dragonimp: (True love)
In more upbeat news, I so far have three sketches and two fics for RoyEd Week, working on a third. Sometimes you just need to escape.
dragonimp: (faceplant)


File this under "WTF comments". It's on this fic and I'm still not sure how they're reading that into it. If I tilt my head and squint I guess I can kinda see where they might have taken that from, but I dunno, this seems like the reader bringing their own bias into play.
dragonimp: (fanfic)
I just noticed a message in my inbox that Prices didn't crosspost to LJ due to size. I don't know why it's only telling me this now (message is dated a week ago) when I posted the fic back in May, but I'm amused that after 10 years in fandom I finally have a fic that exceeds LJ's posting limit.

Figures

Oct. 1st, 2013 04:37 pm
dragonimp: (faceplant)
y!gallery is down and PaperDemon is read only. Of course this happens right when I finally have something to update :C /impatient
dragonimp: (fanfic)
In short: I can't make fandom an obligation. This is supposed to be my escape, and instead it was becoming one more thing to stress over. This wasn't because of any person or any thing that happened, it was just - I guess - the headspace I was in. But the end result was that I haven't been writing at all, and it has taken a while for me to get past that aversion. I still want to finish these stories, and still want to write in the FMA world, I have no plans to leave any time soon. But you might have to bear with me.

-_-

Sep. 1st, 2013 10:59 am
dragonimp: (fanfic)
Dear fics;

Please no more chapter-long fight scenes. Please no more fight scenes with more than 3-4 characters.

Seriously. My brain hurts.


In aggravation;

Me
dragonimp: (WTF??)
Amazon announces Kindle Worlds: new stories inspired by books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games people love.

This has been floating around tumblr so some of you have probably seen it already, but for those who haven't: Kindle Worlds is "a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way."

This is kinda sitting funny with me for a number of reasons. For one, it seems less like fanfic finally being acknowledged and more like Amazon trying to cash in. For another, the idea of earning royalties off fanworks - even with the property owners' permission - doesn't seem right. On that same thread, we're all used to getting our fanfic for free; are people actually going to be willing to pay for it?

And then there's the guidelines page:
  • Pornography: We don't accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.

Yeah, okay, I might've predicted that. Can't have midwest soccermoms stumbling across something that'll scar their poor innocent children. (Honestly, I understand this one, even if it does make me roll my eyes.) But then:
  • Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright.

  • Kindle Worlds is a creative community where Worlds grow with each new story. You will own the copyright to the original, copyrightable elements (such as characters, scenes, and events) that you create and include in your work, and the World Licensor will retain the copyright to all the original elements of the World. When you submit your story in a World, you are granting Amazon Publishing an exclusive license to the story and all the original elements you include in that story. This means that your story and all the new elements must stay within the applicable World. We will allow Kindle Worlds authors to build on each other's ideas and elements. We will also give the World Licensor a license to use your new elements and incorporate them into other works without further compensation to you.

That sounds like you turn over all rights, and can't put the fic up anywhere else.
And then this bit:
  • Illegal and Infringing Content: We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously. It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that their content doesn't violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights.

Um.... can someone please tell me where the line is between writing a story in a copyrighted universe with trademarked characters and violating copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other(!??) rights? I mean, it's fanfic. It's using copyrighted material. But somehow we're supposed to know the difference between using copyrighted material and violating copyright?

But really, I think the biggest strike against this is that we're used to getting all this for free, being able to put it up wherever we want, and being able to include whatever elements we want. This seems like Big Money trying to tie down and cash in on anarchy.
dragonimp: (fanfic)
When proofreading his own copy, the author sees only what he meant to write, but not what he actually wrote.


That quote was referring to technical writing, but it applies to fiction as well, and it's why I've always had a tear it to shreds policy when it comes to feedback. I know I'm too close to a work to see all its problems or to see all the ways it might be taken. I see the scene I had in my head before I wrote. I need people who see the scene I actually wrote to tell me things like did you really mean to say that here? or why is that character doing this? or I think you're missing some details here, it's really vague, etc.

Maybe it's from being raised by an editor, maybe it's from passing stories around with my friends from the time I was in high school, but I actually enjoy getting redlines. Or maybe it's because I'm a perfectionist and I know I can't get there if my eyes are the only ones on the words. It's fun to see how another person reacts to my work. Even if I don't agree with the comment, it's still fun. And it's something I miss when I don't get it.

(And I know critiquing is hard work and we read fanfic for fun, but if something jumps out at you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a comment about it. Really. Tell me.)


I am back to writing, finally. Slowly, but at least it's going again. Part of the problem was both fics are at a turing point and trying to iron them out while dealing with the job stress was a bit too much. But I'm back at it now, so this has been on my mind.
dragonimp: (fanfic)
Must ... finish ... rewrites ...... chapter ... refuses ... to end ....

Scrivs!

Jul. 14th, 2010 09:18 am
dragonimp: (fanfic)
Latest chapter of Mother Arc is marinating, so I was playing around with Scrivener and thought I'd share the layout of my "binder":
screenbits under cut )

Anyone care to guess what the colors mean?
dragonimp: (. . .)
My urge to write manga-fic seems to have been smothered. I'm assuming it won't last, but .. interesting.

Yeah, so, back to the first anime.

Question:

Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm
dragonimp: (Default)
Does the anime give a figure for the number of people caught in the Liore array? Even a general figure like "hundreds" or "thousands" would be helpful.
dragonimp: (Silver)
I really hate the way I obsess over things. Although I did hold off on posting until I was in a much better mood. I was going to not post at all but I think I need to get this out so it'll hopefully stop interfering with my life and getting in the way of my writing.

Like I already said, I worry that the third chapter of Now and Then comes off as a cop-out. I was worried about it when I was planning the story, I worried over it while writing, I worried about it all the way up to posting. I thought I'd be done with the worry when I posted, but I should have known better.

Critical comments are a rare thing online and in a way, that's a pity. If I'm at all uncertain about something, I tend to think people are being polite or are too scared to say anything negative. In other words, it means I can't completely trust that people are being honest. Because I know my own habits, and I know I shy away from being critical, because I've seen authors react negatively.

But as an author I hate it, I'd rather be secure in the knowledge that readers would tell me if something I posted sucked. Or even if it was just disappointing in some way. It's not only so that I can trust the positive comments; if something is off in my writing, I want to to know about it. How else would I be able to improve? I don't normally get any feedback beforehand so comments after the fact are the only thing I have.

The last thing I want right now is reassurances, because in the state of mind I'm in, I wouldn't believe them. That's why I disallowed comments on the previous post. But that seems cowardly, so they're back on. So if the last chapter was a disappointment, I'm sorry. I gave it the best ending I could while staying true to the story and what I was trying to do with it. And now I need to let this go and move on with things.

x_x

Oct. 14th, 2009 10:49 pm
dragonimp: (One of those days)
Writing a conversation between two people who have no intention of showing their hands is ... eh ... interesting.

*bashes head*

At least it's moving forward. If painfully.

Blue!

Sep. 13th, 2009 09:55 pm
dragonimp: (Default)
Ha! I found out how to display the non-printing characters in Scrivener! They're called "invisibles"! This makes me absurdly happy. And I'm well aware of the "absurd" part. But whenever I opened a document in Word for formatting, I'd react with, "oh, hello non-printing characters, I missed you~~" But now they're right there - in blue! - in my Scriv. file, and I can oogle them all I want.

::Cough:: I appear to have some weird typography kink...?

I printed out chapter 3 for a read-over but somehow haven't gotten to it c_c;. I will pick it up tomorrow, promise. In the mean-time, at least I got my current kink!meme fic moving again. I don't even know why it was stuck, it just kinda was. But it's moving, and hopefully I'll be able to wrap it up before long and start on the next one. And then get back to the WIPs I've left hanging.
dragonimp: (sleepy Ed)
Rough draft finally DONE, after a 1000-word sprint where things finally hit and came together. Kinda wish that had happened earlier, but eh, can't really control those things. Still not sure it's hitting all the right notes, but I'll let it sit for a while before going over it.

Going by the number of scenes, I thought this chapter was shorter than the other two, but I just checked the word count - it's actually the longest chapter o_O. Not by much, but still.
dragonimp: (fanfic)
I glanced at a copy of School Library Journal at work today and saw this cover blurb:
Fanfiction: plagiarism, or a good way to encourage young writers?

Okay, 1)by the definition of "using someone else's work or ideas," yes, of course it's plagiarism; by the definition of "passing someone else's work or ideas off as one's own," no, of course it isn't. That clears things up, right?

2)We're not all teenagers.

I skimmed the article, and it was pretty positive, and dispelled a lot of the myths like "fanfic is uncreative" and "fanfic is all crap," which was nice. And I realize this was School Library Journal, but still, I would have liked some acknowledgement that fanfic is about more than just teenyboppers just getting into writing.

Their hook into the article was something like "when Harry met Bella; remember that time Harry Potter took Bella Swann to the prom?" To which, all I can say is "Ack!!"

An outsider's view on fandom is always amusing, in a shake-your-head, they-just-don't-get-it kind of way.

eh?

Jul. 27th, 2009 02:39 pm
dragonimp: (laundry)
I pictured this scene going A, B, C⇒D, E. But once the boys got the reins they decided to go A-B-F-G⇒D, and we're still negotiating E. I think Ed might have pulled a fast one on me ^^;. I'm going to let this season a bit and then see if it still works as well as I think it does.

In the meantime, maybe I'll go peek in on the kink!meme XD
dragonimp: (fanfic)
I will not start another fic for the kink!meme. I will not start another fic for the kink!meme. I just finished the first one, I will not start another. I will not...

...at least not until after I've gotten some other writing done first.

Dammit, why do people have to post such good prompts....

(First fic is posted at y!gal, BTW.)

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