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lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
My ideas for stories lately have been overly abstract and difficult to realize, and also I keep forgetting to keep a notebook on me at all times. As a desperation maneuver I generated a square from [community profile] allbingo's legendary bingo square generator to try and force the issue using the old "double line" refinement procedure. It's worked for me before, but now I'm trying for original fiction (at least some of it), so the additional narrowing parameter of "what fandom is this right for" won't be on my side.

The square:

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My ideas:

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There are a lot of ideas locked in this card and I'm so glad I generated it. I don't know if I'll manage a strict double row for a bingo, but the goal is to write, and for that I hope it will suffice. Just have to jump the next hurdle, which is the threat of the blank page staring at you from the computer screen. But that's a perennial problem and not going to go away any time soon. I failed to write first thing in the morning today so I don't know if I'll manage any new words, but otherwise I feel like this is shaping up to be a pretty productive writing day. And the morning's not gone yet.

Life, in short

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:52
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
Last week: first half of the week (and the second half of the previous) was dominated by the exam I had to take for the OU, fortunately my only one of the season (since I tanked badly on linear algebra). I didn't study quite well enough, but the exam went decently and I came out of it after an hour and a half feeling okay. And was able to put the matter out of mind and spend the evening and the following day decompressing in the extreme.

Then I went back to work and readjusted to routine, after a week of feeling weirdly detached from my own life and the schedule I built for myself. This is still a work in progress, I suppose. On Thursday they held a kind of team event which took us out of the office. I enjoyed it, but it was hot and I came home exhausted. On Friday my sister pointed out that I had been sunburned, a little bit, around the collar and on the back of my neck. Dedicated nerd, vampire jokes etc. etc. My doctor also says that my vitamin D is critically low again.

This week: work. On Sunday night I went to see the new Ghostbusters with my brother and found it delightful. Laughed out loud more than once, a rarity for me with comedies. Today is my first dedicated writing day in a while and I'm finding it hard to get back in the rhythm. Probably because sometime in the last week or so I sank back into The Sims 2 of all things, and last night I stayed up much later than I had intended.

I actually realized several times that I forgot to cross-post my review of Martha Wells' dragon shapeshifter books, but I kept forgetting to do something about it. I'm posting it now, back-dated. And I need to think on what my next blog post should be. I mean, I could review Ghostbusters, but I really don't have anything intelligent to say that hasn't been said a billion times already.

I made some writing-related business decisions re: Patreon and itch.io, but since I haven't properly implemented anything, it's soon to concern with that. I am making inroads with Ren'py, though, I can say that much. And with the script of my in-progress game taking on a distinct shape, I think I could make a decent visual novel out of it, if I can find the right assets. And then I would have something to put on my itch.io, and to link to when I say grandiose things like "I am a game writer".
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
The Cloud Roads is the first installment of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series, a vivid and imaginative secondary world fantasy populated by a wealth of strange and fascinating creatures. Primary attention is given to the Raksura, a species of reptilian shapeshifters with a curious insectile social structure. This book is driven by worldbuilding, and as such, it must introduce a point-of-view that can ease the reader into the rich vitality of the setting, one piece at a time. Moon’s backstory as it is given is far from original, but as a vagabond traveler orphaned at a young age, he serves the book’s needs perfectly.

A well-rounded review requires revealing to the reader some things that the protagonist himself is initially ignorant of. Moon begins the story as a solitary being, camouflaged among strangers and unable to answer even the simplest questions about what he is or where he came from. The only others of his kind who he knew are long-dead. He does know a few things about himself, some of which he reveals to the readers, and others which he holds back. But the first turn of the plot is stated in the very beginning of chapter one, before doubling back to expose the transition in full.

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Crossposted to hazelgold.net.

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Monday, 18 July 2016 18:31
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
Just read (rather, skimmed the beginning of) a gushing review of The Secret Garden and Heidi, two books that I've grown to loathe since I read them as a child. Read more... )

I'd comment on the actual review, but I'm 100% sure that I'd lose my temper, express myself poorly, end up hating every word I say, and ultimately gravely regret the whole experience. I'm bad at having opinions.

Cell Trouble

Friday, 15 July 2016 12:24
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
My cellphone has been giving me trouble for a couple of weeks now, refusing to charge sometimes or giving me contradictory information about how high the battery charge was. I was getting all set up to order a new battery off Amazon or something. Then I decided to be a little smarter about it and took it to one of the phone stores that has a lab. The guy said that it's the socket thingie in the hpone that needs replacing and gave me an estimate, which even in worst case scenario is still only, like, half the cost of a new phone. Still a bunch more than a battery could cost, though.

Now I'm wondering whether my parents still have that archaeological cellphone that they kept around from when my sister was studying abroad. I do have my SIM card, so that might be convenient. Given that I don't even own a watch.

Feeling a lot less smug about all those opinion pieces lamenting how "dependent" we as a society have become on mobile devices. Not that I can't function without my phone, or anything. It's still terribly inconvenient, though, and there are all these phone numbers and things on my SIM that I just. Don't have saved anywhere else.

Binge-reading

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 09:19
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
I tore through the first three books of Martha Wells' Raksura series like it was my job. Then I downloaded the sampler for the fourth book on Kobo and read it through. When I hit the fade-out, I decided that it was time to slow down. After all, if I binge too hard, I risk burning out on the series before I've even had a chance to get my excitement to the max.

Meanwhile I'm looking at the other "maybes" I downloaded and trying to decide what to read next. I never did finish Emma, actually. Maybe now is the right time for that. N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season starts out brilliantly but it's got a trying narration structure and it's depressing as all fuck. On the other hand, there is literal geology magic. I've been meaning to read Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Come for years now, now might also be the right time for that. Or I could try and pick out something extra-frothy, to let me keep up the reading momentum more easily.

Reading dilemmas.
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
I’ve been obsessed with mermaids since I first watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid when I was six years old. Reportedly, after the movie I menaced my father with complex natural science questions like ‘what do mermaids eat?’ Fairy tales never really stopped having an appeal for me, even as a teenager when I grew frustrated with their simplistic and formulaic nature. It’s a good thing, too, because studying fairy tales taught me more about writing than almost anything else. To this very day, there are some words that, if I see them on a book cover, will spark an immediate interest: "dragon", for example. Or "mermaid".

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Crossposted to hazelgold.net.
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I am on top of everything, more or less.

...behind.

Sunday, 3 July 2016 08:34
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I'm rather behind on replies and some other things, so please bear with me. I will get back to everyone, hopefully soon.
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
Last night I finished The Cloud Roads, which I had intended to read for I don't know how long. Capped it off by downloading the preview for the second book of the trilogy, The Serpent Sea. I was reminded of it recently -- I had thought it was from a Writing Excuses cast with Martha Wells, but apparently they never had her on and I was confusing an episode about writing inhuman characters with the one where they recced the book. Probably because Ellen Kushner is another fantasy author I probably should have read years ago.

I enjoyed the book tremendously. The protagonist is male, which is usually a thing that would tamp down my interest. Because of the xenofic aspect, though (his species has about five biological sexes), there are aspects of his arcs which are.... Put it this way: you know how some people use slash fic as a way of examining vulnerability in detachment from femininity, to make it less personal? That. I am definitely working on a full review, but I was hoping someone in my circle had read it. Book's been out long enough that someone must have written on the subject, but I think I must be using the wrong search terms.
lea_hazel: Pride flag (Politics: GLBTQ)
On Monday evening I returned home from a grueling evening class, intending to "just quickly" check my social media before turning in. Now, normally I am a lot less active on Twitter than I am on Tumblr, but I like to check in and make sure that my account has something on it other than links to my blog posts. It was on this occasion that I discovered the hashtag #OwnYourOwn.

Own Your Own was started by the YA lit blog Interrobang and championed by Kaye M., a Muslim American YA writer and intersectional feminist activist. Read more... )

Back on Track

Friday, 17 June 2016 13:07
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
Keeping up with writing is difficult in this last stretch of the semester, but I think I'm managing. For most of the spring and late winter I have not succeeded in keeping track of my monthly word counts. Now I'm trying to get that back up and running while I am making progress on that one game, and also up to here with editing. On stories that I'm not always sure whether they are any good or not, but that's the writer's life for you.

And today I took a couple of stories that have been sitting semi-neglected, and sent them out to previously unexplored publishers. One of the markets I'd set my eye on (during my writing night on Tuesday) was ruled out because of an issue theme. I'll have to look into that, too.

Good times.

Accountability

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 21:39
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
Progress today: I determined that the soul story is capital-b Broken and needs to be set aside indefinitely. I selected two magazines to submit my existing finished stories to. I found an anthology with a deadline that has a prompt that might interest me, to write a new story for.

Not from tonight, but also important: I have a pretty solid lead on an ending for one of my other unfinished stories.

Fairy Tales

Sunday, 12 June 2016 12:26
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
My gay time traveling fairy story got rejected from SH for their queer mega-issue and now I have to decide where to submit it next. Or, you know. Whether to hold it back and try to put it through another round of revisions.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016 19:21
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Apparently I'd managed to forget that lab reports were part of the reason I'd dropped out to begin with.
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
This evening it suddenly seemed reasonable to keep a chart tracking the hit counts on all my games.

Both if the new ones are doing well: 38 and 35 hits, and they've been out about a week.
lea_hazel: Pride flag (Politics: GLBTQ)
This week was the one year anniversary of my becoming a full-time writer (in mentality if not in paycheck). Looking back on the good and the bad is sobering. On the one hand, I did not produce as many stories as I would have liked, or expected. My quality of end product is lacking. On the other hand, I can look back on a work of original fiction that I posted a year ago (Hail the Hunter) and think, "wow! that was a long time ago."

I consider that last one to be a pro. Read more... )

This subject is emotional to me, so most of the above is probably a meaningless mess of words. I will look back at it late rand be probably horrified. I just need to get it out right now, because it's been gnawing on my mind.
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
Escape to Princess, a CYOA where you play Narnia for grownups, because being a grownup sucks.

Why Aren't You Happy?, where you play a weird little dragon/princess courtship game.

Both also posted to the AO3, and there's a blog post queued for my main blog as well. I feel good about this.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
As part of an ongoing effort to assess the strength of my self-promotion, I decided that the only way to keep track of the enduring popularity of my text games is to document it, probably on a roughly weekly basis.

Lots of dull numbers behind the cut )

Next time I will do this is the form of a table for convenience's sake.

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