Aug. 6th, 2020


[info]duskpeterson

FIC: Liegeman's Service (Waterman), Law of Vengeance 6/21 (The Three Lands)

E-BOOK (at Patreon and bookstores)

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Liegeman's Service (Waterman).

"On the other side of the postcard was a message from his liegeman: 'My research goes well here, sir. If I may be of further service, please let me know.' Nothing more. Nothing about him missing Pembroke. Nothing about him wishing Pembroke was there."

Bereft of his liegeman, Pembroke is forced to cut short his education in order to serve his liege-master at the Third Landstead University. War upon the waters seems imminent in their bayside landstead. But Master Rudd, who will soon rule over their landstead, is interested in nothing but food, games, and his most recent passion, women.

With his own bed now cold, Pembroke must decide how far his loyalty extends to his liege-master. The answer may lie in long-remembered tales from Pembroke's boyhood.

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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Next Patreon fic: An annotated edition of The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon).

AO3 FICTION

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Chapter 6/21 of Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands).

"For many years, I have wished to make a memoir of my life to pass on to future generations of Emorians who desire to learn what it means to have complete dedication to the Chara and his law. This is not to be the memoir I intended, but I find the time passing slowly here in the Chara's dungeon . . ."

For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.

As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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HOME & WRITING: My current daily and weekly schedules

DAILY SCHEDULE

(More or less, because it keeps getting derailed.)

Fiction writing & publishing

Make snack.

Eat while doing light editing of the scene I wrote the day before.

Write another scene (or a portion of a scene, depending on how long it is).

Housework & deskwork

Make breakfast while talking with Joe.

Eat while reading news and email.

Daily chores: empty and refill humidifier, make bed, put away dishes, wash dishes, and tidy.

Maybe make a phone/video call to my parents.

Alternate between housework (whatever is the current Housework I Should Have Done Weeks Ago) and deskwork.

Make lunch while talking with Joe.

Eat while watching a video.

Alternate between housework and deskwork.

Make supper while talking with Joe.

Eat while reading news and mail.

Daily chores: do the final portion of setting up my humidifier for the night and do kitchen clean-up.

Fiction writing & publishing

Edit or lay out fiction before taking a shower and going to bed.

Throughout the day

Bathroom breaks with reading matter.

(There really ought to be more fiction reading in the above schedule. I keep getting sucked into reading news articles and blog posts.)

WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR MY DESKWORK

(This is so highly theoretical that it pains me to look at it. Let's call it my goal.)

Five days a week: Nonfiction (day job).

One day a week: Write blog entries, post/upload at bookstores, AO3, DW, Patreon, and my website, and read my Dreamwidth reading page.

One day a week: Make phone/video calls to friends, write longer emails, reply to comments posted to me, do finances, sort papers, sort computer files, wish I had seven days a week to do all of this.

How about you folks? Are you still derailed by the pandemic? I'm hoping your schedule is a little more stable than mine is.

Jul. 28th, 2020


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FIC: Law of Vengeance 5/21 (The Three Lands)

AO3 FICTION

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Chapter 5/21 of Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands).

"For many years, I have wished to make a memoir of my life to pass on to future generations of Emorians who desire to learn what it means to have complete dedication to the Chara and his law. This is not to be the memoir I intended, but I find the time passing slowly here in the Chara's dungeon . . ."

For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.

As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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Writing life: Writing schedule (the pandemic edition)

Well, I managed to dig myself into a pit of misunderstanding last time at this journal. To clarify:

1) Anyone is very, very welcome to read my journal without posting here. I've lurked at lots of journals in my time.

2) If you would like me to read your journal, you need only post a comment to me here or elsewhere (on any topic), and I'll add your journal to the ones I follow.

3) You can also post comments here for any reason whatsoever. I just like following the journals of people who talk to me. :)

On to discussing my writing schedule!

In theory, at least, I'm supposed to be laying out and issuing this year's fiction, editing next year's fiction, and composing fiction for the year after.

Of course, it never works out that neatly. Here's where matters stand currently.

2020 STORIES

What I should be doing: Laying out and issuing stories I've already written and edited, and bringing out new editions of stories I've previously published.

What I'm actually doing: Desperately rushing to finish editing this year's fiction so that I can issue it.

I was already treading on my heels last fall, whereupon I fell into a nine-month Internet hole that I'm only just now emerging from. It was touch-and-go for several months there as to whether I would get my Patreon stories out in time - and in fact, March's fic was late. But if there was any month of my life in which it would be understandable that I'd be late with a story, it's March 2020.

By the end of April, I'd gotten myself back on track, and I'm hopeful that I'll be able to stay on track with my Patreon fic for the rest of the year, though, *gulp*, the next story I have to rush to finish is a novel that I'm issuing in four parts.

(All of my AO3 fic for this year is ready except for my holiday gift story, which I keep changing my mind about. If any of you folks have a story prompt to offer me for my holiday gift fic, now's the time to speak up.)

It looks doubtful that I'll get any new editions out this year. Maybe next year.

2021 STORIES

What I should be doing: Editing stories which I will issue in 2021.

What I'm actually doing: See above. I haven't had a chance yet to edit next year's Patreon fic, which is deeply unfortunate, because in January I'm launching an eight-part serialized meganovel. However, fingers crossed, I hope to be through editing the 2020 stories in October, so I'll have three months to edit next year's novel. The serialized novella that follows the meganovel I'll probably have to edit this winter.

I also need to read over for typos the AO3 fiction I'll be (re)issuing.

2022 STORIES

What I should be doing: Composing 2022's Patreon stories.

What I'm actually doing: Composing 2022's Patreon stories! But most of 2022's fic is another serialized meganovel, so whether I'll finish it by the end of the year depends on (1) how self-disciplined I am and (2) whether the world takes another tumble.

In theory, I should be able to finish that novel, because I've written a little more than half of it so far. However, my Muse gets cranky about writing a ~300,000-word novel all in one go (I can't imagine why), so I'll take breaks in between novel sections. During those breaks, I'll work on more of the short fiction that I plan to post at Patreon in order to round out the 2022 publishing year.

So basically, I'm behind, but not too much behind. How is your own fic writing/reading schedule going this year?

(Don't ask about how I'm keeping to my fiction reading schedule this year. I consider myself lucky that I'm reading novels again.)

Jul. 27th, 2020


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Video rec: "Frozen" films (2013 to present)

Tell me, have any of you ever had the experience of falling in love with a new fandom and discovering that nobody at all is interested in the best character in the entire canon?

There are 7,468 Frozen fanworks at AO3. Of those, exactly eight are centered on Olaf. None of those eight fanworks are over three thousand words. Several are crackfic.

What is wrong with the Frozen fandom? Don't they realize that Olaf is witty, unfailingly optimistic, dramatic, willing to admit when he is wrong, philosophical (warning: spoilers after 0:35), and there when you need him?

And yes, he's a snowman. I really think that speciesphobia is at the heart of this, because the last time I encountered fandom being this obtuse about the obvious, it was when I made the mistake of asking on a Temeraire comm for recs for Laurence/Temeraire fic.

There was a long silence. (I could almost see people looking at each other with raised eyebrows.) And then someone voiced the general sentiment: "Um, wouldn't the size difference be a problem? I mean, they couldn't have sex."

As though that matters in true love. Honestly, it's enough to make me spit.

Anyway, in summary, go watch Frozen and its sequels. Even if you aren't into warm-hearted snowmen - or have been forced to watch "The Snowman" one too many times - I promise you, there's plenty of other good stuff in Frozen to enjoy . . . including the queerest Disney song that you'll ever hear.