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Sep. 12th, 2013

a plea to all writers, betas, proofreaders, and those who run fic fests

[Crossposted from my tumblr and made public...]

This is a plea to all those who write fanfic, to those who proofread and beta these fics, and to those who run fests that post these fics…

Please please double and triple check your work.

If you write, please invest time in finding a good beta for SPAG. Yes, plot is important, but if I cannot get past the first few paragraphs, I will never be able to see your amazing story or fall in love with your characterization.

Betas and proofreaders, being picky is your job. You are doing your writer a disservice if you let little things slip through, because something may seem tiny, but it may also leap out to readers if tiny mistake on tiny mistake is compounded. Homonyms and other similar sounding words and phrases are a huge, huge part of the problem.

And for those who run fests, I KNOW that running a fest is a huge time sink. I know you are overwhelmed. But I do recommend just skimming the first screen of every item when you pre-post it (or when it is submitted through AO3) just to see if anything leaps out at you. Otherwise there may be amazing fics that are never read because the reader simply can’t get past the grammatical errors.

I just tried to read a story for a fest (I’m not going to say which one, since I’m reading stories from something like six or seven fests in three fandoms right now). On the first screen I ran into multiple typos, several homonym issues (they’re/their for instance) and a couple of random word substitutions where the entirely wrong word was used because it had a similar sound (but wasn’t an actual homonym). I gave up because I just couldn’t take it seriously when my inner editor was perched on my shoulder whining about every sentence.

And I feel BAD about this. This is a writer who I am missing out on, and it could be an amazing story, but it’s so riddled with errors that I can’t take it seriously. And all it needed was a little time and effort and it passed through multiple gateways that missed these errors. And we’re not talking one or two (everyone has that slip through… I’ve had typos and word errors I’ve found in my own fics after they’ve been edited six times!), but an entire page riddled with errors.

I want to read fic. I want to give writers a chance. But reading is fun, and if I’m editing it in my head, I can’t… I just can’t… and I can’t comment because my comment would sound rude.

So yeah. This, then, is my response. Please remember to edit, and ask for help. No one is good enough that they don’t need a second pair of eyes. NO ONE.

[If there are typos or poor words in this post, I apologize… I really hope I haven’t set myself up for that kind of horrific irony. *laughs*]


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Jun. 3rd, 2013

public post!

With new people friending me, and I'm guessing they might be from TW fandom after Mating Games, please please please comment so I know who you are. I'm shy about friending back (not to mention, I won't friend anyone who isn't 18+ due to content on this journal). Thanks, dudes!


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May. 23rd, 2013

on the subject of conflict

I suck at plot, so I'm hardly the person to be writing this, but... every story should have a conflict.

Even fluff, yes. Even silly, sappy, sweet fluff should have some kind of a conflict. Because there needs to be something to engage the reader's interest and to draw them into the story. If everything is perfect and simple, there's no reason to continue. Give us flash and fire, even if it's a sweet slow burn.

I've read a lot of stories lately of the sort I might call a travelogue. As in, the characters start at one point, and they travel along a neat, straight line until they get to the end of the story. There are no bumps, there are no stalls, there are no curves in the road. It simply goes day to day until it is done, and there is no sense of resolution because there was no problem set out to start.

These stories can be sweet, yes, but they often leave the reader feeling like they want something more, like there is something missing at the end.

So no matter what you write, ask yourself at the start: Who has the stakes in this story? What is the problem (however minor it might be) and how will it be resolved? What are the hurdles that need to be overcome in the course of resolving this problem?

I was going somewhere with this... I'm sure I was, but I am so overtired that I'm losing it now in my thoughts. So lets open this up to discussion. Ask questions, supply thoughts, brainstorm. If you want to pick at examples, please use either my own work (I offer it all up to you -- please feel free to call me out on times I didn't follow my own advice!) or published work.


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May. 21st, 2013

more links for Oklahoma

Dudes, do you want even better links to help out the folks in Oklahoma? Please look behind the cut at a shared post from my friend [livejournal.com profile] crazyparakiss. She has links for local folks you can contact in Oklahoma to help people.

I am including her post in full behind the cut. Not everything being looked for is monetary, although shipping is an issue of course.

places to help out Oklahoma )


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[No Subject]

I am reposting two entries from the writing community on LJ with links to help those who were affected by the storms in Oklahoma. Please, if you can, help out. A dollar will help (they add up) or a signal boost, or anything you can do. Help doesn't need to mean money; we all have resources even if it's a great network to help spread the word. Also, please check out both original posts as there may be more links in the comments to the posts to more places that can help.

Me, I've been thinking of turning the upcoming word war into a write-a-thon. I'm just not sure how to manage it or if it would work.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] suricattus at Looking on, from too far away

Like most of the US, I’ve been watching the news coming from Oklahoma over the past 24, and wondering what the hell the rest of the storm season is going to be like, between tornados and hurricanes and…

Based on the increasing severity of storms (thank you climate change) and the idiotic cutbacks in aid (thank you, governors who say “no money for FEMA”…until it’s their state that gets hit, as though disasters respect human-made borders), we’re going to see a lot more calls for help.

I went through superstorm Sandy.  I saw my home states devastated.  And I saw how people came forward to help, after. Even the smallest amount, the most basic gesture, means more than you can imagine.

If you want to help in Oklahoma (or any disaster scene), start with groups already in-place, with an established reputation. That way, your donations can be put to use immediately. And check to see what they need, before you donate.

We all know about the Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation), and Doctors without Borders, etc. And if you don’t know about Red Rover Animal Rescue, you should check them out (as well as Animal Resource Center). But one of my favorites is Loads of Hope. It’s backed by Tide (yes Tide the detergent), and they bring massive washing machines to scenes without water or electricity, to make sure that people have clean clothing to wear.

Trust me, if you’ve ever been displaced or suddenly made homeless, something as simple as a clean pair of socks and underwear can make the difference between hopeless and hopeful.

Can’t give money? Give blood. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

(And yep, just made an appointment to donate blood myself. O-type & good veins… phlebotomist’s delight. 0.0 )



Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] marthawells at post
It's been horrible watching the news in Oklahoma. I know a lot of people there from the SF/F community, and felt very lucky when they all checked in on Facebook to say they were all right.

To help, you can donate to the Red Cross web site or text REDCROSS to 90999. The Animal Resource Center of Oklahoma City has a link to a donation page for animal relief. And you can donate to Pet Food Pantry.

If anyone knows any other places to donate, please post in the comments.



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May. 7th, 2013

because sometimes we all need to hear this...

Tae kwon do isn't just about kicking things and hitting things. It isn't about forms, it isn't about sparring, it isn't about breaking boards.

Tae kwon do is about attitude.

We talk a lot about attitude during class, from the Little Dragons on up through the adults. We talk about respect, we talk about challenging ourselves, we talk about being our best.

Note that: our best, not the best.

The May newsletter came out from my dojang today. There are some notable items, like the photo archive pictures (which include Boo punching with his chamber hand actually chambered and my friend breaking her brick with a flying side kick (amazing)) and the invitation for moms (that includes friends, so any local mom friends of mine, y'all are included) to get a month free and a free uniform. Er, wait, before I move on... three years ago, I started doing TKD because of that very same invitation. I'm addicted. So yeah, there's your reference.

Anyway.

Also included are "5 Major Keys to Success in Martial Arts that you can apply to everyday life". I'm going to quote those here, and I want y'all to look at them. Especially writers. And artists. And anyone.

5 Major Keys to Success in Martial Arts that you can apply to everyday life )

I'm going to take those apart from the writing point of view.

Cutting for length, but I beg you, please give this a look. )

See what I mean? Now go forth and think... I am amazed by all of my friends and all my fandom colleagues. Your all rock. You are all amazing, and I suspect in a few years you will all be even MORE amazing. I believe in you. I hope you believe in yourselves.

And yeah, I'm posting this because sometimes I need to be reminded too.

[P.S. I've made this public. Please feel free to share. Yes, I am in an inspire the world! mood right now.]


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Apr. 4th, 2013

[No Subject]

Hey...

I know you think I'm here all the time, but truth is, I keep forgetting to check my flist, and I really need to get back in the habit. It's hard for me, since it's all RP stuff and I'm not RPing anymore. And then folks change their names and I keep going wait, who's that? Did we play in a game five years ago? (maybe)

So yeah. I'm constantly confused and I can't remember who anyone is and it... I miss Rping, but I'm not going back. I barely have time for life as it is, but yes, I miss y'all.

Just... do me a favor? If we haven't interacted recently and I might have forgotten who you are and why you are here, drop me a note and let me know where I know you from? I'm trying to slim down my reading list since I don't need to see the icons and I want to be able to scan my list quickly so I *do* it.

Help me out?

Jan. 14th, 2013

A public post

Since the holidays are over, and I've had a few new people friend me, and I've friended some new folks, and hols reveals are later today... I thought I'd put up one of those public who the hell is this person (and why does this journal seem blank) posts. :)

Hi, I'm tryslora, and my journal is primarily friends only. I rarely put up public posts (like this one). This is my real life space. In this journal I talk about taekwondo, health, kids, family, traveling, random crap, ranting, writing, art (I can't draw), music, and just about anything else you can imagine.

What I don't do is post fic (although I'll talk about my own) or recs. Those have their own journals, which are both totally public.

Fic: [personal profile] wordsinthehall or [livejournal.com profile] wordsinthehall

Recs: [personal profile] viewfromthehall or [livejournal.com profile] viewfromthehall

If you are over the age of 18 (I do not friend minors, I'm sorry but this journal is NOT appropriate) and you want to meet the person behind the writing, please feel free to friend me. But also please drop a comment here! I don't automatically friend back unless I know who you are or have interacted with you. I'm happy to have new folks to talk to!


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Dec. 25th, 2012

[No Subject]

I got a Breakout Kings gift fic for Yuletide! You can see it at Under Pressure.

I've been going nuts for four hours because I really wanted to curl up and read it after I saw the summary in my email. I love how Lloyd views the world; he is totally my favorite character from the show. I'm incredibly sad not to have this show to look forward to again this summer.

This is a wonderful fic, all in Lloyd's head, and I love watching how he views the case, the world, and how he views Julianne.

In other Yuletide news, I wrote four fics for the main collection. I've received some comments, which have made me super happy. The AO3 added a new bit of code where if an author replies to a comment on a fic which is still anonymous, the comment will remain anonymous until reveals. I'm trying to decide if I should reply to comments as I get them! It would be kind of fun to get to squee back and forth about the fandoms.

[NOTE: I'm making this post public after it posts because just in case my Yuletide author stops by, I want you to know that you are loved, mystery author!]


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Nov. 14th, 2012

Wish List 2012

My Wish List...

Things that have a monetary value: )

Things that can be made/drawn/spoken/etc.: )

Things that you can do for other people (I'm not putting this part behind a cut because it's most important):

- Find any other wish and fill it. Seriously. Make someone's day.

- Check out the auctions at [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid and bid on something. Sandy destroyed so many of the things in my corner of the world, and every little bit helps. If you want to make me personally accountable for what you buy, I still have slots for sale on the Buy It Now page for both fic and icons. If you want to make me be the one spending money, I have a request on the Custom Requests page where I'm looking for an Alphas/Breakout Kings crossover fic.

- Give money to any charity dealing with diabetes (type one or two), fibromyalgia, heart disease, LGBTQ awareness, LGBTQ kids.

- Give money or food to your local food pantries and homeless shelters.

- Sponsor a child to take a sport. Tae kwon do is my sport of choice, and it has done wonderful things for my son, but any sport or consistency of practice and exercise is a great outlet for a child and a way to help develop focus and discipline. Help that child find the sport that calls to them, whatever it is.

- Sponsor music programs in your schools. We are losing them, and they help the brains develop in wonderful ways. Music and art are needed so we can have creative and intelligent children that turn into brilliant leaders.

- When you read a fic, see a piece of art, listen to a podfic or a music mix, watch a vid, or anything fandom related, drop a note to the creator to tell them if you enjoyed it. I know we don't enjoy everything we see, but if you do like it, say something please, even if it's just a "kudos" or "thumbs up" or "thanks for sharing". Comments are love!

- Hold open a door, carry a package, pick something up that was dropped, say thank you to your cashier on a crazy busy day, smile at the people around you. In this crazy insane busy ohholycrapmadness holiday season, take five extra seconds to remember that are all on this earth together and sometimes just a smile and a pleasant conversation can turn a hellish shopping outing into something fun. Don't forget the celebration in the season, and pass that along to everyone around you. Energy flows, and if we keep the positive energy flowing, the negative energy won't wear us down.

Most of these wishes don't begin and end with the holidays, especially the last set. I'm keeping this as a checklist for myself throughout the year. It's hard to remember all the time, but I'm going to try.

Love to you all.

P.S. I reserve the right to come back and add other things as I think of them...


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Oct. 14th, 2012

Dear Yuletide Writer!

It's Yuletide!! And I'm bouncing with glee! )


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Sep. 11th, 2012

rare public post

Hi there! This post will be repeated periodically.

This journal is friends only.

If you are here only for my fics, please go to [personal profile] wordsinthehall on DW or [livejournal.com profile] wordsinthehall on LJ.

If you are here only for my recs, please go to [personal profile] viewfromthehall on DW or [livejournal.com profile] viewfromthehall on LJ.

If you are here for the actualities of my real life, including talk about kids, taekwondo, beating my head against the writing process, and some extremely detailed and boring to do lists, please comment and let me know who you are.

Thanks!


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Jul. 9th, 2012

Marathon: Pens down!

It's over! Well, technically it was over last night when you went to bed, but this is your official check out post!

How did you do? I broke the 20k line with 20,482 words. Man do I ever wish I could write like that ALL THE TIME. It felt sooooo good to just get to sit and write and clean and feel like I wasn't being stressed and get to enjoy social time. Yeah. NICE.

ANYWAY.

Report in here with your final numbers! If you made goal, please tell me a pairing (or character) and a small prompt, and a maximum rating, and I shall try to write you a ficlet. If you didn't make goal, THAT'S OKAY because ALL WORDS ARE AWESOME WORDS.

I swear, I'm changing the name on my journal to that. Because really. That's my catchphrase now. :)

If you missed out on this marathon, don't worry! There will be others! Also, when the word wars come up at hd_writers, I'll be sure to let y'all know. You don't have to be writing H/D or even HP fic to come participate in those!

It was an INCREDIBLE five days and I'm SO THRILLED that I had y'all with me. The energy was wonderful and it really helped me out, and I hope it helped you as well!!


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Jul. 8th, 2012

Marathon, day 5!

Oh, wow, you're in the home stretch! The end is right there around the corner, after just a few more words. We can make it! We're almost done!

I'm hovering just under 17k words right now; I think I have to write 3002 to make goal on this marathon, and I'm settling in to hopefully do just that in the next couple of hours. We have guests arriving in three hours, and I have to be ready to take the rest of the day off and enjoy life and time with friends I haven't seen in all too long!

On the other hand, my kitchen is mostly cleaned AND reorganized. Well, one of them. Yes, I have two kitchens. Long story. The other one is in better shape, too, after yesterday.

I'm continuing work at Deflower Draco and trying to tell it that it doesn't need to be a novel (Draco and his potential partner apparently disagree, as do all those people around them). Well, we're still having fun, so that's a good thing, right?

How are you doing so far? We're almost there, and I know you can do it! A few folks have already crossed the line (I'll be taking roll call in the wrap-up post tomorrow) but I am sure the rest of us will be joining them in kissing the dirt and walking for a cool down shortly. Grab a bottle of Gatorade and make sure you're properly hydrated and GO GO GO!!

Have anything you can share with us that's not going to be anonymous? Please try to keep shared snippets or sketches SFW and light R or lower as this is a public entry.

And that strange sound you hear is me by the sidelines, jumping up and down with pompoms crackling as I scream encouragement. Go! Go! Go!


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Jul. 7th, 2012

Marathon, day 4!

This has to be a short post this morning, because I'm already off and running on the cleaning portion of the day, although I haven't had a chance to take a break and make words yet. We are trying to move the house from "utterly embarrassing" to "merely cluttered" before we have guests tomorrow!

And oh yes, I'm going to go do more kitchen cleaning.

It is day 4 out of 5, which means the end is just around the corner! How are you doing today? I'm at about 13k words, but I know I won't get much done tomorrow, so I'm hoping for a major sprint at some point today (between dishes, decluttering, and going to the library).

My Deflower Draco piece has developed a life of its own and is happily writing itself, I swear. I'm hopeful to get it done before the marathon is over. It's at about 9k and rolling right along at this point.

How are you doing so far? Anyone need some pick me ups? There are virtual cookies right over there on the table, and I've got all kinds for all folks (my daughter recommends the chocolate raspberry, but me, I'm partial to the high protein low carb nut and chocolate ones). Can you hear the roar of the crowd cheering you on? YOU CAN DO IT!!

Have anything you can share with us that's not going to be anonymous? Please try to keep shared snippets or sketches SFW and light R or lower as this is a public entry.

And that strange sound you hear is me by the sidelines, jumping up and down with pompoms crackling as I scream encouragement. Go! Go! Go!

Don't forget, if you haven't signed up for the marathon yet, but want to get in on the fun, you are welcome to do so! Just go here: DW | LJ | IJ


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Jul. 6th, 2012

Marathon, day 3!

Oh look! It's the midpoint! And I'm kind of wishing I hadn't done the right thing and gotten out of bed with the early risers because I'm feeling kind of exhausted. Oops. It is very tempting to go get another hour of sleep.

But it is day 3 of our 5 day marathon, which means today you ought to be rounding the midpoint and starting on the downward slide towards finished. If you've been sprinting until now, maybe you can slow down a little. If you've had a rough uphill start, hopefully the downhill will bring you some speed!

Yesterday was one of those days where I was wishing I could do this ALL THE TIME. By 1pm I had already made goal on words, done dishes, done some cleaning (still not my office) and was heading out to run errands with my mom. I went to TKD last night without feeling guilty about all the things I could be doing. It was AMAZING. Today I have plans to write and take my mom and daughter to the mall (which is why I should not sleep more, but I might still snooze, we'll see).

So how are you doing? Did you make goal for yesterday? Flounder a bit and need some encouragement? Please feel free to stop by the day 2 check-in post (er, I'm not linking since it's in three different places -- last public post before this one!) OR comment here and we will all cheer you onwards!

Have anything you can share with us that's not going to be anonymous? Please try to keep shared snippets or sketches SFW and light R or lower as this is a public entry.

And that strange sound you hear is me by the sidelines, jumping up and down with pompoms crackling as I scream encouragement. Go! Go! Go!

Don't forget, if you haven't signed up for the marathon yet, but want to get in on the fun, you are welcome to do so! Just go here: DW | LJ | IJ


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Jul. 5th, 2012

Marathon, day 2!

Good morning! Although for some of you, it may already be evening and slipping into night, which is why I'm getting this posted now.

It's day 2 of our 5 day marathon, and at this point you might be jogging writing along and thinking that there are an awful lot of days left, so why would you need to pick up the pace? Keep things on a comfortable, even keel and you'll be all set!

Yesterday I managed to have some fun in the sun at my parents' house (the temperature of the pool was soooo warm) and good grilled dinner, AND got my writing done during the day. Also food shopping (we replenished ALL the possible drinks in the house, making for a painfully heavy trip). I didn't get to work on my office, though, so that needs to trickle up to the top for today.

So how are you doing? Did you make goal for yesterday? Flounder a bit and need some encouragement? Please feel free to stop by the day 1 check-in post (er, I'm not linking since it's in three different places -- last public post before this one!) OR comment here and we will all cheer you onwards!

Have anything you can share with us that's not going to be anonymous? Please try to keep shared snippets or sketches SFW and light R or lower as this is a public entry.

And that strange sound you hear is me by the sidelines, jumping up and down with pompoms crackling as I scream encouragement. Go! Go! Go!

EDIT: And if you haven't signed up for the marathon yet, but want to get in on the fun, you are welcome to do so! Just go here: DW | LJ | IJ


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Jul. 4th, 2012

Marathon, day 1!

Good morning! Although for some of you, it may already be evening and slipping into night, which is why I'm getting this posted now.

It's day 1 of our 5 day marathon, and hopefully you're starting to settle into a comfortable pace. Me, I'm looking at a day of warmth ahead of me, and hopefully a good amount of writing time mixed with social times and barbecue (it's the 4th of July, in the States, thus barbecue is a moral imperative, right?).

So how are you doing? Have you set a comfortable pace? Started off with a sprint so you can slow down for another day? Any stumbling blocks or road bumps or unexpected Heartbreak Hills? (Yes, I'm originally a Boston girl, can you tell?)

Have anything you can share with us that's not going to be anonymous? Please try to keep shared snippets or sketches SFW and light R or lower as this is a public entry.

And that strange sound you hear is me by the sidelines, jumping up and down with pompoms crackling as I scream encouragement. Go! Go! Go!

EDIT: And if you haven't signed up for the marathon yet, but want to get in on the fun, you are welcome to do so! Just go here: DW | LJ | IJ


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Jul. 3rd, 2012

Let's write a marathon!

Do you have projects that need to be done? Fest fics due in a week or to? Novels to be written? Short stories for anthologies? Come run write a marathon with me!

This marathon runs on your own local time, from wake-up Wednesday morning until when you go to bed Sunday night. FIVE DAYS of getting ALL THE WORDS written!

My goal is to make 20k in 5 days (I will give myself bonus points if I get to 26.2, [livejournal.com profile] chazari *grins*). But if 20k doesn't suit your style, you can sign up for a 5k or 10k race instead!

All you have to do is this:

1 - comment on this post with your username, the length of race you plan to run (5k, 10k, 20k), and if you'd like, give some information about what projects you'll be working on

2 - wake up Wednesday and start writing!

3 - come back here roughly daily and let us all know how you're doing! or not. Seriously, we're low key here!

4 - come back on Monday and let us know at the check out post how you did!

I make no guarantees of prizes, although I might be persuaded to write drabbles/ficlets for those who make their goals.

This isn't only for those writing fanfic! If you're a writer of any kind, you are welcome to check in and join us here!

Also, for all the artists out there, please feel free to join in as well. I'm not as conversant in art times, so set yourself a goal on check-in and spend the next five days arting away and let us know how you did at the end!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? Sign up! Let's go! The folks on the other side of the earth will be waking up to Wednesday soon!

P.S. If you would like to pass this along to friends to join in, please do. The more the merrier as we write together and cheer each other on!


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Jul. 2nd, 2012

Marathon checkout post!

Hullo, all! I hope those of you who marathoned with me over the weekend had a good time writing. Whether you made it all the way to 10k or not, I hope you made words and you are happy with those words.

the details of my weekend )

So, how did you do with your writing this weekend??


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