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I've only just barely made a start on my current challenge:

Lambs, dressed as Supernatural characters, frolicking in a green meadow - by Dizzo


but I'm already writing prompts for the next one:



Sunglasses, reflecting anti-possession tattoo, by a pool




Sign-ups May 1 – May 19 - Click the banner for details!
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I was delighted with the art prompt I got, and I'm pleased with the story once it finally came together. It feels like I've been struggling to just sit down and write for months - I did really well just before Christmas, then seemed to struggle until the last couple of weeks (and with all the family birthdays that fall within it, February's not a great month for finding spare time). I had lots of ideas, but just couldn't seem to sit myself down to actually write them!

My official posting date was 3 March, which Facebook memories reminded me was two years and a day since Evie died, so given the dog theme it seemed fitting to use one of my favourite photos of her as the profile picture for the posting (and this one).

Here, Sam's turned into a dog, but I've also written him as a cat, and a moose!

Art Title: Dean's Dogmare
Prompt Number: S2006
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] tx_devilorangel

A tired-looking Dean is studying in the bunker and thinking about Sam while a variety of breeds of dog look on. Digital art by tx_devilorangel

Fic Title: Dean's Dog Days and Dogmares
Author: [livejournal.com profile] theymp
Fandom/Genre: SPN, humor, angst, gen
Pairing(s): n/a
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~7,500
Warnings: Dogs can be a bit gross. This story may also dig up the back yard and chase the cat.
Summary: Dean is worried; Sam's missing and the town's overrun with stray dogs. He's sure these things are somehow connected and time is running out, but the unconditional love of a faithful companion is bringing up some issues.

Art Link(s): LJ | AO3
Fic Link(s): AO3
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Dawn of the Lepus

Title: Dawn of the Lepus
Author: [livejournal.com profile] theymp
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] dizzojay
Genre: Humour, crack!fic
Characters: Sam and Dean Winchester
Pairing: n/a
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~2500
Warning/Spoilers: myxomatosis
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.


Summary: The Men of Letters' cookbook should be taken with a pinch of salt... and then possibly burned.

Author note: As a small child, I was totally traumatised by a late night, unsupervised viewing of 'Night of the Lepus'. This is like therapy! Thank you [livejournal.com profile] dizzojay for a great picture. Happy Halloween!


Hop on over to SPN_BigPretzel to read it... if you dare...
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Halloween is coming and there's an SPN-BigPretzel reverse mini bang challenge underway...

I've already claimed art by [livejournal.com profile] dizzojay and I'm working on some cracky Winchester related goodness:



With my own picture entry, along with several others, still to be claimed...

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To make up for the disappointment in somehow missing the signups for the lovely, fluffy SPN-BigPretzel Spring Fic Exchange, I'm seriously considering signing up for this instead:


(;,;)
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Title: Lore of the Dance
Author: [personal profile] theymp
Genre: Romance/Family, and definitely schmoopy
Characters: Jimmy Novak, Amelia Novak, Dean Winchester, Castiel
Pairing: Jimmy/Amelia, Dean/Castiel
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 300
Warning/Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.

Summary: DEW Challenge: Jimmy Novak & Dancing. Jimmy just loves to dance – it's his all, his everything. Literally.

Written for the 'Drabbles Every Weekend' challenge at SPN_BigPretzel

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Title: The Uncivil War
Author: [personal profile] theymp
Pairing: none (Gen)
Rating: PG-13

Warning/Spoilers: Mild cursing, brotherly bickering, and controversial reference to Sam's eye color. Also, everything I know about the American Civil War is from less than five minutes on Wikipedia ;)

Summary: Dean may not be sure if he actually hates Halloween, but he does know there's something strange going on at the site of a famous Civil War battle. But is it really worth missing a Dr. Sexy marathon?

Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.

Link to The Uncivil War
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Title: Zombie, Interrupted
Author: [livejournal.com profile] theymp
Pairing: Sam/OFC, Dean/Castiel
Rating: PG-13
Warning/Spoilers: Set during off-canon season 7
Summary: Bobby sends the Winchesters to investigate strange sightings at the Evans City cemetery as a favor for an old friend. "Zombie? There's no such thing," thought Dean. An homage to 'Night of the Living Dead'.
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.
Words: 14.5K complete

[AO3]
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Title: LARP and the Real Boy

Author: The Ymp

Genre: Gen/Family

Rating: PG

Warning(s): Vague references to things that aren't revealed until 8x20 "Pac-Man Fever"

Word Count: 701

Summary: Charlie's mind wanders and she considers Dean and role-play. Set towards the end of 8x11 "LARP and the Real Girl". Written for the Positively_SPN: Hunter's Journal July Short Story contest at http://positively-spn.livejournal.com/42289.html.

Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.

~#~

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Am I really starting to confuse these two people?

Dean Winchester  Pam Ewing
Dean Winchester                                   Pam Ewing

Let me explain....

SPOILERS!!SPOILERS!!SPOILERS!!SPOILERS!!SPOILERS!!SPOILERS!! for Season 7
Read more... )
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A SuperWho 100-Word drabble for CFEditor’s birthday:
The 11th Doctor and Amy bump into a familiar face.

Crash Landing
Read more... )
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A/N: It's a little bit early due to differences in Space/Timezones - but have a great day!
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Argh, there be spoilers here for SPN S07E16 Out with the old and in with the new...



Read more... (SPOILERS!) )
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I've been doing the E/O Challenge for a little while, this is on FanFiction.net where you're sent a prompt word by Enkidu07 or Onyx Moonbeam and you have to use it in an exactly 100 word-long story.

This week the word of the week was "Storm" and everyone seemed to write a damn fine drabble.

Storms may come and go but the hunters' determination never wavers
(this is an advert for 'Artemis', a UK Investment company - everytime I see it I think of Supernatural)

Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.

E/O Challenge: Storm. 'The Storm' a 100 word drabble. A storm rages overhead triggering unpleasant memories. Spoilers for up to early season 7. Non-Wincest Hurt/Comfort.

Read more... )

Reviews

Nov. 27th, 2011 08:54 pm
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I love receiving reviews.

Because, let's be totally honest here, if I wasn't interested in reviews I wouldn't be posting my SPN fanfics to a public forum now, would I?

Even when they can be a bit negative, after I've got over that horrible stomach-dropping feeling, I usually realise, eventually, that it was (probably) done from a position of love.

I like to give a decent review (although I'll admit if I read several chapters in one sitting, I'm unlikely to review each one individually) and sometimes this is my downfall - sometimes I end up not saying anything at all due to lack of time/ennui/position of the stars, etc.

Maybe I should just "favourite"? Some people get really wound up about this, they want a review, but hey it's better than nothing, and I reckon it's proof they at least like it! (With the hit counter you never know if people stopped reading after the first sentence). I don't tend to use this function much myself - I tend to set an alert on the writers I like.

But I've had a couple of cases of people setting alerts on my fanfics which to me are quite clearly complete, and I don't know how to take it. Part of me is "Oh great, you liked that fic. Shame you're too busy to review", the other is "But it's finished! Why must you always demand more, more, more!! The pressure's too much!!".

Maybe I'm over-analysing...

(;,;)
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So I have a couple of ducks. No, I don't live on a farm. Yes, this is considered to be a little unusual.

These are actually the second pair I've owned, a male/female pair, the first two were killed by a fox.

They're Aylesbury Ducks, which means they're big and have amazingly huge, white-feathered wings - or they're white when they've not been flapping about in the mud. I tell you, ducks are dirty.

Ducks

When they're chicks they have yellow feathers, then they moult (which they then seem do a couple of times a year) - and the first time this happened I commented it was like "an explosion in a pillow factory". What a great phrase - I squirreled it away for future use.

After finishing "The End of the World" I needed to write a couple of lighter fics, I did that with a couple of drabbles, but I needed to do something a bit more, and I was already part way through "Castiel's Day" (I seem to quite often come up with a new fic while working on a current one - plus I'm a big fan of writing something else if I find I get stuck with my current work).

The phrase came up in conversation and it clicked in my head and so "Scritch, Scritch, Scritch" was born! (I'm not sure I like the title though)

I had some really nice comments, unfortunately many anonymous, so I can't reply with thanks, but one comment did make me laugh...

"i just have to say it (because reading this means that i'm not studying for my biology finals): arthropods molt. Birds do not molt. Nor do angels...to the best of my knowledge. ;)"

Am I missing some difference in meaning because I used the US "molt" instead of my more normal "moult"? (I like to write SPN in US English - it's a "stylist affectation"!)

I have a dog too, and she definitely moults, seemingly constantly!

I think you really need to study for that biology test!

BTW I googled "arthropod" and screamed like a baby!
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I feel like I'm past all the Sturm und Drang of recent months, but it does feels a bit silly writing this, it's such a long time since Halloween..
 
Ages ago got talking to Tribble Master on FanFiction.net who gave me the prompt of "Dean can't find his way home" - it turned into "No Way Home" - wow, talk about a tonic as at the time I was really struggling to write anything or come up with any ideas.
 
The whole idea of the story was kind of my backlash to Dean suddenly not drinking in that week's episode after so much being made of him having an alcohol problem. (And I felt a bit aggrieved because that story line had made me realise that I was in a phase of drinking far more than I should too)
 
One of the lines that jumped into my head was "Lucifer is now a constant presence; giggling, plotting, and whispering rude comments in his ear"
 
And just like that another "The Devil on Your Shoulder" was born - I actually wrote out most of it while still only half-way through "No Way Home".
 
I started to attend Church not quite two months ago, so had the recent benefit of a Halloween sermon that referenced the Devil, specifically about not listening to him, and that the little voice inside our head telling us that we're "no good" is just as much Satan as the guy with the pitchfork.
 
I thought it would be fun to start it like one of these "Sam falls in love with Lucifer and they all live happily ever after" stories, I even gave him a cutsie nickname Luce. And then it gets dark, very, very dark.
 
And of course the "black-in-black eyes" are an homage to the blue-in-blue eyes of the Fremen in Frank Herbert's Dune.
 
Being a fledgling Baptist and all, it then seemed natural to do things in threes, so then I felt compelled to write a third in the series "Castiel's Day", in three parts itself no less. Since I'd started writing about the Devil with info gathered at Halloween, it seemed ideal to concentrate on All Saint's Day instead, or Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos )  – when I realised that one of the names for this celebration was Day of the Little Angels (Día de los Angelitos) I was obviously hooked!
 
I used an awesome quote from Martin Luther King, who was also a Baptist pastor:
 
The universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship (angels). Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power
 
So much, but not all ("sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" – Freud), of what I write about Supernatural is me testing out my thoughts about other things, and so apologies if the religious content is a somewhat high at the moment.
 
How can I write about Castiel without addressing redemption? How can I write about redemption without addressing God? How can I write about Chuck without including Death? Where else other than a Supernatural fanfic can you write a story that discusses life, death, God, Satan, redemption, the meaning of life, the nature of belief, seeking redemption, and man-crushes?
 
I lost the link and can't find the article, but I read a conjecture that since we're created in God's image, basically God has all our emotions, but wider/deeper/more intensely.  With that in mind I finished the second chapter with the following lines that bring me close to tears each time I read them:
 

      "I'm supposed to be vengeful and wrathful," the author sniffed, wiping his eyes with the back of his hand.

      The thin man passed him a neatly pressed, monogrammed handkerchief, "Of course you are."

 
Castiel mentions in passing in chapter one how grateful he is to be beneath God's notice, and of course the terrible truth revealed in chapter two is that God actually has a soft spot for him.
 
Chapter three is Castiel fulfilling his function as a messenger of God – literally taking what Chuck has related to him and using it to help the Winchesters.
 
Much of the criticism of Sam's character development is to do with him being or becoming "evil", but I think this is the character's strength – no matter how much is thrown at him he just gets on with it and adapts – and so this is exactly what he does.
 
But I do feel sad for Sammy, I'm married to my OTP, I ship Dean/Cas as a OTP, who's Sam got?
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I've finished so many stories recently, and I've realised that in recent days I've killed off Dean, Sam, and Castiel, as well as wiping out the known universe, twice. Not bad for a week's work, is it?

Opheliac Angel is now finished - In a way I'm sad that it's done, but I was getting a bit freaked out about what was going to happen in S7 and didn't want that interfering with my ideas of how I wanted it to end.

Happy Birthday is also finished - not such a need to rush this, but I'd come up with the ending that I wanted, but it was the lead up to this that was the most difficult to write. It's five chapters long, not bad for a one-shot!

No Leaf Clover is finished and published - this thing is a monstrosity, what with its huge wadges of clunky dialogue where Nyarlathotep expounds at length on the nature of existence while leering over Sam. Definitely had to be published pre-7.01, and yes, I'm a little disappointed that the premier wasn't Lovecraftian - but that's a minor, minor point, as I thought it was an awesome episode.

Plus I've also started the E/O Drabble Challenge - which is run by Enkidu07 and Onyx Moonbeam at fanfiction.net - I've managed to write a couple of exactly 100 self-contained stories based on word prompt.

So what's next?

Hmmm, not sure, but I have made some tentative attempts at continuing The Three Faces of Winchester...

Innocuous

Sep. 20th, 2011 01:11 am
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I'm nearly ready to unleash the last chapter of Opheliac Angel -  and just discovered that there's no such word as "innoculous" it's "innocuous" - oops, thanks FanFic!

On the plus side all those missing tweets turned up in one go (yes, that was sarcasm)

"Happy Birthday" - the last chapter's pretty much been done for a while, but I'm still struggling with the penultimate one.

Even though Frank has spoken, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to dust off No Leaf Clover in time before the explosion in FanFic that'll inevitably hit come Friday...
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I've just published the penultimate chapter of Opheliac Angel - I've called the chapter "How to Break a Heart", it suddenly came to me just  as I leaving the house to go for my regular Saturday morning ParkRun - it was a real incentive to run my little old heart out (woohoo new personal best!) and get back to writing.

So now I've switched off the light of a character that I've feel like I've lived and breathed for the last month - it really is my own heart I've broken.

I'm just tidying the last chapter - honestly I think it's done,  I'm just having problems letting go - especially since I wrote the last scene months ago.

I'm also working on Happy Birthday and really enjoying writing Bobby's character - here's another fic I've written back to front, again having written the end a while back.

I can't believe this story started as just a little idea and a short one-off chapter and just kept growing. As I PM'd to Opheliac Angel the other day, I'm going to really miss my sweet little shifter!
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One of side effects of adopting the "Chuck Shurley" approach to writing led to a late night (early morning?) copy and paste accident with Evernote which almost led to a loss of several days work - luckily some offline caching meant I did eventually get most of it back, but it's taken hours to try to sort it out.

Recently some of my best work's been "flow of consciousness" on the commute followed by a late evening spell check, rewrite and general polish. Trouble is that from today everyone is now back at work and the trains were completely overflowing again. Claustrophobia kicked in big time and I eventually had to get off shaking like a freakin' leaf - which was totally embarrassing, not to mention it made me late for work and meant I wasn't able to do any writing. Eventual;y a train arrived that wasn't packed to the rafters and by the time I got to work I felt like I'd already done a full day.

I'm working predominately on the last chapter of Happy Birthday, some of it from Bobby's PoV, but I'm generally happy with it, but it's taking such a long time to hammer out the details.

One of the serendipitous aspects of writing this story has been the discovery of a New Zealand band called "Shapeshifter" - I particularly like Dutchies.

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