Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011 12:49 am
forestsofthenight: (blog)
Ok, so apparently another thing I'm going to do here is talk about writing.

Tonight I managed to beat my per-session word goal by 591 words (for a grand total of 1,591). That may not sound all that impressive, especially when you consider the fact that I only sit down to write once or twice a week most of the time, but it's a big thing for me for a few reasons. For one thing, this session got off to a dreadful start--I think I wrote one whole sentence in the first hour and that was it. I had the place where I had stopped, and I had a moment I needed to get to… and I could not bridge that gap. The ideas just weren't coming. By the time I hit the end of the second hour (or maybe it was the third--did I mention that it was awfully slow going there for a while?) I had resigned myself to making half of my desired word count. I was at about 450 words, and I decided that if I could just make it to 500, I would be satisfied for the night. Somewhere around 491, the creative part of my brain finally kicked in and things started picking up, thank god. For another thing, I haven't done much creative writing at all in the last year or so, and even when I was writing more regularly, I was abysmal at finishing things. This is the first time I've really sat down and determined to finish a project, even if I'm not totally pleased with it, and I'm actually doing it! Lastly, this most recent chapter that I finished tonight may be the longest I've written yet, coming in at a bit over 2300 words. For me, that's practically an epic. I'm much more likely to bang off a little 300 word vignette than I am a multi-chaptered anything, so writing chapters 8 times that long (that actually need to be that long, not chapters full of useless junk) is a major accomplishment.

So, there's that. I'll be posting the story here when it's complete.

Slow Burn

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 10:23 pm
forestsofthenight: (slightly mad)
Title: Slow Burn
Fandom: Covert Affairs
Characters: Auggie Anderson, Annie Walker
Pairings: Auggie/Annie all the way, baby
Summary: When a routine mission goes wrong, Auggie goes in to get Annie out safely with the first cover story that comes to mind—he poses as her fiancé. Neither of them expects it to be the spark that sets their relationship on fire.
Status: Incomplete

Chapter 1 )

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Chapter 2 )

Bonus stuff time!
First of all, some music:
Slow Burn, from David Bowie's 2002 album Heathen
Asleep at Last,  from The Wailin' Jennys' 2011 album Bright Morning Stars

And here's the best picture I could find of the W Washington that shows the BATS! (View it at the Huge magnification to get in there and see that I'm not kidding about the bats.)

I know I'm a little weird about that, but they were what made me absolutely fall in love with the building. It was built in 1917 as the Hotel Washington, and it's pretty much right across the street from the White House. When I first saw it, the Hotel Washington had actually closed and the building was in the process of being renovated before reopening as the W Washington. Now it has a super swanky interior that marries modern and traditional design that I thought would suit Auggie and Annie to a T. (Not that I've ever actually been inside--like Annie says, the cheapest rooms cost enough per night to make my wallet whimper. Some of the suites cost upwards of $1200 a night.) If you'd like to see some interior shots of the hotel, check out the photos on their website.

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