mhalachai: (Candle)
surreal work week aside, I had a pretty good day on writing today on the next part of my Blood in the Water Yuri on Ice! series. I have about 20 tabs open with information on all of the 2015-16 figure skating season events, and also most of the pages from the Yuri on Ice wiki, as this next installment opens just before Yuuri’s free skate at the 2016 World Championship in Boston. I had to stop myself from constructing his program’s technical elements to figure out what he would really have scored, and instead just handwaved things.

Also I think I now know why the Yuri on Ice writers focused on the Grand Prix series instead of the others, and not just because it comes first in the season - at the GP events and final, there are only six skaters performing in each event. At the others, including Worlds, there are upwards of 24 skaters performing in every event - trying to write the stage mechanics of 24 skaters, plus coaches, is a bloody nightmare.

Anyway, the struggle continues. Have a good week, everyone.
mhalachai: (SGA Elizabeth+Atlantis (obaona))

Tagged on tumblr by @rosefyrefyre‚Äč

Favorite story I’ve written and why? I have a few for different reasons:

  • Agent Afloat Atlantis - writing Ziva David in this story was a very interesting experience, and I think story is one of my better efforts in terms of language and crossoverness.
  • Widow Maker - not only do I love Natasha Romanoff, but the arc and plot of the story work for me in terms of pacing and direction. I think this is a good example of how it can take a writer a long time to grow into their craft, and this was pretty much written ten years after I started writing fanfic so not a bad haul.
  • Inevitable - I don't think it has aged as well as others of my fics, but then I feel that way about a lot of my Anita Blake stuff. The amount of fandom support I got from everyone in my years writing Inevitable have meant more to me than I can ever describe, and it helped give me a lot of confidence - if I could pull off a Harry Potter/Anita Blake crossover like this, I can do anything.
  • And Hands of Clay because of all the reasons.

Tropes I gravitate toward? Found family and crossovers.

Present or past tense? Past. Present-tense is okay for me in writing short little blurbs, but I stick with past-tense for anything big. Just my preference.

How many unfinished stories do I have? Oh, dear. Most of them I've had some long ones get away from me and then my motivation vanishes. Part of the cost of doing business in fandom I think. My big undones are Physics of the Spin, Old Soldiers, Hel's Bones, Rhapsody in Blue, Child of the Wolf... I left Dawning Light at the end of Act 1 so i'm okay with that ending. I hope I can one day get  back to Old Soldiers because we're now so far off canon for that Bucky that it doesn't matter any more, and with Rhapsody in Blue I want to wrap up Peggy's story. Who knows about Hel's Bones.

Ideas in Google docs? I use Dropbox instead of Google Docs but anyway all the ideas are in my head... which is not great because then they very seldom get written down, then they are forgotten and on I go.

Best review/comment I’ve received? So many. I love when people tell me things they liked about the chapter/story, so I can go back and forth with them in comments :D

Worst review/comment? I had an epic few  back on Twisting the Hellmouth - there was a guy back on there who was super critical/negative about a lot of people's stuff (not naming names because I think I spotted him on Tumblr while back and I’m not looking to revive the squabbles), and i have to say I'm glad we're now in different fandoms. But yeah I've been pretty luck with comments/reviews over the years.

Last book I’ve read? Do I read books anymore? I think it was a library book that has obviously left no impression. The last book I bought was Cold Case Vancouver - that's a good one (non-fiction).  I read a lot of fanfic - currently obsessed with Owlet's Infinite Coffee and Protection Detail series.

Do I plan to publish something original? I hope so. I'm working on ideas, trying to figure out what would work for me in engaging in original fiction. I have some great plot ideas but the characters are harder to get a handle on. I think that's why I gravitate to fanfic; the characters are already there.

Biggest writing inspiration?  Life experiences.  The places I've been, the things I've done, and of course the people that I've known. How is that for a boring answer? But yeah I find that the more I do, the more ideas I have.

But also, too, different things work for different stories. With the Widow's Tale series, all of the stories except for Old Soldiers I wrote out longhand then typed them up. With Hands of Clay, I listen to jazz while I write. I've learned to go with what works while it works, and not stress myself out when things stop working or I need to change it up.

Fanfic stories – how many have I posted? Dear god, probably over 200 in various forms? I have 80 works up on AO3, but I have so many more on TTH and on my LJ. I haven't ported everything to AO3 yet as some fics are too short or unfinished, but also.... how do I say this.... some were written when I was very young as a writer. They have not aged as well as one might have hoped.

What am I currently working on?  Hands of Clay, all the time. Working on ideas for how to finish Rhapsody in Blue and Old Soldiers. Always looking for new ideas - and since Supergirl has kiboshed my ideas for that Supergirl/Die Hard fusion, that's been pinned to the wall in case I can salvage it at some point.

What’s my username? Mhalachai, everywhere. AO3, Livejournal, Dreamwidth, TTH, and Tumblr.

Who's next? tag yourself if you want and comment here so I can see!

mhalachai: (SGA John Happyhour (_wwsd_))

[originally posted on tumblr]

So, anyway looking back:

Pros to the year:

I did a lot of work on letting shit go, and trying to live the understanding that other people are living their lives and doing their best and that’s not a reflection (negative or positive) on me. Basically all those life lessons in Hands of Clay that the dads are taking time to impart on the kids, that’s my personal philosophy this year.

Did a lot of writing this year, but not as much as previous years - I figure that it was all quality writing so it’s still a win.  An overview of the last three years (numbers from AO3 + my crappy math)

  • 2013: 204,942
  • 2014: 267,071
  • 2015: 198,484 (plus hundreds of crappy tumblr posts)

Things that were crap in 2015 for me personally:

  • a ‘mid’-life crisis and the ever-present crippling fear of death
  • My PMDD kicked my ass over the first part of the year.
  • While work is good, there are Circumstances Outside My Control coming down in 2016 that I’ve been worrying about quite a lot.
  • I spend too much goddamned money.

Resolutions for 2016:

  • Write more consistently
  • Get more sleep.
  • Drink less caffeine and alcohol (we say that every year don’t we)
  • Do at least 5 ‘races’ this year (10K walks, probably, or maybe a 5K shamble run)
  • Make it through.

what about you? what are you hoping for in 2016?


Nov. 22nd, 2015 05:39 pm
mhalachai: (Default)
today's been a bit of a surreal day. I had something come into my inbox on tumblr that's been needling me all day (i'm thinking of turning off anon, because honestly if you want to take issue with something I've said please at least do me the courtesy of saying it to my face) and I've been working on processing it. My parents called me last night at about 8pm saying 'hey do you want to go walk around Stanley Park tomorrow morning?' and I said no because a) didn't wanna and b) I had plans to write, and so I spent the whole day feeling guilty about that. And my writing today was crap so that makes me feel even worse. Why is describing human interaction so hard?

Tomorrow is back to work and I have a feeling that this week is going to be verging on a disaster, but I'll do what I can. I'm lucky in that I have a great boss and a good bunch of people and it makes it a bit easier when I know that everyone is working as hard as I am (something I haven't had in previous jobs so I'm doubly conscious of that).

So anyway. Here's to another week.
mhalachai: (Profiler Panther)
A summary of my last week:
  • The bathroom fan in my apartment stopped working
  • The handle/latch on one of the living room windows fell off
  • Flat tire (see below)
  • My credit card was compromised 
On the up side, I did my 10K walk yesterday with my mother and we shaved 10 minutes off our time from last time!

All in all, ugh.

the tire thing

Backstory - last Thursday we had a cold snap and my truck's tire pressure warning light came on so I took her to the gas station - the tires were at around 5psi too low so I filled them up and off I went. Fast forward to today, when the warning light came on again just as I was getting to work. Back right tire was down again which through copious amounts of googling suggested was a slow leak. Now my truck is at Canadian Tire waiting for someone do do something about that. Luckily, I'm working from home tomorrow so I'm not on a time crunch and can go in to pick it up whenever they're done.

But still.


Nov. 4th, 2015 09:25 am
mhalachai: (HP Decaf)
I keep meaning to come back to this place to post, but you know how it goes. I was poking around my old entries and I think it's interesting how I'm less likely to talk about myself online these days. Part of it is the 'do I really want this on tumblr" but also I'm apathetic :P

So I'm going to try to make at least one post a week on DW/LJ and we'll see how things go.

Also, if anyone has any questions or comments, drop them into comments :D
mhalachai: (John Five OClock)
With everything that's upcoming this month I'm making the decision to go on a tiny writing hiatus for three weeks. I have a lot of work to wrap up before the holidays, and a final project for a course I'm taking, so yeah that's where my time needs to go :( Then I'm going to have two weeks off over Christmas so I can get back to creative works.

That said I'm going to be doing the December meme and I plan to fill in those blanks myself which is easy, I can talk about things that interest me for 150 words per day.

Also I have a paid account now so I can import all my icons again yay.
mhalachai: (Default)
Hey all who are here from the friending meme :) I'm mostly here for fandom stuff - I'm a writer and I fanfic, as well as meta and have occasional thoughts about fictional things. My links to various places are on the sidebar of my blog page.

Um so yeah in RL I live in British Columbia, work in communications. I don't know what else I could put here... oh well you can always ask if you want to know anything.

My main fandom at the moment is MCU, and Natasha Romanoff is my favourite. Stargate is my secondary at the moment, at least in the writing side of things, but yeah lots of fandoms where I like to poke around and read the meta and reblog gifsets on Tumblr. 

And unrelated - I'm watching the pilot of Criminal Minds on netflix right now - that was a very good pilot (filmed in Vancouver btw).


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