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I figured I'd do a little follow up on my vacation "type up" post (which can be found here). I've done some more writing posts since, but I think most of them were about snippets that amused me and my folder structure and less about progress.

Especially since I used up some evenings and Sundays to type up more as well as this weekend that I'm spending at my parents. I've at least managed to work my way through the little blue and green notebooks (as seen on the pictures in the post linked above) and a few more newly written stories. I've decided to do the spiral bound notebooks last even though I took them with me to my parents. They're the least likely to get out of order as they're all nicely connected. The number of loose papers missing a beginning or continuation are on the rise - at least when it comes to their percentage. I'm taking this to mean that I'm slowly starting to reach an end.

Which is a good thing. I'm seriously considering stopping to type up more today as I keep hitting the wrong keys.

Anyway, I think I had reached 33 pages during my last post again. Well, now I'm back to 116 pages - nearly at 117. It's mostly noticable in that saving takes a moment as does the scrolling. I guess I'll be splitting it up again and work on cleaning up my existing files a bit.

I think when I'm done typing up, I really need to post one of the stories that's filled up with WiPs that I see at random places. Mostly for Harry Potter, but I think it's a great idea. I think I might call it "Bunny Graveyard" or something like that...
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I think I need to do some kind of life stream, twitter or otherwise blogging (without spamming) about me re-reading my old stories. I laugh myself silly all the time. Either because my writing is so hilarious(ly bad) or because I'm still all for the ideas I had.

Like this one:
He was about to tell Mac his opinion when he remembered a good advice from one of his teachers, “If they don’t care about you, don’t care about them. If they hurt you, hurt them.”

Yes, that's good advice. Just what kind of teacher was that?! I don't think any teacher would tell a student to hurt someone back.

I think it's a good thing I can laugh about them. I mean, some of clumsy writing, some have clumsy plotting, some have both and - hopefully I never find the words orbs in my stories or fancy names for colours or anything I found on [ profile] fanficrants.

As if the file names aren't fun enough as it is at times. I've found one "Drunk Danny.doc".

I've also found some files with Author's Notes at the top, references to years and mailinglists. I have a feeling that even though they can be found in my wip section that they were actually published somewhere at some point. I think I remember now why I never bothered cleaning those files up... I think at one point during transferring them back and force between computers as I got a new one, as I put them on usb sticks to type on the go and what not, I screwed up my nice and tidy (ha! as if that was ever true) order of stories...

(And now I should stop typing, should stop reading and head to the bath that is waiting for me)
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I'm currently cleaning up my fiction folder. I tidied up my original folder (renaming files, combining files with just a few lines into idea files, combining the 4 or 5 idea files I had,...) and after moving all of the fandom folders into a wip to better separate them from the beta, published and other folder, I started working on my crossover folder.

about my folders and folder cleaning )

Anyway, right now I'm busy checking the files that only have fandoms attached and nothing about content. It reminds me why I so love re-reading my ideas and written stories - because I find plenty of gems.

The one that inspired this post (which wasn't supposed to contain the above rambling) is simply titled "mcu sh" and contains just the following:

"Tony Stark meets Sherlock Holmes – let the world end now."

For some reason it made me laught, because - I think Mycroft would be running.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([stock] typewriter)
I just saved all the pictures of my pins from my "inspiration" board since I figured - I want to be inspired, what if they're goone/I'm offline?

Well, I had 455 pins. And I ended up with 450 files. 3 of the pins were moved to a different board ("other diy") and I encountered one pin that apparently didn't exist. At least pinterest couldn't find it. That leaves one pin I missed saving. Damn. I'm not going to check which one I forgot. Especially considering the many duplicates I found. Pinterest tells me if I try to pin an already pinned pin, but either it's a newer feature (newer in relation to that board) or if two people make a pin from the same website, they're considered different pins and it therefore doesn't realise that.

I just take it to mean that the image is super inspiring :)

It's also fascinating to see how the board changed. The early images (aka the last ones I saved) where people, nature and steam punk with a few buildings/rooms, in the middle I also had some with lamps of some kind or another and most of the newer ones are buildings (a lot of old/abandoned ones with a few modern, architectually "strange" ones) and a bit of nature.

It made me realise that I need more people on that board. Unless I'm mistaken, I started it because I found pins on pinterest that threatened to give me ideas for stories. At the very least, that's what it's for now (still). Giving me ideas for building locations, worlds, sceneries and characters.
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As much as I loath all the time I need to type up my handwritten stories? I sometimes find little gems amongst my writings. Okay, I do get that by reading them as well, but typing up gets rid of the paper :)

Today, while typing up a PoA AU that leads to Hermione and Harry pointing out how far behind muggle studies is (in regards to fashion, science, etc), I have the last line "Dumbledore likes 80s make up"

It somehow makes me think about Dumbledore walking around looking like David Bowie or KISS.

A bit more about typing up, fic organisation and decluttering... )

Maybe I need to do a kind of masterlist (I already have one for my published stories @ [community profile] love_sacrificed) where I list just how many individual stories I have per fandom (and maybe include their main plot categories).

But that's for when I'm done typing up. At this rate, I'll probably need the rest of the year. Hopefully I'm not producing more new stuff to type up than I manage to type up...
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While opening word and skipping to my last place in my type up document, I had a random thought: Is there an extension to the Word dictionaries that contains all the HP terminology with their correct spellings in all variations?

I always hesitate to add them myself as I'm never certain if my spelling is write. And even if I add them, then the next time it's underlined red again (because it's plural/singular, a different tense and what not). Sure, I can check it online, but then I'm wondering if it should be with a capital letter or not.

As much as I tend to go for no caps at all, I'm taking more care when writing stories and that's when I start wondering and while in English it might be better to take a guess on lower case, there are some words/cases where I'm very tempted to use capital letters. It's probably more my experience with German slipping through than actual correct spelling in English.

Well, who cares about my typing up - what feels like 50% is bullet points or haf bullet point/half text anyway. Sometimes I think I need to publish one of those just for the laughs of my writing/plotting style. Although, I wouldn't call it plotting. I rarely know where I want to go - it all develops while writing. Okay, that's a lie. Whenever I start an independent!Harry story, I know where it's suppposed to end: Harry is free of Dumbledore's (or anyone else's) control and Voldemort is defeated. It's a very specific target, right?

I think in part it's because I don't really care how something ends. Well, I do, but I don't mind hearing about it before I reach that part. To me, the ending never was the important bit. The journey to that end was far more important, because as the saying goes: All roads lead to Rome. The question is: Which road are they taking? :)

Before I close this, a fun fact of the day:
I seemingly can't end a word on "in". I remember writing Star Wars stories and getting frustrated with always typing "Anaking" and I thought I was over it, that it was just Anakin I was going to mangle. Well, while typing up this past week I wrote "Slythering" multiple times.
Then again, it's not as if I didn't know where it comes from - it's all those verbs ending in "ing" and my fingers just know that the "g" follows the "in" even when it doesn't.

New Layout

Monday, 24 July 2017 20:23
immortalje: Fawkes looking at Harry Potter ([hp] harryfawkes)
As part of coming back to dreamwidth, I figured a new facelift for this journal (and [community profile] love_sacrificed) is in order. It's been over a year since I really looked at any of my journals. Be it here or at livejournal or at insanejournal.

Even longer since I did anything but moderate one of my contest communities or post a batch of icons. To be honest: towards the end I was stressing myself more with this than anything else. I took a step back as I undertook some major changes in my life (new job, new city) and it took longer than I expected. However, I think I needed that time away.

Read more... )

Anyway, I've also started on updating my icons and I think this won't be the end of it.