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Things I have to do before DMing a LARP on the 11th:

  • Make NPC packet not suck, send it out
  • Make the puzzles
  • Write the *riddles* for the puzzles
  • Do the art for art's sake
  • Write the lore
  • Buy / prepare the snacks
  • Try not to scream and die (THIS IS THE HARD ONE)

    Wargarble.

    On the plus side, Thanksgiving was pleasant, and I saw HP7.1, which was spectacular by comparison to the book. Some screenwriter did the job that JKR's editor should have done years ago and snipped and prodded and rearranged and redistributed until the quite decent ideas came clean of the strangling words.

    Which is to say, I liked it and wasn't expecting to. I appreciate that the editing job gave Ron a more equitable distribution of Things to Do, tucked the plot threads in tidily, and gave characters things to do before killing them off. Very neat. (And I don't blame them in the least for making it two movies; what they had in this one could scarcely have been cut down any farther and retained meaning.)

    In other news, I hate my French prof with burning HATE. And there is a special Hell reserved entirely for the writers of plotless, revelatory short stories. Special. Hell. I don't see how they can *do* that, anyway. Don't the characters get bored and start clamoring for something to do? I mean, 1000 words of introspection, sure, but beyond that I know *my* characters persist in going and engaging in Actions whether I've provided them with convenient ones or not. I suspect this merely indicates that said writers don't actually know how to create living characters. Bah.
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    So, to better motivate me towards actually getting things done, I've decided to start posting the stories I'm working on bit-by-bit, for feedback and to ensure that there are people to nag me. Accordingly, here is the first part of the story I started two days ago.

    Luotes, part one )
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    So, I wrote some more on the story I'm working on (which is the same universe as another story idea I have with winged people, only when I started writing what I thought was going to be a winged people story it turned out to be this instead). I've found out a lot, which is always nice, like that the main character is a magician who likes to sew and wear pretty dresses (...yes, he is a man) and he has two cats named Clef and Fermata by his twelve-year-old brother (his brother likes music, and Clef keeps starting things with her brother and Fermata is bloody stubborn and holds on to an argument forever, because names tend to be accurate around here) and he's kind of weirded out by mirrors because all mirrors are magic mirrors eventually (and mirrors are just freaky) and his parents own the Black Griffin Inn (their matriarch cat is a black cat named Griffin--I know way more about these damn cats than has any relevance, probably) and today is his sister Alison's sixth name-day (she likes stories of dragons and adventure; he made her a miniature toy dragon which can't hurt anyone and won't last long, but boy will she ever love it while it does last) and the woman I've known he's going to end up going to sort out an evil magician with is in fact his sister Melanie, who's twenty-two to his twenty-four and has turned her dislike and distrust of him (he was a bit of a bully as only a child with magic whose younger sibling has none can be) into a distrust of magic generally, or maybe it's just that she expresses these views when she's home, and I think he has two other brothers in between Zachary and Melanie who don't have names yet, and he's cracked like all magicians which in his case means that he talks to magic like it's sentient, which it really kind of isn't, and also the dresses (not that he looks like a girl; he looks like a man in a dress) if that really counts, which it sort of doesn't because it's not that he's crazyish, it's that he wants to wear dresses and if you're a magician you can get away with that kind of thing, and his cottage just got turned into gingerbread by a stray bit of magic again, and his name is Jeffrey.

    I love when stories do this. My job is just to not get in the way.
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    I woke up about 1/2 hour ago from an exceptionally vivid nightmare in which I (and it was first-person me this time, which is unusual and made it more vivid) seemed to be starring in a psychological thriller/murder mystery/horror story. When I woke up, I wrote down as much of the plot as I can remember on a notebook I keep for dreams and things I think of right before sleep. However, I'm still twitching with adrenaline and scared there's a murderer in my house. (No lie: I was terrified to climb the stairs, because in my dream there were several murder attempts that involved stairs, and I woke up during the last one, which involved dropping something from above the stairwell, but I woke up when we had just ducked away from the stairs [into, now I think of it, my parents' bedroom] and hadn't seen what it was, so I felt like it might still happen.)

    *twitches, looks around* I hope I calm down sometime before noon. (Goddammit, part of me says, I got to bed what, five hours ago?) (Wow, another part of me says, that dream could make a kickass story. You should write it.)
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    So, apparently when I write original fic about an orphan who turns out to be a werewolf who was adopted after crazy bigots killed his "pack" but thought that the children could be "saved", my inspiration stalls out and/or I realize that a)this fic would be similar without the werewolves and b)it wants to have chapters, with an option of c)I have a character arc but no plot to hide it in. On the other hand, when I decide to write about a "pack" of werewolves with kids living in suburbia, 2,000 words just dance by. I don't even know.

    On the other hand, I'm actually happy with this story. It's kind of unbalanced--two sections for two kids at 500 words each, followed by a section at 1,000--but I like these guys. They're fun, they're fresh, they don't bore me or make me wonder what the point is of having them be werewolves in the first place, they don't make me feel like I'm indulging in teen angst, and above all, they're different. I feel like this story is actually saleable, or will be after a few more scenes and some editing, because it's not the same old stuff. Werewolves? Meh. Pack of werewolves, actually living together? Slightly less meh. (Seriously, writers, social creatures.) Werewolves raising kids? Nonmeh. Werewolves in white picket fence land? Tell me more!

    Maybe it's just me, but...werewolves living in a more wolflike pack structure with Mom and Dad and then a whole bunch of aunts and uncles? Adult werewolves? Werewolves with children? Werewolves at PTA meetings? DO WANT.

    The person who paid good money for a story with werewolves and m/m sex if you've got it may not agree, though. I may end up writing her another one, but...werewolves at PTA meetings!
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    See, the way it works is:

  • I am not about to go upstairs (=hotbox) between noon and 10 pm. Because agh agh death.
  • The network cable is upstairs. This controls my access to the Internet and its many distractions.
  • Therefore, I do not go online between noon and 10 pm.
  • Writing requires little movement and produces minimal heat.
  • Writing can be done downstairs, in the land of comparative cool.
  • I have only limited brain available during the afternoon.
  • On the other hand, after dark I start to perk right up.
  • Writing is also quiet and does not disturb the sleeping.
  • Writing can be done at all hours.

    Therefore, I wrote...something like ten pages? Of handwritten story today. It's original, a fun thing inspired by a series of short stories I read elsewhere. Hopefully different enough not to make me feel guilty. But. I have at least three other stories of the same length floating in my head, and that's not counting the vignettes. Yeah.

    And yes, it is in fact 2 am. And I'm more awake than I've been in hours. This heat wave is screwing with my sleep schedule.

    I believe I shall type this story tomorrow. Draft two time!
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