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I would like to attempt [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang again this year, but I am not sure which story to tackle. The finished work must be at least 7,500 words long, and the WIP must be at least 500 words long at the time of entry. (These words can be publicly posted or can exist only in one's own document files.)

So here are five stories that fit those requirements, and which I think I have a plausible chance of finishing by the end of June:

1. Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (And One That Still Might)
--This is a GI Joe: Rise of Cobra fic (yes, I know) that does exactly what it says on the tin. I currently have the first three sections written to the tune of 9,000 words, and a couple hundred each for parts four and five. Part six is only an outline and might end up unwritten depending on my mood after rewatching the movie to refresh my memory of the characters and plot (insofar as they exist). Would probably be 15,000-18,000 words when complete.

2. Intervention
--A Star Trek: AOS fic centered entirely on original characters with a brief cameo from the Enterprise near the end. The crew of a Red Cross ship investigate a mysterious plague on a small and deliberately isolationist human colony, where they run into a bunch of cultural issues (the colonists are a religious splinter group with negative opinions about technology) but begin to make progress... and then an Orion slaver/pirate fleet arrives in the system. Oops. I have about 14,000 words written and am stalled in the middle of the space battle section. Would probably be 18,000-20,000 words when complete.

3. Ephemera
--This is an Angel Sanctuary fic following Belial's pre-canon journey from heaven to hell. It's kind of messed up (because Belial is kind of messed up) and has a lot of vaguely meta stuff about gender, gender roles, morality as related to sex and violence, and free will. Also hopefully some gory fight scenes in the as-yet-unwritten parts. :) I have one 6,000 word chapter written and posted on ff.net, a second chapter partially written, and a third tentatively outlined. (I will probably have to revise the posted chapter at some point.) Would probably be ~20,000 words when complete.

4. Debts
--This is an Angel Sanctuary fic following Alexiel's various incarnations between her capture and Setsuna's birth. (Spoiler: they all end badly.) I have one 3,000 word chapter posted on ff.net, but stalled out on the next ones because I didn't want to face the necessary historical research. I have a fairly solid outline which calls for five additional chapters, for an eventual total of 18,000-20,000 words.

5. Strange Likenesses
--This is a Harry Potter fic in which the newly disembodied Voldemort notices his link to Harry and (after some ghostly travails) attempts to possess him. It doesn't work out as planned, but this scenario does not end well for anyone involved. I have 15,000 words currently written and posted on ff.net, but stalled out because I wasn't sure how I wanted the story to end. I'm still not entirely sure, but I think a metaphorical kick in the pants would be more useful for concentrating my mind than years of dithering have been. *wry* Any estimated final wordcount is highly suspect, but given the plot threads I need to wind up, I'd guess 25,000-35,000.

With those descriptions in mind, here is a poll:


Poll #18110 WIP Big Bang options
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Which story should Liz use the 2017 WIP Big Bang challenge to finish?

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Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (GI Joe: Rise of Cobra)
1 (14.3%)

Intervention (Star Trek: AOS)
2 (28.6%)

Ephemera (Angel Sanctuary)
0 (0.0%)

Debts (Angel Sanctuary)
0 (0.0%)

Strange Likenesses (Harry Potter)
4 (57.1%)




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If, in an effort to make myself finally finish some of my languishing WIPs, I sign up for [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, which of the following options would be best to tackle? The rules say the finished work must be at least 7,500 words long, and you have to have at least 500 words extant at the time of entry. (These can be publicly posted or only in your own document files.)

So here are several stories that fit those requirements, and which I think I have a plausible chance of finishing by July 10 of this year:

1. Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Anna Lewis (And One That Still Might)
--This is a GI Joe: Rise of Cobra fic (yes, I know) that does exactly what it says on the tin. I currently have the first three sections written to the tune of 9,000 words, and a couple hundred each for parts four and five. Part six is only an outline and might end up unwritten depending on my mood after rewatching the movie to refresh my memory of the characters and plot (insofar as they exist). Would probably be 15,000-18,000 words when complete.

2. Intervention
--A Star Trek: AOS fic centered entirely on original characters with a brief cameo from the Enterprise near the end. The crew of a Red Cross ship investigate a mysterious plague on a small and deliberately isolationst human colony, where they run into a bunch of cultural issues (the colonists are a religious splinter group with negative opinions about technology) but begin to make progress... and then an Orion slaver/pirate fleet arrives in the system. Oops. I have about 14,000 words written and am stalled in the middle of the space battle section. Would probably be 18,000-20,000 words when complete.

3. The Light in Your Eyes
--Also a Star Trek: AOS fic, this one following Spock through the immediate aftermath of the Narada incident up to the Enterprise leaving on its new mission. Mostly about Vulcans and mourning and stuff, with significant secondary roles for Uhura and Kirk. Currently at 9,500 words, would probably be 18,000-20,000 words when complete.

4. New Horizons
--Post-epilogue, DH-compliant Ginny/Harry/Draco. No, really. :) Basically, Ginny gets forcibly 'retired' from the Holyhead Harpies around the time Lily leaves Hogwarts, so Harry takes her on a consolation holiday to Greece. They run into Draco, who's giving himself a consolation holiday after his divorce, and things kind of spiral from there. Featuring a bunch of political arguments, a bit too much alcohol, and probably no explicit porn because I am more here for the midlife crisis and romcom aspects. I posted two sections on my journal in draft form ages ago, and part of the third chapter is written. About 3,500 words written, should come to maybe 8,000 when complete. (Or 10,000, depending on how much they argue before I can talk them into possibly inadvisable sex.)

5. The Courting Dance
--A Chronicles of Narnia fic dealing with Aravis and Cor's attempt to get married despite stiff political opposition. Each chapter features a different POV, and there is at least as much world-building as romance. Eight chapters currently written and posted, probably seven left to go. Currently 12,500 words, will be around 24,000 when complete.

6. A Change of Season
--Chronicles of Narnia fic, sequel to "Out of Season" and "To Every Thing There Is a Season." This one follows Ilgamuth Tarkaan and Shezan Tolkheera through the end and aftermath of HHB, as they attempt to navigate extreme personal and political upheavals. I only have about 650 words of this written and my outline is extremely vague, so the estimated final wordcount is mostly a wild guess, but... I'd say 30,000 minimum. I'm putting this on here mostly because it's a story that I intensely want to write at some point, but I've needed external deadline pressure to get through the other two main fics in this sequence so perhaps a similar kick will work on this one as well. It would require me to write at least twice as many words as any other option, though.

7. Lemonade
--A BtVS/Gundam Wing/Naruto crossover in which Faith Lehane, Duo Maxwell, and Uchiha Sasuke accidentally get yanked into a hell dimension and have to work together to get home. Along the way, they have some sex. :) This is post-Chosen for Faith, post-Endless Waltz for Duo, and in the third year of the timeskip for Sasuke; it ignores all BtVS comics, anything from Preventers Five, and pretty much all of post-timeskip Naruto. Nineteen chapters are currently posted, totalling roughly 44,000 words. I estimate another six to ten chapters before the plot wraps up. (I have a relatively firm outline, but I'm not always great at guessing how many words it will take to cover each point.) This should be roughly 60,000 words when complete, though only 16,000 or so would be new.

So. With that in mind, here is a poll:

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If Liz attempts the WIP Big Bang, which story should she finish?

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"Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Anna Lewis" (GI Joe: Rise of Cobra)
0 (0.0%)

"Intervention" (Star Trek: AOS)
2 (9.1%)

"The Light in Your Eyes" (Star Trek: AOS)
0 (0.0%)

"New Horizons" (Harry Potter)
3 (13.6%)

"The Courting Dance" (Chronicles of Narnia)
9 (40.9%)

"A Change of Season" (Chronicles of Narnia)
2 (9.1%)

"Lemonade" (BtVS/Gundam Wing/Naruto)
6 (27.3%)



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I have caught up on my NFE comments! *gleefully ticks off item on to-do list* Now I just need to... do far too many other things I've let slide since I got home from Minnesota. Argh.

On that note, though, apparently I neglected to publicize the gift I received in the NFE. I guess I reblogged the Tumblr post and forgot that I needed to say something on my journal as well. Whoops. Bad Liz, no biscuit.

I will remedy that now.

and the fallen stars do sing: "I came directly to you, my lord," she said finally. "My sisters and I saw...oh, I can hardly say it! The kings and queens--they've--we've lost them!"

"I'm sorry," Peridan said, "I don't think I understand you. They're not lost; they've gone hunting. There's a large party, after the white stag..."



This fic deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pevensies' reign, from Peridan's point of view. It is beautiful and all for me, but thanks to the marvels of the internet, you can read it too! You should go do so and then leave a comment for the writer. :-)

Actually you should read all the NFE stories posted so far while you’re over on LJ, but for now I will settle for sending you to this one fic, because what is the point of a personal blog thingywhatsit if you can’t use it to show off cool stuff people made for you? (Well, okay, obviously the other purpose is to show off cool stuff that you made for other people, but psssh, let us not bring logic into this argument. *wry*)

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In other news, I have been writing yesterday and today, but it hasn't been on anything I meant to write. Instead I have added about 700 words to the G.I Joe oneshot I started a couple years ago -- "Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (And One That Still Might)" -- which is now at 8,700 words. Parts 1 and 2 have been done for a while. Part 3 is now over 1,000 words. Parts 4 and 5 are still only a couple hundred words each, and Part 6 may end up getting chopped off the fic altogether. I'm unsure if I want Part 3 to be two scenes or if I can get all the necessary elements into a single, extended scene. I guess I will find out as I write.
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1. Go to page 77 (or 7, or just hit pagedown 7 times) of your current manuscript.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 other authors. (um... consider yourself tagged if you want to play?)


Hmm. Well, I don't know how 'current' all of these are, but they are the fics that I still have at least vague intentions of finishing which are also long enough for this meme to apply. So.

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The Light in Your Eyes - Star Trek: AOS )

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Intervention - Star Trek: AOS )

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Aspects of Immortality - Homestuck )

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A Question of Familiarity - Enchanted Forest Chronicles )

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To Every Thing There Is a Season - Chronicles of Narnia )

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Secrets, ch. 15 - Harry Potter )

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Friends and Neighbors - Naruto )

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The Transient and the Eternal: Stop that - Angel Sanctuary )

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The Transient and the Eternal: If it wasn't you... - Angel Sanctuary )

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Ephemera, ch. 2 - Angel Sanctuary )

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Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (And One That Still Might) - GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra )

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...I have way too many WIPs. :-(
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aka pieces of "Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (And One That Still Might)" except I am only posting the opening snippets from four of the five AUs, since I haven't started writing the final two sections yet.

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from part 1 - The Best of All Possible Worlds )

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from part 2 - Be All That You Can Be )

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from part 3 - At the Thought of His Immolation )

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from part 4 - The Line Dividing Good and Evil )

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Sections 1 and 2 are now finished in rough draft and the whole story is a hair over 8,000 words so far. That is pretty much the only thing I worked on today. *sigh*

Well, I did also read the canon for one of my Yuletide recipient's requested fandoms that we did not match on, just in case, since rereading the canon we did match on has been like pulling teeth. I'd forgotten how badly written that canon is on a words-on-the-page level. Also, ye gods, I did not realize at the time I first read it (I was eighteen, what did I know?), but it is the purest, most ridiculously overwrought distillation of manpain that ever manpained, and I have the terrible feeling that the author agrees with the main character that an awesome sex life is genuinely the most important thing that makes a good marriage. Communication? Trust? Laughter and affection and shared values and goals? Pssh, no. It's all about the orgasms. Which, can I just say, "Ick, no, thanks ever so but I think I'll be over here completely and utterly disagreeing with you."

Bleh.

I can still see why I liked the story underneath the manpain and clunky writing, but I am less able to blithely brush past those aspects these days, especially when I am trying to read with an eye to writing fic and thus have to actually pay attention to the fine details of setting and character. *deeper sigh*
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1. It turns out the reason PM overstaffed the smoke shop on Friday had nothing to do with shoppers. (We don't get Black Friday rushes anyway; we are not that kind of store and we don't do sales.) She overstaffed us because the day after Thanksgiving is when all the holiday decorations go up. So poor MS spent all afternoon working on that, and poor BW spent three hours of the evening continuing the job, and then watching the counter while I counted the Gesty inventory which nobody had gotten around to doing earlier on account of having to put up the decorations. *sigh*

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2. Today I did laundry and bought groceries. Said groceries mostly consisted of tissue boxes, since Vicky went through a box and a half during my family's visit. Being sick is never any fun, but it's worse on holidays when you're meant to be happy and to participate in family activities instead of hiding and taking long naps.

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3. On the writing front, I have been scattered as usual -- a hundred words here, a hundred words there, nothing anywhere near finished. The only thing of any length I managed was about 800 words of "Five Things That Never Happened to Rex and Ana Lewis (And One That Still Might)," my GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra fic. Basically I changed my mind about Ana's MOS (she is now doing chemical warfare instead of helicopter maintenance), got her through basic training and most of advanced individual training, and had Ripcord break the news that Duke's been kidnapped. Because in section two? Ana and Duke are essentially switching their movie roles, so she is the proactive military heroine and he is the brainwashed love interest. *evil grin*

I think I can get section two wrapped up in another thousand words or so -- I can pretty much skim everything until the nanomite warhead mission and cut off after Ana gets to punch Duke. Then it's on to part three, wherein Rex wakes up in MARS's custody after the airstrike, but things then go notably askew to canon. *eviller grin*

I have also been figuring out section/chapter titles for this story. At the moment, each one is a random quote, because I fail at creativity. Part one, wherein Rex gets Duke to delay the airstrike, is called 'The Best of All Possible Worlds' (Voltaire, Candide). Part two, wherein Ana joins the army, is 'Be All That You Can Be' (US Army recruitment slogan). Part three is tentatively called 'At the Thought of His Immolation' (Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"). Part four is 'The Line Dividing Good and Evil' (Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago). Part five is 'All for One, One for All' (Dumas, The Three Musketeers). And part six is tentatively called 'Toward Some Overwhelming Question' (Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock).
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I have my computer back. *dances* All my files are okay, and I now have an external hard drive on which to back them up periodically, so if anything goes completely kerflooey again, I should at least be able to work on my stories on other computers.

I am working on my horribly belated Femgen story. As I said, the one about Avalyn Friesen refused to coalesce into workable form -- I had some characters, some incidents, an idea of the timeframe I wanted to use... and no plot. It's hard to write when you don't have a beginning, a middle, or an end. *sigh*

Instead, I am writing about Ariadne as a freshman architecture student at Cornell University, going through the week leading up to Dragon Day, because there is no point living in a town whose resident university has an architecture school with quirky traditions if one doesn't take advantage of that when writing about an architect. *grin* I am up to 2,000 words, and I think the story should be about 5,000 in total. It feels a little weird to be writing a story that is basically contemporary realistic fiction, but there's no real way to bring dreamsharing in at this point in Ariadne's life, except maybe as rumors about promising architecture students occasionally dropping out and just disappearing, or maybe stories about a professor or three having been involved in military black ops back in the day -- things people laugh at and don't really believe, but which, given that this is Inception fic, might actually be true.

When I am done with that, I must finish the GI Joe fic before inspiration abandons me. I still need to do some research for part two (the one where Ana joins the army), after which I can move on to parts three and four, which are much less research-intensive. Part five is probably going to involve military research again, and as for part six... well, hard to say. I will find out when I get there, I suppose. And then it's back to my regularly scheduled procrastination. *sigh*

ahahahaha

Oct. 5th, 2011 12:43 am
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I was able to get Netflix to work, though the picture quality is somewhat fuzzy. And it turns out that Duke was nearly recruited to GI Joe in Thailand. Right before he broke up a bar.

So why would an American soldier be in Thailand, especially when we haven't had any bases there since the end of the Vietnam War, and those were Air Force rather than Army anyway?

Well, did you know that America and Thailand hold joint military exercises every year, to celebrate their military alliance (and also over 175 years of some sort of military relationship)? It's true. The two countries do this annually -- I can't find a clear record of the schedule, but it seems to run sometime between February and May, for about ten days to two weeks each year.

The program is called Cobra Gold.

*dies laughing*

I really have to wonder if the scriptwriters knew about that...
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You know the most frustrating part about researching the US Army to a fare-thee-well? Only about five percent of this information will be visible in the finished story. The rest is just there so I know what I can and can't have the characters do, where and when they can or can't go to various places, and other invisible logistical matters. Like, which military occupational specialties (MOS) are open to Ana and which ones aren't. How postings and transfers work. What potential restrictions are for active duty soldiers at overseas postings using Skype to communicate with civilians in America. Stuff like that.

Also, I keep having to watch the stupid movie again, with subtitles on, to catch little details that are dropped in quick throwaway lines of dialogue. Like, okay, Duke was scouted for GI Joe four years ago in a bar... but where was the bar? And Netflix streaming video has not been cooperating with me the past few days; it keeps freezing up and taking at least half an hour to load and buffer every time I try to fast-forward or rewind. (But I have to watch it streaming because I already have a movie out on hard copy DVD -- Mysterious Skin -- which I need for research for my Femgenficathon story. *headdesk*)

Nrgh.

This is why I vastly prefer working from text-based canons (and yes, I count manga as text-based; it's on paper and it stays put) to working from audiovisual canons. It is so much less of a headache to look things up in a book than it is to pin down the relevant sections of a movie or a television episode.

...Sometimes, I honestly don't know why I bother. *sigh*

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In other news, this weekend was the annual Apple Harvest Fest in Ithaca. Naturally, the weather was awful -- rain, more rain, drizzle, mizzle, precipitous temperature drops... the usual, in other words. (Ithaca has plenty of lovely weather. Just not on festival weekends. I think it's a law of nature or something.)

I bought a pair of cheap $2 beaded earrings, a bottle of wine, and a funnel cake. I only ate about a third of the funnel cake, which is okay; that was all I really wanted, and I am willing to pay the full price to get my small portion, even if none of my coworkers wanted to help me finish it.

Speaking of my coworkers, PB (the new guy) seems to be working out well. I have now closed with him three times -- last Wednesday, last Sunday, and yesterday -- and will close with him again tomorrow. Each night I have been turning more of the tasks over to him while I stand back and correct him, instead of doing them myself while he watches. Tomorrow I think I can shut down my register at seven instead of eight and essentially let him run the store for two hours while I do maintenance and hover discreetly in case he needs help. Here's hoping that works out!
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How I know I have gone off the deep(er) end:

I have just spent more time researching the US military (army application process [so complicated! how anyone has the time to get in is beyond me], layout and organization of Fort Meade [argh, don't even ask], Arlington funerals [read this if you want to feel patriotic and teary-eyed], whether Arlington has a Metro stop [yes], standard-issue army pistol models [Beretta M9, currently, but that may soon change!], etc.) for a freaking GI Joe fic than I usually spend researching anything for any story. *headdesk*

Okay, bed now.

(4,300 words, incidentally. What on earth am I doing???)

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