ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
Today the Narnia Exchange was revealed and I wrote a King Frank and Queen Helen fic.

This wild new paradise (1292 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: King Frank (Narnia)/Queen Helen (Narnia)
Characters: King Frank, Queen Helen (Narnia), Bacchus, Ceres (Greek and Roman Mythology)
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Mythical Beings & Creatures, Established Relationship, Domestic
Summary:

The inspiration for this fic was your wonderful letter with a request for wanting to know more about Frank and Helen, how they set up Narnia and how they interact with all the strange parts of Narnia.

For me the form that took was thinking about their domestic life, beginning in London with what Helen wished she had and then in Narnia near the end of their first year as Narnia is becoming itself around them. As I happen to love Ceres myself, she makes an appearance to help Narnia flourish.

The title comes from In Kerry, by J. M. Synge.

Thank you to Jennie for betaing.



Last night, I finished watching Cleverman on Netflix and wow, I can't recommend it enough. Its a near future dystopia set in Australia which involves major racial issues and pulls you straight into the world without a huge amount of explanation. Everything that's going on in the world now; racism, police brutality, surveillance, issues of land, sexism, all there. Major warnings as its not easy to watch but it pulls off what Mad Max does in terms of the sex crimes, nothing overt is shown but you know. In terms of other media, the closest to it for me is something between Heroes, the Craft sequence and The Book of Phoenix. The creator actually talked about why he created it here.

The other great piece of media I finished was Once Broken Faith, the newest October Daye. Normally I inhale these books but due to substituting on Friday and being busy with other things, I read this book slower, which worked. I feel like as this series continues on, the world grows wider and the plots aren't as much of a head long rush. Instead every choice ripples outward and matters. This one plus Full of Briars has me considering doing a reread in the midst of my huge to-read pile.

I've also started the newest Riordan, The Hidden Oracle, which is going to be a fun ride and so far has me thinking about The Just City. Apollo is one of those gods who

In terms of not great stuff, my substituting day was tough, a little boy cried in my arms because of a lottery thing the teacher was doing. I understand the choices these teachers make but the rewards are complicated. I might write more about that later, I don't know, its just stayed with me.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
Last night I stayed up far too late rereading a few of my favorite fanfics. I love being a part of the fanfic community and I'm constantly amazed by what people write and create and that other people appreciate my writing. I'm going to highlight a few of my favorite fics, ones that I keep coming back to.

Psmith Giantslayer, which is a fic that combines Narnia and P.G. Wodehouse's Mike and Psmith books. Thanks to this fic, I discovered the Psmith books which this author nails in terms of tone and I always adore Narnia stories that look at what happens after and how Narnia echoed later in the Pevensies' life.

Care and Feeding, an October Daye fic that I adore because it shows Quentin and Raj being dorks and friends together.

An Ace Up the Sleeve, a Wylan/Jesper fic that is hot and the writer captures the tangled mess of relationships that makes Six of Crows so good.

Going Dark, a Slings and Arrows fic that perfectly gets the mess of theater life and feels like a couple of episodes of the show.

Tomorrow (there'll be more of us) which is a Force Awakens fic about the impact that Finn has on stormtroopers. The amount of world building in this fic is mind blowing.

Fake it 'til you make it, one of my favorite Check Please fics starring Lardo, Shitty and the fake relationship trope done to a tee.

Like Butter on Toast, a Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries fic where Dot figures out and goes after what she wants.

College and Family, a thoughtful and beautiful Lilo and Stitch fic about Lilo and Nani as sisters.

Did Not Do the Research, a Princess Tutu fic that shows why fact checkers, a job I do, are so important.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
Winter has finally arrived, there were snowflakes falling when I went to the library and its properly cold.

Day 4

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This challenge had me looking through my WiPs folder and I found a ficlet that I realized can stand on its own and was actually ready to publish. I want to revisit this fandom and relationship more at some point but I feel like this is a good beginning.

My kind of jock (252 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Friday Night Lights
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Matt Saracen/Julie Taylor
Characters: Matt Saracen, Julie Taylor
Additional Tags: missing moment, Developing Relationship, Season/Series 01
Summary:

A glimpse inside Matt's head at the beginning of his relationship with Julie. Entirely inspired by Zach Gilford's cute and surprised face.

ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
Day 03

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This is a hard challenge for me as I'm not always good at going look; I did this and I'm proud of it. Its something I'm working on more as it does help in job interviews and I like what I write. For this one, I'm going to highlight stories that I'm proud of but perhaps not my normal style.

When Millie Played Fair, I'm happy with this story as I feel like I caught that particular voice that old fashioned girls' books have, the kind I grew up reading. Also I adore the Chrestomanci books where Millie originated from and this mental exercise of what would Millie like made me happy. It was for the Lost Library exchange and a story that once I was writing flowed easily. This is a kind of story I love trying to write, where I'm using a certain style to tell a new story and subtle worldbuilding and plot.

La Marianne was a story I originally wrote for a porn battle prompt though the most that happens is kissing, but I feel like I was able to grasp Enjolras and Eponine as I knew them. Its one of my more atmospheric fics and a style I think of as snapshot, which I tend to do a lot of, just a moment.

The Waiting Sky is a Thor AU inspired by an image, I don't normally write AUs but I love Chris Hemsworth's Thor and the world of those movies. I feel like I grasped Sif's voice in this one and created a believable world.

That's three and as always, this is tough. I could have focused on three from this year but I think these three are where I stretched and found something that worked.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
Everyone was recently revealed for the Narnia Exchange which is one of my favorite exchanges. I'm working slowly on my [community profile] ineedmyfics where I have the ideas and a start but need to get more of everything.

The fic I wrote was one I loved writing as it gave me a chance to explore Archenland and I have another fic started that connects with what I wrote.

Deep Roots (1731 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: King Lune (Narnia)/Original Female Character
Characters: King Lune (Narnia), Original Female Character(s), Edmund Pevensie, Susan Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Archenland, Age of Winter (Narnia), Worldbuilding, Backstory, Kings & Queens, Politics
Summary:

The wonderful prompt that inspired this story was: I would like a story about Archenland during the Long Winter, or during the first years after Narnia's sudden reemergence from its magical bonds..


This is King Lune's story of what he knew and didn't know of Narnia and how as king, he and the people of Archenland lived with the closed pass. Any mistakes about the timeline are my own and Irene is my own as she needed a name. Thank you to nasimwrites for betaing.

Still here

Aug. 15th, 2015 04:44 pm
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
I've been being lazy today after two weeks of fact checking and interviews. Its so nice to be able to sit and just read without worrying about various deadline. I do have some fic exchanges coming up, but that's a different kind of pressure.

I just reread Brothers in Arms as part of my plan to play Ivan Vorpatril more and now I'm thinking about tossing a younger Ivan into the sandboxes. All the layers in Miles' narration about him, how its clear he trusts him, knows he's smart and lazy and I think at times sees more of Ivan than Ivan does, just like Ivan is good at reading Miles in ways that Miles isn't comfortable with are intriguing. This book has scenes of Elli and Ivan alongside Miles and their relationships are clearly mirrored, but how they got there isn't the same. I also find the issues of Miles and his identity fascinating and how in this one, he uses that to try and help Mark. I'm not sure if I want to reread Mirror Dance as while its good, some of the most brutal parts of the series are in there, at least violent. Perhaps if I have Memory on hand for after that would work since that's more about healing.

ETA: I've put an Ivan from after Brothers in Arms up in PFSB and Mixed Muses and I need to update his profile.

For the first time ever, someone podficced one of my fics: [podfic] we're having tea (5 words) by croissantkatie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ellimere (Old Kingdom), Prince Sameth
Additional Tags: Family, Podfic & Podficced Works, Podfic Length: 0-10 Minutes, Audio Format: MP3
Summary:

On a rainy day, Ellimere decides she and Sameth are having tea. Set post-canon in this moment, Ellimere and Sameth work towards rebuilding their relationship.



Its wonderful to know that someone else likes my words enough to do something with them.

This week I've also dived headlong into Sense 8, which hit me right in the feels. I finished watching it, watched the behind the scenes' show and then started a rewatch. I mean I did watch other things but it worked for me. Its far from perfect, I wish the stories had been a little more balanced but I loved how it was clear that each country was almost another genre and how everyone intersected. I wish I could remember who first pointed out that the feel of each country and Senseate plot fits where they're from, because its so true. The music was glorious and while the plot was weird with some points of huh, perhaps those will be answered in the second season. Rewatching, I'm able to see how some parts fit together which is nice. Overall, I just love that the heart of it is people connecting and reaching out to help and be there.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
This week I wrote up a new cover letter for a job opportunity that feels like it came out of nowhere. I won't know anything more until August but I feel good about it and my paycheck for my last fact-checking came in.

AU!Week in Milliways was interesting and makes me think I should go and revisit the Pacific Rim AU I was working on for Sameth and maybe write up more of if William went down a darker path. Its something that's come up in other stories for him but I haven't pushed it to the point I did in Bar. Its something I might play with more in the sandboxes.

In happy news for the first time, I participated in the Lost Library Exchange where the focus is on writing fictional works that are mentioned in other works. Its a great idea and there were some amazing stories. I wrote one which is a chapter from one of the Millie books from the Chronicles of Chrestomanci.

When Millie Played Fair (1571 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Millie Goes to School Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Millie (Millie Goes to School series)
Additional Tags: Boarding School, Millie Goes to School (Fictional Series), Female Friendship, Music
Summary:

Miss Heloise had organized a piano concert and Millie was going to do her best and win a prize, nothing Delphinia could do would stop her. A chapter from Millie in the Upper Fourth.

“She’s always showing off but she can’t do that much on the piano, she’s not that good. Now come on, I need to finish this essay or else I won’t be allowed to ride in the race next month,” Jane said with a sigh, Millie knew it was only to distract her but she didn’t mind. She knew she was lucky to have Jane as her roommate, because she understood about Delphinia and never thought she was making anything up, even though Jane didn’t care one whit about music or who was best except in riding.



For a gift, I received a brilliant fic from the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and I've finally seen the first episode of the miniseries, it looks good. I look forward to when I can watch all of it along with rereading as its one of my favorite books.

On Doorways, Glass, and my Good Wife (1035 words) by Selden
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Revelations of Thirty-Six Other Worlds - Paris Ormskirk
Additional Tags: Horror, marital discord, unfortunate housekeeping solutions, Period-Typical Sexism
Summary:

A fresh addition to the excellent work Revelations of Thirty-Six Other Worlds, devised by Paris Ormskirk, gent, and newly imprinted at London, by William Knowles, in Paul's Churchyard at the sign of the black bird, 1547.



Then I also got a wonderful treat of a review of an Ariadne Oliver novel.

Book Review: The Affair of the Second Goldfish (229 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Poirot - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Reviews of Ariadne Oliver novels
Summary:

A review of this entertaining new novel.



Some of the other great stuff was actually written by people I know like [profile] bookelfe's Romeo and Ethel the Pirate Daughter.

Two more recs here but everything in the exchange is worth a read. )
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
Belated Happy Birthday to [personal profile] ashen_key, my prompt was Kore and Demeter having a good day and I had a strange idea of a travel writer ending up in their part of the world. I hope this makes you smile as I feel lucky to have you in my life.

Discovered (880 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Περσεφόνη | Persephone (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Δημητηρ | Demeter (Hellenistic Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Tourism, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, France (Country), Mother-Daughter Relationship
Summary:

A slightly belated birthday fic for Ashie who asked for Kore and Demeter having a good day. My mind immediately went to how would they react to a travel writer who arrived fully in my head. In this fic, Kore and Demeter have a little fun with a writer who's appeared in their midst and end up helping their village even more.


Set in a modern world where after all the trouble over Kore's kidnapping, they went and built a house in Southern France along with the early Greek colonists and have lived there since.


I hope you enjoy it, Ashie.

ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I don't want to get sick as there are a lot of chores I have to do for various job stuff, cover letters to write and a test to take for a part-time job.

The weather here is windy and cold but not snowing and I just helped my parents to clean the big freezer. They're getting ready for another trip and now it will be set for my use.

In a good accomplishment, I finished up a little fic that I've had in mind for a while with The Flash and I think I'm going to end up with a few fics for the Golden Oldies Porn Battle. I have a whole bunch of prompts that I didn't use in other years and I feel like I'm starting to get my writing groove back.

Always a cop (670 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Barry Allen, Iris West, Joe West
Additional Tags: Families of Choice, Police, Adopted Sibling Relationship
Summary:

After Joe told Iris she couldn't apply for the police academy, Barry tried to help and mainly succeeded. A glimpse into an earlier time in the West household.

She bit her lip before going up to her room, she wouldn’t slam the door or cry, not where he could see her, she was an adult. There was a creak as Barry’s door opened a few inches while he peered out, “Iris?”

“Why are you even here? You have a dorm room.”

ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Its cold and snowy here, a perfect day for this [community profile] snowflake_challenge and more fic.

Day 14

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.


I could easily rec far more than three but I think I'm going to rec a few recent fics that surprised me with how much I liked them. One from a new fandom, one a take on a familiar fandom but different angle and another one that I like. Its going to be hard to pick only three since I've been reading some great fics lately.

I Sing Anyway (7506 words) by Aelin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Prince Sameth/Nicholas Sayre
Characters: Prince Sameth, Nicholas Sayre, Lirael (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Pining, Angst, Large holes in the ground, Lirael is awesome, magic is confusing
Summary:

“Let’s go on an adventure,” Nick said.
“What are you doing,” Sam asked, “with my breakfast tray?”



The Old Kingdom is a favorite fandom and Sameth and Nick are two of my favorite characters but I'd never really seen them as a pairing. This fic convinces me along with being a wonderful post-canon look at the world.

Eyewitness Account (4574 words) by failsafe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barry Allen/Iris West
Characters: Iris West, Barry Allen, Joe West, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon
Additional Tags: Fluff, Slice of Life, Banter, First Kiss, Hypoglycemia, Unresolved Romantic Tension
Summary:

A formless and featureless future is full of potential, and in this particular case it's pretty and frictionless. At some point in time, Iris knows the identity of the Flash, and in the middle of an awards ceremony there is a small surprise. A day (more accurately, a few hours) in the life, but not an insignificant day for Barry and Iris.



The Flash is my newest fandom and I love this fic because it captures all of the characters being a found family and brings together the couple I want to see while feeling like an episode.

Carousel (1505 words) by jessikast
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raj/Chelsea Ames
Characters: Chelsea Ames, Quentin (Toby Daye), Raj (Toby Daye), The Luidaeg (Toby Daye), Etienne (Toby Daye), Toby Daye
Additional Tags: Age Regression/De-Aging
Summary:

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who can deal well with weird stuff. It’s just a case of accepting what’s in front of you, and making a plan about how you’re going to figure it out. A childhood hiding the fact that you’re only half-human and an academic for a mother will do that for you.


This, however, was going to take a few minutes to get my head around.



This is an October Daye fic that has three main characters deaged. Its not a trope that I normally like or even think about but it works. Also its from the point of view of Chelsea Ames who's a character I find fascinating. I find Chelsea, Raj and Quentin's take on all the stuff going on around them intriguing and want more, this fic answers some of that more for me.
ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
I love today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge but its really hard to pick just one person to rec.

In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I was drawn into the show Primeval because of Milliways, someone mentioned it or was playing a character from it. It somehow turned out that I had access to all three seasons, that was all there was at the point I started watching and I fell in love. So I went to [personal profile] vivien and asked for recs and she pointed me towards a community and one author in particular, Alyse. I was hooked and I still go back and read these fics even though I never did watch season four, five or the spinoff. Primeval hits a lot of my tropes; found family, people in love with their work, complicated relationships and great action sequences. Alyse's fanfiction brings all of that out while focusing on my favorite couple of Connor and Abby, these are the fics that I reread.

Wide Open to the Sun where Abby takes a big step and the writing is gorgeous.

Check. Mate. which involves strip chess and grieving all mixed up together.

Sparkles, a sex pollen fic that begins in the morning after with awkward and loving and perfect.

Kissing It Better, that's set after the awful finale with them trapped and is about coming home and helping each other get better.

Even if you don't know the fandom terribly well, she's a fantastic writer and one of my absolute favorites as she gets the awkward, the intimate in beautiful words.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
The question for today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge fits in well with what I'm doing for dinner. For Christmas, I was given the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and the pizza dough recipe from it is currently rising in the oven to be my dinner.

Day 11

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources.


This is probably a perfect question for me since I'm a librarian and I love resources of all types and as I've been doing fact-checking as a part-time job, I've found even more.

A few that I've used and loved:

Walt Whitman archive, all of his poetry including scans of his manuscripts to see how the words changed.

Poetry Foundation, which has free poetry including poems being read aloud, poet's biographies and interviews.

Library of Congress, so many fantastic resources from images to documents.

Metrolyrics and other sites like it. I tend to find my fic titles from songs and sites like this are great for finding the right one.

Stanford's Dime Novel collection, this was part of the inspiration for my Yuletide this year, its also been a resource for RP.

I could happily list even more since I love finding the right resource to answer a question and then learning unexpected elements. This is why I adore reading nonfiction too, I'm always learning and the internet has great resources and a lot of my friends are researchers too. So we tend to be sharing questions and places that we've found answers.

Actually the last three major fics I wrote have a meta element that comes from my being a librarian and historian. I think a big part of the inspiration was that a large part of my fact-checking involved looking at who are the sources for which parts of history and who's missing.

The Outlaw Wade or A Young Lawyer's Journey, my Yuletide that looked at in world dime novels about Ben Wade from 3:10 to Yuma.

Finest Job, my [community profile] narniaexchange fic where I thought about what elements of King Frank and Queen Helen's rank would survive to the Pevensies.

Got the Details Right, my Marvel Cinematic Universe fic for [community profile] ineedmyfics where Sam Wilson and Natasha Romanoff watch in universe films about Captain America, which was inspired by another fic.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge sent me deeper into Archive of our Own which I appreciate the chance to do.

Day 10

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you.


I went to Archive of our Own and I searched for fics in fandoms that I love but mainly only know through Tumblr but not really fics. I found ones I loved in Leverage and How to Train Your Dragon. I'm putting in a link here to a fic that I think [personal profile] dodger_sister will really enjoy along with other people on my circle/flist.

Five Times Sam and Dean Ran Into the Leverage Crew (1130 words) by rsadelle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage, Supernatural
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Parker (Leverage), Alec Hardison, Eliot Spencer, Nathan Ford, Sophie Devereaux, Bela Talbot
Summary:

Five times Sam and Dean ran into the Leverage crew.

ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Its windy and cold today and the world is being scary once more. Keep warm and safe everyone.

Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge is one that I hadn't really thought about before though I know my character type for RP.

Day 7

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.


Families and friendship, the kinds that are difficult and that are chosen by the characters. In stories, the ones I love are where you can see people coming together and going, oh, you get it. I also love seeing the domestic contentment that happens when you've found your people and aren't off saving the world. This is one reason that the new Flash television show hooked me so quickly as its all about who do you trust, who do you love and who helps you become a better person. I love it when these relationships are poked at too such as Charles and Raven's relationship throughout the two newest X-Men movies. That being a found family is a complicated and never easy place and when writers go into that, it makes me happy. The bumps and troubles make when it works so much sweeter.

A few of my fandoms that hit this are October Daye, Incryptid, Hexwood, Magid Series, Chrestomanci, Leverage, the Raven Cycle, Robin Hood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, MCU, X-Men.

This Yuletide was full of a lot of fics that were all about these created families.

Impulse Control about the after of Hexwood.

Eyewitness Account that hits all that I love about The Flash as we see everyone understanding and watching out for each other.

It Takes a Village, a wonderful Vorkosigan fic about planning the wedding and seeing all the people around Ekaterin and Miles.

Ready or Not, a Fangirl fic that's all about finding your own tribe.

A Quiet Night, domestic fluff of October Daye from the point of view of May.

The Eighth Bell, a post-canon Old Kingdom fic where everyone redefines themselves and learns to go forward.

Honestly, I could link my entire reading history on Ao3 to answer this but these are my recent favorites. I'm going to end by linking a wonderful Leverage fanvid that also captures found family so well.
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
My week is off to a good start, I have plans for my interview tomorrow and am about to buy some new luggage for my trip at the end of the month. Think good thoughts for me tomorrow at 1 pm. Today's question for [community profile] snowflake_challenge is one that I find interesting.

Day 5

In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity?


Fandom's always been there for me even though I didn't truly understand what it was that I was connecting to until college.

As a little girl, I fell in love with Paul Creswick's Robin Hood, the N.C. Wyeth illustrations pulled me into a different world. Robin Hood is still that touchstone story for me, I get annoyed at retellings I don't like, but love talking about what works and what doesn't. At the same time and earlier, I was reading through and having read to me the Narnia books. There was a day camp I went to where a part of every day was being read to. This wonderful man named King who had a deep voice and a beard read the Narnia books, that was where I learned the love of sharing books with others. Also at this same time, I was watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, which combined with Robin Hood inspired my first works of fanfic. Will Scarlett ending up on the Enterprise and being friends with Wesley Crusher through weird magic. I used to write in the back of my school notebooks, have the notebook open, flip to the back and write stories there then turn to the notes when I needed to take them. In a box, I still have these old school notebooks and later all the journals people gave me full of words.

At the age of twelve, I went to this wonderful summer program, Longacre where another world of interacting and creating opened up to me through playing Dungeons & Dragons. My first character and still the only one I've ever played in D&D was a half-elf bard and I made up a backstory for her that my GM liked so much, she started at level 5. That GM taught me that its possible to step into a world with words and that dice and all are beside the point, he also lent me R.A. Salvatore books to show me how rich the D&D world was. I was also taking theater classes and thinking about the importance of background, how even if you don't hear the details, every character has their backstory.

By the time I started doing LARPing and entered the World of Darkness, the idea of being able to write a history for my character was natural. The World of Darkness showed me a wider way of interacting as there were rulebooks, novels, pins, all this wonderful stuff that came along with this world. Then the internet was there and I could see other fans, I once even tried RPing in the offical Star Trek chatroom like set ups.

In college, I found Harry Potter and then an amazing friend showed me how to find fanfiction and I had that moment of oh, this is home. In the midst of writing papers, I would spend time on the Sugarquill while I ran my own Changeling: the Dreaming LARP and tabletop game. In my creative writing classes, I tried to slip the fantasy of Changeling: the Dreaming into my work. It only partly worked, Fangirl perfectly captured how some teachers don't get fantasy or fanfiction.

From that same friend after college, I was told about [community profile] milliways_bar and learned that I could actually roleplay my favorite fandom characters. I began with Will Scarlett and now play ten characters. Milliways brought me friends who shared where they wrote and suddenly I was sharing my own fanfiction, first on my LJ, then later on Ao3 and participating in Yuletide, Narnia Fic Exchange, Ineedmyfics and ficathons.

My user name ceitfianna was created my sophomore year of college, my partner at the time had an LJ invite code. I thought it might be a good way to keep in touch while studying abroad in Greece. Ceit is the Scots Gaelic spelling for my first name, Kate, and one of the few languages I've found where I can find my name as it is. I'm a plain Kate, where its not short for anything. Fianna is the name of a mythic tribe of warriors in Ancient Ireland and a werewolf tribe from Werewolf: the Apocalypse. I honestly don't recall exactly why I decided to combine them, but its stuck and is how I'm known on LJ, DW and Twitter.

On Archive of our Own, my name [archiveofourown.org profile] FiKate is a reference to my AIM screenname which was the name of a character from a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game that only lasted one summer; Fiona. In Milliways, a huge amount of interaction happens in a chat room and since my screenname is Fiona, I was dubbed Fi. Yet there are Milliways' people who call me Kate and when I was creating my Archive of our Own name, I thought that I would combine them.

My Tumblr name on the other hand is something different as I didn't know how much it would connect to other areas of my life. Its [tumblr.com profile] atthelamppost as I'm currently feeling at a crossroads while I try to figure out a way to do what I love and be paid for it. Its inspired by Narnia, which is one of my oldest fandoms and one that I'm still a bit weird about. I haven't read The Last Battle, because when I was about eleven or twelve, I decided I didn't want the series to end. I'm 33 and still haven't read even though a little while ago, my father read through the entire series for the first time. Maybe I will someday. I've also considered getting a tattoo of the lamppost as an iconic image for me.

The last name I have online is for my librarian/professional blog, that I really need to update which is called [wordpress.com profile] nurturingstories. This is because I consider myself a storyteller and a good teacher and librarian is all about stories. We all have our own stories and children's stories need to be nurtured to allow them to grow.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
This is going to be a short entry as the way this [community profile] snowflake_challenge is set up, there's not a lot to write here.

Day Four


Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


I like the idea of this is and its something that I do a lot during Yuletide, where if I like a fic I leave Kudos and a comment. This is because I find comments one of my favorites parts of writing, no matter how small or long they are as it shows someone cares enough to interact with my work. Some of this also comes from the fact that when I first started putting my fic online, it was only on my journal and pretty much only related to Milliways. So comments are key, because its not possible to really leave Kudos on a journal. Also through Milliways was where my flist first began to grow as I learned more of the wonderful people I was writing with.

For this challenge, I commented on a new person on my flist's Snowflake Challenge, who also wrote for me for Yuletide. Its wonderful to have this challenge around Yuletide when new friends appear and this is a good way to understand their creative process better.
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I've seen a number of people doing [community profile] snowflake_challenge and I like the idea of it as my writing is something that's a huge part of me.

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Too Deep to Wash Away (2006 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Becoming Jane (2007)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jane Austen/Tom Lefroy
Characters: Jane Austen, Tom Lefroy, Henry Austen, Cassandra Austen, Reverend Austen, Judge Langlois, Mrs. Austen
Additional Tags: Fix-It, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Siblings, Family, Love, Happy Ending, Writing
Summary:

In this story, I have done my best to give Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy a happy ending within the confines of their world. They both try to proceed with their lives but luck changes and their families try to help them be happy.

Henry married and Tom received a letter but no invitation which wasn’t a surprise. Within that letter, Henry wrote a line that struck Tom more than he thought words could do as he said; My sisters are as ever themselves though more quietly. I will not speak much of them but her words will appear, my friend.

This is also a gift to Jen who's words inspire me.



This is my fix-it fic for Becoming Jane and its one I'm proud of as I felt like it would fit within the time. Austen is a favorite author of mine and being able to capture some of that wit and manners of the Regency Era was a large challenge of writing this one.

The City's Call (3200 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Secord/Rebecca St. Clair
Characters: Jack Secord, Rebecca St. Clair
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Established Relationship, Boarding School, New York City
Summary:

Jack and Rebecca are called into a case at Somersby Academy, a boys' boarding school just north of New York City, where they have to figure out what Artifact is making the boys act like addicts.

“I don’t want to miss anything, any connection, that’s what we’re doing. Reaching out and finding things and yeah, sometimes that means we go looking down in the City, but it’s the City. We’re allowed.”



This fic was the first time I ever wrote a case fic and I loved how it turned out, still one of the stories I'm proudest of.

Victor's Son (1811 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix, Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Sabriel/Touchstone
Characters: Prince Sameth, Ellimere (Old Kingdom), Touchstone (Old Kingdom), Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Character Death, Death References, Family
Summary:

This story came about as I wondered how the characters of The Old Kingdom who are incredibly tied to duty and death would fit in the world of the Hunger Games. One of the ways Sameth is defined is by his difficulty with death and killing, which is an even greater hurdle in Panem. This is the story of his games.

Everything was a prop or a weapon, Sam knew that, had been trained it since he was a boy, be wary and know that death can come from anywhere.



I rarely write fusions or AUs, but the idea for this story came almost whole cloth to me but its one my fics that I think lands in an odd place. Sameth isn't the most popular character in the Old Kingdom fandom and its an odd combination, but I'm proud of how I was able to combine these two complex worlds and keep Sam himself.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
The end of August, beginning of September is one of my busiest writing times as I participate in [community profile] ineedmyfics and [community profile] narniaexchange which usually end up due within about a week of each other. Ineedmyfics tends to stretch me in terms of the fandoms I write while the Narnia Exchange allows me to go deeper into one of my oldest fandom loves. Ineedmyfics' archive opened up on Monday night and there have been some amazing fics. Also for the first time that I've ever done a fic exchange, it was a true exchange. The person who was assigned me was also who I had, we shared two fandoms and ended up writing for different ones.

She wrote for me:
Finding a Family (1355 words) by flipflop_diva
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James Potter/Lily Evans Potter
Characters: James Potter, Lily Evans Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, Remus Lupin
Additional Tags: Marauders, Pre-Series
Summary:

There are some things that cannot be broken. The bonds between the family of your choosing is one of them. A Marauders fic set during and right after their time at Hogwarts. Using the prompt older and finding their way.



I loved this fic of the found family of the Maruaders. I wrote a post Captain America fic called Got the details right. I'm not doing the Ao3 copy and paste as I ended up writing a rather long explanation but its basically Sam and Nat watching Captain America movies, dealing with stuff and eating Indian food.

As always there are so many great fics in the Ineedmyfics's collection. I recommend dipping in since while its small, all of the fics are wonderful.
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
Summer has arrived bringing with it all the tourists, drives that normally take me ten minutes, this weekend suddenly take twenty and no one knows how to cross a street. Fact-checking is keeping me busy but this one is going faster than the other and it will be done before my birthday. I've been reading such a variety of reviews of Days of Future Past, I think I just need to take a deep breath and see it. Though if anyone wants a visit to the shore and a chance to help me react, my place is open. Everyone lives too far away.

Apparently a weird side effect of fact checking while in the house on my own is I write fics that stand on their own and appear in my head. Last night, I wrote a crossover of Archie Goodwin from the Nero Wolfe books and pre-Captain America Steve and Bucky. This was fun to write as I adore Archie's narrative voice and if you want someone to visualize, Timothy Hutton played him in the TV version.

Another witness (1089 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Archie Goodwin, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Fritz Brenner, Nero Wolfe
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Pre-Captain America: The First Avenger, Friendship, Brooklyn, 1930s
Summary:

Archie Goodwin's investigating a case and has to haul out to Brooklyn to get an art student named Steve Rogers for Nero Wolfe to interview. A brief glimpse into Steve and Bucky's lives before the War and Archie in the midst of an annoying case. Thank you to Ashie for betaing.

The next witness was out in Brooklyn and I wasn’t bringing the sedan out that way, I’d take a cab and the client could eat it. It took the cabbie a bit to find the address, but I did and went looking for number 5C and the Barnes’ residence where Steven Rogers was living.

ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
Lately I've been working on a lot of works in progress so it feels nice to have actually finished something. This is from a [community profile] queer_fest prompt that got my interest and thanks to a gif set on Tumblr, the words started flowing. Its fluffy and Zoe and Wash who are one of my favorite Firefly couples.

Little Things (2366 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Firefly
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Wash Washburne/Zoe Washburne, zoe washbourne/orginal female character(s)
Characters: Zoe Washburne, Hoban "Wash" Washburne, Malcolm Reynolds, Inara Serra, Kaylee Frye, Shepherd Book, Jayne Cobb
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Femslash, Past Relationship(s), Developing Relationship, Bisexual Female Character, Prompt Fic, queerfest, Female Friendship
Summary:

Inspired by a Queerfest 2014 prompt: Firefly, Zoe, She’s identified as a lesbian her whole life, and still finds women plenty attractive. When she meets Wash, though, she realizes she might actually be bisexual, and spurns his advanced for a long time because she’s afraid of identifying that way, regardless of what she feels.

In the first two years that the crew comes together, Zoe and Wash bump up against each and Zoe finds out that Wash brings some unexpected little things into her life. As Zoe finds herself attracted to Wash, she worries about it and moves slowly while she thinks. Ends as they start to move towards a relationship. Includes references to past lesbian relationships and some sex talk between Zoe, Inara and Kaylee.

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