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20 March 2012 @ 07:44 pm
whispering soft dissension  
maybe it's your heart
whispering soft dissension
leading you astray

Back to work today but it's spring break out our way, so not too bad a work day. :)

My Muse has fled me again. Why does she do this to me?! I had two stories working in my head and now neither of them speaks to me. What the heck?! :(

I need another series to read. I finished A Dance with Dragons this past weekend. Maybe I should do a romance novel just for fun. :)
May Robinson: 7B-Daniel Crane Hugmay7fic on March 21st, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
I hear you on AWOL muses. I'm over 130 pages into an epic and, even with an outline, I'm stalled. Have been for about 2 months now. Mr. Hardy taking over my brain sure isn't helping me with that particular problem either LOL
Valerie: TH handwrapvaleriejoy on March 21st, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
My Muse isn't as kind as yours. She hardly ever gives me pages and pages of stuff unless it's National Novel Writing Month. LOL!

I'm finding that having Mr. Hardy on my brain actually helps me with my writing. I go between him and Joe Manganiello, depending on my mood. ;)
May Robinson: 7B-Daniel Crane Hugmay7fic on March 22nd, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
My fics tend to end at about the 30 page mark though I have a fair number that are bigger. This one I'm stalled on though is my biggest ever. Hysterically, it's for a mostly non-existent fandom. Maybe all of 5 people will read it which may well be contributing to the muse starting to fail on me. Still, I so want to finish it but the words just haven't been coming. Of course an incredibly hectic and stresfful real life has been a contributing factor in that.

I'm finding that having Mr. Hardy on my brain actually helps me with my writing. I go between him and Joe Manganiello, depending on my mood. ;)

I think Tommy & Brendan have my thoughts so wrapped up in them right now, it's almost impossible for me to think about any other characters, especially 2 bros whose lives are so very different from the Conlons (though they do share similarities in character). I *will* get back to it eventually but find my muse tends to shut down tighter if I push too much. I may just have to wait until the honeymoon is over with the Conlons before I can sink my teeth into the other family again ;)
Valerie: st - bonesvaleriejoy on March 22nd, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
I haven't written much fanfic since my Xena/Herc days. Oh, and I wrote a Dark Angel fic featuring Jensen's Alec character. I get slightly Mary Sue in my fanfics, usually creating a character outside of canon to interact with the established characters. But I never tried to go against any of the canon like some of the writers I've read (esp in my Xena/Herc days).

Which fandom writing has you stalled? I hate when real life gets in the way of writing! Alas!

Oh those brothers Conlon. It's not so bad imagining them, is it? ;)
May Robinson: 7B-3may7fic on March 23rd, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I too try to stick to canon as much as possible. It's what I like to read. I've never leaned toward Mary Sue-dom in my writing but certainly in my head when I think of episode tags, continuations, entire plots ;) Outsider POVs can be awesome and, since you seem to be well aware of the pitfalls with MarySue's I'd bet your fics don't truly fall under that category.

About a year ago I managed to get hold of some crappy copies of the entire (and only) season of the 1982/83 Richard Dean Anderson series, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. I was in my last year of highschool when it came on and though I started watching for RDA, it was Peter Horton and Roger Wilson who I fell madly in love with (see the 3 of them in my icon). Almost 30 years later, it's still those 2 and, after watching those eps again, my muse was ignited again after being dormant for almost 3 years. There's no fandom at all for it - maybe 10 people have read my first 7B fic in the almost year it's been uploaded (including both my lj site and ff.net) but I *had* to listen to the muse while it was alive and kicking. Unfortunately the second of the 3 fics I've written for it is this epic that kept growing and growing. I do want to finish it but, right now without a cooperative muse, it's daunting. I bet I still have another 50 pages to go! It'll be what it'll be though. It won't be the first time one of my fics has taken years to complete LOL.
Valerie: JDM psiloveyouvaleriejoy on March 23rd, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I like reading canon stories as well though in the Xenaverse, some folks took the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle beyond what we saw on screen. ;) The most Mary Sue I got was the Dark Angel story but it could be viewed as a one-off for Alec, so no harm. LOL

I don't think I ever watched 7 Brides for 7 Brothers though I've heard of it. You've got to write what the muse deems worthy. When the words are right, they'll come. :)
May Robinson: 7B-3may7fic on March 24th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
After almost 30 years since first watching it, my expectations for 7 Brides were pretty low. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it again and not just because of the gorgeous modern-day cowboys LOL. Along with RDA, Peter Horton and Roger Wilson, Drake Hogestyn was there and even 12-yr old River Phoenix :). They were all pretty fine to look at. The writing and acting had lows but there were some lovely highs too. I wrote more about it here (and included some poor quality but still appealing screen-caps): http://may7fic.livejournal.com/39524.html if you're at all curious about it. I may have to put a few of the eps on again to hopefully kick-start that muse once again. I'm truly a slave to its whims and fancies unfortunately and terribly jealous of those who can write prolifically and well.

Valerie: xena chakramvaleriejoy on March 26th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
I read your post. It was funny seeing Drake Hogestyn! And look at River, so young. Alas. I think I wouldn't mind watching a show like that right now. ;)

I'm good at starting stories and horrible at ending them. So sad. I miss my Xena/Herc days because I wrote all the time. ::sigh::
May Robinson: 7B-Daniel Crane Hugmay7fic on March 26th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Drake looks awesome in 7B. His acting was pretty weak to start with but improved over the season. I could get past it anyway watching him (them) on horseback. If you read my post you understand why I have such fondness for it... the affection was so open and just lovely. It felt very natural too. I'm sure they must have bonded working on location up there.

I had a brief prolific period when I first started writing fic - with Mag7. Back before I paid attention to POV, etc. It was an innocent time and the words flowed more easily. It didn't last long though :(
Valerie: st - motorcycle kirkvaleriejoy on March 27th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Men on horseback = super appealing. ;)

I've been writing (but not necessarily finishing) stories for the longest time. My best stories so far have been the ones I've done for National Novel Writing Month. I love the pressure of writing lots of words but the past couple of years I haven't reached the month's goal. Alas!
May Robinson: Lancer Brosmay7fic on March 27th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Men on horseback = super appealing.

I just can't resist them. I so wish Westerns hadn't lost their favor with audiences. My favorite big screen or small screen image is that of a fine looking man on horseback, riding western ::sigh::

I've never been good with deadlines when it comes to my writing. Give me a deadline and I'm sure to freeze, unfortunately. :(

Valerie: nick sunglasses downvaleriejoy on March 27th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
The last Western I remember liking was Brisco County Jr. LOVED that show and it was really more a fantasy cowboy type show, I think. LOL! I love Bruce Campbell!

Ahhhh, men on horseback.
May Robinson: GIF Dean Frontierland Cornermay7fic on March 28th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I love BC too though never actually watched Brisco County. No idea where I was or if we didn't get it up here at the time or what? The series Mag7 introduced me to fanfic - reading and writing. That makes it very special to me. Deadwood's probably the last one I watched. Soooo different from all others, it didn't feel like a western to me. It had John Hawkes though and Jim Beaver, so that made me happy ;)
Valerie: with Brucevaleriejoy on March 28th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
I think we watched Brisco County when it was syndicated. I became very interested in BC after his turns on Hercules and Xena. LOL! He's a groovy dude. ;)

Herc/Xena introduced me to fanfic though I had written one story in the Star Trek universe when I was in college (and was discouraged from doing so again).

We watched part of the first season of Deadwood. I should watch that whole series. I do love Timothy Olyphant. ::sigh::