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Stargate SG-1 fic: When I’m Gone

Just a little team miscommunication courtesy or Jack’s twisted sense of humor.

190 words | rating: G


“Remember me when I’m gone,” Jack said, appearing at the door of Sam’s lab. Sam and Daniel looked up from the plan they were working on.

“Why?” asked Daniel. “What’s wrong?

“Are you sick, sir?”

Jack sat heavily on one of the stools. He didn’t even spin. “Yes, sick.”

“Oh, god. What is it? Cancer? Poisoning? What was that alien thing SG-9 caught last week-”

Sam interrupted him. “Sir, is it serious?”

“Very.”

Daniel looked panicked. “What can we do, Jack? Is there a treatment?”

Jack sighed. “Unfortunately, no.”

“No,” Daniel yelled, “this isn’t right. You can’t die. We’ll talk to the Tok’ra. They owe us.”

“Who said anything about dying?”

Sam and Daniel exchanged looks. “You did,” they said at the same time

“No, I didn’t. I said to remember me when I’m gone. Hammond just told me I’m being sent to Washington for the week. This is serious business. There’s no treatment for boredom by politician.”

Sam rubbed the bridge of her nose. “Sir-”

Jack just smiled.

“Sometimes I hate you,” said Daniel.

“Well, my work here is done,” Jack said with a clap. “See you next week.”

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project —published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

Something I was working on the other day.

His heart leaped into his throat. He took off like a shot, hopping logs and ducking branches. His lungs burned and his legs ached as he pushed himself faster. He broke through the trees around the dropship as the storm lit up the sky. Lightning crackled overhead followed by a rumble of thunder that shook the ground. But all Bellamy could see were the flames gobbling up one half of the wall.

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project —published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

A dream sequence in a story I was working on the other day:

Finn looked at Bellamy then shrugged. “You’ll probably want this,” he said, tossing something to Bellamy.

Bellamy snatched it out of the air and looked down, horrified. It was a heart, and it was still beating. Across the room, Raven giggled as Finn lifted her, setting her ass on the table. He ran his hands up her back, leaving bloody hand prints all over her shirt.

Tools of the Trade: Aeon Timeline

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One of my all time favorite tools for writing is Aeon Timeline. I first heard about through NaNoWriMo. As soon as I tried it out, I knew I had to have the software. It was exactly what I was looking for to organize events in stories. It would have come in handy in 2008 when I was writing a complicated story told from several points of view in three different locations at the same time. Some of the features of Aeon were things I did on my own to organize scenes in the story. I was hooked as soon as I saw this.

I’m still getting used to the new version, but I’ll muddle through my favorite parts.

aeon1First off there’s the main timeline. The newest version of Aeon allows for nested events and connecting different event that happen consecutively. It’s a nice feature that I’m still getting used to using. With this version you can see the title given to the event, the date/time, and the little bar showing the duration. This gives a nice quick overview of your events. Things can be customized by color so different arcs, acts, or characters can easily be identified in an instant.

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The parent/nesting feature is a nice improvement over the previous version. It allows you to break a sequence down into tiny increments that would get cumbersome on a full timeline. Here, each small even can have it’s own entry but when it’s not important to know the details, the main event can be collapsed, showing the time frame of the entirety of events under it. This has been helpful as I’ve been using the timeline to plot out every episode (so I can make my stories fit within the framework).

Besides the main view of the timeline, each event can be expanded to look at the details.

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Mine shows the details I’ve entered for event #45 in the timeline. There’s the basic info of title, time, and duration that you see on the timeline, but then other info is added. In this case, it’s the characters involved in the scene (and their ages because I like that feature), the location, arc, a photo, and a summary of events. This can be really helpful when you have a lot going on and need to quickly check something out.

aeon7All of this info is entered through the “inspector.” You can control the title, color, characters involved, and a whole slew of other info, much of it customizable by you.

One of my favorite features from the older version is how you were able to see which characters were involved in each event. It was similar to how I plotted that complicated story with each chapter going across a paper and a line extending from each one down through a list of characters. I would put a dot next to each character in the scene and a circle around the dot of the POV character. That’s nearly identical to what Aeon did. I loved it. And then they changed it.

I’m still not sure what I think of the new version, but you still get all of the information.

aeon2In this case things work horizontally instead of vertically. As you can see, each event is listed on the left with a string of characters going off the screen on the right. I like to put my characters in alphabetical order then color code them through the whole spectrum. No real reason other than it looks pretty. It makes it difficult to add new characters into the list. I really love that you are able to see how old the characters are at any given event. That can be really helpful when you’re doing coming of age stories.

aeon6The information on the top of the page isn’t just about characters. In my case, I also have locations marked (also in a rainbow), story arc, and season. That way I can easily keep things sorted.

When I make my TV show timelines, I like to plot out each episode to get a global canon timeline. Then I plot my stories around that. Groups of events can be separated by “arcs” so I can have the canon arc, story #1 arc, story #2 arc, etc. Arcs I don’t need to see can be hidden. I like having the timeline for every story in one place.

There’s a lot more I didn’t even touch on, like the fact that it syncs with Scrivener. I’ve never used the function, but it’s a highlight for many people. And I’m still trying to figure the ins and outs of the new design.

I don’t often buy products I try online. I usually look for freeware that offers similar functions, but with Aeon, it’s well worth the price. And they usually have discounts during November and for NaNo winners.

Tools of the Trade: Liquid Story Binder

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Earlier I talked about Scrivener–probably the most popular software for writers. At least all of the ones I know. It’s a great program that I really like, but it always seemed to be missing something for me. I was constantly scrolling up and down the sidebar to switch between files. My laptop screen is small, so splitting the editor to show two different files doesn’t help. I liked the idea of the cork board, though.

I’m always on the lookout for other programs that might be helpful. Years ago, I tried out something called Liquid Story Binder but never could fully grasp all of the options or how they were supposed to be used.

Earlier this year, I decided to try it again. There was a little trial and error, but the whole thing finally clicked. It’s now my go-to program for planning, organizing, and first drafts.

LSB (not to be confused with LSD) is a pretty simple program. There are no fancy bells and whistles. There are a lot of individual windows, though, and they can all store information in different ways.

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This is my basic set up. I not only use LSB to write and organize stories and novels, I use it to organize all of my writing. This particular “library” is called, “My Writing.” It links to everything I’ve written. You start out with “planners” that can be used in all sorts of ways. The basic way is to organize chapters in a book. Each line would represent a chapter and double clicking it would open the chapter file. I use it more as a database. I have one that lists each of the fandoms I’m in (in the above photo with the rainbow sections). Each one of those links to another planner that lists all of the stories I have started for that fandom. To the right is a snapshot of The 100 stories I have. I get a glimpse of my file name or title of the story, which draft it’s in, and the prompt I used. There’s an area to the side for notes where I list draft word counts and edits I’ve made. Later I put in the summary I use on A03.

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There are other file types that can be associated with each item in a planner. I like to use the journals to keep track of notes I make in my online writing journal. It’s easier to find stuff than in one long note file (which is also an option). And I like to use the “builder” to keep track of what I write each day since I count all of my daily words. The builder is usually used to write separate scenes for a chapter that can then be compiled into a chapter file.

My daily way corresponds to my writing journal on 4thewords.com.

The journal is my other favorite file type. It’s simple but works for me.

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After I do my daily journal on 4TW, I copy/past it into the LSB journal. Some days, I make a note in the title area to remind me of any important brainstorming I might have done. I’ve taken to having journals for individual projects as well to keep track of brainstorming/notes I’ve entered into the main journal. It works great for larger projects.

lsb4That’s the thing I like best about the program–every file can have numerous other types of files associated with it. And it all works together like a database to keep track of everything. And you can pretty much find any kind of file type you might need. Some work better than others, though. The mind map file type doesn’t work well in this setting (there are better ones online). But there is storyboarding, sequencing, compare/contrast, dossiers, photo galleries, and outlining. I have another library that is about 4thewords. I use it to keep track of the different zones and monsters. Above is a list of monsters and the things they drop using the sequence file type.

There are a lot of things I really like about this software, but there are caveats that some people might not be able to get past. For one, the software is no longer supported or updated. What you see is what you get with no help if something goes wrong. Two, it cost money. Supposedly. There is a free 30 (non-consecutive) day trial. After you’re supposed to pay. Except my free trial has yet to end even after three months. Not sure if the author just stopped caring or what, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. The third problem is despite all of the options and flexibility, it really is a simple program. There are no fancy fonts, changing font color doesn’t always work, it doesn’t want to import italics/bold/underline most of the time, and moving things between file types can be a pain.

The biggest problem, though, is that scroll doesn’t work. Except in the editor pane in the chapters, builder, journal, and notes. I almost stopped using the program because I couldn’t scroll through my long list of stories, but I persisted. It’s annoying, but I’m willing to overlook it for all of the positive things it does for me–namely organizing all of my writing into one program instead of spread between multiple file folders using LibreOffice Writer, LibreOffice Calc (4 different database files), and Scrivener. I don’t have to scroll up and down to look between the chapter I’m working on and notes I made in another file like in Scrivener. The separate windows in LSB can be staggered so you can just click between them–which is a favorite feature for me.

All-in-all, I’ve found it to work really well for keeping track of everything for me and getting first drafts down. For shorter stories, I also edit in it, but when it comes to novels, I’ll transfer to Scrivener and/or Word for final edits and formatting (since that is limited in LSB). As the trial is free, it’s worth a try. But don’t give up when you get overwhelmed by the sheer number of file types there are. It took me a while to figure out how best to use each one, which isn’t always the way they were probably intended.

Stay tuned for another Tools of the Trade about some other less used, but no less important tools I use.

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

She pushed his hair from his forehead and rested her cool hand against his clammy skin. It felt nice. He didn’t want her to move it, but a second later her hand was gone. He watched her glance around, her lower lip caught between her teeth. That was doing things to his system he didn’t like. His brain was back to the whole kissing thing.

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

“Cute.” She sidesteps his outstretched hand and darts through the gate. “Lucky for me there are no rules, and I can do whatever the hell I want.”

Miller glares at her. “Whatever. When you get eaten by a panther, I’ll remember to put that on your tombstone.”

June Goals

Recap from May:

Reading: D Only read 1 of 8 books needed for the goal.
Writing: A+ Completed all goals.
Finishing/Editing: F– Did nothing. Well, I did a little editing on one story but then gave up.
Posting: F Posted nothing.


June Goals:

Reading:

  • read three books to make up for missing April’s goals.
  • read four books to make up for missing May’s goals
  • read four books for June goals to catch up with my Goodreads challenge

Writing:

  • write every day in my writing journal
  • maintain my streak
  • keep up with #writeastory
  • answer a Fandom Alphabet prompt every day

Finishing/Editing:

  • do at least one hour of editing each week
  • finish two stories

Posting:

  • post one fanfic from April
  • post two fanfics from May
  • post two fanfics for June

May Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

One book finished. YAY! I’m only 7 books behind schedule now.

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Writing:

Just about 20k words this month–story-wise. I ended up adding the word counts for all of my blog posts I’ve made, so it raised my total for the month to 21,320 and 227,625 for the year. I have a 151 day writing streak this year!

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Editing/Finishing:

Nothing to report here. I’ve added words to several of the stories I started in April, but none are finished. And I only tried to edit one but got nowhere with it. Sigh.

Posting:

Six Sentences on Sunday

sixsentences~~ Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, in progress, for your cat — whatever. ~~

From a fanfic:

“How do you know? You barely listen to anything I have to say anyway. I could say you’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met, and you’d act like I just called you Hitler. I’m not sure you even know what a compliment is. Or how to accept one. No wonder your boyfriend broke up with you.”

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