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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.
dunmurderin: A clownfish, orange and white, with a banner saying he is NOT a Combaticon!  So no one mistakes him for one, y'know? (Default)
Ok, I signed up for [community profile] casestory and I get that casefic is pretty much the fannish term for 'mystery story' but...are there any other nuances that I should be aware of? Like, at [community profile] casestory, the first rule is:

Stories should be focused on a case/crime investigation/crime. Medical cases or other themes are also allowed as long as there is a case somehow involved.

And what I'm wondering is, what does 'other theme' mean/how could it be construed?

What I'm hoping is that the mystery in casefic doesn't have to be a murder, 'cause I love me some crime shows but murders are getting old, y'all.
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Nicked From: [personal profile] hellkitty by way of [personal profile] ultharkitty:

Post the first sentence (or three) from every WIP you're currently working on, even if it's very short. Then invite people to ask questions about your WIPs. With any luck, you'll get talking about writing, and the motivation to take that WIP one step closer to completion will appear as if by magic!

Excerpts Under Cut )
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Edited to switch tables (used to be Table B) and change the date of the original post (originally posted 2/26/2011)

TABLE A - GENERAL
001Beginnings 002Middles 003Ends 004Insides 005Outsides
006Hours 007Days 008Weeks 009Months 010Years
011Red 012Orange 013Yellow 014Green 015Blue
016Purple 017Brown 018Black 019White 020Colourless
021Friends 022Enemies 023Lovers 024Family 025Strangers
026Teammates 027Parents 028Children 029Birth 030Death
031Sunrise 032Sunset 033Too Much 034Not Enough 035Sixth Sense
036Smell 037Sound 038Touch 039Taste 040Sight
041Shapes 042Triangle 043Square 044Circle 045Moon
046Star 047Heart 048Diamond 049Club 050Spade
051Water 052Fire 053Earth 054Air 055Spirit
056Breakfast 057Lunch 058Dinner 059Food 060Drink
061Winter 062Spring 063Summer 064Fall 065Passing
066Rain 067Snow 068Lightning 069Thunder 070Storm
071Broken 072Fixed 073Light 074Dark 075Shade
076Who? 077What? 078Where? 079When? 080Why?
081How? 082If 083And 084He 085She
086Choices 087Life 088School 089Work 090Home
091Birthday 092Christmas 093Thanksgiving 094Independence 095New Year
096Writer‘s Choice 097Writer‘s Choice 098Writer‘s Choice 099Writer‘s Choice 100Writer‘s Choice
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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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To test the filter, here's a look at the events leading up to World War III in the Defcon 'Verse: A lot of this is a bit choppy because it's notes taken from other sources and fitted in to what I'm wanting. I apologize for the roughness.

January 20, 1981 – Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

March 1981 – Reagan authorizes a psychological warfare operation against the Soviet Union. The operation involves near maritime approaches by US ships in Soviet waters. These exercises, and a later set performed in 1983, were meant to show the Soviet Union that their borders were vulnerable to sneak attacks by US/NATO forces.

May 1981 – KGB director Yuri Andropov initiates Operation RYAN, an intelligence operation intended to uncover possible US/NATO plans for a surprise, first-strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Because of a loss of détente, US/Soviet relations are at their lowest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading to increased tensions.

November 1982 -- General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev dies and is replaced by Andropov as General Secretary.

January 4, 1983 – Andropov gives a speech in Prauge, to the Political Consultative Committee, the controlling organ of the Warsaw Pact countreis. He speaks almost exclusively about the West's nuclear capability and their escalation in weapons design.

February 2, 1983 – The KGB's London office recieves a telegram instructing them to try to uncover any possible NATO preparations for a nuclear first-strike on the USSR.

March 23, 1983 – President Reagan authorizes the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), colloquially known as “Star Wars.” This is done despite the fact that a joint study considered the program “not technically feasilble” and advised that it should “not be funded as proposed, nor modified and funded.” It is also done despite the fact that it will only increase the Soviet Union's fears of a first-strike.

April-May 1983 – The US Pacific Fleet engages in the largest naval exercises, to date, in the Northwest Pacific near the Kamchatka Penninsula and Petropavlovsk. Further increasing Soviet paranoia.

June 2, 1983 – Andropov meets with former US ambassador Harriman. During the meeting, Andropov referred to nuclear war four times during his first address and specifically mentioned his fears that the US might be moving toward the “red line.”

September 1, 1983 – Soviet jet fighters accidentally shoot down KAL flight 007, having mistaken it for a US PC-135 recon plane.

September 26, 1983 – Soviet OXO satellite detects incoming Minuteman ICBMs in route from the United States. On-duty officer, Col. Stanislav Petrov realizes it is a false alert and, under his own authority, stops the nuclear alert, narrowly avoiding nuclear war.

October 19, 1983 – Military coup in Grenada puts the US and UK on alert.

October 23, 1983 – US Marine barracks in Beirut are bombed; leads to increased security on US military bases around the world which further alarms the Soviets.

October 25, 1983 – US invades Grenada; secret ciphered communications between US and UK prior to this invasion also add to Soviet fears of US and/or NATO first strike.

November 2-11, 1983 – US and NATO begin ABLE ARCHER 83 exercises. The exercises include, among other things, a simulated DEFCON 1 nuclear alert.

November 5, 1983 – Soviet KGB HQ instructs KGB agents in London to begin collecting information regarding an imminent nuclear first strike by the US and/or its allies. While some KGB agents in the West were skeptical of US/NATO plans for a first strike, they were required to report only their findings, not their observations. This did little to soothe fears back in the USSR.

November 8 or 9, 1983 – Telegram sent to KGB residence in London incorrectly reporting an alert on US bases and asking for further info on US first strike.

November 10-13 1983 – An unexpected asteroid strike in the 27 Megaton explosion on the Kamchatka Penninsula sends a panic through the Soviet military and is falsely interpreted as a US first strike. The Soviet retaliation leads to a thirty-six hour long nuclear exchange between the two superpowers and their allies that totals 5,000 megatons.
dunmurderin: A clownfish, orange and white, with a banner saying he is NOT a Combaticon!  So no one mistakes him for one, y'know? (Default)
I've mentioned in the past that I'm working on a post-apocalyptic world/story setting. Lately, I've been doing a lot of noodling off-line and I'd like to start posting stuff and getting feedback. So far, it's mostly ideas about the world and/or characters, not so much actual story stuff.

So, I'm considering setting up a filter to post stuff and let folks who are interested read along and/or offer suggestions/feedback etc. If you're interested, either post or PM me. For convenience, I'll be posting on DW and LJ under the same filter name (not sure how filters work with DW's crosspost function) so you can apply to one or both if you'd like.

ETA: Having thought about it, I'm going to make these entries open for the time being 'cause I'm afraid of missing out on some very useful feedback otherwise. Defcon entries will be marked with the Cold War Reenactment Society icon and under a cut 'cause some of them will be long.
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, back in December 2009, I stumbled across some reprints of the first few books in the Endworld series. This rekindled my interest in post-apocalyptic stories, particularly the cheesy men's adventure stories (like Endworld) written back in the 1980s. And I got it in my head that I wanted to write my own homage/parody/riff on such books, putting my own particular spin on the tropes they used and feature characters who weren't straight, white, cisgendered American men with 1980s-style middle-class, conservative values (even guys who were born into a world 100+ years after 1980s-style, middle-class, conservative values got nuked into dust).

So, I went on the hunt for examples of the genre, figuring that I should have a nice sampling of what was out there to better be able to parody/riff on things. Since, y'know, nothing is more annoying than a parody written by someone who only thinks they know what they're talking about. I set my mind to collecting 10 series, preferably all the first books of each, to get a good sampling. I've ended up with...more than 10 series. Some are surprisingly good but most are...problematic, to say the least.

To be honest, a lot of this was cat-vaccuming since it was a lot easier to read novels and take notes and think thinky thoughts than it was to actually write something. I'm hoping to change this by posting during Three Weeks For Dreamwidth. What I'll be posting will be some background materials – what amounts to a story bible for my world. Because I'm finding that I need to have the history/setting of the world down before my brain is going to let me move ahead and start playing with my characters. I'm planning on posting some snippets of story ideas that are fiction rather than meta – or at least of posting some background stuff that's fictionalized meta.

Here's the least amount you need to know in order to follow along: the Defcon verse is a post-apocalyptic alternate history set in 2083, one hundred years after a series of mishaps and misunderstandings started a nuclear war that devestated the planet. The main setting is the United States of America, which is now a balkanized country still struggling toward recovery. Some areas are better off than others – specifically, Las Vegas is now the new headquarters for what is the recognized continuation of the pre-war US government and is the staging area for attempts at assisting the rest of the country in recovery. Some areas are more receptive to this assistance than others, especially since a lot of the help is coming from the newest incarnation of the UN – which is dominated by nations from the Southern Hemisphere as well as some former Third World nations in the Northern Hemisphere that managed to bounce back faster than the former superpowers. And there are transgenic artificially engineered humans because any good 1980s-style post-apocalyptic adventure novel needs mutants and super-science.

Some of this may be subject to change as I start getting my thoughts written down and posted, but for now, this is where my head's at. Please feel free to post questions, comments, critiques or suggestions.
dunmurderin: A clownfish, orange and white, with a banner saying he is NOT a Combaticon!  So no one mistakes him for one, y'know? (Default)
Because I have it in my head to write something (original) about superheroes and because these articles are cool:

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080818/jackson-c.shtml

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20081006/jackson-c.shtml

Both are about superheros and various aspects of the law. Awesome sauce!

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