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*pokes world*
Am still here. *waves at sarabi*

Just really, really tired.

maeyan found a way to disable the ObnoxiousBastardFromHell dialer screen from our ISP, which worked in a pre-sized IE window, spammed you with ads for their other services, made re-dialing a chore and a half because it used up too much memory trying to reload itself and thus what should've taken milliseconds took. Um. Seconds, at least. And worst of all, it prevented auto-redialing, so if you left something downloading and went to bed, chances are you'd check in the morning to find that you'd got disconnected half an hour later, and had a whole 5mb downloaded.

Not so anymore, for maeyan stole from her mum a local dialup number that for some reason works even without the dialer. (They'd disabled that possibility for all the numbers we knew of, when they came out with the dialer software) So now I have {rapture} auto-redial. And no dialer software taking up space in my toolbar (the bastich doesn't even have a "minimize to system tray" function, and you have to keep it open if you want to stay connected).

So anyway, when last we left Naughty Filesharing System That I Of Course Don't Use, it was trying to download Ep. 1x1 of Dead Like Me. Here's hoping it actually managed to find a constant source.

Really, really tired.

I'd do the 'ask me any one question about my writing' meme thing, but I'm at a loss to think of anything people would want to know, considering I don't think I've even written anything solo since the previous mutation of this meme went around. Feel free to ask, if anyone's been inexplicably dying to, though.

However, I'm up for the "ask for a screenshot/paste of anything on my (home) computer" one. Barring chatlogs and private e-mails, etc. That could be interesting.

minitrog

2005-02-18 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm up for the "ask for a screenshot/paste of anything on my (home) computer" one

Now I know that a screenshot of the thumbnails view of your [my smuttiest pictures] folder has *got* to be worth it...

Go on, give a girl a thrill. *g*

trepkos

2005-02-18 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seconded!
And don't try to fob us off with "My Little Porny"!

mpoetess

2005-02-19 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Posted in new post. ;-)

Question

kimberlyfdr

2005-02-18 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll probably forget to post this on my own journal, but there's always hope;) My question:

When you write, do you outline exactly where you want the plot to go and follow it to the letter or do you have a starting point and just follow wherever the characters take you blindly?

(I do one, but I wanna see how common it is)

Re: Question

mpoetess

2005-02-19 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

About 50/50, I think. And it depends on the type of story and if I'm writing solo or not.

One-shot stories I often have a very vague idea of the point, and maybe a line or an image to start with or work towards, and the rest I just kind of fight my way through as I go along.

Longer stuff, I may have at least a mental outline, or a synopsis in mind. Longer stuff I also tend to end up flaking out on and not finishing because my outline has too many huge blank spots in it, though, and I get intimidated, so I dunno how well it works as a technique.

Co-written stuff like Domestic Piranhas is written very much on the fly -- we've known as little as "They're sitting on the couch. Go." and as much as "This should be the honeymoon story, and we're going to set them loose in a dimension where vampires rule and have since the Victorian age. Also we need to hit this and also that emotional thing, remember."

On the other hand, after an aborted story that got halfway written and then we realized that wasn't where we needed to go, but we could salvage and find a better purpose for the sex scene, Paving Stones was fairly well laid out in front of Wolfling and me in terms of what we wanted to do. Granted it was an AU of specfic episodes, so the canon itself provided the main part of the outline.

Re: Question

kimberlyfdr

2005-02-19 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

When I started writing when I was very very young, I'd always have an outline. Even when I wrote Sentinel (my first fandom) I'd have an outline. I'd get the story done, but I wouldn't feel any pleasure in it. I got to the end and went "umm, so?" Then, when I moved over to SH, I threw that out the window. Now, I'll get a flash of something. It's either the beginning of an idea, a random scene, or a throwaway line. That's my beginning. I'll ask the characters to expand upon it, tell me more, and the results make me happier than I can ever imagine. That's not to say I don't often want to throttle Starsky or Hutch, but the story they give me is more interesting and complex than anything I could force upon them. For that, I'll always be grateful.

(And I did post it, go me;)

Re: Question

mpoetess

2005-02-20 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't tend to get guidance from the characters themselves, sadly. I often wish I did. I tend to rely on "Come on, in your heart of hearts, does this feel realistic, or are you only wanking about to make them do and say things that perss your kink buttons?"

brynspikess

2005-02-18 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just thought you might want to take a peek at "After Hours".

*tries to look vague and mysterious and interesting*

*fails miserably*

mpoetess

2005-02-19 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

*smoooch* You have both cracked my shit up, and made my day! I love it.

brynspikess

2005-02-20 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

*worships at the perfectly peticured toes of the most great MP*

I'm happy you liked it *bounces*

mpoetess

2005-02-20 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

The most perfectly pedicured toes are a) not, and b) currently rubbing the tummy of a kitty who's hiding under my desk. *g* This kitty, in fact.

brynspikess

2005-02-20 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cuuuute kitten ^_^ This one is my girl *points at icon*

I think she's miffed at me over something - she's hanging out at the end of the hall. Last night she was under my desk ^_~

mpoetess

2005-02-20 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Awww! I have one who looks like that. I, um, have one who looks like everything. This is the joy of having nine.

brynspikess

2005-02-20 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

*lol* Cool. One of these days I'll have more, but for now it's just me and my girl.