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I'm still here

Is it Autumn yet?

The trees outside seem to think so, we're already trudging in leaves. However they're very welcome. The sun is no friend of mine. I've never been a fan of summer, but I've still managed to get badly sunburnt during the wettest one on record!

Writer's block continues, despite a brief fling with Life on Mars and something possibly developing with Supernatural. Everything is such a slog at the moment. I've got two stories to write asap and I'm feeling a bit depressed about it. I want the fun to come back to writing.


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*hugs*, I know the feeling! It is so sad when a hobby becomes a slog.

It's more than a hobby though, it's part of my identity! I went through 10 years of block before and I don't want to lose it.

And the awful thing is, I know that part of the problem is my job.

I'd be really interested to see what you would come up with in the SPN fandom.

Don't get too excited, I've only been watching SPN for about two weeks! (total immersion to get the lot watched, mind you). It's certainly a series that would play to my strengths, as I love writing the occult (I wasn't given the name 'Bogwitch' for nothing).

So you just never know. Dean is certainly starting to talk in my head, but I'm trying to get him to shut up at the moment so I can get my seasonal_spuffy done.

It will be so nice to get back into something which is still current though!

The best thing about SPN is that it just gets better as it goes along. I hate it when you get into a series during the first season and then it just drags from there. Anyway! I'm glad Dean is doing some talking in your head and I hope that you enjoy watching the rest of the episodes.

Oh, I'm fully up-to-date. It doesn't take me long once I get going!

I think it gets a bit soppy in places, but I can overlook that.

P.S. You'll have to tell me where all the good stuff is. ;)

The SPN general newsletter you can find here. There might be some BtVS authors that you're familiar with on the list.

A more selective comm can be found here. They do daily recs separated into the following categories: Gen, RPS, Sam/Dean rated G through R, Het, vids/art/icons/meta/misc, Blast From The Past, Sam/Dean rated Hard R and NC-17.

I can send you some personal recs too, but tell me what you're looking for - gen, het, slash, etc.

Such temptation...

>>I can send you some personal recs too, but tell me what you're looking for - gen, het, slash, etc.

I think I'm very much in the Gen camp this time.

I think I'm very much in the Gen camp this time.

Dear god, I suggest that you stay there. mona1347 put it like this:

Supernatural = Roofies. You let this fandom buy you one drink, just one drink and before you know it, your clothes've come off and you're doing all these vile and depraved things that you always said you'd never do or just plain weren't into and you can't bring yourself to have any kind of problem with the situation at all. Then the next day you wake up kinda sore, wondering what the hell you did last night and have only fleeting remembrances of pretty emo boys, glitter and lube.

I'm so bad off, Bogwitch! I've turned into some kind of depraved brother-shipping, RPS lovin' freak. I don't even know how it happened. One day I was just like, "I guess I'll just read ONE Sam/Dean fic just to see what it's like, mutter-mutter," and the next thing I knew I was knee-deep in the incest! Just... just don't even start. Even if you think there's no way on earth or mars that you will dig it. Save yourself while you can! Stick with the vampire porn and tentacles. It's way less crazy in that corner of the woods.

Anyway! Since most of the gen fics that I read were back in the day before I lost all sense of decency, I can't remember which ones were super great. But I looked through my del.icio.us account a bit and here are a few for you to try out. I hope there's something on this list that you will like.

Summary: The boys fight another soul-sucking witch. Except when they exterminate the thing in the middle of feeding, their souls get torn away. Partially inspired by "Something Wicked" (but no real spoilers for that episode), partially inspired by Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Oh yes, daemons. (I told y'all that I bring the crack.)
Excerpt: The wolf stops snarling and somehow manages to look sarcastic, yellow eyes glinting with a strangely human expression. It grins, revealing feral white teeth. "After all this time, that's the greeting I get when we finally meet?"

Summary:Tentacles. Why did it have to be tentacles?
Excerpt: Dean hesitated, no more than a second or two. No freakin' way was this guy a vampire -- at least, not like any he'd met before. But he could've snapped Dean's neck easy, back there, and he hadn't. Plus, he sure didn't act like he was all that worried about Dean's chances of stopping him. What the hell. A metrosexual maybe-vampire who went by the name of Angel and hunted monsters? California was messed up, man. Don't ever let Sam tell him different.

Summary: Given a week to define himself, Sam watches Dean.
Excerpt: “Relax, people, it’s a short assignment. One word, in fact. You will complete this sentence: ‘I am ____.’ You may of course use an article if you want to use a noun to fill in the blank. As in, ‘I am the bomb.’” He grins as they laugh. “If you choose to use an adjective, that’s also fine. No phrases. One word. Distillation. Quintessence. Strip it all away and see what you’re left with.”

I have to split this up now because LJ is being a comment Nazi.

Summary: Post-S2. Sam sees dead people in New Orleans and tries to break Dean's contract.
Excerpt: Sometimes the road had its own magic, a way of drowning everything unimportant in mile markers and exits and eighteen wheelers, so that the important things could bleed through. All the knowledge he'd been acquiring for almost a quarter of a century, all the knowledge their dad had collected and scrawled in his journal: somewhere in there was the solution, just waiting to make itself known.

Summary: On his fourth birthday, Dean gets his first baseball glove.
Excerpt: When he lands at third base, something clicks into place, and he knows. This is his corner, his position. It's like when Dad put the gun in his hand the first time--natural, right.

Summary: Dean's list of chicks to do before he dies
Excerpt: #3. Buffy… “Ooookay.” “I figured you’d go for Willow.” “Hell no. Cordelia.” “Oh…shit. Yeah. Let me have that back.”

Summary:The real reason Sam doesn't answer the phone when Dean calls.
Excerpt: Imp67: And you're so badass when you're at a loss for words, Sammy. SamIAm: GODDAMNIT DEAN. Imp67: It takes you so long every time, Sammy. SamIAm: You ass, what the hell are you doing? Imp67: I'm IM'ing you, moron.

Summary:Dean's not the only one who's lost Sam.
Excerpt: Bobby’s not a young man, not any more, and it takes him a good ten minutes to get back to where he left Dean. It’s lighter out here in the open, between the buildings that lurch like drunken ghosts, but even so, his eyes aren’t what they once were and it’s not until he’s almost on top of them that he sees the way Dean is holding his brother, just holding him, clinging like he’s trying to make himself a part of Sam. Dean’s face is buried in Sam’s hair. Bobby stops, stands still, and feels the world break around him.

Summary: Dean at 19 and Sam at 15 and pranks.
Excerpt: "No, I'm… fine," Sam grated out, cleaning off the rest of the cupcake. He added mildly, to Dean, "Five days, starting tomorrow. No repeats." The calm tone of his voice hid the threat underneath, but Dean could hear it – You're dead. You're so dead.

If there's something that looks so good you must read and I messed up on the link let me know and I'll sort it out.

Wow. That's the evening gone then!

You weren't joking, were you? Thank you very much for that.

You're welcome! I hope you found something that you liked. :)

I'm very stubborn, I'm not fearing for my soul. If the slashers failed miserably to win me over in the last 4 years, I don't they will now!

A least Sam/Dean makes a kind of icky sense. I've seen some (popular) pairings in my time that just leave me baffled.

Ah, tentacles! Guess which link I clicked first!

I fear the tentacles in that fic are severally lacking. Also, I forgot to mention how impressed I am that you got through the entire series in two weeks. That's some champion television watching there.

I live alone!

I got through season two in 4 days and went to work.

I heartily approve! I once watched a marathon of 18 episodes of BtVS in a row. That's my record. I hate it when I lend my TV on DVD series out and it takes MONTHS to get them back. Pffft, get with it, people!

I noticed the leaves were falling in my road yesterday too. It's a little bit depressing that it's September and we've had only a handful of really nice sunny days (I don't even care if it's not hot, just a bit more light!).

Sorry to hear about the writers block. :(

They started in July here! Just a little but enough.

I'm finding it a bit the same at the moment, though I don't suppose that helps.

We mustn't grumble I suppose.

I want the fun to come back to writing.

I remember a couple of years ago when I was plugging away at about three ficathons and having a right old laugh... Where the hell did that go?

I blame the comics. They've buggered it all up.

Yeah, I remember writing fun little stories on Sunday afternoons. Now I'm plugging through two weighty stories and not getting anywhere.

I have a suspicion the lack of any really exciting Buffy content is what is causing my lack of engagement. The comics will never cut it, especially as I'm a BtVS!Spike person and that's where I want him.

Spike on Angel could have been all right if he'd just been Spike, I always thought. It might have been mildly interesting to see Season 7 Spike interact with Angel et al. until he got his body back and went off to find Buffy. As it was, having him regress to a purposeless snark-machine was just annoying. Not to mention the fact they had him, like everyone else, get hung up on sodding Fred... :(

He should have run off with Illyria like a good boy.

Just as long as any UST stayed U that'd be fine by me. Though they'd have to sort the Buffy thing.

I hate it when writer's block strikes.

I had 10 very dry years. I can't go back to that.

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