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NEWS TICKER — October 2016




I've written some Breaking Bad fic; this is irregular, but I enjoyed myself.

I continue to write a lot of Back to the Future fic. Happy 2015/2016!

CoT updated lots in 2015, and I plan to post another story before 2016 is out.

I've finished posting ALL of the fanfiction on this LJ to AO3.

Good Omens Fic: COMPLETE DIRECTORY 2004 - NOW
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It's Good Omens Exchange time! [Oct. 3rd, 2016|07:33 pm]
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New Fic: 2 CoT Stories + 2 BTTF Stories [Oct. 19th, 2015|11:52 pm]
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Title: The Knowledge of All Things

Fandom: Good Omens

Rating: PG-13 [SFW]

Characters/Pairings: Crowley & Leonardo da Vinci; Aziraphale/Crowley

Word Count: 3,000 (208,760 series to date)

Notes: This is CoT #53. The first part is set in 1515, and the latter part is set in 2015 (picking up after the final section of #50: Garden Variety, which is set on 1 May 2015). I'm primarily a scholar of the Late Middle Ages, but the 1500s are just as familiar to me as the 1300s - 1400s. There's a book at Heidelberg University bearing some marginalia (in Agostino Vespucci's hand) that indicates da Vinci was working on a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo as early as 1503, although it's generally believed that he continued to work on the painting until about 1517. Several readers in the past few years have asked me if I ever intended to address the matter of Crowley's friendship with the great genius (given I've referenced it once or twice already, and given we have such tantalizing novel-based hints at the fact it might have been one of Crowley's most meaningful connections with a human pre-20th century). Have some historical fic, and I would also like to point out some recent research that strongly suggests LdV was half-Arab/Turkish; this needs to be much more widespread knowledge than it currently is. One line of dialogue in the conversation between Crowley and Leonardo is lifted from the footnote in the novel (as this is intended as a reconstruction of what's being related there); likewise, the bag-of-snakes quote is something Leonardo is actually known to have written down and/or said. He died in 1519, age 67.

Summary: "The knowledge of all things is possible." —Leonardo da Vinci

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Title: Keepsake

Fandom: Good Omens

Characters: Aziraphale; mention of Crowley; a human being about whom we know nothing except his name and his trade (OC reconstruction of real person)

Rating: PG-13 (mention of certain historical violent crimes in London)

Word Count: 1,020

Notes: This flashback ficlet is CoT #54; it can be read as a stand-alone if you wish. I had intended to have the next longer story set in the present-continuum of this universe ready for posting today, August 26th, but seventy-two hours of high fever prevented me from getting the head-start I'd have needed over the weekend. This is, however, something I've been meaning to write for some time given an object in my possession, which many of you have seen. Happy Almost-Apocalypse in this, the year of GO's 25th Anniversary, everyone!

Summary: "That won't be necessary," Aziraphale demurred, stepping closer, the scent of grit, polish, and Garrud's nervous sweat filling his nostrils. "Let me see it, you silly man. Please."

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Title: As Easy As Love / What You Fight For

Fandom: Back to the Future (both Trilogy and Telltale Games)

Characters/Pairings: Emmett/Marty; the Brown family (Edith and Erhardt appear here as they appear in my other 1930s-set story, I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?) / Make Us Better, but this story is a completely separate take); Arthur, Sylvia, and George McFly; [Douglas J.] Needles (briefly, in a flashback)

Word Count: 15,000

Notes: This stand-alone originates from two separate, yet related trains of thought; one, I've had the strong desire (since The Pursued and the Pursuing) to write another story featuring an intersex character, and two, a conversation with leaper182 re: the challenge of examining trans character possibilities and similar within the BTTF framework led to me sketching an outline for this story (with Leaper having contributed the focus character's birth first name; thank you, my friend). There's some obscure U.S. entertainment history in here (Emmett Kelly actually existed), as well as WWII-related content (no character death, so rest easy). Continuity-wise, this piece assumes that everything post drive-in scene of Part III does not occur, and neither do most events of the game (but aspects of the game remain relevant). This is another Marty-gets-stranded story, as I continue to find that premise compelling; it's best to look at this as an alternate take on IAW / MUB 'verse. Soundtrack by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and Bing Crosby. Any errors surrounding life on an aircraft carrier are entirely my own. The mess of browser tabs and printed-on-the-sly-at-work medical case studies left behind in this story's wake will take a while to clean up. Special thanks to neverrwhere, who was one of the people I had intended to surprise with this, for doing a last-second continuity check (i.e. less than two hours ago) on the text. The title is, indeed, meant to have resonance with one of the sub-section titles here. Also for imaginedmelody, who's been an angel this week.

Summary: We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

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Title: Jukebox

Fandom: Back to the Future Trilogy (w/characters from BTTF: The Game)

Pairing/Characters: Emmett “Doc” Brown/Marty McFly; Ensemble Cast (Jennifer Parker, various McFlys, Tiff Tannen, Marty's band-mates [The Pinheads] appearing as the OCs I've fleshed them as elsewhere, etc.)

Rating: Explicit [NSFW]

Word Count: 13,880

Notes: Stand-alone. Unconnected to any of the previous timelines/universes.  Exhibit A: I'd somehow never noticed before that, during the pan-around in the opening scene, we see that Doc has a jukebox in his garage-slash-lab-slash-residence. Exhibit B: Doc blows a kiss after the DeLorean from his vantage-point on the clock tower as Marty speeds off at the end of Part I. Exhibit C: When Doc's seeing Marty off to 1885 at the start of Part III, he shouts "Vaya con dios!" I had discovered that this Spanish phrase ("Go with God") is a reference to the 1953 recording of a song by that title that was still wildly popular in 1955. I finally looked up the lyrics, which I had not bothered to do even though I'd used this piece of information (that it was a song reference) briefly in As Easy As Love, read the lyrics, listened to the full song this time, got oddly emotional, thought about the jukebox, thought about more script deconstruction, etc. About 3/4 of the events of Part III hold true for this iteration (as you'll see from where I start the first scene; this is another one with a definite cut-off/departure point like OSA 'Verse has got). The rest is more off-roading, which has been the point of this year's epic experimentation. Past October 21st, I've got to buckle down on Good Omens commitments or bust. Thanks for taking a chance on this! Happy 2015: there's not much of it left.

Summary: Six days, six songs, and six ways to over-think your history.

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Recent AO3 fic updates: [Jul. 1st, 2015|04:34 pm]
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* CoT has updated three more times since the last installment I linked here.

* There are several new BTTF pieces since the last one I linked here, too.

* My unending thanks to those who have pledged on Patreon <3
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New GO Fic [CoT #49]: Until Someone Opens Their Eyes [Apr. 19th, 2015|05:16 pm]
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Title: Until Someone Opens Their Eyes

Characters/Pairings: Aziraphale/Crowley, Raphael/Uriel, Anathema/Newt, Pippa

Rating: PG-13 or R [mildly NSFW for many reasons]

Word Count: 7,400 [series to date: 193,250]

Notes: CoT #49.  Cards Against Humanity redux with Raphael and Newt in the player line-up. Timeline-wise, this continues to move us forward through 2015.  It’s set last night. Please note that there have been two other new installments since the last time I posted a CoT notice to LJ. Oops.

Summary: "All right, Licking-Things-to-Claim-Them-As-Your-Own Pulsifer," Anathema slurred. "Shut it."

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BTTF Fic: Open Your Eyes [Mar. 15th, 2015|01:35 pm]
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Title: Open Your Eyes
Fandom: Back to the Future (canon divergence post-Part II)
Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine, George, Dave, and Linda McFly; Biff, Jo, and Tiff Tannen; Jennifer Parker; Louis Wilson; Trav; new minor OCs
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 14,000 [42,800 for sequence overall]
Trigger Warnings: Encounter with medical practitioner who makes a really uncalled-for remark (read: queer individual being a jerk to an individual still figuring out his identity); older sibling being a jerk in similar fashion
Notes: This piece follows One Step Away and As Hard As Consequence.  Two people in particular, neverwhere and Hazelloop, kept asking questions; ask me the right questions, and I'll be compelled to continue the search for answers (i.e. to write more).  I am run-down, grief-stricken, and generally out-of-sorts this week, so having these stories continue to run riot as a grounding influence / focal point has been a great help.  I left AHAC on a minor cliffhanger; I'd hoped it would stand effective as a Schrödinger's-acceptance-letters type situation, but in actuality it needed resolving.  Trust the timeline with the most theoretical complications to become the one I love most.  I’ve done my best to bring a lot of the easter-egg running gags [that this universe shares with the other three parallel-yet-separate timelines and also with the films] full circle; one of them in particular is either the funniest thing that’s ever happened in one of my stories, or it’s going to outlive the N/H grapefruit dare in infamy.  Let’s find out.
Summary: I don’t want a Garden of Eden / I just want to bring you to life / If you've got a light inside, then open your eyes “Garden of Eden,” Rob Cantor

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Here are links to the other three parallel-timeline BTTF stand-alones for any interested parties who missed them, as I was writing and posting at breakneck speed:

Time Bomb Town

I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?)

Lyra, Burning

(Serious thank-yous to the intrepid, time-travel-loving folks who prompted these stories to exist.  I've never hit the first two months of any year running with this much new content in so little time, so you're all muses in the truest sense of the word.)

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BTTF Fic: As Hard as Consequence (Marty/Doc) [Mar. 6th, 2015|10:52 am]
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Title: As Hard As Consequence
Fandom: Back to the Future (canon divergence post-Part II)
Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine, George, Dave, and Linda McFly; Biff, Jo, Tiff, Don, and Doug Tannen; Jennifer Parker and her parents; Goldie Wilson and family
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 14,000 [26,000 for dualogy overall]
Notes: This is a follow-up / companion piece to One Step Away. This is exactly what happened with Time Bomb Town, so I shouldn't be surprised. A secret rarely remains such indefinitely, so a lot of what counts is how you handle others' reactions when they find out. This is an exercise in adjustment.
Summary: A thing is as hard as its consequences, and Marty McFly should know.

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New Back to the Future Fic: Lyra, Burning [Feb. 27th, 2015|08:11 pm]
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Title: Lyra, Burning
Fandom: Back to the Future (set during Part IIIevents divert from film canon, but most aspects of such nonetheless stay in line with some version of canonical reality; I deconstructed the movie and put it back together again because it looked like fun
Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; shades of Doc/Clara and even Marty/Clara, but probably more accurately expressed as Doc-Clara and Marty-Clara; Chester the bartender (who I’ve given a surname), the bath-house guy (who I’ve also named), those dudes in the saloon, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and his gang, the undertaker, Seamus and Maggie and William McFly, random citizens; a bunch of OCs (Linton family, grocers, and their daughter, Annabel Lee; James Wilson, ancestor of Goldie Wilson, errand-runner and jack-of-all-trades about town, including part-time gravedigger; Jonas and his brother, who would not tell me or Marty his name, native rail-workers and also part-time gravediggers; Zhihao, who is a long way from home, rail-worker and gravedigger; and finally, a handful of literary and scientific historical figures appearing in reference and in dream-space)
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 17,560
Warnings: Canonical[-ish] character death; two instances of period slurs
Notes: My anon pushed this challenge one step further; after writing a 1955 take, a 1938 take, and a 1985 take, they've asked if I thought I could make the pairing work in 1885.  This is fragile territory on account of Clara, who is a person I like; after cycling through possibilities, I settled on the option that was, for me, the most challenging to execute (I hope that I've treated this scenario with the respect it's due). This tale is many different things, including an almost complete re-working of the third film, but, to my surprise, it is above all a ghost story with both stargazing and fascinatingly obscure U.S. social history in it. It’s my hope that anyone reading this might learn something.  Some snippets of dialogue are borrowed from the film, but slightly altered (due to altered events).
Summary: The kindness of strangers, the absence of strangers, the nebula-bright traces they leave behind—these things mean more the farther you drift from home.

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New Back to the Future Fic: 3 Parallel Stand-Alone Timelines [Feb. 7th, 2015|08:25 pm]
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Title: Time Bomb Town
Fandom: Back to the Future Trilogy (Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)
Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc, Copernicus the dog, George McFly/Lorraine Baines, Biff Tannen & Cronies, Goldie Wilson, Lou Caruthers, Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, Dave McFly, Linda McFly
Rating: Mildly NSFW? [parties herein are consenting adults, if that's your concern]
Word Count: 10,880
Warnings: Unfortunate period racism, hints at unfortunate period homophobia, unfortunate Billy Joel song references Marty keeps to himself because he thinks they're clever and nobody will know what he's talking about anyway, etc. But there are also happy things, like buddingfeministwriter!George.
Notes: For my anons, neverrwhere, myfavoriteismike, nonsenseflora, havingbeenbreathedout, pinchofnutmeg, and wheredidiputmycigar. I re-watch this trilogy every other year; I saw all three films for the first time when Part III came out on VHS. As entrenched as I was in fandom culture by the age of fourteen, I didn't think to go looking for BttF fanfiction until 2007. By some strange twist of fate (I wasn't even looking for slash; I was looking for BttF fic, period) the first stories I read were several excellent Marty/Doc pieces by usedusernames and KleenexwomanThis story is one of those wildcard pokes-with-a-stick in which I occasionally indulge; I've wanted to try my hand at these characters' voices for a long time, and what better year to do it than 2015? My predecessors played with the trope that happens to be my favorite line of what-if inquiry (i.e. Marty gets stuck in 1955), so I don't doubt they've influenced me greatly. Apologies to Lindsey Buckingham for borrowing his song title (it's the tune on Marty's clock radio in Part I).
Summary: "I hate to wonder out loud," said Marty, slowly, "but do you think we're now in an alternate timeline like that other nineteen eighty-five all because I got stuck here and you got zapped to oblivion?"

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Title: I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?)
Fandom: Back to the Future Film Trilogy / Telltale Games fusion
Pairing/Characters: Marty McFly/Emmett Brown; various Browns, McFlys, & other notorious Hill Valley denizens
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 9,600
Notes: On my first pass at writing BTTF, I was relying solely on the films and stranded Marty in 1955. This time around, I'm fascinated by the universe extension provided by the Telltale Games Back to the Future interactive adventure that was released in five episodes from 2010 – 2011 (watch the full 7-hour walk-through here; I didn't know this game existed till about four weeks ago), and I'm stranding Marty in the 1930s. I've tried to write this such that you don't need to have experienced the game; what you really need to know is that, in the game, we meet Emmett as a young man (seventeen-going-on-eighteen, just like Marty). Emmett and Marty interact a great deal in the game's 1931 timeline, but, for my purposes, I'm shifting it to 1938, because I'm stubborn enough to insist on film-'verse dates (i.e. Doc was born in 1920; that means that in the game universe he'd only be turning 11 in 1931, but clearly he's about to turn 18, so 1938 it is). The hilarity of it all was that I kept seeing fan art of Marty with this lanky redhead, and I kept thinking, What's going on here? This is freaking adorable. Is this how people picture Doc when he was young? I believe it. And then it turned out to be art referencing the game, etc. For myfavoriteismike (and neverrwhere), who eloquently prompted: The idea of Marty staying in the past and finding Doc before he’s really become Doc is fascinating. I can imagine Marty waiting around for teenage Emmett to turn into the person he remembers, just being so lonely, having Doc so close but not really himself. Maybe see how love unfolds in this scenario where Marty is trying to come to terms with the idea that the person he knew is still being formed? Title and section epigraph quotes taken from closing track (A Beginning Song) of the Decemberists' new album. All of the dialogue in the first few paragraphs, up through "I guarantee it," are lifted from the scene in the game that I use as a transition/divergence point for the proceedings.
Summary: "Life can be short, sometimes brutally so...so why not seize the day and grab your happiness while you can?" —Telltale Games, BTTF (Ep. 4: Double Visions)

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Title: One Step Away
Fandom: Back to the Future Trilogy
(Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)
Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine/George, Dave, Linda, Jennifer Parker, Biff Tannen (plus Tannen kids), Goldie Wilson, Einstein
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 11,700
Notes: Given I’ve gone so far as to have executed the premise of this relationship both in 1955 and in 1938, it didn’t seem right to walk away without completing the hat trick (a trilogy of stories for a trilogy of films, as it were, although the stories are only directly connected in that they play out the same endgame in three different timelines). This is number three; 1985 was the only remaining year in which I was curious to attempt this (I’ve cut out 1885 on all fronts; I regard it as the weakest of the films, and also the least probable in a sea of already improbable events, as much as I enjoy it). Anyone who’s bothered by age difference will probably want to bow out now; that said, I’m amazed that Time Bomb Town was so well received even with the gap closed to eighteen years (there’s no gap to speak of in I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?), so, if bothered but still curious, maybe that’s the one for you). 2015 was a long time coming; consider these stories my attempt at celebration.  Title this time stolen from the song playing on Red the Bum’s radio the night Marty gets back to 1985 at the end of the first film (Eric Clapton’s Heaven Is One Step Away). First few lines of dialogue are lifted from the end of the second film; after that, we’re off-road and flying.  As a side-note, I’m not making up the fact that there are two beds in Doc’s garage-lab residence; they’re positioned in the space exactly as described.
Summary: We searched all through the night / I couldn’t find it; you couldn’t find it

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New GO [CoT] Fic: It's All Fun and Games [Jan. 28th, 2015|04:32 am]
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Title: It's All Fun and Games
Pairings/Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley, Pippa, Rob, Mandy, Adam, Uriel (and an appearance by your favorite vermin-but-not-really-type critter)
Rating: R (SFW, but there are swears and Cards Against Humanity)
Notes: This is CoT 'Verse #46, and it was meant to be the fulfillment of a reader prompt that only incidentally included Cards Against Humanity. However, due to the popularity of this concept (i.e. these characters being turned loose on CAH), the game itself has become the whole point. The black cards appearing here were randomly selected, and I set them in a random order for the characters (i.e. me acting on each one's behalf) to draw when it was their turn to be card czar. All hands were randomly dealt as well; the Rando Cardrissian hand likewise, nor did I coordinate what got flipped up from it hand by hand. The only hands through which I shuffled round by round and decided what to play were those of the six players who had agency in the game: Crowley, Aziraphale, Pippa, Mandy, Adam, and Uriel. Rob was flipping the Rando cards in their predetermined, random order on behalf of our cameo entity (who may well end up being called Rando from now on if certain other characters are feeling mean enough; Crowley hates it). In short, I set the game up and played it out while writing start to finish in order to let the characters react accordingly. This took hours, but they were hours (and many cups of coffee) well spent.
Summary: It's all fun and games until punchy honesty applies.

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