parallax23: (sweet)
I haven't logged into LJ for a while.  I probably haven't written anything worthwhile for much longer.  Grad school ended up consuming my life this year, but I am so excited to be almost done so I can enjoy a bit of time with my head clear.

Since I write on paper, if I don't type it up, no one will see my work. Kind of a Catch-22 if I don't like a story. But I need a real working draft soon.  This might be ambitious, but I started a new fairytale series which would be about 12 books/novellas long.  I'm also toying with a How I Met Your Mother-esque novella that'll be a spin on myself and my friends lives in the city.  I decided that I would use WattPad when I start posting again, because the site seems like a better site and community than FP.  I'm not sure what the status of my Dark Angel fanfic is at the moment.  I'd rather not post the endings just yet.

But for now, final round of grad school midterms!
parallax23: (on your own)
Freedom!  Summer is finally officially here for me - no classes and no exams until the fall starts!  I'm crossing my fingers about a new job opening, and I'm finally free to write again. 

First on my agenda is finishing up Between the Lines.  There's only a few chapters left and I already have the ending worked out, all I have to do is write it.  Other DA fics are currently on hold, I'm sorry to say.  I really want to get back to my original writing.  I have this new story in the works - steampunk/urban fantasy that involves a girl with a curse.  Since my inspiration lies there, I'm going to set my focus on that one.

I'll also be posting some of my original unfinished stuff on TWA, since maybe some feedback will kick-start my motivation to finish them.  I have changed career fields and I'm still in grad school (which are two very big goals I had set for myself last year and am proud to say I accomplished), so things will be erratic for a long while.  That doesn't mean I will give up though.
parallax23: (traffic)
Being in grad school, having a boss who impersonates Pol Pot and all that other life stuff in between really wreaks havoc on trying to write.  I can't even believe that November is over and I didn't get the chance to write anything.

Ironically, this is the month when there was an episode of Being Erica where the lead character realizes she's gotten far away from her dream of writing fiction.  Then the entire episode of The Simpsons featuring Neil Gaiman and the entire publishing industry.  Then someone said that it figured that I couldn't keep writing because I've never been the sort of person who could finish what I started, which I found insulting.  That kind of got my gears in motion that I had fallen out of my writing habits, and writing is a habit and perpetual process no matter what.  Then I got a kick in the pants when I saw that someone reviewed Wake... and I felt floored. 

How did I let myself fall off the wagon like that?  I put my fanfic aside for original writing and I ended up accomplishing very little in either.  I keep starting stories but then scrapping them, I remember reading that when a writer did that too often, it signaled a lack of belief in herself and therefore the story.  I've gotten stronger resolve to finish Between the Lines since its the closest story to being done. I even worked past an inconsistency that I didn't like just two days ago.  Once that's done, it's on to Wake... and eventually Long December.
parallax23: (hands of time)
1. Officially finish writing After Life, Between the Lines, and Wake Me Up When September Ends.  Seriously, this is at the top of my list.  I want them done.  The XYZ Affair can be the last story I finish because it's just one-shots.  Wake needs to be over so I can get to the last installment of the trilogy.

2. Finish writing 1 novel before the year is up.  I'll have my own personal NaNoWriMo.  Yes, I know that's a double possessive but it's the internet and I still type the same way I do as when I was in high school.

3. Find a better job.  That should be higher on my list, but right now I'm just fed up.

4. Become a better writer.  I feel like my style needs to be more engaging and direct.  I tend to go on tangents and feel like my narrative style is 'foot in mouth' and not as smooth as I'd like.

5. Go out more and see the world.

6. Get through my to-read list.

7. Spend more time with my friends.
parallax23: (wrong)
Best You Never Had

Regret... )
parallax23: (Default)
Good Idea

"Anytime, my friend. Anytime..." )