Every year, C and I write each other a story for Christmas.* It's really my most treasured gift because it's done very specifically for my love of a fandom, issued from her lovely brain for love of me. And it's really ideal because we have many fandoms in common, and neither of us shy away from a dark story. We are dark, twisty people.
However, last year the prompts really started to get away from us. She's so very good at whipping up these ideas, and it spurs me in kind. I am beginning to believe the prompting is as much fun as the writing:)
We've already started with more this year--I thought I'd post them all here for fun, and for a record. I'll update it as needed--I'm sure there will be plenty more prompts to add as we get closer to Christmas.
*We're exchanging writing prompts four/five times a year now and see how it works out.
due dates: March 7, June 13, September 12,
(loose guidelines for C: From Dusk Till Dawn - junkie Seth; "Revision" sequel [Under the Red Hood]; The Avengers [Marvel Movies] - one about Steve; The Avengers [Marvel Movies] - portion of the long story, Doomed to Repeat; possible prompt fic
guidelines for K: prompt fic; prompt fic; portion of Rising Wolf [original, sequel to Beneath the Neon Moon]; original as K Bara; more?)
EDIT: Sept. 2016--we've missed our goals so far this year--life is hard:( We'll give it our best shot for our annual Yuletide exchange, though.
March 9, Panic Day - (how appropriate)
June 8, Name Your Poison/Best Friends Day (So sad, no Dead Duck Day deadline for 2014. Some other year)
September 14, National Cream-Filled Donut Day (for personal reasons)
and Yule, of course. Which starts it all over again with new prompts chosen from our list.
Photo prompts for both of us:( NSFW )
( prompts and fills )
From C for me to write:
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From me for C to write:
Additional stories we've written for each other - no prompts
( Read the stories )
(Currently we've got our a03 memberships locked down, restricted to people who are already members for personal reasons, but we'll probably be able to lift that before too long)
Here's C's story for me, her first time writing Wynonna Earp (syfy) based on my prompt. Read the labels if you need warnings, please.
Toxic to the Touch (Wynonna Earp/Doc Holliday)
The prompt: Doc is gravely injured--to the point of death, if that were possible. Wynonna fucks him anyway. (Featuring a morally deficient Wynonna, taking what she wants.)
My story for C, and my first time writing Justified (FX). Again, read the labels if you need warnings.
A Soul's a Fair Trade (Raylan Givens/OMC)
The prompt: One of the (many) reasons that Raylan couldn't make peace with Arlo was because when he was fifteen, Arlo caught him in the middle of a blackberry patch with Garner Pruitt doing things he shouldn't have been doing with another boy. Garner is all grown up now with a grown up drug habit and he just traded Boyd a story about Raylan's past for a quick hit.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by people who want to give back to causes that matter most to you. However, on this Giving Tuesday, the East Tennessee area specifically Sevier County has been inundated with wildfires and over 14,000+ people and animals had to evacuate Gatlinburg & parts of Pigeon Forge.
One of our partner shelters: Sevier County Humane Society (SCHS) was right in the path of the fires and had to evacuate 49 animals last night. Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley was able to take in 28 animals and the others went to Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic in Seymour.
So on this day of giving we ask that you show your support and give what you can because we still do not know the status of their facility and there will be numerous displaced animals from those in the area who had to leave their homes & animals. 100% of these funds will go to Sevier County Humane Society.
Help make this #GivingTuesday a success for animals. Whether big or small, the gift you make today will have an impact for helping animals during this difficult time and if you so wish you can also contribute to HSTV so we can continue to assist the animals that we took in and help them find loving & forever homes.
For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe.
For a full statement, please click here.I posted this in 2014--a hike I took with my kids to the top of the Chimneys. It had meaning for me. The Smoky Mtns have been a backdrop to my life. I've been here so many times.
and tonight it looks like this:
I am heartsick. We've had almost no rain for a month. The air's bad. Wind kicked up today. Gatlinburg's burning, and Ripley's Aquarium was surrounded by fire hours ago. Over 10,000 animals there, my God. I'm fixated on it, and horrified.
And my daughter's girlfriend may have lost her home there tonight, though thankfully, oh so thankfully, her family and her animals are safe.
Tonight it finally began to rain, but not enough.
I guess I'm just working it all out. That's all:)
Fandom's been important to me, off and on, since I was pre-teen. Only I didn't know to call it fandom. I didn't know about secretive fiction magazines and snail-mail exchanges and the like. I missed it, but am nonetheless glad of its existence, and that it grew. Then the internet came, and the separate legs of fandom kicked and struggled, sprung up new, grew or died. Maybe not died, exactly--the thing about fandoms is they can be revived years later--a DVD gets first release, new fans come online... I've not seen a fandom flourish once it's slowed, but the fans trickling in afterward add to the narrative.
Weren't we all told to get our head out of the TV at some point? As if the places our brains go to after having seen an inspiring TV show or movie, or after having read a book, isn't important. Keeping your imagination alive in the face of all the mundane bullshit in our ordinary lives is more than important. It's imperative.
Anything creative has to be important, isn't it? Stories we tell each other, things we've pieced together that come from inspiration of all kinds: art, folktales, fairytales, pop culture, all of it brightness that leads our brains to imagine so many paths and struggles and solutions and loves. Of course, stories and art come from other places, too--from surviving very bad things. We work it out on paper and screen and canvas.
Or it comes from both places, or other places. It's about our journeys.
People who don't get into fandom point at us, and they don't understand, but they can't make it unimportant.
Made some nominations, primarily for art, for the Starsky & Hutch Marion Kelly awards.Loved checking out favorites, old and new, and discovered a few more. I'm looking forward to reading some of the nominated fiction, too, and am interested in checking out the new authors.
Also loved the SPN bloopers, and love them even more every time I watch ANY other show's bloopers. The cast is just seemingly so at ease and looks like they're having lots of fun. I downloaded these from youtube via http://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/
Dropping in for one thing (for now). To reiterate for my beloved Cass:
ISN'T THIS CUTE??? She sent me the link earlier today
I think maybe mine is A Snake, a Blue Blazer and a Girl Once Lost for a Dark Blue story I wrote for Yuletide. Though WIld, Wild Zombieland is kinda catchy? (That was also for Yuletide - a story about Lonesome Dove and zombie cows)
saw this from smalltrolven and decided to give it a try. Cheer myself up after a terrible review of Beneath the Neon Moon at Audible, maybe:) These are in order posted, not necessarily written - I posted some older stories at a03.
1. He's a Queen's boy: an elite 00 agent. The Queen's Boy (James Bond)
2. From graves and charnel houses I selected only the finest, strongest bodies to build my creation. Unhallowed (Frankenstein)
3. Heyes got broody over certain things. Alias Jones and Smith (Alias Smith and Jones)
4. So tired, but sleep won't come. Always (Supernatural)
5. “So what’s the solution to this troublesome triangle we have here?” Kira asked, big eyes looking at one then the other. Life on Mars (Starsky & Hutch)
6. Alfred never left Bruce alone. What Hurts Most (Batman: Under the Red Hood)
7. I would give you songs, but for this black soul. Valentine's Day Poems (Supernatural)
8. I have a recurring dream that’s driving me goddamned crazy. Incubus (Starsky & Hutch)
9. Gillian's dead. Someday After Gillian (Starsky & Hutch)
10. So cold. What Hurts More (Batman: Under the Red Hood)
11. It was 3:00 AM when Dick spotted the motionless body on the street outside his apartment. Sometimes They Come Back (Batman: Under the Red Hood)
12. Once upon a time a young man named Samuel forgot who he was and where he came from, or how to get home. The Witch of the Woods (based on the fairytale of the same name by Helena Nyblom)
13. He was sixteen and on his own, his dad laid up drunk somewhere, anywhere, if he wasn't dead. Beneath the Neon Moon (original work)
14. People say you can't live on hatred. The Others (J2 x The Hunger)
15. His lungs felt heavy for days afterward, and he coughed a lot. Burke's Plan (Planet of the Apes TV series)
16. Her voice worms inside his mind, writhes and shreds until his skull is soft; swollen fruit just this side of rotten. Breathe or Die (From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series)
17. Afterward, the thing that saved him was that he had no fight left in him. If Mine Eyes Offend Thee (Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon; also The Dark Secret of Harvest Home - miniseries)
18. I died in Sumeria. Curses and Brown Suede Shirts (Hercules: the Legendary Journeys)
19. Dean's clothes were in rags, black and purple bruises over his skin, smears of dried blood swooping over his body like kite tails flipping on a high breeze. Like Always (Supernatural)
20. Here I am, imprisoned with this creature I have made. A Perfect Form (Illuminated) (Frankenstein: the True Story)
uh...looking at this, I see I've used "afterward" a couple of times as a hook to get a reader (hopefully) wondering "after what?" There's some short sentences there for punch until there's...not:)
The Wolves of Kromer (1998 movie) - clips at youtube - I don't think the whole movie is up?
or if you have Amazon Prime it's free
The Alias Smith & Jones story I mentioned some time ago that Cass wrote for me. Now I can share!
You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
Post "Something to Get Hung About", the boys separate and bad things happen.
She also posted me an Avengers story (movie related; Steve/Tony) that I love but am also quite frustrated with (you'll see why if you read it)
Tony yanked hard at the chains, producing noise but no useful result. He didn’t know how long he’d been hanging there, naked and blindfolded, but it felt like a long time. His arms and shoulders were aching and his calves were cramping. It was bad enough that he was hanging in the dark like a side of beef, but they'd also drugged him. They must have because he was hard and aching and completely unable to get any relief. As torture went, it was pretty damn effective.
AU, S1 and S2 (timeline mangled). At this point we only know Richie's off his rocker, seeing and hearing things.
Seth's a junkie. The stress of trying to handle Richie's weirdness and visions and keep him from exploding has left Seth with a very large monkey on his back.
Richie comes back to their hotel room and finds Seth blissed to the max, stretched out on the bed and unable to help himself. He stands over Seth's prone body, the visions/voice urging him to finally, finally touch Seth like he's wanted since forever.
And after all, the voice tells him, oh so low and sweet--if his brother doesn't like it, Richie could always just kill him and dig out his eyeballs.
Fandoms: From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
31 Oct 2015
An AU in which something much older and more powerful than Santanico finds Richie first.
Happy Halloween to all! Watching Salem's Lot and it is as atmospheric as I remembered. And of course David Soul is always a mega-bonus!
It's not him, it's me, and that's the truth. He seems a lovely fellow, but I am having trouble having an actor read my stuff--embarrassed to bits, positively squirming at times to listen through the chapters. I wrote this for God's sake! I know what's coming. He gets the romanticism and warmth growing between the characters in the midst of their fear, and I'm glad he does, but I'm spending a lot of my time clinging to a wall or hiding my head or or--
it reminds me of once when a guy friend had me read his attempt at writing sex. Not bad at all, but I still had my hand over my mouth reading it, and I managed a coherent response, nay, a mature response, but inside? I remember I once LEFT THE ROOM in the middle of composing my email back to him. I had to have a break from writing an email because I was squirming inside. Wtf?