masqthephlsphr: (urcf)
January talking meme, Jan 5. From [profile] shadowkat67: Connor (angel the series) arc vs. Henry (ouat) arc.

My initial reaction to this topic was, "What do these characters have in common besides being the brats of their respective story universes? Not much!" But this turns out to be untrue.

As characters, both Connor and Henry are the children of the primary protagonist/hero of their respective shows (you can disagree with me that Emma is the primary protagonist/hero of OUAT, but there is a strong case to be made for this). Both were raised by their parent's enemies. And both are presented as relatively passive characters who are manipulated and that things happen to rather than characters who make choices and act on them.

Let's look at their respective arcs. Warning: as [profile] astrogirl2 would say, the deer got a bit teal here. Spoilers for all five seasons of Angel, and up to episode 3.11 of OUAT.

Connor )

Henry )

Transcripts courtesy of

The Plan

Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm
masqthephlsphr: (Default)
I am in the throes of NaNo-Envy, but I am still happy not to be doing NaNo. Yes, a contradiction, but I love the social energy this month brings in what is often such a solitary activity. OTOH, I am still feeling under the weather, and I finished the first draft of my novel last Sunday, so... not great timing for me this year.

But I am in earnest planning mode on the second draft and the general outline for the trilogy of novels that is going to emerge from my first draft. I've actually been thinking of turning the novel into a series for a while now, because I see a lot of possibilities and stories in the world I am building (still building. I think my story-world was a bit thin in the first draft).

Back in July, I came across an online writing school, the bill-paying day-job of author Holly Lisle, Other than a one-on-one writing coach and writer's workshops, I have not taken any "writing classes" in the sense of instruction since I was a teenager/twenty-something. At that age, I was obsessed with learning "how to write fiction" and so never did any actual writing. Experience is the best teacher, IMO. I learned more from writing my first novel, Dis/inhibition, and The Destroyer series than I could have learned in a hundred writing classes. But I figured Lisle's "How To Write A Series" course might have a few pointers.

I got through the first two of four lessons in July, then RL got in the way. The lesson videos and exercises guide you through the process of identifying what kind of series you will write, planning how it will unfold, etc (although I must say the video transcripts included are FULL of typos....)

So finishing that course is one goal I have set for my post-novel time. I also plan to work through The Plot Whisperer Workbook. Both of these are merely tools to help me focus on plotting and locating strong and weak story elements for the purpose of revision and expansion.

I reviewed the first two lessons of Lisle's course this week, and realized quickly that a lot of the course exercises could benefit from me gathering together all the "future draft" notes I tucked away while working on the first draft--changes to plot points and characters I envisioned, ideas for expansion. So that is what I am working on now. I've got some good ideas brewing, and a LOT of research work ahead of me in physics, folklore, and random bits.

Fannish 5

Jun. 9th, 2012 11:39 am
masqthephlsphr: (angelsartre)
Five canon events that you found unbelievable and wished had not happened.

Agreeing with my flist on a number of these:

Spoilers for some ridiculous character deaths )
masqthephlsphr: (draft)
dis/inhibition: Still doing final clean up. I am now just past halfway done that. Also working on the 4th out of the six illustrations for the website.

New story: Finished chapter 6 and sent it off to the Sculptor. Now working on chapter 7, which is presenting a new challenge. I indicated in chapters 4 and 6 that there was this particular location I needed to send my characters to, and now's the chapter where they're supposed to go there, only I don't think the location I chose is going to work out in the larger story. It needs to serve multiple purposes, and it's the wrong place for that, I think. What annoys me is I didn't realize that before hand. I don't have a problem with changing the location, but boy, if I were still writing The Destroyer, where I post the story publicly after each episode, I'd be stuck with that location.

Of course, that sometimes forces one to be creative, but I'd just as soon allow myself the prerogative of the first draft to change my mind.


Sep. 14th, 2010 05:50 pm
masqthephlsphr: (thefuck - ros_fod)
So I went into my LJ settings and disabled pingbacks, but then today, when I was pimping my [profile] orlon_window community on [profile] a_better_lie, it posted pingback-bot comments to the first episode of O_W, which I linked to in my post.

O_W is a community connected to my paid LJ account, so shouldn't I have a way to turn off pingback notifications to my comms (or have then sent only to my email, not posted as comments)? When I went in to change the settings for O_W, the pingback setting was not available.

Or is this one of those things that LJ hasn't worked on yet that is annoying people?
masqthephlsphr: (hold)
Main characters are my muses, the spark that drives my desire to write a story. One reason I have such difficult time starting a new story is I don't know my main character well enough to feel that necessary passion for them, yet. It's a catch-22, because you can't feel passion for them until you start writing, and write long enough to find something in them that sparks your passion, but if you can't write until you feel passion, well.... That's why I have to find other ways to motivate myself to write until that passion can take over. In the case of my old novel, my early writing was simply a way to distract myself from my doctoral dissertation. That story started out as a big, fluffy soap opera with no particular plot or lead character. And then, gradually, one of the characters emerged as someone who could carry my interest in the story herself.

Different case with my fan fiction epic. I developed a passion for the character while watching a television show--an unanalyzable fascination and emotional investment that demanded I continue to tell his story when there was no more television show to tell it.

The issue with my new story is that I don't have a muse yet to motivate me. So I rely instead on the obligation to do these weekly updates and to send them to my writing coach, whom I am paying, to be a substitute motivation. And of course, there's also that deep down hope that I will reach a place where I am writing with passion, and the belief that I can get there if I keep pounding at it long enough.

But so far, I am un-aMused. I have all these characters, and none yet is emerging as the character that sustains my interest in the story. I suppose that, so far, none of them is emotionally screwed-up enough to be interesting. Not that I think that's the definition of "interesting." It's just, looking at my own track record, that's the sort of character that gets under my skin--infinitely vulnerable, emotionally volatile, angry, and with major parental issues. Don't ask me why. Those are not words that describe me, just what I'm drawn to. Which...okay, let's just skip past the psychoanalysis of yours truly.
masqthephlsphr: (compgeek)
Wow, I just noticed that for the past three weeks I have posted exactly once a week, and it was my original fiction update post. Life has been, oh, let's just say, busy lately. We are in software update season at work, I am finishing up my start-to-finish final editing of my old novel, Dis/Inhibition, and I am revisiting my fan fiction story The Destroyer, just to clean up some old typos and script formatting inconsistencies. Seeing as it is now permanently archived on Livejournal (may have to think of moving it....), it must be pretty!

And then of course first thing each morning, I spend an hour or two on this story. Still pulling out and playing with my stash of accumulated writing blurbs. I have to say, that tactic is really helpful in getting me writing. When you write in a linear fashion, from "what happens next" to "what happens next," you feel this pressure to finish each entire scene before moving on to the next. And no matter how crappy that entire scene is, it's still an entire scene. But writing a snippet of dialogue here, a passing character's thought there, a short descriptive bit, from anywhere in one's so-called outline? You can feel accomplished without having worked quite so hard, and you start to get a good sense of what parts of your so-called outline work and what don't and you get new, even better ideas that turn your so-called outline on its head and, well, it's working for me for the time being, so I'm sticking with this plan.
masqthephlsphr: (td)
Type "Orlon Window" into Google, and the top match that comes back is the profile page of The Destroyer. My entry on Origin at ATPo is a few matches down.

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