maplemood: (spider man)
Overall, writing's been going well, if very, very slowly. Does anybody else get to the point where, after you've been working on the same story for a couple days or weeks, and pretty much know exactly how everything is going to happen, writing starts to feel...not hard or boring, but predictable, I guess? The first spark of inspiration is gone, but there's still something satisfying about working on a project you love, even if it isn't that exciting anymore. Anyway, that's where I am right now. I'm happy that I'm still making semi-steady progress, but I also can't wait to start some new projects once these ones are wrapped up.

Defenders Big Bang Fic
The first of June was the second checkpoint, and I turned this one in at 5,010 words. I'm almost exactly halfway through now, and still fiddling around with the plot a bit --I just realized that I'll probably have to go back in once the first draft is finish and clarify some stuff, plus maybe add in a few more sections. Most of my fics before this have been on the shorter side, so the plots were simple enough that I didn't need to worry over them too much. This one, though...it's fun to be working on something longer, but I just hope that it ends up making sense.

girl!Peter series
The second fic should be finished by today or tomorrow. I didn't expect it to get so long, and honestly I could probably cut down on some of the dialogue without effecting the plot, but Pete and Yondu are both such a joy to write. My first fic with these two ended on a sad note, so going in to this one I really wanted to showcase the wacky and fun aspects of Pete's story, without forgetting that (for good reason!) she feels very lost and very angry. Incorporating seventies and eighties music was, as always, a blast.

I'm Not Your Hero series (otherwise known as my Lisa-Castle-survived-and-is-best-friends-with-Laura-Kinney-because-duh series)
I haven't started another fic in this series yet. Not because I don't want to, but because, while working on Pete's fic, I decided that having three separate fics in progress (not counting the two that are currently on the back burner) was way too much. I've still got tons of ideas, and once the second girl!Peter fic is finished I'll be starting on another one for Lisa and Laura. This time around, it'll most likely be from Laura's point of view, which I'm both excited about and also incredibly nervous over. In Logan Laura was sometimes such a hard character to read, and I really, really want her voice to be distinctive from Lisa's. I worry a lot that all my characters sound the same, which objectively probably isn't true? Maybe? We'll see, I guess. 
maplemood: (rey & leia)
This is the month of bizarre crossovers, apparently.

Sisters by marinarusalka: (Pacific Rim, MCU) Natasha Romanov and Sasha Kaidanovsky are trained together as kids in the Red Room. This fic does an amazing job of blending the two worlds, and Natasha and Sasha's friendship feels exactly right; in some ways they couldn't be more different, but they share a terrible past and understand each other like no one else does.

A Star Among the Moons by theladyscribe: (The Lord of the Rings, Firefly) A super-short two-part crossover that ships Boromir and River Tam. Hey--don't knock it till you've tried it. This pairing is beyond weird, but it just works. River is River, and Boromir's bewildered yet charmed by her. This one's a quick read, and very well-written.

Only Held by Gravity (The Chronal Navigation Remix) by Muccamukk: (The Lord of the Rings, Firefly) A remix of A Star Among Moons that explores juts how River ended up in Middle Earth. This one also goes into a little more detail when it comes to her odd friendship/romance with Boromir, and ends on a perfectly ambiguous note.

maplemood: (galaxy quest)
  • One of my big plans for the summer is to study and prep for Praxis I (the first round of tests that I need to pass in order to be officially accepted into my school's teacher education program). This means, most likely, buying a couple study manuals, taking a couple practice tests, and stressing like nobody's business. I've taken the PSAT, the SAT, and the GED, plus tons of exams in college, so it's not like this is unfamiliar territory. That still doesn't help my testing anxiety. Oh well. The only way out is through. 
  • My sister bought Logan on DVD a few days ago. Last night we finally sat down to watch it. I have to admit that I zoned out a bit (it was my third time seeing it and I'm still not completely emotionally recovered from the first two times, so), especially towards the end, but this is still such an amazingly good movie. It was also fun picking up on even more ways that it parallels or contradicts themes from Shane ("I don't like guns." and "There aren't any more guns in the valley."; "You're going to have to learn to live with it." vs. "There's no living with it, the killing."). 
  • I'm honestly not too sure about my plans for this weekend. Obviously I'll try to get some writing done. I've also got a Carl Hiaasen book I need to finish reading, and a bedroom I should probably clean. That's about it. I'm not sure yet if I'm bored or happy to get the chance to do basically nothing. Doing basically nothing gets old pretty fast, especially during summer break, and I haven't been able to find a steady summer job, which just makes it worse. 
That's about it for me. Anyone else got more exciting weekend plans?

maplemood: (Default)
Requirement: At least 10,000 words by August 1st.
Current Word Count: 4,166

I can't discuss the plot or characters of this one in too much detail yet, but, you know, you're probably safe in assuming that it revolves around characters from the Marvel Netflix shows. :) I've been chipping away at this fic since April--it took a couple false starts, but since I found a beginning I was happy with things have been moving along pretty smoothly. I'm not the fastest or most consistent writer out there, so I've been working on this one off and on, instead of every day like I should, but whenever I have sat down to write it's been fun. Not always easy or flowing, but fun. 

I'm still getting used to the idea that writing just for fun is okay, and that whatever comes out doesn't need to be a masterpiece. I'm not sure that this one will be the best fic I've ever written, but it's giving me a chance to write about things that really interest me, like survivor's guilt and surrogate mother-daughter relationships. Hopefully I'll sneak in some action scenes, too (or at least a couple decent after-action patch-up scenes) but dialogue and emotional conflict are running the show at the moment. 

maplemood: (jessica jones)
I finished season 1 a few days ago. This is one of those shows that, in theory, should have really, really work for me, and for the most part it did. The problem is that I only started to get emotionally involved around the last episode; the story was complete by then, but I still wanted more from the characters. On the other hand, I got eight episodes' worth of murder, dysfunctional families, bromance, folk music, and southern Gothic creepiness. I can't complain too much.

Spoilers (?[not sure that they're all that many, but better safe than sorry]) under the cut.

Read more... )

On a scale of one to ten, I'd give this an eight or so. Maybe a seven-and-a-half? Good enough for a rewatch, but not a story I'm head-over-heels in love with.
maplemood: (karen)
This is a couple days late, but I did manage to get a good chunk of writing done last Saturday. I tend to be a pretty slow writer, so by other people's standards it probably wasn't all that much, but I finished up a scene (that was dialogue-heavy and therefore tons of fun to write) and started on the next one. This was all for the second fic in my Guardians of the Galaxy AU series, and girl!Peter has been a joy to write. I'm still not sure if I've balanced her character quite right; in the first fic I spent a lot of time focusing on her anger, so this time around I'm hoping that her goofy side will show through a little more. 

I also planned on noodling away at a couple of my other fics, but I got tired so that didn't happen. All and all, though, I'm pretty satisfied with how the day turned out. My writing routine has been out of whack for years (since before I started college), so it's nice to finally be making semi-steady progress on my projects. 
maplemood: (donna)
Ended up with an unexpected chunk of free time today that I'm hoping to spend writing. If things go as planned (but when do they ever?) I might post some updates this evening. At the moment I have one fic that I'm actively working on, one I want to work on, one (for the Defenders Big Bang) that I should be working on, and two others that are on the back burner. I really need to start budgeting my time better and just get some of these done. But we'll see how this goes. 
maplemood: (yondu)
Yesterday I went to watch Vol 2 with my sister and a friend (my sister and I had seen it before; our friend hadn't) and boy, it was even better the second time around. Still hilarious, still pretty (seriously, the costumes and effects and set designs are all so over-the-top gorgeous), and still wonderfully, unexpectedly sad. I didn't pay much attention to Yondu in GOTG; now his relationship with Peter (and Rocket and Groot) is all I can think about.

Spoilers under the cut.
Read more... )

Overall: Loved it, loved it, loved it. If you like crazy space hijinks and dysfunctional families who are doing their best, you probably will, too.

maplemood: (daredevil)
Or the "Lisa Castle meets Laura Kinney and they work through their issues together" AU of my heart. This is the first fic in what I hope will turn into a series; it ended up being quite a bit longer than I'd originally thought. Still had a ball working on it.

Title: We're All That They've Got
Fandom: Daredevil, Logan
Rating: Teen & Up
Relationships: Lisa Castle & Laura Kinney, Lisa Castle & Frank Castle, Laura Kinney & Logan, Lisa Castle & Logan, Laura Kinney & Frank Castle
Summary: He’d told Lisa he was helping out a man and a little girl on the run from bad people, so she wasn’t surprised. Maybe she wished he’d told her a few more things, like how close these bad people were, or that the little girl couldn’t (wouldn’t) speak English. Or that she could pop a knife out of her knuckle as easily as Lisa cracked hers.

maplemood: (gamora)
Title: Mommy's All Right, Daddy's All Right
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: Teen & Up
Relationship: girl!Peter Quill & Yondu Udonta
Summary: Pete is six years old and her dad is coming home any day now.

Apparently I'm incapable of writing in any fandom without cooking up some bizarro AU. But I have so many feelings about a scrappy, snarky little girl!Peter growing up among the Ravagers. Also a boatload of Peter & Yondu feelings that I needed to work out after seeing GOTG Vol 2. Even though I wrote this fic pretty quickly (3,000+ words in two days, which is new for me--I almost never write more than a couple hundred words a day) I'm proud of it; it's not as polished as it could be but I hope it's just the right amount of angsty and heartwarming. 

maplemood: (outlander)
Might or might not turn this into a monthly thing. I've read SO MUCH good stuff recently and figured it was time to share. It's mostly gen this time around. Also mostly Marvel. 

Tough Girl is What I Had to Be by angel_deux: (Daredevil) Set some time after season 2. I'm a sucker for Lisa Castle Lives AUs, and this is one of my absolute favorites. Lots of emotion and heartwarming father-daughter scenes. Plus, it ships Frank and Karen. What more could you want?

Kings Among Runaways by Viva Rocksteady: (Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) The Jessica Jones/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt crossover you never knew you needed. Jessica is hard-edged and cynical, Kimmy is as adorable as they come, and their friendship comes off as surprisingly believable.

it's the skin and bones that keep me on the road by impossibleamypond: (Star Wars) A missing scene between Rey and Han. Incredibly well-written and bittersweet.

our lives umbilical by duchamp: (Logan) Set after the movie, and most definitely not an Everybody Lives AU. Laura moves on, but she never quite gets over Logan and what they could have had. Beautifully written. Also very, very sad.

maplemood: (Default)
 Soonish? I figured I'd have more free time after finals, and I do; it's just that I've spent most of it reading, catching up on TV, and sleeping--in other words, anything but writing. 
That being said, I have worked a bit on each of my fics, and I'm hoping to get at least one finished and posted before the end of next week. Keeping a regular schedule has never been one of my strong points, but everything WILL get finished. That much I can promise. 
In other news: I finally broke down and went to see Beauty and the Beast. And liked it very much. As usual, I really fell for the minor characters (Agathe, LeFou, and Mrs. Potts were my favorites). I'm still not a huge fan of Emma Watson as Belle, but I ended up liking Dan Stevens as Adam.  

Update

Apr. 28th, 2017 10:09 pm
maplemood: (Default)
Finals are OVER. That is all.
maplemood: (galaxy quest)
I've got finals scheduled pretty much every day for the rest of this week, so I'm probably not going to get a huge amount of writing done. That being said, I'd love to cook up some sort of monthly fic rec post, and I've got two fics in the works (both Marvel) that I'd really like to finish before too long. We'll see.
maplemood: (peter pan)
Because I realized I should do a better job of introducing myself. Here are four (hopefully interesting) facts about me and the stuff I like.

• I’ve been writing more or less steadily for about nine years. Most of that time I worked on original fiction (and most of it wasn’t very good). I’ve only just started writing fanfic, though I’ve been reading it for a couple years. Currently my favorite fandoms are Daredevil, Pacific Rim, and Jessica Jones. That said, I’m not picky; if something’s well-written I’ll probably like it.
• My favorite drink of all time is Sprite. Especially grape-flavored Sprite.
• Crack pairings give me life. If a couple has no chance of ever getting together in canon (think Matt/Jessica or Foggy/Elektra), chances are I probably ship them. And in the end, it’s not about actually wanting an insane pairing to be canon—I just like imagining situations in which that kind of relationship just might work out. (Other favorites: Trish/Malcolm and Mako/Newt.)
• My favorite colors are yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink. The Outsiders is one of my absolute favorite books. Logan broke my heart in the best possible way. I’m in college, hoping to teach high school English once I get out. I like emotional stories full of family drama and complicated female characters. I like complicated characters, period.

Don’t be afraid to say hi! I’m sometimes shy, but I do love meeting new people. :) 

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Apr. 13th, 2017 06:34 pm
maplemood: (jessica jones)
Not at all sure how I'll use this yet. :)

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