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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE

CHAPTER FOUR )
 
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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO

CHAPTER THREE )
 
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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO )
 
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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE )
 
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I've got this new Angel fic to post, but it's part of a series that I started literally five years ago, and therefore I feel like I need to provide some sort of background so people will know what the hell I'm talking about.

So here's the deal: once upon a time I had this idea to write a virtual season six for Angel, picking up where "Not Fade Away" left off and sort of rebooting the show. As problematic as season five was, the one thing I loved about it was Angel and Spike bantering and arguing and fighting the good fight and having each other's backs. Yes, Spike's sacrifice in "Chosen" was totally undermined by bringing him back, and yeah, okay, they basically trashed both Spike's and Angel's relationships with the Scoobies by the end of the series. And don't even get me started on the suitification of Gunn and what I can only call The Illyria Problem. Bygones, people.

Regardless, it was my show and I loved it dearly and envisioned it continuing with all the things I loved about it (Angel, Spike) and none of the things I didn't (Gunn, Illyria, Wolfram & Hart). And don't talk to me about After the Fall because that crazy train has no place in my Angel universe. What I wanted was for Angel and Spike to leave L.A. behind them and start over together in a new city as an evil-fighting team, harking back to the salad days of season one. But I needed a girl to throw in the mix. The problem? Most of the potential female leads were, by that point in the canon, totally dead (Cordelia, Fred, Darla) or totally meh (Nina, Gwen, Eve, Justine, Kate).

Which is why I chose Aggie, Lorne's psychic friend who helps him find the portal to Pylea, who, despite appearing in only one scene of one episode ("Over the Rainbow"), managed to intrigue me (an actual psychic who works for a telephone psychic hotline?), amuse me ("You're hiding from the mob?"), and make me want to know her better (let's face it, anyone who's friends with Lorne has to be fairly awesome, right?). Of course, if she was somehow going to end up skipping town with Angel and Spike after NFA, she needed to actually, you know, meet them. Which meant I needed to write a prequel where she meets the whole Fang Gang sometime during season five. And hence my very first Angel fan fic, Curses, was born. Groundwork laid.

So that's my season six idea: Angel, Spike and a snarky psychic living as housemates. Fighting demons. Helping the helpless. And arguing over who was supposed to do the dishes. It's a lot like Being Human in fact, although I started writing it three years before Toby Whithouse's wonderful show hit the airwaves.

To catch you up, here is a summary of the series to date:

Episode 5x12.5 "Curses"
Still-grieving for Cordelia, Angel finds himself the victim of a mysterious curse. The gang worries that Wolfram & Hart may be behind it, so Lorne turns to a friend for help.

Angel: Afterlife

Episode 6x01 "Goodbye, Cruel World"
Angel, Spike, Gunn and Illyria face their final showdown with Wolfram & Hart's demon army, but the absent Lorne's got an ace up his sleeve.

Episode 6x02 "Deep in the Heart"
Angel, Spike and Aggie attempt to leave L.A. behind them, but run into some complications on the road.

And now I present to you, the latest, all new episode:

Episode 6x03 "Lost and Found"
Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
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The new fall TV season so far ...

Three episodes in and Terriers continues to be my favorite new show. Otherwise, the networks seem to have done me a favor by not putting out any great new shows that I absolutely have to watch. So thanks, I guess, for being so considerate of my busy schedule.

Nikita )

Hawaii 5-0 )

Chase )

Undercovers )

Lone Star )

As for the comedies, I always feel like they take a little longer to find their feet than the dramas, so I don't like to rush to judgment until I've seen a few episodes. Remember how bad the 30 Rock pilot was? Yeah, me too. Or how about those first few episodes of The Office? *shudder*

$#*! My Dad Says )

Raising Hope )

Running Wilde )

Outsourced )

Shows I deleted without even bothering to watch: Hellcats, Mike & Molly, Better With You, Outlaw, The Event, My Generation.

Shows still waiting for me to watch or to admit I'm not going to get around to watching: Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, Blue Bloods.

Seriously, could they not come up with any more lawyer or cop shows? I feel like there just aren't enough of those on TV these days. *eyeroll*
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Title: “More Human Than Human”
Fandom: X-Men (Movieverse)
Summary: Somewhere beneath the overriding eau de vomit and urine that permeated the bus station was a familiar scent. One he hadn’t smelled in a while, and had hoped never to smell again.
Rating: R

Chapter One: Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls
Chapter Two: Two-Lane Blacktop

Chapter Three: How to Make a Monster )
 
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The munchkin (I'm still calling her that, btw) has been away on a school trip all week, leaving me to ramble about the house by myself all day. It's an interesting preview of what it's going to be like when she goes away to college. In only six years. *heart flutter* Empty nest syndrome here I come.

All this peace and quiet has given me lots of time to write and I've been taking advantage of it. I've got five solid chapters of the X-Men fic so far, but then I got stuck on a boring but necessary exposition dump in chapter six that I've got to get through somehow (or figure out a way around) and started to falter a bit.

But instead of just giving up (which is my usual M.O.) I started browsing through all the old, unfinished fics languishing on my hard drive. And then I got inspired to dive back into this old Angel fic I found. I think I actually started writing this thing in 2005 or some shit, and it was a tangled mess of revisions because every time I've gone back to it over the years I've taken a slightly different tack. But the last couple of days I've managed to sift through it all and mold it into a cohesive story and actually finish writing the damn thing. That's right, I FINISHED something. This is huge for me, because I am not so good with the finishing. Well, I'm about a paragraph short of being finished. I've written to the end of the story, but I still need to come up with those last few lines that tie it up in a nice bow and put it to bed, if you know what I mean. And somehow they're just not coming to me, which makes me worry that it means there's something wrong with the story. I also need to go through and do one final pass of revisions, which, since the thing is almost 13,000 words, is gonna take some time. And I've got an idea for two follow-up fics, one of which is a Twilight parody. Unfortunately, I think I might actually have to, you know, read Twilight in order to parody it properly, and I'm not sure I'm willing to do that.

Funny how, of all the fandoms I've dabbled in over the years, the one I never seem to get tired of writing is Angel. It's like my fic comfort food. Maybe because the first writing I ever felt proud of, like I'd actually managed to do something good, was an Angel fic. It's like it opened to the door to everything I've written since.

Anyway, speaking of fandom, the new TV season (note to self: SET DVRs!) is upon us and I have to say, I'm not feeling especially optimistic about any of it. There aren't any new shows that sound like they're going to be awesome. There's usually at least one or two shows that surprise me by turning out to be good, so I'm curious to see what, if any, that will be this year.

I have at least found one new show I love: Terriers on FX. It's a kind of a Rockford Files homage with gruffly lovable characters and vaguely Whedonesque banter. It actually reminds me a bit of Firefly, if Firefly had been set in a beach town instead of on a spaceship. You know what it is? It's Firefly crossed with Psych! Only slightly gritter, 'cause it is FX, after all. And hey, look, Tim Minear is an exec producer! Plus, I'm not ashamed to admit that I have a longstanding crush on Donal Logue. He's on my "No Really, I'd Totally Hit That" List, along with Eddie Izzard and Oliver Platt. Me likes the funny boys.

The only returning shows I'm really excited about are my three favorites from last season: Community, Cougartown, and Justified. I worry that Community and Cougartown aren't going to make it to season three, so I'm going to have to enjoy them while I still can. Seriously, ya'll, if you're not watching these two FANTASTIC comedies, what is WRONG with you? Can I get a what what? HOLLA!
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Title: “More Human Than Human”
Fandom: X-Men (Movieverse)
Summary: “Try to look protective,” she whispered. “There’s a deranged mutant on the loose, remember?”
Rating: R

Chapter One: Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls

Chapter Two: Two-Lane Blacktop )
 
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Here, as promised, is the first chapter of the X-Men fic I've been working on. I've got the first five chapters written, and a couple more floating around in my head. It's kind of a serialized, ongoing storyline, so I don't really know where it'll take me.

Title: “More Human Than Human”
Fandom: X-Men (Movieverse)
Summary: Logan probably wouldn’t even have noticed the girl if it hadn’t been for the purple hair.
Rating: R
Notes: I started writing this story way back in 2001, after the first X-Men movie came out. I've since updated it to incorporate the events of X2, and it picks up several months after that movie ends. The events of The Last Stand haven't happened, nor will they in this alternate version of the universe, but I did incorporate some of the canon presented in that film where it suited me. As for that Wolverine Origins movie, I've tried to be vague enough that you could take it or leave it however you prefer. You'll also notice I've brought in a character from the comics who hasn't appeared in the movies yet (I don't care what Brett Ratner says, that was not her in X3), rebooting and reinventing her on my own terms. And I may bring in some other folks from the comics eventually.

Chapter One: Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls )
 
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So, um, not that I think anyone here has any interest whatsoever in crossposting my stuff or their comments on my stuff to Bookface or Twitter, but just case ... don't.

Facebook is Wayne Industries and this is the Bat Cave, right? And you don't ever invite Vicki Vale into the Bat Cave. Or, in non-comic book parlance, Facebook is the online face of my RL persona for the benefit of old school friends, work acquaintances, family, neighbors, etc., and I don't want it linked to this journal. Since you're all in the Justice League with me, I'm assuming you already knew that.

My LJ posts usually aren't locked only because it's unlikely any of my RL friends or family or people on Facebook will be able to connect this journal to me. I don't mind if LJ friends know my real name and friend me on Facebook, but respect the boundaries, yo. Ya'll are the privileged confidants with whom I share my fan fic, fangirly squee and personal stories. Don't break the bonds of that confidence. And wear your Clark Kent glasses when we're socializing with civilians.

Twitter's more of a gray area, because it's mostly ya'll I follow on there and right now none of my RL friends or family have found my Twitter account. But it is conceivable that eventually some of them might end up there, so, you know, just use your best judgment. I trust you guys and I'm pretty sure we're all in the same place on this stuff, so I'm not really fussed about it, but I thought it was worth clarifying just in case.

In other news, I have been rocking so hard on my X-Men fic (like 12,000 words in a week kind of rocking) that I am seriously contemplating signing up for [livejournal.com profile] syfybigbang. I've got the beginnings of a Warehouse 13/Leverage crossover I've been wanting to get down on paper and I think this might a good excuse to do it and get some pretty art to boot. I've always longed to have pretty art to go with my fics! And speaking of the X-Men fic, I am going to post the first chapter soon, but I decided to wait until after Dragon*Con. Posting a new fic when a goodly percentage of your target audience is out of town at a con seems kind of pointless.

Also, following [livejournal.com profile] zandras_court's lead, I have decided to use Arrested Development quotes for my post titles from now on. Until I get tired of it. Bees!
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So, randomly, I have two pieces of X-Men related news.

Halloween costumes )

The second piece of X-Men news is that I've been working on an X-Men fan fic for the last week instead of writing, you know, important stuff like the novel I'm supposed to be working on. I just got really stuck on the novel, to the point that not only could I not get the words onto the page, but I couldn't even REMEMBER what it was like like to be ABLE to get words on the page. So that's bad.

Extended rambling about writing and X-sex and stuff )
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Still unpacking my stuff and trying to get the lay of land in the new neighborhood. More later.
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I finally broke down and signed up for a Dreamwidth account. It's getting kinda cobbwebby around here so I thought I'd check out the competition and see if the fic communities are livelier over there. So anyone who's already set up shop at DW, you can find me at http://hannasus.dreamwidth.org/. Please come friend me. I'm loooooooonely.

I'm not abandoning LJ, though. I've got a permanent account and I'm way too nostalgic about the good times I've had in this place to give it up altogether. If I post at DW I'll make sure it's crossposted here.
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This is part two in my LOTR series about the women who crossed paths with Aragorn while he was traveling Middle-earth in his early years. It was originally going to be a five things fic, but I doubt I'll ever get around to writing five. I do have the beginnings of a third story, about Denethor's wife Finduilas, but it's far from finished. Maybe one day.


adwyn of the Riddermark had never been considered a remarkable beauty )
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I wrote this fic several years ago after [livejournal.com profile] ja_is_my_muse , during one of our many long LOTR discussions, wondered whether Aragorn was an 88-year-old virgin. I was intrigued. The guy seems pretty chaste, but 88 years is a LONG time and you have to imagine that Éowyn wasn't the first beautiful woman to throw herself at him. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided he probably wasn't, and ended up turning my imaginings into a series of stories. But more than that, it became was an excuse to delve more deeply into the everyday lives of the women of Middle-earth, who were given rather short shrift by Tolkien.

She wondered what griefs were being brought to her door this time )
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Have any of you fic type people been using Archive of Our Own? It's still in beta, but the turnaround is only a day or two when you request an invite, so I went ahead and signed up the other day. I have to say, I'm very impressed. I like the idea of having all my fic archived at a large site where people can easily stumble across it and leave feedback if they so desire, but I hate the cesspool that is ff.net. Also, I find ff.net's interface for uploading and editing fics to be a huge pain in the ass--as a former graphic designer, I actually care a great deal about little things like the number of lines between section breaks or the ability to center certain lines of text--which is why I've only ever gotten around to uploading a few of my fics there. Archive of Our has a much easier interface and the presentation of the fic just generally looks a lot nicer. And it lets you import directly from LJ urls so uploading all my fics was a breeze.

More importantly, however, I love the idea of a fan-driven archive created with the goal of protecting and encouraging transformative works. I love that they're run by a non-profit foundation (seriously, ya'll, take a look at who's on their board). And I love that the whole thing is designed and managed by people who are involved in fandom and understand what fans want in a fiction archive. Their tagging system is fantastic: user-defined tags are linked to the appropriate canonical tags so that, for example, fics tagged Harry/Snape, Severus/Harry, and Snarry are all classified as synonyms of the master tag Harry Potter/Severus Snape and therefore will all show up when users do a search for any of those terms. Brilliant! Plus you can add tags for fic communities and challenges, so it's easy to find stories from my favorite LJ ficathons like [livejournal.com profile] iwry_marathon, [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon, etc.

Anyway, ya'll should all go over and sign up if you haven't already. I'd love to see more people and fics showing up over there.

Speaking of fics, I watched all of LOTR with the kid a couple of weeks back and it got me all nostalgic for the good old days of my LOTR obsession. And then I started poking around in my old files and lo and behold there was an old LOTR fic that was totally finished that I'd never posted and another one that was very nearly finished! So I'm going to try and dust those off and get them posted here pretty soon.

In other news, the kid's second annual Amazing Race birthday party is tomorrow. I'm reusing a lot of the ideas from last year, but there were a few events that needed to be adjusted or replaced. I've still got a lot of work to do today to finish getting ready for it, though. So if you'll excuse me, I've got Route Info markers and Road Block clues that aren't going to make themselves.
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In which I go on ad nauseum about Lost (and possibly use a Lost icon for the very last time). Feel free to skip on by if you don't care.

Rocks fall, everyone dies... )

 

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Look at me! Two posts in two days! It's a like a record or something.

Actually, I'm here with a question, oh great and wise internets. Have any of you perchance found any decent Leverage fic? Now that the season's over I find myself hankering for some fic, but I'm just not finding much worth reading. And by worth reading, I mean anything that doesn't make me proofread it in my head as I try to read it. Anyone? I'll take anything, really. Well, except Nate/Eliot, because... *shudder*
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All right, yes, Twitter is probably killing LJ. And I am as culpable in that as anyone, because I just don't post here much anymore and I've been spending a lot of my online time on Twitter. But in fairness, I had more or less stopped posting here regularly long before I signed up for Twitter. And while I still hate Twitter in a lot of ways, and suspect that in the long run it's going to be responsible for the death of a lot of intelligent discourse on the internet (for example, Jane Espenson has pretty much abandoned her wonderful blog in favor of her Twitter account, which is extremely light on content), the reality is that 140 characters is just more in line with the kind of effort I'm willing to give to the internets lately. Also, I really enjoy the rather bizarre glimpses it affords into the private and professional lives of some of my favorite actors/writers/musicians/celebrities.

So, if there's anyone who hasn't yet found me on Twitter, I'm @susannah008. But I haven't given up on LJ entirely. Even if I don't post or comment much, I still use LJ as my main blog reader and keep up with it pretty well, even if I'm often a few days behind.

In the meantime, here's what I've been up to:

- Mr. Sus is working again. At first he was contract but they brought him on perm in December so we have benefits again! Hooray! And he's working downtown which is only about 10 minutes from our house.

- For the first time in my life I have been working out regularly. I started doing some weightlifting with Mr. Sus last summer, and except for a month-long break over Christmas have been sticking with it. It has done wonders for my back problems, which have pretty much evaporated. I'm also not having as many knee and hip aches as I was before. I don't love working out, but I definitely love feeling stronger and healthier and just generally more comfortable in my own body. Mr. Sus and I also dieted together over the summer/fall and I managed to lose 12 pounds. I gave up the diet in November and I've gained some of that weight back, so I really need to buckle down and get back to it. Ideally I'd like to lose another 12-15 pounds before the summer, and then I'll be back at my pre-munchkin weight.

- I've been writing, albeit somewhat sporadically. I briefly experimented with the idea of revisiting my old NaNoWriMo novel, but quickly realized that wasn't working out and moved on to a brand new project. It's kind of an urban fantasy/ghost story/murder mystery--think Charlaine Harris crossed with Alice Hoffman. Originally one of the supporting characters was going to be a vampire, in the way that one of the characters in Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is obviously a vampire even though it's never explicitly stated. But then the vampire thing got way overexposed last year so I reworked it so that he's a werewolf instead. Of course, now werewolves are getting totally overexposed, but I think werewolves are just inherently cooler than vampires anyway, so I'm sticking with it. And besides, by the time I actually finish this thing the fad will probably be about ready to come back around anyway. I've been doing an okay job of sticking with it, although this past week the writing has been like repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall in the hopes of breaking through, so my word count is extremely low.

- Next weekend I am off to LA to see my girls there and also to catch a couple of the Paley panels. We're going to see Modern Family and Lost, which will be fun, because we all saw the Lost premiere together years ago and then we all went to the first Lost Paley panel and now it's the last year of the show so it's like it's all come full circle. Of course, I think I'm the only one of us who still watches and loves the show, so they're mostly just being nice and humoring me by going. Fortunately, Damon and Cuse are so charming and funny that they're entertaining to watch even if you don't like their show so I dont' feel too bad.

And that's pretty much it, ya'll. Well, except for the fact that I miss the Tenth Doctor terribly and remain extremely skeptical of this new kid. I am not at all impressed by what I've seen in the trailers. In fact, the more I see of him, the less I like him. I am, however, impressed by many of the writers they've lined up, so I'm going to hang in there as long as I can.

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