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  1. Create your characters first. Just as your choices influence where you end up in life, your character's . . . character will decide the tone of the story. 
  2. Write what you know, but not what you already know. Do something that scares you or bores you to tears. Do something you've never done before. You saw something through fresh eyes, which is the only reason anything is ever interesting.
  3. From #2, notice how your predisposition colored your experience. Is your view entirely accurate? One camera angle doesn't give you the full picture, but it's much more interesting than a map. Write your entire book like this. 
  4. When you want to write, don't and when you don't want to write, write. It's discipline and you'll stress yourself into madness. Use it. 
  5. Write down bits of overheard dialogue. Actual dialogue is awkward and stilted. Your writing should sound written, but your dialogues should not. 
  6. Halfway through the story, get rid of a character. Erase his existence from the rest of the story. Does the story still make sense? Good, then that character wasn't necessary anyway. Or find him a job. Keep going until you run into someone who can't be thrown away. 
  7. Write down ten people you hate and describe what you hate about them, even if it's their appearance. Take these traits and sprinkle them onto your characters. Not everyone will like all your characters anyway, might as well make them real. 
  8. These flaws should throw a wrench into the plot. Good. Now you have to work around them. 
  9. Now, write down ten people you love and what you love about them. Take THESE traits and give them to the villains of your story. 
  10. Don't go posting lists on Livejournal when you're supposed to be working on your story. 

23rd-May-2011 05:50 am - I'm not dead!

 Or am I? I do crave brains. 

I post to Tumblr about every day, sometimes just a few times a week depending on my mood. It's not written stuff, just news, pictures, things like that. 

When I do post here, it's mostly for fanfiction. I'm not a journal person. I lived my life and it's not really exciting to talk about, so I don't write about it. I use LJ for fanfiction. I'm picky with my writing and don't want to post until I'm completely done, which can take a few months. If I get suddenly quiet, that's why. Tumblr is for procrastination. 

 

Sorry about my silence 

 
Five Reasons To Love Abed
  1. He's a clever motherfucker. He's hyper smart and observes the world as a totally objective third party. He's both baffled by his fellow humans and understands them on such a profound level he surpasses the great psychiatrists. He's figured out people so well that he can have their side of the conversation for them. And he uses it. Despite Britta's insistence that he's their innocent, he's not. He knows how to manipulate anybody but he doesn't do it unless he needs to. Because he's that awesome.  Despite the negative connotations the idea of manipulation takes, whenever he does it you have to sit back in awe at the effective, dirty, dastardly sneakiness of it. 
  2. His love of movies and TV shows. Have you SEEN his dorm room? He's got movie posters and memorabilia (and a boa). He knows pretty much every single movie out there and he uses them to understand those around him. And TV SHOWS! A man after my own heart. Anybody who loves movies and shows that much is in no way a bad character. While some may feel his smarts could be used elsewhere, I feel they are in the perfect place. After all, he'll be a great film maker one day. At least he'll be one of those niche 'what the fuck did I just watch' directors that draws an intensely loyal cult following. Just look at his movie ABED! Even though it sucked he still had everyone chomping at the bit to be a part of it.  
  3. He keeps a notebook of all his friends. He has Annie, Britta, and Shirley's menstrual cycles mapped out to a T (and gives them chocolates during this time. How sweet is that?) He has all their weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and what they need in an infograph. He literally takes notes on life. I wonder what else he has in there. I mean, he's only got a few pages on his friends. What does he say about Chang or Duncan? What does he say about the WORLD? I'm dying, and a little frightened, to find out. Possibly he has figured out the meaning to life (and it isn't 42). 
  4. Unf. His hands, just look at them. Long, strong fingers like that, you know he's got to put some artistic use to them. The way he gestures with his hands, so graceful and hypnotic. His fingers move almost as if by independent thought. Look at his nose, the way it wrinkles up when he laughs. He's got 'weird shoulders' and scrawny calves and oversized irises. You see this and all you want to do is hug him. He's got a surprisingly defined pack of abs and wears tighty whities. You saw that jawline and just wanted to touch it. And when he impersonates John Draper you go slightly weak in the knees. Admit it.
  5. All in all, Abed's a sweet guy. He truly loves Troy and says so in the zombie episode where he's sacrificing his life so Troy can save everyone. He helped Annie with her hellish experiment with the Duncan Principal, sitting through it just because Annie is his friend. He agreed to hit on a girl just to please his friends who were worried about him. He's always there when they need him, and even when they don't. He lets Jeff bunk with him, apologizes to Shirley and saves Pierce and Jeff from a chair avalanche. He does this not just because he wants them to like them, but because he really, honestly cares. 


23rd-Feb-2011 02:10 am - Book Meme
 Taken from anyjen 

Book meme, because it was shiny. The BBC estimates most people will have read six. I've read a few more than that... and many, many others that aren't on this list.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (Call it morbid curiosity. Review: repetitive and dull with random incest to spice it up)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Shakespeare is to a Performing Arts high school as what Jesus is to Church) 
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell 
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (NOTE: IT IS NOT ABOUT DRUGS, IT IS ABOUT MATH)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (I prefer the first two books more than the rest)
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Why is this here twice?)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (Six year old me: Animals on a farm! That'll be fun!)

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (a;slkafja I love this book!)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville 
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burne
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74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker 
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I am reading this now! I have to wait for my not!ancient copies to come so I don't have to worry about the pages dissolving)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (several times. made me cry like crazy every time)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas 
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

FUCK YOU BBC! 28 out of a hundred!

 
4th-Feb-2011 04:30 am - Community Meme

Taken from eleventhimpala 

In honor of the Dungeons and Dragons episode that premieres tonight, I've decided to do a second meme. The rules still apply - Make a list of ten characters: the seven members of the study group, and your three personal favorite "supporting characters." Assign them each a random number, so that your list is different from others.


This meme is actually a slightly-reworked combination of three different ones, one of which, like the first, I found on firthgal's page, the second of which was on Deviant Art and the third I found in a funny little prompt book at a garage sale. (I've actually posted several of these questions before, but I deleted them while clearing out my journal, so I consider them usable.)

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4. Troy
5. Britta
2. Abed
7. Annie
3. The Dean
6. Chang
10. Pierce
8. Shirley
1. Jeff
9. Leonard


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17th-Jan-2011 08:49 pm - Community Meme
From eleventhimpala  

This is a fun meme which I found on firthgal's page.

Basically, make a list of ten characters: the seven members of the study group, and your three personal favorite "supporting characters." Assign them each a random number, so that your list is different from others. (No peeking until your list is done!) Now that you've got your characters and assigned them each a number, here is your meme! (Obviously, this might be a bit too long to fit into a comment, so you can either split it into more than one comment, only answer a few of the questions or do it on your journal.)

  1. Britta Perry
  2. Jeff Winger
  3. Annie Edison
  4. The Dean
  5. Starburns
  6. Abed Nadir
  7. Troy Barnes
  8. Pierce Hawthorn
  9. Shirley Bennet
  10. Senor Chang

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22nd-Nov-2010 03:04 am - Nano babblage
 So, I'm in the middle of doing Nano right now. By 'middle' I mean far behind. I did this last year too. I would update the first couple of days of the month, then stop updating and type up a storm, burning through the last week or so. I'm not sure why I do this. This isn't procrastination; I do try to type every night. I just don't get going until three weeks in. I'm not alone, surely. 

That's it. Just felt like saying that. Now back to your previously scheduled lives. 
 
I also forgot about the thirty day book thing. I should resume that (though it's quite late). I think I will . . . after Nano. TOODLES!
26th-Sep-2010 01:04 am - Reading Meme Day 2 and 3
Meme by nwhyte  but I got it from mizkit  's journal.

Day 02 

The Silenced (James Devita) – This is a book much in the same vain as Fahrenheit 451 and the like. Set somewhere in the future there's a very . . . hitleresque regime going on and a girl, who initially just went along with it, gets caught up in a rebellion. Inspired by a true rebel underground called The White Rose. It's a slow start (took me about a month to get more than thirty pages in) but once it picks up, it's fascinating. It's surprising and I spent the entire book wondering who to trust. 

Day 03

Outrageous Fortune (Tim Scott) – It starts off with a guy finding his house missing and a card saying 'Don't you hate when this happens?' followed by a phone number. House-nappings have been an unfortunate and frequent occurrence. He's followed by a psychotic door-to-door sales-woman, gets rough with some bikers, and basically has the worst week of his life. And most bizarre. It's a sort of tongue-in-cheek future-tech book that is similar to Douglas Adams's work but does not crib from it. It's a bright blue book; you can't miss it.  

 


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24th-Sep-2010 04:30 am - Reading Meme Day 1
Meme by nwhyte but I got it from mizkit 's journal. 
 
Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling) – God, this series. Sometimes I'll reread books that I loved when I was younger and wonder wtf my young mind was thinking. Not that they're terrible, per se but not as good as I remember. However, the Harry Potter books seem to get better with each read. The universe is totally immersive, the characters believable and deeply flawed and it just invites so much investigation and creation. 

Spellman Series (Lisa Lutz) – A totally different turn here. I picked up the book in audio format totally because it was on sale. I listened to it, not really knowing what it was, and it was amazing. The Spellmans are at once ridiculous and heartwarming and watching Isabel's reactions, which seem to center around fond exhaustion, as she tries to uncover a mystery is thoroughly entertaining. I also love the style. It's mostly first person but with recorded conversations and files. It's different and a bit odd when listening on audio, but so much fun. Four books (so far)

I know there are more but I'm drawing a blank . . . 
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1st-Apr-2010 05:50 am - A look at browsers . . . mac edition
 First I'd like to start by saying I don't know anything about anything, especially when it comes to computers. 

Okay I lied. The real first thing I'd like to say is that this isn't an April Fool's Joke. If you read it expecting that, you're in for a real boring treat. 

Point is, I don't want anybody thinking I'm some kind of intelligent person. I'm not. This comparison of browsers (on mac) is completely unbiased. Well, it starts biased but then it doesn't really sway my opinion at all, so it doesn't even matter, now does it? 

I'd also like to ask that you all excuse any spellfucks on here. I'm typing as fast as I can because I just took my sleeping pill and if it kicks in during typing, I'll start hallucinating. I tend to get chatty during this time. Read my twitter for examples (hint: look for ones time-stamped after 5AM and with horrible spelling)

Note: All browsers except Plainview are multi-platform.


 
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