popkin16: ("john")
I wrote a thing! It's a WIP, which I understand might not be everyone's thing, but check it out if you like.


Feb. 21st, 2017 11:42 pm
popkin16: (team badass)
I've had this fic idea stuck in my head that I like quite a bit. It's FAR outside my comfort zone, both in terms of plot and content. I've got about 3k down and I'm just...not happy with any of it. To a degree that isn't normal for me (since I never like my writing). I think one of my problems is that I got the idea and just immediately started writing about it, but I should maybe sit down, work out some of the worldbuilding, maybe redo some of the plot. I'd really hate for my struggle to kill whatever motivation and fondness I have for the idea.

I was so so excited to find a package from [personal profile] squidgiepdx - a signed copy of Migrations! I took a selfie with the book, I just have to get off my lazy bum to post it :D

My brother agreed to continue paying the bills, but we decided that - because he has a baby on the way - we should probably start looking into finding a cheaper place to live so he'll have money to, you know, buy diapers and other necessities. We should be picking up the title to our new place tomorrow, have some minor repairs to deal with, and then...moving. Again. We've tentatively figured out that I can afford cable/internet, but we'll see how reality shapes up. I'll keep everyone apprised :)

3 New Fics

Jan. 16th, 2017 08:55 am
popkin16: (so doing it)
I've written 3 McShep fics for fandom_stocking. We still have the rest of the week to fill out stockings, so I'm hoping to get at least two more done :)

Signs From the Universe for [personal profile] squidgiepdx [8k]
Five times John and Rodney 'meet cute', and the one time they finally end up together. AKA a string of connected meet cutes.

Take Me To The Wild for [personal profile] tarlanx  [6k]
When Rodney stumbles into John's bar one evening, he learns that he and his two co-workers are not the only creatures who have left the safety of Atlantis.

On The Shelves for [personal profile] melime  [1k]
Rodney's first book signing, after two years, is at John's bookstore.

I'm very proud of myself for this :D

I really need to get on making that sticky post so I can start encouraging myself to write every day...
I think this is my first time actually posting on DW and not just importing all my journal entries. Hopefully crossposting works! My DW needs so much work - I need to change out my icons and work on my layout (the text is so tiny, whyyy).

My New Year's Resolution is two-fold, the first of which - <i>be more positive</i> - is new. It's going to be a difficult one, since my family is always running into financial woes. The second is the same as last year: write more than the previous year. I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo in November and it really helped keep me writing. I'm thinking of making a sticky-post to keep track of my daily word count - I'll comment each day with how much I wrote. It won't always be more than 0, but hopefully I won't go days without writing.

One positive of 2016 is my success at writing more. In 2015 I wrote 6,721 words total for the year. In 2016 I wrote 45,397. I'm really proud of myself for that, even if I know some people who could write that in one story alone, lol. Hopefully I'll fill my goal of writing even more than 45k! I have tons of ideas, it's just the hard part: actually writing them.

My 2016 Fics

+ Experienced, 1907 words.
Danny's a bit lost while Owen is charting the island.

+ Making A Choice, 6679 words. Written for Tarlan and part of the [livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep .
John knows something has to change to make Weres more accepted on Atlantis. He has a feeling there are more than just a few who share his secret.

+ Division 52, 18644 words. Written as part of the Conspiracy Challenge and a Men in Black crossover.
John never expected aliens.

Refresh My Memory, 1906 words. Co-written with [livejournal.com profile] darkmoore.
John, Rodney and the day after a drunken night of sex...

Gifts Worth Giving, 1138 words. Written for [livejournal.com profile] selenic76.
Wooing, Rodney McKay style.

Riding A Desk, 2170 words. Pure porn.
This was Rodney's favorite kind of meeting.

+ Take Me To The Wild, 6214 words. Written for fandom_stocking and hasn't been revealed yet. I'll make a post when it's finally open for reading.

Right out the gate of 2017, I have at least 2 fics to be written and Romancing McShep to start thinking about. Hopefully it's a sign of how the year will go :)


Dec. 12th, 2016 06:27 am
Things are really taking off at work. 'Tis the season, and all that. I'm always drained by Saturday night, and two days doesn't seem like enough to recover. I work Christmas Eve, 9am to 6pm (when the store closes). My boss said she was scheduling a bunch of people to work 7-4, so at least I'll have help.

I finished Stranger Things, which was amazing. It's also resulted in my first ot3 - Jonathan/Nancy/Steve. Most of the fic for them is kind of same-y though, so I haven't read everything (not that there's much to read). I loved watching the kids on the show, but not enough to seek out fic for them. Joyce/Hopper tends to be a background pairing, so I haven't really read anything for them either. I've been looking for something to replace ST to watch on my own and I've started Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which is entirely the fault of [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx! There are only 7 episodes, so it shouldn't take me too long to finish, and then I think I'll watch The Expanse.

fandom_stocking has gone live, and I'm hoping to do fills for at least three people ([livejournal.com profile] tarlanx, [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx, and [livejournal.com profile] goddess47). Ideally, I'd like to do something for all the McShep shippers, but given how slow at writing I am and the way my ideas tend to get out of control...plus, I want to do something for Winter Magic. I have a teeth-rottingly sweet fic idea that I can hopefully do justice for that. I'm considering signing up for my own stocking (I have two days left to decide), but I worry about giving back as much as I receive. I'm already 3k into a fill for [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx, so I am hopeful about getting things done.

[livejournal.com profile] sgamadison is doing a December Love Meme over on her journal. Stop by and check it out - it's inspiring some great fandom love :)

I got into a fight with some family members on facebook about the 2016 presidential election. My aunt called my words "hateful", which I found darkly amusing, considering the crap Trump has said and gotten away with. My aunt is rich, white, and married. She has little to worry about, with him. These fights have made me very nervous about Christmas, however. I doubt they'll say anything, as it'll be a holiday and they'll want it to be a nice one, but they can be passive aggressive or ignore me completely...I guess we'll see.

I have a 6 page paper due on Wednesday I have no motivation to work on. And next time I get some spare money, I'm getting my nose pierced.

That's it for updates *shrug*
Division 52 (18644 words) by popkin16
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis, Men in Black
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Bates (Stargate Atlantis), Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Daniel Jackson
Additional Tags: Crossover, Romance, First Time, Conspiracy Challenge, Alternate Universe, The MiB is a sub-section of the SGC, cop John

John never expected aliens.

Not much is new this week!

I do want to mention how [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo is really helping me write a little every day. I've seen a goal of 200 words a day and it can be about anything, but I've been trying to do 200 words of fic-writing. Even if I absolutely hate what I've written - and oh boy, have I had days like that - I've made steady progress on my fic, and I only have two more scenes to go (the fic sits at 16k presently). One of which is a sex scene, though I couldn't decide if I should even include one - is it going to disrupt the flow of my story? I guess I'll find out when I send it to beta. (Once I have a beta, anyway. I don't want to assume the people who looked over the first chapter will want to look over the second).

I might create a personal mini-wrimo post on my livejournal and then just comment every day with my word count in the hopes that it'll continue to motivate me to write XD I have so many fic ideas and it would be great to actually get some of them off my list~
Just a quick update to let everyone know I am still chipping away at my Conspiracy fic. The entire fic so far has broken 10k, which is really long for me, lol. I've actually just started the Big Revelation Scene and after this I only have vague ideas of the direction I want the fic to go, so we'll see how things play out. But we're getting there :)


Aug. 7th, 2016 11:44 pm
I've decided to try and post at least once a week about things that aren't just complaints about the crappiness of life :P

First, a tiny gift for [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx:

Surprise! )

[livejournal.com profile] story_works is hosting a Conspiracy Theory challenge, which I've signed up for. I think I need a kick in the pants to get some writing done, since I haven't done any in ages. So many plans, but so much laziness to overcome lol. I'll be doing a Men in Black crossover thing, though as it stands I don't know how much of the fic is actually going to focus on the crossover aspect - it may end up being more of a background thing. But a friend on tumblr gave me this fantastic detail for the fic that I'm hoping I have fun with :D

I have [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx's new fic to read, which looks really good. The author of Mer's Moving Castle recently posted on tumblr asking if someone is willing to read through the rest of the fic before she posts. I volunteered (though I have to reread what she already has posted) and I'm super excited. I like this author and I'm very intrigued by the fic.

I remember now why I don't post every week - nothing much happens in my life that's worth reporting, lol. I work and read~

New fic

Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:36 am
popkin16: (you're so mine)
Riding A Desk

read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/29XXcCF

by popkin16

This was Rodney’s favorite kind of meeting.

Words: 2170, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

popkin16: (peep show)
Anyone willing to take a look at 2k of porn? I wrote it an hour before bedtime and I have a problem with tense shifts, so it probably definitely needs some work.

Scenario: Rodney, naked and sprawled out over John's office desk. With John fully clothed and leaning over him.

In other news, I lost my new phone. It was fairly cheap - the phone, case, and activation fee only came to about ~$80, but I was still kicking myself over it. My first new phone in two years, and I only had it for like a month or two. Oh, self.

It has been SO HOT here lately, dear god. Sometimes I have to cover the cart pusher's lunch, which means I'm outside in the heat (anywhere between 80-90 degrees fahrenheit) pushing heavy carts uphill for an hour. I'm always tired, sticky, and very irritable afterward. It makes a person dread going to work. Plus, once again, two of my coworkers are leaving for vacation this week, which means Saturday - our busiest day and my birthday - is going to be hellishly stressful. But I took a day off in early August, which means I get 4 days off in a row (since I normally have Sunday/Monday/Wednesdays off anyway), so there's that :D

I hope everyone is doing well :)
I feel like every time I post, it's bad news. Next week at work is going to suck (we're down 2 people, so I have to pick up the slack) and money issues (two large, unexpected bills). But I'm determined to cheer myself up, so I thought I'd share one of my WIPs. I recently reread what I've completed of a soulmate fic that I haven't looked at in months, and I was actually impressed by what I had.

So: soulmate fic. In which every person has a gem implanted in their upper arm at birth that lights up when they meet their soulmate (it also makes their arm ache). Taken from Sharon Shinn's Samaria series, but I'm going to give it a Stargate twist.

Nothing can ever be easy with these two )

What I want with this fic is to write about John and Rodney falling in love despite being soulmates, not because of it. Maybe even some active resistence ;)
I have the flu again. Second time in as many months :( I'm at least past the "rush to the bathroom" part, but I have this terrible headache that won't away. I have work tomorrow, but I plan to get up early and see how I feel - that way I'll call in with a couple hours to spare for them to find someone cover. If I feel up to it, I'll go in, though I'd love to have the day off.

In much better news, thanks to the amazing [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx's generosity, I'm going to Squee Weekend again this year! I'm so excited, and I wish it were October already (though I do need the intervening months to save up, so I guess I shouldn't rush things). I'm flying out on the 6th and leaving for home the 11th :D Plenty of time to kick back and hang with the best people I know.

I was supposed to be working on my dragon AU, but I ended up starting this Vampire/bar AU. I was hit with the urge to write a vampire fic (I blame this series), but I wanted to do something original with it, and I remembered this tumblr post about combining tropes instead of doing the same ol' thing. So Vampire!John runs a bar that is "neutral ground" for the Inhuman - nobody is allowed to attack any other being while there, whether they're your mortal enemy or not. Rodney stumbles upon it one night, and then there's some vampire politics, possibly a kidnapping, and definitely some romance. I want to try doing some world building with this one. We'll see.

My list of tv shows to watch is really getting out of hand, I need to get in the habit of watching 1 episode per day or something, just so I make some progress. I seem to have an easier time with the half hour shows, so I'm currently making excellent progress through Bob's Burgers. I'm still reading fic despite promising more than one friend I'd read the Captive Prince trilogy, which has been highly recommended by 3 people whose taste I trust. Not to mention all the free original fiction I recently discovered... Damn you fic, always holding my attention hostage!

Other than that, it's just work. Never enough help, always stressful.
I've been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] selenic76 and [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx! The idea is to share seven lines from the seventh pageof a WIP of your choice. And then tag seven other writers to do the same :)

Most of my WIPs don't have 7 pages (yet), so I just chose a passage I liked. I love soulmate AU's and wanted to try my hand at one. I'm basing my "soulmate" idea off Sharon Shinn's Samaria series, where at birth everyone has a crystal implanted in their arm (called a Kiss), which lights up when a person meets their soulmate.

Cut for fic )

I want to post another snippet because I was tagged twice :P SO. I was working on a hooker!Rodney fic, because it's usually John, unless Rodney is young in the fic. It's very loosely based on the Kushiel Legacy series, where the dominant religion of the world considers prostitution a sacred service. Rodney was chosen to serve when he was young and pretty (but still legal). As he grew, however, he became more of an aquired taste (people are dumb), so his House decided to make him their financial officer. However, if a 'client' requests Rodney, he's still required to serve.

I decided to just post almost all that I have (which is quite long). It was written a long time ago, so I'll probably end up fussing with it if/when I pick it back up.

Read more... )

I tag [livejournal.com profile] aadarshinah, [livejournal.com profile] squidgiepdx, and anybody else who hasn't been tagged yet.

ETA: I've also been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] danceswithgary, so here is one more snippet :) As always, it's subject to editing.

Cut for 3rd fic )
This year, I set myself the goal of actually posting fic. So far it's gone well, but I want to keep it up, or at least keep the writing going. Unfortunately, I have so many WIPs and fic ideas that choosing something to settle on is proving difficult. I keep changing my mind, or spending all my writing time trying to pick something. Unfortunately, I'm never leaning toward anything in particular. I want to write and post all my ideas, haha.

I ended up pulling up the Dragon AU at random, and surprisingly I still really like it? Though I'm aware I'm doing a lot of telling and not showing. It's really rare for me to actually like something I've written though, so I'm having a hard time scrapping it all and starting over. So even though I've somwhat chosen something, I'm still not making progress.

Ughhh. I'll have to set aside some time tomorrow and really think about this.

New fic!

May. 9th, 2015 04:36 am
Anchor Me, ~2k.
All practitioners of magic need a proper Anchor. Rodney's just met his.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx's fandom stocking.
Titles are hard, whether they be for fics or for journal posts.

Complaints, musings, happiness )

My fic!

Dec. 18th, 2014 03:45 am
I know I had a few people offer to beta for me, only a couple of which who had the chance to look it over, but it's been weighing on my mind. So I thought I'd post my mourning lanterns fic and feel finished with it, so I can move on to other projects :)

To write list:
+ [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx's stocking fic
+ [livejournal.com profile] selenic76's coffee & cuddles
+ Ancient roomba fic for [livejournal.com profile] aadarshinah, who loves robots (and I love ancient tech that has a crush on Rodney)
+ Practical Magic AU
popkin16: (stargate: the legend)
I set myself a personal NaNo goal of 25000 to 30000 words. Second day in and I cut my finger pretty good at work and typing hurts. Booo.



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