maplemood: (donna)
2017-07-22 11:32 am

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  • So, I think I've finally found a layout that's both pretty enough and simple enough to satisfy me. Maybe. I'm really flighty when it comes to DW layouts, but I also don't have the time to waste fiddling with another one. Hopefully this one will stick around for awhile. 
  • Writing's been going well this week. I'm this close to 10,000 words on the Defenders Big Bang fic; right I'm just hoping to finish it with a few days left over to do some rough editing. The basic plot's in place, but they're still gaps I could do a better job of filling in. Most of my other writing has been pushed to the side, but I'm still putting a little work into the fourth Pete fic, which I think will end up being a two- or three-parter.  
  • On Wednesday I made fresh peach cobbler using this recipe. I doubled the amount of lemon juice and didn't bother boiling the peaches. The filling came out delicious, but I wasn't as crazy about the crust; it was a bit too thick and cakey for my taste. Maybe next time I'll try this recipe's topping. 
maplemood: (jessica jones)
2017-07-17 06:44 pm
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500 Words

So. One of my newest (and, let's be honest, only) writing goals is to write 500 words of the Defenders Big Bang fic every day until it's finished. And so far that's been working pretty well. I have two weeks to go before the deadline, and only about 3,000 words until I clear the minimum wordcount (10,000 words). Depending on a routine instead of inspiration has helped me get back on track with this thing, and having a specific goal in mind helps me sit down and get it done without wasting time. Okay, I still do waste time. But maybe not as much time as I usually do. I should probably definitely try this with my other projects. It's one of those stupidly simple strategies that I should have thought of ages before now--which is probably why I never did. Oh well. I'm doing it now, and it's been a huge help.  
maplemood: (spider man)
2017-07-07 04:20 pm

Oh My Gosh Oh My Gosh

So, I just got back from the theater and should wait until my thoughts have settled enough for me to write an actual review, BUT...Spider-Man: Homecoming was precious and adorable and so fresh and innocent and fun and good. Just a solid, hilarious, well-made movie. I've got to admit that it didn't quite knock GOTG Vol 2 down from its spot as my ultimate favorite Marvel film, but it absolutely lived up to the hype.

[Hopefully mild] spoilers under the cut )

In other news, I've had a lot of fun stuff going on this week, with not much time left over for writing. I'll hopefully get back on track either this weekend or next week, at the very latest; I'm absolutely aching to work on the fourth girl!Peter fic, and my Defenders Big Bang fic (which is due at the end of this month) needs some serious work.
maplemood: (yondu)
2017-06-24 02:51 pm

New Fic

Title: Cute Little Buggers
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: Teen & Up
Relationships: girl!Peter Quill & Yondu Udonta, little bit of girl!Peter Quill & Rocket Raccoon
Summary: Neither of them quite means for it to become a tradition, but it does. Pete steals shiny little doodads. Yondu collects them. Nobody mentions it.

So. My mission with this fic was to write something with a little less angst and a lot more fluff, and I'm not sure how well I succeeded. The last few paragraphs still ended up being kind of sad. Well, bittersweet. Hopefully. I see Peter and Yondu as both caring about each other very deeply, but, thanks to a boatload of emotional issues on both their parts, never really being able to come out and say it. So all my girl!Peter fics so far have involved some kind of issue with communication. I do like this one, though. I had a little trouble figuring out a theme that would tie all the plot points together (this was one of the projects I needed to take a break from for a few days). I think it all came together fine in the end, though. Also, now that Pete's a teenager, things are going to start getting really interesting....
maplemood: (rey & leia)
2017-06-24 02:05 pm

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I can't believe it's almost July! I always start the summer off thinking I'll have plenty of time to write a billion stories and read a billion books...yeah, not so much. I am happy with what I've managed to get done so far, but there's always more that I could be doing....Oh well.

At this point I've seen GOTG Vol 2 in the theater a grand total of three times, which is kind of insane. I was not expecting to love this movie as much as I did, especially considering that I had a pretty lukewarm reaction to Vol 1; I liked it, but didn't get all that emotionally involved. Then along comes Vol 2 like a sucker punch to the gut. Going back to rewatch Vol 1 now, I like it much better, even though Vol 2 is still my favorite. They're dozens of little moments in both movies that I didn't pick up on until the second time around, and I can't get over how weird, goofy, and beautiful they are. Everything is bright and loud and a little cartoony, and it's all such a joy to watch. Also, Meredith Quill. The world needs more Meredith-centric fics, because that woman is a saint.  

But anyway. I doubt anyone needs to hear me blabbing about how great/amazing/so-good-just-go-see-it-already GOTG Vol 2 is again

Driving lessons are going pretty well. I'm getting more and more comfortable going up to 60 mph on the highway. That's a pretty big deal for me, seeing as the last time I got my learner's permit I was too nervous to go on the highway at all and pretty much just cruised around the neighborhood at a brisk 15 mph. Driving's always been something that's given me a ton of anxiety, but I've finally gotten to the point where I get that I just need to buckle down (hah) and get it done. 

My writing hit a rough spot a few days ago; I stalled out on two projects and couldn't make any headway at all. So I took a sort-of-break (worked on another fic that I'll probably never post; it was more of an exercise and a way to keep me writing) which I think helped a lot. It's always been hard for me to set something aside (even for just a few days) and accept that something about it isn't working right now, but that's much better than trying to fix something I can't necessarily fix--and that, nine times out of ten, doesn't need to be fixed, just left to percolate for a little bit.

Otherwise, things have been quiet around here. My life during the summer tends to get really boring really fast.  
maplemood: (baby blue typewriter)
2017-06-20 04:05 pm

TV Update (Plus Fanart)

Just started catching up on The Walking Dead (I'm about midway through season 6) and good grief, have I missed this show. It's not perfect--to be honest, I liked the earlier seasons better (Side note: my sister and I are, as far as I can tell, two of the only people on the planet who liked season 2). Still, something about TWD keeps drawing me back. I love the creepy-Americana setting to pieces, the villains are usually complicated and sometimes even likable, and all those survivalist-found-family themes are pretty much crack to me. Obviously I've been searching AO3 for some new fics to read (The Walking Dead and The Lord of the Rings were two of the first fandoms that got me into reading fanfic), but I'm having a hard time finding stories that aren't especially shippy and focused more on the friendships within the group.

Writing-wise things have been going a little slowly, since my laptop's internet connection has been wonky for about a week. I just fixed it, so hopefully it'll hold long enough for me to get some stories finished. The third girl!Peter fic is almost done, and I REALLY need to up the word count on my Defenders Big Bang fic.

And, oh yeah, I was so busy whining in my last entry that I forgot to mention that over on Tumblr dis4daria has drawn an absolutely adorable and beautiful portrait of Pete from my girl!Peter series. It was a totally unexpected and wonderful surprise that you can see here
maplemood: (wendy)
2017-06-15 10:44 pm
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Inspiration

...is tricky and frustrating and never arrives on time, but I can't keep up work on a story without a little of it, at least at the start. Still, I don't always have the time or the energy to work on every single idea that pops into my head (and honestly only about a quarter of the ideas I get are workable once I try getting them down on paper) so right now I'm telling myself that it's okay to work on just one or two things at a time, and that I don't have to be constantly writing, or working on ten different stories at once. But I still have so much anxiety when it comes to productivity. Like, if I'm not writing those ten different stories, and if each one isn't perfect, I must be doing something wrong. Which is completely stupid and illogical. But it's how I feel right now.
maplemood: (gamora)
2017-06-07 01:34 pm
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Welp.

I tried to start working on a second Lisa and Laura fic, then started another girl!Peter fic instead. Because I have no self-control. (Also, rewatching the first movie last night and remembering that Yondu collects cute little figurines to line up on his control console miiight have something to do with this.)
maplemood: (peter)
2017-06-05 11:11 am

Another girl!Peter Fic

Title: Hello, World, I'm Your Wild Girl
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: Teen & Up
Relationships: girl!Peter Quill & Yondu Udonta, girl!Peter Quill & Kraglin Obfonteri
Warnings: Mentions of sex work
Summary: The last time Yondu had something to show her she ended up stranded on some backwater outpost for two weeks while the rest of the crew partied in a whorehouse. Because that’s no place for a kid, but a tent with bullet holes blown through it in the middle of nowhere? Just peachy.
 
Or, one time Pete got left behind and one time she didn't.

And the bizarro AU continues. This is a prequel/sequel to "Mommy's All Right, Daddy's All Right", so even though you don't absolutely need to read that fic first, things will probably make more sense if you do. This one is a little more plot focused and (hopefully) a little more funny--I really wanted to bring out both Pete and Yondu's goofier sides this time around.

 
maplemood: (spider man)
2017-06-04 12:40 pm
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Misc. Writing Updates

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)
2017-06-01 02:13 pm

Fic Recs: June 2017

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)
2017-05-27 12:45 pm
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Personal(ish) Updates

  • 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)
2017-05-24 10:53 pm
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Fic Updates: Defenders Big Bang

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)
2017-05-22 09:08 pm
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"The Long Bright Dark": True Detective

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)
2017-05-22 04:13 pm
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Resolutions: Update

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)
2017-05-20 09:55 am
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Resolutions

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)
2017-05-17 01:14 pm

2nd Time Around: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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)
2017-05-14 10:50 pm

Logan Meets 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)
2017-05-10 11:54 am

New Fic Up!

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)
2017-05-07 09:48 pm

Fic Recs: May 2017

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.