lady_songsmith: (instigator)
2016-07-22 06:49 pm
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Dear NFE letter

Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

I love outside POV and everything else that gives a different perspective, stories that come at canon for right angles -- or 180, if you want to write villains as protagonists. On which note, I love history as written by the victors tropes and unreliable narrators in general. I like complexity, characters with conflicting loyalties and/or motives, people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons and vice-versa, relationships that accommodate both conflict and affection, and generally three-dimensional characters.

I adore worldbuilding, particularly of the sort that treats Narnia as a real place rather than a dreamlike fairytale land. I also love details that provide a sense of place, whether created out of whole cloth or in a researched historical setting.

I prefer movieverse to bookverse, precisely because of the movies' attempt to introduce character memory and development where the books used archetypes, but I do enjoy the books and MN, HHB, and SC should all be considered fair game for setting fodder. I do not like Last Battle, for myriad reasons, and would prefer no Aslan's Country fic. Susan after the crash is ok, as are Everyone Lives (or Some People Live) AUs, and drawing on pre-crash events in LB for general inspiration is fine too.

On the scale of benevolent to selfish Aslan, I tend toward the cynical side, but I read and enjoy fics all along the spectrum. Just please not all the way at the infallible, (literal) deus ex machina, wrap-up moral delivering end.

Any rating, any type of pairing (m/m, f/f, m/f), and indeed more-than-pairings are all fine with me.

I tried to put most of my notes about the prompts IN the prompts, this year, but I am happy to answer questions. Also all my prior letters are tagged 'nfe'
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
2015-07-05 06:39 pm
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Dear NFE writer

Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

I love outside POV and everything else that gives a different perspective, storeis that come at canon for right angles -- or 180, if you want to write villains as protagonists. On which note, I love history as written by the victors tropes and unreliable narrators in general. I like complexity, characters with conflicting loyalties and/or motives, people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons and vice-versa, relationships that accomodate both conflict and affection, and generally three-dimensional characters.

I adore worldbuilding, particularly of the sort that treats Narnia as a real place rather than a dreamlike fairytale land. I also love details that provide a sense of place, whether created out of whole cloth or in a researched historical setting.

I prefer movieverse to bookverse, precisely because of the movies' attempt to introduce character memory and development where the books used archetypes, but I do enjoy the books and MN, HHB, and SC should all be considered fair game for setting fodder. I do not like Last Battle, for myriad reasons, and would prefer no Aslan's Country fic. Susan after the crash is ok, as are Everyone Lives (or Some People Live) AUs, and drawing on pre-crash events in LB for general inspiration is fine too.

On the scale of benevolent to selfish Aslan, I tend toward the cycincal side, but I read and enjoy fics all along the spectrum. Just please not all the way at the infallible, (literal) deus ex machina, wrap-up moral delivering end.

Any rating, any type of pairing (m/m, f/f, m/f), and indeed more-than-pairings are all fine with me.

Prompts )
lady_songsmith: owl (owl)
2014-09-28 10:59 pm
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NFE 2014

I am in shock. Someone picked up my long-shot prompt -- slash, they wrote me. In this fandom! A unicorn if ever there was one... though, possibly that's a horrible choice of metaphor under the circumstances. Particularly given the lack of fade-to-black. Hee.

I am still trying to compose a coherent comment. In the meantime, go read Bacchus and Caspian/Drinian! A merry band of far-away strangers
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
2014-09-28 10:59 pm
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NFE 2014

I am in shock. Someone picked up my long-shot prompt -- slash, they wrote me. In this fandom! A unicorn if ever there was one... though, possibly that's a horrible choice of metaphor under the circumstances. Particularly given the lack of fade-to-black. Hee.

I am still trying to compose a coherent comment. In the meantime, go read Bacchus and Caspian/Drinian! A merry band of far-away strangers
lady_songsmith: (instigator)
2014-08-02 10:05 pm
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Dear NFE writer

Dear NFE writer,

Thanks for writing me a story! I hope the prompts have given you some form of inspiration. I generally flail about trying to come up with specifics, as I tend to prefer types of stories rather than scenarios. If you want to take off on a tangent, you're welcome to do so.

Generalities:

Generalities )

Prompts:
Prompts )
lady_songsmith: owl (writing - instigate)
2011-10-24 06:40 pm
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Narnia Big Bang

So, I want to sign up, but I still have no plot. (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] snitchnipped , I'm aware of your preference. Have a cough drop.) I went through the prompt post today, and there's definitely a couple of themes emerging from the ones that made me think, "hmm, I might be able to do something with that..." But there's still no plot premise.

It's definitely going to be something during one of the bad periods - the Winter or the Telmarine oppression. It might be from the villains' POV, or at least someone who works with/for them.

Uhm. Is that enough to sign up with, y'think? I've gone into the fic exchange with less of an idea what I was going to do with my prompts.
lady_songsmith: owl (writing - instigate)
2011-10-24 06:40 pm
Entry tags:

Narnia Big Bang

So, I want to sign up, but I still have no plot. (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] snitchnipped , I'm aware of your preference. Have a cough drop.) I went through the prompt post today, and there's definitely a couple of themes emerging from the ones that made me think, "hmm, I might be able to do something with that..." But there's still no plot premise.

It's definitely going to be something during one of the bad periods - the Winter or the Telmarine oppression. It might be from the villains' POV, or at least someone who works with/for them.

Uhm. Is that enough to sign up with, y'think? I've gone into the fic exchange with less of an idea what I was going to do with my prompts.
lady_songsmith: owl (golden1)
2011-09-09 09:38 pm

Rambling about "Walk Long Enough"

NFE reveals are up, so now I can talk about my story here, instead of just nattering the ears off those patient souls who encouraged me through the process. I decided early on that the title was going to be "If You Only Walk Long Enough" from an Alice quote, but as this story wound on to deadline, I started thinking it ought to be titled "if you only write long enough." I did actually have it finished by deadline if not beta'd, so that's an improvement over last year - perhaps next year I will actually have it turned in by deadline. (Crazy talk, I know.)

So about the story itself.
Meanderings continue )
lady_songsmith: owl (golden1)
2011-09-09 09:38 pm

Rambling about "Walk Long Enough"

NFE reveals are up, so now I can talk about my story here, instead of just nattering the ears off those patient souls who encouraged me through the process. I decided early on that the title was going to be "If You Only Walk Long Enough" from an Alice quote, but as this story wound on to deadline, I started thinking it ought to be titled "if you only write long enough." I did actually have it finished by deadline if not beta'd, so that's an improvement over last year - perhaps next year I will actually have it turned in by deadline. (Crazy talk, I know.)

So about the story itself.
Meanderings continue )
lady_songsmith: owl (jigsaw)
2010-07-12 06:51 pm
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Fic update

So my NFE fic...

I told some of you a whie ago that I felt like I had enough of a skeleton to know what sort of beastie it was. To continue the metaphor (and dodge anon-busting spoilers), I have now assembled a nearly complete set of bones! But at the moment I have a whole lot that look really similar to one another (a few sets of phalanges?) and I keep moving them around trying to figure out where they fit. It's like a single-color jigsaw puzzle and not quite as entertaining. Urk. This is a bit of a new experience for me - I'm used to writing long (multi-chapter) fics out of order, but I've never had a one-shot this jumbled before. Sometimes I get the end first, and then the middle, or something like that, but never little snippets that have to be ordered and connected. It's... kinda like my process for writing an academic paper, and that is just bloody scary.
lady_songsmith: owl (jigsaw)
2010-07-12 06:51 pm
Entry tags:

Fic update

So my NFE fic...

I told some of you a whie ago that I felt like I had enough of a skeleton to know what sort of beastie it was. To continue the metaphor (and dodge anon-busting spoilers), I have now assembled a nearly complete set of bones! But at the moment I have a whole lot that look really similar to one another (a few sets of phalanges?) and I keep moving them around trying to figure out where they fit. It's like a single-color jigsaw puzzle and not quite as entertaining. Urk. This is a bit of a new experience for me - I'm used to writing long (multi-chapter) fics out of order, but I've never had a one-shot this jumbled before. Sometimes I get the end first, and then the middle, or something like that, but never little snippets that have to be ordered and connected. It's... kinda like my process for writing an academic paper, and that is just bloody scary.