hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
I have successfully written a draft of an original fiction novel.

I feel like I should take myself out for cocktails, but sadly, I have no clean clothes and it's Sunday night.

Even if nothing ever comes of it, I feel pretty damn proud of myself.

So, yeah, this is me bragging. I rock.

Now I am going to NOT work on my novel for several months, because I am sick of the damn thing and I hate it. :P
hells_half_acre: (Headdesk)
How do you end a novel that's completely lost it's point or perhaps never had one?

Seriously, this thing need to be completely revamped, but I at least want to write the final sentence on the first draft so that I can claim that I at least have a first draft done.

I also want to take a good two or three months where I don't have to look at the stupid thing.

Ugh...sorry folks, really hating on my own work right now.
hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
So, I've noticed a few things about my writing as I've been working on The Novel Project. For your entertainment, here they are:

1. Even when I'm writing "bad guy" dialogue I still can't bring myself to use homophobic slurs. Like...I just can't type them. It's weird, because I think I wouldn't have trouble writing racist things, and I've had no problem having them use the word "retard"...but, for some reason I just can't bring myself to type that word that means cigarette in the UK. :P Which is really ridiculous, because I used to say it all the time myself when I was around 13 and didn't know any better.* Anyway, so, my bad guys are surprisingly tolerant assholes.

2. Every time I use the word "she", I think of my grandmother saying "Who's she, the cat's mother?" And then I want to replace it with the woman's name.

3. After reading and writing mostly stories involving only men, I tend to use full names rather than pronouns, even in scenes where there is only one boy and one girl. At least one of my readers finds it annoying, but I just can't stop. :P

4. Even though I'm a huge supporter of the evolution of language, now that I KNOW "alright" isn't a word, I have a really hard time spelling it that way...but, "all right" looks ridiculous to me...so I'm constantly using "okay" instead.

I'm sure there are more...but these are the main ones. 

*I was never homophobic. I just didn't understand that joining my friends in using homophobic language wasn't helping society.
hells_half_acre: (Worried!Sam)
I just emailed out the first chapter of The Novel Project. I am nervous. I don't know what possessed me to do this project, to be honest. Oh man...

So, yeah, I hope those that are signed up like it. *bites nails*

Now I don't even know what to do. I feel too nervous to work on anything. Maybe I'll post one of Sam's new jackets in If Clothes Could Talk...

I am WAY more confident in my fanfic writing skills, even though my novel is basically just me writing fanfic for the people who live in my head.

So, yeah, hope you all enjoy.
hells_half_acre: (Dean/Books OTP)
Hello Everybody,

I sent out a test email to my Novel Project mailing list about a minute ago. If everyone could check their inboxes and make sure you reply and let me know you got it, that would be great! If you didn't receive it - and it didn't accidentally get sorted into your junk/spam folders - please let me know ASAP, so we can figure out what went wrong before next week.

If you are reading this and you don't know what The Novel Project is, then click and read all about it. It's always open for people to sign up, but it makes my life easier if you sign up before the first chapter goes out.


hells_half_acre: (Dean/Books OTP)
Today is my birthday, so I figured it was a good date to announce my original fic project...which is aptly named: 

The Novel Project

I've been trying to write a novel for a while now. I constantly, however, find myself unmotivated and procrastinating. I couldn't quite understand it, because between 2009 and 2010, I had absolutely no problem writing the two novel-length fanfics that make up the majority of the The Demented'verse.

So, I asked myself: What made the demented'verse so easy to write?

1)Deadlines - when writing Vile Violent Vacations, I posted 4,000 words every single Wednesday - which meant that I had to WRITE 4,000 words every single week. And there were people WAITING for an update, so I HAD to deliver.

2)Instant Feedback - When I was writing "To Being Half a Person" I was unsure of it the whole time. I really didn't know if I had just written something good, or something that was utter crap - I posted it, and people confirmed it was the former, and I was relieved. I was also thankful for the chance to have feedback at all, because even if they had hated it, I would have known then what worked and what didn't and it would have helped improve future writing.

Therefore, I decided that the best way to write my novel would be in a similar style. Except, I don't want to post it to the internet...so...

How The Novel Project Works:

Sign-up for the Novel Project with your email address, and every two weeks, starting Nov. 9, I will send you a chapter of my novel. You can then reply to the email and tell me what you think!

I'm starting Nov. 9, because I want to give myself time to finish cataloging S6 clothes first. Too many projects! :P

Why Your Comments Are Important:

The Novel will not be as polished as the Demented'verse - there are aspects of it that I'm still unsure about. I came up with the general plot and idea in high school - which makes some components of it a little...overly dramatic and far-fetched. Also, the over-all theme of the novel has changed as I've changed over the years, so it might be a little unfocused in parts. Your feedback will help me work through these issues, hopefully.

How You Sign-Up:

Either leave your email address in comments below, or PM me with it if you don't want anyone to know what it is. (All chapters will be sent Bcc, so no one will be able to see anyone else's email addresses).

You can use anonymous email addresses or your real ones - it doesn't matter to me. In the interest of making my life easier, I'm going to be using my real email address - so everyone who signs up has the added bonus of learning my last name. :P

What Is The Novel About?

Good question. It's about family being a choice. It's about love. It's about a guy falling out of an airplane. It's about a forest that may or may not play mind games. Or perhaps it's about something else entirely - but a guy still falls out of an airplane (at least in this version).

It's also got gay boys and brothers (no incest though), so it may just appeal to you Supernatural fans - though, fair warning: I do have female characters too.

Questions? Please leave them in the comments!


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