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Titles meme
Tuesday 30th June 2020 8:22 pm

Look at your most recent 20 fanwork titles and answer the questions.

1. How many are you happy with?
One of them came from another fic, so doesn't count (You, Me, Red Wine, and the Edinburgh Night Sky). But of the remaining 19, I'm happy with 12 (which is a pretty good ratio):
Teatime Stories
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me)
Banned Books
More Trouble Than They're Worth
Willing to Walk Away
Runaway Colleague
The Thing's the Play
But for the Grace
Strictly Romance
The Time Lady and the Lamp
Love Me, Love Me Not
Bloomin' Aliens

2. How many are... not great?
Giselle's Honeymoon I really struggled for a title for and then pretty much gave up. It really wanted a Rocky-style title and it turns out that that's really hard.

3. How many did you scramble for at the last minute?
Amazingly, the answer is not all of them! But the last 20 go back three years so I don't remember how many. It's probably all of the ones not listed in the next question, though.

4. How many did you know before you started writing/creating, or near the beginning?
This is unusual for me. But it's two!
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me)
Strictly Romance

5. How many are quotes from songs or poems?
Just one, Bed of Roses.

6. How many are other quotes?
A whole lot - or at least variations on quotes:
Banned Books
More Trouble Than They're Worth
Willing to Walk Away
The Thing's The Play
But For the Grace
A Last Supper
The Time Lady and the Lamp
Love Me, Love Me Not

7. Which best reflects the plot of the story/content of the fanwork?
Giselle's Honeymoon does what it says on the tin. As does Ghost in the Bathroom. Baby, Baby (Between You and Me) is reflects the plot and how it was remixed. Strictly Romance is a romance set during a time when one half of the couple is on Strictly Come Dancing.

8. Which best reflects the theme of the story/fanwork?
Memories of Home tells you it's nostalgic. I think that's the only one, really, it's hard to tell.

9. Which best reflects the character voice of the story/POV of the fanwork?
I think Bloomin' Aliens gives you a clue that it's Gita.

10. Which is your favourite?
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me). I did think 'If I do the remix like this I can use this title' because it was just so good. Second favourite is Strictly Romance.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 17th June 2020 5:38 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. It's typical Chalet School stuff, so not much to say about it really. Although the author chose not to focus on just one girl/form, which makes sense since it's about the end of the war, but it does feel more like I've read a selection of short stories rather than a whole book. Which is not to say that it's a bad thing, it just makes it different from other Chalet School books.

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton. I'm more than two-thirds into my library borrowing period and less than halfway through the stories. I've not been reading them in order - I've mostly been going backwards through the authors. The trouble is that some of them are just a bit dull and it always seems to be the longest ones! But then there are also some gems. Like all of Victoria Wood's ones and one of Oscar Wilde's ones. I'm currently enjoying one by Jincy Willett, who I've never previously heard of.

When I'm reading a good one then I'm keen to read it. But when I'm reading a dull one, more so if it's a run of dull ones, then I struggle to motivate myself to get through it. Overall I think the book would be better off having a few really good stories rather than lots of stories that include some really good. When I have to return it to the library I will probably read something else, then get this out again and read some more.

What I'm Reading Next
Some fanfic. Which counts as a book because they're on my Kobo. I had loads of catching up to do because I was too busy to read any from October to mid-December. Then I got ill and couldn't look at a screen (or read much at all, to start with). I finally managed to get my AO3 to read later down to one page, and had a few long stories left in the SGA Secret Santa collection. So I've put everything that's left onto my Kobo so I can finish them off.

And I keep doing my (virtual) choir recordings in front of my to read shelf and therefore keep thinking about how much I want to read them. So I will probably one of those next - maybe some non-fiction.

And maybe also one of the three books on my bedside table that I'm currently reading...


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 6:35 pm

I discovered that the crossposter didn't crosspost any entries for May to Dreamwidth. Because DW crossposts to LiveJournal it didn't crosspost to LJ either. It didn't occur to me that when DW said you had to use an API key now, rather than a password, that it would apply to the crossposter too. I've now crossposted all (four) posts from May, and am crossposting directly to DW and LJ so if one fails it won't take the other down with it.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross. I wanted to read this because I watch a 2019 Demon Headmaster series on the iPlayer and thought I really don't remember the book (or the original TV series). It turns out that I do remember the book, there's just not as much in it as is hinted at in the new TV series. But I do have a big problem with it - I assumed it just had a new cover, but it's not just a re-print, they've actually changed things to update them. So at one point Dinah tries to record what happens during assembly using a phone on video mode. When I read this a phone was plugged into a wall in the house and you could only move as far as the cord let you. I don't know what the original had instead - a dictaphone perhaps - but a) if you're going to update the text you should say so (if I'd known I wouldn't have bothered with this version) and b) why? It's no wonder kids today can't conceive of a time before smartphones if all the books written last century contain them!

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton after [info]liadtbunny talked about it. I read the introduction where he was talking about not being familiar with some of the authors before he put the anthology together (of 80 short, funny stories) and some authors have three stories in. It could be easily cut down right there! So far I've read the Margaret Atwood one and the three Victoria Wood ones and they are funny. I'm thinking I won't get through all 80 before the library takes it back, but I could always borrow it again some other time, just as long as I can remember what I've read (unhelpfully the chapter listing only includes titles and not authors).

Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. Despite what this post looks like, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction recently and I really wanted some fiction that didn't take much effort. Which this is. I am enjoying it, it's typical Chalet School stuff really.

What I'm Reading Next
One of the books I've started and not finishing would be a good idea...


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