• hjalfi

Not dead yet

As another November rolls around and I finally get round to updating some of the dead links on my website, I discover that IWriSloMo still exists! I still feel warmly about it because it was what taught me, way back in 2002, that I was actually capable of sticking to writing long enough to get stuff done. So, thank you all!
kink: tom hardy

It's aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

I'm Nea, fanfic writer, I live in Germany and I want to use mini_wrimo to write a crossover between the UK and the US version of "Being Human".

Right now I'm not happy with my beginning, so I decided to forget what I have so far and start anew.

Oh, and I'm writing longhand, because the internet is such a shiny distracting device most of the time ;)
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  • ex_hrj

Still here, still writing, and a progress report

Inspired by the presence and posting of laetitia_apis, I thought I'd add a progress report for anyone still following the IWriSloMo community (who doesn't follow me elsewhere). I see from the community feed that the last time I posted here was back in November 2011 when I noted that I was reading through the work in progress to get up some momentum for a finish. Well, I finished the first draft of that novel on December 31 of 2011 and plunged into the re-write. By the next time IWriSloMo came around (Nov 2012) I had a phone call from a publisher saying they wanted the book. My long-time IWriSloMo project, Daughter of Mystery came out from Bella Books this past January. The sequel (The Mystic Marriage) was turned in this summer and is scheduled to come out next April. I've stopped needing November to kick-start my "write something every day" plan, though I do take holidays now and again. The current fiction projects are books 3 and 3.5 in my series (titled Mother of Souls and Floodtide).

With so much of the writing world all excited about NaNo, let's consider this a plug for the effectiveness of the "Slo Mo" method. Sometimes if you just keep plugging away long enough, you find your own way to success.

Sporadic Writing

Today Spouse told me that I had a broken link, so I commented it out, then he installed the file on a domain that is still around and e-mailed me the URL, so I corrected [all our cats] and un-commented the link, then he linked to it from his main page.

I also wrote an entry in 2013Sew to document a little basting that I had done with my back to a window onto a gloomy and wet day.
  • ex_hrj

Inventing an Opera

So I'm trying to simultaneously review the novel so far (to "get in the mood" more or less), get something written every day, and start getting up a head of steam for visualizing enough ahead to get some momentum. (And, having just reviewed my outline notes, I have a lot of plot-threads I should be working in at the moment that I needed to be reminded of.)

I really liked the posting at Making Light the other week about re-using your characters and story elements because it's something that I've noticed is making Daughter of Mystery into a far more interesting story than any of my previous attempts at novels. I think part of it is the plot-as-I-go aspect, because I can keep re-weaving existing threads back into the cloth -- or stick in virtual post-its at earlier points that say "Introduce element X here and then mention it occasionally until it becomes important." Keeping the detailed outline notes as ideas come to me has really helped on that end. So, for example, when I come back to the present point in the writing, I can go back to the spreadsheet and note that at the same time that the Mystery Guild is sorting out just what sorts of rituals they plan to develop, the Spring university term is starting (so the protagonists should be attending a different set of lectures), there are the first hints that Barbara is going to be intensely jealous of the time Margerit spends with the Guild, Barbara decides to start searching old church records trying to find some clue to her parentage, Margerit is going to start getting invitations to a slightly higher social class of events thanks to her aunt marrying a rather nice but penniless nobleman, and there are the beginnings of rumors of a Grand Council to discuss the matter of the succession (which Margerit is going to be oblivious to, not being of the nobility, but which is of vital importance for later events). Quite a bit to keep track of.

But today's fun New Thing is that I've decided I need to compose an opera. Well, not a whole opera. Just invent a composer and have them compose an opera that my protagonists will attend. Just recently -- for entirely unrelated reasons -- I was looking at medieval re-tellings of Ovid's story of Iphis & Ianthe. (Short version: to save her from being killed at birth, Iphis is raised as a boy. Believing Iphis to be a man, Ianthe's father decides to marry her off to Iphis. Iphis and Ianthe fall in love but spend an inordinate amount of time bewailing the assumption that their love is doomed because they're both women and nothing can come of it. A convenient divinely-mediated sex-change operation on Iphis resolves this problem and they live happily ever after.) Now, one of the problems I have in trying to write historical or pseudo-historical lesbian romance fiction is that I don't want to re-hash the whole "Oh, woe is me! How can two women love each other?" motif ad nauseum. And yet I'm typically working in a historical context where your average young woman would not be aware of the precedents and possibilities for same-sex love. So I'm always looking for examples -- and preferably at least somewhat positive examples -- that my characters might be aware of that could give them a Clue.

So having been thinking on the Iphis & Ianthe thing, and thinking that it would be exactly the sort of story that might end up in an early 19th century opera, a scene popped into my head of one of my protagonists doing real-time translation of the libretto for the other at a performance and getting this two-track effect where the words that she's translating are also what she'd like to be saying on her own behalf. Plus, there emerges a context for each of them to ruminate on the general topic. (They don't get to actually declare their love for about another third of the book.) The only problem? Nobody seems to have actually written an opera based on this story in the necessary timeframe. This may turn out to be a feature rather than a bug as it allows me to write my own libretto-fragments that suit the needs of the scene, rather than hunting through an existing work for something that would fit. Now I just need to invent a composer ....
  • ex_hrj

Once more into the breach, dear friends

Last year I managed to keep the momentum from IWriSloMo going well into the Spring -- trailing off only when my life got eaten by the process of selling my house and buying a new one. But now with November come around again (and my housewarming party scheduled for later this month) I've been getting myself re-caught up on Daughter of Mystery and am planning to commit myself to writing every day again. It helps that I now have a couple hours on transit every day in which to work on it.

Is anyone else planning for a recommitment this month?