Aug. 16th, 2011 08:58 am
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I've completed two of the prompts for that drabble meme so far, with more to come shortly! For now, though:

I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me, Albus/June, Harry Potter/Dreamwalk Blue for anonymous

Bridesmaids, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter for [profile] catewigs

Plus, 30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 8: Original Characters )

Previous days are here.
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My answers to the questions for Days Five, Six and Seven for the 30 Days of Fanfiction Meme are pretty short and sweet, so I'm combining them all into one post:

Day 5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

For me it's all about the story versus particular characters – characters make their entrance (or exit) depending on what the storytelling needs. Sometimes characters show up unexpectedly but usually it's because the needs of the story dictated it. (I have had a couple OCs stick around far longer than planned. Celia Williams and Hayden Fairborne, I am looking at you.)

Day 6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I think I'm pretty 50-50, though I'll confess that I go out of my way to write female characters because a) I don't feel like they get enough fandom love a lot of the time and b) often those are the stories that aren't getting told in canon either.

Day 7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

A fic I've written or one I read? I'll concede that certain trends/tropes in fandoms have occasionally made characters less appealing to me. (See also: Draco Malfoy – and pretty much every 'misfit geek' character ever.)

Previous days are here.
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I have not forgotten about my prompts for the drabble meme. They are coming. The LJ downtime, a wedding weekend, out of town guests, a birthday party, a going away party and a training schedule that included running +30 miles all in the past week and a half kind of got in the way.

In the meantime, though, there's this:

30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 3 -- The Characters )

Previous days are here.
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30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 2: The Fandoms )

Previous days are here.

On a somewhat related note, I know there are some Sayers fans on my friends list. Does anyone happen to remember what eventually becomes of the Viscount St. George? Does he get married? Who does he marry? What's the deal there? I've scoured every Sayers wiki I can find to no avail, and honestly just don't have the time to hit up the local library and check out all the Lord Peter books that I don't own.
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Now that LiveJournal is actually working again, I can turn my attention to the responses to that drabble meme.

In the meantime -- and to give me something easy to keep me posting since I've been crazy busy lately -- here's the start of another meme:

30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 1 )


Jul. 27th, 2011 06:10 pm
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I am still taking prompts for the drabble meme, here. Come play!
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Drabble meme, via [personal profile] lyras...

Comment in this post and I will write a drabble for any pairing/character of your choosing. I'll take up to ten requests.

Fandoms include (but are not necessarily limited to): Harry Potter, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Stargate, Star Wars (Original Trilogy and (some of) the EU), Fringe, X-Files, Chuck, Castle, various old time-y mysteries (Christie, Sayers, etc.) and anything I've written for here or here is pretty much fair game. Really just throw anything at me and I'll tell whether I know it well enough to comment -- because who knows with me these days (i.e., I would totally write, like, General Hospital fic -- or something equally randomly awesome -- if asked).
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I told myself I was going to stop posting snippets from my in-progress fics -- it feels oddly like cheating for some reason -- but, in the past, it has helped me get back on track when I've been stalled. Something about seeing my words in a published forum seems to jog stuff loose for me, I don't know why. I am stalled lately, for a variety of good and not-so-good reasons (including phase one of the remodel on our house and prepping for a half-marathon). So, what the hell? Here goes.

From Percy Weasley: Rogue Demon Hunter, Episode 7: 'Percy is a weapons-grade wanker; you won't get any argument from me on that point. But do you know what he also is? He's pretty decent at this whole 'champion for good' thing.' )

From Iteration (Star Wars EU): 'The irony was that they'd actually won at Bilbringi. The Republic had, anyway, with a healthy assist from them – which made what the Repubs had ultimately done to repay them all the shittier.' )


Jun. 16th, 2011 12:06 pm
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I've been a little distracted lately, for a variety of reasons. So, to keep myself posting regularly, here is a meme (seen around on the friends' list):

Fic Meme )
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I'd still love to hear from people on this post -- rec me an author, a fandom, community, journal, etc., you think I should be reading.

(And speaking of my slow reintroduction to fandom, etc., -- the LiveJournal ads appear to know where I had drinks last night, which is... creepy? Is this like a thing now?)

And, as promised here, for [profile] delentyevox, a fun little Albus/June/Hayden ficlet from the Dreamwalk Blue universe.

(Previous fics in this same timeline are New Year's Eve, 1937 and Oxford, 1938)

August, 1938: Albus's mother throws a rather nice garden party, at which Albus and Hayden almost (but don't quite) meet, Hayden waltzes, and June and Albus end up in the rosebushes. (Set in the Dreamwalk Blue universe.) )
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Question for the Star Wars EU folks hanging around (and I know there are a few of you ;)... Does poor Aves ever get a first name in EU canon (such as it is)? I've done some searching and can't find one, but that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't exist. Any and all responses are greatly appreciated.

And in that vein, just because, here's a little bit of Aves from Iteration, because he's begun to steal the spotlight from Karrde as the hero of the piece...

'That doesn't have anything to do with the Republic or your war. This is personal, isn't it?' )

Also- I've finally gotten around to cleaning up my LiveJournal friends list (like two-thirds of which hadn't actually posted anything in years) and actually starting to make one on Dreamwidth, after my extended hiatus from fandom-type stuff. I'm admittedly still just sitting on the side of the fandom pool, dangling my feet in, but I do feel like maybe I should start to build back up my network. So, if you're so inclined...

Tell me who your favorite author(s) is in your fandom(s) du jour.

Or, knowing what direction my interests lie, recommend a community, journal, etc., you think I should be reading.

And if I've added you out of the blue recently, it's because you wrote something I liked or someone recommended your journal to me. :)
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In honor of Star Wars Day, two of my favorite SW fics -- and one WiP.

Mixology: A princess, a droid and a fighter jock walk into a bar... Written for the ‘Behind Every Good Woman’ RareHet Challenge. (Leia/Wedge, Leia/Han)

Tipping Point and Entropy: Mara seeks equilibrium. (Mara/Karrde, Mara/Luke)

Iteration: The ultimate EU AU that I always wished someone else would write. (WiP, A selected scene below the cut)

Whatever else might have happened to the galaxy over the past few years, Karrde could still set a pretty fine table when the occasion warranted it. )
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I've posted this to Facebook, tumblr, etc., so figured I would do it here as well and see what happens. You never know who out there might be in the market for a fancy white dress, right? :)

I am selling the gown I wore at my wedding last summer.

For anyone who contacts me via FB, tumblr, LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, I'll offer an additional "friends and family (and fandom) discount" off the already reduced selling price -- and even throw in the veil for free. The dress is in great shape -- has been cleaned and stored since the wedding. It was altered to fit my measurements (more details if you click the link above -- I'm a size 6 and the dress was a size 8 so there is some wiggle room for it to be taken in or out) and has a French underbustle added for the train (which usually costs around $200 to have added to a new gown).

It's a mid-priced gown (originally around $2000) by a good designer, with good quality fabric (a heavy off-white silk taffeta) and some nice details. My asking price is around what you'd pay at David's Bridal, and the quality is arguably better. (Not a knock on David's -- they have some great options for the price, but the fabrics and stitching aren't fantastic given the price point.)

If someone wants it, I'm happy to pass it on. If not, back in the box it goes to sit in the closet. :)
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(Testing out this whole cross-posting thing...)

So I totally lied. I have not, in fact, finished Part 7 of Percy Weasley: Rogue Demon Hunter. What I've done instead is write 65 pages of Iteration. This is actually exactly what happened back at Christmastime with PW:RDH. I had some time off work, my husband was working, I didn't have any obligations, etc., so I sat down and wrote about 70 pages of the most pivotal plot and character stuff. All I've been doing since then is filling in the blanks -- which makes the whole process a million times easier for me versus staring down a bunch of blank, empty chapters with only a vague outline as my guide. So now I feel slightly more confident that both of these pieces might actually see the light of day again.

What this means is that sometime in the not too distant future, I'll be in the market for someone who knows Star Wars (and specifically the EU) to take a look at the first few chapters of this beast and tell me if I've totally gone off the reservation. (Actually, I know I'm completely off the res with this one. It puts the "augh!" in "AU." What I really want to know is whether it works.)

That said, I like this fic primarily because it lets me indulge my love for sidekicks and unlikely heroes, and it's proven to have possibly the best fic 'soundtrack' of all time... )


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