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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Nine [Jun. 20th, 2010|04:49 pm]
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[mood | awake]
[music |Barenaked Ladies, "New Kid on the Block"]

Chapter Nine of Muscle Memory (free chapters available here) is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Nine!
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Ask me what my favorite episodes are in the previous seasons and, yes, you will see the pattern. [Jun. 19th, 2010|07:19 pm]
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[mood | ditzy]
[music |Rifftrax, "Voodoo Man"]

Trying not to be a snob, but, 12 episodes into the 13 episode Doctor Who season, I'm bursting to say it: I like the Steven Moffat-written episodes way, WAY better than all the rest of this season's. I have multitasked my way through every one of the non-Moffat eps, bored at the pacing, at my lack of investment in the story. (Okay, The Vampires of Venice did have Helen McCrory, which may have curtailed my multitasking some.)

The twists in the latest episode are so deliciously twisty I'm aroused. Don't leave me, Moffat.
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Not for nothing do they call one of 'em "Noodle Jesus." [Jun. 11th, 2010|08:29 am]
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[mood | entertained]
[music |Ouran High School Host Club Disc 4]

Bumped against the bookshelf in the dark last night; something fell off. Picked it up; couldn't see what it was in the dark, but it felt like a couple of accessory cords for my iPod. Set them down on the shelf.

This morning I discovered they were my figma Lelouch and Suzaku figures. My GOD but Clamp characters are spindly.
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Most recent Doctor Who ep; post a bit belated [Jun. 10th, 2010|02:50 pm]
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[mood | relieved]
[music |My Chemical Romance, "Teenagers"]

The ending of the Vincent and the Doctor episode of Doctor Who Spoilers )
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Alex Rider GIP [Jun. 6th, 2010|05:33 pm]
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[mood |slashy (duh)]
[music |Vampire Knight 7]

Read all the Alex Rider books the past two weeks. Been eating up the fanfic and fanart for a year or so and decided I should have an icon, so I made my own.



Mmm, hot Russian assassins.
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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Eight [May. 27th, 2010|03:27 pm]
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[mood | awake]
[music |Leslie Fish]

Chapter Eight of Muscle Memory (free chapters available here) is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Eight!
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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Seven [May. 19th, 2010|08:00 pm]
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[mood | flirty]
[music |24, antepenultimate ep]

Chapter Seven of Muscle Memory (free chapters available here) is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Seven!
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Samurai 7 [May. 9th, 2010|08:30 pm]
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[mood | sad]
[music |Is everyone's favorite line "I want him"? Figured.]

Finished watching Samurai 7 with the S.O. today. All through the series, had bets on who would die from the moment they walked onscreen ("Qui-Gon's toast. Blondie's toast. Junior might be toast. Anyone married or engaged has got to be toast. Anyone funny is toast"). Some surprises, some sadly fulfilled expectations. Overall, a lovely series, and a great tribute to Kurosawa's original. I feel the fic bunnies poking their heads out of holes.
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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Six [Apr. 29th, 2010|05:30 pm]
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[mood | content]
[music |The Sissi Collection Disc 1]

Chapter Six of Muscle Memory (free chapters available here) is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Six!
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O what rogues and peasant slaves are you! [Apr. 29th, 2010|01:48 pm]
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[mood | cranky]
[music |Samurai 7 disc 4]

How is it that every single soul and community on my flist failed to inform me that the U.S. broadcast of David Tennant's Hamlet was on PBS Wednesday night? You are all fi--

...oh, wait, it's repeating again late tonight. Carry on!
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Or maybe it should be "The Corps." [Apr. 19th, 2010|06:54 pm]
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[mood | bored]
[music |The Tudors]

On one of the fixtures in the bathrooms where I work, I just noticed that the text is in Babylon 5 font. It makes me want to make a sign to go under it that reads VORLONS ARE WATCHING YOU PEE, but, no one'll get it. ("No one'll get it" saves me from so many graffiti violations.)
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Not posted to fandomsecrets because I have no secrets. Reaction to Ponyo. [Apr. 17th, 2010|01:19 pm]
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[mood | awwwww]
[music |Reefer Madness the Musical]



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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Five [Apr. 16th, 2010|12:55 pm]
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[mood | busy]
[music |something by bach]

Chapter Five of Muscle Memory (free chapters available here) is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Five!
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[Apr. 11th, 2010|05:10 pm]
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[mood | mischievous]
[music |just starting the credits!]

I have only just finished watching the teaser opening of this week's Doctor Who (The Beast Below), but, remember that post I made a bit ago, about Things Are Different Here? Yes, yes, and yes; that is exactly the sort of thing that gets me. That opening hits all my erotic/creative buttons, makes me want to leap to write The Dirty Version of that sort of scenario.

All right, carry on. *goes back to episode*
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Hikaru no Go riff text icons [Apr. 10th, 2010|09:24 pm]
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[mood | satisfied]
[music |Rifftrax Christmas Shorts]

When the S.O. and I watched Hikaru no Go, we gave it the MST3K treatment as well, so here are some riff icons for the titles.

Preview:



Seventeen Hikaru no Go riff text icons under the cut )
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I would have seen it slightly sooner if the WB hadn't had a hissy over Netflix. Grrr. [Apr. 10th, 2010|02:23 pm]
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[mood | cheerful]
[music |Caprica ep. 3]

I only just saw Sherlock Holmes, and most of you will say, "What, it took you this long?" and some of you will say, "Your reaction is not remotely timely," so I'll keep it short and put it behind a cut.

OMG )
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Original fiction: Muscle Memory, Chapter Four [Mar. 30th, 2010|06:41 pm]
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[mood | exhausted]
[music |24 on dvr]

Chapter Four of Muscle Memory is up at SL Publishing.

Teaser below the cut )

All stories on SL Publishing feature the first four chapters of each story free for reading, with further chapters available if subscriptions are purchased.

Go here to read Muscle Memory, Chapter Four!
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GIP. I shouldn't be proud of this one. [Mar. 29th, 2010|06:52 pm]
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[mood | bitchy]
[music |Better Off Ted Disc One]

I've just made what I'm pretty sure is my most tasteless icon to date.



Watch. I'll probably do something worse next week.
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Writing Meta: Why don't I get poetry? [Mar. 28th, 2010|06:55 pm]
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[mood | apathetic]
[music |New Moon Rifftrax]

During insomnia night this week, I read a professional insititution's glossy creativity publication that had been given to me. The photos were pretty, the essays...not as horrible as they could have been, the poetry I thought was appalling. Schmaltz, doggerel, sentimental claptrap. Amateur pirouettes on a page, terribly proud of themselves for showing off their cut-apart structure and boring as spit. These students didn't even know how to write limericks; there was a two-page spread of them and not one of them had the correct scansion of a limerick. God. I read through the book thinking, what the hell did they reject?

Is it just me? I always admit that I don't have a poet's soul; I have no inclination to write poetry other than funny doggerel, and very little poetry resonates with me. Sometimes it does. The moments are rare, but wonderful. Is it just me, is most poetry dreadful cloying crap? Just because you're grieving or in pain, that doesn't mean you can create good art.
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Writing meta for today: Things Are Different Here [Mar. 27th, 2010|09:11 pm]
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[mood | contemplative]
[music |funky youtube vids]

It seems that there's hardly enough time to to write fiction, let alone posts about writing; complicating that, I don't like to talk details about the story I'm working on because that reduces the pressure to write the story. Not productive. But sometimes I'm bursting with discussion needs, and I'm going to try to let them out more often.

Why I Write Fantasy Settings

I can't say for sure why all my original smut falls into the category of "vaguely medieval historical setting where swords, princes, and dragons could all emerge," but since that's what pushes my buttons, that's what I write. In the story I'm working on now, I could have easily had the Character of Dubious Ethics walk into the protagonist's house, open the fridge, and take out a beer. If I'd found that somewhere I'd have shut the book and walked away. There is absolutely no sexy in that for me; this is why he had to cross to the table and pick up a flask of wine instead, even if I wasn't interested in painting the setting to greater detail just at that moment.

One theory for this is that a lot of my non-con fantasies center around a concept that I call Things Are Different Here.

Things Are Different Here relies upon outraging the sensibilities of the person having the fantasy (or reading the story). Things Are Different Here says, in this country, or in the neighboring one or what have you, concepts that would make us say WHAAAAAAT are the norm. Concepts like the ever-present sexual slave auctions. Or unmarried maidens required to go about bare-breasted. Males disciplined in a harsh matriarchal society. Bestiality rituals at puberty. I'm not even telling you my favorites, so that they don't go stale in the reveal.

And that WHAAAAAAT of outrage is necessary. I want--and I want the reader--to feel the unfairness of this, the terrible injustice of a world that would go against all humane instincts. And of course, I get to channel that sense of outrage into my victim/protagonist if they didn't come from that country in the first place.

Could I root that in a realistic setting? Well, maybe I can't suspend my disbelief for it. Maybe, just as importantly, I don't want to think of all the historical (and current) atrocities my own world is capable of, dreadfully unsexy. Maybe I only want my nice safe fantastical ones--like the tradition that all new brides are required to be f**ked by all the members of their new husband's household--and I need that "vaguely medieval historical setting" to make it all come to filthy yummy fruition.
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