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2020-12-19 12:45 pm
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Hello from Crystal

Hello!  This journal is mostly friendslocked, and contains snippets of daily original fic writing, as well as ramblings about the writing process.  If this interests you, please drop me a comment.  I love new friends.  =)  
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2015-02-05 11:53 pm
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Oh god

That was a close one! Made delicious cookies today and braised/poached a chicken, then had one hour left to finish today's word count goal. Apparently if I try really hard not to think about it and just write whatever comes to me off the top of my head, I can write over 800 words in an hour XDD

Today: 832
This year: 7,630
7630 / 100000, YTD word count
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2015-02-04 11:09 pm
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Word count for Feb 4

Got into a fight with my husband today and almost didn't make it. But I persevered! Hah.

Today: 777
This year: 6,798
6798 / 100000, YTD word count
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2015-02-03 10:55 pm
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Today is yay!

Three days in a row, wherever will this end XDD Today I finished a scene which I'd been dreading, and I think it ended on a pretty emotionally evocative note, so yay! Feeling good about writing right now. =)

Today: 834
This year: 6,021
6021 / 100000, YTD word count
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2015-02-02 08:51 pm
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Plugging away!

It's funny that today on [community profile] onedeadplotbunny someone mentioned Shitty First Drafts from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, because I'm now in the process of writing the shittiest first draft ever of a short story that I'm hoping to complete and polish in time to submit as my writing sample for the graduate studies program.  I have to remind myself not to be too discouraged, though it's certainly difficult when everything is so bad.  XD  Oh well!  Words are words, and I made my word count for 750Words today as well.  

Today: 762
This year: 5,187
5187 / 100000, YTD word count
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2015-02-02 12:32 am
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February begins!

I told myself I would start trying to write everyday in February, since January is always a crazy time for me every year and I knew I wouldn't have the find the time. I'm doing the 750Words challenge for this month just give myself a good start, since my goal this year is to write at least 100,000 words of fic (original and fanfiction). This is roughly about 300 words a day, which means I'm already behind because I only wrote 3,600 words in January. We'll see how it goes. The plan is to post every day here and log my word counts so I don't forget.

This year: 4,425
4425 / 100000, YTD word count
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2014-02-07 01:55 am

My Midori Traveler's Notebook

Last year Lee bought me a shiny Midori Traveler's notebook as a gift, thinking I was going to use it to record my time in Sweden. I ended up being too busy having fun and talking to record much--or possibly too lazy--but I've been trying to use it more. Once I discovered that there are a bunch of ways I can customize it (like making my own journal inserts!!) I started to love it. Lately I've been using it to keep organized.

A writer should never be without something to jot notes down onto, after all. The Midori is perfect for this because when loaded with notebooks it's sturdy enough to write without needing a hard surface and still flexible enough that it lays flat so you can write close to the center.

Let me inflict pictures of my Midori features on you.

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I'd love to see how you organize things, especially if they involve notebooks/binders/stationary, etc. Please do share if you feel comfortable doing so!
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2014-01-22 08:34 pm

Helping Animals

[community profile] helpanimals is a fandom auction to raise money to help animals. Offers are being taken from now until the 31st, and bidding starts February 1st.

This showed up on my reading list and I couldn't stop myself from offering something (fic, for HP, Saiyuki, or Rikkai fandom). Look at those adorable pictures of cute little animals, how can anyone resist? There isn't very much right now, so if you love animals and want to help, please do consider participating either by offering your services/goods, or by bidding on things.
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2014-01-04 08:54 pm

Snowflake Challenge - Days 4 & 5

For the fandom snowflake challenge day #4, I poked at someone new and they answered back with a perfectly amiable PM. =D

For day #5: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm sure this person needs no introduction to Sherlock Holmes fandomers, but just in case there are fans of the famous detective out there who do not yet follow this person's work, may I introduce the immensely talented Ghostbees on tumblr?

What can I say about Ghostbees? I think one look at the artwork on their tumblr and you will readily understand why I think they are amazing. The artist's Holmes and Watson are uniquely their own, not quite Granada, not BBC Sherlock, but a mixture of things, as the artist explains.

I also think the artist has a good head on their shoulders, and can respect their opinions about the various Sherlock Holmes adaptations (they really get why Elementary is great to me), and this makes me like them even more.

I really hesitate to link specific works here because there are so many that I like to choose from. But maybe a few will illustrate what I mean when I say amazing? The illustrations make me smile every time I come across one, and the artist is so very prolific that there are plenty to enjoy. If you're at all interested in the various permutations of Sherlock Holmes, do consider following Ghostbees on tumblr.
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2014-01-02 10:36 pm

Snowflake Challenge - Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1. Fated, or, Two Weddings and a House Warming by Temaris.  This is a Gil/Ferdy fic of Georgette Heyer's novel Friday's Child.  This fic made my Christmas in 2012 so very wonderful.  It was written for me for yuletide, but I'm reccing it because it was the absolute best.  I hadn't expected to receive such a wonderful thing, but Temaris has a way with style that perfectly pays homage to Heyer.  It's a lovely read that will make you laugh and delight you to your very core if you are a Heyer fan, I promise.

2. Genesis by akahannah. An old Harry/Draco mpreg retelling of the events of HBP.  Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a big fan of mpreg, because I can never really believe in it.    I was just telling a friend the other day that this is one of the ones that I love, despite the mpreg.  In fact, I don't think I've read another mpreg fic I liked half as well as I liked this one.  It's violent and angsty in just the right way.  I love Draco's voice in this fic.  I really like the entire scene in which he finds out he's pregnant, because it acknowledges that the entire thing is absolutely absurd.  It's a scene that, even in its seriousness, managed to make me laugh a little.  I also like that Draco doesn't accept that he's pregnant, and when he finds out about it, just goes on with what he was doing all along.  Even if you're someone who's never been able to like an mpreg fic, I would still urge you to read this one.

3. Yotsuba & Robots! by octopedingenue. A Yotsuba&/Avengers crossover ficlet.  It's a short little thing, but manages to be completely charming anyway.  The author's note that Yotsuba makes everything better is pretty much spot on.  XD
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2014-01-01 11:19 pm

Snowflake Challenge - Day 2

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1.  The [community profile] write15 community.   The write15 community is a support group that encourages its members to write (or edit, or do another writing-related activity) for at least 15 minutes every day.  All the writing support communities I've found on LJ have been sort of humongous and heavily focused on prompts or posting of fic, but this one is basically just a supportive space to moan about how little progress you made, or maybe rejoice at how well you wrote today.  There are daily check-ins and discussion of writing goals.  There are currently only 23 members, and It's really quite comforting to have a space where I can let out all my insecurities and talk about the writing process.  It's also nice to see what other people are doing, what their goals are.

2. sentinel_thurs is a weekly challenge community for one of my old favorite fandoms, The Sentinel.  Each week on Thursday evening a new weekly challenge is posted.  The community is still posting prompts even now, which I think is absolutely amazing in a fandom that old.  I'd love to see more activity.  If you're a fan, or used to be a fan, please do think about stopping by and doing a challenge or two.  =)

3. Not really a fandom community, but... >__>   menstrual_cups is a support community for women who are interested in switching to menstrual cups for their monthlies.  It's good to have a community you can go to and ask questions.  I basically looked at each and every post before selecting the menstrual cup that was right for me .I personally believe that switching to green products for your monthly cycle is the best thing you can do for your body in that arena, but it took me a while to make the jump because it can be kind of scary and seem somewhat radical, so this community helped me a lot.  There's also cloth_pads, for those who don't like the idea of sticking something inside themselves.  They're way more comfortable than any disposable products I've tried.
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2013-12-23 11:20 am

Today is a sick day / For Writer's Only by Sophy Burnham

I've been trying to write at least an hour every day, but the past three days have been sick days for me, so I've mostly outlined in notebooks and read a lot of writing books. Yesterday I did nothing, basically.

Today, too, has been an unproductive day, but I managed to finish For Writers Only by Sophy Burnham. I love to collect writing books, but I must say this is one of my favorite. It's a book that the author wrote for herself during a dark period of her writing life, to give her motivation and inspire her to continue. It's not a how-to book. It doesn't give advice, as the author tells us in her preface to the book. It's a book about being a writer, about the emotions you go through while writing, the doubts, the fears, the euphoria, the doldrums.
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