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I have finally started posting the story I've been working on for the past two months! It's called Blue Rain and I have the first four chapters up here so far. It feels good to finally finish the thing. It still needs rereading and editing in places, and I found a section that I marked with "expand this" that I need to work, but if I don't, it still works just fine. (I also found a section with a comment that I have no idea what I meant when I wrote it. I hate it when I leave myself incomprehensible notes.) However, I am looking forward to finally getting the chance to work on the other one-shots that have been sitting around for so long, crying out for attention.

I'm especially pleased because the story took me into genres that I normally don't write in - namely, superheroes and relationships. I think I did the first one well enough, but the second one, well... Let's just say that I really have no idea what romance is like in real life or what people actually want to read (I do know that they are not necessarily one and the same), so I wrote what I wrote and I hope it makes sense.

As part of my "research" for this story, I read Brandon Sanderson's "The Reckoners" series, and OMG I loved it. So that's another new thing for me - for once, I want to write fanfic for something other than Doctor Who. Not a whole bunch, but I do have two story ideas running around in my head that I hope to get to soon, though they'll require a re-read of at least the first two books. The hardest part of writing for that universe is coming up with metaphors for David...

I did realize today that Blue Rain is rather unusual in that it's a superhero story that's not told from the point of view of the main hero. I've been trying to think of any superhero story - either comic book or movie - in which the story is actually focused on someone other than the superhero and I haven't come up with one. Maybe it's because the story is supposed to be a romance and not an adventure (though it ended up being an adventure and not a romance) that it came out that way.

Anyway, yesterday I finished the first draft of the final chapter (which had been torturing me for the past week - it's kinda weak) and I'm feeling pretty good. Yay for writing!

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dm12
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think you may be right about writing a story about superheroes that isn't from their point of view, but from a relative outsider. It really is a unique take, and to have an "almost" superhero in it as well is a great idea. How this "almost" was the one to get Donna out of the situation by calling off her attackers and holding down the fort, then cleaning up the aftermath... The point is well-made that the "real" superhero swoops in, disposes of the trash, then leaves, never bothering to really check to see if the victim is truly alright. I'm just glad someone stuck around to help Donna home, and that is the true hero.

As for relationships and romance, they have to be based on reality if they are to believed. No pie in the sky rose-colored glasses. But then, I have a relationship based on reality, we were good friends and study partners before we went any further. It was just a natural progression, and here we are, 36 years later, married for 30! A good partnership, similar life outlook. We just "fit." All of that "love at first sight" and lust can disappear in a moment, but the friendship and deep love sticks around forever. Knowing you can completely trust someone, knowing them, and them knowing you... I still get him a red rose every year on his birthday, and he gets me flowers, too!

Speaking of which, I wonder where Lance fits in all of this. Is he just putting up a front for some reason, or is he the genuine article? You are writing that in an intriguing way that leaves questions. I like it!
shivver13
Sep. 8th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, my relationship with my husband is similar to yours - based on friendship first - though we only knew each other for nine months before we got married (circumstances made us have to make a snap decision about it, and no, it wasn't pregnancy ;) . But even before that, I never really had a relationship that would be called a "romance" like you see in books and movies, so it's difficult for me to really tell if a romance I'm writing is compelling and makes sense.

Lance will be... interesting. ;)



Edited at 2016-09-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 8th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've seen your postings and it sounds intriguing!! Just...wow!! Good way to tackle a story and give perspective on super-heroes themselves!

*HUGS*
shivver13
Sep. 9th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's great to finally get something done, and to do something different for once! :)
bas_math_girl
Sep. 8th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations getting the first draft finished!!

Are you going to have Lance sucked out of those failing seals on Jon's contraption? On second thoughts, don't answer that - I want to be kept guessing.

We aren't going to get a romance? I can live with that. As long as Sylar from Heroes doesn't turn up and kill Donna, I'll be fine. As for my own life, a friend recently commented: "You do a lot of insulting each other." It's all friendly though. But not remotely romantic; and I think having to give birth in order to be bought flowers was rather desperate, so I stopped doing that and now buy my own flowers. You can probably tell that I have to get my dosage of romance from stories.
shivver13
Sep. 9th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
I certainly won't give you any clues! I want you to keep guessing! :D

Oh, there's a romance - I wouldn't write a dedication to you that didn't involve a romance. I just have no idea if it's any good. I just can't judge this kind of thing. I'm way too left-brained. ;)

My husband and I do a lot of insulting each other, too. We work together, and it's hilarious when we get into an insult match and our boss is standing there just watching us, flabbergasted. He hasn't quite figured out if I'm the dominant partner or if I'm a delicate flower, so we can see him trying to figure out if he should step in. (FYI, I'm neither.)
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