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I saw this on Tumblr

http://blackstar.tumblr.com/post/154489403707/i-dont-think-people-really-get-how-little


And I think the baseline premise, that fan artists are more valued than fanfic writers is true, yet it goes beyond the kudos or comments for me and is far less about the tiny fandom I'm in, which is a great fandom and I don't have complaints about. I think one of the benefits of being in a smaller, more mature fandom is I don't get the whole people see me as a machine. Overall everyone is very gracious and understands that I have work and kids and sometimes things just fizzle out, and the pressure I put on myself to be a workhorse is self-imposed. So I do not mean this as a critique on anyone following me.

More of, my complaints stem from how fan art is so well received that people can make money off it, while fanfic writers are often ridiculed, and writing fanfics is sort of a mark of shame. I do want to make it clear before I go any further, I do not want to make money off fanfiction and I am not asking for money. But that fan artists are so esteemed that they CAN profit from fanworks while fanfic writers can't burns a bit.

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I've been going back and forth on whether or not to do this, but with Christmas in under 2 weeks, here goes...

I am taking requests for Slayers fanfics! Writing fanfiction helps me manage my anxiety and gives me a needed mental escape from the crap I see everyday. I generally feel like I benefit emotionally from doing it, so during the holiday I feel like giving back a little. Most years I get this done with Slayers Santa, but I'm not sure that's a go this year, and I'm feeling a bit adrift without any sort of prompt fic to work on. Granted, I have this feeling that I'll run into the whole as soon as I post this I'll get my assignment type deal, but I'm going to risk it, especially since I don't know if I'll get 50 requests or zero.

Thing is, I love working with prompts. Strangely the more specific the better, because then I start asking myself why this has to happen or why this has to be this way and it really helps me get in touch with my muse. So if there's any fic idea you've wanted to see done or anything you've been craving, now is your time to submit a prompt! I can't guarantee anything by Christmas this close to Christmas, but certainly by the end of January.

And with these restrictions. Slayers universe. I've tried to write fanfic for other shows but it just never works out. Cannon couples only or gen, which in my definition does NOT include Xellos and Filia. I don't like to see Xellos paired with anyone. Does not compute with how I see Xellos. I'm very familiar with the novels and have read most of the manga, so I can write in the anime, novels, or manga universe, but you'll have best luck with either the anime or novels universe. And while I will write Naga I've only seen the specials once, years ago and try to write her as little as possible so I wouldn't recommend a prompt with her in it. I'm also not terribly big on AUs.

Other than that, any rating, from G to mature is fine. Of course Lina/Gourry is what I work best with but I am open to exploring other relationships or just generic adventures. So yeah...please give my muse something to work with?
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The marvelous [livejournal.com profile] brendala has drawn a side story to my fic Desolation that goes into some of the machinations behind the scenes! Check it out!
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I've been writing since I learned to write. And I am not exaggerating. My mom loved Hans Christian Anderson and before the Disney film came out had a version of the story of "The Little Mermaid" that I read often. One day when I was 5 or 6 I wrote my own version of the story complete with pictures and asked my mom to publish it. She lovingly told me to do it myself, so I got some saran wrap and put it around the bundle of papers. I was very disappointed with the final result.

When I was a teenager I started reading Tara K. Harper's novels and read her website often. On writing she said she could never force herself to write, and that if she did she would often have to delete what she wrote and re-write it when she was in the mood. She said she couldn't imagine setting a limit for her to churn out each day. Being a mood writer myself I nodded in agreement when I read it.

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Well, aside from something I'm writing for Slayers Secret Santa, I don't think I'm going to get anymore fanfic out in 2014 (though hopefully that will change in January. And my muse is fickle, I could get an idea and bang it out in one day should serendipity strike). Only pattern I've noticed is having a second child and being beyond sleep deprived had an effect on my writing. Here's what I wrote in 2014, with the subsequent explanations, excuses, and whatever thoughts I have on them. Plus, what's coming in 2015.

more. )
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The good news is I found my muse! She was hiding under a pile of unfolded laundry or something like that. The bad news is I don't have as much time as I used to have for some odd reason. So based on all that I think it'll be about a month before I actually post something, but I am working on something! Two somethings.

More below. )
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Title: A Little Strength Left
Chapters: 3 of 3
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia, Sylphiel
Plot: Lina and Gourry's problems grow along with their family. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pharoah999 for betaing.

Ffn.net version
AO3 version
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So, thanks for the help of the awesome [livejournal.com profile] retsuko, I have an AO3 account. I've spent the last month updating and in some cases revising and adding scenes for things I've written and I've now mostly got it all up. Most of it was minor, but I'll list the stuff with significant changes below here. )

Also, I must say, AO3 has the most user friendly posting system of the archive sites. In fact, the other sites don't even compare because AO3 is so far ahead of them there. Ff.net gives me fits, as does Media Miner. So, major props there!

The other thing I've come to realize is writing is like xanax for me. Anxiety runs in my family. I think of myself as being more anxious than most people but not to the point where I want to use medication for it, especially as anxiety meds are prone to abuse and that's not a problem I want. So instead I write. That way instead of thinking of my problem's I'm thinking of someone else's. Hence why I've been writing lately. I also like the sense of control that comes with it. Can't control some things in my life, but I can control what happens to people in the stories I write.
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Recently I realized that I have been shipping Lina and Gourry for 11 years. At first I thought I had to be adding my years wrong. There was no way that college was that long ago! But yes. I was 19 when I started shipping them. I am now 30. Sometime in the fall I will mark my 12th years as a Lina/Gourry shipper.

Lately I've been doing a lot of existential thinking about why this ship has stayed so strong with me. Why it has stuck around for so long and why after all these years I'm still writing for them and not moving onto other things. And while I think that Lina and Gourry are the best ship ever, there's still plenty of other good ones out there to explore. I think there are many factors, but right show, right time in my life is definitely one of them, if not the biggest one.

Long, rambley self-centered stuff below. )
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Fandom: The Slayers
Pairings: L/G, I swear. Also some extremely light A/Z in later chapters. Once again, I swear!
Rating: PG, mild cussing, other than that this is pretty tame.
Summary: The story of why Lina left home, and why she came back.
Chapter: 1 of 4
Comments: OK, pretty nervous about this one because it's so out of the scope of what I do. [livejournal.com profile] pharoah999 was a tremendous help in sorting through this and providing feedback and helping me decide which way I should go with this. Hope you enjoy!

When Will You Be Home She Asks…We Both Know We Have No Clear Answer to Where My Dreams May Lead-Corrinne May )
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I have a new vendetta. ATVs. 4 wheelers. Dirt bikes. They are tearing apart my beautiful park and making hiking dangerous and irritating. Last week when I walked my dog I never could get to a point where I felt comfortable letting her off leash in the middle of the freaking woods because there were 30 or 40 people on dirt bikes zooming around as if they owned the place!

Today I took B. to the banks of the river, and once again they were out in force. B. was having a blast throwing rocks in the water (apparently this is very engrossing when you are 2 years old...it kept him occupied for a solid hour). Several times those damned ATVs came screaming down the river. Terrified that he'd get hit I pull him back and tried to get out of the way of an ATV, and we got soaked in the process. Another one thought about coming down. I picked a screaming B. up and gave him a good glare and he decided to take another route.

So it is now at the point that when I take my son to the middle of the freaking woods I still have to worry about him getting run over! I worry about that when we're in the neighborhood and when we're at the playground! I should not have to worry about it in the woods where there are no roads!

And it's not just a convenience thing. They are devastating the environment. The trails are deeply rutted and not draining water like they should. They contribute to a lot of erosion and loss of wildlife. And they pollute, my goodness, they spew out a ton of greenhouse gas! They are a damn environmental menace, and a destroyer of the peace and tranquility that comes with being in the woods! I am so red hot mad about this right now!

Writing the members of my local city council, but the things I have been reading about efforts to curb them are not encouraging. But really, when you can't go into the woods to get some peace and quiet where can you go?

OK, rant over. Fanfic stuff below the cut. )
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Fandom: The Slayers
Title: What They Read at Night
Rating: Ugh, this is one of those situations where I hate trying to peg a rating. Very mild references to sex, probably PG.
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia, very light suggestions of romance.
Plot: Set sometime during Slayers NEXT, Zel and Gourry overhear an interesting conversation about what Lina and Amelia read at night.

Just something light and funny to start the week with. )
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Fandom: The Slayers
Title: After NEXT
Chapter: 4 of 4, COMPLETE!!!!
Rating: PG-13, discussion of sexual matters, nothing explicit
Summary: Lina and Gourry deal with the emotional aftermath of NEXT.

With You By My Side I Will Fight and Defend-Avril Lavigne )

Previous Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
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Last one! Whew!

Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 4: Please Remember Me. )
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Last one! Whew!

Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 4: Please Remember Me. )
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Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 3: When You Feel As If You Simply Can't Go On. )
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Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 3: When You Feel As If You Simply Can't Go On. )
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Had to break it up because it was too large for one post.

Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 2: When the Dark Night Seems Endless. )
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Had to break it up because it was too large for one post.

Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 2: When the Dark Night Seems Endless. )
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Yes, I wrote two fanfics back in the day, and in honor of the new The Slayers series, I'm reposting one. The other I'm taking down because it's my version of the fourth season, and I always maintained I would take it down if they ever did a bona fide 4th season. It's a weird thing with me.

Title: Please Remember Me
Pairing: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Words: 13036
Plot: A lovely day turns deadly when a monster attacks, leaving Gourry to find a new purpose in life.
Warning: Major character death.

Chapter 1: If I Could I Would Always Keep You Safe. )

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