botherd: (unimpressed)
LOL, The X Factor is such a fucking farce. That entire elimination was scripted, y/y? *eyeroll* THIS SHOW. The thing is, I wouldn't mind the fuckery quite so much if it weren't so fucking PREDICTABLE.

In other news, I've... kind of given up on NaNo. IDK, it feels weird to give up on it after having done it for so long, but I guess I just wasn't feeling it this year. The main problem is that I really like my idea and want to write it well, and I know that if I write it for NaNo I'll just end up hating it and never wanting to look at it again, so it'd just be a waste.

UGH WORK TOMORROW. :(
botherd: (patrick wolf)
5032 / 50000


Don't think I'm going to get any writing done today, which will put me a day behind. :( But still, I don't work Fridays so catching up over the weekend shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully on Sunday I'll be able to go to the write-in near me, which will be a great opportunity to get loads of words down.

- Please tell me there's new Fringe tonight (/tomorrow for me). I miss Olivia Dunham's face.

- NEW WONDERFUL PATRICK WOLF SONG OF AMAZINGNESS. ♥ ♥ Honestly, I wasn't entirely convinced at first, but it's definitely a grower. I spent the first few listens going "Wahhhhhh it doesn't sound like a Patrick song" and then it SNUCK UP AND HIT ME OVER THE HEAD WITH ITS FABULOUSNESS. IDK if anyone else cares but you SHOULD.
botherd: (skins: kat approves this message)
1912 / 50000


Daily target: achieved! Yesterday I was stressing hugely about NaNo, to the point where I was quite tempted to not even bother, just because I'm really invested in my idea and didn't think I could do it justice under NaNo conditions. (Also, I've hardly done any writing this year, and 50k suddenly seemed like a massive undertaking. In other words, I'm lazy.) I didn't even start writing at midnight like I usually do, although that was also because I'd started watching Boardwalk Empire, which is brilliant except for the fact that Steve Buscemi has a really unpleasant face, and watched to watch the second episode. So it took me a really long time to force myself to start writing today, but when I did... I wrote over 1000 words in one sitting, without any procrastination breaks. It feels SO GOOD to be writing again. NaNo FTW!

How's everyone else doing? *cheers you on*
botherd: (30 rock: ack!)
- NaNo starts in less than five days and my main character STILL DOESN'T HAVE A NAME. D: Or, well, she has a name, but it's not the perfect name, it's just a name that'll do. And that's basically the same thing as not having a name at all.

- I feel like I've been shirking my duties as a Skins fandomer by not commenting on the US Skins trailer! Mostly I think it's going to be super weird for the first few episodes that are basically remakes of series one, but I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes once it branches off. And of course I'm mostly interested in Tea, because, well, you already know my feelings on cute lesbians. Also, I love how fandom's already shipping her with Michelle, but I just have one request: please, fandom, don't start calling them something stupid like ~*Teachelle*~. JUST SAY NO TO NAME-SMOOSHES.

- Who's watching Lip Service?? It can't exactly be described as quality TV and yet I'm enjoying the hell out of it, probably because after The L Word the bar for lesbian TV is set so low you can step over it. Anyway, brief thoughts: Frankie is SO HOT but her emo is tedious, I like Cat but she needs to pull herself together, and Tess is my favourite even though sometimes her storylines hit my embarrassment squick hard. And I LOVE Tess and Lou together, even though Lou's awful to her. :/

- I've had 'I Wanna Be Like You' in my head intermittently throughout the week and it's all Katie Fucking Waissel's fault. Why is The X Factor trying so hard to make her happen? She's not going to happen.
botherd: (unimpressed)
Ugh, fucking work. Today made me want to SHOOT MYSELF IN THE FACE. There's this whole new area of work that we're moving into and I just... don't want to do it. Mainly because I SUCK at it, and while I'll probably get better, in the meantime there's going to be a period of awful awfulness and I just want it to END.

Silver lining: the more I have days like this, the more I become determined to write a book that might actually sell so I can do something with my life that I actually want to do. I have an idea that I'm really excited about, the one I think I mentioned before, and I'm planning on writing the first draft for NaNo. (I'm kind of worried about that, because usually after NaNo I hate what I've written and never want to see it again, but I think if I have a tight enough plan beforehand maybe I can make something of it.)

Is anyone else planning on doing NaNo this year? I'm super excited about it but I hardly know anyone else who does it. Seriously, it's awesome; everyone (uh, with an interest in writing) should try it.
botherd: (skins: incest and illegal)
I kind of feel like I'm at a loose end now NaNo is over! It's been a weird one this year (but then, I feel like it's always a different experience and a different challenge) but although it's not perfect, I'm mostly satisfied with how it turned out. I've never written an ensemble fic before and it's given me an all-new respect for the Skins writers, because you know how they get criticised for weird pacing and not focusing equally on all the characters and dropping storylines and all of that? Yeah, well, THAT SHIT IS HARD. I mean, I think I did okay at juggling nine characters, but I know that Thomas and Freddie got shafted and now nobody will know that in the background they were totally having a torrid love affair. :(

More for my own reference than anything else, here's what I'm working on next:

- Yuletide main assignment (due 21st Dec)
- Yuletide pinch-hit (21st Dec)
- [livejournal.com profile] skins_holiday assignment (21st-31st Dec)
- [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang (5th Feb)

Plus, you know, there's that 30k 80s AU lingering on my hard drive that just needs a bit of polishing. I should probably get on that.

ALSO I still really want to write Katie/Emily(/Naomi) but I'm not sure if I could make it work.
botherd: (*facepalm*)
I hadn't realised that it's been nearly a week since I last posted. Um, I don't have much to report? Mostly I've just been working on [livejournal.com profile] 2ndyearstories, which is fun and stressful in about equal measure. But people seem to be enjoying it, which definitely makes the effort worthwhile.

And then once I've done with that I have Yuletide, ARGH. I stupidly grabbed a pinch hit (it was calling me!) so that's twice the amount I need to write, and on top of that, for my original assignment I might end up writing in a fandom that I didn't sign up for and have only started getting into now because I wasn't sparking any ideas for the fandom we originally matched on. *facepalm* It's not a small amount of canon either, but at least I'm enjoying it a lot. And then there's [livejournal.com profile] skins_holiday and [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang! D: Somebody stop me from signing up for any more fic challenges, PLEASE.

Have a music rec! Dirt Poor Robins - The Cage. I've been looking for this album for the longest time, ever since I heard a couple of tracks a year or two ago (including their awesome cover of 'Eleanor Rigby'). I really want the actual CD because it's a concept album and apparently the liner notes add a lot, but I can't find it anywhere online. Amazon and iTunes don't even have the full album to download! But at least I have the full album now, and I LOVE it. ♥
botherd: (colin meloy)
- Apparently today was the last day of filming for Skins series four! ngl, I am ridiculously sad about this. Not as sad as I'll be when the last episode airs - I anticipate many tears, because I'm lame and cry at EVERYTHING - but I love these ridiculous kids, and it makes me sad that they'll no longer be living together in Bristol and doing ridiculous things together. :(((

- In happier news, I'm going to see The Decemberists tomorrow! SO EXCITED. I think it's going to be one of their Hazards of Love shows where they play the whole album through, but I've not actually checked to see if that's the case, heh. Whatever; it's The Decemberists, so it's guaranteed to be awesome.

- Still behind on NaNo, although I've been using Write or Die and that's helping. I can do about 500 words in 10 minutes, so if I use it enough it shouldn't take too long to catch up. I think I've just about planned out the rest of the story as well, so I'm feeling a bit better about it. (I was having serious ~angst about it the other day, but I spared you the emo LJ posts I wanted to make about it.) ETA: just hit 25k! Two days late, but whatever, it feels good to be halfway there. \o/

- Finally caught up with the last two eps of Mad Men and OMG, how awesome was the finale? I seriously cannot wait for series four.
botherd: (30 rock: ack!)
- I got my Yuletide assignment! And even though I can't actually give it the proper attention it deserves until December, I'm already worrying about it - right now my mind is a blank when it comes to ideas. I'm sure I'll come up with something eventually (maybe once I revisit the source material) but I don't want to just cobble something together, you know? Ack. :/

- I've been watching White Collar and enjoying it (oh, Matthew Bomer, why so pretty? Must you insist on making me ~question my sexuality?) but I think it would be more fun if it was about Neal actually committing his crimes and Peter trying to catch him, instead of Neal helping Peter solve crimes. Sort of like an American Hustle, but with a prettier cast and shinier backdrop.

- Re. The X Factor last night: Fuck you, Olly Murs, for ruining my favourite Queen song. HOW is this guy the favourite to win? Also, Jedward were just kind of... boring.

- I need to get on with NaNo. To get back on track today I need to write 3650 words, and so far I've written... 12. It isn't even a complete sentence!
botherd: (skins: meg is too cute for words)
I'm procrastinating NaNo like crazy (I don't even know WHY, because I've been looking forward to writing chapter 14 for weeks and weeks and I'm nearly there) and OH MY GOD, WORD'S AUTOSUMMARISE FEATURE IS TOO MUCH FUN.

Here's [livejournal.com profile] 2ndyearstories in 100 words or less:

Um, I think my characters shrug too much )

LOL FOREVER.
botherd: (skins: the magic man)
- Anyone who wants to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] skins_holiday, now's the time to do so! Sign-ups close tomorrow at 11pm PST. It's an exchange open for fic writers, vidders, and graphics makers, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun, so go and sign up! :D!

- I'm really overwhelmed by the response that [livejournal.com profile] 2ndyearstories is getting. ♥ I'm having fun writing it and I'm just really thrilled that other people seem to be enjoying it. Honestly, the whole thing is really far outside of my comfort zone, both in that it's a big ensemble piece, and also because I'm posting it as an unedited WIP (omg scary!), and I'm just really happy that it seems to be working. ♥

- It looks like [livejournal.com profile] yuletide sign-ups are going to open soon? SO EXCITED. Although I haven't yet managed to whittle down my five requests to four. :/ I had them all planned out, but then I started watching Parks & Recreation and craving Leslie/Ann fic, so one of the other requests has to go. DILEMMA.

- I'm listening to Girls Aloud on shuffle and it's making me sad that they've been put on hold while National Treasure Cheryl Cole pursues her rubbish solo career. Girls Aloud's entire discography >>>>>>> 3 Words.
botherd: (skins: fitch please)
So, NaNoWriMo's started once again! For those who missed the ~announcement first time round, I'm writing Skins fic for NaNo this year and it's all going to be posted at [livejournal.com profile] 2ndyearstories. The first part is already up, and the next part should be posted later tonight or tomorrow.

I went along to a write-in this afternoon with a bunch of other Wrimos, which was really nice; we had the entire upstairs of Coffee Republic to ourselves and it was a lot of fun to sit there with about fifteen other crazy people, all typing away. Also, they gave out stickers and chocolate, and I am easily pleased by little things like that. I've been to write-ins in three different cities over the years (on two different continents!) and it's always one of my favourite parts of NaNo, meeting other people and all sharing in the madness together.

Okay, I have to do the washing up and then watch The X Factor, and then it's back to writing! :D I ♥ November, even when it makes me want to kill myself.
botherd: (*facepalm*)
This is entirely [livejournal.com profile] jengrrrl's fault, but: I find myself tempted to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang. And that's bad, because a) I don't have a plot bunny, b) plot and world-building is not my strong suit, and c) I really don't need another big fic project on my plate.

I mean, there's already the 30k 80s AU, which I still haven't finished typing up, let alone started editing, and then... then there's NaNoWriMo. (For those of you who don't know, that's a writing challenge where you write a 50k novel in November.)

Now, I fucking love NaNo. I've done it for the last five years, and I've won each time, and I've always, always had so much fun with it. I've written five completely terrible original novels, and even though I've never shown anyone the stuff I've written for NaNo, I still think it's been a really rewarding experience each time and I know my writing has vastly improved because of it. I'm sort of reaching the stage with NaNo where I feel like I've got everything I can out of it as a challenge, and this year I'm really just going to do it for fun.

And you know what's fun? Writing Skins fic.

So, yeah: there's 50k of Skins fic coming your way in November, if you're interested. It's going to be, I think, a collection of interrelated stories spanning Our Heroes' second year at Roundview that will hopefully end up forming some sort of coherent whole, and I'll be posting it up as I write it, so more or less every day. There's no time for editing, so it's not going to be perfectly written, and it will probably end up veering off in unexpected directions, but that's the fun of NaNo. :D I thought I'd keep it off this journal, because I don't want to spam the fuck out of the people who aren't here for fandom reasons, so I've created a comm: [livejournal.com profile] 2ndyearstories. Obviously nothing will be posted there until November, but you can watch the comm if you're interested. I think it's going to be fun!

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