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19 February 2012 @ 11:40 am
 
So I promised some time ago to upload pictures from my trip. I have one problem: they were taken on my phone, which my computer isn't recognizing. I've heard it could be a problem with the HDMI cord. At some point I'll try plugging it into someone else's computer, and see if that's really the case. Right now, though, it really just makes me want to flip a table.

In the meantime, I'm trying to conceive of a bit of original fiction. For someone who has trouble writing a multi-chapter fanfic, this is a big challenge. I'm trying a couple techniques, and so far the snowflake one seems the best bet. I never have a fully formed plan, anyway, but I think it's time to try mapping out stories before I actually write them. It's like having a sketch done before I start a drawing, I think. (Although, I have an outline for a fanfic, which I would love to show, except it's written by hand, I can't get a picture of it up...and really, it's not as fun typed. I don't think it'll get written, but it sure looks pretty on paper.)

So here's a question: Do you think it's possible to write a story that is, for the most part, non-sexual? Where I can, in fact, fail to reveal anything about the character's sexuality? And still keep it interesting?

I think it is.

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aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
It is. But it seems to me that - unless it's not a children's fairytale - everything has some sexual basis.
I usually have some vague ideas, never a plan. I write my fic with a pencil only, I can't type it. Then some layers are added.
MissTeacakes: sexmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of intrigued by the idea of creating a main character that remains sexually ambiguous throughout the entire story. Sexuality itself could be present in the character's life, but as a writer never fully acknowledging the character's interests. Letting readers make up their own minds. (I've certainly seen it done with secondary characters.)

Maybe I've been in the fanfic world too long, but it really does strike me as a fun challenge.
aaa_mazing: 107aaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
I hear you. But - my opinion - even if you leave a character's sexuality ambiguous, it'll show itself. I don't know, human actions scream of sexuality. Their looks do. Their touches do. You are too much of a good writer to not mention these. Looks, touches, blah...
MissTeacakes: amazingmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
I wonder whether I'd end up with something like The Picture of Dorian Gray, where everyone can feel the homoeroticism. The difference that it's okay for Oscar Wilde, because he lived in a time where it was illegal to be gay. And thus, I'd be rejected for not being daring enough to actually say that the character is gay.
aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't ask for your beta for my last fic. It was written while I was going back from my parents today. And it had to be posted today. I'm always worried if people associate your name with my illiterate fic.
MissTeacakes: pythonmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I actually thought you did quite well; I wouldn't have had much to add, mostly a little punctuation stuff. Really, it's when it gets a higher word count, and thus longer sentences, that beta-ing becomes necessary.

But honestly, I like being involved in some form of fanfic, and I like people knowing I'm still involved, even in such a small way.
aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether it is because of you being so kind, or my other beta being so ...'picking? is it the word?'...but I feel that I'm not a piece of shit with you. I feel like I can write and it's not just 'appropriate'. I fell like I can do something.

Which means than YOU can do so much more!
MissTeacakes: ouchmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't even think that's a matter of being "picky." That's being cynical, bitchy, impatient, and uncompassionate.

For one, I think of my own butchering of Latin or Greek (and the horrors I could very well induce on the Russian language), so I know that it isn't easy.

But also, you have to believe in a person's capability to improve, and the sincerity of the efforts. Now, if you didn't care about improvement of the mind, and just expected me to fix fuck-ups, I'd get pissed and quit. But that's obviously not the case. I'm always happy to help people who honestly want to better themselves.
aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I do want to improve. I feel so awful when you repeat me again and again about commas between adjectives. It's because in Russian adjectives of the same quality - "yellow, red, green" or "bid, huge, tiny" are separated with a comma. But if they differ - "red plastic wet" - they are not.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, English is incredibly hard as a second language, and Slavic languages are about as different from English as you can get in the Indo-European family.

If it makes you feel any better, I still haven't quite figured out punctuation in Greek. (I'm not even entirely sure what the fuck a raised dot is supposed to be.) Not to mention accents; they've been explained to me a good ten times, and I still don't quite get where to put them.

I know I add a lot of punctuation to your work anyway, but aside from the adjectives there's no hard and fast rule. It's mostly me being a big fan of commas, and I know a lot of people that just avoid semi-colons altogether.

Edited at 2012-02-19 08:24 pm (UTC)
aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on February 19th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
But Russian has these stupid gender affixations. For nouns, verbs, adjectives, even pronouns.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on February 19th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, English is the only Indo-European language that doesn't. And still, we have remnants of it, including referring to things like ships as "she."