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I'm always open to comments and suggestions on ways to improve my stories and my writing. From letting me know about typos and formatting errors, to pointing out plot holes and canonical errors, I say "Bring it."

Note: All the main links go to my AO3 site, but except for my original and script work, they are also available on fanfiction.net.

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They say it's your birthday...


I hope it's a great one!

End of my paid account

I don't post much here anymore, but I have so many good memories of being on Livejournal. Once I started posting, it didn't take me long to set up my fic community etrixiswriting. I was directing everyone to comment there and keeping my journal for other things. However, now that I've stopped paying for an account here, I'm not sure if my posts there will be maintained for very long after the renewal date, and Dreamwidth doesn't import from communities. :(

So, I'm saving each entry as an HTML file, (which I may or may not try to import to Dreamwidth) but what's really striking me is how much things have changed since I first posted here.

I like AO3; I like how you can download stories in so many formats to read at your leisure, but it doesn't have the same sense of community that LJ (or even ff.net) brought to fandom. By reading offline, it takes the pressure off the reader to comment on what they've just read. I used to get (and give) comments pointing out typos which the author would fix before replying. Whole conversations taking place with minimal delay.

I don't do this on AO3.

I don't see anyone doing this on AO3.

In fact I often don't comment on stories there at all, (as I have to click a link to take me back to the site, and then I often have to log in because I've been booted at some point, and then do I comment on the first chapter (perhaps with spoilers) or navigate to the last chapter and post there) as it's just as easy to press the Kudo button and leave it at that.

I think I will start reading online again. Maybe that will encourage me to be a better reader (and comment when I enjoy something). I have a decent data plan, as long as I don't go out of the country...

Happy Birthday, Amberdream

I already know you were probably busy and that your hubby tried to spoil you, so here's hoping you took some time off all your projects and let him.

Finding LJ friend on Dreamwidth

There's a handy post in Dreamwidth that is tracking usernames for peeps moving from here to there. If you're looking for someone who used to be here, you might want to start there. (If they've moved someplace else, you might be out of luck.)

In case you're wondering, on DW I'm etrixan.


Why Am I Writing This Scene?

Why is this Scene Here?
What does it Accomplish?
What do the Characters Want?
What is the Conflict?
Where is the Subtext?
Do They Talk Too Much?
What Can Be Shown?

So these are questions that I learned in my scriptwriting class. Chapter interrogation, it's called, and it's a good way to cut down on all the extraneous crap that can clutter a good story.

Sometimes, though, it can be intimidating to keep all these things in your head when you're writing. All the "rules" for being sleek, fast-paced, character-driven stories... When the words aren't coming easy to begin with, these are actually bad things to have in your head. I suppose if writing were easier, everyone would do it.

Oh wait...

Weird Law (1-hour speculative pilot)

Supernatural creatures are just another minority. Like humans, they have jobs, houses, and families. And like humans, they have crime, criminals, and psychopaths. That’s where the Supernatural Response Team comes in. Not that Brie wants to be part of the SRT. After all, it's career suicide (once you're in, you can never get out) because only you can't be part of the SRT if you don't have supranatural powers.

Good thing Brie doesn't have any weird powers.

Find it on Archive of Our Own

Original Script: Slip Sideways

This was my 8-minute short script that was turned into the graduate film for my Film Arts (Writing) class.

Young and sure that life owed her ‘a good life’, Ellie was shocked when she was fired. Armed with nothing but attitude, Ellie’s attempts to find a new job failed, again and again. Kee, her fiancé, was emotionally ill-equipped to deal with the stress. Eventually, her relationship with him collapsed, and she was left alone.

Debt and doubts piled up, until her best-friend, Margot, confronted her and forced her to make a radical decision. She couldn't have what she wanted, but could she be happy with something else?

On AO3
A friend of mine wanted a short script dealing with casual indifference that society treats the homeless. This was a lot less bleak than he had in mind.

Summary: Jin's friends are hungry and tired of scrounging at the mall. He convinces them to break into a funeral home to steal the food they serve at memorials. Somehow it turns into an expedition with almost-kinda girlfriends, and possible ghosts, and really heavy, copper coffins.

Contains: Themes of homophobia, and being an LGBTQ teen (which includes derogatory name-calling between friends) against a background of past under-age male prostitution and character death.

On AO3.

Burning Chrome script adaptation

I've decided to post some of my scriptwriting, essentially to show that I have been writing and not just job hunting.

First up is the adaptation of William Gibson's short story "Burning Chrome" that I did for my TV Series & Adaptations class. I actually adapted the wrong short story, but both my instructor and I really liked how it turned out. I hope you do too.

                         I love her. I want her to have... everything.

                         What she wants is to be a simstim star.

Bobby waves that away.

                         After we burn Chrome, she can have all
                         the experiences she wants. And she
                         won’t have to share them with anyone.

                         Sharing experiences is kind of the point
                         of being a simstim star

It's only available on AO3 because fanfiction.net doesn't allow scriptformatted stories.

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