For the last year and a half, I’ve been working on a story. I’ve been through numerous ideas; starting and restarting outlines, creating character profiles, writing scenes. All with the goal of creating a web serial story. I thought I could make it an original story, but, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t. Not with this story.
I’ve written, and even posted a few stories from some Gargoyle fanfic I wrote nearly 18 years ago. I tried taking ideas from that universe and spin it into one of its own, and I just can’t do it. I came to this conclusion when I decided to write up an outline I had created for the beginning of one of my fanfics. This story is one I’ve already re-revised once, and the expanded opening was just to be the icing on the cake. But as I started writing, I realized everything I’ve been doing, everything I’ve been thinking about was really made for this story. It just worked. Everything clicked the more I thought about it, while with my attempt to make it original, I just struggled.
So, I’ve decided to give up on trying to make an original story, and just throw everything whole hog into writing this fanfic. I originally thought writing fanfic would be more of a negative for me, but I see now this is the opportunity I need to refine my writing skills. As I apply the writing tips I’ve been picking up, I’m finding there is so much more I can do with the story. I am expanding not just the story, but the characters and better define their relationships. The intervening years have really helped as well. I’m not the same person I was 18 years ago, and have that much more experience I can add to the story.
I don’t consider the last year and a half a waste though. It was a valuable experience as well, as I not only went through one idea after another, I spent a lot of time just researching writing and what makes a good story, and learned a lot. I hope it shows in the story. I’d love to find some alpha/beta readers for this. It is turning out to be quite the epic, and it’s truly a story I want to tell. I just hope it’s one that people will want to read.
This is an extract I wrote for a possible future for one of my Alternate Gargoyles Universe characters, Ebony. She became my main character, though I hadn’t really intended it to happen. One of the joys of creative writing. This story takes place in the not so distant future, where a lot went down, and it wasn’t all good for her. Of course as a writer I have to abuse my main character. 🙂 This is a kind of finale for the first part of her story. It’s also long, over 2300 words, so be prepared.
Continue reading Final Battle
I love using songs as inspiration. So many songs already have a narrative, that it isn’t too hard to come up with a story. This is one such attempt. It is inspired by the song Don’t Speak by No Doubt, and features the original gargoyle characters Steelheart and Eponine that I created for the Alternate Gargoyle Universe Mailing List.
Continue reading Don’t Speak
Sorry this is late. I meant to have it done last weekend, but RL had other ideas. I hope you enjoy the end.
Continue reading Late Night Out Part 3
On my Fangirl Xanadu blog, I talked about a severe lack of Gargoyles/Doctor Who crossover fanfics. And now, I’ve decided to do something about it. This features the 11th Doctor and my own characters from the AGU from 15+ years ago. This is my first attempt to write any kind of fanfic with a Doctor. I hope he comes off authentic.
Summary: The Doctor runs into three Gargoyle children and takes them on a quick night out on the universe.
11th Doctor/AGU Gargoyles Ebony, Amber, and Jasper. Doctor Who is © BBC. Gargoyles © Walt Disney Company. Gargoyles characters are my own.
Continue reading Late Night Out Part 1
This story was originally written for a fanfic mailing list for the TV show Gargoyles that my husband and I ran back in the middle nineties. It features original characters that were created for the list.
Timeline: Non-timeline (October 1996)
Summary: When a meteor threatens to expose the monastery, it is up to Black Steel, Jasmine, Matt, and Ebony to defend it with the help of a … giant green lizard?
Continue reading Oh My Godzilla!