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What's a girl gotta do for some nice, quick, gratuitous, gen Dean-Cas h/c fic? Any suggestions? I'll take any hurt -- fevers, curses, gunshots, flus, you name it. Preferably Dean's the hurting one. But that's kinda screwed if Cas is still an angel, because he can just cure it. Hmmm. Sigh.

I've decided that I only have one thing on my S7 wishlist: I want Dean and Cas to hug. Just once, but with feeling. For heaven's sake. Isn't it about time? Hug it out, ya pretty bastards!
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There was nothing on TV tonight so I decided to plug in a movie I haven't watched in years, Road to Perdition.

Road to Perdition is the sort of movie whose plot really does not withstand much scrutiny but my God, is it a feast for the senses. Set in the 1930s, it captures the texture of that era so perfectly that you feel as if you're there -- you can smell it and touch it and taste it.

I first saw this movie right around the time I became a Supernatural fan, and so much about this story of a father and son on the run from gangsters tied into the things I loved about SPN. This movie had a big influence on two of my fics, Lazarus Came Forth and Deguello; actually, there's a little bit of this in the All Saints series too.

I usually prefer substance over style, but when the style is this good I'm a lot more forgiving. There's so much about the look and feel of this movie that I wanted to see in SPN -- if I were showrunner, this is probably one of the movies that I would make the writers watch before they started writing the new season.

Kinks

Jan. 30th, 2011 07:37 pm
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You know, when I read some other people's fanfic kinks, I realize that mine are...I don't even think they make it up to vanilla. They're more like 2% lowfat milk. I've got 2% lowfat kinks.
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I hate that LJ has character limitations on its posts because I invariably wind up having to carve up a chapter into parts. This annoys me because first of all, I don't like the way it looks or flows, and second, I then have to dig through the chapter to find a good place to break it. And then I wonder if maybe that chapter SHOULD have been two (or three) chapters in the first place, if that would have been more natural and easier to read. Tell me what you think...


[Poll #1588222]
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I noticed that I've built up a little backlog of unanswered comments on some of my fics and I want all the commenters to know that while I turn off e-mail notification on my fics (due to their length) I do go back and check to see if there are new comments from time to time and I do intend to answer all of them. In the meantime, a great big thank you to anyone who's taken the time to comment, even on an older story. I am not ignoring you! :)

ETA: Same message for unanswered comments on SPN episode posts!

Fic Rec

Feb. 8th, 2010 09:01 pm
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My homey [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr has written an excellent, taut, and frighteningly believable John/Mary AU, set just after the events of In The Beginning, along with soundtrack because [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr can never do anything without a multimedia component.

Very scary, an excellent twist and a cameo appearance by an anerable infant Dean. Go. Read. Comment. Love.

Crossbones
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Do you find that present tense is nearly ubiquitous in SPN and J2 fanfic? I can't tell you how many fics I click on that are in present tense. So much so that it's almost rare to find one written in past tense. Why is that?

Also: cryptic summaries. I don't get it. That snippet of an old folk tune, Bible verse or bit of Proust is no doubt fascinating and very meaningful for you but it doesn't tell me anything about your story. Is it really that hard to come up with a descriptive sentence or two? I'll take "Jensen pines away while Jared plans his wedding," over "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments," any day. (Note: This is a totally fictitious example, as far as I know.)

Speaking of which, where the hell are all the great fics about Jensen pining away while Jared plans his wedding? Or fics about impediments to the marriage of true minds, for that matter?
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I know that a lot of you here are also writers, so this is a discussion for you.

I don't think writing fanfic is a waste of time, but let's face it -- the hours are dreadful and the pay sucks. At times, I find it very spiritually satisfying to do this but there is no way I could describe it as just a fun hobby -- it's definitely work. Especially trying to find time to fit it in between my day job and keeping up some appearance of a normal life (by which I basically mean, doing laundry and remembering to eat). There are times when I'm in the zone and it flows fast and smooth but other times when it's just frustrating and depressing, and even when it flows fast -- those are the days when I blow eight or ten hours straight on it and then I feel all sick and bleary-eyed and I realize that one whole day of the weekend is shot and I'm screwed. So like I said -- the hours are dreadful and the pay sucks. Really sucks.

I've read a lot of really great fanfic, and then I've read some that seemed to surpass the boundaries of the genre enough that I wondered why the author wasn't turning her hand to original fiction. I mean, if someone's going to do that much work why not do it with at least a hope of winding up with something more than a story to post on LiveJournal? I wonder this about other writers, but when people ask me the same thing...I have no answer. I don't know why I don't write original fiction -- I used to, when I was very young -- but I haven't attempted it in at least 30 years. I literally wouldn't even know how to get started with an original work. There's just something there that's missing and I can't pinpoint it at all. I think it has something to do with a trepidation about developing a wholly new character -- but then how many "new" characters are really out there? I know the sorts of themes and characters that interest me, and they're the building blocks for a lot of published fiction so why can't I pick them up and build something too?

What do you think? Is there a missing link? And if so, is there a way to find it, and put it to work?
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Does anyone else feel frustrated by the ratings and warnings required on fanfiction?

In a practical sense, I understand their necessity. There's a ton of fanfiction out there and there has to be some way to sift and sort the the things we want to read. Plus it seems like a matter of courtesy to inform people upfront what they're getting into.

But this is a "courtesy," or at least a safeguard that we don't expect from published fiction -- which frankly, is a costlier prospect since we're usually paying hard currency for it, and by the time we find out it's "not our bag" it's probably too late to return for a refund. When we buy a book, we usually have nothing to go on besides a vague description on a book jacket and possibly a critical review or a friend's recommendation. It's not even something we get from movies. While movies are rated, they don't come with advance notice of who'll be hooking up with whom (unless that's something that's a given, like with Brokeback Mountain). Why do we require such safeguards be built into fanfiction when it's free for the taking, and if you discover that you don't like it, you can just click right off it without having some $29.95 doorstop hanging around your house?

If you're writing a romantic story that revolves around a "will they or won't they" plot, doesn't it kill your story to have to plant that rating/pairing notice right up on top of your fic? E.g...you're writing Dean/Castiel, and you label it as Dean/Castiel and then rate it NC-17. Well, that pretty much tells everyone they will doesn't it? So it not only destroys the tension of your story but it'll probably have a lot of readers skipping over most of your story to get to the part where "they will!"...and do, most likely in explicit detail if the rating is accurate. And then you never know if people liked your story or just responded to the sex. On the other hand, if you label your story Dean/Castiel and then rate it PG-13 or even R, people know there's nothing explicit in there, so that even with that forward-slash, it might not be what some people consider a "real" Dean/Castiel story.

Has anyone found any clever ways to get around this?
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My old partner in fic and general numbskullery, [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr has redesigned her fiction website and it is fabulous and super-easy to navigate. You'll find fics in fandoms including Lord of the Rings, Firefly, The Faculty and of course, Supernatural.

The Faculty category contains the complete, unabridged "Birthright" and all companion stories written by Baylor and me. "Birthright" was our constant labor of love for nearly two years and it occupies a very dear place in my heart. There are elements of "Birthright" that are so oddly similar to Supernatural that I can honestly say without "Birthright" I may never have become an SPN fan.

In the Supernatural category you'll find all of Baylor's SPN stories along with two original spec scripts co-written by both of us and one written by me. You'll also find Baylor's truly amazing SPN podfics, including all near-seven hours (!!!) of my story, "Lazarus Came Forth," along with a soundtrack of all the music she used in the podfic, featuring artists from Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin. If you can get through Mindy Smith's "Come to Jesus" without bawling, you might want to get your heart checked to make sure you have one. If you've read the story or listened to the podfic and can STILL get through Mindy Smith's "Come to Jesus" without bawling like a WEE LITLE DIAPERED BABY you may actually have no soul. You can download the soundtrack from iTunes because Baylor is so fuckin clever like that. I encourage you to check out ALL the soundtracks because Baylor has a great knack for finding unique and unexpected music to work with all her different fandoms. I've been listening to Baylor's soundtracks for years and am consistently surprised by the gems she finds and how fitting they are to their subjects.

There's also a piece of NC-17 J2 filth, thus reflecting the AWFUL CORRUPTING INFLUENCE of Jared & Jensen on a nice girl who used to write hobbitfic.

You'll find all this and more at: Fanfiction by Baylor.
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Tomorrow is [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr's birthday. Last year I recounted all the reasons why [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr is a horrible person so I don't think we need to rehash any of that, none of it's changed. I'd like to add to the list that this year [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr made a podfic of my SPN fic that made me alernately grin like an idiot and bawl like a baby, thereby adding a multimedia element to the many ways in which [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr continues to ruin my life.

In dubious honor of her awful birthday, I present J2 schmoop-fic.

Title: Hold
Genre: RPS
Pairings: Jensen/Jared
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for early Season 4 episodes
Word Count: 4,500
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction for entertainment purposes only. No implication of reality or truthfulness is intended. They are not them.
Summary: There are things you just can't hold onto.

Notes: This story is a complement to, but not dependent upon, two other fics in my J2 UST series: Those Funny Stories and Three Dog Night. Your reading experience may also be enhanced by this picture:



And even if it's not enhanced, this is still a very pretty picture.

Hold )
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The latest issue of Time magazine has an article about how the boundaries of "published fiction" are expanding to include works such as the once highly disparaged self-published novels, internet-published fiction and even novels published strictly for cell phones (in Japan, where else?). They give one heck of a shout-out to fanfiction, calling it, and I quote, "a literary form in its own right."

I know that those of us who read and write fanfiction have felt like this for years and have long thought that fanfiction, for all the scorn people heap upon it, is closer to the natural tradition of storytelling than a lot of the stuff that actually makes it onto bookstore shelves. It's really interesting now to see fanfiction being included -- with no snark, overt or implied -- in a serious article on the evolution of publishing. I always knew we were onto something!

The article goes on to discuss the role that editors will play in the new world of publishing and mentions that "unpaid amateur editors have already hit the world of fan fiction, where they're called beta readers." I love this description of beta readers "already" having hit the world of fan fiction, as if this were some new trend and not something we've all been doing for years. I also love that the term "beta readers" actually needs a definition. It reminds me that the vast majority of people out there don't know anything at all about this world that so many of us are so passionate about, are so ignorant of it that they need a commonplace term like "beta reader" explained to them. Wow...street cred and a feeling of exclusivity from one article. Not bad, Time. Not bad.

Read the whole article.
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As some of you know, sometime around 2003 the awful [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr destroyed my life by sharing with me her outline for a Faculty AU story she called Birthright, in which Casey is shipped off to a mental hospital run by a shadowy government conspiracy and Zeke rescues him and they spend years of angstful life on the run. The concept consumed my brain and [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr and I basically spent the next two years of our lives writing Birthright fiction, to some acclaim.

What you poor benighted souls don't know is that [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr and I were so bananas that there were numerous stories we wrote and shared only between ourselves or under a filter. [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr has complied ALL of the Birthright stories onto her new website and you can now, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, read the complete Birthright and all related short stories, drabbles, AUs and music mixes here, at Birthright: The Complete Series.

People, I can't begin to tell you how much entertainment is contained in this never-before-seen compilation. All the angst, all the hurt/comfort and all the just-skirting-around slashiness you ever wanted, now in one place! You simply will not find better value for your intarwebs time than this! If you like pretty guys in pain, random acts of boy-hugging and, if I dare say so myself, some damn good fiction, you absolutely must visit Birthright: The Complete Series.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! Not to leave you Supernatural fans out in the cold, she's put up three never-before-seen Supernatural scripts, two of them co-written by [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr and me, and one of them written by yours truly. While these are straightforward spec scripts and therefore don't have all the no-holds-barred bells and whistles of fanfiction, they're still a pretty good read and hey, none of us got a full season of SPN this year so we've gotta fill in the gaps somehow. You can check them all out, along with [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr's Supernatural fanfiction on her website's all-new Supernatural page.

In addition to Birthright and Supernatural scripts and fiction, you'll also find all of [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr's Lord of the Rings and Firefly fanfiction. Busy gal, that [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr. How she finds time to do all that and still ruin my life I'll never know.

Enjoy!!

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