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Poll #11320 What should the cat write in August?
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What story/stories should I try and write in August?

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Zombie language: What it says on the tin. A language gets revived and starts cannibalizing the current languages out there until it is the only living language left.
7 (38.9%)

Dreams: A detective that can go into the cities of your mind and her dream weaver girlfriend go up against nightmares, liars and evil forces that can only exist under streetlights.
6 (33.3%)

Zombie Cinderella: A retelling of Cinderella with her as a zombie, the prince as a masochist and the kingdom eventually no longer needing executioners.
4 (22.2%)

Angel/Fae war: Hell is actually Faerie and Heaven is crumbling. The angels need the fae magic to rejuvenate Above and the Fae need the angels because they patrol the borders of Faerie and and some of them are guardians to the Fae themselves.
9 (50.0%)

YA fae adventure: In which the Summer Maid and her handmaiden run away into the human world and the Fae of Crossroads, two stone soldiers and a Puck figure go after them. Mayhem and mischief ensues
6 (33.3%)

Road Music - A girl who can feel the roads beneath her feet and is haunted by fae, ghosts and other strange creatures she meets along the road, travels in search of a mythic hotel in which stories gather.
11 (61.1%)

Anything from This list
4 (22.2%)

whatawaytoburn: ([Angels] We have wings)
\I love you. I love your words, I love that you have tales to tell, I love that you have words in your head that need to be free.

You are a writer, you are a storyteller, you are someone who preforms miracles just by thinking up worlds.

You are a “real” writer. You are a real storyteller and damn those who tell you otherwise. You can sell you stories, you can tell them to your friends, you can put them up on blogs. It doesn’t matter, as long as you are writ9ing, as long as you are keeping those stories alive, you are a miracle worker.

And yes, stories have teeth, some of them bite and claw and tear at you. They are difficult and sometimes no one wants to see them but you but remember, they are stories all the same, they still want to be told.

So tell your stories, tell them every day, every other day, every week or month or year.

If there’s a story inside you, tell it. If there’s a yearning need to say things that aren’t true, weave those lies into something beautiful.

Tell y9our stories, all of you and I will never ask anything else of you,
whatawaytoburn: ([Angels] We have wings)
Two things:

1) I'm doing a prompt call. Leave me prompts and I will write you stories. When I have completed your tale, I'[ll post it and give you the option to donate a tip but you don't have to if you don't want to/don't have the money. Don't feel obligated. I will also do trades for crafts/tarot readings/drawings or anything else you want to barter with.

2) I'm thinking of starting another blog. I have a writing blog on Wordpress that I update sporadically but this is going to be different.

This is going to be a blog on positivity.

I'm going to try and write a NaNo novel's worth of words on pos9itive things. Thyings that make me happy, things that are good, things that are cheering. Just....awesome good, brilliant, lovely things. Some of them might come in the form of happy stories, some of them might come in 100 word babbles, some of them might be anything else entirely.

So yes. That is what I am doing. Feel free to either leave prompts, tell me things that make you happy, and pass the word along on both the prompts and the blog as I would love people fo9llowing it.
whatawaytoburn: ([DaS] Dance)
With reckless abandon.

I’ve always loved that phrase, loved the way it sounds, loved the way it feels when you say it. It feels like what it means, to cast away everything holding you back and run, dance, sing, play, do whatever it is that you want to do.

It’s what I want in my life and in my writing. I want to throw away all the ideas that hold me back, I want to shed the constraints I put on myself. I try and put myself on a rigid schedule but I don’t know if i am made for it, I think I might be made of different stuff.

I think I need to write with reckless abandon, I need to9 tell the stories as they come to me, I need to work with whoever wants to work with me and cast off whoever is being stubborn. That’s not to say I shouldn’t abandon a story when it gets hard but I think, and I could be wrong, but I think I’m trying to be a ‘real’[ writer when I need to be a real storyteller instead.

So that’s what I am going to do, I am planning to tell my storie with reckless abandon, I’m going to post them where I want and let other people see them. I am going to craft and create and make and do what I want with the words in my head and maybe it will get me somewhere one day and maybe it won’t.

But I’ll not have regrets with what I’ve done and that? Is a hell of a lot better than most people can say.
whatawaytoburn: ([Misc] Question)
So, I think I might blend the thirty days of writing meme with the one that is about one particular project. The thing is, I'm not sure if I want to type out my answers or do an audio recording and put that up instead.

If I did the audio, would anyone be interested or should I just do the typed out version?
whatawaytoburn: ([Writing]  At work)
So, I've been consuming lots of writing related media recently. Writing Excuses, some of Chuck Wendig's writing books, a few other things. The point is, writing media.

It's been interesting and, I find that since I didn't start out looking at books and podcasts and writing classes, I'm having a really easy time picking and choosing what I think works for me, what' works for them and what is utter crap.

It's kind of nice, really. I thought I would be overwhelmed by what information I was gathering but I'm really not. I can sift through the advice pretty easily and get what I need. It's...kind of ego-boosting? I don't think I'm a perfect writer or anything but it's nice. It's...comforting.

So anyway, I was thinking, what's the best writing advice you've heard in your life? Either practical, inspirational or anything else. I'm just curious.

I'm still trying to decide what I think the best advice I've heard. Honestly, I think I've learned that...Well, at least for me, the best thing to do is always tell stories. Not writing stories but telling them. Tell a story every day, even if it's just to yourself in your head.

I tell an idea to myself, the bare-bones of a story and then, the net day, I tell myself a little more about it and then next day a little more. Some days I tell myself different stories, some days the stories merge and some days finding a story to tell is like pulling teeth but if I tell myself a story every day, I'm always thinking about them, enjoying them.

And for me, that's what writing is about. Enjoying myself and pulling other people into that enjoyment. Sometimes that enjoyment is a sort of masochistic thing and sometimes it's the other way around but still. It's pulling someone in.

I know some people say write with a message and that scared me for a long time. I thought that I had to be weaving themes into my stories, telling stories "meant something".

But I came to the realization that my message, the driving force behind my story, can just be 'Relax, let me take you somewhere you've never been before, let me introduce you to people you've never met."

So yes, that's my babble for the day. I don't know, I'm still curious about your best advice, as I'm curious to see what you value, if that's not too 0odd to admit to being curious about, so drop info off in the comments.
whatawaytoburn: ([WC] Clearing my head)
Let me introduce you all to me to-write list. It is a collection of things that have struck me as awesome ideas or prompted things i have gotten that I need to write. I don't know when (or if) I will ever get around to writing all of them but well, I thought i would share, since I was winging about words yesterday.

This does not count the stuff that actually gets written, just the stuff I mean tot write at one point or another. Most of hwat actually gets written is spur of the moment stuff that was never actually on this list. I'm bad at referencing it, thus stuff never gets written, but I do try and keep it vaguely up to date with ideas that cross my brain/things I'e been prompted with, so yes. i thought I would share.

Original stuff that needs to get written at some point or another )

Fanfiction including Sherlock, White Collar, Cabin Pressure and Sanctuary (plus combinations of the four) )
whatawaytoburn: ([Cityverse] Bridge)
1) We've not gotten mail in two days, I do not know why but it is kind of irritating me.

2) I've been slacking in my reading over at [community profile] rainbowfic. This is sad, as there are some good stories over there.

3) [personal profile] chasethecloudsaway has given me ALL THE PROMPTS! Seriously, all of them. You? Have no prompts, I have them all.

4) Persephone is getting on well, she'[s a sweetie and adorable and loves on me when I need it.

5) I've been needing it a lot lately to keep me sane with this current bout of insomnia. Fuck this insomnia, fuck it hard. My aunt says Benadryl and I am getting close to caving in and buying some, because five hours is the MOST I've gotten unmedicated and that will not do.

6) I love my people, I love them all, I love their oddness, I love their charms, I love the way they shimmer and shine. I love their darkness and I love their light. I love them so, so much.

7) I have a writing hat, there will be pictures at one point but I am lazy and don't want to pull them up now.

8) I either need to get Morgan to start betaing again or find a backup beta. Between posting at [community profile] rainbowfic and the various fanfic that has been being produced, I could really use it. I don't ahve the eyes for catching things and maybe if I used a screen reader I would be better but I don't and I see things how they're supposed to beck, not how they are, so I basically fail at betaing my own stuff.

9) William has been feeding me all day. Rolls and mac and cheese and hot dogs and all manner of food. He got annoyed with me last night and decided to embrace his role of 'Person in our group who makes sure we don't die' and has been making us eateateat to make up for yesterday where all we had was a taco and some cheese.

10) I actually had a last thing I was going to say but I don't remember what it is, so uhm...Zombies are love? No wai8t, I'm not Seanan. cats are love? Words are love? Monsters are love? Books are love3? Lots of things are love, take your pic and run with it.
whatawaytoburn: (Default)
We are ten days into National Poetry Month and I have yet to do anything to celebrate it. As a lover of words, I find this a crime.

So, that means I'm poking you lot! Leave me a prompt and I will write you a poem of some kind.

Also, I reserve the right to turn any prompt into a short story, if it doesn't work out in poetry form.
whatawaytoburn: ([WC] Clearing my head)
Okay, so I'm in this strange mood where I want to talk about writing and I want other people to talk about writing and I want people to be happy. I can't quite explain to you why other than I am dead tired and am in desperate need of sleep but well, I don't care. I want to hear people babble and be excited for the things they are working on.

Soooo, that leads me to this: Tell me things you are proud of when it comes to your writing.

I want to hear why you are awesome, why your worlds rock, why your characters are win, why you think this is a story worth being told. This is a chance for you to look at what you're working on, declare it awesome and show the rest of the world what you see.

Feel free to spread this around, link to your comments, comment on other people's stuff and generally talk amongst yourselves. This post is for reveling in awesome
whatawaytoburn: ([Writing] Love travels)
I've been thinking about the book that I want to write, the YA one? I have two ideas that I could use from my general storage of plots that I want to work on and then a bunch of others that I as just tossing around but these are the ones that are more developed (i.e. have characters or anything).

The first: It would not be a romance but it would very much be a YA book, I think. The daughter of Life and Death sets off on an adventure to get back her parents. On the way she meets various personifactions and things of that like. Some of them are good, some of them are neutral and some of them are dark (but not exactly 'bad', just dark in nature). They help her save her parents and keep the universe in working order.

Relationship wise, I think there could be all sorts of people in all sorts of relationship that Belle meets. The personifacations would have no reason or real desire to conform to human standards of relationships or gender or...anything really.

So yeah, that's one option.

The other is a less developed story but is very much a love story. It's about a coyote girl and a girl who had been made of stone (not a girl who had been turned into stone but one who had previously been a statue and then forced into a human body). They fall in love and wander the world together. I know there's a fox involved in this universe and the personifacation of the moon but I don't know if they get involved with the girls or not. It would be about them falling in love and navigating the human world, both together and before they met.

So yeah, I don't know, I need to figure out what I am doing. I know there's no rush or anything, I just feel like I should work on this while I have the brain.
whatawaytoburn: ([Writing] Non functional)
So, I've been in a writing mood lately which is not a bad thing. I've written something two nights in a row, which has not been happening as of late but I am hoping I can keep up. If not actually writing than perhaps working on something writing related. I don't know. I am going to see.

Anyway, I was wondering what sorts of programs and thins people use to help them along. I know Scrivener is popular but I can never wrap my head around it. I use PageFour myself and WriterMonkey. I know there are other programs and such out there too, plus things like Write Or Die and Written Kitten!

So yes, do you use any of those things? What things besides programs do you use? Do you have a timer that you break out every now and then? Do you have a special place you have to write in or can you write anywhere? What about reference books? What are your favorites to use?

Tell me about the things you use to hep you write! I'm curious and sleep deprived and think this could be fun to listen to. Plus you might be able to give someone else a bit of help.

Also, while I am thinking about it, talk about worldbuilding? Babble to me about how you attack worldbuilding and what resources you have on the subject. If there's any good things out there, especially for urban fantasy settings, let me know. This is in part for a friend of mine but I could use the information as well..
whatawaytoburn: ([Misc] In the night)
So, this is a call for well, a bit of money, I'm afraid.

I am going to California for Thanksgiving and I would really like to have some extra money with me so I am not bumming off of the kindness of [personal profile] avia and her friends.

I have enough money for the plane ticket, that's no problem at this point but I don't really have any other money and I would like to have twenty dollars or something, possibly more really if i can get it, to have with em in case I need it.

So, this is what I am doing.

I am doing card pulls from one of four decks
- The Tarot of Trees
- The Dark Angel Tarot
- The Faerie Oracle
- The Fallen Angel Oracle

! card = $1 and 2 cards = $2 and so on and so forth.


I will write you a 300 word story for $2 or a 600 word story for $4 dollars and well, again, you get the idea.

Just leave a prompt of some kind and I will see what i can do. I will be putting these stories in front of NaNoWriMo, so you will get them sooner, I promise.

Oh, i will also write poems for $1 but I have less faith in those.

So yes, just....If you could spare a few dollars and would like something nifty from me, please leave a little donation and I will be so, so grateful for it. And if y9ou could signal boost this, I would love you forever and ever.

whatawaytoburn: ([Coffee] For two)
So, everyone knows about the Rapture coming on the 21st right? What about the awesome comment fest that's going on? Come and join in the flying fun.

I need to try anbd come up with some prompts. Hopefully I will do that tonight. *stares at their list of things to do* ...Maybe.
whatawaytoburn: ([WC] Peter and Elizabeth)
So, I've mentioned that I'm working on the Faefic, a White Collar fic that involves Peter, Neal, Elizabeth and lots and lots of faeries. It is going to be kind of epic (probably over 15k) and that's putting in scenes that need to be in there and general fixing up.

Anyway, I'm going to start the process soon. I'm still in the research period right now but I'm going to start organizing scenes again soon and start editing them. I was wondering if there was anyone who would be willing to beta them as I work through all of this?

It should be noted that I'm not writing the entire story [personal profile] chasethecloudsaway will be working on it as well, she's taking care of all of Peter's scenes and anything related to Diana, but I'm only asking on behalf of what I'm writing because I don't know if she would be interested in this. I just know that I would like a few extra pairs of eyes on the bits ad pieces that I'm working on.
whatawaytoburn: ([Writing] Epilogue)
You know, I have this really whacked out sleep schedule. Sleep a few hours at night, be up for about half the day, get more sleep.. Do it again.

I think this may lead to slightly questionable decision making.

This morning I decided to join [livejournal.com profile] apokalyptisch. The basic premise is to write 200 fics before the end of the year. Yeah, I don't even know what i was thinking.

'The request form is here. Part of the point of the comm is to take requests and fill them, so yes. Please feel free to drop by and prompt me at any time. Ill probably bring this around once a month or so to remind you it exists. I am also going to probably alter the layout (I just C/Ped it from the comm, only adding in my fandoms) but for now it works.

We'll see how much of it I actually manage to get through.

I think I would not be wtfing quite so badly fi I didn't know for damn sure I was going to be working on other things, including NaNo and the Big Bang while I do this.

I'm going to be in the corner nesting in all the words now. XD
whatawaytoburn: quiet_graphics at LJ ([WC[ Smile)
So Morgan and I have been working on this verse, right? It involves Peter getting kidnapped by the fae in hopes that he would join them in the Wild Hunt, Neal and Elizabeth getting him back and then Neal having to go back to Faerie and get back all the memories that Peter bargained aay while he was there.

It's a fun breaky little verse.

Anyway, we've both been writing for it pretty regularly, me more than her but that's because I'm a crazy person and can marathon write when my brain latches onto something. Well, I had the idea of maybe doing a Big Bang this year. I was probably going to do White Collar Big Bang since that's hat's eating my brain.

So, just for fun,, I put the scenes I'd written in order and checked to see just how many words I'd gotten.

That would be over nine thousand. XD I am clearly going to be doing a Big Bang this year.

What kills me is that these are just scenes. I need to fill in bits, make it more coherent and then Morgan needs to help me out with telling Peter's side of the story (everything takes place form Neal and Elizabeth's POV because I can't write Peter to save my life). By the time this fic is done, it is going to o be epic.

And yes,, I know there are longer fics out there but please understand that I am the monarch of drabbles and ficlets. I do not write fic this long...ever.
whatawaytoburn: ([Cats] TIltycat)
More accurately, would anyone be interested in taking a look at it if I went ahead and made one? Going through my Google Docs, I'm realizing just how many prompts I have saved and I think it could be fun to have a comm where I get to share them. I will probably pull Morgan in if I do wind up doing this, as half these prompts were gathered by her and we've talked about doing a com before, and chances are, if you're as obsessive a prompt collector and I know about it, you might get roped in fro guest prompting but I have plenty of prompts on my own and could very easily sustain a comm with the stuff I have saved.

So, anyone interested?
whatawaytoburn: ([Writing] Evil vs the narration)
So, for my own reference, a list of projects that will be worked on in November to get me 50K:

- The Book Of Thursdays [Still needs plotting but I obviously know the setup already.]
- Take Back The City [Plotted, some research though I am poking at some logistics and I still have no idea what POV this is going to be written in. If all goes well, this is going to be the main focus of NaNo]
- The new personifications [There's no big tale to tell with this lot, if I do anything, it's going to be a collection of shorts that I might try to have a theme for. The point is, they will be a go to when my brain does not want to work on anything else.]
- the OT6. [This will be the second 'I have no idea what I'm doing with anything else and I need a break from braining' group. If I can't do the personification, I will do them. Again, I am possibly considering making the attempt to come up with a string of short stories that I feel would be good together but I do not know.]
- Radioverse [I've been in the mood to poke ever since I realized how I want to tell this story, so I might try and get some writing in on that. It might not work since my brain can be temperamental with this verse but we'll see.]
- The Spices [I have the rewrites started and I'm going to try and go over what I've got done before November so I can keep plugging away.]

Other things that may get poked at:
- The blogs. [Over the past few months I have had two separate blog ideas that I would not mid starting up. If I find that my brain is not in the mood for fiction, I am going to try and do those.]
- Getting something knit. [I've started on a scarf because they are easy but I need to continue with it. I've started over several times and I'm hoping that i can y'know, stop doing that.]
- Jewelry. [I am going to go take a class sometime in the next few weeks so i can get the basics. Then I am going to start playing around and see what I can come up with on my own.]
whatawaytoburn: ([Words] Boringness)
I meant update yesterday anbd mention that the case management thing went very well, I just forgot.

So yes, it went will! I was very pleased and the lady seems really sweet, if not a little chatty. They're going to help me find a place to live, get insurance, find a home nurse to dole out my meds, get transportation and, when I'm ready for it, get a job. I am very, very pleased indeed.

I'm really anxious to know about how long it's going to take to find somewhere for me to live. I know they start working on my case next week and I shouldn't be waiting on the edge of my seat but it's kind of hard. I want so baldy to be living somewhere that's not here and the fact that I am one step closer to that is kind of irritating and exciting all at once.

I am going to get up in a few minutes, shower, make something to eat, get my phone charged and then try and sit down and be productive. I did a cast list last night but that's it. I meant to do more, my brain just wasn't quite having it. That's okay though because I'd been meaning to do the Indulgence cast list for ages and ages.


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