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I’m happy to hear people (or some people - or at least “somebody”) is excited to see the story continue.
The honest answer is, the OT6+ elements will continue (the team protecting Tony and being there for him), but seeing as I tend to wrap most of my stories in slashy colors, I think I will keep things as “gen” as I can with this story/series.
(All the hints are there for actual pairings, from Stony to Sciencebros to Rhodey/Tony and Cyberhusbands, but for the sake of this story and what I want to do with it, the little displays of affection, friendship and love are all that will take place. Then again, those little things are as good as a pairing to some, so I may have to tag pairings as “warnings” to those who would otherwise be offended if they got blindsided by it… like I did with “Typhlosis”.)
So, if all else fails, treat “Amaurosis” as any other non-slashy source material and put on your slash goggles for the best reading experience you can imagine. I predict I’ll make it really easy to imagine more could be going on than is actually shown, but I occasionally need to remind myself that not all things needs to be about intimate/romantic relationships, and that is why I try to stick to “canon” with this story. :)
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About a year ago, I was planning out my very first NaNoWriMo story, “Typhlosis”. It was an awesome project, a story I really felt proud of - and the structure of the story was something I had never really tried before. Not to that extent.
So, I will be writing “Amaurosis" during this year’s NaNo - a direct sequel to “Typhlosis”. (You will find some info on it here once I get started, and I’ll try to update sneak peeks of every chapter as I write them…).
I’m currently plotting out the new story, setting up a framework of what I would like to see happen:
The plotting will be exciting for a few more hours before it gets daunting (I need to read the original story to refresh my memory) and then there will be a dozen little things I’ll need to make sure align because I’m doing the double-timeline structure again, splitting each chapter to “present” and “past” until they meet in the end.
In other news, I have (have had for almost a year, omgWTF?!?) a ton of fic waiting to be read and betaed - and then posted. My long-time issue has been that in between writing new things and not feeling like writing, I rarely feel like tackling finished stories in order to make them ready for posting.
And my newest issue: should there be a finished, betaed story, I don’t feel like posting it, because that takes up an hour or two easily, and I really need to focus on just one thing during that time (to preferably finishing in one sitting), so… can you see where this is going? No finished stories get shipped over to my beta, and no betaed stories get posted.
(I’ll blame the “normal” work hours, whereas I used to work shorter days. My free time is suffering from work and it’s starting to show. How sad is it that my bank account and free time cannot rejoice at the same time.)
A little sneak peek from what I’ve been working on lately (until weekend came to an end and I got, once again, stuck in the middle of a chapter I was busy writing). This is totally unedited and unbetaed, as always (mild "slashy reference" warning):
Steve decided it did not matter: he fought to win, to get back what he had lost, and no one would stand in his way as long as he was still breathing. He had come this far – had crossed the barrier between two realities – and he could almost taste Tony’s skin under his lips…
(From starkred's commission/EBB2015 fic. That is literally the last sentence I’ve written for a story. Good ol’ Steve, right? Fighting for Tony… When you see the whole thing, I hope everyone will look at this a LOT differently… *evil laughter*)
Wrapped up the Steve VS Steve fight scene I had kind-of-sort-of been in the middle of for over a month
while also writing other things with a more immediate deadline. Directly jumped into a Steve VS JARVIS/Iron Man armor scene (all in the same fic; I’ll be so happy when the fighting is done - for a few chapters at least).
Of course, once the fighting is done, I’ll get down to deliciously angsty smut with dub-con written all over it…
Current project word count: 13,658 of 100,000.
Scrapped some fics this week, and may continue to do so in the comings days: I need to organize my to-do list and remove all projects I’m not 100% on board with. Cleaning up the list of weaker/less appealing fic ideas gives me an illusion that I have more time to focus on the stories I absolutely want to write. (And tricking your brain is the most important step towards success, yes?)
In the meanwhile, I’m trying to catch up with avengerkink (just got to round 19 (of 25); on the good note, I am a lot less easily drawn to prompts these days as compared to a few years ago, but I still find a gem here and there… especially for “Genius, AI & Bots" series.
Perhaps the most often encountered symptom of how US-centric Tumblr is, is that there isn’t a word for discrimination based on the ability to speak english in the SJW vocabulary.
On the contrary, “english isn’t my native language, sorry if I used an offensive word but I’m not at all informed on what is politically correct” is met with insults rather than a suggestion of other words to use.
I never even learned what was appropriate and not appropriate to say in the trans community, because whenever I post something with an inappropriate word in it, I get answered “UGH TRANSPHOBIC SLUR” but it is very rarely mention what the slur is.
It’s pretty telling.
Non-natives rely on a very limited vocabulary, and although I think I speak a decent english, I learned everything I know from english books (Harry Potter & GoT) or video games, where transness and albeism aren’t really a common topic.
Luckily, most of the words specific to these topics are rough equivalent of my native language. However, most of them aren’t offensive at all where I live, so I have no clue what to use and not to use.
Similarly, although we have a well-developed arab community using arab words, we have no equivalent of “AAVE”. It makes it hard to understand why a certain vocabulary would be limited to a specific skin colour. Frankly, from the perspective of a foreigner, it’s absurd.
Same thing for reclaiming slurs. Here, words are either offensive to everyone or offensive to nobody. There are extremely rare exceptions, but we have no equivalent of “nigger”. Either it’s usable by everyone, or it’s usable by nobody at all.
Language barrier isn’t limited to mastery of grammar and vocabulary range. It’s also heavily cultural.
Yet, it’s not a form of discrimination Tumblr cares about much. Foreigners who bring up the issue either get ignored by SJW or are told to stop complaining.
Better yet, I’ve been told I had an english “too good” to not master American political correctness, and someone also tried to teach me my own native language, to prove their US-centric view of things could be applied in my country.
I have had a few issues with this (not on Tumblr, not yet).
It is one thing to know the language - and another to know how to use it.
Just because we sound like we know what we’re talking about doesn’t mean we’ve got it all down. Not to mention words that are “banned” on barely cultural basis (like “nigger” used to be a commonly used word in my country (or “neekeri”, as it stands in Finnish), but these days it is forbidden; tell that to the old people who grew up using the word (not a slur) in an everyday conversation). A few years from now, words we considered banned or okay today maybe either be in use again - or heavily frowned upon.
DO YOU KNOW THAT KIND OF WRITER’S BLOCK WHERE YOU ALREADY HAVE A PLOT, YOU KNOW WHAT TO WRITE BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE IT AND YOU JUST STARE AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN FOR HOURS UNTIL YOU FINALLY CLOSE THE DOCUMENT AND CURSE YOUR ENTIRE EXISTENCE
CAUSE I DO
I think we’ve all known this at some point. (For me, this is one of the most common kind - or the one where I may be writing small stories on the side, but the one story I’m supposed to work on - the one I’m usually in the middle of and which has a deadline of some kind - is just not holding my attention. I write a sentence and then go off to do something else, or I don’t even open the computer at all and directly go do something else because I just don’t feel like writing even when I should.)
Sometimes, you have to wait for the inspiration and write 10k in one sitting once it hits you.
Sometimes you have to force every word and that is how you get the ball rolling again.
So, with the blessing of starkred, I signed up for the second round of Extreme Big Bang in the hopes that her commission fic reaches 100k or more. (Had to drop out of that challenge last year because things on the writing front just weren’t happening the way I wanted, but I hope there will be better luck this time.)
Speaking of writing front and things not happening… writing has been slow going lately. I got inspired to re-learn Japanese, for some weird reason (I barely know the basics so there’s not much to learn before I’ll be expanding my knowledge…) Anyway, my one-track mind seems incapable of being interested in two things at once, and due to work hours and stuff, writing hasn’t really been happening lately. Not in quantities that I experienced last year. (Last year was phenomenal, as was the year before that, so I shouldn’t be shocked it’s not happening again.)
A lot of ficlets are happening, especially for “Genius, AI & Bots” series, and there is a ton of fic I need to read through, edit and send to my beta so that I can post ‘em, but with the constant feeling that I need to write, I just end up doing nothing when writing doesn’t happen… *sigh* Curse you Facebook games, for providing hours of easy/addictive entertainment when one should be writing!
So, onto(trying to) write the fic for Robot Big Bang (draft wasn’t ready in time, but I will finish it, damn it!), and soon I’ll need to start to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2014… (a sequel to “Typhlosis" will be in the works, and it had better be just as awesome as the current ideas painted on the canvas of my mind)…
This is a prime example of how I don’t get things done:
I got a severe plot bunny bite from a song that has been stuck in my head for a few days. So, I proceeded to write a cute little entry for the “Genius, AI & Bots" series (totally not what I should have been writing, which was either my fic for Robot Big Bang or the commission fic for starkred).
Needing to go on a tiny fact-finding trip, I ventured to check a few things about the song (which is of the Japanese origin). Somehow I ended up searching for online lessons in Japanese in my native language, then checked a few recommended books against those in my bookshelf - then proceeded to get off the comp and get into re-ordering said bookshelf for the next few hours.
Now I have a “Japanese corner” in my living room, which is nice, and I got a bag full of books to get rid of - plus a few new Japanese books ordered online. There are even a few hours left in the day to get on with the writing like I was originally going to do!
Then, a bit of promotion (I’m passing up on the challenge since I have too many things to do already, but I would love to try my hand at a 100k challenge one of these years, after dropping out last year due to time/writing issues…):
September 15: Sign-ups Open
October 13: Sign-ups Close
October 13: Collaboration post goes up. (viewable only to members who’ve signed up)
November 10: Participant Interviews posted
December 15: Preliminary Check-in - This is an optional check-in, and will be a place to commisserate, encourage, and brainstorm.
January 19: Second Check-in - also optional
February 12: HALFWAY MARK!!!
March 9: Third Check-in - another optional check-in
April 13: ROUGH DRAFTS DUE for Claiming At least 60% of your fic must be completed by this point (60,000 words), if you want your fic to be considered for claiming by an artist. You’ll also create a summary to go up on the claiming post.
April 17: Claiming post goes up.
April 24: All artists and authors matched up during claiming will be contacted by this date.
May 18: Final Check-in - Optional check-in; penalty-free DROP-OUT DEADLINE.
June 8: Some cheerleading for the final push will occur around this date.
July 6: Posting Date Claims
July 27: Posting goes live!
My advice 2 straight girls who think girls are cool and cute and attractive in any way: consider bein bi. Consider………loving girls and that’s it that’s all u gotta do just give it a chance &have a good time
Stop pandering the idea that sexuality is a choice. Bisexual women are most likely to be raped because of this idea that being bi is a choice. This is what makes homophobes abuse LGBT indiviuals and strip them of your rights. I don’t care if this is a troll or not. This isn’t funny and I’m sick of seeing posts like this on my dash.
Here’s another point of view: What if you have never been in a relationship? What if you have never been in love? (What if your single sexual experience with the opposite sex was completely disappointing?) How do you know if you are het or gay or bi? What if you consider, in your head, that if you found a person attractive, it shouldn’t matter which gender they are - yet you have never been turned on by a single person in your life? (What if you are asexual and just don’t know it - is there a test one can take? A set of qualifications you have to fit?)
How do people who have almost zero real-life experience from relationships know who they are, and is it anyone’s right to tell them that they are not allowed to consider the possibility of being bi?
it’s so frustrating when your fic ideas are bigger than your writing abilities
All. The. Time. (and then some)
I don’t know how many people are following this blog (or my twitter), but I’ll throw this request out there:
I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump lately, which will hopefully pass soon. In the meanwhile, I need to make some plans, and right now I’m having difficulty coming up with an idea to write for this round of Robot Big Bang.
Want to help me out? Here’s some “guidelines” I have in mind:
I do have a few ideas of my own, but none of them are inspiring me right this moment. I’ll come up with something, for sure (or just drop out because I have way too many things going on, again), but I love this BB and really want to participate.
I would love to credit you for the prompt, so include your username (Tumblr, AO3, LJ, DW, FF.net, what have you) if that’s okay with you, too. Also, I may combine ideas, save them for later, so you may take this as an opportunity to prompt me in general when it comes to Tony and his robotic family. :)
Got any ideas?
So we open with the bad guy from Thor stealing the device from Captain America from the mysterious government agents from Iron Man 2, eh?
SAMUEL L. MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON
It’s better than the original idea: Just opening with a title card saying “If you didn’t watch our other movies, fuck you.”
CLARK GREGG immediately establishes his mid-level badassery by WEARING SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT.
TOM quickly WRECKS EVERYONE’S SHIT in a frantic effort to prove that he will later be a match for FOUR WALKING SUPERWEAPONS, despite looking like a SCRAWNY BRITISH FANCY MAN.
Hang on a second, your hammer has decimated everything you’ve ever hit with it, you had no way of knowing my shield or Robert’s armor would protect us. Did you just attempt to straight-up murder us? Don’t change the scene, I want an answer to thi-
SAMUEL L. MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON
Enough is enough! I’ve had it with these motherfucking snarks on this motherfucking Helicarrier! All of you, prepare to immediately face an enemy that requires you to see past your differences and work together!
Got tagged to do a thing in Tumblr for the first time (“list ten books that have stayed with you in some way”, tagged by notcreativeondemand).
Sadly, I swiftly came to realize that a) I don’t read enough and b) none of the books I read are particularly good or memorable. (I like most of them, but they’re not “classics” I would include in a list like this.)
All I can contribute to this is…
And now I can’t believe that’s all I can think of. (I know there are plenty of super-sad dog-related books I read as a child than ruined me forever and made me write tragic stories as a result during those years… Now? I think they would just make me sad and mad because the reality isn’t that much better.)
Also, promoting PolyBB below (how I would love to participate, but I have too much to write as it is… although that has never exactly stopped me, has it?)
On the writing front, I’m not doing so well. I’ve felt “bored”, not wanting to write or do anything in particular, which is extremely frustrating for me. (Ended up playing Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, and may I say that the first game on PS2 after PS1? A huge disappointment. Once I’m done with it, it’s leaving my collection without a backwards glance. How can you downgrade your game, controls, graphics and loading time whem you upgrade your console? *shakes head*)
Anyway… some of my writing-related frustration, and frustration in general, may be related to the fact that I’ve been waiting for over two weeks for a call to go back to work after my summer “vacation”. They’re sorting things out, my employer is sort of changing while the work remains the same, but they are not keeping me informed whether they know the details yet, and every day it’s like "I might be going to work tomorrow, maybe, so I can’t plan too much, and I’m running out of freetime so I need to write.”
I should just get it over with and write while I still can (I can do it later, too, but now I have all the time I could ask for, right?), but that doesn’t always work.
Also, I will now tell every author out there to never stop writing in the middle of a scene, because picking it up again is twice as hard as when compared to starting a new, fresh scene. (I should have learned this a long time ago, but when I’m on the roll, it doesn’t usually matter…)
August 21st: Sign Ups Open
November 12th: Rough Drafts of Written Pieces are Due
November 15th: Artist Claims
December 15th: Posting Date Claims
December 30th: Posting Begins! Party time!