templemarker: random: a phonograph (phonograph)
Look to the Beat
by templemarker

Notes: I was delighted and mildly terrified to sign up for my first-ever Shousetsu Bang Bang ([info]s2b2) last month. SSBB, if you're unfamiliar, is an original fiction 'zine in the style of Japanese m/m romance books. To say I'm unfamiliar with those would be an understatement, but I've read some wonderful original slash fiction from SSBB and wanted to contribute.

This is the first original story I've written in nearly twelve years; when I found fanfiction, that was kind of it for me when it came to writing. So this was a real challenge for me, one I hadn't had for awhile. The working title of this story was "So You Think You Can Step Up to Save the Center Stage, only with dudes." Thanks, so much, to [personal profile] samjohnsson for beta and hand-holding, and to my sister and brother-in-law for listening to me talk about this story for ages. Feedback is deeply appreciated. Originally posted here.

It hadn't taken much, through the gossipy dancer's grapevine, to learn that Javier--Javi, he liked to be called--had taken on teaching a couple of classes at a studio out in Silver Lake. Lyrical hip hop on Tuesdays, the class David was in now, and B-Boy Basics on Saturday mornings. David was willing to do a lot of things for his first year trying out for If You Know You Can Move, but there was no way he was going to try to hold his entire body up by one lean arm. )
templemarker: the dresden files: harry looking surprised. (dresden always)
Yesterday, upon checking my friendslist, there were quite literally ten posts in a row linking to the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer.

Allow me to be a gleeful lemming:



Oh, that's just going to be brilliant. For a John Le Carre novel set in the era of bad hair, anyway.

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You may not know this about me, but I am a rabid fan of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. I've been reading them for years, originally on the reccomendation of [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey back when I lived in the UK. I actually vividly remember reading Proven Guilty in the British Museum, and not knowing any of the backstory but thinking it was a cracking good read--enough to get me through some of the less likeable aspects of the first three novels. Anyway, my sister and BIL fell into them a couple of years after I did, and we all obsessively read and re-read and listen to the audiobooks and talk, talk, talk. I would be shocked if a week went by where one of us didn't bring it up as an in-joke, or meta, or on a re-read.

Also, I get to gently scar my sister with thoughts of Dresden/Marcone, which is fun. As we were painting the house this past week, I'm pretty sure I rambled for thirty minutes straight about why Marcone is one of the greatest counterbalances to Dresden in the books despite his relativistic morality.

All this to say that I've become keen to the idea of hosting a Dresden Files ficathon this summer--[info]dresdenficathon last held one in 2008, and since then the fandom has grown. We have [community profile] dresden_kink! We have a fairly active fandom tag on the AO3! We have [info]mafiabanter!

So I'm hoping there's enough response to the poll I've put up at [info]dresdenficathon to get this off the ground. If it does, it will be very similar to the Generation Kill winter fic exchange, You Ain't Generation Kill You Ain't Shit [[info]yagkyas] except I'm not going to bother with anonymity. It's just too hard to manage.

Anyway. Please take the poll if you think you'd want to participate!

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I signed up for the Shousetsu Big Bang [[info]bb_shousetsu], which is an original gay fiction webzine that [livejournal.com profile] neomeruru and someone else on my flist [livejournal.com profile] pluvial_poetry! who did an amazing [locked] recs post that I can't find again turned me on to.

I...have not written original fiction since I discovered that other people made up fanfiction in their heads too and dove headfirst into Buffy fandom. That was when I was 17; ten years later (dear god) all of the hundreds of thousands of words I've written hasn't once been original fiction.

To say I find this challenge more intimidating that anything else I've signed up for would be an understatement. I feel so rusty at even the idea that you have to establish your characters' own backstories, that your readers aren't going to have a television show or book or film to do all the expository work for you.

People do it all the time, though, right? I bet a lot of you folks write original fiction. Any words of wisdom?

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We've somehow managed to score sunshine here, the first in what feels like a week or more. I cannot convey how miserable this summer has been, significantly more miserable than last year, which also had an awful overcast month of June. Sunshine is great. Sixty degrees when the blue skies are out is just maddening. I'm not saying I want 100 degree temps--you east coast US people can keep it and your humidity--but could we compromise on 70, maybe 80? The PNW has my heart, but it also has my SADs.

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