tori_angeli: (fanficwriter)
I was trying to figure out what is wrong with my TMNT fanfic-writing mojo.  I'm getting excited about TMNT again, what with some new issues of Tales that are amazing as well as the new anniversary special.  But when I try to write fanfic, it feels like touching burned skin to make sure it's healed and finding it still hurts.

That made me plunder my head for the reason I write fanfic, and the reason I keep despairing at writing for TMNT.  It occurred to me that I really don't consider a creative work successful until it means something to someone else.  For about a year, probably longer, most reviews received in the fandom are short "I like it!  Update soon!" reviews that give no indication of whether or not the reviewer remembered the fic after they navigated away from the page.  Getting practically nothing but those kinds of reviews really started leaving me cold, like I'd lost my touch, or like I was no longer needed--obsolete, somehow, or at least I'd lost any sort of unique fingerprint.

But then there were those few reviews that really sounded like they were interested in the fic.  I need to focus on THOSE readers and write for them.  That would get me back in the game, even if I was just writing for two or three people.  I could really ENJOY writing TMNT if I remembered that I was writing for people who found meaning, or at least entertainment, in my stories.  The fact that those people are vastly outnumbered by "Update soon" people just made it harder to remember they were there, and I really apologize.

...I have FIVE multichapters to finish--three in TMNT, one in Star Trek, and one in Elfquest.  But Endgame is SO CLOSE to being finished, maybe I'll start with that.
tori_angeli: (fanficwriter)
I figured out why Counterplay is taking so long--it's two almost-separate stories, and all this time, I've been trying to write them like they're one story.  I think this story will just come more slowly than the others, because for pacing reasons, I need to write the two plots separately and then splice them together.  So to any patient reader who's waiting for the next chapter, I apologize, but this is kind of the nature the story is taking on.  Thanks for hanging in there.
tori_angeli: (onedayafter Mike)
Sorry it took so many ages.  Thanks again to Winnychan, my incredible beta.



tori_angeli: (onedayafter Mike)
First of all, eggs, including one of those rareish silver ones. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Second of all, it has come to my attention that quite a few people have no idea I'm updating Counterplay on FF.net.  So I'm going to be posting Counterplay here as well.

Title: Counterplay
Summary: Separated from his family by an old friend and taken in by an old enemy, an estranged Michelangelo becomes the only thing that can save his family in a game where no one is who they claim to be.
Rating: T

Prologue )

tori_angeli: (Default)
So I go to the chiropractor, thinking I'm getting a quick fix for some nasty neck and shoulder pain.  My doctor gives me this look and tells me they're not "that kind of chiropractors."  I end up signing up for 12 weeks of physical therapy, the vast majority of which is paid for by my insurance.  Because kids, my neck is a mess.  Your neck is supposed to have a +45 degree curve.  Mine is a -7.  No wonder it hurts.

My mom is all skeptical, and to be honest, so am I, in a healthy way, but if this helps the problems I've had for years, I'm all for it.  My doctor suspects I'll respond very well to treatment given that I already have a healthy lifestyle.  Oh, and the treatment apparently includes weekly massages.  I am all for that.  I have never been to a chiropractor for anything besides a quick fix, but people I trust swear by it, and this is much gentler and more careful than your typical "crack and pop" chiropractor.  So!  Three days a week, and we'll see how it goes.

I am writing, I swear!  Actually, my beta for Counterplay has been swamped, hence the second chapter being late.  Please understand her situation.  I don't want to post the chapter without her feedback.
tori_angeli: (onedayafter Mike)
Here is the prologue of the Mike-centric epic, as posted on FF.net.

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