WHAT??

I’ve given you the reason WHY for this blog, and it is now time to tell you WHAT I write 🙂

As of yet I have no shareable finished work, I’m my own worst critic, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I know I won’t post anything that I didn’t think was excellent, a curse for exactly the same reason. I won’t let anyone else read what I write in fear that no one will like it or even read it. I did take on step closer to posting a few months back when I posted my first drabbles on the HG Drabble forum. If you would like to read them they will be linked in the side bar 🙂
For those of you not in the know a HG Drabble is a ca 200 word scene or story with Jane Austen characters, the theme is decided through polls and you can post as many or as few drabbles as you would like.
I currently have several WiPs (works in progress), two Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice FanFictions, two Harry Potter FanFictions, 4 Regency stories, one modern/regency crossover and a slayer fic (as I like to call it) which, while inspired by Buffy the vampire slayer, has none of the shows characters in it, just my original ones. There are a few more, but they are really still in their infancy while these have a meatier story by now. The slayer fic is the most completed one, with the regency stories quickly following, the least completed ones are the HP fic ones, which are gonna be put on the back burner for the next few months.
As you can see I don’t really write modern stuff and half my WiPs are unpublishable even if they would be finished, but I count on them (the fanfics) to give me the confidence and strenght to send my novels off to a publisher. We’ll see what happens.
To organise myself and introduce my WiPs to you (my readers, if I have any) I’m gonna post a summary and maybe an excerpt if I feel particularly daring.
You might have figured out that I am a Jane Austen fan. I spend a lot of my time at HG and DWG (links in the sidebar) which are fan fiction sites devoted to JA, and this is also where I will be posting (one day). I have not quite decided if I will just post at HG or in both places, HG is strictly over 18s only and you will have to register before reading there, DWG on the other hand only has material which would be acceptable for under 18s as well. Both sites are great which is why I’m toying with the idea of writing a sensured version of stories for DWG. We’ll see.

I’m creating a website (mainly) for my none fan fiction stories, but all my stories will be on there. While I do have a lot of chapters for most of my stories I don’t want to start posting until it is finished and only in need of betaing.
I’m hoping to start posting my first JAFF story in September.

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NaNo2006: Salamanca – Main Character Descriptions

Lady Clarabelle Leigh Tremayne

She is the only child of the widowed Earl of Deysbrooke.
Having been motherless since the age of 6, when the countess died in childbirth after several miscarriages, she adores her father and he in turn dotes on her.She is a happy and social lady with many friends, and many hobbies. She is not afraid to speak her mind and quite independent. And most of all she thinks the best of everyone and will do anything within her power to help a friend in need.
The earldom and belonging estates are entailed away to a distant cousin, but the majority of the Earls possessions and wealth is not entailed away and will fall to Clarabelle when her father passes away.This is one of the main reasons why Clarabelle is married before she has even experienced a season. Her father indulges in a little matchmaking with some old friends of the family and an arrangement is made between her and the 3rd son of the Marquess of Rawdenstall, Captain Lord Ashley “Ash” Lyvedon.
Though the march is initially arranged without either party meeting each other, it all works out for the best as they fall in love within moments of meeting each other.The engagement period is set for a suitable amount of time, the end of the summer so that Clarabelle can experience a London season. However the ongoing war disrupts these plans, when Ash’s regiment is ordered to the peninsular, and the couple marries in haste before his departure.
It will be 4 year before they see each other again, and by then Ash is a completely different man to the one Clara fell in love with. But can she make him confide in her so she can help him or will his defensiveness and cold demeanour drive the two of them apart?

Captain Lord Ashley “Ash” Rodrick Lyvedon

He is the 3rd son of the Marquess of Rawdenstall and captain of the 14th Light Dragoons.
Ash has never thought much about getting married, he enjoys being in the army and being his own man. But when his parents suggest a match between him and the daughter of a family friend he does not object. He knows he must marry some time and as he does not really have the inclination or disposition to go traipsing around balls and parties for a wife he is more than happy for his parents to make this choice for him.
Of course when he meets his future wife he thanks God for his luck, for she is really his soul mate and true love ,and it would have been a disaster if his parents had made the wrong choice.Somewhat unconventionally their courtship does not start until after they are engaged, but as they have been given a nice long engagement period to settle in and get to know each other this is perfect for them.
This all changes though when Ash regiment is ordered to the peninsular and he must leave Clara at home. he is torn between his first love Clara and his second love the army, but Clara knows how long he has waited for this opportunity and gives him her blessing to go.In the Peninsular he sees things to terrible to mention, both in an out of battle. He distinguishes himself by saving a fellow campaign and is promoted (was lieutenant, now captain), but more and more he longs home to Clara and away form the atrocities of the war.
At he battle of Salamanca he is injured, and when recovered enough is sent home to England. This should have been the solution to his problems except he cannot reconcile the gruesomeness and horrors he has experiences with the beauty and purity he sees in Clara. He shuts himself away from her, for he now thinks he is not worthy of her and he thinks he will damaged her as he is damaged himself.To shut out the pain and horrors he starts drinking heavily and isolates himself completely.
Will he realise that Clara can be his saviour before they are totally estranged or will he fade away from everything he once loved and cared for?

Last years NaNo

I thought I should tell you about my 2006 NaNo experience, it would be an excellent lead-in to this year, don’t you think?
As you can see from my icon, I was a winner in 2006. My end word count was 53507, however I very nearly did not get it validated due to stupid PC trouble. This year however I have anticipated it all and we’re getting internet on Wednesday, 10 weeks before NaNo starts (well you can never be to organisted).
BTW if you want to add me as buddy on NaNoWriMo my username is LXandraS 🙂
My story was called Salamanca, and was mainly set just after the battle of Salamanca in 1812.
It is a Regncy Romance where the couple met and feel madly in love just before the MMC went off to war, several years later he is sent back to England, injured both in both and spirit.

I’m gonna post the two main character descriptions, f0r a better explaination of the story. It is still unfinished, in fact I haven’t touched it since 30/11/06. However I’ve started looking over iyt recently and adding to it 🙂 Once it is finished it will be posted but i cannot say how long that will be till.

Going back to study

After a few years pause I have now decided it’s time to go back to uni and actually come away from it with a degree. I’m sure my esteemed parents would prefer me to continue my journalism course, but there was a reason I dropped it in the first place. As much as I love writing (and believe me I DO love writing), the profession was just not for me. I admire everyone on my course who finished and went on to work in the industry, or are looking to work in the industry. While I loved the writing and the researching, I must admit that I’m not pushy enough to be a journalist, nor am I social enough.
While I write brilliant (if I say so myself) essays, good articles written up from assignments, the hardest part on my course, for me, was to go and interview people. I’m just not outgoing enough, a flaw I’ll willingly admit to.
I can be funny, social and engaging within my own sphere of acquaintances, but out of my comfort zone I know I have little to recommend me. People who judge on first encounter will not really get to know me, sad for them of course 🙂
The reason for this ramble is that I feel I need to explain why I’m not going back to my old course, most people don’t care of course, but those who do deserve an explanation.
I know must people who know me will agree with this statement, I have a more scholarly suited mind. Which is why I am doing a BA(Hons) in Literature. I’m gonna study with the Open University, so that I can still work while doing it. I wanted to just do a course in creative writing at first, but then reading into it I decided to take courses which in the end would get me a Literature BA(Hons), which in turn should help me more with my writing and hopefully getting a job in publishing. So my first course will be Introduction to Humanities , because I have had a few years now without study so i might as well the do the introductory one. Besides, it’s got nine assignments on it so I’ll get to do loads of essays (yes I am a little geeky, surely that is no surprise).
Other than that I know I will do Creative Writing, Approaching Literature and The 19th Century Novel , which will give me 240 point, I only need another 120 points which is two more courses, currently it is between From Enlightenment to Romanticism, Shakespeare: text and performance and The Twentieth-century Novel: Texts and Debates .
I really like the first one, and I’d like to do Shakespeare, but I’m not his biggest fan so not quite sure if I’ll enjoy it. On the other hand, I don’t particularly like modern literature, though 20th century isn’t really modern anymore is it? That particular module has Daphne Du Maurier, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, T.S Eliot, Bertolt Brecht, Katherine Mansfield and Anton Chekhov, which means it’s filled with both pretentious and classic novels that I’d read anyway. Well I don’t have to choose yet, and in the end I might do all three.
My first course starts in the end of September, and I’ll keep y’all updated 🙂

11 WEEKS TO GO!!!

Ok, so I’m not usually completely mad, starting 11 week count downs, but I wanted to give myself plenty of time for planning this year. This blog is gonna be my wrimo life raft, I’m gonna put up useful links, background info, counters etc.
I figure that if i start almost 3 months early at least my blog will be ready for me once November comes around.
I’m not thinking story right now, I’m just thinking planning.
This blog will not be updated very regularly until be get to September, but from November 1st it will be daily. I might even do a weekly podcast, but that depends on how much I get done from now til then.

I won’t publish the NaNo story here, it will be more updates and summaries, but with a link to my actual website (when it’s up and running, another project I have 11 weeks to finish)

Until then though please come back and read and comment, it’s always good to know you’re not alone.

WHY??

Why am I doing this? I suppose I should share a little of myself to explain why I’ve started a new blog. As most of my acquaintances will know i love nothing more than to write, I would quite happily quite my job this moment and embark on my quest to be published. Quests however do not guarantee money for rent and food, and as mundane and normal as it sounds those are as essential to my life as my writing.
So instead I spend whatever other time I have trying to piece together a novel worthy of publishing, in between of course spending time with the love of my life, my wonderful boyfriend Paul, and not being a total Billy no mates. And as I am not the most disciplined writer in the world , it’s going slow.
I’m very creative, if I may say so myself (and I may, so I will), but that is at times my curse because I’ll get so bogged down in story line, planning and characterization, that little actual writing is done, and when I do actually write I cannot resist to go back and edit. The backspace button and delete button are my enemies.
My saviour is NaNoWriMo, the excellent brain child of Chris Baty, where you are challenged to write a 50000 novel in 30 days, more specifically from November 1st to November 30th. There is no time for editing, it’s just 30 days filled with writing, which a large and strong community cheering you on. You don’t create master pieces, it will eventually need editing, but if you go away from it with a 50000 word outline for a story (even if you need to cut most of it) then you have a basis.
I’ve entered 4 times, twice I didn’t get it, but then twice I did, and damn that felt good. We’re currently 2 and a half months away from NaNoWriMo 2007, and I need to do more day to day writing, so this is my tool. I’m slavishly gonna update on how my writing is going what I’m working on etc. Publish my actions so people can take me to task if I don’t do what i should.
I’m also doing my NaNo blog this year, my NaNo2006 blog was not very good, and I sacrificed it so i could get my final word count up where it belonged in the end. This year though, I’m challenging myself. I’m gonna write a 50000 finished novel and keep a daily blog, an d you can follow me as I will link to my NaNo blog from here.
So this is my why. I will tell you more about my actually writing as well, but as I’m working just now this is all I have time for. Until tonight

Moral Dilemma

Since moving 1 month and a half ago we have been far to busy to order internet from our provider, but finally last week I did it and in 5 days we will have broadband (and millions of tv channels) at our disposal.
I’m made up of course, after all back in my student years i used to sit up all night chatting to friend as I was getting my assignments in. It’s probably what I miss the most from way back when. Of course now that I’m in a full time job staying up till 5 am might be an issue, at least on work days, but I know I won’t be able to help myself. Nite time is really the best time for me!
However on to my moral issue, just after ordering the broadband I discovered one our neighbours have a wireless connection, and we can hitch a ride on their connection. Now to be fair it doesn’t cost them anymore and they do have the option of not having their connection open to whoever finds their signal. So my view is, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

Is that right though? Maybe they have a download limit, and now we exceeded it for them, or maybe their connection is slower because we’re hitching with them.
But then again it’s only for another 5 days, and at least we arn’t some sexual deviants getting them into trouble. Right?!

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