dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack - Smile)
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Fest - as narrowly defined - no. I tend to find fests confusing and overwhelming, so I steer clear.

Big Bang - yes! For the first time this year, I actually managed to align a long story I was writing with the submission window for a Big Bang. It felt a little bit like cheating, since Jigsaw had been in progress for a long, long time when I realized I could get it into [community profile] stargate_summer, but it was a really fun experience having other writers to commiserate with, to say nothing of getting omg awesome art for my story!

But my ongoing favorite fest-y (festive, if you will) challenge-y thing is, of course, Yuletide! I've done Yuletide nearly every year since its beginning (2003-2006, 2008-2010), and I adore everything about it--secret-giftyness, terrifying deadline, obscure fandoms, my Christmas-Eve-night and Christmas-morning ritual of sneaking as many stories as I can between site slowdowns and my family wanting to actually celebrate together. This past year, 2010, was my favorite so far, possibly just because it's the most recent and I have more fun with it every year. I wound up writing three stories this year, my assignment (Not Alone in the Dark, which as far as I know is one of the only two stories on the internet for Susan R. Matthews' Under Jurisdiction series) plus a couple of Yuletide Treats (The Most Important Meal and Sex on a Frozen River Mayhem, which could not be more different while both being more or less linear narratives in English). I do not know how on earth this year's Yuletide will top the awesomeness of slashing Jack Harkness and Mayhem, but I have faith in the Yuletide magic. And I am already working on my list of offers/requests.

All 30 questions under the cut )
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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 )
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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: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack - Smile)
This year I wrote three stories for Yuletide!

Firstly, my assigned story, for [personal profile] ladyvyola: Not Alone in the Dark, Under Jurisdiction. Andrej, Robert, and Joslire's first few days aboard Scylla. Betaed by the wonderful [personal profile] the_shoshanna and [personal profile] pomegranate02

A few thoughts about writing this story. )

Nextly, a Yuletide treat for [livejournal.com profile] nightcamedown: Sex on a Frozen River Mayhem, TV Commercials(Allstate Insurance - Mayhem)/Torchwood. Jack/Mayhem, Explicit. Mayhem, meet Captain Jack Harkness. Betaed by [personal profile] iulia and [personal profile] missmollyetc.

Thoughts on this story, by which I mean a lot of undignified giggling. )

And third and lastly for [livejournal.com profile] muji_crack, The Most Important Meal, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008). Joe/Guinevere. Guinevere and Joe go to breakfast. Betaed by [personal profile] holli.

Thoughts! )

So that was my yuletide writing this year! Up next, the bibliographic control post for Fic Year 2010....
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I did a whole complicated thing here with a random number generator instead of just following the instructions, because I like to make life difficult for myself. But the actual directions for this meme are:

-Write down twenty of your favorite pairings/threesomes/etc.
-Put your media player on shuffle. The number of the song corresponds to the number of the pairing.
-Quote a part of the song that you think has any similarity with the couple.
[Although I may wander off into speculating on the song or some part of the song as a fic prompt, if it doesn't otherwise seem to apply.]

Drake/Josh - The National, Trophy Wives )

Jack/Sam/Daniel/Teal'c - XTC, Dear God )

Miles/Ekaterin - U2, One )

Aral/Cordelia - The Tragically Hip, Tiger the Lion )

Taura/Roic - The National, Cherry Tree )

Dag/Fawn - Reel Big Fish (covering A-Ha), Take on Me )

Eugenides/Attolia/Eddis/Sophos - Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans )

Ramie/Jack&Jill/Tommy - The Mountain Goats, Cubs in Five )

Neal/Peter/El - Vienna Teng, Augustine )

Parker/Hardison/Eliot - The National, Fashion Coat )

Nate/Sophie - Peter Gabriel, Here Comes the Flood )

Danny/Lindsay - Lemonheads, Mrs. Robinson )

Eleven/Amy/Rory - KT Oslin, Come Next Monday )


Cobb/Saito - The National, Secret Meeting )

Nine/Jack/Rose - Sufjan Stevens, Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder Version) )

Metacrisis!Ten/Rose - Eddie from Ohio, Sahara )

Jack/Ianto - The National, Val Jester )

Kirk/McCoy - Elton John, Candle in the Wind )

Kirk/Spock - The Dresden Dolls, Mrs. O )

Rory Williams/River Song - Symphony of Science,  )

hey, so.

Jul. 19th, 2010 09:28 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Ianto - In the Dark)
A question for people who have seen Inception. Maybe two questions. Because I need to figure things out the better to plot fic with.

Comments will hopefully be full of spoilers soon.

Maybe one of the questions is more of a comment... )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack - Smile)
Well, it only took the better part of a year, but I have prevailed. Many, many, many thanks to [personal profile] iulia and [personal profile] oliviacirce and all the other many people who listened to me go on and on about this one.

NB: This is much more an Aral Vorkosigan story than a Jack Harkness story. If you know who Jack is, it probably works fine without a finer grasp of his canon. The same is not true of Aral.

Aral Vorkosigan/Jack Harkness. Explicit. 8500 words.
pre-Shards of Honor, post-"Children of Earth".

It was the coat that had caught Aral's eye--an obviously military cut, though without obvious insignia.

Signals That Sound in the Dark )
dira: Rose Tyler shines on. (Rose - Shine)
To get the work of staggering genius out of the way first: Spork, An Erotic Love Story. Fangirls spent two months editing Zachary Quinto's voice on the Star Trek audiobook into three and a half minutes of ... oh God, you have to listen to it. GENIUS.

But if you are more into, say, seven and a half hours of Jack/Ianto audio love story, [livejournal.com profile] superstitiousme is here to help! She just posted the Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive podfic over at [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon! And there is cover art which I ADORE: Under the cut )

Go! Download! Listen! ♥
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.


[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: Gwen Cooper, in profile (Gwen - Flyaway)
I didn't feel like I had much to say, fic-wise, post-"Children of Earth", but then I heard that there is (might be? I'm suddenly unsure) a fourth season in the works, and this happened.

Title from Cat Stevens, and a lot less ironic than some of the alternatives. Thanks to [personal profile] iulia, [personal profile] fox, and [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc for various assistance, encouragement, and advice on what to leave out.

Jack, Gwen. PG. 2,760 words.
Here sat two people who didn't know when to quit.

Wind Up Where You Started From )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/525447.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
So NEW VORKOSIGAN BOOK INCOMING, right, so [personal profile] iulia and I were talking about all the trivial silly things we want from the book, updates on various babies and love lives and so on, and moved from there to pining for A Book All About Aral Vorkosigan In Which Aral Vorkosigan Does Not Die, and from there, naturally, to:

Aral Vorkosigan/Jack Harkness

I mean, it wouldn't last but a night or so, but god damn would it be a memorable night.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Ianto - Stopwatch!)
Since August 25, 2008, there has been an email sitting in my inbox, reminding me that I owe [personal profile] riverlight a story. It took me three tries and a long, long time, but I have finally finished it, and here it is. I hope you enjoy it, R!

Many thanks to [personal profile] fox and [personal profile] iulia for hand-holding and prodding and beta.

Jack/Ianto. NC-17. 6,571 words.
Jack and Ianto are in jail for some reason.

Shoot First, Apologize Later )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Dean/Sam/Impala by iamnotkris)
1) Just had my first Muskrat Jamboree anxiety dream, in which I missed all the Friday panels and SLEPT THROUGH THE VID SHOW/DANCE PARTY. There was a serious moment of waking up and realizing, no, it's okay! MJ didn't happen yet! I didn't miss anything! Guys, DON'T LET ME SLEEP THROUGH THE PARTY.

2) Supernatural last night. )


Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:08 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack/Ianto - Forehead kiss)
I honestly do not think it's ever taken me this long to write a 6500-word story. Even counting just from when I started the third entirely different idea from the prompt (assigned in August!), it's taken three months. BUT IT'S DONE NOW.

Uh, except for beta. So, you know. It's still going to be a while. BUT IT'S DONE. \o/
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 (McClane & Farrell - Hard eyes)
So in between episodes of Merlin I am putting off working on Die Hard fic by writing Torchwood fic, and putting off writing Torchwood fic by doing, um, this (and this, and this and this) in comments. In case anyone did actually want some Die Hard McClane/Farrell kidfic arranged in sort of random order. It's, um, avant-garde.

([livejournal.com profile] renenet, I think sheerly for the sake of delicious-ing, may or may not have dubbed this "Something to Hope On," but rest assured that if I ever put it in chronological order and one tense and really write it, it will almost certainly have a new and much stupider title. *g*)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Gerard - Dorkface by xfriday_lovex)
Podfics! Of stories written by me, read by other people!

[livejournal.com profile] aceles has recorded Frank Has Died of Dysentery!

And [livejournal.com profile] 3daysout has undertaken to record Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive. Part 1 is up now (ETA: whoops, I jumped the gun, it wasn't ready to post yet), with more to follow. [livejournal.com profile] 3daysout also made cover art! )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I... seriously have too many fandoms. I am thisclose to rolling dice to decide which thing, in which universe, to work on.


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