sarashina: (Watch the goddamn line)
Oh, lovelies. There's so much I need to recap for you. But until I am in a more coherent state of mind to do so, have some Welcome to Night Vale fanfic I just wrote while waiting on my notes from my hopefully-future-editor.

Date Night - In which Carlos and Cecil go on their third date, and Carlos begins to accept that this is his life now. Set after The Sandstorm.

(And if you are a horror/sci-fi lover and have not yet listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, DO IT DO IT DO IT.)
sarashina: (Oz - grin)
Iiiit's the Yuletide reveal! Which means that today I not only get to find out who my authors were (I see you there, [profile] lacunarity), but I get to reveal what my own fic was.

This year, I wrote Amateur Genealogy for one of my favorite TV shows, Justified.

This was a really tough one for me to write. The show is so well-written, and the Raylan-Tim-Rachel dynamic is my favorite ever, so I had a lot to live up to. I loved what season two did with the theme of family, and I was really struck by the showrunner's comment in an interview that they had to drive a wedge between Raylan and his 'marshal family' in order to resolve some of the issues with his family in Harlan, so I really wanted to write a little coda for the marshals.

The thing I really love about their relationship is that it's very unique for a crime drama. It takes the badass, gunslinging protagonist and shows how he has to function within this environment, unlike on other shows where the crime fighter has all of his quirks excused because he's so brilliant. Rachel and Tim have treated Raylan as their equal from the start: he gets saddled with an unpleasant informant in season one because he's 'the new guy,' and it's clear that he's expected to pick up coffee and file paperwork like everyone else.

And then in season two, regardless of what's going on in Art and Raylan's relationship, they all have each other's backs. Rachel and Tim each get an episode where Raylan is acting as a support system for them, and later in the season, they do whatever they can for him, even if he's not the type to come to them with his problems. I really wanted to play around with that dynamic, and how Rachel and Tim react to everything that happened at the end of season two. I'm sure it'll get Jossed, but a girl can dream.

I wasn't really expecting the reception I got, and I'm really glad people liked the fic! It seems everyone is as big a fan of Rachel as I am, which makes me happy. I played around with a couple different POVs, but hers was my favorite: I think her family situation gives her a different perspective, and I love that she's fairly warm with her coworkers even though she's not really a warm person in general. That, and she's just so cool. Hello there, raging girlcrush.

In any case, I had a great time, and I hope my recipient had as much fun reading it!

And for posterity's sake, here's everything from previous Yuletides:

List with links )

2010:
The Lonely Traveler for Mushishi anime/manga


And now to enjoy the last few days of my vacation. It'll be nice to get back to work on the book, even if I don't feel the same about the day job. I'll be finished soon, so if anyone is up for another round of the Original Fic prompt trees, maybe I'll start up another one?
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Ack! So sorry, guys - I forgot to crosspost. The Sixth Original Fiction Drabble-thon is underway!

Do come play with us, and bring your friends!
sarashina: (Oz - vexed)
So! Would anyone be interested in a round of the Original Fiction Drabble-thon?

I know I really need it! I'm feeling pretty stuck lately. I did a bit of writing last weekend, but for the most part, I have a lot of half-formed ideas but I can't pin them down. The last round sort of fizzled out, but if you guys are game, I'd love to give it another go!

(For those of you who are new, the Original Fiction Drabble-thon is a prompt tree-style, hopefully low stress opportunity to play around with original fic ideas. Click on the tag to see previous rounds!)
sarashina: (Oz - OH HAPPY DAY :D)
So while I spend my lazy Sunday watching TV and waiting for beta comments on my edited MS, I wanted to share some essential links for any of you looking to go on the agent hunt in the future. Some of these links heavily skew towards YA information, but they're extremely useful anyway:

Generally Useful Sites:
Agent Query - Search for agents by genre.
Absolute Write Bewares, Background Checks and Recommendations - Whatever agency you're looking at, it has a thread here.
Query Tracker - Looking into agent response times and submission guidelines, and make a spreadsheet of your own submissions.
Preditors and Editors - A listing of agents and agencies that keeps track of spam artists.
Literary Rambles - This blog has "Agent Spotlights" on several different kidlit-representing agents. It's awesome because they include as much info as possible, including specific likes and dislikes.
Publishers Marketplace - One stop shopping for all industry information. Sign up for the Publishers Lunch newsletter!

Agent Blogs:
Kristin Nelson's Blog - Extremely informative and helpful. The best part of this blog is that she posts and analyzes her clients' original queries.
Nathan Brandsford's Blog - Though he's no longer an agent, he still has great publishing industry info.
Mary Kole's Blog - Great information on the slush pile, the manuscript review process, and lots of beginners' writing mistakes.
Janet Reid's Blog - Hilarious and informative all at once.
Miss Snark - The blog may be defunct now, but the archives are well worth a read.
The Rejectionist - A (now former) agent's assistant ruminates on books, writing, reading, etc. Totally hilarious.

Query Help:
Query Shark - Janet Reid critiques queries! And she doesn't hesitate to point out when something works for her, either.
Writing A Killer Query - Elana Johnson's workshop is one of the best and most thorough. She breaks query down into five separate parts and walks you through all of them.
Query Letter Hell - If you are very brave and really need help cracking that query, this is the equivalent of query letter boot camp. You need an account at Absolute Write to access this forum.

Some Top Agents/Agencies Who Represent YA:
Writers House
Andrea Brown Lit
Curtis Brown Lit
Fine Print Lit
Dystel and Goderich
Nelson Agency
Maass Agency
Harvey Klinger Agency
And that's just a few to get you started.

I hope this is a good start! ♥
sarashina: (Raven and Oz)
So I am sitting around watching the Oscar pre-show after a fairly low-key weekend. I mainly took time off from writing (though I still wrote a couple scenes) because for the latest time in this story, I think, I'm at a pretty natural stopping place. Or, rather, once I finish this chapter I probably won't really stop until I reach the end, so this is my only chance!

Holy crap, you guys, I can't believe that I'm going to be querying a novel again by late May/early June. I go back and forth on how confident I am every day. Sometimes it's like "I really hope I make it happen this time!" and other times it's like "YEAH, GO AHEAD AND TRY, YOU'LL BE AN INSPIRATION TO HACKS EVERYWHERE." It's more often the former than the latter, at least. Either way, I'm really excited to get started on the editing. I've got a lot of tweaking to do!

Speaking of publishing, I've been devouring books left and right lately! I've been bringing in books to work for when I can grab a quiet moment - I think I'll bring Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tomorrow so I can finally finish it. I think I'm going to start bookblogging on my tumblr so I can have a record of all my reading in 2011. I still have plenty to get through on my bookshelf, so I can use those to somehow distract myself from all the awesome sequels I'm waiting on later this year. And aren't we getting a new DWJ book at some point? UGH. ALL THESE GREAT UNPUBLISHED BOOKS NEED TO COME TO MEEEE.

Also, randomly, all this Red Carpet footage makes me want to go shopping. Judging by the state of my closet, that is the worst idea ever. Maybe I'll see if anything ready for Salvation Army first.

Yosh, I will now turn my full attention to the broadcast. Got any Oscar predictions, guys?

BOOOKS

Feb. 20th, 2011 03:45 pm
sarashina: (Raven and Oz)
So I figured I should actually make posts that are not related to writing! (I am probably going to finish another chapter within the next few days. God have mercy on our sooooouls.)

Instead, I thought I'd do a few mini book reviews/recs, since I'm getting some books read again! I'm going to keep 'em fairly spoiler-free, but if you're the type who likes to know as little as possible about the book before going in, I would give this post a miss.


The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon )

White Cat )

Next up (in no particular order):
Half World
Graceling
The Magicians
The Hunger Games
The Monstrumologist
The Maze Runner
Prophecy of the Sisters (represented by my dream agent - MY HOMEWORK)
sarashina: (Oz - grin)
So as usual, I make no promises - but since it's Valentine's Day, I want to give it a try!

Give me a pairing, original or fannish, and I'll write a little drabble for them.
sarashina: (Oz - vexed)
Just because this meme looked too fun to pass up.

Pick a character I write, and I will give you the top five ideas or concepts or factoids I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting him or her accurately. This includes original characters and characters about whom I write fanfic.

Oh my God 12:40am. I need to be asleep five minutes ago.
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Well hello there, everyone! I had a rather relaxing weekend, I signed up for Yuletide! My letter is over on DW if you're curious - I ended up asking for HTTYD, Natsume Yuujinchou, Justified, and the Thief of Eddis books. I've offered HTTYD, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi, and PoP '08 so far, but I may add more as the week goes on. I will hopefully finish this next Hungry Ground chapter before assignments go out next week.

But first! I am in full Harry Potter-mode, thanks to the first part of Deathly Hallows coming out this weekend, and my weekend-long marathon of A Very Potter Musical. (Darren Criss is tag-teaming with Chris Colfer to steal my heart. WELL I CAN TELL YOU NOW THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO W-- okay yes, it's totally working, as [livejournal.com profile] sotto_voice will be able to tell you. Dammit.)

Anyway, I'm always interested in hearing about people's favorite Potter book, because it seems to vary quite a bit. Personally, I like Prisoner of Azkaban the best because I love me some Lupin, but Goblet of Fire is a really close second for all the sublime trauma it inflicts. What's your favorite book of the series?

Fair warning: probable discussion of spoilers in the comments!
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I AM ON LJ AT WORK. GASP. That should tell you how quiet it is around here.

But anyway. Let's have some writing fun, shall we?

If you're reading this post, leave a prompt - it can be as specific or vague as you like. I will choose at least one and write a little Halloween story! ♥
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Good evening, flist! How are you tonight? I am laying around after a delicious Ma Po Tofu dinner and watching Hawaii Five-0 in order to ogle Daniel Dae Kim. Mmmmm, Jin.

OH HI THERE MASI OKA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE. ♥

Anyway! We are heading into one of my favorite times of year - the holiday season! The weekend after next should be fun, what with the Halloween potluck at work on the 29th, Jon Stewart's rally on the 30th, and I plan to have a quiet Halloween with a couple movies and perhaps a teeny pumpkin. It's not going to be as much fun without Sarah and Miranda, but I'll make do.

But then after that! Much more fun things begin. I'm talking, of course, about NaNo and Yuletide.

As per usual, I will be using NaNo as an excuse to step up my productivity, since I'm already working on a book. I did a full outline of Hungry Ground while stuck on lunch receptionist duty yesterday, and it looks like it's going to be 17 or 18 chapters, and I want to see if I can't get two or three done in November.

(I also usually use this time to work on holiday drabble requests, but between the book, Yuletide, and the new job, I definitely won't get those done this year. I will, however, be able to do holiday cards more efficiently, since I spend a lot of time at work sitting on my butt waiting for my diplomats to need something.)

And then, of course, there is Yuletide. Yuletide babble! )

And now we return to your regularly scheduled Daniel Dae Kim. Have a good night! ♥

WHEE.

Oct. 13th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Yuletide has come! And my nominated fandoms are:

Mushishi
Natsume Yuujinchou
The Thief of Eddis books
Prince of Persia 2008
Justified
and How to Train Your Dragon!

Quite a mix I've got here. A couple mainstays and a couple new fandoms! And thankfully none of them have that many fics on AO3, since they would be disqualified under the new arbitrary rule if they did. SIGH. Oh well. I always look forward to Yuletide, and I'm not going to let anyone ruin it - even if I have to ignore the comm for everything except deadlines!

Oh, but one more complaint: people are actually nominating things like Inception, Sherlock, and Supernatural? SERIOUSLY, GUYS? Would you like me to explain this to you? And l-lol, someone nominated Due South. I'm pretty sure the massive fandom's got you covered, dude. But if you want, I can arrange the first annual ADHFKS NO REALLY WHAT IS THIS SHOW Fic Exchange.

I was, however, very happy to see that people were ahead of me in nominating Slings and Arrows, the Smoke books, Onmyouji, and other such fantabulous things. It's going to be hard to decide what I want to request!
sarashina: (Default)
OOF. Last week really knocked me on my ass - ten hours of sleep and I still feel dead. Unfortunately, it won't get much better, since I'll be doing the work of two assistants until my "partner" assistant of sorts returns from vacation on the 14th, but at the very least, my bosses will be occupied with the delegation until Wednesday.

Anyway! Like many of you, I signed up for Original Fic Bingo. Here's my card:

Mah card, ladies and gents )

So I'm seeing a lot of you saying "I need inspiration" or "I need to warm up." Now, if only there was a convenient way we could all do that together?

OH, BUT THERE IS. :D

Anybody up for a shiny new Original Fiction Drabble-thon?
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Because no one ever got anything by being half-assed.

Working the 9-5(:30) life, I have a lot of time sitting at my desk or riding back and forth on the bus to think about where I want to go from here. I really like my job, and I'm starting to settle into life here, but I understand, a lot better now than I did a year ago, what keeps me going.

So for the record:

I'm going to be a published author. And I think having failed once makes that more possible than it was before. It would have been amazing to get lucky on the first try, but I have something of an advantage, because unlike last time, I know exactly what I'm doing now. I understand the odds. I know how to implement edits and when to add my own, when to obsess and when to let everything simmer. Sending e-mails to agents gave me heart palpitations when I started, but I sent over fifty, and somehow my head didn't explode from all the bad news - and for my trouble, I found people that I dream about working with every day.

And, most importantly, from talking to so many different people who want the same thing I do, I found out that something I used to tell myself when I was feeling insecure is actually true. There are a lot of people who are better than me, and quite a few who love it as much as I do - but I've yet to meet anyone who loves it more.

So mark it on your calendars, ladies! I'm going to make this happen.

All right, time for bed. But tomorrow? I'm going to get back to work. ♥
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My first week is over, and I'm enjoying the hell out of my downtime! I'm also in a 'blab about writing' mood, so here's a meme that [livejournal.com profile] inarticulate came up with:

So! Give me a character*, or two, or however many, and I will give you:

A) An OTP
B) A runner up
C) A ship I dislike
D) My take on said character, unpopular or otherwise
E) If relevant, my happy ending (AU or non) for that character
F) A bit of headcanon about how I view their sexuality
G) A character from another fandom I would love them to meet


*Original characters would be great, but if you're not familiar with any/want to hear about a fannish character, I'm game for that, too. ♥
sarashina: (Default)
I have been doing nothing but moving prep for days, and the excitement/nervousness is making me twitchy. I feel like shaking it up a bit!

DRABBLE REQUESTS ARE OPEN.

As I'm sure you're all well aware, I am terribly distractable sometimes all day every day, so this is by no means a guarantee. But if you leave a prompt you may just get a drabble, so why the hell not? Fannish, original, anything goes. Anything you know I'm into is fair game. And my brain is incredibly fickle sometimes, so multiple prompts are not only okay, they're encouraged.

And I also will probably revisit the unfilled OC-prompts from last time, as well, since I've been meaning to write those up. (LIKE I SAID, FICKLE.)

Have fun!

And P.S - stealth plug for my IB short story five days with the bride of the ocean. :D
sarashina: (Oz - grin)
Imaginary Beasts #22: Oceans and Seas, is live! ♥

My story: five days with the bride of the ocean, aka Femslash by the Sea

Enjoy! ♥

More memes

Jul. 30th, 2010 07:57 pm
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I AM BORED. And real life and I are still not on speaking terms. So let's do another meme, shall we?

Pick anything I've written, and I will do a dramatic reading for you. Includes all original projects, drabbles, fanfic, poetry, whatever! Check out the tags to find all the writings - all writing is filed under "Fiction: (project name)," "Drabbles: (project name)," "Fanfic: (fandom name)," or "Poetry."

Also, [livejournal.com profile] imaginarybeasts #22 comes out tomorrow, and I'll put up a link to my story when it does!

MISC.

Jul. 25th, 2010 01:10 am
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Varied entry for a varied weekend!

- I bought my first pair of fancy jeans today! I've always been wary of buying the more expensive brands, but this was really worth it. Normally I can't stand it when something is that close a fit, but they are super comfortable and make my ass look fantastic. And I love when people realize that girls can be short and curvy. Definitely a great purchase. ♥

- My work wardrobe in general has expanded quite a bit! My closet is embassy-ready. That's a nice feeling.

- I never thanked you guys for your great drabble suggestions. So thank you! They totally got me inspired... although not in the way I thought! I spent most of my trip last week thinking up ideas for the drabbles, and then after I wrote one on Monday, I then wrote about 4000 words of The Hungry Ground instead. The chapter will be done early this week, and then I'll definitely return to the drabble prompts. I at least have to write the Possession ficlet about Felix and Lady Gaga.

- [livejournal.com profile] imaginarybeasts #22 will go live next weekend, and I have a story in it this time! It's funny how so far, I've been in the winter issue and the summer issue. Anyway, the new story is called "five days with the bride of the ocean," and I hope that y'all will like it.

- Have I not screamed about Legend of Korra yet? This is a grievous oversight indeed. Let's try this again: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. This is going to be awesome, guys. SO AWESOME. ♥ ♥

So that's what's up with me. What's going on with you guys?

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