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: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Pure Love)
So I've been seeing a surprising number of films since I moved over here, both as a social activity with the others in my program and on my own as a break from writing and general PhD stuff. I've already put this off long enough that I have to break these into two parts! So let's start with the movie I saw in January and work our way forward...

Ponya, MirrorMask and the Artist )

Now there's one movie I have yet to give an opinion on, but I didn't see it this year. I actually saw it last summer, so normally I'd say that I've past the statute of limitation to post about it. But since I've talked about each and every movie in the series since I've created this LJ, I think I need to say something. I'm, of course, taking about....
Harry Potter )

So that's it. Or rather (ignoring Harry Potter) those were only the movies I saw the first two months of the year. Stay tuned for Part 2 when I bring things up to date. :-)
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Life)
In the past month, I've gone to Japan, been shaken by an earthquake while NOT in Japan, tried to ignore some significant anniversaries of major tragedies, applied to a graduate program and before any of that happened saw the final Harry Potter with my brother, completing the set. While each of those are worthy of their own post, I'm not feeling very good with words right now. Instead, I bring you YouTube videos from various shows I've enjoyed over the years. See them before they get reported! :-)

We've got Sorkin, Asian dramas and Charlie Crews, if you're interested... )

Next time I post, I promise it will be Quaggy generated content. :-)
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: "Be Wary of Bored Writers" (Writer)
So, I've been thinking about fic writing and writing in general and have decided that I will try to finish ever pending fic I have languishing around by next spring. So, I wrote down every fic I was either actively working on or mulling over.  I figured if I posted a fic a week, I would be done with time to spare. Ha.

The problems with the plan:
(1) I write at glacier speed. Seriously, I think drabbles are about the only thing I can knock out fast... and those are only 100 words!
(2) Work is crazy busy and I come home with very little to offer. I can barely form coherent posts, let alone anything longer than that.
(3) I keep coming up with fic that need to go on my god-forsaken list!!

The List With Color Commentary )

And, of course, I wrote this post when I could have been writing fic, but sometimes it's good to get things out in the open. 
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Hand)
List 10 platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and of their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid using the same character or series twice.

I really couldn't resist this one. It was an excellent exercise for me, since I'm such an utter "best friend" shipper. If a male & female character have close friendship in canon, chances are that I'll be shipping them sooner or later, canon or not. I liked proving to myself that I actually can enjoy a male/female friendship without wishing there was more. As it turned out, all ten pairing were from television shows, though 3 of them you've probably never heard of. While some of these pairing on the list are (or at least could be) active ships, I just like their relationship as is.

My Ten Non-Ships )
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?

Ship Meme

Oct. 5th, 2009 01:53 am
quaggy: Josh and Donna's first kiss (The Kiss)
I've seen this meme around plenty of places, most recently at [livejournal.com profile] unoriginal_liz and finally decided to give it a shot. It makes a nice change of pace from everything I've been working with over at [livejournal.com profile] keytus_tv.

Tell me a Fandom and I shall respond with my...

1. One True Pairing Ship:
2. Canon Ship:
3. "If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship:
4. "You are one sick bastard" Ship:
5. "I dabble a little" Ship:
6. "It's like a car crash" Ship:
7. "Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship:
8. "Makes no canon sense but why the Hell not" Ship:
9. "Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship:

....and then YOU can tell me if my answer surprised you or not! ;-P
quaggy: Elizabeth reading (Reading)
Don’t take too long to think about it.
Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you.
First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
Copy the instructions into your own post.

I had to do this quickly without looking a [livejournal.com profile] flippet answers, since we have simliar taste in books and just looking at hers will influence mine. I started putting them in the order of their importance to me, but I gave that up. Now it's mostly the order I thought of them. Here we go...

1) Wrinkle In Time by Madaleine L'Engle
2) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3) Sabriel by Garth Nix
4) The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan
5) Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
6) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
7) A Ring of Endless Light by Madalein L'Engle
8) Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
9) The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
10) Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (No, not manga. She's an actual Japanese novelist I discovered when I was still in high school.)
11) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (And The Amber Spyglass, if I'm only allowed one book of the trilogy.)
12) Persuasion by Jane Austen
13) The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
14) Summers At Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
15) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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 (Text: Tell Us Why)
This was too interesting to resist!

[livejournal.com profile] seri_scribble was right. Some of these were TOUGH! Seriously, do it just to see how your answers stack against the results. Surprisingly, I had the hardest time with Ugly Betty! I almost wish there was a second round for the character selection because some are CLOSE, but might not be quite so close if it were down to just those two characters.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Zuko)
I was looking through my files when I stummbled across this meme that I had started but never finished. If memory serves, it became a victim of November 2008. Thing is, I was almost done and it seems a pity to let all that good work go to waste. So without further ado, here it is.

Better late than never... )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Pure Love)
This one looked too fun not to try...

Pick up to 10 ships.
Describe them in less than 16 words.
Have your flist guess the ship.

Yes, my most obvious ship is included. No, the one in the icon isn't. I tried to not go for the more obscure, though I did go way back with some. You can probably guess most of them by looking at my icons. Keeping it to 16 words was surprisingly difficult.

It never hurts to guess... )

ETA: Only three left!!!  For those of you still playing, I'll give a few more couple more clues. One of the pairings appeared on a show that will be ending soon, even though both characters had long since left the building.  The other pairing appeared on a network that doesn't exisit anymore.  Two, actually!  The last one is on a show that is still going strong and, even though I've fallen behind, there are still quotes from that show on my sidebar.

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Kiki)
When I look back at 2008, it feels like I lived for five years in these twleve months.  I just passed too many milestones and historic markers (both personal and universal) to really wrap my head around this year or to sum it up with a few words, so I'm not going to even try.

Normally this time of year, I quote song lyrics.  I didn't do so at Christmas, since I posted fic instead, but I would hate to abandon the tradition completely. So...

New Year's Resolutions )

Happy New Year, Everyone!  May 2009 bring you happiness and this year be a little better than the last.

quaggy: "Be Wary of Bored Writers" (Writer)
Okay, that's not really the name, but it might as well be for me. I'm seriously suffering from a lack of motivation to write. I mean, this goes far deeper that your usual run of the mill writer's block. I have two unfished memes waiting for me to get back to them! MEMES!!! So, I'm doing this in hopes of exorcizing some demons and that my fic writing muse will return to me. Lord, knows I would have enough to keep her busy.

I snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] zinke and [livejournal.com profile] caz963 by the way...

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.

Out of curiosity, I went back to check the last time I did a meme like this. It was two years ago and out of the nine snippets I posted, three still haven't seen the light of day. The Untitle Santos fic now has a name (you'll see it below), but it is no where close to being done. As for the Perspecitve series, "What Was Said" was posted as For The Best, but the other two aren't even in my active pile! Who knows if I'll ever get to them!

But that was then, this is now. For this meme, I've limited myself to the fics that I keep in my "active" (heh, yeah right) pile. These are the ones giving me the guilt trip every time I open My Documents folder. Yes, I have even more than that in the works, but either I've left them on the back burner or they are still in the early, early planning stages. And we are not even touching my orginial (as in non-fanfic) work! Sigh. Please come back, Writing Muse! I need you!

Snippets under here... )

Comments, criticisms, encouragement, prayers to the Writing Gods are always welcome.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Text: Tell Us Why)

This meme was floating around a while back.  I couldn't do it at the time, so I thought I would now.

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Minds)
So 2006 is almost over.  I’m actually sorry to see it go.  It was a pretty momentous year for me!  But rather than go off on some long rambly monologue about everything that would be far too personal to post and rather boring for everyone but me, I thought I would put together a “soundtrack” for 2006.  These are the songs that I listened to without end during 2006, the ones that will always remind me of a specific time this year and/or just fit my life… all too well.  I really didn’t put an explanation as to why each of these make the list, but I can.  

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Ghibli)
So, I recently passed my six month anniversary of writing fanfic.  In honor of the occation, I thought I would do something completely conceited.  Below is a list of all my fics and drabbles (earliest first) and my favorite line from each.  Just because.

Wow!  I've been busy, haven't I?
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Grin)
So, I saw this on [personal profile] christinekh LJ.  And thought I would try it myself.  These are the rules…

If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence (or more) from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favorite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

The TV Meme

Jul. 9th, 2006 12:35 am
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Muppets)
So I saw this meme over at both [personal profile] bexatious & [profile] dianora2, but I don't know who started it.  It looked like fun, so I thought I would try it myself.

I have no idea what this says about me.


quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Default)

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