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Dec. 21st, 2010

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I have written fic... sort of.

Does World of Warcraft counts as a fandom? *shifty eyes*

http://community.livejournal.com/wow_challenge/4149.html?view=34613#t34613

And now back to working on my nine thousand Stargate WIPS... aaany second now.

Feb. 16th, 2010

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I do, in fact, live... just very quietly. ^_~

I have been turtling recently --and by recently I mean 'Since last August'-- but am trying to focus on peeling myself away from the computer and back into productive hobbies. (I love WoW, but it needs to become less of an obsession and more of a pastime. Spending every evening and every weekend doing one thing isn't good, even if it's something I really enjoy. Variety is the spice of life, and whatnot!)

So this blog will become a bit more active (and interactive) in the near future. I'll be crossposting from my other blogs (Everyday Dragons, Unquiet Bones, Dreamwidth, etc) so this will once against become Martha Central, they way it used to be. Filters will still be in place, so you should only see what you want to see.. and if you want to see less (or more!) just drop me a line and I will change your filter settings.

So, erm, tldr = Moar Posts Soon. ^_~

Sep. 7th, 2009

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Things I am going to do today...

1. Write an actual LiveJournal post.
1a. That is not a list.
1b. Even if I think it's a rather witty bit of silly... On that note. *wanders off to read Skippy's List*

2. Find my desk again.
2a. Attempt to figure out -why- I have a desk. (Seriously, I don't think I've ever used it, what is it's purpose? Other than to pile clothes on...)

3. Post a review to Online Writing Workshop (maybe two)

4. Write 750 words of Silverwitch that are not 'jumping ahead to the fun bits', so as to get back on track with actually posting something.

5. Attempt to construct better plans on building a replacement fence gate beyond 'well, it's square-ish and has hinges'
5a. Go to Lowes.
5b. Realize that 'sorry the saw is broken' is apparently the default, not the exception.
5c. Realize that 8' of 2x4 will not fit in either car.
5d. Do not engage in creative cursing, although somewhat justified by the fact the lumber clerk look at me like I had two heads when I asked for 2x4x6 treated lumber. I R GRL, I CAN2 BUILDZ STUF! Rar.

6. Restock kitchen fuds, so that 'what's for dinner' is 'salad' not 'I dunno, pizza?' *sighs*
6a. Have a Egg McMuffin for breakfast because I am too lazy to shop twice.
6b. Read wrapper.
6c. Realize Egg McMuffins have 370 calories.
6d. Vow to clean enough to get on the treadmill and take back some of the Stupid.

7. Clean stuff around treadmill.

Aug. 25th, 2009

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Because I am a dork...

I can't have a story without an icon! It's against a law! Somewhere! I think! Heh ^_~;;;



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Aug. 22nd, 2009

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Go Fundable.com!

I am linking this here and on Facebook because as a company voice you really shouldn't say 'but she might be lying' when someone voices a pretty detailed account of how you refuse to give them their money back.

In fact you can think it all you want, but you don't SAY 'but she might be lying' when defneding your company in comments.

Or anywhere else, really. *not amused*

Followed a link from marthawells which led to...

From Mary Robinette Kowal -- My very bad experience with Fundable.com

Aug. 17th, 2009

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[BETA REQUEST] WIP: For All The Years That Do Us Harm / And These Cold Comforts Warm (SGA)

Semi-final drafts, will do some more poking tonight and see what changes. Hmm. *pokes* Thoughts anyone? Too far off prompt? Still too vague to fit the fandom?


TITLE: For All The Years That Do Us Harm / And These Cold Comforts Warm
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 200 words (paired drabbles), PG, Gen
SHIPS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Hurt and Comfort. Written for sga_flashfic: The H/C Challenge.

For All The Years That Do Us Harm

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And These Cold Comforts Warm

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Aug. 16th, 2009

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[DRAFT] For All The Years That Do Us Harm/And These Cold Comforts Warm(Stargate Atlantis)

Ah, got-it... *scribbles maddly*

For All The Years That Do Us Harm

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And These Cold Comforts Warm

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You would think I'd post more...

*sheepish look*

Well, here's a New Week's resolution (since we're nowhere near a New Year *cough*) to get off my duff and start drabbling again.

We'll see how it goes. *crosses fingers*

For drabble prompts we currently have:

sga_flashfic: H/C Challenge
snape100: Challenge #295: "Snape and Mythology"
dw100: Challenge #264: Third Doctor Titles
hp100: Sprains, Strains, and Abrasions
dw100: Fallout

For the moment I'm leaning towards the dw100 since I've just finished watching Children of Earth, but we shall see. *pokes muses*

This entry was originally posted at http://unforgotten-country.dreamwidth.org/771805.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Jul. 3rd, 2009

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Writer's Block: Dog Day Afternoon

The same things my dogs do... nap in the air conditioning. ^_~ heh

Jun. 16th, 2009

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FREE Writer's Digest back issues (really really old)

...like 1989 old. >.<;; (an random issues up through 1995)

But I don't want to just toss them if anyone else wants them. I've got, erm, lots, so if you'd like a time warp in the mail, just lemme know and I'll throw one in the mailbox for you. Comments are screened, so just drop me an addy and I'll send one out tomorrow. :) If/when/if I run out I'll update this post.

If you want more than one, or if you want to know which issues I have, drop me a comment. Otherwise it's random draw on which one you get. ^_~ heh

May. 2nd, 2009

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Stretching my wings, testing cross-posting, and not really leaving...

I've decided to test out DreamWidth (of which I am uncommonly fond, hence the paid account) by copying my fan fiction over. So there will be a bit of maneuvering --as I have enough drabbles to choke several dragons-- which should prove interesting. I'm also going to crosspost all WIP fics and related ramblings, since if DW flies well (and it's already pretty kickass for just being in Open Beta!) I'll be moving all of the fanfic there for simplicities sake.

Now this doesn't mean I'm leaving LiveJournal, as my friends are all still here (for the moment! ^_~ heh) but that I'll have both journals up and running and reading my flist on both.

I've already imported my flist (although there won't be any locked content on DW) and I've added those of you I know have DW accounts already. If anyone has one I've missed, please let me know! And if anyone would like an invite code, I'll give a yell as soon as I have some. ^_^

This entry was originally posted at http://unforgotten-country.dreamwidth.org/321.html. Please comment there using OpenID. ... *reenables comments* Or not! ^_~ heh

Dec. 24th, 2008

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It's odd to be home for Christmass Eve...

Normally I'm up at Mom's avec Ben and Jerry's (or suitable substitute) and a movie (ahhh, Cold Comfort Farm ^_^) kicking back and relaxing the holiday old school. Or new school. Or whatever. *sighs*

Instead we'll be making a run up and back to Northern VA tomorrow, hitting Mom's in the morning and then hooking up with Dad and Assorted Cousins of Awesomeness(tm) in the afternoon/evening and then driving home.

All because I wanted/needed/could-not-live-without dogs (and I suck at finding anyone to petsit).

...

I still think they were a good idea. *pats a fuzzy head with her toes* *ignores Glare of Death from the cat* Ah furkids. ^_~ Hehehehe

So today I am attempting to think up An Awesome Gift of Awesomeness(tm) and failing. Which is more or less par for the course, I am not well-versed in the art of finding things other people love. Thus I make them pick. MWAHAHAHA! Achem. Yes.

So I am coming up with a mint tea recipe to replace Diet Coke as my One True Love(tm) because I am sick of looking at ingredients lists on things and trying to figure out which random ingredient will kill me next. :P So sugar, milk, mint extract, and Lipton Tea it is! *fiddles with the recipe*

Anywho, happy holidays to one and all, no matter what the holiday's be!

Dec. 22nd, 2008

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And lo... I get a vacation from my vacation.

The semester ended yesterday at midnight leaving me with either two A's and a B or two B's and a A depending on an ungraded assignment. Either way, I'm more than pleased and insanely glad that it's over!

Which means I now have an approximately two week break where I have no work and no school... and hopefully I can figure out an order to my life that doesn't including staying up until midnight, sleeping in until 10am, and getting nothing done. *sighs*

It's like freshman year in college all over again! ^_~;;;

Anywho lofs of hugs to my abandoned f'list and I will try and get back into the flow of LJ things! *pokes her fanficitves who curse interesting curses and demand to remain in hibernation* I hope. >.<;;;

Nov. 22nd, 2008

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Comment Fic

From here: http://fish-echo.livejournal.com/8190.html

Gate Team 5 stared at the towel racks for a long thoughtful moment, abandoned by their native guide who had not quite ditched them in the middle of an alien jungle. An alien jungle that apparently knew how to accessorize.

"What do you suppose he meant by 'explosive growth'?"

Several fun-filled hours later they mastered the art of telling dead-and-thus-safely-inert seedpods from attractively-packaged-leafy-green-bundles-of-death. Actually, Matt had mastered the art of setting-off-explosions-from-a-distance-with-inappropriate-amounts-of-amusement, and Amy was working on poking-things-with-a-very-long-stick, in the hopes of securing a pinecone containing screws and not squirrels. Or whatever they were calling the bright orange rodents with a taste for metal and a nasty possessive streak. (Gate Team 5 had learned to stop suggesting names for wildlife in their mission reports, it just made Sam sigh heavily and pull out her red pen.)

Nov. 1st, 2008

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Happy first day of NaNoWriMo 2008!

Sadly, I did not make it up until midnight for the first few minutes of NaNoWriMo 2008. Candy only works up until a point and it's been a long week. *yawns*

I am remedying this somewhat by the fact that I am wide awake on Saturday and it's not yet noon (huzzah?). I've got Sven the Laptop powered up and Q10 open and ready to write. (At some point I really need to make a post proclaiming my love of that program!) Now I just need to sit down and get my mind to paper…

For those of you playing along at home, my NaNoWriMo profile is here and I'd love to have some more writing buddies! ^_^ Fourth times the charm!!

[Cross-posted from Unquiet Bones]

Oct. 8th, 2008

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New Original Fiction Blog!

I got tired of having the original fiction F'locked, and I didn't want to setup an add-filled LJ (I am NOT enthralled at the idea of paying for more than one account here) so I went ahead and setup a WordPress blog.

I've finally gotten the installation beaten somewhat into shape, so if folks would be willing to take a gander over at www.UnquietBones.com and let me know how the layout looks, I'd be verymuchthankful! ^_^

I've setup the LiveJournal feed for Unquiet Bones over here, but for now I'll continue manually cross-posting to LJ. Once the buts are worked out, I'll switch for good, but I'm still getting into the rhythm of WordPress. Plus all of my social circles are on LJ. *grins at her f'list* ^_^

And now I have to go rework The Unforgotten Country so it's just fanfic... *adds another page of things to her To Do list* Yay. :P

Sep. 1st, 2008

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August First Lines (4)

The following are the first lines from all of the original fiction postings from the August 2008. These are friends-locked posts sorted under my Writing filter, as I have no desire to spam those on my flist who aren't interested. *grin*

Please comment on this post in order to be added to the filter or check out my archive: Unquiet Bones (www.UnquietBones.com).

Note: The number is the date of the entry and the stuff in parenthesis is the genre and/or working title of the universe in which the story snippit took place.

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11 - Good may have won the day, but Evil cannot be killed, only contained. (Fantasy)

9 - The river was half crusted with ice, the snow trampled where various wildlife and villagers had come for water. (Fantasy; Traveling Songs)

6 - It wasn't healthy, but she couldn't bring herself to give up what little hope had made it through the war. (A Candle in the Window; Fantasy)

5 - It's grown while he was gone, enveloping the house in coppery-green leaves glinting in fading sunlight. (Ashes of the Fire; Fantasy)

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These snippits are copyright Martha McMahon Bechtel and may not be reproduced or distributed without express permission. All rights reserved.

Aug. 24th, 2008

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Halfway into the Forest [Stargate SG-1; Broken Wings AU by Synecdochic]

Title: Halfway into the Forest
Fandom: Stargate SG-1; AU: Broken Wings by synecdochic
Length/Rating: 437 words, PG, Gen
SPOILERS: Tag for a howling in the factory yard. Which if you haven't read you need to go read! (Plus everything else she's ever written, but that's beside the point. ^_~ *grin*)
Summary: And then there was one... (Chen POV, because darned if the Russian speaking, Chinese national who listens to K-pop doesn't need more love. Srsly!) ((Mouse-overs for quote sources, translations, and full notes at the bottom).


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Aug. 21st, 2008

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SCENE I. A churchyard.

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

Stargate Atlantis to end after Season 5 (but will continue on in direct-to-DVD movies)

Aug. 12th, 2008

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COME PLAY!! ^_^

COME PLAY!! ^_^

Come find your Muse in 100 Words!

drabbles has 25 days of Verbs and Nouns and Settings and Colors (well, 75 colors, to be precise! ^_~) and Smells and Songs and Images and Fandoms and TV Tropes and Wikipedia pages... all waiting for plot bunnies!

Only five posts left and the 30 Days of Drabbles will be no more!! (Of course you can still use the prompts from now until eternity, but heck, I hate posting alone! ^_~;;;)

COME PLAY!! ^_^

Aug. 11th, 2008

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Plausibly Deniability [House, M.D.]

TITLE: Plausibly Deniability
FANDOM: House, M.D.
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
SHIPS/WARNINGS: none
SUMMARY: drabbles Day 21 Prompts: Setting: Hospital/Clinic

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Why Botany and Xenobotany are Not The Same Thing [Stargate Atlantis]

TITLE: Why Botany and Xenobotany are Not The Same Thing
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Imaginary Gate Team 5
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
SUMMARY: drabbles Day 21 Prompts: Noun/Object: Horse (Mule/Donkey/Zebra)

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Aug. 7th, 2008

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Genii to the Rescue! [Stargate Atlantis]

Title: Genii to the Rescue!
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
Summary: Written for sga_flashfic Role Reversal Challenge. I blame my Silly!Muse. *solemn nod*

("Oh no, hell no.")
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That Long Horizon [Doctor Who]

TITLE: That Long Horizon
FANDOM: Doctor Who
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG, Gen
SHIPS/WARNINGS: Set at the end of "Last of the Time Lords", no spoilers for season 4.
SUMMARY: Written for dw100 Challenge #210: Susurration. (su•sur•ra•tion n. A soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur).

The problem with alternate realities was once you got your mind around them --and there was so very very much to wrap a mind around-- you can't forget.Collapse )

Aug. 6th, 2008

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New Filter!

For those of you watching the Everyday Dragons filter, you know I've started chewing on a new programming project ('Choose Your Own Adventure' meets 'Audience Directed Storytelling' meets 'Collectible Card Game'. No, really. ^_~). For those of you who want to play along (and to stop spamming the ED filter) I've set it up on it's own filter.

Lemme know if you want in! ^_^

Aug. 1st, 2008

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July First Lines (9)




The following are the first lines from all of the original fiction postings from the July 2008. These are friends-locked posts sorted under my Writing filter, as I have no desire to spam those on my flist who aren't interested. *grin*

Please comment on this post in order to be added to the filter or check out my archive: The Unforgotten Country over at EverydayDragons.com.

Note: The number is the date of the entry and the stuff in parenthesis is the genre and/or working title of the universe in which the story snippit took place.

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30 - "I am-- mm, forgetful." (Science Fiction; The Rabbit Who Ate the Moon)
24 - The very first First was nothing more than an accident. (Science Fiction; The Rabbit Who Ate the Moon)
23 - The first day he wakes up enough to focus on something other than the pain, he realizes the First has bound him to a raft. (Science Fiction; The Rabbit Who Ate the Moon)
21 - In an age of rampant computer use, space ships, and sentient machines, you'd think they'd have done away with paperwork. (Science Fiction; Carson and Ship)
20 - There's a thunderstorm creeping along the edge of the horizon, and if she concentrates she can catch the faintest whiff of rain. (Fantasy)
17 - She spends the first month along the shore, following the pod as it works it's way along the lake. (Science Fiction; The Rabbit Who Ate the Moon)
16 - There is noise and then there is song, and while it's a fine line between the two, Soya was pretty sure Til had wandered irrecoverably into noise. (Fantasy)
14 - "I am the death of hope!" (Fantasy)
1 - It isn't fog, though it looks so from far enough away. (Science Fiction)

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July FanFiction Posts (8)




All of the fanfiction listed here can also be found at The Unforgotten Country over at EverydayDragons.com. Clicking on the name of the fandom will take you to the matching archive page on the website.

Doctor Who
  • He's had white picket fences before, and yards, and dogs, and mortgages. (The Next Horizon)
DragonHeart
Narnia
Stargate Atlantis
Torchwood

Jul. 31st, 2008

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The Next Horizon [Doctor Who]

TITLE: The Next Horizon
FANDOM: Doctor Who
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SHIPS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Written for dw100 Challenge #209: Domestic


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Jul. 30th, 2008

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Flavrs of Dirt [Stargate Atlantis]

TITLE: Flavrs of Dirt
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
PAIRING/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Response to drabbles 30 Days of Drabbles, Day 12 Prompt: Colors: Chestnut, Cinnamon, Raw umber


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Jul. 23rd, 2008

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Superheroes of the Pegasus Galaxy [Stargate Atlantis]

TITLE: Superheroes of the Pegasus Galaxy
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
PAIRING/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Response to drabbles 30 Days of Drabbles, Day 5 prompt: Noun/Object: Wound (cut/scrape/bite/sting)


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Jul. 21st, 2008

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In the Isolation of the Sky [DragonHeart]

TITLE: In the Isolation of the Sky
FANDOM: DragonHeart
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG, Gen
SUMMARY: Response to drabbles 30 Days of Drabbles, Day #3 Prompt: Song/Poem: 355. Sunday Morning By Wallace Stevens. (Title is taken from the poem)


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Day 3 Prompts and still going strong...

12 prompts a day for 30 days... if there isn't something here to get your Muses going, I give up. ^_~ *grin*

But so far it looks like I'm at least luring a few folks Muses out to play, so I'm calling it a win for the moment. Now I just need to spread the word a bit. *eyes the interwebs* I'm thinking the best way will be to write for comms that allow non-prompt responses, but I'm open for suggestions.

*shamelessly bribes her flist's plotbunnies* Heh ^_^

drabbles come play!

Jul. 20th, 2008

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Pegasus Dictionaries (Abridged) [Stargate Atlantis]

TITLE: Pegasus Dictionaries (Abridged)
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG, Gen
SUMMARY: Response to drabbles Day #1 Prompt: Image.


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Jul. 18th, 2008

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30 Days of Drabbles

In order to drum up participation over at drabbles I've volunteered to provide 30 Days of Prompts!

After a good bit of brainstorming during lunch, I have compiled... The List. *ominous thunder echoes in the distance*

Having managed to somehow wrangle thirty days worth of prompts out of the ether, I shall begin posting them in the EST mornings starting tomorrow. I figure it's a good way to help motivate my lazy self out of bed on time! ^_~;;

Since no two Muses prompt the same way, I've included multiple things to get you plotbunnies hopping! (words, images, smells, random poems or song lyrics, TV Tropes, etc.) If anyone has suggestions for things their Muses love to snack on, please drop me a comment and I will add them to the list. Can't let those Muses go hungry! ^_~ *grin*

So come play! Ya know ya wanna... ^_~ *shameless bribes*

Jul. 1st, 2008

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June First Lines (16)

The following are the first lines from all of the original fiction postings from the June 2008. These are friends-locked posts sorted under my Writing filter, as I have no desire to spam those on my flist who aren't interested. *grin*

Please comment on this post in order to be added to the filter or check out my archive: Unquiet Bones (www.UnquietBones.com).

Note: The number is the date of the entry and the stuff in parenthesis is the genre and/or working title of the universe in which the story snippit took place.

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20 - There's a rock near the shore of a green-blue sea, and every night when the tide rolls in she perches on it, just high enough above the waves that she can see to the top of the hill. (Fantasy)
19 - "Alright, so think about it like this: if you don't do what I want, I'm going to kill your dog." (No Category)
14 - Time travel in an of itself wasn't that hard, it was dealing with the invariable slip-ups that caused problems. (Science Fiction)
13 - The world was full of things that 'should not be', that pinged the senses as inherently wrong, inherently divine. (Fantasy)
12 - "Could you at least pretend to be embarrassed?" (Real-world/Urban Fantasy)
11 - The one mercy is that it's not a wasting sickness, the infected are dead in twenty-four hours. (Science Fiction)
10 - Once long ago and far away, there was a young girl who was heading off into the world to make her fortune, even though it's not very original of her. (Fantasy)
9 - "Rather an-," he searched frantically for a less insulting word than 'uninspired' and finally had to settle on "-unpleasant way to die, don't you think?" (Real-word/Urban Fantasy)
8 - A week was a long time to wait for anything, but when you're sitting around twiddling your thumbs and waiting for rescue... it seemed like forever. (Fantasy; The Nine Kingdoms)
7 - Very little was left to be said, at least what could be said in mixed company, but she felt like she had to keep trying. (Fantasy)
6 - "There are worse things than happy endings." (Real-word/Urban Fantasy; Into Darkness)
5 - "Is there anything you wanted?" (Science Fiction)
4 - To humans, all Goldens look alike. (Fantasy, Songs of the Summer God)
3 - "Everything dies, sooner or later, we just got it over with a bit earlier than most." (Fantasy)
2. There's a trail through the low desert --where the scrub brushes still outnumber the cacti and there's life under every shadow-- but it never leads the same way twice. (Fantasy)
1. When he looks up from his book, there's a shadow on the lake, cast from a cloudless sky. (Horror/Dark Fantasy)


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June FanFiction Posts (4)




All of the fanfiction listed here can also be found at The Unforgotten Country over at EverydayDragons.com. Clicking on the name of the fandom will take you to the matching archive page on the website.

Doctor Who


House, M.D.


  • House has been kicked out of worse hospitals than Princeton-Plainsboro. (Missing the Ground)

Torchwood


Jun. 19th, 2008

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By Any Other Name [Stargate Atlantis; Imaginary Gate Team 5]

TITLE: By Any Other Name
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 621 words, PG, Gen
WARNINGS/SPOILERS: None
SUMMARY: Sequel of sorts to Pegasus Logic for Beginners, plus obligatory cameos by Imaginary Gate Team 5. Written for the sga_flashfic Animal, Mineral, Vegetable challenge, but finished too late, alas.


The incoming marines aren't newbies by anyone's definition, Stargate Command knows better than to send anyone less than their best.Collapse )

Jun. 18th, 2008

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Against the Dying of the Light (Doctor Who)

TITLE: Against the Dying of the Light
FANDOM: Doctor Who
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SHIPS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Written for dw100 Challenge #203: Waffle/waddle/wattle
NOTES: This is 'waffle' by way of 'To speak or write evasively' by way of 'enigmatic' and brought to you by Muse On A Tangent(tm). *nods solemnly*


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Jun. 11th, 2008

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In case you haven't seen it yet...

Announcing Dreamwidth Studios. Coming Summer 2008.

Made. Of. WIN. ^_^ Woot!

For the moment I am most fond of them simply because they are actively soliciting not-yet-user input as they hammer out the details. They seem to be putting significant effort into providing a stable, sustainable option to LiveJournal, and I'm rather biased about the fact that synecdochic is one of the main folks behind it. ^_~

So if you are all at all interested in the rather fascinating growth process behind a new species of the LiveJournal codebase, drop by Dreamwidth Studios website and hop on the mailing lists. (Yes, actually mailing lists! Ahhh, the memories. *grin* (I am such a dinosaur!))

Jun. 5th, 2008

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Catching Clouds (or: Bureaucracy meets the Pegasus Galaxy) (Stargate Atlantis)

TITLE: Catching Clouds (or: Bureaucracy meets the Pegasus Galaxy)
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13, Gen
PAIRING/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? - The Sound of Music. Written for sga_flashfic Animal, Mineral, Vegetable challenge.


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Jun. 4th, 2008

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Hehehehe....

I should not be so amused to reread my older fanfics, I really shouldn't... but I could make really long lists about how not to write fanfic based on these. ^_~ *grin* Ah alt.comics.fan-fiction, how on earth did you put up with me? ^_^;;;;

Shadows of a Dream : Book I
Chapter 1 : DeathSongs
Chapter 2 : Storm Echoes
Chapter 3 : A Wish of the Heart
Chapter 4 : Living Shadows
Chapter 5 : Rely on the Tyger
Chapter 6 : Blood Ties

Still working on cut 'n pasting over the old DreamWeaver, DreamChild, etc fics that were Soad V1.0. ^_^ *is amused with herself*
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Futility: a Play in One Act (MuseFic)

... Why yes, I do have too much free time on my hands... hehehe ^_~

FUTILITY
(a Play in One Act)


CHARACTERS

GREGORY HOUSE: Snarktastic Head of Diagnostic Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Leg injury, cane qualifies as lethal weapon. So does the snark.

RODNEY MCKAY: Chief Scientist of Atlantis, see above as to snark capabilities.

JOHN SHEPPARD: Head of Atlantis Military, immune to snark. Best bud of RODNEY.

FANFIC WRITER: Avatar of the writer.

CAT: Avatar of the cat. (Don't ask)

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"STARGATE ATLANTIS", "STARGATE SG1" and other related entities are owned, (TM) and © by MGM TELEVISION and DOUBLE SECRET PRODUCTION in association with GEKKO FILMS and THE SCIFI CHANNEL. "HOUSE, M.D." and other related entities are owned, (TM) and © by HEEL AND TOEL FILMS and BAD HAT HARRY PRODUCTIONS in association with NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.
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Jun. 3rd, 2008

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Missing the Ground (House, M.D.)

TITLE: Missing the Ground
FANDOM: House, M.D.
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13
SHIPS/WARNINGS: none
SUMMARY: "There is an art to flying [which] lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


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Jun. 2nd, 2008

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Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (or: Rainy Days and TARDIS's) (Doctor Who)

TITLE: Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (or: Rainy Days and TARDIS's)
FANDOM: Doctor Who
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SHIPS/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: Written for dw100 Challenge #201: Train


The TARDIS learned to translate concepts, not words, because English was a strange little language...

"It's a bit of a dress," Rose eyed her companions with something akin to pity, "you know, the flowing bit everyone steps on unless it's carried by small children."

"Not even close," Jack grinned. "It's engines and freight cars, whistles and smoke-- unless you've gone electric, but what's the fun in that?"

"It's the light of a wishing star, the entropic death of comets." The Doctor was brooding again.

So she threw a pillow at him... and their foray into linguistic scrabble devolved from there.

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DOCTOR WHO is trademark and copyright BBC Television, BBC Worldwide Ltd., etc. The title of the drabble references lyrics from the song "Rhythm Of My Heart" by Rod Stewart. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.
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Jun. 1st, 2008

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May FanFiction Posts (5)




All of the fanfiction listed here can also be found at The Unforgotten Country over at EverydayDragons.com. Clicking on the name of the fandom will take you to the matching archive page on the website.


Doctor Who
  • It was timey-wimey, a jumbled ball of quantum string that humans had to take on faith. (Photographs and Kerosene) *Spoilers for "The Fires of Pompeii"
Harry Potter
  • It's one thing to be born a wizard in a wizarding family, quite another to have muggle parents and a muggle world. (HC SVNT DRACONES)
Stargate Atlantis
  • It's the what-ifs that snare him, creeping into those empty hours when most of the city sleeps. (Of Butterflies and Men)
  • It's never 'just dreams' to a medical board, even when night terrors are par for the course in Atlantis. (Till Morning)
Torchwood
  • Open the box, the blue, blue box, and out spills Jack and the Doctor and Martha all laughing and happy and glad to be home and-- (Dreams and Nightmares)
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May First Lines (21)




The following are the first lines from all of the original fiction postings from the May 2008. These are friends-locked posts sorted under my Writing filter, as I have no desire to spam those on my flist who aren't interested. *grin*

Please comment on this post in order to be added to the filter or check out my archive: The Unforgotten Country over at EverydayDragons.com.

Note: The number is the date of the entry and the stuff in parenthesis is the genre and/or working title of the universe in which the story snippit took place.

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29 - Cassian was the first were Matt had ever really met. (Realworld/Urban Fantasy; Everyday Wolves)
28 - "So," David eyed the assembled teenage caped crusaders with something akin to alarm, "I don't suppose anyone outside of the fictitious Iron Man is concerned about PPE?" (Realworld/Urban Fantasy)
27 - "I only bit him a little." (Real-world/Urban Fantasy)
26 - When the ship left, four Advisors remained behind. (Blackguards and Plaster Saints)
25 - Liz carefully surveyed her reflection in the mirror, it wasn't often that she got a chance to prepare for a first contact. (Science Fiction, Apocafic!)
20 - Twin Ponds was a tiny town, but it had always been tiny; little more than a collection of houses in the midst of unbounded prairie. (Science Fiction; Blackguards and Plaster Saints)
16 - Oracle jars are a living necromancy; half stasis pod, half organic computer. (Horror/Dark Fantasy; Rise and Walk)
14 - "Tell me a story." (MuseFic)
13 - "I can't believe I let you talk me into this." (Realworld/Urban Fantasy)
12 - Highways wound through the abandoned countryside like fractures, carving the land into easily defined territories. (Science Fiction)
11 - "Kindly put that down and step away from the particle accelerator." (Fantasy/Superhero)
10 - Loss is something you can't escape on the plains. (Fantasy)
9 - Oddly enough, battling evil didn't seem to actually require any combat skills. (Urban Fantasy; Tales of the Drunken Unicorn)
8 - He isn't a man yet --isn't real in the eyes of the Family-- so when he follows them into the caves, they say nothing. (Horror/Dark Fantasy)
7 - Wynne wasn't sure what she'd expected, after all she'd never been out of the city back in her world, but it certainly wasn't the rambling white-washed expanse of the Sheppard's compound. (Fantasy; The Nine Kingdoms)
6 - "It's been three days, we should have heard something by now, right?" (Urban Fantasy; Everyday Wolves)
5 - For the first week they were awake, the ship's inhabitants simply let them wander. (Science Fiction; Blackguards and Plaster Saints)
4 - "Did it occur to anyone to at least check and see if I was still breathing?" (Urban Fantasy)
3 - "So this is a dream." (Urban Fantasy; Everyday Wolves)
2 - A story isn't supposed to start with 'And they all lived happily ever after'. (Fantasy)
1 - Jack sat in the beanbag chair in Sam's dorm room watching her gather what appeared to be completely random items. (Urban Fantasy; Tales of the Drunken Unicorn)

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May. 30th, 2008

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Photographs and Kerosene (Doctor Who)

TITLE: Photographs and Kerosene
FANDOM: Doctor Who
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SHIPS/WARNINGS: Spoilers for Tenth Doctor, Series 4: "The Fires of Pompeii"
SUMMARY: Written for dw100 Challenge #200: Rome/roam.
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May. 28th, 2008

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Shades of really old fanfic...

So I was feeling a bit nostalgic, so I've dredged up a bunch of my old alt.comics.fan-fiction posts and backdated them for posterity. ^_~ heh

NOTE: These are writings from 1997, which means they are over a decade old. Thus they lack a certain- hmm, 'polish?', but they are also fond memories of my days on alt.comics.fan-fiction and I wouldn't trade them for the world. ^_^



Previously Posted ACFF stuffs (some rewritten more recently ^_~)


Ah, they joys of being able to say 'well, apparently I've gotten better! Yikes!' hehehehe ^_~

Lots more left to post though, will probably try and get the rest of My Cat is an X-Man! up tonight as well as some of the As The Fur Flies insanity. Aaah ACFF, how on earth did you put up with me? ^_~;; *grin*

May. 27th, 2008

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HC SVNT DRACONES [Harry Potter]

Title: HC SVNT DRACONES
Fandom: Harry Potter
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Warnings/Spoilers: None
Summary: Written for hp100 Drip, but the deadline has passed, so now I'm not sure what to do with it. *sighs*

It's one thing to be born a wizard in a wizarding family, quite another to have muggle parents and a muggle world. --only fairy tales-- Most children stumbled from one existence to another, stepping from wading pools into deepwater tides, but not Hermione. She knew --folk tales-- just how much her world was changing. --legends--

Out of place, out of depth, she read to stay afloat. --just myths-- Soaking it in, hording every scrap of information, every drop of knowledge, determined to protect her family, her friends.

Because she knew what was waiting in the dark...

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* HC SVNT DRACONES is latin for "hic sunt dracones" or "here are dragons". It appears on The Lenox Globe as is the only confirmed instance of the phrase having been written on a map. [1] Ah, the things you learn whilst surfing the net. ^_~

HARRY POTTER is trademark and copyright JK Rowling, her publisher Bloomsbury, and, to some extent, Warner Bros. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.
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May. 10th, 2008

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Of Butterflies and Men (Stargate Atlantis)

TITLE: Of Butterflies and Men
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13
PAIRING/WARNINGS: None
SUMMARY: "Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man." - Chuang Chou. Written for sga_flashfic Must Be Dreaming challenge.


It's the what-ifs that snare him, creeping into those empty hours when most of the city sleeps.

He’d have been okay, he thinks, in another universe. One where quantum mirrors and glitches in stargate mechanics didn't make what-ifs into something more than a fairytales. Where you couldn’t change the past and that's a good thing, because sometimes the almosts that didn't happen are so much worse.

But he isn't, he's here. And some nights he can't close his eyes, because every time he does he dreams of what might have been... and knows that somewhere, somewhen, it actually happened.

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