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20 minutes with Angelus, and musings on the whole 20 mins challenges

March 12th, 2004 (10:00 pm)

current mood: mischievous
current song: Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

Just managed to squeeze out this To Boldly Go ficlet before work today. This time it's Angelus and Star Trek : The Next Generation.

The twenty minute time limit on all these fics can be murder on you - I so wanted to fit in a scene with sunlight reflecting off Picard's head at Angelus, but just couldn't fit it in with the time limit. Working to a tight, tight deadline exercises a completely different set of fic muscles than the drabble ones. Both make you jump in, hit your mark and get out, but drabbles can be so much easier in a way.

The one hundred word limit for drabbles force you to carefully consider each phrase and choice of word carefully, but you have the time available to do so. I had to switch the Faith/Cheers drabble recently to solely dialogue just to fit it under the word limit, and still hit the gags. In some ways that worked better - leaving just what the photo looked like to the imagination always works better, but I'd have loved to fit in the image of Faith scrambling through the crowd at the end.

Now, the twenty minute limit is tougher. I do my basic thinking and plotting outside the limit, but the clock starts as soon as I start typing. On these, I've learned to hit the conclusion near the start, and maybe some of the dialogue beats on the way down to the end. Then I go back and fill in or flesh out some of the bones along the way. Then when the time's up, it's fix the spelling and minor mistakes and worker on the header and title. Sometimes the title will have come to me during the plotting (like Twenty) or I have to sweat bullets to think of one that fits (To Boldly Go).

Still, all told it's a fascinating exercise to think up. Really stretches yourself in ways you never expected. And as an extra challenge to myself, I intend to do a fic for each challenge, but without any doubling up of crossover. I do reserve the right to use other characters from the same universe, but when they're used, they're out. For example, I used General Hammond for Conversations, so I can't use him, but can use Jack or Daniel or Sam, etc.

Yeah, yeah... I'm nuts.

Edited to add the memes :

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Is there any remaining doubt that empressvesica and I share the same brain cell?

Oh yes, and this one :

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this love is easy and this is what Buffy deserves.
No pain, no tragedies, nothing
bittersweet...just two young lovers.

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Posted by: houses (houses7177)
Posted at: March 12th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)

I agree totally Booster. Thats why I love these challenges. I work the same way, really, planning out a plot in my head, working it around until it can be contained in 20 minutes of writing, then getting to it, aiming for 15 minutes for 5 minutes of cleaning it up and fleshing it out.

Drabbles are similar, like you said, but instead of working with words, you work with time. It's tougher one way, easier another. I enjoy doing both of them, actually.

I'm trying to do what you are, answer each challenge but not repeating major characters. I've done two for Tir Alainn, but not used the same characters. So for me the offlimits for any future fics are Morag and Diana for Tir Alainn, and Snape for HP. Should be fun trying out new settings and hopefully new genres. What fun!

Btw, loved To Boldy Go. Reviewed it at TtH.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 12th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
Dawn by houses

Thanks for the review - I would have reviewed your second Tir Alainn one, but frankly it would have been exactly the same as my first review. I really must track down those damn Anne Bishop books - finding part 2s and 3s when I try the specialist shops, but 1s? No.

I shall be ruling out General Hammond, Fox Mulder, Kim Bauer and the Bridge Crew from Next Gen. And I second that what fun! This is going to make me do some crossover universes that I've never done before, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: March 12th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)

Hmmmmm....the meme-overmind is a little unsettling. Could I use our brain cell this weekend.

Oh and good to know I have new reading from you AND houses7177 to look forward to in a few weeks.

~Your evil (girl) twin, the Empress known as Vesica

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 12th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)

But... but... if you have the brain cell this weekend, then how will I manage to do that Faith PWP for you?

It's a PWP.
I won't need the brain cell.

Oh, and you realise I'm adding new fic to the site at a rate of about one per day, right? So in a few weeks.....

Does this make me EmperorVesica?

Posted by: Rianna (petrya)
Posted at: March 15th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)

Wow, John, I didn't know you could do this too. Wow.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 16th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
Yala by houses

*blushes, and shuffles feet*

Um...Bard? That you?

Posted by: Rianna (petrya)
Posted at: March 16th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)

:) Yep, it'z me. How are you doing stranger?

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: March 17th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)

Oddly enough, both frantic and calm at the same time.

One of those bizarre states where I am both running about at high speed from problem to problem, but am totally in control and happily focused for the first time in a while.


How's you and Beau doing?

Posted by: Rianna (petrya)
Posted at: March 17th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)

Much better since we've had time and I quit trying to be many things at once (a sure fire reciepe for a mental breakdown). Work is still hectic, university starting the shell game all over again, but I've learned to make time for meself.

Beau's doing okay. We had a mini vacation down to MegaCon last week and got to meet a few people.

Things are looking up.

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