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Where the hell have I been?

[personal profile] lycomingst pinged me yesterday to inquire after my continued existence--very kind!--and caused me to face the ridiculously wide gap in my posting history around here.

I continue to exist. My long absence is the result of a constellation of non-catastrophic things: diligent, daily writing on Novel A and Novel B; guilt over the unfaceable backlog of friendslist reading; and that ever more encroaching bugaboo of multiple social platforms (Twitter, mostly--it's quick).

Also: a dying computer and a comedy of errors in getting it replaced, and some obsessively self-soothing SPN rewatching.

Novel A is Restraint 2.0: The Non-Fanfic Version. My first comprehensive revision didn't meet with pro-editor favor, and the computer-replacement fiasco ate up the funds for further paid editorial help. But both paid-for and free comments I've solicited agree that significant restructuring is necessary if Baby is to be marketable. It's emotionally and intellectually hard work. But I'm doing it.

Novel B is nothing but research (I'm reading a fascinating new biography of Aleister Crowley) and character sketches so far.

The setting is roughly 1910; maybe Glasgow, maybe Southern California, probably both. It's about a Golden-Dawn-like secret society, belief in magic, actual magic, lost-wax casting, mind-rape, actual asexuality, steamship travel, hypnotism, the Arts and Crafts movement, architecture...

...well, as you can see, it's still pretty loosely defined. The central working idea is to take one character's statement, "I no longer believe that the magic ever happened," and let the story change that character's mind. The main character is a silversmith called Eleanora Burne, and she's making me cry. Mostly because she's me. You know. Kind of a Eusyram. (Eventually I'll file that off, too.)

So, yes. Still existing. Chipping away at this thing called life. How's everyone doing?

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


Jul. 31st, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! Good point about putting it in quotes. Without quotes, I'm not sure I've discovered it yet!

Restraint as published on the AO3 falls broadly into the Real Person Fic section of the Supernatural fandom, but it's so AU that when I first posted it (the AO3 was very new), some people argued that it didn't belong there because it wasn't fanfiction at all.

Basically, it's an original novel whose two main characters look exactly like Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in neckcloths and buckskin breeches, and share a handful of their publicly-known personality traits. Their names are similar, but period-ized (Jensen Ackles becomes John Acklebury, and Jared Tristan Padalecki becomes Tristan Jarrett, with the P retained in his Penrith title); a couple of their famous friends make appearances as secondary characters--whose names I also period-ized. There were some little fandom in-jokes, notably John's father being a Dean of Winchester Cathedral...

Well, you'd think filing those things off would be simple, but it all got so embedded in the story that it was more like a surgical extraction than a simple global search-and-replace on names.

But it was doable, and I did it. They're still John and Tristan (I just couldn't bring myself to change their first names!), but all the clear fandom references are gone. The trouble identified by the pro editor is subtler than that, and has to do with the kind of gorgeous indulgence we love in fanfic: long sections of one character basically gazing at the other the way we, as fans, gaze at them. It's been an interesting and challenging effort to force myself to think in "real novel" terms, and frankly, I'm not yet 100% convinced that I should.

Heh. Sorry. Long answer to a simple question. Thinking in type here. Thanks for "listening."
Jul. 31st, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that explanation, which was exactly the right length! I've always imagined that the most difficult part of de-fanfictioning something would be the need to flesh out the characters and to describe them and their likes and dislikes etc., because of course all that is already assumed.
Jul. 31st, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
It would be a problem in canon-based fanfic, because of course half the fun of fic is just jumping in with known characters in an established universe and getting straight to the sex story. :D



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