dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Eight - Coming Storm)
So I'm changing jobs (getting transferred to a much bigger library within my library system) a week from Monday. I don't really know which department I'm going to or exactly what I'll be doing or what my work schedule will be. And because the universe is full of wacky random convergences, on the same day I found out about the job transfer, I also found an apartment I wanted to move to in a very different neighborhood from where I presently live. So three weeks after I change jobs I'll be moving. Happily the new place will be exceedingly convenient for the new job! And, uh, at least I'm not changing states and time zones like I did the last time I got a new place and new job all at once. Also, hiring movers.

Anyway. There has not been a lot of writing getting done in these parts. I am developing an intense relationship--like unto a couple in a movie who meet on an ordinary day and then sixteen huge explosions later are in love for the rest of their lives--with Unfuck Your Habitat, so lots of things are getting thrown away, donated, and tidied up, which is very satisfying and sort of reassuring in the way that covering one's windows with plywood and laying in many gallons of water is reassuring.

Plus, today on UFYH I saw this gif:



And, realizing the double-Scottish adorability bound to result from Karen Gillan being interviewed by Craig Ferguson, I went and looked for the clip. I wound up watching this one, instead:



...From which I conclude that Karen Gillan, when not being Amy Pond, has not quite got the hang of a) staying upright or b) being interviewed. Which is sort of adorable in its own way, but not entirely what I expected.


Unrelated to any of the above, after eight episodes of watching them be bestest partners (well, okay, like, six episodes of bestest partners and an episode and a half of MISERY), this week toward the end of Southland I was suddenly beset by the desire for Sammy/Ben. It seemed almost plausible during one three-second pause in a conversation, and then it went away.

I just thought you should know.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Nine - Take My Hand)
From [personal profile] slodwick: Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I am the sixth regeneration of The Librarian. I am noted for my plum colored knitted hat (complete with pom pom on top). [personal profile] strangecobwebs is my companion. My catchphrase is "...dragon." Usually in a vague approximation of a Strong Bad voice even though I'm not quoting it right.
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Soooo after a mere thirteen months (I just noticed it took me a year to write the last crossover, too--clearly this is a difficult thing for me), here it is! Story title is from T. S. Eliot's "Rhapsody on a Windy Night" (Dissolve the floors of memory. / And all its clear relations. / Its divisions and precisions... )

Many, many thanks to [personal profile] iulia for sticking with me and this story for the last year, and to her and [personal profile] ellen_fremedon for excellent beta!

This is a sequel to my Jack Harkness/Aral Vorkosigan story, Signals That Sound in the Dark, but unlike that story it is totally, entirely gen. You probably don't need to have read Signals to read this as long as you accept the premise that Aral once met Jack Harkness and felt that he owed Jack a favor by the end of the night.

This story is set halfway between Barrayar and The Warrior's Apprentice for Aral and Cordelia, and circa "Vincent and the Doctor" for the Doctor and Amy. It would have been much more topical if I had written it about twelve and a half months faster. *g*

Gen. Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond. 21,000 words.
In which the Doctor takes Amy on a holiday to Barrayar and hardly anything goes wrong at all.

And All Its Clear Relations )
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
29 – What is your current project or projects?

There are, hm, let's say five. I feel like sharing today, so some of the teasers are in the 300-500 word range.

Awaiting final beta and fixing and a smidge more writing, there's the Vorkosigan/Doctor Who crossover sequel to Signals That Sound in the Dark.

In which Aral Vorkosigan meets Amy Pond )

Then there are the two I am midway through the actual writing of.

One is a not-wolf-verse Generation Kill story of which this snippet is almost but not quite entirely unrepresentative.

After this there's a lot more misery, but I like this bit. )

The other one I'm writing is mostly about all the sex Aral and Cordelia don't have before they get married, because I have thought about this and they really never had time for any. So really it's about a lot of things including Aral during the week of the green silk room, wishing he were somewhere else.

Not anywhere else. He has a destination in mind. )


And, since I've done a bit of writing on each of them, I suppose I can also consider the two Next Things to be also current projects.

The stuff I've got for the next Generation Kill wolf-verse story is pretty rough and will probably change a lot, but this bit should stay pretty much the same.

How Nate Met Brad. )

And last and least-written but by no means least in any other sense, the next story in The World That You Need, which I have been in the process of circling back around to write since ... last November.

In which Arkady is having a difficult day. )
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21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Short answer: Yep! Because there was another story that I thought I would like to write that followed from the first one.

Longer answer:

So, here's the thing. I didn't start out overthinking this question, but I did start out thinking that this question had a very specific meaning. Intuitively, I read this question as meaning, Did you ever, after having written a fic and being all finished with it, then write another fic that was of roughly similar size and seriousness which followed sequentially and necessarily from that fic while also being a complete story in itself?

To which the answer is, yes, about three times, and one of those isn't posted yet. So as it turns out I have all these IDEAS about what the word sequel means.

To me a sequel is something different from a series-planned-as-a-series, in which case while each separate story is--hopefully--a sufficiently standalone story that people will not do themselves or me an injury while waiting for the next bit, the reason I keep writing subsequent stories is because the story isn't over yet. That's not the same as "the story was done and then I wrote another story that followed from the first one." So, in my head, the GK wolf-verse doesn't count, nor does The World That You Need, nor Brothelers, nor all those Hawks & Hands prequels, even if they do make me the internet's most prolific Kowalski/Gardino writer.

Speaking of which, The Future in Five Conversations also doesn't count. It's not a sequel to Hawks & Hands, even though it follows necessarily from H&H while also sort of standing on its own as a story because it's not the same magnitude of story. It's a coda, a (five years) belated epilogue tacked on at the end. If I had ever written the epic OT3-trapped-in-Ancient-Egypt story that With the Dying was setup for, it would have been the same thing in reverse.

So, as far as I can tell from a cursory look through my works on AO3, the only stories that do count as sequels in my head are:

Rumored, sequel to Unannounced (House/Wilson outside POV), and
Tell, sequel to Common Language (Stargate SG-1 Bechdel fix-its for the pilot).
Arguably also Spades, which doesn't have to be a sequel to Hunde (Spy Game, Muir/Bishop), but might as well be.

Plus, of course, The One I Haven't Posted Yet, which is a (GEN) sequel to Signals That Sound in the Dark.


All 30 questions under the cut )

TRIUMPH

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At 20,406 words, my ridiculous gen Vorkosigan/Doctor Who crossover is DONE. ISH. UNTIL THE BETAS GET AT IT.

BUT MOSTLY JUST DONE. \o/
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Colby - Fingers by emily_reich)
10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I am almost infinitely persuadable when it comes to pairings, provided they involve one or more characters I care about, so this question almost doesn't compute at all for me.

I have a distinct memory of this WRT to reading fic: not long after I got into Buffy fandom it occurred to me that someone, somewhere, must be writing Giles/Buffy. Age differences and power dynamics and Giles are all relevant to my interests--surely this would make for kinkywrongfun reading experiences!

Yeah, I have never been squicked harder in my life except for that one time I tried to read Steve Yzerman slash and my eyes actually filled with tears to spare me the sight.

I did do something kind of similar once--similar to my Giles/Buffy experience, not, thankfully, similar to ill-fated excursions into NHL RPS--in my own writing. I tried to write Don Eppes/Colby Granger. Powerplay, age difference, secrecy but not as much secrecy as Don/Charlie! In principle, I find this pairing intriguing! In practice, I wrote something like ten thousand words of fic which kept falling further into some hideous and incoherent rabbit hole, located an ending of sorts, sent it off to beta, revised, sent it off again, attempted to revise, realized that these problems were in fact really, really fundamental and also I was starting to hate the fic a lot, and finally declared defeat and went home. I think it's the only fic I've ever written to something like completion and then stuffed into a drawer; certainly it's the longest. I simply could not make the fascinating dynamic that worked in my head work on paper. Among other things, there was no way to make a roughly canonical Colby that crazy without doing a lot of setup I didn't want to do. (I was, at the time, about halfway through doing all the setup in the world to make Don and Charlie crazy enough for each other. I did not need another crazyfication epic.)

I eventually did succeed in writing Don/Colby a couple of times after that, by the expedients of not actually exploring the relationship dynamics at all and sticking to drabble length. So possibly Don/Colby doesn't count, but that one awful story is my one big failure to write a pairing I set out to write--getting distracted by something shiny and wandering off before I finished that Clone!Ten/Rose epic, or the Bones love triangle with Sully, hardly counts.



As for writing a pairing I didn't like but found I could write anyway, uh, hm. As I said, I'm vastly persuadable, so by the time I've worked my way around to writing, like, The Doctor's daughter and a Dalek, I'm convinced that they're MFEO anyway. I guess Red John/Patrick Jane was probably the most self-consciously sincerely wrong pairing I've ever successfully written.

(The most self-consciously wrong pairing that I was never able to write--both because I was forbidden by everyone I told about the bunny and because I myself couldn't really bear to have it in my head enough to properly write it--was Gerard and Mikey Way, bodyswapped into each other. For whatever that's worth.)


All 30 questions, under the cut. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Remember that time it took me 7 years to finish a Stargate fic? Yeah, odds are against me finishing a 30 day meme in anything like 30 days, but I will persevere. Probably.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Okay, well, I listed 49 fandoms on day two, so answering this exactly as asked would get seriously out of control. Instead, under the cut, my favorite characters to write from what I semi-scientifically conclude are my top ten current and past fandoms.

Playing favorites! )


All 30 questions for your meme-repeating convenience. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Amy - TARDIS)
[livejournal.com profile] quintenttsy has recorded a podfic of my Doctor Who story, "The Box Below"!

***

And in a totally unrelated development, tonight's work on my SG-1 bigbang story has taught me this valuable lesson:

Any time you think that you can simplify a story by sending Jack O'Neill to Narnia, even just for a few minutes, you should probably look down and identify the very narrow ledge you have wandered out onto, and then you should move expeditiously back to the nearest window and get the hell inside. Because, in fact, no. No you can't.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Amy - TARDIS)
This morning I woke up from a dream in which I was (probably drunkenly; we were sitting at a table very like my general mental image of Hanging Out In The Bar At A Con, give or take also being in a storage container or something) trying to explain to dubious people the inherent genius of my idea to write a story where the Doctor and Rory get soulbonded and obviously this leads to OT3 after some delightful angst, because obviously.

I had already had the idea for this story (late last night, after reading Generation Kill soulbond fic, like you do when you've never seen Generation Kill and you should've been in bed an hour ago but you just discovered that somewhere on the internet, awaiting your download, is a movie version of Persuasion starring Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth LIKE I DIDN'T ALREADY WANT TO MARRY HIM ENOUGH and you figure you might as well read something while you download the constituent files). So, uh, thanks dream-brain, for trying to convince me that other people would be dubious about it. Too bad, because it is GENIUS and I have the EMPHATIC HAND GESTURES to prove it.
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
So a few weeks ago my external hard drive--where I kept all my music--started dying. I managed to get all the music onto my laptop (and thence onto my shiny new 1TB backup drive), but this also required me to re-import everything into iTunes from the new location (which I dodged doing when I got a new computer thanks to having all the music on the external--I guess it was bound to happen eventually), and in the process I lost a few slowly-accreted playlists including my Aral/Jole playlist. I managed to remember a few obvious songs (the two all the titles come from and Jole's embarrassing country music anthem) but that's about all I've got. It's the saddest playlist ever.

So, if you've read my Aral/Jole stories, rec me a song or two that you think fits them? My SG-1 epic playlist has 38 songs, and Aral and Jole are going to start thinking I don't love them if this keeps up. *g*

(I tend to put songs on playlists of this kind because of lyrical resonance, so don't feel that you have to find something that actually sounds ... Barrayaran. Good God, now I'm trying to imagine Barrayaran pop music. o.O)


Also! In case you are interested in knowing more about my ~FEELINGS~ about any of the characters people requested, my answers to the feelings meme are linked below:

Peter Burke
Colby Granger
Jack Harkness
Daniel Jackson
Ianto Jones
Ray Kowalski
Amy Pond
Gregor Vorbarra
Aral Vorkosigan
Cordelia Vorkosigan
Miles Vorkosigan
Mark Vorkosigan
Ivan Vorpatril
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
From [personal profile] philomytha, "Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!"

I'm up to five WIPs, which leaves me feeling almost like I'm actually writing.... )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
From [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, a meme about characters and a meme about songs: under the cut. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Amy - TARDIS)
This is how I have started to refer to Doctor Who, because in my head it is in fact the Amy and Her Boys show, and it makes me very, very happy that way.

For some reason I haven't seen this linked or squeed over all up and down my circle/flist/etc., so here: The Doctor Who 2011 Children In Need Comic Relief Special(s)!! It's two episodes, each running about four minutes, chock full of the Amy-and-Her-Boys-ness of them.

Go watch! THEN COME BACK AND SQUEE. Particularly about spoilers! )

In conclusion: just about a month until the new season starts at Easter! Amy and Her Boys! ♥♥♥

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