Dec. 26th, 2016 02:55 am
anghraine: chiaroscuro shot of leia; text: frozen (leia [frozen])
I thought I'd write a short fic working Rogue One into the Lucy Skywalker 'verse before I got into seriously working on it.

Nine pages later, I'm still not done. Or particularly close to done.

anghraine: vader stopping a blaster with his hand; text: just another skywalker family holiday (anakin [skywalker family holiday])
Stolen from [personal profile] beatrice_otter .

Post the first line from your 25 most recent fanfics and try to find a pattern.

[A few of these are, inevitably, for my fave show The Borgias, so warning for conscious, consensual sibling incest]

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Jul. 1st, 2016 12:08 pm
anghraine: picture of yoda; text: star wars, this is; your earth logic, you will need not (yoda [earth logic])
“The Beatles aren’t even that good” posts are such a terrible idea.

Er, I don’t mean posts specifically about the Beatles. Those are just the Ur-example: 'X rock group is great and underappreciated while the Beatles have Ultimate Fame—and they aren't even that good.'

The issue isn't the respective musical qualities of X vs the Beatles. The issue is that everyone who loves the Beatles just stopped listening. And ... uh, that's most rock fans.

I see these all the time on Tumblr; e.g., "everyone went to see mediocre shit in Frozen so they'd better go see Moana." Aaaand most of the target audience is gone. And from the LJ days on, there have been prequel defending posts with "ESB isn't even that good," which naturally alienates a huge portion of SW fans, even ones who like the prequels. But also I see it everywhere; it's not remotely a Tumblr-specific thing.

And it's really not productive, because it instantly distracts from the real argument onto a largely irrelevant tangent. Instead of being derailed, you're derailing yourself. Specifically, you're derailing your own argument in opposition to near-consensus, ensuring that nearly everyone can dismiss you out of hand. No matter how overrated X may be, this is a terrible, terrible rhetorical tactic.
anghraine: a piece of paper covered in handwriting and a fountain pen; text: writer (writing)
I posted this at Tumblr, and then I thought it might be of more interest to the DW crowd :)

Join me, fellow fic writers, in a writing meme that has virtually nothing to do with Geoffrey Chaucer, but is how I think of it anyway.

Well, fic writers who like working within severe and arbitrary restrictions for no particular reason. If you feel like it. No pressure!—I’m just having fun, and feel like sharing it.

How does it work?

1. Write a fic with seven sections. How you divide the sections up in terms of plot/character/whatever is entirely up to you. There just need to be seven of them.

2. Each section has seven sentences. Exactly seven. Feel free to abuse semi-colons, colons, hyphens, whatever. But no more and no less than seven.

3. If you want a fancy (or not so fancy) quote at the beginning, that’s cool—as long as it’s also seven lines. But feel free to abuse the ellipsis. It just needs to be seven as quoted.

And seven shall be the number of thy counting writing!

(Inspired in part by Chaucer’s invention and incessant use of “rime royal,” strict seven-line stanzas, and in part by ye olde drabble of exactly 100 words. Ergo: rime royal the meme!)
anghraine: English: a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages & rifles through their pockets for spare vocab (english)
The Bad: I had a midterm due yesterday, which I didn't finish. My professor had already given the class a collective extension if we needed it, but I felt bad anyway. (I even considered using one of our excused absences from the shame of it all, but I ran into my professor earlier that day and felt like it'd be even more embarrassing to miss his class. Particularly since people do a lot, and he's sweet and brilliant and Deserves Better.)

The Good: Then I talked to the head of my department, Dr N, about the class I'm teaching and about doing a thesis, and she was like, "Have you talked to Dr R? I know she loved the essays you wrote for her classes and really admires your work."


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