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Well, it's a new year, so it's time to update the update. I've posted the annual roundup and links to all published stories below, so feel free to click and enjoy. I did three challenges this year: Trope Bingo, the LBD Challenge and the Nano challenge at Rough Trade. I've labeled the stories for whichever challenge they were meant to fill (on the story's page). I'll replace the link to the Nano story once it goes up on AO3.

My WIP folder is still bulging with stories, and a lack of time and focus made going through them all a non-starter. I'd still like to do it, but I'm not making it a priority at this point.

I'm going to do Trope Bingo again this year, so look for my card to go up, probably sometime mid-January. I'm going to do a self-generated one, with all of my favorite tropes, so maybe I'll finish more than just one line. It's an amnesty round, so technically I have until the end of June to finish. Blackout anyone? Knowing me, it won't happen, but that's a goal, at least.

I don't know if I'll post for Evil Author Day, but chances are good. I'm sure I've got a couple more story fragments hanging around that I can post. I find that it's a good way to spark renewed interest in finishing something, so there's also that incentive. We'll see.

I talked about this in my year-end post, but I'm also going to leave my comments here as well. I got a comment on one of my stories asking why I stick to bingos. The commenter pointed out that I'm limiting my potential by just writing to prompts from the bingo instead of branching out on my own. To that person (and anyone else brave enough to ask that question) I say this: I'm the only person that gets to decide what I write. I use the bingo to clear out my WIP folder, to spark new ideas, and to challenge myself because there have been times when I've been, for lack of a better word, lazy about writing. I work best under pressure, so having a deadline to work towards is always helpful. In addition, all my stories lately seem to have evolved into these 10k+ word epics, so the challenge of a bingo is to write shorter vignettes that I can write, edit and post quickly. In addition, it allows me to write to prompts that I wouldn't have considered otherwise. Rest assured that it's not stunting my growth as a writer, nor limiting my potential. /rant

I'm going to do the Rough Trade April challenge this year, and I'll probably sign up for Nano at Rough Trade again this fall, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on those two challenges. I don't plan to do a Big Bang again unless I find an idea or a challenge that I just can't pass up on. The reasons for that are my own, but if you're curious, just ask. That doesn't mean I won't be posting, I just may not post very regularly. Life gets in the way sometimes. Sigh.

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So, I decided to post sneak peeks of a few of my unfinished stories again this year for Evil Author Day. I'm actively working on one of them, and the other two are stories I never finished, but might come back to later this year. They both still interest me, and I'd forgotten how much I loved the ideas until I was looking through my WIP folder to find something to post today. I hope you enjoy these snippets!

First Times and Second Chances (Stargate : SG-1): This story is one I started ages ago and have only recently started working on again. I plan to finish it soon-ish, so keep an eye out on my AO3 account for it to go up. I think I should have it done before the Rough Trade April Challenge, but if not, for sure in May. I'm actually about halfway through, but as with all stories of mine that are this long (at this point, it's probably going to top out at ~25k) it keeps growing, so we'll see.

Dum Spiro, Spero (NCIS): I started this after NCIS episodes 12.24 (Neverland) and 13.1 (Stop the Bleeding), in which Gibbs is shot by a kid he was trying to protect. I'm not sure what about that scenario triggered a Gibbs/Borin plot bunny, but here it is. I still quite like the idea, so I may return to it this year after I've finished a couple of other projects. We'll see. In the meantime, enjoy!

The Makings of Heroes" (MCU/Captain America): I started this one a while back, probably during the run-up to Winter Soldier. There was a lot being said and written about just how the Super Soldier Serum worked, and whether it's even plausible. I took that research and turned it into this. I do plan to return to this story at some point, though it's currently a low priority. In the meantime, enjoy this snippet!">

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I started this one a while back, probably during the run-up to Winter Soldier. There was a lot being said and written about just how the Super Soldier Serum worked, and whether it's even plausible. I took that research and turned it into this. I do plan to return to this story at some point, though it's currently a low priority. In the meantime, enjoy this snippet!

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I started this after NCIS episodes 12.24 (Neverland) and 13.1 (Stop the Bleeding), in which Gibbs is shot by a kid he was trying to protect. I'm not sure what about that scenario triggered a Gibbs/Borin plot bunny, but here it is. I still quite like the idea, so I may return to it this year after I've finished a couple of other projects. We'll see. In the meantime, enjoy!

Click here to continue reading )

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This story is one I started ages ago and have only recently started working on again. I plan to finish it soon-ish, so keep an eye out on my AO3 account for it to go up. I think I should have it done before the Rough Trade April Challenge, but if not, for sure in May. I'm actually about halfway through, but as with all stories of mine that are this long (at this point, it's probably going to top out at ~25k) it keeps growing, so we'll see.

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This was my Rough Trade project for Nano in November 2018. I'm still in the process of editing it, but I'll post it to AO3 once that process is done. In the meantime, the story will be available on Rough Trade until the site is cleared for the next challenge, sometime in March.

The Heart of a Man

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The Captain America Effect


This is one of two projects I worked on for Rough Trade's Little Black Dress challenge in July 2018. The story is now live on AO3, linked below.


The Captain America Effect

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The Promised Land


This is one of two projects I worked on for Rough Trade's Little Black Dress challenge in July 2018. The story is live now on AO3, at the link below.


The Promised Land

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My friends and I were talking about food today, when I mentioned that I make Hamentashen. They asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d post it online so everyone could give it a try. The great part about this recipe is that it doesn’t use butter, so if you’re lactose intolerant (like I am), you can still enjoy these cookies! Enjoy!

Hamantashen

Ingredients:
2 sticks margarine (softened)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder (I use a brand that doesn’t contain aluminum, which leaves a nasty aftertaste in the mouth)
4 cups flour (you can use all-purpose flour, or split the flour evenly between the all-purpose and whole wheat)

Filling:
I’ve used boysenberry preserves, apple butter and poppy seed pie filling, but you can use any preserves, jam or fruit butter you like. Traditional fillings are poppy seed and prune.

1. Cut margarine into sugar. Blend thoroughly. Add eggs and blend thoroughly. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, blending thoroughly between each.
2. Put the batter in the refrigerator overnight or at least a few hours, until it’s solid.
3. Remove dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut circles with a cookie or biscuit cutter, or use a drinking glass if you don’t have a cutter. Make sure that your rounds are at least three inches in diameter so you’ll have plenty of room to add your filling and fold the cookies.
4. Put a tablespoon of filling in the middle of each circle. Fold up the sides to make a triangle, overlapping the sides as much as possible so only a little filling shows through the center.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

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I did this last year, so I thought I'd do it again this year, just for fun. Also, because it reminded me that I haven't posted since my New Year's round-up, despite saying I would post more often. /headdesk/ I really am going to try to do that, but in the meantime, have a few fics.

House on Fire (The Brave): I wrote this story after seeing The Greater Good, which was the third episode of the season. It takes place right after Moscow Rules, and so follows on with the Dalton/Noah relationship. I liked the two of them together, and went crazy researching Italian marriage laws, because I'd mentioned Italy in the previous story. And then they go to Mexico and I thought, "Perfect, I'll just have them stop in New York on the way back." I'm not in love with the story, though, so this is the only place you'll likely ever see it because I think I'll probably write something else for them in this same vein.

Every Part of Me (Numb3rs): I'm working on this for my Trope Bingo card, but I thought I'd give you a sneak peek if you were interested. I started this ages ago and then got distracted by other things (read: other fandoms). But when my Trope Bingo card had a Reunion square, I thought this would be perfect. It's probably going to end up at around 10,000 words, but lately, that's pretty short for me.

Downton Abbey Snippet (The one with all the kissing): I'd forgotten this draft even existed in my WIP folder until I was looking around for things I could post today. It made me giggle as I was reading it, so I thought I'd share. I'm thinking of finishing it off as my fill for the Kiss square on my Trope Bingo card. It takes place after the Season 5 Christmas episode, and goes AU from there. I liked the idea of Mary/Tom, and almost wish the show had gone there instead of the direction they did go with Mary's love life. Though I do love Matthew Goode (and he's lovely in The Crown, so there's that).

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UNIFORM KINK
Bombshell Delux
AU: ALTERNATE
PROFESSIONS
ACCIDENTAL
STIMULATION
DARK FIC IMMORTALITY/
REINCARNATION
The Point of the Spear
FLUFF HANDCUFFS
The Legacy
AU: HIGH SCHOOL/
COLLEGE
KISS
It's in her kiss
UNHAPPY ENDING
WANTED
POSTER
UNEXPECTED
FRIENDSHIP
FREE SPACE
Just Like Superman (only cooler)
GIANT
NOVELTY
CHECK
PRESUMED DEAD
LOCKED IN REUNION
Breathe You In
AU: ROMANCE
NOVEL
SEX POLLEN
The Sex Pollen Paradox
APHRODISIACS
SUPERHERO
Dreaming of Better Days
MIND CONTROL HUDDLE FOR WARMTH SOUL BOUNDING/
SOULMATES
CELEBRATORY KISS
A Burned Out Star

Now complete with links to the stories on AO3!

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Title: Hard Rain
Pairing/Characters: Adam Dalton/Noah Morgenthau, Hannah Rivera
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In the quiet aftermath of the mission, Noah and Adam reconnect.
Word Count: 1505
Spoilers: Moscow Rules
Disclaimer: The Brave belongs to Keshet International, Universal Television, NBC and a lot of other people who aren't me. I'm doing this for fun and for practice. Mostly for fun.

Hard Rain )

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Trope Bingo Round 8 was an amnesty round, so I dug up a row from an old card and went to town. Here's the completed row, with links to the stories posted on AO3:

AU: OTHER
Just Another Day at the Office
SECRET TWIN/
DOPPELGANGER
Rat Catchers
TALL TALE
The Dragonslayer
PRESUMED DEAD
Grace & Glory
AMNESIA
Sweet, Sweet Memories

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