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Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 08:54 pm
So I could hand in my Marvel Bang at 10K right now and wash my hands of it. But I fear I wouldn't ever get the final 'section' of the story done.

I've published the prologue and Part 1, and have written Parts 2-6 for the bang:

2. the day: a bit of magic waiting somewhere (Maria/Natasha)

3. the sacrilege: sacred to the memory of (Steve & Natasha)

4. the evening: something attempted, something done (Steve/Maria)

5. the night: sing thee to thy rest (Bucky/Steve)

6. the blasphemy: united with holy purpose (Maria & Bucky)

The last story was going to be everything coming together, but I don't think it's going to work as I've plotted it out. The timeline's too short, and I'm anxious.
tielan: (meh)
Monday, August 29th, 2016 08:31 am
Wow, so I'm the last minute last minute Emergency Pinch Hit for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest.


eta: someone picked it up and posted a very nice fic in a very short time! Inter-Agency Co-Operation [Maria Hill/James Bond crossover]

eta the second: I got a second fic! I'm Not Sure What To Call HIm [Maria Hill/Bruce Wayne crossover]
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Sunday, August 28th, 2016 07:45 pm
So, as soon as I handed in the story to the Marvel Bang, the muse promptly deserted me.

I've re-written the next scene at least five times so far and I just can't get the banter right. And I'm thinking I have to rewrite some of the earlier stories to be longer and develop the dynamics better. At least one of them could do with some fleshing out now that I have a better idea of the characters, where they are, how they're going to interact in this universe, etc. And I'm thinking it wasn't such a good idea to submit a poly-ship story for someone to produce a fanwork for. MCU artists are not generally multishippers in my experience. So I'll likely end up with someone who likes one of the pairings, but not any of the others...

I was spoiled last time I did this - my artist for the last Marvel Bang was good - as in, she did art of the characters in the scenes from the story, in a realistic style, and the art looked like the characters! I don't think she's in the fandom anymore, alas.

health things )
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 09:08 pm
I got a few more hours to get to 8K and submit the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang summary, and it's in the list of fics on the art claims post.

Current Wordcount: 8870
Minimum for Marvel Bang: 10000

The plan was originally to write seven short stories (1 prequel setting everything up, 6 relationship focused stories) and then one BIG story that pulls the 6 relationships together.

I'm contemplating just having the 6 relationship-focused stories form the Marvel Bang, and then try for the BIG story with Iddy Iddy Bang Bang.

Problem is, Iddy Iddy Bang Bang is due at least a month before Marvel Bang, so I'd have less time to complete it.

And it's not like my id has trouble coming up with ideas...
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Friday, August 26th, 2016 05:02 pm
So, having sold The Promises Of Spring, I figure I should probably show you what I finished last weekend:

it's just a quilt top centre, not even the whole thing... )
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Friday, August 26th, 2016 11:24 am
In IT - particularly in areas like mine: financial systems applications - there's this constant push for new technologies, new developments. And with these new tech comes a steep learning curve. Which a lot of guys love and push for and really want to get into.

work expectations, kind of ranty )
tielan: Hulk angry (AVG - wtf)
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 09:02 am
I received one fic, and wrote three:

My gift was:
accustom the eye to calmness by [archiveofourown.org profile] syllic: It's Pacific Rim: Stacker, Mako, and their first meeting from Stacker's POV rather than Mako's.

Go read it, it's sweet, simple, and uncomplicated. Sometimes you just want that.

My assignment was for [personal profile] crossing_hades | [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper (we seem to be meeting a lot in ficathons; can't imagine why...)

I ended up writing two stories, because I started writing one and posted it, but decided I didn't like it, so I wrote another one. Then I ended up rewriting the original one to be better, and now I'm pretty happy with both.
title: The Older Brother
summary: A parent should never have favourites.
relationships: Nick Fury & Maria Hill, Nick Fury & Natasha Romanoff, Nick FUry & Peggy Carter
characters: Nick Fury, Peggy Carter, Maria Hill, Natasha Romanoff
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: A retelling of The Prodigal Son, from a different angle. Or: most people don't care about the ones who do the duty; but good parents don't have favourites - just children they love in different ways, for different reasons. I'm not sure fandom actually gets this.

title: Fall In, Fallout
summary: "Sometimes it’s not being the only brother that makes the difference. Sometimes it's the company you fall in with. Caterpillars and all."
relationships: Nick Fury & Gabe Jones, Gabe Jones & Dum Dum Dugan
characters: Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan
warnings: Use of a time-period accurate slur.
ratings: PG-13
notes: I don't generally read Nick-focused fic, so I don't know how most people look at his background/upbringing. However, given SLJ's age, Nick would have been among the first generation post-Civil Rights, which I thought was worth addressing - and glimpsing, as a sideline, how Gabe Jones got through the 40s and 50s as a black American hero, and member of the Howling Commandos.

And a pinch-hit.
title: Frayed Edges
summary: It’s one thing to know that Steve would go to the wall for Bucky Barnes – hell, isn't that what Sam’s been doing hanging around with Steve for the last two years? It’s another to believe he’d do the same for Sam.
relationships: Sam Wilson & Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson & Maria Hill
characters: Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes, various other Avengers
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: Like the rest of fandom, I tend to write Sam in as the helper and counsellor character, and I wanted to avoid that in this fic - particularly in light of several Tumblr posts pointing out how damaging it is to write 'perfect' black people, there to help the 'damaged' white people (where the stories naturally focus on the damaged whites and how they reach resolution).

I don't think it's quite what the recipient wanted - she actually requested Steve/Bucky/Sam and c/p'd her Steve/Bucky prompts from Smut Swap, just asking to insert Sam at the top. *shrug* This was what I had in me, and I'm kind of glad to have written it.

Now, I'm frantically trying to finish [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang: 7241/8000 (the minimum), to be handed in by tonight... And then I have to hope I get someone to do art who actually likes Maria, which I suspect is going to be an exercise in futility...
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 08:43 pm
I have written about 5800 words towards the Marvel Bang in the last 72 hours. I have 2200 words to go in the next 17, but I'm not going to make it.

1. I need sleep.

2. I have work.

And the next section is Steve/Bucky with a Bucky POV which is gonna be an uphill climb for me, since I'm not accustomed to the terrain. (Today's section was Maria/Steve, and it pretty much just poured out.)

Mind you, the notes for the next two shorts and the LONG STORY OF DOOM are easily 1.5K, but i don't think they'll accept that...
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 03:30 pm
Did I tell you about the client who interviewed me for 'cultural fit' and then expressed the view that i was "overqualified" for the role?

They started haggling how many days they'd need me, and then the price. Which is, frankly, ridiculous. Because out of all the developers in the company, I would say that I am one of the LEAST QUALIFIED so far as our area goes. If they get any of the other guys (I think they're all guys in Sydney and the job would be for a guy) then they'd get me ON TURBO.

So there went that six-month client contract. *throws hands in the air*

Anyway, they can't say that it was my 'fault' - unless it's a problem that I'm OVERQUALIFIED for the work they were going to do. (It was some support - pedestrian, run of the mill - and some development - a little more challenging - which I thought was going to be a nice mix.)

SO now they're desperately shoving me at anything that might stick. Currently, it's an internal project that looks pretty interesting. I'll be hoping so...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 03:56 pm
Dear Author...

Sorry, this is a bit belated, and mostly adds in my trope likes and DNWs

You may also like to check out the MCU section of my Seeing Colour Dear Author Letter.

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016 05:16 pm
Note: these aren't necessarily recs, just links I found interesting and would like to be able to find again for reference.

Metafilter: emotional labour checklist: should I ever find I need it for someone in my acquaintance.

The Bad Faith of the White Working Class
Why Values Voters Value Donald Trump

Patheon: Justice vs. Rightousness: the Greek dikaiosune: on the difference between biblical social and personal responsibility. Related: The Biblical confusion between the words ‘justice’ and ‘righteousness’.

And a couple of oldies:
On Becoming Anti-Bernie
Why Hillary Clinton Thrills The Hell Out Of Me by America Ferrera
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Saturday, August 20th, 2016 08:45 am
That's my deadline for [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang's 8K "rough draft". (Supposed to be 80%, but honestly, if it ends up being just 10K, I'll be really surprised.)

Anyone willing to take a punt and let me email/comment-chain them with panic and argh?
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Thursday, August 18th, 2016 03:40 pm
Wedding Wednesday: You Will Catch This Bouquet

Wow. OP is a single woman who's facing 'wedding season' and wants to avoid being pressured into the bouquet toss. She's asking for advice on how to do it, since the last wedding she was at, the bride stopped the party to pressure her into joining the bouquet toss.

Stopped the party.


What. The. Everloving. FUCK.

And a whole bunch of the comments are "but it's tradition!" and "I can't believe you'd make a fuss over what's a silly little thing and spoil the bride's day". (To be fair, a lot of the comments are "whoa, hells to the no, bride was outta line", but still...)

I posted the suggestion that she not only say "No, thank you," but also point out that her pleasure in the day will be materially spoiled by being forced to do something she doesn't want to do. That's probably the best one can hope for - some people will simply keep pushing because "it's tradition", although I personally think it's because they're control freaks who can't stand the idea that not everyone wants to do the traditional thing.
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Thursday, August 18th, 2016 10:48 am
So, [community profile] seeingcolorcomm threw me off-balance with the timing - a fic I thought would be easy turned out more difficult. I ended up rewriting it entirely, and then took on a PH.

I have [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest and the story is half-written, the other half of which is still a little fuzzy. I kind of have an ending but...

There was the next story in the neighbours AU, the next chapter in the Bucky/Sam fic, and the 2nd half of Maria & Pepper Pacific Rim AU.

And then I have [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang, a minimum of 8K of which is due in a week. Which, yes, I can do 8K in a day when the characters aren't stalling me. The plot is all laid out, but the actual words are eluding me.

Plus, the physical issues are beginning to aggravate again.

I may need word wars. Encouragement. And a bit more sleep would certainly be nice, even if I've worked out how to 'drift off' once I wake up after about 5 hours of sleep.

Also: looks like I might have next work from next week. Or possibly the week after, if we can get anyone to actually sign on the dotted line...


I guess I've also been a little distracted: my quilt group is putting a quilt into the show next year - it's a medallion quilt, and I'm the one doing the centrepiece.

photos )
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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 10:31 am
A couple of blog entries of interest to me, re: politics and faith: may get kind of personal )

King George III voice: "President Donald Trump... Good luck!"
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, August 15th, 2016 04:10 pm
From [personal profile] theladyscribe: You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you 3-6 couples or characters that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples/characters and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

She gave me: Steve/Maria, Mako/Raleigh, and Tony/Pepper.

if you're going to dream... )

Dream big, right?
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Monday, August 15th, 2016 10:12 am
I wonder how many Lamechs are also Ungrateful Servants.

Yes, this is cryptic, and probably not entirely correct in the theological sense, but it's either make a cryptic comment and fume or say a few very choice things.
tielan: (Fringe - Walter)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 11:21 am
...you are toasting marshmallows over a candleflame. Before midday.
tielan: (trek)
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 09:05 am
Started while sitting in Denver International Airport's lounge with a Beefeater G&T waiting for my flight home to start boarding.

I've been through five countries - seven if you count layovers - in 22 days, a long and busy trip. I've met up with old friends and new friends and people I saw less than a week before I left and people I haven't seen in 12 years.

It's been good.

a few highlights: Brussels )

TL;DR: Brussels, would go back again.

Now it'll probably be another week before I get the Netherlands post up. And still another before I put up the Rocky Mountains National Park pics... There are quite a lot of those.