afterthree: (do a blog)
  • My office is like a ghost town. So many people on holiday.
  • Two-weddings is one wedding too many for one month. These things are very expensive and, even when you're not in the party, suck up a lot of time. There are showers and stagettes and gifts and RSVPs and dress buying and then the actual wedding day itself. I generally have a good enough time at the showers and the stagettes -- at the one I went to on Sunday we made sushi and it was awesome -- but it's a bit draining, meeting and socializing with a load of people I don't know very well or at all at the frequency I've been doing it at this month. No more weddings until B's next summer, okay?
  • My cat is becomming a big bed hog. Given one human-sized creature and one cat-sized creature, I would expect they would occupy a proportional ratio of space each. As it turns out the inverse ratio rules supreme here. The things no one thinks to tell you before you venture into cat ownership. He also keeps trying to sleep on my back and meows crankily at me when I shake him off.
  • I woke up unusually early this morning, so I watched last night's True Blood and had a leisurely breakfast. I may be a little bit in love with Godric. And Eric's... Ericness... continues to amuse and delight me. I also may ship Bill/Jason now.
  • Um, I'm going to need a Doctor Who beta in the next week or so if my writing pace keeps up as it has been. Any takers? I need someone to tell me whether or not I'm writing Ten at all correctly.
  • Am finishing up the Five Things meme. Anyone want to add anything to it before I post?

afterthree: (typewriter)
I wrote tonight for the first time in months. I only managed to squeeze out 500 words in two hours and it was a little bit excruciating, but reading it back it's not entirely awful so that's something.

I'm not sure what's caused this dry spell of motivation and inspiration this last while -- some of it at least was probably caused by being so focused on work last year -- but I've really been missing writing lately so tonight I decided motivation and inspiration be damned, I was just going to plow through something.

Maybe I shouldn't have chosen to try and break the block against Doctor Who, which I've never written before. I'm struggling trying to find Ten's rhythm, especially in this lighter story (and we all know I'm no good at The Funny). Might have been easier to start with something familiar (or at least something angstier, LOL). I've got a Remus story tickling the back of my head, too. But this one was already sort of started and starting is always the hardest part for me, so it seemed less daunting. Pros and cons either way.


Anyway, I feel better. Accomplished. I used to make time to write every day. Maybe it's time to get back into the habit again.

afterthree: (eh alan rickman)
Item the First:
Hourglass 2009 nominations are underway at and have been for some time, but it turns out I am a horrible admin whom [personal profile] christycorr should fire. You have about a week left to nominate Harry Potter fanfic for an Hourglass. We're also still looking for people willing to judge a category or two. Please? There's usually a ton of great fic nominated, and every year I discover lots of brilliant fics I'd never heard of before.

Item the Second:
This kid wins the Awesome Award of the Day for maintaining a lending library of banned books in their locker, including such titles as "Catcher in the Rye", "The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy", "Animal Farm", the Qu'ran, and many, many others. Goes to show that not all hope is dead. If I knew who this kid was I would send him/her any banned book on the list that he/she doesn't yet have. That's a worthwhile investment.

Item the Third:
WTF Obama? W. T. F.?

afterthree: (voldy fierce)
I've never participated in one of these before, but I'm always game.


Flame me! You know you want to! *grins*

afterthree: (eh alan rickman)
Attention anyone who writes/has written Harry Potter fanfic: please help [ profile] sociologistff with her master's thesis by filling out a short survey. I support any academia on the topic of fanfic, and encourage everyone to do so as well.

afterthree: (so not insane)
Calling all Doctor Who fans on my flist!

I need from you Doctor Who fic prompts, in the comments. Should be set some time during season two, three, or four. Prompt must include Ten (or Handy, if you prefer) and at least one of the known companions. Other than that, there are no other restrictions.

You want to participate. Trust me on this. *grins*

afterthree: (voldy fierce)
Title: Four Things to Laugh About
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Sirius Black, James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew
Word Count: 2,221
Warnings: None
Summary: Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Author's Note: Written for [ profile] _thirty2flavors during the 2008 Christmas Fic Exchange.

A curse blasted through a tree a few yards away... )


Jan. 10th, 2009 12:41 am
afterthree: (gleeful ten)
This icon of Ten perfectly illustrates the glee and satisfaction I feel at having completed my fic exchange fic. *whoops and skips*

I'm reasonably satisfied with it, thought the structure and format isn't at all what I originally planned. I'm perfectly okay with that, though, because the characters are decent and the writing doesn't entirely suck, and I'm so willing to call that a win.

*whoops and skips some more*

Bed now. Work tomorrow (ugh, more weekend work) at 7am. Then helping [ profile] jonesinforsin move, then hopefully a nap, then probably tomfoolery and hijinks.

afterthree: (high five voldy)
I think I finally broke through my fic exchange block. It took some doing, and I had to change the format a bit to accommodate it, but I think I'm okay now. I don't want to jinx anything, but I've actually made progress that doesn't completely suck today, so I call that a win.

This fic exchange fic has been way harder than I thought it would be. Not helping the situation are the facts that, A) I haven't written HP fic in ages and the characters are being annoyingly elusive, B) I haven't written any fic in ages so my writing is overall pretty craptastic, and, C) my mind is primarily fixated on the Who fic I've finished planning and am itching to start writing, ergo I am having difficulty focusing.

Okay. I'm feeling good about this. I think I can be done this tomorrow night. *crosses fingers*

afterthree: (do not question their awesome)
Title: The Stolen Glasses Shenanigans
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Petter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, & Assorted Others
Word Count: 7,500
Summary: "If I promise never to try and flick ice-cubes down the front of your shirt again, can I have my glasses back?" Assorted MWPP-Era madness, letter-style.  Humour.
Author's Note: The following began innocently enough in the Unknowable Room forums as letters in the Owl Game thread which soon took on a terrifying crack!ficy life of their own and spun off into another thread.  After much peer pressure (I am weak I tell you, just weak) I have finally collected the letters and posted them together as a single, group-authored fic.  I have edited or removed letters only where they strayed too far from sense that they became confusing.  I've always envisioned this more as a battle of increasingly ridiculous post-it notes left in unusual places than as proper ink and paper letters.

This fic is posted for and a result of the collaborative insanity of myself and some of my favourite people on the forum, including [ profile] neverwiser , [ profile] latine , [ profile] kirrea , [ profile] _thirty2flavors , PirateSmile, kllrs, rubytuesday, lilydarling, and niki56.

I might have started it, but they took it and ran with it.  Blame them.

The Stolen Glasses Shenanigans )


Thick Skin

Jul. 24th, 2008 03:28 pm
afterthree: (willow crazy hair)
I was going to post a response to this whole "reviewing: to do or not to do" LJ thing going on (mostly because I publicly review things on a regular basis) but -- thank goodness -- [personal profile] synecdochic   beat me to it, saying everything I was going to say in a very well articulate post.

For the record, like [personal profile] synecdochic  , I also eager welcome any public positive or negative form of feedback, review, commentary and recommendation on my work, whether it be fictional, fannish, or even an opinion LJ post.  Constructive negative criticism, review and commentary are especially difficult to find, and I actively seek it out as much as possible because I truly believe that I cannot get better at the craft of writing and expressing myself with words unless I know where my weaknesses are.

Praise is easy to find and -- other than as an ego-boost -- is often useless when it comes to improving.  Quantified positive feedback (this worked for this reason and this reason) is difficult to find but much more useful, and negative feedback (this doesn't work because of this and this) is often impossible but of the highest value to me, especially in fandom where people are generally afraid to rock the boat and be labeled as rude or inflammatory.

So, because [personal profile] synecdochic   said everything I wanted to say about the topic in general, the only purpose of this post is to formally and publicly invite dissection of my own work, for those who -- like me -- thoroughly enjoy the process of analytically breaking down a piece of art, both for the sake of discussion and criticism.  You're welcome to comment in my space or your own, you don't ever need to ask my permission to do so, and if you are comfortable having me read your thoughts on my work, I would love to be linked to them, even if they're negative, and I won't participate in the discussion there.

afterthree: (omg yay trelawney)
The list of 2008 Hourglass winners was announced today, and special thanks to all the hard working judges who, with great dedication, read oodles and oodles of fic.  Congrats to all the winners and participants -- good job, everyone!

Forgive the self-pimping, but I'm embarrassingly pleased to have placed first in the Drabble category with Moments Worth 100 Words and second in the Angst category with Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn't Solve.  *blushes*  Pretty banners make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

The 2008 Hourglass Awards continue with special Popular Vote awards this year, one each for a chaptered fic and oneshot.  Go and vote for your favorite fic in a "People's Choice" like poll, open for voting until June 1.

afterthree: (pirate yoga)
It dawned on me today that, in the midst of all that crazy memeing, I haven't made any sort of substantial update in quite some time now -- this is probably especially true for all those people used to reading my old blog.

Today is the first day I wore shoes without socks!  Spring is here, huzzah!

afterthree: (pirate yoga)
For those who aren't aware, it's nominations are open for the 2008 Hourglass Awards at The Unknowable Room Harry Potter Fanfiction Archive.  Nominations are open until the end of March, and as fics are nominated, they get added to the list of nominees underneath the form.  Fics from any Harry Potter archive, website, or journal can be nominated, and it's open to any and all genres/eras/pairings.  They're also looking for people willing to judge categories, and you can sign up to volunteer your time here.  So if there's a fic out there that you think deserves an award, go nominate it!

Any help in spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.  The more participation, the better and more varied the nominees.

afterthree: (voldy fierce)

Meeting Thanatos
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Tom Riddle
Word Count: 2,979
Warnings: None
Summary: The Muggle war is of little concern to Tom Riddle until something happens that changes him — and perhaps the entire wizarding world — forever.
Author's Note: Written for Wingless Flight during the 2007 Christmas Fic Exchange.

In 1940, the McKinnons live on Devonia Road in Islington. )
afterthree: (david peering up)

Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black
Word Count: 8,468
Warnings: None
Summary: Remus and Sirius discover that forgiveness is never as easy as it sounds.

Author's Note:
This piece is a "Missing Moment" from the very beginning of Ink and Parchment, the fiction in letters I'm currently working on. Someone was curious about what transpired that required apologies in the first few letters, and then I was curious, too; and so this became the plot bunny that wouldn't go away. First it sat there, staring at me, and then it started jumping up and down waving its arms, and then it started gnawing at my leg so that I couldn't actually think or concentrate on anything else.

I have tried my best to make this piece stand alone so that having read Ink and Parchment is not a requirement, but this has been written to fit as seemlessly as possible in and around the first three letters of that fiction, so people who haven't read Ink and Parchment might be wondering what's with the third entirely comatose presence in this story. If by the end I have sufficiently peaked your curiosity on that point and garnered a few extra readers for Ink and Parchment, and I'm okay with that. If not, that's fine too.

However, the story here is entirely Remus and Sirius', and is (more or less) resolved by the end.

Dedicated To:
Kali, who was curious.


:: :: ::


Stumbling out of Apparation, Remus staggered forward )
afterthree: (proud member)
Item the First:  I decided some time ago that I'd continue just posting fic in archives, like and, but what with one thing and another I've decided to create myself a fic journal-- or rather, a fic community, because I don't like having to log in and out and back in again all the time. (whine whine whine)

The fic journal part is actually the secondary purpose of it.  The first is to be a virtual repository of all my assorted notes and research and backstory for all my assorted writing projects.  I've got about six separate notebooks going, and sometimes trying to find anything between their covers is a bit needle-and-a-haystackish.  I'm also deeply terrified that these notebooks might go missing or get accidentally destroyed or lost, and so I've begun the process of transcribing my notes (or at least the ones still worth transcribing) into a digital format that I can access from wherever there is an internet connection.  I'm intensely excited to have the opportunity to tag all those notes so that they're -- gasp! -- easy for me to find.

This is all by way of saying that my fic journal, [community profile] paperworlds, is as much for me as it is for the fic I finish, and that the vast majority of the posts will be set to private because probably no one really wants to read all that notebooky rubbish.  However, all the finished fic posted there will be public, so it will serve the same ultimate purpose as a fic journal would.  So we'll just call it that, then, and anyone who cares to is welcome to watch it for updates, though all the roomies should know I'll probably get around to posting at the UR archive first.

Item the Second: New fic! 

Titled Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn't Solve and written for [community profile] omniocular's January Challenge.  I was skimming the prompts and no one had taken the Imperius Curse yet, which I thought was just a crying shame.  It features my favorite Slytherin, dear Severus Snape, and it's quite dark, really, but he's quite a dark character so I suppose it suits him.

I successfully dug my car out of the snow, so it's back to work bright and early tomorrow morning.  Shucks.

afterthree: (snape right)

Title: Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn't Solve
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Severus Snape
Word Count: 1,562
Warnings: Mature Themes
Summary: "Snape has nearly gotten used to dealing with the darkness creeping sullenly through the back of his head." The tempting of Severus Snape.
Author's Note: Written for [ profile] omniocular's January Challenge: prompt #86, the Imperius Curse.

It's Rabastan who says it )
afterthree: (burned witches like you)
Hey, the fic exchange reveals are up at  You betcha I was enjoying a little triumph at having made some correct guesses.  I'm not sure if anyone but Angel (who was privy to the assignment of the prompts) knew which one was me -- I tried a little different style, and it's not something I would have written without the prompt -- but I think it turned out all right in the end.

Since it's all common knowledge now, I can direct you to read my fic exchange fic, Meeting Thanatos.  The prompt I was given was simply: "Tom Riddle has a phobia", which he obviously does.  It made me wonder where that came from.

At first, I started out writing a drabble collection around the theme of Tom Riddle and death, planning to cover moments across his entire life from his birth to his death.  It became quickly evident after some significant progress was made that the idea was neat, but too damn long to be completed in time.  I'm still a little bit in love with the idea, and so I might keep working on it here and there.  But in the meantime, it's one of those unfinished somethings that I feel merits publishing, but not archiving.  So, if your interested....

That's as far as I got before I panicked and realized I was never going to finish at that rate.  Then I tried again, and nearly finished another story, but unfortunately -- while it was about Tom Riddle -- it wasn't really anything to do with his phobia, and it felt like cheating.  That fic is in rough form and almost finished, and I think at some point I'll give it a good polish (oh, and an ending -- can't forget that ending) and publish it on

In any event, I have to thank Angel for the prompt, which gave me not one great fic idea, but three.  Thanks, girl!

afterthree: (sam grrrr)
A Meme from and Kali...

This seems like quite a lot of fun, posting segments of all the fanfiction I have yet to finish.  Because I have an awful lot of it.  I don't suppose I'll actually post a segment of *all* of it (because a lot of it is unfinished because it's completely terrible after all) but here and there in my files there are some reasonably acceptable bits and pieces across several fandoms.  I'll group 'em together by fandom, since I expect most of the people on my friends list won't give a damn about anything except the Harry Potter stuff, but my sister and I should get a kick out of this romp through my fanfiction files...

And before y'all judge me too badly on the large number of original characters herein, keep in mind my earliest experiences in fandoms were in Gargoyles and Magnificent Seven, two fandoms where the use of Original Characters was almost required in fanfiction it was so proliferate.  Plus, y'know, it's fun!






Gargoyles )


Whoa, that took a while!  And that's only a very brief smattering of my piles and piles of text files.  It's amazing how much writing one can amass in ten years, isn't it?  I have a few other little forays into Lord of the Rings, Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Wars and The Stand, but there's very little of it by comparison, and what there is is just... too painfully awful for words.  So I've spared you all the horror.

Y'all should join in the fun and do this meme.  It was quite fun to dig through my old writing -- I laughed a lot.



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