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My fic master list is at Dreamwidth, sorted by fandom: index updated through 4/19/2015.

For convenience, most of my fic is also up at faviconjedibuttercup and Twisting the Hellmouth.
Other links that may be of interest: My Librarything | 2015 Reading List | 2015 Viewing List.

Find my latest Dear Author letters here: 2015 Not Primetime Player | 2014 Dear Yulegoat

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michelle rodriguez

Meme (Crack Crossovers Time, Part 3)

The crack crossovers meme, part 3! This, too, courtesy of joonscribble.

Same fandoms as the first batch, but different characters from those fandoms, for spice; order randomized.

1. Kim Guziewicz (Battle Creek)
2. Lucy McClane (Die Hard)
3. Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)
4. Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)
5. Letty Ortiz (Fast and the Furious)
6. Samantha "Root" Groves (Person of Interest)
7. Jake Stone (The Librarians)
8. Caine Wise (Jupiter Ascending)
9. Ms. Perkins (John Wick)
10. Ravi Chakrabarti (iZombie - TV)

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die hard

Meme (Crack Crossovers Time, Part 2)

The crack crossovers meme, part 2! Also courtesy of joonscribble and awanderingbard.

Same characters, plus two more; order scrambled by rolling die to reassign them before answering the questions.

Choose 12 characters:
1. Brian O'Conner (Fast and the Furious)
2. John McClane (Die Hard)
3. Liv Moore (iZombie - TV)
4. Jupiter Jones (Jupiter Ascending)
5. Grace Abigail Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
6. Michonne (The Walking Dead)
7. John Reese (Person of Interest)
8. John Wick (John Wick)
9. Eve Baird (The Librarians)
10. Russ Agnew (Battle Creek)
11. Natasha Romanov (MCU)
12. Nick Burkhardt (Grimm)

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Meme (Crack Crossovers Time, Part 1)

The crack crossovers meme, part 1! Courtesy of joonscribble and awanderingbard.

I chose to go with all contemporary-timeline fandoms, just to make things easier, and no duplicate 'verses, to make it interesting.

Choose 10 characters:
1. John Wick (John Wick)
2. Michonne (The Walking Dead)
3. Russ Agnew (Battle Creek)
4. Liv Moore (iZombie - TV)
5. John Reese (Person of Interest)
6. Grace Abigail Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
7. Brian O'Conner (Fast and the Furious)
8. Jupiter Jones (Jupiter Ascending)
9. John McClane (Die Hard)
10. Eve Baird (The Librarians)

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omg Kaylee

Fic: A Good Mechanic's Hard to Find [Firefly x Dresden Files; gen]

Gen; Firefly x Dresden Files. 2000w, for intoabar: Kaylee meets Harry Dresden.

The first time Kaywinnet Lee Frye set foot in a product of Firefly Ship Works, was perhaps not so coincidentally also the first time she took a job from a tall, older man known for the style of his coat-- and his heroics.

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(x-posted at AO3)
letty and dom

Fic: How Can We Not Talk About Family (When Family's All We Got) - Furious 7; PG-13

PG-13; Furious Seven; 2800 words. A Brian+Letty, Dom/Brian, Dom/Letty movie tag in the Metaphysical Gravity 'verse.

Letty knows, and Brian knows, that it isn't really the bullets he's been missing.

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(x-posted to quarter_mile and at AO3)
brian and dom

Fic: Our Story Is Too True To Make Amends - F&F 6; PG-13

PG-13; Fast & Furious 6; 2600 words. A Dom/Brian cut scene in the Metaphysical Gravity 'verse, with SPOILERS for F7.

For all Mia's assurances-- and the evidence of his own experience, in hindsight-- there's still a layer of self-defense in not ever having actually said the words.

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(x-posted to quarter_mile and at AO3)
gandalf reads

Roadbumps, and a Question About Character-Distilling Adjectives

The oddest things can still trip you up, months after tragedy happens. I got an email from LinkedIn today asking me to celebrate my dad's work anniversary. I didn't even know he had a LinkedIn. I don't think anybody else did, either. It felt a little like being slapped in the face, staring at that email, wondering if anyone else got it, and what I'd have to do to take it down. Even though I wasn't at all fussed about finally deactivating his geocaching account last month. *shaking head*

Maybe it's more on my mind today since I went to see Sound of Music with my mom when they rereleased it on the big screen this weekend, and she burst into surprised tears the first time they sang Edelweiss; she'd forgotten, Dad bought her a music box with that song in it on their honeymoon and they danced all around the hotel room to it. She made sure to fetch it after and have me take a picture, so after she passes it won't just get garage sale'd without somebody realizing. (She does that sort of thing a lot these days. I try not to let it bother me.)

*clearing throat* Anyway. Before that I'd meant to post today about my growing pet peeve with Hobbit fandom: fics from 3rd person limited POV that continually reference Bilbo as the hobbit and Thorin as the dwarf and so on, occasionally with bonus character-distilling adjectives (Balin - the older dwarf! Dwalin - the tattooed dwarf! Bofur - the hatted dwarf! etc.) OMFG, I get that it's difficult to handle all the he's without mixing up who you're referring to if you don't want to always be repeating names, and those labels are convenient, but it's also very awkward and seems so... one-dimensional and also a little distant at the same time? Like I'm aware every time it happens that it's an author's reference trick rather than feeling that I'm right there in the moment with the characters, because that's not how real people mentally refer to each other.

Or at least, it's not how I think? Do people think that way? Seriously, I'm curious now. Because, like I said. It comes off as terribly, terribly awkward to me. And yet so many people do it! (And not just in this fandom, obvs; it's just even more obtrusive here.)
detective carter

Dear Prime Time Player 2015:

First of all, thank you for participating in not_primetime! I look forward to reading my gift.

Please don't stress; I'm easy to please. Whatever you enjoy writing? I'll probably enjoy reading. I like people with layers, and watching them engage intelligently with each other is always a good time for me, whatever they're up to. I am equally pleased by stories written close to canon, or divergent AUs, or crossovers with other shows/movies/books I know. I only have a few no-go's, which I'd prefer you avoid: incest, deliberate betrayal of trust between partners, character humiliation, and non-consensual sex. Anything else from fluff to angst is OK, as long as the plot resolves in a positive fashion somehow (I prefer not to close a story feeling depressed).

If you want to stalk me, this is my main journal; my fic index post is at DW, or you can find me at faviconjedibuttercup.


I hope I've given you some things to be thoughtful about, rather than boxing you in. Just have fun writing whatever you're writing, and I'll love whatever you give me. Thank you again!
michelle rodriguez

Fic: Skirmish; A Parley Sounded (PG-13; F&F, Letty-centric, Brian/Vince)

PG-13; interlude before Fast & Furious. 5800 words. Letty/Dom, Brian/Vince; 3rd of Much Ado About Racing.

It wouldn't be the same without Dom. But the world hadn't stood still last time, either. Time to go home, and see what the family had been up to while she was gone.

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(x-posted to quarter_mile and at AO3)
buffy bothered

Ah, The Classic "I'm Bad at Summaries" Excuse ...

I swear, I cringe every time I see that line in a fanfic summary. NEXT!

But ... I'm having that problem myself, at the moment. The closer I get to the end of Never Look Back, the more I realize how utterly uninformative the story summary, and indeed the Lesser Men Saga series summary, is:

"Then Shall The Chosen Make Their Choices Four": who ever said 'no rest for the wicked' had it all backwards.

I just have no real idea how else to describe that long-in-the-finishing byzantine canon-divergent tropemonster. Those few of you who still follow it - how would you describe the story? I swear I'll credit you for the description; I just want to have something more interesting there to lure in the never-read-WIPs folks when I finally wrap the thing! *pleading eyes*
lake house

Fic Questions Meme

As my last meme has run out, and I'm trying to keep the journaling habit going this year, I've snagged another one that's been going 'round. (Though I've struck out one question; I'm leaving it in for posterity's sake, but I very seldom actually use a beta.)

Drop the title of one of my fics and a number (see questions below) in my comment box, 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!
never look back

Fic Update: Never Look Back (25/32)

I've been fighting with this chapter for months, trying to keep all the threads of the story straight; but I'm finally just calling it. If I have to make corrections later, so be it! Part of the concluding scene was obviously inspired by a recent popular movie. Also, the oath in this chapter is borrowed from S.M. Stirling's Change series, because it struck me just right for the purpose.

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Die is Cast

(Chapter also posted at the AO3.)
terra nova

Fic: Applying Leverage: Part II (PG-13; B:tVS/Terra Nova)

PG-13, Terra Nova/B:tVS. 2400 words; part of the Dancing with Dinosaurs series.

Maybe, if they took out enough of his support, Lucas would agree to talk? Buffy could only hope.

Applying Leverage: Part I

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(x-posted at AO3)
beware fainting fits

Bookmark: The Compleat 2015 Reading List

2007 - 100 Books (averaging 408.57 pages)  
2008 - 80 Books (averaging 385.50 pages)
2009 - 67 Books (averaging 338.03 pages)
2010 - 129 Books (averaging 378.75 pages)
2011 - 133 Books (averaging 375.98 pages)
2012 - 144 Books (averaging 398.92 pages)
2013 - 130 Books (averaging 397.36 pages)
2014 - 130 Books (averaging 391.13 pages)

Total books and average pages remained roughly consistent in 2014, working out to about 149 pages per day, though individual books varied greatly. There were a few novellas or graphic novels under 100 pages in there, and three over 1000 pages, one of which I actually read in bits and pieces between other things for months. In other stats: 7 were nonfiction this time; 27 were re-reads; and 12 were graphic novels.

So here we go, embarking on Year Nine of book tracking!

Book stats through #63 include: 5 nonfiction; 11 rereads; 2 poetry; 4 graphic novels.

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die hard

Fic: A Father's Duty (PG-13; Die Hard/B:tVS, gen)

PG-13; A Good Day to Die Hard/B:tVS. 1300 words, 4th in the Hard Duties sequence.

"Oh, I'm just going to Moscow to find Jack," John muttered under his breath, mocking his last conversation with his daughter. "What do I need the arsenal for? Just couple of stakes in case I get cornered in an alley; don't worry, Lucy, I'll be fine. Ha! Should have known."

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(x-posted to AO3)
wacky fun

Bookmark: 2015 Viewing List

View Tracking Year Eight! See 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 for past lists.

If I round all TV episodes (whether live or DVD) up to the nearest half-hour mark and all movies to two hours total, then add in repeat viewings, in 2014 I watched 756.5 total hours of on-screen entertainment, an average of 2.07 hours/day.

By comparison, I watched 842.5 hours in 2013 (2.31 hours/day), 920 hours in 2012 (2.52 hrs/day), 785 hours in 2011, 777 in 2010, 677 in 2009, and 653 in 2008. So... still more than before I moved the elliptical machine in front of the box, but otherwise the lowest since before 2010.

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sam fanfic

Fic Year in Review - 2014

Well. 2014 wasn't brighter than 2013. For obvious reasons. I pretty much wrote nothing until April, and my output was pretty uneven after that. I think I still did OK under the circumstances, though; only about fifteen thousand words less than last year, overall. And I did update a very old WIP. As in, previously last updated in 2006. So, some progress?

Moving onward!

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Past analysis posts: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010| 2009 | 2008 | 2007: Part I & Part II | 2006

Fic: (give me) things that don't get lost [Expendables; T; Lee/Barney]

T; Expendables 3, 2000 words. Mild Barney Ross/Lee Christmas. Fic #2 for Yuletide 2014.

"This isn't just about Caesar, is it? You haven't been the same since Billy. You never really talked about that, either."

(give me) things that don't get lost

(Linked @ the AO3 Yuletide archive; written for fullmoon02)

Fic: The Secret To Building Momentum (Is To Take One Day at a Time) [Dresden Files; T]

T; Dresden Files, 5600 words. AU; Harry & Marcone meet differently. Fic #1 for Yuletide 2014.

For years, I'd lived under a death sentence for defending my own life. Who was I to throw stones at someone else who'd seen the trap he was mired in and chose to rip it down and start over?

The Secret To Building Momentum (Is To Take One Day at a Time)

(Linked @ the AO3 Yuletide archive; written for shadownashira)

Merry Yuletide!

Just a quick check-in to say Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating today. Mom and I killed Christmas Eve with cheese and crackers, a bottle of wine, and a couple of Christmas action movies (Die Hard and Lethal Weapon). We'll do presents in ... uh, about seven hours? ... with bro and sis-in-law and the littles.

In the meantime, though, I did manage to write two stories for Yuletide this year, both in fandoms I've written for before. And I received:

History of Bleeding - 6427 words, rated T, Bullet to the Head (2012)

I asked for a story about fathers and daughters this year because I have feels on the subject, for obvious reasons. And my Yuletide Author delivered in spades! Gritty just like the movie, but thoughtful and very well written and made me smile, if a little mistily.