For the past few days, I haven’t written a word of my WIP–but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing. I’m still unsure as to whether or not I should go ahead with the scene I was in the middle of or to skip ahead to when the Keegans reach Bristol. I’m really not sure what to do. On the one hand, the scene would show my MC teaching his daughters something, thereby building their relationship. On the other, skipping ahead to Bristol would move the action along.
In the meantime, I’ve updated both of the stories I’m currently working on on fanfiction.net.
They’re both in the same fandom, Downton Abbey, but are very different stories. The first one, Her Old Determination, is sort-of canon compliant. To explain, I need to SPOIL, so if you don’t want to know, don’t read:
Her Old Determination (11 chapters)
Basis in the TV series: On the season 2 premiere, Lady Sybil Crawley gets a letter, telling her that yet another young man she knew has been killed in WWI. With this news, Sybil no longer feels that she can stand aside and not do something to aid in the war effort. Her cousin suggests training as a nurse.
|Lady Sybil Crawley|
What About This Triggered a Fic? Well, a few things. One, Lady Sybil was my favorite of the Crawley daughters. She’s the most outwardly kind and sweet as well as the most progressive and liberal of her sisters:
she’s a suffragette, helps a maid find work as a secretary, and at the end of season 2, married the family’s chauffeur. I liked it in-show when Sybil became a nurse, but something about a girl who’d never attended school, held a job or even a volunteer position before wanting to become a VAD nurse—even after two years of getting bad news of friends dying–seemed like it could be expanded.
Current numbers of reviews/views: 17 reviews, 230 visitors (682 views)
Growing Into You (3 chapters)
Basis in the TV series: It’s a future-set fic, technically, taking place in 1932. The only basis this has in the series is that, in season 3, Lady Sybil, now married to Branson the former chauffeur, dies after giving birth to their daughter.
What About This Triggered a Fic? In season 4, we got to see some of Tom Branson, now the Downton estate agent, raising his only daughter. He’s quite a hands-on dad for the time period. I wondered what it would be like for little Sybbie to hit puberty. Also, gives me the chance to expound on what I think would happen to the characters in the 1930s.
Current reviews/views: 6 reviews, 392 visitors (842 views)
|Season 4: Lady Mary with George; Tom Branson with Sybbie|
1. I don’t need to describe the settings much, or the characters, or their motivations.
2. Let’s be real: I’m not trying for the quality of my “real novel.”
3. Instant reviews! It’s kind of great, actually.
4. Endings already written. Taking my sweet time getting there.
1. The reviews are lovely, but why are they squealing? It’s really not that good.
2. At least I write in fairly literate English? Actually, the Downton Abbey section on ff.net is hoppin’ with very high-quality stories.
3. Why am I forging ahead with these stories and letting my “real novel” sit there?