ratherastory: (Glorious)
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!
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
Leverage
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):

Haven
Person of Interest
Grimm
Covert Affairs
Lost Girl
Elementary
Farscape
Firefly
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: (Default)
Shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis.

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences (or more) from or about it.

I haven't been writing much (apart from my summergen, which keeps getting longer on me and is giving me terrible trouble and I am worried my recipient will hate it and oh God... anyway), so this feels like a fun way to get back into the swing of things.

All my fandoms are fair game. That's Supernatural, H50, Leverage, White Collar, Avengers (and all related Marvel movies that I've seen), and if you know I watch a TV show but haven't written anything for it yet and feel like taking a chance, you should go for it. (Ones that spring to mind are Person of Interest and Teen Wolf, among others.)
ratherastory: ([Firefly] Aw shucks)
Man, so many people sent me so many nice PMs that I haven't been able to reply to individually.

Guys, you are awesome. Thank you, seriously. I can't tell you how much I needed it.

Anyway, there was a misconception, it seems. I am not leaving fandom. I'm not leaving LJ. I'm just... not writing right now. If the writing fu magically makes a reappearance, then I will simply start posting fic again. :)

Thank you again. You are all so, so lovely, and you deserve all the love forever. ♥
ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Okay. Before I head out on hiatus, I figured I would make another much-overdue list of projects I have going on. Partly for my own reference (I plan to keep a copy of this offline until July) and partly because I seem to recall others enjoying watching me lose my mind over my excessive commitments. ;)

Projects & Due Dates Under the Cut )
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Some of you may not know that, in an experiment in time-management practices, I am going to go on a 30-day internet hiatus in the month of June.

This means: no web browsers, no Twitter, no social networking of any kind. I will be checking my email once every second day, mostly because my parents are out of town and will likely be writing to me.

If you need to get hold of me urgently for some reason, I will be reachable by phone or text message. Those of you whom I know personally already have this information, for the most part. Feel free to PM me if you think you might need to get in touch with me in June for something that can't wait the 48 hours it'll take me to check my email. I am posting two days early so that people can still PM me before my hiatus starts.

When I come back hopefully I will have written lots and lots, and gotten a ton of other things done too with all the extra time I won't have spent on the internet.

Otherwise, have an awesome month of June, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: ([Futurama] Drama)
Due to some recent anon comments to my fanfic that were downright rude/possibly someone trolling me and other commenters in the entry, I am now screening anon comments AND forcing anon commenters to verify that they're "real" with CAPTCHA.

This sucks, because I know a couple of people do comment here who don't have LJ accounts. You can blame the internet trolls for this extra level of hassle in your lives. I will NOT have people coming in and being rude to me and to my friends in my own space.

Even if you think my fanfiction is utter shit (which is your right), I will thank you to mind your manners. If you can't manage that, I will delete your comment with extreme prejudice. Fair warning.
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] digitalwave at Seems I Am Not The Only One...
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
...who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.





ETA
We can't usually afford to do much in a given month regardless but I'll gladly save any money we would have spent to help this cause. Megaupload was just the beginning. If we don't make our voices heard now the internet will soon change and it won't be for the better.

*hugs*

You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)
ratherastory: (Default)
I was going to do one, then decided I am too lazy and too tired to do it. Instead I am going to focus on New Year's resolutions and coming up with a writing plan. I didn't make my personal writing goal of 2011, but I came out of it with a very respectable 570,000 words which is 65k more than I wrote in 2010.

The short version is that 2011 was a year of pushing my boundaries, fanfic-wise. I wrote a full-length RPS fic for the [profile] spn_j2_bigbang, and it was also the year that I ventured into writing m/m slash, thanks to Hawaii Five-0.

I want to do more writing in 2012, get my momentum going again now that I won't be taking trips or moving or doing anything else that will require lots of mental energy on the house front. We shall see. I'd also like to go back to my original fic, see if I can't ignite some sparks there as well.

There will be plenty of other resolutions, too, but none of them involve writing and therefore are of limited interest to the people who read this journal, I'm sure.

As you may have noticed, I have been posting everything to Dreamwidth lately and crossposting to LJ. This is because LJ shows no signs of correcting their fuckery with the latest updates, so I'm making sure things are backed up elsewhere. I am letting all my paid accounts & extra icons lapse, because I don't see the point in financially supporting a service that not only ignores its userbase, but in some cases is actually insulting to them. The [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory journal is staying put, but I'm going to try to avoid having to import my content to DW, since I forget often and when I do the wait times are quite long.

The one thing that's a little irksome is that the master posts of my fiction all link back to my LJ entries, so I will have to go in and fix all those links by hand eventually. Eesh.
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hola all!

So, as I said in a previous post, I am taking a mini-break from the internet, starting at midnight and finishing December 18th (inclusively).

I'm not going to be completely gone. I have a few fic commitments due in December, so I'll be posting a few times. I'll also be checking my email once a day in case of "emergencies." However, for the rest I will not be checking LJ, Twitter, or any other part of the internet for two weeks.

(I'm kind of amused that my hiatus is starting at the same time as the SPN hiatus, but I think that may just be amusing to me)

With any luck, this little two-week detox will be just the thing for me to get my RL shit together, to get a lot more writing done, and to come back refreshed and excited to do fandom stuff again.

If you need help with anything relating to the comms I help to run, my co-mods will be happy to answer your queries.

Everyone take good care of yourselves in my absence, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hola all!

So, as I said in a previous post, I am taking a mini-break from the internet, starting at midnight and finishing December 18th (inclusively).

I'm not going to be completely gone. I have a few fic commitments due in December, so I'll be posting a few times. I'll also be checking my email once a day in case of "emergencies." However, for the rest I will not be checking LJ, Twitter, or any other part of the internet for two weeks.

(I'm kind of amused that my hiatus is starting at the same time as the SPN hiatus, but I think that may just be amusing to me)

With any luck, this little two-week detox will be just the thing for me to get my RL shit together, to get a lot more writing done, and to come back refreshed and excited to do fandom stuff again.

If you need help with anything relating to the comms I help to run, my co-mods will be happy to answer your queries.

Everyone take good care of yourselves in my absence, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hey folks!

Anyone know where I can get some logo-free high-quality downloads of Supernatural? I'm looking for all seasons, but I'll take what I can get. :)

Thanks!
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hey folks!

Anyone know where I can get some logo-free high-quality downloads of Supernatural? I'm looking for all seasons, but I'll take what I can get. :)

Thanks!
ratherastory: (Korman The Fish)
So I've decided that for my own sanity I'm going to unplug for the first two weeks of December. I'm going to go 90% offline from December 3rd to December 18th inclusively. No Twitter, no LJ, with a couple of minor exceptions.

I've been spending way too much time online and not enough time in the "real" world, and my outside life has been suffering for it. So I'm going to detox for a couple of weeks, and hopefully return with a newfound sense of balance between work, life and fandom.

There will be a couple of exceptions to this rule, because I have commitments that I fully intend to honour:

1- I will check my emails once a day in case of "emergencies."
2- I will be keeping up my monitoring of [livejournal.com profile] ohsam with regards to the fic challenge
3- I will be posting challenge/exchange fics on my appointed posting dates

Otherwise, that will pretty much be it. I'll be focusing instead on my writing (without distractions), on getting my house in order and on de-neglecting all the lovely folk who live near me in the flesh.

In short, if you feel like you're not hearing from me much in early December, that will be why. :)
ratherastory: (Korman The Fish)
So I've decided that for my own sanity I'm going to unplug for the first two weeks of December. I'm going to go 90% offline from December 3rd to December 18th inclusively. No Twitter, no LJ, with a couple of minor exceptions.

I've been spending way too much time online and not enough time in the "real" world, and my outside life has been suffering for it. So I'm going to detox for a couple of weeks, and hopefully return with a newfound sense of balance between work, life and fandom.

There will be a couple of exceptions to this rule, because I have commitments that I fully intend to honour:

1- I will check my emails once a day in case of "emergencies."
2- I will be keeping up my monitoring of [livejournal.com profile] ohsam with regards to the fic challenge
3- I will be posting challenge/exchange fics on my appointed posting dates

Otherwise, that will pretty much be it. I'll be focusing instead on my writing (without distractions), on getting my house in order and on de-neglecting all the lovely folk who live near me in the flesh.

In short, if you feel like you're not hearing from me much in early December, that will be why. :)
ratherastory: (S&A Stage)
First off, hi to all the lovely new people! *waves*

Okay, so the 7.03 comment-fic meme is still going strong! I am working night shift and moving and packing and dealing with building inspectors, so I apologize for not being more on top of the master list of fills. I SWEAR I will get it updated as soon as humanly possible. LJ being glitchy is certainly not helping.

ANYWAY!

You should go and look at all the juicy unfilled prompts and FILL THEM ALL! ;)

We will go back to your regularly-scheduled programming soon, as soon as I have my life back in order.

/end transmission
ratherastory: (S&A Stage)
First off, hi to all the lovely new people! *waves*

Okay, so the 7.03 comment-fic meme is still going strong! I am working night shift and moving and packing and dealing with building inspectors, so I apologize for not being more on top of the master list of fills. I SWEAR I will get it updated as soon as humanly possible. LJ being glitchy is certainly not helping.

ANYWAY!

You should go and look at all the juicy unfilled prompts and FILL THEM ALL! ;)

We will go back to your regularly-scheduled programming soon, as soon as I have my life back in order.

/end transmission
ratherastory: (*headdesk*)
My Delicious account is back from the dead, except it has amnesia. ALL my links have vanished.

I am so pissed off, I can't even. All of [livejournal.com profile] harrigan's hard work is gone.

I guess I'll get back to it eventually, figure out what the hell these "stacks" are. I like pancakes, but I don't see what the point of stacks are otherwise.

Delicious is also being a prissy bitch and informing me that I must not have "opted in" when I was supposed to. Hah. I did it for both my accounts, so they are full of it.

Any other bookmarking sites out there that people like? I am willing to switch over at this point, since I have to start from scratch.
ratherastory: (*headdesk*)
My Delicious account is back from the dead, except it has amnesia. ALL my links have vanished.

I am so pissed off, I can't even. All of [livejournal.com profile] harrigan's hard work is gone.

I guess I'll get back to it eventually, figure out what the hell these "stacks" are. I like pancakes, but I don't see what the point of stacks are otherwise.

Delicious is also being a prissy bitch and informing me that I must not have "opted in" when I was supposed to. Hah. I did it for both my accounts, so they are full of it.

Any other bookmarking sites out there that people like? I am willing to switch over at this point, since I have to start from scratch.
ratherastory: (B5 Revelation)
I don't post much about RL stuff here. I keep that for my regular LJ (which is sadly neglected these days) and Twitter. Today I'll make a quick exception because RL is affecting my fic writing. Feh.

1- I'm moving in a little over two weeks. To a house. Which I bought. *flails*

2- The change of season in the fall is always really, really rough on me. This year is apparently no exception. Blah blah blah SAD blah blah mental illness blah. I get a little blindsided by it every year.


In short, I'm going to do myself a favour and stick only to the exchanges I signed up for and not to the challenges, with one or two exceptions. I have to drop [livejournal.com profile] five0bang, because it's 40k and the story isn't gelling at all. [livejournal.com profile] spn_cinema is going to have to go by the wayside, because it's due the same day I'm moving and the story is SO LONG that I won't be able to write it in time. Not with my current schedule and energy levels.

It sucks, but that's part of being a grownup. RL has to come first this time. *sigh*

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