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I am having an internal debate about whether to post the first chapter of the new work in progress I have.

It's what I was working on for National Novel Writing Month, although I changed directions somewhat since then. The first chapter is done (and most of the second chapter as well, along with many disconnected later parts). I love it.

The issue is this -- I don't write linearly. I write in fits and starts and in bits and pieces. Eventually those pieces sort of coalesce and I have a story. This work in progress is the longest thing I've ever written, the longest thing I've ever tried to write. I don't know how long it will take, but knowing me, it's likely to be a long time.

I have one work in progress already out, a promised prompt fill that I am already extremely overdue for. I wouldn't have posted it unfinished if it hadn't been a prompt. Normally, I don't go for posting works in progress. And now I'm considering having two out at the same time.

So, if you've read this ramble this far, drop a comment and tell me what I should do. I'm just not sure. I'm excited about my new story and want to show off my shiny toy, but should I wait until the whole thing comes together first?

Prompts?

Sep. 1st, 2011 04:30 pm
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Well, it's a new month, and time for a new game cooked up by resident genius/lunatic [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b. She's taking prompts for the month of September and has invited others to join in the fun too.

Sounded like a fine idea to me. I need to get my butt into gear and get some pieces finished and posted for a change, so let's do this thing. If you have an idea for a prompt, I'd love to hear it. I will definitely write and post at least one piece this month based on a prompt here. Got any good ideas drifting around? I'd be most appreciative for them. Prompt away, if you please!

Oh, and of course, please join us if you like! [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b's rules are simple: Make a post titled "Prompts?" and commit to one prompt-inspired fic for the month. And if you can throw a few spare prompts the way of the other players, that would be much appreciated too. So what do you say? Let's have some fun!
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So I've been at this fic writing for a while now, and I am gradually accumulating quite a pile of bits and pieces of stories. Some of it is fairly useless until I flesh it out a bit, just ideas and snippets of dialogue. But some of my bits and pieces are whole scenes that I like and want to do something with.

The problem is, I'm not always ready to work them into a complete form. So I'm going to try something new, since I write slowly and haven't posted much of anything in a while. I'm going to start posting some of these random unconnected scenes and seeing what happens. Maybe they'll jostle something loose and I can keep going with them. Or perhaps not. But it seems pointless to me to just leave them sitting on Google Docs collecting digital dust.

I'm a little reluctant to call them fics, since they're often just first parts of stories, introductions to a plot ideas I had in my head at some point. They're not complete by any means, but there's no rule that says I have to finish something up completely, right? There aren't rules here; I can experiment. Plenty of writers I love on here post disconnected scenes and intro cliffhangers all the time -- why can't I? So, I that's what I'm going to try. We'll see how it goes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll post the first one today or tomorrow. I sent it out for a beta read, but my poor dear beta is on a well-earned and deserved break, so it may be going up a bit rough. Oh, well. Perfectionist me needs to shut up a little anyway.
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This week in 60 for 60, we are writing 60 word ficlets about the Arthur Conan Doyle canon story, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A classic holiday story! Cases come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as unusual as this one, arriving at Holmes' door as a haggard hat and a Christmas goose. Where these odd clues lead amazes even the Great Detective.

Important and good news, everyone! We're getting our own comm for 60 for 60! We're calling it [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 (now with intro post and profile) and I'm setting it up this week. Next week, we'll post our entries there. I'll try to message everyone when the comm is open and running, and I'll send all necessary links and info. This is my first comm, so please bear with me. Ideas and help would be welcome!


60 for 60: Week 4: The Blue Carbuncle

Mrs. Peterson’s recipe for golden goose had been passed down for six generations. Each ingredient lent a unique character to the dish: thyme for aroma, peppercorns for spice, orange peel for brightness. This particular goose carried with it a special ingredient of its own, however, and although it didn’t add flavor, the meal was made all the richer for it.

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Don't miss the other takes on The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by these fabulous authors:
tweedisgood
lucybun
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
flawedamythyst
shouldboverthis


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery. An open and shut case is anything but when a man is murdered at the edge of the water of Boscombe Pool.
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Hi, everyone! 60 for 60 continues along swiftly into its 4th week. Unsure of what 60 for 60 is? It's simple! Check it out and join us! This week, we got seven very different, all very interesting entries for The Adventure of Black Peter, and links can be found below.

What does everybody think of the current format, collecting links to everyone's individual pieces? There has been some interest in a master post with the text of all the entries. That sounds good, but I would need to make sure every author is okay with that -- I don't want anyone to be upset about reposting their material. Another option would be our own comm to post our entries to. Is that something you all would prefer? Please let me know what you think! Thanks everyone, and happy writing!

60 for 60 takes on The Adventure of Black Peter, by author:
flawedamythyst
leone
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer
tweedisgood

We're on to The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier this week. We have a big bunch of entries already -- invite your friends!
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We're trucking along well in our 60 for 60 challenge, heading into week 3! Unsure of what 60 for 60 is? It's simple! Check it out and join us! We have had six entries for The Beryl Coronet this week, and links can be found below. Great work everyone!

And now, a question for you all: do you think it would be better for me to post on [livejournal.com profile] dispatch_box a final list of all the entries I got for the week aggregated together on Saturday for everyone to read with a mention of the new story that starts on Sunday? Or should I post whatever I have available on Sunday and invite everyone to join in then with the current week's story? Might get more responses that way potentially, although not everyone's entry will get posted for advertising to readers. Any thoughts? I think I was more successful the first week doing that, so I may try that again. (I'm certainly over-thinking this, sorry.)

Is everyone having fun so far? I'm really enjoying our little project, and I hope you are too! I just love all the different approaches. We have slash, angst, detective work, back stories, missing scenes... Just terrific stuff! Thanks for taking this adventure with us, everybody!

60 for 60 takes on The Beryl Coronet, by author:
flawedamythyst
leone
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer

See you all Sunday (7/10/11) for Black Peter! Pirates, rum, and murder ahoy!
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Hello, everyone! Wanted to check in, say hello, and give a hearty welcome to our newcomers. [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and I are so happy you're joining us for our little storytelling adventure!

We had a wonderful response to week 1: The Abbey Grange, and we got six entries. You can find links to all of them below. Great work, everyone!

This was such a fantastic start. It's fascinating to see what different story elements catch each author reading the same story. Don't miss any of them!

60for60 takes on The Abbey Grange by author:
flawedamythyst
leone (also with 900 word expansion!)
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer

Very much looking forward to this Sunday (3/7/11), and The Beryl Coronet! Everyone is welcome to join us, so if you know someone who might be interested, please pass it along. Also wonderful would be artwork, so please, any artists: you are more than welcome to join us as well! Come on, it'll be fun!

Now, a question for you all. Would you like me to post our results on [livejournal.com profile] dispatch_box? Is that something everyone wants? I could post all the entries I can find for the week on Saturday, and announce along with them that we start the new round the next day on Sunday. What do you all think? I'm leaning towards doing it, so if it's not something you're comfortable with, please let me know. Thanks, everyone! See you Sunday!

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