dorinda: Hands reach for two identical glasses, which are labeled "half empty" and "half full". (halfemptyhalffull)
zomg work is eating my face you guys. Our normal summer spike is 1) early, and 2) more like two shoesful of cleats. Plus this Saturday will be my second working Saturday in a row and involve a (happily very rare) 2-hour-each-way commute.

On the one hand, so awesome that lots of people are coming and using the things and producing research and whatnot--that's what we're for. On the other hand (har har), I've started having some trouble with my cubital tunnel--the nerve that goes through the elbow and can have trouble if you have to keep your elbows tightly bent all the time, like say when doing a lot of close work at a film inspection bench. Ouch.

Also, I had heard that someone donated a piano to my co-op and they were going to put it in a 'piano room' somewhere in one of the high rise buildings, for lessons or whatnot. How nice, I thought vaguely, I wonder where the piano room will be.

WELL LAST NIGHT I SURE FOUND OUT.

Turns out the piano room is what used to be a bike room, directly beneath my bedroom, and with no insulation (which is why my floors can be painfully cold to the feet in winter as all the heat sucks out through the floor). So at about 1am my floor and bed were suddenly playing me VERY LOUD AND EXUBERANT PIANO MUSIC.

I staggered down and knocked on the locked door, and it was opened by a young blond man who stank of liquor. We discussed how his "creative moment" (his words) unfortunately had to stop because I really had to sleep. To his credit, even when (presumably) literally stinking drunk, his piano playing was really very good, and also he apologized and stopped and I eventually fell back asleep.

So, you know. Lots going on around here.

To end on a bright and less wtf moment: I got my Night On Fic Mountain story done! I made [personal profile] marycrawford come up with the summary, which I recommend--stuck on a summary? MAKE MARY DO IT. It's tagged and titled and posted! So I am happy.

And I have an idea for another story hot on the griddle, which I would love to start chomping on, as soon as work lets up a little bit on my face and my nerves let up a little bit on my arms. Can one use Siri as a speech-to-text writing tool I wonder?
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 07:11pm on 17/04/2017 under , ,
While at work, I took a peek into my email and HEY LOOK MY ASSIGNMENT. Wooooooo! \o/

Assignment Day feels second-only in excitement to Collection-Opening Day. The past couple days have been like an extended Christmas Eve... "Did Santa bring me an assignment yet? How about now?" That feeling of tenterhooks and possibility.

Now I have my assignment, which I can't tell you about or else I'd have to kill you, and I am excited and nervous in the best way. So I better get brainstorming.

Oh, and, the first batch of pinch-hits are out--if you felt like strolling through them, they're here:

https://nightonficmountain.dreamwidth.org/25610.html
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Just a followup, Fic Mountain-wise. I ended up nominating:

* Almost Human, John/Dorian

* Rejseholdet, Fischer/La Cour

* The Sting, Henry/Johnny (and also Kid Twist in the character set)

And I added Nero Wolfe to the Nero Wolfe character set.

I feel so lucky re: Almost Human! The rule is that in order to qualify, a fandom has to have fewer than 500 stories (complete, in English, 1000 words or over). And when I ran a filter on Almost Human, its total came to 497. Yikes! That was a close one.

So I nominated it immediately. Once approved it gets to stay in, even if 4 more stories roll in in the meantime, and it has been approved. Whew! \o/
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
I have at last clawed my way out from beneath months of extra work at my job. Sheesh. It was really too much for a while there, and now I am pretty much in disarray. My apartment is a shambles, I haven't had a haircut for far too long, I'm behind on everything, blah blah.

But! I do get today to myself, to think about restful things like stories and writing and whatnot. \o/

On that topic, I noticed that nominations are open for Night On Fic Mountain, until the end of March.

Here's the tagset so far. I can see two things in there I could offer to write (one definite, one tentative), but you need to offer at least 5. So I'd need to nominate three more things. Hmmmmmm, it'll take some thought.

Master & Commander is already in there, to my delight; I'd love to write that some more. I also notice someone has nominated a 2006 movie that [personal profile] klia showed me back in the day, "The Guardian", a slashy movie about Coast Guard rescue swimmers (older grizzled traumatized officer trains troubled young hothead, they butt heads, then they impress each other, until they become super bonded protective pair--you know how those military-slash movies go. :D ). I've never thought about writing it till now, but I'm considering whether I might be brave enough to offer it.

Someone nominated Nero Wolfe, but only Archie/Saul. (Nothing against Archie/Saul of course, I adore Saul, but I don't know if I'd have any ideas for writing it.) Someone nominated Elfquest, but I don't think I could write any of the characters they included; I don't know them well, and don't have any ideas.

I wonder what else I might nominate? And can I think of things that other participants might want to read and/or offer? There are many times I wish I could read minds, and this is one of them.
dorinda: Cutter and Skywise, believing they're about to part for good, share an intense hug. (Cutter-Skywise-angstyhug)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 02:12pm on 20/01/2017 under , , ,
Already I am finding joy from my reading list, so thank you all very much, and I will try to chime in!

First off, I encourage participation in the thread on sdwolfpup's journal, asking for "some pure, unadulterated ship squee" (friendship included!). Go forth and comment and squee!

Second off, I'd like to copy movies-michelle's offer to write little comment fics. So:

Give a fandom and a one word prompt, and I will write a little comment fic for you. Suggested fandoms include (in alphabetical order): Almost Human, Master & Commander (movie or books), Ocean's 11, Peacemakers, Person of Interest, Rejseholdet, Sinbad, Star Trek (TOS), The Sting. But if you have some other request, run it by me, you never know. :D
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Even though [community profile] hc_bingo was just about to turn from the regular posting period to the amnesty period, I still requested a card. Because I found it so inspirational last time!

Although I noticed only today that, although I eventually completed a bingo across the bottom row of last year's card with five stories (serial killers: Peacemakers, exhaustion: Almost Human, cages: Rejseholdet, hostile climate: Sinbad, drugged: The Sting), I never did post links to my bingo fills on the official comm. Why? WHOOOO KNOWWWWWS. o____O

So here's this year's card: )

That center row across looks nice: fire, imprisonment, [wild card], bites, torture. Or the row right beneath it: deals with demons, brainwashing/deprogramming, hugs, hallucinations, begging. I mean, you know how much I love brainwashing :D :D

Really, most of the squares seem totally doable for me. Not sure what I'd pick for "mercy killing", though, hmm. Given my general tendency not to kill off the main characters. I mean...attempted mercy killing, maybe? I-have-to-mercy-kill-my-beloved-partner-oh-wait-no-I-don't? Mercy killing of an OC?

And tentacles. Tentacles. Hmm. I admit, I always wonder why tentacles is on a Hurt/Comfort Bingo card. I mean, they fit just fine on the more general Trope Bingo card, but H/C is hard to fathom. All the other squares are obvious engines of either hurt or comfort. But tentacles? You can work them into either aspect, I suppose, but they don't really help you figure out which one or how. And tentacle-sex is not my kink, so it'd have to be something else. Calamari...aliens...sea creature attacks a ship...fighting naturalist dissecting a cephalopod...
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 12:48pm on 21/10/2016 under ,
Speaking of comments and critique, I could use some advice on chapters, chaptering, and whether/when/whatnot, if anyone has thoughts on the topic.

I've had two commenters on different stories object to said stories being long but not chaptered--When a Man's an Empty Kettle (Almost Human John/Dorian) at about 40K words, and The Sound Below Sound (LotR Legolas/Gimli) at about 35.5K words.

The Almost Human commenter said "Far too long for a one chapter story" and implied that she therefore might not have read it, without explaining why, but the LotR commenter went into more detail and talked about "at many stages I found that I'd love to comment or applaud but unfortunately it's not easy going up and down each time. Plus I would have to give a proper ref as to which part I was doing it for etc." Apparently chaptering felt mandatory to her in order to "comment as you go".

So what do you do with a completed one-shot story that's not a WIP, not written with chapter breaks in mind, but is long? Do you ever chapter it, apparently to provide some kind of ease in commenting? It's not actually something I've ever thought of, because I've never had trouble remembering (or skimming back to find) bits I wanted to quote or comment on.

After that comment on the LotR story I did vaguely consider retroactively chaptering it, but admittedly have not yet sat down and done a fresh close reading to figure out where I would put chapter breaks if any. I am seized at the thought by a foglike blanket of ennui. But if it makes big stories easier to read somehow, more welcoming or whatever, I could imagine putting in the work. Is it a developing custom, or a comment-coincidence, or...?
dorinda: A color drawing of Henry and Johnny from "The Sting" (Henry_Johnny_art)
Authors and artists have been revealed for this year's Night On Fic Mountain exchange (welll, they were revealed a little while back, but then the weekend got away from me and hmm mutter mumble). Here was my contribution:

The Steel-Wire Tightrope (6609 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sting (1973)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Characters: Henry Gondorff, Johnny Hooker
Additional Tags: Con Artists, 1930s, Rescue, Angst, Misunderstandings, Nonverbal Communication, Drugged Sex, Broccoli Test
Summary:

Henry's in trouble. But when Johnny finds him, that's when their trouble really starts.



Awww yisssss, I got to write The Sting again! \o/ \o/ \o/ I rewatched the movie once during the writing process, and then I rewatched it last week with some friends, just because. I've seen it so many times, and show no signs of burning out or getting tired of it. I love the characters, and the milieu, and how amenable it all is to fannish extrapolation. Robert Redford glows like a sun god and runs like a deer, Paul Newman's eyes gleam a piercing clear sapphire, they both have arms and shoulders to make me weep in the best way, and Johnny and Henry come to care about each other SO MUCH you guys. So much. Not to mention that Henry is an Olympic-class secret worrier. ♥_____♥

Course, in this story, Johnny gets to do most of the worrying for a change. Just for a nice switcheroo. But this is my second story in which I was reminded that AO3 does not have a plain old "Drugged" tag! I mean, wat? "Drugged Sex", sure. But not just "Drugged". Which seems SO WEIRD, given the venerable age of the trope, you know--'oh no my partner got knocked out and doped and now I must rescue him', which was canon all the time at least back in the day, and which lends itself so well to tender h/c, and then perhaps sex that is not itself Drugged Sex, because everyone is now sobered up. So I used the Drugged Sex tag, even though that is not precisely how it goes (it sort of is at first, and then it isn't, and I think the story explains itself best).

Is there a way to propose they set up a canonical Drugged tag? I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the inner (or, in fact, outer) workings of the AO3 tag system is not the best.

Anyway, I'm excited to have had a chance to write these guys again! I fell into a weird throughline blockage during the writing process, but mary crawford and klia got me out of there and fixed it up, and I am really happy about it.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
I'm considering participating in [community profile] nightonficmountain again this year. I definitely enjoyed it last year! And it would help keep me writing, which is a goal of mine.

Nominations close tomorrow, though I'm not sure what time or time zone, so if I want to nominate anything I figure it had better be tonight. Here's the current tagset.

I saw that someone has nominated Almost Human, and I'm shocked and delighted that it's still small enough to fit. At first I was like, No Way Must Be A Mistake, but then I went to AO3 and filtered by 1) marked complete, and 2) size, and was surprised (and, I admit, dispirited) by how very many of the 'stories' in there are wee tiny things that don't even approach a thousand words.

You have to offer five different fandoms, though! And while there are certainly enough things to ask for, I'm not entirely confident that there are five different things I feel able to write. I'll offer Almost Human John/Dorian for sure, but what else?

Don't mind me, I'll be over here gently prodding my id with a stick, seeing what I can stir up.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
In the course of writing this year's I-Man story for Yuletide, I suddenly (suddenly! without warning!) remembered that I had never put an older I-Man story of mine into AO3. Not on purpose--I just somehow forgot.

So I imported it and added summary and tags, during the lull after Yuletide story reveal but before author reveal, and here it is!:

Killing Bobby Hobbes (4811 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Invisible Man
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darien/Bobby
Characters: Darien Fawkes, Bobby Hobbes
Additional Tags: Canon Related, Dreams and Nightmares, Hypnotism, Angst, First Time
Summary:

The phony psychic insisted that Darien was going to kill Bobby, just like in Darien's nightmares. But screw him. They got past it just fine and everything was going great.

Then Darien's dream came back.



Originally written for the 2009 ficfest on the Invisible Man LJ comm [livejournal.com profile] hot_donuts.

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