You’d better believe it! Thank you so much for giving me something to work with :-D
Title: The Pursued and the Pursuing
Fandom: The Great Gatsby (the novel, but effectively the film, too)
Pairing & Characters: Nick Carraway/Jay Gatsby, Others
Rating: Very definitely R, perhaps evasively NC-17.
Warning: Period racial and sexual slurs, alas.
Notes: In spite of the fact that not a single character in it is fully admirable, I’ve loved this novel for a long, long time, and I suppose the film coming out finally gave me a good excuse to do something more productive than marvel at Fitzgerald’s prose on rereading. You all know I’ve got a thing for meddling with endings, especially sad ones (to varying degrees of success, I’m certain), and this particular tragic ending has been waiting since my sophomore year of high school. That’s a long time for a pair of characters to knock around in my head and in my heart; whether they’ll speak as clearly on the page for me as they do in those places is, of course, another matter.
Summary: The past is both behind us and ahead of us, patiently looming
It means I have a partial draft of a single story already, yes. That I have not written Gatsby fic before now is actually somewhat astonishing to me, considering I love this novel as much as I love the likes of Good Omens, Doomsday Book, Cloud Atlas, Foucault’s Pendulum, etc. The prose is dauntingly, inimitably beautiful, and I think I had to turn thirty and this film had to come out before it would occur to me to do something as mad as try to write first-person Nick Carraway. Seriously, my high-school and college selves were just so jealous of Fitzgerald’s prose (in the best possible way) that presuming to intervene would have been folly.
(But, as I said: I’m thirty now—thirty-one, actually—and I saw the film four days ago and reread the novel for the I-don’t-know-how-manieth time today and this unhappy ending hit me as hard as Hamlet normally does, and what when I’ve tried my hand at fixing Hamlet, why not try my hand at fixing this? It’ll most likely be a one-off, but, as with most of my one-offs/rare-fandom stories, I’ll try my best to make it an event.)
There’s a coffee shop in Summerland about two hours out from where I live called Good Omens.
I want a Good Omens coffee shop AU right now.
The request that Eldanis and I collaborated on for Good Omens Exchange is technically a coffee-shop AU. Only it’s more of a tea-shop AU, but…well, we tried ; - D
Title: Not My Division
Pairings & Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley, Dagon, Sophia, Others
Rating: R (partly for tough conversations, partly for kind-of-smut)
Word Count: 4,000
Notes: This is CoT #29 (LJ reckoning) / #34 (AO3 reckoning), a Coda of sorts to the most recent full-length story (“Always the Bridesmaid”). An overwhelming number of you wanted a conversation between Crowley and Dagon about as badly as I did (but couldn’t seem to fit it into the main piece), so that’s what these interim pieces are for. All that I know about the next major story is that it’s the road-trip holiday referenced recently in Aziraphale’s thoughts; I’m keeping the geographic area they’ll be driving well under wraps. In the meantime, have these few moments of revelatory surprise.
Summary: What good is history if you can’t learn from it?
Who knew Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire had so much chemistry.
The chemistry’s there in the text already, if you ask me :-D
(But, yes, they certainly did make the most of it…!)
Getting out a bit more always helps, and, fortunately, I’ve gotten out a great deal this week! Also being able to get nice wine again. I’ve missed that. I won’t be drinking that d’Yquem immediately; they don’t open that bottle right after the wedding, but they will very soon.
(I’m going to see The Great Gatsby today. Given it’s one of my favorite novels—I mean really, really strangely dear to me; it reads like a prose poem—this will be fascinating.)
(And how else was I supposed to write about it when they finally do?)
im pretty sure my entire life is just a really complex Good Omens reference
It’s not so bad once you get used to it.
So, “Always the Bridesmaid” wants a Coda/follow-up Extra, owing to the fact that there’s a conversation between Crowley and Dagon that I’d really like to show on the record (plus the not inconsiderable matter of the, er, wedding night). This conversation would have got into the main story if I had not found Pippa’s photography jaunt a fitting final scene to the main piece (and also if I had not been so busy running damage control on Hastur and Ligur). Therefore, look out for a little something called “Not My Division” before the week is out.
(Thanks to the handful of readers who helped this along by putting in requests. Your absolute lack of hesitation to nudge me is a blessing, and not one in disguise, either!)
The Good Omens Lexicon is a project headed by fiere that I helped to organize in its early stages years ago (I oversaw entry categories/assignments, did some proofreading, and also wrote the Aziraphale and Crowley entries), and, now that I’m done with grad school and trying to find something resembling stability, to which I plan to start contributing again. If you’re interested in writing entries for the Lexicon, please go here and drop a note saying as much! Contributors are always welcome, especially since activity is picking up again.
Several of you have sent emails in the past week that I haven’t got around to answering; this is due to the fact that, hard on the heels of my most recent crash, I got a three-month temporary job offer that started Monday the 29th (and if it doesn’t go permanent at the end of that time, so help me, I’ll be crushed). I’ve had a week’s overlap between that and the part-time job I’d been working since February, which mostly means I’m burned out and disorganized, and this is the first day I’ve had to myself in a while. I’ll try to get caught up, but I’ve been giving priority to LJ/AO3/Tumblr comments and asks because those are easier for me to lose track of than emails. Even then, I may have missed some.
What I really wanted to say, though, is thank you.
Oh, bless! Don’t do yourself in. I remember reading week and finals week all too well, though, and how much of that time I actually used to spend on things other than studying ;-)
Thank you for taking the time to let me know you’re enjoying CoT, and if you should want some GO fic that’s unrelated to that series, I link all the rest of it here (and there’s really, really a lot; in almost nine years I’ve written almost 200 GO stories/ficlets if you count them individually
what is my life). Seriously, though, don’t neglect your studies to the point of detriment. The writing will be there when you finish. It’s quite patient!