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2017-06-03 08:50 am

Sitting here waiting for Jukebox to open

I'm so excited to read everyone's stories! 
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2017-04-08 12:45 pm

Dear DJ

You have been directed here from LJ because of their recent stupidities. Sorry about the redirect.

Dear DJ

Oh how I love you for writing me a story, not in a stalker-love kind of way, but a very thankful, gosh you're a kind soul kind of way so may you have a lovely Jukebox experience. I do have a few DNW's (and every time I look at someone's letter I think, "Oh no, do I have to add that as well?") mine are below. I have made a few suggestions for each prompt but they are exactly that, just suggestions. It's your story.

I like: 
  • Complex many-faceted characters from all walks of life
  • Characters that have human frailties and are flawed even if they also have strength and power
  • Fairy tales rewritten in ways that reinvigorate and give new twists that make them contemporary
  • I am a sucker for superhero or super villain origin stories
  • Fantasy where characters are challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally
  • Science fiction that is heavy on science
  • Strong world building
  • Urban fantasy (minus the romance)
  • Also a sucker for happy endings, fluff, crack, plottiness, hurt/comfort, kindness, height difference, love, tenderness, friendship, families being families, curtain fic, heroism, magic, fix-it fics, holiday fics, rule 63, touch, intimacy, mentors being awesome, women being awesome, secret identity failures, aaaaaand did I mention happy endings.
Totes happy to receive fic with these:
  • Offensive language
  • Gen, het, slash, or femslash - it's your choice.
Specifically do not want please:
  • Explicit sexual content of any kind
  • Gratuitous violence (excludes fantasy violence or comedic violence)
  • Sexual violence, dub-con, non-con, abuse, incest, underage, pregnancy
  • Self harm and suicide
  • Angst or depression (it's just too hard for me to read stories about depression as a sufferer)
  • Animal abuse or pet death
  • Character death
  • I'm sorry if it feels restrictive but I have reasons.

Requests (in no particular order):

Team - Lorde (Song) | Fanfic | YouTube | Lyrics

Call all the ladies out, They're in their finery
A hundred jewels on throats, A hundred jewels between teeth
Now bring my boys in, Their skin in craters like the moon
The moon we love like a brother, while he glows through the room

I can think of a lot of possibilities with this story: superheroes or villains, a masquerade ball of aliens, fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, fairytale. The choice is yours and if you want to go somewhere else with it, please do. 

Glory and Gore - Lorde (Song) | Fanfic | YouTube | Lyrics

Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay)
God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way)
Chance is the only game I play with, baby
We let our battles choose us

This feels like a song about fighting and drinking, drinking and fighting, more fighting, and then having fun afterwards. It could be the story of an epic bar brawl in a fantasy pub that spills out into a city, a cosplay battle between enraged fandoms at a 'con, a D&D type situation that takes on horrible reality, a book club getting out of hand, the possibilities are endless. I don't think I would like a straight up gladiator type story please.

What it feels like for a girl - Madonna (Music Video) | Fanfic | YouTube | Lyrics

This video speaks for itself, write whatever it inspires you to write. I love the attitude in it, the elderly woman has just as much grit as the main character.

Run Boy run - Woodkid (Music Video) | Fanfic | YouTube | Lyrics

This video is full of such cool imagery, black and white in the style of an old monster film, it appears dream-like, running and falling and running again with friends and foes (although you never see them). What is the boy running from or to though?

Well, that was a marathon I hear you say. It was, I agree, but thank you for persevering. :)
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (lick)
2016-04-24 01:14 pm

Dang I need to get stuck into my Jukebox story

I'm all juiced from reading excellent short stories and I need to capitalise on it. I have ideas, they need to be mapped out a bit but I think they'll be awesome! Keep telling yourself that girl.

I received a link to Felicia Day’s Advice for Creative People Who Suffer from Anxiety and Depression via Camp NaNoWriMo in my inbox this morning. I really must read her book.

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, I shall attempt to make ANZAC biscuits. Photos may follow if I am successful.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (iPod.)
2016-04-09 11:54 am
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So wow, I love my Jukebox assignment, so inspiring and the requestor's letter is super cool and full of great ideas.

Maybe I'll be able to do some treats too.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Deadpool ahhh)
2016-04-07 07:58 pm

Thoughts on Jukebox as an observer slash participant

So I firmly believe that having your Dear DJ letter up before sign-ups close is a good thing. Some folk might be on the cusp of offering something and if your letter turns out to be full of interesting/non-terrifying requests, it might well nudge them over the edge into offering one of them.

On the flip side of that, by my calculations, I matched on six out of seven requests and five out of six offers. TERRIFYING!! Several of those were for art (EVEN MORE TERRIFYING!!)

I have no idea what I'll receive in my inbox because of this.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (llama on board)
2016-04-02 01:12 pm

Going like it always does

I have signed up for Jukebox 2016. So far I've only matched on the same one twice and it's kind of near the bottom of my list of desired requests. :/

I won't complain about not matching on more than that though, I see other requests and I'm fairly sure it's probably that persons entire list that hasn't matched. Still early days. It's a really folk heavy list of songs this year and I'm so off folk right now. I've made offers for what I think I can write (none folk), if I got an answer to my question then I'd have more offers to make.

EDIT. Question answered. Negatory on the more offers.

Post EDIT edit: None of my offers have matched, this concerns me more than one match for my requests. I do not want to change my offers to things I have little to no confidence writing. I think I'd rather delete the whole sign up than write for a song I'm disconnected from. :(

New post EDIT edit edit: So I added one more offer to something I think I can write in the requestors zone of interest. W00t for one match!
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (I want to believe gif)
2016-03-24 09:44 pm

The post in which I try to work out whether I have it in me to write Jukebox

I want to be enthusiastic but I'm so damn tired right now.
I want to believe in myself but I don't believe I can do anything.
PMS paranoia has reared its ugly head again.
(Go NZ Flag voters, we get to keep old faithful!)
I did write an entire 50,000 word first draft in NaNo though,
so I can pry the words from my unyielding mind when the occasion calls for it.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
2015-10-25 01:53 pm

PMS + Internet = incompatibility

Ugh, body why do you do this every month? I hate you! I also side eye every comment made to me online and in real life so... *headdesk*

I got my Jukebox story back from beta, thank you lovely beta! Unfortunately it was done in MS Word, I don't have Word and the only compatible programme is playing merry hell with the comments portion.

Le sigh.

The feedback that I can read is excellent and has inspired me to burn the story to the ground and rebuild it, Million Dollar Man style; it will be stronger, faster, and more awesome than the original.

I need to do significant work on the characters, world building, cut two scenes, flesh out the remaining one, and just generally get my shit together in terms of my English language skills. I don't know how I've made it through life so long with a love of writing but only the barest understanding of formal sentence structure and grammar. That's the New Zealand education system at it's finest though; the cracks are so wide a building could fall through them.

The timing conflicts with NaNo so project Jukebox is being sidelined until later in the year or next year now.

Yuletide is a definite no go now. I can't trust myself to produce a work of quality for it. I can't see anyone wanting to write my requested fandoms. I do not like pinch hit fulfilments, they don't have the same sparkle as a story from someone in love with the fandom.

So I am tempted to go from "Planning" NaNo to "Pantsing" NaNo because the planning side is going against my nature as a spontaneous writer who makes it up as she goes.

Pantsing. Heh.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
2015-04-27 07:36 pm

Eek! What have I gotten myself into?

I speak of Jukebox of course. I feel overwhelmingly underprepared to write original fiction, even that which is based on song lyrics or a music video. Eek!