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This Master Fic List is Under Construction.  I will be adding links in on a daily basis, so bear with me while I get this up to speed.  It is 99% completed at this point.  It is mostly Doctor Who and broken down by Doctor, but my meager Fringe and Castle drabbles are at the end.

Nine, Ten, Ten2 and Eleven )

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This Master Fic List is Under Construction.  I will be adding links in on a daily basis, so bear with me while I get this up to speed.  It is 99% completed at this point.  It is mostly Doctor Who and broken down by Doctor, but my meager Fringe and Castle drabbles are at the end.

Nine, Ten, Ten2 and Eleven )

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So I've watched the pilot episode of Roswell, New Mexico and so far I have to say that it is as good as the original Roswell. They've updated it, of course. The kids are adults and ten years past high school instead of being in high school and the CW being what it is, they've changed things by making Maria black instead of Italian (well, she might still be Italian, too) and Michael and Alex gay.

While I think it was a good choice to make Alex gay, I'm bummed about Michael being gay (or maybe he'll be bi) because Michael and Maria's relationship on the original show was the best thing in the world. It was so well written and so real and more the heart of the show for me than Max and Liz. I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved Max and Liz, too, but they were always so much drama and Michael and Maria were pretty much the constant you could hold on to and really what I was looking forward to revisiting most.

On the other hand, Michael's and Alex's chemistry is so far off the charts that it will be nearly impossible not to root for them. So my poor shipper heart is torn. Plus Michael was just the best character on the show, period. Alex wasn't gay in the original series, either, he was in love with Isobel. But Isobel is married here, so that's not an option anyway.

I'm not sure if I like Isobel, but then Katherine Heigl left some big shoes to fill. And I do have to remember that the character of Isobel was not written as immediately likable in the original series, either, and was, and is here as well, kind of hypocritical. As in Max couldn't have love with a human, but it was fine when she did it.

The casting is very well done. While I don't recognize the girls playing Liz or Maria, the guy playing Max is the guy who played Jackson on The Originals. Kyle is played by Michael Trevino, who was Tyler on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. The guy playing Alex is Hannah's boyfriend Caleb from Pretty Little Liars. So a whole lot of gorgeous to look at.

Other changes are that Liz had an older sister (deceased) instead of being an only child, her father is an undocumented immigrant, her mother seems to not be around, they've made Liz Latina, which she wasn't in the series, but was in the book, so her last name is Ortecho instead of Parker, as in the book. I don't know why they changed it back then. Of course that was the WB and it was very white bread back then. And her dead sister is responsible for the death of two other girls (except I don't think she is, I think Isobel mind altered something with that situation), so the town hates Liz's family and is why she hasn't been back in ten years. Otherwise, it is pretty close, other than them being older.

It is set during their high school reunion. Liz isn't there for that, she's back home because her job lost it's funding. As in the original, Max saves Liz's life when she is shot in the diner, the glowy handprint (which is rainbow instead of silver and very cool) shows up later, and as in high school, grown up Liz takes a DNA sample from Max (she's a scientist) and discovers he's not exactly fully human. They do the reveal of the alien pods much earlier, I think, only this time there are only three, which makes me think they likely won't be introducing Tess into the mix. And if you think Katherine Heigl is impossible to replace, try replacing Emilie de Ravin. I'm not sure I want Tess in the mix anyway. She was always a spoiler character, brought in to wreck Max and Liz. But I did love the way baby Emilie played her.

Oh, another change is that Kyle is a doctor, which I don't think he really had the grades for in the original series. Oh, and Kyle's dad is not the sheriff, he's dead, and his mom is the sheriff. And Max is a deputy.

I do think they did a very good job in paying tribute to the original (unlike, oh, so unlike the Charmed reboot, which is total crap) without copying it completely. Although some of the new Liz's inflections were dead on to Shiri Appleby's. Maria seems completely unlike the original. She is a little kooky in her dress and is a psychic, but she is very unlike the original and I think that I am going to miss that too much. Majhandra was just such an amazing actress. Another set of big shoes to fill. So far I'm not terribly impressed, but she's barely had any screen time so that might change. I just worry she'll be a background character when she was such a force to be reckoned with in the original. The actress seems adorable, but again, not much else to go on. I hope she can sing and they don't abandon that part of Maria.

All in all, I am very pleased so far with this reboot. They did it BSG style and that is what it deserved.

Crazy Week

Feb. 4th, 2019 10:54 pm
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I haven't been able to write much this last week, with having to schlep to Seattle and back and it absolutely wrecking my body. Long car trips and rheumatoid arthritis do not mix and the inflammation it caused is only now going down. Then this week is being spent preparing for my daughter's surgery, which happens on Tuesday. We are going down on Wednesday night to stay at the hotel that is next to the hospital. We haven't been assigned our surgery time yet, just the day, and won't know what it is until the day before. If it turns out she has to be there at 6:00 a.m., we'll be down there and just have to crawl out of bed and get her there. We don't even have to go outside since the hotel is connected to the hospital. Since it is supposed to snow on Thursday at least we won't have to travel on a time limit with snow coming down.

Tomorrow I should have some time to write, though and hopefully will get the next chapter of Three Hour Tour finished.
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Well, I've almost finished chapter twelve of Three Hour Tour. I have about 600 words to go. The plot is moving along quite nicely. I hope to get it finished in the afternoon and beta'd in the evening.

I did spend some time working on plotting the novel, too, but not as much as I'd hoped. Devian's storyline is being stubborn. That's usually a sign that I don't like something, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what.

I've started planning my spring and summer garden. I don't think I will grow as many types of things this year as usual. And I'm going to grow a lot more onions. I almost didn't get a bag of candy sweets this year, it was the last one they had, so I am going to grow 3 units (about 50 to 60 plants per unit). They keep for a long time. I've had them keep 6 months before sprouting. It could be longer, but I've always used them up by then. It's the only sweet onion I've ever had that kind of luck with. Most sprout much faster. That's a year supply. And when they start to sprout, I can chop and freeze them.

I've picked out what I think I will grow, but now I need to sketch it out on my graph paper garden notebook. I am getting anxious for spring. We haven't had a super cold winter. No snow and only a few nights with a hard frost. Mostly it has been wet or overcast. I am hoping that means spring will come early this year. But then I always hope that.
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So this will come as a surprise to anyone who is still hanging around from the DW fandom, but I wrote a chapter on Three Hour Tour. It's up now on Teaspoon as I can't even remember how to do cuts anymore.
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I started working on the book again today. I had to skip ahead a couple of chapters from where I left off because the next chapter wasn't wanting to come out. I wrote 1008 words on that chapter and during the creative process there I figured out what I needed to figure out for the chapter that didn't want to come out. I am going to write some more on the one I am currently working on, though, before heading back to it. What was coming out was stuff I need to lead up to, and now I can. Well, tomorrow I can. But I am writing again and I did achieve flow state, so yay me!

Now that my brain is functioning again, I need to set some rules for my Youtube watching habit, which has been heading into major time wasting mode. That was fine when I was sick, but I am well enough to be productive and upright again, so no more of that. So, no Youtube until I've written 1000 words, then I can watch a half hour, then 1000 more words, and another half hour, then finish the chapter and then I don't care.

More and more backstory is coming into my head, too. I definitely will have to write the novel that precedes this one, even if it is set several decades prior to this one. There also might be one set between the two when Davina, Zyreece and Corwin were apprentices and into their adulthood, that also covers up to the birth of Davina's third child. I think ending with her birth would set up the novel I'm working on nicely, but...I have to flesh out all the ideas I am having for that one. I am dumping ideas into a file as they come to me, so they don't sidetrack me, but I also don't lose them.

Alright, back to the novel. It is good to be making progress again.
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I am so tired of this flipping cold. I'm coughing again and it is keeping me up. The trip to Seattle really set me back. It is making it impossible to work on the book. I lack so much focus. I am, however, dreaming this series in my head like crazy. I don't generally remember my dreams, but this week I have and they are very vivid. My main OTP has been very active in my dream life. Which is great, because I am remembering it all, but I don't have the energy to write it out right now. I am jotting notes, but that is the extent of it. I really hope I remember it all.

If I still feel this crappy after Christmas, I will drag myself to the doctor and make sure this didn't do something dramatic, like turn into walking pneumonia. I probably need steroids and antibiotics. If I get the former, I should get a boat load of writing done, though.

We did find a doctor who is willing to do the surgery on my daughter at Virginia Mason, despite the risk factors. So the trip to Seattle was worth it. VM is much better than the UW doctor, who didn't care at all. The doctor gave her nerve pain blockers since opiods don't work. First relief she's had since she was 16. She's sleeping through the night again.

They will be calling later this week to schedule the surgery. I am just so glad someone is finally willing to do something.
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It's nice to see so many people coming back to LJ and Dreamwidth. I have hopes that the Tumblr/Twitter debacle will bring a few more people trickling back in.

I finally woke up with unblocked ears today. I am not sure if I had two different things or one thing evolved into something else, but it was pretty vile. I think it started as bronchitis and then evolved into a head cold. All I know is today I can hear properly again. It was not the flu. No joint pain or muscle aches and no headache. All just respiratory. I slept a lot. Probably 14 to 16 hours a day for several days. I still don't feel normal, but I think by tomorrow I should be able to start cooking dinner again.

I am going to try to work on the book a little tonight and try to get some writing time in tomorrow. It depends how well I am able to focus. I haven't even looked at it in ten days. But I have been doing some thinking the last couple of days, mostly on how Callais is going to react to another character's ultimatum. I have three ways I can go with it and I've been dithering with which one to choose. I may have to write out each one and then decide which one I like better. I hate to waste time writing out scenes I won't use, but sometimes that is the best way to do things.

I did figure out something to do for a marriage ritual, like how Jewish people break a glass or how some black people jump the broom, or some cultures do a hand-fasting ceremony, or how Westeros has the man put his cloak around the woman to bring her under his protection.

More and more plot elements of the following book are coming together as well and also I've got so much history and back story I could do a prequel. Or make that book one. We'll see. Okay, enough procrastinating. Time to open Word and write at least 500 words just to get me back in the swing of it again.
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It's been a crap week for writing. Well, the last seven days. I did write chapter sixteen and then got about 1000 words into chapter seventeen and decided that I didn't want that scene to happen so early in the story. So I put the scene in my cut scene folder and then stared at the new blank chapter seventeen for a long time and then closed it up and then promptly came down with bronchitis. Or what I think is bronchitis. It might just be the creeping crud, but it hurts in the bronchials, especially when I cough, which I am trying not to do, but it is almost impossible. Add to that that I am allergic to most cough medicine/cough drops and I am pretty miserable. I'd make up a batch of elderberry syrup if I felt better. I hope this leaves soon. I hate feeling like my temperature is 8000 degrees.

I have been doing a lot of plot thinking though, which is about all I have been good for the past three days, although I did manage to make dinner tonight (thank you Instant Pot). I've got more and more things figured out. I don't think I am going to finish this book as quickly as I had hoped, but I am making progress and I think I just have to give myself a break. I can make up for it when my brain isn't busy trying to leak out my ear. Which really, really needs to stop like yesterday.

I hope I wake up feeling better tomorrow.


Nov. 29th, 2018 10:05 pm
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I didn't get anything done on the writing front today and only a little yesterday. Yesterday my hands were still too sore from my massive writing session to do much. Today I spent about an hour coming up with a pen name. Honestly, a lot of the ones I wanted to use were taken and it was a real pain in the butt to find something that I liked and that flows easily from a pen. I also found the hosting site and the template I am going to use when I set up my author's website. At least my starter site. If I am actually successful at this thing I will then probably get a website designer, but who knows how long success could take?

I watched some videos on transitioning from being a fanfiction writer to being a book writer. I did find some of the stuff was stuff I was doing, but a lot of it I had already phased out of my writing. The rest I am working on not doing! I've been watching videos on plotting and on marketing. I'm not sure about the latter at this point, but the former I've got a good handle on. I've also been watching ones on motivation with writing and on how to write more often. There is some really good info on Youtube.

What I did do was figure out some major plot points while not actually writing which I will leave notes for here.

1. The gold is called The Flow.

2. The Flow will be important to Aster and Reeve (reflection) and also to Devian and Cassia (dreams).

3. Cassia will develop the same skill as Morlin.

4. The Flow is linked to the Well. Callais is unaware of this, but is affected by it.

5. The High Prophet manipulated a situation between three people in relation to the destined child. She is also responsible for the tangling of prophecy regarding the destined child.

So lots of daydreaming and lots of plotting. On paper it looks like I did nothing, but I actually did a lot. There is a ton of thinking involved in the writing process and it is important to take the time to do it. The trick is not to use that as an excuse not to write!
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It is just after midnight and I got so much accomplished yesterday. I wrote two chapters and 882 words into a third. My total word count for the day was 5663 words. I have hit 40,000 words. 40,938 to be exact.

I have been watching this writer Chris Fox on youtube. He talks about achieving something called flow state, which I have definitely been in before. And was certainly in yesterday. It's when the words just pour out of me, like the story is writing itself.

He also does something he calls writing sprints. I tried that and it was particularly effective. I am glad to really be making some progress the last few days after all my time off.

My wrist hurts really badly, though, from all the typing. I will ice it. Hopefully I can write tomorrow. The only reason I stopped was because I am tired and need to go to bed. I could totally pound out another chapter, but I have to take care of myself or I won't be writing at all.
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I took a 27 day hiatus from writing. I had the worst inflammation of my life with the rheumatoid arthritis, brought on by having to sit in waiting rooms in awful chairs for four days in one week for a combined total of eight hours. It doesn't sound like much, but when you are held in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time your joints just can't take it like a normal person. The flare lasted two and a half weeks and by then I felt like I had lost my writing mojo.

Earlier in the week I was able to do one scene from a regular romance series I've been working on off and on for the last year or so, but today I got back to THE story and wrote chapter thirteen. Just sat down and did it, so things seem to be back. I know exactly what is going to happen in chapter fourteen so all should go smoothly when I get a chance to work on it some more tomorrow.

I was really happy with how this chapter turned out. It felt like such a stumbling chapter at first, but then it straightened itself around when I decided to change the viewpoint of the character it was being shown from. Sometimes one character wants to tell the story far more than another. Sometimes I don't listen to that. But after fighting it for a bit, I went with the other person and it was definitely the right choice.

I have a tendency to want to stay in one person's head, but the story rotates through several different people in several different locations, so I can't do that. I have to pick the ones that would be feeling the most or whose actions in that scene matter the most to the overall story. In this case it could have been one of two people, but it further developed one character and didn't really the other one, so it was better to choose the one it further developed.

I will have to remember that for future reference. I can be stubborn, but so can the story. When that happens, I'll have to see if switching viewpoints improves the flow. It sure did this time.
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I have completed chapter twelve. I am glad that I am continuing to make progress at my less manic pace. It's like I've calmed down into it and while I still want to get it out of my head, the urgency to write, write, write is no longer driving me. I am steadily producing and I think that is better for both my mind and my poor hands. Current word count is 31,682.

I think I am going to not do NaNoWriMo. I don't think I need the added pressure on myself to write. I am writing just fine. Maybe I could produce the word count, maybe I couldn't, but for me it isn't really about that. It's simply about getting the story out at a pace that I am happy with. And since I am currently doing that, I don't see the point. I am motivated now and just don't feel like I need further motivation or the possibility of crashing and burning under the pressure. Not to mention my need to edit after letting chapters sit for a couple of days.

I have a very bright and sometimes precocious nine-year-old in my story that I am having fun with, especially the way she interacts with the adults. She grows up to be very important and will have a great impact on many things, but I have to be careful to include her without allowing her to take over. I keep telling her she will have her time later. But I am also building an important friendship for her with one of the adults who really gets a big kick out of her and encourages her to have opinions. It's quite necessary character building, but I have to get all the other characters' character building done, too, and she just wants to have it all. LOL

She'll go on the back burner after chapter thirteen for a while, though, while her older brothers take center stage. As it should be.
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Well, chapter eleven is completed and I am well into chapter twelve. So pleased that things are rolling again after being stuck so much last week. I've got 29,556 words, so things are definitely going well. Feedback has been positive so far.

I don't feel quite so manic with writing now. I feel more steady and evenly paced. Which is probably good long-term. I have too much stress in my life waiting on my daughter's biopsy results to be bouncing off the walls. Calm is good as long as it produces results.

I am so sick of sitting in waiting rooms, though. It is literally killing my back and tail bone. It is nothing like my comfy Serta desk chair made for 8 hours of continuous use (although six is generally my limit).
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Chapter ten is now complete. It was emotionally draining because I had to put a little girl at the mercy of my big bad. And I had to make her parents make the decision to put here there. It's right for the story, though, and I knew it was coming from the beginning. I didn't actually have any trouble with writing it at all. That chapter came out in 90 minutes of writing and I only took a brief break after the first hour of writing to eat and give myself a little time to get over it and then finish up the chapter and then it finished quite easily.

I won't write anything else on the book tonight, though. I'll start fresh on chapter eleven tomorrow when I've slept and refreshed. It should write quite easily as I have it completely thought out in my head already and it is a much brighter chapter.
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Well, that was a rough weekend. I still wasn't happy with chapter nine and so I rewrote it twice. It is now about 1000 words longer than any other chapter and a lot of stuff hit the cutting room floor, so to speak, but I am quite satisfied with the result. I also wrote an additional 1209 words on chapter ten and it is flowing well now.

Sometimes I just get stuck because a chapter doesn't feel right, it just doesn't sing in the same way as the rest. It's like the difference between a harmonic chord and a discordant chord. The former makes you feel good and the latter makes you sit up and take notice and maybe makes the hairs rise on the back of your neck. Or it does with me, but I am almost as closely connected to music as I am to writing. There is just as often a new song in my head as there is a story to tell, but I seldom transcribe the music. I don't think I could ever share my music the way I share my writing. It's more personal. And writing is darn personal.

I've hit over 25,000 words now. I think that's about 1/4 of the way through the book. I am still thinking about signing up for NaNoWriMo. I've never done it. I guess I have about a week and a half to make up my mind. I'm not sure if I can finish the whole book in that amount of time, but maybe. My problem is I edit and I don't think you are supposed to with NaNo. I write two to three chapters and then I edit. I still think I can hit the word count even with doing that, though.

Amy is beta reading and so is my son and both are being very detailed with feedback. I just sent the first nine chapters to my husband to read, but I don't know when he'll get a chance to. He's going to put it on his phone. I'll definitely need people outside those to beta read as well at some point. It's a little scary going beyond that, though. I know I've had a few other betas before with my DW fanfic, but that was a chapter here and there or a one shot, not a book length story.

It's a little like having someone keep your kid for a week when they are small instead of just baby-sitting them for a couple hours. It's nerve-wracking to even think about it.


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