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Thanks to mini_wrimo, I realized that I write better, more regularly, and with more accountability if I write every day and record my word count. So far, the plan is working, and this is my third monthly update...

March was much more productive than February or January, even with a trip in there. I am slowly gearing up for my upcoming slew of writing challenges. I’m participating in both the spn_j2_bigbang and the trekreversebang this year. The rough draft of my fic for the former is due May 1, and I will be posting the fic I am writing to illustrate some awesome art for the latter sometime in May (don’t have the posting schedule yet). I also claimed a prompt for a fic at lgbtfest, and my posting date (unless it gets changed for some reason) will be June 8.

I also completed two stories for the hoodie_time Dean-centered hurt/comfort challenge, both of which are linked under the LJ cut, and I started (and have since finished) a fic for the Dean-focused hurt/comfort comment-fic meme (#2) at hoodie_time, which is also linked under the cut. I guess March was a month for whumping Dean… a lot?

“The Fulcrum of the Force,” sequel to my 2009 fic for the spn_j2_bigbang "Hunters of the Dark Side," is still coming along. I have about 72,000 words total written for it so far, I just didn’t do any writing for it (did work on plot) in March due to my other pressing story deadlines. I will resume writing vigorously on this fic in the near future!



March 2010 Total: 41,479

Total by Story:
Lament in Winter*: 4,801
BigBang 2010**: 25,398
Timeo Angelos et Dona Ferentis***: 10,563
Trek Reverse Bang****: 408
Of Leg Braces and Fairy Lights:***** 309
Mean Words Per Day: 1,338
Range (low to high): 274 (on March 22) to 5878 (on March 14)
Median Daily Word Count: 858
Number of Days Under 500: 5 (16.13%)
Number of Days Over 1000: 13 (41.92%)

* One of my entries for the Dean-centric hurt/comfort challenge on hoodie_time. Posted here.
** My still as-of-yet untitled entry for the 2010 spn_j2_bigbang Challenge.
*** My other entry for the Dean-centric hurt/comfort challenge on hoodie_time. Posted here.
**** My as-yet untitled entry for the upcoming trekreversebang challenge, written to illustrate some beautiful art by coldmero. This will be posted sometime in May 2010; I’m not quite sure what the posting schedule is yet.
***** Another hurt!Dean fic written for the Dean-focused hurt/comfort comment-fic meme (#2) at hoodie_time. I have since finished it and posted it here.


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a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Gahhh, so much more productive than I could dream of being!!

*HUGS*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
*hugs* Just trying to stay focused on stuff. I could be so much more productive, but I am soooooooo easily distractable. It's like ooh shiny fic! and I'm off. :D

a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
MORE productive?!

*Chokes*

*Looks at sad 10,000 words for J2 and sad 13,000 for BB*

*Cries*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I've written over 100K in a month before? And 30K in one day (once)... I can't be productive like that all the time, but sometimes? My muse is verbose... I am jealous of people who can write 500-word ficlets that make sense. :)

10K and 13K are no small feat! Go you!! :D *cheers for bigbang*
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Dude, that is so awesome! Before I had the kiddos I could pull that off...*sigh* - but I did get a talent for drabbles while I was preganant - couldn't write anything else, lol! Brain was too fuzzy! Couldn't do it before, but...yeah.

Thanks honey. The BB is going to be a standalone, but in the end it will lead to a much bigger story. OY. Me and my damned epics! They always get out of hand!

*hugs you*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
What is it about epics? I feel like we need some sort of epic repellant right up there with our need for plot bunny repellant... I have the same problem. Everything I think about turns out *huge*!!
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Right?! UGH, it's ridiculous! And people wonder why I don't fic more *whimpers* - they gett intimidating! And dammit, I got two plot bunnies off of the last eppie ALONE *cries*

paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
*Passes over plot bunny mace?* Maybe this will help? I can't stand posting WIPs myself 'cause I don't tend to write in a linnear fashion. So, writing LOOOOOONG stories makes me post rather infrequently.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe that will help wrestle them pesky things back into submission!

You have that too, huh? I'm all OVER the board - and kinda inconsistent in a way, so it makes it a pain to try to post any WIPs.

I guess I should quit bitching! I'm just estatic to have my Muse back after a couple of years of a dry spell!

*hugs*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Yep; I write chapters from all different parts of a fic at once and then have a bitch of a time trying to knit them back together; sometimes I can write linearly, but not always. Yay for cooperative muses!! :D
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Tis always tricky - but you make it so seamless in the end! *Marvels*

Indeed!!

*Clinks glasses with you*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! I do make mistakes sometimes and they grate at me... then again other times I turn them into something cool (the mistakes that is).

*clinks glasses back* :)
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I wish I could do that! I've had whole fics that have had to be dumped because of one disaster! *Sigh*

I love talking with you! This is awesome!

*SMISH*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Love talking to you too!! :D

Yeah, I found (after I had posted it) that in Hunters of the Dark Side I'd made Mary's lightsaber two different colors... When I caught the mistake I figured out how to turn it into a very important plot point in the sequel!

I think fic is like art... art teachers are always saying silly stuff about mistakes not being mistakes and you can turn them into something... and when I go rather wrong with fic, I try to do that (make it into something; make it fit) rather than scrap it... unless I really, really hate it! :)
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
*Happy Squishes!*

Ohhh, see! Now that is neat! Wish my mistakes could do neat things like that, lol!!

I've scraped so many fics. But then, I've left some alone (like Sometimes) and posted it anyway even when I was uphappy with it at the time - and it is definitely my most poplular fic! Especially now, it seems.

There are certain days of the month (TMI, I'm sure) that I can't write and it frustrates me to no end! But the Muse usually kicks back in afters and I can get it rolling again - usually right where I left off! Wish my mind wasn't so damned persnickety!
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Ah, well we all have fickle muses and persnickety minds... and writer's block and other annoying things from time to time.

I just write along the path of least resistance. Whatever scene is easiest is usually what I go for... only sometimes this means I throw in random details about characters when I'm half asleep and then I forget about them and have to try to catch and make sense of the contradiction later! *sigh*

But yay!! We right stuff, right? And people read it and we enjoy, so it's all worth it!! :D
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
I do my best writing when dead on my feet...that's kinda wierd, isn't it?

*Laughs*

I hope they do!! I know my friends do (and comment) 'cause they're awesome like that. But it seems my fic is not for the faint of heart...an is best served cold? Hmmm..shoulda thought on that metaphor more, lol! Than again, it does kinda fit (in an odd way).
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
:D I'm always amazed that what I write when tired seems to work out, but I seriously rewrote this one scene of Hunters of the Dark Side about fifteen times ending at seven am on the day I had to post it, and people were like Hey that was great! Loved that part! And I was like, really? WTF? I wasn't even sure if it made sense.

Fic is just like that sometimes, I think.! :D

Your metaphor is making me think of Khan from the Wrath of Khan. :D
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
*Laughs* I've had a few fics giove me that WTF too - sometimes the stuff that makes you go 'hoo-boy, this'll SUCK' is the stuff that people freak over he most! PEOPLE!

*Grins* I'll take that as a compliment!
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
You should!! :D Compliment it is!! :)
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Thank honey!!

*Cuddles you (just because)*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
You are welcome!! :D *cuddles back*

Oy, I simply must reign in my muse on my Trek Reverse Bang fic. I need to finish it so I can finish my J2 BigBang. Muse is being wayward and stubborn.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Need to do the same with mine, the fickle creature!! I can give you some chocolates to get her back under control...
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Hmm... my muse doesn't go for chocolate so much. Omeletes or lox and bagels or even marzipan would be good muse-pleasing treats though. :) Now I'm making myself hungry.

I just got another 1250 words written on it, so I'm doing ok.

*sends your muse treats*
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Thanks honey - and I'll keep in mind what your Muse likes!!

Whoot! *Cheers you on!*

*Feeds Muse*

paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Alright! Ok, I'm gonna sleep now. And try to write more tomorrow and get out and do things. *sends your muse happy thoughts*
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

*Tucks you in*
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
*Night*
coldmero
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
This is a really, really good idea, and I think I'm going to give a try at it.

I'm so excited for your fic- I have this week off from school, so I'm really glad I have this time to work on my pictures.
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Yay! The fic is coming along nicely. I'm not as far done as I hoped since I got bitten by a plot bunny and had a bit of a diversion for a few days, but I think it will turn out really well in the end. My beta informed me the beginning is quite a tease! I hope you are happy with the fic, and I can't wait to see how your finished art turns out!! :D
sleepwalker1015
Apr. 4th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
YAY GO YOU!!!! One of these days I'm going to make you go on McGee overload so I can get my fic! But I'll let you breath first... for a second.
Loves.
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Haha!! That would be a McGee/Cas fic, right? Oh man after 5.16 I think McGee would have to comfort Cas some. :) *hugs*
sleepwalker1015
Apr. 4th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
That's the one... and it would always be McGee comforting Cas... McGee feels guilty because he thinks he's somehow responsible... hmmm ideas ideas. I should be writing these down.
love love.
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Yes you should! Evil plot bunnies you've got there!! :D
pyrrhical
Apr. 4th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
You're getting this comment because you posted here or here saying that you wanted to be a reader for my "work in progress" story about Reboot!Kirk's psychology (ogod), and I've finished the Prologue of it. I hate to say it, but don't expect regular updates until about May (though there might be a bit between now and then), as my soul belongs to Other Things at the moment. Also, this is the only time I will be posting a comment about a chapter update. I would recommend making a tack for the tag "leave the stars" on my LiveJournal profile, or, if your account doesn't have that option, making a comment asking me to email or message you at a preferred location whenever I update, so I know how to do so. That said, please go here to read the chapter, and I hope you enjoy? It's, uh, short, and kind of teaser-y, but yes.
paleogymnast
Apr. 4th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I'd love to read. :D Glad to hear you've got some work on this done, even if it is teasery!

Glad to see you're working on it after all!
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