Beyond the Labyrinth

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about the newest fanfic story I’m working on. I’ve been remiss. Here’s the summary:

When Jareth is missing and the Labyrinth is dying, Hoggle comes to Sarah begging for help. Sarah will have to travel across the Underground looking for the Goblin King. But finding him is the easy part. Staying alive, working together, and defeating the powerful evil that is destroying the Underground while Jareth’s magic fades? That will be a challenge worthy of a Champion.

It is an Adventure/Romance, Sarah/Jareth. It’s going to be a long, journey-type story with lots of magic, mayhem, dark bad guys, and hopefully interesting! I’ve been so blocked with my original stories, it’s good to be writing something again, and that’s what I use fanfic for. It’s great to have something to work on, something to get me out of my “funk,” and something without all the pressure. Fanfic, no matter how you feel about it as a “genre” or “actual writing,” is a great exercise. It’s like renting a Halloween costume versus making a Halloween costume from scratch.

Anyway, here are the chapters thus far (hosted on Fanfic.net, until further notice)…

If you read it and enjoy it, let me know!

MGMT’s “Indie Rokkers”

Have you ever heard a song that just gives you goosebumps and makes you shiver but you don’t know why? MGMT’s “Indie Rokkers” is that song for me. I don’t know why, but something about the lyrics and melody combined just really gets to me. Something about it haunts me and when I hear it, I do get goosebumps. The lyrics don’t really match anything I’m writing, but the emotion does behind the song, if that makes sense? And I think that may be why it affects me.

I think, because all my stories currently have a theme or motif of having to let go of pre-conceived notions and “grow up,” it might be striking a chord. Sometimes, songs do that to me; if I’m writing something that resonates with a song, it’ll suddenly become potent with meaning and I’ll pay closer attention. Before, I may have just thought to myself, What a nice song. I like it. But now, because of what I’m writing, I think, This is really something.

That’s my theory, anyway.

Announcing “Beyond the Labyrinth”

I’m still updating Cordite Quill’s Corner. Right now a few pages are down as a result. I’m trying to decide if I want stories posted on CQC, or just keep all the stories posted off-site (like on FFnet) and link to them from here. One means more control; the other means less work. Both prospects are tempting.

Until I figure out what I want, enjoy a new Labyrinth fanfiction! It’s called Beyond the Labyrinth, and it’s located on FFnet. Here’s the brief synopsis:

Sarah thought it had all been a dream, until Hoggle comes begging for help. Jareth’s missing; the Goblins’ magic fading; a Blight ravages the Labyrinth. They need a Champion, they need Sarah’s help. But what hardships unnumbered wait for Sarah beyond the Labyrinth, in the wild places of the Underground? And what dangers untold will she face looking for the Goblin King?

I’m actually pretty excited about this story. So far, I’ve outlined a few chapters, wrote a few more, and have ideas floating in my head. I think this could be a pretty good story. I’m trying to post semi-regularly (and so far have been successful!), but originally I was hoping for weekly updates.

That was a pipe dream.

Now, I’m thinking anywhere from bi-weekly to monthly is a win for me. So far, I’ve managed to post at least once a month, and sometimes even as often as every other week! Check it out and let me know what you think.

I’m back!

I really am around, I promise. Please bare with me as I slowly try to get back into the swing of things.

The Good News: I’m working on fanfiction again! I do like writing fanfic; it’s a good exercise in writing technique, characterization, etc. In college, I took a few poetry classes, and we were encouraged to try writing poetry in the different voices of well-known poets, which provided excellent practice in finding our own voice and technique. I view fanfiction a lot like this. I also have fun doing it, and the community is interesting and gives instant feedback. All of this makes me feel like I grow as a writer!

The Bad News: I still have a “real life” with commitments and obligations. I still work full-time, I still write my own original things, and I still have to do “adult responsibility stuff.” All of this means my updates for fanfiction will be sporatic. Knowing me, that means long hiatuses punctuated with sudden flurry of activity when I suddenly find time to post a bevy of things. You’re going to have to be patient, and for that I’m sorry.

What does this mean for Cordite Quill’s Corner? The posts here will probably be infrequent, at least to start with, until I find my stride again. Since my fanfiction writing will be sporatic, this blog will focus on books, movies, musings on writing, good fanfiction I’ve found (from a variety of source material), etc. I’m also going to start posting my stories here, so there’s an alternative source for them; not just fanfiction.net.

What about unfinished works?! Every so often I get someone asking about my unfinished work, mostly The Clockwork Heart. I will eventually post a longer blog where I talk about what happened with The Clockwork Heart, and why I’m not sure if it’ll ever be finished (I’m sorry!). For right now, though, here is a break-down of incomplete works I am still working to finish and ones I am defining as “on indefinite hiatus” (and just to provide a thorough list, I’ve included works I’ve completed at the bottom of the list):

Active (currently in the works):

“Bound and Delivered”

“Dreamscape”

Indefinite Hiatus (inactive until further notice):

“A Long Layover”

“Fairy Tale”

“The Clockwork Heart”

“Seeded Dreams”

Complete (read the whole thing now!):

“Candies and Pumpkins”

“State of Mind”

“The Red Thread”

“Welcome to the Funhouse”

My newest work, “Welcome to the Funhouse,” was meant to be a quick, standalone oneshot, however I began to get ideas. So, I’ve been working on a full-length story in which “Welcome to the Funhouse” will serve as a prequel. I will devote a separate, more complete blog post about each of my inactive stories, explaining where they are and why they were placed on the hiatus list. If a story you enjoyed is on the hiatus list, all I can do is apologize. I know it sucks, I hate it when a story I like remains incomplete. I just hope you don’t hate me too much…

Note: For now, find all my stories at Fanfiction.net!

Chapter Three: Magic Sarah

Summary: Thanks to a witch’s curse, the Goblin King cannot use magic until he meets certain requirements. Sarah happens to bump into him taking a taxi and in a very foul mood. In a moment of impulsiveness, Sarah strikes a deal to help him break the curse. Suddenly, she finds herself as a substitute Goblin Queen dealing with the magical chaos of the Labyrinth and the enigmatic Jareth.

Disclaimer: As always, I own nothing when it comes to the Labyrinth. This is a work of fanfiction created entirely for non-profit amusement. Please ask before re-posting it anywhere. Do not alter, change, or copy my stories, please. Thank you!

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Holy moly! Hello a year later!

Again, I am sorry for my disappearance. Work has been horribly busy, I’ve barely had time to sit down and think, let alone write! And, unfortunately, that means my own personal writing, too. It’s been very difficult getting back into the swing of things, and as a result, I picked up fanfiction again. Fanfiction is a balm and exercise in writing–kind of like getting your feet wet again.

Anyway, I will be posting my fanfiction up here, instead of just linking to FanFiction.net, including my newest story–my rewritten Bound and Delivered. 🙂

Chapter Two: A Substitute Goblin Queen

Summary: Thanks to a witch’s curse, the Goblin King cannot use magic until he meets certain requirements. Sarah happens to bump into him taking a taxi and in a very foul mood. In a moment of impulsiveness, Sarah strikes a deal to help him break the curse. Suddenly, she finds herself as a substitute Goblin Queen dealing with the magical chaos of the Labyrinth and the enigmatic Jareth.

Disclaimer: As always, I own nothing when it comes to the Labyrinth. This is a work of fanfiction created entirely for non-profit amusement. Please ask before re-posting it anywhere. Do not alter, change, or copy my stories, please. Thank you!

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Chapter One: A Taxi Ride for the Goblin King

Summary: Thanks to a witch’s curse, the Goblin King cannot use magic until he meets certain requirements. Sarah happens to bump into him taking a taxi and in a very foul mood. In a moment of impulsiveness, Sarah strikes a deal to help him break the curse. Suddenly, she finds herself as a substitute Goblin Queen dealing with the magical chaos of the Labyrinth and the enigmatic Jareth.

Disclaimer: As always, I own nothing when it comes to the Labyrinth. Not even Jareth. *sniff* This is a work of fanfiction created entirely for non-profit amusement. Please ask before re-posting it anywhere. Do not alter, change, or copy my stories, please. Thank you!

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Dreamscape Chapter One Commentary

So, here we are at another Labyrinth fanfic! I know, I really must beat my muse into submission so she stops doing whatever she likes, but until I get the courage up to do that, I hope you enjoy “Dreamscape.”

This fanfiction actually has a lot of dream symbolism in it. If you’re interested, you can look it up on your own, or I have listed the pertinent dream symbolism below. My sources were “Dream Moods A-Z Dream Dictionary” (http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/) and The Dream Encyclopedia by James R. Lewis (2002, Visible Ink).

  • Canyon: represents your hidden emotions and feelings. It may point to emotions and relationships you did not recognize.
  • Bubbles: merriment, childhood joy; the bursting of one’s bubble means disappointment.
  • Sunglasses: poor perception in a given situation; pessimism.
  • Elephant (riding): you are in control of aspects that once caused you fear.
  • Acrobatics: a need to balance one’s life.
  • Bees (being stung by): you feel as if you have been wronged by someone
  • Swimsuit: feeling exposed or, if comfortable in the swimsuit, at ease and relaxed.
  • Pool of water: you need to acknowledge and understand your feelings better.

The glasses Sarah was wearing (glam, lip-shaped, purple sunglasses) were taken from these as inspiration:

Glam Sunglasses

I have to admit, I find them pretty snazzy. I wouldn’t mind having a pair of those, even if I’m not sure I could pull them off. 😉

Story Outtake/Edit: I actually envisioned Sarah in a monokini at first, something like this, which clearly had a “top” and “bottom” attached. I mean, that’s the only type of monokini I knew. Then I learned that a monokini originally meant that a person wore a bottom part of the bikini without the top! Suddenly, the scenes in chapter one took on a whole new meaning. I decided, just to avoid potential pitfalls, I’d change the monokini to a bikini. 😛

Also, the “official” song for this chapter — the one I listened to the most when I wrote it — was Nero’s “Promises.” Sometimes, a particular chapter just matches a particular song. I just liked the longing in Nero’s voice in this one, seemed to fit.

Is it July already?

I know, I’ve been absent. What’s been happening to me? Mostly work and writer’s block. My muse has been very difficult to get working, and oftentimes it’ll flit back and forth between projects, adding a little on “Candies & Pumpkins,” then adding another few paragraphs to “Seeded Dreams” before heading to “The Clockwork Heart,” and so on, and so forth. Sometimes, my muse gets an idea and pursues it, before going to something new. I’m sorry for the frustration; I’m trying the best I can. Please be patient with me.