More words

Aug. 11th, 2014 04:17 pm
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
Since I'm in a quiet moment in terms of various jobs and such, I'm opening myself up to more prompts.

Both of these were last seen on Tumblr and [personal profile] newredshoes, I know I have older ones which I plan to get to as well as some assignments. I find that words tend to create more words.

What's a fic you'd like to see me write?

Pick a fandom/pairing, then pick a trope, and I’ll tell you a little bit about the fic I’d write for that combo.

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. fake dating
6. secretly a virgin!
7. fancy dress
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. high School AU
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Yesterday I finally saw The Winter Soldier and wow that movie, I need to see it again.

Thoughts with some spoilers are under here. )

I need to see it again and I'm coming to love the soundtracks of Henry Jackman, his music just works. He did the soundtrack for X-Men: First Class and I heard him interviewed on an NPR show about movie soundtracks.

My jet lag is getting better and its wonderful to not have anything huge coming up in the near future other than family visiting for Easter. I keep looking back at the last month and a half where I did three weeks of fact-checking, to DC for the job then out to LA for an interview and it makes sense that not a lot of other things have been happening. But all that traveling has my words coming again. I'm hoping to write some queer fest fics and today I wrote a librarian blog: Busy days: Fact-checking and the school librarian as goalie.

Oh and ages ago, I put up a prompt meme with a 100 prompts. Its still open as writing for other people always works well for me.

A Meme

Dec. 1st, 2013 09:45 pm
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
Today has been a nice quiet day as I spent a lot of it reading the newest Elemental Master's book and then went to a neighborhood Thanksgiving party that was relaxing and nice. The coming week will be busy as I'm off to visit a private school that a family friend's husband, who was a friend before he died was chaplain at and who is introducing me to the librarian. Its where they filmed Dead Poet's Society, there will be some inner fangirl squee in the midst of the informational interview. Life is good and I feel like I'm starting to get myself out of the low place I've been the past couple of weeks, now if I can just get my yuletide to behave for me. There are words but they're not in a definite shape, which I'd like them to be.

Link to a fun fic-a-thon.

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Now this meme has been going around and I do love the idea of it.

Pick a date below and give me a topic — it can be anything, from fandom-related to book-related to life-related to history-related to whatever you want. Including requesting me to write you a fic instead of talking about something.

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, if you pick something that for whatever reason I don't want to talk about, I'll let you know so you pick something else!

December 01 -
December 02 - [personal profile] rosabelle: Favorite YA books?
December 03 - [personal profile] bjornwilde: name three of your favorite scenes. These can be from books, movies, TV shows, RPG, Fic, whatever.
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December 06 - [personal profile] lady_bols: Favourite TV shows, at least three, and why you like them.
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December 12 - [personal profile] quarter_to_five: show/episode/book/movie/something that you just hated.
December 13 - [personal profile] in_the_blue: You're stranded on a desert island and can only bring thirteen pieces of media (assume you have something to watch/play them on, because I'm nice and it's a luxury desert island). What books/movies/CDs/whatever do you bring?
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December 16 - [personal profile] swankyfunk: Out of all the places you've visited, where would you most like to live and why?
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December 20 - [personal profile] aberration: Favorite movies! At least three, but as many as you want.
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Request away! I AM AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
ceitfianna: (Up end in sight)
This morning I was again woken by a hopeful phone call from a school, this time on the east coast. I will find something. Also moving is proceeding forward as my bank account goes down due to bills but I'll figure it out. The heat finally broke here as a major thunderstorm swept through and then left the sky looking beautiful.

Clouds )
ceitfianna: (journey's end)
I just had a conversation with my parents about how its easier to break this lease than the one in Ann Arbor since this area of Michigan has a lot of people pass through. To say aloud, I don't want to be in Michigan anymore, especially not this part of Michigan feels amazing. A huge weight is off me as I start thinking about moving east again, working at the library in Lewes as I search for a job in the part of the country I actually want to be in.

Chances to hang out with friends who live in Maryland and Virgina and on the east coast instead of feeling stuck in limbo out here in Michigan. I don't know how quickly any of this will happen. I'm going to run some errands and on my way back stop in at the rental office to see how tricky it is to end the lease early. I think as long as I give thirty days notice, I should be okay since the lease is far kinder than the one in Ann Arbor where housing was tougher to find. I also realized that yesterday was a month since the last day of school. Time feels so out of joint for me since it hasn't been that long, but my life is in a strange spot.

Oh and I found another job to apply for, a teen librarian position in Arizona. I'm happy to move again for a job, but next time I'm going to be more prepared. If a job wants me, I'd like their help in settling in. That doesn't have to be money just advice and some care.

The next step starts to feel closer and more hopeful. Since its Friday and FicFriday on Twitter has been quiet due to the holiday weekend, I'll take prompts here and on Twitter. Just @ me over there.

Leave me a prompt and I'll write you a one to two sentence fic, possibly more but I try to keep it short to work with the Twitter part.

ETA: It looks like this move will be simpler than my other one. Next part is to contact the movers and find out their dates, then get back to the rental company.
ceitfianna: (Hatter is bemused)
I just got home after getting my hair cut and I'm feeling rather like I did when I got it caught in Ann Arbor a few years ago. It feels a little too short and not exactly the shape I was expecting though this time its not as short. The guy who cut it was really nice and talked non-stop, which I think might have been the problem as I didn't get a sense of all that he was doing. The language of hair is confusing since I like layers and a bit of a bob cut, but somehow hair dressers keep taking my gesturing at my chin as what the longest layer should be not more what I want the shorter. I think I should have gone with my original idea of finding a picture of Claudia Donovan's hair and going, like that, her sort of cute bob just not asymetrical, more like what she has this season. I like having my face framed, its odd not to. But I'm overthinking it, there's a picture under the cut and it will grow out.

Short hair )
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I ended up doing my grocery shopping which helped me feel a little better. The next few weeks are going to be strange but I'll get through them. I also discovered that there's some sort of art fair happening in one of the towns near where I live on my birthday, so that's something I might do.

This Friday was a really good one for fic as the AU meme was going around and I filled prompts on my LJ and on DW. They ended up getting rather longer, I do plan on spinning out that teen!Charles at the Warehouse into a larger fic and I'm still open to more prompts.

Over on Twitter, I did a few prompts, Fic Friday's been quiet but then this has been a hard year for a lot of people. Lots of sickness and life being tough.

Twitter Fics )

Friday

Apr. 19th, 2013 08:49 am
ceitfianna: (fox kits)
Its raining outside and more bad news is coming out of Boston. Following along with what Ashie did, I'm sharing some cute as I open myself up to prompts. Big images under the cut of cute animals from the Detroit Zoo.

Lazy lioness and an arctic fox )

Leave me prompts here and I'll do my best to answer them with some one or two sentence fics.

Also I'd like to offer up a suggestion of a theme for fic today of comfort or togetherness, because damn it, the world may be awful but people are wonderful.
ceitfianna: (peaceful Demeter)
I've just sent in an absence because my cramps are awful and I've been feeling on the edge of sick. Last week knocked me for a loop and I need more rest.

Since I'll be home tomorrow and am going to be poking away at various things, I'm opening this up to a prompt post. I can't promise that I'll get to everything or get to it in a timely manner but I'll try. I want to fill this journal up with words that aren't about me being stressed and tired.

Leave me a fandom, characters and some form of a prompt; a lyric, an image, anything you want and I'll write you something.

If you're unsure if I write a fandom, ask me and I'll see what I can do.
ceitfianna: (holiday kittens)
This weekend has been wonderfully quiet for me. I just came back from Ann Arbor, where I was able to finish my last holiday shopping for my family, have a great meal with Rick and get The Hobbit soundtrack, the deluxe version with all the bells and whistles. I'm starting to realize that in one week, I will have finished the first half of my first year as a middle/high school librarian and that for all the things I still have to do, this job is working. Its complicated but all the tricky parts can be worked with and will get better with time. I need to hold onto that when the kids are getting rowdy or I'm not sure anyone's hearing me, I'm making this work.

The big stuff left for the holidays is getting paper and printing out my holiday cards and sending them. That also means finding where I packed the connector cord for my computer to my printer, its not too deep in, but I don't know where it is. If I can get them printed out before I leave then I can send them from my parents place. They won't be sent until after Christmas but that's why they're holiday cards. I'm also hoping to get writing on holiday fics, the ideas are swirling around in my head but I haven't been able to pin them down yet. I'm still open to prompts here as I love writing for everyone. Last week was focusing on my Yuletide, which is written, betaed and posted. I've never been this early before its odd and nice.

As its been floating around, I thought I'd also do the Yuletide meme. This is my fourth year doing Yuletide, I started during my first year of graduate school. I love being a part of it and its inspired me to do other exchanges, as well as learning a lot about how I write.

2009: They are Mine. Sandman with Bast, Daniel and references to Dream. My first year I wasn't sure how best to do offers and did too many Anys, so ended up with a request for I think Aphrodite/Pandora slash that made me boggle. I had recently read a wonderful anthology of short stories based around Sandman called The Sandman: Book of Dreams and my person had a request for a story about Bast. I think I wrote this story a day or two days before the deadline.

2010: By the Fire. Old Kingdom set during Lirael and a missing moment conversation between Yrael and Kibeth. This year I was better about only offering what I thought I could write. This is one of my favorite fics that I've written for Yuletide, because I feel like I captured the characters. Though this was another one that I wrote closer to the deadline, I was getting better about writing long stories but they're not easy for me. One reason I signed up to Yuletide was to get over a mental block I had about word lengths due to not finishing my masters in Wellington.

2011: On the way back. Hexwood centered on Vierran and Mordion. For this story, I ended up doing more writing ahead of time but it was a challenging one as its a tricky canon. In the end I think I posted it the day before the due date if not on it as I was driving home.

Its interesting to look at my offers as I've started using Yuletide as a challenge for myself in offering to write for fandoms that I like but don't normally write. Thanks to Yuletide, I've lost a good bit of my fear for writing in new fandoms and word lengths. I still have moments of eep, what am I doing but its better. This year mine is actually turned in early, its my longest one yet and in a new fandom.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
I just had another good day as I gave some research instruction in two government classes and another social studies teacher was in the classroom. When I finished, the other teacher asked me to come in tomorrow and do the same thing for his classes. It was such a great feeling to have that immediate sense of I did good enough that someone else wants me. I also stayed later to be a chaperone for an open mic night, I watched stairs and a door but it was great to see how they organized everything. I love where I've ended up.

Then after school, there was another gaming discussion that I think worked out well. It's going to have to go into practice to see if it works and I still kind of sigh at one of the heads who doesn't get it. Computers and gaming aren't going to go away, but she's retiring and a new person is coming in, which is hopeful. I mean I like this woman but her ideas about internet and such are old fashioned.

Now since I'm in a good mood and am feeling inspired, I would love to do some holiday fics for everyone. Just like with the cards, I can't promise they'll be done before the holidays, but they'll appear around them. I have a lovely long break.

Leave me a prompt with characters, line, whatever you would like and I will write you something. If you have a fandom question, let me know and I'll see what I can do. I promise at least a hundred words, possibly many more if the bug hits me. Let me gift you with words.

A fic!

Nov. 20th, 2012 08:43 pm
ceitfianna: (that kiss)
I love a good ficathon, because they always end up inspiring me. The one below inspired me into some Thor/Sif. I plan on going back to this ficathon during my break.

The Waiting Sky Thor, Thor/Sif, AU where Thor is the brooding heir to the Asgard hotel empire and Sif on Security-PG-13 for nudity and implied sex. The image in the prompt provided a lot of the ideas for the fic. Now also posted at archive of our own.


NOVEMBER NANO FAILURE FICATHON!
Because writing a novel is hard but writing brief pornography is delightful.

ceitfianna: (Hatter is bemused)
I think the weirdest thing about living full time in a hotel is this awareness of how I have to get up and leave during the afternoon. It's not like I'm at my own place and can sleep in then wander around doing stuff online and other things, instead I need to get up and head out. I mean I can sleep in and its wonderful to have someone pick up after me, its just odd. The good news is that its now less than two weeks before I can move into my apartment, which means I have to start arranging utilities and various other stuff. I hope that my stuff will arrive the same day I move in, if not I will camp in the apartment until it does. I just keep going, wow, I headed back out here about August 22nd or so and since then I've been living out of suitcases and with only part of my stuff. It's going to be amazing to have my TV, my books, my kitchen stuff and more of my winter clothes.

Also I think I'm going to investigate meetup.com and even OKCupid soon, because I'm feeling a bit adrift and having people and places to connect to outside of work will help me a lot. This whole experience has brought out some of my shyness when I'm not at work because I'm very on there.

Today my wandering has taken me to the other Barnes and Noble and their cafe, which is bigger and where I won't get told that I can't plug my laptop in if the cord is anywhere people might walk. Tomorrow is the first professional development day, which I'm looking forward to. I have no idea what to expect from it and figure I'll spend most of it listening and taking notes.

Friday there was some writing though it happened kind of late. I'd love to find out where my longer fic brain has got to. I think most of my creativity has been going into Slenderman nightmares for Charles in Milliways, which works but I'd like to write other things as well. Though the Weekend DE of AU prompts worked for me.

FicFriday )

A grey day

Sep. 22nd, 2012 03:18 pm
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I slept wonderfully late today, it was just what I needed. Last week was weird, because I didn't have school on Monday, Tuesday was long as were the rest of the days. Yesterday though was pretty amazing.

I'm helping to run a roleplaying club at school, the first meeting was after school. It went well, we got a decent turnout and there will be more as we publicize it more. The senior who did a lot of the organization is going to need a bit of handling as he's someone who has so many ideas and knows stuff, that he wants to share, but he has a way of talking over people. While the other kids are so far pretty quiet but I think I can bring them out. Since most of them have never played before, I'm going to run a one shot game next week to give them a feel for D&D, my plan is to really make it about the feel of the game not as much the rules. Then after the start of October, there will be the expo for clubs and that should get more people. I hope to have either multiple games or board games, I want this to be really open. The student who did some organizing hasn't quite grasped yet how easily RP stuff can feel like just this group of people type of thing.

I also had one of those rather strange revelations of I have a lot more experience than I realized. Various games kept being mentioned and I went oh, played that, know that, which impressed and surprised the students. Also the girl who sat down, which made me so happy got all smiley when I mentioned that I wrote fanfic and used Ao3. I love the fact that I can bring this part of myself into my job even if not everyone understands it, but I can be a mentor. After school, I dropped off the rental application for the place I really want and if it all works, I hope to move in at the start of October. That would be great as all my sweaters are in storage and the weather's turned cold.

This past Friday was also the return of FicFriday, which I always love. And I'm still collecting ideas on the tropes' meme I need to actually write down more of the ideas I have for the amnesiac fic before I lose them.

TwitterFic )
ceitfianna: (Newsies Seize the Day)
Today was a really good day and one that I realized I needed. Yesterday I felt like a zombie thanks to how long Back to School night was, I wasn't the only one either, but long day.

The good started with getting to the school not terribly early but early and having time to make tea. I had left my mug in the library yesterday, which meant that this morning my tea was a lipton bag with hot water from a coffee maker. Now this isn't bad, but my norm is proper boiling water and a nicer tea bag but still it was tea.

Then the library was quiet, there were kids but everyone was just being comfortable. I think they've been listening to me in terms of being respectful of who else is in the library. I took advantage of this quiet to put together a possible schedule for all the school emergency drills as this is apparently my job, then filled out rental applications. I know the one I want and that's the one I'm going to turn in after work tomorrow. Then I hope so very much that the turn around will be quick and I could actually move in by October 1st.

Now the big wonderful part of today was talking to this library designer/consultant person that the library consultant the school had talked to before hiring me recommended. This meeting was full of hearing one of the school heads saying we want a plan and images to pitch to donors. Also he liked my ideas and clearly approved of how I was thinking of the space. It was this great moment of yes, change is going to happen and I will be a major force in it, I think more of a force than the school even realizes. The other fun thing was there's this one student who has really reached out to me and as I was on the way to the meeting asked for my help with some research. We ended up not crossing paths until the end of the day today, but I'm going to help him and I hope other people start to see that I can do that. It just feels possible.

I know a lot of you are having hard times at the moment and I hope that the winds change for you.

I also adore the tropes' meme and plan on making the amnesiac Charles/Erik story into something bigger. Please keep prompting me over there as I've discovered that I do like the idea of writing Jane Austen fanfic as opposed to just Becoming Jane fic. This could be dangerous.
ceitfianna: (Blair and Serena smiling)
I'm having a wonderful birthday so far. I slept in a little later than I meant to before driving to Jackson to hang out with [personal profile] dodger_sister, who wrote me a Charles/Erik story called Burned in all the Best Ways as a present and gave me a comic retelling of the Hades and Persephone story. [personal profile] andrealyn, this fic had parts that made me think of threading with you and how Charles and Erik get under each other's skin. We watched The Faculty, ate delicious hoagies and cupcakes and had a lazy day.

I talked to my parents and one of my brothers and family called to sing me happy birthday, even one of their dogs was getting into it and barking in the background.

Tomorrow I'm going to treat myself to a massage and other fun things, then Sunday, brunch with [personal profile] the_croupier. I'm considering this weekend also posting Charles in celebrating getting his degree as that should be fun. All the plot stuff for that cast is coming together and I love it, soon we can play in recruiting time and have mutants in the Bar together.

My parents told me there's a package in the mail for me and my day has been full of well wishes. Life is feeling wonderful and I plan on stretching my celebrating out.

Today I also ended up writing quite a lot of FridayFics on Twitter, which I'm going to copy and paste here. At some point I'll put them up on Ao3, but or now, this is the best way for me to keep track of them. I think I've caught everything but there are always so many great prompts and fills.

In which I write and tweet a lot. )
ceitfianna: (Yuma misty cowboys)
Title Never Simple
Characters Ben Wade, William Evans, Demeter, Sallie Reynolds
Fandoms 3:10 to Yuma, Greek Mythology, Firefly, Milliways Bar
Rating PG for violence
Disclaimer No one belongs to me
Summary Written for fellow Gemini [personal profile] sardonicynic for her birthday. Thank you to [personal profile] saphyria for betaing.

The prompt she gave me was Ben, Demeter, and William in the infirmary. Potential prompt: reap what you sow. It ended up including the infirmary and a bit of Demeter but more a moment of Ben and William having a chance encounter. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Birthday!

Though the way his luck had been running, maybe he’d do better to get a complicated plan that could go wrong so the simple one would go right. )

Friday Fic

Jun. 1st, 2012 11:31 pm
ceitfianna: (tea and a book)
Today's been quiet and not too bad after I had trouble getting to sleep last night due to a fic keeping me up, but its getting near to be ready to post.

In the meantime I'm going to post my FridayFic so I don't lose track of them. I kind of wrote a lot more than I realized today, wow so I'm cutting it to not take over any flists.

140CharFiction )
ceitfianna: (pocket watch)
A week from today, I'm going to turn thirty-one and I don't know how to feel about it. Today is one of those days that's sort of felt disconnected from reality. I've been having a rather hard time of the month and I'm constantly worrying and waiting for job news. There were errands I meant to do today that I didn't as I didn't seem to have the focus for them. I managed some small errands for things I needed but larger ones went by as I don't feel up to confronting the bank or knowing what to ask for at the massage place. The weather's also been in-between as rain has been threatening but didn't fall until I got home so my walk was under grey skies.

As my birthday starts coming up, I'm not sure what I'll be doing for it. I think the Saturday after it, I'll be seeing a movie with [personal profile] dodger_sister which should be wonderful but otherwise I don't know. So much of what I want is in terms of things I can't control like a job and knowing where I'm heading to that its hard to feel excited.

There was a tweet today from Free Will Astrology about sending up a prayer for something you're not supposed to. All the things I've been hoping for are what I'm supposed to want; a job, direction, a next step. I decided to think a bit about that as my horoscope was also about being a little disobedient, which is tricky. The prayer I put together rather helped and I think I do know what I'm going to work on alongside all the job things to keep myself from going to pieces with worry.

What I asked for was about writing and getting my writing out there, which kind of feels right. It's something that makes my life better but its a little selfish as wanting people to enjoy my work helps me. I love writing and tonight I started a fic about Charles' first time that wasn't what he hoped for from a ficathon I discovered that's over here about realistic first times. At this point the fic is mainly about him and Raven being teenagers before it gets into the actual other stuff and I like the feel of it. Here's a snippet as I feel like sharing some of it. I'm changing the snippet as this fic kept me up last night and I like what I wrote then better.

The music was all the newest jazz and there were martinis and Penny was in his arms and his shields were a little fuzzy, because everyone was happy. He was kind of listening but since the conversation was quiet, the thoughts were too, there was a current of desire thruming through everything but that was always there.

Tomorrow is also TwitFicFriday and [personal profile] wanderlustlover has created an Archive of our Own community for it, so now I can upload those stories along with my backlog of Milliways' fics. When I write, I know that I'm creating and doing something and that gives me courage to go out and say, this is what I want to do. I want to work in a place where I can foster creativity as its so powerful.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I'm still worn out but my mood has improved since my last entry. Filling Friday fics really does that for me and just filling prompts in general. Also I had a wonderful conversation with my friend that I've known since we were toddlers and talking to her always makes me feel better. I adore writing for you guys since you inspire and push me in directions I don't expect. Slowly, I'm still filling prompts from last week's DE and would love more. The request is mainly because filling the Twitter prompts improved my day so much and I want to keep writing.

Leave me characters plus setting, lyric, poem, whatever you'd like and I'll write you something.

Now for what I've written on Twitter tonight.

For @minkhollow42 Moist pulls off a complicated scheme

He was afraid to move or do anything too quickly. If he seemed too eager, the bank would suspect but no, here came his money.

For @stephmuji Charles/Iris-their first fight

You're not a warrior, Charles," She said as she watched him leave. "I have to be one for mutantkind." "Stop being a foolish man!"

For @chanter1944 Sariel and Demeter, dancing in the rain

The rain shimmered on Carnivale as Sariel danced with Demeter. Around them, it smelled of life, liquor and the joy of abandon.

For @thisisyourfault

Dem, make it grow

Kore sighed at the seed, "It doesn't like me." "It knows you. Just show it." The seed waited as Kore showed it how to live.

Charles, the thrill of discovery

"I can still hear you," He laughed on the far edge of the manor park as a bird glared at him. Inside Raven grinned, "Dork."

For @wanderlustlover

Charles & Jean - the day he knew the truths behind all her silence

He held her hand, feeling the power and loss of her, "Jean, did I hope too much." She kissed his forehead and said, "Never"

Will & Marian - The price we willingly pay

Another scar, more blood for the soil, but it meant a child wouldn't starve this eve. Dreams put away for the sake of home.

Jane - To choose

It had never been as simple as yes or no. All her yeses to him wouldn't shift the shape of the world. So she chose words.

For @afullmargin How about the character of your choice: Making a bad day better? This turned into Charles and Raven.

He and Raven had argued all day until he said, "Enough, we're going dancing." She laughed in disbelief before smiling with him.

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