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ratherastory ([personal profile] ratherastory) wrote2015-01-01 03:35 pm

Happy New Year!

Goodbye, 2014, I will not miss you. Here's to kicking ass and taking names in 2015.

I hope the year is treating everyone well so far!

Things are finally starting to settle into a semblance of normalcy over here at casa [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory. I still haven't unpacked all my boxes from when I moved from Montreal to Ottawa back in November, but all the important things are unpacked. Work is calming down, the dog is calming down, and the kitten is never calm anyway. ;)

2014 was really rough on me physically, emotionally and financially. Between the end of my relationship, the death of my cats within a week of each other (one of them highly traumatic), the renovations on my old house, the sale of my house, the move to another city, having the dog and my new kitten each have a bunch of health issues, and then needing repairs on my car, I'm kind of glad the year is over. That's only my personal problems, not even counting the murders of the RCMP officers in June, the terrible events of Ferguson and everywhere else, the honour guard murdered in Ottawa in October, and the summer of constant, unrelenting online misogyny and violence against women and trans people and people of colour. Almost everyone I know suffered personal losses and crises, one after the other. In short, 2014 sucked. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I have a number of things I would like to get accomplished in 2015, some of them writing-related, and all of them designed to make my overall quality of life infinitely better. I won't bore you with the personal goals, but since this is my fic journal, I will list the few but important goals I have for my writing this year.

Writing Goals:

  • Figure out how to write for the sheer, unadulterated joy of it again

  • Update some of my 'verses. In particular Fusion, because I love that 'verse, and the Garden 'verse, because I know where I want that 'verse to end, and I'm not there yet.

  • Write, edit and submit a novel for publication

  • Outline all my current novel projects (I have four in various stages of conception and writing)

  • Write every day in my "Morning Pages" journal, which is the best creative tool I've found for myself thus far

  • Write 300,000 words by the end of the year (I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] gywo with this goal in mind)

I've also given myself a moratorium on signing up for challenges and exchanges this year. They used to be a great source of motivation for me, but this year I found that, because I was already pretty burned out, all they did was ramp up my anxiety issues and make me hate myself and my writing. So this year will be devoted to writing things only when they bring me joy.

If you would like, you may leave me prompts for any of my existing 'verses in any fandom (not that I have that many), or request time stamps/whatever for anything I've already written**.

**I am going to be SUPER picky about which prompts I accept for Fusion, so don't take it personally if I don't end up writing your prompt specifically. I get a lot of "Sam freaks out and Dean comforts him" prompts for that 'verse which, well, is not a useful prompt, since it basically describes over half the stories in the 'verse. ;) But if you have things you'd like to see, themes you'd like to have me explore, then please toss your hat in the ring! I have a big old playground and everyone is welcome!

[identity profile] sw0rdy.livejournal.com 2015-01-01 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I can completely understand why you're glad to see the back of 2014. That sounds like an immensely crappy year for so many reasons. I wish you health and happiness in 2015, because it's definitely your turn for some good fortune. Good luck also with all the writing goals you've set yourself.

No specific prompts - anything in the Fusion would be straight on my reading list. I also have a massive soft spot for your Silent 'verse, but I know you've said in the past that you're not sure you'll ever update this one. 'Silent Night' was the fic that tipped me from a casual watcher of the show to rabid fan (and more productive writer), so even if you never extend that 'verse, I owe you a massive thank you for kicking me up the arse writing-wise.

All the best for 2015.

[identity profile] jennytork.livejournal.com 2015-01-01 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I took a moratorium like that in 2013 and it helped SO MUCH.

Now I know if I ever need a break like that I can DO it and not feel a bit guilty, because it's good for me.

(((HUG)))





As for prompts, how about someone from their past bringing over pie and conversation?

[identity profile] tabaqui.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
To a much better new year, bb!
*smish*

[identity profile] gatorgurl94.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Updates to both Fusion and Garden verses! 2015 is already looking up. Best wishes for the coming year!

Yeah 2014 sucked boulders

[identity profile] yasminke.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
So here's to a fantabulous 2015 (once you get over the cold).

And yay to more Fusion- and Garden- verses!
ext_14783: girl underwater (SPN - leaving beautiful room together)

[identity profile] lavinialavender.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
*hugs* Glad you have lots of goals in mind to make 2015 better for you! But WHOA, 300,000 words in a year? Hope that doesn't burn you out!

So glad to hear Fusion is something you still want to write for! That's so exciting to me. I don't have any specific prompts, but my favorite are stories when they manage to help each other according to their abilities. Also, more of Perry.

[identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
2014, be gone with ye! Patooey!

I am so thrilled about Fusion! You've already got my standing offer of art. That 'verse is near and dear to my heart; your fics were some of the first I happened upon in the SPN fandom, and they spoiled me but good. I'm also thrilled to hear you're really chugging along with the original fic! GOOD ON YOU!

2015 is looking like roses. :D Happy New Year, Phnee! *big hugs*

[identity profile] ferrous-wheeler.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
You certainly have had a tough year and am sending you best wishes for a much better year to come *hugs* :)
So happy to hear that you want to write more of the Fusion 'verse! It's quite one of my favourites and I love it to death. Only prompt I can think of could be optimistic depending on how you spin it (or really sad), in which maybe Sam has a really good day and Dean sees his brother as he almost was only to have him slide back again.
Other than that, would love to read more of the Silent 'verse :)

[identity profile] chiiyo86.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
Bonne année! Que tes projets pour 2015 se réalisent :)

[identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com 2015-01-02 12:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Wishing you all the future health and happiness for 2015 and I truly hope that this year is your year - you deserve it!

I'm so excited to hear that you would like to re-visit fusion - what a gift to us all! I'd read anything in this verse, it truly is such a strong body of work. But I would love to see something about the Impala (either before they had to get rid of it, or maybe to revisit it again in some way, maybe as some sort of safe haven for them both during a tough time?)

Thank you and take care, :)



[identity profile] marchia43.livejournal.com 2015-01-03 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah 2014 was a shitty year for a lot of people.
I hope 2015 is better for you!
I'm definitely looking forward to an update on the Fusion Verse, it is still one of my favs.
Thanks
M

[identity profile] gottalovev.livejournal.com 2015-01-06 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
2014 est morte, vive 2015!

je te souhaite une super année, pleine de belles chose, de défis intéressants, des compagnons dévoués (à 2 et 4 pattes!) et tout ce que tu désires en plus!

[identity profile] shangrilada.livejournal.com 2015-01-25 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
*tosses out a Fusion idea* I have this image in my head of Sam getting bit by some neighborhood/stray dog and Perry is like um yeah NO (because Perry protective of Sam is love) and Sam is probably all freaked out and hellhound-y and maybe actually skittish around Perry for a little while? (Because she was growling/barking at the bad dog while it was going on so it's all like conflated in his head) So Dean has to kind of try to put these two big parts of his life back together, as well as take care of poor dog bite Sammy.

Maybe something in there will spark somethin', even if it doesn't really have anything to do with what I laid out, haha. I just love Fusion so much.

[identity profile] shangrilada.livejournal.com 2015-01-25 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
(and all right, because I have to ask or I wouldn't be me--obviously something with fusion Sam and hayfever/something like would be just beyond to die for.)