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Aug. 22nd, 2013 @ 03:55 pm Overflowing writing ideas!
Not a bad thing here. I'm finishing up a short story I started in July that was my Camp NaNoWriMo entry. I completed my word count, but the completion of the story has sailed at least 14K words beyond that. Much of a surprise considering that I am hand writing it in a cheap 17 cent notebook.

So I am already looking toward November and the real NaNoWriMo, and I've thought that I would head back to my werewolf family story and write about the two older brothers as men in their young 20s (college, first marriages, etc). So I'm excited about that. I think of the first brother and how when his first wife dies that his future second wife will be there. They aren't aware of each other for about six years, but wife #2 is present when the first one dies. (She's a nurse, and no, it wasn't her fault.)

So all that is rolling along, and that's great. But today out of the blue like some Rube Goldberg Machine of thought, I get another completely different story idea to write. It would be set in a tropical Antarctica, obviously after a major climate change.

I'm full of ideas and this overflowing on something original is a fantastic feeling. Since I started my writing through fan fiction, I had initially been concerned that I couldn't do the world building needed to create my own stories. Then I thought I couldn't come up with plot ideas or finish a full novel length story. Now I know I can do all of that. Whether or not I'm good at it is up to someone else, but I know I can do it.
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From:trucherrygirl
Date:August 22nd, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I sort of thought that, too. But once I started doing my own original writing on ideas that I am really passionate about, I was like, "Hey, I can write BOTH original fiction AND fanfiction!" Can't wait to read about your NaNo projects. :)
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From:aikakone
Date:August 23rd, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
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I was just thinking about you yesterday! What a great coincidence that you found this entry and commented.

I have had in the past a few (never more than 2 at a time) close reading/critique buddies for fan fiction. I'd like to get that for originals. (My fan fiction buddies have all but disappeared.) I made an effort last week by joining a local writer's group that meets once a month.

I confess it was odd, though, for one thing. I told them my first great idea for an original came from fan fiction, and they asked me what it was. I didn't tell them because I don't want to be like Cassandra Claire or EL James who will forever be in the shadows of their fan fiction origins. The ties of my story to the original source material now are so ridiculously few but I know it would cause many people to try to pick out the common things. So except for a few I'm not mentioning the specific fandom.

Anyway... they asked me, and I didn't answer. Then they got mad about it. One of them seemed affronted like "We're not going to steal your idea!" The reason I didn't answer wasn't even about that. It's about keeping *some* things to myself in case I ever do get published. I might. I might not. I do want my works to stand on their own, though.

And this comment was long enough to be its own post.
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From:trucherrygirl
Date:August 26th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
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Haha, really? Me? Why? LOL. But thank you, that's flattering! :P

I'll be your writing buddy! Although, be warned, I am not the best at getting back to people. I still have tons of people's scripts/stories they sent me to catch up on. Sometimes I'll read it and then not provide feedback and then I feel terrible, but I will put forth my best effort. I would love to read anything you'd be willing to send me. I think I still have your Nano novel from 2010 in fact!

I'm curious about what fandom it came from (you can e-mail me if you like), especially because chances are I probably won't be familiar with it. I am not familiar with many fandoms.

Oh, yeah, I understand that. And I do hope the writers group gets better. I'm hard at work at a novel series project (5 novels) with my writing partner, but originally what we wrote was a TV pilot and now we're expanding on it. It's a supernatural pilot/novel series and we drew great inspiration from the main actors on Haven. Like, when we "cast" our characters, three of them look like the three main actors on Haven. But ours has a bigger "cast" of characters and a totally different mythology. There are some similarities, but hopefully too many people won't call it Haven when/if it gets published. And honestly, we're not writing in any specific order, so much of what we're writing won't be published anyway because some of it is non-canon. It's still an awesome writing adventure, though.

This is the longest I've stuck to writing anything original, so I share your happiness with you! Again, would love to read anything you are willing to send me. Maybe I will send a piece or two of my fiction writing as well. :)
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From:ashestothestars
Date:July 8th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
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As this is the first entry I've seen since I've come back, a Happy Belated Birthday to you!
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From:aikakone
Date:July 8th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I had a good birthday this year. I didn't think it was going to turn out so well, but it did thanks to a good friend who stepped in to make sure it was a day of FUN.

Oddly from this message, I haven't been writing squat lately. My dad died in December. I don't think I wrote about that. In February, I started looking for a house to buy. I closed on the house in May. I love it. I've also been doing yard work and enjoying that, which is something I formerly would not have envisioned myself doing (or feeling).
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From:ashestothestars
Date:July 8th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
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My condolences on your Dad's passing. It's hard to lose someone you love - went through that in January myself.
YAY on the house! That's always good news. :D

I've not been writing for about a year and a half really, but now that I'm on new meds, I finally see a break in the clouds - which - very good!

Hopefully I'll be up to being a NaNo buddy this year!
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From:aikakone
Date:July 8th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I tell myself I want to write, and I still have the unfinished stories in my head. I was even going to write during this July CampNaNoWriMo. I just haven't started. The nice thing about Camp is that at least we can pick our own word goals, and it isn't too late to start.

Thanks for the condolences about my dad. He'd been in a wheelchair the last year of his life and had a steady decline of health. So in an odd way it was a relief when he died because the suffering was finally over.

Hope you're doing okay with your loss. All grief is different. Was it also a parent?

As for my house, it's my first that's actually mine. I'd lived in apartments or other people's homes before, and I'm 40 years old now. Took a while for my mom to understand that I wanted to decorate it with MY style, not just take her handouts because she was being exuberant and helpful. (She had the best intentions, but it was a little stifling.) I couldn't figure out what my own style was if I was inundated with all of her old things. After 2 months, though, I am pleased with something that is mine and feels like a reflection of me and my taste.

Edited at 2014-07-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From:ashestothestars
Date:July 8th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
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It was my Great Aunt - the maternal side's matriarch. She was 95 and not in the best of health, so it wasn't completely a surprise. She and my grandmother (her sister) were highly involved in raising me, so while not a "parent" per-se, a parent figure.

I'm still at the random moments that strike me and I cry phase. She meant a lot to me and I miss her sarcasm and wit a lot.
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From:aikakone
Date:July 8th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I understand that in my own way. My grandmother died in 2006, and I was really close to her. The thought of her would just come to me at the oddest of times. I'd miss her most when I was happy, though, because I wish I could have shared my happiness with her, whatever it was at the time.