ratherastory: (Glorious)
Dearest, darlingest summergen writer,

I am so excited you are writing for me! Summergen is far and away my favourite challenge of the year. So many wonderful stories come out of it each year, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

So, have you seen my prompts and promptly panicked? Have no fear, dear writer, you may at any point in time toss all those prompts out the nearest window and start from scratch, if that's what you feel you need to do in order to satisfy the muse.

Here is a quick Guide to Making [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory a Happy Camper:

1- Include h/c. Lots of it. No, really. Whump is my favourite flavour of story. Go ahead and toss people off cliffs, hit them with cars, give them pneumonia, whatever. It doesn't even have to have a happy ending, so long as there is at least an attempt at the "comfort" part of the equation. Even an unsuccessful attempt. ;)

2- I am a Sam!girl who adores Dean. Having both brothers in the story is great and what I generally look for in my fanfic, but if for some reason you only want to write one, well, my preference would be for Sam.

3- That being said, I love many of the recurring cast, too, particularly Cas and Jody, as you probably noticed from my prompts. Anything that explores their headspace, especially Castiel's, is always super interesting for me. After all, Cas' mind doesn't work the same way as humans' at all: he's literally an alien being who is thousands of years old, and whose experiences we can't even begin to understand.

Have you seen Thor, dear author? Someone once pointed out that the reason Thor doesn't get human tech is not because he's primitive, but because Asgardian tech is so much more advanced than our own. It's like one of us being dumped 10,000 years in the past and having all the cavemen laugh at us because we can't make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

So, yeah, give me alien!Cas whose understanding of human ways is not because he's a simpleton (the way it's often portrayed), but rather because he's just too advanced for the world and can't quite dumb himself down to humanity's level.

4- I am a huge fan of Outsider POV, especially for current canon. What must the Winchesters look like to the average person these days? At first glance they must cut terrifying figures these days, seeing how much they've changed after everything they've gone through. Dean is no longer the charming, boyish rogue from Season 1, nor is Sam the floppy-haired, doe-eyed kid that everyone instinctively trusted. And yet, they help people, and that must cause some serious cognitive dissonance, am I right?

5- I have yet to meet a fanfic in 1st Person POV that I thought truly captured the character's voice when it comes to SPN. I don't find that the show, the characters or the subject matter lend themselves well to it. So, overall, I'd prefer to not receive something written in that POV, but if you have a brilliant idea that is eating your brain, then don't let this deter you.

6- If you like writing about other angels, that is totally fine. I prefer them as secondary characters, however, rather than the focus of the story, or as antagonists.

7- I am happy with a very wide range of tone, from fluffy crack all the way to grimdarkangstomg. You can write death!fic if you want, or 1,000 words of schmoop. Hell, have Sam and Dean cuddle platonically throughout the whole story if that's what works for you. If you do choose to have the brothers at odds with each other (the show does seem to enjoy doing that), then I would ask that there is at least some movement toward understanding and reconciliation during the story. I love my boys together much more than I like them apart. :)

And I think that should about cover it!

Thank you again, dear author, and I look forward to reading your story!
ratherastory: ([B5] Nibbled to death by cats)
Sorry to those of you who follow me in other places, you've likely already seen this.

At 17:00 I decided to take the dog out for a walk to go look for Pan-Pan. I opened the front door, and George slipped between my legs and headed out for the evening. I locked the door, turned around, and watched as a car drove by and hit him.

Cut for very graphic description of bodily harm to the cat )
ratherastory: (Glorious)

Come on and join the fun! You know you want to!
ratherastory: (Default)
Title: You're My Medicine (Open Up and Let Me In)
Summary: "Are you literally trying to heal me with your dick?"

"Um." Scott looks a little sheepish. "Maybe?"

Characters: Scott/Stiles
Wordcount 2,605
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: Until the end of Season 3B, though nothing is explicitly stated.
Warnings: None. Just straight up vanilla sex and h/c.
Neurotic Author's Note: This is a very, very belated thing for ledtoleadlovers, who has been extremely patient and understanding with me for not being able to produce decent prose worth a damn lately. He asked for Scott taking care of Stiles, so naturally I thought that "healing cock" should be a thing.

Stiles is always cold these days. )
ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
I've been thinking about this topic a fair bit lately, for reasons. ¬_¬

A few people here and there sometimes offer fiction commissions, and it gets met with very mixed reactions. Some people are happy to jump on the bandwagon, and others wag judgmental fingers for it, whereas fan artists never seem to meet with the same kind of disapproval. It seems to be acceptable to produce visual arts for profit, even if the work is fan-based, but not written works.

So, I'm curious. What do people on my flist think? I've made the poll anonymous, so you don't have to worry about your answers being recorded for posterity.

If you don't mind your name appearing in the comments, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts about why it seems to be okay to pay for fanart but not fanfiction. Is there some legal aspect to this with which I'm not familiar? Or is it something else? A combination?

[Poll #1966603]

You will also note that I was sneaky and included a second question about original fiction. I don't know many people who do this, but I'm also curious about people's habits when it comes to original fiction. If fanfic authors link to their original works, are you less likely or more likely to seek out what they're producing? Are you in it for the fandom stuff only, or are you inclined to take a chance on original fiction? Inquiring minds want to know!
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
I am always so excited when my little 'verse sparks creative urges in others!

Grasspaw over on fanfiction.net has written a little story set in the Fusion 'verse. It's a little vignette which allows Sam to be the badass we all know him to be. :)

You can read it here: Might As Well Live. Don't forget to comment if you liked it!

Voice meme

Apr. 10th, 2014 01:11 pm
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
I caved and did [livejournal.com profile] tebtosca's voice recording meme. I ramble and fail to answer questions, and listening back I realize that I sound like I've been gargling gravel. Oh well. :)

It does have bonus French-Canadian swearing, though, and me yelling at my cat!

Record and upload audio >>
ratherastory: (Default)
Title: And If I Show You My Dark Side (Will You Still Hold Me Tonight)
Summary: Dean will never let Sam go, and Sam knows it. This changes nothing, but it changes everything.
Characters: Sam/Dean
Rating: NC17
Wordcount: 2,982
Warnings: Consensual sibling incest. Spoilers up to the last aired episode of S9. Also, major trigger warnings: Major character death. Explicit depiction of suicide. Not the same character, either. Basically everybody dies. Sorry.
Neurotic Author’s Note #1: Well, on the plus side, I wrote something? I haven’t had much time or energy or inclination to write these days. Financial worries tend to kill the muse for me, and on top of that everything’s been busy and exhausting. Sorry.
Neurotic Author’s Note #2: On the not-so-plus side, I am really sorry for this story. No, really, I am sorry. Current canon is making me sad, and when I am sad I sometimes write really fucking depressing fic. Sorry. Also, this is not beta'd at all.
Neurotic Author’s Note #3: The title is taken from Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut from their album The Wall.

Dean is waiting in the motel room when Sam gets back. )
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Hi all! I am coming to my usually fandom-only LJ to make a shameless begging post, since I can use the signal boost and I am quite sure there are at least a couple of fandom people in Ottawa.

My current rental situation is becoming problematic. Between the rent and the gas money, I won't be able to afford it for much longer (i.e., about one more month).

I'm looking to rent a (hopefully inexpensive) room within walking or even cycling distance of Vanier Parkway/Coventry/Riverside Drive in Ottawa, starting May 1st.

If you know anyone who could use a roommate, or who has an extra bedroom to spare, could you point them my way? I'll only be in town about half the days of the month, two weekends a month, and I'll be at work for 12 hours a day, so I'll be practically invisible! I can also provide references, if necessary.

I am happy to help out with extra cleaning/cooking/chores/whatever on the days I'm in town (and I can provide my own furniture if needs be). I'm also willing to look further out if it means the room is considerably cheaper (to compensate for the extra gas I'd have to buy).

My budget is about $350 CDN a month, preferably less. I can maybe manage up to $400 if it's within actual walking distance of my work (since I can park at work and not worry about gas).

You can drop me a line via Private Message here, and I will send you more concrete contact information after that, since I don't really want to post my personal contact info on the internet for obvious reasons.

Thanks in advance!
ratherastory: (Crash and Burn)
You know that moment when you read a fic by an author you know and love? And this is a really long fic that they've basically dashed off on the metaphorical corner of a napkin, and they apologize for it not being beta', and by the time you're done you're a wreck?


So, this inevitably leads to me being a) thrilled at the fic and b) too depressed to ever want to put pen to paper again.

I'm not a bad writer. I know this. I write pretty clean copy, and I have occasional flashes that result in pretty nifty sentences here and there. Overall, though, I'm pretty middle of the road as writer. Nothing very inspired, and my plots tend to be either repetitive or pedestrian or derivative. Again, I'm not saying I'm bad. But after over twenty years of honing my craft, I've achieved "okay," and it's incredibly frustrating and demotivating. It would take me five lifetimes to ever reach the level of proficiency that I want, so at a certain point, I have to ask myself why I bother?

I'm not one of those people who would just simply diiiiiie without writing. I have stopped writing in the past, and lo, I am still alive. It feels melodramatic and disingenuous to say otherwise for me. When I was little I would read L.M. Montgomery et. al. and nod my head at all those heroines who declared that they simply could not imagine a life without writing! That's a lie, though. I don't have to write to live, and I've gone for months and years without writing in the past.

The irony is not lost on me that I've given pep talks to other people on this subject. You should write anyway! Everyone has their own unique take on a subject! Every word is important! Etc. I just can't seem to apply this to myself. *shrug*

I got nothing. I'm just depressed and angry at myself because I was supposed to write 5k today and now I'm not going to.


Feb. 12th, 2014 12:47 am
ratherastory: ([MST3K] Evil & the Narrator)
Not dead.

I've been writing a bit. Nothing ready to post, but it's nice to get back into the habit of putting fingers to keyboard for something other than work and Twitter. I even managed to get some writing done while I was at home last week, which is a first. It wasn't much, but it was something, and I'll take it.

I even had a wee plot bunny for this season of SPN, which hasn't happened to me since Season 7. I am having trouble with the current canon, and even more of a problem with fandom's reactions to current canon. There is so. much. Sam-bashing. To the point where I, once again, have found myself scratching my head and wondering if people are watching the same show as me. Granted, the writing has been sub-par for a while, and I don't think the writers are hitting the emotional beats that they're aiming for. They've hit the target, but more like the outer rings than the bullseye. They're not even close to centre target, alas. So that probably accounts for some of it.

The point being, I have been keeping away from fandom, because my psychological make-up is such that I find this sort of thing profoundly upsetting. (I just want everyone to get along, okay?) I have been avoiding meta posts, even by authors I know are generally pretty balanced in their view, or at least take the time to explore what's going on (rather than pick a "side," whether it be pro-Dean or pro-Sam, and for the record I find Dean-bashing just as upsetting as Sam-bashing, because I'm a Sam!girl and it hurts my soul when people say mean things about Sam's brother). I am unwilling to take the risk that the comments in those posts will end up upsetting me due to their content.

This sort of thing negatively impacts my enjoyment of the show, in a significant way. I'm no longer as emotionally invested in the show as I was when I watched the first five seasons. After the main 5-year arc ended, my investment waned little by little, until now SPN is a show I love to watch, but it's not the show of my heart anymore. I haven't replaced it with another, mind you. I've just spread myself out a little, fandom-wise, and dabble a little in a few places. But I resent anything that makes me not want to watch SPN, and comments about how awful one of the boys is, or how 'shitty' an episode was, make me reluctant to watch, especially as I'm always at least a day or so behind, often more, due to work and life stuff.

Long story short, I have deliberately stopped any dialogue with fandom, in order to preserve my sanity and my enjoyment of the show, such as it is. That's where I'm at. But at least I'm writing again, and exploring other fandoms while I'm at it.

Note: This is NOT an invitation to discuss any kind of meta in the comments. I will delete any such comments with extreme prejudice and, if I must, lock down comments on the entry entirely. Don't make me do that, okay? Thanks.
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Title: Call A Man Cold
Summary: Part of the After the End ‘verse. While Cas is away on a supply run, Sam has a seizure outside in the middle of winter. This was written for [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons’ prompt at the [livejournal.com profile] ohsam Sam-centric h/c challenge. She asked for hypothermia, so that’s what she got. Hypothermic!Sam, with a side order of Sam/Cas cuddling.
Characters: Sam/Castiel
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,151
Warnings: None.
Neurotic Author’s Note # 1: I’ve been meaning to get back to this ‘verse (along with pretty much all my other ‘verses), so it was nice to get a kick in the pants with this prompt. After the End was always meant to be about rebuilding and less about the apocalypse, and I’m glad I got a chance to start showing that here.
Neurotic Author’s Note # 2: Um, someone once said that my Cas is very mean in this ‘verse, and, well, I’m afraid nothing has changed. Cas is very, very broken, and he’s unlikely to get “fixed” and start writing sonnets for Sam. Sorry. (Only, I’m not really sorry. If I was really sorry, I’d write him nicer, wouldn’t I?)
Neurotic Author’s Note # 3: The title is taken from a quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” I thought it was pretty apt, when it came to Cas.

Call A Man Cold )
ratherastory: (Default)
Title: You Can't Break Away--And You Never Want To
Summary: Firefly crossover/fusion-type thing. Dean accompanies his brother to visit Sam's old friend Inara, with whom he underwent his Companion training.
Characters: Dean, Sam, Inara, Mal, Kaylee.
Rating: PG-13
wordcount: 1,332
Warnings: Unrequited (so far) Dean/Sam. Implied Dean/Kaylee, if you tilt your head the right way.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: So [livejournal.com profile] kinkthattwinked gave me a prompt that sort of got away with me at my last post on the topic. Oops? I actually had this plot bunny living at the back of my head, and someday it will become a real story. For the moment, this is just me playing with the characters and seeing if I can do it. I've never written Firefly, after all.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: This is unbeta'd, just written in a hurry and tossed out there in order to see what happens.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: The title is actually a quote from the episode "Heart of Gold," from Firefly.

I still don't think this is a good idea, Sammy. )
ratherastory: (Crash and Burn)
Okay, flist. I'm going to try this cool new thing tonight called "actually writing." Crazy, right?

So, comment here. For every comment I will write you 100-500 words. Anything goes. Existing 'verses, new ideas, anything. Any fandom I have written in is fair game. For the record those are, in no particular order:

Supernatural (FPF and RPF)
Hawaii Five-0
Teen Wolf
White Collar
Avengers & related characters (mostly MCU, but I have read some of Bendis' comics)
Cracked (Season 1 only, I have not been watching S2)
Burn Notice (though only the once)
Dresden Files (I am NOT caught up on all the books, so be nice about spoilers!)

If you happen to know of a show that I watch(ed) (or a book series that I read, for that matter), and you want to prompt me for that, feel free. I'll try to list a few shows I can think of off the top of my head (I watch a lot of TV, apparently):

Person of Interest
Covert Affairs
Lost Girl
The Pretender

Uh, that's all I can come up with right now. But yeah, improvise if you want. :)

:::ETA::: There have been a lot of requests for Fusion, but since all the prompts are pretty loose, what I will do is work on a separate instalment and post that instead.
ratherastory: (Canadian Borg)
Hey everyone! The lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] rahnieda_m has translated my D/C fic Diable en Boîte into Russian! Pretty exciting, yes?

It can be found here. I know nothing of Russian, but if you understand it and enjoy reading it, then this is the link for you!

Happy trails!
ratherastory: ([MST3K] Evil & the Narrator)
Okay, flist, I am posting this poll for reasons. I may or may not be contemplating Sheriff Stilinksi fic. Possibly. ¬_¬

[Poll #1953259]
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Okay, fellow writers, I have a question.

How do you handle real-life settings with which you're not familiar? I've been reading (dangerous, I know), and many of the books on writing all agree that having a strong setting will add richness and depth to your story.

On the surface, I totally agree. I am a big fan of good world-building when it comes to sci fi and fantasy, for instance. I also love books in which I get a real feel for the setting, the stench of a city's underbelly or the stark beauty of the cityscape at night, the fragrant smells of farmland, etc. I can usually tell when an author is writing about a setting they've lived in or experienced first hand.

The few times I've used setting to good effect, it's been when I was familiar with the locale. In my long-abandoned zombie novel, I was able to follow the characters from street to street and describe in very accurate detail not only what they were seeing, but the kind of weather they were experiencing, the colour of the buildings, etc. In another story, The Built in a Day Job, to be precise, I used my recent trip to Rome in the springtime to evoke all the sights and sounds and smells of the city that were vital to what I was trying to accomplish in my story.

So what am I supposed to do when I need to set my story in one or more places with which I'm not at all familiar? Somewhere I've never been? I can give overall impressions of a place based on research, but I have no idea how to get the level of detail I would like to put into a story. Is there really a shop on that street corner in Memphis? Is that a one-way street? What bus routes should my characters be taking in Calgary? Is there even reliable public transit? What's the weather like in Colorado in March? What did Cambridge smell like in summer in the late 1800s?

So how do you handle it when you have to write in an unfamiliar setting? Any advice?


Jan. 5th, 2014 06:12 pm
ratherastory: ([Firefly] Aw shucks)
LiveJournal has changed formats, so I am all confused and don't know how to thank people individually for the lovely virtual presents I got today, too! Thank you so much!

ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
Okay, so I'm, like, five days late. Whoops.

Still, I hope 2014 is treating everyone beautifully so far! If it's not, I hope it mends its ways very quickly for you.

I have actually written words this year. Only 1,000 of them, but that's 1,000 more than I managed to write in the last 6 months, so I'm taking it as a win.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I sat down and plotted out just how much free time I have for writing these days, and figured out that I have about 10-12 hours a month in which I can write. On a REALLY good day I can write about 1,000 words in an hour. Given that some of that "writing" time will have to go toward research and plotting, I think that a goal of 6,000-10,000 words a month is reasonable. Time will tell, of course, if that's feasible.

I am making a serious attempt to turn my life around, to be more present for my family, and that means a lot less time spent online when I'm at home. When I'm at work (or, rather, in the city where I work) I allow myself to be online more, because that's basically the only interaction I get with friends. But when I'm home, I want to spend as much time as possible with my family. When they're not home, I need to maximise the time I do have to do chores, run errands, and also sometimes write. That means no more screwing around on the internet when I could be doing things.

I will also be making extra special efforts to stay on top of the community stuff I'm in charge of. I've been doing okay, but not great, and I am determined to be a better mod this year. Here's hoping.

What's everyone else up to these days? Inquiring minds want to know!


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