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Jan. 1st, 2025 | 12:01 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished


This is the quick-and-dirty version of the intro-to ratherastory. Before I had a bunch of "sticky posts" on my LJ page, but by the end there were five of them and they were becoming a serious clutter issue.

In the interests of easier navigation, I am therefore putting the links to those posts all in this post AND in the sidebar of my LiveJournal (along with a bunch of other links you might find of interest, since you've made your way here already).

Intro to Ratherastory

Master List of Fanfiction I (Supernatural & Supernatural RPF)

Master List of Fanfiction II (Other Fandoms & Podfic)

Master Post of Writing Projects


Recent changes on LiveJournal are making it increasingly inhospitable for fanfiction. While I plan on continuing to crosspost here for the foreseeable future, there may come a time when I move permanently. Here are the other places on the Internet you can find me and/or my fic:

Dreamwidth: ratherastory

Archive of Our Own: ratherastory

Twitter: Follow @ratherastory

Tumblr: ratherastory

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*tap tap* This thing on? aka ratherastory wrote a (small) thing.

Jul. 30th, 2016 | 05:35 pm
mood: nervousnervous

*blows dust off LJ*

I maybe wrote a small thing. rainylemons told me about Killjoys, and so I'm sweeping the cobwebs off my keyboard and seeing if I can manage to write something that isn't pure crap.

Title: Killjoys in 100 words
Summary: One drabble for each episode in Season 1. I'm going to keep going with Season 2, just haven't started yet. I'm trying to see if I can capture the characters' voices before I venture into anything bigger.
Characters: Almost everyone? Dutch, Johnny, D'Avin, Lucy, Pree, Fancy Lee, Alvis, Turin, Hills
Wordcount: 1,000 (10 drabbles, 100 words each on the nose)
Rating: PG (minor swearing)
Spoilers: Through the end of the Season 1 finale
Warnings: Show warnings apply, nothing major I can think of
Neurotic Author's Note: I don't have one this time? Maybe this:

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Lest we forget...

Nov. 11th, 2015 | 10:56 am

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~Major John McCrae

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Wee Update, and Wincon!

Sep. 1st, 2015 | 12:37 am
mood: chipperchipper

Hi LJ!


Long time no see! That's because I haven't been writing, and I pretty much only use this LJ for my fanfiction. No fanfic, no post, you see how that goes? I stopped writing because writing was making me hate myself, and so far I haven't regretted that decision, even though I still feel guilty about not writing. Of the lose-lose scenario, this one was the least painful.

On a much brighter note, I am going to Wincon, thanks to the generosity of valtyr who bought me a pass last year when I was broke! \o/

So, who else is going? I want to meet as many of you wonderful people as possible! (And then, quite possibly, I will be peopled out and spend several hours hiding under a table, but you're all cool with that, right?)

Speak and be heard!

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Five Years of Ohsam!

Feb. 22nd, 2015 | 12:23 pm

We are having a fanworks challenge! Come and play with us! You know you want to...

A Sam-focused h/c challenge!

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If There Is A Flame, Don't Snuff It Out (Garden 'verse, Part 6)

Jan. 5th, 2015 | 10:40 am
mood: sicksick

Title: If There Is A Flame, Don't Snuff It Out (Garden 'verse, Part 6)


Summary: Dean approaches Lisa with a problem.

Characters: Lisa Braeden, Dean Winchester

Rating: PG

Wordcount: 2,247

Warnings: None

Spoilers: None

Neurotic Author's Note #1: So, uh, hi folks! I'm still here. I told you I had plans for this 'verse, didn't I? So, here I am, continuing those plans. I have other stories to tell, and they'll likely end up out of order, just like in Fusion. This is the story that wanted to be told today. It's set a few years after The Kids Are Still Alright.

Neurotic Author's Note #2: It's my birthday! The universe rewarded me with crippling vertigo, but since I was almost done with this story, I figured a birthday fic would be a nice way to mark the day. Once this is posted, I'm going to turn over in bed (yay laptops!) and have a nap. :P

Neurotic Author's Note #3: You'll have to forgive how rough this is. It honestly feels like I've forgotten how to write in the past year and a half. I'm hoping that if I practice more, I'll get my mojo back properly. This isn't beta'd, either, because I don't want to chicken out before posting it. ;)

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Wincon: 24 Hours Left!

Jan. 4th, 2015 | 12:20 am
mood: hopefulhopeful

Guys, Wincon is in trouble! They need a little under $1,700 before midnight, EST, on January 4th, or else they'll be shutting down for good!

The good news is that their indiegogo campaign is offering some seriously awesome perks! Go check it out!


Okay, I tried to link with an embedded file and it totally failed, so above is just the plain link so you can go contribute!


Heck, if anyone is up for it, I can treat this like a fandom auction thing, and offer fic if you're inclined to support the con. This is NOT officially associated with Wincon, not in the slightest, but as of my ETA they are even closer to their goal, so I'm happy to offer extra unofficial incentive. It would be a prompt of your choosing, and, uh, say, 100 words for every $1 you contribute. So $1 gets to a drabble, $5-$10 gets you a ficlet, etc. PM or email me if that's something you'd be interested in, and we can work out details.

This entry was originally posted at http://ratherastory.dreamwidth.org/235815.html, where there are comment count unavailable: comments, currently. Feel free to comment wherever you'd like! ♥

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Happy New Year!

Jan. 1st, 2015 | 03:35 pm

Goodbye, 2014, I will not miss you. Here's to kicking ass and taking names in 2015.

I hope the year is treating everyone well so far!

Things are finally starting to settle into a semblance of normalcy over here at casa ratherastory. I still haven't unpacked all my boxes from when I moved from Montreal to Ottawa back in November, but all the important things are unpacked. Work is calming down, the dog is calming down, and the kitten is never calm anyway. ;)

2014 was really rough on me physically, emotionally and financially. Between the end of my relationship, the death of my cats within a week of each other (one of them highly traumatic), the renovations on my old house, the sale of my house, the move to another city, having the dog and my new kitten each have a bunch of health issues, and then needing repairs on my car, I'm kind of glad the year is over. That's only my personal problems, not even counting the murders of the RCMP officers in June, the terrible events of Ferguson and everywhere else, the honour guard murdered in Ottawa in October, and the summer of constant, unrelenting online misogyny and violence against women and trans people and people of colour. Almost everyone I know suffered personal losses and crises, one after the other. In short, 2014 sucked. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I have a number of things I would like to get accomplished in 2015, some of them writing-related, and all of them designed to make my overall quality of life infinitely better. I won't bore you with the personal goals, but since this is my fic journal, I will list the few but important goals I have for my writing this year.

Writing Goals:

  • Figure out how to write for the sheer, unadulterated joy of it again

  • Update some of my 'verses. In particular Fusion, because I love that 'verse, and the Garden 'verse, because I know where I want that 'verse to end, and I'm not there yet.

  • Write, edit and submit a novel for publication

  • Outline all my current novel projects (I have four in various stages of conception and writing)

  • Write every day in my "Morning Pages" journal, which is the best creative tool I've found for myself thus far

  • Write 300,000 words by the end of the year (I signed up for gywo with this goal in mind)

I've also given myself a moratorium on signing up for challenges and exchanges this year. They used to be a great source of motivation for me, but this year I found that, because I was already pretty burned out, all they did was ramp up my anxiety issues and make me hate myself and my writing. So this year will be devoted to writing things only when they bring me joy.

If you would like, you may leave me prompts for any of my existing 'verses in any fandom (not that I have that many), or request time stamps/whatever for anything I've already written**.

**I am going to be SUPER picky about which prompts I accept for Fusion, so don't take it personally if I don't end up writing your prompt specifically. I get a lot of "Sam freaks out and Dean comforts him" prompts for that 'verse which, well, is not a useful prompt, since it basically describes over half the stories in the 'verse. ;) But if you have things you'd like to see, themes you'd like to have me explore, then please toss your hat in the ring! I have a big old playground and everyone is welcome!

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Parting Shot 2/2

Nov. 11th, 2014 | 09:16 pm
mood: stressedstressed

Part 1

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Parting Shot 1/2

Nov. 11th, 2014 | 09:13 pm
mood: stressedstressed

Title: Parting Shot
Summary: Two years after the events of New York, Clint Barton is deep undercover in Bulgaria. When the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier reveal his identity to the organised crime syndicate he's infiltrated, he finds himself stranded in Varna with no allies and no resources. Moreover, the local mafia are about to enact a plan that could put the entire region at risk. With Hydra hot on his heels, Clint must rely on his wits and a few local friends to put an end to the plot and get out alive.
Written for the marvel_bang. I was lucky enough to be picked by the lovely and talented branquignole, who made a fantastic playlist that can be found here.
Characters: Clint Barton, OCs, brief appearances by Natasha Romanov and Phil Coulson
Wordcount: 20, 682
Rating: R
Spoilers: Everything up to and including CA:TWS
Warnings: Lots and lots of violence, blood, fire, gore. Nothing worse than you'd find in a typical MCU film.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: My undying thanks and gratitude and a giant bouquet of flowers to branquignole, who was extraordinarily patient with my while my life blew up in my face this year. I moved, got eye surgery, had a million veterinary emergencies, and generally was a giant pain in the ass for my long-suffering artist. She is fantastic, y'all, and I hope you will go listen to the brilliant playist she made for this story! Here is the link again: Just Like Captain America (Not Quite)
Neurotic Author's Note #2: I also owe a ton of chocolate to sirona_gs, who was my go-to reference for all things Bulgarian in this story. Any resemblance to Varna and how things work over in Bulgaria is thanks to her, as is the use of actual Bulgarian in this story. I also googled and took liberties, so any and all mistakes are mine alone. She was a hero and a godsend, and walked me through geography, grammar, sociological factors, and everything in between, and without her this story wouldn't be half as good as it is.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: And a huge heartfelt thank you, last but not least, to my two intrepid betas, who rescued me from bad characterisation, weird punctuation, and some serious abuse of the English language in this. rainylemons and geckoholic, you are rock stars and deserve to have your praises sung forever and a day!

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I'm still around(ish)

Oct. 17th, 2014 | 03:15 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic

Hi all!

By now you've probably given up on me in despair, which is understandable. I'm still kicking around, though, and starting (slowly) to get back into writing. I've been kind of lazy of late and have been lax in crossposting back here from AO3. I think there are one or two Teen Wolf fics that never made it back here. Whoops!

So, me in a nutshell, and why I haven't been posting to my fandom LJ:

  • Summer was incredibly hectic. After the very traumatic death of my cat on a personal level, there was also the shooting of several RCMP officers by an armed gunman in New Brunswick, and I was among those who were flown in from all over Canada to help the local RCMP cope with the tragedy. I spent two weeks working 12-hour night shifts with no breaks.

  • I am single again. I won't go into details in a public entry, but as of May of this year I was no longer in a relationship, and as of August I am once again on my own.

  • I spent the end of the summer and beginning of fall trying to sell my house while still commuting to my 60-hour/week job in another city, which translates to driving roughly 600km a week.

  • The house is now sold (yay!), which means I am in the midst of a flurry of packing and trying to get all my ducks in a row before November 1st.

On more fannish notes:

I am pretty much done with Supernatural. I've taken several steps back from not only the fandom, but the show itself. Maybe especially the show. After last year, it went in a direction that I just couldn't follow. I haven't watched any of the episodes of Season 10, nor do I plan to. I might change my mind and maybe binge-watch them farther down the road, but I doubt it. The show has stopped doing the things I loved about it, and I can't watch it or even think about the current events without feeling a bit upset about it. That tells me that it's time to stop and watch and participate in things I actively enjoy.

I am slowly getting back into writing, as I've said, and as such I will probably be updating my 'verses. No one get excited. It's not a done deal yet, and while I used to be able to pull off thousands of words in a day, that's not the case lately. Writing is a muscle, and mine is severely atrophied. That being said, I still have lots of ideas for almost all my 'verses, and I do want to get back to them.

I'm still being fannish about lots of other shows, though much more casually. I've gotten sucked into Teen Wolf, as you may have noticed, and am currently finishing a Hawkeye-centric story for marvel_bang, which I will be posting on November 11th, along with artwork from the lovely and talented branquignole. I hope I spelled her name right. /o\ I've been watching Person of Interest, which continues to be awesome in spite of last year's horrifically tragic feelsfest. Also Sleepy Hollow, which is utterly delightful, as well as a host of other TV shows that I don't feel quite as strongly about. I love watching TV, but not all shows bring out the giddy fangirl in me. Mostly I flail about the shows I love on Twitter.

In fact, Twitter is my social media of choice these days, mostly because it's very portable and I lead a slightly nomadic lifestyle for now. If you don't follow me there and would like to, I'm @ratherastory, though you should be warned that my tweets are not all fannish. Indeed, I tweet about feminist issues, about a number of things that I guess can be lumped under the "social justice warrior" heading, and about my everyday life. Oh, and I tweet a lot about my pets. I remember a few years ago there was a complaint about how much I tweeted about my pets (specifically my cats), and that hasn't changed. My pets are very photogenic. Luckily, following me is not actually mandatory. :)

In the meantime, I've been mucking around with the notion of participating in NaNoWriMo, which kind of has me excited. The problem is that, unlike those people who have more plots than time rattling around in their heads, I've been devoid of new ideas for quite a while. I'm hoping inspiration will strike in the next two weeks or so, before November 1st rolls around. I would love to finish November on a high, with 50,000 new words of fiction to my name. Now I just have to think of a plot.

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In Hearts We Leave Behind 2/2

Sep. 3rd, 2014 | 12:07 pm

Part 1

He doesn"t know how to identify the look on Steve"s face.Collapse )

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In Hearts We Leave Behind 1/2

Sep. 3rd, 2014 | 11:36 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Title: In Hearts We Leave Behind
Summary: Bucky is looking for answers.
Written for the avengers_rbb challenge. I was lucky enough to snag petite_madame's gorgeous Steve/Bucky prompt, post-CA:TWS. You can see her art here, though I must advise you that the story starts before the comic does, so beware minor spoilers!
Characters/Pairings: Bucky Barnes /Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter
Wordcount: 7,623
Rating: R
Spoilers: Everything up to and including CA:TWS
Warnings: None that I can think of
Neurotic Author's Note #1: I need to gush all over petite_madame here, not only for producing fan-fucking-tastic, breathtakingly beautiful art, as usual, but also for putting up with me and my little RL-induced disappearing act this summer. It was an incredible privilege to be able to work with her. She is both a wonderful artists and a very patient collaborator, and deserves all the love.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: Have I mentioned how lucky I was to get this piece? I practically leapt off the page and screamed at me WRITE ME! WRITE ME NOW! I must beg our readership's indulgence, however, as I took liberties with the original dialogue in the dialogue bubbles, thus making poor petite_madame's life a lot harder. I tried to stick with the original script as much as possible, but there were times when, for my own stylistic purposes, I had to re-imagine what was being said. Any discrepancies you spot between the story and the comic are all my fault.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: I also owe undying thanks to my long-suffering and intrepid beta, rainylemons, who not only beat all my convoluted syntax into submission, but also gave me a few crucial pointers on how to hit the right emotional notes in the story when I was floundering about and missing my target by a mile. All hail to betas! Remaining mistakes are, of course, mine.

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Part 2

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It's been a while since I did one of these...

Aug. 11th, 2014 | 01:36 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic

Writing Projects!

I signed up for a few things this summer, and I'm kind of on a time crunch these days, so I figured I'd make a list to keep myself accountable. I don't have much time for writing these days, as I'm trying to get my house ready to sell, but I will have more and more time for writing as time goes on. So, yay for that!

Avengers RBB: 5,000 words minimum. Due August 18th.
Current progress: About 1,000 words written. I am scrambling a bit, but I think I can get a good draft done in time.

Marvel Big Bang: 10,000 words. 80% draft due August 27th.
Current progress: About 2,000 words, but it's a bit of a hot mess. I am considering scrapping the current idea (which is awesome but probably needs about 50,000 words to do it justice, if not more) in favour of a more manageable one.
So, uh, I'm open to suggestions/prompts which would not be as epically long as my original idea. Anyone?

Teen Wolf Rare Pair Challenge: 1,000 words, due September 5th.
Current progress: Have narrowed it down to a pairing from the prompts I received, with a vague idea about what to do with it. I'm not worried... yet.

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Robo Needs a Home!

Jul. 22nd, 2014 | 11:23 am
mood: busybusy

Hi friends!

Signal-boosting for a friend in Wisconsin (I hope I understood the location properly).

Anyone looking for a super friendly, well-trained 4-year-old medium-sized dog? I have been following Robo & his Mom on Twitter for what feels like forever, and he is a Good Dog™, though not great with other dogs (literally the only reason I can't drive over there and take him myself, since it means he and my dog Sergent wouldn't get along).

Please check out [personal profile] gabbysilang's post here, and if you can't take Robo in yourself, at least signal-boost so we can get this great doggie into a loving home.

This entry was originally posted at http://ratherastory.dreamwidth.org/235620.html, where there are comment count unavailable: comments, currently. Feel free to comment wherever you'd like! ♥

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Spread the Love

Jul. 15th, 2014 | 06:01 am
mood: exhaustedexhausted

riyku is hosting a love meme. I figure others on my flist might want some love, since that's never a bad thing, so here's a link:


full meme


If I haven't commented on your thread, it's because I didn't find it. Please feel free to link me in comments!

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Why, LJ?

Jul. 10th, 2014 | 03:33 pm
mood: annoyedannoyed

I missed the "random posting" day. Sorry.

Can anyone tell me how to put my friends "feed" back to the way I had it before LJ decided that imposing their new style on me was actually what I really wanted? I have googled and searched the FAQs, to no avail, and I really loathe the new look. I liked it the way I had it before, thanks!

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Dear summergen author

Jun. 17th, 2014 | 05:55 pm
mood: excitedexcited

Dearest, darlingest summergen writer,

I am so excited you are writing for me! Summergen is far and away my favourite challenge of the year. So many wonderful stories come out of it each year, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

So, have you seen my prompts and promptly panicked? Have no fear, dear writer, you may at any point in time toss all those prompts out the nearest window and start from scratch, if that's what you feel you need to do in order to satisfy the muse.

Here is a quick Guide to Making ratherastory a Happy Camper:

1- Include h/c. Lots of it. No, really. Whump is my favourite flavour of story. Go ahead and toss people off cliffs, hit them with cars, give them pneumonia, whatever. It doesn't even have to have a happy ending, so long as there is at least an attempt at the "comfort" part of the equation. Even an unsuccessful attempt. ;)

2- I am a Sam!girl who adores Dean. Having both brothers in the story is great and what I generally look for in my fanfic, but if for some reason you only want to write one, well, my preference would be for Sam.

3- That being said, I love many of the recurring cast, too, particularly Cas and Jody, as you probably noticed from my prompts. Anything that explores their headspace, especially Castiel's, is always super interesting for me. After all, Cas' mind doesn't work the same way as humans' at all: he's literally an alien being who is thousands of years old, and whose experiences we can't even begin to understand.

Have you seen Thor, dear author? Someone once pointed out that the reason Thor doesn't get human tech is not because he's primitive, but because Asgardian tech is so much more advanced than our own. It's like one of us being dumped 10,000 years in the past and having all the cavemen laugh at us because we can't make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

So, yeah, give me alien!Cas whose understanding of human ways is not because he's a simpleton (the way it's often portrayed), but rather because he's just too advanced for the world and can't quite dumb himself down to humanity's level.

4- I am a huge fan of Outsider POV, especially for current canon. What must the Winchesters look like to the average person these days? At first glance they must cut terrifying figures these days, seeing how much they've changed after everything they've gone through. Dean is no longer the charming, boyish rogue from Season 1, nor is Sam the floppy-haired, doe-eyed kid that everyone instinctively trusted. And yet, they help people, and that must cause some serious cognitive dissonance, am I right?

5- I have yet to meet a fanfic in 1st Person POV that I thought truly captured the character's voice when it comes to SPN. I don't find that the show, the characters or the subject matter lend themselves well to it. So, overall, I'd prefer to not receive something written in that POV, but if you have a brilliant idea that is eating your brain, then don't let this deter you.

6- If you like writing about other angels, that is totally fine. I prefer them as secondary characters, however, rather than the focus of the story, or as antagonists.

7- I am happy with a very wide range of tone, from fluffy crack all the way to grimdarkangstomg. You can write death!fic if you want, or 1,000 words of schmoop. Hell, have Sam and Dean cuddle platonically throughout the whole story if that's what works for you. If you do choose to have the brothers at odds with each other (the show does seem to enjoy doing that), then I would ask that there is at least some movement toward understanding and reconciliation during the story. I love my boys together much more than I like them apart. :)

And I think that should about cover it!

Thank you again, dear author, and I look forward to reading your story!

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Goodbye, George

Jun. 5th, 2014 | 07:45 am
mood: crushedcrushed

Sorry to those of you who follow me in other places, you've likely already seen this.

At 17:00 I decided to take the dog out for a walk to go look for Pan-Pan. I opened the front door, and George slipped between my legs and headed out for the evening. I locked the door, turned around, and watched as a car drove by and hit him.

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Eee! Exciting times!

May. 24th, 2014 | 11:23 pm
mood: excitedexcited

Come on and join the fun! You know you want to!

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