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17 September 2009 @ 08:32 pm
First of all, I survived.  
Survival is a good first step, imho.

We workshopped... and workshopped... and workshopped... and it was all well and good. Only one guy in the entire class understood the mythological underpinning of the story (and therefore only he got the title), and he ushered in a wave of "Ohhhhh" that amused me immensely.

Honestly, I didn't expect ANYONE to get it, so that's all right with me. XD

Nobody asked about what "Bracket" was supposed to mean, sad panda. XD

In general, people dig my shit.

I make the plot-hole version of Swiss cheese, as usual. What is this "motivation" of which you speak?

I ignored, knowing full-well that it was a bad plan forgot a very crucial rule: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired." -- Anton Chekhov.

I have an ongoing love affair with gritty big cities, but I'm a suburban being through and through. These things blend very badly. XD

LOL WHAT IS A CLIMAX THAT DOESN'T SUCK. I think I'm still reeling a little from the most recent climax I wrote, which, as many of you know, included a hostage situation, a fistfight in the dark, and a building getting blown up. XD''

So basically, it wasn't too bad.

The bad part is that there have been enough structure, plot, and character critiques/suggestions that... I want to rewrite it.

No, like, rewrite it. Like, tear it up (though not literally; I ♥ trees) and start over from scratch.

I emailed my professor today asking if there was any sort of expectation about what the "revising" process was supposed to be -- like, if it's supposed to be an improved version of the original, or if I can just chuck it and begin anew -- and he replied with some very dangerous words:

"It's absolutely up to you how much you change your story."


He also said:

"So, go for it. I'm looking forward to reading it again, and I think what was on the page this time was a pleasure to read and very promising."

which made me go very :3 indeed. XD

....I've got tripped-out ideas for Version II. I guess we'll see how it goes. XD

And by that I mean, "We'll see how lazy I am."

Anyway, since the two will probably end up pretty drastically different, I might post both of them for you guys to read when they're done with. :) And then you can be like, "YEAH THE FIRST ONE DID SUCK IN SOME WAYS. 8D," and I won't even be offended. XD


Okayso. XDDD

At the last second, one girl was like, "I was a little confused, too -- are they lovers? I mean, Bracket just touches him a lot -- like he's always ruffling his hair."

And I was like OMGLOLLL. XDDD

And then another girl went, "I was thinking that, too!"

And I explained that I had originally planned it to be ambiguous whether Red was in love with Bracket or not, but as it played out, it was more about the brotherhood than anything else. And one girl was saying how she really bought it because they had such an intellectual, almost Dickensian, vaguely homoerotic relationship in the archaic sense, which worked for her because of all the jarring literary references I had. XDDDD

And then Another Girl from above was like, "I think it would be awesome if they were lovers."


My favorite part, though, is that there was a lot of confusion about Bracket's age, because I never stated it.

In my mind, he's probably in his early- or mid-twenties.

Red is seventeen. XD

I love the smell of shota in the morning. XD


Umm, my only other news is... fic news.

(a) The Best, a Matsuda/Mikami (damn gay straight!) piece for sabriel75, which has caused me to be moved to the top of the Priority Sakujo List for making Mikami cute.

(b) ...why do I write nothing but depressing drabbles for Doctor Who? XD Stay tuned for that soonish. XD

Feeling: contentcontent
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Vitamin C: Arthur/Merlintierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Well, back in the day, women weren't really educated, so men generally had TRULY significant, intellectual relationships with... other men. Not in a gay way, or not really, but they were closer and better-understood emotionally in those relationships than probably in their heterosexual ones. Something like that, I think is what she meant.

Pfffffff. Fandom has destroyed my soul. XD
give me time. and a crayon.: Dance Ianto dance!the_gabih on September 18th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
"So, go for it. I'm looking forward to reading it again, and I think what was on the page this time was a pleasure to read and very promising."

Aww, your teacher sounds lovely!


xD I've been thinking that lately. I was watching the Beatles' film 'Help!' the other day, and there's a scene where the bad guys attack the house. I was seeing homoeroticness everywhere, and it didn't help that at one point John Lennon was fighting this other guy in his bed.

And would you call seventeen shota? I know a lot of the US says 18's the age of consent, but I can't help but think of seventeen-year-olds as pretty much adult. This may, however, be my British conditioning coming through...
Vitamin C: Jethrotierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I really like him. :D He's critical and really knows his stuff, but he's a cool guy. ^^ Plus he has a pretty Indian accent, haha. XD

IKR. The world is so different through the slash goggles! I can't go back and watch movies; I start shipping things and my soul dies. XD

We... definitely would. ._. The US is really strict about age of consent, to the effect that an eighteen-year-old guy can go to jail for having sex with his seventeen-year-old girlfriend, because it's legally statutory rape. >_>
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Vitamin C: Ten :)tierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: {lj has eaten this twice; let's try a third time aaaah}
Wooo! XD

omg, I seriously... just spent that entire part of the conversation facepalming, hahaha. XD


♥ ^^
I MUST: Sexy gals can read too...sabriel75 on September 18th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
For some reason your experience makes me want to throw out the quote: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning!"

And see, the remarks come across intellectually-stimulating or at least writer-ly stimulating as you wish to rewrite the entire thing. That's so exploitative exploratory of you and brilliant! Since it means we get to read two pieces from you rather than one.

And just yes! Please tell me you said that aloud in class: And I was just like, "THANK YOU, FANDOM, FOR MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO WRITE ABOUT TWO MEN PLATONICALLY."

Because personally, their reaction to that statement is really what I am interested in hearing. Have you ever told anyone in your Creative Writing class that you write fanfiction? How do you think they would take it?

Too tired after being up most of the night to read my lovely fic (of which I am certain even without reading it) at this moment, but I heart the pairing already!

Vitamin C: Mikamitierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I was a bit impressed on the whole, though there were some things I thought that I'd made clear and they'd just dropped the ball on, haha. XD' I guess my arrogance will never quite go away! XD


I actually haven't told any of them -- I was considering mentioning it on the forum to see if there were any kindred spirits. I think they'd look down on it a lot, because they're English Major Snobs, but I, of course, would defend it to the death and point out to them that I can obviously write, so what's the real difference other than medium? :)

Aww, def take your time! Sleep is more important, haha. ^^
Rex: DN - Mikami - I fap to thisicequeenrex on September 18th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
So generally, you're a genius, no? 8D

Glad to hear it went good! :D And omglol, I think it'd be awesome too if they were lovers but, as you said:


Well....you see where I'm going with this. XD

I think that the o-fic I'm working on, despite having the lead as a chick, is so going to have guy-ish innuendo. So maybe...not for children?? XD

And ahem, who doesn't like shota when it's written well?? >D

*is shot*
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
*scuffs feet* XD

Hahaha, I think Red and Bracket are in a boat with Adam and Evan, where I'm more inclined to leave the shipping off-screen. Which is not to say I won't provide plenty of fodder for it, /bad person XDD

\o/ Children are overrated anyway XD'

Well, you can't spell "shota" without "shot," amiriiiiiite? XDDDD
Rex: KHR - Dinoicequeenrex on September 19th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Oh gawd the shot/shota comment made me giggle like an idiot. I actually said - out LOUD - "Oh wow, I didn't realise that!" 8D

Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on September 19th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I'm TERRIBLE with these things. XD
marissaabitofadork7 on September 18th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
You know, LJ should have one of those "like" buttons, because sometimes, that's all there is to be said, because you said a mouthful in your post.

So, I agree with Rex. Basically, you're a total genius in disguise as a fanfiction-writing college student. XD
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on September 18th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I do have a tendency to say a lot, don't I? XD

Yayy! 8DDD
marissaabitofadork7 on September 18th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Occasionally. XD

passthebutter: doctor who bitch broke my mirror!passthebutter on September 19th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
I am... totally excited to read this story. XD
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on September 19th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Pffff, we'll see how exciting it is when I actually post it, haha. XD The new one will be better. Provided that I wrote it. OTL. XD
Charlottekoneko_zero on September 21st, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, sweetheart! Well done, I'm so glad it went so well for you! *cheers and waves pom poms like a total lunatic* 8D

Vitamin C: Merlintierfal on September 22nd, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!! :D It was wayyyy better than I expected, haha. XD