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Posted on Tuesday 10 October 2006 at 11:30 pm

Fic Typing Log

Hello. My name is Rachael and I'm addicted to LJ.

Now that we have that out of the way, earlier this evening I was at Barnes and Noble typing my fic and wanted to post. I couldn't since I had no internet (on purpose to keep me typing the fic instead of getting on the web), so I just typed what I wanted to post, saved it in Word, and I'm posting it now. Expect this post to be edited...

8:15pm - For my story, I've got an opening frame, a closing frame, and a few interruptions of the actual story and I've only typed the opening frame. I've got 17 handwritten pages that are most of the dialog and rough outlines of the action. I've only typed two of those 17 pages; I'm at 1,623 words and exactly four typed pages. This does not bode well. Of course, I think I've got more detailed handwritten notes as it get into the real story, so hopefully I won't continue at a 1:2 ratio. I've really got to get this typed tonight and I promised some friends I'd meet them at the Leafe at 9:00 to chill after their long class. In my entire academic career (which is at almost 20 years and 4/5 of my life so I have a lot of experience to draw on here), I have never pulled an all-nighter to finish a school assignment. How pathetic would it be for my first ever all-nighter to be to get a fic done? Please don't answer that if your response is very.

8:40pm - I got through another couple of pages of the handwritten notes. That's coming out to more like a 1:1 conversion, so hopefully this fic won't be 30 pages. I'm going to the bar.

11:30pm - Back from the Leafe, time for a quick shower and then no clue how much more typing.

EDIT 12:08am - I'm having issues again. Do shrivelfigs grow on a bush, a tree, a general plant, what? My guess would be small tree since that is how regular figs grow, but since they are shrivelfigs it could be a small enough tree to count as a bush... I think too much. On a tangential note, I have now decided that one of those two phrases should be the subtitle of my journal. Either "I'm having issues again" or "I think too much." Both are more appropriate than I should probably admit.

EDIT 12:20am - "On a tangential note" wouldn't make for a bad subtitle either. Of course, I have the random quotes in the approximate space of the usual subtitles. Perhaps I could put the subtitle about the title... Bah! Back to fic!

EDIT 1:06am - After too much contmplation and some guidance from kileaiya, I have decided to have shivelfigs grow on bushes. They could also be small trees, but I just like bushes better. Until someone proves me wrong. I have now completed about 6 pages of the handwritten notes and am on typed page 8 (2,853 words). Remind me to request a much shorter plot bunny next go round. At least I'm on more of a 1:1 track now.

EDIT 1:29am - I have decided that, come 3:00, I am calling it a night no matter what. I think I can make it to then and that should put me over halfway through the fic. I'm hoping. I'm just over 3,000 words now and I might be 1/4 of the way through the real story. Maybe. It's hard to judge. While doing a quick Lexicon check to make sure Patronus is capitalized (it is), I discovered that I disagree with the writers/editors/whatever there on their phrasing. They say "After a severe emotional upheaval, a witch's or wizard's Patronus may change form (HBP16); this happened to Tonks after Sirius' death, when her Patronus seems to have taken the shape of a wolf (HBP8)." I think that assumes a temporarl relationship we don't know (when exactly did her Patronus change) and comes to close to implying a causal realtionship (it changed because of Sirius) we know to be not true (because it did change because of Remus).

EDIT 1:36am - I think I need a new name for the boy in my fic. Crap! I named him Orion, not realizing that is the name of Sirius' dad. I don't like that idea. I'm going to keep writing calling him Orion for now. If anyone has any name suggestions, let me know. I'll find/replace all the Orions later.

EDIT 3:03am - I'm at page nine of 17 handwritten pages so I'm past the half-way point. Typed, it's onto the eleventh page and at 4,464 words. I remain optimistic that it will come in at under 10,000 words. Perhaps 7,000ish if I'm not longwinded in the back end? Only time will tell and that time will have to come tomorrow because I have reached my 3:00 deadline and am giving up and going to bed. If I have to pull an all-nighter, I would rather it be tomorrow night to write my real paper due Thursday as opposed to staying up to write a fic. If I can get this posted before class tomorrow (class is at 3:00), I might be able to get away with no all-nighter and just a couple of really late nights to be followed by a third late night when I pick my parents up at the airport at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning.

EDIT 8:49am - I'm up. I'm working. I also just noticed author_by_night posted her metamorfic_moon fic. All I can say is we never talked about our story ideas. I swear, it's all just a co-inc-i-dink.

EDIT 9:42am - 11 handwritten pages down, six to go, and 13 pages (5,300 words) typed. I need breakfast.

EDIT 11:26am - I've only got three pages left! My 7,000 word guesstimate is going to be a bit low, but I'm still going to come in at less than 10,000. I think this is the longest single shot I've done.

EDIT 12:38pm - I win! It's typed. Just over 20 pages and 8,000 words. Now I just have to print it, proof it, and post it.

EDIT 12:40pm - Now I just have to change the black ink cartridge in my printer, print the fic, proof it, and post it.

EDIT 1:54pm - Posted!
Feeling: tired


kileaiya at 4:16 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Goodness so much to type! Good luck with getting that all finished quickly.

Did I mention I can't wait to read it?
kileaiya at 4:24 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Abyssinian Shrivelfigs - second-year students pruned these plants in Herbology; skinned shrivelfigs are used in a Shrinking Solution (CS15, PA7) -Source, Mugglenet

bratty_jedi at 4:59 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
But what kind of plant were they pruning? Pruning implies branches but branches can still be bushes or trees. It doesn't really matter... I'm just anal.
kileaiya at 5:57 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't a clue. :(
bratty_jedi at 6:09 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I'm going with bush just because. Now I just have the new name problem... I decided to call the boy Orion but now I've got to change it and I don't know what to change it to...
kileaiya at 6:47 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you could call him Aries if you want to go with constellation names. Then there's Demetrius (I just like that name, I am odd). I always find baby name sites helpful when I need to name a character.
bratty_jedi at 7:03 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I searched the baby name sites and didn't like anything I came up with... I kind of like Demetrius though. I might steal that. Could you see a rambunctious three year old named Demetrius?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 11:54 am on 11 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I like Demetrius. Good luck, I can't wait to read this fic!

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