Day 30 — Whatever Tickles Your Fancy: ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’

Phew! We’ve finally arrived at the last day of the 30 Day Challenge… wow! Amazed that I didn’t get lazy and give up halfway through 😉 Although, I do hate leaving things unfinished. Anyways, thought I’d do something fun today…

…and how could anything be more fun than a Torchwood Musical? 😀

While ‘Torchwood: A Musical!‘ may be familiar to some of you, I better give you all the back story, just in case. It was April 2011, and I was seriously considering taking part in my very first Script Frenzy – writing a 100 page script in the month of April. I was all hyped up from my first ever NaNoWriMo win the previous November, so I decided to give it a go – BUT, what on earth could I write about?

It’s a bit obvious to me, now! I love Torchwood, love musicals – and it was around April that I’d been discovering musicals I’d never heard of, so I was super enthusiastic about it all 😛 So… why not take the plot and characters of Torchwood, and throw them on the stage?

I decided pretty early on that I’d use songs from other musicals, and just re-write the lyrics to suit my musical. This is because sadly, I have little musical talent in my bones, so would have NO chance of actually composing the music too! But this was a really fun way to go about it, because I could choose songs that suited the situations/feelings that my characters were going through at that time.

So here’s the track list for ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ so far, for what is posted online… (so there will be more to come!)

  1. Day In The Life Of Torchwood: Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats (Cats)
  2. Better Butler: Sorting Hat Song (Harry Potter)
  3. Jones, Ianto Jones: I Know Him So Well (Chess)
  4. The Cybernetic Touch: The Phantom Of The Opera (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  5. Better Butler (Reprise): Sorting Hat Song (Harry Potter)
  6. 51st Century Pheromones: Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat (Cats)
  7. Betrayed Me: Angel Of Music (The Phantom of the Opera)
  8. I Don’t Know How To Love You: I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  9. Betrayed Me (Reprise): Angel Of Music (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  10. Look At Me: Think Of Me (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  11. Back To Work: Girl Meets Boy (Reprise) (Sunset Boulevard)
  12. Part Of The Team: Go Go Go, Joseph! (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat)
  13. Look At Me (Reprise): Think Of Me (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  14. Darkness Of The Dead: Music Of The Night (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  15. I Feel Happy: I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
  16. Love Changes Everything: Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love)

As you can see, I did tend to stick with Andrew Lloyd Webber at the beginning, because that’s when I was really getting into his work – but I promise you, I do branch out later on 😉

And as for the Torchwood side of things, well – I had to be kinda of selective as to what I could include, because if I tried to incorporate all the wee subplots, the audience would be getting far too confused and would lose track of all the minor characters, while not being able to connect properly with the main characters. Plus, it would end up being a week-long musical! *faints* So I decided to centre it around Ianto, naturally, and Jack as the other focus. The rest of the team of course play important roles in their own right, and support Ianto and Jack. Although the obstacle of Lisa/Cyberwoman is definitely significant in the series, I think I emphasised that particular event, and made it more important. There’s also a second main obstacle, this time connected to Jack – but ahhhh, I won’t say, because that would be spoilery!! 😉

*grins*

It’s amazing how much I’ve grown as a writer, too. I’ve learned to listen to the rhythm and the beat of words, and have depended on many online rhyming dictionaries! I now know how to format a script, at least in a basic beginner way. Most importantly, I’ve learned about the power of dialogue. Seeing as you must limit description, I found that I really had to put my characters’ feelings into their dialogue (as well as their personal stage directions, gestures, etc), so that was awesome! 🙂

So, yes! So far I have ‘Act I’ posted online and am almost finished posting ‘Act II’… and then I’ll move on to the final Act, ‘Act III’! 🙂 And truth be told, I haven’t actually finished writing it yet! During my rewriting of it, to post it online, I’ve changed some things round and added in whole new songs – and even whole new scenes! Some of my lovely reviewers have even made some song suggestions that I’ve decided to insert – which have fit in perfectly! I do love feedback by the way, so feel free to leave reviews 🙂 The reception that ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ has received is just amazing – I honestly expected it to be very unpopular, because it’s something new, and as far as I’m aware, it’s the only Torchwood musical in existence 😉 Wheeeee! But I’m glad to have amused and entertained people with it, as I originally wrote it entirely for fun, and for myself! How selfish of me 😛 heheee.

Sooo… that’s my thoughts about my first adventure into script/musical writing! I have a feeling it won’t be my last… I already have some vague ideas for a sequel!! I sure hope you all will stick around to help me finish ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ off with a bang! 🙂

And here ends the 30 Day Blog Challenge! Hope you had fun alongside me. I am 100% sure I won’t be posting every day from now on, but I will definitely try not to let this blog die – that would be incredibly tragic! I’ll definitely see you all soon.

Have fun!
Bri xx

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Day 20 — A Hobby Of Yours

Gosh! This one was way harder than it should be. 😀

I mean, I do kind of have hobbies. I read, write, listen to music, go walking, watch movies, watch rugby games, enjoy baking… but they’re pretty normal things to do. I used to collect stamps and coins, but gave them up loooong ago ( my brother now collects coins though! :)) Sports aren’t really my thing, I’m far too uncordinated for them – although, I did used to really like volleyball.

But… a hobby. Something that I regularly do for pleasure in my leisure time, so Wikipedia tells me.

Okay.

The most obvious thing – and one of the only things I could think of, aside from wasting time on the internet – was writing fanfiction.

Now, before you all start groaning at the thought… let me explain 🙂

My involvement with fanfic began way back when I was in my first year of high school – so, 13 years old! Back then, I was into the Harry Potter fandom. It’s rather hilarious when I re-read the journals I used to keep at that age – according to my journal, reading fanfic gave me “enjoyment, and ideas”. Uh huh… not exactly the biggest revelation in history 😉 I was into the normal ships, Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione. Crazy to think of now, of course… heheee, but it seemed like a natural step from the original stories.

It was during this time that I started writing my own fanfiction too. I would absolutely cringe if I were to read THOSE again – they were terribly cliched, and short, and… just. BAD. I mean, the title of my first one: “Daybreak Duo”. *awkward cough* Lovely alliteration… heh.

But anyway, I do remember having a wee trouble over my budding fanfiction addiction – because back then, I didn’t have my own laptop, so had to use the family computer. So, of course, my Mum found out what I was doing – and I remember her saying “I’m not paying for internet just for you to read stories!!” Hahaaa. This makes me feel so old. 😀 I also got into trouble for trying to get into “Mature” rated stories – I was completely innocent at 13, you know, so I had no idea what it would even entail 😉 (*cough* Different story now…) Luckily I didn’t corrupt myself that early on, so went back to reading nice fluffy stories about Harry and Ginny declaring their undying love for each other… *shakes head*

But yes, so it wasn’t until I was 14, or nearly 15, that I really started writing fanfic, properly. It was then that I discovered my ‘true’ calling, as it were, in Harry/Draco fanfic. I’ve almost given up trying to defend this pairing to people, especially my fellow die-hard Harry Potter friends. I just like it, deal with it! 😀 I also turned my eyes to Remus/Sirius, which is brilliant because it is – I believe – a LOT more likely to be canon… 😉 Gasp, the horror! But honestly, what a delicious couple.

And, when I was 15, I started my major break-through as a fanfic writer – my first chaptered story – called ‘Not A Malfoy Anymore‘. It was – and in a way, still is – my most successful/popular piece of fanfic. Most hits (currently 200,000+) and most reviews (currently 400+). And most chapters (23) and words (86,210). However, when I look back on it now, I can’t help but cringe!! I guess it’s encouraging to see that during the story – which I began in June ’05, and finished in April ’08, so it took me nearly three years to write!! – that I do improve and progress as a writer. The beginning chapters are AWFUL to me now, but by the ending, I think it’s safe to say that I’m getting better. If I’m allowed to say that about my own fic! 😛 This is one of the reasons why I think that fanfiction has truly changed me, in helping me to write something at all, and therefore helping me to get better!

Practice makes perfect, after all. (And yes, I’m still practicing ;))

So, I finished that during my last year of high school, but by this time, I was writing less and less fanfic. The main reasons for that were because I was studying a lot, to get good grades to get into university… but also because the Harry Potter fandom was dying, just very slightly – in comparison to when I’d first entered it, that is. So there was less compulsion for me to write fanfic.

My first year of university was a complete fail when it came to writing. I was busy… experiencing everything – living away from home for the first time, making a bajillion new friends – I had no time for writing. Plus, the Harry Potter fandom was incredibly dead now, in regards to my pairings and interests anyway. Why should I keep on writing fanfic?

Another year of uni started – a much less social year, I screwed my head on properly – and along came Torchwood.

Oh! It was marvellous. I devoured the series in a matter of a week or two. I watched, and rewatched. And then I went fanfic hunting, and liked what I read.

I watched some more.

And then, I was ready to write my own fanfic. That’s one thing that I’ve always felt it quite important, to me. In writing fanfic, I always try to be as faithful and as true to the actual characters as I can, no matter how much I’m actually changing the plots and situations of the original series. You have to get the character right. Which is why I spent so much time studying the series. Anyway, obviously my interests lay in Jack/Ianto – although, of course, I just adore Tosh, and Owen, and don’t worry, I’m not a Gwen hater either! 🙂 My first Torchwood fic, ‘Need You Now‘ was a two part fic, inspired by Lady Antebellum’s song. I was absolutely bowled over by the fantastic response to it, particularly considering that it IS only a two part thing, not with many chapters. I think it’s still my most ‘popular’ Torchwood fanfic, if you’re working out the average reviews per chapter. Crazy stuff!

With such a delightful entrance into the Torchwood fandom, how could I not keep going? Since then, I’ve written the most fanfic I’ve ever written, consistently, regularly. Which still isn’t as much as some people – but I really can’t spare the time to make it a full-time job.

Hence, the hobby 😉

My longest Torchwood fic is currently my musical, ‘Torchwood: A Musical!‘ which I am completely surprised that people actually read!! I wrote it for Script Frenzy this year, which was HEAPS of fun, and I’m actually still in the process of writing it now – it’s not finished yet! (gosh, I better get onto that…!) It’s at 24,758 words so far, but as it’s a script, not prose, it’s not really going to be an epic 100,000+ word project.

So, that brings me to where I’m sitting now. I still occasionally go back and re-read old Harry Potter fanfic favourites, as my recent Fanfic post indicates. I am obviously comfortable in the Torchwood fandom, still writing and reading.

And yet…

I feel like I’m almost on the cusp of a new stage in my affair with fanfiction. Lately, I’ve been really getting into the Sherlock fandom. I’ve been finding more fics to read, and watching the series more and more times over. As yet, I don’t have any plans for a Sherlock fanfic – although I have had some ideas! – but who knows what the future may bring. Plus, with the new series of Torchwood, and all the controversy that entails, I can’t help but notice that the Torchwood fandom seems to be dying just a tiny bit now. I, of course, will keep on writing what I’m writing, and I have many other random ideas for new Torchwood fics, but the fact remains…

Ah well. Only time will tell! Crazy things do happen. In fact, sometimes I just get this random urge to go back to my abandoned Harry Potter fic, that I began just before beginning university ie. when everything went crazy. Hahaa. I’d have to completely scrap it and start again. And that is highly unlikely to happen. But one never knows…

Sooo… any closet fanfic writers out there? Please, come out! 😀 Or, alternatively – any other interesting hobbys that people have? 🙂

Have fun!
Bri xx

(*wipes forehead* Phew, longest post yet, I think! Do hope I didn’t bore you!)