barbayat: (Molly from Sherlock)
Well few updates, because while I wanted to do more graphic stuff and write more, it just did not happen. My stupid MS - while thankfully not the most aggressive one - does affect my eye sight somewhat fiercely. It was already acting up for a while when I tried to work on pretty detailed stuff or went on a writing binge.

Then last Tuesday/Wednesday it turned into a flare-up and holy shit, it's gotten bad again on Thursday.

At least I could write from time to time and since I went to the doctor and got back on cortisone. That stuff just keeps me up and hyped - but later today I go out to get the last dose so Monday/Tuesday should be an everything hurts in my neck day paired with feeling super exhausted ... hope it passes faster as it's only three days of cortisone this time.

Hope I can post the next AaA chapter, too but I'll have to see. Got a second beta and wow, I did needed to improve a lot on this chapter and that meant about 2k plus more stuff to beta, too.

But I'm doing good with this story. I'm now past 165k for it. Want to reach 180 by the end of March.
barbayat: (Khan on Kronos)
Finally I finished "All there is". The first story of the trilogy surrounding Khan set after the events of Star Trek into Darkness.

This makes me so insanely happy, even though the story is technically not really over as I've still got to write Khan rescuing his crew. But I've vowed to finish some other stories first.

I've written a lot this year, despite getting MS, having mostly problems with my eyes, so I'm pretty proud of All there is and my huge Teen Wolf fanfic Always an Alpha even though I'm far from finishing it. But I'm on it. That is one of the stories I really hope to finish in 2014.

Another Teen Wolf success is the SS-Santa Story I wrote for Cal, where I took a liking to the Peter/Stiles pairing. So much that I'm going to write in this AU verse (just like Always an Alpha the new 3B season makes this story AU). But being a rabid Pydia shipper I'm going to include not just slash but also het (awww, yes I can't help myself, I'm not a slasher at heart). I'm currently trying to finish the next instalment which is pure Pydia porn (which in my case means I need 5k plus to get to the juicy stuff).

more plans for 2014 )

Oh and I already posted another fanfic for the "penises falling from the sky" prompt: It is a total crack fic with Skeletor/Evil-Lyn/Hordak porn and He-Man being assaulted by a penis army.

There are of course more story ideas and projects but I like to finish those as they are the most advanced.
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barbayat: (teen wolf - lydia peter season 2)
It's the first of January and I think I should keep better track of fanfiction plans and the like.

Last year, I had three major obsessions: Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness, Loki from Marvel's Cinematic Universe and Peter from Teen Wolf. I started getting plot bunnies for all three. Birthright for Loki fell a bit apart after my beta dropped me and I decided to pause a bit to focus on Khan. Then something happened and at some point my Khan feels were not the same anymore. *pouts* But a least on the 31st December 2013 I did manage to finish my Khan fanfic All there is(the first part of the planned trilogy at least).

more below the cut )
barbayat: (hannibal upset)
So, I love the tagging system but it becomes a problem when there is this wall of tags.

Often I just want to read about one character or one pairing ... most often I do not find anything to my liking anyway. However, I usually have to wade through all the stories that are there most of which I don't even care to read the summary. If I do it seems like they are not even about the character.

Why is that? Because some people feel the need to tag for every character that shows up however briefly. It's so annoying and makes looking for the right fanfic really annoying.
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From Khan at the top to Chekov at the bottom, this is how I like my Star Trek slash fanfics.

Chart under the cut )

A few prompts:

Khan wakes up and makes Bones pay for every drop of blood he has taken from him ...

Kirk rests peacefully in his hospital bed, when a familiar voice tells him that Kirk owes him his life and now he belongs to him ...

Bones realised that Sulu is not someone he wants to piss off, but threatening Khan is never a good idea. Khan/Sulu about the fallout from the "torpedo bluff" ...

Mirror-Universe X-Over, members of the crew end up in the mirrorverse and when discovered are brought before Khan, who rules over the Terran Empire.

Also like a sequal to RED

A slightly guilty Spock asks Bones if he might have gone too far with Chekov. Bones just knows how to treat guilt and gives Spock a demonstration on how to be a better dom.
barbayat: (Khan darkness)
Finished another chapter of The Admiral's daugther and had minor revelation today. Looking at the last four characters I wrote about (I could include others) there is a very common theme about them.

Tell me if you notice it:

Do you notice a trend - Graphic )

Now to edit said chapter.
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Having a not so good day (mood-wise) I decided to do some more research and ended up watching the three parter with the Augments in the Archer Enterprise series.

o_O 0_o Hmm, was not impressed at all. I get it that not everyone in a tv show can be smart or act smart but if you give me villains as antagonists and tell me several times how much smarther they are supposed to be and then show me that they are mostly idiots with some minor hacking skills - I am disappointed.

Being able to play around with computer is not all there is to a superior mind, these Augments could hardly think for themselves. So depressing. Especially after having seen how brilliant and awesome you can write a super smart villain ...

Most pathetic part was the lead idiot trashing Khan for taking his crew on the Botany Bay and then in the end murdering like his crew and all the embryos they stole.

I know it is hard to write a character smarter than yourself - but please at least try. If I can do it, surely a paid writer can do a better job.
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barbayat: (Khan on Kronos)
I am really happy with the progress of my All there is story.

Finished my edit of chapter 8!!

Then I finally solved another problem, that bothered me.

What I still need to do:

- figure out where to end the first arch
- what to call the overall series
- outline the second story arch in greater detail ""
- figure out how to do POV ...

- of course do the same with the rest of the story arch
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barbayat: (Khan on Kronos)
The problem when you have such a huge plotty fanfic, you need to read / watch up on so many things.

Contemplating whether I should read the Eugenenic Wars novels - the last of the three seems to go contrary to the novelization of Wrath of Khan. Having a different background for Joachim. I rather prefer to stick with the latter.

At any rate, the day started slow, but at least the weekend is over (I hate that on weekends there is seldom anyone around to chat with) so I started studying up on some TNG episodes.

This research is in regard to my OFC, who will finally show up in the next chapter and then stick around for most chapters to come. While a lot of her background will only come out slowly, it's about time, I checked up on a few specifics. Mostly to determine some of her reactions as Khan will notice these ...

The TNG episodes I need to watch or already have watched are:

  • Q Who

  • Yesterday's Enterprise

  • The Best of Both World's

  • Time's Arrow


Just as I also need to watch Generations again :D Yep, that awful film. If you read the fanfic, keep in mind what the episodes and the film have in common, you might pick up on something before it is revealed. It is not a huge spoiler anyway.
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barbayat: (Loki smiling)
I am trying hard to maintain my writing habit of writing/editing daily and so far I am doing good.

Now, this is mainly a progress report (also something I did before but never got around to doing regularly) about what I worked on this week and want to do next week.

My main fanfic All there is has now four chapters posted, I got back chapter edits for two and three from my beta and probably upload them again later tonight.

Also sent off chapter 4 and 5 to my beta [personal profile] alessnox.

Chapter 6 is filled with notes, different versions of the beginning and an overall uneasy feeling.

mild spoilers for themes, not events of my fanfic )

Which is probably why I have allowed myself to also write a little PWP with a Khan/Carol Marcus pairing ;) The Admiral's Daugther is not related to All there is but it is way more relaxing to write ...

Thanks to tumblr, my personal headcanon casting for Khan's right hand man, Joachim, is now Tom Hiddleston.
If they ever thaw Khan and his crew up for a later sequel, they just have to make that a reality.

My other projects are currently on ice.
barbayat: (Khan Heart)
I thought I share a few of the fanfics I do enjoy. I admit I do not read every story, because I do not like Sherlock/STID crossovers, there are a few other stories I have avoided for personal reasons, that I might end up reading later on ...

Recommendations under the CUT )
barbayat: (Khan - You amuse me)
Can happily say that I am making progress with the story. Even though lately I have done more editing than actually write new scenes. I keep going back to chapters and re-read them realising that something is amiss or that I mentioned something already.

So I edit, make one occurrence just a passing mention or delete it all together if possible and then clarify that point at better junction in the story.

Introducing my second OC, since she is kind of important to the story, was also something I had a hard time with. Not that I am nervous about people going: OMG, Mary Sue - but because I had to think about how Khan would see her, as he is the POV. That was pretty fun though once I figured it out.

Speaking of POV, I figured that problem out as well. I am going to separate the story by arcs. While some themes will be carried over a main issue will be solved in each one. Giving it some conclusion. For the first story I will stick to Khan's POV - the second part will involve the Enterprise crew, so maybe then I go ahead and use multiple POVs.

Making full use of the series feature on A03, I will also indulge in writing a few gratuitous smut scenes. Who knows maybe I write a few one-shots about some OCs and other canons that relate to the story as well.

BTW, All there is on A03, and hanging out a lot in these two chat rooms: Chat 1 and Chat 2 so if you are looking for writing session join me or contact me and I might just join you ;)
barbayat: (fanfic the taking)
Fandom:

Hard Target (1993)

A John Woo Action movie with Van Damme as the hero, the story focuses on the two bad guys played by Arnold Vosloo (Pik) and Lance Hendrisken (Emil)

Characters:Pik Van Cleaf, Emil Fouchon
Pairings:Pik Van Cleaf / Original Female Character
Rating:Mature

Summary:

Pik ends up on a road trip with Sandrine Mosley, a soon 18-year old girl who may or may not be Fouchon's daugther. Although Pik is a professional, he is also a sadistic killer and his hostage intrigues him.

Notes:
This is a rewrite of the same story I wrote 10 years ago. I always knew I needed to overhaul it and now I am doing it. It is becoming much more explicit. The word count is rising and that with about the same stuff happening as before. However, I do try to reflect more on why Sandrine acts the way she does by bringing up how her relationship with her father influenced her. I also made things a bit steamier, by including a few fantasies from Pik about her which go into non-con territory. I also want to make it clearer that she becomes attracted to Van Cleaf even though or maybe because he scares her.



Things that might turn a beta reader off:
  • awkward sentence structure
  • misuse of words (I am not a native speaker)
  • age difference (she is almost 18 and he is closer to 40)
  • Pik fantasizing about raping the OC (which I can leave out, I need a M version for ff.net anyway)
  • sexual tension often bordering on sexual assault
  • one count of definite sexual assault (clothes cutting, breast touching)
  • sex with dubious consent (not recommend for people triggered by sexual assault)
  • bondage and spanking
  • people being beaten up
  • people being shot
  • one count of torture (tied to a chair, beated up with fists)
  • long chapters
  • long story over 50k

I am just happy if I find anyone to work on the spelling and fix awkward phrases (or just tell me which sentences are really in need of fixing)
barbayat: (Loki This usually works)
As some of you might know, ff.net has this beta reader feature. Literally anyone can offer their services. However, about 80% of the listed betas haven't been to the side in years (at least from the profiles I looked at) and most of them can not properly label their entries.

I am looking for a beta for my Hard Target fanfic (which I wrote from 2001 to 2002) and I am rewriting it and I really really could use someone who does not mind the darker topic. So on top of the problem that I am the only beta listed for that movie, I need someone who would not mind reading explicit stuff (violence, dub-con and rape fantasies).

Which would be far less excruciating, if not for the fact, that most betas listed are inactive. The second problem is that while searching under the categories "All Movies" it also lists people just registered for individual stories, sometimes single fandoms. I only read Harry Potter, is not something I expect from a beta in the "All Movies" category. Fucking lazy coding, ff.net - no thanks.

To make things even more annoying, on top of all that, I find writers who object to (explicit) violence, smut or anything M while listed under the category K to M! Fuck that is it really that hard to list K-T or whatever is your limit?

I guess I end up posting the story un-beta-read and full of grammar mistakes. Not as if anyone cares to read it at any rate ....

I just wonder where did all the sadistic editors of my teenage years go to, who loved to beta-read about everything just for the fun of mocking my inability to write? I miss you guys! You were the best.
barbayat: (fanfiction matrix of the dead)
There was this awkward silence in the car which was finally broken by Agent Brown.

“Do you possess all our access codes?”

Two sun glass shielded gazes probed Gina Larson, a third one was occasionally eyeing her from the rear view mirror.

“No, I do not have any of your access codes. Just Johnson's.”

Saying his name almost made her cry again. Before they were transferred out of their human bodies into the Matrix, the main concern had been how much of their humanity would be lost. Right now, she wished their had been some loss. She had reasons to grief before but never like this.

She had read about heartache in novels but she never imagined that it would actually physically hurt. Gina did not even care any more that the agents saw her as she was now. She pulled Jones' Jacket closer around her and did her best to pull herself together.

“What were you and Agent Johnson doing in the hotel room?”

Brown said leaning closer while looking at her thigh and the welt that was low and forward enough to be seen. Hearing Smith sharply inhaling she had no doubt he was aware of what was going on.

“Use your imagination”, she shot back.

“I rather you don't”, Smith stated icily.

Clearly confused Brown took a moment to analyse the situation. Which included a search string about the use of hotel rooms, a list of scenarios and various other factors.

“You are having a intimate physical relationship with Agent Johnson.”

The agent said out loud, which was then followed up again by Jones.

“Judging by the fact that she has been whipped with precision few humans could achieve, I would assume they have been practising BDSM.”

“Enough”, Gina and Smith said simultaneously.

“My mistake, social protocol would deem it inappropriate to discuss your sexual preferences in these circumstances.”

“Social protocol? The whole concept is revolting enough to turn my stomach.”

Smith almost spat as he was uttering these words, making it no secret what he thought about this affair. However, Agent Brown was not willing to let matters rest.

“Might I inquire why you were keeping this a secret from us?”

“We kept it secret because he knew you would re-act like close minded, irrational bigots. That is why.”

Gina's anger was clearly directed at Agent Smith who was making it a point to keep an inch between her and him. Instead of re-acting to her tirade he turned his eyes towards the windows. Bigot was not insulting him, close mindedness was similarly not affecting him. The part where she referred to him as irrational was making him pause to analyse the situation.

When his analysis revealed that his revulsion of the situation could not be explained other than having an irrational bias, he searched for alternative reasons to justify his disgust of the situation.
barbayat: (Loki smiling)
I am actually making good progress across the board. It seems I have a good run with my rewrite for the Hard Target fanfic called "Beloved Target" (hmm I still need a better title) ....

I am not into chapter 5 and it would probably go faster if I did not literally had to rewrite everything. There are so many more things I need to add or change to make the characters actions more plausible. I also want to bring in more tension.

At the same time I am making progress with the Loki fanfic. Talked to my beta reader and decided to make it three stories. After all the idea was always consisting of three main arcs so I just separating them more officially. I am calling the first one "Enemy of my Enemy" and name the series Birthright.

Not sure what to call the second and third one yet.

But I am down to chapter 10 and I think the first story might amount to 18 chapters ... depends a bit on where I let it end exactly.

All in all, if you know someone who loves to correct grammar - send them my way. I don't mind harsh comments as long as I get rid of all the mistakes.
barbayat: (fanfiction matrix of the dead)
I like this new year already. Made great progress with my writing. While I am not getting closer to finish anything at the moment, it is not for lack of words flowing out of me. Unlike in the last week of 2012 were I barely got anything done and did almost no writing at all.

My problem is that I work on too many things - but I sort of need to. Like yesterday when I finished an important chapter of my Loki ff and realised I needed a break from it. Cue to writing more on my Matrix of the Dead fanfic.

So far I have worked on:


  • Beloved Target (Hard Target) - Rewrote Chapter 1 and started on re-writing Chapter 2!
  • Birthright (The Avengers/Thor) - After being stuck in Chapter 9 since before Xmas I finished it.
  • Matrix of the Dead (The Matrix Series) - Got a good start an outline finally done in 2012 but now I am getting somewhere
  • Need (Sherlock) - Small progress but progress
  • Bad becomes worse (Captain America) - Got some things sorted out and got a start on the first scene with Schmidt in chapter 4


All in all, I am quite happy. Especially since today started with a rough draft for a nice scene with Smith, Brown and Jones and my semi-naked OFC in the middle wishing desperately she was some place else. I can't put into words how much I enjoy writing Smith as a mean bastard.
barbayat: (fanfic bad becomes worse)
Even though I did not spend that much time writing on my Red Skull fanfic, I am happy with the progress I made. I know, it is another new fanfic and the simple PWP idea turned into something larger - I just can't keep myself short.

The first evening/night of punishment for Adrienne, my OFC, after she again tried to escape, is complete. Needed three chapters of varying length, all together around 9300 words.

I still need a beta, but I think I am going to publish the first and second chapter soon. Just need time to re-read and eliminate the worst spelling and missing word errors.
barbayat: (fanfiction matrix of the dead)
It's been a long time since I written anything with someone - but I liked it and I thought why not try again?

The plot is already quite detailed in some places but there is still a lot of room for a co-writer to get their own ideas in.

some info and plot mentions )
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barbayat: (Loki This usually works)
... my first experiences with the online fanfic community I had too much exposure to them.

Who is them? The misogynistic rabid!slasher crowd. Types who were so fanatic about their m/m pairings that they would label any and all female characters the men are actually interested in canon or in fanfiction as Mary Sues. Sometimes they also tend to black the canon woman love interests out.

Which would not be a problem if they just decide for their stories that they write the character in question gay and thus disregard the hook-ups with female characters.

But these people need to have other people agreeing with them. They either go out and attack people who write het with one of the man of their OTP m/m ship or they go around and need people confirm that the female in canon was just an awful Sue and that it is okay to drop her entirely.

Just fucking drop her if you want to focus on m/m. That is just fine.

Or maybe the character bi and build in a nice conflict having "him" been torn between the two people he is attracted to.

It's fanfic - you can do what ever you like. Just do not expect others to validate your crap as if it was gospel. Christ on a cracker, that bullcrap hurts my brain.
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