amari_z: (tedious)
Well, as a few of you have noticed, there's been no fic from me in over a year. I didn’t have the time, and then didn't seem to have the inclination. I literally have not written anything since March 2009. (For fun that is. I probably wrote over a thousand pages for work last year, which may have been a lot of the problem.)

I am thinking about the fic a little again. To find out if I can re-gleeify myself for it, I've gone back and started rereading this week (and man, is it long—I’m barely a quarter way through). But I guess the question I’m wondering about is, is it worth the effort? I'm a little OCD about finishing tasks I've set myself, but that's not a good enough reason to devote as much time and effort as this fic requires. Are you guys seriously still interested in this thing? I'm not looking for head patting here (or maybe I am a little), but genuine input. Fandoms are a fickle thing and people move on. As much as the act of writing has to be for my own enjoyment, I'd be lying if I said it didn't matter if anyone was interested and reading.

(Keep in mind, though, even if I do get myself to reengage on the fic, it will be awhile before I produce anything, given the novella length of the chapters and the ever-exciting vagrancies of work. And I'd have a lot of reading to do first.)
amari_z: (ka)
Part one of the chapter is here, with headers and series links.

Part two is here.

This is the final part of the chapter. This chapter has been a long time coming in more ways than one. It's a point in the story that I've been planning toward for literally years. I'd love to hear what you think!

Ties That Break, Part 3 )
amari_z: (reflection)
Title: Ties that Break

Warnings: Slash and some violence

Series: Part of the AU that began with Resurrection. The series (with links) is Resurrection, Tools of the Trade, Slave to Fashion, Trouble in the Making, Out on the Town, Weapons of Choice, Myths, Legends and Lies, Lessons in Deportment, Ties to Bind, The Shopping Expedition, Dangerous Games, Rude Awakenings, All Things Mortal, In Twilight's Kingdom, Rumors of War and this one. To make sense, the stories should be read in order.

Notes: Whew! At last. Thanks to all of you who have been waiting so patiently, and especially to [livejournal.com profile] darklyscarlett and [livejournal.com profile] sasha_b for pre-reading.


Ties That Break, Part 1 )
amari_z: (penguins)
So, I think the chapter should be up next week. (I told you I don't have much patience for editing.)

As I said before, it's pretty long, so I'm going to do something slightly different from the usual, and post it in three parts over the course of a few days. This is mainly so I can force myself to proofread it. I'm less likely to wander off and decide I'd rather be doing something else if I proof it in chunks over a schedule of a few days. (It may also encourage you guys to read more slowly, because who knows when you'll next be getting a chapter? Of course, if you'd rather, you can wait to read it until the whole thing is posted.)

The division into parts is going to be strictly based on length, not on story structure. I'll try to post one section a day once I start, but I can't absolutely promise I'll stick to that schedule.

So, nearly there!

Crack news

Feb. 15th, 2009 03:18 pm
amari_z: (who reads)
First draft of new chapter of Resurrection is done. It needs major arse kicking editing, and who knows if I'll decide to add another scene or two, but the draft is done. Who'd have believed it would ever happen? It's only taken *mumble*.

I'm in my usual state of wavering between glee and disgust at it. Right now, it's longer than any other chapter except Rumors, which was a monster, and it's not that much shorter, at 25,000 words. Editing is going to make me cry.

No promises on when I'll be ready to post, but my tolerance for editing is not endless. So, if you don't remember what's been going on, it might be time to do some recollection refreshing. This chapter is heavy on plot (no wonder it took me so long to get it out), and, as usual, the chapter just picks up where the last one left off.

As much as I want to pummel the draft for being sucky, I'm kind of excited. This chapter has a lot of stuff in it that I've been working toward since when I first decided to make this into a series. Now that the end (of the chapter, not the series), is finally in sight, I'm anxious to see what you guys think. But first I have to finish it.
amari_z: (2 Lady of the Lake telleth Arthur)
Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] fisher_queen for winning the Crackiversary Party Game!!! She got an incredibly cracktastic score of 20.5 out of a possible 23 points. Not shabby at all--it's better than I would have done! (Tor, btw, only got 11 right, even though he ran around the house accosting people and demanding to know what a "Barlow" was. He eventually, perhaps inevitably, settled on "food" as his answer. Kay, who was quizmaster here, had to give a moments thought before deciding that was worth partial credit.)

[livejournal.com profile] fisher_queen, I'll be contacting you about your prizes, so think about what name and characteristics you want for your crack appearance. I also planned a super sekrit prize for all the party game participants, which is a look at the draft of a scene from the near-mythological next chapter. As [livejournal.com profile] fisher_queen was the only actual participant, she gets the exclusive peek (no sharing!--although you can gloat as you feel is warranted).

I have to admit, though, that I was rather sad about the overall lack of interest in the crackiversary festivities. (At least I didn't go with my original I-am-crazy-and-have-no-need-sleep idea to do a crackiversary crossword puzzle.) Live and learn.
amari_z: (res)
Another Crackiversary has come and gone, but the knights are still partying hard (much to Arthur's chagrin--you should see the mess they've made).

If you want to play the Crackiversary Party Game (and you know you do) there's still time, but your answers are due tomorrow, let's say at midnight EST. However, if anyone wants an extension until Saturday, I think I can convince Kay, who's grading the papers. Just let me know.

Also, although personally I think it would be more fun to try to answer the questions off the top of your head (Tor says he's the answer to every question, btw), I will point out at the following tags. Resurrection fic will take you to the chapters of the story along with any interludes, crackiversary fic, etc. The resurrection au tag will take you to just about everything I've ever said about teh crack, including memes and Q&As.
amari_z: (social event Arthur)
It's been three years now since I first posted the first fic in what became the Resurrection monster series. I would never have believed at the time that I'd still be at it three years later (it was supposed to be a one off!). To celebrate the occasion we have:

Crackiversary fic. It's a lot longer than I had planned, but the knights have been getting restless.

A Crackiversary Party Game! (Go play. Or else. Tristan says so. And you don't want to make him mad, do you?)

A Crackiversary Play List.


So enjoy! Lancelot insists that you do--he's expecting gifts so, um . . . (run).
amari_z: (red)
Resurrection Day Plus 3: A Day in the Life at D’Aubigny Manor

Summary:
Eighty-eight lines A lot more damned words than I was planning about forty-four women thirty-nine knights, plus an Arthur.

Crackiversary! )
amari_z: (on crack)
Ever wanted a chance to make use of your vast knowledge of the Crackiverse? Well, here’s your opportunity. Answer the questions below in the comments and prove your bona fides as a crackhead.

Prizes? I did promise prizes didn’t I? Get 12 points and I’ll link you to a download of a majority of the songs on the Crackiversary Play List (about a third of them I only have as protected files, so those can’t be uploaded). Whoever gets the most questions right—what, bragging rights aren’t enough for you?—will get a walk on role in the fic. (Some of you suggested Lancelot as a prize, but, after legal consultation, unfortunately, I’m not insured for the liability issues that raises.)

This is open book, and everything ever written about teh crack is fair game (no looking at your neighbors' paper, though, comments are screened). Have your answers up by Thursday, January 29. Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 31.


Have fun!

ETA: The Crackiversary game is over, and congrats to [livejournal.com profile] fisher_queen for winning! The correct answers to the game appear below in the comments.


Get your pencils ready )
amari_z: (social event Lance)
I don’t know why it took me three years to think of this, but what’s a party without music? Here are some of the songs I’ve been listening to over the last three years while I’ve been working on teh crack. Most of them have lyrics that have some connection for me to the fic itself, even if it might be an obscure one, but most are fairly obvious. (Some might even hold clues ;) ). One song per month. If you guys like this, we’ll do it again next year, because there are a lot more songs, and it’s pretty unlikely I’ll be done . . . .

(Songs aren't familar? Want to have a listen? Go play the Crackiversary Party Game.)

First Resurrection Play List )
amari_z: (on crack)
Well, it seems like the people--or the one's who've missed smoking anyway--have spoken, and while the tie was broken, there was enough interest that I'm going to do my best to do a crackiverary fic. (I really am on crack and apparently quite open to suggestion as well. I probably don't need to remind some of you that's how I got myself into this mess in the first place. And if you think I'm looking at you, I probably am.)

There was less interest in me answering reader questions. Still, if anyone wants to, go ahead and post them in the comments. I'm not going to promise that I'll answer all of them, but I'll do my best with any that are asked by Wednesday.

There will also be-for the first time ever!--a crackiversary party game. You are all expected to play. There will be prizes. Come on, prizes!
amari_z: (res)
Crackiversary poll is still running (go have your say if you’re inclined). For those of you who’ve had your say already, I love you people, but you’re also crazy. We currently have a tie between wanting crackiversary fic and telling me to stop procrastinating on the next chapter—many of you taking the opportunity to vote for both. Apparently, it isn't clear that writing crackiversary fic is procrastination on the chapter, but whatever. ;)
amari_z: (crack)
So, it’s only something like 11 days until the third Crackiversary.* Hard to believe, for me at least. This year wasn’t a good one for teh crack, since the last actual chapter appeared in December 2007. How that happened, I’m really not quite sure, but I am working on the next chapter, which is 30 plus pages at present, but still has a ways to go.

I have developed a sort of tradition of Crackiversary celebration, but I’m not sure what to do this year, considering the lack of progress. So I guess I’ll leave it to you guys. Are you interested in me doing something this year? If you want to see what’s happened on previous Crackiversarys, you can click the Crackiversary tag. I'm pretty busy these days, so if there's not much interest, I probably won't do anything. So, cause you know I think they're shiny, poll!

[Poll #1331072]

As always, regardless of what I end up dong, if anyone is inclined to do a crackiversary gift of their own, feel free.

*Crackiversary=the anniversary of the date I posted what became the first chapter of the eponymous series Resurrection.
amari_z: (Castus 2007)
Since I’ve been so very slow with the next chapter, here’s a little present in the spirit of the holiday season. Set somewhere toward the beginning, but AU in the timeline, since it wouldn’t have been December.

A Resurrection X-Mas )
amari_z: (By the River)
[livejournal.com profile] enemyfrigate wrote what I'll call an AU AU for the Resurrection series for the crackiversary! It's narrated by Lancelot's sister after Lancelot has been conscripted, and, while it makes some interesting use of my ideas and themes from the series, I think it stands really well on its own (although why would you be reading this post if you're not reading teh crack?--although I suppose all things are possible).

Anyway, I think you should all go read it!
amari_z: (simpsons2)
[livejournal.com profile] darklyscarlett sent me this link to a a story from The Sun, published on the crackiversary.

Too funny! (And Tor nearly wet himself laughing when he saw it. Percival tried to shrug it off, but he did pick a fight with Tor afterward. Unlike their usual confrontations, where no clear winner emerges, Percy won this one, since Tor couldn't defend himself--he was still laughing too hard.)
amari_z: (vote Castus 2008)
(Posting tonight after midnight, since I'm not sure what my day tomorrow will be like. )

It’s two years today since I posted the first story in teh crack saga Resurrection. When I wrote the first little snippet, I never intended to write a sequel, much less a series, but here we are 131,500 words and 15 (only counting the main body) fics later.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] livigiano, who drew this lovely picture of our anti-hero for the occasion. Thanks again Livi!

Also [livejournal.com profile] lessy37, who always makes such wonderful icons, made me some updated icons for the new year (never thought I'd still be writing this in 2008 *_*), one of which adorns this post. Thanks Lessy!

For my part, you'll find a crackiversary fic here, and you'll find my "answers" to the questions I was asked about the series here.

If anyone has anything they want to share, feel free to post in the comments to this post.

Happy crackiversary to one and all. :D
amari_z: (ioan3)
Happy Crackiversary! In honor of the occasion, we go back to the beginning and pure, unadulterated (I hope), old school crack. ;) I was going to call this a ficlet, until I realized that it was longer than the first two stories of the series, and nearly as long as the third. Ah, the good old days.

The second morning after Lancelot woke up . . . .

Resurrection Day Plus Two )

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