Green Energy

I think they’re going to be able to power the world from the vigorous gyrations of Milton rolling in his grave. Do it for the environment, people.

The Nine

What happened was I had so many ideas I just threw them at the page. This is how I write. I like it. But it means that I have to write a second draft when the ideas are already down, and I couldn’t do that with the Nine because of an update cycle.

I was also in the middle of second/third/…/eighth drafts for Mara, so the Nine was just a fun write. Drafts 2+ become work.

But now there’s a choice. I either ditch the thing or write a second draft.

On the one hand, I’m still pretty annoyed by AO3’s mods. I don’t like the way other people can work with my published stuff but I can’t. Who the hell are you to tell me I can’t write with my own characters while other people can? AO3, frunk yourselves.

The other hand is I invested a lot of myself in writing the stupid thing, the ideas are cool, and I just hate leaving things like that unfinished.

There’s a third hand (Corwin, come here. Hold out your hand) holding grad school, a job, and other books to write. Hector and the Fairy Godbear! Death Mountain! A dissertation!

So, IRL, I can’t just be doing whatever. I’ve only got so much time.

I dunno.

The Nine

So I’m now a chapter ahead, and I’m not sure if this idea will pan out. I’m trying a few different things.

The first, obviously, is holding off until I get something working. This is actually much more pleasant for me, because it lets me play with ideas for a bit without putting them down too early. It’s also how I do books.

The second is a change in feel, which I’m not sure how to describe. I’m just doing something different in the way I think going in.

The third was I reread the whole fic and rediscovered a whole bunch of really interesting little subplots. I normally go Setting > Characters > Plot, and previously I’d been skipping on the Setting and going straight to the Characters. That doesn’t work for me, and I’ve known this for a while. But I get impatient. I had been thinking, ooh, but if I just jump right into it, I’ll get done faster!

Have you seen my update history? ‘Faster’ ain’t happenin’.

Fourth, I checked out a copy of the Silmarillion (mine is inaccessible due to Covid issues), and I’m rereading it. I love this book. I love the gravity to it. I love the writing. I love the feel, the texture of the words. It doesn’t really have characters, but instead of bothering me, that intrigues me. It leaves all the characters there for me to create, manipulate, and watch. It’s like my own Minecraft.

Anyone who hates Minecraft has no joy in their soul. That is a wonderful game. I should reinstall Minecraft.

But similarly, I don’t play MC for Frank (or whatever his name is. I never cared). I don’t read the Silmarillion for Feanor.

The Nine

I’m writing myself out of plot. I see it happening, and when I review other people, I see them doing it. Now I’m doing it too.

I always try to note that, that some corrections are easier said than done, etc. but it is weird to see myself doing something I point out in others. Ah well. C&C is one of the best ways to learn.


So last poll came out even between Morgoth and Sauron regarding their landscaping abilities.

In the interests of very serious affairs, the next poll is up.

The Nine needs more:

  • Dragons (100%, 1 Votes)
  • Romance (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dragons (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rings (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Murder (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Murderous Romantic Dragons (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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The last one can be found here:

Who would be the better landscaper?

  • Sauron (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Morgoth (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Saruman (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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Rhebeqah left kudos on Man of the Land, which was a very serious work. Thank you, Rhebeqah!

I’m a fulltime student again, and my quarter ends this week. My finals and papers are all due in the next few days. After that, I do want to start hitting fanfic again. Hopefully get through some of the Nine.

I always would like to do a free promotion on Mara and the Trolls. The ebook is pretty nice, and the formatting is a lot better than I can do on AO3. Please be prepared for that.