misachan: (starbuck)

I've been banging my head against the wall with this fic all day. Brain hurts now.

Have a kitten picture.


Mar. 30th, 2012 08:23 pm
misachan: (headdesk)
I just realized I never came up with a title for my [livejournal.com profile] super_disney fic.
misachan: (headdesk)
Aw man, I just got plot bunnied hard by a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic, but the story in my brain is absolutely not comment fic and I don't have time to write it because I'm signed up for All The Thiiiiiiings.

Why do I look at things? I know my brain!

ETA: Does anyone know of a challenge/bang/fest/thing I can write this for? Preferably with a summerish date, since my March/April is full up with big bangs? *big eyes*
misachan: (Gus is one cool dude)
Last night after game I was all set to do some EDITING and then maybe outlining. I set my laptop up, opened all my files...and the next thing I knew it was five AM and my alarm was an hour from going off. Computer still on lap! I didn't even think I was that tired!



Should be fic tonight, assuming I don't fall into a coma again. I've got one more [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking fic left and this way my January looks super prolific.:)


This isn't a very entertaining post. Here, have a picture of my cat in a bag:

Cat in bag! )
misachan: (aghast)
I finally saw Tangled! It was just as cute as everyone said it would be. I actually liked it a lot more than I did The Princess and the Frog (which I also liked! but I also thought it was a very careful movie, if that makes any sense? Like they made sure to hit all the Disney notes point by point. If the whole movie had been as cool and daring as the art deco scene and the "Friends on the Other Side" song it would have been a stronger movie. I digress.)

cut for spoilers for the three people who still haven't seen it )


I was looking up angel names today and came across this:

Elemiah – Angel of Inward Journeys
Traditionally believed to watch over and protect those who travel by water. Guides us to retrieve insights from our subconscious minds.

"Traveling my water" you say. (AND subconscious insights!) *files away for future use*


So I finished my outline for my [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang and, um...guys, should outlines be 1300 words? I think I'm doing this wrong. Now I'm trying to avoid the mistakes of my Outrun My Gun outline, where I'd write "Dean and Cas haunt Sam as he summons crossroad demons, goes hunting, etc." and that would mutate from one line in the outline to pages and pages and pages in reality, but I'm starting to get worried on just how long this is going to be.(!)

(For anyone not already bored to death, I "outline" by basically writing a one sentence or so summary of each scene. For example (not from anything): "Dean and Cas realize the room is trapped but can't get out of the way before ring of fire catches them both - they go back to back as the demons swarm in and then FIGHT." Sometimes a line or two of dialogue if I want to make sure I remember it.

This is a lot of scenes, is what I'm saying!)

*despairs of what the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang outline will look like.*

*starts working*
misachan: (Dean says 'sup)
[livejournal.com profile] jimmybigbang progress:

Ugh, I hate asking for extensions. Final drafts were due yesterday but I couldn't grab anything close to the amount of writing time I'd hoped over the holidays. Also, signing up for three different challenges with due dates in Dec-Jan probably wasn't my brightest moment. Four, actually, counting [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking. God, it's like a sickness.

Speaking of, I did manage to write four little things for that, so I'll post one of those tomorrow night. Maybe the angsty one. And the [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas reveals are Saturday! *dances*


Now that I've admitted I have a sickness, [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang sign-ups are Friday and I am tempted. If I sign up I think I'll go with my White Collar idea, where Neal's sold his soul and it causes all kinds of problems. Although Doctor Who is also tempting. And Human target. And ooh, my L4D2 idea I've rambled about where it's 5.04!verse and everyone goes to hell.

Seriously, if I was on the Legion of Superheroes my name would be Indecisive Lass and my power would be to baffle villains with my inability to make decisions.


Can someone come over and do my dishes? Please? What if I make puppy eyes? {puppy eyes}
misachan: (starbuck)
Ugh, work. I do not approve.

On a related note, is there anything more frustrating than traffic being backed up for no apparent reason? I don't know what was going on this morning, but it took fifteen minutes to drive two blocks and it wasn't like there was an accident or street closed. Just every car in the world out there all trying to make left turns.

And then when I tried to log into the program I need to, y'know, do my job the program first informed me that my password was expired, led me through the 15 minutes rigamarole to change the blasted thing then refused to authorize me even though that form was submitted months ago.

Death of a thousand cuts today, I swear.


Ooh, [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang.

misachan: (Comedian)
I spent the first work day morning of 2011 stalled out on the side of the highway waiting for a tow truck. Anyone want three guesses at how I spent the last work day morning of 2011?


And mind you, these are different cars. *throws up hands*


I love the year end fic meme going around. I'll do it either tonight or tomorrow, but I want to post one last thing first (nothing super exciting, a [livejournal.com profile] deancaskink fill I'd forgotten to post up properly).:)


"Great Expectations" by Gaslight Anthem came on yesterday during the drive home and that song. It's such a John Winchester song, John alone in the car talking to Mary (Mary, this station is playing every sad song/I remember like we were alive), John thinking over the wreckage of his empty life after Sam runs off to Stamford. (everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you)

John talking to Mary and maybe to Ellen too, thinking back to really knowing jack about hunting but he's lucky enough to fall in with Bill and Ellen Harvelle and they don't laugh too hard at him when he screws up, back to that little window of time when he thought maybe he could be happy again. (And I learned about the blues from this kitten I knew/Her hair was raven and her heart was like a tomb/My heart's like a wound.) But then Bill dies and it's his fault, he knows that even if no one else does, then when he goes back to the Roadhouse with Bill's blood on his clothes he's got Bill's little girl looking at him with her dad's eyes and he can't tell Ellen the truth, not with the risk she might forgive him. So off he runs, back to the road and his boys and Mary's ghost sitting shotgun.

(Mary, I worried and stalled every night of my life/Better safe than making the party) And maybe there was that one other chance, the little fantasy he built with Adam and Kate, but that he sabotages right from beginning because he's not John Winchester with them. This is the life he and Mary used to talk about, drinking beers on the hood of his car, but he lives in it like a shifter and tells himself it's for their own good.

He knows the truth, though. He feels it when he's back on that open road and the song that played the night he met Mary comes on and he knows in his bones that this life is hell but it's easier than turning around and risk ever again. Besides, Mary's still his wife and there are nights he can almost get drunk enough that investigating her murder is almost like her being there again. (I never had a good time, I sat by my bedside, with papers and poetry about Estella)

Because John's back in 'Nam, and he's not winning this war either but John Winchester's been killing since he was eighteen years old. Maybe he knew something else once, but it's been a long time and a lot of road since then. (I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life/Everybody leaves and why, why wouldn't you?)


Dec. 23rd, 2011 06:10 pm
misachan: (starbuck)
So last night I went downstairs to get my laundry and...when I say I fell down the basement stairs, picture me sliding down them like the world's most graceless tobaggan. (It's amazing how calm you are when those things happen. All that went through my mind was a casual, slow-motion "Huh. This is happening.") I banged my back on the way down but I'm pretty sure I'm fine - the stairs are carpeted and I think that saved from me from really damaging myself. I'm wearing a one of those heat pad thingamabobs and stocked up on advil and as long as I keep moving with baby sloth slowness I should be good.

I'm also getting a cold. Merry Christmas!


As far as the ongoing LJ brouhaha goes, I already have a dreamwidth account ([personal profile] misachan, because no way am I going to deal with juggling multiple user names), although [personal profile] kink_bingo aside I rarely use it. That might change, that might not; I'm paid up here until August, so I'm certainly sticking it out until then. LJ is still where my comms and friends (and icons!) are.:)

(This isn't a popular opinion, but I think fandom moving en masse to a platform that requires invites is very problematic. I understand why it requires invites, and I know that's been waived until the end of the year, but until DW is big enough - and, frankly, inclusive enough - to take all comers I'll be very reluctant to commit to it.)
misachan: (stern Cas)
Oh dear God, I just spent All The Money and I still have to buy for my mother because she's continuing the annual tradition of refusing to ask for anything I can just buy on Amazon. (My sister and I will not buy anything for her without first asking in explicit, gory detail exactly what it is she wants, she's that notorious for returning gifts. One year she actually made me return her Christmas present, marching me right back to the counter at Macy's. Because it, and I quote, "cost too much." No, we will never let her forget it.) But at least that yearly horror's mostly done.


Speaking of horror! For everyone who's having problems with whatever-this-is LJ's doing, [livejournal.com profile] advancing's put up a workaround post here. LJ has a pattern of making ridiculous, sweeping changes that gradually get fixed over the next month or so, so let's hope this is more of that.

(Hilariously, my LJ is apparently so old timey that it's still exactly the same, subject lines and all. If it wasn't for all the outrage on my flist I never would have realized anything had been changed!)

ETA: Gotta admit, I kinda like that little thing that marks new comments. There's a big long thread on [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants where that's coming in handy.


Wonderful stranger, I don't know who you are, but thank you so much for this story. Everyone should read how wonderful it is. (it's 2014!Cas/2009!Dean and utterly perfect.)
misachan: (yuletide kitten)
Ugh, this day. Every time I started making progress on things, someone came by and dropped something on my desk. And somehow getting new computers in the office has made us less efficient. Bah, I say!

But you know what's much better than computers that freeze and won't let you log back in? The HOLIDAY LOVE MEME! (My thread is here. *hides*)


I like this meme, and knowing me these probably will turn into real stories (from [livejournal.com profile] penknife):

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you between one and three sentences paragraphs, because let's be honest here, from that story.
misachan: (awesomemisha)
I signed up for GISHWES! At least, I think I did; I had to edit the email and resubmit it, and there's always the possibility I failed the essay portion of the exam. But nothing is being announced until the 18th from what I gather, so we'll see if I managed to do this right.

These two were my favorite of Misha's countdown tweets today:

@mishacollins: Registration closes in 4 hours. i'm afraid, very afraid. A sh*t load of people have signed up. it's going to be mayhem.

@mishacollins: Less than 3 hours to register. This was a bad idea. it'll take hundreds of hours to review submissions. I have a family.



It is killing me that [livejournal.com profile] dc_dystopia's time frame is exactly the same as [livejournal.com profile] jimmybigbang's (the rough drafts are literally due within days of each other) because it hit me that would be the perfect excuse to write the SPN/24 crossover I've been kicking around the past few months.

OR! Or my 2014!Cas-does-drugs-because-Lucifer-keeps-walking-through-his-dreams idea! That would also work! Why does everything cool have to go on at the same time?!?


So last night I had a dream where I was watching Human Target (God, I miss my show) where the case wound up taking a decidedly supernatural turn. The team all brainstormed what to when Guerrero walked in, heard the story, said, "I know a guy" and called up Bobby (because Guerrero and Bobby both know everyone.) Bobby sent in Sam and Dean with Cas along for the ride; when they all walked in Guerrero took one look at Cas and said, "Hey bro, been a while," just as cool as you please. Apparently Guerrero had pulled a Gabriel, only instead of an angel pretending to be a trickster he was an angel slumming it as a human assassin.

That was as far as I got before Lexi in all her grace knocked something over and woke me up, and I'm not sure how I feel about my brain coming up with that. On hand, the concept that Guerrero essentially fell for Chance the way Cas fell for Dean amuses me, and I like the image of the two of them sighing over their pain in the ass humans. On the other hand, one of the things I like most about Guerrero is that he has a kid, and I don't even know if vesseled angels can do that. I mean, Jesse Turner being conceived in a demon-possessed body made him the antichrist.

Although the idea that Guerrero's son might be the Second Coming is hilarious.


Back to writing. I will have this [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas fic done and in beta shape tonight if it kills me.
misachan: (more sonic)
I thought I had the timeline for this story hammered out but I doooooonnnnnnn't. Argh and woe and arrrgggh.

Hey, remember that fanfic meme?

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

I really like working from prompts. Virtually everything I've written for SPN has been prompt based either from [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic (8), [livejournal.com profile] deancaskink (6), Birthday Challenge (3),[livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking (4) or from whatever fest I've signed up for. Possibly that means I'm not all that creative.:)

I like figuring out how I can make a prompt work. Building on that first idea is half the fun for me, those first moments of looking at the prompt and going, "Hmm. So, this prompt wants Cas to somehow meet 16-year-old Dean (to use prompt from the 1st round of the kink meme that's in my WiP pile). How would that work?" And then, "And what happens then?" and so on until I have far too much plot.:) I can never guess which prompt will set my brain on fire (although ones that push my narrative buttons, like h/c or bedside vigils or rescues have a better chance) and they don't have to be long. The story I'm writing for [livejournal.com profile] jimmybigbang came from a one word prompt from one of the porn battles on DW, hand to God. And I've found I'm much more likely to finish a story if I'm writing for someone, even just an anonymous comment on the kink meme.

I also like episode codas and missing scenes, which are basically me being prompted by the canon. And crossovers, because that has the same, "Okay, how does this work and then what happens" vibe.

The Other Days )
misachan: (mystique hashtag)
Goals for the day! (or more realistically, the next two days. And fannish goals, not work goals. No one cares about my boring, boring work goals.)

1) Finish this [livejournal.com profile] deancaskink fill that refuses to let me work on anything else until it's done. I don't even care that I took so long someone beat me to the prompt. (and besides, I doubt [livejournal.com profile] stellamaris99 will mind if her prompt gets filled twice.:)

2) Log 1k on my [livejournal.com profile] spnraritiesfest so I can get a better idea of how long it's shaping up to be. It's looking like it'll top out around 6k, but I'm just notoriously terrible at judging in progress word count.

Sigh. And that would be the end of lunch break. Sadness.
misachan: (Holmes)
So I got a message from my bank saying to call because they were "investigating charges" on my card. After spending forever and a day on hold with every department still working after five they told me that there was "suspicious activity" - although they couldn't tell me what the activity was - and that the card was deactivated.

This is the second time they've done this this year. I'm glad they're trying to keep my account secure and all and getting the new card isn't a huge deal, but my God is it a pain to have to change the card number on all my online accounts. Bah!

And in other Bah! news, my laptop is back! \o/ Still with the same problem! *sigh* After the diagnostics the techs decided the problem really was with the charger, so I'm glad it didn't turn out to be a battery or motherboard issue after all, but I don't understand why if they had a charger that worked (and they did give it back charged) they couldn't have one there for me to buy when I came to pick the laptop up. I want to give you my money, people! Why do you not want my money?

My life, so hard.


When I got my laptop back last night I went through my old WiP folder and found the Sherlock Holmes stories I'd started back when I first got into the Granada series. One in particular I've been poking; now I'm probably never going to finish this story - it would easily be novel length and um, I don't remember how the plot winds up any more. It centered around one of Moran's jailed lieutenants using a twin switch to escape the gallows and immediately getting to making Holmes' life a living hell. Irene got dragged in because her husband Godfrey had some old business dealings with the lieutenant and the connection spurred him to follow the case, of course resulting in Irene jumping in. (my head!canon for Irene/Holmes is a more what-might-have-been sort of love rather than a wild passionate thing, because does Holmes ever not do wild passion and Irene has far too much sense for that sort of thing. Soul mates who will always be happiest at a courteous distance.)

Anyway, there's a scene in this between Irene and Holmes after Watson gets shot (because I'm writing this, of course someone's getting shot) that I think turned out really well. Because of the way the story was structured, story notes by Watson and diary entries by Irene, even if the rest of the opus never comes to light I think with some polish I could frame this scene as its own thing, an excerpt of the famous, long thought lost Irene Adler diary finally come to light.

Would anyone be interested in this? /idle thoughts.


How is it the 16th already? How?! Give me back my summer!


Aug. 14th, 2011 07:38 pm
misachan: (starbuck)
I still haven't heard back about my laptop. Woe.
misachan: (climbing)
Just finished watching a Killers concert on Palladia. Oh Brandon Flowers, how are you so pretty?

Oh hey, remember when this was a thing I was doing?

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I haven't written anything centered around an OC. I think I'm probably too pairing centered for that; I think the most high-profile OC I've written was Jesus in Useful Information, just because I needed some reason why poor Guerrero was in that situation.

Otherwise any OCs I've written have been background or antagonists. I do like making up angels, thought. They're fun to name.

The Other Days )


Why can I only spot typos after I post? What is wrong with my eyes?!


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