Author has written 4 stories for Blakes 7, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Thor.
Background: It's a long story!
I've been a traveller along the fringes of numerous fandoms in my day, which spans 30-35 years, from the original ST, through (in order) SW, Raiders/Ford, T3M/T4M, Blackhawk, Thor (comics, movie to a lesser degree), B7, and most recently Avengers and SWATH.
When I signed up here back in the summer of 2012, in the process of working my way back into both art and writing, my plan was to be mostly a reader. That lasted as long as it took to realize that when I'm writing, I hardly dare read anything! I do tend to sweat the likelihood of being either influenced by others' more compelling ideas, or (worst case scenario) awed into throwing away everything I've got, when faced with the sheer terrificness of what others produce. Reflecting on the martial arts maxim that "competition is not the goal, the goal is to proceed from whatever level one happens to be at, when one first steps out on the mat, to whatever is achievable..." isn't always as useful as one might like.
Considered beta reading, and have discarded that idea for the forseeable future. Learning to review appropriately seems enough of a challenge for now, and one I will not pretend to have mastered.
Ancient artwork samples are over at http://plushbug.deviantart.com/gallery/ ... I am known most places as plushbug.
After looking in on recent discussions in Writers' Anonymous, both about all the ways people use their profile pages, and user preferences regarding both this and the use of authors' notes, I've decided to try this page out as a LIFO stack of comments about projects I have in progress. That way, with any luck, there will be no need for anyone ever to scroll more than a page, to get current info about anything I'm publishing (or not), and any comments I've felt like offering about content or process.
March 01, 2013 - Still slogging along through Ch 07 of That First of Days After, and still hoping to have it up by Sunday night...and probably fantasizing about that. Here in deep winter in Ottawa this week, we've been having lots of opportunity to admire the falling snow, and oh, yeah, it's very pretty, but I've been doing more shovelling than writing. Also having to leap and pratfall into slushy snowbanks (doesn't work that well, for a fat 50-something) and spending a fair bit of time sitting stuck on buses. :D At least that gave me time to get stuck into the Hellboy archive!
February 12, 2013 - XD I am coming to the conclusion that it's a good sign, when anything I'm writing makes me laugh this hard...
February 02, 2013 - Writing, writing, writing, still...not blocked, at any rate!
January 28, 2013 (Monday) "Going well" did I say? Of course it immediately stopped doing, which is always a sign that somewhere, somehow, I am missing something...and it's taken two weeks' banging around the problem of every damn last piece of the story remaining, no matter how right or fun it seemed on its own, suddenly failing to flow into place anywhere, to get to any sense of why that might be happening, and I hope, start writing past it.
January 11, 2013 (Friday morning) Seriously hope I can get Ch 06 of That First of Days After out tonight, but the odds are better on it being sometime over the weekend.
My last few nights' worth of writing have been going well...possibly a little over the top, as Anna objects to Eric's attempt to invoke the "it's just a scratch!" trope in a manner that makes clear, when provoked, she does not subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath, Snow snuggles in like Hugo the Abominable Snowman\*\ and is currently threatening to flirt in a manner fit to leave William bug-eyed and Eric telling her she's going to be a menace when she grows up--once he dries the tears, because laughing that hard, right now, hurts--(I swear, whenever I get these two characters together in my head, they start playing, regardless of whether either is fit for it), and then she is at last going to scare the hell out of him, and...I think I better get William sitting down, because he's going to be in a complete state of shock for several minutes.
And my co-workers wonder why I'm walking down the hall with this kind of manic grin on my face, periodically sputtering with laughter.
In parallel, key scenes for Ch 07 are also going well, and Ch 08 is starting to rough in nicely.
\*\ If you've never met this immortal Loony Tunes antagonist in search of his own little bunny rabbit, it's worth googling "Hugo the Abominable Snowman quotes" to get his IMDb page, but the key thought is "...I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him...and pat him and pet him...and rub him and caress him..." and *pausing to do minor facepalm* we could be MA in no time, if I really turned our girl loose, and no, that is not going to happen in this story!
January 4, 2013 - Continuing to chug more or less in parallel through Chs 06 and 07 of That First of Days After, with side trips into Ch 08. So far, so good...
December 30, 2012 - Posted Ch 05 of That First of Days After, very early Saturday morning, and right now thinking...no way is Ch 06 going to be up this coming Friday. At this point I've run through the 5 chapters I had written when I started posting, plus what was originally going to be Ch 06 material, and after two nightmarish rounds of down-to-the-wire rewrites and recutting that have had me up extremely late the past couple of Friday nights, it couldn't be clearer to me, that there's no way I can keep up a chapter-a-week schedule and not end up writing complete crap. XD Not to mention having too much of the rest of my life grind to a halt, and going completely mad *snort*giggle*giggle*giggle* like I'm not already, the big problem here is to get the story evolving in my head down on the electronic page with sufficient force and clarity to make me happy. Based on last week's experience, that's not happening at a chapter a week.
December 9, 2012 - Posted Measured Uncertainties, this evening. :) Relief! Most of this was simply fun to write--set two characters up on a roof, and let 'em run!--but tricky to come to an ending for it, within the constraints of the 'gap' I was looking to fill.
December 7, 2012 - Posted Ch 02 of That First of Days After this evening. :) Going on 3 months past writing it, this one still makes me smile.
When I re-read this and Ch 03 this week, first thought was that I hope no one finds my shift of POV from Snow White to Eric too dismaying. While Snow was my #1 natural and no-contest choice for POV character in Ch 01, I realized early that it would be hellish to even try to write from her perspective for the rest of it. Finding her a difficult character to begin with—however intelligent, well-adjusted and fierce she might be as the child locked up at somewhere between 8 and 10 years of age, and no matter how well she might by then have been taught the shape of her eventual role as queen, at this point she's still a very young woman who's spent half her life locked up in isolation, and this would not contribute to her being any more normal than she appears through most of the film (in fact, probably a lot less normal!)—trying to imagine everything she'd be experiencing through the estimated 24-hour period I was looking at, was simply mind-boggling. Add that little of it would bear on the questions I was looking to answer, of how Eric's not showing up among her guests of honour at the coronation might actually make sense, and they both have agreed to it, and I sidestepped fast into Eric's head for Ch 02, and there I've ended up staying. That's presented a whole different set of problems! He may be more straightforwardly messed up, and he has the charm of coming through in my mind as an intelligent and fairly perceptive character...but also one with a tendency to go very, very quiet when he's struggling with anything he trusts nobody else cares about. Which sums up most of Ch 03.
Hence the fast rewrite of Ch 03, whistling in as many dwarves as I can, and one or two trivial OCs, to keep him provoked. Also looking to practice the art of infodump with more grace than the proverbial hippopotamus in toe shoes.
Second thought for the week is the horrible suspicion that I am liable to really wish I had got this thing beta-read, by the time I hit Ch 06-08!
December 3, 2012 - Currently three projects in progress:
That First of Days After (SWATH) - Ch 01 posted November 30th, and as author-noted, looking to push out chapters weekly on that until done. Estimating 8 total.
Measured Uncertainties(Thor) - planned as a single post approx 5000-word story bridging what I've always found to be one of the more annoying disconnects in the 2011 movie. Almost done, hope to push this one out within the next week or so. A better title would be a nice-to-have, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it.
Labyrinths of Mind (B7 continuation), simmering gently on a mental back burner as I consider rolling what I had originally planned as 3rd, 4th, and 5th episodes into either two or possibly even one story. Not expecting to be back to this one until late January at the earliest.
September 7, 2012
I, the AughraOfEarth, do solemnly swear to review all the fics I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else.I have joined the review revolution.
after stumbling through the Reviews Lounge, Too forum.
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