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One of the major Plot Devices of "In Loco Parentis" is the Age Regression curse Cut for spoilers. As if anyone cares. )

Among the many ways I have neglected this story, I have never named this curse. If anyone has ideas or resources along these lines, I would be forever grateful.

And no, I am not procrastinating on writing: the next couple of scenes are written with no name for the curse. But if a good name comes to me from somewhere before I finish editing, I would love to swap it in.
hobgoblinn: (Giles - multitasking)
Well, the good news is, I have a solid grasp of where my Summer of Giles story needs to go, and how to correct the Point of View mess of the 2nd and 3rd half. Not sure if I can do it in 2 weeks, but I wasn't planning to post the whole novel in one day, anyway.

The bad news is, I reread the first half. (Yeah. [livejournal.com profile] hobgoblinn and fractions are very unmixy things. I don't want to talk about it.) Again, the news is mixed. Apparently, I have improved a great deal as a writer in the past 2 years. Or even the past year, which is how long this revised version has been lying about. But oh Lord. I remember this version being much improved over the original, and I think [livejournal.com profile] gillo can attest that it is. But I spent a good half hour last night trying to do something to the opening paragraph. Just that. Sigh.

I'm going to split my time between trying to revise the first half and rewrite the second. I think the third is in better shape and will fall in line with a running start from the second.

In other news, this is just about your last chance to vote in the [livejournal.com profile] tnl_awards. There's a lot of great fic out there by some wonderful new voices. I personally will not be sorry to lose to the competition I'm up against-- heck, I was among the people who nominated and seconded them in the first place. It has been quite gratifying to get a couple of random comments out of it, from people just now discovering Lost Boys. I think awards are due to close tomorrow (right, [livejournal.com profile] angelmischa?) and barring tie breaker voting, should be announced Monday. Something to look forward to.

Unlike wading through the mess of SoG. Better get back to it. Good luck to all on my f-list who are represented among the nominees for the [livejournal.com profile] tnl_awards.
hobgoblinn: (Giles - multitasking)
I finished a song today. Some of you may remember my friend K, who passed away in December. I've never been able to get that collection of stories together, as I couldn't get other people to contribute. I passed on what I had to the family, and it will do, I suppose. But I tend to write music about significant events like that, and I finally got the music for this in the shape I wanted it. No words, just piano, but I'm really pleased with it, and I hope wherever K is, she likes it. I'm wondering if I can do a voice post of the recording I made of it, if it would come through decently. I'll have to look into how to do voice posts.

Now I just am hoping I don't have to start another piece anytime soon. My fearless leader for the night mass, M, is off this month, which is lucky, as the lung biopsy she had last week did indeed find more melanoma, and they ended up taking a good bit of the bottom lobe. They think they got it all, but still. This is the 3rd time she's dodged this bullet. The first was a patch of skin on the back of her ankle she accidentally noticed while shaving. A bit over a year later, they found it in her lymph nodes and took out all of the lymph nodes in her left leg. And now, a little over 2 years later, this shadow on her lung. I realize she's extraordinarily lucky to keep catching it, and each time so far she's bounced back after the course of treatments. But stage 4 melanoma is pretty tenacious. Those who offer prayers or good wishes to the universe at large, remember M.

And I am wrestling with my Summer of Giles tale in earnest now. Needs to lose the Giles POV stuff entirely, and stick to Willow, and Ethan when he makes an appearance. I'm thinking, though, that there's about 2000 words of a scene I'm now going to lose between Buffy and Giles that might make a good backup for Summer of Giles if I can't get the novel completed and edited in the next couple of weeks now that I'm doing a major revamp of the material. Besides, a novel is really too much to ask people to read for something like this. I may start posting the novel proper earlier on ff.net and just provide a link when saying this is a deleted scene to this longer thing. Haven't decided yet.
hobgoblinn: (Giles Book)
As I was reluctantly waking up this morning, I got the flash of a question about the Buffyverse. Remember that stupid throw away line in Chosen, where Giles says he has to "dig up" his sources "quite literally; some of them are dead." What do we know about talking to the dead in the Jossverse? Read more. )

And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] katekat1010 for the lovely selection of Giles icons; for some reason I had none. If anyone has other Giles icon sources, please let me know-- hers were the first I stumbled across. I'd like a Giles hugging Willow one, I think. You can go to my user pics to see what I have so far-- all the Giles ones are hers. Except kitten giles-- anyone know who made that? I need to credit it appropriately.
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Holiday weekend has been a welcome respite from the craziness of my work lately. One of the cool things I did yesterday afternoon was walk down to Starbucks (much easier with my shiny new lighter laptop and backpack) and work on importing all my writing into Scrivener projects. I only have Pages on this machine for another couple of weeks, so I need everything I'm going to want to keep converted to Word before then. And as long as I'm converting, I may as well also import the files into my new noveling software.

Fic Wittering - Summer of Giles )

I still need to post a long treatise on the work situation, but I can't bring myself to do it now. It's too peaceful and lovely out now to dredge it all up. Wee Hob and I have a Parade tomorrow with the Scouts, then Indiana Jones now that we've almost finished watching the originals (Wee Hob had never seen Raiders. Ever.)

Say, has anyone else gotten a private message from a [livejournal.com profile] jonah8079 saying something about having something for you? They sent a PM and then followed up with a journal comment. But I have no idea who or what this person is. When they first posted, I went to their journal to see if I could figure it out, and there was nothing. Now there are a couple of generic music I like posts. It's just strange, is all.

I said "Lazy Sunday" but I sang this morning and need to get ready to go back again. Hope everyone has a lovely day/ holiday.
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An exhausting weekend. )

Fic Wittering. )

Finally, I wanted to pimp this post for friends not a member of [livejournal.com profile] riters_r_us or [livejournal.com profile] shared_wisdom. This is on finding and working with/ being a beta, but both communities have a lot of cool topics of interest to writers, that is, most of my flist. I just joined [livejournal.com profile] shared_wisdom. I stumbled across this new icon from lit_gal from this community. Go check them out.
hobgoblinn: (8 ball)
Because composing a live journal entry is a perfectly valid form of procrastination, and creating polls is even more so, I am doing both while taking a break from writing my Epic. Under the cuts, to spare the f-list.

Poll the First: Posting more In Loco Parentis )
Poll the Second: hobgoblinn's hair )
hobgoblinn: (crucifix slytherin)
I'm finding that sometimes you can navigate the dreck on FanFic.Net by clicking on the favorites of authors you enjoy. Another cool thing to do if you're procrastinating is to click on the profiles of people who review your work or add you to their alerts and see what else they like to read or have written.

Not that I would know that or anything.

That exercise today led me to Bluebird88 and three really nice one-shots dealing with the character of Snape. I recc'ed them on [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library, and you can find my entry here.

In other news, I'm 4,000+ words in on part 6 of "In Loco" already, mostly tweaking and reordering already written material, but adding some new connectors or things I know now that I didn't know when I wrote these parts. And Easter has been very relaxing, if only because I've been kind of sick and Wee Hob has been very good about letting me rest (or hugging me so he can get the virus in time for school tomorrow. Not sure which.) There were no confrontations at Mass this morning, but I did get another Death Glare. Wee Hob said he got a few himself. Ah well.

Happy Easter to all who observe it, and happy day to everyone else.
hobgoblinn: (8 ball)
Just a quick note to anyone who is looking for more "In Loco Parentis," that part 3 is beta'ed, but ffnet is not being so cooperative about letting me upload and format it for the site. Since I am starting to have real doubts about the wisdom of this experiment, and I am second (third? sixth?) guessing myself horribly, I am kind of taking it as an omen. But if I can get things to work, I'll post it as soon as I can.

Good weekend with the lad, he has the holiday off today, and tomorrow he will be in Regular (not Special Ed) classes. We'll see how that works, putting him in with friends as opposed to charming boys who, I have noticed, are in the office after school for detention Every Single Day. And, does anyone remember Calvin and Hobbes? Remember Moe, the first grader who shaves? And beats Calvin up for his lunch money? Yes, one of my son's tormentors looks Just Like Him.

While ffnet is not being nice to me, it's apparently let [livejournal.com profile] zeegrindylows through with a new epic in progress-- check it out: De Profundis. A promising start. And a heck of a title.

Another one I've been following that's excellent: Never Say Remember. Two universes, one with the Harry and Snape we know, one where Harry's mother didn't die, but suffered a horrible curse that affects her memory, and where Snape has married her and adopted Harry. I'm not doing the thoughtful presentation and characterization, the intriguing premise, and the beautiful writing justice. Give it a read; you won't be sorry. The author profile says it's complete and being posted regularly as it gets a final polish. Assuming ffnet cooperates.

I've sent a message to tech support, but if anyone has advice on getting ffnet to play nicely, let me know.

Or maybe I should scrap the story and start over....
hobgoblinn: (snape quill)
Some random observations for a random night.

First - Wow. Alan Rickman can sing )

Second - Outlines. Use them, love them, embrace them as the path to salvation itself. )

Third - The project for K, and general life )

ETA: Clips from Sweeney Todd here:

The second "Behind the scenes" has the singing; Alan is also featured in "You gandered at my ward" where he is at his creepy and menacing best. Enjoy.
hobgoblinn: (snape veritaserum)
Recap of the holiday, whinging about being awake )
Lost Boys Sequel, and locating a source )
hobgoblinn: (nano 07)
Okay, change of pace. I went and read back through my journal, and you know what? That feeling Neil Gaiman was talking about, and that I have been having the past few days-- the discontent, I can't write anything worthwhile and what the hell was I thinking that I could for anyway-- I've had it before. A Lot. Like, every time I have written anything over the past year.

So, here I am at Bruegger's Bagels in the quaint neighborhood of Clifton, by the University of Cincinnati, and I am getting ready to bang out the last little bit I need to win nano. I have a thermos of coffee that's hot, and when the line goes down I will get snacks. I have good music. I have a wee hobgoblinn here doing "research". I have my nano07 icon by [livejournal.com profile] ishtaritu to inspire me. I have a fellow nano-er writing pr0n or something at the next table over (but wee hob can't see that, as her laptop is faced discreetly away from him.) I have others joining me at 2pm. I have 3 hours before I have to leave for mass. I can so do this.

So I will get to it.

ETA: You know, part of my problem may indeed be caffeine poisoning. Today's about the day to check for that, according to the nano boards....
hobgoblinn: (nano 07)
Okay, I have to admit it-- this word count comes Entirely from an edited (and redacted) version of last night's chat with [livejournal.com profile] clavally. And it's all notes, no story to speak of. I was trying to work out what the sequel to Lost Boys was about, and how Dumbledore fits into it.

I'm remembering now how I did some character notes on Giles last year, and how much it helped: My Giles. Maybe I need to do a similar thing with Snape and Dumbledore. I get that I am going to have to make a decision about the kinds of characters I was to work with, just as I did with Lost Boys. But I need some kind of handle on canon before I can strike out on my own.

So, that's what I'll start with today. Looking forward to the write in today at 3.

The progress meter, with thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia:

35,069 / 50,000

ooo--up above 70%. Wow. This really rocks. Will rock more, of course, if I actually get some word count today.

Better go wake up wee hob. I think first order of business is his laundry. I have a cold and it is still offending my nostrils....

Still, new laptop battery means I can write at Ye Olde Laundomat. Score.

Happy Saturday, all.
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Well, I have got a ton written on my Ethan-fic (which okay, it's going to round out the nano Novel too. Hope everyone's okay with that.) I find myself switching from writing to playing the piano, especially when I get stuck, or when the new music that I'm getting starts playing incessantly in my head. I'm really happy to have the long weekend to work through all this. I spent most of Friday night writing out the opening scene, which was a rewrite and continuation of where I got stuck on the nano novel, most of Saturday rereading the Nano Novel from the beginning (some good parts there, and some usable themes. Huh. Who knew?) and trying to write Part 2. Today I hope to finish Part 2 and get a solid start on the Part 3 draft. We'll see how it goes. There is a wee hobgoblinn underfoot to consider.

And tomorrow, I get to have lunch with that goddess of fanfic herself, [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat. A woman whose talent, and consistency and especially Work Ethic puts this poor hobgoblinn to shame. This will be a first for me -- I've never met any internet friends in the flesh, and only a couple know my real name and address. Wee Hob will be off working a church festival as a Boy Scout. Which is good, because I doubt either of us would get a word in edgewise, otherwise.

I just saw [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia's telegram and replied. Glad to know I'm not alone in my sufferings. Well back to it. I have an hour before my night singing gig. Am thinking I will skip the fireworks this year by the River afterward. I no longer live where I can avoid the crazy traffic. And I'll probably have more ideas while I'm dozing during the homily I'll need to write down....

Happy Sunday to all.

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Um, so. Yeah. I kinda agreed to be a pinch hitter for [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia's Antique Roman (Ethan Rayne) ficathon. I now have 2-3 weeks to write something readable, and do it for one of my goddesses, the great [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26. No pressure or anything.

Though thinking on it now I'm wondering why, exactly, I chose last night to completely take leave of my senses, at the time it seemed a perfectly reasonable thing to do. A couple of you may remember I did NaNoWriMo for the first time last year, and I posted sections of the tale as a WIP for the brave (masochistic) 2 or 3 souls who clicked on the cut every night. Well, the place at which the tale got bogged down pretty much reflected the prompt, right down to the not having been written part.

So, I need to get my head out of Harry Potter space (though I have a couple of WIPs started there) and back into the Buffyverse. So, forgive me while I ramble a bit, and feel free to chime in with ideas.

On last year's NaNo Novel )

Here's my take on Ethan: )

This is terribly long-- sorry. I'll stop and hope a couple of people can give me some thoughtful takes on Ethan Rayne. Thanks, all.

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