Of course, if I'm too exhausted after Nano, then... well, no signup. We'll see.
I will be writing the fic in this year's NaNo. I've also given it a real name: Between Two Lands. (Its working title was Beneath the Eye of Ra, which is just cumbersome.)
Netauri (aka Natalie, as the Blind Seer of the temple of Amaunet) has been extraordinarily patient with me. And Nikolaos is angsting, like usual, and flashbacking to the Trojan War (the latter of which totally blindsided me, BTW). Netauri also insisted Nik seek out her brother's home at the beginning of the story, instead of her temple like I had originally planned.
Yeah, I haven't even started the actual story yet, and Netauri's already taking charge and being pleasantly bossy (especially with our hero). She's already all kinds of awesome.
I had tried to start it Jan of last year, when I first got the plot bunny, but I was hit by personal/health issues not long after. So, yay for catching up on my projects!
Also: I recently watched Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2, and I got to the scene of new-vamp!Bella screaming at Jacob for imprinting on Nessie (basically perving on their newborn baby, whatever the fans might say).
The first thing that popped in my head? How Nick and a newly-vamped Nat would react if a werewolf imprinted on their baby. ( Cut for Breaking Dawn 2 spoilers and FK squee. )
I'm still working on my Ancient Egyptian AU (remember it?) I currently have 29 pages of hand-written notes! 29! I haven't even gotten started on the Greek soldiers, Alexander the Great, and planning out the scenes of the epic battles. (I have to know how to properly dress Ancient-Greek!Nick... partly so I can give him a nice, much-needed bath later).
...I know what you're thinking, now, because I said that. It won't be a PWP, I promise.
I'm also slowly hacking through my fanfic reading list, so... yeah. *cheesy thumbs up*
ETA: Y U BE EATIN MY WORDS NAO, DW?
And I discovered that I didn't comment on any of the fics during the 2011 'fest. Including the one that had been written for me.
Yeah... I got nothin'.
So, I've downloaded the 2011 'fest fics that were 'ported over to the AO3 to my Kindle. So, now I have no excuse not to re-read and (eventually) comment.
Also: Holy crap, my fic for this year was first out the gate! (Or second, whatevs. Point is, it was out on Day 1 of the Big Reveal. That is so awesome.)
It was a "no tools required" thing, but I still worked up a sweat with all the twisting pieces together. And I had to use the grip end of a hairbrush to hammer in the "insert caps." (No tools, my ass!)
But it's complete and together. Finally.
I managed to have room on the shelves for about half of my book collection. I would've had more room if the bookends weren't so wide but, given that they were on clearance for $1.50 each (and I had gone to three other stores before finding them at the K-Mart), I can't really afford to be picky. So, still a yay for getting rid of the crappy old shelving, and having fewer boxes of books clogging up the middle of my room.
I still have two big tubs of books to go through. Maybe I can convince my mom to get me another bookshelf just like the new one, so I can move the shelves to flank my TV cart. Hmmm...
Anyway, on the fannish front, I received my fkficfest prompts. brightknightie, you know my fangirly heart so well. :) I'm excited about the possibilities within these prompts (and the gen prompt particularly piqued my interest), so I'm mulling over some ideas as to how they all might work. Nothing's solid yet, but I'm sure I'll have the germinations of a plot by the end of the month. *rubs hands together with a mad scientist's glee*
I am so looking forward to this 'Fest! I just know it's gonna rock!
Also, I kinda suck at prompt feedback. Don't take it personally, ok? You know I love you.
( Fannish stuff under the cut... )
But you all probably knew that.
I re-read Sins of the Father, as I now have ideas on how to retool it (as opposed to doing away with it completely, as I had originally intended). It isn't as awful a fic as I've imagined, (especially as it is one of my oldest surviving fics), but it's not fantastic either. I honestly don't have any idea why I had hated this fic for so long. Yeah, it's not great... but it shows some real promise. I just need to FIX it, then finish it, so it can live up to that promise. It can also give me a chance to play with the old NNPack/fandom tropes, which is always fun.
I admit it: I'm insanely critical of my own writing, but only because I want to do the best possible job I can. And if it's something I'm not ready for yet, I table it. For weeks, months, sometimes even years.
My perfectionistic streak slows me down. It's a serious flaw of mine, especially in regards to my writing. I'm working on that. (But I no longer get so emotional or defensive when people critique my work. That's a plus!)
I'm ready to revisit SotF now, to give the story the care it deserves, especially as I now remember where it was supposed to be headed... and I know how much better I can do, now that I have a 10+ more years of writing experience under my belt than I did when I first noodled around with it.
( SotF spoiler ahead. )
And, in case you're wondering what finally lit the fire under my ass, I have two words for you: Breaking Dawn.( Anti-Twilight rantage & SotF spoiler. )
I also need to figure out where to place SotF against the canonical timeline. Does post-LK sound good to everyone, or does that sound too obvious? If anybody has more cogent opinions, I'll consider them.
In general, though:
I can't promise when anything I'm writing will be finished. All I can say is "wait and see." (Sucks, I know. I don't like waiting either.) Just know that there's lots of fannish stuff I'm working on, and each piece will be out and up on AO3 when it feels right and complete... and not a moment before time.
Also: WaltD was the only person to write a birthday ficlet for me. The check is in the mail, dude, I swear. (It'll pop up on AO3, eventually.)
My 30th birthday is coming up next week, on Thursday the 21st. Because I can only turn 30 once in my lifetime, I want it to be extra awesome. So, I'll make you guys a deal:
From now, until my birthday is officially over (12:00AM 2/22 whatever your time zone), write me comment fic of a fandom I'm familiar with (look at my tagslist and AO3 page for some of 'em, or just ask, if you're still not sure.. because I don't write/comment for all my fandoms). It can be any rating you want and as spoilerific as you like.
In return, I'll write you comment fic in the same fandom before the end of the month. My little way of saying thank you to those who want to celebrate the odometer ticking over with me.
Protip: When posting your fic, just use Title, Rating, Fandom in the subject line, so I know just what I'm reading and they'll stay separate from general comments. :)
Edwards Gregory Elkin the III
me: ...But just as much a self-righteous prick?
Might even drive a Volvo
me: AND WE CAN KILL HIM! XD
But you can't kill me...I'm so mopey
me: KILL HIM A LOT
I'll blind you with my chest of sparkle
me: Seriously, Volvo-driving Edward Gregory Elkin III. And he dies painfully. That will make all anti-Twilighters happy.
I LOVE IT
Take THAT Twihards
javajunkie724: Barkers name shouls be Bella.
Wow we're so....when the names start with the same letter?
I hate it when I'm at a loss for a word.
Bella Barker and Edward Elkin.
me: Anastacia Barker?
javajunkie724: Ooooh. Cold.
I lik eit.
More to the point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Shades_o
javajunkie724: Oh is that HER name? :P
I've heard that before!
I've never rea those though
me: It's not as obvious a reference, which is good.
javajunkie724: Those books are so lame. All about the polka.
People willl still get it though'
me: Unless you like the alliteration. I kinda do.
I like both.
javajunkie724: I like alliteration.
Makes it easier to remember
me: Or... Anabella Barker? :P
That's even bvetter!
Forever Knight - General - 3747 words - 16.Apr.12
Post-LK fic. In the realm between worlds, repentant vampire Nicholas de Brabant meets the Almighty; they talk about (Un)Life and the Big Plan, go for a stroll and eat curly fries with loads of ketchup.
Forever Nick & Nat: An Unconventional Love Story in Drabbles
Forever Knight - Teen - 3200 words - 7.May.12
The complete collection of FK drabbles I posted to the 100_words comm at LJ. The drabbles follow the trajectory of Nick and Natalie's relationship from its very beginnings, to the series finale... and beyond. New drabbles added sporadically.
The Ties that Bind
Forever Knight - General - 3750 words - 29.Jul.12
Written for the 2012 FKFicFest, based on a prompt by brightknightie. Third season/post-series fic. A string of deaths throughout Toronto and Montreal lead the 96th Precinct to collaborate with the Quebecois police force. While in Montreal, Nick crosses paths with someone he thought was lost to him forever.
Something New Everyday
Forever Knight - General - 103 words - 5.Nov.12
Drabble for the fic_promptly comm at DW. Captain Amanda Cohen on the job.
Trains and Winter Rains
Forever Knight - General - 178 words - 3.Dec.12
Written for the fkcommentfic community's Bloor Street Mistletoe Station Round. Nick remembers how he loved Natalie, in secret and in silence.
Twilight - Mature - 9612 words - 23.Feb.12
All-Human AU. Quiet and shy Bella can't believe her luck when she's wooed and won by the popular Edward Cullen. He seems quite the catch but, as his moods become more frighteningly erratic, she begins to wonder if this is the only love she deserves.
Twilight - Teen - 1052 words - 10.Mar.12
Bella has an epiphany when Edward removes a part from the engine of her truck.
Twilight - Mature - 3267 words - 21.Apr.12
First fic in the Mending Sunrise series, a Breaking Dawn AU. Bella, newly awakened into the life of a vampire, faces the prospect of her first hunt.
Twilight - Teen - 3931 words - 14.May.12
Prequel fic in the Mending Sunrise series, a Breaking Dawn AU. A wedding followed up with impending parenthood is all perfectly normal for most people... but not when your new husband is a vampire.
Twilight - Mature - 3850 words - 5.Jun.12
Sequel fic in the Mending Sunrise series, a Breaking Dawn AU. As tensions escalate between the Cullens and the wolf pack, a series of surprising revelations take place... and at least one of them is particularly unpleasant to a certain new mom.
Twilight - Teen - 724 words - 10.Oct.12
Flash!fic re-write of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Not all vampires get to live forever. Some die very young.
Twilight/Alexander series (Judith Viorst) - General - 921 words - 20.Jun.12
Re-write of the first three chapters of Twilight, using Judith's language and writing style. Bella wakes up with her hair in tangles... and her day just gets worse from there.
L.E. to the Rescue
50 Shades Trilogy/homebrew - Mature - 1422 words - 25.Aug.12
Renegade supersoldier L.E., with some help from her computer-savvy sidekick Chaz, is on the hunt for one Christian Grey.
Was it Good for You?
50 Shades Trilogy/Supernatural (implied) - Teen - 230 words - 10.Oct.12
Anastacia Steele is not at all who she appears to be.
Twilight/Supernatural - Teen - 624 words - 15.Oct.12
Dealfic. Edward was right about one thing. The Volturi aren't the bad guys.
50 Shades Trilogy/Harry Potter - General - 546 words - 24.Oct.12
Christian Grey's abusive treatment of Ana is interrupted by a very magical trio.
Debate Fic: Nick Knight vs. Edward Cullen
Forever Knight/Twilight - Teen - 1470 words - 6.Nov.12
Nick and Edward discuss their similarities... and their very clear differences.
Debate Fic 2: Natalie Lambert vs. Bella Swan
Forever Knight/Twilight - Teen - 1476 words - 12.Nov.12
Follow-up to the Nick vs. Edward debate fic. Natalie has words with Bella.
Twilight/Stargate SG-1 - General - 863 words - 26.Dec.12
Something weird's going on in Forks, Washington. Luckily, the SGC has a man on the inside to find out why.
In the meantime, the Porn Battle General Amnesty atpbam will continue till New Year's Day. For those of you Forever Knight fans who want to participate, here's all the FK-related prompts from all the previous Porn Battles in one handy-dandy little list:
( Click for promptage! )
Go make porn!
Trains and Winter Rains (~178 words)
Ficlets can be posted until Epiphany (January 6th). I can't wait to see what you guys will contribute!
Maybe if they change the names and make the male lead a vampire, it'll all work out just fine.