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Yes!! Another 50k on Moonstrike! Posted four days early with room to spare at 50,971!

Now, that doesn't mean I'm done with the story, but I have been writing the big stuff at the end. Definitely more to go! I'm gonna try to get the majority of this done by the 30th, which means lots of word wars with my wrimos, even I'm not counting the words for my total.

This is gonna end up as another corker, word-wise, I think, but far from the 300K that The White Winds clocked in at.

Still... woot!!
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Finally finished a bit of stuff that I didn't know was supposed to be part of Moonstrike! The more I post it at FanNation, the more I want to post it at ff.net. The files are there; I've uploaded them to ff.net to use their HTML capacity, which I've copied to FanNation as well as to my website files. I've had a couple of reviews, which have made me really happy (also got one for The White Winds today at FanNation - a bit of a shock, that!)

I just want this story to work, to be right, before I post it to ff.net. I want Rhea to be real, and to be part of the Tracy family without warping it too much. I've gone to the length of rewriting some of the family background, using ideas that aren't contradicted by canon (Jeff has siblings; Lucy has a part in planning IR before her death.) as well as bringing things out that are found in comics canon (John and Brains going to college together.) So far, I've got five chapters, and only one scene with Rhea!

So, I'm asking for feedback. The story allows for anonymous reviews, and you can find it here: Moonstrike! I'd post it here, but I've always found live journal awkward for just about anything other than short stuff. However, if people would like to see it here, I'm game to do it. I could also post it at devART for thems what wants it.

FanFiction.net is the site that gets the most traffic of all for Thunderbirds fanfiction. It's also the one glutted with the Tracy sister fics. As much as I crave the reviews, I want the story to be worth it.

Thanks for listening to my ramblings...
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Been working on coding things for my personal fiction site. I’ve finished and posted Mosaic – though that will be updated when the muse strikes – and I’m working on The White Winds. There’s still lots to do, but I’m almost halfway through the chapter formatting. I’ve managed to get it down to a routine. Open the .txt files, put in the chapter coding snippet for each chapter. Scroll down and add the back and forward buttons snippet. Tweak them to the proper chapter numbers. Remove the “next time, next chapter” stuff and paste it in a .txt file. Scroll up; add new title and cut the teasers and disclaimer. Then save as a .shtml file. Leave them all open, find a scene divider and change it with the short horizontal line snippet. Copy that, and do a global replace on all open files. Do a preview skim to make sure things look right, then save and close all. Really, I just did about 15 chapters and it only took an hour or so.

Seriously, the biggest time eater is finding images for the splash pages and writing the foreword. On Mosaic, it took me beyond forever to figure out which screencaps to use (and I found I’d duplicated some from earlier stories), and then the free photos that spoke to the drabbles. For The White Winds, I’ve asked my daughter to update a piece of cast art that she’d done for me earlier. Her artwork has progressed soooo very far that she was embarrassed by the old stuff. Since I’m working so quickly on coding this, I should poke her about that piece.

I’m also trying to decide if I should add my two non-Thunderbirds one-shots to the One Shots book. I’ve done one for The Incredibles, and one for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. My fanfiction is so heavily Thunderbirds-oriented, but these deserve a home, too. (They are posted on ff.net and on FanNation.) Tell me what you think about that.

In other writing news, I’ve pulled most of my work from Lunaescence Archives. I have several reasons for this. Things that were broken aren’t being fixed is one of them (thinking of forum registration here), but an increasing dissatisfaction with the way the archive is being run, and the ever-stronger skew toward anime and manga (and reader-insert) stories are probably stronger reasons. I’m sad about this, really; so many archives tend to go downhill once their owners are no longer involved in running and upgrading them. And now this has happened (IMHO) to Luna. (Yes, this puts me in mind of Thunderbirds Central, and parts of IR:TNP that need updating, too.)

As far as my personal “cyberstalker” (Lillehafrue’s term) is concerned, I haven’t heard from her again. Hopefully, I never will.

Back to the HTML editor, Batman!

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I had set up something in chapter 73 of The White Winds for the main character's track team: an indoor track and field arena for them to compete in despite the winter weather that was coming on. I put it in Worcester, MA, as being a rather centrally-located place, and said that it was at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester. My author's note mentioned that, though Worcester has a state college, maybe in the future (when this story is set), they would have traded up to the UMass system.

Today, I got the alumni e-newletter from the state college I attended, and lo, all the state colleges have been renamed as universities! So, there is now a Worcester State University!

That is SO weird to me. Has anyone else had this happen to them?
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I'm sorry I missed yesterday. To make up for it, I'll post two days today.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

NCIS, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

NCIS for reasons I've already explained. And The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (it's on DVD) because it's a science fiction western, with the versatile Bruce Campbell. Fun adventure, witty, not at all authentic - it's like a western B movie with some steampunk thrown in. And it's fun. Lots of fun.

Day 09 - Best scene ever

Third Rock from the Sun - dream episode, "Life has been good to me"

We didn't watch Third Rock from the Sun at all, but my husband has this thing about dream sequences, especially if they're funny. As a result, we have this on VHS, taped from the TV. It's a hilarious sketch among some other hilarious sketches (the aliens dream for the first time and don't know what a dream is.) but it's a peppy, whimsical musical number, complete with dancers and absurd scenery. My husband always fast-forwards to that scene, and chortles all the way through.


The rest of the meme )
In other news, I'm working on chapter 72 of The White Winds. Just three more chapters to go.
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Post a little bit of each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations.

The White Winds )

Resolutions Redux )

Overtures )
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Just felt like trying something new. I like the minimalist layout, but I wish I could mix and match bits and pieces. For example, I'd love to have this in a different color, but keep the nifty numbers and reply button (it now says "Talk to me!", which I thought was fun). And have the links for friends' page, user info, etc. as tabs across the top instead of links alongside my icon.

I'm nearly hopeless at CSS, so I really can't mess with the style sheets... I think. Maybe I'll work with it a bit when I have time.

Been working slowly on The White Winds, and I'm coming to the end of the chapter. It seems Alan's going to factor into this more and more, and Fermat less and less. Also, Rhea--my "Tracy sister"--has been poking me to write her into some situations that other writers have brought up, and has been giving me more background detail on her growing up. Problem is: I'm not sure how to slot this into the fic as it stands now. It would have to be mostly flashback... I had decided to do some of that, but not as much as might turn up now. It looks like this fic may turn out to be like the Brains fic: present day chapters interspersed with past ones. I guess we'll see how it goes.

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