quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Down)
I asked some friends for drabble prompts.  At the same time, [livejournal.com profile] giles_shorts has offered a bunch of Shakespeare related prompts. So, here are the first few with more to come.


Chatterbox (Harry Potter) )


Still of the Night (West Wing) )


Father’s Son (BtVS) )

FF: Ten

Sep. 29th, 2016 06:55 pm
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (West Wing)
Title: Ten
Show: West Wing
Category: Post Series, 10th Anniversary fic
Rating: G
Notes: This is a year of anniversaries. Ten years since I started writing fic. Ten years since a bunch of goofballs on TWoP became the Keytus Kids. Ten years since my show ended. To celebrate my writing anniversary, [livejournal.com profile] kiss_me_cassie offered me the prompt of "10 years after the Bartlet administration". I was originaly going to write "10 year later" drabbles for all my fandoms, but then I got a better idea. I offer you this: ten 100 word drabbles set 10 years after the series finale. Here's to ten more! A big thank you to both [livejournal.com profile] gatsbyfan and [livejournal.com profile] seri_scribble for listening to me moan as this proved to be a more daunting task than I originally anticipated.


1. Jed and Abby )

2. Josh and Donna )

3. Toby and His Kids )

4. Charlie and Zoey )

5. Jed and Debbie )

6. Will and Kate )

7. C.J. and Danny )

8. Hubbub and Commotion )

9. Clamor and Contemplation  )

10. Abby and Jed )
       
quaggy: Josh and Donna looking at each other (Them)
Title: Time Goes By
Show: West Wing
Category: Post Series, Post-ep for The Cold
Rating: PG
Notes: It hasn't just been 10 years since The Cold. It was spoilers for The Cold that finally encouraged me to delurk from TWoP and start posting. I wouldn't be involved with fandom today, if Josh and Donna didn't "totally make out." :-) Even more importantly I wouldn't have met all the wonderful people. So this one is for the Keytus Kids! (ETA: This was originally called "Ten Years", but I changed the name for a variety of reasons, including to avoid duplication with an upcoming fic.)

Happy Anniversary Everyone!! )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Minds)
Title: Toby's Book Club
Show: West Wing
Category: Post-Season 6 AU
Rating: PG
Notes: Do you guys remember Less Traveled By? I hope you do, because I think it's the best fanfic I've ever written. As many of you know, I've been working on a sort-of sequel for a while now. It's been pretty close to done for months and I didn't want the year to end with it still incomplete. Happy New Year, everyone!

Good guests come with gifts... )
quaggy: Josh and Donna looking at each other (Them)
Title: Destination
Category: Post-ep for Transition 
Rating: PG
Notes: I actually can't believe I finished this one.  I was ready to scrap it more times than I could count. In the end, the solution was to change the format from the Frankenstein experiment in POV I was attempting to something more far more familiar.  Like this fic, I have written five 100 word drabbles that technically can be read separately, but make more sense when read together.  I'm posting it today in honor of [livejournal.com profile] gatsbyfan's birthday!  Feliz cumpleaños, Gatz!!!  (The Spanish will make sense after you read the fic.)

On The Plane )

Crashing )

At The Beach )

The Talk )

Home Again )
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quaggy: "Be Wary of Bored Writers" (Writer)
When you see this, post an excerpt from as many random works-in-progress stories as you like. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

Well, [livejournal.com profile] zinke  did it, so I guess that means I should too. Especially since I have a Great Big List of Doom that I'm trying to finish.  This is also something of a three month status report.  I'm not nearly as far along this list as I'd like to be.

So, for most I have a sentence or two, but with fics that are longer/closer to done, I've actually included full paragraphs. For those that are curious, the last time I did this meme, out of the 10 fic I gave snippets for, one I totally gave up on and four I actually finished and posted. The rest are on this list.

The UPDATED Great List of Doom

West Wing )

Avatar: The Last Airbender )

Life With Derek )

Life )

Sports Night )

Everything Else )

Yeah, it's still a ridiculous list, isn't in?  I think part of my problem is that, in addition to all the real life distractions, I've been working on at least six of these fic at a time.  Maybe if I just concentrate on one or two, I'll start completing more!

And, as always, any questions, comments and/or encouragement is greatly appreciated!!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Him)
 Okay, I'll admit that none of these are my best effort, but it feels so nice to actually post something, I'll take what I can.

And even if they're only drabbles, at least it's two that I can cross off of this ridiculous list of mine!


Rock Garden (Life) )

Busybody (West Wing) )




quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Backpack)
I was going through some old files I hadn't looked through in well over a year and stumbled across this.  This was one of my earliest fics and the first I ever abandoned. I haven't worked on it since June 2006.  I'll never go back to it now, of course, but what I did manage to write down was interesting enough, that I thought I'd share.  (P.S. Old fic deserves one of my oldest icons. I'm totally going retro here.)

Pivot’s Questions )
quaggy: C.J. looking at a goldfish (Perplexity)
Four years ago, right around this time, I posted my first fic and the legend LJ of Quag E. Mire was born. At first, this was just supposed to be an LJ for my fic, but things expanded a bit.  I've met knew people and got involved with new things and new communities.  But fic was the reason why I started this journal. Since I've been posting all my old stuff over at FF.Net, I've had a chance to go over everything I've written so far.  So for my anniversary, I thought I would do a top ten of my favorite fics. Not surprising, given the fact I've only recently branched out into other fandoms, they are all West Wing fic.  These are they ones that I really think hold up, even if I've improved as a writer.  Please forgive the arrogance. I'm mostly just looking back.


1) Less Traveled By
If I never write another West Wing fic (and I have since, so don't worry), I'll be able to say I went out on a high. I don't know if I'll ever be able to top this one.

2) Left Waiting
At first this started as a prequel to fix What Happens In Hospitals, but it became a strong piece in its own right.  This is one of those pivotal fics where I think my writing style leveled up.

3) Untitled Fic (I sometime refer to this as "Art Imitates Life" or "It Takes A Year")
It's actually pretty unfair of me to include this on my list, since the entry is friend-locked and I have no intention of changing that. I wrote this after my father died, basically borrowing West Wing characters to say what I couldn't on my own back then. I can't objectively judge whether or not it's the best thing I've written. But I like it and it has meaning for me, so it makes the list.

4) Regrets
Another one of those writing breakthrough pieces. Up until this point, I had basically been writing character studies. This fic showed me that I could mess with peoples emotions. (I was trying to come up with a less evil way of putting that, but in the end I decided to call a spade, a spade.)

5) In Bed
I don't know if I'm supposed to admit this about something I wrote, but this fic still makes me laugh.

6) Hobbesian
This is pre-series and I usually never stray from Season 7, but it took a life on its own. (Well, once I finally figured out what was wrong with it. Thanks again for the help, Amy!)  I spend so much time getting into characters' heads that the chance to look at everyone from an outsider's POV was a lot of fun.

7) Expecting
I'm not adopted nor is anyone in my family, but I still manged to make this resonate for a lot of people. That might be one of the things I'm most proud of.

8) Untold Plans
I will never write an opening line better than this one. End of story.

9) Outside Looking In / Inside Looking Out
These two really do have to be read together.  Maybe it was using the quotes and song lyrics, but I managed to dive deeper into Josh and Donna's head than I had previously.

10) Band of Brothers… and a Sister
A mostly un-shippy fic for me, but sometimes that's a good thing.


So that's it.  I thought about doing a separate list of my favorite 100 word drabbles, but I think my ego has been fed enough with this post, don't you?
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Bang Bang)
I've plenty of fic that I should be trying to finish. I'm only doing this because I gave both [livejournal.com profile] unoriginal_liz and [livejournal.com profile] pheobep prompts and that's the deal. Besides, I like getting drabble prompts.

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble/fic of any pairing/character of their choosing. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level. (If you can't write, I'm sure you can make something else.)

First, I don't care how many prompts I get and, yes, you can give me more than one prompt at a time. Second, I will probably be writing 100 word drabbles, since I'll finish those relatively quickly. I do reserve the right to expand a prompt into a larger fic at a latter date.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Him)
For this meme, [livejournal.com profile] zinke asked for commentary for Back Against The Wall, the first part of my first and (so far) only series Things Not Meant To Be. She couldn't have chosen a better fic. This was a pretty significant piece for me and so I have a lot to say about it, to the point I nearly did commentary for the whole fic. But if I did that, then I would want to do it for the whole series, and I'm only going to do that if there's a lot of interest. So, rather bite off more than I can chew, I stuck to commenting on the snippet itself and not go into the more spoilery things about the rest of the fic and the rest of the series.

Back Against The Wall snippet - DVD Commentary )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Life)
Done! Finally! The Life Offline combined with everything that's been going on over at [livejournal.com profile] keytus_tv has been eating up most of my time, but whenever I've had a moment I've been writing. This drabble challenge has done everything that I hoped it would. My muse has come back with a vengeance! So I decided that it's as a very good sign that the last two drabbles wound up being double length just because I had more to say! (Or at least that's what I'm telling myself!)

For those that missed them: Batch 1, Batch 2, Batch 3 & Batch 4

Connected (Life) )

Team Toby (West Wing) )

Five Minute Break (West Wing) )

Psychic (Gilmore Girls) )

This has been a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who gave me prompts and to everybody who has read and/or offered encouragement. Let's do this again sometime!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Ninja)
Title: Foundling
Category: Post-Series
Rating: G
Notes: This is a sequel of sorts to Expecting. This was a birthday fic is for [livejournal.com profile] watson1, who has been more than patient. Especially since a few of her birthdays have gone by since I started this! A big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] gatsbyfan for proof-reading.

An unexpected addition to the family... )
quaggy: "Be Wary of Bored Writers" (Writer)
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Quaggy. Quaggy used to write fic. I don’t know what happened to that girl, but I miss her.

Lately, I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to write… anything, not just fic. But I’ve really been having problems with the fic and that depresses me. I'm not lacking ideas, but I can't seem to finish any of them. Clearly something needs to be done.

I need something to help get the words flowing. I was thinking of back when I was writing 100 word drabbles for West Wing. The weekly challenge of trying to write short piece of a pre-determined length on a topic I could not predict was better for my writing than anything else I tried. I experienced it again when I wrote 100 word drabbles for Avatar. Unfortunately, being on the other side of the world was not a good time to take advantage of the situation.

The problem is that [livejournal.com profile] tww100 has basically died and I know of no other drabble community that works in the same way. I was thinking of starting my own multi-fandom drabble community, but I don't think that would satisfy my needs.

So here is where you come in. If anyone gives me a prompt and a fandom, I’ll write you a 100 word drabble. It can honestly be any fandom, not just the usual suspects, provided I'm familiar with the show and the characters. (If you're not sure, give me a few options.) I relish the challenge. I do however reserve the right to refuse to write for a particular ship. I'll write a drabble with any characters as long as I don't HAVE to make it romantic.

So go ahead... Hit me with your best shot. I think we'll all benefit! :-)

ETA: If you're having trouble remembering which fandoms I'm into, my quote bar (kudos to [profile] unoriginal_liz  for the idea) and my icons should offer some suggestions.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (My Show)
I never did that Facebook “25 (or 27 depending on who you ask) Things About Me” thing. For one thing, I still refuse to have a Facebook account. Secondly, I’m not sure my list would be all that interesting…. Until I realized I could make it fandom related.

I’ve always meant to write down my personal West Wing fanon and a list is a great way to do it. I figured since I write fic, it’s only fair that I publicly acknowledge where I’m coming from. So the following are the beliefs I hold about The West Wing. Some of these I’ve worked into stories. Some I haven’t. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.

25 Random Things About My West Wing Fanon )

I’ve probably got more, but 25 seems a good place to stop.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Her)
Okay, I normally don't ask for help with fic on such a widespread basis, but I think the topic is broad enough that I'll get a range of answers. I'm curious about what everyone's answers would be.

Without getting into details about why I need the information, I'm having trouble figuring out who Donna would have on her iPod. I have a feeling hers would be a little different from mine. I think I can make a pretty good case for R.E.M. and I decided that even if she wasn't a Cranberries fan, she would have a soft spot for "Linger". [personal profile] flippet  and [profile] tomfoolery815  both rightly pointed out that Donna was in all likelihood a U2 fan. (Her excitement to possibly meeting Bono was very similar to her excitement about seeing Yo-Yo Ma.) And I would bet money on her wearing out her copy of the Garden State soundtrack. But other than that, I'm stumped. I'd like to use a Matchbox Twenty song that wasn't released as a single and I don't know if she would be a big enough fan to buy the whole album.

So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions. What kind of music do you think Donna listens to? Specifically what kind during season 7 and beyond?  I don't mind if its obscure, but it would be helpful to have some sort of sample, if you can find one. (YouTube is fine.)

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Him)
Title: Terrible
Category: Drabble
Rating: G
Notes: Trying to get this in under the wire. I literally wrote this in twenty minutes, which means that the title also refers to my writing. Now if people would only write The Cold anniversary fic, I wouldn't have to resort to such desperate measures! Happy birthday to both [livejournal.com profile] flippet, [livejournal.com profile] paladin98 and to all Keytus Kids collectively. I wish I could have gotten you all a better gift!

After the screen fades to black... )

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