meme!

Aug. 14th, 2011 09:43 pm
zanzjan: (meme me!)
"If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.-- Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980"

If I wrote Cinderella, what would you immediately be looking for?

meme, sigh

Apr. 7th, 2010 09:29 pm
zanzjan: (meme me!)
SIX NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Suzanne
2. Mom
3. Ms. Palmer, I suppose, though I have no recollection of anyone actually calling me that.
and that's it.

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. a purple t-shirt
2. comfy shorts
3. glasses

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. to feel like I belong somewhere
2. encouraging writing news, no matter how tiny
3. about 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
I wish memes on no one, but let them fall where they may.

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. cleaned the kitchen counter
2. surfed the web trying to find good Israeli slang for the current story in progress
3. spent three+ hours making black bean soup, that turned out edible but not especially good

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. my neighbor
2. my best friend
3. my parents

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. go to work
2. despite good intentions, eat a crappy lunch
3. despite good intentions, eat a crappy dinner

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. tea
2. hot chocolate
3. fribbles

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. the small adorable girl, who likes to be held
2. the small adorable boy, who waits at the window at daycare watching for my car at the end of the day, so he can run out and hug me
3. getting free long enough to make a trip to the bookstore
zanzjan: (meme me!)
Or: If you'll take my advice, you'll take anybody's!

These may only be applicable to (and meaningful for) me. So hah!

1. If you don't actually write something, you can't fix it later.
2. If you fix something enough times and it still doesn't seem quite right, consider that it might not be fixable. It's much harder to let go of the stuff that's only a little bit wrong than it is the stuff that's grossly wrong, but ultimately wrong is wrong, and trying to finesse something that's inherently broken can suck up massive amounts of your time and energy.
3. There is *nothing* so integral to a story, or so superbly written, that it can't be yanked if need be.
4. When finding it necessary to exercise #3, it's okay to mope, cry, and/or vent your fury to the heavens. For a little while. Then you've gotta get on with it, because moping, crying, and venting are all much easier to do than writing. [1]
5. If you try to implement, uncritically, every piece of advice that comes your way about a story, you will end up with utter and total shit. On the other hand, a *good* writing/critique group (or partner, or workshop) is worth far more than their collective weight in gold. [2]
6. You are only ever really competing against yourself[3]. If it inspires you to pretend you're competing against someone, go for it. If, on the other hand, you start counting their successes as your failures, STOP.
7. Writing stories is like raising children. Just because you had one easy one doesn't mean the next one won't be a tantrum-throwing, eardrum-bursting, playdoh-eating, matches-playing, house-wrecking, people-biting little monster. And yet, when you look back, you'll discover there's no clear correlation between the ease of a story and your fondness for it.
8. Learn to love (and respect) the semi-colon.
9. There are always new things to learn, often from unlikely people and places, and you learn them best by paying attention, listening, asking thoughtful questions, and not being afraid to experiment.
10. There are times in your career where you will feel -- where you will *be* -- completely helpless. You will feel powerless, disappointed, disrespected. They may be substantial stretches of time.[4] If you use those times as motivation to try harder, to write better, you win. If you let it make you quit, you lose.

And, y'know, preface the whole thing with:
0. Yog's Law.

--
[1] So are sudoku, facebook, jigzone, and blowing up baby penguins.
[2] And if you can, try to meet somewhere with good tea.
[3] Except maybe if you're up for a Hugo, and even then, wow, how cool is that?! Once you've lost six or seven, sure, you're entitled to become a little peeved about it. Until then? Not so much.
[4] Years, even.
zanzjan: (meme me!)
First LJ Sentences from a CENTURY INTO THE FUTURE! because I was woefully boring for all of 2009 )
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[stupid broken meme removed]
zanzjan: (Default)
(dragged down into temptation by [livejournal.com profile] istemi)

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year.
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a poem, or something written. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well. We all can make stuff!
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Following on [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's coat-tails, the First Line Meme for works in progress:

Miledrop (novel, first+ draft):
She lay on her back on the thin mattress, sweating in the stale, motionless air as she listened to the arrythmic, tin can sounds of water dripping somewhere nearby.

Arcx (novel, first+ draft):
"I have just solved one of the greatest mysteries of the Universe," Nela said, running her thumb along the beveled edge of her journal as she spoke into it.

Surf (short, first draft):
I itch.

Fifth Sun (novella? first draft):
The airship La Malinche slid gracefully over the ocean, stable at twenty feet above wavepeak and racing towards the dawn.

Untitled #1 (short, first draft):
The game began three years earlier when Onni's cousin Orph got him a job on the garbage crew of the Mandrake's Folly, one of the old skips doing the three week Tanduou-Moritau run.

Tucker's Fall (novella? first draft):
The rain was a thing of high August fury, hurling water down with such vehemence that even at double-speed the windshield wipers fought a losing battle.

Zombie Cabana Boy (short, first draft):
"And then Tallboy Johnny, fucking asshole that he is, holds up the broken coffee pot and says, 'You know, when the French make coffee--"

Stray (short, revision):
I don't know what made me go into the bar in the first place but I was new in town, just passing through, and desperate for something familiar.

--
Huh. I didn't quite realize I had so much in the works, as it were. My goal is to finish complete first drafts of Miledrop and Surf by the end of the year, though that may be asking a bit much given my family and work commitments. I'd like to get Stray fixed and out in circulation again, and [livejournal.com profile] mlp367 has now kindly provided me with the info I need to do it so no more excuses. Tucker's Fall is one of those stories that's just slowly accreting in my spare time. Arcx is waiting until I either finish Miledrop or get hopelessly stalled (again.) Fifth Sun needs me to have the time to do some intensive research. I don't know yet where Untitled is supposed to go. And Zombie Cabana Boy waits upon me being in just the right mood to write it, being a rude and filthy tale that has to be the perfect balance of ewwwww before it'll work at all.

Which also brings up what's out there. I've got four pieces out, all for well over the respective market's typical response time. Thanksgiving day will make the 1000th day since I sent off Novel #1. I find it's easier not to think about that. But y'know, that particular heartache aside, I'm grateful to have found writing and for the encouragement that people have given me in its pursuit, and I'm even more grateful for the interesting, intelligent people that writing has given me a chance to know. It's been a privilege.

meme me!

Nov. 14th, 2008 03:54 pm
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Is your cat plotting to kill you?

meme me!

Nov. 11th, 2008 10:29 pm
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Meme wants to know:
If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?
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belatedly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] llcoolvad: What Punctuation Mark Are You? )

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