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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Well folks, been off the site for a while. Been most joyously unemployed, yay! Lordy, I wish this could last. Not that I'm loafing. I've been up at 6 or 7 everyday, generally working much more than 9 to 5 on my house and getting ready for my new job. But I'm not stuck in a cubicle at any point in the day, so color me happy!

Also, I'm taking a novel writing class. I'm developing an original idea, and I've gotten good feedback on it. I've got the basics of the plot set out, but I'm not real sure how I'm going to present it. For instance - many of the other writers in the class use first person, and I've been playing with that. It does kind of stick me with one character, so I'm not sure if I want to develop too much in that direction. Yep, there's a long way to go!

So, the first week of the class I was straight up about my writing history and told them I came from fanfic. Of course, none of them had any idea what that is - in fact, no one in the class is even into sci-fi. There were a few *oh shit* looks when I told them my genre LOL!

Which makes it especially cool that I believe I'm winning them over. I don't think they've encountered the kind of character driven sci-fi that Joss inspires. Because - although my world and my plot are vastly different from Joss's, I'm following his lead of using characters that real people can relate to, and giving them lives that feel relevant, even if the worlds they live in are very different from ours.

Which is to say that this fanfic thing has been wonderful. I honestly wasn't sure if I was just a hack that would get torn up when I encountered "real life" writers. (The class includes published novelists and long time columnists. And hell - let me plug the teacher. She wrote this: and she's absolutely wonderful.) They've had constructive criticisms for me, but many positive things to say too. They seem almost surprised that they can connect to the things I write, that amid the bizarre settings there are human relationships and emotions and darkness as well as humor.

So, I'm thinking that I learned well from my fellow Firefly ficcers, and especially from my lovely betas. I can't imagine going into this class without the experience I've gained through fanfic.

The interesting stuff will come in the last class tomorrow night. Because I have been completely overwhelmed with house projects and new job prep, I didn't have more original fiction prepared to submit last week. I turned in the first chapter of Back Stories Book 3 instead. These poor people - it's a dense chapter for those who HAVE read the first two books, so I don't know how folks who don't even know Firefly will manage! Anyhow, I'll be getting their feedback tomorrow. So, when I finally get around to posting it, you'll have a professionally reviewed bit of fic to peruse LOL!

BTW: I'm also hoping to convince a few classmates to go out and watch the series... We'll see how that goes!


Sunday, September 7, 2008 8:51 PM


So freakin' cool. And courageous.

I am ridiculously excited for you!

You know, when I was a teenager, I would almost exclusively read first-person narration. I guess because it kind of guaranteed a connection with at least *one* character. But woman, you have spoiled me, and I can never go back!

The way you use POVs connects me, as the reader, to multiple characters, as if they *all* were first-person. You use the contrast of their perspectives to provide so much insight - into characters, their relationships, their perceptions - so implicitly... It's a thing of beauty.

So while writing first-person sounds like a fun exercise, especially with a certain kind of story, I feel like it'd be a loss for the kind of stories you've been telling. Like it could cost you some of that layered complexity that makes up the rich tapestries you weave so well. It'd be like taking a symphony and playing just the melody. Or taking a banana split and eating just the bananas. Do you want more metaphors? I can come up with more metaphors...

Anyway, I look to be reading your posted chapters soon. (I'd've been here sooner if someone had given me a heads up... *ahem* - lol). I haven't been around much for reasons you surely know, and for said reasons, the words on my screen tend to get blurry a tad sooner than they used to! So it may be slow going, but not for lack of enthusiasm.

Oh, and however you end up presenting your original fic, I am totally on board. You go, girl!

Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:29 AM


Congrats on the new job, and good for you for taking the leap to writing classes!! That is a hard thing to do.

You'll do well, just remember you can't please all the people all the time, although I know you'll try and most likely succeed... curse you.;)

Friday, August 8, 2008 4:56 AM


So as I sit here in this alliance driven hole that I call a job (otherwise known as Honda)I find myself thinking that I honestly hate it! I mean i have done alot with my life in a short amount of time that most would be proud of and I just realized that I am only wasting my days in a futile attempt to earn what some might call a living when I could be chasing down dreams and adventures that might make life worth it! Im such a fool.
So with all of this in mind, I say to you good job! Go after the things that you want and grab hold of them with both hands and never let go.
Now that I have added my chessyness to someone elses day...
good bye.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 6:11 PM


Well, they did sign up for class to expand their minds. You're just going to expand them a little further than they originally thought. Glad to hear that you'll be posting soon. The withdrawals were starting to become painful.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 4:46 PM


Selfishly, I'm very happy to hear that Back Stories III will soon be making an appearance!!

I'm glad your class is going so well. I'm especially curious what your classmates think of your story. As non-Firefly fans, they should have some interesting feedback. I hope you manage to convert a few!


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