New Fic and ... stuff

If you don't follow me over on AO3 or (why NOT?), I just posted a Labyrinth fandom one-shot yesterday. It's about 10K words and a pretty complete read on its own, though I might give it a sequel eventually. I brain vomited it out a couple of weekends ago after reading almost every single Labyrinth fanfic I could find and realizing a couple of things that drive me crazy about my first fandom:

1. Labyrinth fans, for some odd reason, write Hoggle like he lives in the Bronx or Jersey. Seriously, every single time I read Hoggle dialogue where he says "yous" instead of "you" I want to punch something. 

2. Some Labyrinth fans really, really romanticize abusive relationships. They love to write Jareth as if he's been in love with Sarah since she was fourteen years old, when he spent a grand total of mmmaaaaaybe an hour in her presence. But that's obviously enough to justify him stalking her and being creepy and manipulative. And of course in the end Sarah usually rewards him by falling in love with him in spite of, and sometimes (revoltingly) because of, all of that. 

Obviously, I'm not a fan of those sorts of stories. 

Because ... ew. 

So I wrote Monsters, as a break from the long multi-chapter fanfic I've been working on, as a sort of antidote. I don't want to give away the ending or anything, but if you're a Labyrinth fan who HATES the abusive Jareth trope, I think you'll dig it. 

You can find it here: 

Comments are always appreciated, of course. 

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Time and Tide (A "Once Upon A Time" fanfic)

Posted this earlier to and AO3 and Tumblr (sort of). Suppose I ought to post it here.

And BEFORE you complain that this isn't more DUST: Yes, I'm aware. Still working on DUST. There's two chapters of it up over at the Elysian Fields archive site that aren't posted anywhere else. Go read those. :) I'll post the rest when I'm done.

OR :) If you're in the Once Upon A Time fandom, here's a little Captain Hook missing scene/oneshot that I knocked out yesterday.

Title: Time and Tide
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Genre: General? This is a missing scene. There's not a lot of action. It's mostly getting Hook from point A to point B.
Shippy?: Yeah, there's some hints at Hook/Swan going on here. Some Milah angst, too.
Rating: Teen, I guess, for some vaguely naughty words and references to violence.

Summary: After the events of “Manhattan,” Killian Jones wakes up with a throbbing headache, once more tied up, and uncertain about his future.

No Hook/Emma interaction, unfortunately. Just a peek inside his skull as he makes his way back to Storybrooke. But if you’re wearing your Official Captain Swan Shipping Goggles™, there’s plenty here to enjoy, though.

[Insert standard disclaimer here: not my property, just writing for fun and amusement.]
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So, this comment just arrived on my last post, which was a quick, off-the-cuff one shot for the Lizzie Bennett Diaries.

"Please finish Dust. Re-read and it's still as great, if not even better. Takes me back to all the first-class Spuffy characterizations of the series years - but your story has the advantage of very little contribution from the Scoobies. In the series most definitely and in fanfiction they have sometimes over-indulged their sense of import in the Slayer's life. Not in Dust......because, they are, thankfully, fast a-bloody sleep. It's all him and her and it's excellent him and her. Please, pretty please, finish your great story. Thank you."

Now, first of all, Anonymous, can I point out that its really nice that you like DUST so much--but it was kind of crappy to leave this as a comment on a Fic for another fandom entirely? (Which is why I'm not unscreening your comment on it, BTW).

It's like maybe you think I'm wasting my time writing in other fandoms and you think you're steering me back on track?

I'm pretty sure my Labyrinth readers have thought the same thing about my Buffy fics for years.

Fact is, however, writing is writing. If I can spit out 12 pages of LBD fanfic in less than a day, it means I'm getting past writers block preventing me from writing DUST.

But whatever.

Let me just address a couple things here.

First, (and once more, with feeling) I AM STILL WRITING DUST. I have been, off and on, for months. Whenever I find the time and inspiration, I go back to it. If I'm not posting what I'm writing, it's because I'd like to finish it first. That way you don't have to wait a year between updates. Be patient. I do not need reminders that people want me to finish it. Trust me, I know. That's why I've restated it sixty bajillion times.

Second, I really don't care for character bashing. I get that some people aren't a fan of the Scoobies. I get that DUST might be appealing because the Scoobies are asleep and therefore seemingly uninvolved in the story. (Small spoiler:) That might not be as true as you think, nor will it always be the case. I fear you are in for some disappointment. If that's the main reason you like my story... Might want to take this extended hiatus as an opportunity to stop reading it.

I love canon. I love these characters and their relationships. DUST was, in part about exploring in detail the reality of Buffy and Spike as a team. That does not negate the fact that Buffy needs her friends, flawed and imperfect and realistic as their relationships may be. And they need her, and love her, and that's also important and true. Buffy is not a loner. She needs people, in some ways, more than they need her.

Please don't come to me for Scooby bashing. I won't do it.

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Preludes (a Lizzie Bennet Diaries fanfic)

So... yeah. I'm watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and like everyone else I am on pins and needles every week waiting for the next episode. (I'm also watching Once Upon A Time and the waiting for THAT is even MORE painful. Why must you hiatus? WHY?)

This morning I woke up, and even though I was a teensy bit hungover, and had to be at the theatre for a show at 12:30, and then DO a show at 2 and then STRIKE the show at 4--SOMEHOW this story kind of started writing itself in my head. So I have tossed it down on paper, and here it is, unbetaed, and full of fluff (and a tiny bit of angst).

Title: Preludes
Fandom: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Rating: PG-13? (one swear word and references to naughty thoughts)
Pairing: Lizzie/Darcy (what else?)
Notes: (takes place during Episode 84, just as Darcy asks Lizzie to go to the theatre. Not really AU, and fits canon. I'd call it a missing moment, but it's really more of a missed moment. Spoilers for episode 84, I guess.
Summary: Three seconds, spun out into forever. What happens in the silence between a question and the beep of a cell phone.
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Yeah, sure, why not? :)

Stolen from smells_corrupt

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's Parker ...she likes money and cereal." I'd love it if everyone who's friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal [only if you feel inclined]. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer*.

*Providing it's answerable/suitable for public posting

I'm going to be bouncing around like a loony tomorrow, but I will try to answer everyone within the next few days, if you do ask me something. 


Good causes

One of the things I have loved most about joining the Buffy fandom has been the people that I have met. Everyone has always been so welcoming, arms wide open, willing to accept old fans and new alike. It has been heartwarming and humbling, and it's one of the reasons why I want to continue writing fic for these amazing people.

To that end, I'm tossing my hat into the ring for the Elysian Fields hosted Auction for Kain--an effort to help raise money for a long time member of the Buffy community who recently lost her son and who is struggling to pay bills. I've added my name to the list of participating authors, and you can donate money (or purchase items that are up for auction), and suggest prompts for fic and the author who you would like to tackle your prompt. If you're one of the top five donators, one of the participating authors will pick your prompt and write a fic for you. Prompts from the rest of the donators will be tossed out to the rest of the participating authors to tackle, so you have a fairly good chance of seeing a fic based on one of your prompts, possibly from one of your favorite authors Here's a link to how this works

Even if you're not in the mood for fic prompts, please consider donating? I think it's wonderful that so many people are willing to band together to help a fellow community member in a time of personal need.

Procrastinating and thinky thoughts and "West of the Moon"...

I'm writing this because I ought to be working, but I don't feel like it at the moment. 

I woke up this morning to find that "West of the Moon" has garnered a couple of nominations over at the Absence of Light Awards. I'm thrilled, if a little surprised, since I don't really think of the story as being that dark or angsty overall, and it's been a few years since I finished it, but it's still awesome to be nominated. 

I'm on Tumblr now, under my real name -- though I think somewhere I had made a fandom Tumblr and then promptly never used it. Whoops. I keep waffling over whether to reveal it or not, partially because I've worked very hard over the last decade or so to keep my fandom life and my real life from crossing over too much. However, in the last few months I've discovered that you can't prevent that from happening, no matter how hard you try (although, admittedly, I've been trying less hard as of late). My Tumblr has become the place where I don't worry about looking professional, and I don't post a ton of work stuff anyway -- especially not now that my job has changed, somewhat. I reblog a lot of fandom stuff there, and I read a lot of fandom blogs so it seems silly NOT to let it cross over. 

Part of what has led me to consider it is that, last month, while randomly scrolling through my feed, I came across someone I follow who was talking about "West of the Moon." She was just reading it for the first time, and her thoughts on it were ... interesting. Honest. Really honest, because she obviously had no way of knowing that I follow her blog or that I'd be reading her thoughtsCollapse )

Update from yesterday...

So, thanks to borg_princess, I have copies of Dangers Untold and Shove's Tale again. 

There may be some dancing for joy happening over here. :)

While I'm still hesitant to repost them to, I may go ahead and rearchive these fics over on AO3.

Just in case. 

On a different topic ... supposing I was writing a story that's based on Alice in Wonderland, but not on any of the established remakes of it (like Tim Burtons, or the SyFy version, etc. -- both of which I love, by the way, but this is something else.) It's kind of my original (well, as original as such a thing can be, I suppose) take on the story. Would any of you be interested in reading such a thing, if I were to post a few chapters here? 


So, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I had the perfect storm of bad computer luck. The long and short of it is this: my hard drives on my main computer were completely fried. Toasted to a crisp. 

All my work, everything, for the last seven years was on those drives. It got hosed in less than a second. 

We sent the drives off to a data recovery center, in the hope that they might be able to recover my files. At last estimate, they said it could be January before they know if they can get anything off of them, and I'm looking at over $2000 to get back what I can, and even then the files may be totally corrupted. I don't *have* $2000 to spend on this. 

There are moments that are just soul crushing. 

I'm having that moment right now.

On the bright side, if there is one at all: I do most of my writing using Google Docs. That means that DUST (including all of the chapters I haven't posted yet) is safe. So are my backups of "West of the Moon", my unfinished epic Labyrinth Fic "Unlikely Ways", several short fics that weren't finished yet, and one long unfinished original novel.

However: remember how a few months ago I had yanked some of my unfinished Labyrinth fics down off because I was peeved at an overly entitled fan? Yeah. The only backup copies I had of "Dangers Untold" and "Shove's Tale" were on that fried hard drive. 

In the grand scheme of things, they aren't that important. I lost WAY more important stuff than those two fics. But I'm hoping that maybe, just ... maybe, one of you lovely readers out there downloaded those fics to read later and have copies of them somewhere. I don't know if I'm ever going to get around to finishing them, but right now, even if I wanted to, I don't even have the ghost of them to work from. 

So, if you're one of my Labyrinth readers, and you have copies of either "Dangers Untold" or "Shove's Tale", or if you know of someone who might... let me know? Please?