in_the_blue: (Christmas Lily)
YO HO HO EVERYONE! My lovely friend [personal profile] vivien isn't doing Yuletide this year, but that shouldn't stop her from getting a fic! Viv requested Albus Dumbledore and Father Christmas. Who am I to say no? HAPPY CHRISTMAS, VIV!

What's in a name? )

This was my last prompt in the December meme. Thanks for playing along with me, I had too much fun. Happy Christmas, everyone who celebrates it. Have a wonderful day.
in_the_blue: chibi!nightcrawler (bamf!)
(I know I'm a little early, hush. Tomorrow's going to be a busy day.)

[livejournal.com profile] kit_the_brave requested a fandom mashup: two characters who wouldn't normally encounter each other meet while Christmas shopping.

No gag gifts, please... )
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
[livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname asked me to talk about books that inspire/influence my writing. This is a great question!

books/authors beneath the cut )
in_the_blue: (yo ho yo ho)
[livejournal.com profile] govcampbell asked me for something from [livejournal.com profile] dogstar_academy canon for today's entry in the meme. I have to confess, this was the most difficult thing for me to write.

For those of you who don't know, Dogstar Academy was an alternate universe Harry Potter roleplay board. The basic premise was that Sirius Black had become Headmaster of his covert own school for witches and wizards (since he was still and always in hiding - the game started well before Order of the Phoenix was published; imagine the explaining a very alive Sirius had to do after his death became canon). We started out back in the days of EZboard and ProBoards, where a catastrophic malicious attack on the site wiped out a number of years' worth of RP. I'd paid extra for the folks at EZboard to back up our community, but apparently they never bothered. We lost everything. I've never cried so hard over losing writing before but we had some absolutely marvelous stuff. We'd figured out so many things, taught so many different classes, developed so many characters.

Eventually we started over again at LJ. I'm not sure we ever regained the magic (ha ha) of the first site, but we had some rollicking good fun once people got used to the threaded RP style there. We did close the site once the story seemed to have run its course, but it lasted a good long time. It's actually been eight years since our last post there. Revisiting this canon was bittersweet. I tried four different approaches to working in this canon again. Ultimately, all I could do was a little bit of IC expanding on the ending. I hope it's okay, Bernie. Sometimes I really miss playing Sirius. His journal was my first ever on LJ.

All good things must come to an end )
in_the_blue: (what do you see in the sky?)
Remember back when [livejournal.com profile] lostinapapercup and I ran a RP game called [livejournal.com profile] outpost_12? I do. ♥ For today's entry in the December meme, [livejournal.com profile] lostinapapercup asked for people at [livejournal.com profile] outpost_12 getting into the holiday spirit. I decided to keep the fic solely to some of the characters the two of us played, because those are the ones I know best.

On an asteroid only 7 hours from Mars... )
in_the_blue: (we're... friends!)
(or close enough!)

For the December meme, [personal profile] jules1278 requested Sirius's favorite Christmas.

Here you go, and happy birthday, Juli! )
in_the_blue: (sam's guitar)
Since no one asked, here's a music post. I put iTunes on shuffle and will share the first ten songs on my playlist, courtesy of Youtube.

1. All The Way From Memphis - Mott the Hoople. I have unabashed love for this song. It's about trying to locate a missing guitar while the band is on tour... and a few other things.

2. Love in the Shadows - The Magnetic Fields. Like a lot of Magnetic Fields songs, it's weird and moody, what else can I say.

3. Rain - The Seatbelts. I have a lot of Cowboy Bebop music on iTunes. All of it, in fact. There are two versions of this song, one sung by Steve Conte, and this one featuring the wonderful Mai Yamane. It's from Session 5, Ballad of Fallen Angels.

4. Devil In Her Heart - The Beatles. This is from the stereo remastered version of With The Beatles. Give me a Beatles song and I'm good. This song is such a great example of early Lennon/McCartney collaboration, and in the remastered version you can really hear George's guitar shine.

5. Isis - Bob Dylan. Desire is still my favorite Dylan album, it's songs-as-stories at its very best. Here, have some lyrics.

6. KC Blues - Charlie Parker. I like this one. It's up-tempo but moody, blues but not depressing. Plus it's filled with kick-ass musicians: Miles Davis on trumpet, Max Roach on drums, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Walter Bishop on piano.

7. Fantino - Sebastian Tellier. This is from the soundtrack to Lost in Translation. The music is as important to the film as the plot and characters and dialog. In fact, for me, it's a whole other layer of characterization.

8. Brown Skin Shuffle - Big Bill Broonzy. A fair amount of blues here today! If you're not familiar with Big Bill, here's the Wikipedia article on him.

9. I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles. Clearly a John Lennon song, this features a guitar duet George Harrison reversed for the track, so it would sound more dreamy. It's from Revolver.

10. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny. Viva steel guitar! What a great last song on a playlist. Is there anyone who doesn't know this song? I see all one of you.

December 7

Dec. 7th, 2014 10:51 am
in_the_blue: (narcissa)
Why am I not surprised that half the requests I got for this December meme are for Harry Potter stories? YOU GUYS. Actually, I met so many people here through that fandom, and now I'm tempted to do an entire series reread on the New Year. Who's with me?

For today, [livejournal.com profile] bitchet requested A Black Family Christmas, so here goes.

Deck the Halls with Heads of House-Elves... )

December 6

Dec. 6th, 2014 11:27 am
in_the_blue: (smoking in profile)
[livejournal.com profile] lostinapapercup gave me a great prompt for today: Charlie's first time on the Valkyrie. These are original characters for something we're working on, but I think this little thing stands on its own, even if you're unfamiliar with the canon.

He would have killed for a cigarette. )

December 5

Dec. 5th, 2014 04:21 pm
in_the_blue: (narcissa)
Over the weekend I'll have a couple of prompts filled. Today, I'm going to make a very early New Year's resolution. I rarely ever make those, because I only like to make promises I intend to keep. Here goes:

I will never use Twitter to spam you repeatedly about any books I might publish, or about any published books that might include stories of mine.

There, that was easy. Of course I'll use it to announce stuff, but there's no faster way to get me to mute an account than by having the account holder pimp their book(s) every hour on the hour and for weeks and months at a time. In turn, I won't do that to anybody else.

(I could do another whole rant on social media, but why bother? It is what it is.)

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your weekend is wonderful.

December 4

Dec. 4th, 2014 03:57 pm
in_the_blue: (greetings from oakland)
No prompts today, but that's all right. I can always find something to talk about. Today, random stuff about California.

I am completely spoiled by the California winter weather. It's been raining for a while, but it's not like the rain in the Northwest because it's not accompanied by the threat of freezing rain. Yesterday I had to drive up to Marin County for an appointment, which of course happened in the middle of the worst downpour we've had since moving here. Really, all you have to do when you drive in that kind of shit is slow down a little and leave plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you. On 580 people would speed up, then slow to a crawl because OMG PUDDLE, then speed up again and change lanes with rabid glee. In Oregon we used to talk about shitty California drivers, and now I understand it fully. These people cannot hold their rain.

We've lived here for a year and a quarter and I still don't feel like a Californian. I feel like a displaced Oregonian. Try as I might, I can't remember how long it took me to feel like an Oregonian after I moved there from Massachusetts. I never moved around a lot growing up -- I was in the same town from 2nd grade to high school graduation, and only went anywhere new after that. After college I moved to Boston and stayed in various places in MA until I moved to the northwest. I really don't know how long it'll take until I consider myself a Californian. I guess it'll happen when it happens. In the meantime, I pay my exorbitantly high taxes here just like everyone else.

When we moved, it was in the middle of the worst drought in California's history. Circling back to the first thing I talked about: this is a much more normal year as far as rainfall goes. In the space of a few weeks everything around me went from dried-up brown to a vibrant green. It's always springtime around here. The leaves are just now falling from our pear tree but if last year is anything to go by, the tree won't get much in the way of down-time before the new set of leaves starts to bud. My very first trip to the Pacific northwest was in October, and I couldn't believe flowers were still blooming. I loved the longer growing season there, and I love the even longer growing season here. Today I picked a basket full of fruit off my Meyer lemon tree. My fuchsia is still flowering. The roses on my arbor are in flower. My yard is filled with birds of all shapes and sizes, and my hummingbirds are persistent year-round residents. Here's the the rain and to things being more normal.

The downside of living here is that there's so much more crime. We have a neighborhood email group and people report all their suspicious activity to it. That makes me paranoid sometimes. The sounds of car engines idling in the middle of the night sometimes wakes me up, and I have to go check to make sure it's something legit. Oakland itself has the reputation of being the most unsafe city in the nation, which was all I knew about the city when we moved here. Of course it's like any other city. There are safer neighborhoods and ones that are less safe. You watch where you're going. You don't walk around with your brand new shiny big smartphone out, or with earbuds in and the phone in your palm. You have to be a little more aware. I've spent a lot of time this past year reflecting on the way I never locked the doors in my Oregon house when I was home, and about how I never locked my car in our driveway, how I rarely worried about things like road rage or being shot at a stop sign. My biggest worry was that if anything horrible happened, we were more than ten minutes from the nearest fire station/ambulance. Here, it's right down the street but we also have a sign at the entrance to our road that demonstrates today's fire danger. It's a different set of things to worry about.

I was at a party a few weeks ago and one of my husband's coworkers who'd recently moved here from Texas said he really liked California, but it was too expensive to live here for very long. I'm thinking he's right. To end things on a positive note, though, this area of the state is incredibly beautiful. The people are generally lovely (even if they can be aggressive drivers) and we're fortunate to have a house on the edge of a park, so we look out at canyons and wooded areas instead of housing developments. It's absolutely gorgeous and right now, I wouldn't trade it for anything less than... oh, let's say Hawaii.

December 3

Dec. 3rd, 2014 08:42 am
in_the_blue: (just drawn that way)
[livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname asked for more about fate and/or Tom's sister in Open Door, which was the working title for something I wrote a couple years ago that ended up being called Drowning Again.

I'm happy to oblige. So are the Fates. )

December 2

Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:22 pm
in_the_blue: (Christmas Lily)
I had no requests in the December meme today. I did, however, make a lot of progress on my Yuletide story. What a shift, going from November's original-fic mode back to fanfic mode. They're two very different beasts!

I still have room for another 5 or 10k on my novel-in-progress, which I'll be working on tonight as Sons of Anarchy scrolls by. It's slow going, but now that NaNo is over I don't have quite the same compulsion to write like the wind. I will be looking for readers for it eventually. If you think you might be interested let me know. It's a contemporary romance (I can't believe I wrote one). I promise not to spam you with posts about it.

Speaking of November's novel, I do have one code good for 50% off Scrivener (either for Mac or Windows) which is my highly preferred software for novel-writing. Let me know if you're interested. If I get more than one request I'll draw names out of a hat or something.

More relevantly, I have room for more requests in the December meme (DW) (LJ) if you're interested. Half my requests are for HP stuff, which makes me pretty happy (be warned, I can't write next generation stuff). I'm rusty on canon, but it's still my fanfiction sweetheart. I went back to the Sugar Quill archives and reread some of my work there, speaking of nostalgia. This is a good time of year for sentimentality.

December 1

Dec. 1st, 2014 03:08 pm
in_the_blue: (Christmas Lily)
For December 1, [livejournal.com profile] miriammoules requested a Harry Potter story based on the carol I heard the bells on Christmas day. My friend, I hope this fits the... er... bill.

Without further ado... (700 words of HP fluff!) )

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