kat_lair: (GEN - a ruiner of things)
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This fucking MI Will/Ethan d/s flavoured hot mess of feelings and subpar spy plot just crossed 21k, THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, KAT? NO ONE CAAAAAAAAAARES. *cries into a pillow and writes more*

Erm. Betas? Anyone?

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Fic Meme

Mar. 11th, 2017 09:06 pm
kat_lair: (JA - reading)
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As you kow I'm not reading fanfics until end of Lent, but doesn't mean I can't talk about them... Well, my own. Behold, a fic meme, snagged from [livejournal.com profile] monkiainen

You can find my fics via LJ writing masterlists: Fandoms A-K, Fandoms L-N, and Fandoms O-Z
And you can also find most of them, excluding some 'verses, on AO3: MistressKat

Comment with the title of one of my fics, and a number (or two!), and I will tell you...

1. What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
2. What’s my favorite part of the fic?
3. What’s the part of the fic I’m most proud of?
4. What part of the fic was the hardest for me to write?
5. What part of the fic am I still dissatisfied with?
6. Who’s my favorite character in the fic?
7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
8. Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
9. Did anyone in the fic surprise me by doing anything? If so, what?
10. If I had to sum up this fic in a sentence, what would it be?
11. If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
12. Did any thing about this fic’s reception surprise me?
13. What were my beta’s major comments about the first draft of this fic?
14. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
15. Any other question about the fic!

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kat_lair: (GEN - unicorn warning)
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It's that time of the year again! I've usually only managed this AFTER the NY but knowing just how busy my January will be, I thought I better get this out of the way now...

Fics posted in 2016 by Fandom:

Actor RPF
In Regno Patris (Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Jensen Ackles, NC-17, 2,268 words) – on LJ & on AO3

American Idol
Indirect Communication (Adam/Kris, PG, 2,197 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Angel: the Series
and it must follow (as the night the day) (Spike/various male characters, PG-13, 652 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Bandom
be running up that road (Gen or Ryan/Spencer, PG, 240 words) – on LJ & on AO3
Daisy Chain (Pete/Patrick, G, 100 words) – on LJ & on AO3
In from the Cold (Frank/Mikey pre-slash, G, 671 words)  – on LJ & on AO3

Being Human (UK)
Lecture 1. Introduction (Gen, G, 500 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Doctor Who
A Gamble (Gen or Doctor/Master, PG, 300 words) – on LJ & on AO3

due South
Message Received (Fraser/RayK, PG-13, 1,038 words) – on LJ & on AO3

(The) Great British Bake Off
not the true believer (this song’s for you) (implied Mel/Sue, G, 200 words) – on LJ & on AO3

(The) Hobbit
Birthday Surprise (Bilbo/Thorin, PG, 200 words, co-authored with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666) – on LJ & on AO3
Party Invitation (Bilbo/Thorin, PG, 190 words) - sort of! This is [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666's fic and I just added a little bit to it, none of it on my LJ so hence only giving you the AO3 link
our history is just in our blood (Fili/Kili, PG-13, 1,377 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Grimm
Solstice Wreath (Nick/Monroe, G, 100 words) – on LJ & on AO3
where the streets have no name (Nick/Monroe, NC-17, 3,462 words) – on LJ & on AO3
Working Late (Nick/Monroe implied, PG, 600 words, co-authored with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666) – on LJ & on AO3

(The) Librarians
Auto Recovery (Ezekiel Jones, PG-13, 423 words) – on LJ & on AO3

(The) Lord of the Rings
Fidem in Flore (Frodo/Sam implied, PG, 100 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Marvel 'verse
Breaking Point (Bruce/Tony/Pepper implied, PG, 249 words) – on LJ & on AO3
Deadpool: The Apocalypse (Deadpool & Wolverine, PG-a3, 653 words) – on LJ & on AO3
sparks hope like morrow (Bruce Banner, hint of Bruce/Tony, M, 759 words) – on LJ & on AO3

NCIS
The Promise of Wine (Tony/Tim, PG, 250 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Person of Interest
and good, this danger (is danger of love) (Finch/Reese, NC-17, 7,329 words)  – on LJ & on AO3

(The) Professionals
still a little bit of you (laced with my doubt) (Bodie/Doyle, PG-13, 865 words) – on LJ & on AO3

QI RPF
Alan Davies, Dragon Defender (Alan Davies/Stephen Fry, PG, 500 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Sherlock
an artery upon the hill (Gen or John/Sherlock, PG, 267 words) – on LJ & on AO3
Out of the Desert (Gen or John/Sherlock, PG, 173 words)  – on LJ & on AO3

Star Trek (AOS)
Planning Ahead (Kirk/McCoy, PG, 1,569 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Stargate Atlantis
Reverse (Radek/Rodney, PG, 146 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Strictly Come Dancing
Window of Opportunity (Bruno/Craig pre-slash, G, 344 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Supernatural
so cleaves the moon (Gen or Sam/Dean, PG-13, 300 words) – on LJ & on AO3

Non-fic things
Pup and Trainer: Going Out – Small Fandom Big Bang Art (Southland) – on LJ & on AO3


Meme questions under the cut )

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kat_lair: (GEN - a beautiful moment)
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As promised/threatened, there is some ficcage coming your way. For the next, erm, two weeks... See, here's the thing: My muse has been sleep/depressed/awol because of MA dissertation and work stuff since, oh, fucking April. But then [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I started challenging each other to write something for same randomly picked fandom, and same picked-in-turns prompt. We started with '10 mins to write a drabble!' and she was very good at sticking to that. I think I have... one that is an actual 100 word drabble and everything else got a little away from me, some by quite a bit. Needless to say, most of my fics were not finished in 10 minutes, but they are finished (except for the Loki/Thor fic that is still wip and will be last to be posted and I will finish it dammit). End result of this is: a) Kat's muse is back HURRAH and b) 14 days of fic to you, also maybe hurrah?

So, heads up dearest Flist. Tomorrow is the start of 14 days, 14 different fandoms, 14 new ficlets. Enjoy!

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Flyby post

Aug. 31st, 2016 06:34 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - unicorn warning)
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Things which are meh:
- Holiday is over
- Marking resit assignments, these have mostly been almost as terrible as OR WORSE than the original failed submissions. Why god, why?
- Still waiting for final MA corrections from my supervisor, WHAT IF THEY ARE NUMEROUS AND DIFFICULT, I DON'T THINK I CAN BRAIN ANYMORE ABOUT THIS!
- A bit of a non-day today. Haven't left the bed because today was 'wrokd from bed' kind of day. Also neighbours had their grandkids visiting, I can't mark shit essays when children run around
- Cat vomit

Things which are yay:
- I have written all the things. No really, a lot. Expect a two-week span of ficlets soon. (thanks [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666)
- I can work from home all week
- I went for 1h walk yesterday, got pleasantly sweaty and tired and found brambles (I really want to go back with a bucket to pick them once they ripen more)

This showed up on the flist (thanks [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal) and tickled me greatly, especially as I'd just watched Thork: The Wraiths Attack Dark World on Monday. Loki was fun, as was Erik, and I still want to take Darcy to bed (and not for sleeping). Everything else was boring. Also, Odin is a dick. Anyway, this made me lol. Also, Mark Ruffalo should get into my pants asap.




Then this also showed on the flist (thanks [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv) which was most fortuitous as I'd just written 2k Adam/Kris fic. Anyway, holy crap that Wicked Games cover gives me the chills



A few more under the cut )


That's it. Now I'm going to write some Loki/Thor fic from Frigga's pov because that's how we be rolling atm. Adios.

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kat_lair: (MP - herring)
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Right. Summer is here and I'm trying to kick start my writing so I'm requesting some ficlet prompts. BUT! With a slight a difference... Here's the rules:

  1. Leave a prompt for a drabble/ficlet. The prompt should include fandom (but see below), pairing/character(s), and a prompt word/phrase/song/picture

  2. You can only use a fandom I HAVE NOT WRITTEN FOR BEFORE. That's right, I want to broaden my horizons. This means that all the fandoms here (scroll down the post to the handy table) are out of the running, sorry :D

  3. EVERYTHING ELSE IS GAME. TV, films, literature, real people (music, historical, actors...). Try me.

  4. This does mean that there is a chance that you pick a fandom I really don't know at all. In that case I'll just ask you to pick again. Saying that, I will sincerely try to fake it for at least 100 words... I have three degrees which means I'm very good at blagging my way through stuff! :D

  5. First five prompters will definitely get something. The next five will hopefully get something unless I totally flake out. Five after that... Well, I'd be surprised if there's that many.

Aaaaaaaaaaand GO!

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kat_lair: (GEN - crowded)
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Yes, still being lazy resting to recover from illness. Time for a meme then.

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit

Ask me a question about one of my fics or series. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on the progress/plans for next chapters of current series.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.


And for the ease of browsing... You can find most of my fanfics on AO3 where I go by MistressKat. Note, however, that anywhere_road and unmarked_place fics are not posted on AO3. All fics can be accessed via the two LJ masterlists, see below with the fandoms listed.

Writing Masterlist A-L Writing Masterlist M-Z
Fandoms American Idol
Bandom
Being Human (UK)
CWRPS
Doctor Who & Torchwood
Firefly
(The) Great British Bake Off
Green Wing
Grimm
Harry Potter
Hawaii Five-0
(The) Hobbit
House M.D.
Lewis
Life on Mars
Masterchef (UK)
Merlin
Miscellaneous
Original Fiction
Person of Interest
(The) Professionals
Robin Hood
Scrubs
Sherlock
Skyfall
Stargate Atlantis
Strictly Come Dancing
Supernatural
Telephone (Music Video)
(The) X-Files


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kat_lair: (GEN - write it out)
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Fics posted in 2014 by Fandom:

Grimm
Birthday Gamble (Nick/Monroe, G, 100 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Catch of the Day (Nick/Monroe, R, 200 words) – on LJ, on AO3
restless song 1. sing no songs except of restless blood (pre-Nick/Monroe, PG-13, 1,442 words) – on LJ, on AO3
restless song 2. not your average lullaby (pre-Nick/Monroe, PG-13, 2,472 words) – on LJ, on AO3

(The) Hobbit
Two-Heart Sound (implied Bilbo/Thorin, PG, 2,200 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Lewis
Birthday Treat (Gen, G, 100 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Dream of Dragons 4. All Things Mortal (pre-Hathaway/Lewis, R, 8,002 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Dream of Dragons 5. Ghost Man (pre-Hathaway/Lewis, R, 11,438 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Finite (Hathaway/Lewis, PG, 1,471 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Masterchef (UK)
Courtship (John/Gregg, PG-13, 900 words) – on LJ, on AO3

(The) Professionals
Birthday Stakeout (Gen or Bodie/Doyle, PG, 150 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Sherlock
your frayed ends all tied up (John/Sherlock, R, 362 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Skyfall
Transition (M/Moneypenny (potential/one-sided), PG-13, 1,890 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Stargate Atlantis
Winter Night (McKay/Zelenka, PG, 2,000 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Writing on the Wall (McKay/Beckett, NC-17, 11,096 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Strictly Come Dancing
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Craig/Male of your choice, R, 100 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Bite the Night co-authored with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 (Bruno/Craig, NC-17, 26,887 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Caricias co-authored with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 (Bruno/Craig, NC-17, 15,135 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Snap Turn (part of a co-authored drabble series) (Bruno/Craig, PG-13, 100 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Supernatural
Full Tang (Dean/Sam, NC-17, 1,333 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Telephone
show me your teeth 0. birds and bees and prison keys (Beyoncé(HoneyB)/Lady Gaga, NC-17, 9,435 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Non-fic things:
Three Wallpapers (Lewis) – on LJ, on AO3
Magic is Rarely the Solution Art (Royal Pains) – on LJ, on AO3


Meme questions under the cut )

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kat_lair: (GEN - lady in red)
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Whenever I write female characters I really love it and it's true that there is a different kind of connection than to male characters (not deeper or better, just different). However, I just don't get around to doing that enough. So when I stumbled across the tables at [livejournal.com profile] femslash100100 I immediately claimed one. This is a general claim, so any fandoms (or original) and pairings are allowed as long as they are femslash :D

Around the Clock

00:00 beginning 01:00 prehistoric 02:00 anniversary 03:00 generational
04:00 insomnia 05:00 contemporary 06:00 dawn 07:00 awakened
08:00 heyday 09:00 planned 10:00 wristwatch 11:00 punctual
12:00 lunchtime 13:00 instantaneous 14:00 season 15:00 unpredictable
16:00 evolution 17:00 finite 18:00 afterlife 19:00 outdated
20:00 twilight 21:00 mourned 22:00 heartbeat 23:00 endless


I really liked the prompts in this table and already have some thougths... However, am open for more! If you have femslash plot bunnies you would like to present, please feel free to do so in the comments. No guarantees of course but I could use some ideas!

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kat_lair: (GEN - dragons)
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So look at that, I've (almost) finished my Lewis Summer Challenge fic, all three days before my posting date. Because I'm special. It's ~11k and the next instalment in the Dream of Dragons series.

And this is the part where I beg for someone to please go through the fic for any spelling and grammar boo-boos. Pretty, pretty please? Anyone?


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\o/

Aug. 5th, 2014 07:05 pm
kat_lair: (BANDOM - light 'em up)
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Guess who's DONE with her MA assignments? That's right, THIS ACADEMIC ROCK STAR RIGHT HERE. The celebratory soundtrack in my mind sounds a lot like this.


Anyway, let's do a writing meme to celebrate. Because reasons. The first line of the last 20 fics posted, newest first.


Contrary to all expectations, Monroe falls asleep the moment his head hits the pillow. - not your average lullaby

John doesn’t know what else to do so he does what he does best. - Courtship

The way Dean sees it, it’s going to happen one way or another, and probably sooner than later. - Full Tang

“I can get out of this,” Sherlock says. - your frayed ends all tied up

Nick is running. - Catch of the Day

“The scumbag’s never going to show up,” Doyle grumbles. - Birthday Stakeout

What did you get a Blutbad for a birthday? - Birthday Gamble

“You’re spoiling him rotten.” - Birthday Treat

It’s always like this, or at least they feel like always; these middle-of-the-night, heart-in-mouth, blood-rushing-rushing-possibly-literally visits. - sing no songs except of restless blood

The dreams start gradually. - All Things Mortal

Robbie remembered being a fresh faced recruit, attending his first week at the training school and being told that being a copper meant you had to be prepared for anything. - Life's Sweetest Reward

Another day, another tedious industry party. - Caricias

The hospital smells like pain and disinfectant, all the things Patrick associates with the last few months, all the things that tell him he’s alive. - i know i’m bad news

“Oopsie-daisy. There we go,” Danny says, hoisting Steve out of the car. - A Hard Day’s Night

"You're late," Robbie says. - is not the past all shadow

“No,” Danny says firmly. “Absolutely not.” - Ready to Rock, Ready to Roll

The thing is, in their line of work they eat a lot of biscuits. - Jammy Dodgers Are Not the Only Fruit

There are no prophesies about Sam Winchester because no one sees him coming. - what rough beast, its hour come around at last

Lewis chooses to have this confrontation in the hotel where Williams and the other NDA agents are staying. - Prophesy in Part

Sam is bored. - Summer of ‘73


Well that covered 12 different fandoms: Grimm, Lewis, Hawaii Five-0, Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, Masterchef, Supernatural, Harry Potter, The Professionals, Bandom, The X-Files, Sherlock. Wow, I really do get around :D Also I clearly have a thing about dropping the reader right in the middle of action/dialogue which isn't that much of a surprise.

Well that killed some time. Goes to contemplate dinner now.

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kat_lair: (GEN - books)
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Hah! I am DONE with the long MA assignment (except for ref checks and appendices but pfft) and because almost all the note-taking has been completed for the two shorter ones I'm pretty much at least 70% with all the MA assignments. Unless they come back with major revisions from tutors... *crosses fingers*

To celebrate and help my brain relax, I thought I'd do the Grill the Writer Meme again, just in case someone has questions.

Ask a question about my writing and I'll try to answer it:

1) What I was thinking at the time I wrote a story/series or a question about my writing as a whole. It can be absolutely anything including about my WIPs. (I don't post WIPs, but I guess you can ask about them in general re fandoms or pairings or quotes, idk)

2) Pick a character/pairing I've written and I will explain the top five some ideas, concepts, etc. I try to keep in mind while writing that character/pairing.

3) Quote a few lines from something I've written and I'll comment on them.

4) At AO3 I have posted xx works. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to xx (the first story I posted there) and I'll tell you three things I currently like about the story. IDK why this is so complicated a question and also, as much as I love AO3, the casual assumption that everyone posts fics there is annoying. Well. I do post most of my fics there. But not all, e.g. none of the unmarked_place stuff is there because of reasons. Anyway, rather than play with numbers, why not just randomly select a story and then I can tell you some things about it. Probably not 3 and probably not why I like it. But things.

Oh yeah, you can find my fics via LJ Masterlist or via AO3.

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kat_lair: (GEN - crown of fire)
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I'm not holding my breath but thought I'd ask anyway... I've finished my [livejournal.com profile] serialkillerbb fic which is just above 9k in length. Would some kind soul be willing to do a beta read (grammar check only really but other comments welcome too) for me? The posting doesn't start until1st of September so there is no great hurry with it. Here is the key info re warnings etc:

Fandom: RPS, Telephone AU
Pairing: Beyoncé(HoneyB)/Lady Gaga
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Serial killers, violence (including sexual), child abuse (including sexual) and neglect, prostitution, all around fucked-upness
Summary: How do little girls turn into serial killers? Well, it has something do with rats. And men. And society that leaves little girls to them. It’s not all bad though. Eventually, sitting in a diner and looking scratched and golden like she’s fresh out of a fight with King Midas, Gaga finds a woman whose scars match hers. And that isn’t even the start of the real story, none of this is. – A pre-canon fic, or a long prologue to the music vid itself, and my consequent ‘show me your teeth’ series.

I know this is a rare fandom and a dark fic to the boot so interest will always be minimal. Nevertheless, I'm quite proud of the fic and would like to ensure it goes out without any pesky mistakes. Any help appreciated!

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kat_lair: (GEN - medusa)
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I have many, MANY notes re my MA assignments. I do not yet have any finished MA assignments. This is the equivalent of having painstakingly turned all the jigsaw puzzle pieces the right way around and collated them on the table so that I can now start putting it together. Except for how there probably are some pieces still missing but I don't know that until get to that part of the puzzle.

And in kink-related things, these are the three messages I've received lately, in summary and translated.
1. Hello, are you still looking for a sub because I'm interested. = I'm polite and pretty cute, TOO BAD I LIVE IN OHIO, AHAHAHA.
2. Hello, nothing will ever happen in real life, but I'd like to talk about some scenarios with you. = I'm married, my wife doesn't know, and I would like you to provide me some wank material.
3. Hello, YOU ARE A GODDESS-ON-EARTH, LET ME WORSHIP THE GROUND YOU WALK ON. = I'm afraid of real women, with real faults and feelings and all that messy stuff so I prefer the fantasy, thx.

Sigh. Beyond the Valley of the Femdoms has helped. A lot.

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Anyway, I promised some vids. These are all gathered via flist over the last couple of weeks.

Am I a good man? Doctor Who Official Trailer )


Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Lego Tribute )


Got To Dance is back... With Adam! )


Swedish Marines + Greased Lightning )


Word Crimes )


British villains always drive Jaguars. Advertising done right. Tom Hiddleston quotes Richard II. I don't even care about cars. Gah. )


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kat_lair: (SPN - beginning)
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In other news, I wrote ~1,300 words of darkish underage (Sam is 16-17 so above the local age of consent but ymmv) wincest with knife-play. Yay? Anyone willing to give it a quick onceover?

SORTED \o/

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writing

Apr. 6th, 2014 06:43 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - crowded)
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[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I are co-writing a werewolf Bruno/Craig fic on IM whilst I also struggle to write the sequel to sing no songs except of restless blood. The following exchange perfectly illustrates the process.

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[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: opens my monroe fic
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: hoping to get another 500 down tonight as it's about that now
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: obviously would help if i knew where it was going
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: mating, claiming, sex
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: no
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: monroe buying nick some red silk boxers
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: no
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: sniggers
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: this is not that fic
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: look i'm not in the frivolous pwp stage of new fandom/pairing love yet
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: okayyyyyyyyyyyy
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: this is the 'I HAVE INTENSE AND MEANINGFUL FEELINGS ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS AND THEREFORE THIS FIC IS INTENSE AND MEANINGFUL AND ABOUT FEELINGS'
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: yes dear.  pats your  non-12 year old fluffiness
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: this is the 'character defining, serious writing, throw in every meaningful and poetic metaphor i can, because of feelings' fic
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: i'm writing about bruno wanking off in graig's house
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: that's nice for you
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: :D
[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666: so you go off and have intense feelings and i'll get bruno to come on craig's sofa
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair: you've just described our co-authorial relationship to a t

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kat_lair: (GEN - door)
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This has been floating all around the flist (and can I just say how awesome it is to have an active flist again *g*)

Put a number in the comments and I’ll answer accordingly.

The mission for those of us who answer the questions, should we accept it, is to stay positive about our writing and ourselves, but to also be fair about our shortcomings.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)

PLEASE consider posting the meme on your own LJ even if you don't want to ask me a question

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kat_lair: (GEN - pterodactyls)
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Seriously, I've had a very long week. Yesterday I had 3 lectures. Which I gave. 2x2h + 1x3h and then I attended a fourth one. Now I need to clean and tomorrow I still need to do some lecture prep and clean more. I have many tabs open that I should comment on. I have laptop I should be buying. And... idek, other things that I've failed at. So hey, what's one more.

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Snuffled from [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit.

Grill the (Grumpy) Writer Meme

Ask a question about my writing and I'll try to answer it:

1) What I was thinking at the time I wrote a story/series or a question about my writing as a whole. It can be absolutely anything including about my WsIP. (I don't post WIPs, they're all on my hard-drive and I don't like to talk about them so there)

2) Pick a character/pairing I've written and I will explain the top five some ideas, concepts, etc. I try to keep in mind while writing that character/pairing.

3) Quote a few lines from something I've written and I'll comment on them.

4) At AO3 I have posted xx works. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to xx (the first story I posted there) and I'll tell you three things I currently like about the story. IDK why this is so complicated a question and also, as much as I love AO3, the casual assumption that everyone posts fics there is annoying. Well. I do post most of my fics there. But not all, e.g. none of the [livejournal.com profile] unmarked_place stuff is there because of reasons. Anyway, rather than play with numbers, why not just randomly select a story and then I can tell you some things about it. Probably not 3 and probably not why I like it. But things.

Oh yeah, you can find my fics via LJ Masterlist or via AO3.

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Mixed bag

Sep. 7th, 2013 12:49 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - expert advice)
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I have had three cups of coffee. I still feel sleepy. In fact, I've been tired a lot lately but I'm trying to combat this with Berocca and making sure I get out of the house at least once a day. Sitting in the garden counts, okay? I did that this morning but it wasn't that warm and the sun kept hiding. Now I'm back on the sofa and sun is out again making me feel guilty for just wanting to hide inside with the curtains drawn.


My cats are being particularly clingy at the moment. This may have something to do with the (finally) cooling weather as last night they actually slept inside. They are currently both on the sofa with me, Perdie next to my head and Tricks holding onto my toes. Aww.


Have finally uploaded more icons. I'm paying for the extra space but haven't really been taking advantage of that. I will also be making some icons today, yes sir.


I've been re-reading a lot of old SPN fics lately, rediscovering old favourites (like Birds on a Wire and The Epic Love Story of Sam and Dean and Mixing Light to Light and also of fuck Bitch and ahahaha Leader of the Pack and also Green and Gamboge and oh man I could go onnnn). Good times.


This has led me thinking about fic tropes again. Here are three tropes that I don't like despite fully acknowledging some people's ability to write them spectacularly:

  1. Time-travel. Idk, I just don't like the idea of people missing each other in such a fundamental way as being in different sections of the time stream. I don't like characters receiving dire warnings or sage advice from their future self. I also don't like future self/present self sex. Yawn.

  2. Apocalypse fic. I don't like the idea of world ending. Apocalypse was one of those things I was absolutely terrified as a child (growing up in 80s with constant talk of nuclear war and Tšernobyl happening relatively close with warnings of not to eat berries etc from the forests that summer and... yeah) so it's not a setting I want to read about. Though, like with many other darker fictional scenarios, I think I could actually write it quite happily. Lol it's like fictional switching that mirrors the other switching: I'll do things to others with glee that I will not have done to me *g* Double standards ftw!

  3. Crossovers where a character gets it on with the actor playing them. Like Dean/Jensen or even stuff like Gerard/Poison. Similar thing to the time-travel cliché of having sex with yourself. Oh, see also: clones and mirror universes. I just... I'd rather read a good traditional masturbation pwp to be honest. Adding a second (third?) person to the mix doesn't really help. Say Merlin's spell goes wrong and he ends up with a double and then Arthur goes 'By the Grail, we must have a threesome!'... Yeah, not doing it for me. It lacks the kind of tension or spark you have between to different people. Honestly, if I met my future self or my mirror universe double, I wouldn't be interested in having sex with myself. For real, we'd probably just drink tea and try to get twice as much work/writing done and divide up responsibilities because we are inherently lazy.



From dislikes to likes. Remember that Working Hard for the Money meme I pimped a few days ago. Well, I left quite a few prompts there and one of them even got filled \o/ I thought I'd put them here too in case some of you are desperately wondering what to write me for Christmas... *g* Seriously though, eternal gratitude to anyone who might get inspired:

Bandom, Patrick/Pete
Early days, the band need money to tour. Patrick makes it by selling his... nope, not his body. His voice. Because turns out that it's not just good for singing, but it's also extremely good for talking dirty on the phone sex line. Pete finds out. Inevitable ensues. - Filled here: That Pretty Mouth Say Such Dirty Words by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] synnerxx

Psych, Gus/Shawn
Someone is attacking the ladies and gentlemen of the night in Santa Barbara. Only way for Shawn to get a good 'psychic reading' of the attacker is to go undercover as a companion for hire. Cue Shawn hanging on street corners in tank top and torn jeans. He is... surprisingly good at the role. Better than his excellent acting skills alone could account for. Gus starts thinking about all those years Shawn spent away and just how he made ends meets... Angst, confrontation, jealousy, some creep touching Shawn in bad places, bonus for Gus decking the guy flat out, happy endings :D

Bandom, Ryan/Spencer
When Ryan's dad finally kicks him out, Ryan is too proud to go asking for help from his best friend. In retrospect, he should've maybe swallowed his pride.

Merlin, Gwen/Morgana
Modern AU, Morgana's uni mates drag her onto a pub crawl that ends in a strip bar. Morgana is shocked to see her project partner Gwen on stage. Shocked and... well, kind of... unable to take her eyes off her.

Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/McCoy
Modern AU, BDSM, Kirk is good at going to his knees and begging and making his clients believe he means it. In truth he despises every guy who thinks himself a "Master Leather God" or some such nonsense, thinks himself to be a Dom and a real man for smacking him around. And yet... they're paying for it because they clearly can't get anyone to do it voluntarily. If he had a choice, Kirk wouldn't sub for any of these guys. Truth be told, he's not sure he'd sub for anyone... although sometimes he thinks maybe, with a right guy, it could be... sort of okay. Maybe with a guy like Dr McCoy, the sarcastic, grumpy ER doctor who's looked after Kirk on more than one occasion after the extras he charged his clients for were a little too much after all. My undying gratitude for anyone who would write this, seriously.

Sherlock, John/Sherlock
AUish, world where contracting yourself out as a sex slave for a pre-determined period of time is an accepted if not that respected way of making money. After John saves the lives of men in his regimen, they pass the hat around and buy him one hell of a thank you present: Sherlock Holmes at his exclusive service for six months. John appreciates the gesture, he really does. Sherlock is scary smart, funny (often unintentionally though) and seriously, seriously hot. And he can apparently suck cock really, really well. Better than John's ever had. Or so he tells him. Because, well, John kind of has... moral objections for actually having sex with anyone who's been paid to do it. It's going to be long six months. And at the end of it... well, who knows.


Right, enough rambling for today. I'm going to go wash dishes and put rubbish/recycling out now because these are the things that need doing. Then after that I'm going to sit down and do some icons, dammit.

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Apologies that it has taken me so long to compile this. I enjoyed the Week of Poetry immensely so thank you to everyone who participated! We're doing this again sometime, yeah?


[livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 - open, poems by others
If by Rudyard Kipling
Fog by Carl Sandburg
Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bujowski
The Song of Hiawatha (Introduction) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by E.E.Cummings
Lament by Dylan Thomas

[livejournal.com profile] darkangel_0410 - open, poems by others
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Here's to the kids by Pete Wentz
The Riddle of Strider by  J.R.R Tolkien

[livejournal.com profile] iniq - flocked, poems by others
The Geranium by Theodore Roethke
Do Not Pick Up The Telephone by Ted Hughes
Bearhug by Michael Ondaatje
For Eli Jacobson by Kenneth Rexroth
Cut While Shaving by Charles Bukowski
The Dream by John Clare
With No Immediate Cause by Ntozake Shange

[livejournal.com profile] teithiwr - flocked, poems by the author
Pine Needles, Dry
Fire
cut grass
Rain-washed
Microhistory
Ninety-Eight
Palimpsest

[livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn - open, poems by the author (5 only posted so far but she will catch up at some point I'm sure!)
posthuman doom
how to be good
Lost Tongues
The Music of the Spheres
when he asks you to stay

[livejournal.com profile] megyal - open, poems by others and the author
We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
Nuh Likkle Twang by Dr. Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou)
The Living Haunt The Dead
Guinep by Olive Senior
An Offering for the Cat by Mei Yao-Ch'en
Abandoned House
Auguries of Innocence by William Blake

Finally, my poems which you'll find on [livejournal.com profile] boneverse - flocked, but everyone friended here will get automatically added there if you so wish.
Expect Love
August Steps In Time
On the Shore, Divided
Marie Bakes A Cake In My Kitchen
Not So Cerulean
Invitation
Conditioning the Blues

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