bjornwilde: (i don't know what i expected)
 You know, if I ever find I'm writing a story that has to have some flavor of cultural magic or mysticism that I know nothing about and I don't have time for proper groking of the culture (say voodoo or Tibetan shamanism), I think the only way I will ever allow myself to use it is if the villain or character using it screws it up so badly that it is obvious they don't know what the hell they are talking about. And I would be sure to make it obvious they are not a representation of what the thing is really about.

Getting very tired of people saying "oh, I need something mystical, I'll use this thing I know nothing about because it's strange!"

Also, athames are not weapons. Even against spirits. It is much more akin to a wand. It is a focus.
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 Some great writing basics from Orson Wells (link is a 4 min video essay by vlogger).
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 Brainstorming behind the cut for a story idea I have...

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Ahsoka fic

Dec. 18th, 2014 12:31 pm
bjornwilde: (01-Ahsoka Tano)
This started to write itself this morning as I finished Lioness Rampant.

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 Well, I'm 360 words into a Mulan fic which I hoping will end with her and Aurora in Storybrooke, together again and honest with each other. I'm also hoping it will lead to some spoons for threading but I keep being interrupted with work. BAH!

The story is being resistant though. I know the events I want to happen but the setting/stage is proving problematic. I'll just keep reminding myself to keep writing, don't fix it. It can be fixed later, once I have it done and out of my head.

ETA: A few scenes for me to keep in mind, or things i wish to accomplish. Behind a cut in case it gets long, also since there be spoilers for the last episode and season of Once.

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For some reason I can't stop thinking about this. It occurs to me that even when you don't bring gender into it, "screaming like a kid" is belittling to children since the whole trope is meant to make the big strong character seem weak for laughs. Kids aren't weak nor are they a punch line.

I think instead I will just describe the shriek and not use similes at all.

Still, I kind of like "he screamed like misogynistic expectations".
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 Some notes for my Baba Brujas story.
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In other news, work had ice cream and mocci!

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Another 15 minutes, same story as the last couple of days. Warning for brief animal cruelty this time.

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 So the past couple of days, I've been writing in 15 minute blocks and have stumbled upon an interesting story centered around an ancient witch and a tough chica in a city that seems like SF in my head. So far, I am treating the 15 minute blocks as snipets of scenes as I work through the plot, with the plan of going back and fleshing out the scenes and maybe stitching together a narrative.

This morning I was all fired up for the next installment. I get to work, bang out a quick project or two, and I just felt my creative drive shrivel. I think I've just pin pointed what has been killing my creative drive, which is good because, if I am right, I now have a target to oppose rather than the general "I don't feel like doing anything".
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A continuation from yesterday. Warning for transphobia and abuse.
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 Saw on [personal profile] phoenixchilde 's journal and thought I could use a kick int he pants.

Pick a fandom/pairing, then pick a trope, and I’ll tell you a little bit about the fic I’d write for that combo.

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. fake dating
6. secretly a virgin!
7. fancy dress
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. high School AU
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Her Ladyship is currently in a writing bootcamp sponsored by her middle school. This is a 4 days summer thing and not really graded; everything is peer review & critic. Yesterday the class was given a picture of four ducks, one with a snorkel, as a writing prompt. Everyone in the class wrote about ducks. My daughter wrote about a girl who had fire powers and who had a best friend with ice powers. They had to fight a super villain who had a rubber duck theme to his mania. At the end, the protagonist's best friend and all her class mates got turned to rubber ducks by the bad guy, but the protagonist got the bad guy.

The most common criticism my daughter got was that she didn't write about ducks.

I pointed out that these people were idiots who needed to not take a writing prompt so literally. Plus, how did they miss all the ducks? I also encouraged her to pay more attention to the positive critics and keep in mind JK Rowling had to go through something like 12 publishers before Harry Potter was made. This was the evening after the first class and so it was just my daughter and myself, I wouldn't be so blunt if any of the literal kids were around. Unless they were really upsetting my daughter maliciously that is.

In other news, I am having a migraine morning. It is starting to fade now that is it after lunch. I still wish I could take a nap.
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 Interesting story idea: Main characters who are psychopomps set in modern times; maybe they start out as ghost hunters?
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Just had a moment of D'oh! I've been struggling with how to build an outline of stories for a while. Well, 'a while' is misleading since I haven't really had time to write nor the impetus, but it has been something I've thought about from time to time and sort of seizing up over as I have no idea how to do it. Then I was looking at something about storyboarding just now and it hit me. All I need to do is write or layout my outline as a storyboard!

It's the simplest things that seem to hold me back.
bjornwilde: (01-Jess: Kiss of the Spider-Woman)
And by "opps" I mean, I don't really care.

Wrote a new Jess fic based on a short story BMB wrote in 2010 which got ignored in favor of the Jess/Clint pairing.

Also, posted a breakup mix for Jess to listen to while she gets over Clint. I'll post a track list if y'all are curious but it's only 11 songs.
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Time: 20 minutes.
Word Count: 562
Product: Practical Daimonology (from this beginning)

Now for food and then playing.
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So new goal for the week, write at least 15 minutes a day and track the results.
Time: 20 minutes (ish). I forgot to track the time.
Word Count: 417
Product: Journal style OOM for Jessica Drew.

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