topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
Once again, I'm only now just getting to this, but at this point it's basically a tradition...

Previous years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

this is what I wrote last year: )
topaz119: (hawkeye&hawkeye)
okay, just under 10K words submitted for the Hawkeye Squared exchange, \o/. It's not even 9 p.m. (much less 3 a.m., like the last time I had a deadline for something.) Possibly I am getting better in my old age?
topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
Once again, I'm not getting to this until almost February, but why break with tradition now?

Previous years: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

this is what I wrote last year: )
topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
Wow, so asking for prompts/questions to keep myself entertained during our deployment call turned into the kiss of death, as instead of the normal 'excitement' of listening to the server/database engineers ticking off the stats as the new services start, something in the new code did not play well with more than one of the big production servers and all hell broke loose as people scrambled to roll back the deploy and minimize down time (we have very tight downtime allowances that start to impact people's bonuses v. v. quickly.) My team's architect and lead developer are not native English speakers and while their English is really good, in times like this we've worked out a process where I act like a real-time validator to make sure they're writing what they mean to say. It was a little crazy for a couple of hours and then we had the audit forms to write up and submit and then we had the post-mortem and then we had the re-deploy (where everything went fine, because it turns out it *wasn't* our code that was the problem, it was an out-of-date patch on one of the IIS servers) and yay, we are now live with the new stuff (and everything else is now super-behind, so we're all triaging that.)

So, yes, this week did not go as planned. But it is the weekend! And I am not going anywhere! (I've been out of town for the last 4 weekends in a row, mostly all for fun/good reasons, but still. I may not get out of bed at all today.)

and now for the ask-me-questions meme... )
topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
I've got a deployment call coming up, help keep me from falling asleep at my desk!

Pick a question to ask me:
1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?
14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.
topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
So far behind on the daily posting, sorry! (So far behind on so many things, actually. ‘Tis the season, right?)

[livejournal.com profile] wendy asked me about my fic, specifically, what was my favorite, which is not an easy question to answer (I can’t even pick a favorite movie, so it’s no surprise I can’t pick when the stakes are more personal.)

I decided to talk about a few of my favoriteS (please do note the plural) and why they pop up in my brain as often as they do. These aren't the things I think are my "best" (whatever that means), just the ones that I think of with a little extra fondness. cutting because it got a little long )
topaz119: (Default)
Oh, it is a Monday. The very Monday-est of Mondays.

Ignoring the workday world, which is doing its best to give me a migraine already, I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo/[community profile] mini_wrimo for another year. I actually can't remember how many years I've done this, but it's been a lot (""). I've come to the conclusion that it works best for me to only commit to 100 words/day (I usually end up writing two or three times that, but if I commit to anything higher it becomes a stress point and nothing gets done) so that's all done.

Also, I know several of you wanted to know what I thought of Black Widow: Forever Red and I do have a few things to say. I'll put it behind a cut (no spoilers, just cutting because sometimes I want to go into a story w/o dealing with someone else's reactions, so if that's you, look away, look away!)

Read more... )
topaz119: (needfulthings)
I am cautiously optimistic that I survived the week. #2Son may actually have completed requirements for his HS diploma. I am whispering so as not to jinx it. but, yay!omg!yay!)

In actual fannish content, [community profile] femmeremix is live! And my remixer went and took the women of my lone Trek fic and told their stories in the aftermath of the Narada attack, about which I am still not really able to form thoughts beyond !!!!1!!\o/!!. Somewhere in my archives is the post where I talked about how rewatching Pike's episodes on TOS, originally to get more of a feel for Number One, but then rediscovering Yeoman Colt and having her energize me is really the only reason that fic got finished, so yes, getting a remix of Colt and Number One (and Gaila!!) is really, deeply satisfying, and I might have been flailing in the car on the way to the office, complete with flappy hands of glee at three consecutive stoplights.

TL;DR: Every Morning After The End Of The World (The Disaster Recovery Remix)!!!

Tangentially related, holy cow, in posting my remix, I went over a million words on AO3!!! I don't even know what to do with that number. I think I need to celebrate somehow, but after this week, my brain is mush. I will think upon it this weekend.

I am working from home today, so I'm going to go make pizza dough and start the oven/steel pre-heating, because my basil has gone wild & so have the tomatoes, so it would seem to be an excellent day for margherita pizzas for dinner. Have a lovely weekend!
topaz119: (hanging on)
There is so much going on here, but by Friday, it will be all wrapped up, just in time for school to start on Monday. Y'all, this weekend is going to be nothing but frivolity.

I did get my [community profile] femmeremix story posted (about 10 minutes before the deadline last night) and then went back and fiddled with it some today, but I am actually pretty happy with it, \o/. And I'm still happy with what I wrote for the [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised AU exchange (Viridian Skies), mostly because steampunk! After all these years of boots and corsets and green wigs/lipstick and goggle headbands, I finally actually wrote some. (So that was fun, though I wish I'd had more time... cutting for writer-y babble )

Also, bonus points (or a drabble of your choice) to anyone who sees the Easter eggs my brain kept embedding.

Oh! and I have to point you to my gift story, A Different Truth Between Us, which is (as the author says) the X-Files AU you never knew you needed. :D Reading it brought back all kinds of happy fandom memories.
topaz119: (ready to write)
As tagged by [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer, 7 lines from the 7th page of a WiP...

I have 2 that have reached the 7 page mark (not saying how many others that haven't gotten that far, but it, uh, is a number considerably larger than 2).

#1 - The slooooooowly creeping along (as in I'm-happy-to-hit-100-words-a-day) post CA: TWS chapter of in deep with you darling, Clint/Darcy:

“I--oh, holy shit, I appreciate the concern but seriously, I would feel an astronomical amount better if you’d look at the road rather than me.” Darcy resists the urge to cover her eyes--she’s not that much of a wuss, she tells herself sternly--and gropes around for the water. She doesn’t think she’s all that thirsty, at least not until the first swallow and she realizes how much dust and smoke and sand she’s been breathing.

“Easy,” Clint says, but he’s watching the road, so Darcy doesn’t fuss. “I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t throw up in my truck, because it’s looking like I’m gonna be living out of it for the foreseeable future.”




#2 - The wow-this-is-taking-over-my-brain Laura/Clint sequel to one of these crazy old nights, ie, the one where I'm pretty sure they get married:

“No, really,” Clint answered. “I’m good hanging here--my unit’ll probably disown me, but I’m not really feeling the cards tonight. We can just… I don’t know, see what else is around.”

“Sure,” Laura said. He let her take his arm again, and encouraged by the contact, she felt like she could add a little bit of a joke. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a country girl. We make our own fun.”

Clint smiled at that, a real one that reached his eyes, no matter that it started off small. “Yeah, carnie, here, remember? Got paid for making my own fun.” They stepped out of the heavy glass doors and relative quiet of the conservatory and the hum and all the commotion and energy of the hotel washed over them. “Well, for certain definitions of paid. And fun.”


For the number of times I've seen this on my circle/flist, I'm assuming everyone has already been tagged, but if not, feel free to share and blame it on me!
topaz119: (ready to write)
This has been a super-up-and-down weekend--a nice semi-mindless meme seems to be the ticket for distraction (w/o running the risk of AoU spoilage--I am almost totally off tumblr, and I probably will only be cautiously skimming lj/dw for the next bit, because boyhowdy did I get slammed here a couple of summers ago.)

My top ten on AO3...

10. in deep with you darlin' , MCU, Darcy/Clint (5873) === Again with the loving on the oddball pairings in the MCU, because this is still just a WiP that I swear I'm going to finish. Soon. Swear. (Part 3 is about to break 10K words and there might even be sexytimes before we're done.) (New in 2014)

9. The Physicist and the Assassin , MCU, Clint/Bruce (8219) === I have a sneaking fondness for Hulkeye, so this was fun to write. (New in 2013)

8. Takin' Care of Business , MI4: Ghost Protocol, gen with background Hunt/Brandt (8685) === More from the [livejournal.com profile] ghotocol_kink prompts. (#6 in 2013)

7. all kinds of guns, MCU, Darcy/Clint (10,771) === The first sequel to you need a rock not a rolling stone, where everybody finds out they can deal with the reality of Hawkeye being the regular guy that he is. (New in 2013)

6. Love and Other Mission Anomalies, MI4: Ghost Protocol, Hunt/Brandt (13,175) === There was this one page of prompts on [livejournal.com profile] ghotocol_kink that sent my brain into a crazy tailspin of writing; this was the longest fic that came out of it all. (#5 in 2013)

5. ask ourselves what road to take, MCU, Clint/Coulson (18,250) === Have I mentioned how much I love the Clint/Coulson mini-fandom? They read and kudo and comment and generally rally around stories, no matter that the pairing has less than a minute of a scene together. (New in 2014)

4. End-Around, H5-0, Steve/Danny (21,701) === Never underestimate the staying power of a slightly kinky PWP in a juggernaut pairing. (#3 in 2013)

3. Four Times Nobody Noticed It Was A Date, and One Time There Wasn't Any Doubt, H5-0, Steve/Danny (35,923) === Still the fastest I have ever started writing in a fandom (I think I started posting after the third episode.) I'm pretty excited that it still mostly holds up (and that people just now finding the show on Netflix are finding fic for it, too.) (#2 in 2013)

2. doesn't matter if I bleed, MCU, Clint/Coulson (38,835) === It was pretty much obligatory in the C/C fandom to write a post-Avengers fix-it fic. My brain certainly wasn't going to let go of the idea. (#3 in 2013)

1. you need a rock not a rolling stone, MCU, Darcy/Clint (46,774) === My pre-Avengers, let's-play-with-the-fun-fanon-pairing snarkfest of a romance novel. I remain gobsmacked (but utterly delighted) that so many people seem to love it as much as I do. (#1 in 2013)


Kudos are almost exactly the same--a little variation in rankings, but the same ten stories, which is the first year that's happened.

sunday six

Feb. 22nd, 2015 09:08 pm
topaz119: (Default)
...because I need something to remind me that I do get things written occasionally.

From the inching-along next part of in deep with you darling (Darcy/Clint)

“Good job,” he says to her, pulling the door closed and then tossing his gun to the other hand so he can start the engine. “All parties, Hawkeye clear, and HYDRA neutralized,” he says into his throat mic, backing down the road at what would be an unnerving speed even if he wasn’t driving one handed and pointing the gun out the open window with the other. Darcy feels she is allowed the one little meep as she scrabbles for the shoulder harness. Clint flashes her a cocky grin, which doesn’t do anything but amp her adrenaline higher, but it’s better than freaking out, and she finds herself returning it in kind. “I’ve got Darcy, Thor; you and the doc get low and small.”
topaz119: (ready to write)
Yeah, yeah, it's almost February, I know, I know, but seriously, I only just got my Christmas tree down. And last week was #2Son's end of semester, so that vortex sucked enough of my brain power and mental stability that reading/watching new things were totally not happening, so the Wednesday book meme is a copy/paste of last week.

Plus, I've done this since 2004; I'm not letting being late stop me from starting my 2nd decade of round-ups.

Previous years: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

So, hey, this is what I wrote last year: )
topaz119: (velma is thinking)
cut for your scrolling ease

this week in fandom )

this week in writing )

this week in DragonCon )

this week in food )

Also, Trader Joe's cookie butter is EEEEEVIL.
topaz119: (hanging on)
ohhhh, I am so close to finishing this Clint/Coulson Avengers/AOS/Hawkeye crossover--I can see the end, everybody is in place, character growth has happened... I just need to get them to say the magic words and I will be done with it all! SO CLOSE.(I also need to clean my house and finish the laundry, which is seriously cutting into my writing time. RL, sigh.) I've been writing this thing since last NOVEMBER. I actually do like it, but I will be so happy to be done with it!

And then I can maybe think about my Marvel Big Bang and how that might go... I don't know how my brain is going to take thinking about something else, though. You don't want to know how many timelines I have sketched out for the current fic, none of which are going to be especially useful for anything else.


Wednesday reading meme...

What I've just finished
An Assembly Such As This, Pamela Aidan, which is book 1 of Pride & Prejudice from Darcy's POV. I especially liked the peek into male Regency society, as it's not something that Jane explored. I really loved Darcy and Bingley's friendship and I'm waiting with great anticipation for Caroline to (metaphorically) hang herself.


Reading Now
Duty and Desire, book 2 of the P&P trilogy. Darcy and Bingley in exile after the ball, and the story has suddenly taken a turn for the Gothic, which is somewhat unexpected.

Reading Next
Presumably, These Three Remain, which is book 3. I also have the Regency pirate-next-door book, which I swear I am going to finish, another Regency which looks way less cracky, and the one about the Amazonian lost sisterhood (that I will absolutely fill in with Wonder Woman no matter what the authorial intent might have been.) Beach Week is coming in 10 days, so I might actually get some things finished here in a bit.
topaz119: (Cap)
Sunday Six, a day late. And since the canon meld in the Clint/Coulson is making my brain hurt, I let it go play with the post-rolling stone Steve/Natasha that's been knocking around for a while now.

just Steve so far & outside of the Cap 2 canon )

sunday six

Apr. 27th, 2014 10:14 pm
topaz119: (ready to write)
This floats by on tumblr fairly regularly, and since I'm fighting with getting ideas out of my head and into an actual narrative, I thought I'd give it a try (and cross-post it here, too.) It's a start, at least.

So. Six sentences from the story I've worked on most recently, which happens to be Part 9 of the Clint/Coulson Agents of SHIELD/Avengers/Hawkeye canon-meld I've been working on for the last few months (though this particular part is so far all Clint & Natasha.) behind the cut to spare your screens )

I'm guessing I'm going to have to work CA:TWS canon in here, too, but the more I think about it, the more it seems to fit. Maybe it's not going to be a total nightmare? (The next time I decide to meld multiple active canons, somebody SMACK ME.)

Monday

Mar. 10th, 2014 12:03 pm
topaz119: (earthrise)
You know you work for a geeky place when you overhear 3 separate conversations gushing about Cosmos on your way to get your first Diet Coke of the morning.  (For the record, I watched it live last night and then again this morning alongside BabyBoy while getting ready for the day.)
 
In other news, I could swear I posted at some point in March, but apparently I’m composing and posting in my dreams. So, to update: nothing terribly exciting is going on. Work, kids’ schools, life… you know. D is in the middle of baseball season so he’s barely around. The weather has maybe stopped with the cold stuff? The daffodils are blooming, at least. 26 days and counting until spring break. I managed to post a chapter so I only have 3 more to go and I’ll actually be finished with the Agents of SHIELD/MCU/Hawkeye Clint/Coulson. Crossing my fingers that I can keep this mad canon meld going long enough to get to a happy ending, because my brain is screaming for it now.
 
How are you all?
topaz119: (A-Babies!Nat)
::waves::

So, I'm writing an Avengers/Agents of SHIELD/Hawkeye Clint/Coulson that I've wanted to write right from the start of AOS, and I'm posting it a chapter at a time, because that's the only way I can reliably finish anything these days... and that got long and boring )

...and that was probably 100x more than what you signed up for around here, but it feels like I just freed up my brain to keep going on the writing, so cut-text it is.

I feel vaguely guilty for doing anything but trying to write on this thing (I, er, underestimated how long it was going to take to claw out of the angsty hole I dug for everyone, so instead of a nice 15K fic, I'm about to crack 25K and still have a third of it to go, whoops), but I have managed to read a couple of books (I finally realized I could put my iPad in a ziploc bag and read in the bathtub, which makes life SO MUCH BETTER, duh.)

What I've Just Finished
So [personal profile] poisontaster not only sorted me out on where to start with Barbara Hambly, but also loaned me her pick, so Bride of the Rat God, it was. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the setting and atmosphere of 1920s Hollywood, which was vivid enough to be a character of its own. So, that was fun.

And then I resolved to actually *read* some of the sale-of-the-day e-books I compulsively buy, so I dove into the first of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, Cocaine Blues, and didn't come up until I'd gone through Flying Too High and Murder on the Ballarat Train (and #4 is on the way from the library.) I think it's safe to say I enjoyed the series--it's nice to read something outside the usual post-WWI setting of England/NYC (these are set in Australia) and Phryne is entertaining enough in her own way. Plus, dear lord, the *clothes*. I find myself googling her designers and imagining my grandmother (who was a knockout in her day) in various and assorted outfits. The mysteries are fine -- I never bother trying to work out who the villain is when I read these things, I just float along and (if all is working right) am entertained by the spectacle, which these are doing nicely.

What I'm Reading Now
Nothing, at the moment -- or, well, cookbooks as I sit around assorted therapist/orthodontist offices. Canal House Everday and Bouchon Bakery (which qualifies as strength training, too, as it is huuuge.)

What I'm Reading Next
Phryne Fisher #4--I can't remember the name, just that it's waiting at the library and tomorrow is conveniently enough a work-from-home day, so I can grab it on my errand run around the little town we live near.

Other random stuff
Spring break -- I am experimenting with a third-party broker for Disney Vacation Club properties and have a savanna-view studio reserved for approximately the price of a moderate-resort room. (This is mostly so that #2Son can hang out in the room and have something to see if the rest of vacationing gets to be too much for him.) I will report back on how it all turns out, but so far it's been pretty painless. I also started making dining reservations in November, as soon as D confirmed that the varsity team was playing in a WWoS tournament, so I'm holding Saturday evening fireworks-timing at the California Grill, a reasonable time for dinner at Le Cellier, and an actualfax dinner table at Be Our Guest. (My squee is only barely contained at this trifecta of Holy Grail restaurants.) The Flower & Garden Festival is doing food booths again this year, so that's cool; the new MK daytime parade starts in about a week (and has so many steampunky elements I might have to see it more than once); and the construction walls are down from around the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, with the possibility of it being in soft-opening by the time we get there. For this being my 4th trip in 9 months, I am ridiculously excited by all of this.

TV -- Behind on everything except for SPN but that's only because BabyBoy has caught the bug and watches it in the morning before school. I was very happy to see who I saw this week, even if I'm seriously ready to start smacking some sense into people named Winchester.

Movies -- We finally (!!!!) coordinated schedules and went to see The Hobbit last weekend, and all I can say is that I have given up trying to be rational about those movies. As soon as the score begins, I just fall into this place where I'm catching up with friends I haven't seen in decades and while I can objectively see where the first part was a little slow, I honestly didn't care. I think we're trying for the Lego movie this weekend; I have promised not to make loud comments about Manic Pixie Dreamgirls while there (note the 'loud' part, because that's as far as I was willing to go.)



Anyway. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I'm still here (and on tumblr and twitter and goodreads and pinterest -- come see me if you're hanging out there, too!)

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