Rambling On To My Favourite Topic…

It’s raining today; but despite the cloud cover, it’s not one of those gloomy, broody days… (Or, at least, it’s not for me – don’t know about hethosus and my darling youngest sib daphtpunk.) Instead, it’s one of those lazy days where you sit inside, nice and comfortable, listening to the rain falling outside, and relax.

My knees are feeling much better today (most likely thanks to the application of a coldpack and plenty of rest yesterday) though I still intend to see a doctor about them – don’t want to damage them any more than they are already through genetics…

And now, onto the subject of this ramble…

For the past two weeks with RuroBatt, I’ve been trying to write this conversation in Chapter 2.2. I had a general idea of what I wanted the conversation to be about when I started the scene, but it immediately took a different turn, going straight to the topic I had reserved for the end. So I shrugged and decided to go with it and see what it got me.

Well, what it got me was only being able to write a total of two paragraphs for said scene over the last week, despite being in a writing mood.

So this morning, I sat down with a pot of my favourite “tea to write by” (Twinings Blackcurrant, in case anyone’s curious), and a determination to do a thorough re-write of the scene, this time putting the topics of conversation in the order I wanted them to be in the first place.

Things seem to be going well thus far, although there’s been another slight shift in conversational direction…

Saitô’s being evil at the moment. (*wide evil grin*) Yep, they’re going well.

Later, all!
😉 tag

The Down-Side of Creative Highs…

Creative highs are all well and good when one is trying to write. And truthfully, I’m reasonably happy to be in the middle of one at the moment, especially since Kenshin and Saitô are the only ones bugging me right now.

Unfortunately, they do have their downsides. Like not being able to go to sleep during the afternoon because the thoughts are whirling around so fast in your head… when you have to spend the entire night at work. *sigh* Well, I’m going to try to get a couple of hours in after I finish the latest Vathara beta-ing… here’s hoping it works!

Later, all!

Important Q & RuroBat/Plot Bunny Update…

Okay, first of all – the important question (which actually applies to Rurouni Battôsai, as it happens):
What’s a good restriction on the length of an entry/LJ-Cut?

To explain… the Prologue to Rurouni Battôsai is 5-1/2 pages long. So far, Chapter 1 is 12+ pages long, and it’s about 2/3 done (which, BTW, is part of the update mentioned in the subject…). So, do I post the entirety of Chp. 1 in one journal entry, or do I split it up so that the entries aren’t too long?

As for the rest of the update… Well, as mentioned in Friday’s entry, Saitou was being difficult, but finally started cooperating. I’d meant to get quite a bit written Saturday at work, but first I got distracted by The Japanese Experience: A Short History of Japan by W. G. Beasley (review coming when I finish)… and then Kenshin decided that since Saitou got to be difficult earlier, it was now his turn.

I finally got him cooperating with about an hour left of my shift… and neither of them has left me alone since then. (Which is how I’ve managed to get 7 pages written over the past 25 hours.) So I’m hoping that Chp. 1 will be done very soon…

More on RuroKen, Shinsengumi, Plot Bunnies, and Life…

Well, I just received Vol. 8 of the RuroKen manga today… So far, I’d have to say that this volume is where the manga and the anime are the closest, not only in events, but in a great deal of the dialogue as well. The manga volume ends about halfway through the last episode on the anime DVD volume, however… (Which means that yours truly has to wait until Vol. 9 is released to read more Kenshin & Saitou interaction… *pout*)

On to the next topic…

If anyone reading this knows French at least semi-fluently and is interested in the Shinsengumi, you’re in luck! Remember some entries down I provided the link to the English Wikipedia entry on the Shinsengumi? Well, I was re-reading it a few days ago, and noticed that it was also available in French (as well as Japanese, of course, and what I believe is Russian). So I decided to check out the French Wikipedia entry on the Shinsengumi – and was very glad that I did. Although this entry starts out appearing basically the same as the English one, it turns out to have a great many more details on the history of the Shinsengumi, from what led up to their formation to the final battle of the Shinsengumi, when Hijikata Toshizou was killed; as well as information on the political infighting that plagued the group throughout their existence. Highly recommended if you understand French and want more of the above details.

As for Plot Bunnies… Well, for the RK story, Saitou has finally stopped being difficult, and Chp. 1 is about 1/3 finished (it’s currently about 1 pg shorter than the prologue). The two Plot Bunnies in question (red fur amber-eyed with sakabatou and black fur yellow-eyed with a distinctly wolfish look and a katana) still have the blockade set up so no other Bunnies can get through to me, however…

And as for life in general… tomorrow is the last Saturday I have to work! And the main reason I’m working it this week is to help finish training our new weekend person… So next week, I’m back to just my regular shifts, with my full weekend available! (At which point I may actually manage to get around to watching PeaceMaker Kurogane, graciously lent last month by hethosus…)

The Bunnies Are Coming! The Bunnies Are Coming!

And there is currently a red-furred bunny with amber eyes and a reverse-blade sword hopping around my Plot Bunny Corral, insisting that I get this first story in my new fandom written…

I blame Vathara – lucky me has been getting to do some beta-ing on a bunch of her latest inspirations; and trust me, there’s a lot of RuroKen! Of course, this particular bunny of mine is rather different; in fact, I think it’s fairly different than any other RuroKen story I’ve seen out there. For one thing, as far as I’m aware, the level of romance in this story will be zero, which pretty much makes it fairly unique…

For anyone who is interested, here is a basic summary of what the Plot Bunny (the aforementioned amber-eyed red one) has let me know so far:

Basic Summary – Spoilers!

Yep – It’s A White Christmas…

*sigh*

Bad enough we had ice on top of snow, but to have more snow on top of it? At least the snowfall seems to be easing after about two hours… well, what I can see of it through the security cameras and out the window behind my desk…

Only just over an hour and a half left of my 12 hr. shift – I’m looking forward to going home and spending the rest of the night with the cats.

Had a wonderful Christmas Eve with my aunt at her place, and I got some very nice pressies from everyone. Going to be calling the Newfoundland relatives up tomorrow to offer thanks to my grandmother, and express my wishes that everyone had a good Christmas…

And even being here at work for most of Christmas hasn’t been too bad. It’s always been my habit to spend Christmas afternoon relaxing with any books I manage to get, or writing… and while I haven’t exactly been doing that (while I brought one of the two books I was given to work, I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet – I’ve been pre-occupied with other stuff) it’s still been a fairly relaxing day.

With the exception of the exterior patrols. It’s not fun trying to watch your feet to make sure you don’t slip on the ice that’s on the ground while at the same time trying to check the second and third story windows from outside to make sure they’re all closed… But I managed it, and without any spills! *cheers*

Then got involved in a fascinating email discussion with Vathara (RK, GW, or Stargate fans might know her fics on Fanfiction.Net), going from last night to today, and now I’ve got one of those blasted RK plot bunnies in my corral! (Which is obviously going to have to be expanded – it’s starting to get a wee bit too crowded in there… Wonder if my parents’ place in Costa Rica has the metaphysical space available to provide an expansion?)

Anyway, hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and here’s looking forward to a Happy New Year! (Quite in advance, yes, but good wishes never hurt…)

Later!

Who Would Have Guessed…

Being on a creative high (like I have been all night at work – and, in fact, all evening before work as well) really brightens my mood immensely. (Check out my current mood to see what I mean!) *G*

Oh, I’m having a great time! For the first time since July, Liam is actually cooperating with me, so – while I won’t get Eye of the Storm finished by the end of November (as I’d originally really, really hoped I would), I may just get it done by the end of December… which still leaves me 4-1/2 months to get the novel sequel written in order to have Dreams, Memories & Truths Vol. II ready for MediaWest*Con 2005. Hey, I can do it – I managed to finish In Search of the Truth (novel prequel to Eye of the Storm) in 4 months, after all…

Yeah, I think my current mood is pretty obvious, don’t you? *G*

The Musae Are Back!

And Liam and Sandoval are yelling, thank goodness…

I can’t seem to stop smiling, even though I’m rewriting almost all of Pt. 13 of Eye of the Storm – but hey, it’s likely to lead to me actually getting Pt. 14 started, so that’s all to the good, right?

Off to do a bit of re-reading (to remind myself of some details) before going on to get work done…

*Up pops a sign, held by a chibi-Liam: Don’t Disturb The Writer*

*Abruptly another sign is thrust in front of the first, held by tag herself: Responses to this Post Won’t Disturb the Writer*

*G*

Corralling the Musae

AKA: I have too many stories in too many fandoms on the go right now, and am having difficulty focusing…

HELP! Suggestions for assistance in focusing would be more than welcome, particularly as some of said stories have rapidly approaching deadlines…

*Hiding at the far end of the Plot Bunny Corral and trying to gag Saito and Methos while getting Liam and Heero to focus on telling me what’s going on (as opposed to discussing ‘what defines one as normal/human’ with each other)…*