Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:40 am
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (allison)
It’s that time of year again. Porn Battle is starting back up and right now it’s prompt submission time.
I’ll be contributing prompts at least. I hope to find time to write a story or two as well.

Finally saw MIB3 this past week and how could you not come out of that film totally behind the Team OK ship? Yeah, it sort of flubs with the storyline of the first film and the love that K left behind, but 2 sort of showed that was a flawed relationship given how they dumped that to bring K back.
But that aside, Young Agent O and Young Agent K were so adorable.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (chloe)
 As I was going through my old fic tags to properly tag my [community profile] fandom_stocking drabble, I came to realize several things, one there's quite a few friends I've lost on here over the years, which is sad to think about, but on a lighter note. I was surprised to notice that Man of Steel's release didn't rejuvenate the [livejournal.com profile] 12days_of_clois  community. I remember how Superman Returns really sparked that place for awhile but I'm just guessing most of the people that were there have just moved on? It's a shame, can't say I've really been aware of Man of Steel fic in the same way.

Two Creative Goals for 2014: A Daily Drawble & Write 1k words a day. Originally I was going to do a chapter a day or 3k words a day but to be honest I don't know how long chapters would be and roughly it takes me 2 hours to get over 1k depending on the idea/progress I've made. I wanted to make the goal specific, a realistic length and to publicly announce it. I don't care if its original work,fic, song writing or even blogging/commentary on something I just want to write. And I just want to be able to draw decently. That would be nice. Practice makes perfect. So making an effort to do just that.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (hermione)
TITLE: Hermione Granger, Witch on a Mission
FANDOM: Harry Potter
CHARACTERS: Hermione Granger, Weasley Family, Ron Weasley
PAIRINGS: Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
WORDS: 427
SUMMARY: New Year's Eve at the Burrow.
STORY NOTES: Got back in the proverbial writing saddle and contributed to this year's [community profile] fandom_stocking . Wrote a Romione drabble for [personal profile] akashasheiress .

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (Default)
 I'm participating in Fandom Stocking this year. Here's mine.
There are tons of stockings hung so browse around and see where you feel you can contribute. I'm focused on the upcoming Faberry fandom week at the moment but will be spending the latter part of this month on filling some stockings if I can.
It's been forever since I've done something fandomy like this so I'm hoping it kickstarts me out of my writing funk/malaise I've been in.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (superhero)
 Firstly, popped in Smallville S2 DVD and watched 2.04 Red today during my cardio workout, which is where I left off in ‘His Girl Friday’. One step closer. Excited to step back into that world. My ideas for Lex, Lana, Pete, The Kents as supporting characters for Chlark needs to see fruition. *bounces*

And secondly, once I actually have fic to post and contribute again I wanted to start posting at Ao3 but had a question to those that move stories over to Ao3. Is there a preferred method that won’t flood/overwhelm people? Or is that not even a worry and you can just upload the chapters all at once and it won’t mess up alerts or update categories.
I don’t know I’ve never actively searched for fic on Ao3, I tend to get links to stories there and that’s how I read fic there. I want to move over a story once I get the next chapter done and just want to do it right?

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (smallville)
 So I've pretty much become all fic read out which is both good and bad because I love reading so much, but I can now use my free time to do some writing instead.

As a result I've started rereading 'His Girl Friday' and I am utterly cringing at some of the mistakes left in the early chapters: missing words, mixed tenses - those little things that sometimes you miss as the writer when you proofread because you know what you're expecting to see in the story and your mind can fill in the blanks for you.

I remember feeling like I improved on my proofreading during the later chapters, but I guess I'll see when I get there. And yes, my intentions are once I've reread the story to actually continue it. Not a new story from me, I know. but we'll see.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
 I never know what to post here when I'm too busy to write for fun. I hate just reposting the few blog posts I do on tumblr nowadays but even though I lurk here daily, it's mostly comms these days. I think maybe 5% of my friends are still regularly active on here. It takes me forever to write even the littlest of messages but I will try harder.

That said I noticed I didn't copy over my November fitness update, but it's December, now over 5 months into my being fit goal, lost 7 lbs in the last 5 weeks and am in my best shape in 10 years. And I'm not done and really excited but it does wear on one's patience having such a long term vision.

In more interesting news.. I'm thinking about redoing my 12 Days of ficmas idea that I had thought about last year or the year before but came to my mind too late to start. To those still around, what would be a decent word count for something daily like this? I'm thinking at least 300, I'd love to do more maybe it won't be a fixed number but I want to have a realistic goal that is reachable. Basically a Christmas themed prompt for every story, and i don't know how multi fandom I can be but it would be nice to touch on all the ones I love.  If my counting is right, the first day would be Friday.. I might try to get ahead and set up, but here's hoping for a more active journal!
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
I am trying to develop a new character that is a vampire and since I will readily admit that I know very little about vampires outside of a few movies I thought besides searching online I would ask around and see what people didn't like about vampires since they are pretty much everywhere these days.

And being pretty much everywhere cannot be an answer lol. :|

So how they are portrayed when it comes to sunlight, or holy water, how they are vanquished, general appearance, abilities. What do you not like and what would you prefer instead?
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (chloe)
On the news that the Porn Battle is going annual and not having a summer session it got me realizing that I hadn't published a story since last August which is so sad.

Some of it was taking time to step away from Smallville to regain my love for the characters (after all I started the fic after S8 and had no idea how much damage could be done to characters).

Some of it was growing to love new fandoms at a high enough level to want to read and now write stories in them like Mass Effect, Merlin & Glee (which might happen if I'm ever satisfied with what I start creating).

Some of it was saying goodbye to fandoms I just don't see worth writing for anymore (Harry Potter) and then there is just being to busy writing not for pleasure that I did not have much energy to want to write in my free time.

That aside, my writing has picked up in recent weeks and while most might never get seen because it is more for me to rediscover my voice, it is encouraging to be getting back to what I love doing. (1500 words on a Merlin/Morgana story that needs reworking, 1100 words on a Mass Effect story that I'm probably shelving, 750 words on a Batman Begins Bruce/Rachel story that I don't know if it's worth continuing or not, 1500 words on a Smallville Chlark/Cless story that needs reworking, 150 words on an Avengers Epilogue story that ran out of steam).

I'm really trying not to stretch myself too thin like I did in the past so most of these are just for the purpose of getting back to writing and putting words down until I run out of steam so that I can pick up HGF and continue with it. Anything else will try to be kept to short stories/one shots. But i have little restraint when it comes to writing so who knows!

Anyway, when I'm ready to post something besides here I'm thinking of starting up a tumblr to post there too since it's fairly safe to say that is a very active place for fandoms, and eventually I hope to get into AO3, the waitlist says maybe November - so if anyone has an invite I'd love one! *puppy eyes*.

I'm also trying to get better and leaving feedback whenever I read something wherever it is, but right now I don't really understand how that works on AO3 so I just press the kudos button which is for the whole story I guess and not each chapter. I don't know.


Two Spaces

Jun. 7th, 2012 11:07 pm
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (otp)
Something that came to my attention earlier in the week is the apparent move away from using two spaces after a period.  I guess I am not that surprised if that is true because of how fluid the rules of writing have been over the years.

Of course I have that double space press after the period so ingrained into my typing that it has been hard to try to break the habit. If I get onto a roll I usually have to go back over afterward to eliminate the extra space.

I guess that is something that just comes from having done it since I can remember typing. I don't even think it shows up in some documents that just auto eliminate the extra space so in the end it probably was redundant.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (smallville)

It's been forever since posted my desktop and I wanted to get back to that. Chloe from Season 4 ("Pariah" to be exact) of Smallville was my September wallpaper and I thought it was worth sharing since through my picking literally every screen I have for this month is covered in Smallville/Lois Lane.

Speaking of Smallville, the show is actually on syndication for the first time in years! It was on ABCFamily briefly in 2009 i think and then nothing till this month where it started on TNT weekdays at 12 EST. Of course they are starting with S8 so it feels like they'll probably only be showcasing the latter 3 seasons, the post M/G years.

I also went to get back into being active here on LJ and maybe using it as a personal blog again because while I have been drawn away by the quick and easy of twitter & tumblr and posting on my review blog that i've felt like this has gotten reduced to what i'm watching and my writing, which is probably a reflection of myself but some of my friends I'm only connected to on here and i want to interact more with them. I tried the email route a few years back and that didn't go over well lol so i'll be here definitely.

Might do some videos too, I already have my Sorcerer's Stone comment video from July but it still needs to be edited thus why I never got to it. (I talked for like 15+ min and cleaning it up to under 5 if i can lol).

And that leaves my writing. I'm learning that the older I get the more I have to organize my time and compartmentalize my goals to fit with the hustle and bustle of life. I've set aside a planned amount of time to put towards His Girl Friday and any other fic ideas and hopefully that will make for a more productive release schedule. During the week I tend to be too busy/tired to commit myself fully but I did come up with an idea that will hopefully keep my creative side from becoming stagnant and that is "Drabble Dice". Basically I've set up my fandoms and some options and I'll roll some dice and come up with different ideas/prompts so that I can write a short drabble every day. That's the plan anyway. Either way this should be a much busier journal starting this month.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (smallville)
TITLE: Chapter 8 - Scarlet
FANDOM: Smallville
RATING: Not Safe For Work (R/MA: for Sexual Situations)
GENRE: Drama/Romance
CHARACTERS: Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent, Pete Ross, Principal Gibbons, Jessie Brooks, Lana Lang
PAIRINGS: Clark Kent/Chloe Sullivan
WORDS: 5098
CHAPTER SUMMARY: Chloe Sullivan's life was gaining a sense of normalcy, the first clue that trouble was right around the corner. Today it was in the shape of her best friend, Clark Kent, who blurs the line of their already confusing relationship.
ARCHIVED: Fanfiction.net
STORY LINKS: (First Chapter) | (Previous Chapter) | (Next Chapter)
  • It is not a heat-induced illusion, there is another chapter of His Girl Friday and it has arrived! I do find it funny (in a sad way) that the last chapter was before Porn Battle XI and this is after Porn Battle XII.
  • This is the first NSFW chapter of His Girl Friday, because the story is now into "Red".

Scarlet )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (heroine)

The month is almost over and I hadn't done a new month post yet! Inconceivable! Above was my desktop for June to go with the release of the new Green Lantern movie (which I still haven't seen) but anyway this one person I think on DeviantArt made a bunch of these lantern wallpapers with all of the colors and their mottos on it and they all are pretty cool.

On the writing front (and the main reason I actually made this post) is that it's that time of year again, PORN BATTLE XII is in progress! This week (through Friday) is prompt submission time and then the entries start getting posted on Sunday July 31 - Sunday Aug 7. I've been writing sporadically over the last two months (mostly whenever [livejournal.com profile] htbthomas needs a writing buddy) but I do try to participate in PB every time it comes around so I hope especially with a lighter month of work ahead of me that PB kicks off a very productive few weeks of writing for me. Several stories are crying for updates and I hear them!
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (naruto)
Something I never realized you could do in a word document was a feature to track the changes you make to your writing and it will mark up the edits and even let you leave comments to explain your thoughts on the changes.  It was always a hassle when I would have to manually mark up edits for friends when I betaed a story or two.  I can't wait to use this feature when I next get around to editing a doc again.  I am excited and yes i realize I am probably the last person to figure this out.  That happens a lot to me.

Also I am apparently completely blind about the online alternatives to text editors/word doc writers. I was shown EtherPad, which is an online word processor that does all the markup features as well as allow collaboration between multiple authors with a timeline feature that can display how the document was written in real-time.  I haven't had a situation yet where I wrote when I didn't have access to Word or Pages but before I would think only to use Google Docs and this might be a better alternative, especially if it's a collaborative project.

I am beginning to tire about my home wireless network problems.  The things I do because I finally signed up for Netflix.  So i moved the wireless router/modem to the TV so that Netflix instant could be streamed over there.  Apparently a combination of age and i assume some spill damage over the years my macbook pro's interior wifi adapter is very weak with distance, leading to several days of trying to fix my laptop only to give up and just adjust the location of the router by about a foot and now it connects.  Sometimes it'll slow and I'll have to turn off the MBP's wifi and turn it back on but it's a minor annoyance that I've been dealing with for a year or two now anyway - has nothing to do with the distance. And in the end, the xbox 360 Netflix app is ten times better than the instant queue that is through my blu-ray player.

ETA: Fell asleep in the middle of this entry. -_-
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (actress)

Above was my PC's wallpaper for February, a crossover I'm sure many comic fans would like to see given the similarities of the two. From my recollection it was drawn by Terry Dodson (looks like his style anyway).

February was much busier than January and as a result I did not get much writing done the latter half of the month. I have outlined the next 3 chapters of His Girl Friday, and started dusting off Great Power, Great Responsibility & Great Love. WRITING TOTAL: 5,281 words (2,784 in H/HR PB XI Submission "Not According to Plan"; 2,497 in CHLARK PB XI Submission "Left Behind")

Shout out to the March birthday babes: [livejournal.com profile] calamityjamie (15th) & [livejournal.com profile] axolotl_lan (25th). Have awesome birthdays this year! ♥

PS: Just posted last night a wallpaper post for the members of my community, [livejournal.com profile] capes_and_cowls.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (marvel)
I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Remember this meme? It was pretty popular back in July when it spread across the internet. And I thought i'd try it again since its several versions later since then, and my results are different as a result. I wonder if its from a wider base to compare against or if my writing has changed - I only used what I posted this year. Either way, interesting.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (otp)

Above was my mac's secondary monitor wallpaper, Atomic Betty. Always felt that show was underrated and under appreciated. And on my phone I had this batman wallpaper, another neat artwork I found on DeviantArt. Love that place.

Rededicated myself to writing and I got off to a good start in January. Restarted His Girl Friday and participated in Porn Battle XI which bleeded into February. Besides the Porn Battle entries that have been already posted, look forward to more HGF and maybe a completed one-shot or two this month. WRITING TOTAL: 8.308 words (5,098 posted - His Girl Friday CH 7; 3,210 unposted in JAN - H/HR PB XI Submission "Not According to Plan")

There are a few February birthday babies on my flist: [livejournal.com profile] autumnrae89 (3rd), [livejournal.com profile] htbthomas (17th) & [livejournal.com profile] whipsy (22nd). I hope you all have outstanding birthdays this year and make some memorable memories. ♥
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (chloe sullivan)
TITLE: Left Behind
FANDOM: Smallville
RATING: Not Safe For Work (MA/NC-17)
PROMPT: alone, watchtower
CHARACTERS: Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent
PAIRINGS: Clark Kent/Chloe Sullivan
WORDS: 2497
SUMMARY: Jimmy is dead, Lois is gone and Clark is ready to disappear. But when he comes to say goodbye to Chloe, she gives him a reason to stay.
  • An alternate take on one of the last scenes of "Doomsday" the Smallville Season 8 finale, including one line of dialogue from the episode.
  • written for Porn Battle XI
  • Abbreviated version of story for submission in this thread

Left Behind )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
TITLE: Not According to Plan
FANDOM: Harry Potter
RATING: Not Safe For Work (MA/NC-17)
PROMPT: jealous, tease, hands, know
CHARACTERS: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Hermione Granger, Professor Horace Slughorn, Ginny Weasley
PAIRINGS: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger, implied Ron/Lavender, implied Ginny/Dean
WORDS: 6010
SUMMARY: With neither Weasley free and a Christmas party to attend, Harry and Hermione put in motion a plan to go together and make their crushes jealous. At least that is the plan Harry is following.
  • An alternate take of the situation surrounding Slughorn's Christmas Party from Chapter 15 "The Unbreakable Vow" in Half-Blood Prince.
  • Written for Porn Battle XI
  • Abbreviated version of story for submission posted in this thread

Not According to Plan )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (chloe sullivan)
TITLE: Chapter 7 - Virtue
FANDOM: Smallville
RATING: Safe For Work
GENRE: Action-Adventure/Drama/Romance
CHARACTERS: Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent, Jonathan Kent, Nell Potter
PAIRINGS: Clark Kent/Chloe Sullivan
WORDS: 5098
CHAPTER SUMMARY: Chloe and Clark's relationship is in tatters, and their friendship is on the brink of disaster. Can Clark salvage the situation and will Chloe let him? Old habits prove hard to let go at Kent Farm.
ARCHIVED: Fanfiction.net
STORY LINKS: (First Chapter) | (Previous Chapter) | (Next Chapter)
  • Your eyes do not deceive you, a new chapter is here! Apologies for the delay, honestly I had a version of this chapter that just needed editing when I posted CH 6, but the feedback I received inspired me to change parts of what happened so that it will make future chapters much more interesting.
  • For the next 7-10 days (however long it is) I will be focusing on writing something for Porn Battle XI, but after that I plan to get on with the next chapter which will get into "Red".

Virtue )

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