ladylarkrune: (Default)
To try to keep myself semi-organized, I am making a bit of Story Index.

Ongoing Stories:

Yakko's World
Rating - PG-13 and pushing it
Challenge - OWBC
Summary - What do you get when you make a sim inspired by Yakko Warner from the Animaniacs and set him loose in an ACR flavored OWBC and then add in simselves, legacy/challenge sims, and free will? Chaos. But chaos of both an amusing and tragic variety. This did not start off with the intention to be plotty, however my game had other ideas. A word of advice, never make a woman angry.

I.M. Bored - A Legacy in 10 Generations
Rating - PG
Challenge - Standard 10 generation legacy with a twist.
Summary - A randomly generated founder. Randomly decorated house. Only one chance at true love. One one pregnancy allowed per heir/heiress. Plot negligible. This is something to do while I am writing plottier things.

Vaulting Ambition
Rating - PG-13 and Pushing it
Challenge - Plotty Story using the Legacy Framework
Summary - A story spanning the rise of the Tudor family to something greater.  Set in a pseudo-medieval and renaissance Britain look a like.  I take the history that happened from the start of the Tudor bloodline in England with John of Gaunt and Ends with Elizabeth I and warp it to suit my own ends. 

Crater Lake
Rating - PG-13
Challenge - Build A City Challenge with Plot
Summary - After their ship crashed, several surviving aliens must band together to forge a community out of the wilderness with a few of their new human friends.   But there are perils that they didn't foresee and plots afoot.  


Completed Stories:

Bass-Ackwards Apocalypse
Rating - PG-13
Challenge - Bon Voyage Flavored Apocalypse
Summary - An apocalypse done by going after the "least useful" lifts first as voted on by members of my friends list. I picked a premade sim from my bin and Xavier Doran from my turn from the boolprop round robin legacy was the unlucky man chosen. He managed to do pretty well for himself. The lesson this apoc taught me? Never underestimate the power of the military.

LadyLark's Asylum for the Morbidly Insane
Rating - PG-13
Challenge - Asylum
Summary - My first sims story to figure out how to do things. Shove seven sims who've all been touched by death into an asylum and then set an oblivious caretaker on them. Some things are better off left dead and buried.

Getting Frank!
Rating - PG-13
Challenge - Bachelor Challenge
Summary - France Warner needs to find himself a woman in order to make his mother happy. She's picked seven lovely ladies for him to choose from, somehow I don't think this was the best of ideas.



Group Stories:

BoolPropian Round Robin Legacy
- Generation 3 - Gethin Doran (completed)
Rating - PG-13 and pushing it.
Challenge - Legacy Deluxe
Summary - Carli Doran is a half-breed elf on the run for being who she is. Watch her family deal with challenges across the generations and a curse just waiting to take them by surprise and take away their happiness.

On writing.

Feb. 1st, 2013 07:27 am
ladylarkrune: (Slipping Away)
I write because I want to see the full story.
I write because I want to communicate.
I write because I want to capture a moment.
A thought.
A feeling.
I write.
I write when I am happy.
I write when I am sad.
I write when I am angry.
I write.
I write in marathons.
I write in sprints.
I write one agonizing word after the other.
But I write.
I write because I can.
I write because I should.
But Most of all,
I write because I must.
I write.
ladylarkrune: (Bulma/Vegeta)
So I've been kind of quiet over here. That's because I haven't really had anything of substance to say. I've been posting little things at Twitter but again, not much of substance.

I've been in a writing mood. And I've been writing fanfic. As some you might recall, one of my goals this year was to actually work on some of my fanfic works in progress and I did!


So, after a what was a 6 year hiatus, I've updated my Goten/Bra fic called Plotting to Win - some of you may remember it. What? Don't look at me like that. I actually mean to finish, the whole thing is plotted out. I just need to write it. (Like so many things)


I'd put it on Mediaminer, but I am not sure I remember my password there. How is that for ironic?


So yeah, I'm being productive and actually looking at Nano as finish fic month. Not sure when the sims stories that people care about will be back. I'm getting a little bored with the sims to be honest. This happens and I go in cycles. I will likely be back when I get annoyed at fanfic - which also happens.

I do mean to actually make my New Year's Goals. Including the one to get better.


So that is up with me. How are you?
ladylarkrune: (FFX - This is my story)
Week 2 (sorta)

Okay, so my goal was/is to publish two updates and those updates have to be from one of the three stories I am dragging my feet on and haven't been updated in over 6 months.

This is where I stand:

One Update Published - Yakko's World Chapter 16 - Part A and there is an heir poll if you missed it.

Now this is where I stand on the second Update - still no idea what I am actually going to publish.

Yakko's World
16B
- Played - Done!
- Slides Laid out - Done (161 total)
- Pictures taken/staged - Done (161/161)
- Written - 36/161

16C
- Played? - Done!
- Slides Laid Out - Done (173 total)
- Pictures taken/staged - Done (173/173)
- Written - 39/173

Boreds
Played - Done
Pictures taken and Laid out - Done (97 total)
Written - 13/97

Tudors
Played - Not Done
Slides Laid out - 55 of ???
Pictures taken/Staged - 30 of ???
Written - 55 of ???

Right now I am leaning toward OWBC. If only to get chapter 16 out of the way. Part of it contains crap I've had planned for, oh, I don't know, almost 3 years now.

I really am in a playing mood at the moment. Don't ask me why, I just am. Which may indicate Boreds are up next. Or not. Who knows. I sure as heck don't! Where I am in the Tudors, I can't really play until I finish staging a few scenes. Because I need the kids at certain ages.
ladylarkrune: (Green Contentedness)
I have a scorecard, everyone who submitted something to me got at least one of their prompts selected. I had a lot more than 24 selected so I tried to pick the ones that felt I could write for the best.

There were some prompts that I will admit are a bit... stump-worthy. But I'll try to find something for them.

My Goal is a blackout.

My realistic Goal is a bingo with the free spot.

But what you really want to see is here:

Cut for friends pages )
ladylarkrune: (Going Someplace)
I've finished my [livejournal.com profile] blind_go fic, I think. Assuming I didn't misinterpret the theme it should be ready to go once I hear back from the mods.

I am done with the Exhibitions portion of the Otakon time, now to just go through the clock in/out emails and texts and I am good to go.

Argghhh!!!

Sep. 17th, 2011 01:47 pm
ladylarkrune: (Goddess)
So, I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] blind_go this time around. And OMG where did the time go?

I have a start to my fic that I am writing but real life and Otakon have really beaten me into submission. That and an unhealthy obsession with a certain game, but we aren't talking about my secret shame. We are talking about the fact that I need to write 500 words between now and midnight tomorrow. As well as finish the fucking Otakon sign master sign in sheet.

And clean.

And sleep.

And shower.

And eat (not really a problem since I eat when I'm stressed).

I will finish the story. It may be complete and utter crap. But I'll finish. And I'll finish the Otakon stuff too. Assuming my vertigo lets me. Still so much to do and so little time.
ladylarkrune: (Fuji Sleeping)
I am participating in the [livejournal.com profile] sim_spiration myshuno which is writing for 24 different prompts. The prompts are suggested by readers.

So here is my sign up post - those of you who read me - feel free to give me prompts for my sims stories.

http://sim-spiration.livejournal.com/258565.html?thread=1043461#t1043461

Thanks!
ladylarkrune: (Tudor)
Competition

"Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you."
Set In my Tudor Legacy in about two chapters. Do not be surprised if you see this again. Kids names withheld to keep SOME suspense. Hence the VERY un period name of Munchkin.

Better Prepared than Dead )
ladylarkrune: (Tudor)

 

You Can’t Go Home Again

Prompt:  "To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."


Set in at somepoint in my Tudor Legacy - before Owen went to his estate.

The last time Owen Tudor saw his father, Eurig, was excruciatingly painful if brief )
ladylarkrune: (Tudor)
Prompt: Lighting Candles
Prompt: Having Quadruplets
Notes: Vaguely spoilery for my Tudor Legacy.

He was not a religious man. )
ladylarkrune: (Beauty & The Beast - Bad!Fic)
Author’s note: I should note that this was written while high on painkillers, lack of sleep, and lots of stress. A grain of salt or a tongue-in-cheek is advised.

So you want to publish a story. Or you've already published one but really want to appeal to the lowest common denominator in the online reading community, which I am pleased to say I am not a part of, but don't know how. Fear not, writers! I, Lady Lark, am happy to provide you with a few easy to follow steps guaranteed to make the most discerning reader blanch in horror and hit the back button and possibly seek out brain bleach. As an added bonus, I shall include examples from well-reviewed fiction. After all, isn't that the goal of all online authors? Who cares about quality so long as people slavishly tell you how awesome you are, even if you aren't?

TL:DR Ahead – don’t say I didn’t warn you )
ladylarkrune: (The Real Me)
Set in [livejournal.com profile] regacylady's universe and before her simspiration post for this same prompt.

It was too long for the comment box. So here it is.

Cut because I care. )

Gah!!!!!

Mar. 1st, 2009 11:23 am
ladylarkrune: (Plotting Fuji)
Gahhhhh!!!!

The plot bunnies they need to stop. Seriously, stop already. I want to sleep...

And it isn't even for one of my stories...

Blargh

Oct. 13th, 2008 06:46 am
ladylarkrune: (Bushism - Trade)
It was a weekend.

You can tell that people are worried about what happened on wall street. The malls were empty. Restaurant parking lots were half to a quarter full on Saturday night and there are random runs on "essentials"

I went out to my dinner with my parents on Saturday to support a local restaurant. Last weekend was Beltline Bar a Mexican Restaurant. This time was Grand Rapids Brewing Company - a local micro brewery and restaurant. They were doing octoberfest thing and gave us all way too much food. The wienerschniztel I had was good although without spaztle it isn't quite the same.

I mowed my grass and worked on the house for a bit.

Sims Babble )
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
I have yet another idea for a Naruto Time-Travel fic. Like I needed another plot bunny. I already have way too many fics on my plate and this is not a needed thing.

I also had a few ideas for a Yaoi Goten/Trunks fic but as we all know, I get dragged kicking and screaming into actually writing smut. I read the stuff like mad but writing it - well that is another story. I don't like to do it unless it is plot related and even then I analyze the necessity of it. That and I have issues writing romantic fics in general. I want plot - dammit - and you don't get much plot in a most romances. Hence my Gen obsession.

The nice thing is that I have been getting so many plot bunnies that I don't have a shortage of fics to work on. The problem is that I am such a slow writer that by the time I get anywhere with the story, my attention has already wandered.

Le sigh of doom!
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: Walls have Eyes)
So I think I've been doing pretty well on my goal of writing 100 words a day no matter what.

My February word count - 7754 words. That is not bad for me. Not bad at all. Granted most of it has been on my Pirates of the Caribbean fic and a few fics for my sock. But I am really happy with this. If I can keep this pace up, I hopefully will be able to finish a few fics or at least move them along to the point where they are not getting an update just once a year.

YAY!!!

Fic Titles

Feb. 8th, 2008 03:47 am
ladylarkrune: (My Spirit Dances)
So I am clearing out the back log of fics I have to read (I have 163 emails/alerts to follow up on yet) and I've noticed a trend.

Time Travel Fics - Especially Naruto - are named Second Chance, Second Chances, or Another Chance. In fact, about a third to half of the time travel fics have the word chance in the title.

Alternate Universes - Tend to have the words Alternate, Twist, Change, or Parallel in them

Crack Pairings - These tend to have things like Fate, Dream, Guess, or New in their titles

So I've decided, as bad as my titles are, at least they are semi-original. Except for Remembrance and my Song Title fics - those need to be taken out and shot. But the others aren't as bad. I hope at least.

And I will never name a fic Second Chances no matter what. Seriously, there are literally over 2,000 fics with that title on FF.net, 92 of which are in the Naruto fandom. That is waaaaaaay too many.
ladylarkrune: (Spike: Let me rest)
I few days ago in the judging forum for the Max Challenge another Judge and I were talking about gender crossing fics and how to judge them and what categories they would fall into. Ultimately a pretty boring conversation but a necessary one. But the convo got me yearning to reread some of my old favorites. Particularly Ranma 1/2. I find it funny how in general I hate Ranma with any of the girls in the series but like him with several of the boys. Call me odd.

Anyway, I've reread Genma's Daughter by Deborah Goldsmith more recently, so I decided to seek out other fics. I've just finished rereading "Thy Outward Part" by Richard Lawson. It is still good, but I can definitely see the Gary Stu characteristics in it. I also noticed that some of the writing wasn't as tight and the dialogue got a bit stilted in certain parts. Strange, when I used to consider it among the best of the best out there. Either I've become jaded or the writing wasn't that good and I was too stupid to notice back then. The sad thing is that it is still one of the best Ranma fanfics I have read. Kinda sad when I can honestly say that I've read about half or more of the Ranma fics on Mediaminer and on fanfic.net.

I've also been thinking a lot about my stories. I think I need to make a decision about the ones that I have unfinished. I want to complete "Plotting to Win" and "Journey of Illumination" but I don't think any of the others are going to happen. I've seriously thought about it and I haven't touched them seriously in 5 years so it is time to let them go.

Five years. I can't believe that in a little over a month will mark 7 years of my writing fanfic. I've been prereading for over 12 years starting with MASN by Joseph Kohle. It's amazing how much has changed. The whole philosophy of fanfic has changed. Back when I started in the community C&C was something freely given and sought after. The more people ripped you apart and nitpicked the better you felt. It was strange. Even when I started writing fanfic, the whole reviewing mentality was different. The demographics were very different too. When I started in the fandom there were a small amount of female writers and very few writers under the age of 18. The reason for that I think had to do with connectivity and availiblity of the internet. I remember when the demographic switched and it was shock to me.

I remember watching the first Anime Central Fanfic panel and listening attentively, the authors were amzing (Zen, Ryan Matthews, Richard Lawson and others I can't remember.) The Audience loved them and I remember sitting next to the man who wrote as Ucchan. Things are very different now and there is an obvious schism in the fanfic community. When I sat in the audience two years ago, I realized that I was looking at authors who hadn't published anything in several years or if they had it was continuations of their massive epics and they only wrote in obscure fandoms (and when did Bubblegum Crisis and Ah! My Goddess become obscure!!!!) Most of the panelists still had the FFML mentality which is different than the fanfiction.net mentality. It just boggles my mind. I remember looking around the audience - over half of whom were still in high school and I could see that they didn't understand what the panelists were talking about. Many of them asked questions, good legit questions about Mary-sues and how not to make them. How to write romance well? And the difference between Flames and Constructive Criticism. The panelists didn't get it. And when I looked them up later I learned why. They didn't publish their works on any of the major multi-fandom archives. They probably don't see the drek published nowadays. I know know one of them for certain didn't, they stated outright that they don't read fanfiction anymore. THE HELL!!! Their back up panelist of Catwho seemed to be as frustrated as I was, but she wasn't on the panel.

Take that to now, and I can see the separation in the fanfic community grow. There are the Old Fogeys, of which I am one, who butt heads with the Newbies. Then there are the people in the middle who came in about 5 years ago when the whole thing was changing. They remember some of the "good Old days" but are more familiar with the current climate. It's a little strange. I've tried to keep up to date on current fanfic trends, but I have to admit that I get tired of reading the same cliched plots that I ran into 10 years ago. There is still good fic to be found. But I am getting tired of the male lead/Harem fics, the Everyone's gay fics, the AU High School stories, the wangst fests, and the like. Finding a good story is getting harder and harder.

I still love fanfiction. I still like alternate and canon pairings I am willing to read anything if it is well written and well plotted. But when I sit down at my computer to write, I keep seeing the pages of drek that has come before me and I am afraid that I am going to join them. I don't want to be known as a mediocre author. I don't want to be known as a person who never finished fics. However I sure as hell don't want to be a BNF. I think what I want is for me to find my niche in the fanfic community.

And I am not totally sure where that is.
ladylarkrune: (B5: Rebirth)
It's really amazing.

I've been bombarded with fic ideas lately. I haven't had this many plot bunnies in a while. I've so far had two solid original short story ideas (with more kinda just floating there) as well as a Naruto fic idea. In addition to my POTC and crack crossover fic.

Where did all of these bunnies come from? And how do they expect me to write them all?

I will admit today is a perfect writing day, it is maybe 10 degrees F outside and sunny. I have my coffee. When I reach a lull in my writing I will take a shower and run to my parents. I also will be doing laundry. The humidity of it will help keep the house warm.

Hugs to all. I just can't seem to shake the happy loves.
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
I've been managing to keep up with my 100 words a day. But its been on a hodgepodge of fics. I've continued to poke away at the Pirates of the Caribbean fic for [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth. I've also been playing with a massive crossover parody featuring Naruto, Buffy, Harry Potter, Conan the Barbarian, and The Incarnations of Immortality - it promises to be complete crack. I also worked on a Bulma/Vegeta drabblish, short-fic thing - Mac has been infecting me with her DBZ fever and I feel the need to write in the fandom again. Which means of course, that I've been working on "Plotting to Win." I've started outlining the next part and I am hoping to get the next three or so chapters outlined before the end of the weekend. That way all I need to do is sit down and write. I'd forgotten how much I liked that fic.

I've also done a lot of work on the Otakon front lately. I've made contact with one of the department heads I work closely with. Confirmed a few team leaders and a department head second. I've also sent several emails and compiled a report. I win. Or at least I don't lose.

I also sent an email to [livejournal.com profile] sundancekat offering to help out in Publications. It's something I can do from Michigan and still be involved with the con. Once I get the initial set up out of the way for Spec Ops, most of the work doesn't take place until a month or so pre-con. So I can help. We'll see how it all works out.
ladylarkrune: (Let the Light Shine)
For the last few days, it has been a challenge to get my 100 words in a day. I know I need to write and most of the time I want to but the words aren't coming.

I have been making the count, but just barely. I've reached the speed humps/bumps in my story that make me slow down and loose momentum. Typically it is sometime after the set up has been made and the conflict introduced. I know how I want things to end. I can even write the climax. It is the middle that dragging me down.

It is that way in a lot of my stories. In fact, most of them languish at that point. So the question is how do I get past it. I've been writing through it, but what I am writing is sucking hardcore. I am thinking of jumping to the end writing that and then writing backwards until I get to where I can connect the two.

But it is frustrating.
ladylarkrune: (Voltron: Crack OTP)
I am keeping up with my 100 words a day, with one exception. My phantom gallbladder attack day. I got about 60 words and couldn't sit upright any more. Sucks dead monkey balls, may I say.

However since the 26th of December I have written 3,931 words. So I am averaging 281 words a day. That isn't too bad for me all things considered.

The Maximum Challenge has started up and if I can manage to raise the two judges for the mini-contest we can get that done.

Hey [livejournal.com profile] dumas1, [livejournal.com profile] hostilecrayon are you up for judging or do we need to get a replacement? I am ready whenever.
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
It's been a pretty quiet day I've written another 200 words for [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth's birthmas fic. I shared some of it with [livejournal.com profile] vegeta_no_oujo just to get some input. Jack Sparrow is not an easy character to write well. As it stands, the fic is a little over 800 words and I've just reached the first scene break. There are at least two more scenes to be written. Damn me and my plot bunnies all to hell.

I have decided that I hate YIM with a passion hotter than 1000 suns. I am getting so much spam there, that I had to change my contact options. Normally I let people contact me since I am a mod on MM.O and a department head at Otakon. But the Spam is untenable, I hadn't logged in about a week and I had 45 spam messages. That was one too many.

I also have a few pictures to share. )
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Shikamaru - Give a Damn)
I started writing [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth's birthmas fic - it is going well but it will not be porny. Sorry. It has a minorly stupid plot and for some reason Jack and Will seem to be heading for a deep conversation about Life, The universe and Everything. Damn you stupid plot bunnies - or in this case random opening lines that give me no real indication where the fic is heading. Damn you to hell!!!!!!!!!

The opening line in question: "Jack Sparrow was in a bad situation and he knew it - which in and of itself said volumes." I love how that flows but come on fic make yourself known! It doesn't help that I only have Dead Man's Chest to work off of for characterization at the moment. ARGHHH!!! And I keep wanting to put periods after my exclamation points.

Anyway, I am keeping up with my 100 words a day thing so far and have about 300 words of the fic done. However I have a hunch then thing will be about 1500 to 2000 words long when I am done. It is definitely going to be over 1000. So Mac, sorry for the wait. But it is coming along.

Up next I think I am going to poke at Plotting to Win. If I can keep this up, my sock is also going to get the 100 words a day challenge. It will be nice to slip between fandoms to keep me fresh. And it doesn't help that I have a Naruto fic that I want to write and I promised myself no new multi-chapters until I am done with Plotting to Win. So that gives me incentive to finish it.

I also would like to have something to enter into the Max Challenge Contest on MM.O assuming it takes place. I haven't had the interest in the site or in any site really for a while. Burnout - thy fingers have curled around my heart.

I need to work on Otakon stuff too and in no particular order I need to do the following:

  • Call Rochelle to get the sign in sheet from last year and any other info she can give me.

  • Call Kendo and talk about the plans for the department.

  • Call Rich Fan and offer him a position

  • Call the people we want for team leaders to get them on board

  • Get a prelim staff list

  • Contact other departments and start establishing relations with them

  • Find a new Hired Security company - need to talk to Sam first

  • Talk to Sean

  • Draft up any changes to existing policies

  • Draft up any staffing info changes



I know there are other things I am forgetting but for now it is a start - Oh can't forget closing Sharp Street and see about getting more staff. Gods, why did I do this again? I know I like pain. . . le sigh.

Back to housecleaning.

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Dec. 26th, 2007 08:39 pm
ladylarkrune: (FFX - This is my story)
Since I know I am a slow writer at best - glaciers and tectonic plates move faster. I am setting myself a goal - at least 100 words of writing a day. It isn't much but if I keep plugging away at it, it will turn into something. I hope. And I set myself the stipulation, I can't write 300 words and go "I'm good for three days" nope 100 words of new writing per day.

We'll see how long it works. But for now it seems to be better than me attempting to set a time aside for writing - I don't EVER seem to be able to keep that.

Right now I am working on [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth's birthday fic. That is going to be a challenge . . .

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