katiefoolery: (Back to work)
I believe I’ve often complained about the way university ruined my attitude to writing.  Oh yes.  Just give me an opening and I’ll waffle on forever, telling you about the fact that I’m amazed I did as well as I did, what with writing stories that neither my lecturer nor I even liked.  What was the point of it?

It was mostly my own fault, of course.  If I’d actually spent some time investigating the degree and the university a bit more, I probably would have chosen differently.

But I didn’t.

So I can’t really complain, seeing as it’s all my own fault.

The silly thing is that I’ve taken so long to address the problem.  I suppose it’s easier to complain than to do something.  But that has changed.  The last week devoted to associating writing with good things, rather than negative ones.  I’ve done writing at work; I’ve done writing at home; I’ve rewarded myself when I achieved the tasks I set myself.

In fact, I’ve written 3,328 words since last Wednesday.  And the best thing is that I know I could have done more and I fully intend to do so.

One thousand of those words went towards my short story revolving around the Honourable League of Psychics.  Oh, they’re an odd bunch.  And the earrings are compulsory.  On the down side, the thousand words aren’t that great.  Luckily, there’s an up side and it relates to the way the story kept whispering to me as we went along.  “Oh, that’s rubbish, I know,” it would whisper.  “But look – you’ve raised a plot point.  And what if they acutally knew each other.  Wouldn’t that change the story entirely?  And can he see her or not?  Make sure you hint instead of being obvious.  And mention the earrings.  That’s important.

My mind seems to be incredibly receptive to stories at the moment.  Everything I look at tells a story.  The curtains, that CD, a pile of floppy disks...  Well, perhaps not everything, but a lot of things.  The story I’ve started for FictionPress seems to inspire a good deal of these thoughts.  New characters keep tapping me on the shoulder for recognition, more often than not dumping a entire plot down at my feet when I let them in.

It’s wonderful.  I feel energised and revitalised as a writer.

As for the proof of all this writing, you can find it at FictionPress in the form of Holly Hughes.  It’s an on-going story that I will be updating regularly so if you feel like something to read, go for it. I’d love some feedback.  If it doesn’t make sense or if I’ve actually done something right, please let me know.  I believe you never stop learning as a writer and I’m always keen for some more lessons.
katiefoolery: (Entertain me)
My triumphant return to FictionPress is bearing some very enjoyable fruit.  I’ve been lucky enough to find some talented writers and very reasonable people who understand FP’s review system.  It’s not all about popularity: sometimes, people actually want feedback.  Who would have thought?

FieldsIn re-visiting the authors on my favourites list, I came across a lovely story by a writer named Flamehail.  After reading the two chapters she had posted, I was amazed that I was the only person so far to give her a review.  Her style is so confident and her dialogue flows well, coming across as very natural.  The story in question is the re-writing of a fairy tale and although she’s only just begun it, I think it has a lot of promise.  Her protagonist, Rhoslyn, is well chosen and deftly potrayed.

The only negative I’ve found so far is the amount of people mentioned in the second chapter!  She provides a list of names at the start, but it’s still a little overwhelming.  However, rest assured that this is a very minor nit-pick.  Despite the onslaught of names, I was still captivated by Flamehail’s writing and very much engaged by Rhoslyn, the main character.

If you have a spare ten minutes or so today, I recommend you have a look at Fairy Tale.  Please leave a review to encourage the writer to post some more.  You don’t need to be a FictionPress member to comment on stories and I’m sure Flamehail would be delighted to receive some feedback.
katiefoolery: (Newhaven)
It's no longer Summer here in Australia.  That's right - for the next few months, you won't hear me complaining about spending forty degree (104°F) days in a house with no air-conditioner.  Instead, I'll be moaning on about rain and hail and thunderstorms and being caught in a combination of all three whilst waiting for a bus.  You might hear me talk wistfully of spending cold days sitting by an open fire, reading books as a child.  I may even throw in a mention of our lovely central heating system for no extra cost.

The reason for this lesson in Seasons of the Southern Hemisphere is all pretty much related to my previous layout, which featured a lovely beach and the words "Summer" and "sun".  And since I'm sitting here, surrounded by "Autumn" and "misty rain", I'm sure you can imagine that this image of sunny bliss was getting on my nerves, rather.

ScreencapSo I changed it.  It took a while to find the right image, but find it I did.  In fact, in an act of unprecented good luck, I found two matching images.  Not only were they perfect for my header, the finished result in which I smooshed them both together keeps inspiring me to write stories, whereas my old layout had a habit of making me want to go to the beach and leave my shoes on a stretch of pure white sand.

If you feel like having a look and giving me any feedback that comes to mind, simply click on this link.

Speaking of writing - I've been doing some.  It all started with that mini LJ outage the other day.  There I was, stuck at work with no LJ to muck about on, when I suddenly thought of dropping by FictionPress in the hopes of finding something to read.  I realised some of the links on my profile page were out of date, so I did a little updating there and inadvertently began reminding myself of how much fun FP used to be.  FictionPress used to be my main reason for being on the internet, before I discovered LJ... as a direct result of FP.

To cut a long and rambling story mercifully short, I have decided to write a sort of serial to put up on FictionPress.  It will be written for fun and for something to do during the long, boring days at work.  In fact, I've already written the first instalment, giving me a May word count of a bit over two thousand words.  It's so much fun to write something purely for the enjoyment of it.  I've actually stolen some characters from an old story and they're flourishing in their (slightly) new environment.

All in all, I feel very productive.

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