So, um, hi!  *waves*

The good news is that about 5 months ago, I started working at a new place.  I may post more details under f-lock later, but suffice to say that the money, coworkers, and overall environment are now significantly better than they were.  In fact, it's exact the sort of place at which I envisioned working as I was finishing school.  Career-wise, while I wouldn't call myself completely settled, I do feel that I'm finally starting to reap the rewards of all the dues I've paid since March of 2011, which was when I finally bit the bullet and went back to school.

Here's the thing... At first, I was very busy after I started at the new place - learning the ropes, getting used to the hours, and generally learning the culture as one does when one is just starting a new job, which was my excuse for setting my writing aside for a time.

I also made a number of resolutions when I left my former place for this one, but one of the biggest was to keep my head down, avoid drama as much as possible, and not get too involved with my coworkers' lives.  This has served me well.

Very well, actually.  So well that my overall stress level has decreased considerably, which is awesome.

Except that apparently, I can't write when I'm happy.  So once again, the sequel to "The Perfect Storm" has stalled, which is, naturally, the bad news.  Well, that and the bridging chapter, the one that is absolutely essential in order for anything I've written that takes place after it make sense, is nearly 20,000 words of utter dogshit.  Thanks to beta reading, it's getting better, but for some reason, the words simply aren't there, the story doesn't flow, and I feel as though I'm leading the characters instead of the other way around, something that I've sworn from the beginning that I wouldn't do.

Long story short - I haven't forgotten, I haven't given up, but I'm really hoping that something terrible doesn't have to happen in order for my muse to return from where it seems to have retreated.

Thank you to everyone who's been so encouraging and patient - it means more to me than I can say.
I sent the first five parts of the sequel off to beta (right now, there are roughly 18 parts, though some are much longer than others, so the final number of chapters will almost certainly be greater.  However, since someone mentioned they were re-reading the original, I thought that I should mention that I'm posting a revised version of "The Perfect Storm" on AO3.  While the heart and essential plot have not changed, I have removed unnecessary epithets, typos, and punctuation and grammar errors.

As always, thank you for your interest, :).
Once again, lots of more important stuff going on, but I've found myself wanting to write in the last few weeks and just the other day had the epiphany that 80-100,000 words isn't going to be nearly enough.  The reason I've been having so much trouble is that I've been wanting to gloss things over than I've (FINALLY) realized just can't be glossed.

I have no clue what the final word count will be.  All I know is that what I have now is looking a lot more like a rough outline than the nearly-finished draft I thought I had.

As always, thanks to everyone for their patience and interest.  For what it's worth, I'm working very hard to make this worth the wait.
Hello, all!

I'm looking for someone to PLEASE beta my sequel to The Perfect Storm.

The plus is that you'd get to read it before everyone else.

The minus is that it's rough, really rough, and you'd be reading that before anyone else.   Even so, I think I've gotten it to a place where I can at least start to put the pieces I've written together into a coherent whole.  While in some ways the sequel is not as dark as its progenitor, there is what's essentially a 30,000-word, pretty heavy BDSM scene, as well as flashbacks, PTSD, references to rape and torture, and explicit violence.

With over 70,000 words in rough chunks written out, this is not a request for the faint of heart.  Some chapters and bridgework are essentially still a gleam in my eye, but they're a gleam I'd really like to get out of my head if at all possible.  In addition, if everything that needs to be written gets written, this could wind up being over 100,000 words very easily - it just depends on the feedback I get and how my muse responds to it.

I would prefer that any volunteers be familiar with The Perfect Storm and be willing to tell me where I'm going wrong in keeping with the spirit of that story.  The latter is very important to me, as this is still my baby and I'd like for her sister to be as well-cared-for as she was.

Thank you very much in advance for any and all volunteers.

Comments to this entry will be screened and any responses will be answered via PM or e-mail, as per the volunteer's request.

ETA: Wow, that was fast!  Thank you! :)
I've been writing again.  Not a lot, I've been reading more than writing, and the more I read, the more I realize that a lot of my sequel to "The Perfect Storm" is written - I just have to do bridgework.  Yes, I know I've said that before, but it's really true.


Cut for length and very minor spoilers for the sequel to "The Perfect Storm." )

Wish me luck.

1,000

Apr. 25th, 2012 08:36 pm
I've been saving up this entry, just because it felt like I should have something profound to say for number 1,000.  Then I really thought about it and realized that some entries are saved rough drafts of other entries, many are locked, and a bunch are simply where I had to split chapters of "The Perfect Storm."  Not to mention that with all of the posting I've done in other communities, I'm sure I passed 1,000 some time ago.

So the sequel to The Perfect Storm is what I've decided to write about.

I've been feeling some slight inspiration lately.  As I've mentioned several times before, I actually have around 60,000 words written in the form of various scenes that are essentially "day in the life" aspects of the story.  In other words, the format has changed drastically.  Not to mention that if I don't want to release this as a series of stories, each one somewhat loosely related and slowly building on the others, I'll need to write some serious bridgework.

I have 18 weeks left in school.  18 weeks with little-to-no time to write.  However, since I've felt stirrings from my long-absent Muse, I thought I'd give anyone who was still curious about what happened to Jack, Tosh, and Ianto after the last line was published a heads up that I may actually have something to give you before another year goes by, :).  As a reminder, where the sequel is concerned, I absolutely refuse to start posting until I'm done with it, simply because I don't want to make the same mistake twice.

Best wishes to everyone who followed the story, then and now. 

Thank you for reading, :)!
It's been just over two years since I began The Perfect Storm and just under a year since I promised to do a PDF of it.  It's taken me this long to proofread it, add notes here and there and generally tweak it (slightly) to the point where I felt comfortable putting it in a more permanent form.  Mostly, I took out unnecessary epithets and tried to catch as many typo gremlins as I could (those things breed like rabbits, sigh), but the essential story hasn't changed in any significant way.   If you requested the PDF via a comment, I sent a mass e-mail to everyone I could before Yahoo! crashed.  If you did not receive the e-mail (or if you would like a PDF and hadn't asked for one before), please let me know in the comments below.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment.  All comments to this post will be screened.

Thank you all for your interest and patience as I did the final work on my baby.

As for the sequel, it's essentially plotted and I have about 60,000 words written - I just have to find time with my school schedule to actually put it all into a coherent structure. 
Well, kids, it's official:

My muse is on holiday.  Right now I owe 23,000 words in total for the $230 my bidders donated for flood relief.  The biggest chunk is a 20,000 word Perfect Storm sequel which I've started, but which right now is made of utter suck.  I know what I want to say and how I want it to go, but my fingers don't want to make the connection from my brain to the page.

I'm starting to wonder if my anti-anxiety medication isn't affecting my ability to write?  )
So do any of you have any ideas for jump-starting a stalled muse?  I'll take anything, :).
Just an FYI to everyone who's requested a PDF of The Perfect Storm - I'm sorry, it's nowhere close to being done yet, :(.

As I explained in the End Notes, I'm going back through and re-reading it, taking out all of the unwanted epithets and making absolutely sure there are no typos before I PDF it.  If you've requested one, not to worry - I have all of your request messages saved and will send them to each of you when it's complete.

If you haven't requested one and would like one, please comment there, but keep in mind that if you've already sent me a request for it and you send me another, you'll wind up getting two copies because I'm sort of clueless like that, ;).

Thanks for your patience everyone.  I promise that the moment it's done, I'll send it out, :).
The first thing I want to do here is thank my beta, [livejournal.com profile] frakkin_addict.  Without her, this still would have been written, because it was my Monster!bunny that was eating my brain, but it would not have been something that I would have been proud to have other people read.  She's been with me literally since I started writing it, (which happened while I was still trying to finish "Legacy of the Bad Wolf", another story that wouldn't have been finished without her) and I honestly can't begin to express how much her always-constructive criticism, support and help have meant to me.  

It hardly seems possible, but we've finally reached the end.  Yes, there will be a sequel (I've written around 60,000 words on it already, but it's still in its infancy) and unlike with this book, I will not start posting until I'm absolutely certain that I have an ending that pleases me.

What follows are the statistics of The Perfect Storm, recorded because it makes my HFA brain happy to do so, as well as some of my thoughts and feelings while writing it.  )

Thank you for everything. 

Beverly

ETA:  Just as an FYI - there is no way to only screen part of a comment, :).  If you put your e-mail address in a comment, the whole comment will remain screened to protect your privacy, :).

ETA 2: Since there was a request, I'm going to put the end notes at the end of the PDF, :).
The Children of Time Awards have posted the winners! :)

"The Perfect Storm" was nominated in the Threesomes or More, Kink, & Hurt/Comfort categories. 

It tied for winner in the Threesomes or More with "That's What Time Travel's For, Right?" by "The Perfect Storm's" awesome beta [livejournal.com profile] frakkin_addict, so that couldn't have worked out better if we'd planned it, lol.  Congratulations, woman and thank you - TPS never would have gotten here without you! :)

It came in runner up to "Game On" by [livejournal.com profile] remuslives23  in the Kink category - congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] remuslives23! :)

In the Hurt/Comfort category, the winner was [livejournal.com profile] blucougar with her amazing story "Ashes and Dust" and the runner-up was the lovely [livejournal.com profile] angstosaur for "Bad Seed".  Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] blucougar  and [livejournal.com profile] angstosaur, :).

Thank you to everyone who voted! :)


Recommended by [livejournal.com profile] etergrobie a rather long time ago. I finally got round to listening to it and I agree - it's lovely for "The Perfect Storm".

For the record, however, I listened to "Arrival" by ABBA over a hundred times during my first month of writing, :).

Believe it or not, I've almost run out of prompts, :).  So if you missed this, please head on over and give me one, :).

To date, I've posted 15 ficlets for this challenge specifically (16 since it started), have two more sitting on my Desktop that will be posted when I'm more awake, and have about six or eight still waiting in the wings.  If that sounds like a lot still to be done, keep in mind that I've written 18 total just since August 29.

Moral of the story: I like writing ficlets.  I like getting prompts for ficlets.  I'm not quite tired of this yet, so taking advantage of me while you have the chance is to the good.  Honestly, I'm seriously considering making the original post a permanent one on my journal so that anyone can participate, but we'll see, :).

Please keep in mind, if I've already written one for you, I'll let you give me another one, but your prompt automatically moves to the back of the line until I'm done with all of the others, :).  Still, if you don't mind waiting, feel free to give me another, :). 

If I've told you that your prompt is eating my brain and will take longer, feel free to give me an 'easier' one (generally one word is easy - more than one word is hard, heh).  I'll still attempt to do the original, but this will give you something now if you don't want to wait, :). 

And for those who are curious, a new chapter of The Perfect Storm WILL be posted this weekend.  It's complete and beta'd - I just need to find the time to do all of the cross-posting. 

The ficlets have also been helping me to get the creative juices flowing for me to finally write the end, :).  To all those who've been so great and patience with my lax posting of late, I can only say thank you, :).  And offer a ficlet for being so nice to me, :).
After a long bout of writer's block, I was finally able to write the section that had been tripping me up.  This means that I'm only a couple of chapters away from actually being done with Book One.  Once it's complete and beta'd, I'll be posting whatever chapters are left in one big chunk as a thank you to everyone for waiting so patiently, :).  As of right now, there are 68 chapters complete, 65 of which are beta'd, so yay (and thank you again to [livejournal.com profile] frakkin_addict  for all of your hard work - I truly can't express how much I appreciate it)!  I'm thinking that the final count will be 70 chapters, but I could be wrong, heh. 

I already have roughly 60,000 words written on Book Two, but I don't think that it will be out quite as quickly, unfortunately.  I'm also not sure about the format I'll be using for it, as a lot of what's written so far is more 'day in the life' - type-stuff and I'm not quite sure how to categorize that.  Still, I have a much clearer idea of where that one is going, so hopefully I'll be able to get it completed a lot more quickly, *fingers crossed*. 

It's difficult for me to believe that I've been writing this since October 1, 2009 and posting it since March 26, 2010. 

It's been wonderful for me to make all these new friends, see all of these great comments and really feel the enjoyment that y'all are getting out of reading it.  I truly appreciate everyone who's friended and commented - I only hope that I don't disappoint you in the end, :).  

Thank you for reading! :)

ETA:  Wow.  I think that I just finished it.  Now, chapters 66-69 still need betaing and I know that some revisions are needed, but overall, it's looking done.  The end's been written for a while, I just didn't realize that it was the end, if you can feel me, :). 

Thank You!

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:47 am
Thank you to whomever nominated "The Perfect Storm" for the Children of Time awards!  I've been nominated in the Threesomes or More, Kink, & Hurt/Comfort categories. 

It really means a lot to me that you took the time, :).

Chocolate

Jul. 16th, 2010 03:49 am
Title: Chocolate
Author: Teleen ([livejournal.com profile] teleen_fiction)
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Spoilers: None
Size: 100 words exactly - my first official drabble, :).
Rating: Teen
Summary: Ianto enjoys Jack. 
Author's Note: Written, finally, for [livejournal.com profile] eve_from_oz  for her help in shaving off time in the posting of "The Perfect Storm".  Thanks again!

 

Chocolate )

 

But it still sucks.  Grandmother is dying.  We're driving to TN momentarily to be with family.  

Bleh

Jul. 3rd, 2010 12:30 am
Well, I got one chapter up at least...  I'm still feeling yucky, though and can't stay on the computer very long at all.  My lower back's doing a lot better, but I've been working a TON this week and now the rest of my back's not happy with me, :(.  Long story short - it'll be a while before I get the other two chapters up or any other LJ cross-posting done.  

The really sucky thing is that there are a LOT of private posts that I'd like to make about various issues, not to mention responding to all of the nice comments and friends' list posts, but right now my back is telling me to get off the flippin' computer right now, so that's what I'm going to do.  

I hope that everyone is doing well, :).  Thanks for all of the kind thoughts, :).  
I had to leave work early tonight because I hurt my lower back somehow in the last twelve hours or so and it's gotten progressively worse all night.  As a result, I may not get this week's chapters of The Perfect Storm up at the usual time.  I'm really sorry, :(, but the chapters are written and beta'd - all they need is a final proof and uploading.  I'm going to bed full of muscle relaxers and painkillers right after I post this, so hopefully I'll be all right tomorrow.  I just wanted to put this up in case, y'know, I'm not, :).

I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Thank you for reading! :)

ETA:  Thanks for the warm thoughts, everyone!  I really appreciate them, :).  I'm still not up for sitting at the 'puter for longer than about 15 minutes, so this is just a quick update to say - it'll be a little while longer on TPS update, sorry, :(.  

Thanks again! :)

ETA 2 7/2/10 - I thought it was better, but it still really isn't, :(.  If I try to get on the computer for longer than a few minutes it REALLY hurts, :(...

Waiting

Jun. 27th, 2010 08:38 pm
Title:  Waiting
Author: Teleen ([livejournal.com profile] teleen_fiction )
Fandom: Torchwood/Numbers
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Colby Granger
Rating: PG-13
Size: ~200 words
Warnings: Character death, mentions of past character death.
Summary: The waiting was the hardest part.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] azure_chaos for his help in giving my some time-saving tips in cross-posting The Perfect Storm.  His prompt is under the spoiler cut: Jack/Colby Granger? Dommie Jack, prompt...hmm Learning to deal with immortality (I'm a big believer that Colby has super powers and that he could potentially be immortal ;) ). It came out a bit darker than I expected, though, :).
Cross-posted to , , , .

Waiting )



Waiting

The waiting was the hardest part. Ianto had mentioned that to him once, months before his death, but Jack hadn’t understood it then.

Watching his boy’s body lying so still on a morgue slab, Jack understood it now.

Colby Granger was gorgeous while he slept, not so much in death. In death, he was still and Jack’s boy was rarely still for any length of time. Oh, he could be still, when following orders, which he did with beautifully military precision, but he was rarely still unless ordered to be.

Jack hated waiting, hated knowing the fear that Colby would have when he awoke. He was helping him to deal with it by always being there when he came back, the way that Ianto had always tried to be there for him.

It was the least he could do to repay the trust that Colby gave him every day. When he’d taken Jack’s collar he’d agreed to trust him to look after him and Jack did everything he could to earn that trust every day from the time they woke until the moment that Jack wrapped him in close to sleep.

But especially on days like this.

Don came and went without saying a word to Jack. Colby’s boss knew better than to disturb them until Jack’s boy was back and breathing, until Jack had had some time to help Colby to understand that the pain of being sucked back into this world from the other would pass and that he wasn’t alone, would never be alone again.

The waiting was the hardest part.

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