dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head by _kalliope)
Lo these many (four and a half) years ago, I posted a Numb3rs epic called Missing Persons which included, in the 18th chapter, after many other adventures, Don and Charlie visiting White Sands National Monument. I've never actually been within several hundred miles of there, and finding other people's vacation pictures was slightly more difficult back in 2007 when I was writing it, so it was based mostly on... man, I have no idea. I remember looking at Google Satellite images, and probably I checked the park's website?

Anyway, [personal profile] lovesrain44 has improved on my research by visiting and walking in Don and Charlie's footsteps, and she's posted photos with the relevant fic excerpts! Go! Enjoy! Feel warm for a minute!
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 (Gerard - Gerard by supp_nads)
12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Assuming that "adaptation" refers to the sort of AU where you recapitulate the plot arc and character roles of your source text with the characters from another fandom, then, yes, although never at the length of an entire book or movie.

Gerard and Rapunzel is a retelling of Rapunzel with the My Chem boys (version 2.0, with Bob). Also with 100% more genderqueerness, threesomes, and approximations of Medieval Christianity than I have ever seen in a telling of the fairy tale.

The Dead Speak: Charlie Eppes is a pastiche of Douglas Coupland's vignettes called "The Dead Speak" from Life After God--you can read the originals on this hideously ad-riddled website if you scroll down near the bottom of the page. They are even more gruesome than mine, although mine fits in an incest pairing right before all the apocalypse and horrible death. Yay?

Off to See the Wizard is an adaptation of the Stargate Atlantis episode "Grace Under Pressure" (which itself was a sort of adaptation from the SG-1 episode "Grace") in which a concussed character in trouble (Greg from CSI, in my version) hallucinates someone he knows (and has the hots for) who helps him solve the problem he faces (Gil).

(Now I really want to write "Grace Under Pressure" and "The Dead Speak" fic in every fandom, and by every fandom I mean Generation Kill.)


Ahem. There is also the one that I THOUGHT I was writing as an adaptation and which I assume no one in their right mind would ever recognize as such. When I was a kid I used to watch the Sunday afternoon Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies with my mom, and I remember many of them vaguely but fondly, and at some point after getting into slash fandom it occurred to me to try to recast Send Me No Flowers (to be clear: a screwball romantic comedy) as a Due South story. The essential premise is that Rock Hudson is a hypochondriac who becomes convinced that he's really dying this time, and so he starts making plans for his wife so that she won't be lonely when he's gone. Hijinks, as they say, ensue.

I honestly don't remember much about the movie beyond the premise--I mean, I vividly recall the bit in the doctor's office where Rock Hudson becomes convinced that he's going to die, and then everything else is a bit of a blur.

So that was my premise: Ray Kowalski becomes convinced he's going to die, and he has to make plans, particularly as regard making sure Fraser will be okay without him. Um, and the first thing I did was take out all the comedy, because that is generally what I do with any premise that is supposed to have humor built into it. So it wound up being That Good Night: A Death Story, which is surely one of the worst things anyone has ever done to a perfectly innocent Sixties screwball comedy.


All 30 questions under the cut. )
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: 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: John McClane in the ductwork.  (McClane - Have a few laughs)
1. I have a Christmas tree! Getting up in the dark is not nearly as depressing when you go and sit and check your email by the light of the Christmas tree.

(I mean, and you woke up in the first place to your Sunrise alarm clock, that helps too. IDK if I have mentioned how life-alteringly I love that thing, but OH MY GOD BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER. SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK NEVER LEAVE ME.)

2. I remembered a little while ago that, hey! I have an account on the Archive of Our Own! And maybe I should post my stories there. And after posting a handful of short ones with the handy-dandy importer, I got it into my head that I should post Missing Persons.

And so I did, and it's a good thing We Own the Servers, because I am NEVER POSTING THAT THING ANYWHERE ELSE EVER AGAIN.

(It's also still up on my site, now with shiny clean new formatting.)

3. I am feeling unusually unpanicked about Yuletide, and will say nothing further on the matter lest I jinx myself.

4. Holy crap, I didn't know that Peter on White Collar = Tim DeKay = JONESY!

I may have capslocked about my love of Jonesy KIND OF A LOT last night. And also tonight. So I guess that's going to be my next new show!

5. ...As soon as I manage to catch up a bit on everything else I'm in the middle of writing. I keep going to write emails to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc and realizing halfway through that they are, in fact, fic.

Apparently I have reached optional Step 6F of a New Fandom: underage hookerfic. Sorry, Jane. It had to be done.


This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/534661.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Ahahahaha okay so this meme is a lot harder than I thought it would be when I posted it! So I apologize if my responses are totally unsatisfying. Feel free to ask follow up questions if I am that person who just rambles uninformatively about something no one cares about in DVD commentaries.

Oh God I am the person who just rambles about boring things in DVD commentaries.

Ahem.


[personal profile] alexseanchai requested a couple of bits from To Course Across More Kindly Waters Now (Supernatural, Dean and Castiel):

Excerpt )
Commentary )




[livejournal.com profile] maerhys requested a bit from Chapter 27 of Missing Persons (Numb3rs, Don/Charlie):

Excerpt )
Commentary )




[livejournal.com profile] rubynye requested the end of Crossing the Line (Numb3rs, Don/Charlie):

Excerpt )
Commentary )




[insanejournal.com profile] stele3 requested a bit from Burn Up in Love, Love, Love (Panic! at the Disco OT4):

Excerpt )
Commentary )




[livejournal.com profile] end_of_thyme requested a bit from Chimerical Romantics (My Chemical Romance, Frank/Gerard, historical AU):

Excerpt )
Commentary )




[livejournal.com profile] elainasaunt asked for a bit near the end of Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto):


Excerpt )
Commentary )

The end! \o/


This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/534396.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Adorable Det. Sammy from Southland is Colby's wicked ex-boyfriend Dwayne from Numb3rs!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
I tend to listen closely to the lyrics of songs, and to associate a lot of them with whatever I'm writing/reading/generally obsessing over at the time. Which means a lot of my stories wind up with theme songs or, if I keep going long enough, playlists.

And it occurred to me that, hey, I really meant to share those with people and never did, so: music! for stories!

(Disclaimer: These were my mental soundtracks for the writing of the stories, not, you know. The coolest or edgiest songs I have ever heard, in all cases. *g*)

Missing Persons playlist )


Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive playlist )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I got cable and (my own!) internet today, and I decided to inaugurate it by watching Countdown, as I got in the habit of doing with my dad during the week I was at my parents' house before moving out here.

I just saw the story regarding the FBI's conviction by fiat of Bruce Ivins in the anthrax attacks seven years ago; Olbermann was skeptical of the case--particularly the motive, which consisted of a vague concatenation of poor mental health and the scientist's concern that his anthrax vaccine program would be ended.

And I thought "I think I saw that Numb3rs episode."

And then I thought, "No, wait, what the fuck, I totally saw that Numb3rs episode."


I really, really resent the way my government makes me feel like a crazy conspiracy theorist.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Don & Charlie - Credits Don! by tja_rama)
Missing Persons complete in one file (with internal links to individual chapters) is now up here.

Which just goes to show that occasionally if you stick me 37,000 feet in the air with my laptop but no internet for a couple of hours, I may accomplish something. (Also accomplished: nap during takeoff, watching of downloaded British quiz show featuring John Barrowman singing about ten-foot whale cock during chocolate chip cookie time.) (...What, your airline doesn't have chocolate chip cookie time?)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, 250,286 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 27 (8,189 words) - The End!

Notes | Index page


(I will try to also put up the entire story in one huge file as soon as possible, and I may have a few DVD-extra-ish things at some point, but for now: this is it! The end!)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Don & Charlie - Faces by tja_rama)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 26 (16,865 words)

Chapter 27 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 25 (8,656 words)

Chapter 26 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 24 (11,044 words)

Chapter 25 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 23 (7,384 words)

Chapter 24 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 22 (8,934 words)

Chapter 23 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head)
Missing Persons
Don/Charlie, ~250,000 words. NC-17.
Warnings: incest, violence, torture, problematic consent.

Charlie gets kidnapped. Things get worse from there.

Chapter 21 (9,102 words)

Chapter 22 goes up tomorrow!

Notes | Index page

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