ostarella: (Writing)
I sweat and worry and bang my head against the wall until I have a story/chapter almost completely finished - and then I wake up in the middle of the night with - THE SOLUTION!

As in - why this story/chapter is a piece of shit and how I can fix it.

I was ready to finish the long short story for the contests (deadline March 31) and it was... adequate. But the spark just wasn't there and I didn't know why. I was blaming it on the fact that there's a romantic element to it - which I don't do well - but that was bullshit. A cop-out.

About 2 AM, I woke up with this screaming in my head - "If you don't care about the characters, why should anyone else?"

And it was true - I didn't invest in my characters. They were just that - characters. Characters going through the motions. I didn't have people living through an emotional event.

Soooo...

Not tossing the story - too late for that. But I've printed it out, cut the different sections apart and started rearranging, editing, tossing, adding... Akin to what I'm doing with Tess, but in a shorter version. And every sentence - new or old - is being looked at as if these were my neighbors, my friends, my family.

No more characters. These are people. People I care about.

Talk about getting one's mindset straight...
ostarella: (Writing)
I sweat and worry and bang my head against the wall until I have a story/chapter almost completely finished - and then I wake up in the middle of the night with - THE SOLUTION!

As in - why this story/chapter is a piece of shit and how I can fix it.

I was ready to finish the long short story for the contests (deadline March 31) and it was... adequate. But the spark just wasn't there and I didn't know why. I was blaming it on the fact that there's a romantic element to it - which I don't do well - but that was bullshit. A cop-out.

About 2 AM, I woke up with this screaming in my head - "If you don't care about the characters, why should anyone else?"

And it was true - I didn't invest in my characters. They were just that - characters. Characters going through the motions. I didn't have people living through an emotional event.

Soooo...

Not tossing the story - too late for that. But I've printed it out, cut the different sections apart and started rearranging, editing, tossing, adding... Akin to what I'm doing with Tess, but in a shorter version. And every sentence - new or old - is being looked at as if these were my neighbors, my friends, my family.

No more characters. These are people. People I care about.

Talk about getting one's mindset straight...
ostarella: (Smiles)
It's in the upper 40s again, the snow is almost all gone (except where the plows piled it up), birds are starting to show up by the hundreds... I sooo want to be outside, raking and cleaning up and getting ready for the warmer weather. But the ground isn't totally thawed yet, so can't dig, and it's too wet from the melt to rake without tearing the grass out by the roots. So I'm just enjoying the view and trying to get some indoor stuff done - the never-ending crap, y'know.

Starting to rewrite the short story for my end-of-the-month contests. Have four of them coming up and thank God, they all accept simultaneous submissions! But as soon as that's done, I have to start working on the next story. I guess that's where the "earning a living with this stuff" departs from the "I just enjoy writing" - on another site an author/editor referred to a writer's stories as their "product", and you have to keep building up the "inventory". Which puts kind of a cold spin on it, but it's true. You can't wait around forever for one story to get accepted - you have to keep writing and sending them out. So that "write every day" becomes not advice, but a necessity.

But one thing I'm discovering about all the fanfic I've written - now I can go back to some of the things I wanted to explore in those stories, but couldn't because they weren't "appropriate" for the characters or the fandom, and take those things and build them into an original story. And of course, I have a lot of short short stuff that can easily jumpstart a longer original as well. So it's kinda like having a set of "plot starters" sitting there waiting. :D

Another few days wait to see if I get a second interview on a job. My initial enthusiasm for it has fallen off a bit, but that's not unusual. Now I'm starting to think about the consequences - if I get it, can I actually do it, and if I don't get it, then what? But I'm not going to worry about it - just let it run around in the back of my head so I'm more prepared for either situation. It's not like I'm making a career decision - I've already decided I just want/need a job to pay the bills while I write. And I have enough in savings to get through April, so that gives me time before I really have to panic.  LOL

Anyhoo, better get back at the housework and the stories. No rest for the wicked...
ostarella: (Smiles)
It's in the upper 40s again, the snow is almost all gone (except where the plows piled it up), birds are starting to show up by the hundreds... I sooo want to be outside, raking and cleaning up and getting ready for the warmer weather. But the ground isn't totally thawed yet, so can't dig, and it's too wet from the melt to rake without tearing the grass out by the roots. So I'm just enjoying the view and trying to get some indoor stuff done - the never-ending crap, y'know.

Starting to rewrite the short story for my end-of-the-month contests. Have four of them coming up and thank God, they all accept simultaneous submissions! But as soon as that's done, I have to start working on the next story. I guess that's where the "earning a living with this stuff" departs from the "I just enjoy writing" - on another site an author/editor referred to a writer's stories as their "product", and you have to keep building up the "inventory". Which puts kind of a cold spin on it, but it's true. You can't wait around forever for one story to get accepted - you have to keep writing and sending them out. So that "write every day" becomes not advice, but a necessity.

But one thing I'm discovering about all the fanfic I've written - now I can go back to some of the things I wanted to explore in those stories, but couldn't because they weren't "appropriate" for the characters or the fandom, and take those things and build them into an original story. And of course, I have a lot of short short stuff that can easily jumpstart a longer original as well. So it's kinda like having a set of "plot starters" sitting there waiting. :D

Another few days wait to see if I get a second interview on a job. My initial enthusiasm for it has fallen off a bit, but that's not unusual. Now I'm starting to think about the consequences - if I get it, can I actually do it, and if I don't get it, then what? But I'm not going to worry about it - just let it run around in the back of my head so I'm more prepared for either situation. It's not like I'm making a career decision - I've already decided I just want/need a job to pay the bills while I write. And I have enough in savings to get through April, so that gives me time before I really have to panic.  LOL

Anyhoo, better get back at the housework and the stories. No rest for the wicked...
ostarella: (Laughing)
Wednesday: 33°; Thursday: 34°; Friday: 37°; Saturday: 39°; Sunday: 42°; Monday: 40°; Tuesday: 34°; Wednesday: 34°; Thursday: 36°

I can live with this. I can soooo live with this! I'm even going to get my truck out, maybe run up to the City for groceries just to get out and moving again. Now the only worry is that things will melt a bit too quickly. Usually it's later in the spring when the big melt comes, which cuts the town in half because of the swollen creek running through the middle of it. Then we have to drive 2-3 miles to get from the south side of town to the north side. :p But I can live with that, too LOL

Had the front porch open for a couple hours today. It's all windows, so warms up nicely when the sun's shining. Having the front door open makes it so much brighter in the house, too. And then, of course, the dogs are lying in the sun on the floor while Fang sacks out on the window sill. :D I think next fall, if I'm still around, I'm going to try and find a good storm door for between the porch and house, one of those that's clear top to bottom, so I can have more sunshine during the winter.

Got some more work done on my original story - the one for the contest. Deadline is coming up, but the plot is laid out in my head. I also got it into my thick skull that I'm really only writing a 25-page story, not 50 pages. That's because I always single-space as I'm writing it up, but it has to be double-spaced for submission. So that's not all that bad at all! Nothing like quirky logic to make things look better, right? LOL

Anyway, "Lost" tonight. Last week finally got things moving a little faster - I'd been getting just a bit impatient with them until then - so hopefully tonight's new ep will continue with that.
ostarella: (Laughing)
Wednesday: 33°; Thursday: 34°; Friday: 37°; Saturday: 39°; Sunday: 42°; Monday: 40°; Tuesday: 34°; Wednesday: 34°; Thursday: 36°

I can live with this. I can soooo live with this! I'm even going to get my truck out, maybe run up to the City for groceries just to get out and moving again. Now the only worry is that things will melt a bit too quickly. Usually it's later in the spring when the big melt comes, which cuts the town in half because of the swollen creek running through the middle of it. Then we have to drive 2-3 miles to get from the south side of town to the north side. :p But I can live with that, too LOL

Had the front porch open for a couple hours today. It's all windows, so warms up nicely when the sun's shining. Having the front door open makes it so much brighter in the house, too. And then, of course, the dogs are lying in the sun on the floor while Fang sacks out on the window sill. :D I think next fall, if I'm still around, I'm going to try and find a good storm door for between the porch and house, one of those that's clear top to bottom, so I can have more sunshine during the winter.

Got some more work done on my original story - the one for the contest. Deadline is coming up, but the plot is laid out in my head. I also got it into my thick skull that I'm really only writing a 25-page story, not 50 pages. That's because I always single-space as I'm writing it up, but it has to be double-spaced for submission. So that's not all that bad at all! Nothing like quirky logic to make things look better, right? LOL

Anyway, "Lost" tonight. Last week finally got things moving a little faster - I'd been getting just a bit impatient with them until then - so hopefully tonight's new ep will continue with that.
ostarella: (Default)
re: ostarella.livejournal.com/103406.html the contest deadline has been postponed to February 6, 2010, due to the holidays. :D
ostarella: (Default)
re: ostarella.livejournal.com/103406.html the contest deadline has been postponed to February 6, 2010, due to the holidays. :D
ostarella: (BSG)
Come one come all to the Battlestar Galactica Club. Why? Glad you asked. We are proud to announce a Fan Fiction writing contest.

With the possibility of a new Classic Battlestar Galactica movie coming out, we here at the BSGC, thought it appropriate to let YOU, the Classic BSG fan, write the opening scene for the new movie as you would imagine it.

Here are the rules:

1. It must be in the Classic (TOS) BSG format. NO GINO (The Ron D. Moore/Sci-Fi Channel series) IS ALLOWED.

2. The submitter must be familiar with the Classic BSG universe (The 1978-79 series)

3. The submission must be 2000ish words.

4. All submissions must be made by board members. This means you need to join the BSGC to enter the contest. No outside submissions will be accepted. To join simply head to http://bsgc.proboards.com and sign up. Account validation will usually be within 8-24 hours.

5. With the exception of Hawke (who’s putting on the contest), everyone in the BSGC membership (including staff members) is eligible.

6. It must be an UNPUBLISHED work. This means that it cannot exist anywhere else.

7. Submissions must be made in the Contest Fan Fiction Submissions sub-board off of the Fan fiction & crossovers board.

That’s it. We will accept submissions for 2 months, and the entire board membership will vote by a poll on which submission is best. At the end of the 2 months the winner will be announced.

Now, it wouldn’t be much of a contest without prizes, would it? Here they are:


1st Prize: CHANGED: Autographed picture of Richard Hatch

2nd Prize: A brand new, never been opened ,Classic Battlestar Galactica “The Complete Epic Series” DVD set along with a complete set of David Kiern’s Classic BSG fan edits on burned DVDs. These edits can be watched/previewed in the theater at the BSGC. The edits consist of the Classic BSG episodes Saga Of A Star World, The Tombs Of Kobol (Episode - Lost Planet Of The Gods), Gun On Ice Planet Zero, Living Legend, War Of The Gods, and Judgement Day (Episode – The Return Of Starbuck). This prize is being provided by Hawke.

3rd Prize: A brand new never opened, still in the box 12 inch Gold Cylon Commander figure. This prize is being provided by Hawke.



*DISCLAIMER* Prizes are subject to change/be added to.
Well, that’s it. The deadline for the contest Is Midnight Central Standard time on January 6, 2010


Good luck everybody.

ostarella: (BSG)
Come one come all to the Battlestar Galactica Club. Why? Glad you asked. We are proud to announce a Fan Fiction writing contest.

With the possibility of a new Classic Battlestar Galactica movie coming out, we here at the BSGC, thought it appropriate to let YOU, the Classic BSG fan, write the opening scene for the new movie as you would imagine it.

Here are the rules:

1. It must be in the Classic (TOS) BSG format. NO GINO (The Ron D. Moore/Sci-Fi Channel series) IS ALLOWED.

2. The submitter must be familiar with the Classic BSG universe (The 1978-79 series)

3. The submission must be 2000ish words.

4. All submissions must be made by board members. This means you need to join the BSGC to enter the contest. No outside submissions will be accepted. To join simply head to http://bsgc.proboards.com and sign up. Account validation will usually be within 8-24 hours.

5. With the exception of Hawke (who’s putting on the contest), everyone in the BSGC membership (including staff members) is eligible.

6. It must be an UNPUBLISHED work. This means that it cannot exist anywhere else.

7. Submissions must be made in the Contest Fan Fiction Submissions sub-board off of the Fan fiction & crossovers board.

That’s it. We will accept submissions for 2 months, and the entire board membership will vote by a poll on which submission is best. At the end of the 2 months the winner will be announced.

Now, it wouldn’t be much of a contest without prizes, would it? Here they are:


1st Prize: CHANGED: Autographed picture of Richard Hatch

2nd Prize: A brand new, never been opened ,Classic Battlestar Galactica “The Complete Epic Series” DVD set along with a complete set of David Kiern’s Classic BSG fan edits on burned DVDs. These edits can be watched/previewed in the theater at the BSGC. The edits consist of the Classic BSG episodes Saga Of A Star World, The Tombs Of Kobol (Episode - Lost Planet Of The Gods), Gun On Ice Planet Zero, Living Legend, War Of The Gods, and Judgement Day (Episode – The Return Of Starbuck). This prize is being provided by Hawke.

3rd Prize: A brand new never opened, still in the box 12 inch Gold Cylon Commander figure. This prize is being provided by Hawke.



*DISCLAIMER* Prizes are subject to change/be added to.
Well, that’s it. The deadline for the contest Is Midnight Central Standard time on January 6, 2010


Good luck everybody.

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