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I really am.  But I’m also writing this entry.  Huzzah for multi-tasking!

Or prevaricating.

:D

Today, I wish to discuss writing, with reference to a particular story.  Last year, I started a serial called Holly Hughes.  If you follow that link, you’ll find it’s that most rare of serials: the serial with only one instalment.  Some might even say that renders it ineligible for the classification "serial"... and they’d be right.  I had great plans to update the story regularly and they all fell through, no doubt having a great time with all of those other, lost good intentions of mine who are living it up somewhere with plenty of company.

Over a year went by without any noticable updates at all until I received a review for the story last week.  This was beneficial in many ways, firstly because it reminded me the story actually existed.  Secondly because it reminded me that I quite liked the story and it could be fun to continue with it.  The only down side is that I appear to have forgotten a great deal of the plans I had for it.  Oh, I have notes.  Indeed I do.  I have a lovely list of characters, with some suggested scenes for the story in which they appear.  These notes comprise a grand two pages... if I change my page layout from A4 to letter.  I was positive I had more than that, but alas, it’s not the case.  (Or maybe I did and they ran off to party with all of my lost good intentions...)

So instead of the sheafs of helpful notes and future scenes I anticipated uncovering, I have a bare handful of notes written in an imaginative sort of creative short-hand that I foolishly expected myself to understand over a year later.

My favourite of these cryptic and terribly unhelpful notes would have to be this one:
An unholy army marches by, under Holly’s gaze.  (Themesong: Warriors from Lord of the Dance.)

Because, yes, I can definitely see an unholy army marching by to that song... but why the hell is there an unholy army in the story in the first place?  And why would Holly be watching said unholy army, marching by complete with unlikely musical accompaniment?

It was at this point that I began to suspect I'd be making up a lot of this story all over again.

I want to, though - I really want to.  Most of 2007 was spent in editing or in scrawling nonsense stories in a notebook; it'd be lovely to just sit down and write again.  I didn't mind that at all - I love editing and the nonsense stories were fun to write.  Yet it feels as though I've been away from any serious writing for a long time.  And Holly Hughes would be a great way to get back into that.  The main character has a lot of promise and there's a balance of humour and seriousness in the narrative that I quite enjoy.  The fact that the vast majority of my notes consists of a list of characters is encouraging, too.  Usually, my stories are very plot-driven; a story driven by characters would make a lovely change.  And they're such fascinating characters, too!  I can't wait to have a chance to write them.

I probably won't have much of a chance until after the fourth of January, though, because I'll be too busy having the time of my life with my fellow LorFers as of tomorrow morning!  If I were to say I were looking forward to this with a moderate amount of interest, then I'd be lying through my teeth.  I CANNOT WAIT!

*counts down the hours*

Before I go, I'd like to wish everyone a fantastic new year.  I hope 2008 is good to us all.

on 2007-12-28 07:30 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] rigel-7.livejournal.com
I am looking at my humungous pile of clothes and then the dimensions of the suitcase...

The server is robust!

Or, as I said to the Kaytness - I need a TARDIS.

I haven't even looked at shoes or toiletries yet! *sobs*

But on the bright side...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on 2007-12-28 08:07 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I know - I was just out in my room, trying to work out how I'm supposed to get everything into one case. The laws of reality simply will not allow it! And now I'm seriously contemplating trying to find out if any shops are still open so I can purchase a larger suitcase.

*runs around in panicky circles*

But the EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! factor is definitely there. :D

(Oh gods, how do I fit the presents in? It's not possible!)

on 2007-12-28 08:59 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] rigel-7.livejournal.com
I have it all gathered together now and... it's just not going to fit!

I have to cull something and only have 3 pairs of shoes (counting the ones I wear on the plane)

But what to leave behind??

Maybe I can use Gill's shampoo and conditioner :P That way I can still pack my pink skirt that I luffs.

(Oh gods, how do I fit the presents in? It's not possible!)

Hehe maybe they are squishable? Or carryon-able (Although explaining the shoulder mounted rocket propelled launcher I'm sure you've got for the kaytness may be problematic...)

on 2007-12-28 09:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I can't believe I got it all to fit! And huzzah to the Bindi giving me her bag instead, so I can even fit the pillow in, too! (I also luffs my ma for giving me a travel pack of shampoo and conditioner last year - and to think I didn't believe it would ever come in handy...)

I may just have to leave the rocket launcher behind, though. It was impossible to wrap and it looks silly with just that ribbon tied in a bow around it. And I don't think they'll find that knife hidden inside a stuffed frog that I got for the Flitness...

on 2007-12-28 12:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] alankria.livejournal.com
Ooh, I liked the first Holly Hughes chapter. I hope you continue it. Most of all, though, I hope you have fun with whatever writing endeavour you choose.

on 2007-12-28 06:29 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I think I will continue it. I'm online at a stupid time of the morning purely so I can print out my notes and take them with me on my trip... and that's probably a good sign. It should be fun. :D

on 2007-12-28 02:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] erinmacha.livejournal.com
Happy New Years to you as well Katie!


on 2007-12-28 06:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I hope 2008 is good to you. :)

on 2007-12-28 03:24 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pitkat.livejournal.com
Have a great New Year!

It amazes me how a review can provide so much motivation. Happy writing! :)

on 2007-12-28 06:32 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
It's amazing, isn't it? I thought I'd just have a look at the review and reply to it... and then I started re-reading the story and becoming inspired all over again.

on 2007-12-28 06:16 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] elfie-chan.livejournal.com
Have fun with the LorFers, and have a wonderful new year! Take care, and good luck with your packing. *hugs*

on 2007-12-28 06:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
We shall have insane amounts of fun, if last year is any guide! :D And the packing went well, I'm happy to report. Much better than I anticipated.

on 2007-12-28 06:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] naelany.livejournal.com
*grins* Happy New Year, to you, too ^_~. Have a great time, and stay safe

on 2007-12-28 06:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I shall do my best. :)

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