candygramme: (Alec Back)
Big birthday thank you to [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator and [livejournal.com profile] aqualegia for the pretty presents.

The family pulled out all the stops to provide a sumptuous Indian repast, and gave me a beautiful wheelbarrow. A work colleague gave me a stormtrooper for my desk, and as a friend said, I'll now be able to conquer the galaxy one garden at a time.

I am totally broke, and one cat is recovering at great expense from lung worm. The other has just come down with cat flu, despite having had the shots. *growls*

Big bang is going well, I think, although there's a fair bit still to do. I am partway through the last chapter of Hurricane, and that will be wonderful to finish, since it was a WIP for years.

I have other WIPs to finish, but that one will be a really good start.
candygramme: (Both Dorks)
Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] firesign10:

How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for?

When I was in high school, a friend and I used to write stories about the Norwich City Football team. I think we started when I was around 15, so I guess the first fandom I ever wrote was RPS! However it wasn't until the X-Files came along that I really started to want to write it. Believe it or not, my first fanfic was a gen Xover with X-Files and Ranma 1/2. It seemed so logical to me that Mulder would want to investigate the kids in Ranma.I wish I still had that fic. I think it was pretty good, but I never really posted it anywhere, and sadly, the hard drive it was stored on died. :( However I then started writing Mulder/Krycek and somehow never looked back.

Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Well, X-Files was my first, and there's a lot of my stuff out there along with the Truth! I don't still write in it although I occasionally borrow Krycek to put into other 'verses.

Other fandoms I've made a brief foray into are Roswell, Highlander, Warlock and Kane/Carlson RPS. Mostly I like to steal the characters and incorporate them into what I am doing rather than writing in their world.

I am still all about Supernatural, and it's Sam and Dean all the way, although I've written a couple of Dean/Ellen fics and had fun with that. My main love is the CW RPS, and J2 are my focus.

Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Sadly, I don't. I feel really left out, because so many people do. I somehow missed that. Boo!

If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

The latest to do that to me is Sebastian Roche. He decided he was going to be in the big bang we will b posting on Friday, and I hadn't planned on him being in the story at all. He proved to be so much fun to write that now I keep on trying to work him into other stuff I'm doing.

When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I'm a slasher, and am very make oriented, but if I have a handle on the character I'm happy to write either.

Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

No, not really. I usually know who they are and what they will do before I start to write.

Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I don't often write OC's, but ages ago there was a kind of ongoing soap opera series I used to write with a person who was my friend at that time. I actually created a blatant Mary-Sue for that. I endowed him with great beauty and a vast fortune and wrote his speech and actions exactly the way I would respond. People loved him!!! One person went so far as to borrow him and wrote a fic about him! It used to make me giggle. There were a lot of OCs in that story, all over the top.

Pairings - For each of the fandoms from question two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Jensen/Jared
Jensen/Steve Carlson
Steve Carlson/Chris Kane

Pairings - Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I tried to write Duncan/Methos once, and gave up, because I just can't get Duncan. He just never seemed to have a consistent character for me

Genre - do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Lately it's sci-fi, and especially the kind of far future post apocalyptic stuff.

Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

I've done a couple. I wrote a straight interpretation of Ladyhawke for one of my big bangs, and I've done really silly, lampoon style versions of The Wizard of Oz and The Fifth Element. I love to take an existing story line and use it to send up anything I can get my hands on.

Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

TBH, I really prefer canon. Having said that, I do a lot of AU RPS, so there really isn't much canon required. If I'm writing a character in a crossover, which I do on a regular basis, I want to make sure that the characters are true to their own canon even when thrown into another 'verse entirely. One day I will post my Warlock/Methos crossover, and I don't suppose anyone will read it, but it does satisfy me that the characters are right.

Ratings - how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

I'll do NC17, but I don't write PWPs, and I like to have a plot, so the sex to me is secondary. I've definitely written a story that I intended to be NC-17 and then discovered that it was complete and still only PG-13.

Warnings - What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I hate warnings. Published novels don't carry warnings. Why do we have to have them. One community I used to post to regularly has gone so overboard with the warnings and tags now that I don't even post there any more. I will warn for main character death and extreme violence, but I don't often write that kind of story.

Summaries - Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I would rather think of this as a teaser than a summary. I like teasers. They describe the world that the story inhabits rather than giving it away.

Titles - Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

I loathe titles. I am so bad at titles. Often I hang onto a fic because I can't think of a title. I suck at them. Most of my stuff is on my hard drive labeled "Christmas fic #3" or "Big Bang 2014" because I can't think what to call them. Eventually I despair and post the thing anyway and usually the day after it's too late and it's out there, a perfect title will flash into my brain. Grrr.

Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Everywhere. It could be from something someone says, or a movie or book might spark me off, or someone could ask me for a specific pairing and I have to sit down and think how that could work.

When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

I'll open a file with the bunny and save it into a folder I call the warren, and there it will sit until I get to it.

Do you ever get bunnies from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Occasionally. Not very often.

Sequels - Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Yep. I think that sometimes the story isn't complete, and there's more to tell. The new big bang is a sequel, and I have a nearly complete sequel to "Murder by Space." I also did one for "5,000 Light Years from Home."

Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I am a terribly slow writer, and every year I think that this is going to be the one I don't make it to, but so far so good. They terrify me and I love them too. I don't sign up for a huge number because my writing is usually in fits and starts. I am never sure if I will end up creatively egg-bound.

When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

These days I post to my journal and possibly Ao3 unless it's short. I'll find a community that takes that kind of story if I can, but only one. I really don't like the cross posting that glues up my timeline. I have a personal site too, but I tend to forget to update it.

Betaing - How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I have a couple of very treasured beta readers, and I view them as essential. They are worth their weight in diamonds, let alone gold. One beta at a time though. I've learned from my mistakes in that regard. The only beta horror story I have concerns a story I beta'd way back in X-Files fandom. The guy whose story it was ignored every comment I'd made, posted it as it was with horrendous grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and credited me effusively for the beta. *wince*

Music - Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

All the time. I am almost always listening to music. I'll get playlists together when I read a story, let alone when I'm writing one.

What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Most recently trying to come up with a term for a transporter beam a la Star Trek that hadn't already been used.

Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

Both by hand and computer, but I would much rather type it in directly on my desktop. I have a laptop. I have a tablet, and I can't stand the keyboard or what passes for a mouse on the laptop. The tablet and I are possibly looking to divorce because my fingers aren't 'electric' enough and I have to stab keys repeatedly to get them to 'take'. I have the same problem with my phone.

Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I've had lots of partners in crime through the years. I love to collaborate. I love when artists are working on things for my fic too. That's just such a special, amazing experience.

What is your current project or projects?

Posting the big bang on Friday, finishing off the sequel to "Murder By Space" and completing a crossover I am doing with [livejournal.com profile] spoonlessone that's a crossover for SPN/Days of Our Lives.

Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I've said this before, but I think the one that's given me the most satisfaction is "Murder by Space" although "5,000 Light Years from Home" comes a close second.
candygramme: (Adam Whatever)
Okay, slashers, if you're short of plot ideas, why not try the Crossover Generator?

Look no further!


Where else could I be prompted to write a story that crosses Reservoir Dogs with Siegfried and Roy?
candygramme: (Both Dorks)
candygramme: (Christmas 2013)
Hi guys: Currently, "Facing the Music" is at #11 on the list of books about musicians. If you can spare me another click here here and vote for it, I would be so happy. I think this must be an end of year thing.
candygramme: (Christmas 2013)
Hi guys: Currently my book, 'Facing the Music" is at #3 on the list of books with best secondary characters. If you were to go here and vote for it, I would be so happy.
candygramme: (Jensen Dean grieves)
I actually subscribe to the community, but I missed it until my partner in crime sent me the review. Read it right here! I am so grateful.

Need help

Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:27 am
candygramme: (Jensen flaps his wings)
I'm looking for prompts, because I can't think of anything to write. Give me the first line of something, or 3 words to include, or a situation and pairing, or... Just prompt me, please. See if I can ignite the spark.
candygramme: From gif by mostly10 on Tumblr (Jensen eyes blink)
January and February were both totally without any events to speak of. Somehow I seem to have everything packed into March. I'm not sure how I managed that, but at least there will be fun, I hope.

Burbank con was beyond amazing. I love going to the cons for the joy of meeting up with people I don't see at any other time. Everyone was on form, and I had a blast quite apart from the guests. It was awesome to catch up with friends from Australia, Germany and the UK as well as the North American folks I know and love.

The guests at the con were terrific too. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and the J's were especially lively. I even got a photo with the two of them where I look halfway human - this doesn't happen very often!



Me sandwich, J2 Sue



Yesterday I had my birthday, and the weekend was filled with family. This Wednesday I am due to go and get my right eyeball polished and reinserted. I am not looking forward to that, but I am hoping that it will help me see properly again. I've been peering through lace curtains for a couple of years now, and I'm told that cataract removal is a really routine procedure. I hope that they're right. *shudder*

At the end of the month I get to go to Portland for the weekend. I'm really looking forward to that. For those that know him and love him, Peter Wingfield (Methos) has always been very friendly and positive for his fans. He recently retired from acting to go back to medical school and complete his medical degree. He's having a gathering of his fanclub, which I think may well be the last one ever. It's in Portland, which I love, and I am going. I am hoping that there might be a little Kane action too. Fingers crossed.

I'm writing, and almost done one story which I think is rather ugly but wanted to be written, before I buckle down and finish up my Big Bang. At least the words are flowing at the moment. This is good, because last year they really weren't.

So that's it from me. What have you all been doing?
candygramme: (Both Monkey Dance)
So much excitement, I can't stand it! Peoples' Choice Awards are announced tomorrow. Please, PLEASE may we have not voted in vain. Our boys need to win both categories. THEY NEED TO! Do you hear me, world?

And in other news, our story, "In the Name of the Law" is being featured in a blog tour prior to its release next Monday. Go here, read and if you comment, you'll be entered for a chance to win a prize. There are some really awesome prizes too.

Friday sees Nick Lea joining the cast of Supernatural, and Untouchable!Dean. My ovaries are exploding and it's only Tuesday.
candygramme: (Both Monkey Dance)
So much excitement, I can't stand it! Peoples' Choice Awards are announced tomorrow. Please, PLEASE may we have not voted in vain. Our boys need to win both categories. THEY NEED TO! Do you hear me, world?

And in other news, our story, "In the Name of the Law" is being featured in a blog tour prior to its release next Monday. Go here, read and if you comment, you'll be entered for a chance to win a prize. There are some really awesome prizes too.

Friday sees Nick Lea joining the cast of Supernatural, and Untouchable!Dean. My ovaries are exploding and it's only Tuesday.
candygramme: (Jensen Avenging)
Someone please tell me why I have to work? Why doesn't someone pay me for being me, so I don't have to put up with idiot clients? Why don't people read instructions? Are most people really REALLY fucking lazy, or am I just a curmudgeon? I want to be independently wealthy so I can quit my job and go to school and learn Photoshop properly. *sigh*
/rant.

My oldest kid just phoned me to tell me that he came home from work to find that someone had ripped the lock off his door and stolen all his electronics, and all the kids' Christmas presents from the apartment upstairs. It's the second time it's happened. They did the same thing this time last year. I told him to move, but it's sickening. I guess I'm not having a great day!

I posted my Jensen the Space Detective pulp fiction, Murder by Space, and I'm pleased with it, so that was good. I'm almost done with a pinch hit for someone for Christmas, and then on Tuesday next week we're going to have our turn in the spotlight for "His Hero." That's going to be really fun.
candygramme: (Jensen Avenging)
Someone please tell me why I have to work? Why doesn't someone pay me for being me, so I don't have to put up with idiot clients? Why don't people read instructions? Are most people really REALLY fucking lazy, or am I just a curmudgeon? I want to be independently wealthy so I can quit my job and go to school and learn Photoshop properly. *sigh*
/rant.

My oldest kid just phoned me to tell me that he came home from work to find that someone had ripped the lock off his door and stolen all his electronics, and all the kids' Christmas presents from the apartment upstairs. It's the second time it's happened. They did the same thing this time last year. I told him to move, but it's sickening. I guess I'm not having a great day!

I posted my Jensen the Space Detective pulp fiction, Murder by Space, and I'm pleased with it, so that was good. I'm almost done with a pinch hit for someone for Christmas, and then on Tuesday next week we're going to have our turn in the spotlight for "His Hero." That's going to be really fun.
candygramme: (Both thighs)
I am pimping this for [livejournal.com profile] jennylynneh, and because it looks really fun. Please go here to check it out. She'd love you to play.

Stuff

Aug. 21st, 2009 03:04 pm
candygramme: (J2 Victory arms)
[livejournal.com profile] marys_scribbles gets here tonight, and [livejournal.com profile] tithenielflew out this morning. It's all go!

My assistant is leaving, and I am going to be under so much pressure that I can't even tell you. My work computer died, and I am functioning, (barely) on a stupidly slow thing that has none of my programs on it. Curse you, Microsoft! Still, this next couple of weeks will be awesome - the con is only a week away, and then Steve's gig, and the weekend after we go to Portland to see Kane for the last time this summer, and my new "Life of Riley" has arrived..

Like I said, it's all go, but I am going to accentuate the positive, (Steve, Jensen, Riley) eliminate the negative (work) and spend my time messing with the in between for the hell of it.

If anyone reads, what do you think? I have a long, long WIP, with Steve/Jensen, Steve/Chris, Jensen/Chris and Jared/Jensen.

Shall I wait to post the whole thing, or shall I start to post it in chapters? I've done lots, but it's loooong.

It's Friday! Whee!

Stuff

Aug. 21st, 2009 03:04 pm
candygramme: (J2 Victory arms)
[livejournal.com profile] marys_scribbles gets here tonight, and [livejournal.com profile] tithenielflew out this morning. It's all go!

My assistant is leaving, and I am going to be under so much pressure that I can't even tell you. My work computer died, and I am functioning, (barely) on a stupidly slow thing that has none of my programs on it. Curse you, Microsoft! Still, this next couple of weeks will be awesome - the con is only a week away, and then Steve's gig, and the weekend after we go to Portland to see Kane for the last time this summer, and my new "Life of Riley" has arrived..

Like I said, it's all go, but I am going to accentuate the positive, (Steve, Jensen, Riley) eliminate the negative (work) and spend my time messing with the in between for the hell of it.

If anyone reads, what do you think? I have a long, long WIP, with Steve/Jensen, Steve/Chris, Jensen/Chris and Jared/Jensen.

Shall I wait to post the whole thing, or shall I start to post it in chapters? I've done lots, but it's loooong.

It's Friday! Whee!
candygramme: (Jensen Twink)
Where to begin? First I got rid of my husband - always a complex task! He's gone off to England, and although I'm going myself in a couple of weeks, we won't really overlap anywhere, so I have a completely Russ-free month, except that he is bombarding me with emails demanding all kinds of things long distance. Thank you dear, I really didn't have anything to do until you assailed me with all your demands for service.

So the weekend was going to be a magnificent weekend of work - sorting out the spare room and divesting myself of years of clutter, and in fact I did a lot. My friend Cruella came over on Saturday and helped me throw things away, and we drank wine and grooved to Steve Carlson (but only on the inside.)

Sunday, I woke up feeling like a train hit me. Muscles ached, joints ached, throat was sore and head was stuffed full of something really slimy and green. I was supposed to go out to see a movie in the afternoon, but instead I sat and wished I was dead.

[livejournal.com profile] splashpink arrived bearing real tea and did my gardening for me. She's the most awesome thing that ever awesomed, and I love her. I moved a few boxes of crap around and discovered the floor of the spare bedroom. Bonus. Also, I burned a whole bunch of DVDs to send out to people before falling back into bed and dying.

Monday found me back at work, with a sign around my neck that says, "unclean!" I absolutely can't spare any time off at the moment. I need my vacation time for the UK, so just wear your all over body condom if you come near me.

Today, it's easing off a little, and my joints still ache like crazy, but the stuffiness and coughing are going away. I may make it through to the finale after all.

And I have to edit my big bang this week, so I can sign off on it. I have another bunny ripping holes in my brain and I want to get going on that.

Glee!

May. 1st, 2009 07:14 pm
candygramme: (J2 My Pillow)
Such a good Friday!

I've just sent off my first draft of Big Bang, so I'm in. There are things I have to tweak and edit and so on, but the story is done. Yay.

And the sun is shining, and I've set up my Dreamwidth journal, (thank you to the adorable [livejournal.com profile] splashpink) If you want to friend me. I am not going to abandon LJ, but Dreamwidth will be there if LJ spazzes out again, and because it's there, LJ will behave impeccably forever more!

Like I said, the sun is shining, and today I went to work without a jacket, wearing a summer top! Hooray. Maybe winter is over at last. It's been a while!

My colleague at work has been suffering from a really nasty cold, and I think I'm getting it now. Damn, although I can be thankful that it didn't hit when I was wrestling with Big Bang. And hopefully it'll be gone by the time I head for England at the end of the month.

Last night's show is still making me twitch. I may have things to say about it later, but for the moment I'm really just choked up about it. Poor boys... and I mean all three of them.

Glee!

May. 1st, 2009 07:14 pm
candygramme: (J2 My Pillow)
Such a good Friday!

I've just sent off my first draft of Big Bang, so I'm in. There are things I have to tweak and edit and so on, but the story is done. Yay.

And the sun is shining, and I've set up my Dreamwidth journal, (thank you to the adorable [livejournal.com profile] splashpink) If you want to friend me. I am not going to abandon LJ, but Dreamwidth will be there if LJ spazzes out again, and because it's there, LJ will behave impeccably forever more!

Like I said, the sun is shining, and today I went to work without a jacket, wearing a summer top! Hooray. Maybe winter is over at last. It's been a while!

My colleague at work has been suffering from a really nasty cold, and I think I'm getting it now. Damn, although I can be thankful that it didn't hit when I was wrestling with Big Bang. And hopefully it'll be gone by the time I head for England at the end of the month.

Last night's show is still making me twitch. I may have things to say about it later, but for the moment I'm really just choked up about it. Poor boys... and I mean all three of them.
candygramme: (Dean Rock On)
1: I am wearing AWESOME shoes. I think that actually they are the most awesome shoes I have ever owned. AND I'M WEARING THEM! ON MY FEET!

2: I have tickets to go see Spinal Tap Unwigged and Unplugged tonight. This means I will spend the evening with David St. Hubbins! WIN!

3: My BIG Bang, although not finished, looks like it actually will be ready for May 1. This wasn't always the case!

4: It's stopped raining.

5: My friend [livejournal.com profile] marys_scribbles is going to come with me to Asylum.

6: I am eating spinach salad.

7: It's Friday!

World, I love you!

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