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Bye, September!

I didn’t write as much in September as I did in August, but I still wrote some and that counts for something. I managed to update History for Sale over on AO3 and I located my old notes for it so I can now finish the story. The next 2 chapters are written and there are 3 more to write before it’s complete and can work on a different WIP. I’m hoping to participate marginally in NaNoWriMo, but I’m not sure I’ll push myself to write the full 50K. Maybe start with baby steps and go for 25K.

I’ve been writing, but mostly Anita Blake. I’m not sure why either, but it’s words to paper—erm—Word and I’m not going to argue. Hopefully, I can finish the next scene tonight in the Faith centric short. Faith is mouthy and suspicious.

Wish me luck and I hope this finds anyone reading it happy and healthy.
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fic: cold, naked & alone | btvs, doctor who | gen

Title: cold, naked & alone
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and all related characters are copyright of Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson and BBC One. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all related characters are copyright of Joss Whedon and ME. No infringement intended.
Note: Part of my nearly forgotten Voodoo Child series.
Prompt: anyariene | BtVS, Doctor Who | Two heroes walk into bar and wake up in the morgue

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moonshot | btvs, anita blake | gen

Title: Moonshot | Rating: FR13 | BtVS, Anita Blake | Crossover | 3K | touch starved - hurt/comfort prompt

Joyce just wants to keep her girls safe and, well, Dawn wants pizza, Buffy wants Dawn to stealing her stuff and Faith just wants a home. A series of short stories in which everyone gets what they want--except Buffy. (Sequel to Many a Mile).

Moonshot @ TtH
Moonshot @ AO3
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Bye, August!

I wrote some things this past month, but none of them fit the criteria of the August Fic-A-Day Challenge so I wasn’t able to post. Drat. I was hoping to actually participate this year. Oh well. 

I have still have the hurt/comfort bingo to contend with and those are coming along. And by coming along I mean I’m working on the first prompt. I have written other things, but the stories got away from me so I’m not sure they fit the prompt criteria anymore. Maybe if I squint?

Now that the August challenge is over I’m hoping to challenge myself to a weekly sort of thing. Or bi-weekly. I’m flexible and still getting back into the swing of writing, but I think I need accountability or I tend to flounder.

Well I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. Stay safe!
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New Year, New Resolutions & Life Stuff

Be good to myself
Finish what I start
Embrace the creative

I know the first month is nearly over but starting a resolution day one of a new year is always dangerous so I’ve given myself the whole month to sink into them. So far I’m doing meh on the first one but the other two are moving along. No writing done (as of yet) but my spare bedroom is coming together. At some point I’ll post pictures (I really should’ve done some before images).

So the life stuff I couldn't bring myself to talk about last year... in 2018 I lost my big brother to lung cancer. He was diagnosed June 15 and passed away on July 13. It was a short, bitter battle and he was only 40. Goddamnit. On August 15 I had to say goodbye to Thea, my sweet gray kitty, and January 5 (2019) I said goodbye to Gracie, my sweet gray and white kitty.

I lost all inspiration when I had to say goodbye to all of them so close together and the loss of my brother is still like an open wound on my heart. Though a small part of me thinks Doug loved my kitties and wanted them with him. The whole family suffered some pet losses after his passing and he loved the animals so it’s the running theory that he’s hoarding them until we get where he is… not sure where that is but I’m looking into it.

So I’ve adopted two new little assholes…erm… kitties. Rupert, the ferocious fluff, and Harpurr Lee, she’d kill a mocking bird. I’ve never lived with a male cat before. Rupert is all snuggles one minute and pouncing on his sister-cat the next. Harper gives as good as she gets but normally voices a complaint so I intervene. Rupert came into my life after Thea and Harper after Gracie.

Work is work and as stressful as always but they’ve been compensating me nicely so I won’t complain. I do fully intend to take a solo vacation this year. I’m thinking Paris… but will likely settle for somewhere stateside.

All and all that’s how I’ve been and why I’ve been so quiet. Hopefully this post is a good turning point and I start writing more. Even if it's just blog posts for now. If you want to see pictures of the kitties I can link you to my Instagram. They are adorable and Rupert really is terribly photogenic.
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Not with a Bang, but a Whimper

So I'm starting this year with a whimper rather than a bang. I'm not sure I want to rehash the terrible of 2018. but I've been away for what feels like ever. Updating my journal or writing, unfortunately, just felt like one more stressor to add to my already frayed self. 2019 didn't start much better than 2018 ended so I'm just going to dive in and ignore the emotional baggage for the time being. 

I purchased a new lappy 3000 that looks shiny and new, but I need to download Office so I can attempt to start writing again. Signed up for [community profile] getyourwordsout and as of my first official check in I've written zero days (but I have hopes for this month and I will continue to try to be hopeful). I just need to focus and write for at least 120 days this year. I'm not concerning myself with a word count, but I do know which stories I intend to focus on. 

I made the mistake of starting "The Joy of Tiding Up" which is making my itch to clean out pretty much everything (but I need to finish the book first) and the smarter choice of "De-Stressing Your Brain" which I'm not deep enough into to hazard if it's working or not. I turned to nesting last year to help calm my brain and distract me from all the chaos going on in there. It helped to a degree so I'm continuing on with it into 2019.  

I'm also going to attempt a handwritten journal. If it turns out as cute as the tutorials on YouTube I'll share some pictures of it on here. That's all for now and if any of you are still around I hope this note finds you well and happy. 

There needs to be more happy in the world. *hugs*

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I’d hoped to get started back up on [community profile] tamingthemuse  this week. The community had switched to Dreamwidth after the whole LJ user agreement fiasco, but it hasn’t been updated since the middle of August. I was looking forward to the structure of the community even if the words sometimes confounded me.

So I’m going to attempt to challenge myself. I located a random word generator (via a handy-dandy Google search) and it provided me with these 12 words. Over the next 12 weeks I’m going to tackle one a week and write story/scene/chapter inspired by these words. I’m going to go in the order the words were presented to me (no skipping).

Please feel free to join in my madness.

1. copper
2. explain
3. ill-fated
4. truck
5. neat
6. unite
7. branch
8. educated
9. tenuous
10. hum
11. decisive
12. notice
btvs: buffy & dawn

fic:don’t put the blame on her | btvs, walking dead | gen

Title: don’t put the blame on her
Rating: FR13
Prompt: copper
Disclaimer: BtVS and all related characters are copyright of Joss Whedon and ME. The Walking Dead and all related characters are copyright of Robert Kirkman, Image Comics and AMC. No infringement intended.

Summary: Buffy’s outing with Aiden goes about as well as expected—which isn’t at all. Part of the 'nature always wins' series.

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fic:maybe she's foolish | btvs, the walking dead | gen

Title: maybe she’s foolish
Author: avamclean
Rating: FR13
Crossover: BtVS, The Walking Dead
Disclaimer: BtVS and all related characters are copyright of Joss Whedon and ME. The Walking Dead and all related characters are copyright of Robert Kirkman, Image Comics and AMC. No infringement intended.

Summary: Dawn still has some faith in humanity. Part of the ‘nature always wins’ ‘verse.

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