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VM 2.05 thought: What if the psychic meant *Aaron*?!??!

Nano thought: I don't like this story. It's being written, but I don't like it. I think I know why, now. It wants to be a YA novel, not a grownup fantasy. Sigh. Is it against the rules to scrap it all and start over? It's early days, right?

Go read rec: Everybody who writes and thinks about the process of writing ought to go read kita0610's post on the topic and discuss. Fascinating stuff.

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lex_83
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
VM 2.05 thought: What if the psychic meant *Aaron*?!??!

Dear GOD that's creepy... and ooh.. could be true... and well freaky. *shivers* Creepy Aaron.
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
Can't you just hear Lily continue the thought... "if you'd only left him alone, that bus wouldn't have gone over and I wouldn't have to be saving your ass AGAIN."

I really need to make a written list of all the 'loose ends' they've got dangling right now. There are far too many, but Aaron and Felix top my list right along with Casablancas disappearance, WTF is the deal with Meg and her parents, when is V. gonna explode with the attempt to return to the fairy tale that never was, where's Lianne and the money... Wow. There are more than I even thought. Yes, there's a TON of big stuff hanging out there waiting to be tied together. This is really going to be a fabulous season.
lex_83
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
Can't you just hear Lily continue the thought... "if you'd only left him alone, that bus wouldn't have gone over and I wouldn't have to be saving your ass AGAIN."

Well that or the whole "if you go near him he WILL kill you too, you can't escape it - you were lucky the first time. He'll do anything to get rid of you and everyone who accused him."

God he's a creepy bastard.

I can't believe they killed off Felix, I love(d) him - he was soo cooler than Weevil. You know what I want to know about - the Spy Pen. What was the note Weevil took out of it?

Meg's family is VERY odd. Since when is Lizzie in Catholic School and since when did they get another sister - who looks like she was punched out twice no less.

It annoys me that we had this huge shenans with the Casablacas' and then haven't seen them in weeks. Like seriously there should be SOME show of what happened to Dick and the Beav.

I can't WAIT till Veronica realizes that her and Duncan are just wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong. Like dude, yeah it turns out you're not related but he STILL SLEPT with you when he THOUGHT he was. The truth coming out does not make that go away in my opinion.

I have hopes for this season, so far it has had WAAAY to many loose ends each episode but I have faith that RT can do it.
zimshan
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've been wanting to make lists for the past week. Because we're only five eps in and already my brain is getting muddled. Or maybe a flowchart of sorts? OoO. I like that idea...
kita0610
Nov. 4th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for the pimp!

*mwah*
chrisjournal
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
::smooches::

I'll answer it, too, eventually. It's fabulous nano-avoidance fodder, and I'll bet the responses consume an hour alone.
10zlaine
Nov. 4th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
I don't know the roolz of NaNo, but, um, aren't you just supposed to write a book in a month and aim for wordcount? Why couldn't you begin again if you have another idea?

Dude, write what you want and what you like! The process is supposed to be something that makes you wanna hit the paper/keyboard to tell the story you wanna tell...

::goes back to getting ready so she can go transcribe and then study Marx and then write the essay that will suck 'cause she hasn't a clue about Marx and history::
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
Dude, I totally can. I'm just whinging, I swear. And it's a nice sort of whinge to have. This story is just...reluctant. I think it's really two stories sort of wound into one, and all I may get out of nano this year is the unwinding process. But that would be a great start, I think.

Marx -- it's fun stuff to write about once you sink your claws in. I swear. Here's a random prompt: What would Marx think of Imelda Marcos? *g*
10zlaine
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
wanna write my essay? it's not such a bad essay, just that i don't have the requisite knowledge to do a good job. i've been doing tons of trying to get a clue, but this stuff really, really, does not sink in.

it's about his tone in writing Capital and Manifesto and how the words may have affected how communism developed in the 20th century--Stalin, Mao. And my history and the capacity to (want to) understand is...not.

eeeeeek

:-)
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm. This is for a lit class, not a history or poli sci class, right?

Describe his tone for me. In your words. Just sort of brainstorm it.
10zlaine
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
heeeee. I hope u know i was joking. also, heh, i typed 'u' for you, and not because of netspeak, but bkz i just got out of bio tkpx.... lol

Yeah, brainstorm. Honestly, that's what I've done before. I don't really do well trying to 'get' stuff when I read first off. So, I cruise the web to get the gyst via other folks, and *then* reply.

So far I've done okay. With this one, as with the others I'll wing it. I still need to grasp some of the historical context and *then* I'll start to read the content--not worrying so much about content but about tone. That's my approach for this. No doubt it'll be a late night (as the others were+GC is home and that's not so conducive to concentration...), but I'm also procrastinating per my typical modus operandi. I just wish my history and general knowledge were better so I understood what happened and I weren't so involved in trying to "get" it all, now. Honestly, I'm so ignorant--sometimes I wonder what it is that I actually do know, because any sort of political science/history/etc? not. :o

xo!!!
raelee
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
What if the psychic meant *Aaron*?!??!

But that would mean I have to accept that it was really Lilly talking to Veronica from beyond the grave, right? I don't know if I can believe it was really Lilly. Then again, it's widely known that Aaron was sleeping with Lilly so I guess the psychic could have been referring to him. Hmmm?

Re Nano: I don't think it's against the rules and start over but I'm not sure you should. After all, that may cause you not to stay committed to it and the point isn't to have a book you necessarily love in the end?
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
But that would mean I have to accept that it was really Lilly talking to Veronica from beyond the grave, right?

Well, it could. Or, alternatively (which is where I'm leaning), you could believe that Aaron was part of the setup. Didn't Jackie deny having to do with that part?

On nano, what I'm deciding to do is sort of just keep writing, but I'm treating the scenes already written as if they'll be junked. So effectively I've upped my total wordcount if I want to get to the end. I actually don't think I'm going to have trouble meeting the wordcount goal -- the problem is going to be getting all the way to the ending before time runs out. The adult version of this, at least, is a story much longer than 50k. The YA might be a big longer, too, but we shall see. Bottom line, the theme, the plot and characters don't change much in broad strokes, it's just that which scenes I tell of the story and how I tell them shifts around.

I suspect that nano's reasons are different for everyone -- "winning" means writing 50000 words, period. They don't even have to make sense, according to purists. But my personal reason for doing this is actually more about working my way through a form that intimidates the hell out of me. Last time I did this, if I learned anything, it was about *production*. I didn't quite get to the 50K, but RL stole me away. I did learn how to just sit.down.and.write. And that was HUGE. This year, I'm trying to learn how to beat up a story til it behaves. I give the likelihood of a finished (beginning, middle, end) product about 50/50 of coming out, but if I can get a method for my madness out of all this, it will be a victory.

::hugs you just because::
rue10
Nov. 4th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of the psychic meaning Aaron a lot. But there's also the possibility that she meant Weevil. That's the trouble: Lily was a busy girl. :) I do like idea that it wasn't a threat but a warning-- makes it seem more possible that the psychic wasn't just making it up. Especially since we got that ghostly image of Lily leading Veronica around the corner at the convenience store in the first episode, leading her to Weevil and keeping her off the bus and therefore alive.

Also, you can and should definitely start over if you're not into what you're doing. Or just change it midstream, if it'll work-- change the tone, alter the character backstory, right where you are in the plot. But I'm also of the school that would let you keep what you've written already in your word count even if you started over totally. :) Of course, I take all this advice back if you end up changing the thing multiple times as a way not to finish. :P But it's totally valid to start the piece and realize, you know, this isn't how this should be written at all, but I know *exactly* how it should be approached now.
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
*hugs you and thanks you for the validation* I wrote some above about my reasons and hopes for nano this year, but I think you're on the money. I'm going to just keep writing, and try to turn it into the story I like.

I really, really think they have to deal with Aaron somehow, and I'm desperate to think that they're going to keep the Lily concept alive. I may be grasping at straws, but I hope not. I think at least part of me wants Lily to stay actively engaged in the story because then my fears for Wallace stay unfounded. I'm really, really worried about Wallace.
zimshan
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, although when I first watched 2x05, my mind went straight to Logan, he was technically her ex. She was only with Aaron when she died. So I tend to think that it was indeed suppose to infer Aaron.

I can't help but think that somehow that line "You should have stayed away from her boyfriend", will come back to haunt us. Whether or not it was really from Lilly. I tend to believe Jackie was telling the truth and she did not feed the psychic the Lilly stuff. But someone else might have...
chrisjournal
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I went straight for Logan, too. And so did the camera. But misdirection is one of their favorite things, and they've got to start tying all these loose ends together at some point. I'm probably grasping at straws again, but it would be deliciously creepy if they found a way to bring Aaron back without bringing him back.
cindergal
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
Good for you for doing NaNo. I actually have an idea for a story this year. Maybe next year I will write it. ;-) (Actually, I hope to start writing it after the holiday relative invasion is over).

::hugs::

chrisjournal
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Maybe we can be DNWM buddies, then. I don't want to let this one go after November's big push is finished. Maybe December with a buddy I'll remain focused ;-)
ljs
Nov. 5th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
Good luck with your Nano project, no matter how it refigures itself! [helps you start again with the story it wants to be]

chrisjournal
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Nods. I'm going where it's leading me and damn the consequences. I think I've *finally* got a live wire, and will follow it until it dies or is finished.
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