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?”
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.
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!
I finally managed to get somewhere with my funeral-detail angst. Nothing about modern British knights' funeral, mind you, but just general funeral stuff, since my knowledge was sadly lacking. I've made an alarming number of funeral-planning type searches in the past hour, if anyone happened to check my history. But, it was much more cheering to me than I imagine it would be to most doing the same searches; I have made DECISIONS, solved problems, and discovered about fifteen more ways for plausible angst. *cackles*
And, to finish it off, I've just learned a bit about the Anglican Church. cleo2584 was correct in that many priests are called Father; but their actual title is Reverend, and I'm going to defy the norm in sticking with that, since it didn't take me long to realize how awkward and even unnecessarily angsty it would be for Integra to address him as "Father" as she discusses her own father's funeral, and that is what she always called her own father, so yeah.
In case it isn't clear, this is Out of the Dungeon which I still hold so close to me.
And this is really exciting; I'm surmounting some problems I've had since the v. beginning, and so many more ideas and scenes are opening up - I'm not worrying about what'll fill the next few days of the story anymore. And it answers givemethechild's doubt when she read a particular scene.
One of the best links for my benefit. And of course, Wikipedia on Anglican ministers.
So yes, yay, I've cheered, now back to doing it.
So it's been kinda nice - I keep getting notifications that Welcome Home has been favorited. I understand that it isn't "omg this is one of the best stories I've ever read," but probably just from a shippy perspective - "oh look, this is something kinda sexy to read when I'm in the mood." Nevertheless, people do find it worth saving, and that's nice.
HOWEVER, I only have three reviews, when definitely more than that favorited it. This is maddening. You find it worth bookmarking; say something to me! WHY are you saving it - what parts did you like? PLEASE. Give me an idea, and I may write MORE like it!
But I did not start an entry to rant about that. I started an entry to squee over awesome Review #3.
That was totally delicious :PI just love how they were relaxing on the bed, debating on how much they had really missed the other.
(Icon represents me on my WIPs.)
Integra arrives home for the summer, and Alucard is waiting for her. Strange things happen when you are fifteen.
For the WIN.
(Also, if you join integral_art, you can see the gorgeous art Jean drew for it. TOO GORGEOUS FOR THE CHANCE PASSERBY.)
Drabbles next, hopefully. Along with the usual myriad of other WIPs. All hopefully.
Have a different new fic, though - A Last New Year's Eve. redandthewolf is proving to be amazing for me. If only my New Year's resolution had been a community. Well, I know what to do next year.
But look at the really, really, really nice review I got for it, from bratanimus:
Wow. I mean, really, WOW. I really, really liked this. You have a way with the physical actions of the characters, and impact of the environment; you know how to bring a scene to life. Remus rubbing his tongue on the roof of his mouth, Lily bouncing on her arm, the wall trembling behind them at the end, etc etc etc. Very vivid, very alive.Best I've gotten in a while, honestly.
Even the exposition was evocative and complete, giving us tastes of other characters even though they are not the focus: Harry had a wonderful ability to make him forget unpleasant things. A sort of obliviator-field, as Sirius called it. So succinct and wonderful.
The hand holding and the "I love you's" actually took my breath away, which is something to be said for a fic. I adored the ending, from And what does one say through the end. The last sentence was so incredibly evocative.
And of course excellent use of the prompt. Such an economical piece, succinct and vibrant -- a fabulous snapshot of two people clinging to life, though love. I really, really loved this. Very glad you posted it. :D
But back to the icons. A count of what I have now:
- Five Hellsing (one general/Alucard, two Integra/Alucard [*ignores the specific Girlycard*], one Integra, one Walter)
- Four Ouran (two pure Kyouya, one Kyouya-Haruhi, one Tamaki-Kyouya)
- Three Harry Potter (*cough* - at least one Lily/Severus now, finally, a general one, and buttfacemakani/humor)
- Two general writing (one negative, one neutral) and one slightly angsty Violet-/Klaus. :D
It's not like I haven't had anything to update, either. I've written and posted fic. I have to, um, figure out what the last thing I posted here was - Mischief Managed?
Well, there's been two more posted Hellsing things:
- Afternoon Off, written last summer and not posted until this April because that's just how I do things. It was written as a present for Jean, to match an amusing (but wonderful) picture she drew.
- Sunday Morning Wake-Up (I want my title inspiration BACK): a v. short scene of mine and a very beautiful picture of Jean's.
Now redandthewolf is having their second challenge, and as I was looking over their prompts I got really excited and wrote some down as well as a start of five hundred words. So you'll hear more about that. Eventually.
And yeah, I haven't forgotten about nightmare-story or any of my other long-suffering (srsly) WIPs. They're...among my priorities.
Also, it seems like I've given up my SOS reviews, since I read Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter trilogy, loved it to pieces, and didn't review them. Meh. Well, SOS does stand for Supply of Sanity (or was it Store of Sanity?), created in a time of great need which I am fortunately no longer in.
Now, want to know the real reason for this entry?
Like many, I've been re-reading all the Harry Potter books in preparation for the seventh; right now I'm in chapter eight of the fifth book. But just a little earlier tonight I was in chapter seven, "The Ministry of Magic," closely reading the descriptions of all the floors in the Ministry (which I think are the coolest thing, y'know). And I got to Level Three, which is the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes including the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad, Obliviator Headquarters, and Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee.
Like a lot of things in Ms. Rowling's world, the obvious and most practical purpose a name suggests is not necessarily what it actually is. Some things are silly and ridiculous or just odd. In the names of the Ministry offices particularly, there seem to be a lot of hidden jokes. So I puzzled over this - do they handle lame excuses from law-breaking wizards/witches, and the name is a deliberate insult to Muggles? Is this a committee which actually creates Muggle-worthy excuses for other magical departments or whatever? And then it hit me: it's a committee that creates excuses to present to the Muggles involved in magical catastrophes or accidents.
Once grasped, I knew this had to be one of the most brilliant jobs in the wizarding world. Also, the committee must be almost entirely made up of Muggle-borns.
All day they receive news of catastrophes/accidents and invent the most plausible excuses for them Muggles would understand/believe. They must have to stay up on Muggle technology, for excuses about gas lines and, y'know, technology, and wow. Ooh, the fics that could be written about this committee. Seeing how it has to be almost entirely Muggle-born, it could also be the headquarters of a secret Muggle-born society, for whatever purpose you like, etc.
First, I re-read and edited my post-funeral scene (of Walter and Integra's big conversation - "Richard's a bastard traitor who tried to kill me but I shot him. Oh and by the way, Alucard's back"). It doesn't fail quite as much as I thought it did! Last main problem is perspective. DAMN PERSPECTIVE. Why can't we see how they're both feeling in one scene, huh. But I think it's fixed it up quite a bit, yay - will be emailing it again to my two lovely Hellsing girls (givemethechild andmortal_maiden) for further critiquing. And then posting!!! I so hope.
Now I am working on my old almost-sex scene. Siiiiigh. It's so conflicting. I don't understand how it can suck so much in places, and then be so incredibly decent to the point of possibly being described as "really quite good" in others. CONFLICTION. And both ways are really sunk quite deeply into the story, so re-writing is hard. It's so long and well-drawn-out for a PWP, too. Which gives me extra motivation for really fixing it up everywhere.
Have discovered through this that I have (perhaps mostly just had) a terrible tendency to write passively. Not always in the passive tense, but I can be so inclined to write things "elegantly" that involve long phrases and nicer words than normal ones, that it comes off detached. WTF, I just concritted an author about this the other day. I'm really glad I can recognize it in myself, though. Anyway, so am working on fixing that too.
Word count 3,539 for this one, and just over 2,000, I think, for the post-funeral scene.
(I want to start a new Lily/Severus piece too, just a glimpse of their relationship. Was inspired by this.)
P.S. Yes I still remember that thing called the nightmare-story. It's just that when I have so little time to write now, I really want to spend it on things which have so much more promise and are better-written. Sigh. Will have to figure out time to keep working on it, though.
ETA after reading a couple more stories written within the last six months: WHY. Why do I suck SO MUCH. *a v. furious headwall* And why did I actually SEND THESE to girls whose opinion MATTERS to me SO MUCH. AUUUUGH.
Thank God they lied, though, and told me they loved it, because I really couldn't have handled any other response in my extremely nervous state. ...Those two stories were of a new sort of hardcoreness.
I didn't forget about this journal. I recalled it intermittently, and the promises I had made to announce various things as they are released to the internet public, but...could not find the motivation to log out and back in to do so.
Here I am though, for an entirely different purpose. Because I've begun re-reading Harry Potter (for neither the second nor third time, okay) and I still want to make little comments at various points, and I do remember how a few friends of mine said they really enjoyed my notes. So, here I am.
But before I begin, I am very much obligated to make the built-up announcements, and list what else I need to do here.
So, foremost, what I was hinting in my last few entries: integral_art. This is a collaboration community of both givemethechild, Jean Farwig (artist, author, and musician extroardinaire) and myself. More information is found in the profile.
For its grand opening, we posted my Ties of Blood, previously known as the dungeon scene. ...Yes, it is something that for once, I am still proud of and I think does justice to its content and purpose. ♥
I also uploaded it to fanfictionDOTnet, along with a (revised) version of the funeral scene - now appropriately titled The Funeral.
Eventually, now, I'm going to have to write an SOS of the thirteenth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Good Omens, and Lolita, as I will probably have finished it by that time.
Still working on a few dozen WIPs, naturally. Have also written some original things that don't seem too bad. Er, will post them too sometime?
So, to my comments over the first four chapters of the first book, now.