Now that I've finished my Shaw vid (in the bullpen - there's a china doll in the bullpen). I can go back to writing!
BTW the Shaw vid was something in the months in the making and it was such a relief to finish it but I kept fiddling and fiddling with it until I said last night either I upload it now or it'll never get done. So I did and that was a relief.
Although I think I might remaster the vid once I get my hands on a higher quality source. Its too dark right now for my tastes.
Further commentary: I had such a resistance at Shaw being called a hammer by Harold because just looking at Reese as he is and his methods there is nothing subtle or surgical about his methods.
But then I read the thoughts of fellow fans here and I began to rethink it and I did end up liking the Shaw as a Hammer analogy because often times women operators are thought of as surgical, delicate etc., but Shaw for all her height is the heavy hitter. And I tried to show it as much as I could in the vid.
I also included Shaw the connections she made over the course of the season how she is the hammer in the bullpen but its not all of her, that these are the people she's come to think of as important to her.
I might do a vid commentary at a later date.
Now to writing notes: Elementary/Person of Interest fic seems to be plugging along nicely.
I'm really excited to write Root and Moriarty interacting. I think its going to be interesting since they might be similar but I don't think they'd spark well with each other precisely because they are too similar. And they'd be like two cats being remarkably territorial against one another.
I think for the majority of this story I might place the POV on the Elementary side of things, outside looking into the world our characters of Person of Interest live in. I don't think its a world Sherlock and Joan would like to live in, tbh.
( moving on to a different Life/Person of interest plot bunny )
At this point in time, Sam Shaw and Dani Reese are distinct people in my head, which is awesome since that means Shaw gets more fleshed out, but complicated for me since I'm still writing the Life/Person of Interest fusion the whole premise (since I started this in Relevance) is that Shaw is actually Dani Reese, who had to fake her death in order to become Sameen Shaw.
I think can still make it work, I'll make it work, its just getting a little bit hard because, like I said they're two distinct people in my head. They have the same template but diverges on pretty well. They're both fiercely and incredibly loyal people but the key thing for me is, and always will be the partnership between Crews and Reese (Shaw) so that's something I have to get right.
( Read more... )
Writing a Fringe/Bones crossover is getting harder and harder to do, Fringe has changed so much from season 1 to season 4 I don't know how to reconcile or justify writing the crossover anymore. I mean I want season 1 Fringe with season 3/4 Bones but personally I can't seem to just write season 1 Olivia knowing what I know about Olivia now.
Actually just writing a gen Fringe casefic is getting harder for me to do. This ties in to wanting to read and write a gen case fic in the vein of the X-Files case fics of yore but I can't seem to. It's more of a mental block though.
And, um, this is going to come off as character bashing but this is just me trying to articulate part of the reasons why I can't get into it. Part of it and that biggest block?
( Under the cut is a meandering post about the one thing that doesn't work for me in Fringe, it's just something I need to express. )
These thoughts aren't exactly new but a more recent rehash of the post I did in the past, for which I was so thoroughly trolled. That was a novel experience.
(Did I mention how much I love Gibbs and Ziva's relationship? He's a better father to her than the father she already has.)
How kick ass is Ziva? This kick ass:
I still very much miss Dani Reese and the fantastic partnership between Crews and Reese. I love their silences and the way they communicate without really needing to speak or the calm they seem to find in each other.
And you know for someone who's cranky Reese is actually very patient when it comes to Crews, a lot more patient than other cops would be if put in her shoes.
There's something about writing a story set in Manila that's really intimidating me. There's something about writing a story set in the Philippines that's intimidating me and I really don't know why that is...
Speaking of stories, Imaginary Beasts has released its Wuxia edition and it is fantastic!
Well, not really but I am wondering if there's a point in joining, all the times I've joined I've never really completed it. I wonder if its because fanfiction spoiled me? I mean, in fanfic I wouldn't need to think about worldbuilding because the world is already built but an original story means a new world to create and think about which is really far more difficult than I thought it would be!
It seems like every time I visit TV Tropes I emerge with a new fandom and this time is no different. I've been doing an Archive Trawl of Mahou Sensei Negima (Magical Teacher Negi) which of course led to an Archive Binge.
It took me a long time to get into this series when I first tried it out I was really, really put off by the fanservice. (Un)Fortunately TV Tropes was very convincing. It wasn't the fan service nor the prospect of finding out who Negi ends up with that caught my interest; actually my interest in Unwanted Harem series are almost nil, the only series I love that had an element of that trope was Ranma 1/2.
The story in a nutshell started out as Harry Potter meets Unwanted Harem and midway through the third volume of the series it shifts to Harry Potter meets Dragon Ball. With a lot of Clothing Damage. A LOT.
It's the clothing damage that kept me away for a long time.
( And then TV Tropes just had to have interesting things to say about Evangeline and Asuna. Spoilers up to current volume. )
For a Harem series of course a good deal of fan focus is devoted to shipping Negi but I'm actually less interested in that aspect of the series. I really don't care who Negi ends up with and other than the cuteness of Setsuna/Konoka I'm also less interested with the current generation.
The first generation interests me more. The Ala Rubra and their adventures in the magical world. I like how the adventures of the Ala Rubra seems to be a deconstruction of the heroic Shonen series ( spoilers up to chapter 268 )
I've consumed a lot of media since the start of August and I hope to write-up my impressions on the books, shows I've read/watched.
Let's start with the most recent.
Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I started reading the books because I stumbled into lizbee's rec post on the Attolia trilogy. It's a bit spoilery but I think if I hadn't read the spoilery bits I would have continued to put the books in the back burner rather than go on a one woman book hunt for MWT's books.
(Sidenote: For some reason or other I always mistake Queen of Attolia for one of Tamora Pierce's books. I also plan to read TP's books one of these days.)
As a nice change of pace from all the fantasy series I've read, the Attolia books are set in the Mediterraneans, or something close to it since MWT's world is not our own. Actually, the only other book I know set in a similar are Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantium duology.
Kay and MWT even share a similar way of handling the fantastic in their books. There's no outright magic but you know the fantastic and the mythic could occur in the stories.
( The adventures of Gen the Thief )
Queen of Attolia
This, this was the reason why I wanted to start in the first place. I read lizbee's description of the Queen and sort of... fell in love. Apparently I really do have a place in my heart for ruthless rulers.
(Okay, okay, my first thought was: ZOMG, It's like Azula as a main protagonist! Only maybe not so evil! They're really nothing alike but it was the impression I had when I read Attolia's description and like I mentioned, it was the main reason why I went around bookstores to get copies. So, yay?)
( You look like a vulpine )
I've entered several book stores in a hunt for the Attolia books and I only have one thing to say: I am pretty damned tired of vampires. I really, really am. Every book store I went to had vampire books on prominent display and I got pretty tired of looking at the same thing over and over and over again.
I like vampire stories as much as the next person but dammit, how about some variety, huh?
I blame Twilight for this.
NaNoWriMo is fast approaching again and I'm wondering if this is the year I actually get to finish a WriMo. One of my biggest problems aside from the worldbuilding is I don't write in order, I jump from scene to scene, sometimes I write a scene from the middle or sometimes I write the end and most of the time I don't know the plot. I mean, I try to plan for it but even if I do I find myself bogged down with the plotting because I suddenly realize I've plotted myself into a corner and I don't know how to proceed from there.
I have story ideas, lots of them but I don't know if it's enough to materialize into something.
BTW, the Endless Eight arc of Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya finally ended and while I'm pretty patient not all fans are and I really feel like they pushed this repetition arc too far although I suppose I understand why but I think eight is far too many for a repeating arc. I do appreciate the animation studio tried to put different scenes each time but I think there's a problem when even the director has expressed concerns about the number of episodes and was... summarily dismissed.
One thing watching and reading Haruhi Suzumiya taught me is that I can be spoiled for the ending of a story but I can still appreciate and be surprised by the journey towards the outcome maybe because of that I'm now a little more lax with spoilers. I mean, I can know the vague outlines of what will happen as long as I don't know the exact details of how the ending came to be.
Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...
Philip Pullman (b.1946)1 High-Brow, -1 Violent, 3 Experimental and 3 Cynical!
Philip Pullman was already a prominent author of children's books when he published his most praised work to date, the trilogy known as His Dark Materials (1995-2000). In this work, set both in parallel worlds and our own, Pullman made a courageous attempt to write a book for young readers which incorporated a whole vision of the universe, as well as a discussion of ethical issues. He managed to combine this with a burst of thought-provoking and entertaining imagination, bringing to life a Europe where the church is still in control, "souls" that have been externalised as animal presences, intelligent, sentient polar bears and much more. The series have been described as a sort of "anti-Narnia", as Pullman's attempt to write an updated variant of the kind of books C S Lewis, whom Pullman has criticized for having racist, misogynic and preaching tendencies, wanted to write. His Dark Materials has also spawned some controversy among Christians, who see the the work as an attack against Christianity, Pullman being one of Britain's most outspoken atheists. Other Christians have, however, claimed to have found spirituality in the books.
Either way, Pullman's combination of renewal and expansion of the genre, his profound messages on the value of life and his refusal to under-estimate his young readers' ability to see life as it is makes Pullman one of the most interesting and important writers of modern fantasy.
You are also a lot like Tove Jansson.
If you want something some action, try Gene Wolfe.
If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, J R R Tolkien.
I... am? Rly? I disliked the last book of the Golden Compass trilogy and its tainted the first two books for me plus all his other works. I have to think on this.
( Rambling thoughts on writing )
( stalled original stories )
A new-to-me anime I just started watching is the Legend of Basara. Someone recommended the series to me a while back and I'm glad I found it. The premise seems interesting: set in post-apocalyptic Japan where Japan is ruled over by a tyrannical king. The king divided up Japan among his four sons, the fourth and youngest was sent to the desert where he became known as the ruthless Red King.
The one thing that gives populace hope is the prophecy about the Children of Destiny. A set of fraternal twins were born and on that day, the blind prophet Nagi declared Tatara, the boy, as the child of destiny.
Sasara, Tatara's twin sister has to live in her brother's shadow from that moment on. Fortunately, her Tatara isn't a spoiled brat but he actually seems like a nice kid. But throughout her childhood Sasara wonders what her purpose in life is other than Tatara's twin.
( spoilery details and reactions to episode 1 )
Moar interviews, this time from angstbunny:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus the endless cycle of the meme goes on and on and on and on ...
( The questions and the answers )
Caught up with Castle, I do believe this show is getting better and better.
( Castle - A Death in the Family )
The thing about mornings by fialka
It's Castle-fic! And how!
I like my darkness mixed in with whimsy, hope and a good helping of crack (its really not a wonder why I got into Life, huh?) ; too much of the dark without any kind of relief makes me twitch. On the other hand, I'm curious about the later books.
Remember the Life fic I'm working on? The Ted-centric one? Yeah, still working on it. Why the heck are Ted and Olivia not cooperating? I want to finish this fic but neither character are cooperating. First, it was Olivia, now its Ted who's being stubborn. *pouts*
Amanda, on the other hand is cooperating rather well. A little too well.
( moar snippets with moar Ted )
Hey, you know what's also hard to write? A crazy but getting better sociopath protagonist. Yeah, why do I do this to myself?
Found and gakked from bantha_fodder:
Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudo-canon.</i x-posted: dreamwidth