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16 January 2005 @ 04:14 pm
The lj maintenance people are my new idols  

Today, I practised the noble art of blagging to make up an essay on graphic design, as I am meant to be going on work experience in, oh , February. Not that I have any organised yet, or indeed know the first thing about graphic design. My bibliography is full of websites I didn't even bother looking at...oh, who am I kidding? I spent half an hour on it and spent the rest of my time proofreading fics. My work ethic has gone completely down the toilet.

Actually, in choosing a graphic designer, I came across something cool. I picked the Stone Twins, as they are the only ones I've ever heard of. If you are not stringently religious, and wouldn't mind having a good old laugh at the Pope's expense, take a gander at this - the RC Church's new corporate identity manual!!


(It's in 'Projects' under 'The Church', if that link won't bring it up.)

After a weekend spent bending poor oldcoralia13's ear by email, I've come to a decision on uni. </span>


Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: 'January's Child', the Alice Band
Insufferable, man.: ron roarcynicalpirate on January 16th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
English, Philosophy, Greek and Roman Civilisation and History or French

I think you made a good choice.

And bottled holy water? I would buy it...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)

You can buy bottled holy water, in Lourdes and that. Or get it on tap from churches. xD

Seeing as this is as good a place as any to continue the Big Bang conversation (the hell with that title?) whoa. It is a good thing I have you. What with all this emotional stuff they're asking for. Like: We want to explore their inherent volatility through a fully-developed plot rather than a confined moment. And what do you think they mean by no selective back story editing?!

On a more prosaic note, it just occurred to me: ratings. I know you can write R, and I've only tried once (it was comedy, pure comedy). It's one thing we probably do have to be sure about, although of course it may change with time...

This is utterly terrifying. But fun! I love challenges.
Insufferable, man.: ron roarcynicalpirate on January 16th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
*gulps down holy water*
I know, I got terrified right after all the squeeing at you actually agree-ing to co-write it. But this is good terror. I think.

We want to explore their inherent volatility through a fully-developed plot rather than a confined moment.

Translation: We want a plausible explanation for the boysex. And the continuation of boysex.

And what do you think they mean by no selective back story editing?!

I think that that meant you can't change teh canon. They use a lot of long words, don't they? We're not going to be all intellectual and deep and dark and everything, are we?

I'm thinking R, as it progresses. I mean, it can start off PG-13, but as we get further in, R might be the way to go. Not sure. I'm not all that excellent at R, meself. And about the "comedy, pure comedy" - I think that there has to be some of that in this. Even if at Big Bang (the hell?) they're all hungering for some H/D darkfic, we're going to make 'em smile. At least in parts. Yes?

I am VERY GLAD I have you. I could not do this stressing on my ownsome. Harry will rock. And Draco will bounce off his ready wit and easy charm. Or something.

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: *gulps down holy water*
It is. I mean, it's gonna be the be all and end all of H/D in 2005, most likely. And it'll be good to say we participated, and contributed to the goodfic. (Which we will, because I've never seen you to write badfic.)

Ah, I see. No 'Ooh look hot Draco we shag now'. Urg how do all these hundreds of people think that's a plausible plot? The requirements are not so bad when translated into English.

God no. Intellectual is boring. I def. want some of that cool character probing you did with Remus in your drabble, though, because it's interesting. It doesn't have to be purple prose.

Yes, I agree. NC-17 would be beyond me and you have to be VERY SKILLED INDEED to make that work. (I know. I read far too much porn.)There's basically a line you tread, and it can be R without being scatalogically graphic. It also takes the fun out if they're banging like drums from page one (and I think that's forboden too...)

And absolutely on the humour! It works best in darkfics, anyway. I couldn't face it all doom and gloom (and there'll be plenty of others who'll write it that way!).

I am VERY GLAD I have you. Whatever influences you have, I got a real - don't be insulted - public schoolboy vibe from your H/D, and that's exactly what Draco is (even more than Harry, who ain't so posh). He's not an American jock sex gawd. He's an Etonite, or whatever they're called. So our Draco will be a real, Englishy, coolish person. IC. That's it!

Well, what I did was open OotP to try and find all the places were Harry and Draco interacted, and I'm about halfway through. I think it should help. (Please do not laugh at my fanaticism. It has its uses. Just look at, er, Hitler.) I reckon you should email me so I can email back what I've found; just so as to stop revealing all OUR GREAT PLOTLINES to the public, and stuff. And we have them. We do!!
passionate trousersgalindaupland on January 16th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you're talking about. Well in a sense. I have a huge cancer research project due on Tuesday, and I have not typed one word of it. Not one. I hate deadlines. >:(
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh, how you resonate. I have an in-depth report on a not bad but not wonderful novel due last week, I think. If I am very quiet, they tend to forget me and don't leave messages on the answerphone.

Well, I've done some of it. Not a lot. Deadlines suck.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
When you say report...are you an editor? (If so you LUCKY THING!) Last week! Ah well, I am in good company!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Sort of an editor. (You can't tell from my e-mails, mind you!) I assess unpublished manuscripts, most of them not v. good. Some so appalling you want to scream. Badly paid but strangely fascinating work, though it can't compete with fanfic. Sadly. Part of the job is giving ideas on how to improve plots, make them consistent, etc. That's the fun bit, where you get to write it in your head.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I hope you don't mind me asking, but how do you get into that kind of job? I know that it's hard and stuff, but I'd love to be an editor of some description; it's just no one seems to know how to get there!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I count as a consultant, which sounds better than it is. To do this sort of assessment you should, ideally, be a published writer with some experience of other fields, like copywriting (ads). The copy-editing diploma helps, where money is concerned: worth the short course. (I didn't get a chance to do that, worse luck.) It's the same as beta-reading, probably less intensive. Then, you just have to offer your services and be willing to do some stuff for free to show you know what you're about. It's freelance, which suits me, but that means very bad pay.

Better to go for straight editing, IMO: there, you'd get straight in with a publisher. Whatever you do, GET YOUR DEGREE. That is carved in stone. Once you have that, you can do whatever you like.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
But what degree do you mean? All I can think of is English...but at least I know more now!
Minnowminnow_53 on January 16th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just got this.

Any degree. Any degree will do. English is best, but you mention Greek and History, for instance, as well, and those are fine. If you're doing sciences you may run into a problem: but then, if you're doing sciences you probably don't want to be an editor! I did English, but didn't get my degree, which is a long and boring story.

I'm pontificating again here! I'm not a huge expert on anything beyond what I actually do: I work for quite a small, specialist company, and I originally got the job when I read a report they'd done for a friend, wrote to them asking if they needed more readers/editors, and did a report on spec. But they were a lot smaller then.

Besides, that was specifically work to do at home, which could tie in or not with outside work. You'll want to start off as far outside the house as possible!

But I reiterate: finish your courses, get your qualifications, and then you have a lot of choices, or should.^_^
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 17th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Yes, me and science have not gelled since I succeeded in blowing up soap. That's okay then.

Basic degrees are important, I guess. Ah sure I'll end up somewhere. Under a bridge maybe, but somewhere. Cheers!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 16th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, I used to be great with getting things done well before time. But that was back when I had a clue where I was going. Arglebarf. Can you get an extension? They are brilliant!