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There are days....

There are days I really hate Pink.

We're busy arguing about story development.

I wanted one thing to happen.

She says, in that coarse way she has, "Uh-uh.  Won't work.  Bad art."  She takes a swig of sake.

"Up yours, Pink ," I mutter, then sit down and try to write.

She's right.  After frustrating hours of trying to force the issue, I cannot find a way that looks right.  My sense of dramatic construction is screaming "Bad fic, bad fic, bad fic!"  My self-preservation instincts are trying to make me fall asleep, a trick it learned when I was back in college and trying to write term papers I hadn't researched well enough.

I cry on Fabio's shoulder.  "Hey girl," he says, "You gave it a good shot.  Why don't you go read some of Feni's one shots.  You know they always make you feel better."

"I don't wanna!" I whine.  "I want to write!" I cry.

"Well, you could listen to Pink," Fabio says.  "You know she's always right."

"Yeah," says Pink.  "Listen to what Blondie says.  Want some popcorn?"

Ruthvan sneaks over.  "Why don't you go work on ATE?  Or let's go work on that thing about the Snow Woman you were thinking about....Death and mayhem.  That gets you out of the mood sometimes."

Pink laughs, a loud raucous snort.

Snark says, "Well, there's always that crackfic about Jaken and Sessh and....."

I just boohoo.

I hate it when Pink's right and I'm wrong.  Maybe she'll let me sneak it in as a flashback.

"Don't hold your breath, child. But maybe it'll work in that story...."

She walks away, munching thoughfully.

Just another day in the writing wars.



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Jun. 24th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
isn't that how it always is? you think of something and it just won't work! :P
Jun. 24th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
But it doesn't help to have Pink going Neener, Neener, neener in your ear...LOL.

She's wanted me to do something than I wanted. I'm scared she's trying to take what I wanted as a serious story and turn it into a light comedy (not crack, just comedy). You can tell how much I trust her...LOL.

Maybe there's two stories here to tell: One the way Pink said do, and the one alternative I hadn't tried yet....

Maybe I should sip some Sake...or maybe, better yet, some primo coffee...
Jun. 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
oh Pink, you crazy bunny! Let kk have her way once, yes?

LOL, i tried! :D
Jun. 24th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
We'll see what happens. At least I'll have quiet while hubby's in California...

For the moment, I shall escape into the solace of a one-shot, I think...

Jun. 24th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was a great day for reading fanfiction. I read your new chapter of EIMH, DEL's new chapter of Minoue, the newest chapter of Shades of Gray, the newest chapter of Purity 8, the latest chapter of Phoenix Blade, the latest chapter of White Rose as well as the latest chapters from Pirate Queen (Peace Treaty) Elegant Paws (Art of Tea and This Sesshoumaru Needs Not a Mate)and the happy ending for The Sweetest Escape. I saw that you liked the happy ending. I still think Wowzer missed an out that could have avoided this problem. There was no body at the funeral at the sad end. There could have been a Kagome's Funeral ending. After all his paintings would be worth a lot more if he was dead.
I really love your muses. They are much more fun to read than most fanfiction. Pink is too fond of sake.
Jun. 24th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
You did have a good day. The only things I seem to really want to read right now are canon-based continuations...and I'm frustrated cause nobody's been able to write a 100,000 word story based on chapter 558 yet (LOL)

I actually like how Wowser compromised for the most part. She wanted the tragedy to be a lesson for Sesshoumaru, I believe...one he couldn't learn without something awful happening to Inu. The problem with following the story for me, is that she was signalling a happy ending, and she basically had Inu run over by a truck, so to say. The shock ending was very effective, but we had all begun to care too much about her vision of Inu to deal with the shock stuff. I don't like stories like that, and avoid them, cause I don't choose to...life screws things up enough to have them in my romance stories.

But in this compromise, she kept her shock, still managed to have Sesshoumaru learn his lesson, but in a way he could do something with it, rather than just feel remorse.

I do think she needed to have Kagome in the last chapter...her presence was noticably absent...but I tend to favor stories about growth and redemption. There is room for Sesshoumaru's growth and redemption in the new ending. This pleases me.

Jun. 25th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Sweetest.
I like darkfics, horror, and Abraxas!stories, but when she wrote that darker last chapter it did seem more like a car accident than a logical conclusion. I was left gasping, wondering what I had just read. The ending that she wrote the second time wasn't WAFF, but it did fit in logically with the rest of the piece and showed the growth of not only Sess, but also Inu.
Jun. 25th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
I actually love good horror and the right type of dark fic, but I don't about Inu (probably cause I'm quite prejudiced towards him and protective of him and don't want bad things to happen to him...LOL).

(anybody read Shiver, Woman, Shiver must know I understand how it works...You gotta like the real thing to pull off a snarked version that works)...

But we reacted strongly to the original conclusion because it felt like a cheat.

The new conclusion is much stronger. I just think she needed a touch more waff, possibly saved for an epilogue to be properly balanced with the character development and direction of the earlier parts of the story.

Or if she really wanted to deal with Sesshoumaru's turning a blind eye on what was happening at home and then reaping the results of being an enabler, she should have woven that more clearly into the story all along, especially why it ought to matter to him.

Ah, the search for writing perfection...
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
My complaint is she wrote 2 endings. She only have written one ending not both. It lacks integrity. The only ending I hated more
was horror ending that Miss Kagura tacked on at the end of Atonement where you are not sure if the whole story is Inuyasha's hallucination. That kind of trick ending was used up in Asimov's
old surprise or ironic endings in the '50s. The ending should at
least be consistent with the rest of the story. We should not
waste weeks of our lives only to be cheated by the ending.
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Well, I think the second ending is the ending she should have written to begin with...It has more integrity and connection to where she was going with her story...but that's a matter of personal taste...

I don't know if I read Atonement.

I don't like endings that don't follow the flow of the story, and I like to be signaled in advance if what I am reading is going to end dark...it's part of the writer's unspoken compact with the reader, at least in my book.

I particularly don't like the "my character got run over by a truck" surprise negative ending.

I can deal with the occasional use of "it was all a bad dream" a lot better.
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