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NightsofTamara's Fanfiction
Current fandoms include Twilight, BBC's Robin Hood and Heroes of Might and Magic V.

Here you'll find my stories, my observations on fandoms and fanfiction, a whole lot of ranting and some rockin' tunes.

April 2009
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Part Two of Sundown is done!

Only one more part to go... ten or fifteen chapters left. Either way, I'm over half finished.

I have a wild hope that I'll be done the first draft by the end of August and that I can begin posting in time for the release of the next movie... but no guarantees.

7 months - 17 chapters - 81,000 words

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Tagged by jenni_cn 

1. make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
a.) The hockey game on my tv (Go Flames!)
b.) A black and white cat
c.) My exercise bike
d.) My husband, making D&D game pieces in photoshop (don't ask)
e.) A huge glass jar full of jellybeans

2. how do you style your hair?
It's long, so I just leave it loose or put it up in a bun. Sometimes I'll braid it if I'm going running or I want curls the next day.

3. what are you wearing now?
Pyjama pants, a technical shirt, a hoodie and chenille socks

4. what's your occupation?
OR nurse extraordinaire

5. the best thing to happen to you as of late?
I made it to chapter 15 in my story

6. what is one word you would use to describe yourself?

7. what's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
Twilight, specifically Edward/Bella

8. what was the last thing you ate today?
Pizza from Little Caeser's

9. what was the last text message you received?
Believe it or not, I've never texted in my life. I don't think my phone is even set up to receive them.

10. what websites do you always visit when you go online?
LJ, my email, Fark, a couple of political blogs

11. what was the last thing you bought?
Three dishclothes and a cleaning cloth from Norwex. Their stuff rocks.

12. what are you listening to right now?
The hockey game, which would be jollier if CBC would stop playing random songs about shit towns in Saskatchewan during the intermission. Also, my team needs to score.

13. what do you think about before you go to bed at night?
What happened during my day, my story, whatever pops into my head.

14. what was the last cd you bought?
I don't remember, it was so long ago.

15. what is your favorite weather, and why?
I like thunderstorms, even if I'm caught outside in one. I love the clouds and the wind.

16. if you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?

17. how are you?

18. what's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
I wish all the nutjobs in the fandom would STFU. Maybe it's just my innate Canadianishness coming out, but I don't see the point in hassling people for having a different opinion or writing a fic you don't like. Be polite or keep it on your own blog. Or just shut up entirely and get a new hobby. Christ.

19. what's one of your favorite movies?

20. what's your dream job?
The one I have :)

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I had a whole post written about my marathon training and various things, and for some reason I hit 'back' on my browser instead of 'post' at the bottom of the screen. Oops.

So instead I'll just write what I had originally set out to post:

Sundown - 5 months - 14 chapters - 67,067 words

4,800 words per chapter - 447 words per day

The WPD is right on target, but over the last month I've tried to move away from focusing on word count. I found I was spending too much time on it and producing way too little for the effort. Instead I've tried to work more from a perceived effort angle: I have to do one hour each day (two on my days off) or until I feel that I've accomplished enough for that day, whichever comes first. I've also been experimenting with outlining each chapter more thoroughly and then fleshing out each part as it comes to me instead of trying to write in a strictly linear fashion. I seem to have fewer problems with writer's block that way, so I'm still producing as much as ever even though I haven't been monitoring my words counts. I've even had time to do a bit of revising on the first draft of the first part, and that always feels good.

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Part one of Sundown is complete! Two more parts to go!

I'm going to continue with my goal of 500+ words a day as I head into part two, but I'll probably begin to start revising what I've written as a side project. In a perfect world I'd have a few chapters ready to post by the time I finished my rough draft of part three, but since I'm both lazy and a massive perfectionist I can't promise that's going to happen.

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Four months, eleven chapters, 57,000 words.

475 words a day, 555 if you count all the background material I've been writing.

My calculator tells me that this has been my most productive month yet. I'm such a geek, I'll probably make a graph.

One of my unofficial resolutions for the New Year was to stop comparing my story to everything else out there. I've come to the conclusion that I simply can't read critiques of other people's writing, because then I start to second guess every single thing I've ever written. It's completely counter-productive. In the past I've tried to talk myself out of these ruts I would fall into every time I read something that slagged a book or an author I enjoyed, but I realized about a month ago that there's really no point. I mean, I still do the self-talk thing if I have to, but why should I keep on reading things that only make me upset. Better to just accept that I have a really fragile ego and move on.

I think it's been working out so far. Not only am I more positive about my writing, I'm also wasting a lot less time on fanfiction forums. Now instead of ending up in a funk every few days I only feel down once or twice a month when a new chapter of IVO comes out and I weep with sorrow that I will never be able to write anything so awesome.

Sigh.... oh, well.

Mini-rant of the week: I was so happy when lion_lamb stopped allowing people to post graphics along with their stories. Twilighted is getting almost painful to browse lately due to the influx of eye-bleedingly bad banners attached to every single damn story. And not only are they ugly, they are also huge!

The worst is when a story that already has a ginormous banner attached to it gets nominated for an award, so the author adds another massive fugly banner right below the first. And I see the oh-so-modest practice of quoting positive reviews as part of the story summary is gaining popularity.

At first it was only a few stories adding all this junk on the main page, but now almost every story has a banner. I've seen several stories in the last week with completely out of control summaries: Huge story banner followed by a review blurb followed by another huge award banner. The actual description of the story is usually sandwiched in at this point, and then a solid paragraph of author's notes (usually in bold) and another paragraph detailing all the rewrites and changes made to the story since the initial posting. Oh, and throw in about a dozen extraneous spaces just to make the whole thing as enormous and ugly as possible.

All of this would be bad enough on its own, but the Twilighted site is on a black background with its very own irritating animation that re-loads on Every. Single. Page. I don't even read the story summaries any more, I just scroll down and glance at the story titles until I see something that catches my eye. I'd probably give up on the site completely except that IVO seems to get posted there before ff.net and there's a couple fics that aren't found anywhere else. Plus, I just went to all the trouble of getting my stories posted there, so I might as well stick with it.

Seriously, whatever happened to telling people about your fic in 150 words or less? Am I the only one who is bothered by this?

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Sea of Love; the original original version by Phil Phillips. Blows every cover ever made out of the water. Sorry, Robert Plant.

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Tagged by [info]jenni_cn

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged.

1.) The taste or smell of honey makes me feel sick to my stomach, to the point that if someone is eating a sandwich with honey on it I have to leave the room.

2.) I have artificial lenses in both of my eyes due to serious nearsightedness. April Fool's Day will be the one year anniversary of my surgery, and it was the best decision I ever made.

3.) Despite being Canadian, I hate maple syrup.

4.) I can honestly say that I love my job.

5.) I can't seem to get into AH fic, despite several attempts.

6.) I own two very bad cats.

7.) I can't blow my nose. I've never been able to. No matter how hard I try, nothing happens.

8.) I look more like my stepmother than my mother.

9.) When I was 12, I won a belt buckle in a rodeo for being the first to rope a calf and pull it across the finish line.

10.) Politically, I would describe myself as a conservative with libertarian leanings.

11.) I am a poor driver, and can be convinced to take the wheel only in rare circumstances. New Year's Eve was the first time I'd driven a car in three years.

12.) I have never had a credit card.

13.) I have been bitten by a horse, and attacked by a squirrel.

14.) I worked in a photo lab while I was finishing university. Aside from my current job, it was the best job I've had.

15.) The two countries I would like to visit the most are Israel and Japan.

16.) I don't get along with my in-laws, and can hardly stand to be around them for more than a few hours.

Tagging... well, I actually don't have 16 people on my flist, so I'll tag anyone who wants to do it.

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My resolutions for the coming year:

-Finish Sundown, and remember that it's me that I'm writing it for, not anybody else

-Run the Lost Souls Ultra in September

-Make my way through my Japanese grammar book by the end of the year

Hope everyone has a good New Year's Eve, no matter what you are doing.

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I feel like crap today.

None of my usual hobbies give me any pleasure right now. I don't want to read, I don't want to write, I don't even want to play video games. I've been on the verge of tears all day and I don't know why.

Today is the worst day, but I've been feeling like this for a few weeks now. I've gotten on this really negative bent where every time I read someone else's writing I end up comparing my own to it. Then I feel like my stuff is all garbage and I don't want to write anymore. Usually when I feel crummy I curl up in bed with a good fanfic, but I'm actually scared to read any of my favorites because I'm just going to end up beating myself up over it.

I've had this problem for most of my life (especially at this time of year... don't know if it's the lack of sunlight or what) and I know it will pass, but it's seriously the worst feeling ever. I just want to curl up in a ball somewhere and have a good cry, but it's like I don't even have enough energy for that.

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I've just posted most of my stories over at Twilighted.net if anyone prefers reading them in that format. All of my future stuff is going to be posted there as well (assuming it gets accepted, of course). Link to my profile is here.

I might not be online as often for the next month or so - I received some bad news this morning so I might take some time to work through things. Right now I'm channeling all my anger into writing, so I might be around just as much as usual. Just thought I'd give people a heads up in case I vanished off the face of the earth. Anyone who's read this journal has probably noticed I like to rant about things, so there might be some venting going on.

Anyway, I hope all my American friends had a nice Thanksgiving, and hopefully things will be looking up by Christmas.

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