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11 January 2008 @ 03:25 pm
writerly frustration  

At first, there was way too much exposition. This is an issue of mine, especially at the beginning of long stories. I usually mark it in blue as something for getting rid of later, but to make sure the same information is somewhere else first. Otherwise, I've been known to take out what is rather ... important. Because, after all, I know it, so it's in there. Right? er, not always.

The second try was constantly interrupted and it's all chopped up and non-flow-y. grr.

But anyway, this particular scene is annoying because it's fundamental to the emotional arc of the WHOLE STORY. This is, essentially, the first crack in a rather elaborate facade, and it has to be in just the right place and in the right way, or (to continue the metaphor), the piece is going to break in the wrong place. And we can't have our characters breaking in the wrong place, can we? No, because then they find comfort from the wrong person, and that's JUST NOT DONE.

Anyway, it's been fun to work on my own stuff for the last few days. I love prompts and ficathons, but this one is SO much more ME.

Which is probably half the reason I'm so reluctant to finish it and let it go in the wild. It's like a giant personal Lizardbeth fanfic fetish all in one place.

I got a book in the mail for this story, and Mr. Liz raised his brows when he saw it, but smart man, asked, "This is for fanfic, isn't it?" Just because I have a personal library on refugees, torture, and PTSD because of this story .... (not to mention period costumes, pre-modern technology, Byzantine urban planning, early US Colonial history, and etc. ad infinitum for other projects, both original and fanfic)

How much do non-fiction authors (and amazon) make from fanficcers doing research, I wonder?


And lastly... though not as gratuitous as you might think:


The best thing to come out of my attempt at the interests collage.
Havochavocthecat on January 12th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
I really can't wait 'til this story is done, just based on what I've heard in this post.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on January 12th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
heh. well, this story has a whole lot of factors in it which most fic readers aren't going to like in one story (oh, boy, a minor character pairing, het and slash-- the list is just endless!)

So if you don't end up reading it, I'll be sad, but I'll understand. :)
Havochavocthecat on January 12th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I write tons of Kate Heightmeyer fic, and she's been in, what, five eps? I so feel your pain. But my curiosity is piqued now!
lizardbeth: Maleklizardbeth_j on January 12th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Five eps? hA, that's like a regular character to me. *g*

But since you're curious, the saga begins here:

Tok'ra Allegiance , which as I so cleverly titled it, is the POV of the Tok'ra Malek during 'Allegiance'. In writing that, I created a host that TOOK OVER MY BRAIN. Did I mention the minor character? Yes? *g*

In the second story (an AU S.8, in which all the Tok'ra but Malek and Jacob are killed), Sam and Malek start a relationship in the middle of a mission to find a daughter that Egeria hid away.

This one I'm working on deals with the consequences of that, plus brings in Baal and the Free Jaffa as enemies. It's much longer and far more complicated than all the rest.

And sorry, babbling. My baby, can you tell? :)