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there is no easy way from the earth to the stars;
damalur said: so what does happen after the curtain falls at the end of "each in its own way"? do you have any headcanon on ann's family? (also since this is a great excuse to be a pest, do you write from a strict outline or do you have lose notes or do you wing it? is there anything you have to have figured out before you write a story, like a title or the ending?)

thirddeadlysin:

Ahhhh I loved writing that fic so much. (It’s here if you haven’t read it.)

I don’t think I can do an after the curtain without writing about seven million words! But: making out. So much making out. And then marriage, over many strenuous objections! And Joe being hilariously terrible at learning how to be a prince consort. There were two other things I wanted to include: 1) Ann as a major supporter of UNICEF, to mirror Audrey Hepburn’s involvement, which she sort of introduced; and 2) how Joe ended up in exile; but the story went in another direction. Joe’s backstory is basically that during the war he uncovered and made public a bunch of corruption and looting by US forces, and pissed off powerful people back in the states, and got blackballed. Hence the only paper that will hire him when he comes back is this little daily in Brooklyn, run by an old buddy (and cousin of Irving’s). 

My headcanon on Ann’s family is that she’s actually orphaned (someone references “their majesties” in the movie but *handwave* that’s her grandparents). Her father died in WWII (he was a general in their army) and her mother died just before Ann’s world tour, which is also why she winds up so distraught. Grandpa is the prince consort; grandma is the queen; Ann is the heir presumptive. 

The writing stuff: I almost never write from an outline. I sometimes do some free writing to come up with a loose progression of what I want to cover, but most of the time it’s I HAVE AN IDEA! and then winging it. The vomit draft was my first real attempt at developing a detailed outline. I definitely will do that again for a long work. It was a lot harder to derail!

The title is the very last thing I put on a story. The absolute very last thing. More often than not it winds up being a lyric from whatever song was on a loop during writing. And endings, I usually don’t know what they are until I get to them. (I write chronologically; jumping around creates a lot more work for me in revisions.) What I start with is a particular scene or a general idea or even just a single image, and then in the writing a broader story develops. Aside from the vomit draft and ficlets, I think maybe I’ve only written two things where I knew the whole story before I started: Warm Gulf Wind, and Eat Your Heart Out, Wolfgang Pauli. (Ooh, and Every Day Is a Reminder!)

Beta Reading 101

afullmargin:

So, you wanna be an awesome person and get your edit on? You rock. Seriously, cool people that edit are a wonderful thing. Now, before I get specific here are some general things you should know:

- Don’t trust yourself to edit your own work. Even after not looking at it for a while. You will miss things, you will be biased, and it will always sound right in your head because you wrote it in your style. A beta is the eyes of your readers, reading it in their own style makes it easy to spot grammatical problems that sound right to you. They also have only the information YOU give them meaning as they read they pick up logic errors and ooc behaviors/speech/etc that are not congruent with the information provided.

- There is more than one kind of beta. Some do just grammar, others focus on story structure or characters, dialogue, plot, world building, etc. Most will have a few things they’re stronger with than others. Make sure to tell your writer what you are comfortable with! Note, this should also include any content you don’t want to edit (ie: no smut, technical stuff, romance).

Now, everyone has their own methods but I’ve found the 4 pass method most effective when I beta.

- First pass: Read. Just kick back, put your editor hat away and get an idea of what you’re working with.

- Second pass: Grammar and Spelling. Kill those typos, missing words, grammar nightmares, tense changes. This should be the most time consuming part.

- Third pass: The deep read. This pass is all about feedback to the writer. Go though and make note of anything you don’t understand, suggest word changes or alter phrasing, ask questions, cheerleading for the bits you really like, point out plot holes. This is about polishing and taking some good up a notch.

- Fourth pass: Read it again to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Typos are a horrible thing and entirely too easy to miss.

Easy, right? You know, except for that part where it’s really hard. This is why a good beta is indispensable and deserves adoration and ALL the cookies. Your dirty work may not get all the credit, but it definitely deserves it. Without your hard work so much would be unreadable.

Note: This is all YMMV, my opinions and all that happy jazz. Also, unbeta’d.

i’m so behind in going through the audience participation fic writing meme, sorry to spam everyone so long after they posted!

brightwalldarkroom:

"There are a handful of shows I ask everyone I talk to about television if they have seen: The Wire, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights. But when I ask them if they’ve watched and loved Friday Night Lights, what I mean is are you my kind of person? Are you all heart? Are you bothered by this 21st-century lack of earnestness, our abundance of irony? Do you wonder how we forgive and coach ourselves to do better? How we can strive again for valor and loyalty and daring and redemption? 
I fear we are defaulting to needless negativity as some kind of social currency. But Friday Night Lights is the most earnest show I’ve ever watched. Not sentimental, however: these characters aren’t perfect. In fact, this show is incredibly astute at allowing humans to have stratums of complexity: to have character and occasionally act without it, and then to live in the mire of their own dumb choices. Do I adore Coach? Yes. Do I think, as Tammy says, he is a molder of men and a husband of fierce devotion? Absolutely. Do I also think he can also be a self-involved, sexist prick who values his career over his wife’s? No question.
Regardless of the scale of the battle, the stakes in Friday Night Lights are rarely phony or contrived. It’s about winning games, sure, but its scope far exceeds that. This is a show that tests and reflects commitment not just on the football field, but back in the locker room. And in Street’s rehab room, and Saracen’s grandmother’s living room, and Julie’s bedroom, and eventually out to Luke’s farm and Tim’s prison and Tammy’s dream in Philadelphia. This commitment is not about obligation, but something more sacred. Duty. The hidden gale that blusters and grows within us and makes us yearn to give someone else exactly what they need.”
—Erica Cantoni on Friday Night Lights (Bright Wall/Dark Room, Issue #14, July 2014)

brightwalldarkroom:

"There are a handful of shows I ask everyone I talk to about television if they have seen: The Wire, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights. But when I ask them if they’ve watched and loved Friday Night Lights, what I mean is are you my kind of person? Are you all heart? Are you bothered by this 21st-century lack of earnestness, our abundance of irony? Do you wonder how we forgive and coach ourselves to do better? How we can strive again for valor and loyalty and daring and redemption? 

I fear we are defaulting to needless negativity as some kind of social currency. But Friday Night Lights is the most earnest show I’ve ever watched. Not sentimental, however: these characters aren’t perfect. In fact, this show is incredibly astute at allowing humans to have stratums of complexity: to have character and occasionally act without it, and then to live in the mire of their own dumb choices. Do I adore Coach? Yes. Do I think, as Tammy says, he is a molder of men and a husband of fierce devotion? Absolutely. Do I also think he can also be a self-involved, sexist prick who values his career over his wife’s? No question.

Regardless of the scale of the battle, the stakes in Friday Night Lights are rarely phony or contrived. It’s about winning games, sure, but its scope far exceeds that. This is a show that tests and reflects commitment not just on the football field, but back in the locker room. And in Street’s rehab room, and Saracen’s grandmother’s living room, and Julie’s bedroom, and eventually out to Luke’s farm and Tim’s prison and Tammy’s dream in Philadelphia. This commitment is not about obligation, but something more sacred. Duty. The hidden gale that blusters and grows within us and makes us yearn to give someone else exactly what they need.”

—Erica Cantoni on Friday Night Lights (Bright Wall/Dark Room, Issue #14, July 2014)

there are thirty-five brand new copies of ‘the secret place’ circulating in our system as of today and i was number FORTY-THREE on the waiting list, those eight people in front of me might want to start watching their backs, i actually called the bookstore today to reserve a copy and then backed out because what is the point of working at a library if not free books

but i just want everyone to feel my pain

paragon-quarian:

Leviathan by =Odrobinka

paragon-quarian:

Leviathan by =Odrobinka

mtakara:

commission - Deathface Ginny—for commission list and NYCC sketch list: mtakaraart@yahoo.com

mtakara:

commission - Deathface Ginny


for commission list and NYCC sketch list: mtakaraart@yahoo.com

Tʜɪs ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴏɴʟʏ sᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇᴅ ʀᴇᴄᴇɴᴛʟʏ ʙʏ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ sᴘᴀᴄᴇ ᴘʀᴏʙᴇs, ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴏ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs ɪɴᴅɪᴄᴀᴛᴇ ɪᴛ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴇxᴘʟᴏʀᴇᴅ sɪɴᴄᴇ. Sᴄᴀɴs ɪɴᴅɪᴄᴀᴛᴇ ɪᴛ ɪs ᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴏᴄᴇᴀɴ ᴏғ ʟɪǫᴜɪᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴀs ᴀ ɴɪᴛʀᴏɢᴇɴ-ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ ᴀᴛᴍᴏsᴘʜᴇʀᴇ. Iᴛ ɪs ʜɪɢʜʟʏ ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴀsᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴘʜᴏᴛᴏsʏɴᴛʜᴇᴛɪᴄ ʟɪғᴇ.

htbthomas said: When do you think you might be interested in writing?

i’m game now or just about any time! give me fifteen minutes of lead, but other than that, whenever works for you is good for me.

kyralih:

luna-whiskers:

mochibuni:

luna-whiskers:

I’m fascinated by this first look at the Dark Kingdom.  While the classic anime made the Dark Kingdom some kind of nightmarish dimension and PGSM set it in a literal cave, the manga had depicted it as an old building with pillars.  Crystal took that one step further, though.

The torches are lit with an eerie green flame, suggesting how much the environment is influenced by magic.  Outside, you can clearly see snow falling.  That means they are quite literally at D Point of the North Pole, not just on the other side of a dimensional rift that happens to be located there.  In one brief shot, you can see thorn-covered vines wrapped around some of the pillars.

Now, I’ve always headcanoned that the manga Dark Kingdom’s building was some relic of the past, either transported or reconstructed from one that existed in the Golden Kingdom.  And while we may not get a rose-throwing Tuxedo Mask in this version, I think it’s fair to say that Mamoru will always be associated with roses.  So what does it imply that there are rose thorns here in this place?  Are they already implying the Dark Kingdom’s connection to him?

OH THOUGHTS ABOUT ROSE THORNS.

I wonder if D point has any connection to Elysion. Like, what if D Point is really just Mamoru’s old kingdom. As we know Mamoru’s family in particular was connected to Elysion, maybe the gateway to Elysion was also at Mamoru’s kingdom.

We know Elysion was able to protect itself for a long time since Earth does not show signs of dying until Elysion is overrun by Nehellenia. So what if the only reason Nehellenia was really able to break through to Elysion is because it had been absorbing dark energy and damage from the Dark Kingdom a few years prior?

At the same time, there are manga images showing Mamoru’s kingdom wasn’t in a swirling blizzard, so maybe it wasn’t at D point. XD; Though I suppose it could be plausible that it could be a secondary castle or something meant solely to protect the portal to Elysion.

IDK THOUGHTS~

What if D Point wasn’t always cold? The magnetic north pole is always changing, what if thousands of years ago that particular area was not the North Pole?

OR maybe like you say, that was just one of the entrances to Elysian. Maybe that was sort of a fort or base.

I would point out that the shrine of Elysian is also full of pillars.

I’ll just leave this here :> and go back to waiting excitedly. 

Quick! We need to learn to code. It’d also need a PM system that worked.

it would! some kind of twitter integration with a larger character limit, maybe??

i think my ideal fandom platform would somehow fuse ao3, tumblr, dreamwidth, and pinboard—there would a fic archive and bookmarking system, but your same username would also link to a blog platform that would have the comment system and tagging of dreamwidth with the multimedia ease of tumblr. when you subscribed to someone, you could chose to follow their fic updates, their bookmarks, their original posts, their reblogs, or any combination of the above.

OH OH and also you could subscribe to individual fandoms or pairings in the archive and have them show up on your dash/reading page

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