michelel72: (DS-Quote-TeachToCow)
Sometimes story titles are just there for me, but when they're not ... ugh. I thought I had worked out a title for my current story, but then I realized the direction I was going kind of spoiled the story, so I've been flailing. And I start posting a week from today. I don't like deadlines.

The best title candidate now is a lyric from an Air Supply song. Air Supply. It's kind of doofily appropriate, but still.
michelel72: (DS-Jon-Headdesk)
So remember that time I was all fangirly about Love Is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies (WtNV/Dresden)?

I sort of accidentally wrote a fic set in the same 'verse. A fanfic of a fanfic, if you will. ([archiveofourown.org profile] shadydave is the sort of hoopy frood who gives open permission via profile notes.)

I know this is the longest of long shots, but is there anyone out there who is familiar with this fic and willing to serve as an early reader of mine? Right now I've got a fairly rough draft of *cough* not quite 38,000 words.

I'm not looking for SPaG; this would be any or all of the following: Character voice, story flow, pacing, and "Dresden Files" canon. You know, the hard stuff.

To make this even more fun, I'm hoping to post it no later than Valentine's Day.

michelel72: (General-Words-SoAdjective)
I want a structure beta, on-call. Someone willing to just have 27,500 words dumped in their lap (a story in which the climax is an 8,300-word, eight-person argument scene) and able to whip it into shape so it doesn't just trail off into nothing soon after the climax. Also someone willing to either ignore ties to another, 6,500-word story, or to read that as groundwork. And all in fanfic, which requires knowledge of -- or willingness to assume or learn -- the canon.

And, ideally, for free, and swift, and magically knowing what stuff I wouldn't want to change. Gee, I wonder why I don't seem to have one of those just lying around the house ....

(I'll probably just post the silly thing shortly, because ... it's a hobby, and fanfic readers tend to be forgiving of things like wonky structure. But still. How will I ever learn, why can't I just be good at stuff without working at it or studying, blah, blah.)
michelel72: Garcia, happy (CM-Garcia-Joy)
I wrote something, I wrote something, oh holy cats, I wrote something!

Not any one of the three fics I meant to be working on, not even the same fandom, but I don't even care!

Anyone out there up for giving feedback on a 6k Iron Man fic? If I don't get nibbles within a day or two, I'll just post, but I should let it sit that long anyway just so I can give it a fresh look before actually posting. And I would like to improve if there's something about it that can be fixed.

It's gen (background Tony/Pepper and Howard/Maria), set between IM2 and the Avengers movie, and it's about Howard and Tony's relationship, explored via handwavium. I'm not looking for SPaG (though always appreciated) so much as general story flow and, more importantly, character voice. Because, well, Tony Stark. I've never written him before, never even contemplated it, never thought I'd write anything at this rate that had nothing to do with SGA, so ... yeah. Another pair of eyes would be good.

And now I will go fall down, since I need to get up for work in about five hours. Blah. But still, I wrote something, whee!

And, since I'm a bit punchy, I will leave you -- under a cut, because I'm not quite that cruel -- a listing of quasi-Tumblr-style tags I will not use when I post to AO3. Imagine them strung together with commas to separate them, because I can't be bothered to format them readably that way at the moment. Enjoy!

(And not even one 'feels' ...) )
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-StayInBed)
This is an odd one. I've written a story (fanfiction, for Stargate: Atlantis) in which a character has experienced auditory hallucinations for years and thinks he's schizophrenic.

It's a what-if, a character study, with brief snippets considering various episodes in light of this possibility. Only, the thing is, I'm probably about as neurotypical as they come. I really don't want to fall into ableism-fail.

Is there anyone out there who knows about schizophrenia and/or hallucinatory conditions (more than Wikipedia offers) and would be willing to review this story to (try to) make sure I'm not being offensive or ignorant (or offensively ignorant)? Does anyone know a place where I might find such a reviewer? ([community profile] accessportrayal seems close but not quite right as a forum to pose this request ... but maybe I'm wrong about that.)

The story is ~4400 words. It's not a "fix-it". Knowledge of SGA canon is a definite plus, but I can provide supplementary notes for those who know the content area but not the TV show. It's also pretty rough, and it may not work as a story, at least yet.

If this is something I should just regard as "yay, I wrote something, now never publish it", I'd rather know up-front, you know? Thanks to anyone who considers!
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-NotMorning)
I haven't been around much; I haven't had time. Most of that is work; I adore my job, but it's exhausting, and nights/weekends really aren't enough for me even to keep up with the day-to-day, much less reading (I haven't read half the SGA Big Bang archive; I haven't read any of last year's Atlantis Big Bang; I have over 400 fics, fic indexes, and other works tagged as "to be read"; the ReverseBang just went live and the GenFicathon is about to), much much less writing. Which is frustrating. I simply need more time than that to switch from programmer-mindset to writing-mindset.

A brief (for me) whine about the State of the Writing. )

With reading and writing fic, as well as keeping up with my rlist/flist, I spend a lot of time on my computer. My ISP is Comcast, who provides Symantec's Norton Security Suite free to its customers, and I have to wonder what the hell they're thinking. Norton was once the gold standard for computer utilities, if I recall correctly, but it's been worse than a joke for years. Why in the world would Comcast encourage its customers to use a product that makes Comcast's service seem unusably slow? I'm not exaggerating — when my browser takes 48 seconds to process a simple page-down command (yes, I timed it, twice; yes, the response time is unmeasurably quick with Norton uninstalled), I may be savvy enough to blame the add-on software, but not everyone will be, and they'll blame Comcast's speed. Inexplicably stupid marketing/support choice.

Not much else to report beyond that, so I'll close out with a huge batch of …

TV mini-reviews (and two bonus fic recs) )

And that's that.
michelel72: (General-Writing-PenFanficLove)
This was my second full year of fanfic writing, and it was much less productive. I adore my job, don't get me wrong, but it sucks up a lot of time and energy (and I'm fully aware I don't have it half as bad as my supervisor, [livejournal.com profile] ninjamonkey73). I'm down to "only" six cats, but they also demand time; I got involved in [livejournal.com profile] stargateficrec; and then little things like the occasional book or video game (damn you, Okami!) steal even more time.

I'm reading lightly in a few other fandoms (Chuck, Criminal Minds, Sherlock, Doctor Who, even Sanctuary), but I'm still monofandom in my writing. I just don't have any stories I want to tell in other fandoms, no matter how much I've enjoyed the source. I think a lot of that is character identification; Rodney McKay is my "in", and I haven't latched onto any other characters in the same way.

The year's published stories … )

That adds up to … ~47.6k words for the year, which is a surprise. I thought I'd produced significantly less compared to last year's 53k.

And just for the hell of it, I'll go through my uWIP list as well:Let it WIP! )

And that's it. I'll probably be working on "Element Wheel", though I do try to keep nibbling away at "Broken Mirror"; the rest will probably get tweaked off-and-on as the mood strikes me.
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