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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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edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
So hey, I'm going to bed now in an attempt to wrench myself back onto a saner sleep schedule (yes, that does mean I've been as misaligned to the sun as you think it means) and am therefore not going to write anything tonight...

But.

What should I work on Friday night?

Poll #13909 What should Liz write this weekend?
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What story should Liz work on this weekend?

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"The Guardian in Spite of Herself" ch. 16
2 (25.0%)

"Narutostuck: Damaged Goods"
1 (12.5%)

Jade/Dave/Terezi crossdressing porn (sadly still untitled)
1 (12.5%)

"Weregild" part 19
2 (25.0%)

"Playing Politics"
2 (25.0%)



Here are some excerpts, to help you decide!

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The Guardian in Spite of Herself, ch. 16 )

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Narutostuck: Damaged Goods )

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untitled Jade/Dave/Terezi crossdressing porn )

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Weregild, part 19 )

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Playing Politics )

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I am fully aware that I have a bunch of other unfinished stories hanging over my head, but these are the ones that are closest to speaking to me right at the moment and are thus most likely to get anywhere useful. (I will also, of course, be working on my NFE fic, but that is still in brainstorm/outline phase rather than draft phase, so it doesn't quite feel like writing, and I really want to write stuff.)

ETA, Friday night: Thank you to everyone who voted! The tally (combining Dreamwidth poll results with LJ comments) is 5 votes for "The Guardian in Spite of Herself," 4 for "Weregild," 3 for "Playing Politics," and 1 each for "Damaged Goods" and the sadly untitled crossdressing porn.

When weighed against relative section lengths (and adding in that Asuka almost voted for "Weregild" rather than "Damaged Goods"), I'm going to try finishing part 19 of "Weregild" before charging into the wilds of "Guardian" ch. 16. (I'm a lot more likely to write one thousand words in a night than to write four thousand, basically.) But if "Weregild" proves recalcitrant, I will swap over immediately to "Guardian."

And now, onward!
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Tangentially to my last post, because I know people react differently to things:

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Upon receiving a review of the form, "I usually dislike/hate/don't understand/can't believe in Story Element X, but you made me like it/understand it/see how it could work/enjoy your story anyway," how do you tend to feel?

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Flattered: "I'm such a great writer that I changed this reader's mind about X!"
15 (75.0%)

Defensive: "What's wrong with X anyway?!"
3 (15.0%)

Confused: "If you don't like X, why were you reading my story in the first place?"
10 (50.0%)

Something else which I will explain in a comment.
3 (15.0%)

Tickybox!
7 (35.0%)




(The poll is Dreamwidth only, since that's where I have a paid account, but I think you may also be able to vote via OpenID.)
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I am getting inconclusive directives from comments -- one vote for Karkat, one for Jothan and/or Vriska, and one for Davven -- so it is time for a poll! I will keep it open for a couple days and hopefully start writing on Friday. (In the meantime, I will try to draw basic intro portraits of Jothan and Davven so they will be ready for whenever I end up needing them. *grin*)

Poll #10757 "Trollstuck" chapter 4 POV character selection
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Who should be the POV character in chapter 4?

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Karkat.
0 (0.0%)

Jothan!
1 (33.3%)

Vriska!!!!!!!!
0 (0.0%)

Davven
2 (66.7%)

Terezi! >:]
0 (0.0%)

somebody else!
0 (0.0%)

If you checked "somebody else!" then who is this mysterious person?

Is there any plot point you are particularly interested in seeing soon?

Anything else?

Tickybox?

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Tickybox!
3 (100.0%)




(I don't know if Dreamwidth allows poll voting without an account, but you can always try logging in with OpenID from an account elsewhere on the internet; that should probably work. If not, feel free to leave a comment!)
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
Stuff I have done today:

1) Got a haircut. I could easily have gone another week without -- probably three if I wanted to push it and deal with hair falling in my eyes all the time -- but I am going away on vacation starting September 1 and I wanted a trim before I left.

2) Spent nearly half an hour at work on my day off, because I dropped by just to check how things were going and discovered that BW had somehow managed to lose an entire carton of cigarettes. After eliminating all the other possibilities, AO, MS and I determined that, in fact, the carton in question had never been delivered, but BW had apparently neglected to check the delivery against the invoice and just assumed it was right. ARGH. I am going to give myself an extra half hour of phantom time on my punch card tomorrow to account for the time I spent tracking down his error when I wasn't even supposed to be there.

3) Made a prelimary packing list for my trip, because I do, on occasion, pretend to be an organized person. *wry*

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So, about that poll...

Thank you to everyone who voted! "The Guardian in Spite of Herself" won with 4 of 10 votes, while "The Courting Dance" came in second with 3 votes. However! I got completely bogged down on "Guardian" the last time I ran a poll -- the Amane family was being very uncooperative -- so I will see if I can knock off "The Courting Dance" ch. 7 tonight and then get cracking on "Guardian" tomorrow.

*rubs hands, sets to work*
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Poll #7920 Tell Liz What To Write
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Which story/chapter should I try to finish this weekend?

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"Friends and Neighbors" (an "Apartment Manager" sidestory)
1 (10.0%)

"The Guardian in Spite of Herself" ch. 15
4 (40.0%)

"Lemonade" ch. 19
0 (0.0%)

"Weregild" parts 17 & 18
1 (10.0%)

"The Courting Dance" ch. 7
3 (30.0%)

"The Transient and the Eternal: If It Wasn't You..."
1 (10.0%)

work on your Femgenficathon story, lazybones!
0 (0.0%)

something else which I will name in a comment
0 (0.0%)




If you do not have a Dreamwidth account, I believe you can use your LJ account (or an account on a number of other social networks) to create an Open-ID account and vote that way. If you have no such account and/or wish to remain anonymous, please leave a comment on the DW version of this post (so as to keep all data in one place) and I will consider that your vote.

This is your last chance to get anything out of me until October-ish, because the minute I post my Femgen fic, I am going to reread all 140-odd thousand words of "Secrets" and then plow through and finish the bastard, because I am sick to death of it hanging over my head, I have it outlined, and there is no reason for me not to sit down and damn well write the ending and epilogue.
edenfalling: headshot of a raccoon, looking left (raccoon)
This is still basically a giant infodump -- in other words, this is the "let me explain about Fisher, Lebrun, and Robert; some of Mal's backstory with Lebrun; what exactly Dom and Arthur are planning to do and why; and how and why Eames is involved in their mess" section, which is rather a lot to throw at you all at once, sorry! -- but now there is at least a bit more back-and-forth in the dialogue and some actual character stuff going on around the exposition. (2,200 words)

Weregild, part 14 )

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And I think that wraps up chapter two, unless anyone has a burning need to see Eames talking with Sally and Robert? I think it would muck up the pacing and focus, but I could maybe be persuaded otherwise if someone makes a good case. (Or maybe not, but you can always try. *wry*) Anyway, chapter three will start with Ariadne fetching Arthur and Dom to meet with Jean-Claude. Yay Ariadne!

This chapter needs more editing than chapter one (though I do want to also go back and make sure chapter one hints more pointedly at the nature of Dom and Arthur's plan, now that I know more or less what it is), but I should have the final version up on AO3 by, say, Tuesday night. :-)

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And now, an experiment:

Poll #7528 Weregild, part 14
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Weregild, part 14

I read this section.
6 (85.7%)

I liked this section.
7 (100.0%)

I would like to read more of this story.
5 (71.4%)

I would not like to read more of this story.
0 (0.0%)

Tickybox!
6 (85.7%)



I don't think this will show up on LJ, since I don't have a paid account there, but I am testing out a kind of response poll I've seen a few other people do. Even if you don't have anything to say, please consider ticking a box or two to show you're reading!
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I have no self-motivation at the moment, so I would like to borrow some from other people. In other words, assuming I can get my computer to play nice this week and weekend, what should I be working on?

Poll #7226 Tell Liz what to write
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What should I try to finish this week?

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"The Courting Dance" ch. 6 (Narnia; Aravis & Cor attempt to get married)
0 (0.0%)

"Friends and Neighbors" (Naruto; "Apartment Manager" sidestory)
1 (8.3%)

"The Corners of the World" (Narnia; Jadis backstory)
0 (0.0%)

"Lemonade" ch. 19 (BtVS/Gundam Wing/Naruto; Faith, Duo, & Sasuke in a hell dimension)
1 (8.3%)

"Intervention" (Star Trek; a Red Cross ship deals with plague and pirates)
0 (0.0%)

"Strange Likenesses" ch. 8 (Harry Potter; Voldemort kinda-sorta possessed Harry as a child)
1 (8.3%)

"The Guardian in Spite of Herself" ch. 15 (Naruto; sequel to "The Way of the Apartment Manager")
6 (50.0%)

"The Transient and the Eternal" (Angel Sanctuary; 30 stories about Kira, Setsuna, & Sara)
1 (8.3%)

"A Question of Familiarity" (Enchanted Forest Chronicles; how Morwen got her familiars & lost touch with Telemain)
2 (16.7%)

be proactive and work on my Femgenficathon assignment
0 (0.0%)

edenfalling: colored line-art drawing of a three-scoop ice cream sundae (ice cream sundae)
Thank you to everyone who voted on what I should write today and tomorrow. The winner is ch. 14 of "The Guardian in Spite of Herself," with "Friends and Neighbors" as the runner-up.

I will get to work on that!

(There will be a gap while I go to a teacher appreciation dinner at church this evening, but aside from that... well, I can write at least a thousand words a day, given the right motivation, and I do have an outline, so fingers crossed.)

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