szzzt: Naruto crouches, kunai in his mouth, forming a ninja hand sign. (bamf)
No seriously, they are. They're in league with the semicolons. I hear them plotting at night--to stab me in my sleep with their little pointy points. >_> COMMAS AND SEMICOLONS WHY WON'T YOU BEHAVE

What's the difference between a colon and a semicolon anyway? They're both like duct tape for joining sentence fragments right? Right! But two semicolons in a row would be weird, so clearly you're supposed to alternate them. And so, how many can you have in one sentence before you're Patrick O'Brian or Naomi Novik channeling Patrick O'Brian? Is three pushing it? How many semicolon-containing sentences can you have in a row? Because...given a free hand, and look it is free, I would write ENTIRELY in sentence fragments. Joined, if three words or less, by commas; if longer, by semicolons/colons. Uh-oh. Is that, uh, is that okay? Too late.

Who needs to use the word 'and' when you can use a comma anyway. I'm sure commas can't stab very hard. I write in quite small type.

And another thing! Let's say you're writing in reasonably tight 3rd person, and your POV character is doing things and thinking things. How do you avoid every paragraph starting with POV character's name? I look at current story and it's like:
Wufei Heero "I" Wufei Heero "And" Heero "I'll" Wufei He When Shit. Heero "If" Heero The Wufei Heero Damn. Heero "When" "That" "What" Wufei "Hn" "You" Heero Wufei "You" Wufei Heero "Ready" "No" "You're" It Heero "My" Heero Wufei "Are" Wufei Heero

Oh man, I laughed so hard writing that out. But it proves the point! I looked at one or two real books today, and they don't start more than half the paragraphs with a character name. Maybe I use too many active sentences? Maybe I need lots of passive descriptive sentences.
...Nah, not in this fic. Maybe I'm crazy and no one cares about first words of paragraphs. Or maybe it's a tip-off to claustrophobic writing--which is actually fitting for this fic--but is something it would be nice to be able to turn on and off. Maybe I should go to Absolute Write or somewhere and get actual answers for these questions, but it's more fun to just blather here.

It seems unfair that the little mechanics of writing are just about as hard as the big things, like figuring out what you want to happen in the story and how to make it happen. I guess I'm more prepared to sweat over those big things, 'cause duh, yanno that stuff's important. And if it was easy writers would never complain. But being unable to write because I can't figure out how to structure the sentence, that's just gratuitous.

Don't even get me started about bladed weapons and braided pilots XD

Ergh

Feb. 5th, 2010 12:30 am
szzzt: Ash flips Eiji the bird. But Eiji got there first. (that one)
When I come home, why can't I be stricken with the compulsion to write happy stories? Instead of the one I'm writing, which is like distilled ow, and which keeps getting longer? Or even to finish anything before I start something else?

*Prods ow story, which is still there, sullen and squicky and sort of breathtaking, just as it has been there awaiting writing every time it was prodded this last...entire...week and a half. God, it feels like thirty years.*

This story started after I got up from pretty wrenching dreams on a Sunday, started writing, kept writing, and managed to snatch a whole three hours of sleep before I had to stop writing for work -- Work?! What is this? I have to stop?! -- where it writhed under my skin all day and I was nonetheless elated. Apparently I wrote 4200 words that day and morning.

And it hasn't gone away. I'm used to stories flaring and burning out. This one is still there. I've managed to drag myself a little closer back to normal human mindset and even do some other things that aren't writing this stupid story, but it's there, and if I listen, more of it comes out. Un-fricking-believable. A new experience for me.

I'd be happier, I guess, if it was less disturbing than that essay I wrote in junior year in Iago-voice after we read Othello, explaining that he'd done it because he loved Othello and Desdemona so much. I think of that sometimes and wonder what the teacher made of it. I was a bit flustered, turning it in, but not ashamed...because I knew it was good.

Yeah well, this story, I dunno if it will get finished since the damn thing keeps getting longer and I persist in trying to write all parts of it at once... I'm not sure 'cause what do I know, but I think it's good.
szzzt: Wufei, ready to find the knot and cut it. (wufei)
...That clicking noise?

That's me, finding the first chapter of The Arrangement, by Maldoror.
For the third time.

I don't do that. I don't reread novel-length stories three times in a month and a half! I let them lay for at least a year!
Damn it.

But if you, dear reader, have not yet lost your sanity to this fic which starts with "made of oh, wow," graduates to "made of awesome" and layers on that "made of incredible" as it approaches endgame, then for god's sake don't do what I did and start the Breaking Storm chapters at 2AM when you have to be at work the next day. That is all.
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)
The thing is progressing.

Art under cut )
When I try to do skin tones with opacity on computer, they look like barf until like, step 78 of 80. I had a pretty good system with just 3 or 4 colored pencils; why are skin tones so hard on computer? T_T
It looks a lot better on this page's dark bg than on white, though.

The gamine one is getting more love than Mr. Dreads there (and needs a long dangly Weiss Kreauz Aya earring, yesh). Mr. Dreads will probably turn out better though. I still don't know who they are XD
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)
Got a thing in progress on tegaki, it'll probably take another couple of weeks to finish.
For whatever value of "finished" I go for.

I will try very hard not to go for fully colored. I already have pic ideas queueing up three deep! I shrink from posting a WIP, because it may bear that shame-scrawl for years! Maybe I can fob the bunny off with attempt at low-saturation faux watercolor.

Anyway, there are these dudes in the thing, and I have no idea who they are. I was sort of trying to convince myself they're a couple of OCs I have, but no that won't work! Art why won't you behave!

Art under cut )

I wish I could draw the same person twice arrrrrr

This makes me feel sad for all the WIP art languishing on my HD. I should post them all somewhere and have a WIP-love-fest, and get the oomph to draw Kenshin a background and give Sephiroth some pants.

Yes there is actually a WIP I stalled because I couldn't make myself draw pants

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