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thing of the undefined time period, #1

Um...Hey.

When tangerinedream  started Scribes' Shelter, I thought it might be neat if there was a sort of regular thing relating directly to the art of writing.  Two weeks and one convoluted explanation
later (which LJ mysteriously ate), here it is. 

The Thing of the Undefined Time Period, edition number one: "The Thing" because not every one likes writing prompts, and I'm not clever enough to come up with interesting (or very clear) questions.  "Undefined Time Period" because time and the interwebs are not friends in my world--but I'll try very hard to do at least one a week.

Also!  Thank you celticsuccubus  for your bravery and posting the first piece!  Hooray!

(more on that below...)


First, maybe a round of introductions?  It seems like we all know tangerinedream , but
not each other--I'm down with sharing the voices in my head just as long as I know what types you lot are.  Alternatively, you could just skip to the discussion thing below (second el jay cut down).

I'm Maureen, also known as:naiadiseult , thegirlwho (outside LJ, but that might change), Beanie DJ Reenie Zee, the Girl With Black Hair, Maurice, Hey You, and formerly the Barista Sometimes Called Dan Or Heather.  I do things.

My reading habits are simple, naturally making them difficult to explain.  The Austen-Brown Scale is a personal rating system devised earlier this year.  It's applied to more than written works, but in this instance can most clearly illustrate the nature of my picky-ness: Persuasion, for example ranks at 100 per cent Austen while The Da Vinci Code is at the complete other end, being 100 per cent Brown.  Most of things I read rank between 10 per cent Austen and 10 per cent Brown, with zero being absolute ambivalence.  (When a piece is more than 65 per cent Brown is where I wanting to throw it across the room in disgust)... This is all probably more than you need to know, because I am now going to tell you how I'm actually rather tolerant toward reading prose in online communities--I believe in the power of Revision.

Poetry is an entirely different matter.

Writing-wise, I do: long fiction, screenplays, amateur blogging, and non-journalistic non-fiction.  I don't do hard news or poetry (anymore, rather--I have issues stemming from long befor Goldie's class).  I'd like write more short stories, especially because they might help my career.  Currently, I'm trying to finish my first novel so that I get back to my second.  Oh, and I have a few screenplays of various lengths on the side that need finishing.

Those last thee paragraphs (if you want to call the line about poetry a paragraph, which I am) are a very long way of saying, "Hi, I write things, may I please rant to you about them?"  Because Novel One is maddening: I'm at the phase affectionately known as "This story sucks balls! I can't believe I wasted 90,000 words!"  My characters are obnoxious.  My protagonist is the worst--I'm the type who has fully formed people in my head and, well, I'm tired of walking around with a fully grown prince humming pop songs at me.  Meanwhile, the guys from Novel Two are starting to get restless.  It's enough to drive a girl to drink.

Oh, wait...

Anyway. Your turn, if you really want to.  What do you read or write, if anything?  Is there anything specific you're looking for in Scribes' Shelter, or do you just want a place to put things or write, or are you just along for the ride?  What is your favourite colour?  What do you think about cheese?



Now, as promised, the Great Big Discussion Thing!  Hooray!



If you missed it,celticsuccubus posted a short piece last week that was inspired Oliver Stone's "The Doors."

It's sexy, but not overtly graphic or ridiculous.

Anyway.  Because of either residual Puritanism in my blood or in spite of twenty-odd years of watching Python, I have a difficult time with sex scenes.  Innuendo, oh hell yes, but actually sitting down to describe two people getting it on? Not so much.  I giggle like a thirteen-year-old boy.

So to the mature writers, how do you write a sex scene, and can you impart some advice?  And to everyone, do you find sex scenes hard to write--or even to read?

Discuss.  If it tickles your fancy to do so.

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missing_lynk
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Yikes! I posted minutes after you did. Without introducing myself. Damnit.

But I'll attempt to redeem myself by adding to the discussion --

I agree: the post was delightfully sexy, great use of the Doors lyric. Personally, I'm not a big fan of lurve scenes... writing or reading. I don't think it's a matter of maturity (though I, too, am prone to giggling and making rude innuendos) -- it's just that I don't think I could put that subject matter into proper words. I feel as though it'd sound too cliched. Alas.

But I'm reading this really fantastic book if you want to write which has an chapter on exercises to help writers conquer "erotic scenes." Maybe we can have a post where people who want to can participate in said exercise.
naiadiseult
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Yikes! I posted minutes after you did. Without introducing myself.

Go team thinking alike!


it's just that I don't think I could put that subject matter into proper words. I feel as though it'd sound too cliched. Alas.

That's my problem, too, and thank you for phrasing it more succinctly--I feel like I'd wind up writing about "womanly oceans" and "throbbing members" and things that sound like the Punisher.

As far as reading said scenes, why aren't you a fan? Is it that too many writers do wind up using cliches?

But I'm reading this really fantastic book if you want to write which has an chapter on exercises to help writers conquer "erotic scenes." Maybe we can have a post where people who want to can participate in said exercise.

That sounds like fun. I definitely want to do a post, and soon, about books and blogs and such. What sort of exercise would it be?
naiadiseult
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Also! I just skimmed over your post, and I while I am planning to read everything... Today saw four hours updating el jay and zero on the Novel. So I'm saving you for when I'm more coherent. Also, I has a beer which means the characters are totally about to have their way with my computer. Those assholes.

But I did skim, after all, and I must say: JUMP HIM EVEN!

Maybe a little?

Also-also, Hurka and I are re-teaming soonish for a movie, and there's totally a part if you want it.
missing_lynk
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
hahaha. thanks kindly!

Another movie, eh?!?! Is it called Even more points for clarity or something equally clever? :P I still love all of the very random attention I garnered from that movie airing on R.U.N. all of the time - it was a little bit awesome!

In short - YES! I'd love to work with you (and Dave too!) again. Do keep me posted. :)
celticsuccubus
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
thanks for the shout-out and the compliment. sex is ridiculous. it's hard to write about it and keep it from being ridiculous. mighty tricksy, love.

i wrote quite a bit as a child. mostly "poetry" (aka, odes to cute boys i had crushes on and couldn't have!)

so my writing style now is quite grandiose and overly descriptive. i'm preparing to post my most recent textual diarrhea. (apart from my resume, that is...) i took several fiction-writing/short story classes in college and i was actually a runner-up in a state-wide short story contest last year. yet, i haven't written anything new in the past 8 months or so. le sigh.

HAI EVERYONE. thanks for being a part of this. and thanks maddylion for getting this together. i really need to write more and this nudges me towards that.
naiadiseult
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
thanks for the shout-out and the compliment. sex is ridiculous. it's hard to write about it and keep it from being ridiculous. mighty tricksy, love.

hey, you still managed to do it and, dare i say, do it well.

tangerinedream
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. The Austen-Brown scale sounds like the literary cousin of the Grohl-Bono scale. I love it.

And, um.... a new Spall film? I demand details. Please?
naiadiseult
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Yes, the adviser to the Austen-Brown scale is part of the team behind the Grohl-Bono scale. But he is only an adviser and the rules to Austen-Brown are completely different from Grohl-Bono, in that Austen-Brown is a more intricate judging process. Oh, and I make up things as I go along, and Bill doesn't.


And, um.... a new Spall film? I demand details. Please?

Indeed there is! Its working title is "Bashing Mangoes" because that is the first thing that popped into my head, as in "I will bash many mangoes in joy if I ever finish something." The actual story is about a frustrated young fantasy writer (Hurka) who is trying to end his first novel, while his main character is generally annoying and tries to thwart his author at every page. Sir Paul Toroni himself is signed to play the Main Character.

Clearly, I never, ever make movies about things that happen to me. Nope, not that egotistical.

using the right word at the right time helps. and you used capital letters! what's that about?
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