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Getting WiPped Into Shape

February's challenge over at ushobwri is to pick a WiP from your files and dedicate the month to doing something with it (finishing would be good). I should probably have gone with something that just needs me to do some typing and a few more scenes, or even that poor partly-posted Professionals fic at natsuko_writer :(

But since I was on a roll with the Avengers fic I talked about here (under F'lock because it's for avengerkink and I'm anon at the comm and wanna stay that way at the moment) having written 5k in a week and having existing scenes I could tweak for the prompt, that's what I'm working on. I'd like to get another 10k before 1 March and at least have a beginning to post to the meme. Touch Wood. DV. Crossed-fingers.

Okay, so halotolerant said she would (because she is as kind as she is awesome) but before I create the Group (of just her atm), I'd like to ask msmoat , splix and taste_is_sweet , since you expressed an interest when I started waffling about Avengers and Science Boyfriends, if you have any interest in being added to the Custom Group where I hope to post scenes before they go up on the meme. Not looking for a beta-read or edit, but just general reassurance as to whether it sucks balls or not.

Though if any Americans feel like telling me about vocab problems, I'd appreciate it - seriously, WHAT do Americans call a "petrolhead"? I'm assuming it's not "gashead", but you know what they say about assuming - a bit like what my Dad used to say about what "thought" did. ("But I thought...." "Yeah, well, you know what thought did, don't you? Thought he'd only farted and he'd shat himself.") And does anyone in the world other than me call themselves "hag-ridden" when they've had a bad night's sleep due to bad/weird dreams?

(Also, taste_is_sweet, sorry I bailed on you last night, without saying anything, but I had a cascade of "broken scripts" and then I couldn't get back into Google Hang-outs (I mis-typed "Hang-ups" at first, which might be telling!). Sorry - and many thanks for your encouragement! :D)


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Feb. 13th, 2016 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yay for writing ambition! And while I'd of course like to see you work on your Pros story, I definitely think you should work on what is driving you right now, which is Avengers. So, again, yay! \o/ Please do add me to the list to read-for-encouragement-or-warning.

As for petrolhead, we have several terms that mean different things in different contexts and parts of the country. "Car guy" is common, "gearhead" is a possibility, "grease monkey" can have an offensive tinge to it, although it refers to a car mechanic. So, if you're referring to someone who is crazy about cars, I'd probably recommend car guy--"Oh, he's a car guy." If you're talking about Tony Stark I'd probably say "gearhead" as it implies really getting into the technical aspects of fixing or tinkering with cars--or computers. *g* If you want Tony to insult somebody? "Hey, grease monkey!"
Feb. 16th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And also THANK YOU! I hoped as a fellow Top Gear (UK) - Clarkson, Hamster and May version - fan (because I DON'T EVEN DRIVE and I love those three men (May in particular!) on that show!), you would (a) know what I was talking about, and (b) be able to translate.

Most available sources of Brit-speak-to-Ameri-speak don't focus as much on slang as on things like in the UK a bureau (as a piece of furniture) is a writing desk with a roll-up/fold-down lid, not something you'd find in a bedroom; and a nightstand in the UK is an antique piece of furniture you use to hold/hide a chamber-pot; and a dresser is a set of shelves and/or cupboards you'd find in the kitchen; etc etc. You know?

Talk about nations divided... :D Thanks! :D
Feb. 13th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC)
I like "hag-ridden" :o
I have no earthly idea what a "petrolhead" is, so if we have an equivalent, I couldn't tell you. ^^; "Gashead" is not a thing as far as I know, though, lol.
Feb. 16th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: I like "hag-ridden" :o
LOL Thanks! :D
Feb. 14th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
I can't promise any indepth commentary, but I can certainly give overall impressions. :)

ETA: I had to look up petrolhead, had no idea what that was. In my neck of the woods we just call someone like that a car buff. :)

Edited at 2016-02-14 05:26 am (UTC)
Feb. 16th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Three words (e.g. "Do more research!") would be enough, if I'm honest. So seriously, if you feel like reading, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! :D

And re ETA. Heh. Yeah. As I've said SO many times, we are nations divied by a common tongue. Us Brits can normally *understand* American English, thanks to TV and films etc, but I always find *writing* it to be a ar different kettle of fish.
Feb. 17th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm SO grateful for my Britpicker. I've been reading/watching British media since I was knee-high, but there are always little nuances that aren't obvious to someone who doesn't live there.
Feb. 18th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
YES! (Which was why I used to post "UK Stuff" info-posts when I was in Sherlock-fandom, until I got basically told that no one cared and I was basically setting myself up as Little Miss Know-All and could I shut-up and die in a fire, please. Because the FANDOM is American, not British. Apparently.)

Vaguely related, I've *just* rewatched Marvel's Avengers and wondered how many people who watched it know what a "quim" even *is*. (When Loki called Natasha a "mewling quim".)
Feb. 18th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha! My sister and I saw it on opening weekend and when Loki said 'quim' we were both fucking gobsmacked. I don't even think we heard the next two minutes of dialogue because we were all "He can't say that! Can he say that? OMGWTF!!!" It was pretty funny. :)
Feb. 29th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
No worries about your computer troubles! I understand. I'm just sorry you keep having them. And I need to apologize for forgetting to respond to this myself!

I appreciate the offer to join the group, but I don't think I have time for it. I very rarely beta these days in general for the same reason.

I'm afraid I don't know what a 'petrolhead' might be, other than someone interested in cars? I don't know what that would be in American. Sorry I can't be more help!

Hag-ridden is a great term, but I hadn't heard of that either!
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