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Title: No Lodging
Characters: Xander, Spike, Buffy
Rating: PG overall
Warnings: Brief moment of boy kissing
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Spike has made plans for the future. It’s possible not everyone will be happy with them
Beta extraordinaire as always: [ profile] thismaz
Written for the [ profile] spook_me ficathon
Prompts – at the end of the story....
Comments are cuddled and called George

This is my first year doing [ profile] spook_me. I had intended to write something entirely different, but then I had a thought and my first plan got derailed in favour of this....*g*

No Lodging )
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Firstly, a disclaimer – I’ve never watched Oz, and I’ve never watched Law & Order: SVU and if you’re in the same boat as me, don’t let it deter you from reading one of the best fics I’ve read in a very long time.

Someone Like You by the incomparable [ profile] drsquidlove is set after Oz finishes, so imagines what happens when one of the series’ main protagonists, Tobias Beecher tries to settle back into normal life – or at least what might pass as one for someone with addiction issues after 8 years in a maximum security prison. Then one night, he sees Detective Elliot Stabler a crime scene and his world comes tumbling down because Elliot looks just like Toby’s lover from prison, Chris Keller. (Actor Christopher Meloni played both Chris Keller and Elliot Stabler in their respective series)

If you haven’t seen the series, do what I did and treat the characters as OC’s, and if you have seen one or both of the series, you’ll appreciate drsquid’s take on them. Oh and because we find out about what happened to Toby in prison at the same time as Elliot does, again, the lack of series knowledge is never an issue.

So why should you read this story? Apart from the truly excellent writing, the great plotting and the well thought out pacing and rhythm, this is a story where I really cared what happened to the characters. And not just the major ones. All the characters are well drawn and each has their breathing space within the story, so no-one feels superfluous to the tale.

But the main point of this story is Toby and Elliot. These two men are drowning emotionally and slowly start to find some common ground in the oddest friendship that is built on ever shifting sands of need, denial, lies and unexpected moments of tenderness. I shouted at them, I cheered for them, I sighed for them, and once or twice I even cried for them.

If you’re looking for something meaty and wonderful to get your teeth into, then I can thoroughly recommend this story. It’s by drsquidlove, so really, what other recommendation do you need?

There are the many reading options:

Someone Like You – at LJ (so you can view other people’s comments as the good doctor was first posting this story)

Smeone Like You – at Dr Squid’s website

Someone Like You – at A03.

See, I’ve done the hard work, so there’s no excuse not to go read, if you haven't already, and go back and reread if this is a road already travelled. Seriously, if you only read one more story between now and the end of the year, make sure it's this one - just my opinion, of course! *g*

s xx
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I’ve had a lovely fannish week. Last weekend I met back up with my beta and best friend, the very gorgeous [ profile] thismaz and we had a lovely day chatting, and did a live beta on my spookme fic . She gave me notes and I stuck my tongue out at her – it works for us! *g* As ever, when we met up, I have no idea where the time went.

Then today, I was down south because the other half was at a conference nearby and I took the train into the smoke and had a lovely time doing chat and lunch and tea with the equally gorgeous [ profile] brutti_ma_buoni. We chatted about art and museums and Venice and fandom and all sorts of other stuff, including Belgium (because why wouldn't you...) - oh and had prosecco with hibiscus, which was very nice, and included the flower, which we both assumed was edible - if we both disappear from LJ suddenly, then you know it wasn't. All of a sudden 11.30 had become nearly 4 o’clock and I had to make my way back to Euston to catch the train back to meet the other half.

I’m sure there is a PhD to be done in fannish meetings and time/space anomalies because time just seems to disappear.

Anyway, having the opportunity to meet up with them both and have such a lovely, relaxed time is one of the reasons I love my fandom.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

s xx


Oct. 8th, 2015 04:31 pm
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Thanks BBC for spoiling the result of Bake Off. We had guests last night, so recorded it, and intend to settle down tonight to watch it.

I went on the BBC news website without thinking so I could check the news headlines and there it was... My own fault, but did they really have to put the result up at top level! It won't stop me enjoying the programme, but still...

So anyone who doesn't know who won, don't look at the BBC News front page! :)
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Just getting ready to head off for the train to [ profile] writerconuk. Well, it's not exactly a writercon train - as in the Hogwarts Express - although that would be neat, but you know what I mean.

Meeting up with [ profile] thismaz on the train, so we should be in total fannish mood by the time we reach Coventry. So looking forward to catching up with friends, old and new. It's been a while.

More news over the weekend as I get time to check in.

s xx
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Title: The Collector
Characters: Xander, Willow
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Nothing to worry about
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Xander’s found his place in the world, but that doesn’t stop his best friend worrying.
Beta extraordinaire as always: [ profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

This is set in the same universe as my story Being Normal. Although that was mainly about Giles, with a guest spot by Illyria, Xander made a cameo appearance, and it was his job in that story that made me curious about his place in this particular universe. You don’t have to read that story first - suffice to say that Illyria calls Xander ‘The Collector’ when he comes to pick up a fallen slayer. Of course, if you’d like to read both stories back to back, I’d be delighted!

The Collector )
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I’m chuffed to bits that I got some nominations at the next round of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards

Sunnydale Memorial Awards nomination button photo SunnydaleMemorialAwardsNomination_zpsdc3a2751.jpg

My Gen, Giles, Illyria, Xander angst fest Being Normal is nominated in:
• Best Angst
• Best Drama
• Best Gen Fic
• Best Post-series Fic

And my other Giles/Ethan angst fest One Of These Days was nominated in:
• Best Pairing Unconventional
• Best Slash
• Best Characterisation

Both were written for the 10th anniversary of [ profile] summer_of_giles, which is kind of ironic considering I didn’t actually think I’d be able to write anything for the community this year!

Thank you so much to the lovely person/people who nominated me, you’ve really have made my day. Nominations are open until the end of September, so go check out the brilliant stuff that’s already there and if you don’t see you favourite, there’s still time to do something about it! Voting starts October 1.

Bounces and considers having a glass of wine...

S xx
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Title: Distraction
Characters: Xander/Spike
Rating: PG overall
Genre: Slash relationship
Warnings: Some boy/boy kissing
Word count: 1,400
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing
Summary: Xander’s grown up a lot since his days in the basement. Spike’s okay with that
Beta extraordinaire as always: [ profile] thismaz
Comments are cuddled and called George

This is a one-shot to support [ profile] lusciousxander’s Reviving Spander Ficathon. This fic is a complete piece of fluff, but it was lovely to revisit these two. It’s been a while :)

Distraction )
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So following up yesterday's mainly US focused meme, today we have a Brit version that was originated by [ profile] cmcmck and most of my flist seem to be doing - looks at [ profile] curiouswombat, [ profile] kazzy_cee and [ profile] gillo. So I thought I might as well join in. :)

Brit meme thingy... )
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So everyone seems to be doing this household meme, and being a sheep, I decided to play too. It's bizarrely nosy, but I suppose that's part of the fun.

Household memage under this cut )
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Some lovely person/people have nominated some of my stuff at this year’s [ profile] wicked_awards.

They are:

One of these Days, my Giles/Ethan ficlet in the Guise will be Guise (Best Slash) category

Red Frame, White Light in:
Bring on the Night (Best Dark) category
I Will Remember You (Best Angst) category
This Old Gang of Mine (Best Gen) category

Cracks in the World series in the Storyteller (Best Series) category

As always, I’m very flattered to have my fics nominated, so thank you. The nominations are open until August 31, so go check out what’s already nominated right here at the No Rest for the Wicked Awards. There's already some wonderful work nominated, but there's always room for more love, so go nominate more goodies if you don’t see your favourites already up there.

Go on, make someone’s day. I know getting these nominations has made my week.

PS: I would have displayed a nominee button, but for some reason my computer isn’t letting me save them, but imagine there is a pretty here as well! :)

s xx


Aug. 3rd, 2015 10:43 am
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Finally got around to booking my room for [ profile] writerconuk next month - yay!

Now I just have to book train tickets and pay the registration and I'll be done. Nods to self and adds to the to do list.

Look forward to seeing everyone there :)

s x
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Title: One of these Days
Characters: Giles/Ethan
Warnings: Slash(ish)
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: In the aftermath of Eyghon, Giles is falling apart
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [ profile] thismaz
Written for 2015 [ profile] summer_of_giles

For my first [ profile] summer_of_giles story this year, I gave poor Giles some post-series angst in Being Normal, so it seemed only fitting to bookend it with some pre-series angst, because I just love to make the poor man suffer :)

Thanks again to [ profile] katekat1010 and [ profile] il_mio_capitano for being brilliant mods and to everyone who makes this community such a pleasure to hang out in every year.

One of these Days )
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Look here, I have a shiny!

Red Frame, White Light won Best Gen Fic at the Sunnydale Memorial Awards Round 31. Doing my best Sally Fields impression, thank you to the lovely folks who voted for it

Huge congratulations to everyone whose hard work was recognised, but especially to my flisties – [ profile] shapinglight, [ profile] brutti_ma_buoni, the very gorgeous [ profile] baudown and the even more gorgeous [ profile] speakr2customrs, who I am embarrassed to say I missed off when I posted yesterday because I'm completely dozy and didn't see his name - duh!

The pretty is here under the cut... )
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Title: Pushing Limits
Characters: Xander/ Lindsey
Warnings: Preslash
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Xander’s a little lost the summer after Buffy’s dive from Glory’s tower. Lindsey’s a little lost after cutting ties with Wolfram & Hart
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [ profile] thismaz

This one is a little different for me, but once I had the thought in my head, it just wouldn’t let go until I put it down.

Pushing Limits )
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I was ambling around on You Tube this afternoon (because that’s what you do when you should be doing other stuff...) and I came across this little thing that just made me laugh, and go eek.

It’s a message from the Sherlock team (well most of them) to the folks attending Comic Con this year

Everyone else has probably seen it, but it was new to me! *g*

s x
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Huge Happy Birthday wishes to my very loved beta and best friend [ profile] thismaz.

I can’t begin to say how very happy I am that I wrote to you once upon a time, many moons ago... to tell you Observations blew me away, because that email led to a friendship that means a huge amount to me.

I hope you have a lovely day and the best of years to come

Much love
S xxx
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Title: Being Normal
Characters: Giles, Illyria, Xander
Warnings: Gen – I know, shocking isn’t it!
Disclaimer: Joss and Mutant Enemy et al, own everything. I own nothing.
Summary: Giles always thought his life was normal. It’s not easy realising you were wrong
Comments and feedback are cuddled and called George
Beta extraordinaire: [ profile] thismaz
Written for 2015 [ profile] summer_of_giles

It’s [ profile] summer_of_giles' first open day for this year! I hadn’t signed up for a specific day this year because I didn’t think RL was going to allow me time to write anything, but I managed to sneak something under the wire.

Huge thanks as ever to [ profile] katekat1010 and [ profile] il_mio_capitano for being awesome mods!

Being Normal )
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When The Beating of the Bounds was drawing to a close last year, there was a bit of comment wondering what Willow and my OC, the tailor talked about when the rest of the gang were off facing the Master. This ficlet takes a sneaky peek back into the library to find out.

Title: Sewing the Seeds (missing scene from The Beating the Bounds)
Summary: Willow gets some stuff off her chest and the tailor listens because that's what he does.
Characters: Willow, the Tailor (OC)
Rating: nothing to worry about
Warnings – The misspelling in the title is deliberate!
Disclaimer – Joss and Mutant Enemy et al own everything. I own nothing apart from my OCs
Beta extraordinaire: [ profile] thismaz
Comments as always are welcomed, cuddled and called George...

If you are new to this 'verse, this ficlet probably won't make sense without reading the other stories first. If you're interested, start with Cracks in the World, my pre-S1 AU in which Xander already knows about the darker side of Sunnydale and Giles has arrived in town waiting for his Slayer. That's followed up by The Beating of the Bounds which is how S1 might have gone due to the events in Cracks in the World.

Sewing the Seeds )
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FYI: I'm in the process of very slowly doing a very overdue update to my big multi-genre rec lists. So if anyone gets a ping on an old fic of theirs and wonders what's going on, it's just me inserting a mention into the appropriate list.

I've not done any updates since the beginning of 2012, so this may take a while...

Hope everyone is having a good weekend

s xx
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