( A Blind Wolf Still Has Teeth )
And I'm signed up again for this year's round for less_for_you exchange again. Actually looking forward to it. And I'm writing a ficlet for an ASoIaF exchange, yay.
As always, I have a million and one Hellsing WIPs and small pieces. I one day may decide to post a couple.
So, this is a fic I wrote v. quickly this spring in order to give to pojypojy when I met her for the second time in Italy. ♥ I knew she liked Ned/Lyanna, and I am not averse to writing incest. So I wrote it trying to match it to two of her artworks - the second and third on this page. And afterwards she painted another (non-spoilery for my fic) for me.
(I firmly believe it's far from perfect, but I actually really do like the ending, particularly the last paragraph.)
Without further ado!
Title: Love is Sweet, Dearest Ned
Rating: R for graphic sexual stuff (omg, Lavinia actually posts some of the smut she wrote)
Word count: 3,450
Summary: Lyanna is fifteen and really would not rather get married at all, so she brings Ned into her angst. This may become a habit.
( Who would you have for me? )
Stop re-reading your stories from two years ago with high expectations. Of course they suck. Of course they make you want to cut off your hands. You know a good remedy for this? WRITE NEW STUFF.
ETA: Just replaced a couple icons. One is this one (oh yes I'm very evil), the other is my first ASoIaF icon on this journal, yay. Don't know if I'll ever use it (well, I ought to, I have a fic for it written earlier this year which I actually LIKE), but yeah.
First I'd like to post this tiny angsty Integra/Alucard ficlet. Featuring angst. And also an awkward sketchy school!theory I threw in just because.
Second, four of six drabbles in a series, right now v. loosely titled "Series of Drabbles Concerning the Host Club's Interactions with Integra Hellsing." It actually seems as much of a mechanical exercise as the title, an attempt to keep me motivated on the awesomeness of my crossover. So I don't think the drabbles have a lot of punch or profound twists; they're really just little summaries of their individual relationship with Integra. Also, they're quite rough in flow because I was just so impressed I actually finished at 100 words exactly.
Father had taught her about many of the demonic tendencies of vampires, but he had failed to mention that they would try to steal her underwear.
She started to wonder now how he could have neglected it, when it seemed that for at least one certain vampire, it was his highest priority and goal for which he ceaselessly worked.
"No, NO, I definitely saw you that time, give them back."
The actual likelihood of that if it were possible (which could be v. likely if vampires were, y'know, real) - how it would probably appear on the internet, some big flashing ad on a homepage like "WANNA BE A VAMPIRE? THERE'S AN EASY WAY WITH NO DANGEROUS BITING INVOLVED" and when Walter shows it to Integra, how she would mutter, "That's sick. ...I'd like to shoot Stephanie Meyer and Anne Rice. Can we classify it as urgent prevention measures?"
and then how Integra probably has pinned up somewhere a hit list of authors etc. who are famous for making vampires seem cool, and also dreams of one day forcing them to have a disclaimer in all their works of how vampirism is just as cool as a bullet to the face, which she will assuredly personally deliver
- and then if Stephanie Meyer ever did an (extremely likely) British tour...how she might be
looooooool oh my God it's FRICKIN' BRILLIANT I can taste it, that would be so so cool and it could even spread like wildfire through fandom (if I'm able, as is always my problem, to live up to the idea with my execution). Oh man oh man. I don't think I can resist now, since I've thought about it for ten seconds. It'll be short, a one-shot and just short of crack.
(I have not actually read Twilight, but I've heard an awful lot about it, particularly from buttfacemakani's extensive rants (1 2) and then some others. I kind of do want to read it, for the same reason I like to read babb_chronicles, but it holds extra interest as published badfic. It could cheer me up.)
ETA: Okay I have to give credit where credit is due, particularly considering my blunt appraisal of The Constant Guardian at the top - but this just made me crack up laughing, it's really perfect:
[Alucard discussing the pill-induced vampires:]
Integra closed her eyes wearily. “Five hundred years of personally experiencing cultural evolution—the renaissance, philosophy, the arts—and that’s the best quip you can come up with?”
(Which is actually a distressing feeling - I still love my first OTP and don't want to drop them in any way, and while the new canon is certainly love, I still feel like I'm letting it defeat me.... But that has nothing to do with these two stories which are fucking gold, a million times better than anything I'll write anytime soon.)
And then I got to this quote...
( spoilery )
Randomly, I got another plot bunny as I was writing my insane review (my difficulty with having Lily genuinely prefer James to Severus - but what if he damaged her so much she prefers his complete opposite, the fluffy ridiculous manly type? - Oddly enough, yes, the idea of him "damaging her so much" still appeals to me). *strokes chin* I may still want to stick to drabble-like, vignettes, or other not really full or serious fics for a while, though. It's exhausting to tackle the full concept of their relationship, explaining everything from beginning to end with canon. Much easier, of course, to assume it's all fact from beginning and then just examine certain particulars about it....
Kyouya/Integra? That's one I never would have thought of in a million years, but since you suggested it, it makes an eerie amount of sense. I like Ouran a lot better than Hellsing (I think it takes itself less seriously, and as a result, the plot holes tend to be less obvious), but I love the idea of Kyouya and Integra playing off each other.
AHHHH, THE VINDICATION. IT TASTES GOOD.
And also, as I said in my reply, boosts my expectations for actually having a readership for my insane crossover fic, heh. (It is a brilliant idea for a ship and other stuff, I know, I just don't know how many people know and love both Ouran and Hellsing [...and maybe Harry Potter too] and are willing to try something with them combined.
On a related note, tonight I found an old entry in my personal journal with a defensive explanation of my tendency to crossover - I described it as "I tie everything I love into everything else I love." Indeed. The ultimate goal is a great mass of everything I love at once, bringing on supreme happiness and euphoria of the sort which only recreational drugs are supposed to achieve.
To continue plugging hooloovoo_too (am now watching that fic journal of hers) - I read her few other Ouran fics, and would like to specifically link to The Freckles in Our Eyes Are Mirror Images, which is a series of vignettes on the twins as they grew up. Very intriguing and entertaining set of stories with them, definitely. One quote:
Hikaru toddles over to the nurse and yanks at her skirts. “We got hurt,” he says, jerking her urgently in Kaoru’s direction. “We’re bleeding,” and it takes her fifteen seconds of panicked searching to realize that he means Kaoru instead of himself.
Oh, and one more because I'm dying for this to happen in my world so Integra can have a specific reaction, but I don't know how to tie them together. So, the twins' nurse is giving them sex-ed when they're thirteen (awesome scene):
“Men have penises,” she says matter of factly, “and you can have sex with them.”
Integra: DO GO ON.
And finally, I recently got three new reviews (from the same person), one each for The Funeral, Out of the Dungeon, and By the Way, a Vampire Ate My Uncle. The first is "simply wonderful," but the other two are more pleasing. One is nearly a haiku!
that was very goodvery well writtenas was The Funeral
And the third:
positively splendidi love how you incorporate harry potter without it becoming over bearingthe little snipits of harry potteresque things are lovely
WUAHUAHUA I do not suck at my crossoverness. This is certainly good.
(By the way, it's so funny writing Severus with the new canon. He's a lovesick puppy, and it's IC.)
So now, yeah, I don't want to write make-out scenes, I want to write full-on SMUT. :D Painful, awkward, and yet really hot smut. Mmmmmm.
Kyouya is amused at me.
I'm 700 words over the minimum, I've written several good scenes exploring their relationship - technically, there's a full story already here, written. But it's not done, and it's not approaching the end the way I initially wanted.
And I wrote those 700 words just tonight, and enjoyed them, but now it's slowing down too much so that I'm slightly burning out and starting to wonder, didn't they already do this? Don't I always write fluffy romantic scenes like this? Where is this going?
...And now I'm even starting to wonder, do I really need a make-out scene?
Which is pretty much shipper blasphemy. I haven't written real Lily/Severus in SO LONG - and I do still love and enjoy them, but eh. It's hard to fight canon (at least in Harry Potter, not Hellsing), and struggling to find a way to fit it in the timeline confirmed by the seventh book takes away my drive.
But I'm burning out now and want time to find my focus again and ha, this is why you're not supposed to put it off until the last night.
(Unrelatedly, I've had a pretty good draft of the first chapter of my crossover of awesomeness (Hellsing/Harry Potter/Ouran) written for a while now. ...Should I go ahead and post it? I'm pretty clueless on what'll come in the next few chapters after it - that is, the developing part of Integra and Kyouya's relationship - but I've had so many brilliant ideas for them and all the Host Club together, I decided it would be criminal not to give it all a serious go. Anyway, what would I lose by posting it? Who knows, I might even get some comments.)
The story I mentioned in my last entry. W00t. A number of brilliant things (like a title! A real title, on a level with Mischief Managed!) came together at once, and it was fantastic.
Other author notes: Betaed by the excellent givemethechild. I've missed her as a beta. The story referenced is The Man-eating Tree by Phil Robinson.
Feedback is such love.
Yogi Tea: Awesome, very informative tea site which also makes very good tea. Has great categories and lists of ingredients for specific purposes.
List of vampire literature published before Dracula.
Old WIPs are published; new ones begun. I hope to have various little things - or one, anyway - soon. And meanwhile I have a strong urge to write a Harry/Ron/Hermione smutfic, the way it ought to be done - which means with oodles of hurt/comfort. I just distantly remember reading a fic, long ago, which had how it should be. There ought to be more, so yeah. And it's occurred to me I've never written Harry before. Or Ron, really. Hermione got a line or two in Put a Light in the Window - but smutfic will be very different. :D
I ought to write Minerva/Tom, too. *is pensive*
Meanwhile, I am enjoying working on my fic for the less_for_you exchange. Deadline May 5th, yay.
So yes, hopefully I'll have something new (albeit short) soon.
...And if you happen to know of the RestrictedSection.org, look for a story called And in Arcadia I by Catja M., I believe. It's not about sex; just really gorgeous, sad and somewhat dark but not oppressingly so. It's the best I've seen on that site in a while.
(I ended up rationalizing it into sense. Sigh.)
I can't believe, though, that I've posted three fics - two longstanding WIPs - in the last week or so. WTF. Here's to 2008 being productive as the last week, heh. Particularly for Out of the Dungeon and my nightmare-story (yeah, ought to make a resolution about a certain word count a month for that).
What was hitherto always known as "the crazy bathtub scene" - now dubiously titled Calculations of Worth - is posted. *preens*
AND. I think there will be another posting TOMORROW, from another eternal WIP (the post-funeral scene). W00t. Once I decide on a title that isn't hideously stupid. (No, Lavinia, you really shouldn't call it By the Way, a Vampire Ate My Uncle. You shouldn't.)
It's like my fourth attempt of the night, but I really like it - and it has a bit of mystery that's really, really obvious to anyone who remotely knows me, hem. Also, my tags may or may not give it away. And yes, it's exactly 100 words!
They are passionate. They have their own private armies. They are bespectacled, and they are absolutely, ruthlessly determined not to let anything stop them from their highest goals. They command a frightening amount of power, in their respectively secret ways, and they have honor which prevents them from misusing it…too much.
They have never before met anyone of the opposite sex whom they could truly call an equal.
Walter poured more tea for Tamaki, who sniffed and blinked sorrowfully up at him. “Walter…do you think they’re…in love?”
Walter sighed. "Only in, if I may use the term, a narcissistic fashion."
Ah well - here we are now!