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Raises Head From Under Water

I’ve been fighting not getting sick lately, so there’s cause for the radio silence. Yes, I’ve posted fanficcy things. Brain’s not all the way there, but I’ve got to be actually gone in order to not be able to do a decent bit of fic. Original fic? Yeah, right. Reading? Can’t concentrate well unless I’m hanging on a heavy knowledge of canon’s scaffolding. Proofreading? Considering asking for an extension and this is a paid job. Poetry even? Yeah, no dice. Crossposting even aforementioned fanfic properly? Hah.

En brief, that’s where I’ve been.

The inspiration’s cranked, just not the execution. I’ve been nibbling at several major projects to see which one will actually let me bite. Haven’t made it far, though I’m in love with the ideas for sure. I’d like to wrap up Son o’ de Guild too. That would get a lot of pressure off for all the abandoned fics, just too scared I’ll throw myself out of the decent Clint/Natasha vibe I’ve got going before I wrap up some other much shorter pieces that I’d like to.

I wonder if I’m a story commitment phobe. Probably not. I just lack that delightful ability to stay focused on a story after I’ve mentally figured it out. Go figure.

Have a snippet:

One moment, Alaine was wrapped in the blinding white light of a gleaming apartment light, begging the child beneath her hand not to die. She was pouring life into an empty hole, feeling it slip through her fingers and out of the body that needed it so badly. The next moment, the entire room was swathed in black darkness except for Devon’s meagre flashlight shining over her hands.

It startled the little boy and startled Alaine, cutting their connection.

“D—!” she swore. Don’t die, don’t die, don’t die. Trust me! “Who turned out the lights?” Alaine demanded aloud, but she didn’t have much spare room for the question or the faint murmuring of Devon’s answer against the blur of sliding into the slippery mind of her charge—playing catch in the tiny sparsely grassed backyard, picking up his father’s gun… She lost herself in the child, holding with a touch that had no fingers or hands, only the pounding, blending of a healer merging her body’s resources with his.

She felt something shoving heavily against her.

Breathe. She breathed, in and out, into the child. Fingers gripped painfully into her shoulder, yanking against the connection. Don’t die on me. Breathe!

Abruptly, Alaine fell away, connection broken as Devon’s voice came clear in her ears, shouting at a volume that made hearing his words impossible. She barely glanced at him, then scrambled away and threw up on the floor beside her. She gagged and retched for what felt like long minutes, and even after she stopped, her entire body trembled. Someone had opened a couple of lantern lights. The yellow glow made her eyes ache, and medical sirens wailed too close to not hurt her ears in her weakened state.

Devon pushed her up gently and put a bottle to her lips.

She wanted water. It wasn’t water. It was the horrible nutrient-rich formula they gave to healers after they nearly passed out. She sucked in a few mouthfuls, ignoring the way it dribbled down her chin.

Devon’s mouth was a grim line again. The emergency medic had tried in vain to keep her from overdoing it ever since she’d been assigned to work with him last year.

She rolled her head slightly to one side, and it nearly sent her heaving again, but she breathed steady, shallow breaths and forced her vision to focus on the little boy she had tried to save. He was breathing—barely, but he was breathing.


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Where Have I Been?

In a brief list:

  1. Moving (not done)
  2. Trope Bingo Round Three (done)
  3. Finish my remix fic for a Clint/Natasha exchange (done)
  4. Percolating
  5. Actively collecting prompts
  6. Actively planning books/gifts
  7. Scribbling the occasional poem
  8. Singing to myself
  9. Dealing with finances and sciatic nerve issues (not done)
  10. Trying to stay awake long enough to get some decent reading in (I have not forgotten you, in_the_blue! or you, thecatisacritic!) (seriously not done)

What I'm really trying to work on as opposed to getting done in the corners of life:

  1. Proofreading for a client
  2. Move in
  3. Find my taxes paperwork so I can my refund
  4. Deal with finances and sciatic nerve issues
  5. Finish reading in_the_blue's story
  6. Write a giftfic (short story) for thecatisacritic
  7. Put together an anthology of either poetry or the 365-day challenge

That's where I'm at. How are you?

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  1. We're in the new house, but are still in the process of moving in and cleaning out the old house.
  2. I've lost track of my word counts for the month. I want to find them again too because it would be nice to have just one year where I track the whole thing.
  3. I have apparently completely converted to AO3 from FFN, though crossposting is patchy at best in either direction. This was finally motivated by the ads. I hate that I can't get rid of them anymore on FFN.
  4. I have published two books this year in four months. I'm supposed to be at four, but if I go ahead and move my grandfather's birthday present to my other pen name and publish it, I'll technically be at three. This should be done.
  5. I have too much to read, too much to write, and I've got a Couples Big Bang, a remix, and a Trope Bingo on my plate. I'm crazy, but I can't seem to help myself. Am I addicted?
  6. I've been lurking because of the move, but I love you all.
  7. I have converted on two TV shows, but I'll say right now, thecatisacritic, don't bother with either of them. I found them because of Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles, but got hooked because of the stories: Blue and The Unusuals. Blue will be back. The Unusuals won't. :weepeth with much weeping:
  8. I adore poetry. Now if I could just write fic again, we'd be good.
  9. The start of my trope bingo story #1 is packed in one of many of my boxes scattered somewhere in the garage. Oh, joy. Now I've got to find it.

How are you all?

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A Lot of Not Much

This entry is part 87 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 4, 2014

Wrote a stats post. Wow.

  • Blog: 90 words

April 7, 2014

So mostly I scribbled poetry and false start number one on a crossover I tried very hard to talk myself out of writing.

  • Fiction: 569 words
  • Poetry: 161 lines | 1111 words

April 8, 2014

I got a false start on my Couples Big Bang fic and quickly realized it didn't do what I wanted at all.

  • Fiction: 184 words

April 9, 2014

Out sick and a whole lot of nada. Technically I did do an interview here.

  • Blog: 770 words

April 10, 2014

A bit of fandom progress, which wasn't what I was hoping for, but not awful either. I finally got my Trope Bingo card and am deciding how I want to do it. Also signed up for Origfic Bingo but don't have my card yet. Best and worst of all, made a ton of progress on the crossover that shouldn't. Oh, and got a good scene start on Couples Big Bang.

  • Fiction: 962 words

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This entry is part 86 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 3, 2014


All my proofs are in the mail to me. Now I must be patient and wait.


Worked on the collaborative short with thecatisacritic, mostly percolating, but 364 new words were in that.


Did research for my Couples Big Bang and the attached, related other crossover fic I'm not supposed to write. Yeah. That'll work. :rolls eyes at self: 208 words there.

Publishing Again

Planned out how to do my next collection. Kingdoms and Thorn. It's my current playground apparently.


Thought I'd get some time to. Didn't.

Word Counts

  • Fiction: 572 words
  • Poetry: 0 lines | 0 words
  • Blog: 0 words

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This entry is part 84 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 1, 2014

So I got out my catch-up post before 9 a.m. and also got my proof reviewed for my grandparents’ gift and the book submitted for lithiumlaughter’s. My new cover upload last night apparently didn’t take, so I’ll have to do it at home tonight. This is starting to get headachesome.


My new AO3 drafting process: I don’t like the expiration on drafting a WIP on AO3 or the inability to really preview all chapters of a multi-chaptered draft, so I found a workaround. Create a WIP collection that is (Closed, Moderated, Unrevealed, Anonymous). Post fic to the collection.


I have come to a conclusion. Poetry carves headspace in my mind. It opens the doors that have gotten shut and blows down the walls of the maze I raise for fiction. Sometimes I just desperately need the room to breathe.

Just wrote a poem because my headspace fresh off of poetry just got kinda cluttered and I’m feeling tense again.

And there went another one at the oddest of moments. Make that two.

Will edit this post tomorrow if I write any more tonight.

Word Counts

  • Poetry: 35 lines | 274 words
  • Blog: 836 words

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Quick Recap of the Current GiftFic Docket

This is why I'm a little stretched just now. :grins:

  • Short Story: “Justice” for thecatisacritic
  • Novel: One Good Storm with thecatisacritic
  • Short Story: “Everything is Blood” for lithiumlaughter
  • Novel-in-Verse: Blank Verse for lithiumlaughter
  • Novelette: Fault Lines for Couples Big Bang
  • Meta: Science article series for thecatisacritic
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In the Meantime...

This entry is part 81 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

March 26, 2014

Was chatting via email with lithiumlaughter and this morning, the conversations turned into a 1397 word fic. Whoops. It wasn't good enough though, not quite enough. I'm changing my Couples Big Bang pairing.

March 28, 2014

Started putting together a poetry collection for lithiumlaughter, since poetry was actually happening (research and fic were frying my brain) and wrote a poem to go with the fanfic.

March 29, 2014

I almost forgot. I wrote a ton of fodder on this day, probably a few thousand words of poetry that will never see the light of day, thus the name "fodder." I'm not counting it.

March 30, 2014

Focused on rereading “Justice” and reminding myself of where I want to steer it. Unfortunately realized that I need to check in for the Couples Big Bang tomorrow, so also need to work on that. Finished out what I started on the 29th of getting gift books ready for publication. Will need to continue wrapping that up on the 1st.

So I owe you all an end of March post and would like to check back in to my publication/release schedule issues as well. I’m not really happy with that bit.

Word Counts:

  • Fiction: 1397 words
  • Poetry: 8 lines | 51 words
  • Blog: 18 words

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Scribbler Daily Tracking Post

This entry is part 77 of 103 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

At the end of each month, I usually compile the statistics for the month, provided I tracked my writing for the entire month.

October 2013

New Words

  • Fiction & Poetry: 39,410 words
  • Blog: 9,831 words
  • Nonfiction: 362 words

January 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 17,392 words
  • Poetry: 102 lines | 498 words
  • Blog: 8030 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 1397 words
  • Poetry:104 lines | 496 words

February 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 12,260 words
  • Poetry: 111 lines | 626 words
  • Blog: 4979 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 3443 words
  • Poetry: 98 lines | 612 words

March 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 14,718 words
  • Poetry: 584 lines | 2858 words
  • Blog: 1127 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 6861 words
  • Poetry: 317 lines | 2270 words

2014 Completed Pieces

  1. Poem: "Before My Eyes," 220 words | 47 lines.
  2. Fanfic: "Mistakes," 1397 words.
  3. Poem: "Writer's Social Therapy," 32 words | 4 lines.
  4. Poem: "Blanket Statements," 8 lines| 48 words.
  5. Poem: "Friends Like These," 24 lines | 121 words.
  6. Poem: “Empty Spaces,” 7 lines | 20 words.
  7. Poem: “The Soundless Scream,” 5 lines | 22 words.
  8. Poem: “Like a Light,” 9 lines | 43 words.
  9. Fanfic: “Wholeness of Self,” 783 words.
  10. Poem: "Tell Me," 8 lines | 37 words.
  11. Poem: "Mother," 8 lines | 22 words.
  12. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 269 words.
  13. Poem: "Native," 31 lines | 232 words.
  14. Poem: "Moderation," 6 lines | 20 words.
  15. Poem: "I Should Think," 20 lines| 140 words.
  16. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 2391 words.
  17. Poem: "Cursor," 7 lines | 54 words.
  18. Poem: "Unrequited Pain," 8 lines | 29 words.
  19. Poem: "Is Snow," 6 lines | 42 words.
  20. Poem: "Buttercups," 4 lines | 36 words.
  21. Poem: "Open Hands," 12 lines | 63 words.
  22. Fanfic: “God Help the World,” 205 words.
  23. Poem: "Everything's Blood and All is Well," 16 lines | 97 words.
  24. Fanfic: “Perfection,” 688 words.
  25. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Assignment, 1267 words.
  26. Poem: "Wonder," 4 lines | 29 words.
  27. Prose Poem: “the bringing of light,” 485 words.
  28. Poem: “Rothnen,” 24 lines | 102 words.
  29. Poem: “This is the universe…” 12 lines | 80 words.
  30. Poem: “For Sister,” 4 lines | 36 words.
  31. Fanfic: "Demoralized," 204 words.
  32. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 198 words.
  33. Poem: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 8 lines | 66 words.
  34. Poem: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 3 lines | 7 words.
  35. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 125 words.
  36. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 201 words.
  37. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 2376 words.
  38. Poem: “Name You,” 136 lines | 795 words.
  39. Poem: “Tale of Domestic Life in a Series of Coffee Cups,” 19 lines | 110 words.
  40. Poem: “What Happened,” 44 lines | 191 words.
  41. Poem: “The Wild Balloon,” 9 lines | 71 words.
  42. Poem: “With the Tide,” 8 lines | 43 words.
  43. Poem: “Apologies,” 4 lines | 17 words.
  44. Poem: “Daughter Kiss.X Wife,” 6 lines | 27 words.
  45. Fanfic: “Thin Walls of Stone,” 1397 words.
  46. Poem: “Walls of Stone,” 8 lines | 51 words
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Invisible Ficathon Reveals

So the Invisible Ficathon reveals have finally happened!

My assignment:

Title: Knight in Rusted Armor
Fandom: Averil's Atonement by Anne Shirley
Fandom Source: Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Summary: Averil Lester had always been his. She'd been his since they were children barely out of the nursery and Maurice wasn't going to let that go just because a jellyfish duke decided to come along and steal her heart.

Treats I Wrote:

Title: From Eyes of Blue
Fandom: The Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox
Fandom Source: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

Summary: Zyll was frightened, not of her gift but of the vision it brought her.


Title: Annual ‘Faxfic Slam - 1918 PD
Fandom: The Havenite 'Faxes Colloquially Known as "Smutsies"
Fandom Source: Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Summary: It’s time for the 1918 PD Annual ‘Faxfic Slam in Noveau Paris! Pick a pairing and write up to the smutsie name. Remember the fun of a slam is to reply to other ‘fics and better yet to one-up them. Do us proud!


Title: A Different Tune
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: Sometimes Daddy can be just a wee bit overprotective.


Title: Poem: Twitterpated
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: Birds don’t kiss, right? But if they did…


Title: A Haiku Inspired by the "Kisses Rang Out"
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: A haiku inspired by Snoopy's A Dark and Stormy Night where unexplained kisses rang out at the beginning of one of the tales.


Title: Have Her Cake and Eat It Too
Fandom:  Averil's Atonement by Anne Shirley
Fandom Source: Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Summary: Averil bakes a cake—with mixed results.


Title: The Law of Sympathetic Magic
Fandom:  The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
Fandom Source: a Robert Heinlein story

Summary: The law of sympathetic magic is this: it cannot be undone.


Title: Meta: Preston of the Spaceways, a Retrospective
Fandom:  Preston of the Spaceways, Manticoran holodramas
Fandom Source: Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Summary: The idea behind Preston of the Spaceways: The Holovid was to shake up people’s expectations and make them realize we were doing something different. On Old Earth, adaptations would be called ‘The Movie’ when it was the iconic adaptation, and that’s really what we’re trying to do here: the iconic adaptation.

Gifts I Received:

Title: Linked
Author: ChokolatteJedi
Fandom:  Galaxy Quest (TV)
Fandom Source: Galaxy Quest (movie)

Summary: Tawney has some things she'd like cleared up


Title: What Both Will Be and Is
Author: thinkatory
Fandom:  The Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox
Fandom Source: Kairos (O'Keefe) series by Madeleine L'Engle


All will be well. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For the fire is roses, roses, and the sight of blue eyes can change what both will be and is. Matthew Maddox, The Horn of Joy, 1868.

Excerpts from a history of tesseracts, and those changed by them.


Title: On Names; or, why it rains at a hanging
Author: Raven (singlecrow)
Fandom:  Eddisian mythology
Fandom Source: Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Summary: Eugenides, who comes as a thief in the night.

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