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2017-05-31 09:08 pm

I went and did a thing...

I signed up for [community profile] treatyoselfcomm, (An) exchange "designed to reduce your backlog. Creators signup with works that they want to work on, and then are matched to someone who is interested in helping them. You create for six weeks, and then the archive is revealed with your work(s). There are no restrictions on fandoms, type of work you're creating, or character or ship eligibility.
where."

The story I'm planning on working on is set in my superhero universe, but follows different characters from the book I wrote. Here's the summary I wrote for the challenge:


Summary: First, the Elevator Pitch:Will Cartright is known in Gem City as the 'Shamus Who Knows No Shame' because he's willing to investigate superheroes and help hold them accountable for their actions. Or, as he puts it, "Who watches the watchmen? I do -- for fifty bucks an hour plus expenses."

When his friend Kylie hires him to clear her father's name after her Pop-pop is accused of murdering Titan of the Third Coast Crusaders, Will is reluctant to take the job, but agrees out of sentiment and because Kylie's other father (Howler's ex) is willing to foot the bill for Will's services. Loyalty to a friend is all well and good, but a client with deep pockets is nothing to be sneezed at, after all.

Will has to navigate the world of high profile heroes to get to the truth and save Howler -- and also get paid.

Notes: Will was originally conceived as a "Reverse Batman" character -- namely, he's the child of minor supervillains who were unjustifiably killed by a vigilante hero when Will was a boy. Will has dedicated his life to being the one to keep those with great power accountable to their great responsibilities.

Howler is a Wolverine Expy and the Third Coast Crusaders are X-Men stand ins. Titan is Cyclops; Howler is accused of his murder because of a Logan/Scott/Jean style love triangle. I started this idea years ago and would like to finish it. I really need help in plotting out the Whodunit part of the story.

The genre is prose superhero fiction, along the lines of works like Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs. stories or novels like April Daniels' Dreadnought or Sara Kuhn's Heroine Complex. Essentially, this is an attempt at creating a comic book universe using words instead of pictures.
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2017-05-26 07:47 pm
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Question about Worldbuilding Questions

Anybody know of a good resource for worldbuilding questions that is aimed more at science fiction/modern setting worlds rather than fantasy/historical settings?

ETA: Specifically superheroic/comic book-style universe building would be most excellently appropriate.
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2017-05-25 07:13 pm
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Cool Thing: Bingo Card Generator

Found this while looking for writing prompt bingo card communities. It's a bingo card generator that you can either use to create your own bingo card (i.e. give it a list of prompts of your own choosing) or use one of a variety of pre-generated lists. It allows you to create cards as small as 1x1 and as large as 7x7.

It's located here: http://an.owomoyela.net/fun/bingo_generator#generated_card

I found it thanks to http://allbingo.dreamwidth.org/
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2017-05-22 07:55 pm
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The State of The Me

Since it's been a metric-ridiculous amount of time since I posted here, and because I'm killing time before work, here's a few quick bits about me:

1. I wrote a book! It's currently in the form of three notebooks plus two smaller notebooks, plus some loose-leaf handwritten pages and a few typed pages, but I wrote an entire book from beginning to end! It's about 150,000+ words and it's called Omegas: Cake Walk and it takes place in a comic book style universe. The main characters are a group of private security contractors who have to protect a super-scientist's daughter during a super-scientist convention. Shenanigans occur!

2. Next phase is to type up the book mentioned above. And make it make more sense. Toward which, I wrote an outline! Yes, it's possibly counterproductive to write an outline AFTER writing a draft of a book but that is how I roll so...yup!

3. I'm going to be importing communities I created over to Dreamwidth. I started with TFIWTS (Transformers Fics I want to see) and hopefully haven't screwed that up. Fingers are crossed. Currently, not planning on deleting those communities from LJ, just want to back them up to DW and provide a place for people to go instead of LJ.

4. I've tried sushi and I kinda liked it!

5. I learned how to say "I love you" in Arabic thanks to a co-worker who is from Jordan. That was cool.

6. I was going to try for ten things but my brain has decided "NOPE!" so I'm cutting it short at six things. Going to try to make posting here a much more regular thing.

Later gators!
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2017-05-11 07:48 pm
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Holy Crap...

It's been a while since I posted here. I'm thinking I'm going to be making this more of a regular habit since I like the idea of having a place where I can post random musings that isn't Facebook.

More later, as I need to get to work right now but for those who might be wondering, I'm planning on leaving LJ and bringing my journals and communities over here full time once I go about making a list of what I need to bring over.

Kathy

PS: if anyone out there wants to help me create a community list, that'd be awesome of you. If not, you're still awesome.
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2013-11-06 05:02 pm
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Weird Dream and Complaints re: City Confidential

I dreamed last night that I was at some kind of weird-ass LARP-but-not-a-LARP where the theme seemed to be Space Pirates with some kind of fighting of monsters or something. And I was playing a character who was being admitted or readmitted into a group of Space Pirates[1] but who had to prove himself because he was...I dunno, too scruffy/disreputable for the Space Pirates or something? So there was a trial of sorts and my character was having to defend himself to the Council of Space Pirates or something. And of course, since I've been up for an hour or so, I can't remember all of the confrontation but the gist of it was my character telling this council that yes, he was a dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate but a) that's what he was supposed to be and b) he was the sort of dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate who came BACK from dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate fights with monsters or whatever the space pirates were up against. So, yeah, that should count for something in his favor. Unfortunately, I can't remember how things turned out for this character but I wanted to record what I could remember of the dream so that I can remember this guy 'cuz I likes him.

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Complaint about City Confidential: and other TV shows that talk about small-town America. A city with a population of 30,000 people is NOT a 'small' town unless your only frame of reference is cities with populations in the millions. My home town is/was a tenth the size of the city you're talking about. I think I have made this complaint before.

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[1] The Space Pirates seemed to be organized on guild/clan lines, kind of like mercenaries or something. This may have something to do with me having gone to sleep listening to a Hardcore History podcast about the Mongols along with other influences like Karen Traviss's Star Wars books.
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2013-08-13 11:19 pm
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Chain Letter from

Ordered a book online and found this letter tucked in the back (this is one of the fun things about buying used books). I'm not sure when it was actually written, but it pretty clearly is a typewritten letter that predates the internet. In the interests of...uh, I dunno, look at this weird chain letter I found in a book, the letter is reproduced below.

"ALL THINGS REMEMBERED YE SHALL ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING YE SHALL RECEIVE." -- Matt. 21:22


This letter has been sent to you for good luck. The original is from the Netherlands: it has been around the world 9 times. The luck has now been brought to you. You will receive good luck in 6 days. of receiving this letter, provided you, in turn, send it back out. This is no joke. You will receive it in the mail .

Send copies of this letter to people who you think need good luck. Do not send money for this has no price unit. Do not keep this letter. It must leave your hands in 96 hours after you receive it. An RFD offecir recieved$70,000 after he sent his letter out.

Joe Elliot received this letter and $450,000, but lost it because he broke the chain. While in the Phillipinos, general welch lost his life 6 days after he received this letter. He failed to circulate the quote. However before his death, he received$775,000.

Please send 20 copies of this letter and see what happens to you on the 6th day. This chain comes from Venezuola, and was written by Paul Anthony seviod a missionary from South America. I, myself fowarded this to you. But it is sent to you anonymously.
Since the chain makes a tour of the world, you must make 20 copies and send them to your freinds, relatives and associates. After a few days you will get a surprise. This is true even if you are not superstitious.

Take note of the following: Cansyartin Mas received the chain in 1959. He asked his secretary to make 20 copies and send them out. After a few days, he won $2,000,000 in a lottery in his country. CArle Dadito, officer employee, received the chain and forgot about it, and a few days later lost his job. He found the chain letter and sent 20 copies out the next day. Five days later, he got an even better job.

For no reason should this chain be broken. Remember send no money. Please do not inquire this; it does work.

Sincerly
A Freind


All spelling mistakes are original to the letter...unless it's the word recieve, 'cause I cannot spell that word to save my life.

Holy crap! Did a google search for good luck chain letters and found out that my letter is famous! Sorta!

Chain Letters by Jim Loy, copyright 1997. Includes excerpts from a letter that reads pretty close to mine.
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2013-02-14 12:16 am
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That thing where...

you're typing up your NANO2012 stuff and thinking, "Auuugh, go home manuscript! You suck!"

Also, watching documentary on Hippies and there's a kitten! On a table watching people eat, like, "Hey, gimme some of that!" And then realizing that the kitten's 46X great grandchildren are likely on the Internet today.
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2011-10-25 01:53 pm

Nanowrimo 2011

I signed up today! I'm dunmurderin over there (big shock, I know) for anybody who wants to link up.

I have been working on the Defcon 'verse -- unfortunately, most of the working has not been much in the way of the 'interesting for others to read' variety. But hopefully, this will change in December, if not before.
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2011-08-14 11:23 pm
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Ganked from beckyh2112

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock


When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?
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2011-07-03 01:59 am

Cool New (at least to me) Toy: Regender.com

On Manboobz.com, I found a link to Regender.com, a site that will take a website and change the genders of the pronouns therein. So, of course, I had to run a few fics through it.

Regendered: Compulsion -- Red Alert and Inferno.

Regendered: Even a Broken Clock -- Sabretooth, AoA setting

Regendered: Con Job -- Swindle vs. Bobby Bolivia, Bayverse (sorta).

Regendered: Making Do GI Joe JOYCE (seriously, it changed 'Joe' to 'Joyce' -- I love it!), featuring Low-Light and Firewall.

Regendered: As Ye Sow Star Wars: Republic Commandos, featuring Kal Skirata, Rex and Ahsoka.

ETA: Ok, last one: Regendered: Luke 6:42 GI Joe, Marvel Comics verse, 'cause I had to do a gender-swapped Snake-Eyes.
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2011-05-25 02:59 pm
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I know where mine is!

Happy Towel Day!

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)[3] ”
— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


(Quote C&Ped from Wikipedia article on Towel Day)
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2011-04-23 02:36 pm
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Amy's Quote of the Day

"The Zombie apocalypse is not consumer friendly."

Wise words, wise words...

Also, I am considering taking part in [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw. What I'm thinking of posting is some background materials for the post-apocalyptic world I've been creating and maybe some short snippets set in that world. If you're not following me on DW and want to, I'll be happy to add you. If you're not on DW and want to be, I've got some invite codes I'm happy to give out (and if you want to follow my stuff, that'd be awesome too but y'don't have to).
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2011-04-06 08:00 pm
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Protip...

Typing up research notes + eating pistachios = a whole lot of pistachios shelled and not a lot of notes typed.
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2011-03-07 07:13 am
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Cool Quote

That expresses an idea that's been in the back of my mind about why I like post-apocalyptic stories and does it better than I could have.

From an article by Joss Ware called "Writing a Post-Apocalyptic Romance":

And I started to think about it. The more I thought, the more fascinated I became with the idea…or, more accurately, the challenge, of writing a romance set in such a dark time. I loved the idea of having a world that had all of our knowledge in technology and science, our pop culture and fashion…but without the infrastructure and civilization that we are used to today.

It would be like writing a historical novel (no cell phones, no computers or cars), but with the ability to know everything we do now. Fascinating.
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2011-02-20 06:46 am
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Stolen Meta Meme

Stolen from [personal profile] caiusmajorGive me a topic, preferably a fannish topic that I would be likely to have something to say about, and I will attempt to write you a few paragraphs of meta on what I think about the subject.

Some ideas for folks who may not know what sorts of things I may have an opinion on, some of the stuff currently rattling around my head includes: post-apocalypse, men's adventure novels, survivalism, recovery from disaster, food and culture, sociology, anthropology as well as other subjects such as the various isms that get discussed in fandom.

My fandoms are Transformers, GI Joe, TMNT, Jem and the Holograms, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Human Target, NCIS, No Reservations, Man vs. Food, Bizarre Foods and a lot of other shows I can't think of off the top of my head but I'm open to talking about anything as I'm trying to get off my butt and write again.
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2011-02-14 06:43 am
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EEP! *HEE!*

To the person who left this at tf_valentines over on LJ:

Still one of my favorite people to natter with when I can get a hold of you. You better be working on that post-apoc novel, girl.

Yes, yes I am! Still haven't exactly written much in way of story, but I have figured out a setting for the stories I want to tell. And have figured out that yes, it is actually allowed to write bits set in different spots along the timeline 'cause damnit, it's my world!

Thank you!
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2011-02-07 07:18 pm
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A very much belated update...

If any of y'all have been wondering where I disappeared to, I've been in the process of moving. Actually, the moving process is more or less complete now, except for various unpackings and stowing away of things and settling in. Including getting an internet connection.

See, we *thought* we'd have internet on Saturday the 29th but due to various screwups and miscommunications with our service provider, we're not going to get an install until Feb 12th. And I have just now finally gotten off my ass and gone to the local library to post about this stuff and...yeah, I suck. I honestly thought I'd be connected and so didn't think to warn folks that I might not. Me, who holds Murphy's Law as the founding principle of the universe.

On the plus side, our new place is very nice. It's a one bedroom but we have a washer/dryer in our very own place which is a luxury beyond price. And we've been able to keep ourselves entertained fairly well without the internet but we're borrowing a friend's Wifi hotspot thingy that'll have us online hopefully tmw so if all goes well I'll be back tomorrow but if not, I'll catch you all on Saturday or Sunday.

Have a good 'un!

Dun
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2010-12-17 08:56 pm
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10 Day Meme -- Day 8

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.


Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart. )
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2010-12-16 09:21 pm
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Ten Day Meme -- Day 9

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.


<strong>Day Two: Nine things about yourself.</strong> )