(she lives between pages)

alienfirst:

A commission featuring a small part from irisbleufic's Anthology (somewhere in this chapter)!

I really adored working on this. Small intimate moments are wonderful things.

I only had warning that this was coming this morning when sheerpoetry7 said she’d commissioned something from alienfirst.  I saw this via email a little while ago, and I’m fairly sure I only just managed to muffle my shriek.  This is perfect down to the smallest detail.  Thank you both 

Hello! About CoT. I'm just curious, why Aziraphale and Crowley don't swim if they live near the ocean?
Anonymous

Oh, they do swim—I just haven’t had much chance to show it onscreen, so to speak!  There’s a lot of sidelong commentary from other characters about what the two of them get up to on that beach when they’re alone (cf. speculation from Uriel and Raphael in The Beach Botanist’s Survival Guide and even at a couple of other points in the series), but the truth is that most of the stories thus far are set either in very early spring, in late autumn, or at various points in the winter, which are not prime swimming-times.  I’ve had plenty of chance to show Crowley beach-combing, though, because he loves that even more than he loves to swim.  Until such time as I have a story fall smack in, say, June or July, you’re unlikely to see any scenes where they’re swimming.  Rest assured it does happen!

linda3m said: Any chance it could happen naked? With the proper application of wine of course.

Hello, old friend!  Do I spy a prompt?  If so, there’s a very high chance indeed ;)  I say this mostly because I’ve realized the new story that’s just gone up is set during April 2014, so they’re heading right into the summer in which we’re existing at this very moment.  It would make sense to have some kind of shorter, lighter interlude after that kind of fare…

sheerpoetry7 said: To sate people until that happens in a new piece, there’s the one where Crowley takes a dip. I believe it was one of the chapters with art?

Ah, yes! You mean this little trilogy :)

Here’s a perfect demonstration of why I so rarely cosplay or dress up for Halloween these days: I’m sitting here staring at all the options as far as types of wood and trying to find clear screen-caps of the cane used in the film because even the shade of the wood has to match for me to be happy with it.  This is probably why I’d have to sort out the clothes first; the cane will throw my details-obsessed brain for an extended loop.  I’m looking at one screen-cap right now thinking, yeah, that’s too dark to be ash or beechwenge or ebony (two of the expensive options) would be a closer match.  Whichever one of you told me this endeavor would be putting my cheekbones to excellent use is going to pay and pay and pay in the form of listening to me fuss about matching the wood.

Many of your stories have sexual and emotionally intimate content in them and one of the things I find challenging to write is the distinction between who a character is in public (this is wanky and lit crit theory, but their 'performance' of who they are) and then who they are in private/intimate situations. How do gauge that difference and how do you keep their private self grounded and 'real'? Also, just for fun, which rarepair that you write do you wish there was a sea of fic for?

Having come out of a primarily literary background as my grad-school training goes, I’d like to reassure you that you needn’t apologize for the use of lit-crit terminology (although I will agree that some of it is fundamentally wanky)!  To answer your question, though, I’ve never found preserving the distinction between characters’ public and private selves difficult.  I use as many cues from canon as I possibly can to determine what the parameters in each instance are, and I extrapolate accordingly for purposes of further character development in my stories.  I wish there was an entire sea of Hamlet/Horatio!

I'm glad you're doing the writing meme! Since you've been writing fanfiction for awhile, I'm really curious to know: how has your writing (and/or your writing process) evolved over the years?

My process has actually changed little if you look at it from the standpoint of modus operandi from brainstorming phase through to completion; the idea drops, I spend however long it takes to work out the title and overall plot arc, I outline it in as much detail as I can, and then I write it.  I very rarely compose scenes out of order, as I prefer, at least within a single piece, to write as linearly as possible (for longer series, I’m capable of jumping around in the timeline from story to story without difficulty; flashbacks are a frequent occurrence across my body of work).  Where my process has changed significantly is in medium of composition.  I hand-wrote everything from about age 13 through 18 (and then had to take it down to the computer in the middle of the night through to ungodly hours of morning in order to type it up so my family wouldn’t know what I was doing), but once I left for college and acquired a computer of my own, composition shifted almost entirely to typing.  My handwriting is terrible, and, due to some fine motor-skill and coordination issues with writing utensils in particular, it’s slow going.  I don’t hesitate to take brief, sketchy notes by hand if I absolutely must, but, given my typing speed is 80 to 90 wpm on a sub-par day and 120 wpm on an optimal day, thought-to-page speed just took off.  I prefer to compose this way, and I don’t miss writing stories out longhand in the least.  Thank you for asking!

glitterkelp:

"Casual" reminder that tagging for triggers is not so much a fucking option as a necessity, and being a BNF does not exclude you from that or make you somehow ~above~ it, ok, NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS, FULL FUCKING STOP.

I DON’T CARE IF THE TRIGGER DIDN’T OCCUR TO YOU, FUCKING TAG IT IF EVEN…

trivialdaydreamer:

no but imagine Aziraphale being the one to make the first move imagine him being the one to be all flirty imagine Crowley being the one to get all flustered and blushy jUST IMAGINE IT PICTURE IT FOR A SEC

Are you kidding this is all I ever imagine 

Look at these dorks I found in my desk!  New CoT posted last night.

(At one point, these were up on one of my bulletin boards, but the wall came down a couple months ago.  Artists’ mini-originals in order of appearance: seji, allonsyblue, kaytara-art, and two by cissyswonderland.  I need to find new places for these.)

glitterkelp:

(In Case) -  A fanmix for two ludicrous creatures, particularly inspired by how they are in Irisbleufic’s beautiful fic, Anthology. Ups and downs and all the rest of a shared history, finally coming together.

Start of Something - Voxtrot // I am a Scientist - Guided By Voices // I’m A Pilot - Fanfarlo // Love You Madly - Cake // We’re All Light - XTC // Who Is In Your Heart Now? - Studio Killers // Wait it Out - Imogen Heap // My Year In Lists - Los Campesinos! // The Clockwise Witness - DeVotchKa // Shake the Scientist - Florence & The Machine vs Coldplay // Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys // Holding Onto You - Twenty One Pilots // All Shades of Blue // It Must Be Love - Madness // Just Impolite - Plushgun // Numbers Don’t Lie - The Mynabirds // It’s Tough To Have A Crush - OK Go // Bruises - Chairlift Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order // Flaws - Bastille // Odd Couple - Weezer // Funny Little Frog - Belle and Sebastian // It’s Beginning to Get to Me - Snow Patrol // Collar Full - Panic! At the Disco // Left Hand Man - The Lonely Forest // Into the Dark - Ben Lee // Slow Show - The National // Movie Loves A Screen - April Smith and the Great Picture Show // You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) - Buddy Holly // Love Lost - Temper Trap // I Only Want To Be With You - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes // Honey Let Me Sing You A Song - Matt Hires // All About Your Heart - Mindy Gledhill // Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer // A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay // I Melt With You - Modern English // All The Things You Are - Will Young // Loud Like Love - Placebo


{ Listen }

…there are so many fantastically appropriate songs in here that I can’t imagine the amount of time you must have put in.  This is amazing ♥  It’ll make an excellent writing playlist, I can tell.

glitterkelp:

(In Case) -  A fanmix for two ludicrous creatures, particularly inspired by how they are in Irisbleufic’s beautiful fic, Anthology. Ups and downs and all the rest of a shared history, finally coming together.

Start of Something - Voxtrot // I am a Scientist - Guided By Voices // I’m A Pilot - Fanfarlo // Love You Madly - Cake // We’re All Light - XTC // Who Is In Your Heart Now? - Studio Killers // Wait it Out - Imogen Heap // My Year In Lists - Los Campesinos! // The Clockwise Witness - DeVotchKa // Shake the Scientist - Florence & The Machine vs Coldplay // Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys // Holding Onto You - Twenty One Pilots // All Shades of Blue // It Must Be Love - Madness // Just Impolite - Plushgun // Numbers Don’t Lie - The Mynabirds // It’s Tough To Have A Crush - OK Go // Bruises - Chairlift Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order // Flaws - Bastille // Odd Couple - Weezer // Funny Little Frog - Belle and Sebastian // It’s Beginning to Get to Me - Snow Patrol // Collar Full - Panic! At the Disco // Left Hand Man - The Lonely Forest // Into the Dark - Ben Lee // Slow Show - The National // Movie Loves A Screen - April Smith and the Great Picture Show // You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) - Buddy Holly // Love Lost - Temper Trap // I Only Want To Be With You - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes // Honey Let Me Sing You A Song - Matt Hires // All About Your Heart - Mindy Gledhill // Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer // A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay // I Melt With You - Modern English // All The Things You Are - Will Young // Loud Like Love - Placebo

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…there are so many fantastically appropriate songs in here that I can’t imagine the amount of time you must have put in.  This is amazing ♥  It’ll make an excellent writing playlist, I can tell.

GO Fic, Cont’d: World Without End [Part 2 / 2]
ahem... wwwdotthemarysuedotcom/ seedless-mango-now-reality/

http://www.themarysue.com/seedless-mango-now-reality/

…so this is the point at which I need to ask the universe, O RLY?

NEWT GRAPEFRUITING HERMANN... WITH A KAIJU SPLEEN

…at which point the risk of citric-acid burns looks downright novel in comparison to the risk of K-Blue-and-preservative laced spleen juice, right.  Phrasing this as politely as possible: I love you, but not going to happen ;)  That’s both me and the guys talking.

dinnsdale:

One of my favorite scenes from irisbleufic’s work, Try Anything Once - which was inspired by this video.
Warning: NSFW content in both links.

There is no way to transcribe the noises that woman makes.
(Also I know the fic says they watch it on a TV but a laptop worked better for the composition SO)

…oh dear God.  So, laughing so hard I’m crying actually does apply!  Thank you!

W A I T are you a fan of Toy Soldiers ????

Yes.  I so seldom find others these days who are!

nonbinarywillywonka said: I’M READING ALL OF YOUR FIC NOW I’M SO HAPPY ??????

I wrote all of those works between early 2004 and maybe mid to late 2006?  Be careful with The Series / Book of Hours; it’s 310k and somewhat demanding, so pace yourself on that one (and, if you ever do read it, my inbox is always open; I take the emotional tech-support responsibility [if needed] that comes along with some of that content very seriously).

…guys, um.