Writing 101

Nov. 7th, 2016 11:11 am
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"When I'm starting a book, I compose in bed before I go to sleep. I will lie there in the dark and think. I'll try to write a paragraph. An opening paragraph. And over a period of weeks and months and even years, I'll word and reword it until I'm happy with what I've got. If I can get that first paragraph right, I'll know I can do the book. ... The best first line I ever wrote is the opening of 'Needful Things.' Printed by itself on a page in 20-point type: "You've been here before." All there by itself on one page, inviting the reader to keep reading. It suggests a familiar story."
--Stephen King

You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.theatlantic.com /entertainment /archive/2013/07/ why-stephen-king-spends-months-and-even-years-writing-opening-sentences/278043/?utm_source=writersfb

Now I feel a lot better about trying to get things to sound right when I am working on a story. :)
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Found this and thought it might be helpful.

http:// medieval. ucdavis.edu /120D/ Money.html

List of price of medieval items

Courtesy of Kenneth Hodges (hodges@jif.berkeley.edu)

The list of medieval prices which follows is by no means complete or thoroughly researched; I merely extracted references from some of the books I have, and I thought others might like to inspect it. The sources I used are listed at the end. If an item is listed several times, it is because I had several references I wished to record.

Money goes as follows:
1 pound (L) = 20 shillings (s)

1 crown = 5 shillings
1 shilling = 12 pence (d)
1 penny = 4 farthings
1 mark = 13s 4d

The French Livre, sou, and denier are equivalent to the pound, shilling and penny (Latin liber, solidus, and denarius).

For ease, I've divided this list into the following sections: tools, horses, food and livestock, books and education, buildings, cloth and clothing, armor, weapons, marriage, funerals, travel, miscellaneous goods, and wages.
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Found elsewhere, I'm just sharing the link. Enjoy!: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/fortolkn.html


On Tolkien and Fairy Stories
by Terri Windling


"I propose to speak about fairy–stories," begins a famous essay by J. R. R. Tolkien; and I can do no better than to echo the good professor's words today. I propose to speak about fairy–stories, and why these stories mattered to Tolkien. And why such stories, including Tolkien's own fairy–stories, have mattered to me.
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la_samtyr: asian art drawing of sleeping cat (white snow fantasy)
Well, once again the roads are bad. Last night we were brushed by the edge of an ice storm, and today it is still very nasty out. My car is coated in ice and there is a very thin coat of ice on the wires. :( As you can guess, I am inside for the rest of today and probably some of tomorrow as well. Though I suppose I do need to try and start the car so the engine can get nice and warm. Ah well. I have turned the furnace up a bit because otherwise I am just too chilly even with a heavy sweatshirt. *sigh*

Also, I just heard that I-80 is closed from Kearney west to the CO/WY border due to the weather and also because there are no more hotel rooms left. O__O I mean... just yeah. Weird weather pwns us all.

Now I am back to writing, as usual. Still using the laptop to write on with some things; some of the newer stuff gets roughed out on a private entry till I can get to the laptop, as my cats love nothing better than to dance, prance and flounce over the keyboard. >>.<<

Back later on!
la_samtyr: asian art drawing of sleeping cat (zen cat)
Well, so far we have missed the worst of the storms, though that could change at any time. (I keep reminding myself of this because otherwise it's too easy to think no storms will come this way.) The snow we did get last week was not too bad, though most local schools were closed Thursday and Friday. We've had a little bit more since then but nothing major. Yesterday a lot of it melted off but today was too cold to do much melting.

Writing continues but slowly. Saturday I got a wireless mouse and I am working on my laptop now, which isn't too bad -- or at least it wouldn't be, if I could keep the cursor from jumping around all over and cutting into the wrong sentences/paragraphs. Nothing is worse than typing along only to discover that half the sentence has gone elsewhere. I am sure it is because I keep hitting the wrong keys on the laptop keyboard but unfortunately, I will just have to shut up and deal. but -- one of the pluses is that I now have spell-check again! :) [Because yes, even though spell-check is supposedly 'on' for my desktop, it isn't registering properly. Go me.] I'm also trying to get back in the overall mood I was in before my desktop decided on the latest tantrum. But there is progress -- just not as much as I had hoped for. And of course I am getting all sorts of ideas for everything but the story I am supposed to be working on. ::dramatic sigh::

One thing I do wish I had was a quick way to add in various names and other words from Tolkien to the dictionary section. All of the umlauts and other accents are hard to add properly. The umlauts are easy to spot but with names like Cirdan and Celebrian, I have a hard time being sure if the 'i' has an accent or not. And yes, I know they do but honestly? it doesn't always look like it.

Ok, time for me to switch computers again and see what sort of progress I can make .

Ttyl!

On Writing

Feb. 12th, 2013 01:45 pm
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writing problem
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From [personal profile] oloriel via Tumblr:
The 22 rules of Storytelling, according to Pixar

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
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It's kinda like this sometimes...

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Yes, I'd say this is right. :)

Once Again

Nov. 11th, 2011 07:38 am
la_samtyr: asian art drawing of sleeping cat (zen cat)
The other site is "having issues" though I am sure many of us have other descriptive words for it. So until further notice, it looks like I will be over here. Since my name here is *slightly* different, I am back to using my more usual icon. As much as I love the other site, I hate these weird glitches that keep popping up. I am sure that this place will be plagued by them soon enough but right now it *isn't*, and that lack of weirdness is the one thing that makes me think about getting a paid account over here.

And if anyone should need a code for here, I think I have one -- or I should have if I can find it.

The weather is at least nice, which is great. :) Doing stuff outside is always a big help. Maybe a load or two of laundry because tomorrow will be errand day.

About my writing:
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All sorts of news today; most of it deals with Irene, and there's nothing I can really add or say since I am so very far inland. As for all of my f-list and their families who are dealing with this, I am thinking about you and praying for you too. It would have seriously affected my cousin Donna(tm) and I think -- make that, *I know* -- a big part of me is still waiting for her to call and tell me about it. :(

It's times like these when I am almost glad that I live where I do. At least I know what to expect, and yes, I am all sorts of prepared. Though here I am more likely to be snowed in during the winter or something like that. So I have lots and lots of emergency supplies laid in (no, I do not consider it to be hoarding behavior either.)


On a lighter note, I finished my AinA fic, so now it is just a matter of waiting. Also, I have decided to take part in a big_bang, so... we shall see what happens with that. Right now I have two very separate but viable ideas, and I hope I can manage to pull at least one of them off.

And now it is time for walkies. My little dog simply will not quit whining until I do, lol!

Back in a few.
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So, I have a little time and will now try to play catch-up.

Yesterday I went to the vet to get some flea drops for Lucky. She's been miserable, poor baby -- I also got Capstar (three pills) which is supposed to kill the adult fleas even more quickly, like within a half-hour. And yes, I got enough drops for my other kitty too, though not the pills. She *Is Not* happy about the new pill either. Otoh, she does seem happier and more eager to eat her wet food than is usual. I have been shutting her in the bathroom so she can eat in peace, and without Mama Kitty (aka Fatters, aka Food Thief, or Thief -- my other indoor kitty) stealing it from her. Lucky is in the bathroom now, happily sunning herself and eating as she pleases. Lucky didn't mind the drops too much and I was able to find a skin patch easy enough but Fatters was tricky, because she has the densest fur I have ever seen. She got her drops too, though.

Writing continues. I am taking a brief break since spell and grammar-check can only do so much. My AinA fic is basically finished except for some last minute fine-tuning.

The State Fair opens today. I will probably go next week, preferably on a weekday when it is less crowded and hectic.

And now, back to writing.
la_samtyr: asian art drawing of sleeping cat (tinnu kitteh)
Yes, I haven't done one of these for a long time. After July's heatwave, everything has been -- well, more or less normal weather-wise. Tonight though we have an interesting storm system moving up from the south. Lots of sharp, streaky lightning (my little dog was demanding walkies but I took one look at that and said no way) which is cool to look at but not so fun to be out in.

I took LeeAnn to the vet on Monday for flea drops. Of course, I could have done it myself but (a) I didn't have any on hand and (b) I don't want her to think every vet visit equals a shot or something of that sort. So we went and she was very happy that she didn't get a shot. She was rather sulky going up and refused to look at me (instead curling up and staring at the passenger door, lol) since last time -- only a couple of weeks ago -- she ended up having dental work done. She definitely was warmer toward on the trip home though still a bit miffed that I had upset her morning routine (*and* made her worry about getting a shot, which is really unforgivable, amiright? ;)

Writing continues. I am working on a couple of fics -- one due the 27th (AinA), and the other... whenever, I guess. Another will start probably over Labor Day weekend.

Back later on tomorrow, probably.
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Well, I thought I was feeling ok but apparently not.
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As you should know by now. I write. Not a lot, not very fast and maybe not really great writing but decent enough. (Or I should say, I hope it doesn't stink too bad.)

*ANYHOO*, some of my more current works are at the lotrff archive. It was an established archive who was owned by a fan, well thought of, tolerant, and some of my favorite authors posted a lot of their work and spent a lot of time designing their layouts there. I felt safe posting there.

Then yesterday, the site disappeared. An announcement was then made that the site had been sold to a new owner entirely, and one who is in it for the money. (More details will be under the cut.)

To make a long story very short, I am going to be taking my work off lotrff. I hate to do it, but I no longer feel safe and I don't trust what may or may not happen to the site. Since we are almost into a major holiday/three-day weekend, I have decided to remove the stories on 6 July. I know how much it troubles me when people delete things with little warning, which is why I'm trying to allow anyone who wishes a chance to grab my stories if they want. (They're all fairly short, btw -- nothing very long or multi-chaptered.) They'll still be archived, just not there.

And now for more gory details, if you choose to read them... Actually, maybe you should. It might prove important to someone as the new site owner is eager to acquire more fic archives for monetary gain. Just so you can give others a heads up. [Comments are disabled since this is a public post and this is a ultra-sensitive subject.]
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Rain. It started last night and has been off-and-on all morning. Meh. Well, it looks like more house cleaning then.

Also, I plan to do more writing though it appears it will be an Un-Birthday Present rather than a Birthday Present. ::is very embarrassed:: But it will be done. *Eventually.*

Ok, back later.
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Once again, I am looking for a beta.

Details under the cut.
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Fic Idea?

Apr. 6th, 2011 10:06 am
la_samtyr: girl with earring (riel with earring)
Has anyone written a fic where the Sutton Hoo site is featured? Or any of the other UK archeological digs? I would think it a very natural tie-in w/Tolkien. Does this mean I have an idea for a fic myself? Erm, kinda/sorta but noting very specific. Just mostly along the lines of: throw in a few horse skeletons, and it's Rohan: Edoras, Medusfeld... you get the picture. Nothing very specific or perhaps even coherent yet but it's there, teasing me, lol.
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Today's Challenge: There was no avoiding it; the letter had to be composed...

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