Jul. 21st, 2011

So Busy

Jul. 21st, 2011 08:32 am
azn_jack_fiend: (Miracle Day - Gwen)
So much stuff going on, oh man. Most if it is writing related. We're doing a lot of research into publication and submission now -- we did research at the very beginning, but now we're getting really specific -- and we're almost done. Maybe 1000-1500 more words to write on the epilogue. There's also one chapter -- Chapter 19 out of 26 total -- that's proving difficult to edit. So far, the edited chapters have been basically sentence level, but we have feedback from two sources (amazing beta plus amazing alpha/cheerleader) that part of Chapter 19 is a bit problematic in terms of structure and pacing. We need to cut part of it and recast some of the beginning, but deciding on which parts to cut is tough. The eternal lament, and I'm sure many of you can relate.

On the plus side? That's only one problem chapter. Also, I've been downloading into Scrivener, and we're looking at the equivalent of a 312-page paperback. The synopsis is going to be fairly easy to write based on our detailed chapter breakdowns. The structure is rock solid, the pacing is exciting and there is no filler. The setting is fucking awesome and I have to say, the balance it strikes between reality and mystery is better than pretty much any urban fantasy I've ever read (though I'm not including the New Weird writers in that, I think they're a different league altogether).

I have some ideas for little MD fic as well: drabbles and so on. I'd like to do something grim and comic for Rex/Lyn. But I haven't been reading much fic in the last few weeks because so much of my energy has gone into the novel. I really want to catch up once we're done! For example, I know [livejournal.com profile] joking  wrote more fem!Nine fic recently and I'm really looking forward to reading that, because it's always amazing.

And more Miracle Day tomorrow, woo hoo. I hope we get some character exploration and backstory in this episode.  Honestly, I'm looking forward to that more than the sex scene... although from the pictures I've seen, Jack is looking damn good in it. And I'm dying to see how closely it follows along the lines of a certain nasty RPF piece a certain someone might have worked on earlier this year, ahem.
azn_jack_fiend: (technoviking)
I'm going to turn comments off on this just because I'm feeling cowardly and approximately 99.99% of my f-list are massive Harry Potter fans.

And no, I've never read the books and I've only seen snatches of the movies. But since joining fandom I've learned tons about HP passively and nothing, absolutely nothing, that I've learned has made me the slightest bit interested in finding out more.  And this piece by Sady Doyle kind of sums up all the reasons. Maybe if I got into it when I was at the right stage I would enjoy the redeeming stuff about it, but now at my cynical age, having read enough special chosen boy narratives... nope. Just can't deal with it. Sorry folks.

I think some people who love HP also have loved this piece, so you might want to give it a chance. I like Tolkien but I also like stuff that rips into Tolkien, so as they say, YMMV.
azn_jack_fiend: (Default)
I just figured out why I never got interested in Harry Potter!  About ten minutes ago, actually.

All right. My family was very anglophile and we lived in the UK for a bit. But my parents were also super major hippies and we sort of roamed around, all over, for many years coachsurfing and living on farms. And I was raised on stories of what horrible horrible hellholes English boarding schools are.Very brief mention of sexual violence ). I know this may sound completely incredible, but ever since I was very young, my mother told me over and over again that I should be lucky that I wasn't born into an upper-class English family, because if I was, I would be kicked out of the house at the age of 8 and only allowed home on holidays, and what a horrible cruel anti-child social practice this was and she would never, ever do that to me even if she had the money. To this day I don't know why she was so obsessive on that point; she had a more-or-less privileged childhood in the US but certainly didn't go to a boarding school.

I think for many people, the setting of HP is really what sucked them in. I can empathize with that, coming from the perspective of a childhood Tolkien reader. But the first time I saw the HP books appear, I must have had a kneejerk EWW ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOL DNW. And besides the setting, nothing else grabbed me afterward.


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