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Again with the lateness.

Usually I make November resolutions rather than NYs because I like starting early, but last year was hectic and I forgot. So:

- Do Big Bang. I failed to turn in a draft for the last two rounds (can I still sign up even?) This year is different though - I feel like I have an idea I really want to write, I'm not claiming I've planned anything - I'm pretty sure I'm not capable of planning anything, but I've been thinking about it for most of the past month.
- Lose last bit of weight. I got so so close to my ideal goal but derailed at Christmas (alcohol and fruit cake mostly). So I'd like to drop that last bit and work on maintainance. I'm also going to work hard on my fitness as well as my weight. I should probably do chess instead. I'm just as bad at it but it's kinder on the ankles.
- Write something every day no matter how small.
- Stop being so lazy when it comes to the work I should be doing. I'd like to end the year not regretting how I spent my time.


What are your resolutions if you've made any?

Trope Bingo under the cut )

Meme

Go to the closest book to you. Turn to page 206. The first sentence explains your love life. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960 as the most recent poster.

I snagged two because I like to give myself some decent odds (and when I tried this yesterday I got the Hunchback of Notre Dame suggesting I drive people mad).

- Marc, the quintessential cold fish, capable of love?  - Magnificat, Julian May. I think it's quite hopeful! And mildly accurate.
- But there is a further possibility: it is conceivable that Caelius may not have been supporting Catiline at all. - Rubicon, Tom Holland. I have no idea what this means.
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I am permanently one step behind, always. It's very sad. But I have forgotten none of the Christmas meme entries - they'll just stretch into January, I promise.

This is all the Christmas things and I've combined my end of the year writing roundup into it as well!

Boring Christmas happiness )

End of year writing round up! This year I am opting for the exciting arrangement of doing it by pairing.
Sam/Dean )J2 )Other SPN (gen) )Adrianne/Genevieve )Les Miserables (mixed) )

Also, Happy New Year to all! Wishing you the best.
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[livejournal.com profile] wendy asked how I drink my coffee for this day.


The simplest answer to how I drink my coffee...is that I don't!

I used to have a truly disgusting habit of filling a mug half full of instant coffee and then sloshing a little bit of boiling water over it (no sugar, no milk). The resultant mess stained cups, skin if you spilt it and tasted like thick tar. I have no idea where I picked the taste up from, but I used to drink four/five mugs of that a day - much to the horror of the rest of my family who preferred actual coffee that didn't come in kg jars. I'm still caffeine-insensitive and I'm pretty sure that's why.

Then one day I gave it up because I thought it was unhealthy. Just stopped drinking it and never went back. I didn't have a cup of coffee for the next three years or so. Nowadays I'll occasionally drink one - I still only want it black and strong enough to make you wince (or when I can get it, a mint frappuccino thing). I do like coffee flavoured chocolates though.

Instead I drink tea; mostly standard breakfast tea or earl grey, though I try and get two or three cups of green tea a day because I think there may be some health benefit to it. And wine, obviously.
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I still have some spaces open on my talk meme - you can find it here. I have six ficlet prompts so far, so a couple of 'talk topics' would be particularly nice as well - what can I say, I like to talk. Or you know, stick figures! I'm very nifty with MS Paint.

It's that time of the year for love-memes (though I may have forgotten that until I saw firesign's post about it) Regardless, here is the link.

holiday love meme 2014
my thread here



Do let me know if you have a thread, I'm currently trawling the pages by hand (dedication!).

- Will write up about my fun fannish week a little bit later, but just going to say I find myself increasingly shipping Cas/Hannah and I have no idea what is going on.

- Insmallpackages is a go! Find it here. Double points if you can spot my asks when the claim post goes up (1st Dec).

- Fandom stocking is also a go. It can be found here
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Well not ultimate, but definitely a combination. I like the look of the talking meme but reluctantly have to accept that with the combo of exams in December and writing commitments that I'd be highly unlikely to fulfil it. So instead I snagged and modified this likely-looking meme from [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero. The request can be related to the prompt you pick if you like, or not at all.

Pick any one of the properties or personnel from the Twelve Days of Christmas and any one of the following:

·         A ficlet prompt. Any fandom/any pair
·         A talking post - give me a topic to talk about. No limits - can be fannish - favourite fics, meta, stuff about my incredibly boring real life etc
·         A request for a drawn stick figure.
·         Anything else really.

The prompts are of course
Pear Tree: [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7 (Abaddon)
Partridge: [livejournal.com profile] glovered (Jess - STICK FIGURE)
Turtle Doves: [livejournal.com profile] alycat (J2)
French Hens: [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams (My three favourite fics)
Colley Birds: [livejournal.com profile] wendy (How do I drink my coffee)
Gold Rings: [livejournal.com profile] big_heart_june (J2)
Geese: [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore (stick figure illustrations of how you know when you're in a Mary Renault book)
Swans: [livejournal.com profile] snickfic (Meg/Castiel)
Maids (1): [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero (Hilary Mansell at school)
Maids (2):[livejournal.com profile] steeplechasers (Sam/Dean, virginity)
Ladies: [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland (What would I like to see more of in female character fic)
Lords: [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator (J2)
Drummers:
Pipers: [livejournal.com profile] gorkonelka (Dean/Sam, lips appreciation)
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OhSam is running a commentfic meme at the moment for the express purpose of whumping Sam. I'm not very good at whumping anybody but I very occasionally like trying to, so I wrote a piece about Sam drowning that's a little more hurt than comfort. Who am I kidding, it's all hurt, I'm sorry. It's also gen and can be found here

Insmallpackages is running again this year. I was a complete fail last year but I'm cautiously resigning up so fingers crossed. My favourite low-pressure mini-exchange.

Posting date for my Sam/Dean Minibang grows closer. I am mildly excited, mostly because for the first time ever, yes ever, I've finished well before the actual date.


I've seen this from several people on my flist but the last one was [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis so I'm counting it a snag from her. Ten Things to Love

1. I finished an essay and handed it in at least half an hour before the closing time. Looks like this finishing early lark is catching (well, early for me anyway).

2. My AllSaints t-shirt arrived in the post and it is as nice as it looked online.

3. I had steak for dinner tonight.

4. I get to meet a friend I've never met before in a couple of weeks time.

5. My flatmate invited me swimming. I didn't go because I couldn't find my costume but it's the thought that counts.

6. [livejournal.com profile] salt_burn_porn is running and it's as awesome as usual

7. My fake stocks rose.

8. My room is tidy and my bed is made with fresh linen that smells amazing (this may have been the procrastination before the above essay got started).

9. I left my trainers in my parent's house so I have a legitimate excuse not to go to the gym.

10. I have red peppers stuffed with cream cheese. Delicious.
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                                                            five acts



Here's how it works:

- Post a list of your five favourite kinks/acts/tropes/themes in your journal. If you need inspiration, have a look at this list. At the bottom, add what fandoms/pairings you're interested in.
- Comment on this post with a link to your list.
- Read other people's lists here.
- Post comment fic based on other people's lists.


My Five Acts )


My Fandoms/Pairings )
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I've been on holiday so I miss all the fun things. Will be going through and adding my comments tonight.



♥ LOVE MEME ♥

full meme | my thread

stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
1) Post a list of up to 20 books/movies/anime/TV shows/video games/bands that you've had an obsessive fannish love or interest in at some time in your life
2) Have your f-list guess your favourite characters/members from each item.
3) When someone guesses correctly (LOL, good luck with that), strike through the item and put the name of your favorite character next to it.
Dividing this up by genre.
Anime:
Gundam Wing
Books:
Harry Potter
Lord of the Rings Eowyn
The Charioteer Andrew
The Lymond Chronicles
The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle of the Ninth- Rosemary Sutcliff
Little Women
Aubrey-Maturin series
Iliad
Movies:
The Faculty
Fast and Furious series
Pacific Rim Raleigh Becket
TV:
Supernatural
Generation Kill
Angel
The Professionals
RPF:
Supernatural RPF Jensen
Alexander the Great RPF


stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
This is a really weird one for me. My main experience of fandom has been either in the tiniest of tiny fandoms where I'm the only person writing and I literally do not expect anyone to click let alone comment (every book fandom ever), or when I'm in a big fandom to write a tiny pairing or gen (see LOTR and Arwen/Eowyn).

Suddenly I have Sam/Dean! Jared/Jensen! What is this madness?! Luckily, I still have a real yen for rarepairs, gen and rare characters - only 11 of my 26 SPN fics are Sam/Dean.

In the end though, I picked The Full Ride Experience NC-17 because you don't get more minor than a fic which is the only one in the pairing tag. It's Ruby/Tyson Brady with background Sam/Brady and Sam/Ruby.

The concept is simple - Ruby wants to know everything about Sam, every scrap of information she can use to manipulate him and Brady has things he can tell her. They work it out through sex. It's probably the most graphic het sex I've written (apart from maybe the Gen/Jared one with the fucking machine) but it (to me) succeeds in what it set out to do with the characters - the sex is never the point, it's an instruction manual in how to manipulate Sam Winchester through it. It also helped me work out a few Ruby thoughts - specifically regarding the change in vessels and the ostensible change in personality. Also, as I've bored everyone with a number of times, my only piece of unchangeable SPN headcanon is a college fling between Sam and Brady so I liked bouncing off that.
The Seven Days )
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The real joy of SPN and associated RPF is that for the first time since Alexander the Great RPF (a surprisingly big fandom), I'm shipping a juggernaut. Two huge pairings even, and I get all the rest of the fic to read as well because I like everything.

I picked In the Midwinter Cold LJ, AO3, Dean/Sam, PG-13, 8.5K

I chose this one because it exists in an odd place for me. At the time I wrote this (December 2012) I'd been in the fandom proper for two/three months, and I'd read hardly any Sam/Dean fic at all. So in a sense it's what you get when someone's completely unaware of everything else written - which is a very freeing feeling. It was also the first thing I wrote for D/S with a semblance of a plot - there's a monster, a climax, everything! It contains some of my favourite tropes (as well, I hope, as some of my recipient's favourites) including huddling for warmth, intimacy, first kisses, time-disturbance, and plenty of brother time. It's low key and nothing special, but it was fun to write and an entrance into a different type of fic for me (please note the lack of sex! shocking!)
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In a sense everything I write is for myself, I wouldn't write it otherwise  - who has time for that? Then I really thought about it and realised that I totally have a story that is so self-indulgent and ridiculously, embarrassingly, clearly for myself, that I should pick it and weep over my bad taste.

Trial by Fire, Sam/Dean/Cas and all combos thereof, rated Hard R

This is my favourite fic that I've written, for exactly the self indulgence that I mentioned up above. In short, it's a season 8 divergent fic where, after Sam begins the trials, it riffs off the idea that he's being changed on a molecular level and separated from the rest of humanity as a precursor to the necessary act of closing hell. In this fic, it takes the form of Sam not being able to touch anybody without burning their skin, including through clothes. The only person exempt from this is Cas, who can touch Sam if he exerts the effort to. So touch deprivation, isolation, finding ways to bridge the gap all come into play. Writing a sex scene without penetration, and where two of the participants (Sam and Dean) can't touch each other, and for more than one reason was a challenge, and balancing the emotions between all three of them was even more difficult. At no point did I want Cas to be a proxy - he's not the conduit between them, he's a disrupting force. Also wooo chance to write Sassy! With bonus difficult emotions that neither of them can articulate. My jam, all of it is my jam.

With my other recs this meme I've been upfront with the bad bits to them, but I'm not going to bother listing the things that are wrong with this one (though there are plenty!) but I give a fair heads up that I couldn't find a beta for it and that my issues with commas are pretty awful, though I think I've caught the worst of them by now.
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The story I picked (and as a change it's neither SPN nor SPN RPF!) is a loaded weapon (ready and waiting) rated Explicit, which is Hercules Hansen/Stacker Pentecost from Pacific Rim and written for acaramelmacchiato/bro-stoevsky

Sadly Hot Dads (official ship name right there) never really took off (I do not know why - look at this screencap and boggle also) but it seized my brain and made me wonder what a relationship would look like between two people who verbally barely interact but whose presence, ease with each other and the way they anticipate one another came across so well. It was a joy to write for bro, not least because it forced me to be significantly more subtle than I usually am. I ended up dialing back every single extreme and working on creating a mood of extreme tiredness. It ended up infecting the whole story and creating a slowness to their actions, a damped down enjoyment of their time together, a parallel to the fact that they're aging but not decaying. I liked the chance to get the other side of Chuck's damage as well - writing jerks (and their reasons) but not excusing them is always fun.

If I was writing it all over again, there's things that I would fix - I'd like to add a little more about where they know each other from first in particular, but as a snapshot of a relationship between people at a time of crisis, who play their cards close to their chest but who know each other from the bone up, I think it works. And the recipient liked it, which really I am the happiest about.
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Day 1: Something Old

For Day 2: something new, I was torn between A Skewed Reflection (Sam has sex with a soulless Dean) and What Goes on Tour (Jensen joins Jared's band, they have sex - there may be a theme in my writing here.) In the end I picked What Goes on Tour because it feels like a story other people didn't like at all in the main.

I'm not entirely sure why but possibly the huge amount of amazing Band AUs already out there doesn't help. Since this is the self promotion meme though, I'll talk about what I did like about it. It's not as overtly meant to be funny as say Masturbation Science Theatre 3000 but it's my sort of humour and in the main the band and their activities are based in real life. I've never been a musician (got asked to leave my violin lessons for not being able to move past 'hot cross buns') but for someone who doesn't really enjoy much music, I've dated a number of musicians and been to a lot of live gigs. So, the backdrop was something I knew about, it was a chance to include Danneel and Gen, and man, I just really love wall-sex, public blowjobs, and fucking through clothes. I do wish I'd brought the setting (early 2000s) more clearly to life and that's definitely something it lacked for me.

The Seven Days )
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This pre-dates any of my SPN activity in the last couple of years and was my toe-dip into the fandom at around about season 5 in 2009. I never posted it and it languished in a folder because I stopped writing altogether.

As early season 5 fic the story drips with angst naturally, but then the show was dripping with angst as well, so tonally it's not a complete disconnect. I like that I can spot themes in it which remain relevant to what I write now - disconnects between sexuality and attraction, the question of how far is too far to push something in the name of love. It's Sam trying to recreate trust between them via a blowjob, complicated by alcohol and by the fact that neither of them are attracted to each other. As a story it's fatally flawed, but concept-wise I love it.

Serpent Around Your Heart, Sam/Dean, NC-17, 1500 words

The Days )
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Stealing a meme created by [livejournal.com profile] snickfic because I keep meaning to post more and this seems like an excellent excuse. Starting it tomorrow.

The Days:

1. Something old
2. Something new - talk about a new fanwork of yours!
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of


Feel free to comment on the posts, in fact, please God do. Tell me about your day, share some recipes that can be made not using anything that might burn the house down or some life-hacks. (Antsy about these jobs not getting back yet? no clue what you mean.)

Also, because double utility is my thing, I have a music rec for other insomniacs. I listened to an hour of this before I went to sleep and it worked like a charm - got a solid six hours for the first time in ages. Glass Animals. Not sure what I'd call them - probably just indie/alternative/faintly rock. Samples: Pools and Exxus
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There was a movie meme that I was going to steal from [livejournal.com profile] counteragent which asked for ten films that people could watch to know who you are. Unfortunately, I don't actually watch very many films at all. So I considered bastardising it by combining with[livejournal.com profile] de_nugis's version and doing 5 books/5 films. However, no way could I narrow it down to five books. So 5 films and 10 books.

1. Reach for the Sky - yes I am embarrassed by this one.
2. The Red Shoes
3. Grosse Point Blank
4. A Man for All Seasons
5. A Matter of Life and Death ties with Fast and Furious 1

1. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien - for obvious reasons
2. The Evil Cradling - Brian Keenan
3. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality - John Boswell
4. Iliad - Homer
5. All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot
6. King Rat - James Clavell
7. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller
8. Persuasion - Jane Austen
9. A Vicarage Childhood - Noel Streatfeild
10. The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
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Day 7
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

Ficlet about Ruby, demons and meat suits. Warning for some gore. )

Day 8
In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.

I think I'm gonna skip this one. Maybe during summer when I'm livelier. I find it an emotionally draining exercise to put myself out there.

Day 9
In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving.

Read more... )
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Day 1-3

Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

I did this one, commented on several things that I'd been meaning to. I'm not great at actively friending people though, mostly because I feel very shy about putting myself out there. It makes no sense because I love it when other people introduce themselves to me.

Day 5: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm saving this one for a separate post and also because it'll take more time than the rest to marshal my thoughts and organise them into something coherent.

Day 6: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I had a lot of options in mind for this one, some runners up included The Lord of the Rings (book), From the Other Riverbank by Dwimordene (fanfic), Supernatural (tv show) and Dog Day Afternoon (film.)

Eventually though I picked 'The Evil Cradling' by Brian Keenan for a lot of reasons (quick rundown: it's a memoir by one of the Beiruit hostages in the '80s). I first read it when I was pretty small, and I suspect it shaped a lot of the way I thought about the world in a way that still has an impact on me. It's a book that at its heart is about the good in people, not the bad, and while terrible things happened to the author, he overcame them all with a considerable amount of grace and humanity. It's about friendship and relying on someone else, and being there for someone else at the same time. It's also one of the only books that made me think twice about poetry as an art form, when it's not something I generally enjoy. Brian Keenan writes beautifully and I must have bought the book five or six times because I keep lending it to people and they keep being struck in exactly the same way, and never giving me the damn things back!
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Day One

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Read more... )

Day 2
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Read more... )

Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
Read more... )

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