WIP Big Bang poll

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:57 am
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I would like to attempt [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang again this year, but I am not sure which story to tackle. The finished work must be at least 7,500 words long, and the WIP must be at least 500 words long at the time of entry. (These words can be publicly posted or can exist only in one's own document files.)

So here are five stories that fit those requirements, and which I think I have a plausible chance of finishing by the end of June:

1. Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Anna Lewis (And One That Still Might)
--This is a GI Joe: Rise of Cobra fic (yes, I know) that does exactly what it says on the tin. I currently have the first three sections written to the tune of 9,000 words, and a couple hundred each for parts four and five. Part six is only an outline and might end up unwritten depending on my mood after rewatching the movie to refresh my memory of the characters and plot (insofar as they exist). Would probably be 15,000-18,000 words when complete.

2. Intervention
--A Star Trek: AOS fic centered entirely on original characters with a brief cameo from the Enterprise near the end. The crew of a Red Cross ship investigate a mysterious plague on a small and deliberately isolationst human colony, where they run into a bunch of cultural issues (the colonists are a religious splinter group with negative opinions about technology) but begin to make progress... and then an Orion slaver/pirate fleet arrives in the system. Oops. I have about 14,000 words written and am stalled in the middle of the space battle section. Would probably be 18,000-20,000 words when complete.

3. Ephemera
--This is an Angel Sanctuary fic following Belial's pre-canon journey from heaven to hell. It's kind of messed up (because Belial is kind of messed up) and has a lot of vaguely meta stuff about gender, gender roles, morality as related to sex and violence, and free will. Also hopefully some gory fight scenes in the as-yet-unwritten parts. :) I have one 6,000 word chapter written and posted on ff.net, a second chapter partially written, and a third tentatively outlined. (I will probably have to revise the posted chapter at some point.) Would probably be ~20,000 words when complete.

4. Debts
--This is an Angel Sanctuary fic following Alexiel's various incarnations between her capture and Setsuna's birth. (Spoiler: they all end badly.) I have one 3,000 word chapter posted on ff.net, but stalled out on the next ones because I didn't want to face the necessary historical research. I have a fairly solid outline which calls for five additional chapters, for an eventual total of 18,000-20,000 words.

5. Strange Likenesses
--This is a Harry Potter fic in which the newly disembodied Voldemort notices his link to Harry and (after some ghostly travails) attempts to possess him. It doesn't work out as planned, but this scenario does not end well for anyone involved. I have 15,000 words currently written and posted on ff.net, but stalled out because I wasn't sure how I wanted the story to end. I'm still not entirely sure, but I think a metaphorical kick in the pants would be more useful for concentrating my mind than years of dithering have been. *wry* Any estimated final wordcount is highly suspect, but given the plot threads I need to wind up, I'd guess 25,000-35,000.

With those descriptions in mind, here is a poll:


Poll #18110 WIP Big Bang options
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Which story should Liz use the 2017 WIP Big Bang challenge to finish?

View Answers

Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (GI Joe: Rise of Cobra)
0 (0.0%)

Intervention (Star Trek: AOS)
1 (33.3%)

Ephemera (Angel Sanctuary)
0 (0.0%)

Debts (Angel Sanctuary)
0 (0.0%)

Strange Likenesses (Harry Potter)
2 (66.7%)




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stuff done: Monday-Thursday

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:19 am
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1. Took photographs of my various vegetables and posted them online.

2. Changed my wax melt.

3. Finally finished beta'ing the Small Fandom Big Bang fic I'd agreed to edit. It is a good fic! It's also creepy, claustrophobic, and potentially highly upsetting, but since that's more or less the point I am inclined to count those aspects in its favor. I am a little sad that it's not in a bigger fandom so more people will eventually read it, but I suppose that would rather defeat the purpose of the 'small fandom' aspect of the challenge. *wry*

4. Sewed a new button onto a pair of pants, since the old button twisted loose and fell off during the day. :/

5. Stitched up a tear in my laundry bag since I already had my sewing basket open.

6. Bought groceries. I am planning to try the cheesy spinach roll experiment again on Sunday and needed appropriate supplies, and also some honey to bring to the rental office for my endless cups of tea.

7. Stayed an extra few hours at Not the IRS Thursday evening, since we didn't have a Stewardship committee meeting this week and Hill Boss stuck me on the schedule in case of walk-in clients. (We did not get any walk-in clients.)

...

I am really looking forward to the end of April, when I will revert from working ~50-55 hour weeks to working only ~27 hour weeks. My bank accounts will be sad, but man, I did not realize how much I depended on having those 10-15 hours until I lost them, to say nothing of getting two days off per week. *sigh*

concert tickets - yes or no?

Mar. 23rd, 2017 11:09 am
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I am debating going to a NYS Baroque concert at my church on Saturday evening. It's relatively obscure stuff, to wit:

The Sweetest Sounds

Ravishingly beautiful cantatas, arias, and instrumental music: Bach’s cantata BWV 82a "Ich habe genug;" a new flute concerto by Vivaldi, Thomas Arne’s The Morning, a Handel concerto grosso, and more.

Laura Heimes, soprano; Steven Zohn, flute; Marika Holmqvist, Boel Gidholm, violins; Dan Elyar, viola; David Morris, cello; Heather Miller Lardin, bass; Deborah Fox, theorbo; Michael Beattie, harpsichord


Tickets are $25. If I ordered one online today or tomorrow, it would be held for me at the door. And I'd have an hour and a half between the end of work and the start of the concert to grab some kind of dinner...

Should I?

*dithers*

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ETA, 3/24/17: I bought them. This is a little silly from an "I need more sleep" perspective, and also from an "I need to save money" perspective... but there's more to life than just surviving, you know? And I could use a little beauty right now. *wry*

gardening update, Wednesday 3/22/17

Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:57 pm
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twelve small plastic cups filled with dirt, eleven with squash sprouts
5. Wednesday, 22 March 2017, ~10:45pm


I spoke too soon on Monday about the squash not being visually interesting yet. Sometime that afternoon or evening, they began to sprout, and they have been growing like gangbusters ever since. (Except for one that's lagging and one that may just be a dud -- the bottom right and bottom left cups, respectively.)

...Also, I may have made a terrible mistake with this batch of seeds.

See, apparently you can't plant summer squash outside until the last risk of frost has passed (around here that would probably be late April/early May), and you also shouldn't transplant them more than once because they have delicate roots, AND they should be in seedling containers at least twice the size of the cups I used. *headdesk*

Well, maybe they'll manage to survive in too-small containers for a month; or I'll buy some cheap buckets, transplant them indoors, and turn this batch into patio plants rather than yard plants; or I'll just pinch this lot off and try again in another month. *shrug* If I do end up having to start over, at least I can be pretty sure the next batch will also sprout successfully.


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WIP Big Bang thoughts

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:35 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang will open for signups on Friday the 24th. Here is this year's schedule and FAQ post.

I want to participate again, since last year the pressure of a deadline and an artist kicked me into finishing "The Courting Dance" despite various and sundry obstacles, and this year I am feeling much less flattened by life -- well, let me rephrase that. Much less flattened by depression. I am currently feeling a bit flattened by my work schedule, and will continue to feel that way until sometime after April 22nd. (I would say until after tax day, but I agreed to cover some extra shifts at the rental office that week, so. Still going to be an ~50 hour week. *sigh*)

I have my FandomTrumpsHate fic to work on, but I think once I reconnect with the mythical thing known as 'free time' that should go fairly quickly. (I want to start working on it NOW, but I know if I do that I will never finish the edits to "Second Chances" and dammit, I want to get those done.) I also want to use this year to finish off a bunch of projects that have been hanging over me for a while, so. Definitely going to sign up for something.

I just need to decide which fic to tackle.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward "Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis" (GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, shut up, I know), "Intervention" (Star Trek: AOS, featuring a cast of entirely original characters), "Ephemera" (Angel Sanctuary, following Belial's pre-canon journey from heaven to hell), or maybe "Strange Likenesses" (Harry Potter, wherein Voldemort tries to possess Harry pre-Hogwarts and it does not end well for anybody). You may note that this list does not include some things I put in my 'tell Liz what to write' poll from last year, and does include two fics I left off that poll. The projects that sound most interesting to me do tend to change over time. *wry*

I think I'll take another look at my various languishing WIPs and see if there's anything else that sounds both interesting and doable within the Big Bang's timeframe, and throw up a poll within the next few days.

gardening update, Monday 3/20/17

Mar. 20th, 2017 10:20 pm
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a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot, with one withered blossom



The Lazarus pepper has not yet lost its flower/fruit stem... but it's turning suspiciously yellow rather than starting to thicken in preparation for supporting a pepper, so. Probably not a miracle after all. *sigh*


eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container, each with a pepper sprout



Meanwhile the pepper sprouts are doing nicely. I don't know how clearly it's visible in this photo, but a number of them have developed that little 'joint' between their cotyledons and a couple have even started to sprout the tiniest promise of their first true leaf pair. I am so proud of them. :)


twelve small plastic cups filled with damp soil



And the squash seeds are just chilling underground, I guess. Maybe next week they'll be more visually interesting. *wry*


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Susan's gift story, take 3

Mar. 20th, 2017 11:02 am
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Okay, regrouping and trying again with Susan's super-belated gift story. As before, constructive feedback is adored. :)

Here is what Susan and I have discussed since I scrapped my previous ideas:

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cut for lengthy email exchange )

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So in summary, I'm aiming for a story about a person whose secret involves doing stuff rather than just being something -- and preferably doing something socially responsible but which for [fill in reason] can't be done openly and must be kept secret from the general public. Which would tend to argue for either superheroes or an urban fantasy type thing where either there's a semi-functional Masquerade and anyone who breaks it gets targeted personally rather than just being at risk through random chance, or where anyone with supernatural powers gets considered a potential threat even if they're fighting on humanity's side (maybe there is a reason for that or maybe it's just prejudice, whatever).

I tend to think that superheroes are fundamentally kind of implausible? In that unless you have powers that specifically relate to finding crime (or reaching it really quickly, I suppose), or you have the money and organization to build up a team and a good communication system, you're mostly going to flail around being useless. Also I think the lone fighter thing works better if there really is some kind of societal prejudice preventing people from organizing, and Susan's request assumes a lone fighter without a support team.

So let's go with an urban fantasy thing where humanity is under siege from... I dunno, some magical threat, and there are a few people here and there who accidentally acquire powers from close contact with that threat and sometimes use them to fight back. But because their powers are tied to the threat, they are viewed with great suspicion by a lot of other people, which leads them to mostly fight anonymously.

Character A (secret-keeper) is one of those people. Her day job is... probably something with flexible hours, so, maybe consulting? Or some kind of remote work where she gets a project that needs to be done by Day X but so long as she meets the deadline she can work whenever is convenient for her. Character B (secret-learner) is new to town and meets Character C (love interest) at work. B discovers that C has been locked in this weird dance of "I like you but we never seem to get past a first date" with A and decides to get to know A to determine what the hell is going on because this holding pattern is not emotionally great for C.

B actually ends up liking A on a personal level, but is pissed off at A's persistent unreliability and emotional stonewalling. And then we have the dramatic reveal, where A has to save B's (and maybe C's?) life during an attack.

So. Scene breakdown as follows?

outline breakdown )

The End.

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I kind of want to make B female and C male, just because the standard codified version of this trope has two men conspiring to keep the truth from a woman and I enjoy flipping unnecessarily-gendered tropes. Also, that would allow for a genuinely platonic and mutually-supportive friendship between a woman and a man (B and C) which is sadly rare in fiction. So yeah. Let's go with that.

Now I just need to figure out the specific nature of this Magical Threat, what A's powers are and how they're connected to Magical Threat, what the hell B and C's job is, what activity B and A mutually like to do on Saturdays, and other details I skimmed over in the breakdown.

But that is for another day. :)

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ETA, 3/21/17: Susan requests that I switch scenes 1 and 2, and make two other minor tweaks, but I think we are finally in business! \o/
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... presented as a series of e-mails, sent/received over the past week or so.

Read more... )

ANTHONY NOLAN. AREN'T THEY GOOD.

stuff done: Friday-Sunday

Mar. 19th, 2017 11:15 pm
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1. Wrote a tiny story (742 words) as an entry in the 2017 John Mosedale creative writing contest, which is run by the Loon (the annual newsletter/directory of the Star Island Protective League). I then ran it past Vicky for approval, since although the starting inspiration was my recent obsession with maybe purchasing a tiny fruit tree for my kitchen, it then veered into some stuff drawn from conversations I've had with her this past year, and I didn't want to just throw that out for anyone to read if she'd be uncomfortable with that. But she said it was cool, so I submitted it.

2. Shoveled my front steps and sidewalk AGAIN, because when I got home from work on Friday they were buried under a foot and a half of snow and ice, which had taken advantage of the lovely sunny afternoon to depart the roof en masse.

3. Baked brownies!

4. Helped Miss Cactus decorate the rental office counter for spring:


paper flowers and leaves on a black background . paper flowers and leaves on a black background



The leaves are leftover shamrocks from our St. Patrick's Day display, which I did not bother to photograph since it was not terribly exciting. Miss Cactus and I reused them rather than cut out entirely new leaves to go with the flowers. Most of the flowers are colored paper with a bit of Sharpie marker in the centers to make them look a bit livelier and less monochrome, but a few were printed on white paper and given unique coloring jobs, because we could and because arts and crafts are fun. :)

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And now I think I will go to bed, because I am kind of brain-fried for no identifiable reason, and I figure sleep is more likely to help than staying up for another hour and trying to force myself into being productive.

Liz's continuing kitchen adventures

Mar. 19th, 2017 09:52 pm
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Tonight's dinner experiment: cheesy spinach rolls.


three spinach rolls on a plate, one partially eaten, with a human hand for scale



I didn't really use a recipe (I kind of mix-n-matched from four I found online and what I had available in my refrigerator) so I can't give you exact quantities, but this is a bunch of baby spinach leaves ripped up, a small onion chopped somewhat finely, the remnants of my feta cheese crumbles (usually a salad topping), some parmesan cheese (pre-grated), some ricotta, most of an egg, some minced garlic, and some salt and black pepper. The rolls are just generic store-brand crescent rolls, which I smeared with the remnants of the egg and sprinkled a bit more parmesan and salt on top. Baked ~14 minutes at ~375 Fahrenheit.

I used two tubes of crescent rolls, which is sixteen rolls. I did not apportion the filling as evenly as I should have, so some of the first batch were a bit understuffed and some of the second batch correspondingly overstuffed. I also should have used more salt, maybe a bit more pepper, proportionately more feta and less ricotta (except I didn't have more feta on hand, oh well), and either chopped the onion even finer or sauteed it a bit before adding it to the filling mix.

But all in all, they're not half bad. Definitely something I'm going to do again! :)


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