting each other all wrong. For some reason my brain went to F. Scott Fitzgerald at the last minute, though, with Bruce/Gatsby parallels.

    The sequel, "Normal As Blueberry Pie," is the less familiar line from I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy -- I'm as corny as Kansas in August/I'm as normal as blueberry pie. "Corny as Kansas in August" would have been fine but for whatever reason I felt inclined to go the other way.

    The third story in the series will be "Beneath the Moon," purely because it cracks me up that the orchestra is playing Night and Day as Clark and Bruce meet for the first time in the movie.
    • My biggest title issue of late has been being ready to post a fic only to have to deal with AO3's demand that there be an umbrella series title for all related fics. I know I should be prepared for that but somehow I never am.

      I'm with you, I have never QUITE gotten the hang of that!

      I'm cracking up at the grammatical ambiguity of "Curses Foiled Again," that is lovely. And I do think "Boats Against the Current" is a beautiful title, much more striking than "First Impressions," so good choice! (I'm writing a wrestling fic at some point called "Piledrivers and Prejudice," about two wrestlers who meet and get the wrong first impression of each other immediately, I just could not resist the title!)

      The third story in the series will be "Beneath the Moon," purely because it cracks me up that the orchestra is playing Night and Day as Clark and Bruce meet for the first time in the movie.

      I DID NOT NOTICE THIS THAT IS AMAZING. And so hilariously romcom!
  • Glad to hear your writing is going well, especially the Big Bang. :)

    1) Mourning In America II: Hera's Haven: I decided to expand on the original premise and made it about various DC characters living under the new regime. The Hera's Haven subtitle deals with Lois covering a visit by Diana to one of the shelters. I think the series title says it all.

    2) The Mischievous Masseuse: a Battlestar: Galactica (TOS) Apollo/Starbuck story deriving the title from Starbuck's personality and the action. ;)

    3) The Raven And The Nightingale is an ongoing Bruce/Dick series set in the Edwardian era that takes inspiraion from their version of Batman and Robin/Nightwing. :)

    • "Mourning in America" is a beautiful title, I think. I JUST got the title for my Big Bang while talking in another comment about how I couldn't share it here, so that made me happy!

      I'm always really fond of "The Raven and the Nightingale" as a title, it seems to sum them up so well and evoke bats and robins without being direct about it at all.
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