wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
Yesterday, to be more accurate. So I will be over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo a lot in this month. Hop over, take a look, read the snippets, join the conversations or join the whole session if you like. It is fun!
wiseheart: (Federation)
No, I'm still here, but mostly spending my LJ time over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, where we're in summer session for the next two months. Or winter session, if you're from Australia or New Zealand. In any case, pico session is fun time, there are wonderful story snippets to read - come over and take a look, even if you don't want to participate.

I actually might finish An Excellent Mystery during pico time- *fingers crossed*
wiseheart: (Sherlock)
Chapter 01 - E-Mail For You of Sherlock and the Copper Beeches has been posted to FF.Net, thanks to my brand new beta, known over there as englishtutor.

([livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland, dear, I'm not ignoring you by having hunted down a different beta for this story, I swear. *hugs* It's just so that I already have a couple of WIPs that you're involved with, and I don't want you to overextend yourself when I finally get around to continue "An Excellent Mystery" and "Precious Like Rubies".)

Other than that, I'm spending November mostly over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, with reading, commenting and (hopefully) working on my Merlin BBC/Camelot crossover in bits and pieces. If you're not familiar with the comm, hop over and take a look, reading the snippets is a delight, even if you're not participating yourself.
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
[livejournal.com profile] picowrimo starts in a couple of hours, and I'm far from being ready. A good thing I've already finished "A Matter of Time", which was originally planned as my pico project, because November is usually a horrid time at school, and I even have the questionable honour of holding a so-called open lesson this year, which means the parents can come in and watch the lesson. I still don't have the faintest what I'll do.

Also, I've just ruined my lower back again with a pinched nerve or whatnot, and let me tell you, the pain is quite spectacular if I manage to move in the wrong angle. Nonetheless, we had the frantic, semi-annual flat cleaning today, and despite the hired help we have on such occasions. it was quite the ordeal. Considering that autumn break ends tomorrow, I don't look very optimistically forward to next week... writing-wise or otherwise.
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
I'll be mostly over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, in which I happily participate. Hop over, take a look at our snippets and enjoy!
wiseheart: (harper2)
If you've been wondering where I am, I'm over at [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, whenever real life lets me. Work is being very hectic at the moment, and I can barely squeeze in a bit of writing from time to time because I'm so very brain dead most of it. A good thing that the "Illustrious" chapters have all been written in advance. So my lovely beta is the only one who has to labouor on them.

Hope to get some decent sleep and a little bit of writing done during weekend, but I'm afraid to really believe in that possibility just yet.
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
It's been some time since I last posted anything about daily life. But again, this summer has been fairly busy. Not with outside activities - aside from the trip to Hamburg and the two weeks when I had to escort the kids to summer camp, I've been mostly at home. But yeah, the indoor activites were rather packed.

Summer pico lasted two months this year, and I organized most of it, the first two weeks while school was still going on. I know it sounds strange, but yeah, it could be stressful at times, to get the daily posts online early enough, so that people on the other side of the globe can still get their excerpts up. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it immensely. That's what I miss from my life most: the continuous exchange with other writers, the inspiration that discussing plot twists and characterization and writing methods mean. I so envy those writers who are part of a writing group. I miss pico during the rest of the year something fierce. *sighs*

So, I decided that due to the lack of such a writing group, I'll post progress reports and excepts to my journal. If no-one is interested, fine. It will still help me keep track on my own progress. And who knows, a few people actually might get curious and check out the finished stories.

In that spirit, a bit of progress report. The 4th installment to "Sleeping Dragons", my AU/crossover version of Torchwood's Season 2, is going along apace. I'm up to writing Chapter 4 - only Ch 1 has been posted so far. I decided to post one chapter a week; that way I might keep up with the writing. If I can't, well, people simply will have to wait.

Excerpt from Chapter 4:

Read more... )

Unfortunately, I only have about a week of leave left. I wanted to do something about the Elfhelm story - hopefully finishing it during the summer holidays, as only a couple of chapters are left to translate/rewrite... whatever. Then the Olympics interfered. I only watched athletics and the canoe runs, but even so, too much time was spent in front of the telly. Ah, well, at least we won 8 gold medals, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes, if I'm not mistaken. Not bad for such a backward little country as ours.

Recently, I also bought "The Silver Throne", the last installment of the Narnia Chronicles. Wasn't very happy with it, I must admit. I loved the films, they were gorgeous, but the cheap TV-series version was very forgettable. The only thing I liked in it was Tom Baker as the Marsh-wiggle. He was absolutely hilarious. I hated the kid actor playing Eustace in this version, though. He was flat and boring.

Currently, I'm taking a break from Sherlock and watching Season 3 of Heroes, one episode a time because I can't take more of it at once. This is the most ridiculously idiotic premise I've ever seen, but some of the characters - and the actors playing them - are fantastic. My favourites are Nathan and Mohinder - so wonderfully failed. I hate Hiro, though. He gets on my nerves with his stupidity. I'll have to go back and re-watch Season 2, which I only skipped for the parts with Nichelle Nichols. I'll never become a fan of the series itself, I'm afraid, but I like the charcters - well, most of them - so it isn't a complete loss.
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
It's been some time since I last posted anything about daily life. But again, this summer has been fairly busy. Not with outside activities - aside from the trip to Hamburg and the two weeks when I had to escort the kids to summer camp, I've been mostly at home. But yeah, the indoor activites were rather packed.

Summer pico lasted two months this year, and I organized most of it, the first two weeks while school was still going on. I know it sounds strange, but yeah, it could be stressful at times, to get the daily posts online early enough, so that people on the other side of the globe can still get their excerpts up. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it immensely. That's what I miss from my life most: the continuous exchange with other writers, the inspiration that discussing plot twists and characterization and writing methods mean. I so envy those writers who are part of a writing group. I miss pico during the rest of the year something fierce. *sighs*

So, I decided that due to the lack of such a writing group, I'll post progress reports and excepts to my journal. If no-one is interested, fine. It will still help me keep track on my own progress. And who knows, a few people actually might get curious and check out the finished stories.

In that spirit, a bit of progress report. The 4th installment to "Sleeping Dragons", my AU/crossover version of Torchwood's Season 2, is going along apace. I'm up to writing Chapter 4 - only Ch 1 has been posted so far. I decided to post one chapter a week; that way I might keep up with the writing. If I can't, well, people simply will have to wait.

Excerpt from Chapter 4:

Read more... )

Unfortunately, I only have about a week of leave left. I wanted to do something about the Elfhelm story - hopefully finishing it during the summer holidays, as only a couple of chapters are left to translate/rewrite... whatever. Then the Olympics interfered. I only watched athletics and the canoe runs, but even so, too much time was spent in front of the telly. Ah, well, at least we won 8 gold medals, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes, if I'm not mistaken. Not bad for such a backward little country as ours.

Recently, I also bought "The Silver Throne", the last installment of the Narnia Chronicles. Wasn't very happy with it, I must admit. I loved the films, they were gorgeous, but the cheap TV-series version was very forgettable. The only thing I liked in it was Tom Baker as the Marsh-wiggle. He was absolutely hilarious. I hated the kid actor playing Eustace in this version, though. He was flat and boring.

Currently, I'm taking a break from Sherlock and watching Season 3 of Heroes, one episode a time because I can't take more of it at once. This is the most ridiculously idiotic premise I've ever seen, but some of the characters - and the actors playing them - are fantastic. My favourites are Nathan and Mohinder - so wonderfully failed. I hate Hiro, though. He gets on my nerves with his stupidity. I'll have to go back and re-watch Season 2, which I only skipped for the parts with Nichelle Nichols. I'll never become a fan of the series itself, I'm afraid, but I like the charcters - well, most of them - so it isn't a complete loss.
wiseheart: (Macika)
Yesterday, school term's officially ended. It was a very hard year, work-wise, sometimes I thought I'd be the one to end first. But it's over now, and even though the heat weave his simultaneously, I'm utterly relieved.

I'm planning to do a lot of writing during the two [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo sessions. Hopefully finish the Elfhelm story and make some serious headway with translating "The Sins of the Mother", the third installment of "The Lost Years", my original!Trek/original!BSG x-over series. I'm also planning to post everything I've written so far for the alternate 2nd season of Torchwood, also known as the "Sleeping Dragons" series to FF.Net, and hopefully add at least one more chapter to Episode 3 of that one, "Smiths and Joneses"

With that, plus the long-expected visit to Hamburg to meet [livejournal.com profile] songfire3 and hopefully also [livejournal.com profile] artemis10002000, summer will be a fast and furious thing, I'm afraid. I'll try to rest a little, too, although they're always too many other things to do.
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[livejournal.com profile] picowrimo has started, so I'll probably not be around my own journal much for the next month. Aside from baking updates. *g*

Since I'm on autumn break this week, I intend to do some serious writing. The two main projects for pico would be:
1) Finishing Chapter 3c for "The Book of Mazabul" and potentially overhauling Chapters 4 and 5, so that the storyline can even out and I can finally add some new stuff.
2) Writing the long-overdue swordfight scene to "Arthur's Quest", so that I can finally write the chapter in which Elena plays her trick on Lancelot, so that I can then go over to the next plot element, namely to the story of Sir Percival and the Haughty Knight.

I expect that I'll be doing a bit more work on "Smiths and Joneses", the 3rd episode on my 2nd season Torchwood AU, and perhaps finish the current chapter of "Atonement", the 4the episode of it. Plus, if inspiration hits, I might add some more snippets to the "Windswept" universe.

Yes, I know it's a lot, but it's mostly filling work, so I might actually succeed to do at least some of it - if the pico crowd keeps being as nice and helpful as it always is.

Wish me luck!

Oh noes!

Jul. 16th, 2011 10:18 am
wiseheart: (Default)
Where has the time gone - again? [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo has arrived to mid-term, and I still haven't finished either the story I wanted to finish during pico, or the Torchwood AU that simply demanded to be written. I'm so close with both, but there is a lot of transition stuff that needs to be written to reach the actual goal... *sighs*

Of course, the heat weave and the resulting commplete exhaustion isn't helping. The wave itself broke yesterday, but I still haven't recovered and am basically useless, despite the fact that by the current temperatures I can at least sleep during the night.

I've come to realize that pico is basically the only forum that appreciates quality writing. That's probably because we're a bunch of struggling writers over there, trying to make our respective projects work. So we can really enjoy each other's excerpts, the work that's being put into a story, the little touches that make it more enjoyable... that sort of stuff.

Everywhere else I have very little chance to gain readers. People either want to read short, superficially written stuff bashing their least favourite character with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, or repetitive sex scenes featuring their OTP. I find the first of those way beneath my niveau and the second one simply boring.

That doesn't mean I won't envy the hundreds of gushing comments such drivel usually gets. I do. God only knows how much I do. I'm only human, after all.
wiseheart: (Default)
Hi folks,

I won't be here a lot during July, cos I temporarily moved to [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, where I'm busy discussing Stories-That-Need-To-Be-Written-In-July with a lot of lovely and inspiring people; as well as posting and reading snippets and giving daily reports about how the writing goes. So, barred crisises (*crosses fingers*) I'll live over there.

Come and take a look, there's lots and lots of fun to have!
wiseheart: (Macika)
Goodness, has it been almost a week since I last posted? Time flies when you're having fun! I was working on "A Big Fat Torchwood Wedding" like a madwoman to finish it before [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo starts today, during which time I wanted to finally finish "Vox Angelica" and "A Visitor from Avalon", but I failed. Dratted story has spawned twice as many chapters as it had originally been supposed to have, and the time just wasn't enough. So I'll probably have to write 3 stories at the same time in Jule. Oh, joy!

On my continuing mission to fatten Mum up a bit, however, I gave the banana cake a try last night. The original recipe is:

60 gr butter or margarine
2 eggs
60 gr sugar
20 gr vanilla flavoured sugar
1/10 l milk (which is really less than I'd have imagined)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
20 gr baking soda
250 gr white flour
2 bananas (in thin slices)

Stir everything until you get a smooth dough. Pour the dough into a rectangular tin with baking paper/parchment/whatever it's called in English in it. Bake it in a pre-heated oven by 180°C for 45-50 minutes. Take it out of the tin and let it cool down on a grid.

Okay, we hate the taste of baking soda, so I only added half of it, which caused the cake to stay a bit flat, but its yummy nonetheless. Oh, and since our oven heats up pretty fast, it was done in less than 30 minutes.

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