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A meme, to keep the gray matter going.

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of fifteen words or fewer for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.

My list:

1. Mary Morstan (Ritchieverse)
2. Liz Lemon
3. Captain Monterey Jack
4. Reboot Kirk
5. Marita Covarrubias
6. Ellen Fanshaw
7. Death (Sandman)
8. Dana Whittaker
9. Fran Katzenjammer
10. Benedick

Take one down, pass it around )

That was quite diverting. Your turn...
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I wrote Barcelona (Black Books, gen) for Yuletide, and I want to say thanks to [ profile] doorrepairgirl for listening to my crazy ideas on the AIMs and to [ profile] lookatmoiye7 for the prompt that I had such a ball writing for. (I focused primarily on her stated preferences for amusing dialogue [which I took to include epistolary things as well] and tormenting Manny. :) )

Boy, what a lot of great stuff I got to read this Yuletide, and I haven't even gotten through some of my favorite fandoms. And y'all wrote so many of the stories that I loved. Yay!
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So this week [ profile] pocky_slash had her Epic Writing Chat Thingy at a time when I could actually show up! There are three pages of comment fic, all told--read through it if you have the time, there's totally sweet stuff in there.

Anyways, these are my contributions. They're all pretty spoilery for their respective canons, except for Clever Literary Pun Goes Here. Also, let me reiterate that each of them was written in FIFTEEN MINUTES from prompt to posting, so that's the kind of thing they are (and some of them have bad endings), but they're here for anyone who cares to look. I rather like some of 'em.

This Drop's Impossible and follow-up snippet The Great Divorce, Lucifer (comics), Mazikeen/Beatrice. (Prompts: "Write about falling" and "Write about someone who sinned.")

Black Box, Slings & Arrows, Anna/Maria. (Prompt: "Open the box.")

Clever Literary Pun Goes Here, crossover, gen. (Prompt: "I carried it in my pocket.")

Coals to Newcastle, Hellblazer, gen. (Prompt: "Returning takes too long.")


Jan. 1st, 2008 01:16 pm
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My gift was written by [ profile] tornyourdress, who did a zillion other Yuletide fics as well. Whee! Thank you again, not-so-secret Santa.

I wrote Making Time (Mikey/Steve) for Stephen Fry's novel Making History, and I totally forgot to include an author's note, because I'm lame. So here I will say thank you to [ profile] doorrepairgirl for the last-minute beta--and welcome her to the [ profile] yuletide authors' fold. *evil cackle*

I don't have much to say about the story I wrote this time around. (Maybe I'm getting fandom-old.) I should thank [ profile] torakowalski for the prompt, too; I had a pretty good time writing it, a process that required listening to a lot of good music and included carte blanche to do as much fourth-wall-nudging and narrative navel-gazing as I pleased in the interests of fidelity to the style of the source material. :) The recipient enjoyed it, and I even saw one of you rec it, so, yay!

Yay Yuletide! Yay it not being 2007 anymore!

I should probably go have breakfast at some point.


Dec. 1st, 2007 02:10 am
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Doing the most flexible meme evar:

Name a character from one of my fandoms, and I'll give you either (a) three facts about them from my personal canon/fanon, (b) a reason he/she sucks, (c) a reason he/she is awesomecakes, (d) five things that never happened to that character or (e) five people that character never fell in love with and why. You pick the character. I pick the letter.

Fandoms: Slings & Arrows, M*A*S*H, Harry Potter, X-Files, The West Wing, Hitch-Hiker's Guide, Dirk Gently, Homicide: Life on the Street, kinda Stargate Atlantis (I'm like a season and a half behind? but I was way into it when I had cable and someone to watch it with me? so you can throw somebody at me and I'll see what I can do), kinda House (ditto), most major Tom Stoppard plays, Sports Night, Star Wars, the Tarantinoverse, the Askewniverse, most Neil Gaiman things, Lucifer (the Vertigo series), most Shakespeare plays, The Persuaders!, The Prisoner, Sherlock Holmes, Casablanca, Highlander, Black Books...

You know, the usual.

NB 1) I have NOT forgotten that thing with Harriet Vane and the thing. Unlike most things I promise to write, it will probably actually HAPPEN. Although Yuletide takes precedence. 2) Wimseyverse is mysteriously not on above list! Why oh why? Well, you can try me, but the embarrassing and also somewhat fic-slowing thing is, I remember a large amount of Wimsey canon very poorly or not at all, as I only "read" several of the books via my dad reading them to me when I was like ten, so other Wimsey fen will talk about things I'm obviously supposed to know and I'll be like, "Yeah! That guy! (Note to self: Actually read Unnatural Death on my own one of these years.)"

Oh shit

Oct. 24th, 2007 02:34 pm
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Please tell me nobody has already written the AU in which Lord Peter Wimsey stands accused of the brutal murder of his apparently happily remarried ex-fiancee Barbara, and his case becomes a cause celebre for lady novelist Harriet Vane, who, not content with the air of notoriety already lent by her cohabitation with Philip Boyes, seems now to have decided to become a crusading newspaper columnist as well and taken it upon herself to solve the most scandalous murder case that high society has seen in decades tch tch well did you ever see such a thing.


"Well now," Harriet said. "Why do people kill people?"

Philip put his feet up on the table and relaxed into the question, treating it, as he did most questions posed in his presence, as a petition to his superior understanding. "Sex," he pronounced. "Money. Revenge. Perverse ideas of honor. Desperation to escape some fix they think they're stuck in. And of course the old man in the sky." He pretended to consider further for a moment. "But mostly sex."


Aug. 3rd, 2007 09:15 pm
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When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

If you insist. (HP, S&A, Hitch-Hiker's, X-Files, miscellaneous.)

When does a work-in-progress become a piece of abandoned juvenilia? When it's hopelessly jossed? When you haven't been in the fandom for two years? When you kind of forget that you never posted it? (...Or does it explode?) )
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This is a bit of a teaser; it's the first of a sort of expanded Five Things series (that are all readable independently of each other), but I probably won't get the chance to wrap up any of the others until a few weeks from now. (If I don't post this one, I'm sure I'll never get around to finishing the rest.)

Title: Penthesilea
Author: Malograntum
Fandom: Tarantino-verse (actually, mixing universes! naughty of me.)
Rating: R on general principle.
Warnings: I mean, it's Vic Vega's POV? So: violence, swearing, misogyny, violence, and pejorative use of the word "retarded".
Summary: Five Things That Never Happened in the Tarantino-verse, number one: Eddie and Vic try to take care of a problem. She's not inclined to be taken care of.
Notes: Thanks to [ profile] kumquatweekend for beta and general enabling.

You might get some bitch talk shit to you, but give her a look... )
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Femslash cliche challenge! Go forth and sign up!

Oh, I'm so doing this. Where's that Marita Covarrubias/Diana Fowley thing I stuck in the bottom drawer all those years ago? . . .

(Oh! I keep meaning to write Anna/Maria [obvious 'ship name: You Stole My Ship], but I still haven't seen the third season of Slings & Arrows and I fear something will joss it. Hmm.)
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A friend of mine wants good Hermione/Ginny, and I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head. Recs, please?
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See, for the last few months I have had a) no regular television access, b) no one with whom to regularly enjoy fandom qua fandom in Real Life, c) a crappy high-pressure job back in the fall and now that that's over d) non-fannish writing projects with deadlines that make me feel guilty anytime I want to open up a new file for the AU where Rodney McKay is a consulting detective in Victorian London (and makes friends with wounded Army Doctor John Sheppard newly back from Afghanistan, natch) or the time Nice Guy Eddie and Vic Vega went to Chicago to do a job and one thing kinda led to another or the hardboiled forties detective thingy with John Sheppard P.I. and McKay the county coroner . . .

Or, you know, any of that.

My only point here is that I kinda miss doing the fandom thing as much as I used to, and I am mostly keeping up and reading y'all's LJs with reasonable consistency, and I'm glad I have, you know, you guys and this whole thing around in my life even though I'm a mostly passive participant these days.

And don't discount the possibility of seeing Rodney utter the phrase "Napoleon of Crime" in this space sometime in the future. Just not, like, right now. :)


Jan. 2nd, 2007 08:34 am
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So, I wrote Wag the Duck--a Milo-centric Bloom County romp of muckraking, fourth-wall-breaking and avian bellyaching--during a multi-city trip on the East Coast and in Chicago. While I worked pretty hard on it, I also was not sure how well it was going to hold together by the time I was through, and I was pleased that folks were entertained by it and enjoyed my weird jokes. Also, someone who knows me in real life recced it without knowing it was me, which is always fun. ;)

Man, what a year for Yuletide! Lots of fantastic work, some of which (like the M*A*S*H story everyone is reccing and the Dorothy Sayers stuff) I haven't even gotten to yet because I want to take the time to sit down with a nice cup of tea or something and savor them properly. And am I the only one who had to take the comm off my friendslist because of the incredible volume of posts? (And am I the only party-pooper who's been tempted to gently remind folks that you're not actually required to post to the comm revealing what story you, personally, wrote, as not everyone necessarily needs to see that announcement from every single one of the like 5,296 people who participated this year?)

Also, what the fuck? People asked for their stories to be taken down after the reveal? What kind of rude motherfucker pulled that crap? Can anyone explain? Or do I just not want to know?

Well, anyway, happy new year, everybody. I think some cool stuff is going to happen in 2007. I'm looking forward to it.
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A big recs post is coming soon (for what it's worth, since [ profile] yuletide is swimming in recs, good lord!). I just wanted to say thank you to my Secret Santa for my very own story, Scenes From A Hotel In Prague (Persuaders), in which the best meal of the day is the breakfast you show up in your friend's hotel room for, Lord Sinclair's fashion sense is called into question, and the boys are generally very, very gay. Gay as a--well, gay as Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair, which is pretty damn gay. ;)

And heck, while I'm here, I'll do that thing and offer to write a fic for anyone who guesses which Yuletide story I wrote. I only wrote one, but hey, if you think you saw my smudgy fingerprints in anything you've read, give a guess. (Hints: It's a damn rare fandom and, like all the Yuletide stories I've written thus far, it's somewhat Christmas-related.)
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[ profile] orangesparks wrote me Misguidance (NewsRadio! Matthew! Bill! OMG!) for [ profile] sitcomathon. I'm very happy about this. Joe Bob says check it out.
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Second of two [ profile] sitcomathon stories for [ profile] mandysbitch, who asked for Bernard and country and western music.

Title: Country Matters
Author: Malograntum Vitiorum
Fandom: Black Books
Summary: "'Hello Fran! That's Fran, everybody. I think we may have had what you might call a, a zany misunderstanding.' Lacking a more focused objective for the moment, Bernard fell down again."
Author's Notes: This is not exactly a plot-heavy thing, but for reference, it is set somewhere in the first season, because sadly that's the only one I've seen.

Country and western music. )
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The first of two [ profile] sitcomathon stories--because when I stress out I write too much instead of too little. ;) Written for the lovely and talented [ profile] mandysbitch, who requested Hawkeye/Trapper and the prompt "You ask what I remember?"

Title: Cut and Restored
Author: Malograntum Vitiorum
Fandom: M*A*S*H
Summary: An old man and a young writer. Life has a way of going on.

I'm afraid this book is going to be half made up of explanatory notes. . . )

Don we now

Nov. 2nd, 2006 12:24 am
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I'm going to do this now even though the [ profile] yuletide assignments aren't out yet (I don't think signups have closed yet, actually), because I'm afraid I'll forget to in all the fuss and excitement leading up to Election Day (and possibly the lengthy hangover afterward) --

Dear whoever gets my Yuletide prompts: As our lovely organizers have said about six hundred times, the story prompts (including pairings) are just suggestions. All I really want is for you to write something that you enjoy writing, so I hope you find something in my prompts that suggests such a story. Thanks in advance for being part of the big adventure. See you on the flip side.


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Apparently it's Quote from Your Own Fic Day or something. Far be it from me to pass up an excuse for self-promotion, small though my own posted output may be. (It really just reminds me what a lot of unfinished stuff is on my hard drive, actually--I thought of a couple lines I was rather fond of before I came up with any that were from finished stories. . .)

"I was not spooked. I told you before, Pierce, I don't want a man around who's going to jeopardize my unit."

"Frank, he wouldn't have jeopardized your unit if you were the last man on earth."

(Perfectly Normal, M*A*S*H)

And one from an old fandom that never dies, just wanders the night in ghostly torment:

The rain let up, came back, let up again. The river, swelled with reinforcements, rushed along with renewed force behind him. He took a look over to the other shore, the scattered lights of the city center, the unmistakable great golden M bathing the old stones in the conquering light of capitalism. He swept his eyes back over the roads leading up to this side of the bridge, across the closed storefronts and scattered pubs. From here he couldn't see anything of the hotel, though the smoke rose high above the buildings and there was a dark smell floating down to the river.

He felt like the rain was getting well into his bones now. Let it come down as long as it wanted to. They didn't fucking call this cold in Siberia.

(How to Survive a High-Rise Hotel Fire, X-Files)

P.S. I am so very very happy that the Sitcomathon deadline was extended. Oh man. So happy. You have no idea. Sometimes, when life is doing things, a few extra days make a whoooooole chunk o' difference. Srsly. My Sitcomathon output will probably still suck but at least it'll be suckage for which I can take full responsibility.
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[ profile] doorrepairgirl! Look! [ profile] keiko_kirin wrote the Persuaders slash that we've all been waiting for. Wisecracks! Romance! Intrigue! The English countryside! Go and read it--it's like an episode they forgot to film.

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