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I posted another entry at [community profile] treatyoselfcomm because I am finally going to finish Common Cause, my GI Joe/Transformers crossover that is rapidly approaching its 10th birthday. I'm also planning on giving it a good editing (there's some language choices I'm not happy with, but otherwise I think it's held up pretty well).
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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.
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If you had to make up a list of, for lack of a better word, archetypal superheroes, who would you include? I'm looking for a list of characters who folks would consider to be the superhero equivalent to the founding members of the profession. I'm trying to develop a core group of founding heroes for my superhero universe and I'm looking for ideas for archetypes to base them around.

I've got a Captain America Expy, for example. And a Professor X (and a Magneto; I would also be open to suggestions for archetypal supervillains/rogues/foils).
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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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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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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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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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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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In the case of an actual Writer Freak Out I probably wouldn't be posting, I'd be curled up on my bed whining about how much I suck. 'Cause, yeah...

Found this article earlier today: The Writer’s Toolkit: The Alpha and The Omega of your novel. It talks about having a kernal idea for your book and how important it is and at first I was like, "But I don't have a kernal idea!" (complete with whingy self-pity, no extra charge!) but then I actually sat down and read the article when I was awake and found out that the kernal idea can be:

The kernel idea is the foundation of your novel. When I say idea, I don’t necessarily mean the theme, although it can be. Or the most important incident, although it can be. But it can also be a setting. It can be a scene. It can be a character.

Which, yay! I do have! Not just for the book I'm working on but the rest of the books in the series -- well, the other three leading up to the one I'm working on (has anyone else ever started writing a series with Book 4?) so yay, happy!

So, there's a crisis averted...now just to finish writing the damned book.
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I have discovered the Whispersync feature on Amazon.com, wherein if you buy certain books on the Kindle you can also purchase the Audible audiobook version of the book for a reduced price. The two versions of the book can sync to each other, so if you read so far in the ebook you can pick up where you left off when you switch to the audiobook version.

This gives me something to do while waiting for Welcome to Night Vale to update.

The book that I first tried this out on was Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right by Claire Conner. It's an autobiography/memoir about growing up with two parents who were heavily invested in the John Birch Society from the 1960s up until their deaths. The book is a hard read/listen, because Conner's parents are so deeply invested in their Far Right beliefs to the exclusion of everything else. As abhorrent as I found them, I ended up feeling sorry for these people because they pretty clearly lived so much of their lives in fear of a terror that never came -- but that was always just a few short years away.

I learned some things about the JBS that I never knew before, like the fact that the organization was actually opposed to the Vietnam War -- not because they thought the war itself was wrong but because they thought that Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon were all Commie dupes/sympathizers who were actually running the Vietnam War in a way to benefit the Communists. Because...yeah...that makes sense...

Conner wrote the book in part because recent behavior by certain right wing individuals reminded her a lot of the anti-everything rhetoric of the JBS. With reason, since a lot of what we hear from the Tea Party and Fox News is pretty much exactly the same as the JBS's beliefs. Poor people stay poor because they want to; homosexuals are evil; Affirmative Action is racist against white people, etc.

All in all, this was a scary, informative book and I highly recommend it.

halloooo

Oct. 1st, 2013 05:28 pm
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I live, sort of! Went to Disneyworld two weeks ago, for a week, and had an awesome time! Was my first ever visit and it was soooo cool! I rode all the rides -- well, most of the rides...ok, a lot of the rides -- and saw a bunch of shows and heard people speaking all kinds of languages and it was just awesome!

This week? I have a cold! Which is NOT awesome though at least it is not a bad cold and I have the next couple days off and I have discovered Amazon.com's whispersync thingy which lets you buy the kindle version of a book and then purchase the audio book version for a discounted price. So, yay!

Also, new Welcome to Night Vale is out!
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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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Ok, the nostalgia goggles are firmly on and since we had the original, we decided to watch it 'cause screw sleep!

For a more coherent ramble, there's this Cracked article: 5 Reasons 'Red Dawn' Is Secretly a Subversive Anti-War Film, which y'might want to read first. I dunno. I am sooo tired at this point.

Wolverines! Spoilers below! )
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Not Gonna Lie, I bought this. I wanted to see it in the theater and I'm glad I didn't because I'd have been kicked out for screaming at the screen about how idiotic this movie is.

Wolverines! Spoilers below! )
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Tell me about stories you think I should write. I mean, if you could sit me down for a day or whatever and say, "Ok, I want you to write this story for me," what would that story be?

I'm not actually promising to *write* any of these, mind you, but it's fun anyway. And who knows if I'll be inspired!
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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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From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here’s a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: “Ah, there’s Parker… she likes money and cereal.” I’d love it if everyone who’s friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you’d like to know about me and I’ll give you an answer.
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Writing NANOWRIMO 2012 by hand = Victory!
Typing NANOWRIMO 2012 = OH GOD NOOOOOOO WHY SO HARD?!

But, upshot, I have four scenes typed into Scrivner (Awesome Program is Awesome!) that were not typed before. So, go me!
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I can rest assured that I am better at creating sekrit quasi-evol guvernment konspiracies than whoever writes the episodes of Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory. I watched part of their episode on humanzees and...shut up, it was for research purposes! And...look, the upshot is? My conspiracy is better'n theirs, hahahaha, neener!

Also, I've been sick all week and I am so freakin' stir crazy it is not even funny. Curse you evil sinuses!
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Just for bragging purposes, I want to mention that as of today I have reached 49,348 words in my Nanowrimo project for this year. I need to write another 652 words to reach my 50,000 word goal.

The project for this year is the post-apocalyptic universe that I worked on last year. Technically, I 'cheated' this year by incorporating stuff that I wrote last year but I also added a LOT of stuff that I didn't have last year and have actually come up with a plot, of all things!

I did something different this year: I wrote the entire project by hand. I haven't typed anything up yet (that starts in December, I am thinking), since doing so usually leads to me spending writing time backtracking by typing. I now have 160+ handwritten pages (in a 180 page notebook) and dozens upon dozens of sticky notes that make the notebook somewhat resemble a football.

But, and here's the important thing: I'm DOING IT this year! I'm actually doing it! And I'm going to finish this damn project and then move on to the damn project from 2007 because this writing thing is kinda/sorta becoming a habit now!

Yay!

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