nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
In other words, it was a good movie. I rewarded myself with an interlude at the movies tonight - seeing as I have been and will continue to be working non-stop 24/7 until my vacation starts at the end of December ;_; - and it was a good choice; gave me a lot to think about.

I can't believe I'd forgotten about the Sapir-Whorf theory! Well, not forgotten forgotten, but that I haven't been trying to weave it more into my universal translator world-building. It was my favorite linguistic theory back at uni, I really should incorporate it more in my own writing. Hmm, I think I shall have the garnea have no concept/emotion of fear or anger, only sadness and grief. That will make for both interesting culture clashes, linguistic difficulties and works with their way of life. Yay, aliens!

Arrival made me want to read the short story it is based on. It also made me finally sniff out the story Three Worlds Collide which I read way back when and really liked but lost track of. Recommended reading as basis for interesting discussions.

Oh well, time to go to sleep and then get back to work. Hopefully I'll get enough done tomorrow that I finally can let myself read all the other stories in the Reverse Bangs I've participated in! Check out [livejournal.com profile] i_reversebang and ds9reversebang if you're curious; a lot of lovely art and fic over there! Fandoms are Inception and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

These are the fics I wrote for the exchanges:

Dreams of Others
Fandom: Inception
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Rating: Explicit
Tags: Alternate Universe - Magical Realism, Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Abuse, Sexual Content
Summary: Hiding out in-between jobs should be an uneventful thing, laying low and keeping out of the cops' search lights. But Eames learned long ago that neither Arthur nor Ariadne can resist a client who might be a target for the Others, and this latest one was sent their way courtesy of Dominic Cobb himself. Resigned to help Arthur and Ariadne play knights in shining armor Eames has no idea exactly how fast this supposed quick-fix project is about to go downhill.

Spy Games
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Pairing: Elim Garak/Julian Bashir
Rating: Mature
Tags: Holodecks/Holosuites, Roleplay, Xenophilia, Cardassians with tails
Summar: Garak and Bashir spend some time on the holodeck, enjoying a spy novel of Bashir's.
nonesane: (Sadly this is true for me.)
I have so many things I should be writing and want to be writing!

Will save this here to hopefully add a list of deadlines for myself later on tonight...

Okay, here goes! I've looked through the WIPs I marked as "priorities" way back when (for original stories here & for fanfiction here, though I've come up with yet more stories since then, ack!) and picked three of of each to focus on so I actually might get something done this summer. The others will be written too, just...later.


Original stories

1) Of Elves and Dwarrows Part 1: Soul-Stealing Elves
I've finished the first draft of 16 of 21 chapters! I really should get this done this summer.
I'll encourage myself by link all the beautiful art I've commissioned of my characters, here:
Headshots of Jale, Warsa, Kaaz, Prince Onren, Fanwa, Beswa, Zurkea and Gelame.
Headshots of Guthra, Queen Luheka, Vergar, Droh, Tura, Bjana, Hreka and Marwa.
Raserath saving her brother Narathriel from falling.
Narathriel and Warsa talking, near the end of the book.
Prince Onren and Jale dancing.

2) Rumskompisar och Annat Oknytt
My short story collection all in Swedish that has gone forward ever so slowly. But I need to finish it. Like, yesterday. Because my uncle isn't feeling too well and he really wanted to read something I've written...and now I've made myself sad, dammit.
Oh well, I've finished the first draft of 1 of 10 stories. Better get working on the rest!

3) Secrets in Ice
Only done with the first draft of chapter 1 of 16, but it is something. Co-creating this with my sister (her tumblr and her dA) which has both sped up and slowed down the process of writing/world-building.


Fanfiction

1) Witch Hunt
A Star Trek:DS9 AU-fic focused on Julian Bashir and Elim Garak. Only done with the first draft of chapter 1 of 20, but I've apparently written at least 200 words on each chapter. Weird,

2) Dynamics
Mass Effect fic. Because this silly Shepard/Thane smut has been sitting unfinished on my computer for way, waaaay too long!

3) Punishment
This prompt is so old and unfilled I am ashamed. Especially as it has 2k of it already written! The Hobbit fandom needs more dworin smut.


...so yeah. Let's see if I can get all this done before work starts up again in August. Better not hold my breath.
nonesane: (Sadly this is true for me.)
I never seem to get a clear idea of what I myself am working on when it comes to writing, which is a bit annoying. I'm going to make two posts where I try to sort out what I should be focusing on these last months of the year + what I should put aside for a while.

This first list consists of original works. The next is about fanfiction.

The stories )
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
We all have our vampires-werewolves-witches stories, don't we? Well, here's mine at least. Watching Being Human (UK) made me want to revive it from the long dead (much like The Hobbit got me working on "Of Dwarves and Elves").

Mostly place-holder, since it's late and I'm tired XD

Basic premise:

Some supernatural creatures exist. Most have fled into a parallel dimension that witches (the most politically powerful of the magic users) created some 600 years ago, but a few - the more asocial, murder happy ones - have stuck around and a lot of others have chosen to blend in to modern society, since the parallel place is a bit too medieval for their taste.

The story focuses on a safe house, somewhere in the north of Sweden. It's run by witches and offers a safe place for any supernatural creature who's in a bad way - be it addiction, abuse, having no clue how to deal with what they are, etc. - who can't seek shelter with the regular places due to obvious reasons.

Characters:
* Amrita (actually Pancras) Misra. Our recident vampire, who deliberately keeps forgetting to mention he's actually 300 years old and not 30, like the others at the safe house have been led to believe by lie of omission. On the run from his Maker.
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
Ah, fantasy. Elves and dwarves, to be exact. (Quick and small title change).

Characters

Main:

  • Jale (male, Jadestone dwarf, young, just got a "real" beard going, in love with Prince Onren, unsure of his place, brother of Warsa)

  • Kaaz (male, former Deep Mine dwarf, young-ish, former fugitive, still worried about fitting in, warrior, betrothed to Fanwa).

  • Narathriel (male, elf, young-ish, on a quest, clever, magician)

  • Warsa (female, Jadestone dwarf, young-ish, mighty red beard!, best friends with Prince Onren, established warrior, dutiful, sister of Jale)


Supporting:

  • Beswa (female, Jadestone dwarf, warrior, hot-headed, in an on-again-off-again relationship with Gelame).

  • Bjana (female, Jadestone dwarf, both blood-and-true mother of Tura, Deepdigger Clan)

  • Droh (male, Jadestone dwarf, criminal, brother of Bjana, Deepdigger Clan)

  • Fanwa (male, Jadestone dwarf, warrior, betrothed to Kaaz, brother of Marwa).

  • Gelame (female, Jadestone dwarf, warrior and bard, calm, on-and-off-again with Beswa, magical potential).

  • Guthra (female, Deep Mine dwarf, cousin to Kaaz, obsessed with status).

  • Hreka (female, Deep Mine dwarf, warrior, married to Marwa).

  • Marwa (male, Jadestone dwarf, kidnapped and thought dead, great jewel maker, brother of Fanwa, married to Hreka).

  • Prince Onren (male, Jadestone dwarf, has an older brother and sister, warrior and leader of a seven man party with special training, terrified of marriage, in love with Jale).

  • Tura (female, Jadestone dwarf, daughter of Bjana, friend of Jale, magical potential, Deepdigger Clan)

  • Vergar (male, Storm Cliffs dwarf, guard and warrior, magical potential)

  • Zurkea (female, Jadestone dwarf, middle-aged warrior, tough as nails).


Minor:

  • The Older Prince (male, Jadestone dwarf, older brother of Onren and the princess, not the heir).

  • The Princess (female, Jadestone dwarf, younger sister to The Older Prince, older sister to Onren, the heir).

  • Queen Luheka (female dwarf, mother to Prince Onren, ruler of Jade Stone Mountain, MIGHTY BEARD!)


Plot:
An unholy mess of action/adventure, romance, fantasy, steampunk and erotica. Long story short, elves are due to backstory reasons not popular with other species and are basically believed to be evil sirens who want to eat your soul. Because of this, they were long ago driven from the land this story takes place in; only they've decided to return. The dwarves of Jadestone Mountain (who're at war with the Deep Mines, over the underground warm water resources in Jadestone) find this out quite by accident: the young guard Jale unknowingly saves the life of one - i.e. he doesn't know it's an elf he's saved until they've already become friends. The rest of the dwarves think Jale has been magically brainwashed by the evil elf, so Jale decides to help said elf (Narathriel) home, to prove his sanity to the other dwarves. Naturally, Jale's sister and friends (*cough*Prince Onren most of all*cough*) are none too happy with this decision of his...

Notes:

  • When courting, the dwarves gift each other with previous gems/jewerly/shiny stuff every year on the day of their bethroal. When they finally get married, their closest relatives help them dress in the finest of the gifts, right before the wedding night.

  • Only one person of a married couple wears a sign of the marriage (a large bracelet). This is because the person without a bracelet _can_ marry another (though only being the one that gets the bracelet that time). It rarely happens, but it's not completely unheard of; and when married, the third person technically demotes the first person with the bracelet to lover or possibly second-spose to themselves.

  • The royal line used to be patriarchal, until a revolution some ten generations back. This is remembered every 20 years with a ritual that I'm heavily borrowing from "Last Night of the Kings" by Van Canto <_< >_>

  • Elves don't have any rituals for marriage, they just agree to be married. Dwarves on the other hand have tons of rituals (see above).


Scenes:

  • Jale explaining the meaning of braids and how courtship braids can only be undone (for cleaning) by the person's betrothed - or in an emergency a very close relative to the betrothed - (he's explaining to Narathriel)

  • Onren mentioning to Warsa that he thinks Jale has a very pleasant voice, when she mentions that Jale plans to become a bard

  • Jale deciding to become a bard since he's no warrior-material and few other stations are high enough for him to dare think the prince would marry him

  • When Jale goes off with Narathriel (to prove his own worth and that elves aren't soul-eaters). Onren & co go after him. Sadly, so do some Deep Mine dwarves, who're aiming to catch themselves valuable prisoners.

  • Onren and Kaaz end up taken prisoner by Kaaz' cousin Guthra. Kaaz is to be married off to some noble (Deep Mines still have those), while Onren is to be given to one of the royals. Lots of hair drama!

  • All the six warrior directly under Onren's command (ex: Warsa, Kaaz, Fanwa, Gelame, Beswa and Zurkea) ship Onren/Jale and have been dwarf-subtly trying to hook the two up since Jale came of age.

nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
Thought it was time to take my mind off work (as fun as work is) and do something silly and writer-y again.

All this Hobbit and Being Human (UK) watching/reading had me digging up my old "Classic Fantasy" + vampire and werewolves stories. Because most of us have them. At least I do.

While reading through the notes, I notice that they were everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. I've taken story notes in txt-files, in docs, on paper notes lying about, in notebooks, everywhere. This, of course, make the stories hard to keep track of.

I've started writing in Scrivener and I love it. I recommened it to all writers, especially now that they've added spell check! But the thing is, I'm not always in front of my computer when I get a quick idea. Sometimes I'm at work, sometimes I'm on the bus, sometimes I'm just to lazy to boot up anything else than a txt-file (though my internet browser is almost always open).

Thus, the "plot posts". I'll be making a few of them and they'll be my stories' home away from home. I'll write the basics of what I have (characters, basic plot) in the main post, and then comment with various ideas when the mood strikes me.

I'll leave the posts open for commenting by everyone (except anons, to avoid spam). I don't expect anyone but me to be interested in my little story puzzels, but you're free to jump in with a comment any time nonetheless :)
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
And when I say news, I of course mean "random stuff I got up to since my last post". Yes.

Got my Yuletide gift and it is awesome! I mean, a Moomin & Winnie-the-Pooh crossover? What more could I ask for?! Link here:

Moomintroll in Autumn

I've seen The Hobbit twice now, once with friends and once with family. Obviously I loved it. My favorite parts are how they managed to make each dwarf an individual with a distinct personality, while still keeping all of them very dwarf-ish in nature (I will admit to having had trouble remembering who was who when I read the book - except Thorin of course). I also liked all the extra material they put in and that the dwarf women actually had beards too (seems like muttonchops are in fashion for them) <3

But to avoid spoilers, I'll instead go on another, related rant. The Hobbitw put me in the mood for fantasy, the old fashion kind of fantasy, you might say. This led me to dusting off a story I've had in the works for some time, as well as plotting a new one in the same fictional universe.

Naturally, the new story focuses on dwarfs :)

I'm having so much fun with the world building it should be illegal! My sources of inspiration is a great mess of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, the Pinis (ElfQuest) and a mass of my favorite fantasy tropes and cliches. I'm going to ramble on about the stories under the cut, fair warning ;)

My current writing obsessions )
nonesane: (Acting lessons.)
Stupid brain, being all inspired to write something completely different than the story I'm actually supposed to be writing.

Currently I'm on a Florence + The Machine binge and it has turned out that a lot of her/their songs fit characters from my All the Changed-series, the characters from A loyal man in particular. I am thus forced to make this playlist, so I can remember to listen to the songs in the "correct" order once I'm done with NaNo and can continue A loyal man.

1) The Hardest of Hearts (Aysela & Sen)
Reflections on their situations and feelings towards one another at the start of the story (after the prologue) and possibly a little way into the plot.

Which part who sings, color coded for my convenience )

2) Galaxy of the Lost (Sen to Tiashar)

Using alcohol as a metaphor for murder and general (non-consensual) sadism here. Sen has his weak moments, when the constant act of being Tiashar's most loyal servant and lover takes its toll on his psyche. He never does give in to the mad ideas that Tiashar's influence brings to the surface of his mind, but the fantasy of letting himself turn into the sadist the rest of the world thinks he is both tempting and disgusting...

Lyrics )

3) Swimming (Sen to Emic)

After Emic heals Sen, Sen is stirred from his half-madness, recalling what life among the rest of his own kind used to be like. In his mind, Emic becomes a symbol for altruism and kindness; later leading to his idea to set Aysela and Emic up as a romantic couple (which doesn't go the way Sen planned).

Lyrics )

4) All This And Heaven Too (Emic)

Trying to sort out his feelings towards Sen, somewhere during the first half of the story. He's never been in love before, go figure.

Lyrics )

5) Breath of Life (Sen)

Reflections on how stupid it was to look for relief from Tiashar's way of life and how very, very stupid (but wonderful) it is to not only be in love with Aysela, but with Emic too.

Lyrics )

6) Heartlines (Aysela & Sen)

Aysela is finally figuring out how to beat Tiashar and doing her best not to worry about the sacrifices necessary, while Sen has a vague idea of what might be needed and knows he doesn't have the power to do it.

Lyrics, color coded for my convenience )

7) No Light, No Light (Sen)

Ending up having to partake in a battle directly between Tiashar and Aysela, Sen mentally checks out, caught between horrible grief (for there is no way Aysela will be walking way from this one) and numbness. Half of this I think of as him telling Aysela, (and partly Aysela's corpse), and the other half is aimed at Tiashar.

Lyrics )

8) Leave My Body (Sen)

Having finally overcome the shock Aysela's death caused, Sen steels himself for killing Tiashar, gathering all his strength. He wants the rest of his people to survive - Emic most of all - but he knows he has nothing to look forward to, other than brief joy as Tiashar dies before his eyes; killing Tiashar isn't easily done and will without a doubt cost him his life, but he's prepared to pay that price now.

Lyrics )

9) Spectrum (Aysela)

Aysela and her allies' gambit payed off and she now returns in a triumphant final battle with Tiashar. There are also some hints of what the home world was like before the breaking and what the flight to the new dimension did to their people.

Lyrics of the last song )
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)

I came across this interesting writing community the other day, called [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales and just had to join! It's a original fiction challenge community with a very friendly atmosphere, from what I've seen. I encourage all of my friends who enjoy writing to join up too! You don't need a finished made-up world/canon to start, you can build one as you go along.

Of my numerous headworlds, I've chosen to start with my stories set in the "The Changed"-canon. Said canon contains three main, separate stories:

  1. A loyal man
  2. Blood of Your Blood
  3. Portal Guards

Blood of Your Blood and Portal Guards both take place on the same world, where the High Queen of Favet is doing her best to put any and all land under her rule. The main characters are healthy mix of dragons, lost assassins, members of an exiled royal guard, inn owners and creatures that dwell in the dark.

Compared to that, A loyal man has much less magic to offer. Our main trio - Aysela, Emic and Sen - all possess gifts of magic, but they and their people are stranded on a world of technology, after their own home crumbled. With a new world to fit into and warped memories of the old one, the three go very separate ways to reach the same goal.

Current flavors:


Main Canon - A loyal man
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Main Canon - Blood of Your Blood
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Main Canon - Portal Guards


Prologue
One who breaks the law must suffer its consequences.

Extra Stories:

Thoughts of War
The High Queen's daughters speak of their mother's plans. (Portal Guards & Blood of Your Blood - Villains' POV)

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