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Nov. 30th, 2011 11:08 pm
zfreelance: (The System has failed us)
Dear NaNoWriMo,

I would love to one day achieve the greatness that is 50,000 words in one month.

However. You really should not scheduale that month to coincide with the release of Skyrim. BECAUSE THAT SHIT EATS YOUR LIFE, YOUR SOUL, AND EVEN THE LINT IN YOUR POCKETS.

Not to mention Beta Testing Weekends for The Old Republic.

Your timing could be better, is what I'm saying.

Maybe next year,
Z
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Soooo, I had this thought, last night, and it is now all up in my brainpan.

Somebody (read: not me because I don't finish shit) should rewrite The Phantom of the Opera so that Christine is TOTALLY down with kicking it with the Phantom for the rest of foreverz, because he is a total BAMF and that Raoul kid is okay and all, but PHANTOM. SRSLY.

And see, in my head, this doesn't sound crack-y. AT ALL.
zfreelance: (Meanwhile)
So apparently when I get inspired to write, these days, it comes in the form of a half-assed outline for a really bad summer flick movie script that is like The Saint meets Jason Borne with 100% more gay Frenchmen.

idek
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Boom)
Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

Wizards
Ao
Aliens
Car Soul
Evil bastard story
Final Fantasy Ripoff
Firefly AU Fic OMGWTF
Four Temples
High Fantasy Post
Idek
Mad Jeremy Matthews
messenger
Noel
Poisoner's Journal
Psychics
random bard
Skyrunner
The Legend of the Nullsmith
thefour
Three's a Crowd
Two thieves
Wings For Marie
Wolf
wolves
Yet another werewolf story


Genres span from urban fantasy to modern fiction to epic Firefly fic that I will never write, because I fail.
Some of these are so old, I can't remember when I started working on them. Some I just pounded out over the course of an hour and promptly abandoned.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (It was more fun in hell)
Ahahaha, so I pressured [livejournal.com profile] zece into posting her latest pornlet, and one outpouring of "MY TORMENTED SOUL ZOMG" deserves another, even if it's written by me and is really, really disturbing. because the fact that I'm writing isn't terrifying enough

Ye be warned. )


I weird myself out, sometimes.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (It was more fun in hell)
You know what kind of character I want to write?

I want to write a bad guy. Not just a plot device, I want a main, integral character to be a Bad Guy. No redeeming qualities, no kindness deep in the tortured corner of his soul. He is just cruel and intelligent and calculating and kind of insane, but he's too smart to have tunnel-vision when it comes to his goals.

Like Nolan's Joker, except no facepaint. Someone who will rape, pillage, and plunder because it seemed like the thing to do at the time and he was bored. Pure Chaotic Evil, you guys. I want that. And I want that as a main character, THE main character. His point-of-view.

More Voldemort, less Harry Potter, kids. Evil has to have its day. No, evil needs to have its day.


And all this just before finals, too, go figure.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (It was more fun in hell)
Sorry, NaNoWriMo. I don't have enough time for a real life, say nothing of 50,000 words of a completely original story.

Just. No.
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I has stories. They're in my brain and in my hard drive in about equal measure. I like writing them, and they like to be written.

But clearly ADD has other ideas because I will be god damned if I can finish anything. I need a support group or something, Jesus.

I'm thinking about NaNoWriMo this year, if only because I like pain.

::double facepalm::



Deluna Fest in a few days, though... XD
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Never love a Wild Thing)
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

Well, one of my characters recently got knocked up, I've discovered, but we've yet to meet the offspring. I predict, however, normal baby shenanigans.
Other than that, no. My characters tend to be loner-type 20-somethings with no patience for children of their own.


In rl news, a late night bender, a sleepless night afterward, and Adderall in the afternoon does an interesting work day make.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Pizza)
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

XD Dialogue, by far. I effing love to write dialogue because it gives everyone a chance to snark it up and make things that much crazier.

Feelings are boring. Talking about feelings is worse. Talking about everything else is awesome.
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19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Nyahahaha, so there's this girl, right? She runs away from home when she was little because she was jealous of her younger sisters. Then she hooks up with a magical crow who takes her on a magical journey of murder, mayhem, and revenge. And there was going to be this time, right, when one of the younger sisters actually tracks down the girl out of curiosity/fear/whatever. See, and the sister was just going to duck in and back out because the family in general was supposed to be guilty of criminal misunderstanding and there would be a great big shouting match at the end and the girl would just give them all the finger and stomp off forevers. Except that the sister turned out to be all confused and earnest and wanting to get to know her sister and I was like, "... well, shit."

So, yeah. AND I WAS CONTEMPLATING KILLING HER OFF, BEFORE THAT. Can't tell you how frustrating that is.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Epic Shit)

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!





God help us?

(I also seem to write like Cory Doctorow and Mario Puzo)
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Witch)
18. Favorite antagonist and why!

Annnnnnnnd here's where I fail, because I've never had a real antagonist to speak of. I've only ever had big, bad, evil corporations/organizations, kind of like Wolfram & Hart except not as cool. There has been no Big Bad because part of my motivation is to turn conventional good v. evil on it's head and have a demonic hero or a serial killer who just so happens to save the world.

I dunno. I guess my problem is I don't write my heroes good enough to have any real villain. lol grammar
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Delights Me Not)
Family reunions. ::shudder::

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?

I write them despite myself, I think. I have no real desire to write love everlasting, but as a plot device and a character motivator, there is nothing so powerful as undying devotion of the heart-rending, eye-bleeding kind.
While cynical, I do appreciate the quiet, undemonstrative kind of romance that is kept under wraps until the last moment, tortured and strained and yet still unwavering even as it despairs. That sort of angst is all kinds of tasty-delicious.

And, frankly, I'm not a prude. If I think that sex should happen, I'm game for trying my hand at it. I'm well aware that this is one of my weakest areas (why does sex seem to make every iota characterization go soaring out the window?) but I'm not afeard.


17. Favorite protagonist and why!

Uhhhhhhh, hmm. The first thing that comes to my mind is Cook, but he's more of a side-protagonist (if that makes any sense), and the second thing is Mad Jeremy Matthews, so I'm gonna split the difference and fuck the police.
Cook is the side-kick Beta to my werewolf protagonist Alpha, and is actually a very intelligent, sensitive guy; he just never acts like it. I modeled him after an uncle of mine, who has made an art form out of inactivity. You're fairly sure that they move around in real life, but you have to watch them for a long time to try and catch them at it. Sedate and unflappable.
Mad Jeremy Matthews is just plain fun to write. He's my first real male protagonist, and writing him is like an exercise in Victorian comedy. He's got all the moves and graces down to an art, but underneath all of that, he is still mad as a hatter. His inner monologues crack me up even as I'm writing them.

...

Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:58 pm
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Coffee)
Another two-fer, because I spent all day yesterday driving in a car with no AC and the President shutting down the freaking highway.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

I'm the map. It's all up here.

No, really. Occasionally, if things get epic, I'll doodle out some kind of Tolkien-ian world map, complete with trees and mountains and dragons in the margins. But otherwise, it's all in my head.


15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

WORD.

Neil Gaiman. He writes the way I would be able to, if I dedicated my life to a) being amazing and b) selling my soul to the dark god of your choice, complete with the occasional virgin sacrifice. Like I said, before, he doesn't seem to write. He just shows you what was already there.
And I can never express enough love for the Endless. I love constructs given form, be it the four Horsepeople (also his doing), or Death the punk rocker with an ankh and an attitude.
<3
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Tongue)
13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

... I'm not sure there's a name for the cultures that I write, except to call them 'fringe'. I do not like the whole Sex and the City yuppy dynamic of contemporary fiction, and I really don't like normalcy. Normal people suck, and so does their culture.

I'm particularly fond of transient cultures, as I'm sure I've mentioned. I love writing from the perspective of the outsider, looking in. I like dysfunctional cultures, like families-by-choice or wolfpacks. And I definitely have a soft spot for criminal cultures, because the chaotic/neutral mentality is so much fun.

Yeah, comprehensive, this is not. Whatever, five hours of sleep.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Coffee)
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

Woooooooow. Uhm. Hell, making me choose from ma' babies here.

I'ma probably go with Sinners and Truck-Stop Coffee (fuck that needs a better title). I love swords and sorcery a lot, but urban fantasy has always been my drug of choice. There is so much weirdness in our own world, it's like nothings been created. You're just being shown what was always there.

As for side-notes... Uhm. Well, I had a sudden vision in the cafeteria of the Mount Rushmore National Park, eating a buffalo burger and imagining an angry poltergeist hurling knives at the diners, and this somehow got written in. So, moral of the story, write what you know? not a psycho, promise
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Pizza)
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

I have a lot of characters that I'll always love, but I've got to say that I love Nazareth Alice the best.
Ever since I saw her name on a road sign, I knew she would be slinky, sexy, powerful, and possibly the most terrifying person you'd ever meet. There is something so fun about writing the seductive, confident ones. They're morally ambiguous, they get the best lines, and they always have a plan.

And while I really don't have characters I do not like to write, I do have characters I do not like. One of them is Amadora Amberdrake, the intelligent and yet completely clueless mother of Winslow (I need to post a synopsis of the stories I'm writing so people can actually understand what I'm talking about. Again.). She's not a bad person and she's not necessarily a bad mother. She just got wrapped up in herself and her other children and missed the boat on keeping Winslow from self-destructing. And instead of trying to fix things, she turned the other way and expected it to repair itself. It does, just not in a way she can understand.


IT MAKES SENSE IN MY HEAD, PROMISE.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Science!)
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

In the course of my stories, someone may or may not have:

- been hung upside down in a glass box for no discernible reason
- had a screaming match with a ghost in the basement
- stripped naked in a restaurant kitchen
- drunk truck-stop coffee
- fought an evil army of sentient scarecrows
- lit people's socks on fire

This is excluding the usual swords/sorcery fuckery that comes with the territory.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Tongue)
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

Pfffft, oh crap. You asked for it.

My Thought Process


01. Sit around, driving/listening to music/in class/staring into space
That last one happens more often than anything

02. CONCEPT BRAINWAVE!!!!
ex. pyrokinetic vs. the world

03. Ponder said brainwave for originality
Hasn't this been done before?

04. Decide I like the concept and to hell with copyright!
What last Airbender?

05. Visualize character appearance
I was drawing characters long before I was writing them

06. Pair personality to appearance
Dyed hair and giant glasses = Retro punk with geek tendencies

07. Plot an action scene and mentally fill in back story as the action progresses
Deep dark past angst, go!

08. Sketch newly fleshed out character and type up bio in case I ever actually finish the story for future reference
Jesus, it's like an orphanage on my hard drive

Annnnd, done!

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