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what I've been up to

I might as well have signed up for National Novel Writing Month!

I spent most of last weekend unable to get online for various reasons, but also not in the mood to do any of the many things that need doing around the house. So I decided to take the advice of many writing instructors, who quite sensibly say if you want to succeed as a writer you must put everything else aside and concentrate on writing. So I didn't clean, rake leaves, try to fix my leaking bathtub faucet, nothing -- I just got on the little old Mac OS9 laptop my daughter loaned me, and worked on a fanfic that I'd been slowly plugging away at ever since thexbatxbuckle and strangexgirl made requests for stories several weeks ago.

To make a long story short -- or the opposite, in this case -- I wrote over 10,000 words last weekend. The two very short stories I'd been planning have been combined as parts of a much larger idea, and the first draft ballooned up to over 21,000 words. Whether it will get longer or shorter with revision, I don't know yet ...

It will be either one of my better stories or a huge bomb, but it'll definitely be DIFFERENT. I tried hard to make it a piece of light, fun fluff, similar to my last story, "A Somewhat Less Than Forever Love". (Which got raves but, I noticed on fanfiction.net, not a record number of readers). But the new story took on a life of its own and turns a bit dark and serious toward the end; maybe I should stop trying to write comedy when the weather turns cold.

It still counts more as comedy, I think. The title of the new story: "Mary Stu Got Harried".

I hope that counts as a tease, rather than a yawn. I'll get started on revisions.

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alwaysjbj
Nov. 15th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Ohhh...sounds good. I'm looking forward to reading it. And at least it is keeping you out of trouble *giggles*
ozma914
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
keeping me out of trouble
Well, yes, unless the story itself actually gets me *into* trouble ... :-)
curiouswombat
Nov. 15th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds fascinating - I look forward to you unleashing it onto the general public!
ozma914
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
I have a few tweaks here and there and then a final revision of the ending, then it'll be ready to go to my beta. I gave it another read-through last night and realized most of it still counts as a humor piece, but that ending gets very dark. And I didn't write the ending, it just -- came out.
empresspatti
Nov. 15th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'll be excited to read whatever you write. In fact - if you'd provide links, I'd read (or reread) what you have already written!
ozma914
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
links to the stories
Probably your safest bet would be to go to http://www.fanfiction.net/~ozma914 and start reading from the bottom up. You don't really have to read my stories in chronological order, I don't believe, but they're all set in the same universe (except for Xander's Walk) so it would be a bit easier to follow the progression.

I've made a few minor improvements to older stories when I put them on my LJ, and they can probably all be found at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=ozma914&keyword=Buffy&filter=all
However, it's a mess on that page and I haven't had the time to put a link to just the stories, in order, on one LJ post. Obviously it's something on my must-do list ...
cbtreks
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see this one!
ozma914
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm a little nervous, myself. :)
strangexgirl
Nov. 16th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
:D
I'm excited, but I'm almost scared as to what you made Suzy do..
ozma914
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: :D
It's all strictly PG ... maybe PG-13 for violence, toward the end. So don't worry!
strangexgirl
Nov. 16th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: :D
*shrug* I'm kidding; I'm sure I'll love every second of it. :)
ozma914
Nov. 17th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
the story
Well, I hope so. It's sure nothing like I'd planned. Usually Faith has to be involved before my stories go as wildly out of control as this one did ...
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