sienamystic: (tempt me)
I feel like writing but can't figure out what I want to write...except I'm in the mood to do something schmoopy or smutty or, or...

So I dug out this old meme that I've already dug out once before. Pick a pairing (het, slash, femslash are all okay) and I'll write a short scene where they share a kiss (or, uh, more than that.) Crossovers welcome unless they break my brain in half (although at this point breaking my brain is almost the point because this is the same meme that resulted in Bunter/Eliot from Leverage kissing, and may have been the one that resulted in a Castle/Buffy crossover that has inexplicably become a very well-loved story, so what the hell.) I will do my best.

Fandoms: Buffy, Avengers movieverse, Dresden Files, Leverage, Firefly, Constantine movieverse, Sayers, Bourne, Castle, Jennifer Crusie, Vicki Bliss, Star Wars (yes new movie has gotten me thinking), MacGyver, Heyer, Lord of the Rings movieverse. Am happy to try fandoms that are not my own but am not responsible for making you cry because of terrible characterization based solely on things I've seen scrolling through Tumblr. No refunds.
sienamystic: (commedia)
Just got back from a meeting of the book club I'm a part of. We were discussing Fangirl, and talked about writing fanfic myself (one other girl there has) and some of the other ladies had read it. Amusingly, the person I'm closest with was basically, "I don't get it - not the attraction to reading it or writing it, and same with cosplay and other fannish stuff because it's all just make-believe like when you were five and pretending you were a puppy" so it was an interesting conversation. (I did not tell people where to find my fic or even what my fandoms were - both would be bridges too far! I did say that I was just writing one before I got to the party, which is indeed the case - yay for Be-Compromised.)

Anyway, I think I'm kind of the old lady of the group, although perhaps not by a whole lot. It's not a big deal in that specific sense, because I get along well with these people, but I'm really starting to...worry isn't the right phrase. Hmm. I feel like I'm not where I'm supposed to be in life, I suppose. Which for me means that I worry because I don't make a lot of money, feel pretty useless and uncertain about the whole career thing, and wonder where I'll be in five years.

God, I mentioned my salary in a conversation over Thanksgiving with just me, my husband, my father in law, and my stepmother in law and SMIL said, bewildered, "Isn't that the level where you get food stamps?"

Uh, ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch. I'm surprised I didn't hide under the table for the rest of the trip.

I need to get back to therapy, but I don't know if it was helping me get anywhere. I feel like I need someone to whip me into shape, not listen to me.

But mostly, there has been a potential medical issue that's cropped up recently that's part of it. I'll go into a little bit of lady TMI here so stop reading if you're squicked by it.

So, I just had my period, like...two weeks ago. And I'm spotting again, right now, a not insignificant amount. And there are a lot of reasons that could be, but none of them are a whole lot of fun. It's possible I might have inherited my mother's endrometriosis - there are possible signs that could back that up. There are also the possibility of polyps. And there's also the possibility that I'm about to go into perimenopause. I'm 39. I am definitely old enough for it. But somehow the idea of it has set off little sirens in my head, ALERT, ALERT, ALERT.

I see my dr. in a week and a bit, so I can ask her about it then. But it's just roiled up all my insecurities about who I am and what I do, and I'm not sure how to process it all.
sienamystic: (Bourne)
My fic writing has slowed down very much, and I'm not sure whether to do the whole Yuletide/Leverage Secret Santa/Be Compromised gift exchange this go-round. On the one hand, it might get me writing again, on the other hand I might be stuck writing something that's coming very hard and getting stressed about it. I haven't bothered with any of the nomination business for Yuletide, so I would have to hope that things I want to write do show up - the Rivers of London series, for example, might be fun although I don't know that I could write in that voice.

Anyway, I'll think about it.
sienamystic: (Be More Awesome)
This is why none of the half-hearted attempts at novels I've started will never become anything - I generally can't plot for beans. Here is the unfinished bit of sequel to I Act Out And You Act Tough, a Leverage/Buffy crossover featuring Eliot and Faith and their encounter somewhere on a lonely back road. I wanted to have Faith meet the rest of the Leverage crew, and I have, but now I need to come up with some sort of con the team can pull on the vamp crew they've called Faith in to cope with, and my brain resolutely refuses to provide one. Maybe I should just start looking some up and cram one or two in to get me writing something, anything, to wind this story up. Or maybe they can start an elaborate con and Faith gets impatient, says "fuck this," and starts killing vamps. Except that would sort of diminish the Leverage side of the story. Arrgh. Suggestions or comments gratefully accepted.

shipping up to Boston )
sienamystic: (surly bonds)
So the dominoes refused to fall properly so I gathered them up and relaid them in an unorthodox pattern and then had everything fall into place. So my Big Task is done and done well (because I work with an awesome team of people who know how to get things done right), but I'm still plagued with anxiety kitting me in the face at random moments, plus a touch of paranoia now that I'm sitting in the airport. You know, the whole "what are they going to do while I'm gone and can't defend myself?" kind of thing. It's mostly my stupid brain and the sick system in operation at work, and I hope the sound of waves will make it go away because geez. I'm so tired of myself right now and I know everybody else around me is too.

Anyway. Meme.

I currently have 47 works archived at the AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recently posted) to 47 (the first thing I posted there), and I’ll tell you three things I currently like about it.

Also I have a Dresden kissing fic to write! Have to ponder that one.
sienamystic: (Anya)
Title: Small Talk
Fandom: BtVS/Castle crossover
Characters: Buffy Summers, Javier Esposito
Rating: Gen/G
Disclaimer: I own neither, alas, alack.
Summary: The night was going rapidly downhill until the screaming started.
Prompt for Buffy/Esposito was from Lar_Laughs, and it made my brain hurt in a good way!

Jenny was never allowed to set him up on a blind date again )
sienamystic: (Be More Awesome)
So work is kind of intense right now, and I'm listening to a lot of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to try and get through it, and things are a wee tiny bit super-stressful.

I feel like writing but have no inspiration. So if anybody would care to leave me prompts, I will try to write commentfic. Or longer fic if something sparks. Or no fic at all if I can't muster the minimum braincells to hit keys on the keyboard. I can't make any promises, people, but I will try.

I'm bringing back an almost year-old meme for this: Pick a pairing (het, slash, femslash are all okay) and I'll write a short scene where they share a kiss. Crossovers welcome unless they break my brain in half (although this is the same meme that last year resulted in Bunter/Eliot from Leverage kissing, so...

Fandoms: Buffy, Avengers movieverse, Dresden Files, Constantine movieverse, Firefly, Leverage, Sayers, Bourne, Castle, Jennifer Crusie, Vicki Bliss, Kage Baker's Company books

Also I'm watching Hannibal and the acting is pretty awesome and it's really intense and gory and beautiful but I feel a little weird about yet another "lots of dead girls" show.

Last night's Castle was really adorable, Mad Men is continuing awesome, I just painted my toenails with super-sparkly nailpolish. And that's all I have to say right now.
sienamystic: (commedia)
Seen everywhere, and because poking through stats is fun and weirdly affirming, even if you're just quietly on the fringes. By a long shot, my Avengers/MCU stuff has gotten me the highest hit counts because it's the largest fandom I've written for. By the time I got to things like Buffy and Firefly, I was long, long past the peak boom times.

My top ten stories by hit count )

And by kudos )

So I don't know that there's anything to learn from this, besides "people prefer pairings over gen unless it's Yuletide," and "bigger fandoms mean more readership."
sienamystic: (tempt me)
As seen everywhere. I had to go back aways because I'm not an especially prolific writer - the plot bunnies only hop past once every so often. And there are a lot of things I admire that I feel no need to write for, while some pairings just seem to generate more stories out of me. Style-wise, I don't know that I can interpret much about my own tendencies. I try to go for punchy, I guess? Like everybody else?

A little bit of commentary with each first line.

all under here )
sienamystic: (Be More Awesome)
I had a strange comment on A03 today, on an old Mentalist fic - a very porny one. The person said it was well written but creepy, because some of the sex basically showed I was a woman under the evil patriarchal influence of mainstream porn. I am perhaps reading between the lines a little bit - but not that much.

So that was strange. Generally people floating in to read appropriately signposted porny stories don't object to stuff like that.

I'm still slowly making my way through Game of Thrones season 2 as my Tumblr explodes with season 3. I don't care about spoilers, so I sort of get to watch it in small chunks despite not having HBO or the willpower/desire to torrent. (Although I guess most people watch a livestream? Which I guess isn't like torrenting? Maybe? Whatever, I'm old.) Anyway, I continue to teeter on this edge where I'm interested in the show but not really, since I've given up on the books at this point and don't really feel like swimming too long in the grimdark world of GRRM. I'm not gobbling down season two, but watching an ep every now and then. There are people whose stories I want to follow - mostly the ladies - but I'm so bored with the majority of the Jon "Help I'm a spectator in my own story" Snow thread. And I like Dany (and like looking at Jorah) but their story is so long and boring and maybe it'll be fixed for the better in the show? Except part of me is satisfied with just looking at pretty gif sets and leaving it at that.

That was a lot of words to indicate how ambivalent I am about something.
sienamystic: (flowermachine)
Title: In Two Straight Lines in Rain or Shine
Fandom: MCU/Firefly crossover
Characters: the Firefly crew, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova
Rating: Gen/G
Disclaimer: I own neither, alas, alack.
Summary: On a barren dustball known as Budapest, the Firefly crew pick up two new passengers

They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad )
sienamystic: (surly bonds)
Title: The Clutch of Circumstance
Fandom: Avengers (movie)
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova
Relationship: pre-relationship or gen, depending on how you want to read it
Rating: PG for language
Summary: Natasha makes an end, and a beginning.
Disclaimer: Not mine, or I'd have a more interesting weekend planned

my unconquerable soul )
sienamystic: (Sophie)
I got a sweet Fast Women story for Yuletide - the very cute Three Weddings and a Funyun. My own gift seems to have been well received, which makes me happy - I was floundering a bit in the fic because it had a lot of world-building to be done and I wasn't sure I was up to the task, and there were moments that I pondered defaulting because I kept deleting big chunks of text, but I think it all worked out nicely in the end. It won't get read much, I don't think, but I like the idea of the few people who want something in this fandom finding at least one story when they go looking.

In other news, I am coughing an unproductive, harsh cough, and my head hurts in that "sinuses filled with cement" way. Also, my chest hurts a bit. I've drunk two big mugs of hot chai tea and taken some Robitussin, but I have a feeling I've fallen to the holiday blargh, which will make it fun to travel in...omg, just a few days. Woe. Also, we went trail riding on Christmas Eve day, and while it was a great deal of fun and I may have not completely lost all knowledge about how to steer a horse, my thigh muscles were Not Pleased with the whole thing and I've sort of been lurching around like a drunken sailor since.

I don't really want to go home. I do, but I don't, and I want to keep hanging out with my sister under no time pressure. I want to keep being crafty and continue making things with her and also cooking. I'm not ready to go back to work. I'm glad I built in a few days to decompress from the trip before I do go back, but I'm still not ready to face it. January is always kind of a bitch of a month, because our deductible resets and so all the prescriptions cost more, plus it's when the cold really sets in and you sort of end up feeling like it's just a long, dreary sludge till spring.

ANYWAY. This is all probably just because I'm feeling like I'm made of wet cement. I should go to bed and stop whining.
sienamystic: (Venice)
Title: Looking for You (Or Anyone Like You)
Rating: PG-13 for mild language and non-explicit sexual situations
Pairing: Clint/Natasha (with mention of Jane/Thor and Pepper/Bruce/Tony and potential Darcy/Steve sketched in very lightly in the background)
Characters: Natasha, Clint, Pepper, Darcy, Jane, Maria
Summary: Natasha isn't used to feeling infatuated. She's even less used to having other people notice it. A fluffy little story of girltalk, spies, and why Venice is for lovers

Hello my love It's getting cold on this island )
sienamystic: (Festina Lente)
Yes, I have joined the bandwagon. Well, to clarify, I read the first book today. Tore through it, actually. It was brilliantly paced and very compelling, and the plain, straight-ahead prose was much to its credit. It's a little pocket rocket of a book, and I was happy being dragged along for the ride.

I don't know that I was avoiding the whole Hunger Games thing, exactly, just not sure if I wanted to read the books, but the movie looked interesting and, in all honestly, this heartbreaking and raw and awesome and horrible and beautiful Iron Man/Hunger Games fic by [livejournal.com profile] quigonejinn probably tipped me over the line. A coworker passed along her copy and I read it mostly over lunch, and will probably drag along the Bemo tomorrow to see the movie.

Oh, and the book also emits some sort of signaling beacon. I was chatted up by a bunch of people who saw me reading it over lunch and wanted to share how much they liked it as well. That didn't seem to happen during the Harry Potter boom, so I'm not sure if people are just more open about being fans of "kid books" or what, but I definitely heard from a few people who wanted to tell me all about how much they loved it and hoped I'd fall for it just as hard.
sienamystic: (mermaid)
Fandom: Dresden Files
Title: Files
Rating: Gen, all-ages
Summary: A Justine POV vignette, set sometime post-Blood Rites and pre-Changes. There's a question she needs Harry to answer. In the meantime, she's learning other things, and filing them all away. Written for Yuletide 2010.
Disclaimer: All characters property of Jim Butcher. I just enjoy taking them out for a spin occasionally.

Harry Dresden’s information was, of course, in our files. )
sienamystic: (bosch sienamystic)
Now that I'm a few days late...

At any rate, I wrote a Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) story, a short take on a Justine POV. I had fun writing it, and my recipient seemed to really enjoy it, so hurrah! Here's the link on AO3, and I'll post it to LJ at some point soon.

Files
A Justine POV vignette, set sometime post-Blood Rites and pre-Changes.
Summary: There's a question she needs Harry to answer. In the meantime, she's learning other things, and filing them all away. Gen.

Alas, I haven't written anything else for Yuletide - perhaps I'll take a look at the prompts for a New Years thingy.

Ok, um, so.

Feb. 4th, 2010 04:35 pm
sienamystic: (Mystic in red and orange)
I had kind of an idea, and wanted to throw it out there. And I realize by doing so, I'm sort of signing myself up for work that I've never done before, so I'd have to look into how these things are done, and what's involved, and wokka wokka wokka. Plus, I've always been on the fringes of fandom, and not in its midst, so the whole idea of this is a little nervewracking. Nonetheless, I'd like to gauge some interest here.

As most of you have noticed, I have been rather deeply immersed in the works of Kage Baker. A day or two before she died, I began rereading the Company books (currently on The Life of the World To Come). She has been, as they say, much on my mind.

There are two Yuletide fics in the old Yuletide archive, none so far on the new one (unless I'm not searching correctly) and, besides me, one other request for fic from this year. I haven't searched out any other venues.

So, here's my question. Would anybody be interested if I ran a small Kage Baker ficathon? I haven't thought too hard about it, but at one point I participated in a small ficathon that [livejournal.com profile] mosca ran, where she simply gave snips of song lyrics or poetry out to people, and they wrote any fandom story they wished using that as inspiration. I think it worked pretty well, and would like to try it again - or we could go with the more traditional prompt-matching route (which seems like a lot of work, OMG).

Poll taken down to inexplicable wonkiness. Please to be answering in the comments to this entry.


Any comments? Questions? Reasons to inform me that I am nuts nuts nuts?
sienamystic: (SPQR)
Title: Vox
Rating: Gen/G/All Ages
Characters: Octavian, Agrippa, Cleopatra, Divus Julius, Livia
Summary: The voice is the story, all the way through history. Octavian, from those who helped shape him into Caesar Augustus.
Notes: Originally written for Yuletide. May be of interest to fans of HBO's Rome, despite not containing any hot Pullo action!

A proper basilisk, when roused. )
sienamystic: (jello horror)
Title: It's Only A Paper Moon
Rating: Gen
Characters: Hardison, Parker, Eliot
Disclaimer: Not mine, or I'd send them to steal me a big diamond and ruby necklace to wear around the house
Summary: Movie night for the kids!
Notes: Originally written as a Yuletide Treat

It's one of the ur-classics of our genre! It's like being an ice skater and never seeing Ice Castles )

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