darkhavens
14 February 2012 @ 11:13 pm
Hearts and hugs and happy tears
Thank you, so very much, to the anon(s) who gifted a whole bunch of my comms with glass heart v-gifts; also to ellia and sciencegeek, who gifted bloodclaim with the hearts; and to literati, tabaqui, and another, or possibly the same, anon who sent me beautiful glass heart v-gifts.

The last few months have been rough, and 2012 has not gone well so far, but your thoughtfulness and kindnesses had me crying my first happy tears of the year, so again I say THANKYOU.

I hope you all had a good Half-Price Chocolate Day Eve. ;)

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darkhavens
25 December 2011 @ 09:28 pm
HAPPY WATSIT DAY!





I hope you're all having/have had/will have a wonderful, festive, celebratory moment of your choice, even if your choice is not to have one at all. ;)
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darkhavens
15 September 2011 @ 05:41 pm
Apathy and procrastination are my newest addictions
Yeesh. Nearly two months since I've posted anything. What a fun time that's been!

I signed up for ae_match, with oodles of enthusiasm and ideas for fic. I wrote the first chapter of an Inception/Harry Potter crossover (Eames is a Malfoy squib, dontcha know!), building on art by the amazing pearljamz, and then... came down with a month long bout of bronchitis that had me coughing up enough green goo to provide special effects for a remake of the Exorcist. Bleh.

Once I could breathe again, I mostly slept for two weeks, told everyone I was feeling much better and started work on chapter two... and then the bronchitis boomeranged back and wiped me out for a second time.

I still feel like I want to sleep for a month and eat nothing but Tesco Midget Gems - they were all that kept me going through both bouts, odd but true. I was constantly ravenous but too wiped to crawl to the kitchen. Mommie Dearest was delivering them in bulk.

Now, every time I think 'I'll write something!' or 'Oh, dear gods, I have so many emails to wade through in my inbox, I'd better get started on that right now...', I somehow end up at neopets (I KNOW!), or playing just one last game of freecell, or urgently needing to watch this movie or the entire season x of y show.

I want to write! I just...

I started this post two hours ago, got the title in place, and realised I hadn't opened tweetdeck in forever. 106 tweets later (and a dozen linked in webpages and images and hey, while I'm on channel 4's news website, I'll just see what's been happening in the world...) I actually started to type.

ae_match is officially over, but there's a grace period until the end of September and the fic is sitting in my brain waiting to come out (and the one where Arthur is the baby of a crime family full of much larger brothers, and the one where he and Eames (are) own(ed by) a Maine Coon called Mr Charles who hates Cobb), but... words fail me.

So, how you all doin'? :D
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darkhavens
29 July 2011 @ 02:34 am
Womanthology, and Batgirl speaks out
(Apparently I can post but still not comment. DDoSers, you suck monkey balls.)



Womanthology is a large scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, including top industry professionals such as:

* Barbara Kesel (Writer/Editor Marvel, DC, Crossgen, Image, Dark Horse)
* Gail Simone ( DC writer, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Secret Six)
* Annie Nocenti ( Marvel writer, Daredevil, Editor for Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants)
* Ming Doyle ( Boom, Image, Marvel artist)
* Devin Grayson (DC writer; Batman, Nightwing, New Titans)
* Lauren Montgomery (Director & Storyboard Artist - Justice League, DC)
* Fiona Staples (DC, Wildstorm, IDW , Vertigo artist)
* June Brigman (Creator; Brenda Starr, Power Pack)
* Samantha Newark (Voice of JEM, Singer/Vocals - God of War, Hook)
* Bonnie Burton( Grrl.com)

The purpose of the book is to show support for female creators in comics and media.

"Read more and/or pledge your support at the Womanthology Kickstarter page.

And as an added incentive point of interest, DC Women Kicking Ass have published an interview with Kyrax2, the Batgirl!Steph at San Diego ComiCon who called DiDio & co out on DCnU's 'diversity'.
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darkhavens
25 July 2011 @ 07:26 am
Whine and cheese(cake) and writing but no WriterconUK
Ten days ago, I finally got all my ducks in a row, holiday okayed, finances healthy enough that I could decide, yes, I was going to writerconuk's meet in Coventry for the first weekend in August. Yay!

Seven days ago, I woke up with a tickle in my throat.

Guess who's not going to Coventry, plus bitching about the mysogyny at the DCnUCollapse )

So, no fun fannish weekend. Which meant I suddenly had money to spare and a resentment of DC burning a hole in the pit of my stomach.

And then someone on my Twitterfeed (either @GailSimone or @dcwomenkicknass) linked to Womanthology, a startup large scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics, and their fundraising page, Womanthology@Kickstarter, and an hour later I was pledging $70 to the cause.

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While all this has been going on, I've been dipping my toe back into the waters of original writing, over at lj_scribe - a weekly prompt-based short-form writing comm with regular prizes of lj tokens.

My first entry, a haiku, was chosen for the final poll and seems likely to be a winner, and last week's prompt of "This will be our little secret", inspired a poem, "Little Man", that made my skin crawl as I was writing it, and has garnered some stunning comments. (If you click the link, please read the warning at the top of the post.)

More about the comm, plus the latest dh fic news! :DCollapse )

*smooches you all through a prophylactic* (NOT LIKE THAT! So I don't infect you all with my lurgy, you dirty buggers!)

darkhavens
21 June 2011 @ 07:59 am
20 drabbles in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse. Warnings and ratings on each drabble.
This post is a WIP. There are 20 drabbles in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse, but the posting deadline in the comm I wrote them for is four minutes away, so I'm posting it roughtly now and then cleaning it up once I've posted links in fics20in20. (Damn lj and BT Broadband for conspiring to make me think I wasn't going to be able to post it and then quit with the errors and the snail-speed connection at the last minute!)

Author: darkhavens
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy: Spike/Xander
Rating: see individual drabbles (from PG to R)
Words: 20x100
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: see individual drabbles (mostly gore, some sexual content)
Notes: 20 drabbles for fics20in20 round 2, set in my baby!vamp!Xander 'verse. You don't have to have read the rest of it, just know that Spike turned Xander, and then spent 30,000+ words worth of drabbles teaching him how to be a vampire and having fun along the way. :D
Notes2: (All the warnings about Vamp!Xander are because the drabbles will be linked individually from the comm for voting purposes.)

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Meet The FamilyCollapse )
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Makeup Sex is the BestCollapse )
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Teasing RipperCollapse )
Meeting MotherCollapse )


Results are now in at fics20in20:

Four firsts, four joint firsts, and a second place win. Score! :D


darkhavens
30 May 2011 @ 03:50 am
Fic: 20 Inception:Arthur/Eames ficlets for fics20in20
Author: darkhavens
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames (+ crossovers with Stargate, Buffy, Harry Potter, White Collar and Batman.)
Rating: please see individual ficlets
Words: 4250 (15x250, 5x100)
Spoilers: None
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: please see individual ficlets
Summary: A little bit of everything in 250 word snippets.
Notes: Written for round 1 of fics20in20. Signups for round 2 are open here.
Thanks go to: literati, outsideth3box & entrenous88 for their unstinting support and cheerleading.

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darkhavens
21 April 2011 @ 07:43 pm
Anyone modding a community needs to read this.
Anyone modding a community needs to read this.

LJ is at it again. They've introduced a new OPT-OUT 'Spam Protection' feature, which is actually a new privacy setting (found here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=privacy ). It automagically screens comments containing links onto a special 'suspicious comment' page if the link is to a site that is not on their unpublicized whitelist*.

The user who made the original post cannot see these hidden comments and receives no notification that they exist. Only moderators/maintainers can see these hidden comments, BUT! no notifications are sent to inform mods of the screening. Also, it's been active about two weeks, and it's still buggy as all hell, so if you're a mod, you need to go to each of your comms and check each post to see if any comments have been auto-screened.

As an added bonus, if you have custom comment pages in your comm, you probably won't be able to see the 'suspicious comment' link even then. I ended up appending ?format=light to the url of each post in bloodclaim to hunt down the comments that had been dropped into lj's nifty little oubliette without warning.

NB: The '# suspicious comments' link is only visible if there are suspicious comments, so don't worry if you don't see the link on lj's default comment page layout, or in ?format=light mode, it just means there are none. Yay?

The setting applies to personal journals as well as communities, but this is a post about how it affects communities and their mods.

To turn it off, uncheck the ticky box for 'Spam Protection: Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section.' and then click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.


LJ are still working on 'improving' the whole mess, so I have no idea how long this post will remain accurate, but with the way it's working right now, it's not fit for use in any community.

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darkhavens
09 April 2011 @ 09:35 pm
Fic: whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling, Inception:Arthur/Eames, NC-17
Author: darkhavens
Title: whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: NC-17
Words: 1200
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: **graphic violent imagery, psychopath!Eames, complicit!Arthur, character death (not A/E)**
Summary: **Eames gets bored while waiting to see if Ariadne survives the twelve hours (topside) in limbo that he's sentenced her to for kissing his Arthur.**
Previous chapters: Sequel to The Sky is Green
Notes: Written for npmexchange, for starfleet and her prompt, i carry your heart by ee cummings. (I was obviously in a very literal frame of mind when I wrote this.)

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darkhavens
19 March 2011 @ 03:18 am
My Interesting Week... (includes webcams, powertools, a police dog and fannish squee)
Interesting week...

Monday: I may be on a tv or monitor near you very soon!Collapse )

Wednesday: What I did between the hours of 1am and 4am. (Hint - involves policemen, a police dog, blood, an unmarked white van and poorly maintained powertools)Collapse )

Thursday: Win round one of ae_ldws: banner inside, fic to come!Collapse )

So, how has your week been?

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darkhavens
08 March 2011 @ 10:16 pm
B'day thanks, Inception, VOTE!, National Poetry Month, JGL, shows
Tis International Women's Day! {{{hugs you all}}} Tis also Pancake Day! {{{feeds you all}}}

Thank you to everyone who sent me greetings and ecards and v-gifts for my birthday; you all helped make turning 41 almost painless...or maybe that was the booze.

I spent the day watching gloriously slashy tv and movies (Hawaii Five-O! Supernatural! Glee!), eating fish and chips and chocolate (though not at the same time) and drinking a cocktail I threw together from the bottles that survived Xmyth:

one measure whisky
one measure Bols banana liqueur
two measures ginger wine

After my second one of those, I was feeling no pain, and also only half of my toes, and when I shared the recipe with entrenous88, she christened it the Sassy Monkey. I suspect that says more about me than the cocktail, but I likes it, so Sassy Monkey it is! :D

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darkhavens
04 March 2011 @ 06:16 pm
Fic: Inception ficlets for wks 5, 6, and 7 of ae_ldws.
Three more Inception ficlets!

Author: darkhavens
Fandom:Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Rating: R overall
Warnings/Squicks: **pottymouth!Arthur, vestiphilia**


Title: Of Rumor and Innuendo
Words: 200
Summary: Eames has some explaining to do
Notes: Written for Round 1, Wk5 of ae_ldws, genre:Text, IM, Phone, or Email, prompt:Half a bottle of cheap red wine

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Title: Sensory Overload
Words: 400
Summary: Arthur experiences sensory overload in the key of Eames
Notes: Written for Round 1, Wk6 of ae_ldws, genre:N/A, prompt: this image.

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Title: Watered Silk
Words: 300
Summary: Eames loves messing with Arthur but he loves messing him up more.
Notes: 'Winner' of Round 1, Wk7 of ae_ldws, genre/cliche:Wanking/Masturbation, prompt:"You have issues".

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darkhavens
03 March 2011 @ 01:16 am
Fic: "The Sky is Green", Inception: Arthur/Eames, R
Author: darkhavens
Title: The Sky is Green
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: R for violence
Words: 1000
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: **psycho!Eames, maybe-evil!Arthur, possible character death (not Arthur or Eames)**
Summary: Ariadne really shouldn't have kissed Arthur.
Notes: Written for picfor1000, and only two days past deadline! My thanks to tabaqui and literati for their tireless support, encouragement and nitpicking. *smooches* Any nits left unpicked are all mine.


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darkhavens
10 February 2011 @ 11:58 pm
Fic: "Five Continents and Counting", Arthur/Eames
Author: darkhavens
Title: Five Continents and Counting
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG
Words: 300
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: None
Summary: Eames talks about Arthur's arse and Ariadne inhales a noodle.
Notes: Written for Round 1, Wk 4 of ae_ldws: genre:fluff, prompt:Waking up shackled to a chair.

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darkhavens
05 February 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Fic: Inception: "Subject to Misinterpretation" and "The Dusty Day is Done", Arthur/Eames, PG-13
Author: darkhavens
Title: Subject to Misinterpretation
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG-13
Words: 200
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: none
Summary: Dom sees something he wasn't meant to and insists on talking about it.
Notes: Written for round 1, wk2 at ae_ldws: Genre/Cliche:Established Relationship, Prompt:"I really don't want to talk to you."

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Author: darkhavens
Title: The Dusty Day is Done
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG13
Words: 400
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: **Possible off-screen character death (subject to interpretation)**
Summary: Eames cannot sleep alone and then Arthur cannot bear to.
Notes: Written for Round 1, wk3 of ae_ldws: Genre:Angst; Prompt:Insomnia. Title taken from Watching by Emily Chubbuck Judson.

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darkhavens
23 January 2011 @ 12:47 am
Fic: Inception: "If Angels Fight...", Arthur/Eames, PG
New year, new 50k target at findyourwords. Aaaaaand new fandom. *headdesk*

For those waiting on the Stargate Spander fic: It's still coming, just slowly. My brain seems to have slipped back into drabble-gear, so I'm going to take advantage of that as much as I can and write snippets of the Spander whilst noodling around with my other boys as and when the fancy takes me.

And so, I introduce my new fandom: Inception. The movie could have been better, but the alluded to Arthur/Eames backstory wound itself around my slashy little heart and won't let go. Q: What can you do?

A: Write fic! And, because my Pookie was off enjoying herself in Hobbitland, I had nobody to talk me out of joining a Last Drabble Writer Standing comm in a fandom I've never written before. So, really, this is all her fault. *nods*


Author: darkhavens
Title: If Angels Fight...
Fandom: Pairing: Inception: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG
Words: 300
Spoilers: None
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: None
Summary: Ariadne asked Eames about when he fell in love with Arthur.
Notes1: My first A/E, written for round one of ae_ldws, Genre: Time Travel; Prompt: Solar Eclipse.
Notes2: Title taken from Shakespeare's Richard II: if angels fight, weak men must fall, for heaven still guards the right. I blame tabaqui. ;)


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darkhavens
03 December 2010 @ 04:35 am
Fic: Buffy/Stargate Atlantis crossover: 'It Ain't Kansas Either', pt2, Spike/Xander, McKay/Sheppard
Well, this has been a fun two weeks. More family drama (another black mark for the bro, for those keeping count!) and a fridge-freezer which apparently decided to take the week off without informing me, and which didn't start working again until all my food was defrosted and wasted. Thanks, everso. And I'm not even going to mention work...

This isn't as long as I'd hoped, and the plot isn't nearly advanced as I'd planned, but here is the next chapter, which I think ends at a good point. *evil grin*


Author: darkhavens
Title: It Ain't Kansas Either
Chapter: 2/3(?)
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy/Stargate Atlantis: Spike/Xander, Sheppard/McKay.
Rating: R for graphic imagery
Words: 2110
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: **Brief mention of torture; slightly graphic description of how Spike got the chip inserted into his brain without benefit of anaesthetic**
Summary: Spike and Xander get lost en route to Atlanta via a portal that really shouldn't have rippled like that...
Previous chapters: Part one.
Notes: Part two of my fall_for_sx story. Thanks to outsideth3box for the read through and the tweaking of my Britisms. ♥


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darkhavens
19 November 2010 @ 04:52 am
Fic: Buffy/Stargate Atlantis crossover: 'It Ain't Kansas Either', Spike/Xander, McKay/Sheppard
The 18th of November is/was my 7th Spanderversary. Seven years since I clicked through to Alexandria Brown's Waiting Here, expecting to giggle madly all the way through a totally absurd story. Seven years since I fell in love, with Spander, and with slash.

Seven years on, and I'm still reading it, and writing it, though not as much or as often as I'd like.

And now, on to the important stuff:

Author: darkhavens
Title: It Ain't Kansas Either
Chapter: 1/3(?)
Fandom: Pairing: Buffy/Stargate Atlantis: Spike/Xander, Sheppard/McKay.
Rating: R, eventually, maybe(?)
Words: 4150
Concrit: Please. If you spot a typo or a grammar glitch, feel free to tell me in comments.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: None
Summary: Spike and Xander get lost en route to Atlanta via a portal that really shouldn't have rippled like that...
Notes: I had this wacky idea for a crossover about five years ago, tweaking time so that the final season of Buffy and the first season of SGA overlapped, just enough... I wrote a couple of thousand words, and then wandered off in a museless fog and forgot about it. Until now.

Revived and improved for my (first) posting day fall_for_sx. Thanks to tabaqui for the encouragement and the read through. ♥


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darkhavens
09 November 2010 @ 04:33 pm
Final (I hope!) update on the plagiarism case: Guilty and not unintentionally so
The 'spikes_kogagirl is guilty' post at stop_plagiarism I mentioned yesterday has been unlocked, clarified and ETA'd. To quote the mod, archylou, who has worked diligently on this:

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In viewing these two stories side by side, there are unmistakable similarities and obvious rewording of certain scenes. The defense that this is not plagiarism because it was unintentional is not a valid excuse.

I have been able to communicate with all involved and while the new story was removed immediately after spikes_kogagirl was made aware of the issue and did offer to rewrite the story, spikes_kogagirl did not believe 'mending souls' was a case of plagiarism as she never intended to plagiarise Twilight Time and the stories simply shared themes.

However, due to the copying and rewording as I have outlined above spikes_kogagirl will be added to the list of known plagiarists.

ETA - I have had further communication from spikes_kogagirl in which she has now stated that she does no longer deny the accusations.


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I want to believe it's all over, I really do. I apologise for spamming your flists with this again. Hopefully, this was the last time. Now to try and catch up on over four days of lj activity. I need fic, dammit!
darkhavens
09 November 2010 @ 01:23 am
Plagiarism in Bloodclaim: the Verdict is Guilty
spikes_kogagirl, now an ex-member of bloodclaim, has been added to the list of known plagiarists over at stop_plagiarism for plagiarising a Spander classic, Twilight Time, by Shadow. Chunks of Shadow's story turned up in spikes_kogagirl's two chapter Spander fic, 'Mending Souls' which was removed from her journal shortly after I contacted her.

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