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Coming by the end of the week, inshallah, is a New X-Men: Academy X short (actually a New Mutants vol 2 short, but this book has so many names it's easy to quibble). It won't require much background knowledge of the comics, so a number of you might enjoy it.

I bought #21 of New X-Men last night, so just allow me to stroke my neckbeard a little. )


I've been resisting this meme for a couple of days, but I'm succumbing. Via [ profile] reunion and [ profile] minisinoo:

01. Do I have a distinct style of writing?
02. If so, what exactly is it that defines my style?
03. Would you say my stories follow a certain theme?
04. Is there anything you feel I ought to improve or change?
05. Does my style (if I have one) remind you of anyone else?
06. Judging from whatever writing of mine that you've seen, what do you think is/are my strength(s)?
07. What do you think are my weaknesses?

(If you want to treat 4 and 7 as the same question, go for it.)
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Reason why I am dumb #452: There's always a scene that I love, and then I take it out because I sensibly realise that it doesn't quite work, and then later I forget that I took it out and start writing as though the audience knows the part I cut out. This always, always happens when I write long pieces, and I have yet to find an information management system that works. Right now I keep careful notes which I then lose, and obviously that won't do.

And you guys aren't much of a meme crowd, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway, because I found this meme delightful (via [ profile] minisinoo):

Ask any of the characters from any of my fics a question, and they will answer. Possibly even honestly.

tocryabout: Martin Tielli, cover of Poppy Salesman album (Mary Margaret O'Hara)
Chapter 3 is done and I'm letting it steep a bit. I had several different directions I wanted to go in, and was also a little antsy about the fact that I intended to have more Jean and Scott but they haven't been around much.

Right now, "letting it sit" means giving it 24 hours or so; sometimes it means putting things aside for months at a time. I write poetry the fastest, and I've had the most success with it. Original novels are hardest (although I did my draft this summer in three months), but I just love the novel as a form. I like my worlds to be big, my plots expansive. I don't like the way short fiction demands an ending after a moment of revelation, because to me epiphanies don't work like that. I need a lot of epiphanies to stack up before I'll change, and my characters are the same.

I do wish I could write original fic this fast, but when most of the characters are already written for you it's just easier. And as much as I dislike the "it's only fanfic" excuse, knowing that it doesn't have to be OMG GREAT ART makes it easier to avoid the crippling perfectionism to which I'm prone. I have about sixteen different variations on the opening for my novel, some of which would require massive rewrites for POV and tense. And if I thought any of them would work, I'd do those rewrites. At the moment I'm just not sure how the thing would work for anyone else, but I'm not satisfied with it enough to show it to someone.

But hey, you might see an excerpt here one day. Just hold your nose and pretend it's fanfic.

writing meme )


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