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Why the heck not. Can use the ask/reblog on tumblr to ask a thing, too.


Sep. 6th, 2014 09:06 am
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Going to a wedding in about ~3 hours, might be nice to have some interaction when I come back?

Give me a trope & I’ll tell you my thoughts on the trope you’ve asked me about and if I’ve written it myself, or if I ever would

Huddling together for warmth
Shag or die
Undercover in a gay bar
Pretending to be married
First time together
Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
Mind control
Mistakenly assumed to be gay
Let’s play truth or dare
Mary Sue fic
Curtain fic
Apocalypse fic
Someone has a baby
Telepathic soulbonding
Circus AU
Language barrier
Historical AU
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1. [ profile] tigerbright! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY I went and tried to make you a thing with an ADORABLY FLUFFLY GINGER KITTEN on the internet but then I couldn't find the making-thing I wanted to use and slunk away in defeat. BUT I THOUGHT OF YOU LOTS YESTERDAY, and hope your day was excellent.

2. Memes are still a thing, right?

1. Of the fic stories you’ve written, of which are you most proud?

Answering this question is highly malleable and I'm not gonna do it. I'm pretty fond of my recent run through Sleepy Hollow fandom, though.

2. Favorite tense

Simple past. Clear, concise, there is nothing you can do in any other tense that you can't do in simple past.

3. Favorite POV

Third limited. Again, nothing you can't do in any person that you can't also do in this one.

4. What are some themes you love writing about?

Family, found and otherwise; home and finding it; fighting for comfort in one's own skin; people behaving decently to one another; faith and loss thereof; faith and (re)discovery thereof; holidays; people talking to other people like adults; the world snapping into sense-making place when some new piece of information comes to a head;

5. What inspires you to write? | [ profile] rustydragonfly: "Where do you get your ideas?"

The world, and my own head. #Chiberia gave me the urge to write winter!fic; and talking to [personal profile] havocthecat and [ profile] kita0610 gave me the push to write Creatures in Human Figure and Apprentice, a lot of times I'll get an image or a snatch of dialogue and roll it around in my head for a while, coaxing it to grow.

The ideas come from all over the place, but interaction feeds them best, and sharing with the idea that someone might see makes me both more and less likely to push through til the end.

6. Thoughts on critique

Welcome when it's welcome, assholish when it's the wrapping paper around an act of bullying. Needs to be desired and consensual, which places the onus of asking whether it's wanted on the critic. Not necessarily the same as, "Yo, you need to tag for [xyz]" or "expecting us to identify with this dude who constantly talks down to his partner and makes them feel shitty is uncool, did you do that on purpose? if so it needs tagging."

7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!

Beat you to it. Second comment in the thread, final paragraph. You should probably read the not!fic, first.

8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?

Almost invariably the women. Like, that's the most singular constant: women, or characters who share some other distinguishing feature with me (growing up poor/unstable, intelligent but underachieving, "fixers"; I end up writing military and law enforcement characters often, because, I think, of the "chance to die honorably in service" part of the job description.

9. A passage from a WIP

Don't wanna, not gonna. Mostly because there's not a lot that stands alone well right now.

10. What are your strengths in writing?

Ah hahahah haha ha I can spin a yarn? I mean. Okay I'm not answering this one because it requires being kind to myself about a thing that's important to me, and I am still working on that a lot.

Although I'm not going to reject compliments on my writing from you fine people.

11. What are your weaknesses in writing?

All of them I am bad at finishing things, especially long things. Which is unfortunate because sometime between high school and now I turned into a novelist.

12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)

We're open for questions if you want to hear me natter.
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You know the drill, pick a day and a hit me with a question.
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Give me a category and I will tell you my five favourite things in it. (Examples: colours, songs, books read in the last year, actors whose names start with T, stories I’ve written, stories you’ve written, episodes of Buffy, what have you).

comments and askbox are open!
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Yuletide Friending Meme | My Thread

It's back to work today, assuming it hasn't been cancelled. Am checking the emails now to make sure.

I also have the "Praise the Lord" themesong stuck in my head, which was an earworm when I was five and is an earworm now.

Nope, work in on despite blizzard - I'm going to start out now and maybe try and leave early today.

AND it's [profile] fandom_snowflake time! this is PLEASING to my FACE and I'm going to try and do exciting things with it this next two weeks!
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Dec 28th - how do you celebrate birthdays? (theeverbright)

I have birthday angst! I have the souped up king of unresolved birthday angst!

So the past 3 birthdays I've celebrated at work - our office buys everyone a cake and lures all the employees to the basement breakroom, and we get wished a noisy happy birthday, and we eat cake.

This is ordinarily followed by curling up under blankets and watching silly movies on my sofa. This year, [ profile] taraljc and I went out for dim sum ... two? three? weeks after my actual birthday, but still solidly inside my birthday MONTH, so I'm calling an "it counts!" because, "it counts!"

Never actually had a birthday party, but I've also never actually enjoyed parties, either, soo ...

NYE 3-fer!

Dec. 31st, 2013 11:40 am
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I'm spending the evening at chez LJC, doing laundry, watching silly movies, and kicking 2013's ass out the door as it finally passes us by. What do y'all have up your sleeves for tonight?

I'm also futzing around with my tumblr, and trying to find people in Sleepy Hollow fandom over there who are amenable to not hating on either Abbie or Katrina. Like, seriously, there is so much "ONE OR THE OTHER BUT NEVER BOTH" going on that I am possibly shipping them together in retaliation right now.

(I mean seriously, who doesn't want the fic where it's Kat who winds up in the cave and Ichabod in limbo GUESS WHAT I MIGHT BE DOING OVER HIATUS I mean. My name is Boo and I've been ATTACKED BY A FANDOM and where the fuck is my copy of Revolutionary Mothers?).

That said, is there anyone who wants to beta-read ~1k of Macey & Frank Irving having a NYE in to poke me if I did something stupid on race front or the disability front or the this is not how new yorkers talk front?

Still eagerly awaiting the heretofore nonforthcoming yuletide friending meme. Journalspace CPR in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...


Dec. 15th - Did you see Sharknado? If so, thoughts, if not, why not? (kita0610)

I DID, and it was VERY SILLY and the sharks were DISAPPOINTINGLY NOT THE HEROES. It also contained entirely too many sharks being maimed or otherwise damaged.

THE SCIENCE WAS SOUND omg Kita this movie was so terrible that my [ profile] taraljc and I had to fast forward through almost half of it, including the part where the heroes saved a busful of doomed children from flying sharks. THIS FILM IS NOT GOOD. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IT GOT A THEATRICAL RELEASE. OR HOW IT HAS 3 STARS ON NETFLIX.

Okay, I do, and it's because it's so motherfucking bad it's really, really entertaining. Also the boys at my work could do better 3D modeling, and we make cheesy corporate videos for a living.

December 19th - if you could wipe one book, one song and one movie from existence, what would they be? (denorios)

This one is both really easy and really hard - because Song and Movie are SO OBVIOUS and Book is giving me so much trouble.

Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness Venereal Disease. Because of every second of the movie and how utterly horrible it is and also the part where the motherfuckers killed Pike. Like. This movie is right up there with The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum for here is my fandom kill-switch, and that switch is in fact uselessly killing my favorite character for no reason at all. The reason I choose STXII and not Bourne is that I was 9,000 times more emotionally invested in Trek.

Song: Moves Like Jagger, for being the most annoying song of the century and also the worst earworm I have had the displeasure of encountering in my life.

I have not actually noped out of a book so hard that I would want to strike it from the universe, although I would certainly not turn down the chance to infiltrate the First Council of Nicea and do some selective re-arranging of the text that ultimately made its way into the canonical Christian Bible - I think that's the place that would do the most good

Oregano, Dec 27th. (rubynye)

THE STORY WITH FOOD AS LUBE. My god, I miss cooking so much and I miss having time and space in which to cook and I really miss being creative with food instead of this adulty thing where I eat a whole lot of frozen veg and raw veg and store-bought roasted chickens. CURSE YOU, TINY APARTMENT KITCHEN AND DAY JOB.
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Maybe my tea will brew faster if I apply some meme.

Okay really. December 13th: your guilty pleasure fandoms.(rustydragonfly)

Okay so, I try really, really hard to not have guilty pleasures - if something brings me joy and does not directly hurt other people, then I'm not going to be guilty about it. (There's some room there for, "you are allowed to feel how you feel, but it's unreasonable to tell me to stop enjoying what I enjoy because you have baggage to deal with" wrt the "hurting other people" - see also "gripes incessantly about Moffat/Moffat's Doctor Who" as my litmus test for unfollowing people on tumblr.)

When was a kid I absolutely Was Not Allowed to watch or read or otherwise consume media that didn't pass some kind of never-stated, never-explained degree of Christian Wholesomeness. And after a while, it didn't have to be enforced; I'd absorbed it. I enforced it myself. And the things I were guilty about consuming were media that had sex and swearing in them, or things that allowed for a world without Christianity.

I watched Die Hard III for the first time in 1998 or 1999, and I did so in one and two minute chunks - flipping back and forth between it and another channel, terrified that I'd be found out and lectured on how bad movies like that were for me. I watched Enemy of the State one summer when I was at my Nana's, and I remember really distinctly that she told me "That garbage will get into your heart and you'll never be able to get it out again" - "That garbage" being Will Smith saying the word "fuck" a lot while being chased by scary people who wanted to kill him.

And then I discovered Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Universes where there had never been a Christianity were exempt, based on some mental gymnastics on my part.

I first read Dragonflight when I was, what? 16? and struggling with my faith and my politics. Reading in publication order I got to Dragonsdawn inside a couple of months: I struggled a fuck of a lot with the idea that everyone on Pern was an atheist, and that among them were good people and bad people and okay people, and that based on the theology I'd been raised with every single one of them would have gone to hell.

I asked special permission to read Harry Potter after reading articles about how it wasn't about demon worship, and convincing my mom that I was mature enough to put the books down if I felt like my soul was being endangered.

Around the same time, I was interacting with people whose upbringing and political leanings and religions differed from mine on the Dancing Dove for the very! first! time! and struggling a lot with the idea that these people I cared about so much and who accepted me even when I acted like a brat and wanted me to be the best me I could be ... that they were going to hell, by the theology I'd been raised with.

Something had to give -- the thing that gave was belief in hell. And after that cornerstone came out, the rest of my faith fell down around it over the next eight years or so. You can see remnants of it in my Star Trek fanfiction.

TL/DR I spent a lot of time in my childhood and young adulthood feeling ashamed of the things that made me happy, and when I shed the last pin of identification about three years ago (Christian to agnostic), I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't feel guilty about the things that bring me joy. I've done okay so far with keeping that promise, I think.
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I have missed a lot of days of the talking meme! I also missed my birthday - I am fast approaching Old Fart territory at the ripe and adult age of 27. Last night I had naught but bacon and hot chocolate for dinner, that is how adult I am.

11 December How sharks could improve a fandom of your choice. (rhipowered)

So my current fandom of choice is Sleepy Hollow, and I am having a hard time thinking of how sharks could actually improve it, except, okay. Possibly I now need someone to write me the fic where Macy Irving insists on spending Shark Week 2014 with her dad, ostensibly because he has a bigger TV but in reality because she really enjoys (1) quiet time with her dad and (2) watching Frank squirm through the parts with shark diving and humans being way too close to the sharks for his comfort. (No seriously, gleefully watching one's parents being discomfited is a near universal sport among teenagers, IME.)

(I do not think Sleepy Hollow could be improved by the Dragon of the Watery Abyss being shark-shaped, but that is primarily because they don't have the special effects budget to do it well, and while sharknado was fun I don't actually think we need more sharks made of math in the spirit of sharknado)
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I still have lots of available days for the december talking meme!

Current yuletide wordcount: oh shit bears.

Current pinch hit wordcount: oh shit small bears.

I possibly NOPED at [ profile] taraljc this morning when she suggested I write something sweet, without much plot for the pinch hit, because I think I might've forgotten how to do that.


Dec. 8th, 2013 08:36 pm
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holiday love meme 2013
my thread here


Also Talk Day, Dec 6/7:

All of the second episode. But two specific things.

Favorite Ichabod Crane vs the 21st Century Moment:

Canon put it best: Doughnut hole tax rage, because it is historically accurate rage, and justifiably so ...

For a person who doesn't know about all the things that the government has taken over, in terms of responsibility and service. We're not just delivering the mail and defending the borders anymore - and considering that I'm a massive infrastructure geek, any shout-out to infrastructure, however wee and tiny, makes me glee.

Also dropping the gun because why would a pistol have more than one shot?

And for all that on the anachronism scale scale of 1 to George Washington: Demon Hunter, we know where this show falls, but they get their bricolage (mostly) right and they get their verisimilitude (mostly) right and they take themselves just seriously enough that we can have willing suspension of disbelief for the George Washington: Demon Hunter parts.

Also all of the tiny little things he approves of, like coffee at the press of a button (and 18th century coffee was inexpertly roasted and NOT GOOD), hair dryers, and doughnut holes make me happy, too.
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It is like being handed a whole pie these days, finding a conversation wandering around on a journal platform.

I may have to go on a friending-spree. SLEEPY HOLLOW FANDOM YOU ARE NOT DISAPPOINTING TO ME.


Here, have a meme:

Pick a day and a topic, and I'll write about that topic for a while. Dunno how long, or in what depth, but I will write some words about the thing.

06 December - What's your favorite 'Ichabod VS the 21st Century' moment? (mandipoor_rose)
07 December
08 December
09 December
10 December
11 December How sharks could improve a fandom of your choice. (rhipowered)
12 December
13 December
14 December
15 December Did you see Sharknado? If so, thoughts, if not, why not? (kita0610)
16 December
17 December
18 December
19 December if you could wipe one book, one song and one movie from existence, what would they be? (denorios)
20 December
21 December
22 December
23 December
24 December
25 December
26 December
27 December Oregano (browngirl)
28 December
29 December
30 December
31 December
01 January
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Give me 2 names/titles/options for the following categories & make me choose between:
Show: ___________ or ___________
Ship: ___________ or ___________
Band: ___________ or ___________
Actor: ___________ or ___________
Actress: ___________ or ___________
Singer: ___________ or ___________
Movie: ___________ or ___________
Character: ___________ or ___________
Book: ___________ or ___________

You give me...Character: Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger
I pick Hermione Granger.
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my thread in the 'you can do it!' meme

Depressive episode. Spent lots of time today crying for no specific reason, and then mid-afternoon felt just as inexplicably better, and now I'm just ... exhausted.


Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:56 pm
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From [ profile] thistlerose:

Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any fanfic I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.


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