brumeier: (Sparkly and Invalid)
Another reminder that [ profile] sdwolfpup's More Joy Day is tomorrow.

Signal boosting, because this is important.
brumeier: (Stefon)
I just finished importing my journal to Dreamwidth. You can find me over there by the same name, . Right now I'm just backing things up over there. I'll still be on LJ full time, unless things go south. I just like it better over here. ::clings::

In the category of things I absolutely want but don't need, here's what I spent some of my Christmas money on:

Pic under cut )And now to the fic. Can I just say how much my muse is enjoying January so far? After struggling with fic for the previous couple of months I'm back with a vengeance, filling prompts and being awesome. How awesome, you might ask? Well, after three years participating, I finally got a bingo for [ profile] hc_bingo. All the thanks to [ profile] darkmoore for helping make that happen!

Without further ado, here's what I've been up to so far this month (and the tail end of last month):

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brumeier: (Super Enabler)
There are some things happening around LJ, friends, that I thought I'd bring to your attention if you didn't already know.

[ profile] romancingmcshep is kicking off the annual John and Rodney Romance Fest, for those of you in the SGA fandom. Right now the call for prompts has gone out. Cut-off for prompts is January 16th and fics are due the end of February. You DON'T need to use a prompt for your story, but you do need to make sure it has a happy ending. Cause romance, ya'll. ::grins::

[ profile] picfor1000 is underway with sign-ups. You have till the end of the month to let the mod know you want to participate, and stories are due March 31st. This is for any fandom, or original fic. Once sign-ups are done, you'll be assigned a picture and you have to use that as a jumping-off point for your fic, even if the finished product has almost nothing to do with the picture. It's all about inspiration. Oh, and the finished work has to be exactly 1k.

[ profile] sdwolfpup will be continuing to host the annual More Joy Day. There's a poll up regarding dates, but it looks like the popular vote wants posting to be on January 20th, the date of the US presidential inauguration. We'll definitely need some joy that day. More Joy Day is pretty simple. You do something nice for someone, be they friend or complete stranger. For me this usually means gifting a fic, but it can also mean paying for the person behind you in line for coffee, or holding open a door, or telling someone that you think they're a great person. Spread the joy!

[ profile] logansgirl_2001 is going to be starting a regular Pride Post on Monday. This will be a place to talk about good things you've done, seen, watched, etc. Promoting good feelings and pride in our own accomplishments is a very worthy cause.

For general writerly support, I'd recommend [ profile] ushobwri. Every Friday is a workshop day, where you can share snippets of your work for feedback. And coming up in February is the annual WIPed Into Shape event, where the goal is to motivate each other to get at least one WIP finished. Or at least make progress towards that goal, because that's a pretty laid-back comm. All the support, none of the pressure. ::grins::

And if you're looking for prompts to help kick your muse into gear, may I suggest:

[ profile] comment_fic

[ profile] fan_flashworks

[ profile] story_works

[ profile] fffc

Let me know if there's something good that I missed!
brumeier: (cheers)
Let's be real. 2016 was a rough year out in the world. We lost a lot of beloved icons. America gained a lunatic for a president. There was violence and natural disasters and a general feeling of hopelessness. I'd like to say that we have a chance to turn things around in 2017, but I'm not honestly very hopeful about that.

BUT. Things in my corner of the world weren't terrible. I voted in my first-ever presidential election (yes, I'm in my 40s and I'm a slacker). I attended my very first Stargate Convention and got to meet the men I write so much about. I also got to meet some of my online friends: [ profile] ride_4ever, [ profile] aivix, and smiles2go. I was able to keep a roof over my son's head and food on the table. I visited my mom and my grandparents in Florida. I continued to confound family and friends with my very pleasant relationship with my ex and his girlfriend. I spent a lot of quality time with my brother.

There were lady ghostbusters and lady x-wing pilots and a whole new Tarzan to ogle. I continue to expand my social consciousness. I strive to be a better person, and to make my corner of the world a happy place. I continue to be amazed at what a warm and welcoming place [ profile] ushobwri has become.

And friends, I wrote my ass off. ::grins:: This was mostly due to [ profile] comment_fic, which I started visiting regularly for prompt inspiration. (And had the pleasant side effect of making a new super awesome friend in [ profile] nagi_schwarz.)

I posted 157 fics this year. Gah! Insane! 130 of them were prompt fills.

My posted wordcount for the year is an astounding 269,311. So many words!

I participated in 12 fannish challenges/exchanges/etc.

My hurt/comfort bingo card has eleven squares filled in, beating my last year's record of two. No bingoes, but I'm okay with that.

For this gal, 2016 wasn't a bad year. Let's hope 2017 doesn't kick my ass. Or yours! ::hugs to all:: Better days ahead for all of us!
brumeier: (Happy Cho)
I hope everyone who was/is celebrating this month is having or has had a wonderful time of it!

My Christmas celebrations, spread out over four days, went very well. I got to spend time with just about everyone in my family, which was nice, and there was no shortage of food. A personal highlight for me was going to my mother-in-law's for lunch. She dragged my son off and when he came back he looked like this:

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He'd never have done that for me, but his grandmother can get him to do anything. LOL! Most of the other pics I have of my boy from the holiday festivities feature his usual stone-faced expression, which he gets from his father. Because why would he want anyone to know he's having a good time? Kids.

Went to see Star Wars: Rogue One last night. It was awesome. And heart-breaking. It was similar to my experience going to see Titanic all those years ago. "Maybe they won't hit the iceberg this time!" ::shakes head:: Ah, well. One of the things that made me the most excited? Lady X-Wing pilots! Woo! And then of course I got the news about Carrie Fisher. Can we please not lose anyone else now? Please?

Okay, on to happier things. Like wishing a belated Happy Birthday to [ profile] annieb1955! I hope you had a great birthday!

Also, I have fic! Not a lot of fic, because the muse has been flighty and RL has been crazy. But I did manage to get two of my three holiday fics finished and posted. Still working on the third. Ideally I'd get that done before the New Year, but probably not. So here's the latest:

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brumeier: (cheers)
A very Happy Birthday to the wonderful, kind-hearted, Queen of Due South fic, [ profile] ride_4ever! I had the pleasure of meeting her while I was in Chicago this year for the Stargate con and I'm so glad I did. What a sweetheart!

Nothing but good wishes for you on your birthday, Ride, and for the year to come! From me, the grumpy child known to some as Alex, and of course...the boys!

brumeier: (NoSo 2016)
Here I am, with a post full of belatedness.

Happy American Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday [ profile] elderwitty! Happy everything else I've missed since my last post. ::grins::

Things have not been going well, friends. My brother is going through a divorce, and not a nice, chill one like mine. He got booted from his house, so he's set up shop on my couch for the unforeseeable future. I love my brother, I do. But not every single day in my tiny apartment. He's also unemployed, so there hasn't been any help with things like groceries, although he's been doing some handyman things and a lot of cooking. (He cooked for me on Thanksgiving because I had to work.)

Even better is that his girlfriend also spends the weekends living on my couch. Too. Many. People. Seriously, my apartment is tiny.

The most immediate fallout from this situation is that my writing has dropped off to almost nothing. I have no quiet time. No alone time. My brother went visiting relatives this past weekend and told me to enjoy the solitude. Which is funny, because I worked all day Friday, was out of the house for my own holiday visiting all day Saturday, and then he was back on Sunday.

Needless to say I'm very worried about my Secret Santa deadline, which is December 7th. I've made almost no progress on it, unless you count restarting it about four or five times. Not good, not good, not good. If anyone has a direct line to the powers that be, please put in a good word for my brother. He needs a job and an apartment that isn't mine. Please and thank you!

But somewhere along the line I did find time to write, so here's my one thing:

Title: Dance With the Devil
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney
Warnings: Murder, dark character, description of a corpse

Prompt: Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, John's the charismatic serial killer who's been terrorizing people all over [east/west coast/state/area] and Rodney's the FBI officer who's been chasing after him.
brumeier: (cheers)
Getting this in just under the wire!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! To the wonderful [ profile] squidgiepdx, who deserves all the love and adoration that is his due today.

I couldn't get you a cake, Squidgie, but I hope you'll accept this gift of smutty SGA porn instead. ::grins:: And I hope you had a really good birthday!

Title: Getting It
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Warnings: Porny porn

Summary: Colonel Sheppard is straight. Probably. Until the day Rodney gets some definitive proof that says otherwise.
brumeier: (NoSo 2016)
The big news of the day is that it's November, which means the annual Miserable Fucks November Social has kicked off at [ profile] ushobwri! In conjunction with NaNoWriMo, we're offering writing support and daily check-ins for the month. Even if you're not doing NaNo, November can be a good month to finish things up, or make a good amount of headway on an existing project. Come play with us!!

My big goal for the month is to start (and finish!) my [ profile] sga_secretsanta fic. I know what I'm going to do, I just need to develop things a bit more and get going on it. It's pretty different from my usual, so I'm kind of excited and kind of nervous. ::grins::

In fic news, Monster Fest has ended and I'm pleased to say that I got eight fics written for it this year. Woo! Mostly SGA fics, with one for H50 and one for Lucifer (brand new to me) thrown in there. I always wish I could've done more. Maybe if I could keep my wordcounts down. Ah, well.

If you're interested, here's the latest!

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brumeier: (Stefon)
So, since I last posted about the kitty I found in the parking lot, there have been developments. The vet confirmed that the kitten is in fact a girl. But we'd been calling her Barry for a week, and Barry she will stay. Because we don't care about gender labels. And also, I really like the name Barry (named for The Flash). ::grins::

Vet estimates she was only about five weeks old when I found her. She'll be going for all her kitten shots on Halloween. She's notoriously difficult to photograph when she's awake, but I do have this to offer:

In fic news, I was able to finish the Conspiracy Theory challenge at [ profile] story_works, though not with the fic I originally intended to write. But I was so glad to be able to participate, and look at the cool banner I got!

Here's the latest in Brumeier fic posting, all of these entries for Monster Fest at [ profile] ushobwri:

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brumeier: (Stefon)
So, still enjoying Columbus Day weekend. I had my friend Cali over for a Kathleen Turner quadruple-feature on Saturday. It went a little bit awry, though, when I heard what sounded like a bird in distress out in my parking lot. Wasn't a bird, it was this guy:

My neighbor said that kittens have been popping up all over town, so I don't know if someone's been dumping them off or what. I immediately tried to give him to my friend, but her new apartment doesn't allow pets. And my boy begged and begged and begged some more. So...I guess we're keeping the little guy. He'll be going to the vet this week for a full check-up and shots.

Pending confirmation of gender, I'm pleased to introduce Barry Benjamin Bruno. ::grins:: Barry because he's fast, like the Flash, and Benjamin because my boy liked that name too and couldn't decide. (My suggestion of Bucky was summarily vetoed.) I didn't want another cat. I can't afford it, not really. But how can I say no to my boy or to that little furry face?

Not sure how old he is, but he's very, very small. Happy to report that's he's using the cat box, though, and eating very well. Now we'll see what the vet says.

In fic news, I have once again failed to meet a challenge deadline. I don't know what's with me with deadlines this year, but it's not been good. Sigh.

However, it's Monster Fest at [ profile] ushobwri and that's sparked my muse like it always does. Without further ado...some fic!

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brumeier: (SGA Meant To Be)
Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I'll be on the road headed for Chicago and the Stargate Convention! Woo! I'm so ridiculously excited! Tonight I'll do all the packing. Already cleaned out the car. Sometime today, probably late, the official con schedule should be available so I'll know how to plot out each day. And I have dinner plans all set with [ profile] ride_4ever, which makes me soooo happy! Yay!

I'll be bringing my laptop with me, so I'll try to put some updates up over the weekend and share all my fangirl squeeing with my flist. ::grins::

In writing news...there hasn't been much. Either my muse has gone ahead to Chicago, or he's just off on a bender somewhere not caring that I have all these projects I need to finish. Typical Buck. But I do have a couple three fics to share, if you're interested.

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brumeier: (Happy Cho)
This has not been a good morning, so I thought it would be an excellent time for a gratitude post, which I haven't done in a while. So. What am I grateful for today?

Granola. Specifically Honey Bunches of Oats Dark Chocolate granola, which I've been mixing in with yogurt in the morning for my breakfast. It's crunchy and delicious and, unlike some other types I've tried, no flax seeds to get stuck in my teeth. Win!

ChiCon. I'm nine days out from my very first fangasm aka Stargate Convention. I purchased two t-shirt specifically to wear there, and a new bra because who wants to meet DHew and JFlan with a dingy bra? Not this girl.

[ profile] comment_fic. I've done some really fun writing thanks to prompts on that comm. And there are some pretty kick-ass writers doing there thing there. That's where I met my new online BFF, [ profile] nagi_schwarz. She's one of the aforementioned kick-ass writers and her work regularly has me in tears. Those good, fic-induced tears where you don't mind having your heart ripped out because eventually there'll be happy endings. ::grins::

The kids from Stranger Things. I love them. I will watch every single interview they do, because they're adorable and funny and awesome, and I hope they have great careers without all the bad stuff that often seems to befall child actors.

Amazon Prime. I don't have it, but my ex does. Which essentially means I do. LOL! So when I needed to watch a particular ep of Doctor Who last night, I was able to just call it up on his account. This will also come in handy at Christmas, with all the fast, free shipping. Thanks for sharing your password with me, J!

My flist. Y'all are so nice and sweet and wonderful and supportive, and I love every single one of you! Muah! ::blows kisses::
brumeier: (Stefon)
16 days! 16 days till I'm in Chicago embarrassing myself at the Stargate Convention. ::grins:: I need to print out my registration ticket and my two photo op tickets (I'll be sure to post the pics of me sobbing all over JFlan and DHew).

Making the drive to Chi-Town with my boy, my ex and my ex's girlfriend. Yes, I know that's weird. Even better? Finances took a turn, so we're all sharing a room. And possibly living off power bars. ::shakes head:: But I don't care, cause...convention! My first one! I'm ridiculously excited. I ordered a shirt that says 'Keep Calm, McKay Will Fix It' and should be coming in the mail any day now.

Hoping to meet some peeps while I'm there. Once I get the official con schedule, I can let [ profile] ride_4ever know because we already have plans to get together. So excited!! Hee!

In fic news, here are my latest offerings. I was hoping to have more, but words have been eluding me for the last few days.

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brumeier: (Stefon)
I'm not gonna lie. I hate working. I get zero fulfillment from it. First job isn't too bad. I get to sit on my butt all day and hang out on the computer. It's a bit stressful at the moment because of copious staff changes making it hard to know who is handling what these days, and because we're frantically trying to get ready for the start of school.

Second job. That's the one I wish I could flip off and walk away from. It's been a rough month there because we had one girl go back to school and one of the managers was fired, so we're down bodies. I've been working an extra shift each week, on top of the full-time job I'm already working, and it's killing me. I hate going there every single day that I have to. ::whines::

So with all the work, I haven't been feeling overly productive with the writing as of late. My brain is just like...nope. I spent most of the weekend, when I wasn't working, bingeing old eps of JAG off my ex's Amazon account. Because that show makes me happy. And darn it, I want to be happy!

Okay, whininess over. Now on to fic, because I have been a little bit productive despite everything. So if you're interested, here are my latest fic offerings:

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brumeier: (cheers)

I am incredibly lame, so these are incredibly late. BUT! Very happy birthday wishes to [ profile] alisanne and [ profile] firesign10! The only reason I read so much Harry Potter and Supernatural fic is because you gals write it so very well, so thank you for that! And I hope your birthdays were awesome!
brumeier: (Stefon)
This weekend was brutal, weather-wise. It's been so hot here, and muggy. On Saturday the thermostat in my apartment read 86 degrees (F) and that was with all the windows open and every fan on. It's amazing I got any writing done under the circumstances, but I did! In fact, I resurrected a fic that I'd started two years ago and finally finished it. Woo! I'm liking this trend of finally finishing some of my older WIPs. I hope I can keep it going!

Nice variety of fic to share with you this week, including a nice long piece full of angsty angstiness. ::grins::

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brumeier: (Stefon)
First of all, I need to report that I saw Star Trek: Beyond this weekend. And I have nothing but love for it. Seriously, Simon Pegg needs to write every Star Trek movie until the end of time. There were call backs to possibly every Star Trek 'verse, each character had their time to shine, and there was Beastie Boys music. Need I say more? ::grins::

I have also, against my better judgement, signed up for a couple of writing things. Even though my track record of meeting deadlines and completing challenges this year has been pretty dismal. But this time around I have [ profile] nagi_schwarz at my virtual side to help motivate me, since she signed up for both challenges, too. I'll be doing the Conspiracy Theory challenge at [ profile] story_works (Nagi and I have a really cool idea for companion fics) and the [ profile] sgareversebang. Fingers crossed that I'll be super deadline girl this time around!

I have the worst possible schedule for second job this week, but I had the whole weekend off and yesterday I was writing like a woman possessed! LOL! I finished a long-ish thing, which still needs editing and betaing, but I clocked in over 4.5k words just yesterday. Woo! Some of that was on the fic I'm writing with [ profile] darkmoore, so yay for progress!

And I did share some fic after my last post, so here are the links:

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brumeier: (Stefon)
So, the prompt fills for [ profile] comment_fic are generally speaking supposed to be bite sized. Most are posted right there on the comm. And for a good portion of the time my muse cooperates with keeping things short and sweet. (Which is how I posted my 100th prompt fill to AO3 this week, woo!) But sometimes the muse goes, "Ooh, let's draw this out!"

This is the situation I'm facing with an MCU prompt fill I've been working on. The thing is 4k words and climbing. Slow build? Why was that a good idea? ::rolls eyes::

But! I do have a finished thing at beta right now, so yay for that! And I have tentatively started rewrites on my very first co-authored fic, which I'm all kinds of nervous about. We'll see how that goes. [ profile] darkmoore may well be calling for my head by the time we're done.

I also have some posted fic to share, including one in a fandom I've never written in before. Very exciting! Without further ado:

Title: Best of Friends
Fandom: Simon & Simon
Characters: Rick, AJ
Warnings: brotherly shenanigans and protectiveness

Prompt: Simon & Simon, Rick+AJ, Rick learns his brother is gay or bi

Title: Because of You
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: Honky Tonk Blues
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney, Madison, Jeannie, OC
Warnings: alcoholism, emotionally abusive parent-child relationship

Prompt: Stargate Multiverse, John Sheppard +/ Rodney McKay, Musician AU

In which John meets Rodney's mother under less than ideal circumstances, and proves that he is a man worthy of Rodney's affections.

Title: Perfectly Content
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: That McShep Boy
Pairing: McShep
Characters: AJ, Torren and a slew of OC child characters
Worth noting: asexual character

Prompt: any, any, conversations at midnight

In which teen AJ and his friends discuss Earth, relationships, and Atlantis.
brumeier: (cheers)
First off, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the incomparable [ profile] popkin16! You are sweet, and thoughtful, and one of the best people I know! And you deserve all the good things. ::birthday hugs::

In writing news, I can report that I did some this past week, even though I don't have much to show for it. I'm back to work, and boy, am I missing that lovely week where I had nothing to do. But I'm close to finishing a thing, and I've made good progress on a new thing that's going to be pretty long, and so won't see the light of day for a while. Overall, progress is being made.

This week I have two fics to share:

Title: Amongst the Stars
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Carson, Teyla, Ronon
Warnings: (temporary) ascension, lots of feels

Prompt: Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Starlight.

In which death doesn't always mean the end of things.

Title: Your Son
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: That McShep Boy
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney, AJ, Teyla, Ronon, Woolsey, Original Characters
Warnings: BAMF Rodney, implied child endangerment

Prompt: Stargate: Atlantis, any, A Monster Calls

In which the author finally reveals AJ's origin story, which involves much freaking out, drama and heroic rescuing.

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