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Cottonmouth
20 June 2012 @ 05:10 pm
This is another one of those things that's going to need explaining.

As some of you might have noticed, I've stopped writing. This is partially to do with life getting kind of hectic while I moved and tried to deal with all kinds of family drama and attempted to sort out my life, but also partially to do with the fact that I just...have no ideas. It's kind of like I've run dry, or something.

So I put out a request for some ideas of things to write, and got one in particular that struck home.

I don't know if any of you remember that bit of fic I wrote last fall, about Kurama and Shoshanna from Inglorious Basterds, and their children? Well, Shoshanna's player and I once developed an odd sort-of fantasy AU around the pairing, where Kurama is a thief and Shoshanna is a princess, and strange circumstances lead to Kurama sort-of kidnapping her, except that she really actually kind of wanted it.

Shoshanna's player asked for some more development in that universe, and I was more than happy to oblige. All you really need to know is that Shoshanna was a princess and hated it, Kurama was a thief who ended up coerced into loving her, and her hair was a sort of golden blonde that was really distinctive, so they had to dye it brown.

They move across the sea, the way he promised.Collapse )

I am open to other requests! I'm really just trying to get back into writing, to try and get some ideas going again.

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Cottonmouth
10 February 2012 @ 10:58 pm
Title: Touch
Fandom: Original
Pairing: An established M/F relationship, but more emotional than physical.
Rating: I'm going to go ahead and give this one an R for really dark themes and some pretty graphic blood and the like.
Warnings: PLEASE NOTE - there are very dark themes and suicide in this piece. Please don't read it if those things are triggers for you.
A/N: Interestingly, I actually started this piece a long time ago, but never finished - NaNo gave me just the incentive I needed. And I'm not going to lie - I really, really, really like this piece. It broke my heart while I wrote it, and it breaks my heart over and over again every time I read it to edit it. I can only hope it does the same for you.

You know, you never give much thought to those old, tired sayings everyone tosses around.Collapse )

As always, comments and criticisms are more than welcome.

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Cottonmouth
06 February 2012 @ 11:30 pm
Title: Hunted
Fandom: Original Fiction
Pairing: Pretty gen, though there are some mentions of M/F pairings.
Rating: PG-13. Nothing explicit, but a little off-screen violence and some general dark themes.
A/N: Actually the first piece I wrote for NaNo, the idea was suggested to me by a friend once I told him about the kind of stories I was trying to write: I thought I'd attempt a short story collection that centered around the theme of "unconventional horror" - stories that eschew the standard tropes of horror. So in these stories, there are no heroes, people make the wrong choices sometimes, and nothing is ever really what it seems. Rather than idealize horror, I thought I'd try to write it as I imagined people would actually live it - doing the best they could. /copy-pasta from last post.

I am actually fairly comfortable with this piece - I think it came out pretty well. There are some things that could certainly use finessing, but I think overall the story came across like I wanted it to.

Shadows slip by on either side, wet branches slap against skin and leave shallow cuts behind as he darts through the forest.Collapse )

I'm not entirely certain I like the way it ended - or, perhaps, just the way I handled it - but interestingly enough, a sequel has been bouncing around in my head for a bit. So, as always, I welcome comments and criticisms, as well as perhaps things you might like to see in a sequel!

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Cottonmouth
04 February 2012 @ 03:14 am
I balked a little at posting this one - it draws really heavily on people I know IRL, and it...may not portray them in the most flattering light. And they'll know who they are, too. So...I'm just hoping no one who provided the inspiration for these characters will take offense at the way they are portrayed - because that was the point of all this, really. To show humans being human, in the best and the worst ways.

Title: Choices
Fandom: Original Fiction
Pairing: M/F, although nothing really explicit. Just an established relationship.
Rating: I'm going to go with R, for some dark themes.
Warnings: There is some triggering material in this - mentions of suicide.
A/N: The second in the series of shorts I wrote as my attempt at NaNoWriMo last year. I thought I'd attempt a short story collection that centered around the theme of "unconventional horror" - stories that eschew the standard tropes of horror. So in these stories, there are no heroes, people make the wrong choices sometimes, and nothing is ever really what it seems. Rather than idealize horror, I thought I'd try to write it as I imagined people would actually live it - doing the best they could. /copy-pasta from last post.

Again, I'm posting these in what is essentially reverse comfort order - so I like this a little better than the last one (I think the writing flows better and the storyline is stronger), but I'm still not entirely comfortable with it. It's clunky at points and the ending could use some sprucing up, but here it is, nonetheless.

She sits, and tries not to think about the decision she has to make.Collapse )

Please don't hesitate to offer up anything you might have to say about this. I could certainly use the feedback.

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Cottonmouth
25 December 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Merry Christmas, everyone! Whether you're a RL friend or an internet friend, whether you're just here for the fic or you've followed all my ups and downs (and endured my endless bitching, sorry about that), whether we've known each other for 14 years or just met through RP a year ago, I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you. I appreciate that you leave me comments, or even just stop by to see if I've got a new fic posted. And I want to wish all of you a very safe and happy Christmas, and a wonderful new year.

Now, here - have some fic. It's hardly Christmas themed, but I suppose it will have to do.

Title: Truth or Dare
Fandom: Original Fiction
Pairing: None
Rating: PG-13? No sex, a little violence, and some psychological power play.
A/N: This is the first in a series of shorts that I wrote for my attempt at NaNoWriMo this year. I thought I'd attempt a short story collection that centered around the theme of "unconventional horror" - stories that eschew the standard tropes of horror. So in these stories, there are no heroes, people make the wrong choices sometimes, and nothing is ever really what it seems. Rather than idealize horror, I thought I'd try to write it as I imagined people would actually live it - doing the best they could. I'm posting them basically in order of those I'm least comfortable with to those I'm most comfortable with - accordingly, I'm really not sure how I feel about this one at all. I like the idea behind it, but I'm pretty sure it could have been executed much better.

It all started with a dare, really. Stupid, I know...Collapse )

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Cottonmouth
14 August 2011 @ 06:42 pm
Okay, so - this probably needs a little backstory. I currently RP Kurama over at guysandolls, and he's gotten involved in a relationship with Shoshanna Dreyfus, of Inglorious Basterds fame. A few weeks ago, a meme went around about characters and their children, and an idea was born.

Both Shoshanna's player and I agreed that they would have 2 children, one boy and one girl. The girl is totally a daddy's girl, spoiled rotten by Kurama. She's got a good handle on her powers, and she's learning to fight from her father, and to heal from her father's friends. The boy takes after his mom - stubborn and proud. He's not so good with his powers, so he trains with Yusuke and Kuwabara, turning out more of a brawler than anything else, and fiercely protective of his sister.

Shoshanna's player wrote a little snippet of fic with the kids being rather young, christening them Ilana and Shiro, so I thought I'd try my hand at them once they were older - already training and coming into themselves. This is the result.

Kurama supposes he should probably be used to it - maybe even expecting it, by now - but when Yusuke pokes his head in the front door and looks around furtively, Kurama can't stop the eyebrow that arches toward his hairline or the mildly scolding sound that escapes his mouth.Collapse )
 
 
Cottonmouth
13 August 2011 @ 07:05 pm
Stolen from viridian_magpie

Bolded - have read
Underlined - read a book from a series or stopped reading a single book at some point
Italics - my commentary

NPR Survey for the Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy BooksCollapse )
 
 
Cottonmouth
12 November 2010 @ 11:16 am
That's right - I'm extending my annual invitation for Christmas fic!

Now, I know I didn't...exactly finish last year, but I swear I'll do better this time! I just got caught up in some canon review for one of the requests (read: my local library has everything EXCEPT the third book in a seven-book series, which happened to be the one I needed), and lost track of time.

Anyway - same rules as last year: no current limit on how many requests any one person can make, just leave me a prompt, a pairing, a rating...anything, basically. As much or as little as you want to specify.

Fandoms you're probably safe enough requesting from:

Yu Yu Hakusho
Fullmetal Alchemist
Ouran High School Host Club
Maximum Ride
Good Omens
Most of anything written by Stephen King
A Song of Ice and Fire
Kingdom Hearts
Okami

I'm also not opposed to doing some research to fill prompts, so if there's something else you'd like to see, go ahead and ask! The worst that can happen is that I'll ask you to pick something else.

For examples of my previous Christmas fic, check out my memories! All my stories are archived there.

Request away!
 
 
Cottonmouth
11 November 2010 @ 02:49 am
PLAYER
[journal] lady_flamewing
[age] 21
[previous characters] N/A

Application here.Collapse )
 
 
Cottonmouth
10 November 2010 @ 11:05 am
Title: The Way Things Stay The Same
Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairing: None - although there may be light hints of both Yusuke/Kurama and Kurama/Kuwabara.
Rating: PG-13, for some language, a little dark imagery, and a kiss.
A/N: A sort of sequel to "The Way Things Change". I don't know that reading that one is entirely necessary for understanding this fic: all you really need to know is that the Apocalypse has happened, and it's a lot wetter than anyone really expected. Oh, and also - Yusuke's dead.

It's become routine for them.Collapse )

This is entirely un-betaed, and I'm not even entirely sure how I feel about it, so comments and criticisms are very welcome.