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Sunday, 13 March 2016 08:42
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Well, so much for posting more often!

I was going back over old (old, old) blog entries last night in an attempt to figure out when we did certain things, trying to like of piece together a timeline of holidays we've been on, when my brother moved in and out, when my sister was here with her boyfriend, stuff like that. It was (unsurprisingly) really useful to be able to just read it all. So I should really update more offen because 10 years from now I might be trying to do the same thing.

Also, just because I want to.

We are officially less than a week away from the new season of Daredevil! I'm so ridiculously excited! I'm also pretty pissed off that I'm working next Saturday, which ruins my plans to stay up really late Friday night watching it, then roll out of bed whenever on Saturday and resume. Never mind, I'm determined to get through the whole season before the following Friday when I'm off to Disneyland in Paris.

It's my first time there. I'm going with my mum and my niece. My sister is staying home with the new baby because she thinks it's be too difficult to be there with a two month old. She's probably right. Shame though. But she did go last year and I didn't.

I'm writing fanfic again! I've squeezed out a couple a few months ago, but for some reason it felt like a struggle and I couldn't concentrate to work on my longer fic, suddenly it seems to be working again. In even accepting kink meme prompts again. But be something to do with the looming next season.

I went it last night and saw Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot at city hall. I was real near the front, like row 3. It was an amazing show. I mean, I thought their last one was good, but this was fantastic. They did a lot of Beautiful South songs, but a few of their own too. Then two encores, during the first one, a load of massive balloons (like two meters wide) were thrown into the audience and we were all hitting them around, then we got showered with gold confetti, which I just found a bit of sticking to my face this morning. Oops!

Well, better get out of bed. I take my niece to karate on a Sunday. I wish I hadn't stayed up til 2 after the show. But I'm pretty thankful I managed to stop myself after 3 glasses of wine!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 00:46
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FanFiction.net appears to be malfunctioning. Again. it won;t let me upload anything. Why I keep using that site, I'm not entirely sure. Misguided loyalty due to how long I;ve been there, I suppose. This latest fic is not going to be going up there tonight though. I should have been asleep hours ago.

I got roped into working an extra Saturday last week. There's a girl at work who had been rota;d on for this coming Saturday and had someone visiting for just that day. She asked if I;d do it for her, and because I honestly lack the capacity to say no if someone asks me something outright, I agreed, as long as I could still get a lieu day during the week. But now she's decided to call in sick today, and so I have no idea whether I;m working on Saturday or not, because she is prone to taking weeks off at the moment due to some pregnancy issues she's having. But Saturday is Hull Pride, and I would love to go if I;m not working. I hope I;ll find out tomorrow. But then, even if she is off for the week, there;s still a good chance they'll ask me to cover her shift on Saturday, since they already now know I;m free(ish). I hate uncertainty.

In random other news, my niece is a Hulk fan. I have no idea where that came from, but now whenever she sees me with my iPad, she demands that I read her the Hulk on Marvel Unlimited. Which would be fine, but I don't know the Hulk that well, so I don"t know if there's going to be something inappropriate on the next page. Also, she's four. And more than a little interested in death to the point that whenever someone gets punched, she asks if they're dead and then starts talking about her guinea pig that died. It's kind of sad, and I literally never know what to say. I think she's been traumatized by the whole thing. She also thinks Captain America is cool, and she sees this cushion I have with a star on it as a Captain America shield, and I have to be the bad guy and try to beat her up while she blocks me with it. It's pretty hilarious actually. She is also having me read her my collection of Thundercats comics from the 80s. She's probably going to end up a total geek. This is good...

But the thing about death has to stop. I'm worried about it. Should I speak to my sister again? She does't seem particularly bothered, but then she had never read the Hulk with the kid.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:01
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I resisted the urge to go to the comic shop yesterday. I'm not saying I won't just go in the week, but for now I'm being good. I got to play on a virtual reality thing yesterday though. We have one at work, with a simulation of Wimbledon in it. There are these two things you can play, where Tim Henman or someone else are talking to you, but I just love the menu screen that places you in the air somewhere above the tennis court with a 360 degree view. You turn your head and it's like you are actually there, looking around. The weirdest thing is when you look down. There's a guy working there who's scared of heights and he hated it! I really want one, it's amazing!

I'm trying to write, but I keep getting distracted by fic that I want to read. I'm determined to get the next chapter of my longer DD fic out today though. And maybe start on the sequel/next chapter (not sure which way that's going to go) of Blue. Which may or may not ever see the light of day. It was just supposed to be a one-shot, but people urging me to write more can be convincing.

Right. Writing. I only have the one day off this week. Better make the most of it.

Old fic

Friday, 26 June 2015 00:15
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Looking through some of my old stories, I've found a couple of Thor fics I did for Norsekink about 4 years ago. They're not bad. One of them is unfinished. I'm thinking of dusting them off, finishing those that need it and posting to ao3. I'm not sure. When it comes to prompts that I choose to fill, I really seem to have a type...

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Friday, 5 June 2015 22:32
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I think the series of fic writing/reading related late nights finally caught up with me last night, because there I was watching Daredevil with my mum (we do that on a Thursday now, it;s become a thing. We watch an episode. My dad watches the episode round at my sister while babysitting and I;m still pretending I haven't seen them yet) and I fell asleep. Full on fell asleep, for about half an hour, right in the middle of ep 6. Haha oops. Luckily I didn't snore or anything! So I got myself an early night last night (sort of, it was like 11), and I feel about ten times better. I must have been sleep deprived and not realized.

I'm working tomorrow, which is annoying because of the whole working an a Saturday means standing up for 8 hours and straining my back thing, but on the plus side, once I've got through that I'm off for two weeks. I'm going down to Norfolk with most of the family for a week - in a caravan. Five adults, one four year old and a dog. We'll see how that goes... - and then spending the following week basking in the fact that I don't have to do anything. Hopefully I'll get some more stuff written. I have to pack on Sunday because I;m super disorganized for some reason and I haven;t even thought about what to take. I really want to get another chapter of Fine but not Fine posted before I go, but it;s not quite there yet and I don't know if it will be. I;m taking my laptop with me anyway though, and hopefully there'll be wifi. If not, I can tether my macbook to my iPhone so I won;t be without internet. I'll get it posted somehow.

I should probably try to get another early night.
Hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahaaaa Yeah, right.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015 00:04
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I;m at work tomorrow. I need somebody to tell me to stop pressing refresh on the Daredevil kinkmeme and get the hell to bed. Or at least work on my own story because at least I'd be doing something productive.
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...but I'm possibly going to download that photo editing software just as soon as I decide whether the free online one my dad recommended is any good.

So, I was so close to finishing the series, I watched eps 9-13 today, but I was like six minutes from the end of the last episode and my dad came home from the pub. Yeah I know that's not a major problem, but it kinda is, for two reasons. Firstly, he's still back on episode 3 and I don't want him to watch the end of the last one yet(!) and secondly I've not mentioned that I've binged the entire series because when TV obsessions hit, he tends to be a bit of an ass about it.

So before I go to bed, I'm going to watch the last six minutes of that episode, but then having watched the full series I'm going to have two urges, The first and strongest will be to write a load of fic, and the second will be to start the series again from the beginning. Though, I might watch it in German or Spanish the second time around, just for the hell of it. I love that feature on Netflix. The re-watching obviously won't happen today, but the fic... well I'm at work tomorrow but I only have so much self control, you know..?

I'm neglecting my Lost Boys fics. And I have new chapters of stories that I haven't read yet. I feel a bit bad about that. Tomorrow I;m definitely going to read and post some reviews of them.

In completely unrelated news, I got my 6th Audible token today. since I downgraded my subscription, that is the most I can have at any one time, so I really need to buy something and I can't find anything right now that sounds interesting because literally all I want to do is read Daredevil fanfic and before that all I was doing was reading and writing Lost Boys fanfic. I'm just gonna have to choose something random I guess.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015 02:28
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I'd forgotten what its like to post in a popular fandom. Within half an hour I have 41 views, 6 kudos and a comment on AO3. Thats more than I get after a month on most Lost Boys fics.

It's totally late. I should sleep...

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Friday, 8 May 2015 20:21
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I feel kind of crappy. Exhausted and headachey and generally lethargic and rubbish. I've been trying to write, but I just can't concentrate. So then I wound up browsing the internet for DVDs, and I discovered that the 2nd season of Regenesis is out in Italy. So I bought it. It has an English soundtrack though. But there are no other seasons, depressingly. I wonder if I still have the episodes on my old hard drive. I'll have to have a look.

But not right now. I'm finally going to sit down and watch Daredevil...

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Monday, 4 May 2015 20:48
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Well, I didn't get much writing done this bank holiday. I tidied my room yesterday morning, planning on doing that and then writing in the afternoon, but then my niece turned up and I ended up having to entertain her instead, so I spent the afternoon watching the Postman Pat movie and covering in. Never mind.

Today, my mum suggested going to Cleethorpes since the weather was decent, so her, me, my sister and my niece did that. Unfortunately, when we got there it was flying ant day, and all around the boating lake was swarming with them! Ick! Luckily the beach wasn't infested so we made a fairly epic sandcastle, did a bit of paddling and ate some sandwiches, then went for a wonder down the front, got an ice-cream and had a go on the big wheel. Then we caught the land train back in the other direction and went home.

There was this guy on the train who was talking to us, well mostly to my mum. He had a fairly epic Yorkshire accent, it reminded my of my nana. He was from Rotherham, not Sheffield, but they are so close together the accent is pretty much the same. My mum's lost a lot of her accent, but this guy still picked up on it and asked if she was from Sheffield. But he spoke proper Yorkshire dialect. I don't think I've heard someone say thee and tha' since my nana died. I was just wearing jeans and a t-shirt and he had a big coat on, so he asked me "Is tha' not cawd?" I love it.

Anyway, I did finally get my story checked over for errors and posted tonight. I umm'ed and ah'ed over the title for hours though. I'm still not sure about it. I hate when I can't think of a title. Sometimes they just come to you and you know they're perfect, other times it's a real struggle to come up with a name. Anyway, it's done now.

Game of Thrones in about ten minutes, so no more writing tonight.
prepare4trouble: (edgar)
Title: The Man in the Trailer
Author: Prepare4trouble
Warnings: None
Characters: Edgar Frog, Zoe
Spoilers: None
Synopsis: 'Near to here, there is a man living in a trailer. He scares her. She has never seen him, but she knows that he means her harm.' Zoe and Edgar get to know one another.


The Man in the Trailer )

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Saturday, 2 May 2015 00:23
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Depending on the photo I use, on http://how-old.net, I am ages anywhere between 23 and 44. The 44 one was when I had zombie makeup on though, so I guess that's understandable!

I wanted to upload the pics here as evidence but it won't work. I had to use pics off my phone, but when I saved them to my iCloud they started showing up n my photos on my laptop but not in the folder I use to upload them. Which is both weird and annoying. Maybe it'll work tomorrow.

It might be a glitch like with Pages. Sometimes I write something on my iPad and I expect it to be there waiting for me on my mac, but it takes ages and a whole bunch of messing around to make it update properly.

On a positive note, this weekend is a bank holiday weekend and I am not working. I have two more days off! This is particularly good because I had to work the Saturday over the Easter weekend, and next bank holiday I have to go down to visit my nana which will most likely put a crimp n my fic writing plans. So I need to write as much as I can now to make up for it. I'm planing on hopefully finishing my Zoe fic this weekend, though it has become more of an Edgar through Zoe's eyes fic, and I have high hopes of coming close to a first draft of the last few chapters of the Enemy. Although I've thought that before and it hasn't happened.
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I'm going through a bad writing phase. I'm trying to write the Enemy, despite constant interruptions from an as yet unnamed new one-shot, but it just feels so wooden. Even as I write it, and especially when I read it back. I don't know why. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I just keep telling myself first drafts of everything always suck. It'll be better when I edit. Hopefully...
prepare4trouble: (monster)
Title: Proxy
Author: Prepare4trouble
Warnings: AU
Characters: Edgar Frog, Alan Frog, Sam Emerson
Spoilers: None
Synopsis: Alan was dying. Edgar had no choice.
Notes: This is an odd little fic, I'll tell you that before you read it. We all know how Alan becomes a vampire in the films and the comics, but this is an alternate Alan turns story. Please let me know what you think, you wouldn't believe how long I've debated over writing this, and then over posting it. I'd love to know people's opinions, good or bad.


Proxy )

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 01:48
prepare4trouble: (edgar)
My sister and my niece are staying over tonight because her husband is doing some kind of overnight fishing trip. As a result, we ended up watching a film, which upset my brother who wanted to watch Game Of Thrones, and we ended up having a mini argument about it. He lost, because Jen was only here for one night and it wouldn't have been fair. So, we watched Divergent, which wasn't as bad as I expected, and drank a few bottles of wine, which is fine because I'm not at work tomorrow.

Writing is progressing, slowly but surely. I'm going to predict four chapters left, but there may be five or more, or maybe even three, it all depends how it goes. I do feel like I'm kind of getting somewhere now though. What I'm not sure about though is what I've done to Alan. But We'll see how it goes down...

Anyway, exhausted now, so time for bed, I think. I'll try and get a chapter poster tomorrow or the day after. We'll see how that goes...

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Sunday, 19 April 2015 20:47
prepare4trouble: (aaagh)
Everything I have written tonight is shit. Why??

Evil fic idea

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 22:36
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I've had an evil idea. Should I write it?

It's kind of AU. Like, if Alan still got turned into a vampire, but it happened in a different way. I don't want to give too much away in case I do write it. But lets just say that Edgar is responsible.

Um...I think I'm just going to give it a go and see how it comes out.

Fic stuff

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 11:55
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I'm thinking more and more about writing something original. My dad thinks I should adapt Talented (a Lost Boys fix I wrote a few years back) into something not Lost Boys related. I don't think I'm going to do that for two reasons. The first is that I really like Talented just the way it is, and changing it in that way would feel like I was destroying something that I loved and piecing it back together with superglue, and there is no way that it would ever be the same. The second reason is that if I do write something I would rather it were something new.

I did write a few stories years ago, before I started writing Lost Boys stuff. They were, in a way, based on Lost Boys though, I'll be honest. That wasn't deliberate, but I suspect it was the case subconsciously. They feature two school-age brothers who fight vampires, but the similarities end there, for the most part. I'm considering revisiting them, rewriting them and making them better (because I'm sure they will suck if I re-read them now)

But I'm going to finish the Enemy before I do any of this. It's kicking my ass at the moment. Every time I think I've come up with a way to bring it to the ending I want, my mind throws out a problem that I need to write around. I'm also considering revisiting the earlier chapters of that man making some minor tweaks. I think I could make it better. I'm just not sure if I should, or if I should leave it now it's done. I really wish I hadn't written that prologue...

The Enemy woes...

Saturday, 4 April 2015 23:11
prepare4trouble: (edgar)
I'm getting dangerously close to finishing the Enemy. This is a story that I started writing early in 2011, over four years ago. I've written it over two laptops, three iPhones, an iPad and countless scraps of paper, while in at least three different countries. I've invested a lot of time and love into it, and I really really don't want the ending to be bad.

I think I've got three more chapters to go, maybe four, depending on how it pans out. I know, vaguely, what I want to happen, but it's piecing what I have written over the past four years (and that is literally, I've just pasted an edited version of something I wrote back in 2011 into the chapter I'm working on now) together into a coherent whole, not missing out anything important and finishing well. It's difficult.

I had the same problem with Talented, which was a story of a similar length, though I wrote it in under a year. Ending it was really difficult. I'm happy with what I did though, and hopefully a few years down the line I'll be able to say the same about the Enemy.

Here's hoping...
prepare4trouble: (aaagh)
I've seen it both ways in fic. I can't decide which is better. I've always written Edgar as the older brother, just because he appears to be in charge, and he's Head Frog. But I've seen some where Alan is older, but Edgar's personality places him in the leader role even though he's the younger sibling. I think I like it that way, actually. It adds a new layer of depth to the characters.

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