On the subject of "Ancillary Stoke"

Dec. 12th, 2011 | 05:02 pm

Greetings flisties,

A few of you have emailed me to ask about the status of my fic "Ancillary Stoke", which I f-locked a couple weeks ago. I really appreciate your taking the time to ask after the story and the great comments along with it, and I thought I owed a brief explanation as to why the fic is no longer available.

Basically, I done published it.

This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I've talked about it on here somewhat, but the opportunity to have a story included in an anthology by Dreamspinner Press presented itself, and after some deliberation I decided to go for it. "Ancillary Stoke" remains one of my favourite fics of what I've written, and the response from those who read it was so encouraging that I thought it would be well-received as an original story, which as an AU is practically what it is already. It fit in perfectly in a call for stories for an anthology with a destination theme, and with a publication date just after Valentine's Day it seemed necessary to give it a shot and see what happened. I'm beyond happy Dreamspinner accepted it, and I hope you are, too! I would love for anyone who enjoyed the story to take a look at its revamped incarnation when the anthology is released. I might even raffle off a couple copies of the paperback edition.

That being said, realistically I can accept that not everyone in fandom feels they should have to pay to read a story they formerly enjoyed for free. I still very much want to write fic, and love doing so, but at the same time, as a writer, I also have my professional development to think of, and have been putting a lot of effort towards developing original stories and novels for publication. However, I've decided to post a PDF version of the story that I will make available until January 1, 2012, so that those who still wish to read the original may do so and download to their hearts' content. You can find that here or through the masterlist and the original fic entry.

To anyone who is interested in reading the revised version of the story, however, I would be honoured if you gave it a chance. The anthology is titled Two Tickets to Paradise and will be available in eBook and paperback format starting February 20, 2012. My pen name is Mal Peters, in honour of my father and Captain Tightpants himself, and hopefully this is just the first of many publications to come!

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I appreciate your understanding and support in advance. Truly none of this would be possible without the amazing feedback and encouragement I've gotten from everyone in fandom. <3

- N

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Some kind of proof.

Nov. 18th, 2011 | 11:40 am
mood: happy happy

I posted this to Twitter earlier, but it later occurred to me it's probably better-suited to LJ considering my recent post about my Clarisonic Mia. There's really no better introduction than to read that post, but for those who already have and maybe needed convincing about why they should get one, I'm going to provide what I consider the ultimate form of proof:

Me, completely makeup-less. Somewhere inside my sixteen-year-old self, or even my twenty-year-old self, is dying, because a couple years ago this would have seemed like a complete impossibility. But now my skin is actually nice to the point where I can do this comfortably. Am I at the point of going out in public without makeup? Maybe not yet, but I'm close. I consider this a big start.

So here you have it, taken in front of a window so as to better illuminate any imperfections, and completely un-retouched:

I even threw in the bathrobe. It's a good feeling. So those with skin woes: go buy a Clarisonic right the hell now.

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Let me wax poetic about my magic loofah. No seriously, let me.

Sep. 12th, 2011 | 01:27 pm

In some ways, I regret making what amounts to not only a non-fandom-related post, but a promotional post of a thing. But I cannot contain my silence any longer! I absolutely had to write something about this little device I bought about a month ago, that has literally changed my life.

I'm talking about my Clarisonic Mia.

Some serious squee below the cut. )

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This isn't a plug, it's a goddamned order.

Sep. 10th, 2011 | 01:50 pm
mood: ecstatic ecstatic

I can't contain myself. Y'all must simply head over to [livejournal.com profile] teh_helenables to read the work of the amazing [livejournal.com profile] helena_eternal, because... god damn. I haven't devoured so much of one author's work in one sitting like this in a long time, and I can't overstate how freaking amazing her work is. I love her controlled, subtle style and how it still manages to pack a whallop without resorting to purple language or overabundant description, and she has this knack for unearthing incredibly powerful emotions from the characters that have left me a bit winded on more than a couple occasions now.

The Violin House is her most recently posted story, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried like a little girl at the end, as well as through most of the beginning and middle. A wonderful, heart-wrenching story for these miserable days leading up to S7. I think most of you will have a hard time not going back to read everything else on her journal after that. I'm not going to lie - I'm hoping if enough of us get together and pressure her to finish some of the WIPs that are currently killing me (pot, meet kettle, I know), we'll have even more of this wonderful writing to relish in the near future.

So hop to it, chickens!

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Gotta get down on... Sunday.

Sep. 4th, 2011 | 09:59 pm

Two memes, one stolen from [livejournal.com profile] blue_fjords and the other because it caught my eye with its appropriateness:

you are aqua

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Nan's Dewey Decimal Section:

414 Phonology & phonetics

Nan = 414 = 414 = 414

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don't mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

I'm satisfied with both!

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Ay-up AO3

Aug. 23rd, 2011 | 03:38 pm

Hi y'all,

I'm back from Texas after a wonderful few days with [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime, and now that I have internet access again I'll be able to start responding to comments again and keeping in better contact.

Just FYI, I've received an invitation to AO3 and have posted Carry On Up This Broken Tide here - not surprisingly, my username there is also Nanoochka. I want to update the master post with this information, but LJ seems to be speaking exclusively little bitch these days and won't let me edit the post without fucking everything up. That'll happen as soon as it starts behaving again. I know the PDF and EPUB I made of the story is riddled with typos - I think I failed to save my edits in the .docx file at some point, so the AO3 version is mostly fixed up and will let you download various formats with the corrections made. This will be my go-to method of posting from now on (other than LJ of course), since it's much easier to update and have all the changes be reflected in the downloadable versions. Having to update the PDF and EPUB versions separately is far too much work, though I apologize to those who might have downloaded those files already and found that my edits and corrections weren't saved. This should solve the problem.

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Well, it's official. I'm fucking crackers.

Jul. 29th, 2011 | 03:01 pm

... by which I mean I've gone round the bend. I've never actually fucked or attempted to fuck the other kind of cracker.

Anyway. I finished the second-to-last chapter of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang entry last night, which brings the current wordcount into the six figures. Observe:

103000 / 20000 (515.00%)

It would surprise me not at all if this thing caps at 120k, which is a far cry from the 60 or 70k project I anticipated at the start. By comparison, that would have been a walk through the bloody park, as opposed to writing challenge during which I could have brought a pregnancy to term. In better news, I leave for Texas in less than three weeks, which means imminent hangouts with [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime. That might actually be too much awesomeness for one person to handle. On the other hand, I might be frothing at the mouth with insanity by then.

I wish I could post an excerpt of this thing for y'all, just so there's some context for what the hell I've been nattering on about for months, but sadly that would be against the rules. But there's less than a month left to wait!

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I need to work on my optimism.

Jul. 9th, 2011 | 10:38 am

So this is where we are now with [info]spn_j2_bigbang - 325% over the original minimum wordcount and still going full steam ahead. I know it doesn't look like there's been much progress since the last time I whinged, but the last week has mostly been spent cleaning things up and working on [info]deancasbigbang with [info]fossarian; yes, I realize this qualifies me as insane. It's actually coming along quite well, though, and it'll be interesting to see where we're at with it when the draft deadline rolls around in August. We're excited to share it with you.

But instead of talking about how fucked I am, let's pretend that everything is beautiful and nothing hurts and this will be posted in all its 100k+ glory on August 24, yes?

85000 / 20000 (425.00%)

In the meantime, you should really go read
[info]prettify 's own entry to J2BB, All Your Yellow Brick Roads, because it is truly a piece of art and puts mine to shame. Seriously, I cried like a wee babby, so be prepared.

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Can y'all do me a favour?

Jun. 13th, 2011 | 05:30 pm

 Someone needs to present this to Jared, stat. Yes, I've been on Etsy again.



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eBook Covers!

Jun. 11th, 2011 | 11:16 am

This is kind of a random post, but for those of you fond of eBooks and in possession of an eReader, I thought I'd direct your attention to a great Etsy shop that sells the cutest little eReader covers you ever did see.

This is the one I got:

Adorable, n'est pas? The shop is called CW Creations - I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, so I'm not getting anything out of pimping their store, but if you're in the market for a sweet, high-quality cover, it's worth checking out. I was really impressed by the craftsmanship and the colour/pattern combinations, and am far more enamoured of the unique design than I would have been by one of the uninspired designs available through eReader retailers such as Best Buy or Chapters/Borders/Barnes & Noble, etc. They're a little on the pricey side, I admit, once you factor in shipping (within the US it's far more reasonable, about $5, but to Canada I had to fork over almost $12 in shipping), but I'm so happy with my purchase that I sort of don't mind. Most covers run at around $45, which is not much more than you'd pay for a generic folder cover in store. The best thing is, the covers fit most eReaders, and you can ask them to customize the size depending on what type of device you have at home.

Happy shopping!

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J2BB update and further departures - Yep, I'm still going.

Jun. 2nd, 2011 | 01:10 pm
mood: giggly giggly
music: Lady Gaga - Americano

Hi all,

A quick update on some things, since I've been a bit remiss in posting lately outside of twitter! I don't mean to neglect you. Some exciting things have been happening - the lovely [livejournal.com profile] bauble visited me in Toronto last weekend and lots of fun and adventures were had, and then next month I'll be joined by my brain-twin, [livejournal.com profile] fossarian, so we can experiment with a) writing our [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang while sitting across the room from one another, and trying not to kill each other over our Yankees/Blue Jays rivalry on the playing field. AND THEN I'm off to Texas in August to visit [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime (a mere 2 days before our [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang is due, oddly enough). I'm really hoping some other random folks will show up in that neck of the woods, too (
[livejournal.com profile] bauble and [info]nyoka, I'm looking at you), but we'll see what happens. I'm so excited I could spit chewing tobacco and fling my Stetson in the air. They do that in Texas, right?

Anyway, speaking of J2BB, I thought y'all deserved an update on my progress, which is ongoing. Looks like my projection of a 90k final wordcount isn't as wacky as I first thought, because, well...

60000 / 20000 (300.00%)

For those who are wondering, work on When Play Turns Bitter is still going apace, though I'm not totally sure how quickly I'll get the final chapter up. Hopefully soon, although it's getting more and more difficult to put aside my J2BB work as the summer continues to crawl by. But I promise it's still in the works, and will definitely be finished this summer. In the meantime I also have some one-shots planned, and--*gulp*--maybe even some RPF involving baseball.

Also totally random--and I'm sorry if this puts anyone off--but does anyone else feel the new Lady Gaga album is kind of... not up to par? It's not bad, exactly, but feels a lot more derivative than I expected. It's like she took some stock pop chord progressions and mashed them together with a bunch of Justice songs. Except that Justice still did it better.

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I hate breakfast. And lying. Also, I hate war.

May. 14th, 2011 | 05:30 pm
mood: excited excited

Good news, y'all! Looks like I might be posting a new chapter to When Play Turns Bitter this weekend, or Monday at the latest. It's only about 5500 words, which is probably about as long as it needs to be given the Epilogue that follows, but I'm just really excited that I've managed to set aside my J2BB long enough to get some work done.

Thank you all so much for your patience! I know it's been an annoyingly long time since the last update.

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Shut up, Sera.

May. 14th, 2011 | 10:25 am

Can we make a list of all the things that are already annoying me about 6.21, based on the preview video? Here, let's have a spoiler cut and jump right to it.

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Rec_hymenated interview

May. 11th, 2011 | 10:30 am
mood: content content

This is rather overdue, but the wonderful [info]oddlyfamiliar did a really fun interview with me on Sunday for [info]rec_hymenated . At the risk of shamelessly self-promoting,we had a blast during our talk despite some of the more embarrassing revelations, so if you've ever wanted questions answered about my interests, recs or writing habits, head on over and take a look!

Read the interview here!

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Castiel: Back home, you're found out

May. 5th, 2011 | 09:57 pm
mood: sad sad

I was listening to "The Runaway" by UNKLE on the way home, which happens to be one of my favourite songs and something I often listen to when writing porn (what? It's true). It could just be that I've had Cas on the brain for weeks, more than usual, but for the first time it struck me how this song really does fit him to a "T".

Have a listen.

Lyrics here )

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J2BB Progress Update

Apr. 16th, 2011 | 02:48 pm
mood: annoyed annoyed
music: The Chemical Brothers - Hanna OST

Hey chickens,

Haven't posted one of these in a while - in fact, I haven't been posting much of anything lately except for fic, which is... interesting... but it's time for a
[info]spn_j2_bigbang update! Are you excited? I'm excited!

41000 / 20000 (205.00%)

I'll definitely be making the May 1 deadline, although the second half of the BB is more draft than story; I estimate that once I'm done, this puppy will clock in around ~70 000 words, seeing as how it was roughly 35k before I switched to proper draft format. Christ.

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If you have nightmares about the future, you have to have a cigarette.

Apr. 8th, 2011 | 12:53 am
music: Quantic - Off the Beaten Track
mood: accomplished accomplished

So, as you can see, I'm trying out a new layout. I must admit I felt rather jealous of the layout I adapted for the [info]wipper_snappers comm, because it really is gorgeous (and you should immediately be checking out [info]ghost_factory if you like it), so my little project tonight was to try and come up with a way to make it Dean/Cas related without looking gaudy. Hopefully I've managed that much. The background image is actually a wallpaper I futzed together in a fit of texture-happy desperation using artwork from [info]aesc; I hope y'all like it. There might be some additional tweaking in the near future as I figure out exactly what I want, but I'll try not to do anything too crazy.

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Seems like a good day for a love meme. SO LOVE ME.

Apr. 7th, 2011 | 10:43 am
mood: hopeful hopeful

Why not, right? I'm sure this is a totally acceptable thing off which to base self-esteem and personal validation. Yeah. *deer-eyes*

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A non-spoilery observation.

Mar. 5th, 2011 | 10:04 am
music: Justice - Cross
mood: awake awake

Did Dean just learn how to tie Windsor knots recently or sommat? He looks like Dean Smith every week and it is KILLING ME. Hnnng.

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Insane thought #8, 965, 838

Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 02:27 pm
mood: curious curious

For a little while now I've been pestering [livejournal.com profile] fossarian about the idea of adapting When Play Turns Bitter into an actual novel, and thought I'd consult with my lovely flisties about the relative insanity of this latest brainwave.

Those interested in my idea, carry on. )

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