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2017-07-16 01:41 pm

PopSugar Reading Challenge update: July

Completed prompts for the regular challenge. Incomprehensible titles are likely in Dutch.

A Book...
  1. recommended by a librarian: De Offers
  2. that has been on your TBR for way too long: -
  3. of letters: -
  4. an audiobook: -
  5. by a person of colour: Parable of the talents, The moor's account
  6. with one of the seasons in the title: Winter
  7. that is a story within a story: Magpie murder
  8. by multiple authors: -
  9. an espionage thriller: Empire Games
  10. with a cat on the cover: De oorlog van de Lulu's
  11. by an author with a pseudonym: -
  12. a bestseller from a gnere you don't normally read: De ontdeugende hertogin, The heart-shaped box
  13. by or about a person who has a disability: Borders of Infinity
  14. involving travel: De weg
  15. with a subtitle: De schoonheid van de echtgenoot, een fictie essay in 29 tango's
  16. that's been published in 2017: Empire games, Het eind is ons begin
  17. involving a mythical creature: Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
  18. that never fails to make you smile: -
  19. about food: Love soup
  20. with career advice: Diep Werk
  21. from a non-human perspective: Saturn's Children
  22. a steampunk novel: -
  23. with a red spine: Noodweer
  24. set in the wilderness: Vernietinging
  25. you loved as a child: Artemis Fowl
  26. by an author from a country you've never visited: Nexus, De koffer van de leraar
  27. with a title that's a character's name: Tamara Drewe
  28. set during wartime: - 
  29. with an unreliable narrator: -
  30. with pictures: Tamara Drewe, Black Orchid, De oorlog van de Lulu's
  31. where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Parable of the talents, Tas van de leraar, Saturday's kinderen
  32. about an interesting woman: De groep, mijn geniale vriendin
  33. Set in two different time periods: -
  34. with a month or day of the week in the title: Saturday's kinderen
  35. set in a hotel: -
  36. written by someone you admire: Pluche
  37. that's becoming a movie in 2017: -
  38. set around a holiday other than Christmas: Vriendschappelijk vuur
  39. first book in a series you haven't read before: List en Leugens
  40. you bought on a trip: -
27/40 prompts fulfilled. Sometimes a title fulfills more than one prompt, sometimes a prompt has more than one title that fills it. I'll think of a reporting solution for this at some point in this year. 

There are also a number of advanced promts:
  1. A book recommended by an author you love: -
  2. a bestseller from 2016: - 
  3. A book wih a family-member in the title: Saturday's kinderen
  4. A book that takes place over a character's life span: -
  5. A book about an immigrant or refugee: De ambassade van Cambodja
  6. A book from a genre/subgenre you've never heard of: -
  7. A book with an eccentric character: 
  8. A book that's more than 800 pages: currently reading
  9. A book you got from a used book sale: Borders of Infinity
  10. A book that's been mentioned in another book: 
  11. A book on a difficult topic: 
  12. A book based on mythology: Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
 4/12 prompts fulfilled, 5th prompt fill underway. 
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2017-07-09 08:23 pm
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GYWO June 2017

A lot belatedly, my stats for June. I got a new job, which is fantastic, but boy, does it show up in my productivity, which was... uneven to say the least.

Words written in June: 8815
Percentage of monthly goal: 144%
Total words written in 2017
63802
Percentage of annual goal: 85%

Break down in projects:
  • Original Project #2: 2605
  • The Hour Drabble: 300
  • Godling AU: 750
  • Elementary poly fic: 554
  • Dydia ficlet: 901
  • Derek & Scott ficlet: 1035
  • Chris/Victoria fic: 1838
  • Chris & Noah ficlet: 832
In other news: I need to start polishing up some of the ficlets I wrote for 7 Days 7 Stories to beta-readable and eventually publishable fic.
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2017-06-15 09:34 pm

PopSugar Reading Challenge update

In an attempt to diversify my reading habits, I'm taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge. So far: 20 out of 39 prompts, and about half a year to go. I have a few books checked out from the library that meet prompt requirements, so I'm on track. 
  1. A book that's been on your TBF for too long: 
  2. A book recommended by a librarian: 
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of colour: 
  6. A book with one of the seasons in the title
  7. A book that is a story within a story
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  12. A bestseller in a genre you don't normally read 
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book that's published in 2017
  16. A book involving a mythical creature
  17. A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile
  18. A book about food
  19. A book with career advice
  20. A book from a non-human perspective
  21. A steampunk novel
  22. A book with a red spine
  23. A book set in the wilderness
  24. A book you loved as a child
  25. A book by an author from a country you've never visited 
  26. A book with a title that's a character's name
  27. A novel set during wartime
  28. A book with an unreliable narrator
  29. A book with pictures
  30. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  31. A book about an interesting woman
  32. A book set in two different time periods
  33. A book with a month or a day of the week in the title
  34. A book set in a hotel
  35. A book written by someone you admire
  36. A book that's becoming a movie in 2017
  37. A book set around another holiday than Christmas
  38. The first book in a series you haven't read before
  39. A book you bought on a trip
 
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2017-06-14 03:46 pm

The one where Derek ships Ichabbie

Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek Hale & Scott McCall
Background: pre Derek Hale/Braeden, pre Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski
Word Count: 1046

The one where Derek ships Ichabbie

Stiles doesn’t watch police procedurals on principle, Lydia and Kira only care for period drama if there’s ballgowns and romance, Erica and Boyd declare that supernatural stuff on tv just annoys them these days, Malia doesn’t really get tv shows yet. Which makes the Sleepy Hollow marathon something that Derek and Scott do together with the two of them. They’ve planned it so that they can watch the first season finale on Sunday afternoon and Scott can still make it to family dinner afterwards.


“I can’t believe they did that!” Derek yells at the innocent laptop screen. “Can you believe that?” Scott shrugs. “They had a perfectly good badass woman carrying the show and they swap her for the white girl.”

“You’re just grumpy Ichabod and Katrina are back together.” Derek takes a deep breath, clearly about to go on another rant. “It’s okay, I get it,” Scott says. “It feels personal to you. You are clearly Ichabod, and the parallels between Abbie and Braeden are so screamingly obvious it seems almost on purpose.” Derek deflates, not entirely sure what to make of Scott’s observation. “And look at Braeden: a beautiful woman, a competent one at that, clearly not in need of being rescued by you. If anything, it was the reverse.”

“Though I’m not exactly a revolutionary soldier.”

Scott looks at him flatly. “Well excuse me, but I brought my laptop so we could watch this show.”

“You like the show,” Derek says gruffly.

“Every now and again it’s relaxing to have other people deal with the demons for a change,” Scott grins. “Given our lives, this stuff feels like a documentary sometimes. Demons, possession, creepies from other timezones: been there, done that.”

“Got the video,” Derek reflexively supplies.

“Anyway, I’m just saying, you seem a man out of time some days.”

“Just because I like books…” Derek starts.

“Books are fine. It’s very much your thing and that’s fine. You are just very picky about which part of modern life you accept.” Derek looks like he wants to argue the statement, but Scott continues. “Which is a good thing. I mean, I like Call of Duty as much as the next guy, but it’s not for everyone. Possibly nothing is for everything. I’m just saying, you clearly identify with Ichabod. Which is fine, he’s a white guy, he was made for you to identify with.”

“I just can’t believe they relegated Abbie to Purgatory to release Katrina in her stead.”

“Sacrificing a black woman to release a white one, unheard of,” Scott says sarcastically. Derek crosses his arms and looks at Scott defensively. “What? You know I’m right. Anyway, all I’m saying is, if you and Braeden ever start dating for real, you have your coordinated Halloween costumes sorted.”

“I don’t think she feels about Ichabod that way.”

“Boy, do you ever need a tumblr account. We need more romance for black women that doesn’t bring them down. Their chemistry is amazing, he treats her right - or at least he tries. You treat Braeden like a person, which is important. Like someone to cherish. Ichabod does that to Abbie too. It’s the trust between them, how they rely on each other that makes the show run.” Scott is relieved to see Derek’s hands unclench. “And I think there’s parallels between you and Braeden there too. You trusted her to help you protect yourself. You had sex with her, perhaps a little sooner than you wanted to?” Scott looks at Derek expectantly to see how he’ll respond.

“It’s something I could do for her.” Derek says softly. “Give her pleasure.”

Scotts looks softens: “You have no idea how relieved I am to hear that you can still associate sex with pleasure. But you withdrew a bit after that, I guess? Since she’s not around anymore?”

“I told her to go on without me.”

“And she did?”

“She did.”

“Do you miss her?”

Derek goes quiet again, weighing his words with extra care. “I think we missed our window,” he eventually says. “She moved on. It’s fine.”

“And when she comes back?”

If she comes back, I’ll deal with it. We’re fine. We didn’t have a dramatic break-up or anything. She’s not even really an ex.”

“So you’re mourning a lost opportunity?”

“I guess?” Derek exhales slowly. “It’s fine though.”

“It doesn’t have to end like this, though,” Scott says, the eternal optimist. “Abbie might not stay in Purgatory forever and you might get a second shot with Braeden. I do think we’re not watching the final season of Sleepy Hollow though. If this annoyed you, then that ending will really piss you off.”

Derek grins slyly: “Oh I know it will. I read the reviews online.”

“You what?” Scott grabs a pillow from the couch and whacks Derek with it. “You cheated! You checked the spoilers!”

Derek ducks, and dramatically rolls off the couch, grabbing a pillow. He throws it at Scott, who dodges it with ease. “Of course I checked the ending,” Derek throws another pillow, “I am very careful which parts of modernity I embrace.”

Scott laughs while accepting the hit: “Should have seen that one coming.” Derek hides behind the couch, clearly waiting for another throw, but Scott just plumps it up and puts it back in its place. “You can come out now,” he says, “I declare spoiler checking amnesty. Alpha’s privilege.”

Derek gets up, pulling his shirt straight, “I’m not sure that’s how alpha privileges work.”

“I’m sure it’s in the by-laws somewhere. If not, I’m just going to ex cathedra it. I’m a true alpha, you have no idea what I can do.”

“You have no idea what you can do.”

“True. Which is where you come in, as the resident pack historian. And if we’re lucky, you’ll bring us another human badass investigator.”

“We already have one, I thought?”

“Stiles? Sure. But really, we can’t have too many in this place.”

Derek sits back down next to Scott. “If I ask out Braeden if she comes back, you know, properly. Will you ask out Stiles properly?”

Scott freezes: “what do you mean?”

“Well, if I’m ‘clearly’ still hung up on Braeden, then you’re clearly hung up on Stiles. So: I do my bit, you do yours. Deal?”

“Deal.”


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2017-06-12 10:07 am
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60,000

 With my second piece for 7D7S, I've crossed the 60,000 words written this year, or 80% of my stated goal. 
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2017-06-12 10:03 am

Five times Chris Argent and Noah Stilinski bonded online and one they did it IRL

Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Chris Argent & Noah Stilinski
Rating: gen
Word count: 1311

The fic idea that has been bouncing around in my head since I realised that both Chris and Noah had lost their wives. So maybe Noah had some pointer on dealing with that?

Five times Chris Argent and Noah Stilinski bonded online and one they did it IRL

After the funeral, Noah presses a small business card in Chris’ hand. Chris turns it over, but it only has a url. Noah looks a bit uncomfortable: “Look, I’m not going to tell you to talk about it, but you’re not the first person to lose their partner. So if you’re looking to talk to someone who understands, there’s a forum.”

“Thanks sheriff,” Chris says, and tucks the card away into the pocket of his jacket.

“Call me Noah,” he says.

 

1: Claudia’s birthday

Almost_jason_bourne signed on

JohnnyCage signed on

JohnnyCage: today would’ve been her birthday. Went to her grave with Kiddo. When we were there, I realised he’d been without her as long as he’d been with her

JohnnyCage: but hey, I didn’t drink, so there’s that

Almost_jason_bourne: that is still years ahead for me. Must be a weird notion.

JohnnyCage: apart from kiddo, she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. But every year that passes, as kiddo grows up, it’s like the rest of my life just keeps going on.

JohnnyCage: today I had the realisation that I might be taking grandkids to the grave one day

Almost_jason_bourne: I’m not sure if that’s awesome or depressing

JohnnyCage: bit of both, really.

JohnnyCage: though kiddo suggests I could start dating again

Almost_jason_bourne: do you want to?

JohnnyCage: in theory? Maybe. In practice: haven’t really met anyone interesting, I guess.

Almost_jason_bourne: there’s no timeline for these things, you know

JohnnyCage: thanks for throwing my words back at me

Almost_jason_bourne: any time :)

When Chris logs off from the chat, he feels a little lighter. He empties his coffee and wonders if he could arrange to meet JohnnyCage in real life. He could perhaps drop a hint when he goes on another business trip.

 

2: when Noah almost figured out his son’s sexuality

Almost_jason_bourne signed on

JohnnyCage signed on

Almost_jason_bourne: Did you finally catch the new Bond?

JohnnyCage: Yes, kid and I went yesterday

JohnnyCage: M’s death hurt. Kiddo cried I think, it was like Bond lost his mother.

Almost_jason_bourne: la generalissima was really smitten with this incarnation of Eve

JohnnyCage: Kiddo is smitten with the new Q. Not sure if he wants to be him or do him, you know.

Almost_jason_bourne: Is it time for the “you know you can tell me anything?”

JohnnyCage: We’ve had that conversation. Or at least, I tried

JohnnyCage: He says he’s not gay -and I believe him

JohnnyCage: he’s had a crush on a girl for years

JohnnyCage: and even if he didn’t, his best friend couldn’t keep his mouth shut if he tried

Almost_jason_bourne: He could be bisexual?

JohnnyCage: That would

JohnnyCage: that would explain

JohnnyCage: so much

JohnnyCage: definitely time for the “you can tell me anything” speech

Almost_jason_bourne: you’re welcome. Whatever you say, it’s going to be better than what my parents said.

JohnnyCage: i’m sorry to hear that.

Almost_jason_bourne: it’s a long time. Finding the wife kinda helped.

JohnnyCage: anything i should avoid?

Almost_jason_bourne: “it’s just a phase”

Almost_jason_bourne: “don’t think you can bring a man into this house”

Almost_jason_bourne: don’t force his hand, he might be in the process of figuring it out himself. Oh and fair warning

JohnnyCage: oh god

Almost_jason_bourne: crushes on close same-sex friends are pretty much a par on course, and a source of of teenage angsting

JohnnyCage: now i’m wondering if they’ve ever shared a bed since puberty kicked in

Almost_jason_bourne: ah, you know which one it is

JohnnyCage: pretty much. Well, there might be another one.

JohnnyCage: there’s no way i can un-think any of that, right?

Almost_jason_bourne: if he wants to talk to someone who’s been there, i’m here.

 

3: When Allison started dating again

Almost_jason_bourne online

JohnnyCage  is signing on

JohnnyCage: how was dinner?

Almost_jason_bourne: awkward anyway

Almost_jason_bourne: She had wanted to take her boyfriend.

JohnnyCage: That’s no fun. Did you manage to salvage anything?

Almost_jason_bourne: Eventually.

Almost_jason_bourne: I pulled the “I’m only doing this because I love you” card

JohnnyCage: Does that still work on her?

Almost_jason_bourne: sort of

Almost_jason_bourne: she’s doing her homework

JohnnyCage: you’re doing better than me.

JohnnyCage: Is he allowed in your house?

Almost_jason_bourne: they’re doing homework together right now. No sleepovers

JohnnyCage: what do his parents think of the dating situation

Almost_jason_bourne: not in the picture

JohnnyCage: ?

Almost_jason_bourne: orphan.

Almost_jason_bourne: I just want her to be safe, and she keeps throwing herself into danger

JohnnyCage: I know that feeling

JohnnyCage: my friend tells me ‘keeping her safe’ is not what you’re supposed to be doing though

JohnnyCage: you’re supposed to give them what they need to deal with whatever life throws at them

Almost_jason_bourne: I’ll keep trying to remember that

Almost_jason_bourne: but she’s so young

JohnnyCage: gotta go, duty calls

Almost_jason_bourne: at this hour?

JohnnyCage: crime never sleeps

JohnnyCage signed off

Almost_jason_bourne: are you

Almost_jason_bourne signed off

 

4: When Allison and Stiles graduated

Almost_jason_bourne: la generalissima is graduating in a few weeks

JohnnyCage: Congrats! (she is the in the same year as kiddo, I remember)

JohnnyCage: how do you feel about it?

Almost_jason_bourne: mixed, tbh

JohnnyCage: thb?

Almost_jason_bourne: To Be Honest

JohnnyCage: right

Almost_jason_bourne: the Mrs was great at these events. I’m pretty sure la generalissma really misses her too now - it’s as if she’s extra not here.

Noah stops himself from typing to allow Almost_jason_bourne some time to write out what he feels.

Almost_jason_bourne: we moved around a lot, so la generalissma eventually got held back a year. I was worried she’d stop caring about school, but that hasn’t happened. I’m even weirded out that she hasn’t.

JohnnyCage: does she have a group of friends that care about academics?

Almost_jason_bourne: now that I think of it: her best friend is a certified genius, her boyfriends works both try to put in the work. So yes, I think so.

JohnnyCage: sometimes peer pressure helps, I suppose

JohnnyCage: if the norm is working hard, that’s what they’ll do

Almost_jason_bourne: oh, you’re not going to tell me it’s my own fault for burying myself in work?

JohnnyCage: you have a therapist for that, I’m sure

Almost_jason_bourne: my therapist doesn’t tell me these things!

JohnnyCage: maybe you need a better therapist :)

JohnnyCage: did I do the face thing right?

 

5: When the house got too quiet

Almost_jason_bourne online

JohnnyCage is signing on

Almost_jason_bourne: hey, you’re back!

JohnnyCage: yes - kiddo has successfully moved to college. How was your weekend?

Almost_jason_bourne: same - moving la generalissima to her new campus and trying not to cry that she’s too young to be out there on her own

JohnnyCage: maybe we’re too old to be out here on our own?

Almost_jason_bourne: speak for yourself. I can cook my own meals!

JohnnyCage: right for the jugular

Almost_jason_bourne: anyway, so I’m playing an old record V used to love and tell her that we did good.

JohnnyCage: I’m taking a drink tonight and pour one out for her

Almost_jason_bourne: that’s quite pagan :)

JohnnyCage: we have Polish roots, which means there’s pagan elements buried everywhere

JohnnyCage: pun not intended

Almost_jason_bourne: hey, I’ve noticed we’re online in the same timeframe a lot, even with your working hours. Do you think maybe we should meet irl some time?

 

Chris sits down in the coffeeshop where he had agreed to meet his online friend. He stirs his coffee aimlessly. The doorbell jingles and he sees the sheriff coming in. The sheriff surveys the crowd, and his eyes settle on Chris. For a moment, Chris fears that he’s coming to bring bad news, but he’s in civilian clothes and he doesn’t look troubled. That’s when he realises and his face breaks in a smile. As the corners of his mouth start curving he sees realisation dawn on the sheriff’s face as well. Chris gets up to greet him.

“Noah, good to see you,” he says, trying to shake hands, but the sheriff is not having it and hugs him instead.

 

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2017-06-11 10:35 am

I can't believe you didn't tell me

Fandom: Teen Wolf
Main pairing: Derek Hale/Lydia Martin
Background pairing: Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski
Wordcount: 901
Additional tags: getting together, outsider pov, fluff, seven days seven stories

I Can't Believe You Didn't Tell Me
Scott is doing the last bit of clean-up in the living room so that they can have pack night. They don’t have it as often as they did in college, and Scott takes up hosting only about half the time, the rest of the pack takes turns. He smells Stiles’ excitement before he hears it.
“Scottie,” Stiles yells from the kitchen, “Derek is holding open the car door for someone - did you know Derek was bringing someone? Is that…? Derek and Lydia are holding hands!”
“Took them long enough!” Scott answers from the living room.
“What do you mean?”
“You didn’t see that coming?” Scott says. “Well good for you on being over that, then.”
“Good for you, you mean,” Stiles grins. “Wait, you knew?”
“I suspected.”
“When did that happen?”
“The first inkling was about six months ago.”
 
The pack meeting is winding down, as the betas start saying their goodbyes before heading to their homes. Lydia opens her backpack and turns to Derek.
“So, I’m working on this text,” she opens, and Scott is surprised to have her scent spike with anxiety, “and I need a second pair of eyes on them. You do translations, right?”
Derek leans in, to look over the text. “French. Seventeenth century?” he estimates.
“Which is why I’m asking you.”
“It’s not my specialisation, but I will happily see what I can do, and maybe put you in touch with someone who knows more?”
“Excellent. Can I come by tomorrow afternoon?”
Derek smiles, “sure. I’ll probably be doing nothing more exciting than the crossword.”
They smile at each other slightly wider than the promise of seventeenth century French text warrants, Scott thinks to himself, but then tells himself that he is neither a mathematical historian nor a linguistic specialist. Possibly they’re just happy someone sees the value in their respective pursuits. 
 
“Really? She had him help her with her homework?” Stiles yelps. “If I’d known that works I would have been so much more successful at dating years ago!”
“Second hint was a little later. Do you remember when we went to see Black Panther for the second time?”
“Of course.”
“So, I kinda ran into Derek there.”
 
Scott is at the cinema to pick up their tickets. He’s old fashioned that way, he likes having the physical tickets on hand beforehand, and scrapbooking them afterwards. He looks up when he smells a familiar scent. Derek is on the phone looking up at the listings. 
“Nine sounds doable. We could have dinner beforehand?” Scott smiles a little, it’s been long since Derek looked so hopeful. “No, I’ll book us a table, you focus on writing, I will provide the rewards.” Scott tries to figure out who Derek is talking to without hearing the voice. Lydia is at Berkeley working on her PhD in mathematics, and that’s the only person Scott knows to be writing anything. Lydia and Derek? “Okay, I’ll see you Friday, now write. Bye!” Derek hangs up. “Hey Scott,” he says, “picking up tickets too?”
“Yup, we’re seeing Black Panther.”
“Oh nice.” Derek tries to sound enthusiastic about a superhero movie.
“Not really your speed, I know. What are you seeing?”
“There’s an open air screening of an Italian movie next week. I’m making sure we have tickets.”
“Romantic,” Scott comments. “Who’s the lucky one?”
“I am,” Derek says with a shy smile. “It’s kind of new, we’re still figuring it out. We both have... histories. We’re taking it slow.”
Scott nods in understanding, and moves over to hug Derek, scent marking him. “You’re a good guy, Derek. Anyone should be lucky to have you.”
 
Stiles walks in the living room, gesticulating with emotion. “You knew Derek and Lydia were dating, and you didn’t tell me?”
“I didn’t know for sure. I figured they’d tell us when they were ready.”
“Six months, Scott!”
“I know. As I said, long time coming. I think they got together about two weeks ago.”
 
Scott goes for an early grocery run on Saturday morning while Stiles is still at the Sheriff’s station. He doesn’t sleep well when Stiles has the night shift anyway. He is surprised to see Derek there, who clearly has not been sleeping much over the night, but smells delighted anyway. Scott walks up to him, and spots blueberries and fresh milk in his cart.
“Good night or good morning?” Scott asks. For once in his life, Scott has managed to startle Derek. He should probably scrapbook that event. 
Derek recovers quickly: “both.”
Scott smiles, and nods at the cart, “I think that’s a safe bet. I won’t keep you. Have fun.” He spots a strawberry blonde hair on Derek’s shirt and carefully says nothing about it. “I’m going to find the spinach. Stiles has had the night shift, which means I have to feed him vegetables today.”
“You do that.” 
Derek seems unwilling to hug for once, probably still high on the scent of his lover, and Scott does not want to spoil a good thing for his beta. They nod and go their separate ways. 
 
The doorbell rings, and Stiles goes to open. Scott listens in from the living room, idly tugging at the corner of the table cloth.
“I can’t believe Scottie knew before I did. Congratulations, you traitors, I hope you make each other really happy.” There's a rustle of clothing that likely means Stiles is hugging them both. 
 
 
 
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2017-06-01 05:32 pm
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Ao3 stats

In 2014 I checked how many kudos per hit I was getting for a while. And then I fell out of the habit. I figured I'd bring it back, because I've written a lot of femslash the last couple of years.

So, what gets most kudos per hit?
title kudos hits rate pairing Fandom
I like the future already 7 48 14,6 f/f teen wolf
A hug in a mug 6 47 12,8 f/f teen wolf
Bonded services 468 3803 12,3 m/m teen wolf
Three is tradition 20 176 11,4 m/m teen wolf
something that they say is very rare 22 254 8,7 f/f bondlock
Love is a many splendored thing 356 4179 8,5 m/m teen wolf
You belong with me 144 1901 7,6 m/m teen wolf
Worst.soulmark.ever 32 423 7,6 f/f teen wolf
Mission: Domesticity 113 1796 6,3 m/m bond
Beyond Call of Duty 46 731 6,3 m/m teen wolf
A measure of pleasure 7 117 5,9 f/f Gone with the wind
Tell me the truth about love 281 4945 5,7 m/m bond
Take this waltz 8 146 5,5 f/f teen wolf
Nature’s way of giving 118 2274 5,2 m/m teen wolf
Diana’s Bow 15 314 4,8 f/f Pride & prejudice
The beautiful songs that have meaning 10 219 4,6 m/f teen wolf
An adult activity 56 1374 4 m/m suits
All the songs make sense 137 4304 3,2 m/m suits
Three ways we say the one thing 7 325 2,1 f/f/m teen wolf

My very niche-y Teen Wolf femslash is nrs 1 and 2. My very wide-appeal sterek fic is 3. My Suits stuff doesn't get much love.

And what gets read?
title kudos hits rate pairing Fandom
Tell me the truth about love 281 4945 5,7 m/m bond
All the songs make sense 137 4304 3,2 m/m suits
Love is a many splendored thing 356 4179 8,5 m/m teen wolf
Bonded services 468 3803 12,3 m/m teen wolf
Nature’s way of giving 118 2274 5,2 m/m teen wolf
You belong with me 144 1901 7,6 m/m teen wolf
Mission: Domesticity 113 1796 6,3 m/m bond
An adult activity 56 1374 4 m/m suits
Beyond Call of Duty 46 731 6,3 m/m teen wolf
Worst.soulmark.ever 32 423 7,6 f/f teen wolf
Three ways we say the one thing 7 325 2,1 f/f/m teen wolf
Diana’s Bow 15 314 4,8 f/f Pride & prejudice
something that they say is very rare 22 254 8,7 f/f bondlock
The beautiful songs that have meaning 10 219 4,6 m/f teen wolf
Three is tradition 20 176 11,4 m/m teen wolf
Take this waltz 8 146 5,5 f/f teen wolf
A measure of pleasure 7 117 5,9 f/f Gone with the wind
I like the future already 7 48 14,6 f/f teen wolf
A hug in a mug 6 47 12,8 f/f teen wolf

Apparently, my ace!Q 00q fanfic gets read a lot, which might have something to do with the fact that I've recced it a lot. My Suits thing gets clicked on, even though people seem not to like it a lot? And then there's the sterek fics, which of course is a hugely popular pairing. 



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2017-05-31 10:45 am
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GYWO May

GYWO stats time!

Words written in May: 14686
Percentage of monthly goal: 235%
Words written in 2017:  54987
Percentage of annual goal: 73%

Break-up across projects
  • drabbles at EuroFicWritersRetreat: 326
  • Molly/Sally attempt 1: 236
  • Molly/Sally attempt 2: 909
  • Original Project 2: 8436
  • Original fic for a contest: 4045
  • Keep Going, a sterek ficlet: 734
The Molly/Sally fic is giving me a headache, but I think I now have a starting point that works. I've submitted the contest piece. Original Project 2 seems to be doing well. But now there's an actual paid full-time job at the horizon, I assume there will be less writing time in June and onwards.
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2017-05-28 08:45 pm
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Sunday Six - May 28th

 From an untitled Molly/Sally godling AU

“So what happened?”
“The building exploded, but the very moment I thought I was going to die, some sort of bubble formed around me?” It comes out more of a question than a statement, but Sally just nods encouragingly as she pours water into two mugs. She puts in a teabag in both, and puts one on the table. “And just like that, I was claimed a Daughter.”
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2017-05-22 10:31 am

50,000

In my continuing series of 'I can't believe I'm doing this'. I just broke 50,000 words written this year. That 2/3 of my GYWO pledge. In 141 days. 


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2017-05-21 08:49 pm

Sunday Six (May 21st)

From an unfinished, untitled piece of femslash. 

and now she has shot one of their own. By accident. The moment haunts her, the words ring in her ears. 'Take the shot'. The moment she realised nothing would ever be the same again. The Service offers counselling service - which mostly doesn't help, but it does bring her to a place where she can start to fix something else entirely. 
Cross-posted on tumblr.
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2017-05-18 09:54 am

And now for a happier note

I got another comment on the Fic That Has More Comments Than Kudo. And contrary to my last correspondent, this person actually got it. Like, had the legit same experience watching the scene that prompted the fic in the first place.

I almost cried. 

To be fair, I was kinda weepy anyway.
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2017-05-03 08:32 am

I don't think Girlboss is for me (extended cut)

On tumblr, I posted an untagged one-line post  "I don't think Girlboss is for me." I feel I should elaborate.

Let's get this out of the way. I watched the first two episodes out of loyalty to Dylan O'Brien. Yes, really. So if the show gets really good after episode 2, feel free not to tell me.

Okay, so here were my expectations: it would give me a smile, maybe a chuckle or two. 

It didn't. Instead, I was supposed to root for a white rich man's daughter who steals material from small businesses. Because she's 27 and doesn't know what to do with her life, except not grow up. I discovered I have one storytelling thing I hate. Characters that refuse adulthood because it's "not fun". 

Now, I'd accept that if it were a comment on how Hollywood, and society at large, fail to provide women with adequate models for their life after age 35. But it wasn't that. This character is just came across as entitled and spoiled. And rude. 

None of it was fun. So I quit.
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2017-05-02 12:58 pm

Scorpion with DH

A bunch of brainiacs solving crime - I think that's DH's catnip. So when he was sick, I put on Scorpion for him. He mainlined it, and now we're watching s2. Apart from the episode arc, which hinges on solving the Monster/Problem of the Week, there is also a season arc, that is the relationship between the members of the team. It's clear that Walter O'Brien and Paige Dineen have romantic feelings for each other that they're not expressing yet. Sylvester has confessed his feelings for Walter's  sister, and that relationship is quietly developing. The third relationship is that between Happy Quin, the mechanic, and Toby Curtis. That is, Toby has unrequited feelings for Happy. I think we're supposed to root for them to get together, but Toby's behaviour is defintely creeping towards (sexual) harrassment. 

Last night, DH kinda ranted he should cut that shit out, because it's not.okay.

I nodded in agreement and thought to myself: "welcome to watching media my way. Feminist critiques while at the same time trying to just enjoy it. 

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2017-04-30 07:42 pm
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GYWO April

In short: still on track.

Written in April: 9 000 words
Percentage of monthly writing goal: 144%
Total score: 40 301 words
Percentage of annual writing goal: 53%
  1. 744 words of Three ways we say the one thing (Allison/Jackson/Lydia pwp)
  2. 513 words for writing contests
  3. 400 words towards Original Project 1
  4. 7343 words towards Original Project 2
I also Ao3 published Diana's Bow, sexy Austen femslash for my bestie Fightyourdragon. 

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2017-04-30 02:32 pm

April 2017 Readathon Report

I tuned in late this year. There was a climate march to attend, after all. So I started reading at 5 PM yesterday. I read mostly Dutch this round, two translations and one work originally in Dutch. 
Stack of books read on April 2017 readathon
  1. Readathon April 2017 Stack 102 pages of A.B. Yehushua, Vriendschappelijk Vuur/Friendly Fire: a duet (in Dutch translation)
  2. Elizabeth Strout, Ik heet Lucy Barton (Dutch translation of My name is Lucy Barton)
  3. Hiromi Kawakami, De tas van de leraar (Dutch translation of Sensei no kaban)
  4. Kees van Beijnum, De offers (original Dutch work)
  5. 172 pages of Peter Ackroyd, The fall of Troy 
Not a bad showing, all in all. 
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2017-04-27 08:48 pm
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 I felt that I had finally realized my dream, that I had become exactly the sort of man I wanted, a man of means and power, a man whose contracts were recorded by flattering notaries. But as time went on, I fell for the magic of numbers and the allure of profit. I was preoccupied only with the price of things and neglected to consider their value. So long as I managed to sell at a higher price, it no longer mattered to me what it was I sold, whether glass or grain, wax or weapons, or even, I am ashamed to say, especially in consideration of my later fate - slaves.
 
- Laila Lalami, The Moor's Account

This book is just so amazing. 
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2017-04-26 03:38 pm
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Uhm, thanks?

 A while back, I posted a femslash thingy to Ao3. Because I'd seen two women interact and went huh

Now, I got a comment saying effectively:  You should have Character B meet Characters C & D. 

While I appreciate their enthusiasm, I have no interest in doing so. Now what? How to respond to a comment like that?


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2017-04-21 10:16 am
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GYWO milestone

37533 words

That's half my pledge done!