kaydeefalls: abbie studies casefile (abbie mills)
DAMN this festival I'm stage managing is exhausting. But in a good way. And my friend's boyfriend is in charge of tech staffing for an events company, and he got me on the electrics crew contact list, so I've got a 10-12hr day tomorrow hanging and focusing lights. Which, YAY PAYCHECK, but less yay 9am crew call on what's usually my Monday off. (On the plus side, it was originally 8am, so this is an improvement.)

I signed up for a whole bunch of seasonal exchanges this year, plus a nifty fun vidding project that I'm not sure if I can talk about yet. But I can guarantee that the next two months will see more fannish productivity on my end than probably the entirety of the past year. At bare minimum, I'll have a Yuletide fic, a Sleepy Hollow something, a Festivid, a vidding project vid, and a Secret Mutant fic. But for the first time ever, I'm super intrigued by all four of my Secret Mutant prompts, so I may try to fill more than one of them; plus, based on the Dear Whoever letters I've been reading on my circle, I may well try to create at least one Festivid treat and one Yuletide treat by virtue of really loving their prompts. And over the past couple of days, I've actually been making active progress on the next chapter of "Queen's Gambit" for the first time in MONTHS, so that's actually my priority right now. And I'm still sitting on that Buffy high school vid that just needs one more good round of edits before I post.

I have solid ideas for all the exchange prompts so far except Yuletide, for which of course I matched with a fandom I probably shouldn't have offered and has a prompt that's a little too specific for my tastes -- you know the kind when the person CLEARLY knows exactly what fic they want, and you kind of wonder why they don't just write it themselves? Yeah. But I'll figure it out eventually.

Something tells me that I'm going to spend December in a blind panic because I'm waaaay overcommitted to fandom. But at least I know I'll be unemployed-ish for a solid three weeks in November, so hopefully I'll be able to knock out a bunch then. And Festivids aren't actually due until mid-January, which I always forget and think I have to do them RIGHT NOW RIGHT AWAY when, really, those are the last things I need to tackle.


7. Your pet hates
Apart from the usual (homophobia, racism, misogyny, transphobia, general un-grooviness), I really hate passive-aggressiveness. Ugh. That kind of attitude just makes my skin crawl.

ETA: Oh hey sign-ups are still open for the Sleepy Hollow fanwork exchange (any kind of fanwork -- fic, podfic, vid, art, icons, etc) and everyone in this shiny new fandom should check it out:

Sign-up October 14 - Oct 25!
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (Default)
As per, I've signed up for Yuletide, Festivids, and Secret Mutant. Given how low my writing mojo has been of late, this may be overly ambitious? But hey, at least I have all faith that I can complete my Festivid a month or so before deadline, as always.

So here are all my dratted letters in one go, since I never really have much to say anyway. (I'm not writing a Festivids letter. I have ACTUALLY nothing to say for that beyond what I put in the requests. I like all vids.)


Basically, you are awesome. Because there is nothing about the fandoms (be they Yuletide or XMFC) I requested that I don't love. More importantly, there are no characters in any of these fandoms that I don't love with an all-consuming passion, because seriously, THEY ARE ALL AMAZING AND BRILLIANT AND SPARKLY. I don't care, I love them all.

So here are some quick and dirty things that I like and don't like in fics in general:

LIKES: witty banter, wacky hijinks, random shenanigans, everyone being a BAMF in their own particular way, long plotty fics, quick incisive character studies, romance, friendship, TEAMS, ensemble casts, happy (or realistic but generally hopeful) endings, boys being boys, girls kicking butt and taking names, first time fic of any rating.

DISLIKES: torture porn, excessive angst, excessive schmoop, mpreg, hardcore kink, kid!fic, character bashing of any kind, humiliation, death!fic.

But really, my dear author, I'm pretty easy. As long as you avoid the "dislikes" list, write whatever suits you and the fandom and the story you want to tell, and I will LOVE it. Sure, I'm a fan of happy-ish endings, but if you want to break my heart instead? Go right ahead and shatter it into a million pieces, it's all good. The "likes" list are by no means mandatory in any way, write what you want, I have complete faith in you.

I have nothing fandom-specific or request-specific to add that wasn't on my sign-up forms, but for posterity, my Yuletide requests are below:

Yuletide: Provost's Dog, The Sting, Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, Fire's Stone, Millennium Trilogy )
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (Default)
I'm really no good at the daily posting thing.

3. Your favorite quote
"White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities." -Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim

Because storytelling, that's why.

Anyway, it's Yuletide time again, and once again, I am stumped for offers. I can always come up with three fandoms that I've never written before, and then I flail around desperately to find a fourth I think I can write. (I've been playing Yuletide from the very first year; I learned the hard way about offering fandoms I'm not 100% sure about.) So as always, I'll wind up filling the rest of my quota with fandoms I've already written for Yuletide before, and as always, that's what I'll end up matching on. But I am not offering History Boys ever ever again. I've written that three times already for Yuletide. There has to be a limit.
kaydeefalls: dublin shop called Knobs & Knockers (we love porn)
My theater schedule for the rest of the month is all askew -- show opened Thursday, but because it's the summer show (at a children's theater, remember), our performances are Tues-Sat starting at noon on weekdays, two shows a day, ten shows a week, for three and a half weeks. Which means I have to be at work by around 9:30am every day. Which, okay, after three years working at the Big Gay Organization where I had to be at my desk by 8am, this is still a lot more pleasant. But still. I am not and never shall be a morning person (god knows I tried), and my sleep schedule is all wonky and unsatisfying right now. Hopefully I'll adjust soon, but my body is just not willing to shut down before 2am or so, and that leads to a very cranky stage manager every morning. Bah. It's a good thing I like the show and the kids.

While I'm posting -- would anyone be interested in and willing to beta my always-a-girl!Kirk fic? I've still got a scene or two left to write, but hopefully should be finishing it up in the next day or so, and I definitely want a beta on this one. It's about 10k words (...WHY), Reboot 'verse, with a bit of Kirk/Spock but really mostly a girl!Kirk character study, spoilers for only the very beginning of Into Darkness. Potentially triggery for past sexual/emotional abuse, but nothing explicit, and only in a vaguely referential way. Anyone? As always, I will gladly reciprocate beta (for fics or vids) in exchange.
kaydeefalls: havok smirking like the cocky bastard he is (here comes trouble)
My work schedule is very weird this week, but today was a day off, and I have given myself permission to have zero social interaction all day. It's been SUCH a relief, oh my god, I didn't realize how badly I needed that. I've been...very, very social lately, which is a good thing! Really! I like people! But I'm still an introvert, and I haven't had much in the way of recharge time over the past couple of weeks, so, yeah. (I also have strep throat, and no idea how I contracted it. Fortunately, I figured it out within a few hours of symptom onset and got diagnosed and on antibiotics that evening, so I only had like one day of minor pain before the drugs kicked in, and now I feel totally fine. I mean, I have to keep taking the antibiotics for another week, but still.)

Haven't had much time or energy for writing lately at all. But I've been working on fic on and off all day, which is awesome. Um, of course, it hasn't been any fic I SHOULD be writing (finishing Queen's Gambit or starting on my [community profile] eleventyfest assignment). So now I have like 2500 words of always-a-girl!Kirk fic? And still going strong? Look, I don't even know at this point, Star Trek Reboot fandom has kind of eaten my brain since seeing "Into Darkness". Which, believe me, I know all the ways in which that was not a good movie and in fact failed on many levels, but it awakened my long-dormant Kirk/Spock fangirl, so, that happened? But that fails to explain this fic. I have never once in my life written a genderswap. And yet. I don't even know how shippy it'll wind up being -- Kirk/Spock is and always shall be my endgame pairing in this fandom, so probably it'll at least sort of go there? But mostly I'm just interested in how Kirk's utter Kirk-ness would both change and stay the same if he'd been born cis-female. (Like, she really doesn't start off on good terms with Bones, but on the flip side, she's way better friends with Uhura.) I AM WRITING A FIC THAT NO ONE WILL READ.

I kind of avoided even thinking about writing in the Trek fandom, because I'm not a "real" Trekkie (never watched TOS, have seen but not particularly liked some TNG and DS9); I really only got interested in the fandom through the Reboot, which I know is heresy. But the AU implications inherent in the Reboot 'verse fascinate me, and so taking that AUness a step further by making Kirk female doesn't feel quite as blasphemous. Still. I've only seen one genderswapped!Kirk fic so far (it was awesome, FYI, but mostly just PWP), and while I'm sure there must be more out there, I get the sense this is not a popular fandom fad. OH WELL, WRITING ANYWAY.

God, it's just a relief to be writing something, at least.
kaydeefalls: angel in sunlight, thrilled to not be on fire (angel is not on fire.)
Because I need to forcibly remove my brain from the headspace that is UGH TECH IN TWO DAYS OPENING NIGHT IN EIGHT I HATE EVERYONE (see: the life cycles of a theater stage manager), first lines meme! Yoinked from several people, most recently [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash.

The last twenty-one first lines I've written in fanfic, from oldest to newest because whatever. And let's tack on an Ask Me Anything! note to this one, because, again, I am in need of distraction.

first lines )

kaydeefalls: drunk!raven pointing at YOU (queen's gambit)
So I legit had a dream last night that for some reason involved working out a plot snag on Queen's Gambit, and woke up and grabbed my laptop and started writing. (So I...incepted myself? I suppose that's fitting.) And while this hasn't been my most productive day ever, it did end up with several thousand more words written, and I'm only like two or three not-terribly-long scenes away from finishing the next chapter. Except now I'm having all kinds of weird self-conscious feelings about the fact that it's been nearly a year since I updated that fic, and nobody wants to read it anymore, and how the way I've broken up the next couple of chapters means that I'm banking everything on the hope that the handful of people who might actually still be reading are somewhat invested in Alex, because there is basically no Charles or Erik in this chapter at all, and ugh of course no one likes this fic as much as Boden's Mate because really the central character arcs belong to Raven and Alex, neither of whom are terribly popular characters in this fandom, and by now my brain is in some kind of weird awful feedback loop of fail.

In conclusion, this is a pretty good summary of why I haven't updated Queen's Gambit in close to a year. Um, that and the whole MASSIVE SERIES OF UPHEAVALS that have been the past ten months of my life, but yeah.

But I am only 2k words or so away from having the next chapter ready for beta. And for the record, Cain Marko's head is not a fun place to visit.
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
Oh, god, I don't even know why I'm doing this except that I do this meme every year and I'm just OCD enough to not want to lapse, even for years during which I create roughly FUCK ALL.

There are a couple of WIP snippets at the end, if anyone's interested in that sort of thing.

2012 year in fannishness, or lack thereof: the stats )

yearly writing/vidding round-up meme )

WIPs: Ponds, 007/Q, Queen's Gambit )
kaydeefalls: erik turns the warheads around, "peace was never an option" (never an option)
Secret Mutant reveal has happened! So now I can 'fess up at last. Both of these fics drew heavily from personal experience, so fair warning, I'm about to blather on a bit.

First up, my original assignment:

Trigger Discipline (3931 words) by kaydeefalls
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Raven Darkholme, Moira MacTaggert, Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier
Summary: In which Raven learns how to fire a weapon, and maybe even when not to.

Gasp! Gen fic about female characters! )

Next up, the incredibly obvious pinch-hit:

The Opposite of People (9217 words) by kaydeefalls
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Raven Darkholme, Sebastian Shaw, Alex Summers, Logan (X-Men), Armando Muñoz, Hank McCoy, Ororo Munroe, Jean Grey
Summary: In retrospect, it probably didn't help that the first time Charles met Erik Lehnsherr, the man was up a ladder in well-worn, close-fitting jeans. Modern!nonpowered!AU where they all work in the theatre, Shaw is still a bastard, and Charles is doing his best to get this damn show open with his sanity (relatively) intact.

a.k.a. the Theatre!AU I've been talking about for over a year now. Seriously, this is my ultimate id!fic. No, you don't understand, that fic is a 100% accurate and true representation of my life. )

Also I can say that my gift fic was written by [archiveofourown.org profile] ninemoons42, which was hilarious and awesome because she's one of my usual betas, and I recognized her writing style instantly. :D :D :D


Dec. 19th, 2012 02:47 am
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
I managed to write my entire Yuletide fic in one day. All 3400 words of it. It badly needs revising, but DAMN. That happened.

Okay, sleeping now.
kaydeefalls: winters silhouette on paris street at night (another winter in a summer town)
Secret Mutant is live! If you like XMFC fic, you should totally check it out. It's...mostly Charles/Erik, but there are a handful of other pairings & gen fics strewn about in there, too.

I wrote two fics. They are POLAR OPPOSITES in popularity at the moment, and I expect that won't change. There is pretty much zero anonymity involved in my pinch-hit; the other is less obvious (and has almost no hits on AO3 at the moment, which does not surprise me). If you manage to guess both, I'll...write you a thing? Seriously, no points for guessing the pinch-hit alone, it's that obvious.

I received an XMFC/Bond fusion fic, which is also not even a little bit anonymous, but I'll not reveal the author early. ;) She has excellent taste in fusions; I've been mainlining Skyfall fic over the past few weeks, so that was very well-timed.

Aaand...I really need to get cracking on Yuletide, fuck. Instead, have a Yuletide meme! i've been participating since the very first year, godDAMN )


Dec. 16th, 2012 01:05 am
kaydeefalls: charles looking at erik with hearts in his eyes omg (charles/erik)
Just wrote the last scene for the Secret Mutant pinch hit, thank fuck. Now someone please tell me why my pinch hits are always significantly longer than my actual assignment, jesus christ.

I've got work all day tomorrow, so I need to get this thing cleaned up and posted before I leave my apartment at 9am EST. Which is...less than eight hours away. Hoo boy.
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A meme that actually looks really interesting, and that I need to make sure I check out everyone else's responses to:

Pick a character* I've written and I will give and explain the top five** ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

* Try to make it someone I've written either often or recently in order for me to answer.
** May not actually be five

I have BUCKETS OF HEADCANON for most of the POV characters I've written. Like, to the point that I feel guilty if the plot of one fic requires me to ignore my headcanon from a previous fic. (AU scenarios aside, of course, but even then, there are crucial elements of Who A Character Is that go for any iteration. Otherwise, I may as well be writing original fiction.)

I did get some Secret Mutant fic written last night! And I reorganized the outline of it a bit, which helps -- I have a bad habit of imposing a structure on fics to help organize my thoughts which then fails to actually best serve the story itself. I need to let go of that a bit.

Also today I sold my car. Which makes me feel a bit like I've lost a friend, weirdly enough. Oh, Martha my dear, you got me to so many rehearsals around DC and then to Colorado and back, you were a good car and I am very sorry to see you go. :( But I really, really don't need a car in NYC, and I can't afford to pay $350/mo on insurance for a vehicle I won't ever drive. Still, I am sad.
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
I've always kind of longingly side-eyed all the kink bingos, because it looks like such a fun concept but I'm, like, the least kinky writer ever. But then apparently [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo happened, and THAT is some fluffy shit I can totally get behind. Not that I'll ever manage to finish a line, because my writing mojo has been rather lacking of late, but it's worth a shot! (Especially with unemployment looming. I'll need something to do other than apply for jobs I won't get.)

Also, I lucked out, because the fourth column? It's like they KNOW me!

fluffy bingo )

Maybe this will kick me in the ass to finish my Charles/Erik Theatre!AU at long last.

I also signed up for [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang despite having precisely zero ideas for it. But the first check-in isn't until October, so I have faith in my ability to come up with a plotbunny by then. Seeing as I'm categorically incapable of writing fics that are less than 10,000 words these days anyway. I do have an intriguing two paragraphs of a fantasy!AU that I typed up hastily and without any accompanying notes a few months ago. I can't remember exactly what I wanted to do with it now -- from what I remember, it was basically inspired by a weird Erik dream I had, and I wrote it down really quickly early in the morning before running off to work -- but possibly I can mold something out of it.

And, urg, I really need to get a chapter of Queen's Gambit out, but every time I open that doc I kind of cringe and hide. I basically have one big missing piece of plot that I haven't figured out yet, and while I know I should just push through and see what happens, it's killing me to not know how to resolve that one thread. And it's been almost four months since I last updated, thanks to Reversebang eating all my writing mojo. Ugh, this is why I never post WIPs.
kaydeefalls: martha's got soul but she's not a soldier (all these things that i've done)
Not sure who's even seen this movie, so, um, anyone willing and able to do a quick beta on 6000 words of Snow White/Huntsman fic?

At least this ought to get this fandom out of my system. And I have to admit, writing het sex does have its advantages, mainly being that I can just use "his" and "her" a lot instead of having to constantly name the participants to distinguish one person's body parts from the other's.

Yes, I spent my one day off writing het porn. These things happen. In fairness, the fic is only like 20% sex, and it's not all that explicit. But that's the part I hadn't written yet, so.
kaydeefalls: walking across the bridge, lincoln memorial at night (back to work)
Well, this weekend was pretty much a wash. I pretty much spent the entire weekend rewatching West Wing for no apparent reason. No writing, a bit of packing and organizing but not much. Oops. Still, I kind of needed that.

Friday was my last day of work at the Big Gay NPO; I'd been there almost three years. I won't miss it much. Some of the people, maybe, but not the job itself. Being done is a huge load of stress off my back, you don't even know. Granted, now I have moving!stress and oh-god-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life!stress, but still. Totally worth it.

I have less than a week before I leave D.C. Huh. I've pretty much said all my goodbyes to people here; I've been more social in the past couple of weeks than in, like, the six months before that. Figures. But now I've got nothing left but packing. UGH I HATE PACKING. I'm taking it slow, just doing a few things every day. But yeah. This week's practically a vacation for me. Hopefully I won't squander it all away watching more West Wing, but I make no promises.

I did just do a major rewrite on a section of my Reversebang -- I'd been stuck on it for weeks, because I couldn't decide whether to keep the section as is or overhaul it to favor action over character moments, and I couldn't move forward because my decision would significantly affect the next several scenes. But the pacing just sucked, so I bit the bullet and rewrote it, axing out a LOT of Charles/Erik stuff in favor of Erik being an impulsive asshole. Which makes more sense for his character and improves the pacing and keeps the stakes a lot higher, granted, and that was why the section wasn't working before, but still. It's always hard for me to make massive cuts like that. Oh, well, hopefully now I can move forward. There's still a LOT of this fic left to write.
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
Apparently I misunderstood the X-Men Reversebang schedule -- and it sounds like I'm not the only one, since they just posted a clarification that while there's a mandatory author check-in on May 21, the rough draft itself isn't due until June 20. THANK JEBUS. Seriously, writing this thing has been like pulling teeth, and while I've been planning on devoting this weekend to working on it, it's extremely unlikely I'll be 80% done with the fic by Monday. And now I have a whole extra MONTH to get there!

I've shoved other WIPs to the side over the past few weeks to work on this one, which has been massively frustrating given my lack of significant progress, but now I think I can allow myself to poke at Queen's Gambit again. Because I'm finally at the exciting part of that fic, but I didn't want to give it too much attention while I had this huge deadline hanging over my head. I feel so free now!

...though, okay, I'm crap at the collaborating-with-your-artist part of Reversebang, because for me, writing is a very private and isolated process -- I almost never share WIP drafts with anyone else until they're polished to a ready-for-beta point (which, for me, means I've gone through and done my own edits several times through already). Even Queen's Gambit, which I'm posting as a WIP -- I need to have a complete, coherent 10k-ish word chapter before I'll even show it to my betas. I don't know how to write collaboratively. Should I be e-mailing my artist scenes as I finish them, even though I know I'll rewrite them a bunch more times and I hate hate hate having other people see my roughest drafts? Should I, like, offer to share the gdoc with her? How is this supposed to work?
kaydeefalls: erik turns the warheads around, "peace was never an option" (never an option)
Had a low-grade headache all day yesterday, which made me feel cranky and out-of-sorts, so when I got home I curled up in bed with some fic to read and then I opened my eyes again and it was nearly midnight. Um. So I rolled over and went back to sleep and didn't get up until my alarm went off at 6:30am this morning. Which means that I slept for more than twelve hours.

On the plus side, I feel really well-rested today. Which is good, because I'm going to the midnight showing of the Avengers, so it's not like I'm going to be getting any sleep tonight.

Avengers! I'm still primarily an X-Men girl, but I'm pretty darn excited for this, especially since everyone who's seen it already seems to be raving about it. (Which is also why I decided to just give in and see the midnight showing despite how sleep-deprived and miserable it will make work tomorrow -- I've already been accidentally spoiled on two major things I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO BE SPOILED ABOUT, and that'll only get worse once it finally opens in the US.) So, yeah, meeting up with a group of fen in Silver Spring to go see, that should be awesome.

Super frustrated with myself on the writing front. I managed all of 1000 words of Reversebang over the weekend, and it's all pretty much crap and I don't know how to make it not crap. I'm tempted to scrap everything and start from scratch, but I barely have any ideas for this fic at all, and I don't know where else to go with it. The artwork is so gorgeous, seriously, but my brain is just not fucking cooperating. I'm too stubborn to drop out, but I have to produce a rough draft in three weeks, and I'm terrified that it will just be completely awful. UGH.

...and that's how I get into the sort of toxic headspace where I shut down and sleep for twelve hours straight to avoid my own brain.
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
Since all the cool kids are doing it, and I clearly love nothing more than pretending to be cool and failing magnificently, AO3 hitcount meme time! For the record, I have 138 fics uploaded to AO3.

my top 10 fics, by hitcount )

observations )

Speaking of fic, I sent the next chapter of Queen's Gambit off to beta earlier this week. So that's coming. :) And my show closes Sunday, which means a solid month of only working my day job and having BUCKETS of writing time and packing to move more than halfway across the country, holy shit.
kaydeefalls: raven smiles brilliantly (raven hearts you)
And, what the hey, have a meme.

1. Go to page 77 (or 7) of your current ms.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.

Hilariously, Queen's Gambit currently stands (or sits heavily, given my lack of free time of late) at 115 pages in gdocs, but if I played by the rules, page 77 falls in a part that's already been posted, so that's no fun. So I'll go with page 7 of the current WIP chapter. Which...huh, turned out to be kind of an important shippy moment. And out of context, this could be pretty much any random modern!AU.

i write raven/angel now. raven/angel is cool. )
kaydeefalls: angel in sunlight, thrilled to not be on fire (angel is not on fire.)
Ugh. It's been a week, let me tell you. So I'm going to do my level best to put myself into a writing coma all weekend, since I've got nothing else to do. It's going to be my last real free weekend for a while -- next weekend, I'm heading up to Philadelphia with my mom to figure out whether or not I want to move there, and the weekend after that is the last before my next show kicks into gear, so I'll be frantically prepping for tech.

Now the question is which of my various and sundry WIPs to focus on. SO HOW ABOUT A RANDOM POLL.

Poll #9733 WIP weekend
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15

Which WIP should I devote to writing coma this weekend?

View Answers

Queen's Gambit, christ, just because you finally posted a new chapter doesn't mean it's anywhere near done.
8 (53.3%)

Charles/Erik theater!AU, because Take Your Fandom To Work Day is always fun.
6 (40.0%)

Charles-centric sequel to I Ain't Scared of Lightning that you've started in spite of yourself.
0 (0.0%)

That Eames&Arthur backstory/mindfuckery fic you abandoned like a year ago and then randomly picked up again recently.
1 (6.7%)

SOMETHING ENTIRELY NEW. I shall explain below.
0 (0.0%)

Any random fic prompts? Because I always need a new plotbunny.

It's probably telling that I'm super fucking excited at the prospect of locking myself in my bedroom and writing all weekend. Um. Introvert, much?
kaydeefalls: coy!katara smirks: i can kill you with my brain. (it's a girl thing)
So! [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange creators have been revealed. I made a vid. (Apparently the only vid in the exchange this year, which is weird -- I remember there being quite a few last year. Huh.)

Title: isobel
By: [personal profile] kaydeefalls
Recipient: [personal profile] terajk
Music: "Isobel", Björk
Rating: PG
Characters: Azula, Toph
Summary: to raise wonderful hell, like me, like me.
Notes: terajk requested "Azula and Toph together in any capacity." Hell yeah!

Download - Mediafire (.mov, 83 MB)
Streaming - isobel at [community profile] white_lotus

This wasn't the prompt I matched on for [personal profile] terajk, but after spending a fair amount of time and frustration bashing my head against a wall of fail while I tried to write a post-war Mai & Ty Lee & Gaang fic, I went back and looked at the other two prompts, and, well. I have a lot of trouble finding the characters' voices in fic, but it's very easy for me to connect with the show on a visual level, and there are just so many fascinating parallels to explore between Toph and Azula. I knew I wanted to use this song from the start, though I flicked through a couple of other Björk songs at first just to be sure; her voice and music is just so eerie and childlike and beautifully strange, which I think suits Azula in particular very well. I do think this vid wound up skewing a bit too far toward Azula over Toph, but still, it was fun to make. And now I do kinda want to read fic about the two of them interacting postwar.

In other news, one more week on this show, and then another break for about a month. And I'm slowly but surely chipping away at the next chapter of Queen's Gambit. (HI ARIADNE HI.) I can't believe I let myself go more than two months between updates, ugh, this is why I should never be allowed to post WIPs. BUT IT'S COMING I SWEAR. Even if I still kinda want to just skip this chapter and go straight to the job instead, argh.


Jan. 15th, 2012 01:07 pm
kaydeefalls: history: just one fucking thing after another (thank you mr. rudge)
Well, this roommate search is proceeding MUCH better than the last one. Posted ad on Craigslist Friday evening, got 15 responses by yesterday morning, showed five people the place yesterday and have three more coming today and tomorrow. I have no idea how I'm going to pick a roommate -- everyone seems very nice, though they're all quite different from one another. No red flags, but no one I've been like YES LIVE WITH ME PLEASE. So, yeah. I feel weirdly guilty knowing that I'm going to turn most of them down, even though of course that's how this process works. But I remember feeling rushed and slightly bullied offering the place to current!roomie (though I liked another girl slightly better), and that clearly didn't work out, so I'm more inclined to listen to my gut instincts this round. We'll see.

I caved and requested an extension on my [community profile] white_lotus exchange, thank goodness. This weekend has been insane enough as is. And the fic I'd originally been writing for it really, really wasn't working for me, so I scrapped it entirely and am now working on something completely different. Which I like so far, but doubt I could finish by tomorrow. So yay extension! I'll definitely have more time this week to complete it.

Am completely, miserably stuck on the next chapter of Queen's Gambit. I've got scraps written, but no complete scenes. I have such a clear idea of where I'm going later in the fic, but not how to get there, and it's deeply frustrating. And with all the holiday exchanges, I haven't even been thinking about that 'verse for about a month now, and getting back into that headspace is harder than I'd expected. Ugh. I'm really excited about what's going to happen a chapter or two down the line, but connecting the dots in between is just...not working. And I don't know why. Can't I just skip straight to the job itself? Why do I have to write all the crucial set-up crap in between? Bah. (Part of it is that there are certain POV characters that come way more easily to me than others, but no, Logan and Emma are actually doing important things and I actually do need to write about them. It's just a constant struggle for me to slip into their voices. Why can't Alex narrate everything? And then there's the side issue of certain characters knowing more than I want the audience to know just yet, so I've either got to avoid their POV or be very, very careful about what they give away.)

And current!roomie is either never home or has shut herself in her room, which is frustrating because I actually do need to talk to her about what her plans for moving out tomorrow are. And get her share of last month's utilities, which she still hasn't paid me back for. And also she needs to come out of there before someone stops by to look at her room today. Argh.
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After spending an hour and a half futzing around, I have come to the conclusion that I am completely stupid when it comes to Tumblr. Everything about what that site is and how it functions is completely counterintuitive to the way my brain processes information. UGH. I like the pretty pictures! I just can't figure out how to do anything with the site except follow people. Which is cool. I've had an empty tumblr for months now for the sole purpose of following other people. And I honestly have no idea what I would post there myself, but I feel like I'm missing some crucial element of fandom interaction, and it saddens me. Anyway, I'm kaydeefalls on tumblr. There is nothing there. Possibly I will start clicking the reblog button when I see pretty pictures I particularly like, and pretend I'm somehow contributing to fandom. :/ (I can't even make my own pretty pictures anymore. My father insisted I install Lion on my laptop, which then rendered invalid my entire Adobe Creative Suite, and I can't afford to drop $700 on Photoshop right now. I am SO ANGRY about this, guys, you don't even know. I used Photoshop way more than I give even the smallest shit about any of the features in the OS upgrade.)

I'm also just deeply frustrated with life in general right now, so this may just be an offshoot of that. And it's been one of those mornings where the phone is ringing off the hook and people keep trying to make awkward small talk with me and I just want to be left alone for five fucking minutes. Um. Sorry about that.

ANYWAY. 2011 Year in Review Meme! Which I typed up like two weeks ago and then never posted. Whatever, I'm slow with these things. And mainly I had to wait for the [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant reveals, because those totally add to my 2011 word count total.

2011 by the numbers )

fanworks )

year in review meme )

WIP snippets for 2012 )
kaydeefalls: dan/casey shooting the shit (dan&casey)
Heeeey, Yuletide! My fic will surprise absolutely no one who knows me.

The World's Fastest Snowball (4010 words) by faviconkaydeefalls
Fandom: Sports Night
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dan Rydell, Casey McCall, Dana Whitaker, Natalie Hurley, Jeremy Goodwin, Kim (Sports Night), Elliot (Sports Night), Isaac Jaffe, Chris (Sports Night), Dave (Sports Night), Will (Sports Night)

In which a network plot may or may not be afoot, interns are procuring desks for unwilling sportscasters, and inclement weather threatens the course of baseball history. So business as usual, pretty much.

I'm kind of amused that of all the fandoms I offered and requested, I managed to both write and receive the same fandom. BUT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH SPORTS NIGHT FIC OKAY. This was fun to write, although it took me a very long time to get it started because I really, really don't know much about actual sports. The only sport I both understand and enjoy watching is baseball, hence this fic, but even so, I have never done so much research for such a relatively short fic. (The MLS trivia alone, dear god.) Anyway. It's nothing special, but I made myself giggle an awful lot while writing it and my recipient enjoyed it, so that's all that matters. :D

You know what else matters? NEW SHERLOCK TONIGHT OMG. Can. Not. Wait. And I wrote many, many words for the Charles/Erik pinch hit last night, which I now need to double-check for, y'know, coherency. And then actually fucking finish it today, oh god, I really need to do that, how is the pinch-hit I'm writing in a week longer than my original assigned fic which I worked on for a month. *facepalm*


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