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30 January 2008 @ 12:28 pm
School, Fic Updates, and Informal Poll  
With school back in swing, it's been somewhat difficult to readjust my mindset. Yesterday I had a full day of classes, which kept me busy and engaged, but my sleeping habits have gone to hell and I've been taking naps early in the evening for 4 hours at a time. They tend to throw the rest of my schedule off. I felt a bit relieved when I met with my new thesis advisor on Monday though. He had nothing but praise for me regarding my project, and gave me the thumbs up to go forward solely with the fieldwork since I so thoroughly covered the theory side of my argument in the draft I submitted in December. Wednesday's should probably be my fieldwork day, but I can't seem to get my ass in gear. First order of business should be scheduling an interview with the curator of the exhibit. I'll have to push myself to do that today. The procrastinator in me just wants to lay about a fiddle with my various in-progress fics. On today's agenda is also to type up and start consolidating my fieldnotes from last semester. The first full draft of my thesis is due in a month and a half, and that has the crazy in me bouncing off the walls and flailing. It's also time to get serious about looking up job application stuff. I can manage surfing the web and printing off info at the very least.

After my thesis seminar on Monday evening, I headed down to a have a visit with herself_nyc, jdkitchen, and a few other fandom peeps who I didn't know. It was a relaxing evening over coffee peppered with moments of cute doggieness from Traddles, who is the sweetest little girl ever. I'm a full blown cat person, but this dog is so charming you become endeared to her immediately. We all scattered at around 10PM, so jdkitchen and I headed off to a bar a few blocks down to have a drink and catch up. For any of you who read his LJ posts, you know what a funny guy he is. He's thoughtful though too, and the conversation ran the gamut from our personal lives to politics, 9-11, and the awesomeness that is Prince. 

I've got the first full scene of my as yet untitled Faith/Angel shot written, and most of ithe rest plotted to my liking. For those of you wondering how Spike faired after NFA, he will be making an appearance in this installment, but the story remains focused on Faith and his Broodiness. I'm at 5000 words on the Faith/Giles shot, which I have come to realize I generally need to be in the mood to write. It's a sad story with a lot of set-up to get Giles and Faith together in the same place. The A to B to C plottiness of it can be annoying at times, but I persevere. It's been my pet project since November, and will probably remain that way for at least another few weeks.   

louise39 recently mentioned that she enjoys hearing about my writer's process. I'm curious to know if anyone else would be interested in hearing me wax on about how I did this or that in a particular fic. 

Since I never can seem to get these damn LJ polls to work, please respond in comments if:
--- Yes, I'd be interested in hearing you discuss the thought-process behind your fics
--- There is a specific fic (old or new) I'd like to know more about.  (In which case, tell me the name of it and any questions you have.)
 
 
 
Katie-katkatiekat641 on January 30th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in hearing you discuss the thought-process behind your fics. Any of them. I really enjoy your work. :)
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on January 30th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for commenting. I'll probably try a more general "this is how I come up with my ideas" sort of post, and if people respond positively to that or find it interesting I'll follow-up with a post dedicated to how I did a specific story.

You're new to LJ, right? Just wanted to say welcome and happy reading. I've had an account for less than a year, so I'm still sort of new to all this myself =)
Katie-katkatiekat641 on January 31st, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for it. I'm new to LJ but I used to be active on Deadjournal and they're pretty similar. Thanks. :)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on January 30th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming, and I'm glad you had a nice time!
ClawofCat: good timesclawofcat on January 30th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
You were a wonderful hostess. Kudos! I need to hammer down a more regular schedule than the one I've been keeping, but once I figure it out we should get together and catch up.
eowyn_315: Det. Rareowyn_315 on January 30th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
I think I probably know most of the thought process behind your fics, but have you ever thought of doing a "writer's commentary" on one of them? I've seen them pop up occasionally, and I thought it might be fun to do on one of my fics, but I didn't know if anyone but me would be interested, lol.
ClawofCat: think sexclawofcat on January 31st, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
I think I probably know most of the thought process behind your fics
Well, duh. You're the beta. Of course you get to see the inside track =P

I think Angel's thought balloon is pretty accurate when it comes to my first thought for most stories *G*
Immortal Belovedbeloved_77 on January 31st, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
the awesomeness that is Prince

I freaking love Prince :-) I blame my mother. I've been listening to him since I was in the womb.

Yes, I'd be interested in hearing you discuss the thought-process behind your fics

I don't have one in particular, but I'd love to hear how you arrive at your unique style :-)
ClawofCatclawofcat on January 31st, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
I don't have one in particular, but I'd love to hear how you arrive at your unique style :-)

Duly noted! I'll probably post something tomorrow evening that addresses how I come up with plot ideas, characterization, and elements of style. Execution and how a fic sounds (beyond the content itself) is key for sure.
Shapinglight: Gilesshapinglight on January 31st, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Looking forward to more Faith/Angel from you. Have loved what you've written so far.

Also, Faith/Giles is a pairing that intrigues me enormously now. I blame only_passenger for that.
ClawofCat: faithgilesclawofcat on February 1st, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
Enthusiasm is always encouraging! Was writing some porny Fangel bits at work today. Bad, bad habit.

Also, Faith/Giles is a pairing that intrigues me enormously now. I blame only_passenger for that.
I blame her, too. She's been fiddling with Part 3 of "Close Your Eyes and Go," so you might have more of that to enjoy shortly.