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16 September 2009 @ 09:55 pm
[come all the way down / and watch me burn]  
I should really not be posting right now. Half because I have nothing useful to say and half because I'm not in the best of posting moods. XD'

I've been sitting here refreshing the page on the critique forum since the professor made the thread for my story.

Which was... about five hours ago. XD

Three people have commented, and they seem to have liked it pretty well. I think part of my problem is that I'm honestly just fucking lazy -- I despise rewriting things. And a lot of it is that once I've finished a piece, I want it to be done: I've put in the time, the effort, and the energy, and I want to be able to set it down, push it off, and let it be. The End, Game Over, remember tip your waitress. XD

I can't believe they missed some of the stuff they missed, but I'm just laughing my ass off at the big thing no one's picked up, because I knew they wouldn't, and I'm not even entirely sure why I went that direction, because I knew they wouldn't when I wrote it in. Then again, it was kind of the unsteady basis for the entire flipping thing, so I guess it kind of has to be there. And it is too subtle. Maybe the professor will notice. Or I can just lol at all of them tomorrow. w/e. XD''

I've just felt very bleh all day thinking about it, of course, because dwelling on things always makes them better. Earlier I made a list about its uniqueness, because it's sooooo special:

- it's one of two stories (of a total of eight) that we've had with a male protagonist
- it's the only story we've had where both the primary characters are male
- it's one of two stories we've had that's set in the past tense
- it's one of two stories with consistent stretches of dialogue

The stupid banter seems to be winning people over at least a bit, as I had kind of hoped would be the case. XD I wish I was getting more comments on how much people liked Red. 'Cause I like Red. Which is my entire problem here -- I picked this up, pushed it around a lot, struggled with it, fought, won, and ended up liking it more than I'd expected to. So now I'm stupidly sentimentally attached to it, no surprise there.

Um, none of you really needed to hear ANY of this. XD'

I should go back under my rock now. XD

The only other news (such as it is) that I have is that I finished the bizarre fic I was mentioning... and figured out what the point of the whole thing was as I stated it in the last few lines. Accidental victory, haha. XD

...no, ask any writer; half the stuff that turns out the best is completely unintentional. TRY IT.

Umm... I just watched the Doctor Who: Children in Need 2005 special on YouTube. It was awesome.

The umpteen-millionth reason why eltea makes my world a better place: she sent me an email today (at 1:53 AM) entitled "I was just browsing an old chat and came across, from you..."

And the text of the message is



Feeling: anxiousanxious
On the Radio: "Over and Over" - Three Days Grace
passthebutter: twewy joshua bangpassthebutter on September 17th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
God, I know, I hate people critiquing my things. I'm insecure about my original writing. :x I'm sure yours will go fine... Just, y'know, think about it bettering you as a writer and all that crap. XD
Vitamin C: Matt - Bangtierfal on September 18th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
It went better than I'd expected it to, haha. If I'd been having a bad morning, I probably wouldn't squirmed the whole time, but it wasn't bad. XD

NO THOUGH. O-fic is... just so personal, which means that even objective critiques are, in fact, personal too. XD
goddess of this and that: Lightxlhappy_mystic on September 17th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
I hate rewriting things, too. You've already worked so hard on it-it's like cutting up your children.
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on September 18th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Exactly! D: Not my favorite experience at all. :|
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Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on September 18th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
B'aww, *pets you*

Yeah, you know? It's Done means It's Done. XD Buuuuut... I'm actually thinking I might just start this BAMF over entirely, because I've clearly lost my mind. XD'

IKR. Amuses the HELL out of me what people find. XD'
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Vitamin C: Jethrotierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Uhh... don't talk about yourself; state things as fact. Don't use contractions. Avoid colloquialisms. It's probably different in Korean than it is in English, so I really can't help you much.

Oh, editing's fine; editing is sometimes the most important part of the process, after writing it in the first place -- I've come to love things I hated just by changing them the right way. It's sitting down and reworking something I'm finished with that makes me twitch.
I MUST: WTF?sabriel75 on September 17th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
We shall be in a not-in-the-posting-mood together and so I shall depart on that note...

but not before I send *applause* cuz aliens are forever blowing up people's heads.

Oh wait... one more necessary edit...

Aliens. Always impregnating the humans if not blowing their heads up. (Didn't think of that one, did you? *shakes head sadly since she knows she's insane at the moment... and walks away*)

Edited at 2009-09-17 02:19 pm (UTC)
Vitamin C: The TARDIStierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Solidarity! XD

Aliens are so amazing, aren't they? XDD I will never cease to wonder at their many and varied talents.
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Vitamin C: L - Bluetierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
ikr. XD' I mean, there are things you can do in the present, word-wise, that you can't do in the past, and it does lend a sense of imminence that I like, but I tend to tell longer stories in the past tense, just because that feels like a story to me. I once read a YA novel that was in the present tense, and it was jarring the whole way through, because I kept stopping to stare at the verbs. XD

There was def chocolate involved. :D

....awesome? :3
Rex: Merlinicequeenrex on September 17th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
*is not in the posting mood but just posted her own entry whut*

Isn't natural to be insecure about what people are going to do to your baby? Because god knows you've worked hard on it and it's something you wrote so of course you'll be attached and I would hate it if people told me it wasn't good enough. :/ But hey, you said the comments you've received were pretty positive so far right? So hopefully everyone else will think so. And even if they don't, you'll just have to blow their minds away the next time. Like those aliens. ;D

Vitamin C: Merlintierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
*welcomes you to the boat* XD

Yeah, they actually weren't TOO bad. And most of the negative comments were things I'd thought about. A lot of my concern was that... I really don't like some of the people in the class, because they always have this Tone to their voice when they criticize, but it wasn't quite as hurtful as I expected, omglol. XDD

I intend to destroy their minds and trample on the pieces, hahahaa. XD

Rex: DN - L + Coffeeicequeenrex on September 18th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
:) That's good then. I'm glad! Eh, yeah, the tones they use sometimes, as if they know everything about you and want to bring you down is just...plain MEAN. Pfft.

;D GO YOU!! \o/

marissaabitofadork7 on September 17th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Bunny! XD

Whenever people critique my things, I always get so nervous, like, "OMG what if it sucked?" etc, etc. Rewriting things is haaaaard.
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)

It was extremely nerve-wracking, but I survived. XD And rewriting is vry tough. :|
marissaabitofadork7 on September 18th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you survived. XD
Marmmarmaladefever on September 18th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I hate rewriting new things, but if I've had a few years to sit on them, I tend to actually WANT to rewrite them.

Those aliens. :P

Hmm, so you get responses on a forum, eh? I can't decide if that sounds better than having everyone going around in a circle talking about you for half an hour or not.
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on September 18th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Well, yeah, there's that. XD It's just that I hate reworking stuff little by little and having to angle the whole plot differently to make up for something I sort of shoved together... even though the fact that I know I shoved it together means I should be willing to fix it. XD

Well, people have to write a page-long (ish XD) critique, and you post it to the forum before going to class. You also print out a copy and staple it to the back of the scribbled-on copy you were given, which you give back after everyone has sat around the table talking about the story for forty-five minutes. So it's both. XD
give me time. and a crayon.the_gabih on September 18th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
And a lot of it is that once I've finished a piece, I want it to be done

My thoughts exactly. Tbh, I'm not sure what I'm dreading more- WriMo or EditMo. Or doing repeat drafts of my creative writing coursework for English, but at least that shouldn't keep me up too late.

And that text... LOL.
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Haha, I've never had the fortitude to follow up with EditMo... which is probably why the one full novel that I wrote during WriMo in '06 is a big, crazy, over-worded mess. :DDD