(You don't have to contribute of course, but I would appreciate it if you read! ♥)

Today I am going to tell you about this Thing that is happening! It is Royal Archivist, which in their own words:

Royal Archivist publishes speculative fiction in various mediums set in a shared universe that explicitly invites and is impacted by fan contributions. We see ourselves not so much as a publishing company, but as a storytelling company, producing fiction, setting-expanding guidebooks, sequential art, roleplaying scenarios, regular columns, audio works and more, all tied together by our setting and the contributions of our fans.

We believe that by creating in a wide variety of media, we open the door to both a greater number and greater diversity of contributors. From the beginning, it has been our goal to see our shared universe populated by characters traditionally underrepresented in fiction, speculative or otherwise. Expect to see protagonists who are also people of color. Expect non-traditional gender roles, and non-traditional genders. Expect us to be a place that your story can be told. Join us, and expect more from our world.

IT IS PRETTY COOL STUFF. WE'RE ALL PRETTY EXCITED FOR IT. (I am not actually one of the founders or anything, but I am in fact friends with 95% of the people working on this project, and am in fact making contributions as a writer and content provider. FAIR CAVEAT.) Watching stuff is kind of like watching something growing up straight from a tiny little seed and it's really cool okay!!

At this point in time they have a Kickstarter Project ongoing, to basically get the monetary push they need to start hiring artists. They're about two-thirds of the way there and have a deadline of March 1st, so there's still time! It's still exciting! And once it gets off the ground, they'll be looking for submissions that fit their interests, which you can see in this here handy FAQ.

Basically this is a really cool project by some really amazing people, and I am excited for this beyond even the tiny bits that I am contributing. So if you guys have the inclination, please give them a look, read up on their current literature, and see if you think it's something you'd like to contribute to.

There's a song with that line, too, and it's hideously catchy. :(

I am in that horrible place where I really want to write! but at the same time, everything I have to write is just ... not pinging me. :( I'm still excited for all of it, especially the [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_challenge pieces among the other things I have, but when I try to actually focus on them, my attention goes wandering and my brain decides to get lost on the road to coherency. Even really good ideas and suggestions barely seem to skim the level of my distraction; I would ask for prompts, but I'm afraid of dropping the ball because I would just putter out and be like :V instead. It feels a lot like when you have a horrible craving for one specific food, and while you can and do eat other stuff and you get full from it, it's not nearly as satisfying as getting what you actually wanted, only with the added dimension of WHAT IS IT DO I REALLY WANT, ANYWAY. Help, I have 2000 words to write tonight and NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT. ;o;


Man, I feel like I was going to make another point whenever I got around to posting again, but I've forgotten it entirely. Possibly it involved my cat.
nekokoban: (バカバカバカ)
( Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:17 pm)
Case in point: I normally log into work as soon as I get in and my computer is booted up! TODAY, FOR SOME REASON, I DID NOT! And as a result it was something like 9:30 (a good forty minutes after I'm in at work) and I happen to rewindow in my tabs--and oh! Hey! GUESS WHAT I HAD NOT DONE. And we can't edit our time cards, a manager has to do that, and mine's in training today--so I shoot off a quick email and am like fffff, self, you're brilliant. /o\ Luckily, I guess she had a break where she could access her email, so she fixed it for me, but. Man. :( I have never made that mistake ever, and hopefully won't make it again. ;o;

In other news, I think I have figured out what it is that always bothers me so much, the first few times I try to write fic for a new fandom: I am so bad at figuring out where to set things. :( I mean, original fiction, it's cool! It's my world and my characters, I can handwave and say it happened in the year 200X and adjust things to suit my tastes. BUT IN FANFIC! Man, I think recently I have been sort of self-conscious about writing character pieces set in the middle of a scene, which is sad, because that is something I think I am good at! It is a style and a pacing and a thingy that I am good at see how eloquent I am, durhurr! But. I sort of feel like I want to expand, and do more things that have--plots? Do stuff that stands a bit more independantly alone? BUT THEN WHERE IS PLACE. Once I'm more comfortable in a fandom, it's relatively easy to handwave places, especially when the canon itself allows for openings--but even then, it takes me a bit to get adjusted.

It's weird, because in some cases it is a matter of the character voices or the style of the narrative or any number of things--but I think it ultimately boils down to "where do I put this? does it happen before X, after Y, or can I appropriately handwave it off at Z? WHAT AM I EVEN DOING." Then there's the whole "I want to write X, but I'm pretty sure it would only have the chance to happen BEFORE the series began, but we don't have enough backstory for me to really have anything to go with, just a gut feeling and niggling inspiration." I AM LOOKING AT YOU, AYANAMI/LAB.

While I'm at it, fffff I need to start working on pacing more. Dear self, stop skipping ahead and not fleshing things out; just because things are laid out in detail in your head does not mean that the people reading can fill in the gaps. :(

NaNo wordcount stands at roughly 6050, which I am satisfied with thus far. Write or Die is my glorious, glorious friend. Especially the desktop version, where my WPM is a lot more dismal than my general typing WPM, but is still cool to look at! NEXT GOAL IS TO GET IT UP TO AT LEAST 40.

Also what is with this gorgeous, gorgeous weather we've had lately. PLEASE TO BE STAYING THIS WAY, SEATTLE! You can rain at night and be beautiful in the day, I am totally fine with this.

Also also x2: I have this sudden urge for drama CDs with Fukuyama Jun in them. I have the 07-Ghost ones, but I have no BL ones and then NOTHING ELSE. This is a tragedy! If anyone has others, I hope they will have pity on me and share. :(
nekokoban: (ル~ル~ル~)
( Oct. 28th, 2009 09:47 pm)
* Man I want to post/comment more just so I can USE THE ICONS I HAVE. Is that such a bad thing?


* Sometimes I think I'd like to do the food blogging thing, only a) I don't take any sort of decent photos and I'm not really big on the PRETTY PLATING as long as something tastes good b) my way of cooking or instructing for it essentially boils down to "some of this and some of that and maybe a bit of this;" I'm not really big on concrete recipes c) I tend to be eat the same thing over and over when I really like something, which would get boring relaly fast. Hrm hrm.

* People should download this album, and THEN they should download THIS album. I pimped The Protomen on my LJ before, but while the second album was released back in ... June? July? I only heard of it and got it last week. WHICH I THINK IS A SHAME, because ffffffff. It's interesting, because I actually normally hate hard/heavy metal types of music, but I really love the songs from both of these albums. I'm not sure if I would say "if you're a Megaman fan, download these!" because I understand the games are really bright and cheerful and not intensely deep--whereas the world painted in these two albums (the second is actually a prequel to the first, even though it has the "intermission" track) is this dark dystopian future where one man has pretty much taken over the entire world and grinds humanity under his heel with the help of his ever-watchful robot army. Are there heroes left in man?

Also the first album becomes considerably darker in tone in light of Act II, because it's like. Fffff how it ends--we know it must inevitably end, to lead into Act I, but given how Act I ends, it's tremendously bleak. BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAY "The Hounds" is an amazing track that is like. The epitome of the kind of attitude that goes into the whole "woman in the refridgerator" phenomenon and it's hard to say whether he'd actually ever intended to do what he did, no matter what the album's notes say. fffffffff and it's really catchy, too.


* IN ANTIDOTE, this is the other song I have been listening to, when I'm not listening to the Protomen. FAIR WARNING, unless you're [livejournal.com profile] oftendistracted, you may be a bit offput by this song, since most people I know tend to have the most \o_O/ reaction to Miku's voice. I used to be like that too, then I listened to Love Is War too many times and now I really like Miku. Ffff. /o\ But this one is cute and bippy and I love the video, even though it reuses footage after the first half. I want an icon of Neru breaking a leek on Miku's head.

* I gave my cat chicken with his kibble tonight and he started PURRING SO LOUDLY!!1111 as soon as he realized what I was scattering in his bowl. People have commented that he has a really tiny meow and purr, especially compared to certain other cats that people in the area have, but they have never heard him when it comes to his TRUE LOOOOOVE, chicken.

* I HAVE AN HERB GARDEN; whether or not it will survive me will remain to be seen. However, I have rosemary which is my favorite herb ever, so I don't have to buy it--score. :3 Also some catgrass for Merlin, I'm really hoping they'll grow. /o\ I SEE SOME SPROUTS?! But who knows if they'll be enough that I could feed him. XD WE'LL SEE.

* My costume idea for Halloween is going to be terrible. Blame [livejournal.com profile] harukami, guys, IT IS ALL HER FAULT. :'D


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