post got me to thinking. NaNoWriMo is approaching and really there are several things I could write so I'd like to solict people's opinions. (Be aware that I have had much alcohol while writing this. So any incoherence is due to that and not my normal incoherence. ^_^)
1. Work on/Finish "Plotting to Win.
Summary: Trunks bets Goten that he can't seduce and bed his sister, Bra, in a set period of time. Goten takes him up on the offer.
Meta: This is my ignore Dragonball GT and write a Goten/Bra Fic from the man's point of view. It is a romantic comedy - not my normal cup of tea. And is playing with the cliche of the whole "bet" thing. I want to see if I can make it work and make it interesting. I am about partway through chapter 4.
Pros: I have it plotted and some of the final scenes storyboarded and partially written. I also know my characters
Cons: I haven't been in the mood to write DBZ and it isn't technically a new novel - it is a continuation of an existing story.
2. Work on/Finish "Journey of Illumination"
Summary: Akari's Journey to become a pro.
Meta: Okay, I admit this one is a little, well, slow. Boring. What have you. I like Akari. I think she gets the short end of the stick in fanfiction. And I think that she isn't as ineffectual as a lot of the fandom thinks. I want to write a realistic story with her at the center and make it work. It was what I worked on for NaNoWriMo for last time I participated.
Pros: Again I know generally where I am going. I have the story semi plotted out. I just need to actually write it.
Cons: I have to throw out most of the last chapter I wrote and start fresh. I also need more Go experience. This fic takes a lot more in the way of research than my other fics.
3. Work on/Finish Law & Order: Criminal Intent/CSI crossover
Summary: Goren & Eames attend a Conference in Las Vegas and run into an old enemy as well as make some new allies.
Meta: This would be my first crossover, ever. It also would be outside of my comfort zone of anime fandom.
Pros: I know my characters and my series.
Cons: Only the basic rudiments of a plot. Also I am going to ignore anything in CSI that is happening this season and the last episode of last season. I am so anti Grissom/Sara I am boycotting the show. Also I have to watch out for Shippy-ness when it comes to Goren/Eames. I like them. I like them as a couple. That can be a problem. I don't like shippy-ness in general. It leads to bad writing and well other issues.
4. Work on/Finish Untitled Original - horroresque.
Summary: On the shores of Lake Michigan a group of College students go to a summerhouse with sinister history.
Meta: Zab knows about this one. It is kinda a continuation of my "Spring Fog" story. Another horror story that is a bit longer in the set up and climax.
Pros: Well it is Original
Cons: Bare bones idea of plot. I don't even know who my characters are except for in abstracts.
5. Work on/ Finish "Aspects of Vegeta"
Summary: The story of Vegeta as seen through various stages of his life.
Meta: This was the first DBZ story I ever started and my second fanfic ever. I have the first 2 parts written (albeit they need major tweaking) and each chapter is a different aspect.
Pros: I know what each chapter is about and I only have 7 more to write.
Cons: I am hung up on chapter 3, "Killer" it has a rape scene. It is essential for the character and story that it be there. Because it, more than anything else, show the nadir to which Vegeta sinks. The problem. I can't write it. It is too personal. Too much. And I can't move past it.
6. Work on/Finish "Legacy"
Summary: After Bulma's Death in "Who Wants to Live Forever" the Briefs' Family deals with her loss and learns to keep living.
Meta: WWTLF was my catharsis in a very bad time. Legacy was a continuation of that. It is extremely personal. Where I killed myself off in "Spring Fog" (The main character is me if you didn't guess/know) this story is my grief process. And it is painful to write. And necessary. It deals with me dealing with losing people to cancer. My Mom has cancer. I lost my grandma to cancer. My aunt to cancer. My grandfather to cancer. Two of my dogs to cancer. I hate cancer. That story is my grief process. And it is so intensely personal it is hard to write.
Pros: It is a catharsis.
Cons: It is so personal and so emotionally draining that I am in tears for most of the writing process. I don't know where I am going with it. It is me as seen though the various aspects of the Briefs family. Vegeta is my father and myself. Bra is me as I wish I could be. Trunks is me as I am. And each of them is a little bit of myself. I show so much of myself in that and WWTLF that it is scary.
7. Work on/Finish Untitled Hikaru no Go Story
Summary: Shuusaku was more than just a phenominal Go player and ________ was more than just a normal Geisha. This is their story.
Meta: Sai telling the story of Shuusaku and his affair one of the Edo Geisha at the height of his career. Basically it is Hikaru asking to know more about Shuusaku than what the history books tell him.
Pros: It is unwritten and there aren't many Shuusaku stories out there.
Cons: Bare Bones Plot and characterization. Not to mention the sheer amount of research needed.
8. Work on Finish "Scars"
Summary: Yamcha returns to Bulma after spending over a year away from her. His beautiful face is now criss-crossed with three scars.
Meta: This is my interpretation of how Yamcha got his scars. It is told in flashback and from a character that is often overlooked in DBZ fandom.
Pros: Prologue is written. Fairly unique.
Cons: Bare bones plot. No real clue about where to go with it.
9. Work on Finish "The Hunter and the Housewife"
Summary: A botched spell allows a demon to take over a host and start wreaking havok. To stop it. The most unexpected of heroes emerges.
Meta: This is me playing with Mrs. Briefs as a main character. I am also exploring some pagan beliefs and some things explored in Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde stories.
Pros: Fairly Unique in DBZ fandom
Cons: I only have the first chapter written. The rest of it is kind of a mystery to me.
So those are the 9 stories I could work on. Of those only 3 are unwritten and unstarted. All of them deserve to get written. Both Plotting to win and Journey of Illumination have a decent amount of reviews and/or following and really I haven't written much lately. I am in a writing mood and I am trying to get some of that out. So I would like you feedback.
My Stories can be found at both MediaMiner
if you want to see the fics I am talking about.
Any and all feedback would be appreciated.