October 13th, 2011

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

Mishmash of my boring day

My days sometimes take on such a pattern of sameness that I question what I could possibly say here that might be interesting. Because while it was a good, productive day, to outsiders it would look very boring. Laundry, writing, made a necklace during the day; curled up and read a novel this evening (nothing even very good, a historical romance that gave me a headache).

I overslept this morning. Like until 9am, which just doesn't happen to me anymore. I blame fall break, and the fact that Tom Hopper was in my dreams. Not in a great way, unfortunately, and not alone. He and his girlfriend were babysitting our kids (and man, did that make me feel old, lol), and he was trying to pitch a business idea to Craig for him to pursue now that Merlin is done shooting. Totally lame, but I think my subconscious was so excited about dreaming about him, it didn't want it to end, no matter how lame it was, lol.

Was tonight's X Factor a repeat of last week's second Boot Camp for anybody else? We were kind of disappointed because the description said it was supposed to be at the judge's homes.

I realized this morning that I'm only 14 pounds away from where my low was after I lost the weight after Alex was born. I can totally get to that, maybe even by Christmas since that's still 9 weeks away. That's not my final goal, but it's a major milestone for me anyway. I'm excited about seeing it closer on the horizon.
btvs - spike write: sdwolfpup

Fic meme, Day Seventeen

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the story? Also, if you do chaptered story, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Easy, no, but for my longer stories, I love the search for coming up with the perfect title. I play with the thesaurus, I do google searches when I hit upon a phrase I like, I merge and twist words until I find a combination that sings to me. Oddly enough, I rarely do this with short stories. I'm not sure why. Sometimes, the title comes before the idea. "Rhapsody in Oil" was that way, as was "Beg the Liquid Red." But 9 times out of 10, I can't even start a story without having the title first.

For my longer Buffy fics, too, titling the chapters always happened before I wrote a word. I found a theme and ran with it. Big band song titles, Sting lyrics, lines from Keats...I've used a wide variety. Probably the only reason I don't do that anymore is because of the time involved. I don't have it in abundance any longer, and would much rather just get to writing than spend a week just doing titling. No, I'm not kidding about how long it took me. I did go back to doing that on the story I was going to write for the Merlin bigbang, but when Haven ran away with me, that got shelved anyway. I don't know if I'll get back to it or not.

But...love titles/titling. Love titled chapters. I might bitch and moan about not being able to title something, but deep down, once I've hit upon the perfect one, I love it all.

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