Sunday, September 28, 2008

the rest is still unwritten

REMINDER: entries for The Stranger contests MUST be in by midnight, September 30th, that is this Tuesday.

Cover for Calamity's Child (all images from FFVII: Advent Children, except for SHC, by Shiroineko-sama).

And in the end, when the darkness takes you...

EDIT: Forgot to credit my images! Shocking behavior! The first cover only uses a stock photo from The second cover has three images from Final Fantasy V: Advent Children, and one image is a fanart by sora-ko on DeviantART.

First, my Nano cover.

It's kinda boring, but as soon as I know more of what's going on in the story, I'll make another one.

Second, a cover I made for an FF7 fanfic which I haven't even begun. :P It's just an idea at this point. But you never know, it might exist someday! Speaking of fanfics, I was thinking of making an LJ for the purpose, because I hate with the power of a thousand suns, and it would be fun to upload a drabble now and then. And NO, I do not want to use my DA for the purpose....:P
Anyways yeah I might make a cover for Calamity's Child, too, but.....I dunno, my enthusiasm for that project is at a fantastic low. Part of my problem, I think, is when I discovered Shiroineko-sama's Freya. She looks EXACTLY like my character....they are different in personality and in background, too, I think, but still too similar to make me happy.

Anyways! Good luck preparing for Nano! I'm off to hike along the Mckenzie river???? :P

Saturday, September 27, 2008

They eat fate for breakfast!

I'm a little terrified. Not gonna lie.

I've had several characters pop into my head in the last month, and each time it happened I wrote down a sentence or two and saved them for Nano. So now I have this epic list of characters, which keeps growing cuz i keep realizing i need someone for such and such role......the world, whatever world it is, is forming around them, and the plot is coming into view from the fog....

But. I'm still clueless, somehow. Like what are all these people doing, how can I possibly develop ANY of them, what are they trying to accomplish, etc, ad infinitum. I guess I'm just feeling overwhelmed with the information flooding into my brain. I have to figure out how to incorporate all the elements crammed in my brain, OR get enough sense of what's going on to know which elements/characters I can cut.

Whew. What I DO know is there IS going to be Newfoundland dog in here somewhere....y'know, the big black ones. He's been lurking around for a while, it's time I put him in a story.
Oh yeah, I also know the title of this post is going to be the unofficial tagline for my story. ;) It ocurred to me, and it amuses me, so I shall keep it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Spread the Nano Joy!

Pep talks!!

Dang check them out!!! Impressive list, I must say. Although I also must say I've always enjoyed Chris Baty's pep talks more than the official authors saying "Gj! keep going!" Baty's kinda classic, and funny too. If anyone wants me to forward his pep talks from 2006 to you each week, just ask!

Oh, yeah, so if you didn't know yet, the new Nanowrimo site launched early! Cuz they love me. Yep, it's all about me: they did it just for me.

Now all I gotta do is decide what I'm writing so I can put up a synopsis.....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

this life hasn't turned out quite the way i wanted it to be

Heh so Jasmine mentioned Hell Hath No Furies the other day, which shamed me into working on editing it again. To that end, I went through the library catalog in quest of helpful books. I totally scored. Well, I think I did. I'll have to wait to see them until I know. But there's a "food and feasts in ancient greece" book, as well as a "historical atlas of ancient greece." Both of those cover my two biggest problems: food and terrain. :P I got a bunch of other ancient greece books too in case those don't cut it. But I think I'm good. :D

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"I need to speak with your father about this game."

Wow I had forgotten that coffee shops were so magical. I haven't really spent any large amount of time in one since Ottawa, but yesterday I had to wait for Megan to go have a meeting with a prospective employer so I went into "Fine Grind Coffee" downtown. I got very inspired about the Stranger while there and managed to finish episode 7, as well as think up the DAMDL reports, which are very entertaining for me to write. Hopefully they'll be fun to read. But I thought I should give a little foreshadowing to some stuff that's going to happen later in the series.
Episode 8, here I come! Please comment and tell me whether you think it should still be called the Dread Fog Monster, or if I should come up with a different monster name/inspiration.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I just love making more work for myself....

You know what's crazy hot fun?

Combining three versions of the same story, which happen to be from three different points of view. Confusion and Complication ftw.

PS-look for some pretty fun "The Stranger" news on the site tonight or tomorrow. OH right and there'll be a new episode up tomorrow as well.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Price you gotta pay when you break the panorama

I don't have a whole lot to say, just wanted to post on here.

Stranger ep. 2 is up tomorrow!!! w00tage!
I'm persevering in continuing to write ep. 7 or whatever I'm on's very sticky going but I'm getting there. :)

I'm having major problems deciding what I'm doing for Nano. Which is a bummer, because I want to plan it out before the month begins, to help lessen the stress of trying to write a novel with school and a job and life. Planning out last year's helped a lot, I think, and I'd like to the same thing again. But that requires me figuring out what I'm doing by October, hopefully.

I'm not sure what this has to do with writing, but "Dani California" has been playing on the radio a lot recently, and it's now imprinted in my brain as The Death Note Song, thanks to all those DN previews at the theater. *le sigh*

Monday, September 08, 2008

Yippity skippity

I've got some fun stuff for y'all.

First of all, I was going around on the Nano forums, getting myself hyped (and actually, like, reading posts AND replying to posts! GASPAGE!), and I saw this subject title:
Me: "Oh. Yes."
I go to the actual topic, and this is how it starts out:
"I went for a long walk and my crazy plot bunnies bred epiphanies!"

Yes, that is awesome slapping you in the face.

Moving on to other awesomenesses, here's a video:

And here's the blog I found it at, which is a fun writing blog as well:


Saturday, September 06, 2008

"I am a HORRIBLE sinner!"

So Numair spilled his guts to me last night. O.o That was rather a shocking development. And now I feel bad, because he had a HORRIBLE life!!! O.o
It wasn't just overflow from my emotional state, either, cuz I was feeling pretty good (albeit tired) when I wrote it.
Anyway. Hug a Numair today!

Friday, September 05, 2008

mebbe i can do it if i put my back into it

I've been noticing more and more how much I rushed the original LS series, and it's kinda tragic. There's sooo many things I was going to explain further, or explore further, or go back and add to before posting, but I never did.
Example: The nickname of "Lonie" (in ep. 4, I think??). That was never going to stay. I was going to go back and change it to something more apropos and funny, but never did. Now I have the chance to not only change it, but give an explanation for it in an earlier ep.
That's just a small example, but there's lots of other stuff too COUGHmacanasnameCOUGHnumairsbackgroundCOUGHCOUGH.

In other news....Hm, there is no other news. Oh, actually yeah. Nanowrimo has Tshirts to match their hawt new mugs now. :D So now I want both. :P

Thursday, September 04, 2008

We are forsaken, there's no time anymore.

Tis the season to begin thinking about Nanowrimo, I guess. :P Kendra mentioned thinking about it on her writing blog, and today I was thinking about mine as well. I *think* I'm deciding between two ideas. They're both fairly complicated, and neither are brand-new stories to me, so I tried outlining them a bit. One of them I got a very basic but complete outline for, the other I just kinda stared at the page, whimpered, and closed the notebook. :P I was doing it on break at Homesource anyway, so I got back to work. ;)

Anywayz, good luck to anyone else who's thinking about it! I'm going to start serious botheration on October 1st, so plan to have your Internet and phone lines broken if this is offensive to you. :P

PS-Within Temptation is SO going back on my nano playlist this year.....that stuff is GOLD. "Forsaken" ALWAYS gives me shivers, no matter how many hundreds of times I listen to it. O.o

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Official LS/S Contest info

The Stranger/The Lone Stranger Contests!

Fanfiction: Parodies or serious are all welcome!!! Have to involve The Lone Stranger world and/or characters in some way. Word limit is 200-1000.

Fanart: Any art relating to The Lone Stranger world and/or characters.

T-shirt graphic: A graphic that any LS fan would be proud to wear. ;)

Prizes: Free T-shirt featuring the winner of the graphic contest and possibly some other goodies.

You may enter a submission in all 3 categories, if you wish, but not more than one for each category.

Due Date: September 30th, 2008
You can submit before this date, but nothing will be judged until October.

Any questions?