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Should be sleeping

….Poetry….

Because I’m a bad person, I left this till two days after I was supposed to have it up.

And so this may be quicker than I’d initially thought.

And then I can go to sleep.

…That would be nice.

 

I like poetry.  There’s something about having the right words in the right place, and sometimes what I think of as poetry or prose isn’t necessarily what other people might think of as poetry or prose.  For instance: the words “susurrus”  or “penultimate” are poetry to me.  Their syllables fall perfectly on the tongue in a way that is pleasing on the ear.  However, I also like more conventional poetry: like Blake, or Poe.

But that doesn’t really matter, because most of the time, as long as the words say what you want them to in the right way, it still counts.

To explain: A new anthology about BorderTown got finished recently, and one of the contributing authors was Cory Doctorow: not exactly the first person I’d think about to write a story set in an urban fantasy elf-realm type world. (Both of these are fantastic, by the way.  BorderTown was one of the worlds that saved my sanity in high school and Cory Doctorow’s For The Win and various other works are fantastic.) At any rate, the main character is trying to bring Internet to a place that operates on a mix of science and magic…depending on which way the wind is blowing that day.  Say, for instance, if you had to charge your phone, you’d buy a spell box from a reputable wizard.  Or if you needed a decent charm to keep your house together, you might need a AAA battery to keep the thing running.

So he’s got a bit of a problem.

My point is that at some point in the story, the characters are explaining how elf rules work.  And it’s all, okay, so it obviously needs justice…but there’s also a required level of aesthetic.  Or tragedy.  Or drama.  Like, if I were to toss a paper bag in the Red River, here I might get slapped with a fine or something.  There I’d have to go on a quest to make a weeping willow laugh.

So it’s weird, and a little ridiculous…but it’s also really beautiful, and something really cool might just happen.

That’s poetry.

 

…I’m going to sleep now.


…Fanfiction?

One: Yes, we are all alive.  I could say that, for me, work happened, and school happened, and yadda yadda…the truth of the matter is that I suck and I procrastinate way too much. (Procrastination is evil.  Procrastination leads to the dark side.)

Two: Apparently we’re starting with what we left off on last time, which was …*dum dum dooom*….fanfiction.

I am not a huge fan of fanfiction.  Never have been.  A lot of this tends to be that the really well-known fanfiction is stuff like My Immortal, (Links to a rehost and to the fantastic comic someone made of it), Fan Fiction Friday over at Topless Robot (which IS Not Safe For Work, and I do NOT suggest reading if … well, ever.  I’m trying to save your tender sensibilities here), and Fifty Shades of Grey (Based off of Twilight Fanfiction – here’s a link with possibly mature material in the comparisons).

So my experiences with fanfiction has given me this perspective that all fanfiction authors are these crazy, slavering mobs of fangirl English class dropouts.  Which is wrong on a couple of points.

For one, I shouldn’t generalize.  My current roommate has confessed that, at some point in her high school career, she madly shipped Zutarra and wrote several fanfics about it. (I asked her if I had her permission to link here, and she said yes, with the proviso that we remembered that “it was a dark time in my life,” :D)  And my roommate is fairly sane, for a Math major.

For two, I myself got into reading (and writing) a little fanfiction (Watsonlock; don’t judge me :D) this last year, and found that a few of the stories were not only well-written, but also had plot.  (I will include no links because I don’t remember them.  And because you’re already judging me. :D)

However, it is true that to find the good fanfictions, you have to sort through a lot of crap.  Which is where I find that my original generalization does hold true.

I don’t really have anything super witty to close with on this subject, honestly.  All I can say is that some fanfiction (and authors) are really cool.  Some are not.  But I guess I’m still making up my mind on it.

-lockpique


Procrastination and the Dark Side

Hi.

I’m lockpique: the newbubble here.  At any rate, I decided that I didn’t have nearly enough things to do this month, and so the rest of this group graciously accepted me onto their blog…to write about writing.

I’ve done my fair share of writing: More than some and not as much as others.  I’m the founder of my school’s creative writing club.  I’ve done nanowrimo a few times, and I signed up for screnzy exactly once – and then spent the rest of the month reading webcomics.

I did a really brief outline once for a script of a sequel to a story that I hadn’t finished yet.  It’s still unfinished and lying mouldering in the Documents folder of my computer.

So I’m not exactly super qualified to talk about script writing – not nearly as much as I would be to talk about procrastination, say, or webcomics.

The main points of advice, though, seem to stretch across disciplines.  In scripts as much as stories, it’s advised that you be concise when you can and lyrical when you can’t.

It’s also generally advised that you don’t set yourself impossible goals (My script will win an Oscar, or go to Sundance) because while it is certainly conceivable, it won’t happen on a first draft or even, likely, on a second.  Setting yourself impossible goals leads to procrastination.

Procrastination leads to fear.  Fear leads to typing furiously at 3 am.  Typing furiously at 3 am leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the dark side.

Writing scripts, just like writing stories, gets easier when you do it a lot.  Type when you’re tired.  Type when you’re bored.  Type when you’re angry at your roommate for waking you up at 5am when you were writing until 3.

And finally, when you’re writing scripts or stories, read.  Or watch, in the case of movie scripts.  Reading opens your mind to other perspectives, viewpoints, methods of writing.  It gives you a sort of template to base your work off of: not plotwise, but in the finer details.  The finer details like how an author will work a transition into a piece, how they control rising emotion, how they set scene and character.  Reading and watching other authors’ work is vital for your own development as a writer.

I will be the first to cheerfully admit that I don’t follow most of these all of the time: especially the one about procrastination.  I’m a chronic procrastinator.  Most people who know me know this.

But I do think that these are really important, especially if you’re planning to do screnzy this year.  Which I do recommend.

And with that, I have three items of homework to complete tonight, if I don’t want to procrastinate my way to the Dark Side on Monday morning.

-Lockpique