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lady_songsmith
22 July 2016 @ 06:49 pm
Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

I love outside POV and everything else that gives a different perspective, stories that come at canon for right angles -- or 180, if you want to write villains as protagonists. On which note, I love history as written by the victors tropes and unreliable narrators in general. I like complexity, characters with conflicting loyalties and/or motives, people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons and vice-versa, relationships that accommodate both conflict and affection, and generally three-dimensional characters.

I adore worldbuilding, particularly of the sort that treats Narnia as a real place rather than a dreamlike fairytale land. I also love details that provide a sense of place, whether created out of whole cloth or in a researched historical setting.

I prefer movieverse to bookverse, precisely because of the movies' attempt to introduce character memory and development where the books used archetypes, but I do enjoy the books and MN, HHB, and SC should all be considered fair game for setting fodder. I do not like Last Battle, for myriad reasons, and would prefer no Aslan's Country fic. Susan after the crash is ok, as are Everyone Lives (or Some People Live) AUs, and drawing on pre-crash events in LB for general inspiration is fine too.

On the scale of benevolent to selfish Aslan, I tend toward the cynical side, but I read and enjoy fics all along the spectrum. Just please not all the way at the infallible, (literal) deus ex machina, wrap-up moral delivering end.

Any rating, any type of pairing (m/m, f/f, m/f), and indeed more-than-pairings are all fine with me.

I tried to put most of my notes about the prompts IN the prompts, this year, but I am happy to answer questions. Also all my prior letters are tagged 'nfe'
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lady_songsmith
05 July 2015 @ 06:39 pm
Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

I love outside POV and everything else that gives a different perspective, storeis that come at canon for right angles -- or 180, if you want to write villains as protagonists. On which note, I love history as written by the victors tropes and unreliable narrators in general. I like complexity, characters with conflicting loyalties and/or motives, people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons and vice-versa, relationships that accomodate both conflict and affection, and generally three-dimensional characters.

I adore worldbuilding, particularly of the sort that treats Narnia as a real place rather than a dreamlike fairytale land. I also love details that provide a sense of place, whether created out of whole cloth or in a researched historical setting.

I prefer movieverse to bookverse, precisely because of the movies' attempt to introduce character memory and development where the books used archetypes, but I do enjoy the books and MN, HHB, and SC should all be considered fair game for setting fodder. I do not like Last Battle, for myriad reasons, and would prefer no Aslan's Country fic. Susan after the crash is ok, as are Everyone Lives (or Some People Live) AUs, and drawing on pre-crash events in LB for general inspiration is fine too.

On the scale of benevolent to selfish Aslan, I tend toward the cycincal side, but I read and enjoy fics all along the spectrum. Just please not all the way at the infallible, (literal) deus ex machina, wrap-up moral delivering end.

Any rating, any type of pairing (m/m, f/f, m/f), and indeed more-than-pairings are all fine with me.

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lady_songsmith
12 May 2015 @ 10:43 am
So, summer's coming, some people who'd vanished into the pits of Real Life are back on the 'net; should we try a Narnia reread again?
 
 
lady_songsmith
09 May 2015 @ 04:55 pm
So I finally saw the movie, and, uhm... it’s a movie. Yup. Moving images on the screen, uh-huh.

I’m ok with shaky premise, I am. It’s a summer blockbuster, realistic is this dream we had once upon a BBQ. THAT SAID.
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lady_songsmith
24 February 2015 @ 02:44 pm
Feel free to skip it.

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lady_songsmith
28 September 2014 @ 10:59 pm
I am in shock. Someone picked up my long-shot prompt -- slash, they wrote me. In this fandom! A unicorn if ever there was one... though, possibly that's a horrible choice of metaphor under the circumstances. Particularly given the lack of fade-to-black. Hee.

I am still trying to compose a coherent comment. In the meantime, go read Bacchus and Caspian/Drinian! A merry band of far-away strangers
 
 
lady_songsmith
02 August 2014 @ 10:05 pm
Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

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lady_songsmith
01 May 2014 @ 12:06 pm
Hey, we haven't done this one in a while!

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any or all of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, and possibly a short excerpt as well.

Any fandom welcome. I thought about putting a list here; it got long.

In other news, I'm attempting to write 100 words a day minimum for the entire month of May, and may be spamming your journals and/or tumblrs with the results.
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lady_songsmith
06 March 2014 @ 07:13 pm
Work related blather got really long, and also a bit sharp, so it's under lock in its own post.

1. I've been sick for what feels like forever. This nasty cold just kept coming back every time I thought I was done, until finally I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago. They gave me antibiotics and I feel so much better now, but I'm still digging out from under all the stuff I didn't do when I felt like crap.

2. One of those things I haven't been doing is keeping up with the LWW read-along over on the NFFR boards, but heliopausa and adaese have been making a valiant effort at keeping it going. Some of their points are worth really digging into -- you should all go take a look and chime in!

3. I haven't been writing. To the point where I'm not even carrying my notebook with me anymore. (To be fair, it doesn't fit in my bag with all the winter/cold paraphernalia in there at the moment.) I'd like to get back to it, and I've been trying to prod my brain in that direction. Perverse entity that it is, it promptly presented me with two new Narnia fics, one of which at least would be a major AU undertaking. When I tried to squelch that, it wandered off to other-fandoms' kinkmeme fills. When I tried to hook it back into the stuff currently languishing in my Scrivener project, it wanted to talk about major rewrites to one of them. Anyone have any tips for care and management of your creative impulses? Herding cats does not even begin to do it justice.

4 (3a?). On the subject of major rewrite project. One of the key concepts of Lies -- that the flashbacks are from the perspective of the frame -- is really, really, really not working out. Too subtle. The easier way to go would be to edit it out, which would be annoying but not super time-consuming. But I would rather not lose it. But the more I think on it, the more I think there isn't any way to do it subtly; the readership investment just isn't there to support it. So if I want to keep it, I have to go back in and punch it hard. The first thing that comes to mind to do that is to shift it to a more internal academia style: history books, letters, etc. But if I do that, I don't think I can keep Paukhep and Hekaios as POV characters, and I like them, especially Paukhep. Opinions, anyone? Advice?

5 (3b?). Purely hypothetically, if someone were decidedly not thinking about doing a story in which Lucy wound up with the Witch instead of Edmund, which point of divergence would be more interesting: Tumnus doesn't have a change of heart and kidnaps her, or Jadis gets wind of it sooner, arrests him, and is waiting for Lucy when she goes back? The first appeals to me because I've long argued that Lucy and Edmund do exactly the same thing and it's sheer luck that she met someone nice and he met the Big Bad, but it leaves the question of how to get the other three into Narnia, since they've never heard of it at that point and have no reason to go poking in wardrobes. The other one handily explains why Edmund wouldn't meet the Witch (she's off capturing Lucy when he gets to Narnia) and then he can bring Peter and Susan in later, but it lacks the emotional parallelism.

(6? 4? feck it) N. I'm also seriously thinking about making a gifset (my first gifset, oh dear, am I really joining the tumblr - blech - age? or, actually, is it a picset? picspam? I don't think I actually want to do moving gifs.) about a Merlin headcanon/theory that occured to me the other day. Uhm... how do I gifset? Is it one big image or lots of little ones and if the latter how big do they have to be for tumblr to play nice?
 
 
lady_songsmith
08 January 2014 @ 09:34 pm
So yeah. Haven't been doing a whole lot of writing lately; there was a brief attempt to get back on track in November and Life just said "uh, nope!" Attempt take two forthcoming, because I have a LOT of WIPs I'd really like to get back to and finish.

I just realized I never replied to any of the comments on my NFE story. Would it be super weird to reply six months on?

The NFFR forums are up and spam-free!! There's a poll about a Narnia read-along and discussion, so go vote!