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It has been over a year since I have posted anything on here. Wow. My life got busier and busier, plus a bit of weird, and various mental health problems. I have kind of been hiding in a virtual hole for a long time now due to those, and I want to start poking my head out again. So, I'm hopefully going to be posting a bit more, reading more, etc. etc., and generally come back to using LJ again after this break.

I also want to write more again. My unfinished fic folder has pieces in it than my finished one. It's not good. I ended up dropping out of/flaking on a few fests before I stopped using LJ, which I still feel incredibly guilty about (seriously, so bad) so I don't think I'm going to do any more fests for a while. However, I have the fics I started for some of those, plus a massively, massively overdue fic for [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat which I am finally working on again! Hopefully, you will see it soon. I'm so sorry it's taken me (checks...) oh god, nearly two years. Oh Christ. Sorry.

Ramblings on mental health and writing )

So, I'm going to be floating around a bit more! Also, I'm looking for a beta now I'm trying to write more, so if you fancy volunteering even just for a short thing, that would be incredible! I'm happy to offer my beta-ing services to anyone as well, should they be required - self-professed grammar nerd here.
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Amid my vast amounts of procrastionation, I have somehow found myself starting on a set of character pencil sketches from Harry Potter, and I thought I might as well shove the first few up here. They're quite small and rough, and probably only actually about six centimetres tall, which you can't tell here. For some reason, I am finding Harry impossible to get right - he doesn't look anything like any version of him that I could extrapolate from anything, really. But I'm moderately happy with the Draco, Hermione, and Pansy which are all I have finished so far. Hermione looks a little odd, and also rather downcast (which is funny, because I started with the intention of getting her smiling), Draco looks stretched, and Pansy looks a bit out of proportion. But in general, I'm fairly pleased.
Sketches )

I have been terribly neglectful of LiveJournal lately. Somewhere in the last five months my life has exploded into even more busyness than ever before, and this is from someone who has always done a lot of stuff. My hd-remix is almost finished now (which is still late. Yes, I know), so I should get that sent off in the next few days. And then I just have all those other things to deal with. It's not as though I have to give a presentation tomorrow that I haven't written yet. *sweats nervously*
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I have succeeded in killing my phone.

Again.

This is the third time in about nine months, but definitely the most spectacular. I managed to fall in a river with it.
A word of explanation: I have spent the last month in the lovely country of Ireland, visiting family. I did not bring a computer, and the only nearby house which even has WiFi is my uncle's.

It is a rather lovely Victorian hunting lodge, which used to belong to my great-grandparents, and stands on the bank of a river. So, a few days ago, I was standing peacefully on the riverbank, making full use of the WiFi to get back to the internet. I was, at the precise moment in question, typing a comment on a post by [livejournal.com profile] lauren3210, which I regret never managed to get posted. Unfortunately, I managed to slip.

Being my unco-ordinated self, I did not fall gracefully. No. My phone flew out of my hand and into the river, followed shortly by me, flailing madly. I found myself standing almost waist deep on the edge of the river, hunting madly for my phone, which had sunk somewhere nearby. It took me at least five minutes to find it, and it has been sitting in the airing cupboard in a bowl of rice ever since. I dare not retrieve it.

All in all, I am utterly hopeless, and utterly without internet unless I borrow my uncle's computer. I am starting to feel the fanfic deprivation.

In other news, I still haven't finished my fic for the hd_fan_fair fest. It's just got a bit stuck. I would normally just sit down and force myself to write, even if it came out awfully, but I can't really do that at the moment.

Also, Ireland, while one of my favourite places on earth, is horrifically wet. I think my bones are rusting.
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So I was reading this article, which is a conversation between Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro about genre and writing.
They are two of my favourite authors, and if you haven't read anything by them you should go and do so at once :).
Anyway, I had some thoughts:
Gaiman writes almost exclusively fantasy. Fascinating, dark stories with intricate depths. Ishiguro is generally seen as more of a realist. He writes about people; about memory, time and the tricks of perception.
But Ishiguro has been 'moving genres'. His most recent book is set in what is practically a fantasy world. So, does this matter?
Well, to me, not really. What matters is the beauty of the writing and the interest of the plot, themes, and characters. So does it matter if a book is written not only for adults but also for children? As Gaiman says here, not really.
This applies to Gaiman's children's books, but also to things like Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. People are starting to care less that a book has been aimed at an audience they do not consider themselves part of, and this applies to genre divides such as fantasy as well as Children's/Adults' novels.

Also, there is some interesting stuff about transformative works in there. Including Shakespeare. A reminder to all my fanficcy friends (which is basically all of you): Shakespeare wrote fanfic.
That is what his plays are. We are in excellent company, my friends.

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