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NaNo complete, and first draft complete

I wrote the epilogue for my story last Friday, so the final days of November were spent doing a full proofing, fill in missing transitions, and get initial revisions done. I now have a completed first draft for "Choices Seal Our Fate." It clocks in over 83k words (how much over depends if I look in Scrivener or Word).

For the moment, I've signed up for sammybigbang to post this story. With how excited I am about this, though, I'm starting to question if I want to post earlier. Before I do anything, I want to be sure I get other eyes on this.

Anyone reading this interested in doing some beta-ing? (Key things I ask my betas for are: plot flow, plot holes, and characterizations. There's also some wording questions with this one.) Or, can anyone point me in the direction of finding a beta? I've not been active in SPN fandom for years.

On a positive note

Thank you friends for your support and cyber hugs. It means the world to me. I know I'm not good at reciprocating as I don't tend to catch up on my flist posts, but know that I care for you greatly.

Since I mix my posts on tumblr with distractions and humor and positive things, I figured I needed something happier over here, too.

I'm working on National Novel Writing Month as usual, though it's a struggle. I decided, though, that I'm going to have an additional motivator to keep me going. Instead of a NaNo winner shirt this year (I'm not particularly fond of the design), if I finish I'll find a new Supernatural t-shirt. Possibly a Crowley one... or track down a second copy of one of my favorites I already own - the Harvelle Roadhouse or Singer's Salvage shirt. Both were bought when I was a little smaller and being in an apartment building, well, our washers/dryers don't always have the best track record with maintaining the quality of clothing.

Now I better go boot up my Write-or-Die program and work on getting my word count back up to speed.

Need encouragement

Does anyone want to jam Supernatural early story-arc style?

The election has sucked so much life out of me that every day is a massive struggle right now, all the moreso when it comes to writing for NaNo. My motivation is lacking, largely due to the extreme heartache that keeps pulling my attention. Writing is usually very... mm, soothing? and I could really use the steadiness of NaNo writing. But I'm having a hard time being accountable to myself and just overall feeling discouraged about my project. I'd really appreciate encouragement. So does someone want an early look? There's ~46k of revised (though not proofed) story plus the several thousand new words written this month.

(Revising and aiming to finish my project from NaNo '14, a canon divergent and adaptation of Supernatural season 5) Dean and Sam Winchester split ways in the wake of Lucifer's rising. When his last conversation with Dean leaves Sam convinced there's no hope of reconciliation, Sam sets out to find his redemption in stopping Lucifer on his own. Little did he know he would find companionship with an old friend, Jo Harvelle, and the King of the Crossroads during his pursuit.


Most of my political reactions have been on Tumblr. As much as I'm trying to insert additional posts, of happier things and distractions, much of my posts lately have been reactions to last week's US election... and words of caution/warning signs.

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Snippet from NaNo project

I'm posting updates and the occasional snippet for my project on my Tumblr, but also wanted to give a little exposure to it here as well.

I'm freaking the fuck out over election stuff and need some positive things posted right now.

Have what’s my favorite scene from Choices Seal Our Fate. It’s a single scene I wrote last year (when the image came to me) rather than the project’s main year in 2014.

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I legitimately don’t get how anyone with a lick of sense or common decency can possibly support Trump.

I know with near certainty that no one who follows my tumblr/et al. supports Trump, but I’m at the point where if I find out someone I know and who supposedly cares about me supports Trump and knows about his sexist, racist, Islamaphobic, xenophobic statements and belief… Get the fuck out.

I’ve watched a lot of Colbert, Trevor Noah (and the Daily Show crew - they’re fucking awesome), and now adding Samantha Bee and a bit of Seth Meyers to the mix. Because I have to fucking laugh or I will scream.

Most mornings at my office before class, the three of us keep returning to the fact that each of us legitimately will probably need to leave the country if Trump wins, at the very least to save our sanity.

I’m white and a born citizen, I definitely have advantage and privilege. But I still feel very personally attacked by the hatemongering bullshit ignorance spewed from Trump’s camp, the very heart of everything. I fear for myself as a woman, as a young adult skirting a bit above the poverty line, as a hopeful future parent, as an educator, as a person whose job is immersed in immigrant communities, as a resident of the Twin Cities which is hugely diverse, as a queer woman, and as a person with significant health issues.

The people I love and support and get up every weekday morning to teach are in significant jeopardy and it makes me so angry and hurt and exhausted and fearful. I’ve gotten stronger in defending myself over the years, but those who know me well know that the way to really get me fired up is to threaten the people I consider under my care. I’m not likely to punch someone for the sake of myself, but I damn well would to protect my family, my friends, my students.

So real talk - the U.S. is exclusively a two-party system when it comes to the presidential election. Quite honestly, if you vote third party this election is as bad as not voting. This election is going to be fucking close, whichever way it goes, and You Need To Vote. If you care about women, families, people of color, anyone part of the LGBTQA+ community, people of any faith - you need to vote Hillary Clinton. If you don’t like her as a person, fine. If you need to think of it as voting for the lesser of two evils, fine. I don’t really care how you frame it. But do not fucking help elect Trump.

Marvel MCU writing trials/warm-ups

I've got plenty of writing ideas but have been in a slump in terms of actually getting story down on paper (or computer screen). So! Chatting with bluesheets today and mentioning that I've been going over and over my Pinterest project board, she suggested I take a pin and write (at least) three sentences for it. This worked amazingly well! Below the cut are short (sometimes very short) writing trials, seven of them, based on pins that I linked as best I could.

Some of the prompts were really awesome artwork, so be sure to click through. All of these are/will be posted on my tumblr, too.

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{Fic} My cat, Mike Hat (1/1) | Gen | MCU

My cat, Mike Hat (On AO3)
a.k.a. "Thor meets The Cat"
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, The Cat, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers
Gen || Faint traces of Barnes/Stark, potentially pre-slash
Summary: Thor's been away. This is the first time he meets The Cat, and she finally gets a name.

Notes: The idea of Bucky and a cat came during my ongoing conversations with Rina while trying to work on big bang projects I signed up for. I've done snapshots of the relevant parts of messaging here on tumblr (the earliest discussion, at least).

The Cat is named by Thor. If you've seen Ghostbusters 2016, you'll recognize the name and understand.
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So.... realizing I've been remiss in many ways with fic posting here! Make sure to check my AO3 for better updates.
Also, I'm back to using tumblr (for now).

Female Antonia Stark universe!

Title: It's my problem is I feel the need to hide (Starring Role 'verse)
Author: Enmuse
Universe: MCU
Pairings: developing Steve/Toni, background Coulson/Pepper
Rating: Teen
Warnings: This series' universe involves Toni having had a double mastectomy under less than stellar conditions, portions of this fic deal with that.
Summary: (The (first?) major story in the Starring Role universe.) Six months after the Battle of New York, Toni has yet to reveal Iron Man's identity to the team. Maintaining her secret identity is only one of many problems, though, as she builds new armors, struggles with developing relationships with her teammates, works on company projects, and tries to figure out why there's a group of people wearing yellow jumpsuits striking at her company. Keeping her secret identity is one of many problems, that is, until everything comes back around to that one secret.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4746218/chapters/10848647

(Soooo close to done. This story is a great love of mine but also kind of the bane of my existence.)

{Fic} Cat Hat (1/1) | MCU | Gen

Realized I hadn't posted this here on LJ. Since I've got a rough draft for the sequel, decided I needed to post here.

Cat Hat (On AO3)
a.k.a. "Isn't it supposed to be cat IN the hat?"
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, DUM-E, and The Cat
Gen || Faint traces of Barnes/Stark, potentially pre-slash
Words: ~1200
Summary: "What is that thing on your head?"

James raised an eyebrow in the expression of "are you dense?" as he attempted (unsuccessfully) to move the cat's tail from in front of his face.

Notes: The idea of Bucky and a cat came during my ongoing conversations with Rina while trying to work on two big bang projects I signed up for. I've done snapshots of the relevant parts of messaging here on tumblr. The story below started as a fill for a comment_fic prompt, but was restricted to six sentences, so this is what happened as I extended it. IDEK! This is my first attempt at writing Bucky.
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Check out the tag "series: cat hat" for additional stories.