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Writer's Block: Starstruck

Have you ever met anyone famous?
Actually, I've met a couple of famous people - though most are hockey players! Let's see... I've met Sergei Federov, Giguere, Ruslan Salei (rest in peace) Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Getzlaf (ugh) Dan Bylsma... Basically any Mighty Ducks player between 01 to 05. I've also met Dominic Monaghan (LOST and LotR) and one of the creators of the Ninja Turtles. Oh, and Uncle Ben from the original Star Wars trilogy. Someday I hope to meet Sheamus and Wade Barrett of WWE fame.

30 Days of Fanfic - Day 30

30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I would have to say Between Two Worlds is my favorite. While Renegade Weyr is the longest running fanfic I've ever written, there are times when I feel like I'm just working on that one just to finish it. Don't get me wrong, I love the characters and I want to finish it, but there's something about Between Two Worlds that really strikes a chord with me. I blame that whole 'write what you know' that people are always telling other writers. Since Between Two Worlds combines my love and knowledge of music along with my experiences at Ren Faire it just flows out where sometimes I have to fight with Renegade Weyr to get a chapter out. (Random bit of information - if you've been to the So Cal Ren faire then you may recognize some of the characters as a lot of them are based on people at Faire) Not to say that RW doesn't, but there's just something about B2W that hits a certain chord with me. 

You can find it here: Between Two Worlds

Writer's Block: Black Friday

The last thing I bought was an ebook on my nook - it was The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix - and I instantly regretted it. I used to love her romance novels when I was younger because she would work these fairy tale aspects into what were otherwise historical novels (though I guess the historical aspect is up for debate...) The problem with this book was while the characters started off well enough, it seems that the girl gave into marrying the guy to quickly. She had been running away from him not even 24 hours before, and then suddenly she turns around and agrees to marriage with him. Then the guy basically tells her that if she doesn't give him sons immediately he will cheat on her to get said sons. Ugh.

If we're talking about a physical item - the last thing I bought was yarn. Michaels was having a sale on Red Heart Soft. Normally I hate Red Heart because it just feels yucky, but their Soft brand is quite nice... so... yeah... I came home with 10 skeins of yarn and I still have no idea what I'm going to do with it. A shawl maybe? We have more than enough blankets...

What's the last thing you bought?

30 days of Fanfic - Day 29

You thought I was going to skip this because of the holiday, didn't you? Ha! You were wrong!

29 – What is your current project or projects?

I feel like this answer is a bit redundant because I've spoken about these two stories quite a bit throughout this meme: there is Renegade Weyr and Between Two Worlds.

On top of that I have two original stories I'm working on; one is a fantasy, set in a world where you know your future from the moment you are born. In this world a man is told that he will have a great and wonderful destiny - a destiny he fails at miserably. The story is about him coming to grips with missing his chance... or did he?

The other one is a short story set in sort of a dystopian medieval setting. First I was going through and editing it (the ending really sucked) because I was going to try to self publish this, but I think I may expand it instead and see what happens. 

And, last but not least, is an idea that keeps mulling around in my brain. I refuse to work on it right now because I already have enough on my plate - but I've been keeping a list of the ideas for that story as it occurs to me. Someday I will have to share this list, if only for people to see how scatterbrained I really am.

30 days of Fanfic - Day 28

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your story?

No. I had a friend who wanted to collaborate on a story, but it never went farther than just chatting about it. She has since passed away, so I regret the fact that we never did - but at the same time I'm also a bit relieved that we didn't because her grammar and spelling were never very good. (I know I shouldn't talk as my grammar and spelling are far from perfect) If we had done a project together, I probably would have spent more time editing than writing. The closest we ever got was to writing together was writing in the same worlds/fandoms and occasionally mentioning each other's characters or have them pop up in a scene.

I have never had anyone create any artwork based on my stories, but I did have a reader write a scene involving two of my characters to sort of prod me into writing more which was really cute :)

Anne McCaffrey has passed on...

I remember the first time I picked up a Dragonriders of Pern book; I was in 7th grade and I was working on an art project where we had to take an item and transition it into something else. I decided to turn a thresher into a dragon, and the only book in the library that had a half way decent dragon on the cover was Dragonsong. I picked it up and was instantly hooked. Reading that book, and then Dragonsinger made me feel emotions like no other book had done up until that point. I remember feeling my heart racing as Menolly tried to get away from thread, and then, later, feeling upset when she was in the Harper Hall and those stuffy holder girls were picking on her. I loved to read as a kid but I had never realized that books could do that up until that point. 

Later, in my freshman year of high school, I began writing a 'what if' story about my friends and I being transported to Pern. I had written other stuff before then - stories about my favorite stuffed animal when I was really young, then, later, as I became interested in Native Americans, I wrote stories about them - but it was through that fanfic that I began to really hone my writing skills and that I realized that I wanted to become a writer. That I wanted to publish my own story that might make some kid get excited about reading and writing and feeling things. 

My heart goes out to her family and friends and all her other fans. 

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30 Days of Fanfic - Day 27

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I prefer to write at home, surrounded by my cats, however, I find that I do most of my writing at work. I work in a call center, and since scheduling has finally figured out the perfect ratio of employees on the clock to customers calling in, there's currently a bit of down time in between calls that I use to pump out a paragraph or two. 

When I was younger I used to do a lot of writing by hand. I quickly realized that it was a bit of a pain to write everything out when I would just be typing it into a computer eventually, so I switched to doing everything on the computer. So, the computer is the only thing I write on now.

Writer's Block: Occupy Wall-et

Probably about $18,000 to $20,000 (car loan, personal loan for wedding and honeymoon, credit card debt, etc etc etc) It's actually not that bad in the grand scheme of things when you think about the fact that some people have house payments and school loans to pay off, but it still feels pretty bad sometimes. It's like most of my paycheck goes to those bills and I'm not left with much to put away for emergencies. Ugh.
How much debt do you have?

30 Days of Fanfic - Day 26

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a story?

Hmm. I don't know that I've ever had to research something odd or 'fun' for a story!

For the Dragonriders of Pern fics I've had to go back and reread certain parts to remind myself of when things happen, or who is Lord of this hold at this time, or how the runner hall/system works (apparently there are normal runners and privately owned runners, or at least that's my impression from the short story and Dragonquest). In order to try to get Domick right I've gone through and reread his bits in Dragonsinger more times than I care to count (but then Dragonsong and Dragonsinger are my favorite Dragonrider's books, so it's not that big of a deal) I also had to do research on brain injuries, amnesia, and fugue states. 

For the time traveler's original series I work on I've researched Pompeii, slavery during the Roman time, Roman bath houses, Roman gods and goddesses and assorted cults, Welsh history, medieval Welsh (which is a bit different than modern Welsh) and that's about it for now...

The other two stories I have ideas for are fantasy and modern fantasy respectfully, so I can just wing those, but there is another one set during an insane asylum during the 30s (like right before WWII breaks out) so I'll get to do research on schizophrenia, schizophrenia treatments, and other such fun stuff. 

30 Days of Fanfic: Day 25

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your story? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet? 

I like to listen to music when I write, but I rarely get a chance to since much of my writing is done at work in between calls and tickets (we've been REALLY dead) Sometimes when I write at home I'll have the TV on in the background, but it's always on some show that I like just enough, but is also kinda boring so I can easily tune it out. I do have playlists for my stories, but, as I said before, I rarely listen to music when I write, so they're purely for in the car, which is where I do a lot of my brainstorming :)