osprey_archer: (writing)
[livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo is open again! I'm so tempted to sign up; it's always been my favorite bingo, and it's also been a while since I wrote any fanfic, so maybe it would get me going again...

But I've also been thinking that I need to focus on my own original writing, and hurt/comfort bingo is such a tempting distraction, perhaps I should resist it's siren song.

On the other hand, I have an almost polished first draft of Sage, and once I've finished that I really ought to take a brief break before jumping into another big project. (My current plan for my next novella - possibly novel? I feel like this one could grow alarmingly - is The Depressed Civil War Nurse and the Doctor with the Permanent Limp from His War Wounds Find Love Even Though They Believed Their Infirmities Made That Impossible. It will have a better title once I've actually written it.)

And what is better for a brief break than writing a short story about Stockholm syndrome or survivor's guilt or scars?
osprey_archer: (writing)
Title: Nothing But the Truth
Fandom: The Lost Prince - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pairings: Marco/The Rat
Rating: G
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, drugged
Summary: Marco visits the Rat in the infirmary after the Rat escapes from a Jiardasian interrogation. But the truth serum that the Jiardasians gave the Rat hasn't quite worn off yet.
osprey_archer: (les Miz)
Title: Angels and Demons
Fandom: Les Miserables
Pairings: Enjolras/France, Grantaire's massive unrequited crush on Enjolras
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, bruises
Summary: Enjolras's new mistress is the female personification of France - or so he says. Grantaire thinks she might be an evil spirit.
osprey_archer: (writing)
So far this year, I have written 91,061 words of fic. Last year I was totally impressed with myself for writing 42,242 words, and I’ve already more than doubled the total count for this year! I’m hoping to break 100,000.

With this in mind, I have started a fandom to-do list.

1. “Lucrezia Borgia, Vampire Hunter” (title subject to change without notice). This is the fic about Lucrezia saving Cesare from his vampire lover - you know if vampire lover was an option, Cesare would be unable to resist this bad love life decision - and will probably bring me up to my coveted goal of 100,000 words all on its own. It takes time to traverse the catacombs of Rome!

Also, it will fulfill my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square “bruises,” leaving me with just one more square before I hit a bingo.

2. The final [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square is “drugged.” With help from [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen, I have concluded that the hangover from the fairy wine at a dancing night totally counts as “drugged” rather than merely “drunk.” The part where the heroine starts hallucinating antlers on passersby is totally a clue.

Having settled on a plot, I, uh, I kind of need to decide which fandom to use it with. I’m thinking maybe Black Swan, but I would have to rewatch the movie, and it’s kind of an intense movie…

OTHER POSSIBILITIES. Could this be the Northanger Abbey story that I’ve been waiting for? Or this is clearly something that Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle might do. OR, OR! Maybe this is the seed of the glorious Mae/Sin story for The Demon’s Lexicon that I have been yearning to write ever since the second book!

3. A Lost Girl fairy tale retelling for [livejournal.com profile] poeticknowledge, probably focusing on Kenzi, because Kenzi is my fave. Also possibly Trick, because I love him too. It will be done eventually, but I’m afraid it may take a while. ALTHOUGH I HAVE JUST SEEN THE END OF SEASON ONE. EXCLAMATION POINTS TIMES A THOUSAND.

4. Plus of course there are various and sundry Yuletide fics to write, but who knows what those will be. I actually have two ideas for my assignment. Choices, choices!
osprey_archer: (Sutcliff)
Title: The Threefold Tie, chapter 2
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Pairings: ALL THE PAIRINGS. Esca/Marcus, Esca/Cottia, Marcus/Cottia.
Rating: PG
Beta: sineala & savvierthanu
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Summary: After an argument with Esca and Cottia, Marcus is left alone on the farm. Can they repair their ties?

Also on AO3: Chapter 2: Memories

Chapter 2: Memories )
osprey_archer: (Sutcliff)
Title: The Threefold Tie
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Pairings: ALL THE PAIRINGS. Esca/Marcus, Esca/Cottia, Marcus/Cottia.
Rating: PG
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] sineala & [livejournal.com profile] savvierthanu
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, restrained. Like social restraint? That's totally a thing, right?
Summary: After an argument with Esca and Cottia, Marcus is left alone on the farm. Can they repair their ties?

This is in the same universe as The Wedding Gift, The Fire of Vesta, and Daughters, though I think it stands on it's own.

Also at AO3: The Threefold Tie, Chapter 1: Spring

Chapter 1: Spring )


Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:08 am
osprey_archer: (flying)
So [livejournal.com profile] savvierthanu and I were chatting about how hard it is to come up with titles for stories, and I suggested a game of title roulette. Basically you come up with titles and write the story based around that - preferably using quotes from classic literature because the context of the quote might help spark a story, whereas if you get a title like "Starfish" or something then what do you even do with that?

(Little Mermaid ninja AU?)

- sorry, I got distracted. I gave savvy "In the Forests of the Night," from Blake's poem "Tyger Tyger," and naturally this led to weretigers and she wrote an adorable story about Chekov, who has suddenly turned into a Siberian weretiger and is snuggling with Sulu: Weretiger. Cuddly weretiger! Awww.

This left me with questions.

1. Why are cuddly weretiger stories not a thing? LET US MAKE THEM A THING, FANDOM. I am also game for cuddly werepandas and wereflying squirrels.

2. If a werecreature goes into space, do they stop being a werecreature because there's no longer a moon to put them in their animal form? Or do they just turn unpredictably whenever they're in too close proximity to a moon? What's the mechanism for were-transformations, anyway? is it something to do with the gravitational pull of the moon, or is it the quality of moonlight?

And if werecreatures do turn unpredictably in space, has Starfleet banned werebeasts from its ranks? "I'm sorry, we just can't have you suddenly turning into a tiger and eating members of the crew, it's bad for morale!" And if so, think of the dramatic possibilities! A werewombat sneaks through Starfleet training, concocting anti-were serum in secret in the science lab, only to run out at a critical moment!

...Unfortunately I do not know any of the Treks well enough to write this. I release the werebunny to the world! Go forth and propagate stories!

3. I also note that the title "In the Forests of the Night" still lies unused. But unfortunately I have no weretiger story ideas at all. If it involved either drugs or restraints (WERETIGER ENCAGED), I could totally use it for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, too...

"Do they always put you in a cage for the full moon?"

"Always," she said, letting her striped hair fall like a curtain over her face.

"But that's horrible."

"Not as horrible as coming back to yourself and finding the 'tween maid dead," she said.

EDITH CRAWLEY, LADY WERETIGER. No wonder she thinks no one will marry her.

ALTERNATIVELY. A Little Princess fic. Sara Crewe goes walking through Miss Minchin's establishment soon after she arrives, and finds Lavinia in her cage. It would go some way to explaining Lavinia's sour temper...and why she hates Sara. She can't stand having anyone know her secret.
osprey_archer: (art)
Fic: Second Chances
Fandom: Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, free space, for the prompt "learning to be loved"
Sequel to Requiem, though I don't think you need to read the first to understand the second.
Summary: Eponine intends to go back to the streets after telling Cosette about Marius's death. But Fauchelevent insists on trying to talk her out of it.

Also on AO3: Second Chances

Second Chances )
osprey_archer: (writing)
Fic: A Brother's Blood
Fandom: Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff
Rating: PG-13
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen and [livejournal.com profile] sineala
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, death
Summary: His father squeezed Cunorix’s hand. There was little strength in his withered fingers, but his broken nails dug into Cunorix’s palm. “Sometimes, my son,” he said, “to be fond of the Romans at all, is to be too fond.”

Also at AO3: A Brother's Blood

A Brother's Blood )
osprey_archer: (writing)
[livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo has opened again! I have already acquired a card! It is more than six months before it ends, so perhaps I can fulfill my neurotic daydream of filling in every single square on this card!

My hc_bingo card )

Although probably not, because I’ve enjoyed writing The Lost Prince serial so much that mostly my brain is handing me ideas longer stories. Right now, I am eyeing the middle column: hostile climate, first transformation, substance addiction, and wings. Because that is the perfect column for a whole series of Black Swan fics about Nina the severely depressed wereswan who doesn’t know wereswans exist!

And Lily is also a wereswan! And she is like, “Oh fuck, you mean I have to explain to Nina about the whole wereswan thing? Fuuuuuuuuuuck.” But she steps up to the plate, because Lily is awesome like that!

Would need to rewatch Black Swan.

In other ideas! I have been thinking about writing a Frontier Wolf fic about Cunorix finding out about Connla’s death, and being torn between grief, rage, and “WTF, Connla!” Also a sneaking and hateful relief, because this really simplifies the question of “Do we join the uprising against the Romans?” Cunorix feels lots of feelings!

OTHER THOUGHTS. I have a couple more ideas in my Eponine/Cosette AU (where Marius dies instead of Eponine) that may one day actually get to the Eponine/Cosette, but after they have worked through their thousand and one issues. They have a lot of issues, you guys.

First idea! Eponine, who has been staying with Cosette and Valjean, tries to sneak out because she feels so guilty about causing Marius’s death. (This would be for the grief square, clearly.) Valjean catches her! They have a chat about guilt and repentance.

And second, which doesn’t seem to fit in any square, but nonetheless seems like a good idea to me: naive Cosette has never questioned her father’s past. But streetwise Eponine knows there’s something off about him...so she convinces Cosette to sneak into his room to poke around. (I need to figure out if Javert died in this AU.)

Basically, I think any idea that involves Eponine being a Bad Influence is gold. Possibly this will end with them going to an opium den to fill the “drugged” square. YES. (Did France even have opium dens in the 1830s? Also, are opium dens inherently orientalizing?)

You may have noticed that none of these ideas are actually lining up neatly in bingo lines. Thus the fact that I find the blackout an attractive option. Even if it means I need to come up with a story for “food poisoning.”

And...those are my thoughts for now! What do you all think? Any brilliant ideas I am missing?
osprey_archer: (writing)
Apparently bingos do mini-challenges when they do not actually have a bingo running? I had not realized that this might be the case until I looked at trope_bingo this morning and, oh look! They have a May challenge. With cards to choose from!

I am trying to decide if I want to do the challenge: trope_bingo didn't go nearly as well for me as [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo did, possibly because I don't find tropes quite as inspiring as hurt/comfort (unless of course they are hurt/comfort tropes. Cuddling for warmth FTW!), but also possibly because I did it during the Semester from Hell (tm) and perhaps I should give tropes another chance by taking a card now.

And also perhaps the fact that tropes don't come as naturally as character torment means that writing more of them stretches my abilities more as a writer? It's always good to try new things.

Although by that way of thinking, possibly I should take one of the AU cards. They have noir AUs! Circus AUs! Royalty AUs! (Royalty AUs? Is that really a thing?)

I could totally see a Veronica Mars royalty AU. Lily as assassinated princess! Veronica, her lady-in-waiting! Also possibly bodyguard, though that would give her an extra burden of guilt for Lily's death. Logan: possibly a prince from a neighboring land? Neptune of course would be a kingdom, or at least a city state.

(Veronica Mars: also perfect for a mermaid AU. They already live in the town of Neptune, for goodness sake.)

Must contemplate this.

Also! Seeing the trope_bingo challenge inspired me to go see if [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo was doing a similar thing, and indeed! A May challenge! But not just any May challenge: it is a challenge for fics for tiny fandoms, and therefore basically made for me.

pneumonia caught in a robbery
lacerations / knife wounds counseling

I'm kind of drawn toward the pneumonia prompt (although it's also hard to go wrong with knife wounds...), but I don't have a real yen which fandom to write for. Anyone have any requests/thoughts/ridiculous yet awesome ideas?
osprey_archer: (Cottia)
Title: Nothing Like the Sun
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Rating: PG-13
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, body image issues
Warning: attempted rape (not by Marcus)
Summary: Esca did not want Marcus to want him, yet it burned that even if he were not Marcus’s slave, he was too ugly for Marcus to want.

Nothing Like the Sun )

Fic: Vixen

Nov. 2nd, 2012 10:29 pm
osprey_archer: (Cottia)
Title: Vixen
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Rating: G
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] sineala
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, amnesia
Summary: Cottia becomes a fox. (Literally.) Hijinks ensue!

Also at AO3, here.

Vixen )

Fic: Yalta

Oct. 31st, 2012 01:58 pm
osprey_archer: (Default)
Title: Yalta
Fandom: Hetalia
Characters: Russia, England, America
Rating: PG
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, Stockholm syndrome
Summary: When England didn’t move, Russia said, “There are some that are...some that I can’t – that I have trouble reaching, because...”

“On your back?” England suggested, and when Russia didn’t reply, he rolled up his sleeves and came in.

Yalta )
osprey_archer: (Sutcliff)
You guys, I am so excited. I got to call a fic Caritas! It fills me with happiness and joy!

Now I only need to title a fic after a Taylor Swift song, and then my joy will be complete.

Title: Caritas
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Frontier Wolf
Rating: G
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: hc_bingo, head trauma
Summary: After the dance of the Bull Calves, Lucius stops by to check on Alexios' head injury.

Also on AO3, here

Caritas )
osprey_archer: (downton abbey)
Title: Bruises
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Sybil/Branson
Rating: PG
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, bruises
Summary: “Branson, what happened to your wrist?”

Branson drew back his hand as if bitten, and rolled down his sleeve. Motor oil streaked the clean white cotton. “I didn’t mean for you to see it,” he said, grabbing for a rag to wipe his shirt. No, that would just smudge the oil more.

Also at AO3, here

Bruises )
osprey_archer: (Cottia)
Title: The Fire of Vesta
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Rating: G
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, orphans
Summary: “Marcus, you never speak of your mother," said Cottia. “Yes; what was she like?”

It had been so long since he had spoken of his mother that he did not know how to answer; and the force of that long habit gave him a strange reluctance to speak of her now. “Why do you ask?” he said, at last.

Cottia shifted restlessly. “Only I have been thinking about my mother,” she said, and her hand rested a moment on her belly.

This is kind of a sequel to A Wedding Gift, only not exactly.

Also at AO3, here.

The Fire of Vesta )
osprey_archer: (nature)
Happy October, everyone! It's one of my favorite months: the leaves are turning, the hot spiced cider flowing, wood smoke permeating the air...


I hadn't realized that leaves turn from the outside in.


And I am working on fics for hc_bingo. Fics to finish this week, because after that I have a big paper to write. These are mostly in various stages of doneness, so if anyone wants to beta...

1. Eot9, on the theme of orphans - Marcus and Cottia talk about Marcus's mother. It struck me that there's a parallel between Marcus's childhood (he's sent to live with relatives who don't understand him and fail to acculturate him to their values) and Cottia's (ditto, though she's not technically orphaned). This one's done, though I'm still poking at it a bit.

2. Eot9, Esca/Marcus, about Esca's complex about his clipped ear. This story may not have Cottia at all; I may go into withdrawal.

3. Hetalia, about Russia, naturally, on the theme of "Stockholm Syndrome." This one is almost done. It's set at the Yalta Conference and involves England being all "You know your boss is actually supposed to like you, right, Russia?" to which Russia replies "STFU Stalin totally loves me, which is why he punishes me, because that is how you express love, oh God maybe you are right."

After World War II Stalin never did manage to make the USSR quite as terrorific as it had been in the thirties, though he was ramping up to it again when he died.

4. Downton Abbey, Sybil/Branson. That story I was talking about where Sir Richard Carlisle bruises Branson's wrist? That is this story.

I still need fics for "head trauma" and "amnesia." Head trauma is almost too easy - it fits in, like, every fandom ever - but I'm still fretting about amnesia. Maybe Social Network? Eduardo gets amnesia and is all "Mark! Bestie! What has happened in the years I have forgotten?" and Mark is like "CLEARLY YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND. NOTHING HAS EVER COME BETWEEN US. LET US HANG OUT."

And Dustin or Chris is all "Voice of reason, Mark, you have to tell him that he hates you sometime, or he'll never forgive you when he gets his memory back."

Mark: "Ugh, it's like you want me to be mature and tell the truth rather than just passive-aggressively letting the chips fall where they may. I REFUSE." Possibly he'll get over this?
osprey_archer: (Default)
Title: Blackmail
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Pairings: Branson/Sybil, (oh God please forgive me) Branson/Thomas
Rating: PG
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume
Disclaimer: If it were mine, it would probably be the Sybil 'n' Branson ('n' Gwen) show.
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, blackmail.
Summary: Thomas needs a ride into Ripon to take advantage of a business opportunity. And he knows just how to get Branson to drive him there...

Thomas unfolded the paper, eyes on Branson – watching for a reaction – but Branson, puzzled, didn’t react till Thomas read, “My dearest Sybil – ”

Then Branson flinched.

Also on AO3, here.

Blackmail )

Fic: Cages

Sep. 10th, 2012 12:20 am
osprey_archer: (Cottia)
Title: Cages
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff, Eagle of the Ninth
Rating: PG
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen
Disclaimer: So not mine. :(
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, hunger, for the wild card square.
Warning: I'm not sure what I should be warning for, but I feel there needs to be a warning for something. Childhood suffering? Forced assimilation?
Summary: When Cottia arrives in Calleva, her Aunt Valaria means to remake her into a Roman maiden. Cottia does not approve of this plan, but she may not be able to resist.

Also over at AO3, here.

Cages )


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