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I've decided to be honest with myself and not attempt NaNoWriMo this year.

It just doesn't work for me. Yes, I can write 50k words in a month if the story idea grabs my imagination - Blue Rain proved that earlier this year during Camp NaNo - but if I don't have an idea that compelling, then November just becomes a ball of stress. For me, writing is fun. It's my main hobby and my way of celebrating the television show that grabbed my hand and whispered Run! in my ear. I don't need external forces prodding me to write, especially if I don't feel like it, and I don't need to prove that I can construct a coherent story. And I certainly don't need to turn writing into a job or a chore.

That said, I'm in a bit of a writing lull at the moment. I'm still coming off the high from Blue Rain, and though DW still occupies most of my waking thoughts, I haven't felt inspired lately. It doesn't help that most of the chatter around here (meaning my life, not here on LJ) is about Class, which hasn't interested me enough to stream yet, and Twelve and Bill, which honestly doesn't interest me at all. I do have a long fic that I want to get back in gear on, but the problem is that it's set somewhere in Series 4, but I'm honestly tired of writing about the Doctor and Donna. (Sorry!) At least, it's a variation on that partnership that I hope will be interesting. I'm currently working on my fic for who_at_50, which is a welcome break. Not sure what I plan to do after that.

I'm also a bit distracted from writing at the moment by video games. Yes, I usually play Guild Wars 2, which takes up more time than I'd like, but right now I'm kind of off that game as well. I haven't been playing anything else, but then the remake of Dragon Quest VII came out. I played the original and it was one of my favorite games ever. After playing it again, well, all I can say is that I'm a very different person than I was back then. This time, it was boring, primarily because of the pacing. The overall story is a string a smaller stories woven together by the overplot, but oh my god... For example, one story might involve exploring a dungeon to get some artifact, and it might take an hour to do. The next story might consist entirely of running around the town to talk to people (and sometimes, after the conversation, they walk off-screen, so you have to go find where they went) in a scripted event in which you have no choices, and it might take three hours. No kidding. Three hours of walking back and forth tapping "A" in front of NPCs. And their story wasn't all that interesting.

To top it all off, I played the game for thirty hours, trying to give it the chance to become the wonderful game I remembered, and only just as I decided to quit did it finally let me select classes for my characters. Yes - after thirty hours, my characters could finally start doing things in combat that were more than just "hit monster with dagger".

Wow, I didn't mean for this to turn into such a rant. :)

Anyway, I abandoned DQ7 and picked up Etrian Odyssey IV, which I purchased when it came out but never actually played. EO is one of my favorite game series ever, and this game has been so fun. However, a new slew of games are coming out soon, so I'll be putting this down next week. The newest Harvest Moon should arrive on my doorstep within the week, and then later this month, Pokémon Sun/Moon. I have no idea when I'll have time to write.

Work's been going pretty well, with lots of interesting things to do. The workmate I complained about a few weeks ago is still a big baby, but I just try to keep my head down and my headphones on.

I also need to dedicate myself to listening to all of the Gallifrey audio series, because all four of the main characters - Romana, Leela, Braxiatel, and Narvin - are going to be at Gallifrey One this year, and it's not far off. If I'm going to drool all over them, it needs to be educated drooling.

Oh, and then there are some Christmas presents I want to make that I need to get started on, and the Romana cosplay I'd like to create (though as I think about it, I'd rather do femme!Narvin).

So yes, lots to do, and so little time.



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Nov. 3rd, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
You have to do what works for you. Frankly, NaNoWriMo means a dearth of stories here for the month, so I'm not terribly fond of it!

Tired of writing Doctor and Donna? I hope that's just a temporary thing, because it's such a small fandom, and we all really appreciate every nugget we can get, and you do it well! Still, your original characters are also excellent, and I find myself drawn in to your stories.

Well, good luck with everything, in any case!
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! :) Yes, it's a temporary thing. I just enjoy writing for all eras of DW (well, except Series 2 and Series 7b through 9) and I want to go play with the other Doctors for a while. My current story is exciting simply because it's Seven and Ace. But it's way too easy for me to fall into the rut of thinking of a story idea and immediately developing it around Ten and Donna (or Ten and Martha).
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Good point about the other Doctors and getting into a rut. I'll be there to read!
Nov. 3rd, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you're pretty aware of what works and doesn't work for you, so by all means follow that knowledge! NaNo is interesting and challenging but doesn't work for everyone, and clearly you don't need that to be able to write quite a lot when you feel so inclined ;)

Good luck with your stories, I hope the interest and inspiration come back!

I've been so out of touch with fandom lately, lol—I've barely heard anything at all about Bill, or Class. (I've watched the first ep and found it quite interesting, character-wise mostly, but my attention span being limited atm, I'm not sure at all I will continue it.) I've been listening to TONS of Big Finish though. Gallifrey is definitely on the list, but for now I'm racing through the Main Range :) (The Kingmaker was a pretty good one btw!)
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Actually, just now at lunch, my husband suggested a new series of stories and it's actually rather inspired. That may be just the impetus I need! (He comes up with some of the best stuff.)

Ahhhhh! You mentioned "The Kingmaker"!! It is one of my favorite audios of all time, if not my absolute favorite! It's one of the few I've written a fanfic for, in case you're interested. It's a one-shot (I know you don't have much time to read).

I would also highly recommend "Peri and the Piscon Paradox", which is one of the Companion Chronicles. It's written by the same person who wrote "The Kingmaker" (Nev Fountain), and I can't really tell you anything about it without spoiling it, so I'll just say it's amazing.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Kudos to your husband :D

Yes, The Kingmaker was quite brilliant! There are so many good BF ones though :D I did listen to Peri and the Piscon Paradox already and it was soooo good!!!
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh good!! I listened to PatPP while on a trip and I loved it so much, I came home and told my husband he needed to listen to it (he in general doesn't like the audios). Then I listened to it again on my own to pick up on things I missed the first time, and then when we went on a short road trip, he finally listened to it and he loved it - wouldn't stop talking about it for a while. And then about a month ago, he asked to listen to it again. Just wow.

Nev Fountain also did "Omega" (which I liked a lot but I know isn't everyone's cup of tea), "The Widow's Assassin" (which I also liked), and the fourth part of "Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories" (which I really loved).

You might notice he writes a lot of Five and a lot of Peri - he's Nicola Bryant's partner, or love slave, as he described himself at Gallifrey One. I met him there in February. I was going through the autograph tables and saw his name and had no idea who he was, and then I saw the list he had of his BF stories and nearly fainted. I told him how much I love his work, and got his autograph of course.
Nov. 4th, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)
Yes, I quite liked Omega too! I also loved what the audios did with Davros btw. Very ineresting. I haven't yet listened to the others you mentioned. I watch in order because that's Typical Me, never mind the 200+ audios in the Main Range ;)

You'd also mentioned that about Nicola Bryant! Love slave indeed, haha. It's lovely he writes so much for her. And omfg, meeting BF people and all the actors, you're making me seriously envious now ;)
Nov. 8th, 2016 06:56 am (UTC)
I don't go in order. I basically decide, "I'd like to hear some Six today", then go and find something that sounds interesting. It means that I don't have any continuity - especially when listening to Eight - and no rhyme or reason as to what I've heard and what I haven't.

How far along are you in the Main Range?

Oh, I wish you could come to Gallifrey One! It's a small con, and they don't have much budget to get the big stars, so their guests tend to mostly classic and audio actors, which is just perfect for me. No, I'll never see DT there, but the atmosphere is so relaxed and the celebs really interact with the fans. It's just great. This past February was my first time there, and I fangirled all over Sean Carlsen (Narvin), as well as had a really great one-on-one chat with Simon Guerrier (one of the audio and book writers) about writing and plot construction.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly tired of writing about the Doctor and Donna.
*shudders in horror* Perish the thought; but I can understand why you would find it a drain.

In the same way, NaNoWriMo is too much of a chore when it isn't the sort of thing that motivates you.

"Class" is between "The Sarah Jane Adventures" and "Torchwood"; watchable but not exactly memorable. But not to watch them would be unthinkable for me after all these years. :)

Good luck with the cosplay costume!
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Well, it's mostly just a "let's go do something else for a while" thought. After how much Blue Rain has hijacked my mind for the past four months, I'm barely even thinking about my OC David, much less any other Doctor.

I'm mostly waiting for people to tell me that Class is worth watching. The opinions I've seen have been mixed. I'm also hesitant about it because it sounds like it will have teenage and high school drama and I'm just not interested in that in my sci-fi.

Edited at 2016-11-03 08:05 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Twelve and Bill, which honestly doesn't interest me at all.

At all at all, or just, like, as a romantic ship? (The existence of which frankly perplexes me a little as she's barely had a minute onscreen as yet, but then, I've run across fanfic that extrapolated Ten entirely from "The Christmas Invasion" and some teasers for S2, I think it was, so.) Personally I'm optimistic that I'll like Bill more than I liked Clara; she managed to really engage me somehow in that brief minute and I think I might like reading friendship fanfic about them.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I actually haven't seen any of the trailers with Bill in them - I avoid spoilers and trailers across the board, so that I can watch the original material without preconception. But honestly, Series 8 and Series 9 were so terrible that I'm just waiting for Moffat to leave and I'm just not optimistic that Series 10 will be any better. It's heartbreaking, but in a way, to me, the show ended after series 6 and I mostly live in the past (and in the audios).

And yes, I don't understand at all how there can be Bill fanfic at all. But, like you said, part of the fandom thing is imagining the future. There were plenty of Twelve fanfic before his series were actually broadcast.

Edited at 2016-11-03 08:05 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I've seen that in the wild too, fic that extrapolated Twelve from, like, "No sir; all thirteen!"
Nov. 6th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Tis okay...after last year and my second failed attempt at NaNo, I've decided it is not for me. My writing hasn't been happening this year, but even when writing DOES happen for me, it can't be organised like that.

Do what is right for you and makes you happy. :D Listening to audios, revisit videogames you enjoy - that kind of thing. No judgement from me for it, lol!

Nov. 8th, 2016 06:50 am (UTC)
Yup, last year was also my second failed attempt at NaNo. I'm letting the 50th ficathon inspire me this time year, and since that happens every year, I guess it's my November muse.

Same for you - do the things you enjoy and don't sweat it. The words will come when they do! :)
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