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writings of mysterious happenstance.

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by OtherCat, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    So I am definitely doing Eldritch Rhythm for NaNoWriMo! I have even put my word count and title in on the official site! I am going to be posting it on my Patreon as a Patron Only thing because if I can get to 50,000 words/finish it I'll probably try to self publish it.

    I have generally had problems with getting high word counts in the past, so I generally haven't done very well with things like NaNo. However, I've been getting better at word count, though it was generally with several different fics that I was also working on. Now the big problem is maybe going to be Maintaining Focus and Somehow Doing Research Because The Real World is Strange and Confusing and I Don't Know How Anything Works, while writing.

    Heres the title and blurb:

    Eldritch Rhythm

    Mirah is a runaway high priestess of a cult that worships Mysterious Entities Beyond Time and Space. Mirah would rather be a singer. Sadly her career has hiccups such as random entities summoned by hack sorcerers, demon hunters and idiots who want to join her Dark Crusade of Darkness. (There is no Dark Crusade of Darkness. There is only alt-pop with throat singing and a hint of R and B.)

    Getting attacked by a demon hunter is just Tuesday for Mirah. When she’s attacked by demon hunter Jenna Blackwell at a gig she goes through the usual procedure of veiling memories questioning and returning the hunter to their base (and destroying all of their notes) before wiping their memories. This time around, the hunter’s apartment is wrecked, and everything of value stolen, including their gear.

    Well hell.

    Jenna finds herself being Mirah’s plus one at the coronation of Mirah’s babysister.

    What the fuck.

    I probably need to build more on Jenna's half of the the blurb.
  2. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    So I ended up with an earache and was sick and I am very behind on the Nano. >_< Mostly I ended up doing worldbuilding and reading fan fic because of the earache/headache. I'm not happy, but I'm trying to go easy on myself.
  3. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    It is so hard to for me to get prompts when I ask for them. Which is fine, technically, because I often have trouble with writing prompts. (Okay, I tend to not get a lot of reader interaction in general, which is both frustrating because anxiety and a relief also because of anxiety.)
  4. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    A random line "...because this is how you get shaman."

    I have no idea what it is that is "...because this is how you get shaman." eating strange mushrooms? out of body experiences? conversing with strange spirits?

    This reminds me of two for mirth where I had the line "I set nothing in place that was not intended to lance a boil," for weeks and weeks, in addition to other bits of dialog, weeks before I could write anything down. Sadly, I'm not currently writing anything where there would be shaman...?
  5. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    Because I'm still annoyed about it: On the most recent chapter of (they flow from form to form) Karkat gets some details from Light, which he passes on. I have him give some of the details, intending to expand in the next chapter.

    And I get a comment from someone who thinks I "forgot" to have Karkat mention said details in that chapter. As if it couldn't have been possible that it was you know, deliberate because the end of the chapter is mostly focused on Karkat and Kankri having a fucking Moment, not on Shit That is Relevant to the Gamzee Situation.

    I should not be mean about it, but bluntly, it makes me want to scream. Because they're going to think they helped me fix a problem that did not actually fucking exist.
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  6. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    I am still playing with a story idea where in it's a medieval stuck and the Prospit heirs carry off the Derse heirs because marriage-by-abduction. (Because it's hilarious, and I've seen several stories with a similar set up, though it's usually "Prospitians do terrible kinky things to Strider battle captives/hostages.) What I have planned is something a little different.

    I think it's going to start with Dave being set up very comfortably in a Very Important Prisoner suite, he even has two servants! (Meanwhile, Rose has gone a little grimdark and gets caught because she rushed into a trap.)
  7. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    I think the Prospitians were semi-nomadic raider/herder types who decided to settle down/expand their range/influence by conquering Skaia. (The concept of settling down having been brought to the old queen due to having been "fostered" by the Alternian Empress.) Derse had a mutual defense treaty with Skaia and took in many of the Skaian nobility, which is why Derse and Prospit-Skaia are at war.
  8. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    I have gotten very, very little writing done for the past couple months! This is mostly because of Real Life difficulties and my attempts to distract myself from said real life difficulties. So I have been mostly reading fan fic, listening to podcasts (Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap and Productivity Alchemy) and trying to catch up on a web comic I hadn't read in three (3) years. I've also been poking around at older original writing projects that have never seen the light of day and so on.

    So! I have been re-reading my own fan fic in hopes of getting some inspiration and figuring out where I'm going with the plot for each of the stories. The current WIPS I'm looking at are: Eriond: be the Rogue of Hope, two for mirth, (they flow from form to form), (glaciers melting in the dead of night) and Build a Life from Scratch. I should also be reading through Crooked Little House, but I am not, so there.

    I'm not sure which of the stories I want to work on first. All of them are giving me problems in some sense, though for different reasons.

    Build a Life from Scratch: Feels flat and I can't decide on a good chapter title. I have a vague idea that we're going to reveal a little more about the source of Bro's heart trauma dreams, plus some interaction/weird horrible flirting with/from GHB.

    Eriond: be the Rogue of Hope: I want Signless to meet Eriond, and have them talk. I want more stuff from Relg and/or Taiba, and maybe for Belgarath to show up. (Probably walking out of the pantry like he owned the place.)

    (they flow from form to form): more information gathering/teaching and Karkat's date with Light. (which is likely to go much better than his date with Heart.) I've written a little of it already and it does not seem to suck.

    (glaciers melting in the dead of night): is grotty and horrible and I'm poking at my plans with this fic with sticks. (Porn. Porn with plot is where it's going, plus a battle or two and Dirk feeling Conflicted.)

    two for mirth: I am stuck. It's close to being done which is why I'm stuck. I have no idea of what I'm doing and everything is terrible.

    Original Fic:

    I've been thinking about my "orcs are people" fic. Which is not on my journal but which I had posted on the old Baen webboard. (People seemed to like it, including Mr. Baen at the time.) It didn't get very far because like a lot of my original work, I had trouble figuring out where I was going. (This is also a problem with my fan fic.) Our Protagonist, an orc, wakes up in the middle of a snowy forest that shouldn't be where it was, and has to figure out how to find his way to a safe place. Also, there are dead people. I have several drafts of the story, which doesn't get longer than a few thousand words each time. Very frustrating, because I liked the character I created.

    Eldritch Rhythm and the "Marriage Alliance Complicated by Assassination Attempt" stories are still active, though I haven't written anything since I posted the last chapters I've worked on of Eldritch.
  9. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    I have been writing so much grotty stuff in discord fic jam servers and I don't even know why. I have to be actually angry to do that stuff normally. :\ Non con is generally hard for me to write anyway, because I don't have the ability to do the endless whump it seems to require. Also, I want a happy ending and generally don't want to fuck up the pairing. :\
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2019
  10. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    TFW you lose writing you can't recover after the computer decides to restart, and when you try to open and save the auto saved document you close it without saving it because you can't rename it the right name.
  11. OtherCat

    OtherCat a being of mysterious happenstance

    I made a spreadsheet to track my word count! I am not sure how accurate it will be, since my writing pattern tends to be back fill, move text around and edit while writing. (I know people say you shouldn't edit while writing, but I don't write linearly so I can't help but edit and change stuff I'm writing.) This means that the actual document word count will fluctuate a bit.

    I spent a LOT of time messing around with the design of the spreadsheet, because of course I did. Design is Important, okay? And I am still fiddling with it.

    I was able to get out two chapters of Build a Life from Scratch out, and also a bit of two for mirth, which completed the chapter, which I posted. I'm currently working a little on "the heroes of the imperium and the av club." Sadly I fell asleep due to evening meds before I could get much written.
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