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28 August 2008 @ 12:26 pm
Memeage  
This looks like an interesting meme, if anyone's around...

In comments, tell me: What's your favorite story that I've written, and why?

Most of my stuff is on my fic pages, but some (especially the Prison Break ones) are a little behind on being updated.

*hopes for some comments-- the week has been slow*

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spike247ukspike247uk on August 28th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
now see, asking me to to chose is just far too mean!!

although it gives me a great excuse to go back and re-read your fics :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
:D You could go for "most favorite that you've read." :D

The sheer volume of what I've written could perhaps be a little daunting. :0
dragontatt: Zach's belly- Do Not Take!dragontatt on August 28th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm only here to agree with the slowness....not a lot going on in my neck of the lj woods. I was beginning to take it personally.

(BTW- here's another icon I made that I'm keeping for myself....it amuses me so that I have to brag even though you don't know the fandom-lol.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flirthalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
That one's cute too!

I need to bite the bullet and upload Photoshop, if for no other reason that to get the text on my lame-o icons to be sharper.

And, according to my daughter, to be able to photoshop Christopher's head on a dog. :0
The Huntress: Dark Sidehuntress69 on August 28th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I refuse to pick one, so there! I like them all!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's a lie! You hate them all instead, and are too kind to point out the least hated. ;)
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cindy: the dean show - spn love overwhelmstsuki_no_bara on August 28th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
oh, this is easy. cursed by curiosity. :D also memento mori.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
What a contrast-- crackFic and then a serious drama. :D

Just goes to show that you're well-rounded. Or a pushover for hedgehogs. ;)
fiery_fox2fiery_fox2 on August 28th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have two fics in mind..."Summer Rain" comes first.
I have so many different lines that I love within that story, but this is the one that really hooked me:

By the time Dean turns around, Sam has already closed the blinds and started pulling off his shirt. Whatever Dean was thinking about before has now been washed away by the sight of naked skin and the look on his brother's face.

It's just so very them--the way they connect so beautifully, and how they both just know what the other needs and wants.
The other fic I adore is "As We Wind On Down The Road".
This fic broke my heart into little tiny shards, but it was a joy to read. The line in this story that tore me apart was this one:

They're no closer to an answer and somehow they've gotten farther away from each other.

When I read that, it was as if I could actually feel Sam's pain--I wasn't just a reader anymore; I was in the story, experiencing all of the emotions that Sam, and eventually Dean, does.
I practically go nuts every time I see that you've updated with a new fic. :) It's pure magic how you weave the characters, and the emotions, and the love into these tales. Thank you, so much, for sharing your gift with us.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
This is lovely to hear, actually, because both of those are more recent stories and sometimes I worry that I've totally lost the "flow" of writing. Season Three really pummeled my confidence about that, I think.

and how they both just know what the other needs and wants.
Someone said once, in a completely different context, that this part of Sam/Dean was one of the things she loved most-- when they just "get" each other (maybe even because they're so different). That's its own kind of schmoop, that feeling of connectedness.

When I read that, it was as if I could actually feel Sam's pain
*squeals at desk* That's very important, because there was so much pain in the whole setup of S3, and it would be more like me to do that from Dean's POV. Doing Sam's instead (all the more frustrating for him, when Dean's trying to set rules on how much Sam's allowed to visibly ache over him) is a challenge but where that story really wanted to go.

Thank you for your kind words, and for such wonderful detail as well! Makes this entire meme worthwhile, for this feedback alone. ♥
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heliokleia: GOREN IC - HEY DEANheliokleia on August 28th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
You remember, my dear Mme Venus?^^

There are two stories I love a bit more than all your others: "Waiting For The Interview Room" and the sequel "The Hotseat", which you wrote me for my b-day.

I remember how happy this fine lil gift of yours had made me...
*swoons*

So I have to thank you again, my Dear, for the gift - and the memory...
*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hee-- somehow I knew the Dean vs. Goren ones would be your favorites, and why not? Especially because you wanted the second one so very badly!

There aren't going to be many opportunities to read that pairing, so I'm all the more pleased that Goren's "voice" returned in time for me to write that second story for you!
I'm beginning to dislike the man with the whipesorlehcar on August 28th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Definitely In the Light of the Day. It's just beautifully written, that wonderful (and rare!) brand of high octane schmoop that manages to stay in-character, and I love this line: The world tilts above Sam’s head as Dean loves him in the dream-light of the morning. Gorgeous.

Edited at 2008-08-28 09:40 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on August 28th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like that one!

It was written before I really knew what "schmoop" was (before the term became popular in fandom), and that feeling of half-asleep contentedness in it mainly came about from the "sunrise" prompt it was written for. It lent itself to such a nice mood. Someone mentioned that she wanted to see more in that "character universe," and I should really take that to heart.

I think this is the story that was to be remixed for kamikazeremix, though it looks like it'll be written by a pinchhitter. I'd put in "If I Would You When" as first choice, but it was below the length limit and the person wanted a different choice. And then apparently bailed out anyway. ;)

mercurybard on August 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's called "Momento Mori"? John goes to visit the Vietnam Memorial
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
That's the name of it, all right.

This is so interesting! Someone else mentioned it as well, and I swear that when I wrote that as a birthday present for witchofthedogs I was convinced the she and I and perhaps two other people might find that story at all meaningful or even worth reading.

Say, how's that Michael/Veronica stuff coming? ;)
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brigid_tanner: Dean-scratching headbrigid_tanner on August 29th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
So glad to see I'm not the only one who can't pick a favorite! I like your drabbles a lot, because there's always so much emotion and wonderful description in them. But I can't pick just one ;) I am partial to the slashy ones, does that help?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
At first, I thought people surely must have an opinion about a specific story. But then I remembered how I feel about the works of other prolific authors I know, and realized that I'd have the same problem!

It's nice to know when people love the drabbles, though-- they aren't always "real stories" to a lot of readers because of the length, but I really like them. They should feel like real stories (like mini-fics), but I've read some that just kind of peter out pointlessly. :0
etherealflaimetherealflaim on August 29th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh, you and your unforgivably tortuous meme... Of course, I couldn't just go with my knee-jerk reaction, I had to go look through your lists again!

I came to the same conclusion though... Despite how amazing they all are (I got another kick out of "Truth or Dare" followed by the stark, painful realism of the sequel, as well as many other rediscoveries), I still came to the same conclusion: "Icicle Palace." There's something that just resonates at a subconscious level with me in there. It probably has something to do with forbidden encounters, public displays of affection, scarves, snow, and big muscular guys... but who knows =)

A few things that I love about your writing: You very seldom repeat the same word more than once in close proximity. Call me anal retentive, but this helps flow considerably. Your diction in general is expansive and colorful. And last but most certainly not least, you seem to have an uncanny ability to keep your characters in-character in any situation, no matter how unlikely or now matter how uncharacteristic the scenario is.

And I, too, am consoled by the fact that other people found it hard to choose ^_^

Yay =)
~EF
~EF
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
There's something that just resonates at a subconscious level with me in there.
I wonder if that wasn't true for a lot of readers.

I certainly remember (this might surprise you) thinking "Why do people like this so much?" As compared to some of the other stories, such as the really erotic "Like Silk and Satin" or the angsty-sexy "Paradise".

But then again, I don't write the unhappier stories often because they go against my nature, and so I have less of a feeling for their appeal overall! That story had all the desperation and passion of something forbidden, secret, and (the reader knows, from canon) eventually doomed to fall apart. I'm more of a romantic at heart, so that isn't the happy ending I long for, but it feels like an ending that's more likely to be true, if that makes sense.

You very seldom repeat the same word more than once in close proximity. Call me anal retentive, but this helps flow considerably.
Ha! That's deliberate too, because I really dislike repetition in my own writing (and there are times I'll search back through and see if I've already used a key and should-be-rare adjective or adverb for exactly that reason). It's funny, sometimes I read other people's stuff and the repetition doesn't bother me at all, but it sticks out in an aggravating way when it's my own stuff.

Which means I'm anal as well, I think. ;)

you seem to have an uncanny ability to keep your characters in-character in any situation, no matter how unlikely or now matter how uncharacteristic the scenario is.
Whee! That's one of the best compliments ever! *desk dance*

The truth is, if it doesn't feel real to me then I can't write it (unless it's crack, but it's still got to have its feet in the real characterization). That often means that the story gets "bent" a little so that the scenario is more plausible to me. The Wincest Pirate AU comes to mind-- the requested ghosthunting in that all occurs accidentally, because I couldn't realistically see them being pirates and having all this ghost-lore. And that story is CRACK. :0

And I, too, am consoled by the fact that other people found it hard to choose ^_^
It makes more sense to me the longer I think about it. :)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: WentDomCouchbadboy_fangirl on August 29th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
This is rather easy for me, because Linc/Sara is my OTP, and you wrote them once, so I'll love you forever, but on the other hand, I adore that crack!fic you wrote where Lincoln described Michael as a clinging monkey. So, you know, it's a toss up :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
The Lincoln/Sara story is probably the most well-known of all the stories in my list of those genres I "never write." And I'm so glad you love it-- I think long term, that story was a bigger present to you and gatheringlight than to the person who requested it in the fic exchange!

but on the other hand, I adore that crack!fic you wrote where Lincoln described Michael as a clinging monkey. So, you know, it's a toss up :D
Ha! I wish more people had read that, but then that's how it is with CrackFic. ;)

That line about Michael is probably the cruelest thing I've ever said in a story, and it's all the funnier because it's also true. Oh, Crack-- it's the perfect opportunity for skewering just about anything. ;)
Genevieve: boy scout by sezmsgenevieve on August 29th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
"Flown", your Westmoreland fic.

Every. Single. Time.

Look. *shows you arms* I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

One of the most beautifully written pieces of pure heartbreak I've ever read.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Awwww...

I so loved that character, and I was so sorry when he was killed off (but what a noble way to go).

I wonder if you'd like "To Find That Lost Horizon," which begins here (it's not linked on my Gen Fic page, which means I am way behind in my updating). It's an angst-fest of a story, but Westmoreland becomes a very key part of it in the second half.

Oh Charles... what a soulful character you were. ♥