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Apparently TikTok made sea shanties a thing now. Awesome! Because I'm a sea shanty nerd, I decided to make an "explainer". If you're new to sea shanties, or just want some recs, follow the thread!


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fanfic writing, shitty self-control 

Me: mmm, I will transcribe a bit this morning, and then I have some tasks I'd like to manage.
Me, three hours later, not having transcribed a single line but with TWO new fleshed-out plot bunnies: my life is a joke.

fanfic writing, mistakes were made 

I do enjoy all this mess - having ideas and actually writing them feels amazing - but sometimes I wish I could go back 3-4 months, when I was slowly whittling on that first big story and there were no distracting iddy tidbits in my head, no worries about updating or kudos or unfinished story plotlines.

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fanfic writing, mistakes were made 

Well, it's gotta wait, because first I'm finishing the current shippy nonsense.

...and THEN I want to focus for a while on the previous longfic nonsense, which has been suffering greatly by the combination of writer insecurity and research scope creep and this whole plotbunny situation isn't helping. I'm so sorry honey, you WILL get written!

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fanfic writing, mistakes were made 

Me: it's not a WIP!
The fic: *is, in fact, a WIP*

My whole argument has been that since there's no set ending to work toward, and I disclaim clearly that it's an "updates as the author goddamn wants to" story, I won't feel guilty thinking about the readers.

... oops.

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fanfic writing, mistakes were made 

Guess who has two hands and just realized they accidentally left their ~open-ended~ fanfic on a cliffhanger!!

fanfic writing, length estimation fail 

Me: "I'll write THIS plotbunny for the ship I unexpectedly got obsessed with - it all takes place in one evening, it should be short!"
The draft after a week: 15k and not done yet.
Me: ...HOW.

HEROIC FIGHT as I struggle not to name an antagonist in my current ficlet "Dek Small"

fanfic writing, making fun of myself 

Me: I write these stories for myself. The writing matters as much as the final product, and if I finish, I get to read them! It's nice to share, but if I make a single other person happy it's enough.

Also me: *reloads her work listing* kudos kudos kudos kudos kudos PLZZZZ

(The creative human is wise, but the monkey wants the number to go UP, lol.)

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also lol, ficlets she says, but it's actually yet another endless WIP just with a different hat.

For a person who had made a decision to never ever publish a WIP again, I seem to create an awful lot WIP-like things, just saying. Right now the status is:

* one waiting-on-beta story that is TECHNICALLY a one-shot, but in fact has a book-length sequel planned
* one "open ended" story that is not a WIP because I SAID SO DAMMIT
* whatever this last thing is

Good life choices all around.

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fic writing 

How long do I have to let a ficlet lie around and periodically reread it until I can post it

asking for a friend

(friend who is me, who has two new ficlets and REALLY wants to post them, but who keeps finding things to edit every time she reads them, arghhhh)

fic writing, longhand writing woes 

I think writing fic longhand makes me better at putting thoughts in order, but I admit, losing so much time typing it all up frustrates me.

(Thought brought to you by the 17 pages of "oops surprise story idea!" I wrote over the last three days. Not complaining about having written! And I adore the story. Just... typing. So. Much. Typing.)

accidentally lewd, sea shanties, misheard lyrics 

"a nice fat cook wouldn't do us any harm!" sing The Fisherman's Friends in the song Nelson's blood.

"...oh no," say I, who has spent way too much time on the internet 🙈

fanfic writing 

I could maybe faff around a bit with the plot bunny pile, see if there isn't something that would work as a short one-shot.

The obvious problem is that "It will just be a short one-shot" are famous last words before something turns into a 50k epic.

(I'm still new to this shit. I do NOT trust my brain.)

Considering the planned ???k epic I really really REALLY want to get written, that would be... unwise.

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fanfic writing 

I finished the chunk of fic I wanted to finish!

... I don't have more fic to write now. *thousand yard stare*

(I mean, I do - holy heck, DO I - just... it's the next Big Project and I'm NOT ready.)

(I could write a bit more of this one, but: Big Project.)

moped, failed moto repairs 

Did some work on the this weekend!

Fixed the leak in the carburetor (which I introduced by trying to clean the carburetor). And voila: it ran!

...for about 10 minutes, before it lost power, died, did not start again, and I had to push it home.

Siiiiiigh. Time to check which parts I haven't tried to clean/replace yet, I guess.

Star Wars, "nobody hates SW as much as SW fans" 

This joke always rubs me wrong - not for being incorrect, just inaccurate.

I hate SW the way I hate a dress from a beautiful fabric that does not fit me: lovingly, with a disappointed anger toward the creator, and wielding a pair of really big scissors.

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Star Wars, SW: Clone Wars, worldbuilding salt 

Currently writing a fic with the Nightsisters from SW.

One one hand: REALLY cool visuals and general vibe.

On the other: ffs, could you even get more "ooooh scary separatist feminists IN SPACE"?

Although, most of the "we eat our men for dinner" is just implied by the trope and not actually in text (aside from Ventress being deranged, but that's its own thing), so hmm, maybe that's an idea for another fic.

fandom squee 

Especially the smut, omfg. Oh, fandom, the only place where you get to be like "hi, stranger, here's the bespoke filth I have crafted for you" 🤣

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fandom squee 

Multifandom Drabble Exchange collection is OPEN!

I got four really cool drabbles! 😍 I've already commented on each one (and it wasn't too difficult, which is a really good sign), and I'd like to dump them into a DW post, but I don't have the beans in order enough for it rn.

I haven't gotten any comments yet (because I'm early as heck, lol), so now I get to wait anxiously what my own recipients thought. CONCERN.

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