philosophercat: (Romana/Doctor)
"All writing of the narrative kind, and perhaps all writing, is motivated, deep down, by a fear of and a fascination with mortality by a desire to make the risky trip to the Underworld, and to bring something or someone back from the dead."

-Margaret Atwood

One of the writers who came in to talk to us during the editing practicum shared this quote with us and it has haunted me ever since. I love it in a way that's difficult to describe. I've only been able to track it down now. It's from her book 'Negotiating with the Dead' which is about what it means to be a writer.

Do you have any favourite quotes from writers on writing?

-Sophie
philosophercat: (discodarcy)
I've finished the first draft of chapter one. Anyone want to take a look?

It's the begining of a steampunk bronze punk historical mystery. A young woman invents time travel in ancient Greece.

The first chapter's only 8 pages... Ah come on. You know you have the time... Or do you? DO YOU? >_>

If I stick to the ~plan~ it should be easily serialised or published traditionally. Right now I'm tidying it up with the rest to go into the writing portolio. But I'm also working out just how many chapters I'll need to tell this story.

There's one thing I'm not sure about. It's been called The Rhodes Code from the start but I don't want the prof to think the novel is going to be a spin off or send up or whatever of the Da Vinci Code. It has nothing at all to do with it, and I'm starting to think the title sounds a bit like it would be. So I'm thinking of plagiarising myself and calling it 'Relative Chronologies' instead, at least for the purpose of the writing portfolio.

What say you?

-Sophie
philosophercat: (Docto Who: 4 powr!)
Just stopping in quickly before toiling in the kitchen dungeons. I expect to have a rough draft for a Doctor Who story finished by tonight. I need some beta readers, so if anyone would be interested in looking over a quite silly story with the 10th Doctor, please leave a comment. It will be around 1 000 words, if everything ties up neatly. I may not have a typed copy until tomorrow, but I'd still like to know if (and how many) people can take a look at it before it is posted.

It's called 'Last of the Time Lords' and it's a send up of many 10th Doctor tropes, but mostly being "The Last," following it to its natural conclusion (that someone would eventually set up a charity for the Doctor).

Iris Wildthyme is also in it.

-Sophie

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