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Monday, April 15th, 2013

comment not-fic. not comment-fic? comment-fic not-fic? [[comment] [not] fic]

I am Really Really Not Writing a sequel to "A Place To Lie Down," and I mean that.

However, I do seem to have just committed a couple of paragraphs of not!fic about Grantaire's backstory in this comment.

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Les Mis fic rec-- that Javert Groundhog Day fic

For those of you who, like me, have been refreshing that thread at the kinkmeme for the last two weeks wondering when the anon would finally update again, she has (without leaving any word in the thread, argh, but I will forgive her because the story is JUST THAT GOOD) begun posting it to the AO3!

It's still technically a WIP, but she says the draft is complete and chapters are going up as they are betaed and formatted. And you should all go and read it-- or at least subscribe and read it when it's all posted-- because it is AMAZING:

Toil Until the Old Colours Fade (13990 words) by drcalvin
Chapters: 2/?
Fandom: Les Misérables (2012), Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
Characters: Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Les Amis de l'ABC, Fantine (Les Misérables), Ensemble
Additional Tags: Groundhog Day, Time Loop, Temporary Character Death, Redemption, Purgatory, Suicide, Pining, Kink Meme, Holding Hands, Canon - Movie, Post-Canon, Minor Cosette Fauchelevent/Marius Pontmercy, Afterlife

After his leap into the Seine, Javert finds himself back in Montreuil-sur-Mer on the morning of his first appointment with M. Madeleine. He soon discovers that while his choices can change the outcome of things, nothing can stop death from delivering him back to that same morning.

Now he has to defeat the game of fate or keep returning to 1820, eternally dying without finding peace.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Spring break, MJ, (what) weekly wordcount

Leaving tomorrow for MJ! Where I will see many of you! I am packing now, and trying to decide how many pairs of Fluevog platforms I actually need for four days.

The official Les Mis guerilla panel will take place in the consuite over the Saturday lunch break. The unofficial Les Mis guerilla panel will take place wherever I am.

(And I am into week three of negative wordcount. The good news is that I have FOUND THE PLOT! The bad news is that rather more of what I've already written than I was hoping is, in fact, Not The Plot. It is slow going, partly for technical reasons and partly because this kind of tinking is so much less exciting than writing and I have been easily distracted. But someday soon, the first 15 chapters will be plot-compliant and I will be able to move on!)

Meanwhile, it has been spring break here. I have been catching up on sleep and knitting and socializing-- I went to the Nowruz (Persian New Year) festivities at the Sackler and Freer with [personal profile] neotoma, to [personal profile] mrshamill's party, and to the Udvar-Hazy center to see the space shuttle. I was also catching up on Community, on which I am co-modding a panel, but I got halfway through episode 3 before turning it off in deep embarrassment-squick and deciding that the show was unfortunately cancelled after three seasons. Oh, show, I will miss you. But not enough to keep watching. (Though this may make it easier to finally write that post-s.3 AU where the dark timeline counterparts take over Greendale...)

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Fic: A Place To Lie Down

And, posted!

A Place to Lie Down (10138 words) by ellen_fremedon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Enjolras/Grantaire, Joly/Bossuet Laigle, Combeferre & Enjolras, Enjolras/everybody, Enjolras/Patria
Characters: Enjolras (Les Misérables), Combeferre (Les Misérables), Courfeyrac (Les Misérables), Grantaire (Les Misérables), Joly (Les Misérables), Bossuet Laigle, Feuilly (Les Misérables), Bahorel (Les Misérables), Jean "Jehan" Prouvaire
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Gangbang, kinkmeme fill, Explicit Consent, July Revolution, Skin Hunger, Healing Sex, Loss of Virginity, Drugs, Shame, misappropriation of emotional moments from canon

"A purgation," Enjolras said. "You make it sound so respectably medical."

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Gah titles why. Also, weekly wordcount.

The sex pollen fic is betaed, done, and ready for posting. Except that it still needs a title. TITLES WHY SO HARD ARGH.

(Anyone who was following it on the kinkmeme-- it was the gangbang in 17 parts-- any ideas? At all? I have been leafing through Hugo's chapters on the July Revolution and coming up with various things that ought to be titles of some Les Mis porn fic ("To Make the Right Peacefully Interpenetrate the True," "A Terrible Arm and a Fortunate Hand"), but not of this one.)

Meanwhile, weekly word count:

On the WIP o'Doom: 31,336.
On the still-untitled sex pollen fic: 10,056

So that's only 3249 words on the novel this week, short of the 5000-word goal-- maybe quite a bit short, since the whole last chapter needs to be either repurposed or struck, though at least I know that now-- but considering that I accidentally wrote the kinkmeme fill and am at well over 13,000 words for the week, I think I can cut myself a little slack.

SERIOUSLY TITLES WHY. I am not calling this anything with "restoration" in the title, that's just wrong. TITLES ARGH.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

I have soup and pudding.

I will probably have very little but soup and pudding for the next week, but at least I can eat. Swelling is worse today, and seems like it might turn into bruising, but the pain is much better.

Meanwhile, why is it so much harder for me to write the AU where Enjolras and Grantaire have any moment of connection and understanding before "Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk" than it is to write the AU where there is sex pollen? (Or, well, sex-pollen-like substances. Substances with sex-pollen-like side effects. Which everyone is totally familiar with. Which makes this pretty clearly AU from the start.)

But, yes, I accidentally a kinkmeme fill.

I'm still working on the last part or three, but in a day or so, anyone want to beta some sex pollen?

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Weekly Word Count

Contiguous words: 25,938
Chapters: 12, though that's after having conflated the previous chapters 7 and 8
Notes: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH not even counting

Still keeping to about 5000 words/week. A large part of this week's words were interpolated into the existing chapters, and I think I'm finally striking something of the right balance between Javert POV/Amis POV/omni narrator-with-head-hopping. (Valjean is still not onstage. And won't be until Book II. It's going to take me longer to introduce Valjean than it took Hugo. Oy.)

But! I'm going somewhere I like with Combeferre, and I have a vague outline of the whole plot of Book II. (I think that's out of five? Not really sure, but I've got a crux that can't come until Book III and I think it will take at least as long to resolve as it did to set up.)

I am also still telling myself that I can keep the final wordcount to 200K. And not 250K. Even though my chances of keeping Book I below 50K are not looking good.

At least I got roped into a work trip in early March where I expect to have a lot of downtime. (No computer access until evening for much of it, but notebooks exist, and I do sort of remember how to write longhand.)

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Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Weekly Word Count

21,239 contiguous words.
11 chapters and a bit.
Not even counting what I have in the notes files anymore, but it's a lot.

I seem to have settled into a groove of ~5000 words/week. I keep telling myself it is a groove, and not a rut. I feel like, for as little brain as I have had to spare for anything else, I should have more to show for it. (And then I look at the notes files and I realize that I do-- it's just all several chapters ahead.)

Meanwhile, this week I discovered that history apparently really wants me to have a coincidence in this book that even Hugo would have given the side-eye. (Though he would still have used it.) And I discovered a huge temporal paradox in my plotting and resolved it, thanks to [personal profile] neotoma's patient audiencing. And I discovered that I had given one of my OCs the name of a historical figure who needs to be available as a character, but the character has been renamed. (Unless I can get out of this without namechecking Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, but as Cuvier inconveniently died in the cholera epidemic of spring 1832, I don't think I'll be able to). And I have hit upon a temporal crisis point and a way to leverage it for everything it is worth. And I have tweaked an existing plotline for maximum hurtiness to all the surviving (well, revived) Amis d'ABC.

So I suppose it was more progress than the wordcount indicates.

But I keep getting stuck on the wordcount, because I felt like I was 10% of the way into the story at the 10,000-word mark. And still felt that way at the 15,000-word mark. And feel that way now.

If I still feel that way at 25,000 words, I will weep.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Delights of pastiche

Hugo spends kind of a lot of his word count going on about how the Paris of thirty years before-- his Paris, the Paris he remembers-- no longer exists: how this building has been torn down and that lot has been built up and this other street has been widened, and there are railroads now, and if you went out and tried to follow the elaborate mental walking-tour he's about to lead you on, you couldn't do it.

I have just written a paragraph about how the subterranean Paris timebase of 1832 no longer exists. Because its timeline has been overwritten, by a timeline where its construction proceeded along very different lines. And now, when you go back to 1832, you just end up in that other timebase-- which of course is now the only one that was ever constructed-- and not in the one of the narrator's memory.

...at some point I am going to have to figure out who my narrator actually is for this novel. Because I'm starting to think it might actually be Hugo. I am certainly having way too much fun channeling him.

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Monday, February 4th, 2013

Wow, it's been a long time since I stayed up till nearly 2 on a work night writing fanfic.

I need to really not do that.

Too late tonight.

Meanwhile, weekly word count update:

Words: 15,175 words of contiguous draft, give or take some bracketed sections that will probably work out to about the same length.
Chapters: 9 and a bit
Notes: OH GOD I DON'T EVEN. A lot. A lot a lot.

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