imbecamiel: (Hobbit)
For anyone on my flist who might be interested in doing short gen fic! You don't have to be a member of the comm to participate. :)

Sitting on the beach, wishing for a low key, multi-fandom, gen fic exchange? Then sign up for the Summer Ficlet Excange at [ profile] great_tales! Signups open until July 29th.
imbecamiel: (Imbecamiel)
Part two is finished at last! Some crazy days and a foggy brain due to not feeling well delayed things more than I'd expected.

Many thanks to [ profile] lindahoyland for the kind beta assistance on this part!

(Part 1 is here.)
Story under the cut! )
imbecamiel: (Renewed Blade LOTR)
 In honor of [ profile] cairistiona7's birthday - LOTR fic!

Though my love for Tolkien's works certainly hasn't faded, I haven't been much involved in LOTR fanfiction circles for a number of years, and it has been so long so long since I've actually written anything for it. But the ficlet I wrote for the Great Tales DD exchange got me itching to really try my hand at LOTR fic again, and Cairistiona was gracious enough give me permission to draw upon some of the things she's established in her own stories - for instance, the names of Halbarad's wife and children. (For which I'm very grateful, because her stories have influenced my developing perspective on enough things that I'd have probably wound up drawing upon them as source material even if I didn't intend to!)

I didn't wind up getting the whole story finished in time for her birthday, but I decided to go ahead and post the first part anyway, since it stands on its own fairly well and doesn't end on a terrible cliffhanger, at least. *g*

(Not beta'd, because... I've never gotten my act together enough to find one for my fanworks. Shame on me. XP)

Out of the Cold (part 1) )
imbecamiel: (Imbecamiel)
Well... it has been a while since I've posted any writing here - and a really long while since I've written LOTR fic. But I ended up signing up for the [ profile] great_tales December Drabble Exchange this year, and as my recipient was the lovely [ profile] lindahoyland I had a fun time trying to come up with something she would enjoy. Thought I'd post the result here, since the author reveals have been made over there now. ^^

Fic under the cut )
imbecamiel: (Imbecamiel)
When it comes to stories I've written, I've found that I tend to be more balanced and objective in seeing things that're good as well as things that should be fixed after some time has passed. (As opposed to immediately after finishing a story, when I almost always pretty much just... hate it altogether.) I also often find it easier to shut up my inner critic and just write when I'm a bit tired.

So, I thought this afternoon might be a good time to skim through and poke at some of my older stories, starting to gear up to get back into writing my current half-finished ones after taking a break, here.

Apparently, the same principles are not true when I'm sick, though. Instead, I wind up staring at the screen, thinking, "This is stupid. Does that paragraph even make sense? I hate this. I hate everything, forever. "*crawls off to hide under a rock*

Yeah, I don't think I'll bother trying to read any more of my stories today. XP

Anyway, I don't know if anyone else here likes Bonanza (As in, this TV series.), but I wrote a story for it some years back. I posted it on a Bonanza-specific fanfic archive then, but that site has since gone down. And I've been thinking I should at least have it archived somewhere... so I guess I'll put it here for now, and decide later if it's worth putting it anywhere else. 

Bonanza Story - By Chance )
imbecamiel: (BookStackLight)
And a lovely trip it was, too. Well, two trips, really. Wow, going to Nebraska feels like a really long time ago, now. But yeah, we had a good time with our grandma, and our... er, step-cousin, I guess she is? And various other step-relatives-in-law-whatever-you'd-call-them. Wasn't really a long visit, but fun.  

Neffie and I had quite the little "aww" moment when we got to the hotel - I started going through our suitcase to get stuff out and discovered... a toy mouse tucked down among the clothing. Our Ro-kitty has a tendency to sit forlornly inside suitcases and laptop cases whenever packing starts, as if he's hoping that one of these times he won't get forgotten at home. Apparently this time he felt we needed a little memento to bring along. <3

And the cabin was wonderful and relaxing, as always. Hard to believe that we've been going there for 21 years now.... A lot's changed over the years, but one thing hasn't: seems like every year, at least one thing has to break or otherwise Go Very Wrong. This year, we arrived to find that, among other things, the freezer was absolutely covered in nasty mold, the boat wasn't working, the stove wasn't working... and then the grill quit too. So things looked like being a bit of a potential disaster, possibly even one to rival the year when we were trying to clean the place without running water. But we got things sorted out in the end - except for the boat, but that was mostly okay anyway because there was much better fishing right off the dock than usual. So it was good. 

Among the things that did change were the friends and family that we visited, which was tough. One of the family friends we usually visit (who we've known since I was about three) did come to see us, but it may be the last time we see him for a long time because he and his new wife are moving to Florida. We didn't get to see my uncle at all, mostly because he just had cataract surgery and wasn't up for it. But the hardest was not seeing my great-aunt Helen, because she's almost certainly going to die any day now. And I just... will probably post something about that later, because right now I'm still in full-on avoidance mode and just trying not to think about it too much.

But. Happier note: it was a really good trip, and we had mostly great weather, and everyone had plenty of time to do whatever they wanted. So Nef and I swam almost every day, and she wrote a ton, and I read a ton, Mom scrapbooked and wrote, the guys golfed and fished, and we ate junk food and stayed up late and slept in, and all was good. *g*

We also went to see Avengers again while we were there! It was insanely hot on Saturday, the cabin doesn't have any kind of air conditioning (we're lucky to manage a few functioning fans), and we didn't feel like fighting with the Weekend Hordes for the lake (okay, it wasn't as busy as all that, but considering things are pretty much deserted during the week we'd rather do stuff when we had the place to ourselves). So we went to Avengers. And it was just as awesome the second time. \o/

Although I did notice one thing that's now driving me just slightly crazy. It was only on the second viewing that I realized that Hawkeye was shooting left-handed, which surprised me. At first I thought it might be an interesting and subtle way of showing another difference when he's being mind-controlled by Loki. But no, he shoots lefty afterward, during the final battle, as well. But... he shoots with his right hand in Thor. And I don't understaaaand, because if the actor is just left-eye dominant and/or more comfortable using his left hand, then why wouldn't he do it that way for both movies? But if it was a matter of conforming to the comics (no idea if comic-verse!Hawkeye is left- or right-handed)... then again, why not both movies? *flails* Okay, yes, Nef finds it hilarious that I'm bugged by this. But I think that I just need to watch the movie again, to see if the bow's design allows for ambidexterity. 


Anyhow! Now for my traditional commentary on the books I read while I was there!

Books! Also, new puppy picture. :D )

Oh, and on a final note... Um, I have committed Avengers fanfic. I didn't intend to. I really, really didn't. But then I just happened to stumble across a prompt that went and took my brain hostage. So I had to write it. XD Anyhow, if you care to read it, it's posted here on AO3.
imbecamiel: (White Collar Neal)
Continued from part one.

Part two! )
imbecamiel: (WC Neal Choose Side)
At last, another White Collar story! This one was written for [ profile] alone_dreaming, for the [ profile] collarcorner ficathon. Many thanks to [ profile] swanpride, who helped me track down a plot bunny when they were being elusive. I hope that the end result is enjoyable!  ^.^

(Set somewhere loosely in late season 1/early season 2. Because I haven't seen any S3 yet. /is behind)

To the story! )
imbecamiel: (WC Neal jacket)
A new fic, finished at last! :D Man, vacation really threw off my writing groove… but I think I’m finally rolling again!

This one’s sort of written for [ profile] collarcorner. As I said there, although I had a couple of prompts in mind as I wrote this story, by the time I got to the end I realized that it didn’t quite seem to fit the specifications for any one prompt. So I’ll just say it’s a fill for the general “Lock Picking” “Capture” and “Escape” prompts from the list on round seven.

The original inspiration for this came from a picture that [ profile] tj_teejay posted at her journal: a can of Caffrey’s beer! Looking at it, I couldn’t help but think that the directions on the side of the can – “Chill Until Blue” – sounded like instructions for a fanfic. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I just had to try my hand at it. *g*

By the way, as an amusing side-note, a bit of googling revealed this rather interesting link: Burke Beverages Inc. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that they’re distributors of Caffrey’s beer. Ah, life’s lovely little coincidences... ;D
Anyhow - 
To the story! )

Continued in Part 2.
imbecamiel: (White Collar Neal)
Just a bit of silliness while I try to poke more complex plots into some coherent shape. Because apparently Neal being out of it is a thing with me, right now. *g* 

Written for [ profile] kriadydragon's request here at [ profile] collarcorner, with inspiration from [ profile] collarcorner's comment. Also, special thanks to [ profile] tj_teejay, whose comments on my last story prodded me to look a little deeper into some of my assumptions and surface-level research. I now know a whooooole lot more about parole, parole officers, and conditions of supervised release. *g* Which just happens to have given me some more story ideas, as well... 

Story! )
imbecamiel: (WC Neal wine)
Not for a prompt this time around – though you might say that this was inspired by a [ profile] collarcorner prompt, or at least the response to one. Reading Sara Highum’s story here, I got to thinking, what if Neal really was “drunk dialing” Peter? Or at least, Peter thought he was… though there might be something more going on. And at that my brain took off in a direction totally unrelated to her story, and the idea just wouldn’t let go until I did something with it. ^.^

Summary: Neal drunk-dials Peter. Initially, Peter is Not Amused. Then he figures out what’s really going on… and he’s even less amused. Set somewhere mid-season one. 

To the story! )
imbecamiel: (Default)
 Whew, this took longer than I'd expected. Neal refused to follow the script, and I was forced to take drastic measures to reassert my Author-ly Authority. *g* Anyhow - response to another of [ profile] kriadydragon's prompts here at [info]collarcorner.   ^.^

Story! )
imbecamiel: (White Collar Neal)
Yet another White Collar story! This one's the follow-up to Live by the Currents, Plan by the Tides, written for [ profile] kriadydragon's request for an anklet-causing-trouble-for-Neal story (link to full prompt is in the notes for the first story). I'm not sure you'd have to read the first story before this one, but I'd recommend it, as otherwise a lot of the set-up's not gonna make sense. *g* 

 With that - 

On to the story! )
imbecamiel: (Default)
Still working on the follow-up for Live by the Currents, Plan by the Tides! It’s almost done now – I’m hoping to post it within the next couple of days. This… is basically just what happens when plot bunnies attack in the middle of the night.

Story idea from [ profile] swanpride ’s post here at [ profile] collarcorner , asking for a story related to Neal’s asking for combat training. This is very much based on real facts and incidents over the course of the four years or so I’ve taken karate, with a nice twist of fiction thrown in.

All recognizable characters are property of Jeff Easton – all unrecognizable characters are heavily based on real people, names changed to protect the guilty annoying and awesome alike. *g*

Story in here! )
imbecamiel: (White Collar Neal)
Yes. I know. I really, really shouldn't, considering all the other things I need to get written. Buuut... I've been fighting a terribly depressing bout of writer's block, and White Collar has eaten my brain. This is the result. 

This started out as a nice little self-contained story idea [ profile] nefhiriel forced persuaded me to try in order to get myself writing again, and then morphed into a rather-longer-than-intended fill for [ profile] kriadydragon's prompt here at [ profile] collarcorner. Rather appropriate for my first venture into WC fic, considering that she was the one who got me into WC in the first place through her episode commentary and stories, and therefore is responsible for my current obsession. ;)



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