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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.)

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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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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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...Mind you, although I feel a bit weird about it, after years of making Tumblr posts, I have finally switched to the Rich Text posting page over here on Dreamwidth. o.O

Anyway. Hi! I'm here! Sorta! Although I am in between publishing one book last week and publishing another (much shorter one) next week so uhhhh I am also kinda nowhere/commuting to my actual life from Stardew Valley, which has made this whole thing extra bewildering and surreal. 
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Nanowrimo is over! And I did not win, but I DID finish the gay werewolf thing I really needed to finish, so that’s… basically the same as winning??

Also if you follow my blog you might not know this but I PUBLISHED A BOOK THIS WEEK!!

…so anyway actual writing of fic has been not happening in HUGE quantities, but now it’s December and all that stuff that I really really want to finish by the end of 2018 is… up next. yes. 

Words written this week: 3,071

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  188

Born in the Blood: 458, and getting so! close! to the end! !!!!!

Slavefic #6: 655

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 289

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 351

Oh Look I’m Mad At Another Venom Fic Trope aka For a Song: 1,130, done and posted!

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I spent the first part of the week editing (because omg OMEGA DEFIANT comes out NEXT WEEK) and the rest of the week celebrating Thanksgiving with my bff, her husband, their three-year-old, and his rich white Republican parents, which means that I also fairly regularly found that I had to go in another room and sit quietly and get some writing done.

Yay getting some writing done?

Words written this week: 3,345

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  486, and into Chapter 56 via… one of the worse cliffhangers in this fic. Like, definitely top five, possibly top three? Anyway Chapter 56 is going to be fun! and exciting!!

Slavefic #6: 202, because this bit turns out to be difficult to work on when you may be interrupted by a three-year-old at any moment. 

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 445, and I have arrived at one of the scenes I spent several months lovingly imagining when I was not doing so great, and now I have to figure out how to actually write it.

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 1,087, and I have arrived at the premise of the fic! Mostly!

Oh Look I’m Mad At Another Venom Fic Trope: 1,125, and I am not at all sure where I’m going with this, so that’s exciting.

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This week I TOTALLY CHILLED OUT by which I mean maintained NaNo pace and spent a lot of time dithering over writing werewolf holiday fluff. 

Words written this week: 5,975

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  1,166, still in Chapter 55. It is possible I don’t want to get to the end of Chapter 55, on… some level.

Slavefic #6: 1,189, and still cannot process how close I am to actually being done with this.

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 503, mostly Steve delivering a mic drop.

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 337, and nothing terrible has happened yet!!

Oh Look I’m Mad At Another Venom Fic Trope: 2,740, and I swear this started out as the story I’ve been meaning to write where Eddie and Venom talk about Maria but now it is also the fic where Eddie tries to explain empathy to Venom. 

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I am? Actually? On pace or a little ahead with Nanowrimo this year?? It helps that for the first time in a few years I’m NOT compartmentalizing into multiple Nano accounts for original and fic, and just counting all my writing like I’m one person. Which I am. Technically.

Words written this week: 10,653, so that New Fandom Energy is still definitely happening. Although it is not the only thing happening!

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  746

Born in the Blood: 1,335, and FINISHED CHAPTER 16! GONNA UPDATE SOON!!?!

Slavefic #6: 1,627, and into the last chapter, where it should probably not surprise me that the things that seemed absurd when plotting are in fact kinda sad.

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 482

Eddie’s Adventures in Suicidal Ideation: 6,226, and DONE! :D :D :D 

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 237, and THIS time the stuff that I imagine as absurd is totally going to be absurd and NOT SAD, RIGHT. RIGHT?!

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Venom fandom… continues to be happening to me? But also other things! Of a fic-writing nature!

Words written this week: 12,308 (more than last week, so. new best for the last three years!)

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  1,302, and still. not. at. the Big Thing. But getting closer, I think! Maybe really close! 

Slavefic #6: 785, and SO CLOSE to finishing the (probably) second-to-last chapter, STEVE PLEASE JUST SAY THE THING SO I CAN FINISH THE CHAPTER.

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 206

Dira Defies A Fledgling Fic Trope in Venom Fandom, aka Work It Harder (Make It Better): 1,615, done and posted! :D

Eddie’s Adventures in Suicidal Ideation: 8,400, and counting. I swear it ends soon. I swear it gets better and THEN ends. o.O

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So, uh. This week I DID start writing Venom fic. O____O

I wrote over 11,000 words of fic this week, which is more fic than I’ve written in one week since the summer of 2015, a halcyon time when I had a day job and hardly ever had to think about politics at all. So. Thanks, Venom?

Words written this week: 11,787

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  952, and I have… almost figured out what happens next to bridge to the big thing I’m trying to get to? ALMOST. Starting to suspect that the big thing IS going to span the two chapters I allotted it in the chapter count, since I’m 2400 words into the chapter and haven’t gotten started on it yet…

Born in the Blood: 291, introducing a new character! Or at least one who hasn’t been present on-page so far in this story. :D

Slavefic #6: 1,029, many of them about a certain someone’s genitals…

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 385

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: 1,245 (Technically never a WIP because I wrote it in about 45 minutes on Monday morning.)

Aide-Memoire: 7,312 (Thanks, Wikipedia article on Transient Global Amnesia.)

Dira Defies A Fledgling Fic Trope in Venom Fandom: 573, altogether too many of them spent accurately describing how Eddie makes coffee in the morning which is in no way relevant to the fic trope in question, but I did spend an hour screencapping to figure out how Eddie makes coffee SO OBVIOUSLY I NEEDED TO INCLUDE THAT?

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Not a bad week, considering it was my birthday Friday and I spent a lot of the week reading Venom comics and generally getting preemptively into Venom fandom ahead of seeing the movie last night. And I haven’t started writing any Venom fic! Yet! :D

Words written this week: 3,009

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  1,071

Born in the Blood: 279

Slavefic #6: 1,341, putting the total length of the fic so far up over 40k! I think there’s about another 10k or less to go on this, so…

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 318

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I… read a lot this week? I lost half a day to Band Sinister by KJ Charles (delightful gay regency rom-com with a virgin hero who pretty clearly has The Anxiety and the rake who helps him get out of his head a bit) and then dove straight into JL Merrow’s The Plumber’s Mate series (slightly psychic plumber helps his PI nemesis/boyfriend/fiance (as the series goes on) fight crime!) 

Also I started writing the next werewolf book (a little holiday novella which I would like to have out… for the holidays, so a bit time-sensitive) while also getting crit comments on the book I just finished writing, so, uh, I have been all over the place this week. 

But I did write some fic, too!

Words written this week: 2,611

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  106, and I am definitely doing that thing where I’m like “but it’s almost dooooone, why do I actually have to write the ennnnndiiiiiing???” so, uh, sorry everyone who is waiting for the ending! I promise I will pull myself together and write it eventually.

Born in the Blood: 381

Slavefic #6: 655, SORRY, TONY. 

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 99

Bitty pre-series fic for Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia 2018 2019 maybe soon?: 1,370, and finished!! So I should probably… edit and post that. Soon. Yes. Maybe I can write JACK’s pre-series story for Psychic Wolves 2019? If I start now??

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This week was kind of … normal? ish? 2018 normal? Writing-wise? Anyway. I managed to stop playing Stardew Valley, is the important thing.

Words written this week: 4,221

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  171

Born in the Blood: 477

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 2,064, carrying me through the first scene I had actually been lovingly imagining for a long time! So! I guess this story may actually be happening??

Bitty pre-series fic for Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia 2018 2019 maybe soon?: 1,509, and it’s so! close! to being finished!!

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I FINISHED WRITING THE BOOK YOU GUYS. 

I wrote a bit over 15,000 words of book this week, and, uh, continued to spend more time playing Stardew Valley than writing fic (Farmer Chidi and Haley are engaged!!!! and oh man I don’t usually do a ton of Haley’s dialogue/friend scenes but I was VERY RIGHT about her being Stardew Valley’s Eleanor. Farmer Chidi is not particularly in character as Chidi because I couldn’t bear to lose him friendship points through Kantian Honesty but whatever, The Good Farm really IS his good place, okay). 

Also, I wrote some fic!

Words written this week: 2,938

WIPs that got words this week:

There Is No Shortage of Blood:  1,657, which included finishing Chapter 54! So I’m gonna post it today!! :D

Slavefic #6: 116

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 590

Bitty pre-series fic for Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia 2018 2019 maybe soon?: 575, OKAY SO WHAT HAPPENED IS, I had abandoned this story in early March, because I got stuck but mostly because… depression… but the other day @sineala posted a reply to an ask about what the heck is going on with the wolfbrother AU phenomenon, in which she tagged me, and I was like “huh, you know, I wrote like 4,000 words about Eric Bittle getting a wolf before I trailed off, I want to reread that.” And then I reread it to the point where I got stuck in March, realized I could delete one paragraph and NOT make this a much wilder AU than I intended it to be, and … did that? and wrote some stuff? (And reread a whole bunch of Every Marine a Wolfbrother because I had just finished writing an entire novel and my brain was tired and sometimes you just want to reread your own fic for the mental equivalent of taking a nice nap without actually having to get to sleep, don’t judge me.) So anyway that’s what happened and now it’s, like, super close to being finished, so I might finish it? Maybe people will want to read it?? WHO KNOWS. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE NOT CRUSHINGLY DEPRESSED.

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