Apr. 6th, 2012 06:36 pm
elfinblaze: (WM Spears Write Hard Die Free)
My heart rate is getting a good workout. I finally posted another fic. Now I get to start biting my nails. It really is terrifying letting one of your creations go public. But if I didn't post it this long weekend, I was never going to post it and I would have kept tweaking it forever.

This is the story I estimated would be 10,000 words, turned out to be 14,000, got jossed, got cut by 5,000 words, re-written to make it canon compliant, thereby growing by another 5,000 words. And it only took me three months! *slow writer* And all day to post! *mutters about coding index pages*

But I'm glad it's done.

Now I can get another book read before Glee comes back! Maybe. If I read fast. It is 800 pages... Hm, can I finish this book on Tuesday and Wednesday at work? Given I only got 200 pages read this week at work, probably not. Damn work for keeping me from my reading.

I'm rambling. I'm nervous. I'm also shaking. Stupid anxiety. I suppose the coffee didn't help.

I'm going to go drown myself in chocolate.
elfinblaze: (Glee Kurt Blaine)
- Stuff to look forward to:

April 19: Glee, episode 17, "Night of Neglect"
April 22: Good Friday. Day off work!
April 23: Doctor Who series 6
April 24: Easter Sunday. Chocolate Day!
April 25: Easter Monday & ANZAC Day. Another day off work!
April 26: Glee, episode 18, "Born This Way" (extra long special episode! Whee!)
April 30: Those Who Fight Monsters released.

- A few days ago my brother thought he had lice because his scalp was itchy. My mother's first comment was: "Zum Glück hab ich keine Haare" ("Luckily I don't have hair.")

See? There's a up side to everything. Even cancer treatments.

- I got a lift home from David last night. He happened to be driving past, saw me waiting at the bus stop, and offered me a lift home.

I can't help but feel like the two of us are going to spend a great chunk of our lives orbiting each other, whether we want to or not, just because this keeps happening. I first met him 11 years ago, on the bus, both of us on our way home from school. We became friends first; a few years later we went out a couple of times but I called it off because I realised I was gay. And now we both work and have our own lives, and we still keep running into each other on trains, on the street, randomly. I think if I travelled to the moon I'd still run into him there, it's that sort of weird relationship.

But it's nice. We're still friends and one thing that never once changed was how easily we talk. So that was the fastest trip home ever; time flies in good company.

- I have a new baby cousin. Cousin once removed, to be exact, but still. Welcome to the world, Emma.

But the best part of this is her birthday's not in February! I guess she missed out cause the rest of us are hogging all those February birthdays.

- Posted another fic here. It's no more than me attempting to break through this writer's block I'm stuck on, and some thoughts that were occurring to me, but [ profile] viciousdisorder would badger me forever if she found out I'd finished a story and not shared it with her, so that's for you, brat.

- Apparently Borders is closing down its shops in Hornsby, Macquarie, and Parramatta, among others. I'm sure Dymocks, QBD, and the independent bookshops are pleased.
elfinblaze: (Glee Brittany Santana)
Have I ever mentioned that I hate coding HTML? Because I really, really do. -_-

It's over an hour past my bedtime, but I had to post my latest story today (the one that's been giving me so much grief over the past 10 days), because I won't have another chance before Christmas. Glee, gen, G-rated, Hummel-Hudson family, short fic, set after episode 2x10, in case anyone cares.

Also, my sister is an idiot. Again. So's my brother, for that matter.

So, my brother invited his girlfriend for Christmas Eve. Not a bad thing, except that my brother being who he is, didn't give us much notice, so I didn't find about this until yesterday. So I messaged my sister this morning letting her know; we both started stressing because we realised we suddenly had another present to buy each, before tomorrow night.

Fast forward to lunch time today. I got a call from my sister suggesting a combined present so that we didn't both have to go and buy something.

"I'm heading to Parramatta right now anyway, so I'm going to have a look for a present."

The reason she's heading to Parramatta?

She just finished her clinical placement for her Masters degree. So she left the office and started hopping about on the street in jubilation. And broke the heel off her shoe.

So she was hobbling over to Parramatta to get her shoe fixed.

Hence the shopping getting done at the same time. She then stood in the shoe-repair shop barefoot while they fixed it for her.

Well, at least my family is good entertainment quality.

And at least she got the present. Bring on Christmas! I'll see you all on the other side.

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you all have a wonderful time!

Queer Gen

Aug. 6th, 2010 05:19 am
elfinblaze: (Imagine Me & You)
On Tuesday this week I set myself a challenge to get over my writer's block, to really put myself under pressure. Last time I challenged myself to write a story in 30 minutes. This time I challenged myself to write a story a day, considering I usually only get 30 - 60 minutes a day in which to write anyway, while having breakfast.

So far all the stories have been more or less queer gen. Apparently that's all I want to write these days.

What is queer gen?

I hate the fact that we actually have to have a label for that, but in fandom you can either read shippy fic or gen, and if you read gen all the minor characters will be straight (unless you're in one of the few fandoms with canonically queer characters). So queer gen are fics with gen stories but queer characters. If I had my way all gen would have a variety of characters (not dominated by straight, white men), but unfortunately that hasn't been my experience. Fandom is still a straight space. Slightly less so than my everyday life, but that's not saying much.

I suppose the other definition would be gen stories for a queer audience, so in other words, stories where queer characters just go about their everyday lives, not any other genre, including romance.

On DreamWidth there's queerlygen (the LJ version is pretty much dead). And then there's [ profile] lgbtfest, but that's about it. There was an interesting discussion going on in the comments at [ profile] fandomsecrets about how the mere existance of those communities testifies to what a straight space fandom is, and that's influenced my thinking today too.

When I posted the first of this week's fics I started thinking about what other communities it would fit into. It's not explicitly shippy, in fact, that's not the point of the story at all. Is it gen? Well, it's not a canon couple either, which gen preferences. So now I'm not sure what communities would fit such a story. Where does queer gen fit into fandom?

I'm not sure what my point is. I guess it's just another of those little things that reinforces what a straight space fandom is, like the rest of the world.


May. 15th, 2010 08:05 pm
elfinblaze: (torchwood)
So... I decided to write a little 100 word drabble on Thursday on my way home from work. It turned into 600 words. Apparently I really suck at estimating story lengths. See here for the resulting Doctor Who/Torchwood ficlet.

And while I'm at it, I want to rec If My Heart Was a House You'd Be Home, which is a Martha Jones/Mickey Smith/Tom Milligan fic, because the answer to 'ship wars is always polyamory.

Prompt: Their marriage is legally binding on at least fifty planets - just not the one they happen to live on.

It's a lovely story of three people searching for and building a home together, when the only home any of them have ever known is on a planet that doesn't easily accept their relationship.

Now I'm going to go catch up on [ profile] metafandom because now I actually have time to read through all the links.
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter)
So I finally got sick of that gen fic I was dealing with and decided to post it. I'm probably never going to be satisfied with anything I write, but at some point I need to let go, and this is as good as it's going to get at this point. I think if I manage to write one story per year now I can consider it a good year, given how much free time I have these days.

As for this year's story, I have a soft spot for fics in which Harry and Draco end up family, be it cousins or brothers, either by birth or adoption, so I wrote my own "brothers fic".

If you're interested the details are under the cut:

more details )

And now to work on all those other half-finished pieces I have floating around here. Maybe next year I'll get one of them finished.
elfinblaze: (JDA owns my soul)
My god, I actually finished and let go of a fic! O_O First time in, what, over a year? Took me two hours to post, but that's because it has seven chapters and I link everything backwards, forwards, and sideways, using tags, memories, and an index, plus an extra index post for each fic that has more than one part. @_@ It's a nightmare organising it, but it makes things easier for readers, and I know that I like well-organised journals from the writers I read. *is dead*

It's an odd one 'cause it doesn't really fit into any category, like, it's not gen but it's not 'shippy either, so I'm not sure it fits into a 'ship community. My OTP is in it, but it's not the focus of the story, so... Hmm.

Anyway, I know there are a few people on my FList who'll be interested so go here if you want to read it. And yes, I know that's a cliché title; it's supposed to be because it suits the genre (dark fantasy) where these types of stories are so overdone. :p

And that's probably the last fic for that fandom from me. As much as it pains me, I scrapped the other one I was working on because I was never happy with it and it was more like a noose hanging around my neck for two years. So I've let it go. Sometimes you have to just put stories away, I think, and as long as I had that one hanging around it was hanging over me. Last night I decided to let it go and look what happens: I immediately finish the other one that I was much happier with. Suddenly I feel much freer.

Now I can move on to other things. Including that HP fic I've almost finished. ^_^


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