nekonexus: (Default)
I've realized that the reason I wibble about doing book reviews is that I never learned a template for them in school. I mean, I'm sure I did the crappy grade-school kind of book review, but they weren't really done in high school, when my writing brain was actually active and engaged. Except maybe that one time that Mr. Horton made us each get up in front of the class and name three interesting things about the book we were reading, and rang a bell if we misused the word "like". >.>

So anyway. I am now reminding myself that devolving into squee about what I liked, or picking out what I didn't like and why, are perfectly valid reactions!

I really need to finish my commentary on Broken Angels and Woken Furies (aka WTF, me reading military hard SF??) and do my thoughts on Witch Eyes.

This is not a placeholder. :P

Cross-posted from DW. Read comment count unavailable comments at DW.

LJ is messed up again. Please comment at DW.
nekonexus: (writer)
Day 7:
* 1125 words on the 'sequel' (which I hope to make standalone) to the still-as-yet-unpublished short story about the gunsmith's wife. Strangely enough, it's quasi-horror. o.O; I thought I confined that to Saiyuki. Hah. Anyway. Someday you'll all get to read it!

*shounen fist pump* Take that, MiniWriMo!

3460 / 10000 words. 35% done!
nekonexus: (writer)
Day 4:
* 886 words on Carnival ~ Scene 29 (about half the words in that post were already written, so they don't count towards mini-wrimo total)

2334 / 10000 words. 23% done!
nekonexus: (writer)
Day 3:
* 700 words - Node (which you can find over here, if you're so inclined)

1448 / 10000 words. 14% done!
nekonexus: (writer)
Day 1:
* 68 words on Wyrm's Journey
* 300 words on steampunk!Toronto

Day 2:
* 380 words on steampunk!Toronto

Total: 748

Goal: 10k/30d = ~334w/d

Status: on track! :)

748 / 10000 words. 7% done!

ETA: By the way, Samuel Jarvis was a first class jerk (with special honours in asshattery). End of your Toronto !history lesson for today.

RETURN OF THE ETA: You can still leave requests on the Fic or Treat post. I will try to get to them all this weekend. :)
nekonexus: (writer)
By way of [personal profile] cofax7:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do you immediately look for?

(Out of curiosity, not that I expect to get many (any?) answers. :P)

In other news, Ember continues to be adorable and frequently mistaken for a mini-mini-Collie pup. ^_^ Also, she is currently trying a raw food diet of chicken. Nom nom.

Cross-posted from DW. Read comments at DW.
nekonexus: (Zuko)
Holiday fic for [personal profile] tj_dragonblade, who requested something snowy with Zuko and Sokka.

~2000 words


The great ice wall protecting the Northern Water Tribe's city still stood, over a year after the war had ended. )

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.
nekonexus: (writer)
...that I almost succumbed to yesterday. :p Today, I am not so emo. Today I am Pragmatic.

That said, I am still going to post a mini-version of the long-winded disclaimer that I composed while emo yesterday. Which is: with regards to fanfic - I have not done it in a long time. I feel my characterizations may be shaky. I am writing, however, for fun, and to amuse friends, so I shall ignore the inner editor that keeps insisting it's all crap. It's not.

So. Holiday ficlets in progress (in no particular order): )

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.
nekonexus: (writer)
Due to some unexpected financial difficulties, Crossed Genres is currently having a 25% off everything sale.

That means you can get 25% off their already crazy cheap digital bundle versions, or if you prefer paper, those are on sale, too! (Including Issues 12 and 20, featuring yours truly. ^_~ )

Discount codes are here. Sale ends July 31st!

Indulge, and spread the word!

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.

help me LJ!

Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:38 am
nekonexus: (writer)
I need flashfic prompt(s)! Non-fandom, please.

If only for the practice, I need to draft something in the 100 - 500 word range.

*cough*no CG is not having a contest again *cough* why do you ask? ^_^;

um, guys?

May. 30th, 2010 10:13 pm
nekonexus: (brilliant)
John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton are holding a fan fiction contest. I am not kidding.

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.
nekonexus: (writer)
Grabbed from the flist. The theoretical remix challenge:

If you could remix any of my stories from any of my fandoms, which would it be and how would you remix it?
nekonexus: (code)
In search of a beta reader for a short story with the following criteria:

1 - you can't have read any of The Node (novel or side-fic)

2 - you need to be able to return a beta within the next week (before the 29th)

Story is about 6000 words long.

Any takers? Compensation negotiable. ^_~
nekonexus: (Default)
An interactive map of the oil spill trajectory. As noted in the tweet I got this from, writers of future fic set along the Gulf Coast should take note.

Apparently, Happy Meals do not decompose.

The Aether Age (the blog is here)

The TTC has turned over 25D to the YRT - it is now 90B.

aaaand ... Wikipedia is Not Amused by XKCD. XD

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.
nekonexus: (writer)
Okay, I know I seem to do this a lot, but since SciInMyFi is very nearly almost safely funded, I'm going to give one last shout-out for another Kickstarter project.

AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review is looking for $10k through Kickstarter to get off the ground. So far they've got nearly 5k, and only have five days left.

They are trying to create an SFWA-qualified market in Canada, and they want to publish under Creative Commons license.

If there's anyone you can put this in front of (they have posters!) in the next five days, please give it a try.

It's a long shot at this point, but it can't hurt. And feel free to link or repimp or otherwise spread the word. Remember, if they don't make their goal, none of the pledges get charged (in other words, they won't get any money).

Cross-posted from DW. Comment here or there. comment count unavailable comments at DW.
nekonexus: (voiding your warranty)
Signal boost for Crossed Genres': Science in My Fiction contest and Kickstarter pledge drive.

Pledges can start at $1, and you get something back for any pledge.
Or you could research and write some science in your fiction. ^_^


Apr. 11th, 2010 06:00 pm
nekonexus: (writer)
I have started (exceedingly slowly) archiving my fic at AO3. For the moment, I'm focusing on things that were comment-thread fic and not easily taggable.

You can find my fic under nekonexus or Tavam. -=^_^=-

1 for 3

Apr. 8th, 2010 11:05 am
nekonexus: (writer)
Saying "another rejection" makes it sound worse than it is. Out of three submissions, I've had one acceptance, so at the moment that's still pretty good. I know the number of subs the market has been receiving has also been increasing, so I'm not upset about it.

I do sometimes worry that my stories lack something that I can only describe as "sophistication". I've been thinking about this for a while, trying to figure out how to express what I mean. It's not necessarily that the stories are simplistic, or the work of a juvenile writer. (The feeling that I'm still a teenager trying to write like an adult is a not entirely separate issue but more about how being trans skews perspective than about the stories themselves.) Rather, I think I struggle with condensing plot down to short story length, and end up with stories I'm not entirely satisfied with (unsophisticated) because I've had to pare down so much.

I should face the fact that I'm most comfortable writing in the long story to novella range and focus on my strengths, I think. Which means I should finish Carnival first and foremost, and polish it, and work on Node revisions.

Thoughts on lacking plot when I lack strong characters need a separate post.
nekonexus: (can't argue)
Finished Swordspoint, and two of the short stories included in the back of the book (I started the third but couldn't finish it because dead/dying people slay me like nobody's business). I... still don't know if I liked it or not.

On the one hand, interesting things happened. On the other hand, the tropes weren't that much turned on their heads (the 'lost' relative identified by piece of jewelry has been a trope since Ancient Greek times -- I have a book of Ancient Greek Novels that includes at least two versions of it) and Richard stopped being interesting and sympathetic around about the point of the plot building to climax. And Alec was probably the bossiest, most indecisive, passive-aggressive submissive I have read in a long time.

Which is a segue way to my two lingering quibbles:

1 - The prose (which was not even 'urple, but something else) used to describe sex scenes left me going "are they having sex? is that what's happening, really?" And at least one instance of the het sex which I read aloud to Kiro made him go "... did he just run into Scar, then?" Overuse of fireworks metaphors left me cold, and seeing Scar splatters, apparently.

2 - Having reached the end of the book, realized there was a notable lack of religion and so St Vier's name (besides making me uncertain of pronunciation) seems starkly out of place. (Veer? V-air? V-eh? ... none of the other names help with deciding)

3 - I need to reset my prose ear so that things of mine own writing don't sound clunky.


Feb. 9th, 2010 08:26 pm
nekonexus: (death AND cake)
Character X - I do not want your name to be Lester!

Character X's Accent - I do not want you to be so stereotypical Southern American.

Character Y - You cannot be Chester. You might be a Chaz.

*throws hands in air*

ETA: remember archetypes, Kiro reminds me, not stereotypes.


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