thedeadparrot
16 April 2014 @ 06:23 am
I figure I could talk about this on Twitter or I could talk about this here, but I have to say that I feel like I'm slowly getting my grip on this story.

There's not a whole lot of it at the moment, only 1500 words right now, but it feels like I have a clearer direction on where I want it to go. It's slow going, but I think I finally have a direction. For me, writing new characters for the first time is all about figuring out who they are to you. How you think they talk and how you think they interact with other people and how you think they interact with each other.

As a writer, I usually architect things, roughing out a beginning, middle, and an end in my head while I'm writing. For this one, I think I'm just going to follow it around for a bit to see where it wants to take me.

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13 April 2014 @ 07:35 pm
I realize that I haven't written porn in a while. I would ask for porn prompts, but then I'd probably feel bad if I didn't end up finishing them. Plus, this would probably just be me avoiding this other fic I'm working on, because that involves figuring out people's voices and relationships aka 'putting in effort.'

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12 April 2014 @ 10:32 am
I am going to write a post about the Broken Age documentary (about making a Kickstarted video game) because it is now available for purchase to be streamed or downloaded DRM free with new episodes coming as they release them. There are fourteen episodes released so far that range between 20-55 min. A fifteenth has already been posted for backers but hasn't been uploaded to the other site yet.

I really love this documentary. I've mentioned it multiple times already to many people I know, but I figure I'll just mention it again. New episodes are usually the highlights of my day/week/month when they get posted, and they've been coming out about once every 1-2 months since the Kickstarter first happened. I'll usually watch each episode multiple times like the weirdo I am.

I think I love this documentary because it's about work. It's about the work it takes to be creative. It's about the work it takes to coordinate people across multiple states and across multiple disciplines. It's about the work it takes to make business decisions. It's about the work it takes to deal with bad press.

So many behind-the-scenes documentaries are about the mechanics of making something, the fun of making tiny models or doing clever blue-screen tricks or like, how great it is to work with your costars, or even, a lot of the times, about looking back at things and talking about the moments that stick out, the bright flashes of inspiration. This isn't that documentary.

This is a documentary about the grind. It's about having trouble locking yourself in your office to get your writing done. It's about saying, holy shit, we are building a game bigger than we budgeted for, what do we do now. It's about a director saying to an animator, this is great work that you're doing, but I think it's all wrong for the character so I think you need to scrap it all and redo it. It's about why you shouldn't read internet comments. It's about dealing with a giant, almost-insurmountable list of bugs.

But it's also about the magic moments. Having a mini art jam between all the artists so that you can generate a whole bunch of concept art in a short amount of time. Debuting your teaser trailer in front of a large group of people. Having a real orchestra play the music that will go into the final game. Getting to watch someone play your game out in the wild for the first time.

I don't know how it feels to watch the whole series all in one go right now, but there was a certain magic to watching as the game slowly come together over the months, gaining sophistication and depth. And then, at the end, getting to play it (at least the first half that's been released).

If you want to watch the first ep, it's available for free on Youtube. It mostly just covers the time period of the Kickstarter, but it does give you a taste of what the rest of the series is like.

Also, I really love the soundtrack because of its soothing chiptunes vibes and it can be purchased separately. Bandcamp also lets you listen to the whole thing for free before buying.

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07 April 2014 @ 08:37 pm
I am trying to work on five different things at the same time, so of course, none of them are actually getting done. I really need to scale back. ONE THING. YOU ONLY GET TO WORK ON ONE THING.

That one thing will probably be video games, tbh. /o\

If this continues to be a problem, I will probably post a poll. And then you can make my decisions for me. It worked out well enough last time.

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[personal profile] merisunshine36 told me to write something, and so I did.

A Hard Day's Night (1320 words)</a>
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Community (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Troy Barnes & Annie Edison & Abed Nadir
Additional Tags: Crossover, Post-Movie(s), Coda, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary: Abed gets home after a rough day at work. Lots of Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoilers, and it probably won't make any sense if you haven't seen the movie.

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05 April 2014 @ 08:21 pm
I saw the Captain America 2 today with a bunch of fangirls. It was pretty great and extremely fun.

I have lots of thoughts because this is what I do.

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I think I'm hitting a point where I need to make a decision about how I want to interact with fandom. Not just like, on a platform standpoint. That's a different decision, and I think I've already made mine. But from a creative standpoint. What stories I am going to write. What things I am going to make.

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30 March 2014 @ 07:47 pm
I wanna build something that I can call 'Prompt-O-Tron 3000'. Details as of yet are still unspecified, but I just want something where I can go to it, and it will tell me what to write next.

Also I just want to fuck around with webapp development.

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27 March 2014 @ 07:00 pm
Title: ex machina
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~7000
Summary: AU. If this movie doesn't collapse in on itself before it's released, Blaine will be the first actor to have a holographic, artificially intelligent co-star for a movie. He doesn't expect that to make him much more than an interesting footnote in the history books, but he supposes that will be enough.
Notes: I was having a hard time with this one, but zulu helped dig me out a bit. So many thanks to her for the support and the beta.

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25 March 2014 @ 07:48 pm
It took me 8 months, but I did eventually complete everything from my poll from last year. I'm actually kind of proud of that. Even if it was only three things.

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