sohotrightnow: ([atla] you added a rainbow)
Somehow I got to rereading some of my fic on Ao3 yesterday and it was...not bad? Like, hm, looking at it with a fresh eye, I might catch a minor error here or there, a little continuity thing, repeating a phrase too soon or dropping a word. But apart from little copy-editing stuff like that, it's...surprisingly not garbage? It's actually kind of enjoyable? Even a fic from literally almost half my life ago, I'm reading it and going "wow, this is actually a solid representation of this character's voice, well done '00s Jules!"

I've had a hard time with writing the past few years, where every word is like blood from a stone and every paragraph I look back and decide it's garbage and need to walk away for a bit lest I just delete it all. So it's nice to look back and go "hey, actually, I do know how to do this." It's also gratifying to realize that a lot of the stuff I'm most pleased with, that I most felt at the time like no one but me really cared about but that was enough, is also some of my most popular. Like, oh, hey, this self-indulgent little id trip of mine wasn't just me talking into a vacuum, other people enjoy these weird crossovers and rarepairs and polyships!

Anyway, I've also stuck with this space opera romance novel thing for months now, and am only partly through outlining it, and even at such a slow pace I'm still pretty excited about it. It's nice to feel enthusiastic about something I'm making again, even if it's much slower going than it's been in the past.
sohotrightnow: Gul Dukat leering, labeled "with club sauce" ([st] look at banner kira!)
HERE IS THE DEAL: I cannot get Naomie Harris as Captain Elizabeth (Beth) Sisko out of my head. Think about it. And then talk to me about how incredible it would be. Also, I recently rewatched "The Maquis" two-parter and no force on earth will convince me that Sisko and Dukat didn't sleep together. Anyway, here are ~650 words about Beth Sisko and Dukat having phone-hatesex, for the "gags/silence" square on my k_b card. Rated T (Teen); no warnings apply.

(This actually kept spiraling into a much longer story, and I was getting overwhelmed and finally just decided to write the single condensed scene for the time being and keep plugging away at the longer one rather than freaking out and giving up altogether. So look for that at some point, maybe.)

whaaaat

Oct. 20th, 2013 11:25 am
sohotrightnow: A paper-cut girl against a backdrop of writing on a notebook. ([stock] and by metaphorically I mean)
Oh dip, I now have drafts in various stages of completeness for all five squares on a bingo???? This is a big deal for me, guys. Also they're in five different fandoms, which is also mind-blowing, if not more so, because I had not felt that connected to a lot of things, fannishly. (In case you missed it: here is the one that's really complete so far, a very silly Downton AU where Anna and Mary work at a pastry shop in space.)

I mean, some of them are SUPER draft-ish, at the moment, one in particular because it started turning into a whole long STORY, and then I was psyching myself out and convinced that I was ~never~ going to finish it, so I took a break from trying to piece the scenes together and just wrote a vignette version of it, to reassure myself that I could actually complete SOMETHING. And it's very stream-of-consciousness and I was half-asleep when I wrote it so I think it needs a ton of editing, but, you know, that's doable. I think I can get everything edited and posted by the October 31 deadline.

I mean, given that the one I've posted so far has 42 hits and not so much as a kudo, let alone a comment, I am not convinced that even once I've edited them they will be any good, but I am happy with them, which I guess is the most important thing. I mean, mostly, I realize it's probably just that I posted on a Friday evening, which is not a great time for it anyway, and also it's f/f and a weird AU, but the hits going up and still seeing no feedback is a little unsettling anyway. OH WELL. The important thing is just reminding myself that I can write, I think. If what I'm writing is terrible and everyone is too embarrassed to tell me, well, I gotta start somewhere.

Anyhoo, bingos! That is new for me. Usually I just complain about not being able to get anything done, crank out 500 words within the last few weeks of amnesty, and repeat the whole cycle all over again. A bingo period is new, let alone completing one before amnesty begins.

In non-fandom news, yesterday I attended a lovely cocktail party/book discussion at [personal profile] cyprinella's, with special guest Amy Stewart to talk about her absolutely delightful The Drunken Botanist. So things are pretty ok, I think, at the moment. (Knock wood.)

Welp time to go do my weekly cleaning. Later, bbs!

oh come on

Jun. 9th, 2013 02:35 pm
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([avengers] clever girl)
ahhhhh this stupid fic is already at nearly 6k, are you kidding me??? I just want to get some silly PWP kicked out in time for k_b amnesty, come on. On the one hand, I want to give up on getting it done for that and just do a drabble bingo to to get the credit for finishing, and finish this independently, but on the other hand, I sort of suspect that if I don't have that deadline hanging over my head I won't actually finish it at all? THIS DUMB HOBBY. /o/

It's getting all plotty and characters are having feelings at each other and omggggg IM3 gave me so many ideas for this stupid OT4 and come onnnnnn, why can't I just make my paper dolls kiss and be done with it. >:|

JANE/THOR/PEPPER/TONY 4EVERRRRRR )

Ugh, maybe I can just cut down the intro and the first sex scene; I think they work as a complete story. I can post them as is and then post the rest of it as a sequel or an extended version or as later chapters on AO3. Or maybe I'll just write a bunch of Sansa drabbles and keep plugging away at this? DECISIONS. This hobby, etc.
sohotrightnow: Thor with a big smile on his face. ([avengers] god of thunder and :D)
Ughhhhhh I keep trying to start drabbles so I can try to get something actually produced for k_b before amnesty ends and I keep ending up with actual stories that I am probably never going to finish, this hobby is the worst. >:(

On the other hand I am pretty delighted with this new, post-IM3, Tony/Jane/Thor/Pepper story for "rough body play", where Pepper and Tony propose a sex surrogate system so that Thor and Pepper don't need to worry about hurting their partners.

And now all eyes are on her. Thanks, Tony, she wants to say, but she looks into her glass a little more, and takes another sip. With her free hand, she takes Thor's in her own again, gives it a squeeze, to let him know she's not upset. "It's not a bad idea," she says.

She thinks she deserves a snappy superhero title just for daring to look at Thor after she says it, but instead of the big aching blue eyes she's expecting, he's gazing at their hands, too, and when he looks up and meets her eyes, they're just as full of warm curiosity as if she were explaining another theory to him.

So she does.

"We have to be so careful," she says. "I'm guessing that now, with the Extremis formula still in progress, they do, too." That helps get the blushing she can feel under control, the reminder that they're not the only ones with that problem in this building. "In even more ways than we do," and now she feels safer, now that she's back to hypothesizing. This is her ground, like battles are Thor's and mechanics are Tony's and making everything go smoothly is Pepper's. "Pepper doesn't only have superhuman strength to deal with. The Tower's well protected against electricity, so your storm-related abilities aren't as big an issue as her temperature ones. If she gets too hot -- "

"Well, she's always been -- " Tony begins, presumably because it's been far too long since anyone paid attention to him, but Jane just laughs the way she almost never does when Tony feels the need to offer commentary while she's working things out.


It has a line where Jane has to tear herself away from Thor lest they spend the evening gazing into each other's eyes gooily and "giggling like stoned undergrads", which I kind of adore.

Progress has been further hampered by the fact that mother has developed an uncanny ability to Skype me literally seconds after I've opened a document to work on some porn. Seriously, uncanny is in fact the word I want. I'm on my fourth attempt this week and this is the first one where it hasn't happened. I can't be mad, though; they've got a new computer with a little camera on it, so this is the first time in a year-plus that I've actually seen her instead of just talking on the phone.

(With her hairstyle -- and the dry heat helping her keep her hair flat -- and her new glasses she looks like Meryl in The Devil Wears Prada, and given how much she and I look like each other, I am now super-jazzed about how I'm going to look in thirty years.)

Also, I rewatched Avengers for the first time in ages last night. Still delightful, still want Loki to JUST SHUT UP UGHHHHHH. "I remember you tossing me into an abyss." YOU LET GO WHILE HE WAS BEGGING YOU NOT TO, YOU JACKASS. On the one hand, as [personal profile] fox1013 pointed out on Twitter, gaslighting is basically Loki's canonical superpower, but on the other hand, with mind control being such a thing, I sort of find myself wondering if there's not going to be a big twist where Loki may have been under some other influence himself? I should admit that I don't want this as an exculpatory thing so much as because I think it would be really, really funny if Brilliant Superior Loki were actually being played like a fiddle the whole time. Apparently fandoms being trolled is my fandom now; see also the amount of time this week I spent cackling at [twitter.com profile] redweddingtears.

Fic meme

May. 23rd, 2013 07:05 pm
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([etc] get excited and make things)
From everyone!

I have 117 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 117 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

Ughhhh I am so bummed at how low that number is. Stories are pretty much impossible for me recently though, it is tragic. :(
sohotrightnow: Thor with a big smile on his face. ([avengers] god of thunder and :D)
Right, come on, someone give me prompts to work with, because apparently Thor/Jane/Tony fic won't get produced otherwise.

Here's a snippet of something, if you'd like!
Jane punches Tony in the arm because she's really sick of him having comebacks to everything, and he says "Ow," and she thinks he might be making fun of her, but maybe not; she's used to doing it to Thor, and his standards are different.

"Think of something else to do," Jane tells them both, draining her margarita and taking the pitcher from Thor.

"God, I thought you were never gonna ask." Tony gets up, and before Jane can ask him what that's supposed to mean, he's shoving in between her and Thor. "Come on, clear some space," he orders.

"What the hell? Why?" she asks, and then he's kissing her.
Come on now. I am promising...200 words. You get 200 words if you leave me a Thor/Tony/Jane prompt. Obvs foursomes with Pepper are totally welcome. Just, any combination of the four of them except for just plain Tony/Pepper, because idk, there's plenty of it already and Thor is the one that actually gets me fired up, writing-wise.

GO.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([etc] get excited and make things)
So obviously the answer to having trouble with writing is to throw my hat in the ring over at the reverse remix thing! I'm offering up five fics at the moment (well, lbr, it's probably just going to be more like double drabbles), and a variety of fandoms.
sohotrightnow: Thor with a big smile on his face. ([avengers] god of thunder and :D)
HOW DO YOU FICLET???? If anyone has suggestions, they would be fab. I am in the full flush of new fandom, which I haven't felt in ages, but it is rapidly slipping away because of how I will start a ficlet and then it will balloon and I realize that I can't do this in a few hundred words and give up because have you seen my attention span? No really, have you seen it, because I haven't, I'd love to know where it is. :( :( :(

I just am completely incapable of getting a beginning, middle, and end untangled from the mess of a concept I'll be visualizing when I set out to write something, and then I get frustrated because of how long it's going to take and give up. Which I realize is silly because the only way to get better at anything writing-wise is to practice and if I don't do that then it's just going to continue being this difficult, blah blah blah self-fulfilling prophecy, but whatever, I'm sick and it's been an emotionally crappy couple of weeks, I'm allowed to roll around moaning to the Internet for awhile. The fact that less than a week after I posted it, the ridic Jane/Thor/Pepper/Tony I wrote is now my #1 by hit count on AO3 is a decent carrot in terms of making me want to write more, but then I just get even more frustrated and anxious because PRESSURE. Obviously my writing porny ficlets is super-important, everyone's counting on me!!!!!

What I am saying is, who wants to talk to me about Avengers ficlets I could write for them? (Probably these ideas should involve Thor, because completely unsurprisingly given that my favorite characters are inevitably the Gryffinest of 'Dors, he is my very favorite. I was this close to unfollowing someone on Twitter because they said his movie sucked, true story.) Maybe imposing a limit of a few hundred words and doing it on the fly as a casual comment-prompt-ficlet-thing will help shake something loose in my brain. And I can reward myself with doing them as I set to work on producing a coherent second draft of the Regency Superhero novel.

(I mean, I could go to the kinkmemes, but then I get too angry on behalf of Thor, because while there aren't tons of them, there are just enough people who characterize him as some kind of horrible monster or the obligatory rapist for h/c fics that I end up flipping over tables. Also unsurprising, on consideration, given that my other faves -- Boromir and Buffy most memorably -- are often cast as the villains, too. It doesn't happen AS frequently with Thor, thankfully, but just enough to fill me with rage. That's another post, though, I have terrible puns all lined up for it.)

Unrelated to anything, the more so because in a shocking twist it doesn't involve me whining about something, I checked the score this morning with the sense of resignation that is a natural state for any casual DC sports fan, and C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([buffy] society's only protection)
All right, bbs, I was going to use this as a way to reward myself for finishing Yuletide, but the longer the day goes on the longer this fucker gets, so! As you may have heard, [community profile] kink_bingo's mini-challenge for this month is drabbles (well, miniature works, including anything under 100 words, but drabbles are easiest for me to aim for), and I was kind of toying with doing something silly and fun and id-ful, and since one of the places my id invariably returns to is Buffy crossovers, give me characters from other fandoms and I will try to produce a drabble of kinkfic about Buffy banging them. The idea is that I'll trade off and do one of these for every hundred words of Yuletide I write. GO.

ETA: HOLY SHIT I'M ACTUALLY PRODUCING SHIT AFTER TAKING PROMPTS

BtVS/Doctor Who, Buffy Summers/Martha Jones, drugs/aphrodesiacs
BtVS/Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy/Jadzia/Worf, gangbang

I'd also like to point out that among other amazing things [personal profile] gloss suggested was Buffy/Ned Stark. ENDLESS DELIGHTED LOLS. This is right up there with Buffy, Worf, and Jadzia being BFFs/possibly having an ongoing threesome in terms of how adorbs and hilarious it would be. Half the time they would be SUPER SERIOUS and then the rest of the time she would troll him for being super serious and pretend that she was not every bit as angsty and srs bzns about everything.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([celeb] bless the young and rich)
Man, I keep working on writeups of things that happened on the trip/since I got back, but w/e, that is too much effort for now. Instead, here is my k_b card. Because, you know, the fact that I've only completed a single ficlet this year totally means I should sign up for a challenge! I sort of figure since I'm usually writing for an audience of, like, me and three other people tops anyway, I may just go whole-hog and just file the serials off and call what I'm writing original fic, if I keep drawing the blank re: fandom that I have been recently. Ughhhh it's so annoying, I want to do fanfic but I just can't seem to get into the headspace. W/e w/e, at the very least this ought to generate some fun ideas.

My card! )

WORK COMPUTER WHY ARE YOU SO SLOW TODAY, I AM TRYING TO GET THINGS ACCOMPLISHED. Everything's the worst, I swear. Let's talk about ~possibilities~ while I try to get work done, Internet!
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([dw] do believe that it is this nursery)
Ughhhhh I am super-anxious today and IDKY. Wait, no, I totally do, because I tried to make a payment on my credit card via phone and the guy talked way too fast for me to understand half of what he said and even though I know for a fact I've got enough to cover the payment and the Thanksgiving dinner I am doing for the family, money stuff always freaks me out.

Instead, have some questions about things that make me happy while I take deep breaths and try to stop freaking out.

Question: How much better would the world be with a lot more lolsy roleplay fic? Partly this arose from us rewatching early X-Files, and someone comparing Mulder to a "creepy high school biology teacher", and then I said I really wanted fic where Mulder is trying to talk Scully into roleplaying it. I think we also discovered my Sex Chicken weakness, namely that there is a direct correlation between how likely I am to bail and how srs bzns everyone involved in the hypothetical scenario is taking said scenario. Then today I listened to the version of "Fire" from the DotEoT box set and holy shit, it is a scary enough song when a dude sings it, but then when, on the last verse, Silvio fucking Dante comes in to harmonize? NIGHTMARES FOREVER. Then me and [personal profile] inlovewithnight had this conversation.
Me: I'm just going to pretend it's the result of Bruce and Steve being really high and trying some kind of stupid roleplay. Lolarious roleplay attempts make everything better.
Night: Failiest roleplayers.
Me: ughhhhh now I want to write them having hilarious faily sex where Bruce is trying really hard to write this song and Steve just keeps trolling him and both of them are high and giggly and Steve is egging Bruce on because he thinks it's funny when Bruce tries to be ~smooth~.
Question: HOW IN LOVE ARE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND STEVEN VAN ZANDT? ANSWER: CRAZY IN LOVE. THEY ARE SO CRAZY IN LOVE. Ughhhh every time I think my love for this band has gone back down to normal-person levels something will happen, like a concert or Night getting the Darkness on the Edge of Town box set, and here I go again. GIRLS, WHAT'S MY WEAKNESS?



THESE DUDES.

As Jim Cullen, author of Born in the USA: Springsteen and the American Tradition, noted, the two men "gazed" into one another's eyes as they sang and shared the microphone so closely their lips almost touched (Cullen 132).

...we will look at each other occasionally and say, "It's nice to be standing next to you, after all this time."

Question: How fucking high is Harrison Ford in this interview with Conan?

UGHHHHH I'M STILL ALL ANXIOUS, TALK TO ME ABOUT THE E STREET BAND. OR ABOUT CHARACTERS YOU WANT TO SEE HAVING HILARIOUS ROLEPLAYING SEXVENTURES.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([buffy] the power of a locomotive)
i. There was fic, but I completely misremembered details of the SPN episode it was set during, which is what comes of writing ficlets in your spare moments on a busy day at work. I also managed to leave my keys in the office when we went out to the Convention Center to set up some things (ALA convention is this weekend, and as part of the Marketing team I have to help put the booth together). It is not a good brain day, clearly.

ii. For those who are overwhelmed by the one at LJ, [personal profile] parentheses set up a DW home for the Big Damn Heroes Awesome Ladies commentfic party -- all ladies, all the time, yay!

iii. I am also working more on the original thing. I got 1000 words done on Tuesday, 1500 yesterday, and I think I'm going to try for 2000 today. I've got the first chapter finished, and I think I know roughly how the next one is going to go. Which is unusual for me, because normally in writing original stuff I have no idea where chapter breaks might be and don't really write in any kind of linear fashion. Possibly I'll put a poll up for people who want onto the filter. IDK, I write better when I have the illusion that someone is holding me accountable.

iv. Cleaning out my inbox yesterday, I found a comment from the Gabe-as-Catholic-priest post where someone was like "the only reason anyone cares is because some BNF made this post about it" and I was like "huh, I wonder who might have...wait, they mean me, don't they?" because lol what. I'm waiting for my free laptop, fandom, get on that.
sohotrightnow: ([buffy] but you're just a girl)
From [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight, The remix meme for those of us who can't handle actually participating in Remix: If you could remix any of my stories from any of my fandoms, which would it be and how would you remix it?

ALTERNATELY

I can't be bothered to track down the post and put my name in, but tell me what my fic tells you about my id. I can't generally be bothered to work hard at disguising my tendency to idfic, so I'm curious if what you guys feel like you've learned about my id matches up with the image I have of myself as a writer.

Because traffic was super-light today, I got here about forty-five minutes early. I stopped in at the Giant across the street, discovered they were having a massive sale on ice cream, and now I am a hero in the office because I bought some for everyone. \o/
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([tv] put on your stockings baby)
Because I generally do better with smaller numbers, it turns out! First six people to make requests will get a drabble (ficlet, more likely, but a small written thing). It's a variation on the alphabet one; give me a word that begins with one of the following letters, and a character/pairing.

A: "acknowledge", Vanessa Abrams, for [personal profile] gloss

R: various prompts, for [personal profile] mumblemutter

L: Losers, various prompts, for [personal profile] zillah975

T: "trust", Buffy/Giles, for [personal profile] quelle_surprise

M: "moody", Aisha/Clay, for [personal profile] parentheses

D: "drunk", Buffy/John Winchester or Serena/Blair/Tony Stark, for [personal profile] sionnain

I won't do a hard-and-fast list of fandoms/characters, but things I have talked about and/or written recently, or things featured in my icons, are your best bets, and I reserve the right to ask you to pick something else if need be -- alternately, multiple prompts for your chosen letter are encouraged!

I really need to set up another round at [community profile] avatar_minis, also. UGH WHERE IS THIS MONTH GOING.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([losers] two hearts are better)
If you could have me write any fic for The Losers, what would it be?

Any pairing, in theory, although in practice I am so starry-eyed over Clay and Aisha that one (or both!) of them is your best bet. Crossovers, of course, are welcome, and multiple prompts are great, as they will probably increase the odds that I will actually manage to fill one of them.

Other Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel | Lord of the Rings | Supernatural

Also!

Apr. 28th, 2010 09:01 pm
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([bandom] the other bets I've made)
Since I couldn't find the link to it this morning when I was posting, [personal profile] viklikesfic is holding an RPF commentfic meme! Everyone should go request/write stuff. Especially E Street Band stuff.

You like me for my subtlety, Internet, admit it.

Unrelatedly -- washing dinner down with tequila: great idea, or greatest idea? Well, maybe not unrelatedly; tequila always makes me want to write porn.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([etc] get excited and make things)
I am in an absurdly good mood today, and I feel like writing fic! E Street Band, namely. I had the urge last night, just as I was falling asleep, and then this morning it wasn't gone. Plus I listened to one of the Roxy shows on my way to work and it just improved my good mood and put me in a place of :D that even the stupid traffic and this fucking headache I've got can't kill. So those half-dozen of you who are interested, give me prompts for E Street Band fic!

Those of you who aren't interested in ESB, give me crossover prompts (any of my usual suspects re: fandoms/characters; my icons are a good representation of where to start, plus with IM2 coming out shortly I am in the mood to write more Serena/Blair/Tony). Because I love crossovers, and because [community profile] crossovers is running a 3W4DW contest!

I mean, you know, I could work on my [community profile] avatar_minis ficlet, or maybe my journal entry for class, but whatever.

Some non-fannish bzns; nothing bad, just a bit tl;dr. )

Seriously, though, what the fuck is this headache. >:(
sohotrightnow: ([tv] see my vest)
Edited a million times, and finally deleted and reposted, because Dreamwidth is making things difficult for me, and fixing things there messes them up over at LJ. >:( Let's see if I can finagle iJournal to do what I want it to. Saved the first batch of requests, though.

The alphabet prompt meme! Choose a letter of the alphabet and give me a word/phrase beginning with that letter, plus a character or pairing from the list, and I'll write you a ficlet. I am trying to go for quantity rather than length on these, so you'll likely just end up with 200 words or so, but at least I'll produce something (and multiple requests will increase these odds)! No x-rays or xylophones for X; there's plenty of other words that start with it. Also, since I'm taking requests at LJ and DW, I'll go to two prompts per letter.

Fandoms/Characters )

Available/claimed letters! )

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