If any of you have heard about a school shooting - or rather a shooting rampage that happened to end at a school - that was probably me. I have been going to Santa Monica College for two years, now.
And I was only half an hour away from being shot by this guy.
I slept through my alarm this morning. I didn't really have an appointment, so I wasn't strictly late for anything, but I did wake up half an hour later, which getting to school half an hour later - or it would have, if I hadn't checked my phone in the process of getting ready and seen a bunch of messages about the shooting, and people telling me to stay away from campus and asking if I was okay.
Later in the day, as the news poured in and I saw where the shooter was, and when, I realized that if I had gone to school on time, had been where I meant to be at at the time I had intended - I would've been in the shooter's path.
Half an hour.
ETA: 7 people are dead. The shooter, and six others, one of whom was taken to the hospital where she died, the rest of whom were dead on the scene.
ETA 2: Apparently just 5 people dead, the shooter and four victims, and several others wounded.
I've been writing this fic for a while, but now I'm re-writing and re-posting it on Tumblr. I'll eventually clean it up on AO3, and for LJ, DW, and FFN. It can be tracked here:
A Smile or Three Characters/Pairings: Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy/Flash Thompson Rating: PG-13 Content/Warnings: D/s dynamics amongst teenagers, passing references to domestic violence Summary: Spider-Man is a dom. Peter Parker is a sub. Against all odds, this actually works out quite well. Total Word Count: 7700 Notes: Notes: Written for this spiderkink prompt, asking for sub!Peter in a D/s AU, and how that works with a (presumed) dom!Spider-Man. Though I will be honest, I'm mostly in it for the worldbuilding. :)
Title: A Smile or Three Fandom: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) - part of a series that will eventually include MCU Characters/Pairings: Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy/Flash Thompson Rating: PG-13 Content/Warnings: D/s dynamics amongst teenagers, passing references to domestic violence Summary: D/s!AU: Spider-Man is a dom. Peter Parker is a sub. Against all odds, this actually works out quite well. Word Count: 2900 Notes: Written for this spiderkink prompt:
In a world where everyone is either a Dom or a sub, even though sub rights have come a long way over the years, certain stereotypes persist in how Doms view and treat subs. No one really expects a superhero to be a sub. Someone that brave and strong, it has to be a Dom, right?
But Peter has always been a sub and has never been shy about it. So maybe one day, he's out fighting crime, protecting his city, as you do, and a reporter for some news station is out doing a fluff piece, which they abandon to try and squeeze a quick interview out of Peter. He answers a few questions, whatever, but at the end, the reporter makes a quippy comment along the lives of: "How about you flash us a quick smile? I'm sure our submissive viewers would love to get a look at the man beneath the mask!" and Peter is like, "Oh, uhh no, I'm a sub and I have a Dom - well, two actually. I'm flattered though."
With that one comment, Spider-man sparks an unintentional revolution - suddenly, sub rights groups are all adopting the mark of the Spider-man and every tabloid in town is talking about him.
Gen is totally cool, or if you go the relationship route, I adore Flash/Gwen/Peter or any combination of those 3 :) If you want to write me some hot sexy times after Gwen and Flash see Peter on live TV, it would make my life!
Though, I will be honest, I'm largely here to have fun worldbuilding.
Mira has always been very protective of those she cared for. She wanders around the ruins of Los Angeles, trying to keep the worst of the criminals at bay even whilst hiding from the justice-keepers roaming through the streets. She has only a little support and no help and that's fine by her - when you're wanted by a powerful and pervasive police force, solitude is a lifesaver.
But she may not be as alone as she thought. What started out as taunting the 'keepies' and trying to play off a joke as publicity has soon snowballed into a chain of true warriors fighting for what's right, in a revolution the likes of which haven't been seen since World War Three, or maybe even the Second Civil War. Suddenly she's not alone anymore, and she's getting help from around the country, and the world, resources to do more than she'd ever dreamed of, and finally the power to fight without interference. It seems like a dream come true, too good to be real...
...and unfortunately, it is.
The infamous "1984" by George Orwell is a story of government totalitarianism, of a higher force taking away our freedom. "Fahrenheit 451" was the story of everyone giving up their freedom in the name of hedonism.
My novel takes place in 2084. People have already given up their freedoms. And when they realized what they'd done, it was too late - a higher force that the desperately broke government answers to wouldn't let them take it back.
And yet, that's not the story. No, this story is of one girl who wants to protect her friends, her family, the people she cares about. She's not out to change the world.
But she might just end up doing it, anyway.
Trying something new, this year, and going in outline-less besides a basic beginning-middle-end idea. Those who know me - and know about my terrifyingly extensive outlines - will probably get an idea of just how drastic a change in my writing M.O. this is for me.
NaNoWriMo has also made me take a long, hard look at my fics and writing in general. Most of my novel-length fics are WIPs that I haven't updated in ages, years in some cases. There are a few projects I want to take a shot at again, while others I know I will never finish no matter how much I want to. So I'm abandoning some stories, restarting others, and a few will be left in the air.
- these are the ones I'm just leaving and I know I'm never going to go back and finish in any capacity; if you would like to continue them, go ahead and do so, just please let me know first and make sure to credit me when you post them :)
Burning the Darkness - I had a plan for this fic, so if you are interested in that I can send it to you if I can find it
Euphoria - honestly, I had no idea what I was doing with that story; I should've just left it as a one-shot at the beginning >.<
Journey Through a Broken Soul - I had a beginning and an end, but no middle for this whatsoever (well, a vague one, but unwieldy and kind of stupid in hindsight). Again, if you are interested in the other stuff I had going/planned for this fic, I can send it to you
Primogeniture - I have the plot outline if you are interested in continuing this and want to see where I was going with it
Stories I Should Abandon
- but I won't, because I will get back to them, damnit! :P Even if it takes a while...a looooong while...but I am not abandoning them or 'putting them up for adoption', so to speak, though when I do get back to these I will probably restart/re-write the existing chapters
- my WIPs, basically, though I won't work on them much during the NaNoWriMo period
Beside Me - will probably go back and edit the early chapters, though, now that my writing style has changed drastically since these ones were originally published
Britain Boys - I have two one-shot additions to the series that are both half-written, and I've got plans for two more one-shots as well as two long!fic sequels all fleshed out (well, mostly fleshed out, anyway)
Resonance - probably will post something for this either half-way through NaNoWriMo or right afterwards as part of my procrastination; this WILL be updated, though!
When the Stars Fall Up - next chapter is about halfway done, it's on my list of "Approved NaNoWriMo Procrastination Projects" so there may be a post up soon
Life in the Poke-'Vengers - already have another fic for this series written out, just need to get it typed up and maybe get a beta, as it's quite a bit longer and more elaborate than my other two fics already up in that series
I'm also writing two fic series - not just two fics, two fic series - anonymously on kinkmemes. One is for the Merlin fandom, the other is for The Amazing Spider-Man (if you know what fics they are, please don't tell anyone I am the one writing them). These have been taking up the bulk of my fanfic writing time for quite a while, now, hence the general lack of fanfic updates in my journal in...well, forever. Once I finish them, I will de-anon and post them (probably on AO3, though - I'm getting rather...wary...of LJ).
Not Yet Published "Backburner" fics
- not working on these fics, per se, but I do hope to get back to them, one day :)
So, recently got back to my 2010 Paperlegends fic, of which I already have 80,000 words completed, and for which itzcoatl has already done some fantastic art for, which you can see here and here. :)
Also working on two Avengers fanfics. One is an epic-length fic (or, more likely, will be broken up into a trilogy), and the other is...an unknown length, but will probably be on the medium-to-long-ish side. Both of them are a mash-up of multiple kinkmeme prompts.
So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.
A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via lj_releases).
They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.
LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).
Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.
(Click for big)
[A couple of more screenshots] I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.
Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile
Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist
New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters
One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.
You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features. 1) Go to lj_ru_beta and request to join. 2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.) 3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta. 4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top. 5) You could make comments in the lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.
You can easily switch back to the old version.
Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.
ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!
Just what the title says. Redoing my Merlin Tarot deck. (No fic, this time).
It'll be a "dual" series (at least for the Major Arcana), because the entire tarot journey will have two perspectives, Arthur's and Merlin's. That means some cards will have two forms/versions to show both sides of their story. :)
First cards (00 - the Fool, two versions) going up soon. ^_^
I'm going through my old fics, deciding what to abandon permanently and what to take up again. And reading through them, most of them I am supremely unhappy with, or want to take in a new direction. I am moving everything over to AO3, slowly, so I will be doing some minor editing in the process.
But I'm thinking of either also doing some serious, major plot-centric editing, or just starting from scratch altogether.
Well, relatively new. I still feel like I've only just joined up in the Avengers fandom, then I check the calendar and remember it's been a couple months, now.
Anyway! I'm starting to get fed up with LJ, so while for now I'll keep posting fics on LJ if I've been posting them here so far, anything I start from this point on is going to be AO3-exclusive.
On that note, my two new fics (so far) in the Avengers fandom:
When the Stars Fall Up - Loki is not so foolish as to let his pride get in the way of his plans. And Thor learns there is a lot more to being a king than being brave. Based on this avengerkink prompt: In Thor that scene where Thor and Jane cook for a hung over Erik was just so adorably domestic I kind of didn't want it to end. So what would have happened if Sif and the W3 never informed Thor of Loki's deceptions? If Loki never sent the Destroyer and Thor accepted his exile like he was starting to in that scene? I mean SHIELD is still interested in him, they know he is capable of making the best trained agents in the world look like mall cops and there is Jane's research.