bimo: (Fivey_sigh)

So I decided to take the plunge after all and posted on AO3, after an interesting talk with Cavendish.

His logic: Well if there are only 73 stories for that fandom, there certainly should be more than enough room for my little oddball. Also, how on Earth was I supposed to meet new people to play with if I didn’t go out there… ;)

So, here we go. Posted with a gazillion of caveats, just to see how it floats:

 

Non Sequitur by Bimo (1567 words, AO3 link)
Oh, Holland March, what on Earth have you stumbled into this time? Just when everything seems lost, Holland March gets a visit from the patron saint of all hopeless causes.

Fandoms: The X-Files, The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Genre: Gen, Character Study, Case Aftermath
bimo: (Default)

Just like the header says.

When I watched The Nice Guys this weekend, something in my twisted, crossover-loving brain just went click. So I began to write, and now, three days later I find myself sitting on the finished draft of a 1400 word Nice Guys/X-Files story in which an older Holland March essentially gets rescued by a certain FBI agent. All in all, it’s a classic Bimo, I’d say, if maybe a bit more bizarre than usual.

I like the story well enough. Nevertheless, I must admit I have absolutely no idea what to do with it, now that it’s finished. (At the moment, the most realistic approach seems to never mention it again and let it sink into the darkest depths of my hard drive.)

Simply going ahead and posting an unproofread, unedited version to AO3 is not an option, firstly and mainly because of the good old non-native speaker issue. However, there are also additional concerns lurking around the corner.

1.) I’m depicting issues of mental health (which sort of came with the characters), and while I went out of my way to handle those issues as respectfully, sincere and responsibly as I am able to, I surely screwed up somewhere.

2.) The “Nobody will ever read this” factor. By the time I’m typing, there are exactly seventy-three The Nice Guys stories on AO3, the overwhelming majority of them either slash or pre-slash (Holland March/ Jackson Healy). Nothing wrong with that, but it’s a road I just didn’t take when I wrote myself. What I came up with instead is more or less the aftermath to an X-file. Since the fandom appears so small and so slashy, I have serious doubts anyone enjoying  The Nice Guys well enough to go hunting for fic will be interested in reading Gen stuff.

3.) Return straight to the point where I was talking about not posting something unbetaed. I’m afraid, I will never, ever find a beta for this story. Getting a beta for a nice, lovely OuaT story is one thing. But for this baby? Like I said, special hell.


 

bimo: (Fivey_bookish)
Going through some old lever arch files, I just stumbled across the first fan fiction story I've ever written.

German language, typewritten manuscript, circa 1993, never been published. Crossover between TNG and Forever Knight featuring my then favourite vampire Nick Knight and a certain Starfleet captain running into each other during an archaeological dig on some alien world.

What really amazed me when I re-read the whole thing for the first time in over twenty years:
  • While there are quite a few things that I'd do differently today (basically in a shorter, more compact and somewhat more subtle way than my 18-year old self did), the writing itself  is actually surprisingly free of cringe-worthy, embarrassing stuff.
  • In many ways, it's already a typical "Bimo story". Lots of character details, visible attempts at establishing a somewhat atmospheric setting, some nice dialogue bits but little to zero action.
Colour me amused and fascinated at the same time.


bimo: (Fivey_bookish)
Just when I thought my fanfic muse, fickle creature that she is, was enjoying a prolonged holiday in Neverland, she came back with a vengeance. I really should have seen her coming, though, since the signs announcing her return were rather unmistakable.

Massive consumption of the respective source material, leading to show discussions. Show discussions leading to episode rewatches, episode rewatches leading to ideas. ([personal profile] selenak , I definitely still owe you an answer, and lots of thanks!) So I sat down and wrote, initially just to test the waters a little. But the more I wrote, the more the whole affair got a life of its own.

It's finished by now, roughly two thousand words long, a crossover with Castle, and essentially dealing with the question how on earth Hook, being all on his own, manages to locate Emma in New York prior to the events of "New York City Serenade". Readers wouldn't need to know anything about Castle to enjoy the story, though, since everything is written from Hook's perspective. The story is mostly a character study, with a touch of romantic fluff, balanced (at least I hope) with darker undercurrents.

My problems now, since I am not actively involved in any of the respective fandoms and therefore don't know anything about their infrastructure: Would something like this be worth getting betaed and published at all?  And, if so, where could I find a beta willing to do at least a quick language check?

ETA: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2  the story has been successfully betaed and the finished version uploaded to the AO3. Yay!



bimo: (Best_of_Timelords)
Writing related post in German, mainly for personal reference.

Manchmal schreibe ich einfach so ins Blaue, als Zeitvertreib und um nicht zu sehr aus der Übung zu kommen. Mir geht es dabei ein wenig wie Charly Browns Beagle Snoopy, der mit einer Schreibmaschine auf dem Dach seiner Hundehütte sitzt und selbstvergessen drauf los tippert, hinein ins Nirgendwo, ohne seine Figuren oder seinen Plot auch nur ansatzweise zu erahnen. Die Texte, die dabei herauskommen, sind natürlich völliger Schwachfug. Meistens jedenfalls.

Cavendish hat gemeint, ich solle das hier doch spa▀eshalber einfach mal weiterschreiben )




bimo: (DRD_beware)
From [personal profile] selenak 

Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.
bimo: (Quark_tribbles)
You know, some months ago, when the Multiverse ficathon was announced, I chose that really nice sounding prompt involving both Rory Williams (Doctor Who) and TNG's very own Lt. Commander Data debating the experience of being plastic.

Yup, I can write that, I thought. Turned out both characters strictly refused to get into talking. Or maybe the problem is just that my brain is currently still high on Farscape. Cavendish and I have reached season 4 by now, btw.

So, one week after the official submission deadline, it appears I'm stuck with a poor excuse of a 500 word mini vignette in desperate need of some proof-reading. Even if it's too late by now I would like to deliver at least something...

Any volunteers willing to give it a quick check?
bimo: (DRD_beware)
Watching an episode of Star Trek: DS9 every evening for the past couple of weeks apparently has had its consequences. For the first time in a long while I sat down and wrote a bit of fan fiction. About 850 words. A brief glimpse at Julian Bashir right after the "In Purgatory's Shadow /By Inferno's Light" two-parter.

Now I'm wondering. Would anyone out there be willing to have a look and do a quick beta?

Bright Star

Jan. 9th, 2010 01:11 pm
bimo: (Best_of_Timelords)
I woke up this morning with the idea of writing a lengthier entry on Jane Campion's Keats movie Bright Star (For the interested: the last three years of John Keats' life, seen through the lens of his relationship with Fanny Brawne; a movie typical of Jane Campion as a director insofar as Bright Star's superb visuals, added by a strong focus on the observation of character dynamics make more than up for the film's slow pace. What struck me as most noteworthy was how Campion has managed to transfer the romanticism of Keats poems into essentially quiet but powerful images. Altogether a film well worth seeing, with some very fine actors and quite a bit of costume porn at work there*g*)

Opening my browser window, however, I got somewhat distracted, not only by reading up on the featured Keats poems, but also by the latest edition of [livejournal.com profile] metafandom, featuring the all time discussion classic of of how much cultural literacy fanfiction authors should expect from their audience.

Without going into any details, some of the actually quite sensible and pragmatist answers to that question scare me, mostly because I firmly believe in the importance of broadening our shared cultural horizons and the role that fiction (any fiction, not just "literature") plays as a means of transporting knowledge.
bimo: (DRD_beware)
As the end of the year is fast approaching and I've seen several people taking the opportunity to post self-reflexive entries on their writing: What do you do with the stories that never quite made it? I am not speaking about the unfinished ones, but rather the ones that you finished but chose to hold back for one reason or other.

There's this silly, old PotC ficlet that has rummaging around at the back of my mind ever since I re-read it and tinkered with it a couple of days ago. The story is taking place in the same future universe as Distant Figure, only about fifteen years earlier, during the late 1780s, and we've got Gillette in London, all on his own and not very happy. Doubtlessly an absolute niche piece, so disjointed and overladen with historical references that I didn't really wish to inflict it on any beta, just for the sake of the two or three readers that this particular story might eventually get.

And still the whole affair continues to bug me...
bimo: (Albert_irrelevant)
Life on LJ seems rather quiet today. Not that many people around, so I really don't expect anyone to reply. However, I found this (admittedly somewhat shameless) meme much too interesting to ignore it, and would love to see it picked up by one or two of my friendly neighbourhood authors ;-)


Writing meme, spotted at [livejournal.com profile] fabu's:

01. Do I have a distinct style of writing?
02. If so, what exactly is it that defines my style?
03. Would you say my stories follow a certain theme?
04. Is there anything you feel I ought to improve or change?
05. Does my style (if I have one) remind you of anyone else?
06. Judging from whatever writing of mine that you've seen, what do you think is/are my strength(s)?
07. What do you think are my weaknesses?

Feel free to pick and choose which ones to answer, if you don't want to answer them all.
bimo: (Default)
If suddenly a little Christmas Elf appeared on my writing desk, and told me he'd grant me one major fandom-related wish for 2007 (but really just one, so I'd have to chose carefully), I wouldn't ask for one of the big things. No sudden disappearance of all soulless badfic. No sudden and unexpected rise in the popularity of my own pieces, caused by mighty BNF wizards praising and reccing my work wherever they go.

What I'd really like instead is a good, trusty beta-reader. One who shares all the fandoms I write in. Who is a native speaker of English and has a good feeling for punctuation and language. Who instinctly gets how I write. That I want my stuff to be efficient and honest, with a small spark of beauty, but not necessarily "easy reads".

Someone who only asks me to elaborate or to change that bloody semicolon into a full stop where it is indeed neccesary and an actual improvement.

One of my all time favourite sentences is "The sight of her whale bone corset was enough to unman him completely." (Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill). This is what I, theoretically and within the limits of my own capabilities, strive at. The whole tragedy of a Welsh farmer's marriage to a vicar's daughter wrapped into no more than fifteen well-chosen words.

I know that other writers could and would pull an amazing, breathtaking two page scene out of that. But I couldn't. Because it simply wouldn't be me. And some beta-readers get this at once, while others just don't, simply because their own reading tastes and experiences happen to differ (which, of course, is perfectly normal and 100% legitimate ;-)).

Probably, the best way to avoid the problem of differing tastes and preferences would be to stay patient and to try finding the one beta you really "click with". But if you switch between fandoms a lot, this one true trusty beta just doesn't happen. In my experience, at least; other folks may have been luckier.

More often than not I find myself in a situation where I have to rely on the generous offers of strangers, which is nice, on one hand. Over the years I've met some amazing people that way. (I'm waving at you, you know who you are :-)) But on the other, it is a nightmare. Whenever you send off a story for beta-reading, you send it into the unknown, never knowing what you will end up with.

There have been cases in which I disagreed with the original beta's assessment of my story so badly that I tried to enlist as many other folks to read the damned thing as I possibly could. Only to end up with a more balanced idea of where the true strengths and weaknesses of my story might lie.

It's becoming more and more of a habit lately, and more and more of a burden. Too much trouble to go through with tiny little ficlets, seldom longer than 1000 words. If I as a German weren't so dependent on native speakers to correct my language and grammar, I'd probably give up on betas completely, at least with the shorter stories.

On my hard drive, there is this tiny 850 word vignette I wrote out of a sudden mood, during lunch break, in less than an hour (yes, I seem to be getting quite fast these days *g*). No idea whether the text is any good. What I know, however, is that if that tiny little thing had been written for a German audience, I would have published it on the very day that I wrote it. Maybe with a pause of five or six hours to ensure I catch most of the typos and odd wordings with the second re-reading. Then I simply would have lent back and enjoyed the reactions, regardless whether they would have been positive or negative.

But as the text was written in English, as a spontaneous answer to a very specific request, the whole act of writing, revising and posting has turned into a process of several days. (Haven't gotten the story back yet and am fearing the worst in terms of 'story will probably come back turned all upside down and thus cause only more unnecessary trouble for anyone involved'. To tell the truth, I actually don't really feel like publishing the damned thing anymore at all, because the sheer joy of the moment has ceased sometime between Monday morning and now.)


Please, Christmas Elf. I want that trusty, multi-fandom, English speaking beta so badly.

***

ETA: Just got back the story in question. And based on what one can see at a first superficial glace, it hasn't been butchered at all, but quite to the contrary, skillfully edited. I might not take all of my beta's suggestions, but certainly most. Phew, so at least with this ficlet all my usual beta-angsting was totally unecessary. Yay :-)
bimo: (Terra_incognita)
Yup, Bimo, the notoriously slow ficlet writer is trying her hands at a longer story again. 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Very mild Norrington/Elizabeth romance, set about 2-3 months prior to the events of 'Curse of the Black Pearl' with lots of Swann and period details. Planned deadline: New Year's Day. If this counter thingie turns out any helpful for focussing on the actual outpout instead of on the permament brooding, self-questioning and deletion of perfectly good text, I'll sure as hell use it for real life projects as well.

I so need to break out of that nice, cozy, slowly suffocating cocoon of self-imposed unproductivity.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
600 / 4,000
(15.0%)


Oh, and just in case you are interested in how things are going: All updates on the word count will be posted as comments right to this entry, as I don't wish to spam everybody's LJs with my writing woes ;-)
bimo: (Best_of_Timelords)
The following story was written for the Rose Tyler (post Doomsday) Gen ficathon over at [livejournal.com profile] rose_lives, and mostly composed during the oddest in-between moments, during train rides to D├╝sseldorf, or in our kitchen while waiting for the Spaghetti water to boil.

Probably a small miracle the poor little thing ever got finished. When I signed up for the ficathon in mid August, I hadn't fully realized the ficathon's deadline excatly collided with my holiday trip to Stratford (btw: [livejournal.com profile] cavendish and I had an absolutely fantastic time, but this really deserves an entire LJ entry on its own ;-)). Nor had I any idea how much my creative writing muses were actually under the spell of Pirates of the Caribbean.

The two important lessons drawn from this: a) sometimes even the "unloved" stories come into being, though all odds are terribly against them and b)when your talent lies in quiet introspective character vignettes, being an old Highlander fangirl doesn't help you the slightest with straight action-oriented plots about ruthless swordplay in Paris. I ducked out. I wrote against the requested elements instead of writing with them.

I only hope my recipient wasn't too disappointed by this. Especially since the story I've received myself, [livejournal.com profile] aeshna_uk's Illuminated was so very lovely.




Title: Brave New Girl
Author: Bimo
Characters: Rose, several mentionings of Mickey, OCs
Summary: When betrayals are all about freedom...
Rating: G
Notes: Lots of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] livii. Without her I would never have gotten this one beta-read in time ;-)

This story was written for [livejournal.com profile] fightinghand, who asked for
(1) swordplay
(2) Paris
(3) ruthless

and did not want any flashbacks.



Brave New Girl )
bimo: (DRD_beware)
Well, actually not, because I don't believe in f-locks.

I just had a perfectly nice and competent person telling me the vignette that I sent her looked like it was still in the conceptual stage. The story was finished. Not exactly one of my most brilliant works, but finished.

Frell!
bimo: (DRD_beware)
From various people on my f-list, but I think I spotted it first at [livejournal.com profile] espresso_addict 's LJ ...


Top ten giveaways that you are reading a story by [livejournal.com profile] bimo:


1. If you don't happen to be friends with the author, chances are that you've discovered the story only by accident

2. You are puzzled by the rather absurd title, which only makes sense in retrospect once you are finished with reading

3. The text itself is quite short, roughly between 500-1500 words, and the plot description doesn't strike you as very helpful since there is very little actual plot

4. However, there's a surprisingly catchy opening sentence or paragraph

5. The author clearly prefers Microcosm to Macrocosm, the focus on details to the creation of earth-shattering epics. The characters' inner worlds are more important than their current surroundings

6. To a certain degree, the author's language and choice of words mimics that of her characters.

7. Lots of other 'Modernisms' as well. Open embrace of the present tense, free indirect discourse and interior monologue. Occasionally a slight tendency towards Imagism

8. One of the story's main themes is "Friendship and loyalty, or the lack thereof"

9. The author is utterly non-romantic and doesn't really believe in 'happily ever after'. Even the more hopeful endings bear traces of underlying dilemmas and impending doom

10. If you are involved in only one or two fandoms, it will be somewhat difficult for you to find other pieces by the same author. While Bimo has actually produced quite a lot of stories over the years, they were all written for different TV shows
bimo: (Obi_pov)
The signs are all over LJ. Friendslist, friendsfriends, communities. Virtually everywhere people are spreading the news that it's [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo again.That big one month writing orgy, set in November, where the brave and the ambitious come together, hopefully in high spirits, and solemnly pledge to grant their creative demons free reign. Their greater goal and motivation for doing so one is a high one, indeed. 50.000 words, i.e. a small shiny novel written over the course of just one single month. My calculator says that's about 1666 words per day. Phew...scary...

My personal best lies somewhere between 500 and 700. When I do nothing but write the whole day.

That's why I found the concept of [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu so appealing. To each movement its counter movement *g*. A group for literary underachievers. Ten minutes of writing per day, regardless the actual wordcount or outcome. Sounds very nice and perfectly safe. Too bad the group never developed a large following. Too bad there doesn't seem to a Wrisomifu 2005.

The universe knows my LJ could use some more entries...
bimo: (Coop)
Have you ever written something, re-read it after a day or so, and then started to wonder:"Where on earth did that come from? That's so decidedly mean, I can't be the person who did that!"

Here's what I'm talking about:


snippet from the Nip/Tuck story I'm working on )
bimo: (Obi_pov)
To tell the truth, I already got my acceptance letter from T.FN a couple of weeks ago. However, I thought the surprise would be nicer if I could not only confirm Lost Saint has finally been accepted into the archive, but also provide a link to the story *g*

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I hereby present the TF.N version of Lost Saint.

This short vignette about Obi-Wan in the desert is easily the most controlled, most polished piece of fiction I have ever written. I can't really explain why, but as an author I usually have a rather strong tendency towards planning. And more often than not, the struggle to get my ideas on paper *exactly* as I imagined them ends in frustration, the soft noise of a pushed delete button or another abandoned opening paragraph slumbering in a near fatal coma in the darkest corner of my hard drive.

In interviews with professional as well as amateur writers the creative act often gets explained along the terms of "opening the doors to the unconscious". If I remember correctly, Stephen King once described it as "sitting down in front of the word processor and letting the guys in the basement do their job.

Even though I have begun to suspect that this particular approach might actually (at least to a certain degree) work a lot better than mine, I'm still a bit hesitant to open the door to the basement to ask the guys down there if they could kindly assist me.

However, I did an awful lot of experimenting over the last couple of months, mostly fragments and opening scenes, trying to establish a balance between what is spontaneous and what is controlled. Here is a short example of what happens when I set off without knowing where the journey will take me.

A girl, a guy and a box of chocolate, German )


A girl, a guy and a box of chocolate, English, translation provided by a friend who didn't want to be named *g* )

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