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Hello! This is my sticky post for anyone navigating directly to my journal.

All my fic is on AO3 (Dira Sudis) except for a few very old bits and pieces under the orphan tag here.

I don't often rec fic but I do bookmark like a librarian, so take a gander at my AO3 bookmarks. (You can further sort by the bookmarker's tags--favorite is a tier, okay.)

I can also be found on twitter and pillowfort

I can also also be found writing original romance novels, mostly under the name Dessa Lux. All the info about my books is on my website!

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 This was... kind of a weird week. And also possibly the most fic I’ve written in a single week ever? Certainly since I started keeping track. Soooo. That happened. Not to the benefit of anything I was writing or even planning to write before this week, but yay! writing! 

Words written this week: 21,997 (I KNOW RIGHT)

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 401

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 649

Emhyr/Geralt Story I Really Wasn’t Planning On Writing Until I’d Seen More Than Three Minutes of Emhyr Canon But What Can You Do: 20,947, which, uh, is all of it, give or take revising (and sequels, shut up, this situation is completely under control). WHAT HAPPENED IS, I hadn’t written anything Monday or Tuesday of this week due to Life Stuff and on Wednesday I sat down and started working on some tricky stuff with my current werewolf book which turned into just being Stuck pretty quickly, so I was like “you know, this week has been stressful, I’m not getting anywhere with this, I’m gonna just let myself write down some dialogue for this Emhyr/Geralt bunny that I’m definitely not writing but can’t stop thinking about” and then what I actually did was start writing the actual story from the beginning and just... keep going for 6,000 words, after which I grabbed some dinner and went home and ... wrote another 4,000 words before going to bed. (I... don’t know if I’ve ever written 10k of anything in a day before? Ever?) And then I just... kept... going over the next few days until it was finished. So. That happened? :D?

Also in my defense the three minutes of Emhyr canon I have seen consist of (Emperor of the North and South, conquering (anti)hero) Emhyr a) getting in Geralt’s personal space to make intense eye contact and talk about how insolent he is and b) asking Geralt to track down his (Emhyr’s) daughter and sole heir, who is also Geralt’s daughter (and who likes Geralt better) because reasons, and Geralt refusing to take Emhyr’s money for the job because this is about protecting Ciri. What more canon does a pairing need, I ask you.

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 Kind of on a roll! Going someplace! Several places!

Also I officially gave up on playing Witcher 2 and am moving on to Witcher 3 which means CIRI AND EMHYR AND ESKEL CANON INCOMING, I CAN WRITE MORE WITCHER STUFF SOON!!! Because I, you know. Needed more Witcher stuff to write?!

Words written this week: 6,081

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,139

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 747

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 435

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 1,092

Eskel/Geralt Fic for the FanWorksCon 2019 “Ignite” Zine: 2,668, because I saw the zine announcement and was like “huh, Ignite, I wonder what I could--” and the first thing that occurred to me was of course Igni, which is the name of the sign witchers use to summon fire, and Eskel is really good at using the magic signs and, uh, yeah, kinky magical fireplay is happening now. :D :D :D

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 Another pretty good week! Although I started listening to the Sharing Knife audiobooks and, guess what, I still love this series enough for everyone, and I keep not wanting to do anything but listen to more audiobook. But! I did remember to detach myself long enough to post this!

Words written this week: 6,101

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 802

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 690

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 1,116, turning the corner from sad to Deeply Awkward! Yay progress! :D

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 3,493, and if I could stop! having! new! ideas! for things to cram into this fic and into the continuity stemming from it, that would be GREAT. (It is over 19,000 words and the fourth of six chapters is... definitely less than half over, ye gods.)

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I've posted two so far, and it occurred to me that announcing them over here on Dreamwidth might be worth doing. :D


For the Hoard (1579 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia
Additional Tags: Food, Food Issues, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, I shook a witcher and intergenerational trauma fell out
Summary:

Geralt couldn't remember when he'd last felt hungry.




The Axii Loop (1918 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eskel/Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Eskel (The Witcher)
Additional Tags: Magical Accidents, Altered Mental States, Public Nudity, Teenage Witchers, Fluff
Summary:

Teenage Geralt and Eskel decide to experiment with Axii. What could possibly go wrong?




...And, not to worry, the unmanageably long E-rated one with Problematic Sex is coming soon. :D
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I had an actually pretty good writing week, despite assorted disruptions! And also I have been offered a smol job, which is pretty exciting, because. Money! Money is so nice.

Writing is also nice! And so is that New Fandom Energy, hooboy.

Words written this week: 7,163

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 694, and holy crap this is the last chapter?? This story is gonna for real get finished???

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 190

Sad WWII Bucky/Steve Fic: 201

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters:  4,323, and it’s creeping up on 16k and I’m not quite half done, so, uh, hooray for making a big entrance into a new fandom, I guess? Hope you like all the, you know... pederasty.

Fluffy Eskel/Geralt Teenage Shenanigans: 1,755, definitely based on a worldbuilding thought experiment and not at all on my desperation to not have my second fic in this fandom be 30k of pederasty. 


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 I would just like you all to know that I have had SEVERAL terrible ideas for Witcher fic that I haven’t started writing yet, okay. LOTS.

Words written this week: 5,768

WIPs that got words this week:

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 102

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 929, and we have turned the corner! I think! It probably won’t be sad anymore after this!! (Probably!)

Slavefic #7: 258

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 4,479, mostly from one day where I got on a roll and wrote 3600 words of the worst stuff that happens to Geralt in this story in the course of a few hours. I haven’t done that in a while, so that burst of writing flow and momentum was really enjoyable. SORRY, GERALT.

 
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I spent this week hanging out with my BFF Iulia (and her toddler and dog and husband, in roughly that order of attention-demandingness) but still had my best fic-writing week so far this year because they all go to sleep early and I have A LOT OF THOUGHTS ABOUT GERALT GETTING INTRODUCED TO SEX EARLY. And also some other things.

Words written this week: 6,403
WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 236, and Chapter 17 is actually! done! so I will be posting it… sometime soon. :D

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 694, and I figured out just how to angle the trajectory to fling Bucky smoothly into the interpersonal trainwreck that really kicks the story off. SORRY, BUCKY. IT GETS BETTER.

Slavefic #7: 267

Sad WWII Bucky/Steve Fic: 229, and I finally managed to transition from the part where Bucky is just very sad in silence to the part where Bucky is very sad but also talks to Steve about or at least around it? Yay? 

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 4,977, ahhahahaha um WHAT’S THAT OVER THERE. *runs away* (Also it’s not that I am SURPRISED that this story has also become Eskel/Geralt and I am shipping Eskel/Geralt with a stupid level of earnestness (oh hey, childhood best friends who go through hell together and end up as hundred-year-old superhuman warriors in a future they never anticipated??) but also I was somehow not quite expecting that.)

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It’s March! And I think the higher dose of antidepressants is kicking in! And … I got myself into a new fandom, because. Of course I did. But hey, I wrote stuff!

Words written this week: 5,591
WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 685, and honestly Chapter 17 might be done at this point, I just have to figure out the exact line I’m ending on.

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 74

Slavefic #7: 756

Sad WWII Bucky/Steve Fic: 250, and I have been resisting writing this story since about 2015 because IT’S SAD and not even in a normal dramatic irony way or Bucky-falls-from-the-train way, so. At least it’s comparatively short? Probably?

For the Hoard: 1,573, ahahaha oh god I’m writing Witcher fic now apparently?

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 2,253, I AM JUST SAYING. IT HAPPENED, OKAY. NO ONE GOT OUT OF TRAINING AT KAER MORHEN WITHOUT BEING FUCKED BY AN ADULT WITCHER AT LEAST ONCE. This is… apparently a hill I am going to die on to the tune of writing a 5+1 fic about Geralt’s experiences of that… whole… situation. All of those words went into, uh, the first half of the first part. So. This is fine. Yes.

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I … totally failed to do this post last weekend! But I did write stuff! So, combined catch-up post.

Words written this week: 3,948

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,243, getting SO CLOSE to finishing this chapter!!

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 188

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 2,383

Slavefic #7: 134

Also:



…a lot of cross-stitching, yeah.

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Between job-hunting, snow days, and taking up cross-stitch in the most ludicrously in-character-as-myself way possible, this week’s writing accomplishments… could have been worse?

Words written this week: 2,149
WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 461

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 576

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 680

Slavefic #7: 168

Venom OT4 Clownfish AU: 264, hahaha what is that?? where did it come from??? where is it GOING?!?? WHO KNOWS.

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FINALLY feel like I’m getting back on track after the… everything… of the past month.

Words written this week: 3,362
WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 691

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 1,737, in which Steve! finally! proposed! so we can get on with the actual story! A mere 13,000 words in! :D

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 745

Slavefic #7: 189 

(Slavefic #6 is … coming, I swear, just my beta and I are both having a difficult winter so… it’s taking some time.)

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Well, this is an easy one. 

Words written this fortnight: 1,918
WIPs that got words this fortnight:

Born in the Blood: 1,918

I’M GONNA FINISH IT, I MEAN IT. NEXT WEEK, ACTUAL REGULAR WRITING WILL RESUME. PROBABLY.

(ALSO: NEW CHAPTER OF TINSOB COMING TODAY! LAST TWO CHAPTERS NEXT WEEK!!!!!)

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Scope note: I am including the WIPs I’ve posted to AO3 this year, and will also include them in future Years in Review for years in which new chapters are posted. Stories posted for Yuletide 2018 are included in this post.

In 2018 I posted 13 complete stories and added chapters to two ongoing WIPs, for a total of over 284,000 words of fic posted in four fandoms. That is the fewest different stories I've posted in a complete year of fic-writing, ever, but, uh, one of them was the lion's share of TINSOB, so.

I actually wrote just over 211,000 words of fic in 2018 (most of TINSOB was written before this year, but otoh I wrote the remaining TINSOB chapters and most of Slavefic #6 and haven't posted them yet, so.) My worst month was March, when I wrote less than 3,000 words of fic in the entire month (and then I got on some new brain meds) and my best month was October, when I wrote over 30,000 (helloooo Venom fandom!)

This year’s titles quoted from The Mountain Goats (3), T. S. Eliot, Alan Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk, Dan Fogelberg, and Linkin Park.

(Fic list and a bunch of meme questions under the cut)

Fic List )

Fic Review Meme )
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I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year, but i wound up writing a couple of pinch hits:

Venom Versus Christmas (4571 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Venom (Movie 2018)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eddie Brock/Venom Symbiote, Dan Lewis (Venom 2018)/Anne Weying
Characters: Venom Symbiote (Marvel), Eddie Brock, Dan Lewis (Venom 2018), Anne Weying
Additional Tags: Holidays, Christmas, Unhappy Holiday Feelings, Fluff, Fluffy Ending
Summary:

Eddie doesn't like Christmas, but Venom really likes celebrating things.



The Giant in the Cavern Brings Copper and Silver and Gold (3172 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change - Virginia M. Mohlere
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Dragon & Caro, The Dragon & the House Spirit
Characters: The Dragon (The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change), Caro (The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change)
Additional Tags: Dragons, Friendship, Agender Dragon, It Pronouns
Summary:

Every time the dragon takes a penny, the giant supplies another one.

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[Recreating my Tumblr Post of the same name from 10/27/18, since my Tumblr being NSFW now makes everything behind the cut inaccessible.]

…I obsessively screencap so you don’t have to!

So there’s this Vanity Fair video (which is awesome and you should totally watch) with Ruben Fleischer breaking down how they shot the fight scene in Eddie’s apartment, which is cool for many reasons but mainly because it includes MANY VIEWS OF THE INTERIOR OF EDDIE’S APARTMENT FOR ALL YOUR DESCRIBING-EDDIE’S-APARTMENT-IN-FIC NEEDS.

[ETA 12/24/18: By now you could also, of course, consult your friendly local DVD or Blu-ray--I assume someone will make high quality caps of this stuff soon. I will, probably, if I don't see someone else get to it first.]



Also, revelations about who our favorite disaster is as a person! Eddie owns a Moka pot, a pepper mill, a LOT of blankets and lamps, even more LPs, and more than three shirts actually hanging on hangers!

Screencap tour of Eddie's Apartment, under the cut! )
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There is a Stardew Valley mod that marks which rock has a ladder under it.

This is the most a mod has ever sounded like Definitely Cheating but OTOH god dammit I want to get past level 26 of the Skull Cavern sometime before I die.
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Because I make SUCH GOOD LIFE CHOICES, I picked up a Yuletide pinch hit in a week where I was releasing a new book and while trying to finish my big three pre-2018 WIPs, so, uh, that happened. (I am not displeased with having picked up the pinch hit qua the pinch hit, it was a fun story and I finished it, but, uh. Yeah.)

Words written this week: 2,848 + an unspecified number greater than 1,000

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood: 208, and I figured out what was hindering me and how to stop being hindered by it, which will come in handy as soon as this is the main thing I’m working on again. Hopefully soon.

Slavefic #6: 2,640, and this is… definitely the last chapter. Definitely. I mean it. It just might be kind of a LONG chapter but it is definitely the LAST one.

Secret Yuletide Pinch Hit Story: An unspecified number greater than 1,000, done and posted! :D So now I can pick up another pinch hit FINISH SOME WIPs!!!

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I haven't mentioned my books here in a while--in fact I seem to have missed announcing Omega Required over here entirely!

But anyway, here's the OTHER thing that has had me biting my nails while everyone else is organizing the fandom exodus:



An omega who wants nothing to do with alphas…
An alpha who wants to save omegas, but never meant to fall for one…
And a thousand-mile roadtrip that will change their lives… if they don’t kill each other first.


Book 2 of the Wolves in the World series - out now!



Three omegas are home for the holidays with the Niemi pack, and every old tradition is new again with these omegas in the mix!

Book 2.5 of the Wolves in the World series - coming soon!

These take place in a world that's fifteen years on from a somewhat confused series of events generally referred to as the Revelation, in which the wider human world found out that werewolves exist and are living among them, in ordinary families and in big multi-family packs. As you might guess from the titles, these are omegaverse, but the a/b/o aspects only manifest among werewolves, which means that omegas are doubly strange to humans and deal with... many attendant difficulties.

(It is... possible that the worldbuilding has gotten ENTIRELY away from me? But also: romances!)
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Man, uh, this week was kind of distracted and stressful? I don’t know if anyone else had kind of a distracting and stressful week? Maybe???

Words written this week: 3,043

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 216

Slavefic #6: 2,827, and okay the last chapter was a false alarm but NOW I am in the final chapter and I am going! to finish this! very soon!! I MEAN IT!!!!

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