Archive for August, 2003

A Kiss, Etc., Etc.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

By way of Jerie:

“You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss.”
Your romance is Casablanca.
A classic story of love in trying times, chock full of
both cynicism and hope. You obviously believe in true love,
but you’re also constantly aware of practicality and societal expectations.
That’s not always fun, but at least it’s realistic.
Try not to let the Nazis get you down too much.

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Preferences to Go

Monday, August 18th, 2003

Word count: 100

Instead of writing more than my daily drabble, I’ve been working on the site preference picker. So far it does everything - saves your preferences, displays your chosen style, etc., but only for the one demo page. Soon, though, it will work for all story pages.


Sunday, August 17th, 2003

Word count: 100

As the word count indicates, I have a new drabble up: We Call Them Angels, for the first-season episode “Enigma.”

“Enigma” was wonderful - now I know that the Clone Christopher Plummer movement is in full swing. If I were the obsessing type, I’d be googling Garwin Sanford right now. Instead, I’ll just contemplate future Sam/Narim fic.

A World Lit Only by Fire

Saturday, August 16th, 2003

Word count: negative

The cool title is stolen, in honor of the blackout. We had power here in Boston; my personal experience of our Third World infrastructure consists of not being allowed to run an air conditioner off the Third World electrical wiring in my apartment building, frequently being unable to dial out on my modem because of the Third World phone wiring, and driving over the many condemned bridges and overpasses of Massachusetts.

I grew up in the First World; I’m not sure where it went.

I did lose about 150 words editing Colony, but my first draft of the Revised, Expanded Version is done. It’s a weird draft - some parts are complete as they stood in 2000, some parts are complete from 2002, and a few parts may even be complete from this month. Other parts are barely more than a paragraph and some directions, or raw talking-head dialogue.

What marks the draft as complete is the presence of 97 scenes corresponding to the 97 couplets in Locksley Hall. The original Colony used only scattered, appropriate couplets as inscriptions; part of my crazy scheme to rewrite Colony was to use the whole poem, in order. I’m surprised how many couplets still match their scenes.

Colony was 34,000 words when I posted it in 2000. As of today, it’s gained over 15,000 words, leaving about 30,000 to go for my goal of an average of 800 words per scene. I fully acknowledge that word and scene counts are no way to write a novel, but the more traditional method of waiting for the muse to drop a subplot in my lap was leading inexorably to the Borg, that last refuge of the uninspired.

Right now I need a break from Colony to pursue other fic. I think I’ll get back to it in late September or October for a second draft, if Stargate doesn’t distract me too much. I want it done in time to be eligible for the ASC Awards, although as a revision it may not be eligible at all.

Drabble Contest

Thursday, August 14th, 2003

Word count: 1410

I haven’t written my drabble for “Enigma” yet, but I stumbled across a drabble contest where you can win a free Gotham writing class. The deadline is August 27th. I’m guessing the winning entry won’t be a Stargate drabble.

The other 600 words for Seema went into a non-fiction article, not my fiction word count above. While surfing around for research, I noticed that quite a few domains are down (though not I suspect the big blackout.

Commonwealth Books

Wednesday, August 13th, 2003

Word count: 605

I was visiting the cult at Kenmore Square and there were all these book trucks out on the sidewalk by the Kenmore T entrance, in front of that weird replacement for the buildings that burned down. I bought a few hardcovers. If you’re passing through, Commonwealth Books is worth a look. It’s your basic college town used bookstore, the college being BU. I don’t know what happened to the Boylston location - this one is at 526 Comm Ave.

I saw the new Apple Store at Chestnut Hill recently and drooled over the 12″ PowerBooks. Rumor has it new PowerBooks will be out next week. I’m still looking for the PowerBook at the end of the rainbow.

This Girl a Bomb

Tuesday, August 12th, 2003

Word count: 1002

By way of Jerie:

Hee. You're a sweetie. *pat*
Hee. You’re a sweetie. *pat*

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Have I mentioned how much I like Stargate? “Singularity” was a sneaky, great episode, despite the lack of cheese. If there had been more cheese, then my drabble addition Proximity would have been a better fanfic; instead I just picked up on a theme that was right there in the open in the episode. Yes, a real, live theme, and Season 1 wasn’t even a good season!

Hand Your Planet Over to the Nice Lady

Monday, August 11th, 2003

Word count: 1010

Yet another drabble is up, Pheromones, based on the episode “Hathor.” I’ve seen “Hathor” before; though it’s not quite a Fish Story, there was a gratifying amount of cheese.

I was surprised at how quickly Hathor ran away from a fight. My theory is that the Goa’uld are too lazy and cowardly to take over a planet when there’s effort involved and they might, say, break a nail from overuse of the mortal-whomping ribbon device.

Or it could just be the cheese…

Fish Stories

Sunday, August 10th, 2003

Word count: 1137

Three new drabbles are up on the Stargate page, This Worm a God, Heliopolis Lost, and Fish Story.

I’ve also been working on the preferences database for, but that’s going more slowly than expected. I was hoping to write more, but I spent most of the day helping Veronica move. I didn’t know I was tired until I opened Colony and muddled through the first 300 words. Tuvok is behaving strangely…

Who’s Your Queen?

Saturday, August 9th, 2003

Word count: 100

When the 2003 Stargate SG-1 Fan Fiction Awards came out, I ignored the warning on Queen of the Amazons by SelDear telling me not to read the fic. I didn’t understand all that much of it. I was mainly attracted by the title, and I figured humor was universal, or at least that I’ll never get it if I don’t read more.

I’m finding that watching the show is more satisfying than reading the fanfic. I was worried for a while there that Stargate was just too good to fic - fanfic flourishes best in a cheesy atmosphere. My worries ended with “Fire and Water” - you can’t go right with the Creature from the Black Lagoon, character death, and unreasonable demands for information available for free in any public library.

While researching my forthcoming drabble, “Fish Story,” I found a cool Stargate mythology site, The Truth Behind Stargate SG-1, which had a random link to this Ninja mask lesson. I was unable to determine the connection to Stargate, but it’s funny.