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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm
Camp NaNoWriMo is coming! This July I hope to finish writing How Many Licks Does It Take, my Erotic Lesbian Fiction story. I previously had this almost done but then due to drama (this seriously isn't modeled after anyone, ffs) I had to redo the entire story and rewrite a vast majority of it. I've got about half of the rewrite done but this July I plan on finishing the rest of it. There should only be about 26K words left before it's complete. Wish me luck!
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Friday, June 9th, 2017 11:05 am
An interesting opportunity has come up. Someone contacted me with an intriguing plot to a story they would like me to help write for them. It's going to be a bit of a challenge as these aren't MY characters so I'll have to get to know them first. There's also some research that I'll need to do to learn the setting, cultural taboos for the area the story takes place, etc. I'm very excited about it though! The plot is something very different from any of my stories but it's definitely something I can do. Need to break out my writer's reference books too, this is going to take some subtlety...which I have extremely little of in real life. T_T Oh, well! Now is the time to pick up new tricks!
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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 12:36 pm
I would like to say that I've been doing a bunch of writing and there's an update soon to be posted! ....but I can't. The horrible truth is that most of my writing time has been spent on side stories that will never be read by anyone but myself and my writing buddy. Shameful, I know. It's just been easier to get those out then to finish what I've already started. Something I need to get out of my head, right? Something is better than nothing so I'm going to post this (just because I need to post something on here, the last one was in April! ACK!) Then I'm going to put together an update. It may not be for one of my current stories but it will be something and a step back in the right direction!
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 12:51 pm
I'm not that active on social media so when things change, I don't immediately notice them. I started out on Live Journal and came here to basically follow one of my favorite authors (Love you ID Locke! <3). Using this as kind of a blog just sort of happened so I just used cross-posting so I was fairly active on both here and Live Journal. Because of this, I did not realize their change in terms of services right away. Holy guacamole, those are so not good for smut writers or any writer that posts original works on there. >.<

So! I have deleted my Live Journal account. Then I read a post that the wonderful creators of Dreamwidth had put up to address the new people moving here from LJ. Have to say, I'm very impressed and grateful to them. It can't be easy sticking to their ideals. If you haven't had a chance to, go ahead and read it. It's sitting in your inbox and is worth it. At least, I thought so.

Alright, there has also been progress done in my writing! A bit on Favorite Form and How Many Licks. A smidge of a short story made it onto paper as well. Hopefully, I'll have something to post soon. The important thing though, I AM WRITING AND AVOIDING THE PENALTY! No sadistic Argentroses punishment for me! Here's to me keeping this up! ....Please, let me keep this up! She's mentioned making me watch The Host.... *shudder*
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Thursday, November 10th, 2016 03:57 pm
Not touching the elections, it's over and now we all go on with our lives. For me that means writing! I had some nice progress on Expectations, I might be able to post the next portion soon....ish. Hehe. Seriously though, I hope to have something up this week or early next.

I've also been playing with an idea. Updates to my regular stories have been all over the place but I want to get into a regular schedule again. To kind of help with that I was debating doing a regular little thing on Mondays. It would be a challenge that I read about on another site. I take some of my characters, put my music playlist on random, and write something involving those characters during the length of the song using the song as the theme. My music library is fairly eclectic so this could get weird (imagine pairing the Thorne Brothers and Flight of the Concords "You don't have to be a prostitute" O_O).

I probably won't start this until next month but the more I think about it the more I like it. Maybe start asking people to suggest character pairings. Should they be restrictive to their own "universe" or will crossovers be fun? Yup. I think this is a good idea. ^_^
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Sunday, November 6th, 2016 01:15 pm
National Novel Writing Month is here! Woohoo! I am already behind on my writing! Yes! Okay, I probably shouldn't be that enthusiastic over my lack of productivity...oh well! Friday was my birthday so screw it! ^_^ I'm happy anyway! Tomorrow is my day off so I can catch up then. Honestly, I'll be working on Expectations and Favorite Form. With all the followers that FF has, I feel really bad that it hasn't updated in so long. Expectations was supposed to be a Halloween short story and it is now past Halloween soooo...yeah. Need to get that one finished.

For the past year it's felt like I keep breaking my promises about what I'm going to update. I've been doing little drabbles here and there to avoid punishments from Argentroses but not real updates. That needs to change. No idea HOW I can change that realistically, just saying I'll work on it doesn't mean that said work will actually get done. Perhaps I'll take advantage of those sponsor offers and use that time management program. If I can identify where my time sinks are then I can plan around them. Perhaps make a schedule and stick to it? That sounds doable. We'll see how it works!
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Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 03:55 pm
Okay, I should probably be working more on finishing my Halloween short story and that other short story I posted but it's 9 days till November! You know what that means! National Novel Writing Month! XD

This year I will be attempting to finish Doors, the novel I had planned on writing my first NaNo... That didn't happen. It is 2016, though! This year I will be finishing the first draft! I'm a bit more experienced in the ways of NaNo now. This year I will also try to get other little snippets up but they won't be the priority. I might ACTUALLY get them done, though because they will be short stories about characters in my NaNo Novel.

In short, I am again promising to do more than I will likely be able to do during November. Huzzah!
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Sunday, October 16th, 2016 03:56 pm
This past Sunday was it! I married my sweetheart. Have to say, I didn't expect to get so choked up just listening to the Justice of the Peace give his spiel. I had suspected I'd get teary-eyed when it came down to repeating the vows, but I did not think I would be doing an impersonation of Niagara Falls! Goes to show what I know, right? The gravity of the moment just kinda hit me, I guess. To love, honor, and cherish. In sickness and in health. All that jazz. It's no longer just me, it's we. We're forming our own family. Tad bit overwhelming when that fact hits you.

Okay! Enough of that! This week there will be writing! I took off last week for the wedding but now the Punishment Game is back on! I'm a little indecisive on which story to work on, though. The Servant of the Windows or Expectations? There's also my poor neglected babies, Favorite Form and the others. Maybe I should put all the titles in a hat and pull... Bah. I'll figure something out.
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 11:55 am
August 28th was my last post? Oh wow, has it really been that long since I posted on here? Eep! I am still alive (not that I think there are many, if any, people reading this and were thus worried about me). I would love to say that I spent the last month or so writing and that there will be a flurry of updates to my stories but alas, I can't. The last month has been spent working and planning my wedding. Next weekend is the day! Woohoo!

I've been thinking back to where I was just 7 or so years ago and it's amazing to see where I am now. My mind isn't trapped going in those dark, poisonous circles anymore. Before you say anything, no it wasn't because of my honey. Well. Not entirely. He helped me get to a place and position where I was safe. Then he encouraged me to be me again. Not the person he thought I was or should be, me. The freedom and safety to be yourself is both overwhelming and a precious gift. Hopefully, over the rest of our lives, I'll be able to show him how much I appreciate and cherish him.

That's enough mushy stuff! There has been SOME writing done over the past month. Nothing ready for posting but I've also joined an online writing group, Scribophile. A lot of wonderful and friendly people on there with excellent advice. Some of my stuff is being posted on there (slowly since I have a hard time finding time to build up the Karma points I need to post) so hopefully I'll have an update in the near future. Some of the old stuff is also going up on there and may be edited. Okay! Back to work!
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Friday, July 29th, 2016 03:48 pm
There's some writing going on over here but it's across about three stories. For some reason my brain is hopping from story to story, even some pretty old ideas that I haven't even outlined yet. Yeesh. I was off yesterday and did I do any writing? Nope! Ended up sleeping and just goofing off. It was a nice break but I need to buckle down and get the next chapter out. It'll either be Favorite Form, Mirror Images, or How Many Licks. We'll see which one it is. :p
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Monday, July 18th, 2016 01:23 pm
I received an email from one of the writing websites that I post on. The message was positive and encouraging, telling me about an opportunity for me to be in the running for author mentoring with a writing coach. Great opportunity, right?

My first thought was, "I wonder how many other people got the same email and what their criteria for sending it out was because I know I don't have that many hits on that website."

My next thought was, "Maybe it's reader engagement that's the main indicator? I really hope it's somewhat selective or else that poor author coach is going to be going through quite a few manuscripts before making their choice."

A friend commented that I'm far too cynical and that my story is really good (my fiancee laughed and gave me a hug for thinking the same thing he was). I had to point out that as my friend she isn't obligated to tell me that. I know it needs work. Far from being cynical, I'm just trying to be practical. I know my story is entertaining to some but it needs a lot of polishing and elaborating on the world I've created for it...it's still an interesting opportunity though.

Eh, why the hell not? Let's see if I can stand out from the others in the pile. I'm still not sure what their criteria was while picking out who to send the invite to (or if they sent it to everyone O_O) but the worst that can happen is nothing. Now I need to get back to my writing!
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 03:34 pm
Sometimes I think the editing portion of a piece takes more effort than actually writing it. You've finished the story you wanted to get down and are so excited! You want to just put it up and share it with the world!
BUT. It's not ready yet. Having another pair of eyes (or several more pairs of eyes) look it over will improve things so much. I especially need those extra pairs of eyes, my dialogue tags are horrible. Granted I've gotten a lot better at it over the years but still, they can be pretty bad. There's also those awkward sentences or passages that no matter what I try still come out feeling weird. Time and another opinion irons those out.

I know all this. I've even told other writers that getting someone to proofread their stuff will make a profound difference. Regardless....I REALLY JUST WANT TO POST MY NEW CHAPTER!! XD Damn this impatience! It's been soooo loooong since I've updated Favorite Form and I just want to put it up! Gah! Need to focus my nervous energy on something else! Too twitchy to sit and work on the next chapter though. Too bright and beautiful outside to work on my horror short story. Maybe some vacuuming....
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Friday, June 17th, 2016 09:33 pm
Been a while since my last post. I need to keep up on this better. My only excuse is that living without a gallbladder is taking some getting used to. My fiance (that's the spelling for the guy, right?) is being really strict on what I eat. That's probably for the best because my writing buddy sent me a care package that includes various chocolates and some brownies. I'm on a low to no fat diet for a month. You can feel my pain, can't you?

Missing a week of work really hurts too. Need to do really good this weekend to make up for it. Also need to get my update done. Argentroses gave me a pass last week due to being in the hospital but I'll get no such mercy this week. I've been looking at my stories too and it's like gazing on my poor neglected children. Don't worry, my pretties. You'll all be updated soon. Sooooooooooon....

I also need to get off the pain meds. They may be making me loopy.
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 06:43 pm
Not sure why but all the ideas and inspiration I've been getting for one shots and short stories lately have had this horror story vibe or feel to them. That or I've felt pulled to work on the really heart wrenching (or gut wrenching) sections of my stories. Usually I do snippets of the future scenes to make sure I save whatever ideas I get for that scene but I write it sequentially. It's easier for me to keep the continuity in order like that. Not right now though! Weeeeiiiirrrrd. Oh well, hopefully it'll be out of my system soon.
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Thursday, May 12th, 2016 04:01 pm
I hate being sick. Feels like the virus or whatever is causing this is sucking the energy out of me. There are a billion and one things I could and probably should be doing right now but nope. I have barely enough energy to get to work and muddle through. Still...I need to get something down on paper. When I first started writing a little over a year ago (though it's more accurate to say I started taking my writing more seriously a little over a year ago) I was posting updates every week. Words were flowing and though they did need editing, it wasn't too hard to get them to come out.

Now I can stare at my screen for an hour and typing the words is like pulling teeth. They don't want to come out and when they do it's kind of ouch. Not the way I want them to be. I had gone on hiatus for a while after I started this job but getting back on track hasn't been that easy. Maybe I need to stop stressing out about this so much. The important thing is I'm still writing. Right? Doesn't matter if the words need work, that's what editing is for. It doesn't have to be perfect. I'm allowed to be awkward in a first draft. That's what first drafts are for.

The important thing is to not get discouraged. It's not going to happen overnight and it's probably better that way. If it were easy would it still be worth doing? So! Back to writing!
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Friday, March 25th, 2016 01:00 pm
I was sitting down trying to figure out what I should write when a conversation with a friend popped into my head. She had been reading an interview with a popular writer and the first question people wanted to ask her was "Where do you get your ideas from?" That question kind of flabbergasted both of us. We've never been struck with a time when we didn't have new ideas on what to write. Fleshing out and FINISHING the stories we get ideas on and writing them as eloquently as our minds envision these stories to be, that we're still working on. Coming up with the story ideas though? That part has never been difficult.

A conversation we have with someone else, random comment a friend makes, an interaction between strangers that we witness, those along with so many others provide ideas for stories. I try to jot down each idea as it comes to me so that I can work on them later, and believe me that there are so many poor neglected baby stories in my hard drive. I feel so sorry for the little ones because I do neglect them terribly while I spoil my current favorite with attention.

We both agreed on what we'd have asked the author. "How do you keep your attention and focus on one story all the way to completion when the world around you is practically dripping with ideas for new ones?" One of these days I'm going to attend a live stream for an author or email in this question. The world is holding up unwritten stories in front of my eyes like shiny jewels all the time and I keep chasing after the new sparkly! Maybe I just need to become a hermit and hole myself up in an empty room with my laptop until the story's done. Huh. There's a new idea for this NaNoWriMo.
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Thursday, March 10th, 2016 04:01 pm
Lately I’ve been having problems getting the chapters for my stories done. They have to be just right and honestly, I have difficulty writing if I don’t focus entirely on the story. Every time I sit down I need to go back over everything to make sure my mind is exactly at that point in the story. It sucks not having new things to post though! SO!

Starting this week I’m going to attempt writing something short, little one-shots. This way I’ll have something for the beautiful people who come to read my stuff and you won’t get bored between the updates for my longer stories. I have been working on them, it just takes so much to get them done and edited into a decent update (that takes not just me but my proofreaders too).

We’ll see how this goes! Every week I’ll try to have a little bit of something on my website and on Fictionpress. Cheers!
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 12:32 am
Working on Do You Speak 1337 Chapter 6. It's coming along nicely but can't I stay up till 7am writing since I open in the morning. Darn work, making me go and earn money. 1337 should be ready by Wednesday then I can get back to work on Favorite Form Chapter 9. Hopefully you'll all forgive me for that little cliffhanger....actually knowing what's coming up you probably won't. I do apologize....teeheehee....please don't lynch me.
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Friday, January 23rd, 2015 02:05 am
Important chapters coming up for both Favorite Form and Do You Speak 1337! Hopefully chapter 8 for Favorite Form will be going up today or tomorrow (it's going to be shorter than the last two chapters but hopefully you'll understand why, the next one should be up faster time permitting) with 1337 following it by Wednesday. Very happy for all the attention 1337 has been getting and thank you to everyone following it. Makes my day every time I get an e-mail letting me know it's got a new follower. You guys are awesome! ^_^
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Monday, January 19th, 2015 10:19 pm
Sabrina and the Mage look like they've been set up. Don't you hate it when you fall into a trap like that? Working on Favorite Form right now, we did leave Dimitri in a bit of a tight spot. Promise to get the next chapter up this week (I know I've said that before but I actually have a bit of time this week to work on things). A few side projects got some work done this weekend too which was a pleasant surprise. You won't be seeing them for a while but at least when I start posting them it will be regular updates instead of the way they are now. :P