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What I'm doing in my holidays
There's nothing like a good moan for recharging the batteries - especially with the colossal flood of nice ego-massaging comments I received. Thanks everybody. Especially agilebrit, whose useful suggestion for making the presentation of my story more ff.net friendly has resulted in the first review there for the story in question.

I'm now busily writing again. However those of you waiting for the long-promised updates to the BuffyBot stories and "Life in Shadow", and for Book 2 of "Pandora's Boxer", are going to be disappointed. I signed up back in November for watchersdiaries, a ficathon for original stories of vampires and Slayers of the past, and I've promised 2 stories. They're due in February, so I've made a start now; I don't want to have to do the mad last-minute dash that I did with Jerusha's Holiday ficathon. Also I've made tentative plans to co-write a third story for the ficathon with desdemonaspace, and I have to put my ideas into a comprehensible format so I can pass them on to her. My usual method of jotting down odd words, phrases, snatches of conversation and scenes, and simply remembering the way they are all meant to fit together, isn't likely to work for co-writing.

So far I've written the opening scene to the Slayer story, "The Cloak of Mist", set in the Isle of Man in 1014 AD; the year of the battle of Clontarf. I'm very happy with what I've done so far but I won't be showing it to anyone else until the Ficathon posting date, so there won't be much visible output from me (unless the drabble bunny strikes!) for at least a couple of weeks. That doesn't mean I'm not writing!

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: Scala Choir, "I Touch Myself"

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agilebrit From: agilebrit Date: January 5th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo! Glad I could help. *grins*

Also glad to see that the folks on my flist are writing. My evil, evil Muse wondered "What would happen if Illyria got hit with Mohra blood?"--and then abandoned me. I got the battle scene written, but I'm going to have to sleep on the next part. Again.

Argh. At this rate, I'll have my Christmas fic done sometime in July...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I finished my Christmas fic in time for the ficathon completion date but only by going virtually without sleep for two nights. I'm trying to avoid that this time.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: January 5th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Just so long as you realize that your plans will cause trouble for those of us with instantaneous gratification issues.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: January 5th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
If 12k puts them off, my 25k to 30k chapters must give them an apoplexy. :D

Don't understand these people, I specially look for chunky, wordy chapters. They tend to be better quality.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've found each of my long works has developed its own chapter rhythm. The BuffyBot stories around 3,500 words per chapter, "It's Got To Be Perfect" and "Life in Shadow" about 6,500, and "Pandora's Boxer" around 10,000. I didn't specifically plan them that way, it's just the way they turned out.
quinara From: quinara Date: January 5th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, watchersdiaries. I've got a Roman Slayer in the 1st Century AD. It is not going fantastically well.

The medieval Slayer sounds cool - I know nothing about the era apart from 1066 and the large number of castles, but it's bound to be interesting coming from you.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's Dark Ages rather than Medieval. The Isle of Man was under Viking rule at the time, and she's of mixed Viking and Celtic ancestry. I certainly hope people find it interesting.

The Roman Slayer sounds interesting. I did some research into Roman female gladiators recently in connection with a role-playing game scenario, and I was thinking initially of doing my watchersdiaries story along those lines, but decided to stick to periods more hardwired into my very bones.
quinara From: quinara Date: January 6th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dark Ages, of course! Sorry. I got a little confused - and I know that sounds lame. (I've been watching too much Holy Grail along with Terry Jones' commentary, if that makes any sense - which it probably doesn't.)

I, for one, will probably find it interesting. I was into the Celts for a time, but then discovered Latin and veered away.

I think that's probably one of the better ways of going about this - doing an era you already know about - because I just know that if, for example, I tried to do some sort of Japanese samurai and researched and researched and researched I would still get things wrong, and most likely offend someone who actually knew what they were talking about. (Apologies for the long sentence.)

Although, thinking about it, that's the trap I've got myself into with History.... (I've been typing some crazy things into Google.)
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: January 5th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd pout about not getting updates, except my ficathon was one of the distracting factors, so I can't very well get away with that. Sigh. Well, the original Slayer pieces will probably be very good, so I'll just have to look forward to that and stifle my desires for updates.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I certainly hope they'll be good. Even if I finish them this week I won't post them until the proper dates in February, so there'll definitely be a gap in my output.

Except for the drabble that I'll be posting later tonight.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: January 5th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, as long as there are drabbles, I think I'll survive. :)
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