dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
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 )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Wilson - Smile by daughtershade)
More characterization-by-wishful-thinking from my sojourn in House. This one, I think, comes from the patch I went through where the chronic sleep deprivation started leaking all over my writing, and all stories ended happily in the sense that the protagonists got to go to sleep at the end. This one also foundered and died on my inability to write House/Wilson porn; after this I gave it up as a bad job and moved on to less intimidating pairings. *g*

House/Wilson. Pre-series. Improbably nice.

Raveled )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House/Wilson Kiss! by tzikeh)
So, by the time I hit House fandom, halfway through season one and months after the Christmas episode aired, the Christmas-episode-tag-porn story had already been written at least twice. I was still determined to write it again, only with offputting verisimilitude and a weird relationship dynamic (although, ha ha, now quaintly far less fucked up than canon). This stopped dead in midsentence due to my inability to write porn with that setup. It's really no wonder the first story I finished in that fandom was gen, is it?

House/Wilson, almost NC-17. But not. Post-that first season Christmas episode, with the smiling and Chinese food and piano playing, remember that? Good times.

Misrule )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - : ] by sophiesly)
1. Via [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat and [livejournal.com profile] commodorified, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL rock harder than I would normally be willing to admit.

2. In a similar vein, via [livejournal.com profile] nestra, Daniel Craig is not just hot, he also loves us and wants us to be happy.

3. Speaking of people who love us and want us to be happy, [livejournal.com profile] lilac_one has written, I think, the world's sixth ever Regenesis fic, and it is David Sandstrom/Charlie Eppes. Go. Read.

4. Chase. Robert Chase makes me happy. Yes he does. I would elaborate on this point if I'd had more than four hours of sleep, but, really, it's been two years, you have the idea now, right? Chase makes me happy, the end.

5. Dead Like Me. I've been trying to finish the second season since, uh, August (yes, I am that person sitting on one Netflix disc for three months and subsidizing everyone else's accounts: you're welcome) and just last night watched ep 2x13, "Last Call," in which the post-its turn purple and Mason goes skinnydipping with Lt. George Hammond (who has a fine ass, btw) and then they TOTALLY HAVE SEX. SHUT UP, YES THEY DO. And even when it makes me sad, this show makes me happy.

5. [livejournal.com profile] numb3rs_newyear! Hi! People! Numb3rs has a winter slashfic exchange! It corresponds more to the show's birthday than to any other actual holiday, which is EXCELLENT because it means fics, at a manageable minimum of 500 words, aren't due until JANUARY 21. That's after finals AND Yuletide AND the holidays! LOTS OF TIME TO WRITE, people!

But not much time to sign up: today is the sign-up deadline, and so far only two people have committed. Er, not including me, because I do not multitask that well. But I WILL, and you should too. All slash pairings welcome! 500 words! January 21! Numb3rs fic exchange! Go sign up right now!

I know you can pony up 500 words, so sign up! Now! THIS MEANS YOU!


ETA:

6. Via Making Light: Possibly the geekiest thing ever.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House - Dylan Blue by atlashrugged)
Just watched the last two weeks' House episodes all in a row and now there are spoilers )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Chase - Cheers by purdyweasel)
1) After watching last night's episode of House, I've got a theory )

2) I have a new filling! I lost the old one eating hard candy, er, about seven months ago, and today I finally skipped out of my morning at work to take advantage of my swanky dental insurance and get it fixed. I keep thinking there's something stuck in what used to be the little gap in my tooth, but generally speaking I am really pleased with the whole experience, because, hey! No acid in my eye! It's wonderful what reduced standards will do for you.

3) As of a couple of weeks ago, I have a new phone! I am slooooowly filling it up with the numbers from the old phone; I keep programming in a few and then getting distracted by something shiny and wandering off. It also takes pictures, which functionality I have only sort of figured out how to use, so, meme-ishly:

Tell me what to take a picture of, and I will post the results! As soon as I figure out how!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House - Drugs by daughtershade)
Thirteen minutes in, all my reactions to House have been one reaction: One-word spoilers for 3x01, 'Meaning' )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Chase - Cheers by purdyweasel)
House is back! And I'm not saying I continue to focus intensely on Chase despite everything that happened last season, but... )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Time for a quick meme between running errands and slogging off to the library to do a big heap of reading. Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] fairmer:

Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have less than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between 50 and 75 interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over 75 interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much:

91 interests=short attention span )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
This is me, not thinking about tomorrow's trip to the dentist, tomorrow's slew of moving- and credit-card-debt-related phone calls, or the Supreme Court. Instead, a meme!

Selectively swiped from [livejournal.com profile] pearl_o among others: If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence/paragraph/whatever from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favorite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

(I did this one in November, when it was NaNo-appropriate, and posted snippets from seven WIPs. 1.083 of them got finished in the intervening eight months, and the rest... probably won't be. Also, in November, they were all from one fandom and now they're, uh. Not.)

Anyway, WIPs: )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Chase - Cheers by purdyweasel)
And a note to anybody who cares: Fox is re-airing last week's pre-empted OC episode next week at eight, followed by the new episode at nine.

House 1x19, Kids )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House/Wilson Kiss! by tzikeh)
My love for House is restored. If they just deal with the Chase issue properly in the last four, I will consider the Vogler arc completely and utterly worth it just for Babies and Bathwater spoilers )

I am just *flailing* with inarticulate love. So of course next week we get a rerun.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House - fnargh! by haveyounoticed)
My god. Maybe it's because I had the self-preservative instincts not to watch the last season of the X-Files, but... rarely have I so badly hoped that I hallucinated an entire episode of a TV show. W--T--F, mates?
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House/Wilson Kiss! by tzikeh)
You know that bit in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul when Kate is trying not to think about something?
She remembered reading an article which had explained that the central processing unit of the human brain had only seven memory registers, which meant that if you had seven things in your mind at the same time and then thought of something else, one of the other seven would instantly drop out.


I've concluded that something similar might be the key to managing to write House/Wilson. Like, if I pile up enough other story ideas, alluring but even more daunting than the prospect of getting House and/or Wilson to take their pants off, then at some point my brain will just be full up with dauntedness and start screaming "SHOOT THE HOSTAGE!" and the porn will flow freely.

It's a nicer theory than the one where I'm a total hor and never going to write anything ever again, anyway.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Duck/Dan by zoetrope)
This lovely Duck (and Dan!) icon is by [livejournal.com profile] zoetrope - I've been needing a WW icon for about five months now, and I finally have one!

I also want to show off this gorgeous House icon by [livejournal.com profile] atlashrugged at [livejournal.com profile] houseicons:


House! It's a happy fun fandom! Can't you tell?
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (House - Drugs by daughtershade)
Episode of House and discussion thereof before bed +
Cramps that get really, really bad overnight =
Weird dream about a cranky, shouting doctor diagnosing me with some sort of persistent food poisoning infection that cannot be cleared up and will recur randomly at intervals forever, like malaria. Waking up to something that will probably recur every month for the next thirty years? Not actually a relief. Although at least no one's shouting at me about it.

So about that episode of House )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Chase - Cheers by purdyweasel)
So, the scariest thing for me about House isn't the way it's eaten my brain. It's the way it's eaten my brain and only spits out genfic. Still, it's scary in the fun way.

Today's genfic:

Last Rites (65k), also available at the House Fanfiction Archive. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl for betaing.

Set a couple months past the events of "Cursed": House has some bad news for Chase, and a surprise for Cameron.

And I don't know if I remembered to mention this before, but it's gen. I figure I've got about two months until this is jossed (shored?) into total oblivion, so read it while it's vaguely plausible!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
...for completely actual-work-related reasons! I swear! Eyeing men in scrubs and white coats has absolutely nothing to do with it.

So, How I Became a Human Being, one of the new-book dust jackets posted just barely in view of my photocopier, turns out not to be the heartwarming saga of a God-complexed physician who learns to care. In case you were wondering. And no one ever has to know that I spotted Clinical Essentials of Pain Management and kind of squeed inside, or instantly thought of Foreman and "Histories" when I saw Palliative Care in Neurology.

Er. Except y'all, apparently.

Also, you would think, wouldn't you, that if the university had two copies of Volume 60 of Biochemical Journal in two different libraries then the odds would point to one of them having the pages 602-619 complete and undamaged, wouldn't you? Yeah, only if you liked being wrong.

And now! Off to the wilds of north campus and the engineering library! the sixth floor! And then the wilds of north campus and the engineering library!

Edited from the sixth floor to add: I realize they've probably been gone for years, but, damn! Whose fucking bright idea was it to get rid of the book-edge copiers? Fucking Konica standardization...

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