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30/11/10 12:21 pm
minervasolo: (News Quiz: Made-Up-Ology)
THe recent rumours about Omnific (unlikely to be true, but interesting to see its origins dragged back into the limelight) and this article on turning fanfic into original have me thinking about the process.

So, mental game. What if I turned Caffiene & Saccharine into original fic? It's the best known and probably one of my better written, so it's got a built in audience.

Let's call it... Coffee and Two Sweetners )

All well and good, but. What happens after it's published and I've promoted it here and fans of C&S go and read it? What if one of them tells people it's basically the same as C&S on the fundamental levels? I might have deleted C&S, but there's all sort of quirks to the internet and I know fans have downloaded and saved it before.

What happens when my publisher realises I've essentially used up first rights for this story? Changing names and settings isn't enough to change that fact, and the plot is essentially unchanged. The story has already been available for free online.

Somehow, I don't think my publisher would be very happy. Do you? And that, really, is the essence of the problem with filing the serial numbers off. Omnific may invite it, but there's a reason other publishers don't.

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3/8/10 12:31 pm
minervasolo: (yay)
Tease, by Mina Kelly

When Barnabas rescues a stranger from a storm, he knows he's in for a tempestuous time. Lust wars with more altruistic feelings to paralyze Barnabas until the stranger makes the first move for him -- and then there's no stopping either of them.

Inside, outside, against the wall, and even occasionally on the bed. But Barnabas starts to wonder if the sex is a distraction from something more important, something his English language challenged new lover isn't saying. When the truth is finally revealed, the betrayal cuts deep, and for Barnabas, it may be too little, too late.

It's an m/m erotic romance, so it's not suitable for under 18s. There's an excerpt available to read on the Loose Id page for the few of you I haven't coerced into beta-reading for me!

And hey, $5? Is about £3.50. Save a sandwich, read Tease instead!
minervasolo: (Bond: Diamonds are Forever)
Am I done pimping? No, I'm not done pimping!

I has a cover!

tease large cover

And a banner!

tease banner

Also, thanks to whoever recently pimped Dolor Draconum. I spent about half an hour at work trying to figure it out, and then reread bit of it and for something I abandoned some years ago it's still pretty readable. If I finish it, I could pimp the new book?

(I have a bottle of merlot and a website I'm redoing. mmm, good evening!)

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20/10/09 07:20 pm
minervasolo: (News Quiz: Dill-do)

On sale today! m/m fairy tales! Including Swan Made, by me :)

Fellow contibutors include:

Clancy Nacht
Mercy Loomis
JL Merrow
Lenore Black
Jay Di Meo
Jason Rubis
Michael M Jones
Elizabeth Black
Kilt Kilpatrick
and it's edited by EM Lynley!

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18/8/09 06:51 pm
minervasolo: (DCE)
Imagine the following constitutes an actual description of my holiday:

9 1/2 days of sunshine out of 10. A sky clear enough to see the milky way. Dancing like a mad thing ’til three am to the sound of drums. Homemade hot tubs under the stars and saunas before bed. Outdoor showers and compost loos. Cooking for thirty people on an open log fire. Learning to swing dance, relearning the can-can, recognising the playford dancing, attempting belly dancing and going to a creative writing group. Fetching wood and water daily. Sewing buttons onto a piece of material to spell “Sublime”.

There would have been more, but I've been in a hippy haze of lovely loveliness (dehydration + dancing + sleep deprivation + hormones), and I came back to two awesome things.

Firstly, Swan Made was accepted for the Fairy Tales Anthology! It's a sort of second teir acceptance, which explains why they took so long getting back to me - the anthology has been split in two, one m/m stories and one f/f. They've put out a call for more f/f stories, so I might enter that too!

Secondly, the Beeb posted this article this morning. Unlike the Cambodia one from 2005 and the H1Z1 article from this year, this is actually a genuine BBC article. About the research of a man called Robert Smith? (to distinguish himself from Robert Smith of The Cure). Someone on JournalFen even linked me a copy of the actual report.

Plus I've had two days off work, in theory to get everything sorted post holiday. I've washed all my clothes, emptied my inbox and bought food, but mostly I've slept in nice and late and watched Hammer Horror films. :)

What's everyone else been up to?

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18/7/09 05:54 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
The Now Show lifted exactly the same HYS quotes as Speak Your Branes (obviously not all of the ones SYB picks up, but all of the ones in the Now Show had previously appeared on SYB). I'm disappointed, really.

Anyway, I recall owing some HG Wells recs ^_^ An excuse to waffle about a favourite author?
Read more... )

Preface to the 1941 Edition

Here in 1941 The War in the Air is being reprinted once again. It was written in 1907 and first published in 1908. It was reprinted in 1921, and then I wrote a preface which also I am reprinting. Again I ask the reader to note the warnings I gave in that year, twenty years ago. Is there anything to add to that preface now? Nothing except my epitaph. That, when the time comes, will manifestly have to be: 'I told you so. You damned fool.' (The italics are mine.)


(The italics are his)

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1/1/09 11:03 pm
minervasolo: (yay)
I would like to take a moment to spam every jounral I own squee about having Trapped accepted by Flashes in the Dark, a horror flashfic blog. Response time was about half an hour! It'll appear on the 23rd of Jan.

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23/11/08 06:57 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
Missed mininano again yesterday, so I'm determined not to make it two days in a row.

110 words

Read more... )

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7/11/08 08:30 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
I am writing something for mini nano. I don't know what, but I really have to actually do this.

First four words from Top Gear, because.

blah blah blah )

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5/11/08 04:53 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
Writing for mininano. The point is to write every single day, rather than to a end total, and it doesn't matter what you write or whether its all one project. I pledged a hundred words a day, and since its Bonfire Night tonight, I'm brainvomiting here! Inspired by a the_literatzzi prompt, and one of the rememberance day ads on TV.

141 words )

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19/3/08 09:32 am
minervasolo: (Dis Read)
So LJ is run by bastards, and IJ is eye-bleedingly ugly, and JournalFen is all about the comms. None of these are things that are making my happy right now.

LibraryThing pleases me, though.

It's quite sweet, really. You catalogue your own books, and you can get reccomendations based on them, see how many other people I have them (I am one of only two people to have Roman York, for example, and one of ten and a half thousand to the The Odyssey), read reviews and summaries, and generally just have mutual booksquee. Adding books can be a bit of a pain if, like me, you tend to buy second hand and from British publishers. But you can search by ISBN, which really helps (especially if you persuade Amazon to list everything you've ever purchased from them, which is why my list is mainly made up of course books). They've borrows CSS Zen Garden's idea for a hihgly customisable user interface, too, which is nice ^_^
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Been reading [livejournal.com profile] rionaleonhart's post about writing strengths/weaknesses. It's quite fun to analyse your own stuff, trying to avoid the Dunning-Kruger effect. I am, overall, quite happy with my writing, though I feel I lack any kind of concrete style, so this is a fairly self-deprecating list (I'm arrogant enough to start out assuming I'm perfect, and so this is me picking holes in that).

- I like to think I'm fairly good at both dialogue and description, but I can't do both at once. People have conversations in voids, or hang out in scenery with nothing but indirect speech to tide them over. Mushing together tends to end up with something along the lines of:

"Dialogue," he verbed, actioning.

"Dialogue dialogue," she verbed adverbly, actioning in scenery. "Dialogue."

He improbably-verbed, "Dialogue." He actioned.

Characters either hang in space for the entire the conversation, or accompany every sentence with some form of fidget. I also can't handle a conversation between more than three people; characters go completely mute. Council scenes in Greenhelm are a pain, because there are just too many characters, all of whom ought to be saying something relevant (often the same thing, or over the top of each other). This is why some of them tend to fall asleep, or sulk.

Also, it's the same actions over and over. All the show-don't-tell has left me with a group of actions that I use as shorthands for emotions, but they don't always show the same emotion (which is realistic, but when the one character uses the same action twice in one conversation for two different things, and another uses it in response for something else entirely, it's kinda meaningless). Characters are constantly tilting and cocking their heads, chewing on their lips, and tugging on their own hair. I have to watch myself to make sure I don't use any of them more than once in a section, and not by multiple different people in a chapter. All my characters are bald with terrible neck strain and ragged lips.

Also, improbable verbs and adjectives. Which, later, I can't remember why I used. Sometimes it's cool, but a lot of them time they just feel like typos. I just get sick of words like "said" and "asked".

And I continue... )

Your go! Also, comment. Am I right about myself?

Simultaneous speech. How do you convey it without priviledging one statement over the other? Or am I asking the impossible for text?

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18/2/08 07:17 pm
minervasolo: (Dis Read)
I've been meaning to write post about why I like genre fiction. I much prefer it to, well, non-genre fiction. I'm not terribly fussy about what genre, either; scifi and fantasy, horror, romance etc. Genre fiction is, it's true, formulaic; you know roughly what's going to happen. This means, to write it well and keep it gripping, you have to be really good. And it's so satisfying when it's done right; more so, I find, than more avant garde fiction.

musing on genre fiction, and really cool animals )

That got... long. I should have stuck to waffling about squid, really. Squid are damn cool.

There's also a very good show on BBC3 about a werewolf and a vampire that work in a hospital and find thesleves renting a flat that's haunted. With added Ho-Yay. XP

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15/2/08 10:03 am
minervasolo: (Dis Classics)
I have been writing Roman slash. There's Horace/Virgil/Propertius (where Propertius is Captain Jack Harkness, since that's the point of [livejournal.com profile] sodomy_central) and Horace/Virgil. The two fics aren't related, except in theme. There's nothing too explicit in either, but lots of reference to Roman debauchery and Roman poets' physiques.

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4/1/08 06:01 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
So, I wrote an article on UK copyright for the magazine, which was huge and unweildy and a little rambly, so I lopped off the case studies. I'll rework them into an article for next issue (the Lexicon case having gone to court then, which'll help), but I thought you guys might be a little interested in a few examples of extreme stupidity. Sorry about the style; unpolished article can be a little grating, I know. I hadn't really thought that I wrote differently for lj/articles/fiction etc, but I really do. There's not the number of links I'd put into a web thing either, since a paper article full of links tends to be a bit clunky.

plagiarism )

Fanfiction )

Harry Potter and the Lexicon )

Anyway, I just though you guys might find these interesting, since I know a lot of people won't have heard about the Lori Jareo and Lanaia Lee fiascos (unlike the Lexicon, which hit national news). I will rewrite this for the summer issue of the magazine, hopefully incudin the results of the Lexicon case. If you spot any glaring errors, do point them out ^_^
minervasolo: (BaT writing)
Idea for series of articles for WSAAC: I can't get you published, but I can help you avoid getting mocked )

Just playing with ideas. Any suggestions for further links and resources are welcome. I've lost my manuscript format links, if anyone happens to have any good ones.

Reading the comments here has left me with a terrible desire to send tea bags with my covering letter for Greenhelm, whenever it's in a state to have a covering letter. It's not chocolate, but it is memorable, and Ilike to think it's the kind of story that'd go well with a nice cup of tea and a comfy chair. Also, I feel sorry for the people who have to plow through all those manuscripts.

fic fractions

21/4/07 09:45 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
His body moved on one plane only, shoulders first, hips following that fraction of a second afterwards. Slink left, slink right. Eyes closed. The lights began to strobe, blue, and he flickered like an old film. They went out, came back on; he was gone.

It grew dark behind her eyes - she let her eyelids bat a few times to make certain of which light was fading - and she fell, graceless, backwards. The water was cold, but that was alright: she was losing sensation anyway. In enveloped her, slower, thicker, more viscious, than it ought to be. It folded over her in navy waves, and she was gone.

Request something. Anything. I will write. Please?

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13/3/07 09:06 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven't gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven't gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.

That story with the Girls and the Wizard's House. (p5, since I'm only up to p12 in the notebook)
She focused on the content of her mother's pockets again, to distract herself. Lipstick. A Handkercheif. A penny. Two paperclips and a bit of cotton.

Greenhelm. (p123 - a section I haven't reached in the edit yet)
Galahad grimaced, unseen. Just talking of marriage raised questions he couldn’t put into words about Greenhelm and the curse. He kissed the top of her shoulder blade, wrapping an arm around her waist to draw her almost into his lap. She resisted.

I'd do Jack and Will, but since I've been posting so much of that recently, there's no real point. I have several other WiPs, but none I've touched in a fairly long time.

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3/12/05 07:36 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
I have been in the mood to write something all day, but I've completely lacked the inspiration. And the motivation, in all honesty. And, let's face it, I really ought to be doing my reading for Monday.

Still, I might as well have a go.

This is, technically, Cambridge Latin Course fanfic. I studied the CLC at school, and Quintus Caecilius Iucundus was far and away my favourite character.

A potted history of Quintus, which isn't entirely necessary to the story )

There are a few technical latin terms knocking about (such as impluvium, which was a small pool in the hall, situated beneath a hole of the same size in the ceiling, that was kept full with rain water), but most of it should make sense. It's fun doing the research for this again. I don't think you really need to know the above to work out what's going on: Quintus is a Pompeii survivor living in the North of England. He has no friends or family there.

Life after Flight 1 )

1 is probably a misnomer, but you never know. There might be more of this. I think Quintus is going to get rather ill (which would be a good reason for him not ratting out Salvius sooner).

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7/10/05 12:31 pm
minervasolo: (Default)
So i can't do polls, but I still want to do this!

Type 'your name' needs into Google, inside quotation marks )

That's insanely fun. It's like googling your own name (mine always comes up with a 1920s silent movie star), but more surreal. I kinda want to see that play now!

I've spent the morning reading Chaucer. I've promised myself 80 pages a day. Most of it I enjoy, but the 'moral' tales are just lost on me. I can't actually see the moral in either the Knight's Tale or the Man of Law's. The humorous tales actually have more of a kick at the end, with regards to wrong doing. And the Knight just goes on and on and on and on and on! I also decided I'd get essay done this afternoon, then go swimming and go to writers. I spent several hours last night writing, for the first time in a long time. It's the kids story I started at Dance Camp, and this is the first time I've picked it up since. 23 pages handwriten now, and a bump on my finger from holding the pencil for so long. Both the character voices and the authorial voice jump about all over the place (usually in accordance with what was on TV at that point), but I'm pleased with the plot. It's one of the first things I've written where I really consider this to be a draft, since there's so much I want tochange when I type it up. However, I have to hold off doing that because if I do I'll never finish it, since it's partly the fact its on paper that is helping the creative juices. Which means it won't be appearing at writersgroup any time soon, alas.

Ugh. On to essay. though first: What time and where is swimming this afternoon, again?
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