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aww hell I'm a sucker for an opportunity to tell the world useless information about myself so YAYy (stolen from sparrow_lately)

A - Age: 20.

B - Bed size:  Big enough for two.  I'm told bed sizes have names, but I don't have a clue which is which.  Queen?  King?? DOUBLE?
C - Chore you hate:  Raking leaves.  You would hate it too if you'd grown up on an acre of land covered with maple trees.
D - Dog's name:  Never had one; I hate dogs almost as much as it's possible to hate a living creature.  Again, I blame the environment in which I was raised (to wit, next to a string of meth dealers who kept their attack dogs improperly restrained).
E - Essential start to your day item(s):  I have no kind of morning routine, so...food is a plus?
F - Favorite color:  The kind of brilliant blue that's just a shade bluer than teal.
G - Gold or Silver:  BRONZE
H - Height:  Just shy of 6 feet.  I believe the official word is 5'11" and 3/4, but 6' is simpler and more impressive.
I - Instruments you play:  When I was small I took piano lessons from my mother until my unwillingness to practice endangered our relationship; I have since forgotten everything but the names of the keys.  I can do a few chords on a guitar and Hot Cross Buns on a recorder, but that's basically my limit.
J - Job title:  Archival assistant and writing tutor.
K - Kisses or hugs: Neither, as a rule, because I'm neurotic as fuck and touching alarms me.  With a few select family members, though, HUGS ALL THE WAY.
L - Living arrangements: With my parents for about one more week and then I'm MOVING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME into a tiny studio in a building that used to be a fancy hotel in the 1890s and holy Moses this is stupidly exciting and also deeply depressing help where is childhood what is adult
M - Mood:  See above.  Also, hungry and bored.
N - Nicknames:  Bruce.
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: Not yet.  *knocks on wood, etc.*
Q - Quote from a movie:  help i watch too many movies let's go with O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN or the entire script of The Magnificent Seven
R - Right or left handed: Right-handed.
S - Siblings: Two older sisters, one younger sister, and two younger brothers. Not Catholic, before anyone asks.
T - Time you wake up: These days, around 8.  I've been known to frequently sleep past noon, though.
U - Underwear: Yes, that is a thing that I wear.  Some of it has rocket ships.
V - Vegetable you dislike: I love vegetables of all types an insane amount, but if we're going with legal definitions, tomatoes are total shit. Also mushrooms?  I live vegetables that are vegetables, not fruit and fungus.
W - Ways you run late:  The Internet, I'm sorry to say.  The Internet, and general reluctance to leave the house.
X - X-rays you've had:  Besides the stupid teeth ones, I had my chest X-rayed once when my asthma did a weird thing one year right before Christmas.  It was the middle of the night and a strange man in green pajamas asked me if there was wire in my bra and I didn't know and the whole experience stands out as one of the less enjoyable bits of my childhood.
Y - Yummy food you make: Bread and hand-dipped chocolates are my favorites.  Also zucchini.  Also scrambled eggs.
Z - Zoo favorite:  THINGS THAT EAT OTHER THINGS.  I saw a Komodo dragon tearing a rabbit apart once and it was the best part of my day.

Hey LJ!

It's been a while (alas, the black hole that is tumblr), but it's spring break and I only have ten books to read this week and I've missed y'all, so:  Hello and happy spring! (more or less.  I write from the land of eternal snow and below-zero temperatures, so let's use "spring" as a metaphorical term here)

A rough summary of my life at the moment, for anyone who's interested:

1) Academics are in the process of chewing my brain up and spitting it out.  But in, y'know, a fun way.  It would seem somehow counterintuitive to complain overmuch about writing a thesis on science fiction.

2) In related news, I've developed a problematic addiction to tea and homemade digestive biscuits.

3) Breaking Bad is slowly releasing its death grip on my soul.  Very slowly.

4) All of the fics I started around Christmas are mouldering pleasantly on my hard drive.  (If sailoreyes67 is about:  it's possible that one of them might be a stuttering!Dean fic. <3)  I might have a second look at those (see:  spring break), or...I might not.  Hmmm.

5) My OCD requires me to provide a fifth point.  My life is not interesting enough for a fifth point, but I bend to the will of my psychological foibles.

Such is my world.  Tell me of yours, friends.  What have I missed?  What is new and exciting?  Has non-metaphorical spring reached your part of the planet?  Tell meeeee.

SPN Fic: Daisies Running Riot

Title: Daisies Running Riot
Characters: Sam Dean
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Word-count: 826
Spoilers:  Not a one.
Summary:   After a hunt gone sideways, Dean turns into a begonia enthusiast. Sam copes.
Disclaimer: Title and cut-tex snagged from the song “Lazy Afternoon,” from the Broadway musical The Golden Apple (music by Jerome Moross and lyrics by John Treville Latouche).  

And there's not another human in view / But us two..Collapse )

SPN Fic: If He Moves, Will He Fall?

Title: If He Moves, Will He Fall?
Characters: Sam, Dean
Genre: Gen or Sam/Dean, or, What you will.
Word-count: 2676
Spoilers: End of S3.
Disclaimer: Not mine; just hunting Kripke's textual deer.
Summary: Dean's spiking a fever and losing the ability to distinguish Iowa from Hell. Sam does what he can to help him remember.
Notes: Written for this prompt, without recourse to occult practices. Title and cut-text from Iron Man by Black Sabbath, because I am lazy about these things.

He was turned to steel / In the great magnetic fieldCollapse )

SPN Fic: Till Human Voices Wake Us

Title: Till Human Voices Wake Us
Characters: Dean, Sam, random OCs of little consequence
Genre: Gen
Word-count: 4185
Rating: PG-13 for brief language
Spoilers: AU post-7.23
Summary: Getting back in the saddle sounds straightforward – until you try it. Sam isn't even sure they're mounting the right horse.
Notes: Title and cut-text snagged shamelessly from T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."  Third in the ongoing series Death By Water, after For Fierce Confusion, Peace.

I should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seasCollapse )

SPN Fic: For Fierce Confusion, Peace

Title: For Fierce Confusion, Peace
Characters: Sam, Dean
Genre: Gen
Word-count: 2909
Rating: PG-13 for brief language
Spoilers: AU post-7.23
Summary: Sam tries to remember what he even had in mind, all those weeks of fighting and reading and praying. All he knows is that it wasn't this.
Notes: Follows Absolute Bearing. Title from the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save.

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee / For those in peril on the seaCollapse )

SPN Fic: Absolute Bearing

Title:  Absolute Bearing
Genre:  Gen
Characters:  Sam, Dean
Word-count:  3065
Rating:  PG-13 for language
Spoilers:  AU post-7.23
Summary:  Sometimes you only find what you're looking for when you've given up searching.  
Notes:  An immense thanks to nwspaprtaxis, who not only wrote the prompt (here) that started this whole thing, but also gave me permission to tweak, play with, and otherwise deviate entirely from her original guidelines (and also endured occasional bitching).  It's taken me months, but here it is - such as it is. ♥

The year he was fourteen, Sam lost the first book he ever owned.Collapse )

Title: I Need Your Grace (To Remind Me To Find My Own)
Characters: Sam, Dean
Genre: Gen, hurt/comfort
Rating: PG-13 for language and troublesome subject matter (see warnings)
Word-count: 3610
Spoilers: Very vague spoilers for seasons 4 and 5.
Warnings: Depression and self-destructive behavior.
Summary: After pulling out of the life full stop, they're facing autumn and retirement together in the backwoods of Vermont. As the trees shut down, so does Dean.
Medium: Watercolor on paper.
Notes: Title from Snow Patrol's “Chasing Cars.” Created for the  hoodie_time  curtain!fic challenge.

Sam can't remember how or when it happened. All he knows is that it must have, because they're here.Collapse )

Title: And I Think It's Gonna Be A Long, Long Time
Characters: Dean Winchester, Simon Tam, River Tam, Mal Reynolds, Kaylee Frye, Jayne Cobb
Genres: Crossover (Supernatural/Firefly), gen
Word-count: 2659
Rating: R for language
Spoilers: Supernatural 7.03 and 7.23; no specific Firefly spoilers
Summary: Purgatory isn't what Dean expected. It's full of crazy astronauts, for one thing. Oh, and it's called Serenity.
Notes: Written for mad_server's prompt at her gorgeous S7 Finale Dean H/C Meme. Title, if it wasn't obvious, from Elton John's “Rocket Man.”  

His lungs give out around the fifth hour.Collapse )