spindizzy: Text icon: "Can't talk, busy writing pseudo porn." (busy writing pseudoporn)
I am TOTALLY going to write for [livejournal.com profile] bb_shousetsu, I am, even if the posts never make it off this journal, I am DETERMINED. I just need people to help me pick the story I want to tell.

The theme for the next issue is "Long live the king", and I currently have two ideas that I'd be happy to write.

  1. Young king is trying to solve a mystery in his castle... That keeps killing him. The court wizard is getting REALLY FUCKING SICK of bringing him back. At some point they bone. ("Long Live The Queen" but with dudes fucking and the royal one has no magic.)
    Pro: I could have SO MUCH FUN with a deadpan snarker wizard and his beautiful sunbeam of a king and this is a relationship dynamic that I REALLY ENJOY.
    Con: I am not 100% sure I have a justification for a guy dying repeatedly yet. Could rapidly spiral out of control and turn into a whole THING that would take a zillion words and never get finished because I am me.

  2. Old king is abdicating in favour of one of his female relatives, because quite frankly he'd rather be around to see the country she built than wonder about what it would be like. He runs away with lover to have old man adventures. At some point they bone.
    Pro: Would definitely be easier to keep this story corralled to a fixed timeframe instead of letting it spiral! Established relationships might be easier to write, will almost definitely make the porn easier. Will probably need less set up/world-building.
    Con: ... I'm not saying that this would be the "THIRTY YEARS LATER" version of the other idea I had, but it totally fucking would be. Hard to go the emotional impact of the end of a reign if you've not seen any of the lead-up. What if it needs MORE worldbuilding?

  3. ... I am also not against throwing both of these settings out of the window, keeping the Ball Of Sunshine King and his Grumpy Owl Wizard and having them going wandering around asking people if they've seen his castle. He had one, y'see, and then one day it got up and walked away, and it's a bit awkward when your castle's taken off without you. At some point they bone.
    Pro: I wasn't kidding about how much I like that combo of traits. Honestly might be easier to keep the story contained because it's got a very definite goal ("King has no castle -> King has a castle"). Grumpy Wizard could probably be 1000% grumpier and it would be 100% legit. Adventurer Kings are the BEST kings.
    Con: ... I literally just came up with that idea at 3:12 in the morning, that is probably a terrible idea, you can tell because it delights me.

So... Thoughts? Opinions? No Susan don't write any of those, all of those ideas are stupid?

(I have this thing where I come up with an idea before I go to work, roll it around for a while as I shelve books, and then I realise that my shiny new idea was still a bit sticky and now it's covered in lint and I'm not sure I can be trusted with it anymore. This is why I'm outsourcing my good decision making skills.)
spindizzy: Sherlock Holmes as played by Jeremy Brett, laughing with a hand covering his face. (You do make me laugh)
I want to write fic about Holmes and Watson in the universe of Anno Dracula (Holmes and Lestrade canonically exist, at least - there's no mention that I remember of Watson), but I really don't want to have to re-read Anno Dracula because it just... Wasn't very good? Like, Kate Reed had the most interesting storyline as far as I could tell (she was a reporter trying to become a vampire and maybe kickstart a revolution and discover the identity of Jack the Ripper), but sort of vanished from the book two thirds of the way through only to show up again for the finale.

... Neither of my libraries have a copy of the ebook, which is a ball-ache because I want to be able to just CTRL+F to find out what I need about Holmes' situation and then make it up wildly from there.

Has anyone else read it? Because here's what I remember of what is relevant (spoiler spoiler spoiler):

Cut for spoilers )
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One day, someone's going to write the "FANTASY CHARACTERS GET INTO THIS WORLD!" story, only set LONG AFTER they got into this world, stopped trying to get back to their own, and learnt how to live in this one.

(In my head, there's at least a female beserker who works in a factory and has a very nice flat with pictures of Hello Kitty and kittens and flowers on the wall and sleeps with a broadsword next to her in the bed because some habits are impossible to kill. There's also a wizard who keeps bouncing in and out of therapy for the whole "Yes, I'm reasonably convinced I came to this world from another one and I can also blow shit up with my brain. Occasionally I doubt this is true. That is the problem I would like you all to fix please," and this confuses people utterly.)

I have a feeling this exists somewhere! Failing that, I know what I'm going to be scribbling in my notebook.
spindizzy: This is the life you see, the devil tips his hat to me, (The devil tips his hat to me)

... The usual routine when I say something like this is "That's a terrible idea! You should write it!" so let's skip the pretense and skip straight to the I HAVE NO IDEA HOW STEPHANIE WOULD BE AWESOME IN THIS BEYOND BEING STEPHANIE AND TAKING NO SHIT, BUT TANITH WOULD BE A FUCKING CYBORG.


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