Oct. 9th, 2012

alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
Things that ought not to be difficult: turning 800+ words of plot speculation into 1000+ words of story.

Things that are in fact difficult: guess.

It is not that the story wants to be a lot longer than a thousand words, though I suspect it does. Nor do I have a time crunch; this is my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas, posting starts on Dec 1, it is now Oct 9, that is all the time in the world. It's just that the fucking text file is still fucking blank. I can braindump just fine; a friend is going to wake up to that eight hundred words in her inbox. (At the present rate of progress, she is going to know every major plot point of the series without ever having seen an episode or interacted with any bits of the fandom except me and Fox.) But story?

I can't even see if I could do anything with one of the other four prompts. Two of them are not relevant to my interests in the slightest. Two more, I wouldn't have anything new to say. The one I'm talking about is highly relevant to my interests (if someone else wrote it I would read it and love it and cuddle it and read it a few more times), but that does me no good if I cannot make the words come out as story instead of as braindump.
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
Neither HTML nor Microsoft Word can actually distinguish between italic
type and oblique type unless one is using two different fonts in the same
family, can they? I know LaTeX can, but I don't know how to make it do
that, Josh did the heavy lifting on stories.trycanta.com including the
LaTeX PDF generator. (I miss that PDF generator. But at this rate
that site's never coming back up.) And I don't have the faintest idea of
what font(s) I would want for this anyway.

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