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09 April 2010 @ 06:21 pm
...I finally figured out how to use the lj-cut tag.  I had no idea lj was posting the entirety of mammoth entries on everyone's friend pages.  My bad, y'all.
Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
I felt inspired, whilst showering, to explore my inner thoughts on Arranged and write a little manifesto.  After all, many wonderful people are invested in this fic which has not been updated in some-infinite weeks, despite my assurance that such a hiatus would not again occur.  So, here's where I stand on the fic:
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24 December 2009 @ 04:59 pm
Last night, or this morning, at about midnight, I drove to the Hudson Oaks Wal-Mart to get some last minute groceries and stocking stuffers.   Hudson Oaks is a dinky little town that exists primarily for the Wal-Mart, and to provided liquor for an otherwise dry county.  No one was on the road, so I could clearly see several police cars and emergency vehicles blocking off half of the intersection that I refer to as "Wal-Mart and Freeway."  I had to stop at the red light there, so I had a minute to see what was going on.  A car seemed to have lost control in the intersection, because it had crashed into the lightpole right there on the corner.  It was one of those "old people luxury cars."  The kind that look nice at first glance, huge and well taken-care-of, but in reality they're pieces of shit made by General Motors that no one would spend a dime on except an old person who still believes in the value of buying American.  There were paramedics crawling around inside the car; one kept walking back and forth with a hard foam stretcher as if waiting for someone to make a decision.  It was clear to me that they were preparing to pull someone out of the vehicle, and my morbid curiosity was piqued.  You know what I'm talking about.  The sick part of you that you'd rather not admit kind of wants to see someone receiving CPR at the scene of an accident.

Well, I'm embarrassed to say that I parked at Wal-Mart in such a way as to see what was going to happen to the person in the car.  I turned my lights off and sat there for a long time, watching paramedics doing what looked like nothing at all.  There was no traffic to obscure my view.  And so I waited.  For ten minutes.

Finally, the paramedics moved to extract the person.  One climbed inside the car, presumably to hold the victim's head and neck, while another stood outside the door and reached for his or her knees.  That's when it happened.  On a previously deserted road, no less than fifteen cars came from the west, pulling up between myself and the scene and stopping at the red light.  Totally blocking my view.  I was annoyed for a moment, but I quickly realized how poignant that was.  The victim's pain was none of my business.  Apparently I wasn't the only one who felt that way.

The traffic was only in my way for about twenty seconds, but that was all the time the paramedics needed to remove the victim and put him or her in the ambulance.  I never saw a thing.  I tried not to be disappointed, but I really was, and that made me feel like a horrible person.  But I felt much worse when I checked the news a few minutes ago and learned that Genevieve Allen, age 73, died as a result of that accident.  Thank God it wasn't right before my eyes.

Genevieve is a beautiful name.  I'll bet some kids are going to miss their grandma this Christmas.
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In June on a flight to Pakistan, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points). Last Monday I bought porn for traceria (10 points). Last Friday I helped bendingwind across the street (6 points). In September I turned moonlittaint in for littering (3 points). Last Tuesday I donated bone marrow to sour_lemony in a life-saving procedure (300 points).

Overall, I've been nice (279 points). For Christmas I deserve an Easy-Bake Oven!


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19 October 2009 @ 11:11 pm
I'm so grateful to have broken through the block on this chapter.  I loathe the phrase "writer's block" because it seems to be caused more by poor planning and time management than anything else.  I'm sure that was my problem here, as well.  At any rate, there will be a chapter up by Wednesday night.  At this point it just remains to be seen how long it will be.  I have a cohesive word-unit, but it's a little shorter than I'd like, and I think the next two sections would fit better in this chapter than the next.  So I will attempt to get them added by Wednesday, but if I don't make it I'll post the chapter as-is.

15 October 2009 @ 12:21 pm
I've got the Danzo battle figured out, so hooray for that.  And I've got my goal for Nanowrimo.  I'm feeling pretty well planned-out, which is a nice feeling.  Now, I'd really, really like to get this chapter of Arranged up by Saturday.  Can it be done????  I have most of it written, but there's a missing scene right in the middle.  GWARGH!
08 October 2009 @ 11:55 pm
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.

Current Mood: busybusy
25 September 2009 @ 09:42 pm
So, um, about that controversial pairing...  *cough*  I'm...waffling.  I love the idea, but I just can't work it into this story without taking too much focus away from Shika/Tema.  That is, and do it justice.  So...yeah.  I may go with a different pairing.  But I gotta pick one!

Aw, heck.  Maybe I'll just spice it up with a little Lee/Anko.  Yeah, that's what I'll do.  :D
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
24 September 2009 @ 11:23 pm
Well, lessee.  I have a Shika/Tema one-shot out for beta, although I'm hesitant about whether or not it'll see publishing.  It's still to close to me to be objective.  And I'm sad that my sequel to PSS didn't get done in time for Shika's birthday.  I did get him some smooching in the hospital but that ain't nothin' compared to what Sakura's going to give him.    But it's next in the one-shot line.

And, obviously, chapter ten of Arranged is there.  I'm terrified of what will happen to my motivation, now that Shikamaru and Temari have kissed, but that's why I have that other motivation to push me along.  Not to mention the motivation of the readers.  That's huge.  :)

But nothing's going to happen for the next three days, except lounging.  Hubbins is off work, and I'm giving the kids (and, by extension, myself) a three-day weekend.  w00t!  Writing may or may not be accomplished during this time frame, but that's not the point.  The point is that, if I write, it'll be because I really want to.  :D  Well see how it goes!

17 September 2009 @ 11:27 pm
Ehh hehehehehe.  The scene I just wrote is cracking me up.  Ah, the joys of fan fiction.
Current Mood: amusedamused