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16 April 2016 @ 10:06 pm
I'm working on an actual post with actual Things to talk about, but right now Things are still kind of weird so in the meantime some happy things because we all need those:

1.) Klaine people: check out this shiny new fic blog! There's gonna be old fic and new fic and you can become a member and reblog WHATEVER YOU WANT YAY (well, not whatever - I mean, it's a Klaine fic blog, so maybe no crochet patterns and/or beer tasting reviews), and there are gonna be events and challenges and it's gonna be fun.

2.) Everyone: if you're not reading this webcomic (Check, Please!) you're doing it wrong because it's the most adorable thing EVER and I did not even want to get sucked into a new fandom but here I am having SO MANY FEELINGS and basically it's the Best Thing Ever and a source for much happiness that has significantly brightened the past days for me.

I hope you're all having a good weekend and I'm hugging all of your faces and I'm gonna be around more again soon-ish, I promise! <3
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03 April 2016 @ 12:04 pm
I'm back home but I might not be around much for a little while longer because my grandmother died this morning.

Hugs for everyone!
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23 March 2016 @ 09:43 am
Just a quick update to say I have decided that I like being on holiday. I'm getting so much reading done! And walking. We're lucky with the weather so far.

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I'll probably be hanging out on Twitter and Instagram the next few weeks (in case anyone wants to be friends over there).

Okay, I have to go do some more walking now. Hope you're all having a nice week!
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23 February 2016 @ 03:17 pm
Just a quick post to say: if you want you can vote for my book cover!

This is all kinds of exciting and the options are all SO PRETTY and I don't even know which one I want. Also, it's so WEIRD seeing my name on a book cover even if it's just a picture so far.

Holy fuck I'm an author. o_O

Hope you're all well! <3
Current Mood: excitedexcited
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12 February 2016 @ 06:13 pm
I'm really pleased with the way the characters in the thing I'm writing are coming along. Really. I love them, I love their stories, I can already see them interacting in my head. The only thing I can't really figure out yet is HOW to tell the story.

I mean, obviously I have a plot, or I wouldn't be bothering. I have an idea, one I'm still quite fond of, but this is where it gets tricky every time. There is point A, where they are now. And there is point B, where I want them to be in the end. And in between those two points there is ... stuff. It's not like it's all blurry, the outline isn't blank. But getting this sort of blob of a "middle" into the right order is always the most fun AND the most time-consuming part of every new project.

I mean, the middle is what separates that vague thing you play around with right before falling asleep from an actual story that you can tell to other people. Ideas are easy enough, but getting them into shape - ughhhh. *headdesk* (I love it. I just want to start writing already.)

So of course I spent my writing time today doing what any serious writer would do and first cleaned the house and then read other people's writing blogs. Where, by the way, I stumbled across this amazing piece of wisdom about what a story *should* look like that really made me laugh. Read more...Collapse ) Chuck Wendig has good advice sometimes. :) I love finding things like this because a) it's amusing and b) sometimes it actually helps untangling some of the mess that is the beginning of a new story.

But, because writing so often makes me think about reading, here's a question (that has almost nothing to do with the above): what's your preferred story to just dive into when you want distraction? Do you prefer your stories to guide you gently through the middles or do you like the occasional punch in the gut from unexpected plot twists? Or a mix of both? When I'm reading a book for fun I generally prefer the slow and quiet, tbh. Conflict is good, yes, there is no story if there is no conflict. But what does a comfort story look like for you? Angst or fluff? Fast-paced or slow and gentle? Action-driven or character-driven? Crying or laughing? Or does it all depend on mood?
Current Mood: tiredtired
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11 February 2016 @ 02:10 pm
Not much time for an actual post today, but here is a meme! Play with me please so I'll have something to do tonight? :)

Give me a character and I'll tell you

1. How I feel about this character
2. All the people I ship romantically with this character
3. My non-romantic OTP for this character
4. My unpopular opinion about this character
5. One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
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10 February 2016 @ 05:30 pm
I think the weather is drunk. We've had a storm for about two and half days and now it's raining, and basically I've been stuck inside for DAYS at this point and I'm going crazy. Over the past weeks, ever since winter decided that it didn't want to make an appearance this year, I've gotten used to walking around when I was brainstorming or taking breaks or basically just whenever I could. I've walked and I've walked and I've walked. I've walked until I had blisters (and I forgot how uncomfortable those are, ugh). And now today is the third day I'm stuck inside and I'm going CRAZY. I've been venturing outside as much as I can, but it's just cold and windy and rainy and I don't have any shoes or umbrellas strong enough for this weather.

Being stuck inside isn't good for my writing, I just go weird and all the good ideas go for a walk without me. But now I'm curious - how do other people write? Do you have your ideas in the car? Or before you fall asleep? Or do you brainstorm over dinner? When I was living in the city I had my best ideas on the subway. Anyone else have any go-to source for inspiration?
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: 4 Non Blondes - What's Up?
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09 February 2016 @ 01:47 pm
Others are doing it so I am doing it too - because I love LJ and because I'm doing everything I possibly can to avoid going back to one of the million things I should be doing right now (worked 12 hours yesterday, feeling a little wrung out today) - where was I going with this sentence? Oh yes! LJ! I'm saying it here so that I'll have to do it. I plan to use this place more again. I miss having actual conversations with people. Tumblr just sucks at that.

I was going to say something witty, but I'm coming up blank. Really looking forward to the end of March right now when I'm actually going on holiday, yay! I'm trying to compile a holiday reading list right now. (Well, not *right now* obviously.) In case anyone has read anything good lately, GIVE ME YOUR RECS!!

In other news, I'm writing. I've started a new thing, and then I started another new thing, and then I started another new thing, and ... basically I have some beginnings of some new things and trying to work out which one of them is worth spending more time on. (Some of them are fanfic, some are original stuff. Ideally I'd like to pick one of each to work on over the next few weeks/months/however long it takes to get it done.) You guys working on anything? Reading anything good (fic or books I NEEDS RECS DID I MENTION THAT?)?

And now I should do some stuff. But I'll be around. Have a good Tuesday, talk to you later, peace out. <3
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