A salute to my favorite MCU character in one of my favorite fics I've written about her
(who am I kidding, any Peggy Carter fic I've written is my favorite):
Robinson turned to Carter. “What about you, Peggy? You all set up for a good time tonight?”
Sousa stiffened, but Carter replied, bored, “St. Valentine’s Day celebrates the agonizing martyrdom of a Roman bishop. What sort of good time should I be looking for, precisely?”
This is actually a gen pre-Peggy/Sousa fic, for those interested. I really do love it as a character exploration, though.
If you want, you can see the aforementioned onion here
; I discovered it while making roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower soup
in an attempt to use my days off constructively to me as a human person. I have this really immersive sense-memory of watching hope
dismember a cauliflower while she was visiting in November, and I can confirm that it is just as, if not more, fun to do it yourself. My rendering wasn't entirely vegan, as I used chicken broth (which I had) instead of vegetable broth, but I bet the original recipe is great and I honestly enjoyed how this came out so much more than I expected I would. (Two bowls and I am immensely
full, also a concern when I cook for myself.) Next up on the menu is this
, which will have to wait until Thursday, since tomorrow is very busy, but I'm more than conditionally excited. I might even have done the dishes from this business by then.
My biweekly link roundup today got thoroughly sick of the pace of daily political news, so I chose a couple of good evergreen stories for "Lunch ladies, wonder pigs and existential bread."
I'm also still thinking about some screwballheroine
stuff; my memoir class teacher shared this list
of different formats you can try for personal essays, and it's been a long time since I've loved a new term quite like I've loved "hermit crab essay."
I have some navel-gazing to write out about the Big Band Witches and Radio Ink and whatever novel I consider picking up only to drop as soon as I try to work on it. Ultimately it keeps feeling like the characters are sterile while the concept is neat, which is just not helpful. People will follow characters they love through any old shit (see also: why we adore terrible TV shows and trashy books), but if they don't care about the characters, you're toast. This also has to do with some grappling with pantsing vs. planning. Before I read about the Snowflake Method
, I was one of those young writers who just joyously wrote into the void, letter the characters lead me where they would. Then I read this sentence and everything ground to a paralyzing halt: If the story is broken, you know it now, rather than after investing 500 hours in a rambling first draft.
Now I can't think about a story without seeing every way in which it's broken, so why bother starting, you know? Which means nothing ever gets written, which, again, helps no one.
So yeah, sometimes I think maybe I should just discard everything and try a new story, which won't have so much angst and baggage. Except I'm really in love with the idea of being a writer who can produce a story about witches who are the Andrews Sisters. I have this basic plot shape and these ideas I want to explore, and I keep getting caught in questions you need to settle before you really start (when does it happen in relation to the war? is magic public or in a closed society? how much training montage should all this include? that sort of thing). I'm also in love with the idea of a postwar magical realist noir mystery about the Marshall Plan and the atomic bomb, which is Radio Ink
. Concept good, worldbuilding thorough, plot largely bullet-pointed, characters... ciphers. I could navel-gaze about what that means about me
, but instead I'm going to keep going on my rewatch of The Magicians
, which as a TV show is doing a lot of things I'd really like to do too. (I'm good with characterization when the characters are someone else's! The leap shouldn't be that hard! And yet... and yet!)This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, where it has comments. I would love to hear from you at DW! If you can see this post, you can comment here using OpenID. Thanks!