On Writing

Have first lines always been this difficult or am I just seriously out of practice at writing fanfiction?

I have mostly plotted out my story for my jd_ficathon assignment, I know when and how it’s based and everything. I’m just not entirely sure how it starts or whether it’s from Jack or Daniel’s POV. I know it’s based during/post The Light so perhaps it’ll serve me well for watching it and making some notes about things and maybe that’ll help me find the first line.

I wish I was one of those writers who can jump in at a random point in a story and then backfill – but if I start at point B, point A never happens. And as a reader, I don’t like stories that make me feel I’ve been dropped into the middle of things, I like to have a defined start, so I know where I am.

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Top 5 Music Artists

I love my alternative rock, especially 90s alt rock and this has been really hard to narrow down to just 5. I think right now my answers would be:

Day 3) 5 Favorite Music Artists

1) Foo Fighters
Now this never changes. The Foo Fighters have been my favourite band for as long as I can remember and I can’t see this changing any time soon. I just plain adore them. And my favourite song of theirs would probably be Times Like These – hence the title of my journal

2) Green Day
The best live concert I ever want to was Green Day at the Milton Keynes Bowl way back in 2005. They were incredible, they absolutely blew me away. I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard Basket Case as a teenager and its still one of my favourite songs

3) Fall Out Boy
Honestly, I was kind of determined not to like FOB. Sugar We’re Going Down was so overplayed and I got so fed up of it that I was just not interested. But they kind of crept under my defences and somehow they’re now one of my favourites. How does that work? Favourite song is probably My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

4) blink-182
It was love at first listen to All The Small Things. I went straight out and bought Enema Of The State and proceeded to fall even more in love. I’ve not heard any of their more recent work and I’m not a huge fan of their early stuff but like Enema, Take Off Your Pants & Jacket and Blink-182 are my jam.

5) My Chemical Romance
Another band I didn’t expect to like but their music grabbed me when watching Kerrang one day. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is one of my most played CDs ever – like, I had to replace it because I killed it, level of overplayed. You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison is easily my favourite track of theirs

I think a special mention needs to be given to Linkin Park. RIP Chester ♥

Right now I am listening to System Of A Down – Chop Suey!

Top 5 Actors

Now that it’s time to actually post these, lets see if I can remember them!

Day 2) 5 Favorite Actors

1) Chris Evans
Ah my Captain, my Steve Rogers. I adore Chris Evans in this role and he’s the reason I started watching the Avengers movies. I also love him in The Losers and I first saw him in Not Another Teen Movie

2) David Tennant
My favourite Doctor and I would run away with him in a heartbeat if he asked. I love him in Harry Potter and Jessica Jones as well. Doesn’t he play slightly insane so very well? And as for Hamlet ❤

3) Michael Shanks
I'm not ashamed of my love for Daniel Jackson. I probably should be, but I'm not. I've also really enjoyed watching Michael in Saving Hope and I'm slowly making my way through some of his more… questionable… movies

4) Ewan McGregor
You know those actors you will watch anything they're in and just the mere mention of his name sends you all a quiver? Ewan is that guy for me. I've watched animated movies he's done voice work for, I've watched movies about topics that make me uncomfortable. I went down to London to see him on stage. I heartseyes him

5) Jason Momoa

Do I really need to say any more? haha

Top 5 Actresses

For some reason, I got the first two days muddled up in my head and thought day one was top 5 actors so started planning out the post in my head, only to open up the post an entry and the file with the list in it to discover

Day 1) 5 Favorite Actresses

1) Scarlett Johansson.
I will watch pretty much anything with Scarlett in it. I think she is a very talented actress with great range. She’s also a stunning looking woman. I first saw her in Ghost World, way back in 2001 but it was Lost In Translation that made me sit up and really pay attention to her. I think my favourite role of hers is Black Widow though

2) Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia has been my role model for as long as I can remember. The first time we see this young woman and she’s standing up to an evil dictator who is psychological torturing her and holding her prisoner and she is not cowering but standing her own. And she does more of the rescuing herself than Luke and Han!
As I grew up, I learned more about her as a person, about her struggles with addiction and mental health and how strong and candid a woman she was. She did so much for Hollywood that so few people really know about. The world surely lost an icon, a force if you pardon the pun, when she passed.

3) Amanda Tapping
Who doesn’t love Sam Carter and Helen Magnus? You just have to look at all the different AU versions of Sam, all the different ways Amanda can/has played the same character to realise she’s a bloody talented woman. And not just in front of the camera – she’s become a seriously sought after genre director which as a woman, even in 2017, is a hell of an achievement. Plus she comes over as so goofy and caring.

4) Emma Watson
I remember thinking when the first Harry Potter film promo pictures came out that Emma was going to grow up to be a heart-breaker and how right was I? She’s smart and thoughtful and stylish and I’ve felt sort of privileged to watch her grow into the amazing woman she’s becoming. I really look forward to seeing what’s next for her and where’s she’s going to go both as an actress and a… can I call a girl a statement?

5) Helena Bonham Carter
I first saw Helena in, I think, Big Fish and I love how she has this wonderful ‘kooky’ surreal edge to her. She really shines in the slightly out-there roles like Bellatrix or Mrs Lovett. I love her work with Tim Burton but i also thinks she’s amazing in traditional roles like Miss Havisham or Ophelia. Very talented lady

A Few Of My Favourite Things

I found one of those 30 day memes on Pinterest that really caught my eye – it’s all about Top 5 favourites and includes topics such as actors, actresses, movies, books, models, animals, fears… I think it looks quite interesting and I’m really looking forward to starting it. I sort of want to start it today because it feels like new things should start on a Monday, but the month starts tomorrow. So tomorrow I’ll start it.

Right now I am –
reading: JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
watching: Nothing, but I’m poking at Netflix to see if anything catches my attention. I’m thinking of catching up on Saving Hope (which is downloading because I’m a naughty girl!) and finishing Forever. Although I’m quite tired so I do’t know if I’ll stay awake to watch 3 episodes tonight. At least I’ll have good dreams if I fall asleep in any of those!
listening to: An 80s rock playlist on Spotify
eating: I’ve just ordered a pizza because I’m feeling tired and lazy

Awake

There’s something not quite right when you’re awake earlier on your day off than on a work day.

I slept really badly last night. You know those nights where you can’t get comfortable, you’re too hot with the duvet on, too cold with it off and when you do sleep you just have bizarre dreams that kept waking you up? That’s the night I had.

I actually gave up on sleep somewhere around 3:45 and made myself a cup of tea. I sat in bed and read for a bit, then jumped online. I did a little bit of work on my wordpress site, joined a few fanlistings.

It’s now 10am and admittedly i’m still sitting in bed. I’m thinking about taking a shower, getting dressed and walking into town. There’s a few things I’d like to get and a few chores around the house I’d like to check of the list. Nothing exciting, it’s a ‘buy milk’ and ‘do laundry’ type of day.

This afternoon I’m hoping to knuckle down and make a start on writing – probably my jd_ficathon fic

Routines

I really need to work out a way of getting online into my normal evening schedule. Slot it in between somewhere after doing the dishes because I feel like I’m never getting online to post or to read or to comment. Or even to work on all the fic I’m wanting to write! I’m so used to my normal routine but I like coming online so more than one evening a week would be nice!

I also need to figure out things to talk about. Maybe I’ll find one of those ’30 day memes’ for August or something. I’m sure these things used to be easy but I really have no life and ‘I went to work, I did bank stuff, I came home, I cooked, I did housework, I watched TV and went to bed’ doesn’t exactly make for an interesting blog post, does it? LOL

Ben, the lovely boyfriend, came around this afternoon with a present for me which I’m very excited to play with. He got me a Colouring for Grown-Up Children – Colouring Book Set which he says was a reward for sorting out my paperwork and filing it rather than having it piled up on my kitchen table – that I now have something to use my kitchen table for.
Two colouring books featuring animals, flowers, butterflies and abstract images, and a pack of 36 colouring pencils.