I don’t want to show these poems
to anyone, sometimes
I want to remain hidden, deep in the coals
with the one who pulls the stars
through a telescope’s glass, the one who listens
for the click of the lock, the one
who kisses softly a woman’s eyes.

-- Jay Leeming

reblogs, babble, occasional fiction.


Sep 1, 2014
@ 1:05 pm

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okay so here’s what actually happened:

terezi was a really great GM, they all had tons of fun! even karkat, though he struggled to admit it. 
they fought many adventures together.
rose and kanaya spent significant extra time fleshing out their characters’ backstories, while naked.
(sultry fiction was written.)

(via real-life-dipper-pines)


Sep 1, 2014
@ 12:31 pm

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ahappycow replied to your post: phrenotobe said:For the writer’s …

god I want more tho. I don’t even ship it anymore, not to the extent that I did (ty canon) but I still love to read really good fic. :(

God, Glee. In some small sense I want the show to go on forever just so we can see how bad a television production can possibly get.

(I still love them, but there’s a lot of willful retconning involved there.)

Anyway, I want to finish. I really badly wanted to stitch together the pieces of that potential reconciliation, since (Glee canon laugh track). And I really ought to be writing something, anything; I mostly just use the past tense because I know myself.


Sep 1, 2014
@ 12:52 am

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phrenotobe said: For the writer's meme - 7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

From Chord Change:

Somewhere, hundreds of miles away, Blaine is sitting up in bed. He won’t be pressed back against the headboard like Kurt is, trapped by the heaviness of his own limbs: he’ll be sitting up straight, and his shoulders will be hunched as he peers over his phone, which he cradles like a precious object. Blaine gets snotty when he cries, and he has the disgusting habit of wiping it off on his sleeve. He tends to cover his face with his hand or his arm, as if he thinks no one will be able to guess what he’s hiding. He can be reflexively self-righteous, quick to justify, but he is as impossibly hard on himself, as meticulous a cartographer of his own failings, as anyone Kurt has ever met.

Kurt has seen Blaine’s face at its most unflinchingly bleak (I ran, Kurt. I let bullies chase me away, and I really, really regret that—), the face of a boy who has measured and weighed and found himself utterly inadequate. And he knows exactly, down to the millimeter, what expression Blaine is wearing now.

Oh, he thinks dully. There you are.

Man, I never finished this. There was gonna be a sequel. There were gonna be two sequels. Why did I never finish this?

Anyway this is, of course, the money quote of that fic, and it’s the sort of passage I really enjoy writing—I don’t think of myself as someone with particularly beautiful or inventive prose, but this—the accumulation of small detail, the laying down of words in a rhythm, the line of thought that illuminates a character or a place or a feeling—is something that I can do, and when I nail it, I get this proud Look Ma I Am A Real Writer! glow inside.

I was thinking of a couple things when I wrote this; first, most simply, the image of Blaine as simultaneously the kid who gets puffed up and decided and excuse me, I am in the right here whenever that comes into question—Blaine singing INRBIO, much as I don’t think he was in the wrong there—and at the same time, someone who can hold himself to impossibly high standards (see, well, the quote referenced above), and who seems to wear his perceived inadequacies heavily. And then Kurt’s awareness of that fact, and of Blaine in general, to the point where he can imagine Blaine as vividly as if he were standing right there—which is important, because this is the fic about Kurt needing to resolve both his hurt and his lingering feelings for Blaine, Kurt needing to understand why Blaine cheated. So he asks, and he looks, and what he finds there is the point I was trying to make, which is that (for all that my feelings on the actual execution of that plotline consist of hollow laughter and obscenities) the answer to why Blaine might do such a thing is already contained within his character, which Kurt has long known. That Blaine his boyfriend, defensive, charming, occasionally pompous, kind and sweet and genuinely good, and Blaine who cheated on him are one and the same. Neither is false; both are real.

How this might lead to an eventual reconciliation is a question I didn’t quite get around to answering, but for now—oh, there you are. (I am also really happy at getting to use that particular callback in a way I felt was effective.) I like this passage because I like the turns of phrase and their arrangement, in concert, but mostly because it pulls together and unifies a number of complex threads, and manages to say something true and meaningful about Kurt and Blaine in the process. And because it did those things well enough that I only had to fight against the urge to disclaim a little.


Aug 31, 2014
@ 9:17 pm

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40 Questions — Meme for Fic Writers


  1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
  2. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
  3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
  4. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
  5. Share one of your strengths.
  6. Share one of your weaknesses.
  7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
  8. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
  9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
  10. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
  11. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
  12. Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
  13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
  14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
  15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
  16. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
  17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
  18. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
  19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
  20. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
  21. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
  22. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
  23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
  24. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
  25. What do you look for in a beta?
  26. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
  27. How do you feel about collaborations?
  28. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
  29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
  30. Do you accept prompts?
  31. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
  32. How do you feel about smut?
  33. How do you feel about crack?
  34. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
  35. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
  36. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
  37. Talk about your current wips.
  38. Talk about a review that made your day.
  39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
  40. Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).


Aug 31, 2014
@ 8:43 pm

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Protesters canvass the neighborhood of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Saturday, August 30th.

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Aug 31, 2014
@ 8:26 pm

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mariasaurio replied to your post “take no men as your heroes, for they will all fail you in the end,…”

… *squints* i am backreading, is this about baseball.

oh my god guys not EVERYTHING i post is about baseball!!


Aug 31, 2014
@ 7:38 pm

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Spaghetti and Meatballs


Aug 31, 2014
@ 6:22 pm

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wow giants fans are being really cute at tim lincecum though



Aug 31, 2014
@ 6:16 pm

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wow giants fans are being really cute at tim lincecum though


Aug 31, 2014
@ 2:11 pm

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Spaghetti with Lobster

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