corilannam: (Merlin - stuck at work)
Someone just came into my office to deliver a FedEx and caught me trawling Facebook -- for purely work-related purposes! But there was no conversational opening in which to mention that, so now she probably thinks I'm a total slacker.

Oh well. Guess that means I might as well slack off!

Things I've been meaning to post all week:

* Interesting perspectives on the UK rioting/looting:
-- Penny Red - Panic on the streets of London
-- Eyewitness account of neighborhood looting

Stay safe, UK flist.

* On this side of the pond, the state of society is less flammable, but no less depressing -- How America turned poverty into a crime by Barbara Ehrenreich, an afterward to her book Nickeled and Dimed in its 10th anniversary.

* In the potentially world-changing (in a good way) news department -- New drug could cure nearly any viral infection

* For my greenies, some cool Android apps to help with environmentally safe and non-toxic shopping -- http://www.emagazine.com/magazine/app-happy

I'm not linking to the one about the effects of cell phone radiation. *g*

And back to the shallow waters of fandom--

* I think I am not going to finish my [profile] reel_merlin story by the deadline. This kind of breaks my heart, but there's just still too much to do and I refuse to shortchange this story except by the limitations of my own abilities. I will keep working on it and post when I'm done (assuming that's before the next round!)

* I have submitted my final votes and PTHON IS DONE. I have at least survived with my perfect participation record intact, if not my dignity.

* Update on my computer woes -- My desktop, which had previously succumbed to a really vicious Windows 7 security update, is up and running again, seemingly no worse for the wear! I had to reinstall Windows, but thanks to Dell's DataSafe emergency backup (which I didn't even know I had), I did not lose anything. EVEN MY CHROME TABS WERE SAVED, which of course, is the most important thing because that's where all the stories I haven't read yet live. And there are a lot of them.
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
I am having a really crappy day. Just needed to whine for a second there.

But I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin! Twice, actually, because I like nothing more than biting off more than I can chew.

I signed up for:

Dirty Dancing -- I actually started a version of this ages ago, but someone always beat me to it during sign-ups. But this time, if anyone's gonna fail to write it, it's gonna be me! I signed up right before bed last night, then couldn't sleep until I found the notebook with the start of the story in it. Then I remembered that I had started writing it in first person present tense. WTF? That's going to have to change.

This will probably be the closest I've ever followed the movie plot for a reel_merlin fic, though I'm moving it to present day Brighton to tell the story of a young gay boy finding himself (and sex). Very little of the dialog will be the same, so I'm hoping that will keep it from seeming *too* derivative.

The Adjustment Bureau -- It'll take second seat to DD, but I really want to write a story in canon-verse using the TAB universe to explain the wonky relationships and characterizations of S2 and S3 of the show. You can't fight destiny, y'all.
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
[livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin is starting up for Round 4!!

OMG, so many things I want to write. What to sign up for?? Do I have any hope of actually getting the one that I try for every year?? Can you tell I like this fest??
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
Title: It's not the end of the world (but you can see it from here)
Author: Cori Lannam ([livejournal.com profile] corilannam)
Film prompt: 2012 for [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin Round 3
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17/18+
Word Count: ~33,000
Warnings/spoilers: APOCALYPSE. Worldwide death and destruction. Character death (not Merlin or Arthur). Imprudent barebacking. Character name spoilers through series 2.

Summary: Arthur, Prince of Wales, finds it hard to accept that he and Merlin have no future. Then he finds out that neither does anyone else.


Notes: Sincere thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] chelseafrew, who showered me with commas and put up with my whining for several months; [livejournal.com profile] stellarmeadow, who helped me avoid a near miss with a nervous breakdown; [livejournal.com profile] hannelissar, my Britpicker extraordinaire, who encourages my love of the semicolon. And of course, [livejournal.com profile] anna_zee, who has the magical ability to look at a draft and tell me exactly what's wrong with it and how to fix it, and also dealt with far more of my writing neuroses than any friend should have to bear.

All comments and critiques welcomed. I would love to hear about what you liked or didn't like!

Part 1 )
corilannam: (Merlin - bathhouse)
I have never done this much editing on a story in my life.

I think my current process can pretty much be summed up by the following moment from Sports Night:

Jeremy: I don't know what to do.
Casey: You should make it shorter.
Jeremy: I tried everything.
Casey: You should try making it shorter.
Jeremy: What's the key?
Casey: In this case?
Jeremy: Yeah.
Casey: Making it a lot shorter.
Jeremy: I can't imagine what I'd cut.

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