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21st-Apr-2018 08:56 pm - Turingfest Dear Writer Letter
garnet red dress lady
Dear Turingfest author,


Sorry I had to leave a sign-up that was just the characters for some of the requests; I was away from home with very poor internet access, and typing a lot on my phone is a pain. Also, for family reasons, I didn’t have much time and energy before the sign-ups closed. Anyway, I’m so excited I didn’t prove unmatchable for this exchange, so you’re extra awesome for offering at least one of the things I’ve requested! Feel free to include any other canon characters than the ones requested, to make crossovers with other fandoms I like, to combine or modify prompts. I’m fairly new to realising I totally love AIs/robots/etc. and these fandoms I’ve requested are largely responsible for realising it, so I’ll be thrilled to have fic for any of them. How long I’ve written about each doesn’t correspond to how much I want it, but more to how much material there is in the source and how long I’ve known it.

I’m offering some prompts for each relationship, because I’m a writer who enjoys having something like that to work with. If you prefer to write without specific prompts, just skip them. If a prompt/idea/like leads you to another idea that I didn’t mention, feel free to go along with it as long as you avoid the DNWs.

My formatting didn't quite survive being copied to the post, but I'll come back tomorrow to add the bullet points to the beginnings of the lines, because I'm starting to fall over.

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This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/58809.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
garnet red dress lady
Here I'm wrapping up the first half of April's Write Every Day with the final tally for the days 1-15, and that concludes my current turn of hosting the challenge. From 16 to 30 April, the challenge will be held at [personal profile] sylvanwitch's journal. As I said in the previous post, she needs to keep the posts locked, but will grant access to anyone who wants to participate in the challenge. So if you haven't got access to her entries yet and want to participate, just ask her to give you access, and you can ask for it to end when the month is over if you prefer.

Only a few people have checked in for yesterday so far, so I'll update the post if more people still check in for the 15th. But for now, under the cut is the tally for the first half of the month. Thank you all in participating, and I hope to see you over at [personal profile] sylvanwitch's journal.

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Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet!

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/58376.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
15th-Apr-2018 11:42 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #15
garnet red dress lady
It's the middle of the month, so tomorrow [personal profile] sylvanwitch will be taking over, as my schedule for the latter half of the month is more irregular and it's better I don't host the whole month. I've totally enjoyed the hosting, though - and I think it's been good to drag me out of the mental cocoon I've been in for the early part of the year and interact with more writers again! I look forward to seeing the participants continue as the challenge moves on. I'll post the complete tally for the days 1-15 tomorrow, but from tomorrow onwards the check-in happens at [personal profile] sylvanwitch's journal.

Two practical notes about that: first, [personal profile] sylvanwitch needs to keep the posts locked, but has promised to grant access to anyone who wants to participate in the challenge, and if you want, can remove it once the month is over. So if you haven't added her to your circle yet, do that or request her to add you, so you can continue in the latter half of April. Second, she has told me she may have power issues due to weather tomorrow, so if the posting is delayed, that's probably why.

Anyway, I hope to keep seeing all of you around in the challenge! And I'll be happy to do a full month of hosting some time later in the year - say, from July onwards I'll probably be okay hosting a month, if nothing surprising turns up. By the way, I don't think we have a volunteer for hosting the challenge in May yet. Does anyone want to volunteer for that already? Or for June, for that matter? Of course, if nobody turns up now, you can still volunteer towards the end of the month at Sylvan's journal, but thought I'd ask already so that we have a chance to get the hosting cleared up sooner.


Today's Writing

A lot of the day kind of went away from me. I was mostly geeking out over space writing (the aforementioned Stuart Clark book, which has a lot of science goodness in it, not just weird quotes speculating about the surprising celestial origins of bad weather and Frenchmen). I also watched The Cloverfield Paradox, and concluded I should have read the reviews first, as it was quite awful. However, Gugu Mbatha-Raw was amazing so I couldn't stop watching. So at least there was her performance to enjoy...

But anyway, I didn't manage to be as productive as I hoped because time just went away, but I did write a little over 700 words. Partly on a couple of scenes of the novel, partly writing notes for a minor character who suddenly made herself known to me as I was emptying the dishwasher and listening to podcasts. I also looked at the structure a bit. I need to make sure I don't bloat the beginning, which I have a tendency to do.

Tally

Tally

Days 1-7Collapse )

Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 10: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 11: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 12: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 13: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 14: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet! And of course you're welcome to join us any time.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/58232.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
15th-Apr-2018 12:58 pm - So that's where they come from
garnet red dress lady
I'm currently reading (among other things) The Unknown Universe by Stuart Clark, which is about "what we know - and what we don't now - about time and space" and also the history of these things. Anyway, early on in the book, where it talks about comets and research into them, I discovered this quote:

"In the sixteenth century, German painter and astronomer Georg Busch published an extraordinary commentary that claimed comets 'are formed by the ascending from the earth of human sins and wickedness, formed into a kind of gas, and ignited by the anger of God. This poisonous stuff falls down again on people's heads, and causes all kinds of mischief, such as pestilence, sudden death, bad weather and Frenchmen.'"

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/57990.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
14th-Apr-2018 11:29 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #14
garnet red dress lady
The muscles in my neck, shoulders and upper back have been so sore today after yesterday's massage. It happens sometimes when you really needed the massage, the muscles get sore the next day. I just wasn't expecting it now, I didn't realize they'd been so tight. Hopefully tomorrow they'll feel better.

I was so heroic today and went downtown and shopped for clothes. Trust me, that's heroic for me, especially on a Saturday. I hate clothes shopping. I like having nice clothes when I manage that, but going through the selection and trying a hundred things on before finding something that's right, and the lights and the noise of the shop... It's just so much. But at least I like some of the fashions available this spring - it's worse when you can't find anything wearable. I did find most of what I was looking for, at least. Spent the early evening being quite drained. Didn't have nearly as much writing energy as I'd have wished. But I did let myself watch a Miss Fisher episode.

Today's Writing

I was working on the novel again, but didn't get the four-digit counts I'd been hoping for. A little under 500 words on the draft, plus some notes, fleshing out a side character.

I'm having lots of fun with Main Character 2's scenes and viewpoint. The voices and such come out so nicely. Of course it's still a very rough draft, but at least the feeling's right, you know?

Tally

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Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 10: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 11: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 12: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 13: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet! And of course you're welcome to join us any time.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/57730.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
13th-Apr-2018 11:56 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #13
garnet red dress lady
Thank goodness it's weekend. I've been so useless most of this week. But this afternoon I got a massage, so yay, my neck isn't stiff and sore anymore! And then I got some Chinese takeaway. And then spent much of the evening reading, and went to Netflix, which was prompting me to watch Lost in Space, and I did watch the first episode.

I mostly enjoyed it, but whyyyyy does nobody ever wear a hat or something in winter scenes? If it's so cold that water freezes and you need a big warm winter coat and you're in danger of freezing, you cover your head. You absolutely have a hat, and if you don't, you at least pull your comfy fur-trimmed hood over your head. You lose so much heat through the head in cold weather. Sheesh, why don't the creators ask someone with actual experience of cold weather if they have none themselves? I know it may look cooler on the film without hats, but it kept throwing me right out of the story, since I know how cold you are in that kind of weather without a hat.

Anyway. Rant done. And oh, we have spring. First flowers are appearing!

Also, I haven't answered to all the comments from the previous post yet, but I'll get them tomorrow. Getting too sleepy now.

Today's Writing

I was too lazy to write much in the evening, but I did get nearly 200 words on the novel.

Tally

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Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 10: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 11: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 12: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme


Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet! And of course you're welcome to join us any time.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/57477.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
12th-Apr-2018 09:52 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #12
garnet red dress lady
So tired tonight. When I'm done with this post, I just want to do a bit of an evening yoga and go to bed and read and hopefully sleep.

Today's Writing

I continued organizing my WIPs, this time with the Torchwood fics. I gathered all that I could find into a big Scrivener project, one file per story plus one for the random snippets that weren't yet a part of a full story - next I should sort through those and see what I've got there. Anyway, those came to over 18,000 words, and that's not including a longish one I put into its own Scrivener project a couple of weeks ago. I really need to start with goals to finish some of those WIPs! Anyway, that means that just between Doctor Who and Torchwood, I've probably got at least 40K words of unfinished (or unedited) fics. And I know I've got at least a couple things in other fandoms, too. It makes me feel oddly accomplished. Guess I did a lot of writing last year after all! Now I just need to go about finishing some of them.

Anyway, in addition to that, I wrote 105 words on the novel.



Tally

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Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 10 [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 11 [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet! And of course you're welcome to join us any time.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/57244.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
11th-Apr-2018 09:41 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #11
garnet red dress lady
Despite having a great time last night, I unfortunately had quite a crash this afternoon, depression and anxiety things hitting me in a pretty bad way. I eventually got over it and am more or less okay now, just tired. But it meant I spent most of the evening in bed. Could use not having these kind of days, but well, nothing for it but dealing with them when they come.

On a plus note, I enjoyed some of the reading while in bed trying to rest and stuff. And I think that once I was well enough to consider writing, the writing made my mood better.

Today's Writing

I wrote a little over 300 words on my novel. I also finally got started organizing my fanfics! I took an idea from [personal profile] ysilme and created a Scrivener project where to put all the WIPs in one fandom in separate files, organized under folders by relationships or character, and marking whether they're an unfinished first draft, a draft being edited, or some random bits I'm not sure where they're going. Tonight I did this for Doctor Who. It was fun, and I really do have a lot of interesting stories I could continue working on. It seems I have 15 stories, altogether over 19,000 words. And that's just Doctor Who. Next I'll do Torchwood, and then assorted other fandoms. But that will have to wait until another day, because I'm tired.

Tally

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Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 10 [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I'm missing anyone, or you wrote but didn't check in yet! And of course you're welcome to join us any time.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/56979.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
10th-Apr-2018 11:12 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #10
garnet red dress lady
I had such a fabulous time tonight seeing Don Quixote at the Finnish National Ballet tonight. Polina Semionova, an international ballet star, was visiting to perform the lead role of Kitri, and she was fabulous and everyone on stage was giving a marvellous performance, the energy was mind-blowing. I'm so happy to have seen this! I'm only now starting to come down from the high.

Sorry I didn't reply to all the comments yet - I'll get back to the rest tomorrow! I need to start calming down to sleep...

Today's Writing

I didn't have much time between work and leaving for the ballet, but I snatched a moment to write a couple of sentences for my novel, knowing I'd be out late. That's all for today!

Tally

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Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 9: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky; [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/56683.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
9th-Apr-2018 10:58 pm - Write Every Day - April Day #9
garnet red dress lady
Spring is really getting along now - I saw a finch today, sitting in a tree and singing with all its might.

According to Finnish folk wisdom, we are half a month from summer now. I think Finnish folk wisdom meant something else than we do when it said summer, though.

Today's Writing

Most of my free time in the evening sort of got away with me, but I wrote 127 words on the novel, at least.


Tally

Day 1: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, <[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 2: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 3: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 4: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 5: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 6: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 7: [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] luzula, [personal profile] st_aurafina, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

Day 8: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] carenejeans, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] talkingtothesky, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/56479.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
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