debikm: (Default)
( Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:38 am)

Gakked this from [ profile] miafeliz .

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations.**

“Well, drink the coffee black or shut the fuck up then. I’m not listening to it any more.”

The pile of gifts stood in the middle of the coffee table, the festive wrappings like an unwelcome mourner in a red dress at a funeral.

“Good God almighty! You stupid child! You really should have been a vampire with all these high-flown, romantic notions of yours.”

I crashed through the azaleas after it [the football], muttering the closest thing to profanity that I knew at the time, mostly 'bastard', and 'peckerwood', though I had no idea what either of them meant.

They eventually fell into a companionable silence, making another quarter-mile or so when, without preamble, he blurted, “Are you a witch?”

“ ‘m okay. Gotta work t’morrow”

Tarlia sighed, exasperated. “You can’t even stand up.”

“Can too.”

Keresh couldn’t help the snort that escaped. The bright green eye swiveled back to him, staring with baleful regard. He smirked, tilting his head toward her.

“Prove it.”

Rayne was silent for a long moment, then mumbled. “Promise catch m’ head when falls off.” She made no move to get up.

Okay, if anything sounds intriguing enough that you want to know more, just let me know. I'll 'splain some more. ;-)

The wedding quilt still haunts me. I need to clean up my months-idle sewing room, and, in doing so, perhaps sit down and sew a bit. I just keep finding other things to do. Like play endless rounds of Spider Solitaire and watching crap on TV. Very important to a writer, to allow for idle time to let the mind decompress. Yeah, that's it! (Damn those chickens)

I have managed to write some in the past few hours, a couple of small scenes during the break-up period for Valerie and Daniel. Stories from further along in their relationship try to butt in, but I am filing them mentally and/or making notes in the tag end of the document, because I know how I am about remembering Really Good Ideas more than five minutes down the road. My muse is notoriously lazy and not very helpful.

No pretty women or (better yet) scantily-clad men to incite my imagination. Oh no. My muse has to be different. Picture a tiny gargoyle or demon with ragged wings about the size of a guinea pig. What follows is a typical encounter.

"What was that idea I had about the stuff found in the closet? It was really cool and had all sorts of possibilities."
"I just asked you a question."
"About what?"
"The idea you tortured me with while I was dozing off last night?"
"Oh, I dunno. *yawn* Can't you see I'm trying to sleep?"

I think he's a reject from monster-under-the-bed school or something.

At any rate, I have managed a few scenes that take place in the current story, not further down the line. Don't know if I'll make the 100,000 word goal by the tenuous deadline we set on the LOL Lit Forum, but I'm trying. Not really hard, but some effort has been made.

Okay, I'm going back to work...*sigh*

Oh yeah, someone harrass me about finishing my application to UF. It may take me several hours to find the link to my saved application, or they may have deleted it by now. At any rate, someone poke once in awhile. If my work won't pay for work-related schooling (onlince tech school) then they will pay for a work-unrelated English degree. I sure as hell can't afford it.

Crossposted to The Pen Whore
debikm: (writer's block)
( Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:08 pm)
I'm not getting anywhere with it, I'm neglecting things around the house and my writing is driving me crazy!!! Too much to do with it, don't know where to start, don't have the time to devote to it because of work and home and AAARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!
*takes breath*
Okay. Maybe if I just step back from it and just leave it the hell alone I can get some perspective. Or I'll just dump it all completely and give up. I have no idea now.

I hate feeling like this.
debikm: (nanowrimo participant)
( Nov. 15th, 2008 06:23 pm)

Today wasn't overly productive, but I did write a Samahin ritual scene. I'm just putting together what I can find online and customizing it a bit. There seems to be a lot of variation but with the same intent so I hope what I wrote will reflect that. Soon off to see the new James Bond. Woo Hoo!
[Error: unknown template qotd]A society of werewolves, living alongside humans, but unknown to us.

...I've found some funny writing prompts. Enjoy.



- - - -


Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man's friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument.


Read more... )
debikm: (Default)
( Sep. 24th, 2008 10:23 pm)
I have yet another web addy for anyone interested. I've been writing like mad lately and I'm hoping to actually finish something someday before I die. Not fanfic, though there's nothing wrong with it, and I still enjoy it and even write a bit still. Nope, this is for my original writing and talking myself through ideas and writing techniques. With any luck I'll make a habit of updating it and I hope for commentary. Come by, take a load off, have a drink and enjoy.

Yes, the title of the page is The Pen Whore. A nickname I ended up with at work because of my habit of *hoarding* pens, and my mishearing someone make a comment to that effect. But I liked it and it lends itself to a writing site.
debikm: (clive rough)
( Jul. 28th, 2008 09:22 pm)
The picture of the lovely man is what has done it for me lately. My muse has been sluggish for a few weeks and then suddenly had some expresso the past few days. It may all be complete drivel but it's *my* drivel and I'm enjoying the writing process anyway.

Then a day or two back, about the time the muse/demon got into the coffee, the fantasy/period piece that has been poking at me suddenly developed another character. A veteran war chieftain demanded to be included so into the mix he goes. My initial adversary has faded into the background for now and she may lose out entirely to the male villain that has taken over. I need to find a way to explain his fascination/desire to possess Rayne though. Until then it's just a random event that brings her to his attention and with what he puts her through, he needs more motivation than trying to collect a debt from her lover.
debikm: (writer's block)
( Jul. 20th, 2008 08:44 pm)
My characters in my newest story are giving me little glances of scenes, but not answering the biggest issue I have with them right now. What would be enough to almost break them up? I've got a lovely little reunion scene all set up and some ideas as to why they really called a time-out, but I need something to spark it. An encounter with her ex-husband? Something stupid and trivial like most relationship arguments get started? Aaarrrgggghhhhhh!!!!!

Daniel and Valerie aren't helping me at all...

For some reason after today, I'm whipped. Doing the horse CT contributed, certainly. But I'm sitting here in my chair, eyelids heavy and ready to crash. It's not even completely dark outside. On an up note, the new (to us) washer seems to be working just fine. Sadly, this also means I have to fold and put away those clean clothes... dammit.

I've only written about 6 pages in my new story and I'm already trying to find a reason why couples argue, badly enough that they break up/ take some time apart. Granted, they aren't living together so it's easy enough for them to not see each other for awhile, except they're neighbors. I'm thinking maybe her ex coming around might be enough to get things going but the story is still very much in its infancy. Still, I'm open to suggestions. 

Anybody?... Bueller?

 ... has been blessing/plaguing me a lot this past week. I've been reviewing/revising/rewriting what I already have down in both my 'Windhorses' and the as-yet untitled sequel with Rayne as an adult. That's the really long one, covering everything from her leaving home at age 19 to join the big bad world onward. What I've been writing lately has been what may be the ending, with Rayne in her mid 30's, unless the next part of the story and Rayne herself starts harassing me to keep writing. 
See why I titled this post this way? The characters bug me until I write stuff. Two supporting characters gave me grief yesterday until I wrote a rather steamy scene for them; two independant, solitary characters wanted sex and I gave them one helluva scene! As soon as I finished that bit, I could go back and edit some more. 
Weird how the writing process works for me. I feel a bit like a voyeaur sometimes...
If anyone would like to read some... I'd love the feedback.
debikm: (writer's block)
( May. 30th, 2008 12:11 am)

So, I've submitted my story to my online class site, I'm pretty sure in the correct folder and no one has offered any comment on it. Granted, it's rather dark, just happened to be what came to mind when asked to write 500-700 words on a character's change because of something they beleived. There were other choices but that's the one that appealed. I can open my file and read it, no one had posted that they can't open it... I wonder what gives?

debikm: (Default)
( May. 12th, 2008 07:30 pm)
Now this is my kind of class. Fiction writing, mostly reading short story bits and discussing them, only two stories the whole semester and those only 500-700 words. Did I mention that it's entirely online? That's what's really awesome. No more having to go find a classroom, sit under the crappy fluorescent lighting, listen to droning on about various subjects, just lovely writing fun to be had and reading and discussing some short stories. What could be better?!
debikm: (Rayne)
( May. 1st, 2008 06:22 am)
Who's that, you ask? She's my central fictional character of the endless fantasy novel I'm writing. She was born on Beltane and she's so wrapped in my mind that I feel I should wish her a happy birthday. Of course she's completely fictional,(don't be calling the guys with the nets just yet!) but my characters tend to whisper to me, telling me what they want me write. Sometimes, frustratingly, they clam up, for months or even years at a time. Rayne (properly born as Riannoch) has been generous with her storytelling lately and I am enjoying the journey she's taking me on. Maybe someday I'll actually get all the little scenes and fragments stiched together into something cohesive enough to submit for publication. It's nothing special, there are no new stories, you know, just different ways of telling the same old ones, but that doesn't matter. Rayne is telling me hers.

Actually, I know the answer to this particular question. It's because I dislike writing technical crap. I want to write fiction. I'll get a chance to do that for class credit next semester. THIS semester, however, I have to write a 5 page paper. No problem, you say. Just bash that puppy right out. And I probably will. The problem is I have to write it for an animal behavior class, which you'd think I'd find interesting. And maybe I should. The instructor however is not so much fun. I thought we'd be visiting the teaching zoo on campus, seeing things in person. Nope. We see the powerpoint presentation for a few hours once a week, cover 4 chapters, then we have an 8 question essay/short answer test after. And she's sadly, not a very good speaker. A heavy accent, peeper with 'you know?', "yes?", and "no?" She very nice otherwise, but just dull. The subject matter and the fact that I already know something aout animal behavior is the only thing saving me in this class. So, I'm going to stop procrastinating (eventually) and go to the laptop, where I still have Word available to me, and write the damned paper. It's due in a week...
I'd really much rather be writing about Rayne and Keresh and Garoben right now.

debikm: (sinking ship)
( Feb. 1st, 2008 08:41 pm)
All this writing I've done... then my desktop copy of Word is corrupted. I tried to repair it and it says my copy is not registered. I move some things off my desk and somehow the disc that contains my MS Office program breaks right in two. Now I've tried to break cd's in half; it's not THAT easy.
Do I have enough sense to have my writing backed up in more than place? Not recently. And now my flash drive is missing...
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 pages of various stories are roaming somewhere at large. It does have my name on a label stuck to it... hopefully it will make its way home again. If not, I give up. Not another friggin' word do I write.
It's just the cherry on top of this pieceoshit week I've had.
... but, I really haven't made any progress. The story is still disjointed, maybe because there's so much material yet to get in, but still... And I re-read something I wrote ages ago, elements of which are being incorporated into the current thing I'm writing.... why does what I wrote all those years ago seem so much better than what I'm writing now? The relationships between the characters is better, it seems to flow better, dialogue is more...spontaneous? Like how people really talk. Despite any magical elements in my stories, they are still alays very much character driven. My characters talk to me, tell me what they'd do and not do, yet, despite this 'input', I'm struggling.


So, the book I've been writing (or should that be books? The first part could probably fall under the young adult category,(if Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials can, mine is no darker)bits of the rest is probably a bit much for the YA crowd.)has been attacking me lately. Giving me tantalizing little scenes, reminding me of situations I wanted to include, bugging me to flesh out bare scenes I had scribbled down in haste just to get them down. Problem is trying to get the page count up on the first part. At the rate I'm writing, I'll finish this thing some months after I die of extreme old age. Is there writer's quicksand? I don't have enough of anything to ever really show to anyone, despite, in the first part where my main character is about 12, I know pretty much everything that is going to happen.... just prying it out of my brain is proving very difficult.
See, instead of working on it while I have a bit of time before I go to work... I'm posting here! ADHD girlie... that's me....


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