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I hope all of you had a better Christmas/New Year/Mid-Winter (or Mid-Summer for the Southern Hemisphere folks) Festival/Feast/Celebrations than I did.

I have until 20th January to decide if I sign up for getyourwordsout this year, after my monumental failures last year. Are any of you signing up? Particularly any of the Shoobies from ushobwri?

It's a great comm, and I do like the accoutability - but on the other hand, I don't want it to be All About The Word-Count. Aside from anything else, I want to spend some good time on my drawings/watercolours and maybe even manips this year.

Not sure who, if anyone, is still around from my BBC Sherlock fandom days, but back then, to accompany 221b_hound's Guitar Man Series I put some collars on the members of the Collared Band (John, Sherlock, Molly, Greg... and Tad, only I never collared him - and yes, Greg *is* wearing eyeliner too) and made her some icons. The icons are better than the pics imo, because I need to do more work on lighting etc. BUT! There are some very good D/s fics in both Pros and Avengers fandom and I'm feeling a yen for pretty men in collars. (Though for all my fondness for sub!Bodie and Lew's throat, I can't see Bodie being willing to be collared, can you? Maybe it would have to be for an undercover in some dodgy club in Soho. Or a punk thing with black varnish on his nails? And bleached tips to his hair? All very Billy Idol from Billy Bodie?!)

...THINKING of Spike (from BtVS), I was looking up the logical inconsistencies of Buffy vampires ("I have no breath," says Angel vis a vis giving CPR... so how does he TALK?!) and found this gem of a quote: "'I love writing for both Spike and Giles,' scriptwriter Jane Espenson once noted, although she confessed, 'I've exhausted my supply of British slang. I [must] read more Professionals fanfic, that's where I find the words.'"

Given that at least some people still in Pros fandom were active back when Buffy was airing, I find that pleasing in so many ways. (Though, with the whole regional nature of British slang, a Scot, a Midlander (I'd love to hear Ray go full-on Brum... from Wallsall ("not the one in Poland," as one of my Uni mates always said, since he pronounced it exactly the same as "Warsaw") or Dudley or Wolverhampton...) and a "Liverpool-Irish" Scouser are hardly the best basis for a Home Counties-ish Oxford grad and a Cockney rebel, are they?)

So ART. Yes. Do people want to see it here? Or should I just post to dA?

Also Power Absolutes aka The Neverending Story aka The Original Fantasy Novel I Have Been Writing For More Than Ten Years.

I'm changing my working method. At the moment I am writing no SCENES. I'm doing some exercises (especially the free-writing stream-of-consciousness ones from Alan Watt's The 90-Day Novel) and focussing on character and story - since writing scenes as they occur me has left me with a lot of scenes and no stories!

I probably won't finish PA this year (or next year... or maybe EVER at this rate) but what I DO want to finish are:

My Cabin Pressure fic where Douglas's elder daughter matchmakes for her Dad and Martin. ;)

Both Professionals unfinished Big Bang's from 2014 and 2015. AND the Pros fic the first two bits of which I put on natsuko_writer. I let myself get a bit discouraged, especially by some of the comments about how wordy my writing is and I'm still haunted by the whole, "You have no idea about story and structure" comment I got from PoG years ago... But really? Do I only have the right to write if everybody loves my writing? (I'm NOT going to post to AO3 - the whole Kudos and Hits totals are just giving me sticks with which to hit myself. 500 hits and 1 kudos would send me off to the knife block.) And on the other hand, I *have* got some very nice comments.

At least one Avengers fic. I'm trying to break my HUGE "This is what I would have written as IM3 and instead of AoU" fic down into parts; a series of long short stories which I might have some hope of actually finishing rather than an epic saga of epicness (which obviously has to be correspondingly GOOD to make it worth people reading 100,000 words +). Maybe extract the relationship thread and write it without the added complications of Big Bads and a Winter Soldier subplot....

What are you hoping to achieve this year? What are your thoughts? Is everybody happy?!


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Jan. 7th, 2016 08:19 am (UTC)

Can't cover everything, no time (and some stuff I know nothing about anyway - so probably best not to showcase my ignorance!).

But Pros fic - whoa! Brilliant - didn't know that :0) And yes, Walsall and Warsaw as the same pronunciation, very much a feature of my own youth.

Manips/Art, I'd love to see them. I'm just dabbling with digital art myself, did my first real picture over Christmas with paint.net and a mouse. Very time consuming.

Ignore "You have no idea about story and structure", I have no idea what prompted that comment, but it's certainly not true of anything of yours I've read. You have a different style to me, but why wouldn't you? You aren't me - you're supposed to have your own style.

You can switch stuff off on AO3, not an expert, but check out the options.

Not surprised you get nice comments.

Boys in Chains moved to AO3 relatively recently https://archiveofourown.org/admin_posts/1832, might want to check that out and there are some subbish type Bodie things out there. So not so much of a stretch.

I write 'scenes' and I too have a selection with no story to attach to them. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I treat them as a sort of scrap box (I sew - scrap boxes are useful.)

I can't do anything with a deadline, sets off all my anxiety issues, so I don't sign up for things. But I have thought about finishing something and then signing up for Pros BB.

Think that's everything, except, yep, no such thing as UK wide anything, slang included - and I rather like Doyle when he gets all regional too...

And I just go with flow, vampirewise, I figure they're already biologically inconsistent.

Oh, and I always see Bodie as a Bodie, but if he ever had need of a first name diminutive I favour Liam, I never really see him as a Bill or Billy (attractively alliterative though that is), Willie is out for obvious reasons, Will sounds too stolid for his playful nature...he's always struck me as the type of lad who'd have a nickname - rather than a first name - if he used one. But I generally go with the writer's choice when I'm reading. I don't get overly exercised.

Jan. 7th, 2016 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Helloo!
Oh, and I always see Bodie as a Bodie, but if he ever had need of a first name diminutive I favour Liam, I never really see him as a Bill or Billy (attractively alliterative though that is), Willie is out for obvious reasons, Will sounds too stolid for his playful nature...he's always struck me as the type of lad who'd have a nickname - rather than a first name - if he used one. But I generally go with the writer's choice when I'm reading. I don't get overly exercised.

I don't think he was Billy for very long - maybe only until he ran away from home at 14 - but I'm heavily influenced by the fact that according to my grandmother, her children were: Tommy, Evie, Ronnie, Vickie (short for VICTOR!), Roysy, Joycey and Davy (the other three in my dad's family weren't hers, since it was a yours, mine and ours set-up, and they were Bob (for ERNEST, somehow!), Bert and Dolly - remembering Nan's 3-up/2-down council house, how they ever fit 10 kids in it is anyone's guess!). And then Freddie and Nelly Boswell's boys (from Bread) were Joey, Billy, Jimmy (Adrian's real name!) and Jack... I just can't escape the idea that Mums and Mams of a certain generation give their sons "-y" diminutives. :)

But yeah, what Bodie's schoolmates called him is probably another question entirely. :) (My brother John got called "Groaty" (as in John O'Groats) and his four mates called "Robert" were all known by surname alone.)
Jan. 7th, 2016 08:57 am (UTC)
Re: Helloo!

I've got to get ready for work now, so can't hang about, but that's so interesting.

My Great Grandmother was a Lew apparently, for Louise. Lewis and Louise are versions of the same name (as, obviously, is Louis), but I'd never have thought of Lew for Louise - I'd have thought Lou/Lou Lou/Lulu etc.

I've no idea how people squeezed in, in the old days (and some families still do). I guess you do what you have to.

I think my thinking is driven by having London-Irish friends who tended to go with Liam - and the fact the other names don't quite fit for me. Although I went to school with a Billy who left to go to work under that name - and, as you say, Billy Idol (still have a soft spot for White Wedding)...
Jan. 19th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Helloo!
BTW I sew too - yes, to the scrap box, especially for patchwork (I'm interested, but don't have the space/patience for a major project) and my own "thing" which is making and dressing 1:12 dolls, usually in historical costumes.

That said, not so sure on scraps of writing, since scenes-without-stories have limited use, especially for the whole point of telling a *story* with plot and structure and everything. That said, I will sketch whole pages of individual features when working up to a drawing/watercolour, so who knows? (And individual scenes are probably a bit less weird than 5 pages of practice noses.)

And vampire-wise, as a writer/reader of fantasy, I think cohesive world-building and making "rules" that make sense and then sticking to them is *vital* for fantasy species. One fantasy writer I love made absolute sense (for me) of having several humanoid/intelligent "races" (meaning species - Elves, Dwarves etc) in her Alternate Earth, by having the Greek 5 Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Aether) be a Real Thing and one race being under the auspices/influence of each element. So humans are Children of Aether, Dwarves Children of Earth etc etc. Which satisfied my wondering how/why they had been created/evolved thus. You know? Different evolutionary pressures leading to the evolution of different species.
Jan. 7th, 2016 10:25 am (UTC)
I would love to see more of your art here, and to read more of the Pros story you were posting on your writing journal last year (although Avengers or Cabin Pressure fic are also definitely things I'm interested in! *g*)

I don't really do long-term goals, they only make me anxious. I do the whole 'break it down into what you want this week' thing instead. This week among other things I want to watch 'Ant Man' so that's ticked off the list before the next MCU movie. I watched 'Agent Carter' recently which I enjoyed a lot (Peggy Carter from 'Captain America' solves crime in USA in 1949 or so)
Jan. 19th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
I would love to see more of your art here, and to read more of the Pros story you were posting on your writing journal last year (although Avengers or Cabin Pressure fic are also definitely things I'm interested in! *g*)

Thanks - and sorry for the replying delay. How do you manage to work in so many fandoms? (You probably do it by starting and finishing one fic at a time, don't you, and not having more than 20 active WiPs which you poke at randomly?)

Thing is, with my health (mental and physical) I have to do so much taking every day on its own merits (Oh, today's a 9 on the Pain Scale. Joy. So no shower today, no computer, plan a simple dinner that means I won't have to stand long... Oh! A FIVE! DO ALL THE THINGS!... Bugger. Flare up. Did too much yesterday...) that I can't think about tomorrow and the rest of the week, so, since I can't write a novel on one good day, I have to kind of think longer term, hoping for an accumulation of good/better days over the month/year. Does that make sense?

One of the really annoying things about my back is that cinemas are Right Out. Between the physical seats and the fact that no one is going to thank me if I get up and move around in the middle of the picture, I just can't do it. At least with the theatre, there's an interval and scene changes when I can bob about (and my local theatre has a *box* reserved for Disabled Seating, so I can book a seat with no one behind me and still have a great view of the stage.)

I don't have Sky etc either (cf being on benefits!) and with Sky's new "Superhero" channel, God knows how long it will be before any of the newer stuff makes it to Freeview. And my 9-year-old computer (and rural broadband) mean that things take longer to buffer than to play, which rules out Netflix/Amazon etc.

I have watched Agents of SHIELD, but I wouldn't call it appointment TV. (Have you watched it? Thoughts?) There are some good performances and interesting characters, but I feel there are too many characters and too much that I'm not all that interested in and some stuff I find kind of problematic, too. (I saw Iron Man again at the weekend - I have the DVD, but watched it on E4 anyway! - with its reminders over and again that SHIELD is *Homeland* security/secret service: knowing that, even before that reminder, whenever I watch AoS and think "Homeland" the whole international do-dah leaves me making strange noises and muttering about American imperialism and global domination and stuff like that... But then I'm maybe the only person who has an issue with it.)

I'm not particularly interested in the Ant-Man movie. My Dad *does* have Sky and my parents aren't into superheroes, so the listing of the Ant Man whatever it is that has been on Sky Movies a lot lately gave rise to a lot of laughs and jokes at Christmas. "A superhero you can defeat by accidentally stepping on him!";"A superhero whose most deadly enemy is Eight-Year-Old-With-A-Magnifying-Glass-Boy!" etc (Very Mock The Week "Spider-Man, look out! It's Rolled-Up-Newspaper-Man!")

I have watched odd episodes of the Avengers cartoons and read odd copies of the comics and I know it's all more complicated than that - but, really? I fell in love with Tony Stark because RDJ and then Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner and Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton and have a lot less interest in the rest of the Assembly (Assemblage?) or even Tony Stark as regards Age of Ultron and Civil War, given what I've read/heard so far.

I find it funny - the third season of Sherlock totally *killed* the characters in my head and my love for the fandom, even as regards the two total AUs I had in progress; *or* the fic that required Moriarty not to die in Reichenbach so was a Canon Diverence AU with a completely different "Burn Your Heart Out" plot involving Moriarty kidnapping Sherlock and administering a drug that caused toxic amblyopia; *or* the fic with John Watson and Greg Lestrade (an ex-soldier and an ex-detective) being recruited for CI-5 during the Hiatus that got me reading Pros fic in the first place.

But with Marvel, I feel perfectly happy to pick and choose and ignore anything I don't fancy.

I will never understand my brain.
Jan. 20th, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
That does make sense - and yes, we should all set our goals the way that works best for us - there is infinite variety, after all! *g*

Not being able to get to the cinema is very annoying. The only consolation is that nowadays things get onto DVD so much quicker than things used to go to video in the old days before pirating was really a Thing - I remember waiting an entire year for Disney films when I was small! But that is searching for the silver lining and I'm sorry the cinema doesn't work for you. How inspired of your local theatre to make that accommodation - if they cinema has any sense they'd do the same.

I found Agents of SHIELD pretty dull, I must admit. I liked the part where suddenly the rug was pulled out from under them as they realised the Hydra infiltration, but that was more to do with the plot of Captain America; Winter Soldier, than with the show itself.

I'm sorry the third season of Sherlock didn't work for you (it didn't do much for me either), not least because the 'Watson and Lestrade join CI5' idea sounds like an amazing one. But obviously if it got you into Pros that was a solid benefit in any case! *g*
Jan. 7th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
I'd like to see art here too. (Even unfinished scribbles. As an unfinished scribbler, I find them educational). I should watch dA really, but I've never managed to make it a habit like LJ.

I'm not doing getyourwordsout, partly because of the All about the Wordcount thing you mention. Plus it's unlikely that I'd make even 75,000 words in a year, I'm a really slow writer.

Hope your electricity stays on!

Jan. 19th, 2016 06:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!

What kinds of things do you "scribble"? What media do you uuse?
Jan. 19th, 2016 09:32 am (UTC)
I do pencil, charcoals, pastels, a bit of pen and ink, and acrylic paintings. I think I'm reasonable at landscapes and animals, it's the human beings I need to work on really, I am appalling at those. ( I so feel for your other comment, that what IS wrong?? Is it his nose??? moment, so true)

I mostly drew Tolkien-inspired stuff this year [EDIT : LAST year! LAST! Apparently I am not yet used to 2016?) , but book rather than movie, partly to avoid the necessity of trying to get a likeness, and partly because I got most interested in an area not covered by movies. I don't have a DA, but here's the relevant LJ scrapbook I shove things into: http://bunn.livejournal.com/photo/album/2231?page=1

I really liked your two Sherlock portraits on DA, particularly. And the starling cloud colour painting (or is it watercolour pencils?) Do you photograph or scan them? I photograph mine but it can do some weird things to the colours.

Edited at 2016-01-19 09:34 am (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
I've tried acrylics - and gouache - too, and want to have a go with the water-soluable oils that are now available. (I spent a Uni long-vac on trying to learn oils, back when, before deciding that I don't mix well with white spirit, turps and linseed oil. I also did a lot in pastels until the Bedroom Carpet Incident back when I still lived with my parents.)

And the starling cloud colour painting (or is it watercolour pencils?) No, that's pure watercolours. :) And thank you for the kind words. :D

Do you photograph or scan them? Depends on size. If it's A4 or under I scan, any bigger and I photograph - because while you *can* "stitch" two scans together, doing it seamlessly takes more skill with the software than I possess. To be honest, I find myself limiting paper size just so I can scan it, which is probably a bad thing when it comes to landscapes. Getting proportions right with trees, especially. :(

With dA, I really feel it ought to be not just finished work, but something I'm happy with that goes in the Gallery, so maybe I should do a scrapbook-y thing, too, so I post more often?

I *love* your greyhound stuff - and the fact you've actually got a style going for you, where I really don't! My Dad used to be really into dog racing (he even had his retirement bash at the late lamented Wathamstow Stadium) - he was at the 'Stow so often you can spot him in the crowd on the back cover of Blur's Parklife album! Greyhounds are such beautiful animals. :)
Jan. 7th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see your art. I don't always comment on art, but I pretty much always click on it. (It is the one instance in which I wish LJ had a "like" button, just to let folks know I looked but didn't really have something relevant to say.)

My big plan this year is to finish my novel—I have to defend in the Fall, so that means it needs to be drafted and revised. I've got about half of it written and almost half of that up to the penultimate revision, so I think I'm in pretty good shape. (I'll probably feel a lot better when I can say it's three-quarters written and half revised.)

Naturally I'm doing GYWO, but obviously I know it's not the best motivational tool for everyone.
Jan. 19th, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
Good luck with both the novel and the MFA!

I still haven't decided about GYWO - with less than 24 hrs to do so. *sigh* I like the comm, but repeatedly failing on self-set goals like that is a bit demoralising. 6,250 words a month should be *so* doable - until I get three months in a row when I can't think much less write, you know?

And yes - I hear you on "Like" etc. One thing I *do* like about AO3 is that if all I think is "Cute fic" or something, well there's the Kudos button, right there. And in an enormous fandom like Avengers, you can do a Kudos sort which should at least give you some hope of quality when reading random fic by random people. I'm in two small fandoms where you can read *everything* - a bit like TMNT-dom way back when I first joined before the 2k3 Toon gave it a reboot (and then the CGI toon and movies etc) but can't exactly do that for Avengers - especially coming to it three years late on the first movie!

What I most want to know with my portrait art, at least, is less comments on technique, shading etc and more, "Does this look even semi-vaguely like the guy I say it's supposed to be? And if not, can you see what I did wrong? Is it his nose? It's his nose, isn't it." :D (etc)
Jan. 19th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC)
I recently found a comm that might be good for you: beattheblackdog. It's specifically for "all those writers who struggle with depression, who've battled depression in the past, or who know someone who is trying to beat the black dog." They have weekly support posts if you need to unload about a bad day, and are generally built around being supportive to each other. It doesn't have the pressure of GYWO, but is set up to help people write. It might not be a perfect fit, but I think it's worth checking out.

I can leave that kind of art comment. ;)
Jan. 8th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
Aaaah, I loved those collared pics you did for me! :) I'd always place a vote for more art. As you know, Im not on LJ very much any more, but I am trying to pop back semi-regularly to see what you're posting, at any rate.

(The Walsall/Warsaw think made me smile - I didn't know that, and now I'm wondering how it can be incorporated into a story with that as a key misunderstanding...)
Jan. 14th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
Best Beloved! *HUGS* Between the time difference (do you still Garret Thursdays?), my winter sleep patterns (I hibernate, I really do) and Google Hangouts/Chat connectivity issues it feels like I haven't seen you in a YEAR. Thanks for the Xmas card. No one got cards from me last year - did you see my previous post? - I miss you. :(

(While it's thick, I don't think anyone could mistake a Walsall/Brum accent for Polish, though.) *HUGS*
Feb. 2nd, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
I was thinking more of a single dying word which might be misinterpreted, but frankly yet Another Fic Idea is the last thing I need right now. :)

I'm garreting randomly at the moment due to paying work, which is nice for the pay and awful for the time.

Also, since we last chatted, we got a new kitten. It was a disaster for a bit and we cried every day and nearly took him back because his presence made us miss Petra very badly indeed. We still have bad days, but little Brinkley is slowly working out. We decided we got him a year before we were really ready, but he seems the right cat for us. Now we just have to grow into each other, I guess.

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