Nov. 5th, 2011

  • 12:58 AM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - elena gives arthur a hug)
You know, kid!me would be so freaking stoked if she could see me now:

- Eating a midnight snack
- Because I'm staying up as late as I want
- Writing a high fantasy story
- With lots of gay in it
- While my dorky cat cavorts nearby.

Yeah. At least I got all that stuff right!


hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Arthur - blue profile)
Title: Post Meridian
Author: [personal profile] hope / [ profile] angstslashhope
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Wordcount: ~3,800
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Warning(s): Spoilers for 4.03, and (highlight to reveal) brief dubcon (sex is initiated while one character is still asleep)
Beta: [ profile] ella_bane is awesomesauce :D


“What is it,” Arthur says, gentler; he’s always less acerbic when he’s got his clothes off, and Merlin has an expression like that: like he’s so wide open that even a playful assault could wound him. “You’re too good for a tumble with a king?”

read on the AO3 or below:

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WIP Meme

  • Oct. 8th, 2011 at 8:36 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Arthur - blue profile)
Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Feel free to ask about anything and I'll tell you the premise or paste you a tidbit [don't need encouragement for that!] for any of these.

WIP names, with snippets where possible. All Merlin, natch )


  • Oct. 5th, 2011 at 9:05 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - gwaine & merlin)
I made a couple of graphics for [ profile] merlingwainebar's banner contest. Posting here for posterity because I'm a completist.

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It's been a while since I've made fanart. I forget how nice it is to stare at pretty faces for hours on end when doing graphics! Still wish I could draw, though.

Dear merlin_holidays writer

  • Sep. 27th, 2011 at 10:18 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Default)
I don't have anything here yet, mainly because I don't know what to say! Feel free to leave an anon comment here or on my prompt if you need to ask me anything.


  • Sep. 24th, 2011 at 11:50 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - merlin/gwaine bedface)
It's still pretty frivolous, but I tidied up the Merlin/Gwaine story I wrote for the frottage fest months ago and posted it on the Archive: In the Library.

This message is brought to you by it being nearly midnight and me procrastinating starting a pomodoro to get 25 minutes of writing done before I go to sleep. Sigh.


  • Sep. 18th, 2011 at 10:53 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - gwaine hair flip)
Because I kept seeing pretty fandom pictures I wanted to reblog BUT COULDN'T BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T PORN!

So I made a fannish tumblr for me to follow all the pretty and repost all the pretty.

Will probably get around to friending most of you as I find you :)

ETA: anyone know of any browser extensions that let me be logged in to multiple tumblr accounts at once?

Writing update - cheerleading, plz!

  • Sep. 12th, 2011 at 10:44 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - merlin's hands)
So, since last week I've written about another 8K words - the uni AU is now at about 34,000.

I've finally written to the end of the major plot points/conflicts that I knew I wanted to hit/had planned out, so I'm taking a few days to figure out where to go next (though I think I've got it, now). I'm still not sure how it's going to be concluded, though.

Though, I have some concerns for my pacing - the first 15K spans over two weeks; the second 15K covers a single day. Doh. Ah well, that's what beta reading is for :D

Here, have another snippet: Read more... )
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - arthur running)
I just had a random procrastinaty 45 minutes of reading back through my entries of the past few months, and of course came upon my endless squeeful in-progress posts about writing the Epic Romance. And boy, that was fun!

And I realised I haven't talked much about my latest story, the Uni AU, despite it also rapidly climbing into the tens of thousands. In fact, right now it's just over 26,600 words. And probably has at least another 10K to go. And then lots of re-writing of early scenes, because it took a little while just to get a PLOT going.

Anyway, even though I have the next scene or three all cued up to be written, I'm having trouble getting enthused about writing at the moment, so figured perhaps fishing for some encouragement might help.

So here's a scene. Please read and get excited at me, if you're thus inclined! Naturally, I'm super-freaking-verbose, so the shortest one I could snip and still make reasonable sense still ended up over 1K.

Background for this scene: Read more... )

kicking the footie around in Edinburgh Gardens )
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Default)
[ profile] pornspiration is a multifandom LJ community for fans who want to work on their porn writing. From the profile:
The purpose of this comm is to help improve our porn-writing skills--better sex one verb at a time! Whether you’ve never written porn, are looking for fresh inspiration, or have questions about a new kink this is the place to find help! Writing workshops, discussions, and resources are all focused on titillating your muse and giving her them the tools to write those steamy scenes.

I'm kind of excited about this community. Since I started writing NC-17 stories in Torchwood, I have become more and more interested in the mentality and technicalities of writing fannish porn, especially in that exhilarating/terrifying period when you're doing it for the first time. I've been itching to meta on it, or write a subjective guide to it (I think someone - [ profile] neifile7? - cheekily suggested "masterclass" last time I vaguely discussed this) for quite a while.

So, it looks like [ profile] pornspiration might be a great context to do it in. Already someone in the "ideas" post there has made a comment about wanting a workshop on "fluidly integrating porn into story" for first-time porn writers in particular, which I'd love to do. And I'm also interested in doing something on the mentality of first-time porn writing-- breaking through that nervousness/self-consciousness/anxiety that the practice of explicit writing is often shrouded in.

But I need to figure out what a workshop looks like, first, and how I could translate such a thing into that model.

In conclusion: if you're interested in all of this kind of thing, go and join the community! It's locked, for reasons that can be located in their admin docs, so I think it's especially important to go join in at this stage so that it manages to get off the ground. You can share you ideas for what you'd like over there.

If you're not interested in joining the comm, but you're interested in what I'm talking about, then talk to me? Give me ideas about what such a workshop(s) might look like, and what you'd want it to talk about.


  • Aug. 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (typety type type)
So. I've pulled out of [ profile] merlin_muses - not because I can't write anything, but because the story I started for the prompt has taken on a life of its own. So, rather than trying to rush it and make it fit the prompt, I decided to just let the story take free rein and be what it needs to be and take as long as it needs to take (*sniff* the lil' tyke!).

This also means that I can ramble about it in my journal while I'm writing it (yay!), and also post it when I want it and how I want it, which is exciting, because I think I'll end up including other media in it as well.

So. I am writing a modern AU set in MELBOURNE, supposedly a university AU but so far not much has happened at university (one of the ways I'm departing from the prompt). The 'pairing' is Arthur/Gwen/Morgana/Merlin, and the story is basically about them living in a poly relationship in a sharehouse together.

It is SO FUN to write. So much so that I've written nearly 17,000 words of it, and there's definitely much more to come. It's been a while since I've written actual alternate-universe AU, and characterisation is weird - made weirder still because I'm writing about my home town and stomping grounds, so sometimes the degree to which I'm sinking into autobiography is worrisome.

BUT IT'S STILL FUN! Even though I never thought that flippant idea would require so many words.

30 posts of fandom meme #3

  • Aug. 14th, 2011 at 11:16 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Default)
3 - For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Actually going to combine this with...

Day 9 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your favorite pairings to write?

Now with pictures! )

30 posts of fandom meme #2

  • Aug. 13th, 2011 at 11:35 PM
hope: Frodo holding the ring with "Hope" caption (hope old skool)
2 - Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

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hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - queen gwen)
Created using the Fanfiction Header BuilderTitle: Handfast
Author: [personal profile] hope / [ profile] angstslashhope
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Wordcount: ~1,700
Rating: PG
Pairing: Gwen/Arthur/Lancelot
Notes: Thank you to [personal profile] doro & [personal profile] msilverstar for beta reading.

This is set within the Along a Wandering Wind ‘verse and timeline, though it works well enough as a standalone.

Summary: Gwen gets married twice in one day.

Read on the AO3, or:

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30 posts of fandom meme

  • Aug. 10th, 2011 at 10:14 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Default)
Ok! So I'm going to try this. It's supposed to be "30 days", but fuck that - I'll post them whenever. Meme stolen from [ profile] rexluscus.

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

answer! )

Aug. 3rd, 2011

  • 7:23 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (Default)
General apologies for lack of comment-replying, peeps. I will get to it; I'm just a bit behind the ball right now.


*commits Merlin meta*

  • Jul. 31st, 2011 at 1:33 PM
hope: Art of a woman writing from tour poster (merlin - gwen red riding hood)
I should start this off by saying that while I adore the Merlin fandom, I find the show itself problematic. Really, this isn't that different from any other fandom I've been in (hello, Supernatural) and obviously I negotiate enough value from the show that I can enjoy it anyway. After all, most of the time a text *has* to have a certain amount of fail in it in order for me to want to engage and re-write what I perceive as aspects that are lacking.

But, the balance is a bit different for this fandom - whereas I used to be a horrible problem-denying person of the "don't harsh my squee" variety (cough, Supernatural, ohmygodimsosorry), I've got to a point in my fannish mentality that I can't *not* see the awful things.

Part of the reason I've managed to actually find a place in the Merlin fandom regardless is because I read enough fanfic that the fanon became the more valuable thing to me. I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I have been so disappointed with the seasonal arcs and character 'growth' that I watch every new episode bracing myself for the next fail. So these long months of fannishness without any new canon has been great for me! It means I can re-watch episodes having already processed the stuff that upsets me, and tease out the stuff that I like, enjoying it far more than I did the first time around. And, of course, paramount: reading and writing things that dwell on and explore those tidbits that I adore.

ANYWAY. That was a big introduction. Today's ahah moment was me realising what I think is actually one of the lynch-pin problems of the show for me. I probably don't need to say at this point, but WARNING: critique of Merlin within )