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: (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.

[livejournal.com 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::

[livejournal.com 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.

[livejournal.com 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!

[livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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:

[livejournal.com profile] comment_fic

[livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks

[livejournal.com profile] story_works

[livejournal.com profile] fffc

Let me know if there's something good that I missed!
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: (Happy Cho)
So. Let's deal with the epic fail first thing. I withdrew from the [livejournal.com profile] sentinelbigbang because Jim and Blair just aren't talking to me. I had months and months to write a thing, which I really wanted to do because it's the Sentinel anniversary this year and everything. But I also didn't want to write some half-assed junk fic just to say I participated. ::sighs:: I feel really bad about it, and about the very real possibility that this fandom is going the way of Alice for me. Sentinel was my first slash fandom, and I haven't told all the stories I wanted to yet, but I'm not sure they'll ever get told now.

I have fandom angst! Gah!

On happier notes, I was able to write a thing for the New Frontiers Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri and a smutty little something for [livejournal.com profile] mmom, and I feel pretty good about both those things.

Without further ado, here's the latest fic roundup:

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brumeier: (MiFuNoSo)
Just a little shout-out reminder that tomorrow is November 1st, which means setting the clocks back an hour for anyone in a Daylight Savings area. It also means that at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri the 2nd annual MiFuNoSo is kicking off.

MiFuNoSo Banner photo MiFuNoSoBanner.jpg

Throughout the month of November we'll be having daily check-ins, writerly topics, and support no matter what project you're working on.

If you've never participated you should come on over and meet the Shoobies! And if you only participate during November, then we can't wait to see you again!
brumeier: (SGA Meant To Be)
Monster Fest is wrapping up today over at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri. It's been a fun month of monsters and mayhem, and personally very productive writing-wise for me. All told I posted ten fics for the Fest, nine of them in my SGA Unexpected Discoveries 'verse. Yay! For your entertainment, here are the final two:

Title: Afreet in the Valley of the Kings
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McShep
Bonus: Elizabeth Peters homages
Monster Fest Theme: Angels & Demons

Summary: Deep in the Theban hills of Egypt lies the famed Valley of the Kings, home to sixty-three tombs and chambers that once contained the remains of the privileged nobility. The Valley showed a resurgence in tourism after the journals of famed Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson were published several years ago, and now it’s in the news again thanks to run-ins with what locals are calling an afreet, or demon. The MU team is heading to this land of mummies, pyramids and ancient gods to see if we can track down the source of these afreet stories…without becoming entombed ourselves.

*o*

Title: Pacific Northwest Alien Encounters
Fandom: SGA, The Sentinel
Pairing: McShep, Jim/Blair
Warning: Hate crimes
Monster Fest Theme: Human Monsters

Summary: The Pacific Northwest is known for active volcanoes, lush forests, and higher than average rainfall. What you might not know is that this region also has a high volume of UFO sightings. In one month alone, the National UFO Reporting Center logged in thirty-six reports of strange lights in the sky over Washington. The MU team is heading to Cascade, site of a recent spate of sightings, to see if we can have an alien encounter of our own. Beam us up, Scotty!
brumeier: (Stefon)
It's time for another gratitude post, friends. And I have a lot to be grateful for!

My Son's Health. My boy is big. Tall, but also wide. We met with a Pediatric Endocrinologist last week, to see if he was diabetic or had a thyroid problem. We're still waiting on the results of his bloodwork, but he's not even pre-diabetic (whew!) and the doctor didn't think there was a thyroid issue. Still need to meet with a dietician and get him more active, but I'm still relieved.

My Mom's Visit. My mom came to visit from Florida (I'm in NY) for the first time in about two years. Only five days, which definitely wasn't enough, but I had a great time hanging out with her. We even went apple picking for the first time ever - look how cold she was. LOL!



Baked Goods By Mail. I work at an Occupational Center, one of two that fall under the BOCES that employs me. The other center hired someone new that does part of the job that I do over here, so we chat via IM frequently because she has a lot of questions. In return for my being available, she frequently sends me food through the interoffice mail. Cookies, bread, muffins. Luckily for me she's a stress baker. ::grins:: So thanks, Cali!

Fic Feedback. I wrote nine new ficlets for the Monster Fest on [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri this month, and I want to thank everyone who read them and left me kudos and comments. Feedback is love and I got tons of it! Thank you!

My Son's Bed. We are finally rid of the bunkbed! That's been a long time coming. Thanks to Joe for bringing over the new bed and doing the installation of that and the take-down of the old bed. It was a big job but my boy loves his new, big bed.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Posts on Tumblr got me curious about this show, which is handily up on Netflix. I thought, what the heck. I'll check out an ep. Ha! I rolled through all three seasons in record time and now I'm bereft because I don't know if there's going to be more. I don't think there will be. It's been a long time since I had a het ship, but I totally have one for Phryne and Jack. So much love! I literally couldn't stop watching that show. If you want a taste, here's the trailer for the first season.

My Surprise Gift Fic. The wonderful Tarlan surprised me with a McShep fic, Ice World, as a way to say thank you to me for leaving comments on her fics. I think this is such a wonderful idea, which I may steal at some point. And the fic was really good - John in danger, Rodney being heroic, feels, and creepy leviathans. All good things!

Life is pretty good at the moment, I have to say. Thanks to everyone who makes my world a better place, in big ways and small. I heart all of you!
brumeier: (Monster Fest)
I'm a little late posting these, but I've been trying desperately to get fics finished. Only two for this week because my mom visited and that ate up all my writing time. I didn't mind though. ::grins:: So here's what I have for the third week of Monster Fest at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri:

Title: Indiana's Legendary Thunderbird
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McShep
Monster Fest Theme: Evolutionary Throwbacks

Summary: Congratulations to Ellery Miles and Melanie Germann, winners of the first ever Choose Our Adventure contest. Based on their suggestions for the MU team we’re here in southern Indiana to investigate accounts of a prehistoric bird, most commonly described as either a pteranodon or an Andean condor. Can such a creature have survived, and thrived, here in secret? Are reports of encounters with the thunderbird real? Or are people just getting…carried away?

*o*

Title: Chupacabra Hunting in Texas
Fandom: SGA
Monster Fest Theme: Folklore

Summary: Reports of attacks by an unknown creature sprang up in the early 1990s, in Puerto Rico, South America, and the Southwestern United States. It was dubbed the chupacabra – ‘goat sucker’ – because it drained the blood from its victims: goats, cattle, chickens. Some say this is the work of coyotes suffering from debilitating cases of mange, but there are still reports coming in that contradict the sick coyote theory. The MU team is in Texas to see if we can separate truth from folklore, without losing any red blood cells in the process.
brumeier: (SGA Meant To Be)
The first week of Monster Fest has wrapped up over at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri and as per my plan, I wrote a fic for each themed day. Woo! Hoping to keep it going for the whole month, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

All my fics for this month, with one exception, will be in the SGA Unexpected Discoveries 'verse, where John and Rodney work on a reality TV show. Here are this week's fics:

Title: Silver Springs Murder Monkeys
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: pre-John coming to work on the show
Monster Fest Theme: Experiments

Summary: We’re here in Silver Springs, Florida to investigate a colony of rhesus macaque monkeys. Since the late 30s, these wild monkeys have flourished along the Silver River, though their origin is unknown even now. Are they escapees from a Tarzan movie set? Or were they released by a local man to enhance his boat tours? There are those that claim some of these monkeys were released from a lab. Reports of attacks by these genetically altered, highly aggressive monkeys have been increasing in frequency since the early 90s. The Mysterious Unknown team will investigate to see if there is any truth to these stories.

*o*

Title: Malta Mermaid
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McShep
Monster Fest Theme: Sirens & Mermaids

Summary: The MU team is on the beautiful island of Malta, in the Mediterranean, to visit our old friends John and Rodney. They discovered the fabled Lost City of Atlantis not far from here, but that’s not the only amazing thing to be found in these waters. Members of the expedition have reported sightings of a creature that is partially human, and partially aquatic. Is there a mermaid living in the warm waters off the coast of Malta? That’s what we’re here to investigate.

*o*

Title: An American Werewolf in Pennsylvania
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McShep pre-slash
Monster Fest Theme: Shape Shifters

Summary: In this special episode the MU team, in conjunction with Rock Rivers from the popular web series Fear Facers, is in rural Pennsylvania to investigate the tale of a werewolf that dates back to the 1800s. The Paul family were farmers, and their young daughter May would watch over their sheep. She also reportedly caught the eye of an older gentleman, a hermit that everyone in the area was fearful of. As the story goes, wolves would attack the flocks of neighboring farms, but never May’s sheep. A bounty was put out on the wolves, and when a neighbor of the Paul’s saw one lurking around he shot and wounded it, though was unable to track it until the following morning. The trail of blood led him to the body of the hermit, dead from a gunshot wound. He was buried where he died, and that location became known as the Wolfman’s Grave.

Werewolf lore is still abundant here in the countryside, with reports of sightings and attacks as recent as three months ago. Will we find any truth to the tales, or are we all just howling at the moon?
brumeier: (Monster Fest)
It's October on the You Should Be Writing [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri comm, which means:

Monster Fest Banner photo Monster Fest Banner.jpg

If you haven't joined our group, now would be an excellent time! We're going to sharing the monster love all month with recs and fics and gushing over our fave creepy creatures.

And if that's not exciting enough, we'll be holding our annual Miserable Fucks November Social. This means daily wordcounts, daily support for all your writing woes, and topical topics in abundance! ::grins::

So come on over the comm! All you need to bring is your sense of humor, a box of tissues, and your favorite alcoholic beverage!
brumeier: (McShep Gaze)
So, we're talking tropes over at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri this month, and today's is wingfic. In honor of that I dusted off a bunny and whipped up a little wingfic to add to my very small collection. (see also: Stranger Things and Heaven Sent)

Title: Touch the Sky
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Rating: Teen & Up
Warnings: Warm fuzzies and the boys reciting poetry

Summary: Rodney doesn't understand John's love of flying, but with a little Ancient tech and some McKay know-how, he'll do his best to give John the sky.
brumeier: (Stefon)
Hey, look what's happening this month over at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri:

New Frontiers Challenge photo New Frontiers Challenge.jpg

We're "springing" out of our comfort zones and writing drabbles/ficlets/whatevs that will challenge us to think outside the usual fic boxes we find ourselves in.

Sounds like fun, right? ::grins:: Come on over and play with us! The challenge starts today and posting will take place on May 29th. Tell 'em Bru sent you!
brumeier: (cheers)
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One year ago today the inaugural post for the [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri comm went up. It was created after [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu ended, because I have a hard time letting go. LOL! We started out with me doing the twice a week posts, and now I have five mods and we post three times a week (Inspiration Mondays, Check-in Wednesdays, and Workshop Fridays).

If you're not part of the comm, here's what we did last year and will probably do again this coming year:
  • WIP-ed Into Shape February, a push to finish at least one WIP during the month


  • Rec Fest, because it's always good to share the love


  • Semi-Regular Hottie Wednesdays, to share the pretty people (inside and out!) that inspire us


  • Sizzling Shoobie Showcase, which is a prompt challenge for members


  • Monster Fest, a month-long monster appreciation in October


  • Miserable Fucks November Social, our homage to the WriSo with daily check-ins


And of course even when there isn't a special theme thing going on you can find interesting topics for discussion, a chance to post snippets of your WIPs for feedback, and a community of wonderful, talented people that are incredibly supportive and encouraging.

So I lift my glass of cheer and gratitude to the comm! Especially the mods who help make it all possible: [livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon, [livejournal.com profile] blythechild, [livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa, [livejournal.com profile] joidianne4eva, and [livejournal.com profile] taste_is_sweet. I couldn't do any of this without you and still have a brain cell left in my head. LOL!

Happy anniversary, Shoobies!
brumeier: (Stefon)
Okay, I'm totally taking a page from [livejournal.com profile] draycevixen's book and taking this opportunity to list some positive things that have happened to me recently. This may or may not turn into a regular thing, since I'm notorious for forgetting to be regular. ::winks::

So in the interest of fostering happy thoughts and getting Eeyore out of my head, here are some good things to fight back against the sucking hole that is Monday:

  • I helped my boy with his Lego school project and he was so happy with how well it turned out. His basic idea was good but he needed help with the execution. Also, I love that little Lego tool that saves my poor nails when I separate bricks. Whoever invented it is a genius.


  • I was able to talk to both my mom and my grandma on Mother's Day, which I never take for granted.


  • I dug myself a little deeper into fandom and participated in a Sentinel chat, compliments of the fine people at [livejournal.com profile] ts_news. The warm welcome I received is just another reason why fanlife rocks!


  • I get to spend Monday hanging with the Shoobies on [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri, which today means looking at inspirational pics of Alan Rickman and watching an awesomely slashy video of Batman and Superman. LOL!


Good things all. I'll have to see how many more I can collect this week. Stay positive, peeps!
brumeier: (Bitch Please)
Today we're celebrating six months of support and inspiration at the You Should Be Writing ([livejournal.com profile] ushobwri) comm. If you aren't a member yet...why not? LOL!

We've got three days a week of fun: Monday Inspiration, Wednesday Weekly Check-in and Friday Workshop. If you join you'll find a community full of creative people who write original fic and fan fic, and even create amazing art. We support each other, laugh together and cry together, and share vids, recs, and anything else we can think of.

Participation isn't mandatory, and you only have to stop by when you want to. But trust me, you're gonna want to!

So come on over to the comm! We'll be glad to have you!

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