Yes, the subject line does not lie. Last night I posted the Prologue to Beg, Borrow, or Steal which is a sequel to Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.. It's on AO3, but I guess I'll post it here too. It's finished and undergoing beta and I'll post chunks as I get them revised or on Fridays if I have a buffer. It's about 60,000 words of crossover with SG-1, NCIS and NCIS: LA (and owes a lot to some of my favorite fics and a little to my desire to either slap certain characters or better yet the writers).
At the same time, I'm actively writing the third sequel, Lawyers, Guns, and Money..
Summary: Atlantis and Earth could help each other, if politics, plots and murder don't get in the way. But Leroy Jethro Gibbs might blow everything out of the water.
( Beg, Borrow, or Steal Prologue )
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Word count: 65,450.
I usually have a point in a story where I start hating it. Haven't reached that yet. I suspect it's looming and will hit when I dive into the last three parts. Or maybe I can delay it by writing them and ignoring the twelve transition and exposition scenes that aren't done. And could someone explain to me how last night there were ten of those, I wrote two, wrote one today, and now there are twelve? I think the words in the outline are fornicating and being fruitful when the document's closed, and you know, if they're going to get busy like that, why the hell don't they write the story instead?
I wanted to get this done by the end of the month, but I see it's not happening.
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The newest part of Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves is posted on my Dreamwidth journal (all in one go!):
GT&T Part Five.
Beware the cliffhanger of authorial evil!
Finished the proverbial shitty first draft! It's kind of short (by my standards), but that's mostly because originally all of this was going to be in part 4.
Sent off to dossier to look over.
Need one more beta to check it out. Anyone want to volunteer? See above 'shitty first draft'. It's raw. I mean really rough. I spell checked it. Once.
After this, there's just part six to write. It's only about an novel's worth of stuff all by itself. But I'm finishing this before the year is up. I want to work on my original novel, maybe write some outtakes, before throwing myself into the fires of Big Bang hell again.
Also, I am not allowed to write any sort of Star Trek fiction until I finish my SGA stuff.
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I rewatched my source material today and used it to add a few details here and there to my story. I've got 9028 words and expect to finish the first draft this weekend. I'm lucky I was able to use a story idea I already had and work it together with the request.
I know, I have this freakish love/hate relationship with deadlines. They make me crazy, but they make me write steadily, every day, and they also give me this great whooop of relief when I know I've succeeded ahead of time.
And I will get right back to work of GT&T once I've finished with the Yuletide story and get the next part out before New Year's. I swear. I can write on one thing and revise on another, I've discovered.
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Four thousand words on GT&T! I have the Satedan mutiny to write now and I have decided, with the backing of a poll I offered a while back: Melena will live.
Has the entire SGA fandom gone eerily silent in the last few days or is it just me? Is everyone busy writing?
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::stares at fic::
Why the effing hell does Rodney turn mean as a rabid rattlesnake every time I try to write this sex scene?
What is wrong with him?
What is wrong with me?
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First draft anyway.
81374 / 70500 words. 115% done!
Screw the epilogue, every story should end with a kiss, y/y? Everything is the sort of long trailing off crap that really belongs in a sequel or something. And yes there's stuff I meant to stick in there that never made it, but I'm wordy and tend to stuff in kitchen sinks and outdoor sinks and laundry sinks and sinkholes if I don't watch it.
Now, where're the names of those
poor saps generous souls who were going to beta read it for me?
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79422 / 70500 words. 113% done!
One scene and the epilogue left!
Given any luck, I'll finish it tomorrow or at worst Sunday.
I think if I changed Rodney to a girl I could sell this to Harlequin. I'm not sure whether to be horrified or pleased.
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73277 / 70500 words. 104% done!
Uhh, but it's not done! I've averaged about three scenes or four thousand words a day the last two days, while squinting into the distance to glimpse the possibility of feeling human again (Still trying to puke up my lungs - it's annoying now, not crippling, since the rest of my symptoms have faded away. Except for the sniveling and that's a personality trait.). There are exactly seven scenes left. Of course I left the dates for last; I hate them. And I revamped so I didn't have to write a sex scene and then did write a sort of one, with John and his hand, that isn't in the outline.
Anyway, I think the first draft will be done by the end of the month.
Betas, you better brace yourselves. It's coming soon!
Thank God McShep Match is posting. I write a chapter, I reward myself with reading a story.
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64477 / 70500 words. 91% done!
Action scene finished! Animal death achieved off-screen.
So. When do the McShep Match stories post? ::whines:: Come on, I need something good to read to take away the nasty taste left by the latest news on [as Mira puts it] SG Fuck U and the Syphilis Channel.
Whether I read it or hear it, Syfy sounds like a shortening of Syphilis and considering the crazy decisions TPTB there have made, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't going the way of the Pepper King. I have my S5 SGA DVDs and that's the last money Stargate is ever seeing out of me.
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59459 / 70500 words. 84% done!
Writing about Christmas in August is odd, I gotta say.
Thirteen more scenes according to my outline. It might condense a little, hard to say. Tomorrow I start on the centerpiece action scene, let out my inner pyro, let my guys and gals act all heroic and be in danger, catch some bad guys and kill off a poor innocent animal.
And I just had a small idea for something I have to go back and add - gotta put that loaded gun in the room early.
Note to self, go back, have Zelenka offer Teyla his protection.
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48789 / 70500 words. 69% done!
I'd really like to get this action scene done, but I'm burning out for the evening.
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I think I said somewhere that I was looking forward to writing this scene with John and his father. Jesus. Why? That was awful.
44953 / 70500 words. 64% done!
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I'm revising my estimated completed story word count.
Anyway, here's my progress according to the old one.
43485 / 51000 words. 85% done!
And according to the new goal.
43485 / 70500 words. 62% done!
Ouch. Oh well. The outline hasn't really changed. I'll still get it done. With any luck I'll run into a few more days like today, where I find I can feed in information I'd figured to devote entire sections to establishing.
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Wheee! Action scene! It was like a flashback to the old days of Alias, only Teyla does not get weepy. Teyla handles it. And I used a trapeze metaphor.
40712 / 51000 words. 80% done!
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38023 / 51000 words. 75% done!
Oh, for the love little apples. There's no way the rest of this is winding up in around 13,000 words. I haven't even got to the fire yet. (There was no update yesterday, because I didn't write a word.)
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Brainstormed with the brilliant eretria before she had to go to work and got lovely, lovely feedback on The Water Grinds the Stone. Feel enlivened and happy now.
36508 / 51000 words. 72% done!
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33291 / 51000 words. 65% done!
Super slow going today, as I've run into a section that encompasses numerous elements and a stretch of time. It's scene setting and introducing the tiny bit of danger and conflict the story has. I could write it as separate scenes, but some of them would be so slight, it seems better to stitch them together and forego POV jumpiness.
I suspect I'll be writing this section until the end of the week, then fooling with it all weekend.
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Actually, I'm proof that you can not sweat away the pounds. How on Earth or Tattooine do people endure in Iraq and Iran? I was not bred for this. I was bred for living through famines in cold northern countries.
Palimpsest finally engaged me half way through, enough that I'm recommending it to those with a taste for elegant language and fairy tales and a hint of horror. Not blood spatter, axe murderer horror, or brain-eating zombies horror, but mannered horror, Poe or M.R. James or Sarah Monette's The Bone Key type horror, the sense of the surreally wrong, twisting reality horror. I'm going to try a couple of Catherynne M. Valente's other books anyway.
Big Bang progress is slow, so slow. I have to say though, Precious performs damn well for a laptop in 108.5º F. I suspect my sweat is eating away the finish next to the touch pad though and on my favored shift key. I'm considering waxing a couple of the surfaces taking the worst wear. What do you think?
SGA Big Bang Equestrian AU
32384 / 51000 words. 63% done!
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Uhm. Current progress, not counting today's work.
29622 / 51000 words. 58% done!
Google and I are on the outs. So there. They discriminate against Luddites and those of us without mobile text messaging phones. Bastards.
But, if I were to ever move back to civilization and give in to the necessity of a cell phone? It won't be with Verizon.
Verizon? Can bite me.
Or better yet, they can be eaten by voracious, rabid, giant crocodiles.
Also, I hope they never have another orgasm in their lives.
Meanwhile, the current heatwave has slowed my writing speed to a tortoise crawl. I'm blaming the heat and not my own lack of dedication. Still, I got the Ronon intro scene done and have moved on to introducing Zelenka. To do that, I'm having a horse die. I think I may end up warning for animal death when the story is finished. It's all off screen so far, but if I throw in some action, something might happen to one of the main horses.
It would be utterly wrong to have Jennifer Keller make a mistake that gets a horse killed, wouldn't it?
It really would.
But it's really tempting. It would be more likely for John to do it, though.
I'm currently reading Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest. I suspect she wouldn't be thrilled to know that so far it reminds me of Clive Barker. Yeah...I'm pretty sure that she wasn't aiming at evoking comparisons to ol' Clive. Of course, I'm not referring to current Clive Barker, whatever he's writing at the moment. I think the last book by him I bought was Imajica, when I had a two hour wait for the dentist to fit me in and pull a cracked tooth and needed something to lose myself in. Anyway, surreal cities and clockwork cockroaches make me think of horror.
Valente's a gorgeous prose stylist though, but I think it works better in her poetry (when I get around to my Post Every Damn Day poetry month again, expect to see her name pop up). I'm struggling to form an attachment to any of the characters in Palimpsest. I really want to like the book, but I can't say I do so far.
In fact, if I'm honest, I'll admit that last night, Palimpsest was put aside in favor of an epic Transformers fanfic.
Transformers. WTF? Do not even ask, do not ask.
BTW, it wasn't half bad.
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Have hit one of those scenes where I know what elements are supposed to be there to move the plot forward but don't have a real clear idea of how to structure it and therefore have started, deleted, and restarted it multiple times without accomplishing anything.
This isn't helped by discovering that realistically, my time line sucks, and so I must revise, revise, revise some more and still give up on a couple of things. Including a big chunk of the last scene I wrote.
Stupid Federation Equestrian Internationale and their damn registration and qualification rules. Over a year ahead of time? I can never get John and Atlantis back up to speed through CCI* to CCI**** in the time I had allotted. I mean, I knew I couldn't get him to the 2010 WEG at Lexington, but I can't get them to Badminton or probably even Burghley either.
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25697 / 51000 words. 50% done!
Utterly misleading, because I didn't write a new scene, just edited and polished what I already had done.
I'm left with one overwhelming question, folks.
Where is the angst?
Next thing you know, imma gonna be writing fluff. Could be I already am.
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23188 / 51000 words. 45% done!
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21433 / 51000 words. 42% done!
Sometimes it feels like this story is going along too easy, that maybe I'm skimming too much development, but I'm following the outline. I'm likely going to go back through on second draft and insert a lot more detail from the research I'm doing concurrently, but even so...I worry anything that writes this easy is likely bad.
It feels like there isn't enough of the supporting characters, either. Elizabeth barely shows up. Ronon hasn't even been introduced yet. I'm thinking of changing him from leather worker to farrier, just to get him involved.
I wonder if I'm doing this story idea justice with this plot, if I'm not just taking the easy way because I poured everything into last year's effort and a chunk of my heart and brain are still committed to Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.
In other words, I'm in that slough of doubt and need cheering up.
Even spring rolls haven't helped.
Anyone else look at what they're writing and wonder if these characters hold any resemblance to canon beyond names and physical descriptions sometimes? Do I even know what I'm doing at all? Is this the most uninspired prose I've ever typed? Where's the effing magic?
Uhm. Quitting this post now before I completely melt down.
Also, I'm ticked at myself. I reformatted Pallas the Dinosaur and I'd swear I backed everything up to the external hard drive, but I've apparently lost the The Thing That Should Never Have Been Written. Just because I was never going to post it didn't mean I wanted to delete entirely! What was I thinking? Or more accurately, I obviously wasn't thinking at all. Possibly it's on a CD somewhere, but that's like saying possibly if I dig deep enough I'll strike oil. Possibly I'll win the lottery and sprout green feathery wings over night. I should just get over it, but sometimes I like to read it and try to figure out how I'd revise and fix it to make it work, you know?
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