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06 August 2018 @ 06:54 am
Borrowed from [profile] toujour_nigel, whose own is here. The idea is to put up the first line of each of the last ten stories I have posted, and see if there are any commonalities or patterns. Going back ten covers everything I've done this year as well as the stories I wrote for Yuletide last year. Rather neatly, too: none of the Yulefic has had to be omitted.

So here goes:
  • "All good things must come to an end."

    "Hot Buttered Crumpets", 5K, written for [profile] artemis1000 in the Everywoman gift exchange.

    Crossover between The Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. Back in England after the children's first visit to Narnia, Lucy meets the real Alice.


  • "This is the Last Will and Testament of me, Natalya Maria Balandin née Sukhareva…."

    "Gone Where the Goblins Go", 5K, written for [personal profile] nycmacysgirl in FK Fic Fest.

    Forever Knight. Fill between Seasons One and Two, elaborating on the backstory for Natalie that was introduced in the Season Three episode, "Dead of Night". She is reluctant to go to see her grandmother's lawyer when the old lady dies.


  • "The heist was, of course, planned to the second."

    "Stopped Cold", 17K, written for [personal profile] rivulet027 in the Worldbuilding Exchange.

    The Flash (TV series). Some months after Captain Cold returns to Central City after being rescued from the Oculus explosion, the newly formed Rogues pull their first heist. There are unexpected consequences....


  • "‘What the hell just happened?’"

    "Truth and Lies", 431 words, written for [personal profile] sperrywink in Chocolate Box.

    The Flash (TV series). After the episode "Rogue Air", Cisco and Caitlin talk about the attempt to transfer the prisoners from the Pipeline.


  • "He kissed her, caressed her—and sank his teeth into her neck."

    "To Perfect Her for the Taking", 572 words, written for [personal profile] monicawoe in Chocolate Box.

    Forever Knight. LaCroix's perspective on the events in the flashback to the Season Three episode "Trophy Girl", in which Nick drains Liselle, whom his master had intended as his own prey.


  • "‘We should’ve kept the emerald,’ said Mick out of the blue."

    "Price above Emeralds", 386 words, written for [personal profile] sperrywink in Chocolate Box.

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Mick talks to Len after the events of the Season One episode "Blood Ties".


  • "After becoming a vampire, Javier did not return to Pizarro’s army for long."

    "A Tale of Cain and Abel", 2K, written for [personal profile] androcksandthings in Yuletide.

    Forever Knight. In 1531, Vachon slowly flies north from Lake Titicaca, eventually arriving in Mexico City. The Inca is ever in pursuit.


  • "Let ol’ Screed tell yer, the advan’age o’ rats is ’ow simple they are as prey."

    "A Rat's Eye View of the World", 1K, written for [personal profile] ladygray99 in Yuletide.

    Forever Knight. Screed's perspective on food and friendship, and his life as a carouche. Written in his own idiosyncratic idiolectal blend of Nadsat and Cockney.


  • "‘He never caned me at school.’"

    "Don't Insult My Intelligence", 2K, written for [personal profile] moetushie in Yuletide.

    The Charioteer. As Bunny drives back to Bridstow after dropping Laurie at the hospital, he considers the implications of their conversation.


  • "She was alone."

    "Entire of Herself", ~3K, written for [personal profile] swmbo in Yuletide.

    Swallows and Amazons series. While the others go sailing, Susan stays behind on Wild Cat Island to set up camp herself. Takes place shortly after The Picts and the Martyrs.

Ye-e-e-s. I can see one obvious thing most of these have in common. As first lines go, they tend to be short and snappy. They're designed to grab you fast and toss you on to the rest of the paragraph, wherein lies the real interest. In fact, seen in isolation, some of them are remarkably uninformative! One would really need the first paragraph, I think, to make much sense of "All good things must come to an end": it's just a saying, and could lead almost anywhere. And "He never caned me at school" is a direct quotation from the novel.

I wonder if, should I go back further, I'd find that this is true of my earlier stories as well? Is this a consistent aspect of my style or a relatively recent evolution?

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greerwatson
17 June 2018 @ 08:55 am
Let me thank you right up front for whatever you are going to write. Although you've seen my sign-up, I know that most people like more than that to go on. I hope this letter will prove helpful. I know I've said more about some fandoms than others, but please don't read any significance in that. All are dear to my heart. (I've listed them alphabetically.)


GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me, especially when dealing with children's books.

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic or killed in war, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second person fic, please. First person is okay, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.
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greerwatson
11 June 2018 @ 05:49 pm
First, let me thank you for writing me a story in one of the fandoms we share. I'm excited about all of them. (They're listed in alphabetical order, so as not to play favourites.)


GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me. (When I encounter it in stories, I skim over it.) When pairings are essential to the story, I feel that curtainfic > romance > smut. BUT character and plot are the best!

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second person fic, please. First person is okay, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.
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greerwatson
28 January 2018 @ 05:55 pm
Let me thank you right up front for whatever you are going to write. Although you've seen the tags on my sign-up, I know that most people like more than that to go on, so I hope this letter will prove helpful.

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greerwatson
26 January 2018 @ 06:38 am
I did this last year, so....

I only wrote one story more than I did in 2016, fourteen in all. Mostly, they were a fairly average sort of length, plus a couple of ficlets. Sadly, I was not inspired to write any longer fic. (I'm a bit disappointed in myself.)

Most of the stories were written for gift exchanges; and, not for the first time, I got matched with Flo a couple of times. This is fine if I've deliberately angled for it in order to write her a pet fandom-of-the-rarest. Otherwise, it's a nuisance: there's more of a challenge (and more fun) in writing for anyone else.

Sadly, two exchanges I've done in the past, Rarewomen and My Old Fandom, didn't run last year, and seem likely not to do so in the future either. However, I did the new Worldbuilding Exchange, Exchange at Fic Corner, Everywoman, Trick or Treat, and Yuletide. Plus, of course, FK Fic Fest (which has its own special place in my heart!) for the however-manyeth time. In addition, it occurred to me—not for the first time—that the very abrupt ending of Dick Francis's Flying Finish, which I was rereading, left quite a large number of dangling questions. As the Be the First Challenge was just shy of reveals, I had time to dash off a hasty postscript.

All in all, an adequate but not very exciting showing. I'm reasonably pleased with what I wrote; but I had a hard time getting fingertips to keyboard.

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greerwatson
18 January 2018 @ 06:13 am
This Yuletide looked at first as though it was going to be rather frustrating—not because of my assignment in itself (for it was fine), but because I had writer's block. My story ground itself out slowly, even though I had it planned out well ahead of the deadline. Then, when I was finally raring to write treats in the last days before Christmas, there was so much shopping to do that I never seemed to have time to write.

Still, all's well that ends well. I did manage to squeeze out writing time, especially on Christmas Eve. At least in part this was because much of the tree-decorating was done by Flo. So much thanks to her!

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greerwatson
06 January 2018 @ 05:53 am
First, let me thank you for writing me a story in one of the fandoms we share. I'm excited about all of them.


REQUESTS:

Forever Knight (Nicholas Knight & Natalie Lambert, Nicholas Knight & Lucien LaCroix, Nicholas Knight & Don Schanke)
I love the cop aspect of the series; so perhaps Schanke as Nick's partner or Natalie as pathologist. Or Natalie as Nick's "doctor", searching for a cure (especially if you focus on the science rather than her nagging him to stop drinking blood). If you write about Nick and LaCroix, then either an incident in their centuries' long history, or a tale set at the Raven.

I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. DNW second person fic. Any other characters you want to include would be fine. Do feel free to ignore "Last Knight" if you want.


The Flash (TV 2014) (Barry Allen/Leonard Snart, Cisco Ramon & Caitlin Snow)
Cisco and Caitlin are the core of Flash's back-up team. Maybe their perspective back in the Cortex while he's off saving the day? Or some off-duty friendship chat; or maybe backstory before the Particle Acclerator explosion when Star Labs was a busy research site.

For ColdFlash, I like snarky banter during heists and other meet-ups, fix-it fic (no way is Snart dead!), and ethical dilemmas about their CSI/thief relationship.

DNW soulmates, A/B/O, mpreg, wingfic, genderswap, kidfic. I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. DNW second person fic. Any other characters you want to include would be fine.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Mick Rory & Leonard Snart)
The friendship between Mick and Len is often tense, but always works out in the end. Perhaps a scene on board the Waverider before the Oculus explosion? Or backstory: when they were teenagers, pulling early jobs, in jail, or before they started working together again in The Flash. I like snarky banter, fix-it fic (no way is Len dead!), and ethical dilemmas.

DNW soulmates, A/B/O, mpreg, wingfic, genderswap, kidfic. I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. DNW second person fic. Any other characters you want to include would be fine.



GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen, unless otherwise specified. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me. (When I encounter it in stories, I skim over it.) For pairings, my tastes are pretty vanilla.

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second person fic, please. First person is okay, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.


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greerwatson
04 October 2017 @ 03:08 am
First, let me thank you for writing me a story in one of the fandoms we share. I've listed them in alphabetical order, so as not to play favourites.


GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me. (When I encounter it in stories, I skim over it.) When pairings are essential to the story, I feel that curtainfic > romance > smut. BUT character and plot are the best!

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second-person fic, please. First person is fine, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.

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greerwatson
11 September 2017 @ 05:50 am
It's that time of year again! Yuletide nominations are now open, and will close on September 16th at 9 a.m. UTC (which basically, for most of us, means Thursday night).

I've added Forever Knight, with Nick, Natalie, LaCroix, and Vachon. I figure that to be a selection that gives people scope for requesting vampire, cop, or historical fic, as well as stories focusing on the new third-season characters.

On the other hand, it's a pretty short list! Is anyone else planning to nominate Forever Knight?

I hope so. With so many characters to pick from, but only four permitted per nominator, it would be good to have at least one other person (even two!) adding more characters. If so, we should coordinate our efforts so that we don't waste any slots through duplication.

Information about nominating can be found here on [community profile] yuletide_admin. You're allowed to suggest a maximum of three fandoms, with up to four characters for each of them.

After the tag set is checked over by the moderators, sign-ups will open on October 1st.

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greerwatson
11 September 2017 @ 05:25 am
Sign-ups for this year's Trick or Treat Exchange are about to open.

Trick or Treat is a Halloween event (though stories do not have to be about the holiday). You can offer/request either a story or art, with the minimum word count being 300 words. A tasty little treat, in other words. Of course, you're free to write something longer if you want. A lot of people also write additional gifts, whether for their assigned recipient or other participants.

Forever Knight has been nominated, with the following characters: Nick Knight, Lucien LaCroix, Natalie Lambert, Janette DuCharme, Don Schanke, Tracy Vetter, Javier Vachon, and Screed.

If you want to see what other fandoms have been nominated, take a look at the tagset. You have to request at least three different fandoms and offer at least four. Requests will be visible; so, if you want to write additional stories, you'll be able to see what people are asking for.

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