brumeier: (Stefon)
I haven't been good about updating my journal, so I'm going to try monthly updates. Full disclosure: this might be the only month I remember to do it. LOL!

July has been a busy month, writing aside. We had our vacation to Pennsylvania, which included Gettysburg, Hershey and Scranton. We watched a Civil War battle reenactment, went on a ghost tour, and toured a coal mine. It was a really fun trip. My son and my nephew are already planning our next excursion. My son wants to go to Salem, Mass and my nephew wants to go to Germany. One is slightly more doable than the other. LOL!

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My boy did a week-long Career Camp at the tech school where I work. He did half day Visual Arts & Communications and half day Pre-Engineering. He really liked the first class, which I've always thought would be a good fit for him when he's old enough to enroll in it. They did silk-screening on t-shirts, made songs on the computer, and worked in Photoshop. Every day he came to show me what he'd done.

It was also my boy's birthday this month. He turned 14. We had a party the Saturday before, with family, and then on the actual day I took off from work and we spent the day together. Went out for brunch, had birthday cheesecake, and picked up new videogames and movies. It was a really nice day.

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Writing has been coming along pretty well, even though my July output hasn't been much. But I'm hard at work on my Harlequin BB fic for the [livejournal.com profile] story_works challenge. And still trying to finish up my apoca-fic for this month's challenge at [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au before next month's challenge goes up tomorrow. I've also been inspired by prompts at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic and [livejournal.com profile] mcsheplets. I need all the inspiration and motivation I can get, for reals!

Last but not least, here is my list of posted fics. Not all are from July, since my updates have been spotty.

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brumeier: (cheers)
All the love for the one and only [livejournal.com profile] popkin16, who is celebrating her birthday today. Popkin is a lovely human being who leaves the best ever fic comments and deserves all the happiness in the world. I hope you have a great day, sweetie!

brumeier: (Stefon)
So, May was overall disappointing to me as far as the writing went. I had some grand fic plans that never reached fruition, and a lot of the time I found myself doing other things, like hanging out with Tumblr and YouTube, instead of writing because the words just didn't want to come.

Which is why I'm so happy to report that things are looking up for June. I was able to finish and post a long-standing WIP, and the new theme at [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au is inspiring the heck out of me. I already have one Soulmate fic done and two more underway. The words are flowing, friends, and I'm so happy!

Without further ado, here is the latest list of fic postings!

Title: Be Right Back
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0/Stargate Atlantis
Challenge: MMOM (Merry Month of Masturbation)
Pairings: Danny/Steve, John/Rodney
Characters: Danny, Steve, John, Original female character
Warnings: all the sexy times

Summary: Did you ever read fictional porn so hot you had to take yourself in hand?


Title: Better Use for a Towel
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney
Warnings: possibly the closest thing to crack I've ever written

Summary: John is sure Rodney can get them out of this fix. With or without the towel.


Art Title: The Drifter and the Grifter
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au Western AU
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney
Warnings: dubious Photoshop skills

Summary: When the Drifter and the Grifter join forces, the West will get really wild!


Title: Unexpected Discoveries: Wedding
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: Unexpected Discoveries
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney, Jeannie, Ronon, Teyla, Evan, Laura, Radek, Dave, etc.
Warnings: mix of wedding fluff and angst

Summary: John and Rodney are finally getting married, and their wedding weekend is full of all the usual elements: unexpected guests, family angst, sexytimes, fun with friends, and dealing with a malevolent ghost.


Title: Lunch at the Crossroads
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural
Series: Alternate Earths
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au Soulmates AU
Pairing: pre-McShep
Characters: alternate Rodney (Crow), alternate John, Bobby Singer
Warnings: mentions of addiction and a character being held against his will, plus all the angsty times

Summary: On the Alternate Earth where Rodney is a half-vamp vampire hunter named Crow and John is a vampire bite addict, things get even more complicated when they reach out to Crow's associate Bobby for some help.
brumeier: (Bucky Not Amused)
Has anyone seen my muse? He's fucked off again and taken all my words with him. Please keep an eye out for him. This is what he looks like:


(Yes, that's Toni Collette from United States of Tara.)

Sometimes I wish I could trade Buck in for Bucky (see icon), because I feel like Bucky would be more ruthlessly efficient when it comes to managing the words. Buck just hides somewhere with his booze and his porn and leave me high and dry. Sigh. This is a real problem, since I have challenges I wanted to fill this month and I just can't get anything going.

In family news, my brother finally found a place to live. Whew! His application at my place was denied, which I don't understand because there have been some sketchy people living there and whatever his other faults may be my bro doesn't peddle drugs. But he's super excited about his new place, and showed me some pics when he came over yesterday to borrow my vacuum. (Guess who's getting a vacuum for a housewarming gift?) Hopefully Saturday we can crack open the storage unit and he can take out whatever furniture he wants, help me get the rest of my stuff out, and then it'll just be the ex's crap in there. Goals!

My son had a huge anxiety attack on Sunday night, so I suspect we've cycled back around to that again. Every few months he goes through a bad patch of nightmares, anxiety and paranoia. His counselor would like him to have a full psychological eval, so I'm trying to get that set up. What do you tell a thirteen year old who is crying his eyes out because he's scared of dying and scared there's no happy afterlife? I was really earning my salary on Mother's Day this year, I can tell you that.

Overall things are going well. I've had light schedules at my deli job the last two weeks, which has been super nice. And the weather has been so nice the last two days. Sunshine! I'd almost forgotten what it looked like.

And I do have some fic to share since my last update. If you're interested! ::grins::

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brumeier: (Happy Cho)
Hello, friends! I haven't been very good about updating, so let's see what needs to be covered.

First off, the Great Exodus to DW. I've been backing up my journal there but I have no plans for a permanent move at this time. LJ is my comfort zone and as long as it remains as such I'm in it to win it. [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri is going to make the move as of May 1st after a members vote, and [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au will be mirrored on both sites. So I've got a little bit of everything going on as far as moving goes.

In writing news I've been busily working on a long-standing WIP as part of [livejournal.com profile] melagan's Plot Bunny Dust-Off challenge. Not sure I'll get it finished by the end of the month but I've added two new scenes and I know what's coming next so that's a definite improvement.

I'll also be dusting off an even older bunny for next month's AU theme at [livejournal.com profile] whatif_au. It's at least five years old, maybe a little older, and the whole story is plotted out, characters are fleshed out, and maps have been drawn. Which is probably why I never wrote the thing. But I'm determined to do something with it. Determined, I say!

Trying to plan something for [livejournal.com profile] mmom next month. I have a vague idea of some naughty sexytimes that could happen. May is also when [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri does the New Frontiers challenge, and so I need to think of something I haven't written. Last year I did a poem.

As you can see there's still lots to do. And still not much time to do it all in. ::shakes head::

But I do have some fic to share, if you're interested:

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brumeier: (SGA Meant To Be)
I finished my [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang fic, friends! And what a battle it was, too.

It all started with art by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] velocitygrass. Isn't this gorgeous?



This beautiful art gave me a great fic idea. I was super stoked about it. But it was early days and I had other challenge fics to finish up first. Unfortunately, when it came time to actually buckle down and get moving...nope. No words for this story at all. Panic mode!

My muse, it seemed, was preoccupied with continuing the story I told in Cruisin'. Seriously preoccupied. So I consulted with my writing guru, [livejournal.com profile] nagi_schwarz and she agreed that story would also match very well with the artwork. True fact: both stories involved our boys being soulmates, and charting their lives through the years.

I'm not completely abandoning my original idea, because if the words show up it'll still be cool. But I had a great time writing When the Time is Right. I did a ton of historical research, watched a hundred or so YouTube videos, and tried to remember how to use Photoshop Elements so I could throw some artwork in there. And, because I have zero personal management skills, I did this all in a month. (Please don't ask how many months I had to work on this. Suffice to say it was more than one.)

This was definitely a labor of love. If you want to check it out here's what you need to know:

Title: When the Time is Right
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brumeier
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller
Rating: Teen and Up
Wordcount: 16,006
Warnings: period-typical homophobia, implied/reference drug use, all the pining

Summary: John and Rodney’s story starts in a ’56 Bel Air convertible and spans three decades of cultural turmoil, personal achievement, and loss. Will the timing ever be right for them to be together?
brumeier: (Writer's Block)
In non-writing topics, I have used up this year's tax return. That didn't take long, I know. And while I did get some things I didn't need, like DVDs, I also got some clothes for me and the boy, new pots and pans, four new tires for my car, and new glasses for the both of us. Plus I paid off a medical bill and paid off the storage unit. I stretched that money as far as I could!

Luckily I get an extra paycheck this month from first job, so I can put that money away for vacation in July. And get Ms. Barry fixed before she goes into heat a third time. ::shakes head::

In school news, my son is finally passing math! First time this year. I'm very excited. He also asked me to buy him books, which never happens because he hates reading. Fortuitously, the latest book report he did (using a book off the approved list) sucked him into the Ranger's Apprentice series, which he discovered he liked. So much so that he actually read the whole book before he did his report (also a first this year). I'm so happy to buy him books! The first three in the series should be arriving today.

He was also nominated by his math teacher for a week-long STEM workshop, which sounds amazing but unfortunately is so far beyond our financial means it isn't funny. Also, my boy inherited my social anxiety, so he didn't want to go even though they're doing some cool stuff. Still, it's awesome that his math teacher (you know, that class he's been failing all year) thinks he has the stuff for the workshop.

In writing news, I was struggling for a while. No words, no progress being made. But I think I've finally turned a corner. I met several of my deadlines, though the last one is giving me ridiculous amounts of trouble. I'm feeling confident in the writing, though, and that's the main thing.

If you want to see what I've been up to, here's the list!

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brumeier: (Happy Cho)
::coughs pathetically::

I have been sick, friends. Last Monday I woke up with a cough and it just went downhill from there. Flu test was negative. Strep test was negative. Doc finally diagnosed me with pneumonia and gave me three days of antibiotics. So I'm feeling much better, except for the cough that doesn't want to go away.

Yesterday was my first day back at first job, and tonight will be my first day back at second job. I'm already feeling the loss of the afternoon nap I got used to taking. I don't imagine I'll be worth much by the time my shift is over.

Being sick put a real wrench in the works in regards to writing things and getting them finished for deadlines. But I did manage to get some things done. Including my [livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep fic, which I sent off to be beta'd today. Posting to follow soonest!

I neglected gushing over [livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon, my dear Shoobie friend and awesome person in general. Her birthday was on Monday, and unfortunately she's getting sick too. But she should absolutely be celebrated, not the least for finishing her epic Star Trek fic quite recently. (Like, triple digit wordcount epic. For reals.) Love you, Becc!

I cheated on International Fanworks Day by posting just the art I'd done to accompany my fic. The written scenes have been posted as I finish them. Still to finish are my [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang and [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000. Hopefully I can make more headway now that my brain fog has lifted.

Here are some fics that got posted in the last couple of weeks but not mentioned here:

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brumeier: (cheers)
The happiest of Happy Birthdays to my wonderful friend [livejournal.com profile] nagi_schwarz! She works hard, she plays hard, and she writes all the good, angsty fic! But don't take my word for it. What does Deputy Andy think about Nagi?



My gift to Nagi was the latest installment in my Honky Tonk Blues 'verse, for which she has been incredibly supportive. Here be the deets:

Title: I'll Be There For You
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: Honky Tonk Blues
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney, Woolsey, Jeannie, Kaleb
Warnings: dysfunctional family drama

Prompt: LJ Comment Fic for Hurt/Comfort prompt: Any (please no SPN), any/any, sharing a favourite treat after {Bad Thing}

In which Jeannie and Rodney have family drama and John is there to offer support.
brumeier: (Bucky Not Amused)
Hi friends! ::waves::

It's been a while since I've done a decent update on the life and times of Bru, so here it is.

My 13 year old son has a girlfriend. It's not his first one, but he was on a dating ban because the last girl that wanted to be his girlfriend was awful. She treated him horribly. Hoping this one is nicer. She's a year older. They went to the school's Winter Semi-formal dance as friends, and he asked her out at the end of the night. I applaud his bravery because I remember how terrifying that could be.

My mother is turning into quite the little activist. She participated in a Women's March in Miami the day after Inauguration Day, and this weekend she did a march in Palm Beach. Look how cute she is! (She's the one in the orange shirt.)

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I had a scary encounter at the laundromat yesterday. I went late in the day, and I was the only one sitting in there. The laundromat has a TV mounted to the wall that unfortunately plays nothing but Fox News. I've submitted a request begging them to change it to any other channel. Otherwise I might have to scale the vending machine and look for the buttons to do it manually. Anyhoo, this big guy comes in to get his clothes out of the dryer and there's a Trump interview happening on TV. He salutes the TV, and then very loudly starts yelling at it when someone else comes on camera with some presidential criticism. The guy had an accent I couldn't place, and he was furious that anyone would say bad things about Trump. "I pray for him every night!" There was some ranting about Iranians or something, I don't know, I was trying not to listen. And then he looked at me and asked, "Do you support Trump?"

Um....

Luckily he didn't stay long.

In writing news, I'm trying to get like six or seven different fics written. It's slow going. I have gift fics and challenge fics and this crazy International Fanworks Day fic I'm struggling with. If I get them all done by deadline I'll be very pleasantly surprised.

Really big news, if only for me, is that I'm planning on starting a writing challenge on LJ which will be independent from [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri. Details Under Cut )

Here's some gratitude, which is overdue.

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Finally, the one new posted fic that I have to share. So many more coming, though, I promise!

Title: Beneath the Wristband
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Characters: John, Rodney
Warnings: Mention of past suicide attempt

Prompt: Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard and/or Rodney McKay, Scar (Foxes)

In which John is a mystery Rodney would love to solve, but some things are painful to learn.
brumeier: (cheers)
As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but I want to send Birthday Greetings to [livejournal.com profile] selenic76. She is a delightful human being on every level and I'm so pleased to count her among my fic friends! Happy Birthday, Selenic! I hope you had a great day!



In other news, fic writing has happened. In addition to filling some prompts at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic, I've also started participating in the [livejournal.com profile] mcsheplets prompt community. All the prompts! LOL! I'm also throwing some words at my [livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep fic and my [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang. Deadlines loom!

Here's what I've posted since my last update:

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brumeier: (Excitement)
For More Joy Day, I decided to write a gift fic because that's where my strengths lie. So I wrote another fic about Nora, an original character learning the ropes as the newest member of the SGA family.

This fic is for two lovely ladies, [livejournal.com profile] darkmoore and [livejournal.com profile] popkin16. They're both so supportive of my writing, which I appreciate more than I can say, and Popkin leaves such amazing comments every single time she reads one of my fics. Darkmoore and I converse almost daily and have had many discussions in particular about the AMTDI trope, so I wanted to put something in there about that for her. ::fistbump of solidarity::

Spread the joy, ladies! And have a wonderful day!

Title: Emergency Protocols
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Series: Learning the Ropes
Pairing: Nora (OC)/Amelia
Characters: Nora (OC), Amelia, Lorne, Woolsey, Keller, Teldy, Ronon, Rodney
Warnings: not a fun, light-hearted treatment of AMTDI (only referenced, nothing on screen)

Summary: Nora is still learning her new job on Atlantis, and that includes how to respond to offworld emergencies.
brumeier: (Stefon)
So, sometimes I make these title cards for my fics. Mostly the movie fusions, I don't know why. But for More Joy Day (today!) I made one for [livejournal.com profile] nagi_schwarz for her Blood and Water series.

If you haven't read any of it, you really should. It's an SGA AU series where both John and Evan have mafia backgrounds that they've tried to escape from. There's some dark stuff in here, and Evan takes his organizational skills to scary new levels, but it's also very, very hopeful because they don't have to be defined by their pasts, or their parentage.

Bonus points for working in a really amazing three-way relationship in such a realistic way. It's so good, y'all!

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 [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo. All the thanks to [livejournal.com 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: (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 [livejournal.com 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: (NoSo 2016)
Here I am, with a post full of belatedness.

Happy American Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri and that's sparked my muse like it always does. Without further ado...some fic!

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