18 July 2017 @ 12:45 am
Still around  
I’ve not really been around that much online recently due to health issues. Let’s say that Strep infection and Uterus should not go together. Hospital thought it was my appendix or gallbladder that had gone bad initially.

So I spent a week in hospital with some nice IV antibiotics, got have a CT scan, a CT guided aspiration (giant comedy size needle to drain a sac of pus), was given 2 units of blood, and was told I have a fibroid the size of a grapefruit that will probably need surgery. Had biopsy of said fibroid (results pending until mid August)

I also apparently have a high pain threshold and am too stubborn to let being very anaemic slow me down. (They took the reading and decided it was so low they’d give me blood - I’d been hiking only a few days before.)

Well anyway I’m back at work now, making sure stuff gets done.I’m trying to be sensible about actually listening to my body when it says I’m tired or something hurts, but generally I suck at it.
Not much writing getting done, NaNoWriMo didn’t end up happening. But I’m working on a sequel to an old fic I wrote about 5 years back about the 9th Doctor and Ianto (Torchwood), where the 9th Doctor didn’t regenerate into 10 and Ianto is the companion.
31 October 2013 @ 04:59 pm
Nanowrimo - still don't know what to do.  
So Nanowrimo starts in about seven hours and I still have absolutely no idea what I am going to do.

I really like to go to one of the local meet ups (well local if you call travelling by bus for over an hour local), and it wouldn't feel right going if I wasn't properly taking part.

So by choices are Nano rebel - which would be editing my campnano 2012 story.

or take part properly and write a new story.

My choices for that is either writing the psychic and werewolf fic that's get in Bradford that I have a beginning and a middle for but no idea for an end or the m/m paranormal romance thing that I've only got an outline for that is so vague I could write it on the back of a bus ticket, but does actually have an end.

So is anybody else taking part? What would you go with and why?
31 August 2012 @ 11:05 pm
Camp NaNoWriMo winner :)  
So Camp NNoWriMo ends in about an hour and a quarters time here in the UK, but I've just validated my word count and I have 50152 words - which means I win :) Okay I win an icon, a certificate I have to fill in myself, and a discount for a writing program than I'm not sure I'll buy, but I won. And I have writing the single longest story that I've written, and at just over 50k it's not actually finished - it probably needs another 10k of descriptions and in some parts scenes that are partially or in some cases entirely missing.

So here's the banner certificate thing. I just gave the story the name of the main character, I didn't want to call it 'untitled military adventure proto-steampunk thing'

cert under cut )

If anybody is interested in the rather disjointed and all over the place files that make up the 50152 words they can be found here (because this is my 4th back up place so I don't lose it)

And despite it not being finished at 50k, a lot of the characters who'd very much decided to do their own thing (particularly Cade, Lady Ansela and General Medon) and the viking-esque Sergeant Draken Krell with his many blue tattoo, the obnoxious Sir Organzo Vayas and the unpleasant but mysterious even to me (because even I'm not sure what his real goal is) Dr Aubin Metrian who all just appeared as they weren't even in the original plot outline, I've ended up with ideas for a sequel or two (Because I couldn't get an undercover spying plot line, the theft of an airship and industrial espionage in to this story as it was already full of explosions, mysterious deaths, dashing bandits (who also decided they wanted to be very complicated political revolutionaries as well), semaphore towers, coded messages, surprise airships and daring night raids to blow up bridges.)

So yes, that's camp nano done. Sort of. Although I'll still keep working on it. And now I need to start sorting out the Primeval bigbang that's due for November, a Christmas exchange fic, my horror bingo card and seeing if there is any interest in holding a second round of the classic Torchwood big bang.
21 August 2012 @ 12:12 am
Camp NaNoWriMo update - reached the 30k point  
Time for another campnanowrimo update, as it's been a few days since the last one. I was at a family wedding over the weekend (it was a great one too, and Alexander really seemed to enjoy being a pageboy) so didn't have a chance to do any writing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

That said I was a little ahead before, and I've managed to get 2611 words written today, so the word count stands at 30021 as of midnight. Please to break the 30k. The next big number for me is 33.5k - which is know seems a bit random, but that is the word count for the longest thing I've written, so going past that will be good.

Anyway, the target for tomorrow is to make a little bit more of the word count, going to be aiming for 2k tomorrow, rather than 2.5 as I aimed for today, as I've not got a big scene that I'm writing (which was what helped to get today's word count so high)

Even with the three days of no writing, I'm still mostly on track, about 2k behind where I need to be, but that's only the equivalent of making up an extra 200 words a day between now and the end of the month, so really not that bad - especially if I can get another writing day in like today.

and here is yet another excerpt )
16 August 2012 @ 08:27 am
Another nano update.  
I've now crossed the half way point - word count now stands at 25,839 - so I've hit the target for the day and it's not even half eight in the morning yet.
That said I really still need to write another 1 to 2k today as I won't get much chance after tonight (I might be able to get half an hour in before I need to get the train tomorrow morning, but I'm not counting on it) for writing until Sunday night. So I'd like to be at least 2k ahead of where I need to be today, so that I've not go so much to make up later - I really dislike having to play catch up.

obligatory by now excerpt from story )
15 August 2012 @ 02:41 pm
Guess what? Another NaNo update  
Okay, time for another camp nano update again. I'm still writing and the current word count stand at 23434 (plus what's in the notebook to be typed so so it's probably more like 24000)

So the story is ticking on fine and is on track to hit the 50k by the end of the month. A few of the characters are turning out rather differently than I'd planned - and Cade seem to be turning into Mycroft Holmes (the Gattis one), my uncomplicated outlaw is now a political revolutionary in hiding who also had an orphaned neice, and the most important generals, Medon, (there are a three that appear in the story Torgan, Medon and Messillian) has gained a wife, and the backstory that he was born biologically female, but has lived his life as male - although this plays very little part in his characterisation - the main things are that he's a brilliant tactitian, a political reformist and loves his wife.

And now for the latest bit - about 400 words - of what I've written )
13 August 2012 @ 11:41 am
20k point for campnanowrimo reached  
Thirteen days into campnanowrimo and I've just hit the 20k word count. Going to aim for 21500 by then end of today as I'm trying to build up a bit extra as I won't have much time to write this weekend as I'm off to a family wedding. So from about 9am Friday to Sunday afternoon/evening is going to be computer access free. So I'm going to try to get about 2.5k ahead of where I need to be by Friday, so all so I'll only have to write on Sunday is 1.5 to stay on track.

And here's yet another random excerpt - although this is for much later in the story than were I'm currently writing - the scene demanded to be written now. )
11 August 2012 @ 09:02 am
Nanowrimo - the main November one  
Okay, this is possibly a little early, but so far I'm enjoying taking part in CampNaNoWriMo, and I'm thinking of taking part in the November one as well.

Contemporary fantasy idea for the November NaNoWriMo )
11 August 2012 @ 12:25 am
Camp NaNoWriMo update  
Yes, I'm still going, and still on target, actually I've about 200 words over for today's goal (which isn't actually enough as I'm not going to get any writing time next weekend because of the inlaws wedding)

Anyway, word count is now 16,352.

not sure if anybody is even reading this, but this is a bit that I wrote today. )
08 August 2012 @ 12:17 am
Camp NaNoWriMo update  
Yet another post to say yes I'm still typing away. The word count as just passed the 11k mark now so I'm on track for 50k by the end of the month. The story I don't think has a chance of being finished in 50k though as 11k is probably no more than 10-15% into the story. So probably looking like it'll need 75k - making it twice as long as anything I've ever written before.

and here's a bit more of what I've written )
06 August 2012 @ 07:56 am
Camp NaNoWriMo update  
Still working away on Camp NaNoWriMo, and have just passed the 8000 word mark - next stop 10k :)

most resent 200 or so words written )
04 August 2012 @ 11:50 pm
Camp NaNoWriMo update  
Keeping up with the nano schedule so far, currently at 6511 words on day four. I've added at word count widget to my user info page as the official nano ones only seem to work for the main November nano, so aren't keeping track. 

for anybody who is interested here's the first 200 words of so of my story for camp nanowrimo )
05 July 2012 @ 10:24 am
What I'm up to - or I'm doing to nanowrimocamp in August  
Okay, so I've been fairly quiet lately, mostly because I was working on the collab fest with Harkpad02, but that's done and posted now.

So my next writing project is actually going to be original fic. Yes, really.

I'm going to be taking part in campnanowrimo - which is basically Nanowrimo but is happening in August rather than November. I posted about it here and mentioned the two ideas that I've got for stories.

I've decided that I'm going with the low to no magic fantasy setting with Regency England level of tech, but in the early stages of developing steampunk type tech. The story itself is a military type adventure, with a secondary m/m romance plot. There's more about the setting in the previous post I linked to above.

I'm all signed up over at as silversun and have already got a cabin (supposed to like a group of writing buddies, I think)  I've been put in with three 13 year olds from Mexico, and somebody in their 30's in the US who so far hasn't said anything on the message board.

So anybody else on my flist taking part? or has taken part in a nano or campnano before?

I'm planning everything out in advance - overview, and then a scene by scene break down. Basically my reasoning is that way if I get stuck on a particular bit, rather than getting slowed down trying to make it work I can skip ahead or back and get the word count up by writing a different bit.