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2017-10-03 11:26 am

The Cat... is not the one that needs saving

So, fool that I am, I decided to try a new approach to plotting for an exchange treat I'm attempting to write.

Save the Cat! (STC) is the collective name for Blake Snyder's series of books on screenwriting. Since I often think about, describe, and experience my writing process in film terms (storyboard, cutting room floor, dailies, shoot out of sequence) using this approach seemed potentially useful. I already had my general plot in mind due to the recipient's great prompts, so STC seemed a good way to quickly fill out the rest and make sure I had solid character and plot arcs.

Yeah… I mentioned the fool part, right?

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P.S I do actually like a number of points. Tim Bolton described the midpoint as  

Dependent upon the story, this moment is when everything is “great” or everything is “awful”. The main character either gets everything they think they want (“great” [false victory]) or doesn’t get what they think they want at all (“awful” [false defeat]). But not everything we think we want is what we actually need in the end.

 I like that. (To me Bolton explains false defeat better than Snyder did.)

ETA: Because reading articles about writing is often easier then actually, yanno, writing, I am reading and came across this:
Outlining will not “destroy the magic” or any of that wifty supernatural pegasus shit. I believe very much that writing and storytelling feels like magic while at the same time being a wholly and gloriously mundane activity. Further, if something like outlining is capable of stealing the lightning from your story, then what you had wasn’t so much “lightning” but a “static electric spark” like when you rub your footy pajamas on the carpet. Call me back when you have contained actual lightning — at which point you will learn that no amount of outlining is capable of diminishing its ELECTRIC FURY.

(from  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/06/how-to-outline-during-national-plot-your-novel-month/
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2016-12-31 01:29 pm

2016 Fanfiction Summary

Not the greatest year, in any sense of the word. So many losses, large and small; so much hatred and miscommunication and pettiness and sorrow in the world.

Even before November 8, creating fanworks had come to feel like swimming upstream in a hailstorm: but I kept at it. Had a few things to say and a gift or two to deliver, and wasn't going to quit before everything was done.
 

Each Day is a Blessing
World of Warcraft,
Fel Rangari Anaara

After fleeing with her people from Argus to Draenor, Anaara becomes the only Rangari to join the enemy.

A stray musing on a wowhead entry sparked this one.

4100+ words
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Cenotaph
World of Warcraft,
Wrathion/Anduin

Near the end of his life, a widowed former king in declining health reunites with an old friend.

Gift for [archiveofourown.org profile] alternatedoom 

Though it is a pairing that generally melts my heart and makes me grin, I didn't think i'd ever write any Wranduin… and then this prompt came along, and boom.

17,000+ words
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Light's Heart
World of Warcraft,
Xe'ra
 
They are so afraid, so desperate for a savior..

A drabble sparked by a conversation with Mipeltaja.

100 words
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Requited
World of Warcraft,
Kael'thas/Rommath

After his death in Tempest Keep, Kael'thas dreams of Rommath, and Quel'Thalas.

Gift for [personal profile] alternatedoom [archiveofourown.org profile] cynisca 

A sidestory of sorts to Deceiver, with angst and body horror.

1600 words
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Deceiver
Warcraft III, World of Warcraft,
Kael'thas Sunstrider
 

Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider serves the demon lord known as Kil'jaeden the Deceiver. But Kil'jaeden is not the only one skilled at deception.

The completion of a story idea from 2007. Six years of thought and planning, four years of writing, this novel-length "lore slalom" was both exhausting and exhilarating to write. (Chapter 20 technically wasn't posted by the end of the year—which was my goal—but it did go off to beta around then.)

@160,000 words
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2016-02-29 04:17 pm

[FIC] Each Day is A Blessing (World of Warcraft, Fel Rangari Anaara)

Summary: After fleeing with her people from Argus to Draenor, a draenei hunter becomes the only Rangari to join the enemy..


Each Day is A Blessing
on Ao3 :||:  on FF.net

Fel Rangari Anaara is a fel-corrupted eredar — the skin of her face is red, and her arms and legs are charred and cracked and ooze green fel corruption—sitting on a mushroom on the southern shore of Tanaan, looking across Tanaan Channel in the direction of Elodor and the Altar of Sha'tar in Shadowmoon Valley. Although hostile, hunters can approach quite close without aggroing her (non-hunters will be one or two shotted). When defeated, she drops an item, the Vial of Fel Cleansing, which allows hunters to turn the felbound wolf aberrations of Tanaan Jungle into tameable beasts.

Note: This story also includes beautiful fanart of Anaara by Mipeltaja

Written for the [community profile] halfamoon challenge.
.Author's Notes )

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2015-11-26 07:37 pm

[FIC] Marginalia (World of Warcraft, Rommath)

As Grand Magister Rommath will tell you, being a member of the Six is  woul be a vastly-overrated privilege.

on Ao3 :: | :: on FFnet

Written as result of this post. Because sometimes the ideas that people toss out as they speed past hit me in the face.

(Note: mild spoilers for the Legion expansion.)
  Heh, well, so it seems as though that 'detail' was simply in the Legion alpha to troll dataminers. Still, I do think that if Rommath ever had to go through the archives and found those papers, he'd have the same rection.


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2015-05-03 02:10 pm

[FIC] By Sea and Sun Espous'd (The Iliad, Andromache/Hektor)

Enroute to their wedding in Troy, Andromache and her future husband begin to get to know each other.

Pinch hit written for the [community profile] rarelywritten  exchange.

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Story Ramblings )
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