Writerly Notions: fanfiction and revision

Something that has always puzzled me is how people who write original fiction find time to write fanfiction.

In my case, if I’m going to write, say, a 5k word story, it will take (generously) 8 to 9 months, including writing and revision. And that’s if I’m only focused on that writing project. Why would I take 2/3rd of a year to write fanfiction? And then if I wrote a fanfic bordering on novel-length…

I’ve always been impressed with fanfic writers. But I can’t wrap my head around how I could ever do that because of the time involved. If I’m going to write/revise a story, I need to focus on that story. If I try to balance, say, three stories, the progress is much slower.

I mean, to be fair, my writing ration to my revision ration is 3x or more. That is, if it takes me 3 months to write a novel, it will take me 9 months to revise it. Though if I’m honest, it’s a bit of a puzzle to calculate.

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#6: NOT Like Everyone Else

I’ve begun to realize that some people or generally people:

  • Assume everyone is like you
  • I assume no one is like me (not because I’m special (though I used to be/believed) but that I’m terrible/no one’s as terrible as me)

If people are like, I’m not uber special but I’m not scum; I’m a unique multi-dimensional identity, like the way I try to conceptualize others.

I think NOT: isn’t everyone like this. But: no one is like me (with some exceptions of privileges and looks and conditions)


Disclaimer: these are my uneducated opinions. I am not an expert. I only have strong, persistent opinions, acquired from listening to others, living life, and reading. If anyone notices any errors or misuse of words and meaning, let me know and I will correct any post or information.

Written 8/16/17

#5: Pacifism v. Passivity / Copying

Pacifism doesn’t mean being passive; it doesn’t mean you submit. It’s still about resistance. Violence isn’t always resistance, but resistance should have an active element.

Since the year started, I’ve been trying to figure out how to act.

I tried to follow what others were doing.

I tried to copy others. Because what else is the world but copying? There’s the you at school, where you follow rules (sometimes leading to frustrated or unhappy results), do what’s expected, and there’s you at home, where you do what you want, act how you want. Additionally for me, there’s the impulse to be liked. And being liked means (and meant in college) being in-sync and agreeable to those around me. This stems from fear of being other and outcast

I tried to do what I could money-wise without having lots of money to spend. Then I stopped and thought: what would I do if I was me? And this is that.


Disclaimer: these are my uneducated opinions. I am not an expert. I only have strong, persistent opinions, acquired from listening to others, living life, and reading. If anyone notices any errors or misuse of words and meaning, let me know and I will correct any post or information.

Written 8/16/17 + 8/31/17

# 4: In Another’s Body

Sometimes I’m struck by people’s occasional inability to imagine themselves as not-themselves — in another body or with a different life. And while no one can know another’s person’s experiences, the act of thinking outside yourself….that isn’t normal?

I did that sometimes when I was a kid. Mostly derived, I believe, from physical differences between me and other people. But also, in general play. Being not-me (being a character, I suppose) was part of the fun of playing.

This idea can be extended to stories and situations of strangers. Like, I don’t know what’s going on with people but I try to trust them and give them the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know. How can I get super critical of people if I don’t even know what’s going on? Context is key, my friend.

How much I apply this principle to people I know personally and how I conceptualize the difference as me-imagining it rather than difference-not-me, are aspects I need to think on.

I feel like if people did this — fit themselves into imagined awareness different from their own and recognized that the stories of someone far exceed what someone can know in daily interaction with strangers — people would be less narrow-minded and bigoted. Cause if you look at all the crime and violent and deaths that have been mounting and thinking how would that feel, not as you, but the experience… How could you not see the humanity in people? (This question is directed at neo Nazi fascists, specifically.)

I’ve always had this impulse to slam logic arguments on neo-Nazi’s or set up questions in a way that it expresses the fallacy of their values.


Disclaimer: these are my uneducated opinions. I am not an expert. I only have strong, persistent opinions, acquired from listening to others, living life, and reading. If anyone notices any errors or misuse of words and meaning, let me know and I will correct any post or information.

Written 8/16/17 + 8/31/17

 

Toothiana Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies

The Guardians: Book Three

by William Joyce

“Katherine’s strength had been greater than there’s” (Joyce, 226).

Chapter Fourteen – Chapter Thirty

Well, originally when I re-read The Guardians of Childhood back in 2012, my aim was to go through each book, and use my close reading notes and responses to the text to create the posts. I made it through Book 1 and Book 2 and a third way through Book 3 (even though I posted them much later), when I ran out of steam.

This occurrence — having an goal and running out of inertia for it — is pretty common for me. Maintenance of anything that requires interactive expectation can be difficult. Or, you know, keeping my interest on a subject that isn’t one of my major interests is hard. Or, in this case, maintaining a regular pattern for writing about books can only hold my attention for so long (or if I feel mentally dynamic enough to write about them).

(This is likely why this blog has floundered; it began with a lot of book responses and I only have so much time to care about writing about books I read, let alone having the time to cartmentalize my thoughts into a coherent readable structure.)

Basically, I won’t be finishing Book 3 the way I intended. The thought of having to write (and edit) four more posts makes me want to throw this whole project against the wall. But I don’t want to just throw it away. So, I’m going to summarize why I do like Book 3, but without all the little details. So…

Chapter Fourteen to Chapter Sixteen would have covered: The plot to get the tooth and along with it Katherine’s memory of her parents. Nightlight and Katherine meet Toothiana.

Chapter Seventeen to Chapter Twenty would have covered: Katherine is captured. The guardians meet Toothiana. Katherine is going to become a Darkling Princess. Toothiana’s wing is broken

Chapter Twenty-One to Chapter Thirty would have covered: The Guardians plot their rescue of Katherine. The appearance of Mother Nature. And little details and thoughts, as well as the climax and conclusion.

Spoilers below!

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#3: Both Sides Incongruity 

More Charlottesville thoughts

Why does “both sides have a point” dismantle the baseline truth that lives were (and are) threatened for existing.

Think about that.

It’s like if someone decided to kill certain animals for a rotary traits, like color or lifestyle.  dog with spots because those animals aren’t as good (i.e. deemed inferior). In the USA, for example, the general narrative and attitude is that universally dogs are good. (For the most part. All dogs except dogs that are too “violent” or are deemed “dangerous” by appearance or history, e.g. Rottweilers and pit bulls.) The idea that specific appearance of dogs should be exterminated should seem absurd and disturbing. Because it is. Or it should be. But it’s okay if people do that to other people?

I’m sorry about the metaphor. It’s the best example I could think that took into account USA generalism (“we love dogs”) and the shock-contrast of selective murder.

I love (non-human) animals; they’re easier to understand than people. Now I don’t believe animals are emotionally pure. They can be petty and jealous and crafty and ingenious. But certain humans are incredible for cognitively thinking murder as good. I don’t mean serial killers and such. I mean those people who, for all intents, seem sensible and successful and willing to kill whole groups of living, unique individuals.

It’s frightening that certain people see no incongruity between killing another human and not killing another human because…. Who knows? Since I can’t wrap my mind around why anyone would authentically, truthfully, sincerely, honestly murder Jewish people, black people, lgbtan+ people, and so on, let alone allies who defend them. Wanting to kill people, in a sincere ideological way, is still murder.

The next batch will post the first week of September.


Disclaimer: these are my uneducated opinions. I am not an expert. I only have strong, persistent opinions, acquired from listening to others, living life, and reading. If anyone notices any errors or misuse of words and meaning, let me know and I will correct any post or information.

Written 8/16/17 + 8/17/17 + 8/25/17

#2: Survival Threat Paradox

Thoughts on Charlottesville. This was originally going to be my first post, but the solar eclipse was too fitting not to post first.

Why is the “don’t meet violence with more violence” only directed at people who have been threatened? Imagine a close-knit neighborhood and a person waving a gun runs in, shouting about killing everyone in the neighborhood. The neighbors drive the person away through force, but the neighbors are the ones who are too violent?

Animals (which humans are — and if even you see animals as separate from humans, this is still true) will defend against survival threats. Any organism (and in certain situations, the organism’s network of bonds: social, emotional, kinship ties), when threatened or in danger, will not lay down and let it happen. This doesn’t have to be violent, per se, but even bacteria adapt to they will survive. And I seriously doubt humans wouldn’t too. But only humans have ideologies that discrimination and violence.

This is nothing new in the United States; Survival threats have been building for years.


Disclaimer: these are my uneducated opinions. I am not an expert. I only have strong, persistent opinions, acquired from listening to others, living life, and reading. If anyone notices any errors or misuse of words and meaning, let me know and I will correct any post or information.

Written 8/16/17 + 8/17/17 + 8/19/17