Kishimoto is so gad dang lazy that he puts all the Konoha-nin in matching ponchos. No wonder Shikamaru is his favorite character now.
I haven't posted in a while, mostly because I've been constantly doing one of two things:
1.) Angsting about how I'm going to get Arranged finished; and
2.) Writing Arranged.
And I haven't been posting because I don't honestly know what to say. So I'm going use livejournal as it was intended for once, and journal in it, and just talky-talk about Arranged until I feel better.
So, I'm not happy with the last chapter. At all. I was posting on a time-limit, and it prevented me from going back over it and making sure it was clean. If I'd had that time, I imagine that I would have ended up rewriting a couple of sections as I usually do. I mean, everything happened pretty much as I had planned, but with little to no introspection and, like, zero heart. Plus, it wasn't even until Flamehead pointed it out to me that I realized I'd left out the untagged dialogue. Boo! That's my favorite part; the untagged dialogue invented the fic! I had a good one for that chapter, too.
Howsomever, I have to move forward. And I have a lot of hope for this chapter I'm currently writing. It feels a lot smoother, and I have a good image in my mind of what I'm building, and I think the prose is cleaner, too, but maybe that's just me. I feel like these middle chapters have been so hard to push my way through, culminating with the dreaded chapter ten, but now I'm at the point where I'm starting to wind things down, and the momentum is pulling me along. It's a big relief. Writing Arranged has been a huge learning experience for me; other than Practicing Safe Sex it's the only chapter story that I have finished/will finish. Ever in my life. And PSS only had four chapters; it was more like four related oneshots. Anyway, I think my next project is going to benefit greatly from what I learned. I truly feel like Arranged was a practice fic for this upcoming humdinger. :D I can't wait to get started on it! But I shall wait, because Arranged comes first.
I have this crazy goal; I'd really like to have Arranged finished by the end of October so that I can work on the new fic for Nanowrimo. But if it seems impossible I'm not going to push it. I have a tendency to submit crappy work when on a deadline *cough*chapterten*cough* so if the end of October is hurrying up too quickly, I'm not going to worry about it. I can have my own, mini December-wrimo. :D But here's the major issue with the finishing of Arranged. (Shhhh, it's a secret.) I've been purposely pushing the ending of the fic back because I've been waiting and hoping that Kishi would give me a glimpse into the way Danzo fights, so that I can write the final fight scene with some semblance of accuracy. All I've got going for me now is that I know he has a sharingan, and he has that dead arm thing, and he never seems to move around. Initially I wasn't going to have a fight scene with Danzo. I suck at writing them, for one thing, but I also planned on having him removed in a more stealthy manner. But I've changed my mind and opted for the big showdown, because the audience deserves it, and I need to stop being a loser and actually try to write things I'm not good at. Besides, the next fic is going to have a least two big fights, so I can't put this off forever. So this is something I'm going to ask for advice about. Here, and at the end of the next chapter:
Anyone wanna help me invent a couple of cool/scary powers for Danzo? Or help me extrapolate what his fighting style might be? *bats eyelashes* Because this really is not my skill. Heck, I don't even like the ninjutsu and genjutsu in Naruto; I much prefer the taijutsu. It's more fun to write, and less stupidly epic. Like:
"I shall now use the power of the solar system to blast you into smithereens!"
"Well, you can't, because I have absolute magic beaver defense!!!"
"Well I have absolute offense, and it's more absolute than your most absolute absoluteness. OVER 9000!!!!!"
Nah, gimme hand-to-hand combat any day over that crap. I liked Naruto better when every single character wasn't omnipotent.
I could be so offbase with this end of October goal. I am not even sure how many more chappies there will be. I'm thinking, like, four? Three or four? I dunno. Three might be doable by then. But probably not four.
Anyhoo, other fics in the works:
The Shika/Saku one that I've been harping on for ages is stalled right in the middle, in favor of Arranged. It may not get done by the end of October. I did finish my Halloween contribution to FFN, and it's a Shika/Tema lemon that's more hilarious and humiliating than it is sexy. Also, here's the cool thing, it was done in semi-collaboration with Jan Lee. We each wrote a story whose plots overlap a bit, and Jan's is actually sexy. But she has plenty of that humor, too. She just wrote this great story and I was inspired to
steal her idea write a related fic using her extraneous characters. We might have a third contributor, too, who shall remain nameless so's not to put the pressure on her. But if it works out I think I'll die of squee. :D Anyway, I'm going to post that Shika/Tema on my lemon account, which I'm sure will tick off those who are expecting Shika/Saku first. But I have no choice! I ain't putting this puppy on PSI. Uh-uh, no way!
Alright. Time to type a bit more on my chapter and go to sleep. Life is still expecting me to participate tomorrow. :)
BTW, I haven't responded to most of my reviews, yet, which I apologize for. I've just been so motivated to write, which almost never happens to me right after a chapter is finished. So I'm using that motivation, and who knows? It may result in a second chapter this week. Then I'll respond to all the reviews at once.