katherine_b: (Allo Allo - Good nose)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 01:37pm on 07/12/2011 under , , ,
I have just submitted the latest draft of my thesis (\o/) and have an entire week until the meeting with my supervisors! This means I can do all the things I've need to do and have been putting off. My list is as follows:

Post Christmas cards (if you would like one from me and haven't left me your address, you can do so here)
Tidy study
• Weed garden
Complete work on synopsis of Chalet School fill-in
Work on outline for other Chalet School idea
Write Doctor Who Secret Santa fic
Return library books
Clean the house
Update my thesis bibliography

Let's see if I can get everything done by next Wednesday...
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
katherine_b: (Writing)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:20pm on 06/11/2010 under , , , ,
Greetings all!

I thought those people who enjoy my writing might appreciate an explanation for my long delay in posting anything Doctor Who-related, those who are curious about my other writing would appreciate an update on that, and those who are just sticky-noses might like an update on my life in general.

As many of you will know, I am currently writing my PhD. (Procrastination is a wonderful thing. ;-) I have to submit in August 2011 and have a number of dates for things to be due before then. The first major one is to have a draft of the entire critical section of the thesis complete by early December, which is (dear God!) about four weeks away. I'm sure you can understand this is putting rather more constraints on my time than I would usually have.

Naturally, I am not spending all my time on my thesis. However, as well as the critical element, there is also a creative section, which is a diary set during World War II in Berlin. This has been slowly coming together over the past two years or so, but is a long time from being ready. Luckily I will have about six months early next year when my critical supervisor is away to work on it.

What this means, though, is that while I was writing that work, I found it very difficult to work on the Chalet School book I have been plowing through since 2005. Being set in a similar era, but with such dramatically different style and voice, focusing on one makes it hard to get back into the mindset of the other. In fact, until August, I'd done nothing on Muellers for more than 12 months. However, now that my creative thesis story is on the back-burner, I have begun a reread of the Chalet School series and have also returned to working on Muellers. I am now half-way through chapter 7 and am aiming to get a first draft complete by the end of the year. This will mean, while I shift focus back to my creative piece for my thesis, those responsible for helping me knock Muellers into shape for publication can work on it.

The nett result of this, though, is that I have had to shelve my Doctor Who writing for now. I have similar problems with Chalet School and DW in that their extreme differences in terms of style, voice and tone make it hard to jump from one to another. While I can promise that I will have the Secret Santa fic ready, I'm not sure how much else I will manage. I'm sorry to those who enjoy my writing, but I will return in the New Year with a vengeance!

I will also do my best to read and comment on as many fics as possible, but I hope you will forgive any absences.
katherine_b: (Writing)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 06:20pm on 06/11/2010 under , , , ,
Greetings all!

I thought those people who enjoy my writing might appreciate an explanation for my long delay in posting anything Doctor Who-related, those who are curious about my other writing would appreciate an update on that, and those who are just sticky-noses might like an update on my life in general.

As many of you will know, I am currently writing my PhD. (Procrastination is a wonderful thing. ;-) I have to submit in August 2011 and have a number of dates for things to be due before then. The first major one is to have a draft of the entire critical section of the thesis complete by early December, which is (dear God!) about four weeks away. I'm sure you can understand this is putting rather more constraints on my time than I would usually have.

Naturally, I am not spending all my time on my thesis. However, as well as the critical element, there is also a creative section, which is a diary set during World War II in Berlin. This has been slowly coming together over the past two years or so, but is a long time from being ready. Luckily I will have about six months early next year when my critical supervisor is away to work on it.

What this means, though, is that while I was writing that work, I found it very difficult to work on the Chalet School book I have been plowing through since 2005. Being set in a similar era, but with such dramatically different style and voice, focusing on one makes it hard to get back into the mindset of the other. In fact, until August, I'd done nothing on Muellers for more than 12 months. However, now that my creative thesis story is on the back-burner, I have begun a reread of the Chalet School series and have also returned to working on Muellers. I am now half-way through chapter 7 and am aiming to get a first draft complete by the end of the year. This will mean, while I shift focus back to my creative piece for my thesis, those responsible for helping me knock Muellers into shape for publication can work on it.

The nett result of this, though, is that I have had to shelve my Doctor Who writing for now. I have similar problems with Chalet School and DW in that their extreme differences in terms of style, voice and tone make it hard to jump from one to another. While I can promise that I will have the Secret Santa fic ready, I'm not sure how much else I will manage. I'm sorry to those who enjoy my writing, but I will return in the New Year with a vengeance!

I will also do my best to read and comment on as many fics as possible, but I hope you will forgive any absences.
katherine_b: (Chalet lands)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 01:13pm on 02/10/2010 under ,
Note to self: James Russell is not a Time Lord.

Therefore:

'Doctor Jem' is correct.

'The doctor' is correct.

'The Doctor' is not.

Stop bloody doing it!
Mood:: 'frustrated' frustrated
katherine_b: (Chalet lands)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 01:13pm on 02/10/2010 under ,
Note to self: James Russell is not a Time Lord.

Therefore:

'Doctor Jem' is correct.

'The doctor' is correct.

'The Doctor' is not.

Stop bloody doing it!
Mood:: 'frustrated' frustrated
katherine_b: (Canon error apply fanfic)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 09:05pm on 05/07/2009 under , , ,
With a quiet evening ahead, having gone out to dinner and my muse seeming to be a bit jetlagged, I thought I would tackle a couple of fic-writing memes that I've seen floating around.

So, nabbed from just about everyone:

Questions about my fic writing )

And second, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] time_converges, because this sounds like fun:

Inspired by Doctor Who's "Turn Left:" Pick one of my stories and tell me a point in the tale that you'd change -- something tiny or big -- and I'll tell you how that one difference would have altered the course of the entire story.

Nothing's out of bounds. Tell me what you're thinking! My fics can be found here.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
katherine_b: (Canon error apply fanfic)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 09:05pm on 05/07/2009 under , , ,
With a quiet evening ahead, having gone out to dinner and my muse seeming to be a bit jetlagged, I thought I would tackle a couple of fic-writing memes that I've seen floating around.

So, nabbed from just about everyone:

Questions about my fic writing )

And second, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] time_converges, because this sounds like fun:

Inspired by Doctor Who's "Turn Left:" Pick one of my stories and tell me a point in the tale that you'd change -- something tiny or big -- and I'll tell you how that one difference would have altered the course of the entire story.

Nothing's out of bounds. Tell me what you're thinking! My fics can be found here.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
katherine_b: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:24am on 12/03/2007 under , ,
Writer's Meme: Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five favorite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.


Well, as I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] sangerin, here we go:


1. Peace Comes to the Chalet School. It's hard to argue against the first book I've had published and one that took up two (very emotional) years of my life. I'm so proud of this work for many reasons and it's been a major inspiration in me going on to do my PhD in English (Creative Writing).
2. Unfinished Business (Pretender Virtual Series). Of all the episodes I wrote for the Pretender Virtual Series, this was my favourite episode (although Chamber of Horrors comes a close second). In this story I introduced one of my best characters - Jacob - and also expanded several others who were a lot of fun. It was also my first successful experiment with having several different genres in one episode - romance, action-adventure, family relationships and, of course, major character development.
3. Mysterious Connections. I loved writing this story and I still enjoy rereading it when I need to be reminded about why I got into writing Pretender stuff in the first place. It was my first major experimentation without the safety net of bringing in a new character and I'm still happy with the way it went, even when I'm losing my satisfaction with some of the other things I wrote at the same time.
4. Survival of the Fittest. Although this isn't finished, I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's a cross-over with a difference, as I get to introduce a whole lot of original characters who can do and be all sorts of things. This is also the first time that (so far, at least) I have not peeped into Jarod's head in some way. It's all from the perspective of other people.
5. CSP: Crime Scene Pretender. I was really into CSI when I wrote this and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. It also interested me in writing murder mysteries, and I have all sorts of ideas that, I am hoping, will eventually settle down into a basic storyline that I can get done.


Tagging:
[livejournal.com profile] scribblings_etc
[livejournal.com profile] sezzie_dee
[livejournal.com profile] kannaophelia
[livejournal.com profile] bluecove
[livejournal.com profile] witchy_rachel
Go for it, guys!
location: Home
Mood:: 'creative' creative
katherine_b: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 08:24am on 12/03/2007 under , ,
Writer's Meme: Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five favorite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.


Well, as I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] sangerin, here we go:


1. Peace Comes to the Chalet School. It's hard to argue against the first book I've had published and one that took up two (very emotional) years of my life. I'm so proud of this work for many reasons and it's been a major inspiration in me going on to do my PhD in English (Creative Writing).
2. Unfinished Business (Pretender Virtual Series). Of all the episodes I wrote for the Pretender Virtual Series, this was my favourite episode (although Chamber of Horrors comes a close second). In this story I introduced one of my best characters - Jacob - and also expanded several others who were a lot of fun. It was also my first successful experiment with having several different genres in one episode - romance, action-adventure, family relationships and, of course, major character development.
3. Mysterious Connections. I loved writing this story and I still enjoy rereading it when I need to be reminded about why I got into writing Pretender stuff in the first place. It was my first major experimentation without the safety net of bringing in a new character and I'm still happy with the way it went, even when I'm losing my satisfaction with some of the other things I wrote at the same time.
4. Survival of the Fittest. Although this isn't finished, I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's a cross-over with a difference, as I get to introduce a whole lot of original characters who can do and be all sorts of things. This is also the first time that (so far, at least) I have not peeped into Jarod's head in some way. It's all from the perspective of other people.
5. CSP: Crime Scene Pretender. I was really into CSI when I wrote this and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. It also interested me in writing murder mysteries, and I have all sorts of ideas that, I am hoping, will eventually settle down into a basic storyline that I can get done.


Tagging:
[livejournal.com profile] scribblings_etc
[livejournal.com profile] sezzie_dee
[livejournal.com profile] kannaophelia
[livejournal.com profile] bluecove
[livejournal.com profile] witchy_rachel
Go for it, guys!
Mood:: 'creative' creative
location: Home
katherine_b: (Jarod Pretender - giggles)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 10:30am on 04/10/2005 under
Ooh, see my pretty hardback of Feud that I just won off Ebay!
Mood:: 'excited' excited

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