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Seven more questions from [ profile] sirkayem:

1) Does anything still squick you?

Loving descritions of torture, rape, violence... Blech. This is why I can't watch Game of Thrones or Rome or Spartacus. Also, HBO-style depictions of sex - like in those shows - reek of sex-negativity to me, and they really get me upset.

2) Any public embarrassments y'wanna own up to?

Hell no

3) ...private ones to share?

It's not that I don't get embarassed about stuff, it's that I either can't remember them or I wish I couldn't and refuse to dwell. ;)

4) How do you manage to get @ least one post a day?

At least one post of what? I post pictures 3 days week, and sometimes more personal stuff with actual words - I'm aiming for once a week for those. That's only 4 regular posts/week.

5) Do you like flavored coffees?

I dislike coffee no matter what's in it.

6) Have you ever put wine in a water pipe?

Not yet...

7) How's the reception been for WITS?

I honestly haven't looked. I've had a few private-email compliments from friends, one really lovely review at a blog, and a few not-so-good-ones at Good Reads which reminded me of why I never look at Good Reads. I haven't checked sales stats and probably won't until the royalties come in. I can't do anyhting about it, so why waste my energy seeking out potential disappointment? ;)
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Remember when we used to do interactive memes all the time, and tag each other, and talk and get to know each other? Yeah, me too.

How it works for you (if you wish to participate):

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

My questions from [ profile] shinyslasher:

1. What book are you planning to work on next?
Well, I've been fussing with the first two chapters of a kinky stempunk thing for about 3 months, but I'm not sure whether to push ahead or abandom it and work on something else instead. Blech.

2. What did you like best about NYC?
I liked the mix of cultures and people. Walking down one block, we passed Jewish deli, a Turkish restaurant, a Thai restaurant, an asian bakery, and a bunch of Italian restaurants. I wish I'd had more time to explore the diversity of cultures/people/food.

3. Your favorite candy bar
Cadbury's Fruit & Nut

4. What inspires you?
To do what? ;) Good conversations, movies/tv, art, music, nature... Dreams.

5. Favorite comedy movie of all times
I'm so bad at choosing one of so many... Today I'll go with "Clue" beucase I re-watched it recently.

6. What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who don't stop to think how their words/actions might hurt someone else.

7. Favorite nail color
sparkly turquoise

yule tree

Dec. 12th, 2011 11:07 am
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I'm pretty happy with life, but I love getting these kinds of v-gifts. Feel free to be creative! :)

Christmas Gift Toy & MySpace Layouts at

Now go sign up for one yourself, so I can give you stuff! :)
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Gratitude isn't just for Thanksgiving! Finding something to be grateful for can totally change my mood, my outlook on life, even if just for a moment. [ profile] trystan830 has started a great little meme:

What I'd like, then, is for everyone who sees this entry, to comment with one thing that made them happy in the last 24 hours - even if it's that you had breakfast, or that you got dressed. or that you can still breathe.

ready? go!

Mine of the moment - It's been back on for 3 days and was only off for 1, but I'm still noticing and so grateful to have electric power and internet in my house.

help wanted, llama, milkshakes, mr rogers, cocktails )
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Given that I mainlined all of the most recent season of Doctor Who over the last 4 days, this is amusing me.

From [ profile] icarusancalion:

Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I am The Reviewer! Incarnation 5, of the red/pink/white striped fuzzy socks. My companion is Catherine - my witchy neighbor who I was catsitting for and don't know her all that super well. Fabulous! :)
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Behold... My Future
  I will marry John Sheppard.  
  After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in London in our fabulous Apartment.  
  We will have 200 kid(s) together.  
  Our family will zoom around in a blue ferrari.
  I will spend my days as a writer, and live happily ever after.  
whats your future

Kinks meme

Apr. 15th, 2011 06:59 pm
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Feeling babbley, but not ready to dive into my navel yet. So, meme time:

Swiped from [ profile] helena_s_renn:

Creature/Aliens: Hmm. Maybe? Not if it bumps into dubcon/rape, but I'm ok with a merman and a human, for example.

MPREG: Dear *GOD* no. Yet, I must admit that I have read one or two that worked because the focus was on the impossibility/WTFery of a guy being pregnant, and not all about the baby love. Overall, sappy is a definite "no" for me. Also, I don't have or want kids, and while I know many gay men do and yay for them, I am always a little weirded out by idealizing family life in fiction that I am primarily reading for porn.

Slavefic: I hesitate with this sort of fic because I've read some superhot slavefic, but... It's not consensual. By definition, a slave can't consent. Usually I skip it.

BDSM, S/M: This used to be my bulletproof kink. Subspace, brilliant doms, the mental aspects of d/s... But lately, I'm super picky about it. I hate bad kink with the passion of a thousand suns - you know, the kind that idealizes the actions and skips the internal stuff, that breaks the rules of consent, that goes too far just to be "extreme". Mostly, I'll only read stuff that's on recs lists or by my favorite authors, in whatever fandom. But give me someone who can write headspace - dom or sub - and I am all over that action. :)

Age difference: I used to be so into this... Harry/Snape, Obi/Qui, etc... But as I've gotten older, it's just a major turn off. Sure: ten, fifteen years, maybe twenty. But the "younger" guy has to be at least 25 for it to work for me, and 30 would be better. I think I simply saw this play out IRL too many times to have any faith that the age gap can be anything but using someone, for both sides.

Bloodplay: Blech. I got over my vampire fetish several decades ago. I don't care if the sub/masochist is consenting, I just can't get past it's seriousness - and unsafeness if ti's realworld.

Underage (chan): No fucking way. References to teenagers having sex together = fine. Explicit details, no. Having sex with an adult? No *fucking* way.

(Yet, I do sometimes read teacher/student AUs. I suppose I feel like it's wrongwrongwrong, but sometimes, that's what I want - titillation and shame and anger all mixed up. I like them best when it ends before they touch, though, all longing and UST.)

Crossdressing/Genderbender: This is a newish kink for me, brought about by all the gender-swap afforded by magic/tech in Inception, Stargate:Atlantis, etc. I'm more into the genderswitch thing than the guy-in-lingerie, but that's growing on me as well. I blame [ profile] telesilla for this almost 100%. :)

Bodyswap: One of the more fun ways to use magic/technology, I think. God knows, my husband and I have a longstanding agreement that if we ever get to trade bodies, we can both expect it to be worn the fuck out when we get our own bodies back. *blush*

Dubcon: Totally depends on how dubious the consent is. I want a verbal agreement, but emotional reluctance, something holding them back but them OOOH, it's so good, and they're all into it by the time the sex really gets going. The reversal - saying no explicitly and then being seduced into loving it - that's still rape, people. Nothing dubious about it.

Noncon: No. And frankly, I'd really prefer authors start calling it "rape" and see just how unacceptable that is. (Yes, rape fantasies are perfectly normal, of course, blah blah blah. I'm just sick of rapetastic porny stories. Then again, I truly loathe h/c and drama, and rape is pretty common in those genres. It's like torture to me - I'm not desensitized, I don't ever want to be desensitized, and if you've written your main character well and I've identified with him/her, for the love of all you hold holy, STOP FUCKING TORTURING HIM/HER/ME.)

Incest/Selfcest: Selfcest? As in, suddenly there are two of me and we get to have sex? Thumbs-up! Incest... again, in past fandoms (LOTR, HP) I was all for brother-brother. But I found it a huge turn-off in SPN. Tastes change, is all I can say.

Threesome/moresome/gangbang: As long as everyone's into it, sure! Unfortunately, it gets complicated to write about, especially with all the same gender, and it's hard to find anything more than a threesome that doesn't get so confusing it's unintentionally funny.

Death: No.

Watersports/scat: Frankly, aside from the gross-out/humiliation factor of being peed on in a bdsm context, I've never understood the allure of men peeing. It just does nothing for me one way or the other. Scat? Blech.

Crossovers: Totally depends. My longstanding rule is that I have to be familiar with both universes, which is shockingly rare. :)

Unhappy/wide-open endings: I prefer both reading and writing Happily For Now, as opposed to Happily Ever After. HEA is a fuckton of work, and not very interesting to read about, IMO. Relationships are hard and sometimes suck. I prefer realism, or a story that just wanders off without specifying.

Violence/Torture: Please keep it off the page, and please keep warning for it. Thanks.

Established relationship: This is a kink? *blinks*

"Feel free to take this at will. I'd love to hear from all corners."

I totally feel the urge to do another 50 kinky ways series now... ;)

Conversation, thoughts, RECS welcome!

meme time

Mar. 8th, 2011 09:57 am
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Tagged by [ profile] deannawesson, and since so many new people have frineded me in the last couple of months - hi!

The Rules:

1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.

2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

tagging: [ profile] jay_peregrine, [ profile] shinyslasher, [ profile] nad_no_ennas, [ profile] quiddative, [ profile] ofinns, [ profile] ghostwriter056, [ profile] salty_catfish, [ profile] hiddenvice

Read more... )
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1)from [ profile] telesilla :

If you were asked to pick one scene, one shot, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the things I've made and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?

2)I am taking no responsibility for this I was just minding my own business, chatting with [ profile] ladykatiewench, and typoed "grocery stores" as "grocery stories."

And then Arthur/Eames vegetable romance happened.

It's been that kind of day.
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Because of course I'm always curious about what readers *want* to read... even if I have no intention of writing it. ;)

Out of curiosity, if I was chained up in your attic/study/basement/library/secret lair, and I had to write you one story, what would you ask for? Or alternately, what's something you always hoped I'd write but think isn't likely to happen?
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It's Thursday, so it must be meme time:

One little compliment can make you feel amazing.

So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are. Comments are going to be screened so none of you will know if I'm über-popular and get over 100 comments on this or a total loser who doesn't get any.

Don't forget to post this in your own LJ so I can compliment you, too! :)
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1) Just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone for the birthday wishes. I have utterly sucked at birthdays online and stopped even trying to keep up, but please know that I do most sincerely appreciate the posts, comments, messages, and cards.

You guys are awesome. I feel very loved. :)

2) New friends! Lots of people have been friending me lately - not sure if it's the result of finishing Relationships 201 or writing new Inception fic or what. Anyway, welcome! I suppose I could do an introductory meme - how about the good old standby interview:

The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

New friends, old friends - everyone. Go ahead, ask me anything. I'm an open book. :)

3) Lately I've been a lot of posting porn, and pretties, and CUMFL humor, and fics - but not much RL content. Life is good. Working for Dreamspinner is awesome. I'm scribbling a little in Inception fandom, playing with the shiny new boys. Husband, dog, hours, RL friends, and family stuff is fine. No news is good news, right?

I do admit that this last birthday made me feel a little "old" - I can see 40 from here. But although I wish I was more secure financially, I'm grateful for what I have. In all other areas, I have achieved what I want or am working toward it. Last night an older - and far wiser - friend pointed out that maybe I wasn't so much feeling "old" as I was feeling "tired" or "bored" -- but mostly feeling "in-between projects."

So now I'm working on just being okay with being "in-between". I have things I want to do, and I'll get to them, but there's no rush. I've got at least another 40 years to go. ;)
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It's true - sometimes I'm attention whore and/or insecure small person. Sometimes simultaneously! :)

the that's my favorite! meme

My Complete Fic Index
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from [ profile] icarusancalion and [ profile] mecurtin:

Jim McDonald did some digging into that "I Write Like" meme, and what he found isn't pretty.

(c/p from his article)

So I went to the I Write Like site, subject of the post just below, and entered this text:

asdp0o pvpm eropms spe pebps.

And it told me I write like James Joyce.

Not even trying? Not even rational! Therefore, I asked myself, what’s the scam? So I looked at the rest of the text on the results page:

Great job! Do you want to get your book published?

“I have personally read through thousands of book proposals in my career as a publisher and agent. I know what these professionals are looking for—and what they are not looking for.”
— Michael Hyatt, Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Learn how to secure a book publishing contract!

That little bit includes two links, both to the same page:

Yep, it’s SEO. And they’re using social engineering to get those links wide-spread and high in the Google stats. Helpful little cut-n-paste code to put in your blog!

But wait! There’s more!

Go over to that advertised page, and you’ll find a pair of $19.97 e-books by the above-said and afore-mentioned Michael Hyatt. These books promise to tell you such insider secrets as how to “avoid the three items you should NEVER include in a fiction book proposal.” Wow, I can’t wait to find out.

So, who’s Michael Hyatt, and what is Thomas Nelson?

Do you all recall Harlequin, and their recent dip in the vanity pool? Harlequin wasn’t the first or the only formerly-legitimate publisher to go down that road with Author Solutions. No, that honor goes to Thomas Nelson. But, since Thomas Nelson is a “Christian Publisher,” no one noticed at the time. Indeed, Thomas Nelson’s journey to the dark side is even sleazier than Harlequin’s. While Harlequin created a new imprint, “Harlequin Horizons,” as their vanity brand, Thomas Nelson used the name of an existing and formerly legitimate imprint, WestBow, for theirs. Thus, anyone checking up on the publisher’s name before submitting would find a long history of reasonably-selling books by known authors.

This “I Write Like” site isn’t remotely legitimate. No, they aren’t trying; or, anyway, they aren’t trying to analyze writing samples: They’re trying to lure newbie authors to the rocks and shoals of vanity publication.

[ profile] icarusancalion adds:

I will also note that there's a "sign up for our awesome newsletter!" box on the side, which says that by doing so you can download FREE a "classic" book on writing by Charles Raymond Barrett -- a book which is, it *doesn't* tell you, also available at Project Gutenberg because it's from 1898.

I *strongly* recommend removing any links and code from "I Write Like" that may be in your posts.

Boost the signal.

Now, I have nothing againt "vanity" publishing - that's how I published my Wanton Hussy book. But I don't like being misled. Furthermore, it sucks that this amusing little idea for seeing what famous author your style most echoes was totally just a random result. It explains why so many of us got wacky results, but still - REAL results would have been interesting!

monday meme

Jul. 5th, 2010 02:13 pm
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Nicked from [ profile] skiba_grant...

Pick a fandom, and I will tell you who I would:

1. Bake cupcakes for:
2. Trust with the keys to my car:
3. Put thumbtacks on their chair:
4. Have a crush on:
5. Pack up and leave if he/she moved next door:
6. Vote for as president:
7. Pick as my partner in a buddy movie:
8. Pair up:
9. Vote off the island and into a volcano:
10. Wheedle into fixing my MP3 player:

fic meme

May. 27th, 2010 03:32 pm
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I need distraction...

Pick a passage less than 500 words (paragraph/excerpt/very short fic/whatever) from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

If you want one of those commentary questions answered in particular, be sure to let me know. ;)
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Seems like every week there are a few more new people friending me, mostly for my fic. Welcome!

All of my writing is listed at the fic index and is handily tagged by fandom and pairing. Otherwise I mostly post pictures of naked boys and random crap about my life and whatever strikes my fancy.

It's been a while since I did a getting-to-know-you meme, and this is a good one:

The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

New friends, old friends - everyone. Go ahead, ask me anything. I'm an open book. :)

(Truly, I'm honest about myself to a fault, somewhat of a narcissist [like all writers], and revealing things about myself is one of my very few submissive traits.)

LoVe MeMe!

Mar. 13th, 2010 01:24 pm
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I've been feeling drained and emo and in need of some reassurance, so I'm posting this:


And then add yourself and get some love, and lvoe everyone else there, too!

It's a big love fest! Come wallow around in it with me. :)
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Got tagged for two memes:

from [ profile] take_this_waltz:

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."

1. My fingernails are really thin and get sharp so easily that I cut my face with them when I'm sleeping, just like a baby, unless I constantly smooth the edges down.

2. Butt dimples - I have them. I've hated them since the moment I noticed then in 7th grade. Two weeks ago my hubby told me there are people with fetishes for them, and showed me websites.

3. I hate blue ink pens. I won't use them. I prefer purple, green, or black.

4. The Nutcracker Suite is still one of my favorite pieces of music, even after 10 years of ballet as a child/teen.

5. The only body hair removal I participate in is my armpits. I let it grow out sometimes, but it gets wet and smells more than when it's gone. I think bald pubic mounds on sexually mature women look horribly wrong.

6. Sometimes I still talk to my best friend Angela, out loud, even though she's been dead for almost 5 years.

7. If LUSH ever goes out of business I will cry and cry and cry. I love their bath melts and bubble bars so much it's embarrassing. I limit myself to only one trip per year because $5/bath is a little rich for my blood, but oooh - those baths are so wonderful. :)

Other meme from [ profile] devonrhodes:

Here's how this meme goes: We all have our favorite "book boyfriends" and now you have the chance to create one just for yourself and your fantasies! How do you play? Fill out the quiz below, post a picture of sexy man and tag other book addicts to do the same. Don't forget the picture of the sexy man! It doesn't have to match your fantasy man, just a little eye candy for the rest of us!

cut for pictures )

Tagging everyone. :)


Dec. 28th, 2009 10:08 pm
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from all over:

If you had me alone, locked up in your house for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to, what would you have me do?

All comments will be permanently screened because it's a secret (so that means I can't answer). Then, repost this in your lj. You might be surprised with the responses you get.


Also, sorry I haven't been around much. I've been having guests and parties and trips to see family and and and. I'll get caught up some time this week, I hope. :)

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