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I have always loved to read and write. I am trying to write a book of my own, but sometimes something bubbles up inside you and you can't rest until you get it out. Fanfiction.net has been an amazing outlet for that.
I'm currently in grad school, so any story I start to post has already been nearly completed ahead of time. I would hate to start a new story that fizzles out, so writing the bulk of it ahead of time helps. From the day of my first post of Sweet Metamorphosis, I'd written 65,000 words of it. More will come. I expect to reach 130,000.
I am currently working on a Lord of the Rings piece. It is a fairly common concept, but I'm trying to do it my way. A woman suddenly finds herself in Middle Earth and becomes the tenth member of the fellowship. We've all seen plenty of these, but I hope you will find that mine is a little different.
I am always looking for a good Aragorn/OC pairing, which is part of the reason I'm writing this. There aren't nearly as many of them as Legolas/OC pairings. If you want to read something you can't find, you've got to write it yourself, right? I know why there aren't many. Aragorn loves Arwen. Well, in my story, Arwen did agree to sail to the west. I try to make Aragorn's grief realistic, which is why I don't jump right into the relationship in my story. I'm really showing how Aragorn and Danielle's relationship slowly buds. You have to be patient, but I promise it will be worth it ;) I've put all of my heart and hours of daydreaming into this fic.
It can be challenging to write a female character in this situation, because making her too strong can lead to Mary Sue accusations, while it is also very easy for her to be a helpless burden. It can be hard to find a healthy balance. I like to think I've made my character realistic in this sense. Danielle is no expert at anything in Middle Earth and she knows it. But she works hard, and I show these struggles as well.
Even though I've already written a fair amount, I can't post it all at once. Reading through the portions at the beginning in particular, I've found that I need to make a few changes to make it better. I'm fleshing things out a little more, now, and changing the point of view from first person to third. I'm trying to keep an eye out for those "I" suckers, but one may slip my notice, so forgive me if you spot one.
As someone who loves to write and will always continue to do so, I welcome advice and suggestions.
11.20.2014- I am making progress, which is great :) I have everything very thoroughly outlined, and I no longer worry about making all the pieces fit into place. I feel like I've found a way to create an ending that works and that I can be happy with. It was harder than I expected! I had to switch things around a bit to figure out my ending. I also have a draft of all the dialogue for every remaining (major) scene, which will help with writing what is left. I still have to flesh it out a bit, but I am confident I can do this, and more importantly, I'm excited to.
I feel I should explain the change in the speed of my posts. When I started writing this story, I was not yet running any studies of my own. Most of my work involved coursework and researching how exactly to design my first study. I'm now actively running that experiment, but on top of it having all sorts of problems, I'm now diving into another series of studies. I must be a masochist, but I do love what I'm doing (overall, at least). Still, I'm making an active effort to keep writing. There will sometimes be a stretch of 3 days when I literally can't find time to do anything other than work, sleep (which I refuse to let fall on the wayside), and eat. There are also stretches of days where I have no more than 6-8 hours of work to do. It varies.
On top of that, my investment for my story has gradually increased as I've written it. I started out mostly just wanting to put a Girl-Falls-Into-Middle-Earth story that avoided some of the major cliches (teenager falling in love with Aragorn/Legolas, falling in love immediately, girl is an expert, girl is a damsel in distress, etc) because I had trouble finding many stories without them. As a result, much of the earlier chapters isn't my best work. I didn't take as much time to bring them to life. Now, however, I do. I try much harder to convey and evoke emotion, and to capture the details of a scene. That takes a lot more time and work.
I hope you are enjoying my story, because it has given me so much entertainment and something fun to think about. I've loved this whole process. I only wish I had the time to give to my story that it deserves.
10.20.2014- I am terrible. I'm sorry, everyone. Even over the summer, I got sucked into the black hole of grad school where I was essentially trying to figure out why my experiment isn't working. As a result, for a while I did very little writing. I really want to finish the story, and that hasn't changed. Believe it or not, I've been working on my story for about a month because I want to just have it all up for you (and me) to read. I probably have a good 2 or 3 chapters thoroughly outlined, but I've been finding that closing things up is a little trickier than I had anticipated. I have come up with a few ideas only to find that they don't work or make sense, and so have had to change all sorts of details multiple times and even rewrite whole chapters (none of the posted ones, though). There have been days when I've stared at a single paragraph and found myself unable to figure out what to do with it. I think I'm getting closer, now, but I've still got a little ways to go. I am hoping to get a draft of everything left written so I can at least make sure it seems to work before I start posting again. I've gotten increasingly tired of the habit I'd gotten into recently where I focus most of my energy on grad school, and so I've been making a real effort to write when I can. I need a break from school, and I need my creative outlet back :)
4.17.2014- Sorry for the false alarm. My program is keeping me extraordinarily busy right now. I'm grading essay exams and an assignment for a class I TA for, I have to give a huge presentation on Wednesday, and I'm trying to put the final touches on an experiment of mine so I can hopefully start recruiting participants next week. I simply don't have time at the moment. If I find time this weekend I'll try to make edits and post, but if not I might not get around to it until the following weekend. Things are just a bit hectic right now, and I've simply not had any mental energy left at the end of the day. I'll do what I can, because I'm excited to keep posting.
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