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When I finished Marvel Bang last year, I said it would be my last one. I'd done it five years in a row and last year's was the first one that really felt overwhelmingly stressful, so it was time to stop.

And you know, I'm feeling really good about that decision. I was worried that, as sign-ups happened and things got going, I'd get tempted into going back to do just one more. I've really enjoyed every one I've been in (even though last year's got very stressful due to too many commitments) and it feels a bit odd not to be doing it.

Now that sign-ups are closed I've realised that, actually, nope, I don't miss it. I mean, I've got no Bang-length plot bunnies, so that definitely helps.

But I'm also facing another summer of being incredibly busy and having loads to do, and knowing I'm not trying to write a big fic at the same time is so freeing. No deadlines! If I don't want to write tonight, I don't need to! It's so nice :-)

I'm sending Hunter out to a couple of beta readers this week and I plan to let it rest for a while, so there's no editing to poke at. I'm casually doing world-building and plotting for my next book, but I don't plan to start writing until after the summer busy has finished, so I can do that at my own pace. For the first time in a long time, I've got no deadlines hanging over me during the summer and it feels like I'm free.

Which definitely demonstrates that my time in Marvel Bang is done and I've made the right choice.

Fic challenges should be fun. As soon as they stop being fun, it's time to step back and do a different thing.
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Stone of the North (58915 words) by Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov, Darcy Lewis, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Nick Fury, Jane Foster (Marvel), Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Steampunk, Alternate Universe - Edwardian, Valet Clint Barton, BAMF Phil Coulson, Mystery, Action/Adventure, Comic Book Science, Blimps & Dirigibles, Background Relationships, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, Minor Darcy Lewis/Natasha Romanov, Minor Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Minor Jane Foster/Thor
Series: Part 5 of Dangerous Instruments
Summary:

Sequel to Clockwork Murders. The happily ever after isn't always easy, but Coulson and Barton are determined to figure out how to make it work. After all, how difficult can it be to pretend to the world they're still just a gentleman and his valet, settling into a quiet life with no excitement or adventure at all?

More difficult than they anticipated, it turns out. And that's before Stark asks for their help tracking down a missing gem, people start disappearing around London, and Natasha resurfaces with a mission of her own for them. Their quiet life together may feature more dirigibles and explosions than they'd ever counted on.

The amazing accompanying artwork is also on AO3 (as well as embedded in the fic).
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And Eternity in an Hour (60811 words) by Selenay
Chapters: 17/17
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson
Additional Tags: Background Relationships, Many MCU and SHIELD cameos, Alternate Universe - Fusion, Beauty and the Beast (TV 1987) fusion, Romance, Angst and Feels, Marvel Universe Big Bang 2015, Minor Bruce Banner/Natasha Romanov
Summary: He comes from a secret place, far below the city streets, hiding his face from strangers, safe from hate and harm. He brought me there to save my life...and now, wherever I go, he is with me, in spirit. For we have a bond stronger than friendship or love. And although we cannot be together, we will never, ever be apart.
When Phil Coulson is attacked and left for dead, he is rescued and cared for by an unusual man who looks like a beast. As Phil heals, he learns that Clint is part of a community hidden below the city, where people who don't fit into the world above can live in safety. In time, Phil has to return home, but he vows to change his life and find a happier, better future.
Phil and Clint believe their time together is over, but they are destined to meet again when their worlds begin to collide.
A Beauty and the Beast (TV, 1987) fusion fic.
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For reasons that only my immune system can answer (and it doesn't talk to me much), my body has suddenly decided to cooperate with my meds. Of course, it decided to do that a week before I saw my new GP to ask for referrals. Good timing, eh?

I finally started to get a really good response to the Humira within 24 hours of each dose - back settling so much that I can bend at the waist and sit for whole half hours at a time, belly not hurting - and for a couple of doses, it actually lasted until a day or two before the next injection. The last two doses have stayed mostly effective all the way through.

It's Monday, I don't do Humira until tomorrow, and I can still bend at the waist, sit at my desk for long enough to get work done, and stand up for more than a few minutes without severe pain. I managed baking at the weekend. I got editing done at my desktop.

It's bloody marvelous.

My new GP seems pretty great. I got a good vibe from him - he understood what inflammatory axial (spinal, for us laymen) arthritis was like and he made IBD puns, so I think we'll get on well. The colonoscopy was deeply unpleasant and I'm unimpressed by my body's decision to resist the sedation until two hours after it was over, but it's done and I don't have much to worry about, apparently. Just have to wait for biopsy results, but GI Guy expects them to come back clear.

Now it's July, which means it's "try to write a huge long fic for Marvel Big Bang while keeping up with the Tour de France" season. With added novel editing. Yeah, this is going to be such a restful three weeks!
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A Thousand Miles and Poles Apart (46628 words) by Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov, Darcy Lewis
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Actors, Marvel Universe Big Bang 2014, In-world spy movie, And Phil Coulson plays a James Bond-alike hero, From Sex to Love, Clint Barton Has Issues, Angst with a Happy Ending
Summary:

Until a few months ago, Clint Barton was a successful stunt guy, more accustomed to falling off buildings and making a fight look good than worrying about lines and motivation. Now, he's an award nominated actor (it was a fluke, he swears) about to take the biggest role of his career: co-lead in the eleventh Agent Banks of SHIELD movie, working with the actor he's admired (or maybe more than just admired) for years. It should be the best job ever.

Except for a few problems, like his lack of acting experience, and the part where his contract is to take over the SHIELD series after Phil Coulson finishes this last movie. At least he isn't doing anything really disastrous, like falling for his co-star. Right?

The beautiful artwork I received is here.
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Winter Soldier's Redemption (40089 words) by Selenay
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Steampunk, Edwardian Period, Marvel Cameos, Slight Mentions of Body Horror, Prequel, Steve Rogers Feels, Putting Bucky Back Together, Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes, Rediscovered Feelings
Series: Part 4 of Dangerous Instruments
Summary:

Steve Rogers, former captain of the HMAS America, had been a rising star of the Royal Aerial Fleet until his airship was destroyed. He was pulled from the wreckage, the only survivor, and spent several weeks unconscious in a hospital bed while the world, and the Fleet, moved on without him. Now, he needs a new plan and a new career, both of which Nick Fury is willing to offer as part of his special SHIELD unit inside Scotland Yard.

But while Steve waits to begin his training, Fury has a small mystery he needs some help with. A masked man has been roaming the towns and villages in the south of England, stealing food and breaking into trains and museums without taking anything of value. A man with a metal arm. It's Steve's home ground, the place he grew up in, so he's the perfect choice to investigate Fury's problem. Isn't he?

(Prequel fic, but can be read as a stand-alone.)

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For the first time since my wisdom tooth extraction, I actually feel pretty good. My face doesn't hurt, I can eat reasonably well, I spent the whole weekend sleeping so I'm not totally exhausted...I feel almost normal. Fingers crossed, this will last all week!

Or at least, through today, because we're having a team pizza lunch and I need to be in top condition to enjoy it. Heh.

My weekend was pretty much sleep, sleep, recover from sleep-induced headache, sleep some more. With a lot of catching up on Strictly. And, obviously, watching Doctor Who, which was thoroughly weird and strange and I loved it.

(I might be biased, but I'm really loving season eight. I know it doesn't suit everyone, but I think there's been some great stuff this year. Then again, Doctor Who is something I can rarely look at with a critical eye until a couple of years after an episode first aired, so it could just be the DW joy speaking *shrug*)

I'd summarise last week's teevees, but I haven't seen Once Upon a Time yet or NCIS:NOLA, so I'm going to wait until tomorrow for that. It's just so lovely to have stuff on my telly box. My poor Netflix subscription hasn't been touched for ten days.

Clearly, they know that having actual teevees might be an issue. Otherwise they wouldn't have told me that S2 of Ripper Street and three more Midsomer Murders series are up. I promise, Netflix, I'll be back soon.

I was also going to do another topic post, because I've got some good ones burning a hole in my planning sheet, but...it's Monday. Thinking is overrated on a Monday. You can have a thoughtful post later in the week.

Instead, I'll let anyone who might be interested know about my Marvel Big Bang posting dates:

25th October
Winter Soldier's Redemption: a 40k Steve/Bucky steampunk AU fic.

10th November
A Thousand Miles and Poles Apart: a 45k Clint/Coulson actor AU fic.

I can't believe how much I wrote for MBB this year. It was a 10k minimum. Clearly, my brain knows nothing about minimums.
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It's autumn so it's getting to that seasonal time of year, when all the holiday exchanges and ficathons start opening up sign-ups and it gets tempting to SIGN UP FOR EVERYTHING OMG...

But I'm being sensible.

I'll sign up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and that's it *puts on determined face*

This is not to say that I'm not over-committing myself. Let's face it, I'm still going to do that. I'm planning to do NaNo and write the library urban fantasy novel. So that'll eat up November quite nicely. And I'll attempt to get some kind of MCU fic written and posted as a Christmas treat, because that's the way I roll. Plus, I've got two Marvel Big Bang fics to finish editing and post before November, so that's going to keep me occupied.

But Yuletide will be my only seasonal exchange this year. You all heard me, right?

Today we're endlessly waiting for test data and twiddling thumbs. So I'm writing some of the AU prompts I got on Tumblr. And somehow the little ficlet I'm writing has turned into a meta discussion about masks and their wearers.

Hmm.

How do people write short? HOW?
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[community profile] femslashex assignments were out this weekend and I love mine to itty bitty pieces. I have no idea what I matched on because two of the fandoms are ones I offered with pairings I offered and I'm inspired about fics for both. Oops?

I'm now two weeks away from the final draft deadline on Marvel Big Bang and the beta-ing has been going better than expected. It's all tweaks and typos so I'm still feeling confident about being done on time despite the incredible length of this novel. And the good thing is that I still really like the fic and feel very pleased with what I've achieved, so it's all good there.

Agents of SHIELD has been seen and much enjoyed. It was even better on my second viewing, with all the adverts removed. Ads really interrupt the flow of a good show. AoS isn't without its issues, ones that I'm hoping get addressed as time goes on, but as a pilot that was trying to show what it could be and set up a whole whack of things I thought it was great.

Things I'm looking forward to seeing more of (non-spoilery):

- FitzSimmons and their beautiful twinny friendship. Anyone who's read a lot of my Avengers fic may note how much I love playing with male/female deep friendship (Clint and Natasha are wonderful to write) and the FitzSimmons relationship plays into all my favourite tropes for that so far. I really want a couple of episodes focused on those two and their beautiful broship.

- Melinda May. So much mystery and so much history, we need to have some Melinda focused episodes.

- Grant Ward's incredible lack of sense of humour and people skills. Really, that's just crying out to be one of the running jokes of the series and I kind of look forward to him looking pained and tolerant as Fitzsimmons and Skye make with the mocking and the hilarity around him.

- Skye. I'm intrigued and I want to know who she really is. I kind of also like the mentor/protege vibe she's getting with Coulson, I think that's got some terrific possibilities.

- Coulson. On my telly box every week. With mysteries he doesn't even know he's in the middle of and that wonderfully determined belief that everyone deserves saving. Someone said he's the ultimate Hufflepuff and I really think that's the perfect way to see him.

- Arcs. Looks like we're getting lots of arcs and themes and that really hits all the things I love in a show.

Yup, I'm a happy fangirl.

And lastly, I may have picked up a new Thing. Sleepy Hollow, how are you so cracktastic and so very awesome?
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It's the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide strategising time of year again! I *think* I've got my nomination list fixed. Several fandoms I really want to request/offer in my sign-up are thoroughly covered already so I'm nominating for my tiny fandoms with tiny pairings :-D

The rule change where I can request up to six things on sign-up is going to be so great. Usually I have trouble narrowing my requests down to four, so this year it's going to be a bit easier. And because offering thousands of fandoms apparently doesn't help the matching algorithms, I'm keeping myself to a maximum of ten offers without making a big bucket o' fandoms offer this year.

I suspect half my sign-up, at least, will be me hoping for femslash in my tiny fandoms. How has nobody spotted that Trixie/Cynthia in Call the Midwife is a thing that needs to happen? How is there so little Kate/America in Young Avengers? Why isn't everyone falling onto Valkyrie/Annabelle in Fearless Defenders?

OK, yes, I'm ridiculously excited for Yuletide *already* and by the time sign-ups happen and assignments go out, I'll be slightly ridiculous. As it's the only exchange I'm signing up for this season, I think that I'm allowed to be ridic :-D

My Big Bang editing is...happening. I've finished going through the MS and making copious notes on all the things that I need to do and last night I got the first two chapters edited. As they were the ones that stood out as needing the most work and the largest rewrites, it feels good to have them done. I'm still hoping to have the edited MS out to my beta by Monday but a lot depends on how much time I have to spend doing family stuff this weekend.

Dad is visiting. Mum wants us to be All Family All The Time. It's really bad timing.

Made it!

Aug. 29th, 2013 05:05 pm
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My rough draft for Marvel Big Bang went in two hours before the deadline but it's in and, most importantly, it's a complete draft. Woot! Yesterday morning I was fairly sure it would be missing a scene from one chapter, but I managed to get that scene written last night (and rewrite sections of three other scenes, which I totally hadn't thought I'd get time for) so the whole thing went in.

Then I sent it again because I accidentally sent versions 1 and 2 of chapter eight and no chapter eleven. Oops.

(Yes, I version my drafts. I'm a software developer. We version.)

I'm pretty sure the whole thing is filled with spelling mistakes, typos, horribly clunky sentences and small plot holes I intend to fix in editing so my poor artist(s) isn't going to get a beautiful fic but it should be good enough for arting :-D

Tonight I plan to print off the chapters I haven't printed yet and then I can panic and flail for a while before starting to read it over the weekend. All my focus has been on getting the words down so I haven't gone back to read chapters since I finished them. This will be my first chance to get a feel for what I've done on the fic as a whole.

Current plan is to read go once to get a sense of how it reads and make some general notes about any big issues. Then I'll read it through again and this will be where I make all my big, detailed scribbles all over the manuscript. This will be when I make notes on all the small things I mentioned and need to keep consistent, count up bodies (don't ask), and write "JESUS FUCK WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??" in various locations.

So, yes. Editing. This will be my life for the next little while until I've got the MS into a beta-able state.

But I'm not doing any of that until Monday at earliest. It's my Friday off work tomorrow and I intend to spend the day reading books and fic and watching a shitload of completely mindless trash on the TV. Saturday is comic shop day and then an afternoon at the movies with friends. Sunday is probably for sleeping.

For the first time in my life, I kind of understand what Elizabeth Bear means about post-novel ennui. I just want to hide and turn my brain off for a couple of days because the push to get so much writing done in a short period of time has drained me completely.

But I did it. I wrote an actual novel with a complex plot structure in three months. Eep!
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Rough drafts for Marvel Big Bang have to be in on Wednesday so I've been writing madly for the last couple of weeks trying to finish. It looks like my first draft will come in at around 70k *boggles*

Hence the mad writing. I underestimated the scale of what I'd taken on in terms of how long it would end up and how much time it would take. I've accidentally written a short novel. This is the longest thing I've written since Serpent in the Shadows eight years ago and it's slightly blowing my mind that I've done it (nearly). I'll have six weeks to edit it into a coherent final draft and I already have notes on bits to rewrite and an extra scene that will be needed so that six weeks could be tight.

Eep.

How is it that I can write novel length fanfic without a problem and yet I stall out a few chapters into any original novel I attempt to write? Really, it's clear that I'm capable of writing something with that kind of length and plot depth - why can't I do that in original fic? Particularly as my novel length fanfics have always been AUs? Argh.

The weather is starting to hint at autumn and this is the time of year when I always end up itching to read murders. I've got no idea why, but there's something about cooler days and autumn smells that make me want to read a good mystery. I've got Wolf Hall on my shelf so that may be my next read :-) And I'm also building up a list of things I want for my Kindle that are all nice historical mysteries, although I want to finish my Harry Potter reread before I start Kindling those.

Mmm, books. I'm reserving a whole day over this coming weekend just to read. It'll be part of my recovery process from the Big Bang effort.
selenay: (anti-social)
This weekend I managed, in one simple move, to break a toe and dislocate a shoulder. Well done me, my reign as clutz queen continues :-D

Thankfully my shoulder popped back in pretty quickly and my toe is pretty swollen and sore but not actively deformed (one of my toes is smushed into a funny shape after a previous epic break) so I didn't end up in the ER. I've broken enough toes by now to know that hospitals will just look at me funny if I ask them to do anything about it, so I'm trying to rest that foot and not poke it too much.

Er, it's probably bad when you've broken enough toes to be familiar with the routine. Right? You'd think I'd learn. Problem is that it was hot so I wasn't wearing slippers and even though I *know* that tends to lead to broken toes, I still keeping doing it. Well, I probably won't do it again for a couple of years. I'm dutifully going to be wearing slippers at all times no matter how hot is is until the humiliation and pain from this little jaunt subside.

The last three weeks have passed by in a haze of work and Tour de France viewing. Now the Tour is over and it's occurring to me that I've got five and a half weeks until rough drafts are due for Marvel Big Bang. Eep!

On the one hand, I'm about halfway there on the rough draft and now I have all my evenings free again so it shouldn't be an impossible goal.

On the other hand, halfway there is around 25k words so I've probably got that much again to write including some fairly major action scenes and the final big denouement and that thought is intimidating me a wee bit. As is the idea that I'm writing something close to a novel here.

And the rough draft is due at the end of August which keeps seeming like ages away but it really really isn't.

I'd say that I'm going to knuckle down and only write MBB fic for the next five weeks but that's a total lie. I'll be mostly writing MBB fic and prodding at ridiculous crackfic whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by getting all my plotlines to funnel down to the big finale. After all, this time last year I ended up writing fics about the Avengers PR manager and a Dirty Dancing fusion AU while I was flailing at my MBB fic. Frankly, the crackfic I've been playing with this time almost looks sensible compared to last year's.
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How did it get to be May already? HOW?

We've now started the official countdown to the first major production deployment of a large chunk of Project Doom at the end of the month. It's going to be a huge complicated deployment of many new tables, table changes, and a couple of hundred objects for the ETL scripts and that's just my end of things. The team working on the source application have even more stuff to deploy and it's all happening over a weekend.

My co-lead on the project doesn't think we'll be needed that weekend because the DBAs and change management team should be able to handle it all. Excuse me while I laugh my ass off.

In other news...

Signups for [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang open today! Author signups are open for the next week, artist signups are open for a lot longer than that. If you write or art in any Marvel universe (films, comics, animation) then this is the Big Bang for you! :-D

Unsurpisingly I'm signing up to write Avengers. I've had this Edwardian slightly steampunkish AU fic outlined for a while and that's what I'm currently planning on doing. The idea of getting art based on this one makes me slightly giddy and happy, heh :-D


I really love the Big Bang ficathon concept. This will be my fourth time taking part in one and I've enjoyed the experience every time. Yes, even last year on my fourth round of betaing. It's a fun process to take part in and the fics that are produced for Big Bangs are usually pretty damn amazing.

So yes, I encourage anyone who thinks they can write over 10k of fic (MBB is a relatively low wordcount BB) or is a fanartist to go and sign up and join the madness.
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The emails came out today with dates and details for this year's [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang! Author signups open on May 1st, close on May 8th. If anyone else is interested :-D

Cut for slightly lengthy fic discussion )

Does anyone know if/when any Avengers-specific Big Bangs are running? I liked Marvel Big Bang last year, but it would be good to know what all the options are before I commit. Or, you know, have some idea on whether I want to do more than one BB this year :-D

It might be fun to try out a reverse big bang, if that's running again.

Fahre, stop looking at me like that. I vowed not to sign up for any challenges until after March. It's after March. No, don't shake your finger at me. I'm not going to overload myself again this year, I promise. Um.

In other news...

I'm so freaking happy that it's Friday and I can sleep for a long time tomorrow. So damn tired. There are things I need to do (specifically, do the paper edits on the mechanic AU) but my major aim tomorrow is to catch up on some sleep and read the latest Fables tpb. With Doctor Who as the highlight of the day, obvs :-D

Last night I did some housekeeping on my PVR and officially broke up with Gray's Anatomy. It's gone. All episodes deleted and setting removed. This way I won't decide to watch the last few episodes, just for completion, and end up getting sucked back in again. Nope.

I'm also seriously considering breaking up with Bones at the end of the season. That will leave me with NCIS, CSI:NY, Arrow, and Once Upon a Time as my regular cable tv shows.

Er, yes, I have noticed that frees up some time and space for the SHIELD tv show :-D

OK, maybe I should also admit that I intend to add Teen Wolf to the schedule when (if *sigh*) it starts airing up here in June. MTV is, apparently, completely different up here from what's shown in the States so I'll just have to wait and see what airs where. Oh, Canada, you continue to baffle me five years after moving here.

At least SHIELD will be on ABC and that means we'll definitely get it up here :-D

And I'll be recording it off ABC if at all possible, particularly if CTV gets it as well, because I don't trust CTV with things after the clusterfuck that's been their Arrow broadcasts.

*looks at previous journal entries* Wow, this week I've apparently been obsessed with TV despite not watching much. Must be the total mind-melting exhaustion. Next week I'll be talking about something much more sensible.

Like comics :-D

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