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This week in writing, 10/22

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:10 pm
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This week included my birthday (and I am still in mid-birthday-weekend-trip) so… less writing. (And I have concluded that I need to let Kinktober go because I’m just picking away for days and days at one day’s story, and missing working on other stuff, so I am pretty decidedly not in The Kinktober Spirit.)

WIPs currently active: 5, since as of this moment I’m not counting the Kinktober thing I was working on.

Words written this week: 1,725

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 142

Born in the Blood: 187, and then I got to a scene break and now I have to figure out the next scene. Oh dear. 

Slavefic #6: 176, although I may have to walk back some of it, because it’s possible I got carried away writing things in direct refutation of a frustrating comment on a previous story. Oops.

Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 194

Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 734

Kinktober Day 9 (Sam/Grant, abandoned for now): 292, and finally I have to admit that writing fanfic of an original thing I wrote is crossing some wire in my brain that is making it weirdly difficult to write a PWP?? idek.

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Sale ends tomorrow!

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:17 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction ends tomorrow, just FYI. Is that popular writer too expensive to bid on? There's a ton of us also-rans who are still available with either low or no bids, and it all goes to a very good cause.

I have both a fic writing offering (2k minimum) here, and a vid making offering (1-1/2 minute minimum) here.

There have also been some new offerings like art from Puerto Rican artists, and merch from NYCC with some newly lowered prices. With over 350 creators, there's a lot to choose from! You can also, if you don't have much in the way of money, get together with other fans and bid on creators as a bidding cabal--people do that all the time in the Vividcon auction.

Celluloid Hero chapter update

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:07 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Celluloid Hero (43914 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Jack Warner, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamarr
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit, Pining Steve, Period Typical Everything


In which Steve has to cope with the terror of his first screen kiss, gets assigned to make sex hygiene films, and finds out his idols have feet of clay.

Fandom loves Puerto Rico

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:13 am
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[personal profile] gwyn
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction is live! SO MANY amazing offerings and creators, guys, it's like the world's best fandom farmers market.

My fanfic entry is here, and I'm pretty sure you will be able to purchase me for a very low price, with this many amazing people participating.

My vidding entry is here, and while my minimum bid is a little higher at $40 (because vids are a lot more work and involve more equipment), I'm also sure that will not get bid up much, so you can have me for a lot less than the VVC auctions usually go for!

Won't look down, won't open my eyes

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:11 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Saw the surgeon yesterday, and she has approved me to lift things again, so Blues is now at my mercy whenever I want. Nonconsensual cuddling has already begun. I think he liked it the way it was because in order to cuddle him, I had to lure him onto the counter so he was at chest height; that meant he got a treat every time. He's the biggest treat whore in felinedom. (I should probably check out that Animal Planet show My Big Fat Pet Makeover…)

She thinks the incisions that refuse to heal will eventually get there. We talked a little about exactly what part of the colon she removed, and the future plans to monitor me. She said I'm basically the walking embodiment of why health care is so important, because the tumor was found on just a random, routine colonoscopy. The sad part is that next year I probably won't have anything at all.

I had one good piece of news in all the bills and statements that have begun arriving, which are terrifying (the hospital bill for the surgery and the room are well more than $100,000, I don't know what my co-insurance will be yet but it's not gonna be good). One of the first bills I received was from Myriad, the company that contracts to do the genetic testing in the gene program at my clinic. According to the insurance company statement, it was out of network and would cost at least $3,600, and I'd asked repeatedly, of both the Myriad and Dr. Smith's office people, whether insurance would pay for it because I wouldn't be able to. And they were vague and unhelpful and all insisted that if insurance wouldn't pay, they would call me and I would have the right to say no or yes. But no one called, and then Myriad sent a statement that the bill was for $8,000+ freaking dollars. I went into the hospital stressed and terrified about this. A few weeks ago they sent a letter to me, which I assumed was the bill, and I've been dreading having to call them and discuss all the obfuscation and misinformation and how I didn't think I could handle it.

But then I got this call, which I assumed was them nagging me to pay, except it was that the letter was actually them asking me permission to pursue this with insurance and signing to allow them that. So I called them back a couple times and finally connected with someone who told me that the insurance company had given them prior approval, which is why they were pursuing the claim. I told them I'd been really childish and avoiding opening the letter because I thought it was the bill, and that I'd signed it and sent it back the day before. Then he said, "Regardless of what happens, you won't have to pay for it." And it felt like a heraldic choir singing behind me and the sun shining through dark clouds. Because this is all scary enough without adding this test, which I never wanted to do anyway, into the mix solely because a bunch of people wouldn't tell the truth. (I keep hearing Will Smith going "Tell de truth! Tell de truth.")

I'm trying to get in the mental space for writing more on the next chapter of Celluloid Hero but it's still like pulling teeth. It's easier to work on the crummy book I'm reading and all the nonsense with that. But I did finally get to some of the backlog of writing related things, like answering an Ask over at my tumblr about how to write action scenes. I think it's funny that people tell me often how visceral and cinematic the action scenes in my fic are, because I find them excruciating to write (sex scenes, too, but someone once told me sex scenes are just action with genitalia, which is hilar). So I put my thinking cap on and tried to come up with a good answer for them; who knows if they'll find it helpful.

[personal profile] rachelmanija has info on a campaign to get the solo ability to declare war out of Assface Drumpf's tiny-fingered vulgarian hands over here, Pull the Football, Save the World.

Does anyone have experience using ko-fi? With all the financial terror that's coming up, I'm considering it, but since I'm not popular I can't imagine it having much use or impact…especially since we can't mention those things on our AO3 pages, which is where most people would access my stuff. If you've used it, do you think it's worthwhile for a person who doesn't have, like, a fan base? It seems most useful to visual artists, I guess...

Movie links

Oct. 9th, 2017 05:02 pm
gwyn: (sam wilson falcon)
[personal profile] gwyn
Of course, if I were a more functional person, I would have had these links up before Yuletide signups closed, so people could see The Adjustment Bureau and maybe add it to their requests or offers. As it is, I didn't get this done till too late, but I have two files on my Dropbox that I can share with anyone who might be interested in this movie, especially Anthony Mackie's charming performance as a sort-of angel who keeps tabs on Matt Damon and wears sweater vests and hats and trench coats.

I hope these work, because Dropbox is totally nonfunctional for me right now, probably because it's punishing me for having an old OS. I wish the file size of the movie was smaller, but I was running into serious quality issues the more I tried to compress, so it's kind of huge (1.63 gigs), but you can right click and DL it from my Dropbox at this link for the full Adjustment Bureau movie and if you'd like to see the deleted scenes, two of which feature Daniel Dae Kim in a role that was completely cut out and which I wish they'd kept in (it sure would have made the movie a little less white), you can grab that file here. (And please let me know if Dropbox doesn't work and I'll try to find a way to get the files up somewhere else.)

Even if it's too late for signups, who knows, maybe a pinch hit will come up, or there's always treats. :-D

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