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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Pimping!

Nov. 5th, 2011 | 11:27 am
location: Canada, Ontario, Kingston

I just signed up for this because I'm an insane person! But you should sign up, too! Yaaaaay!


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Sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas Secret Santa exchange!

Oct. 29th, 2011 | 04:41 pm


The Dean/Castiel Secret Santa Exchange
Give the gift of love this Christmas!


I signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas exchange a few days ago, and y'all should, too! Sign-ups close October 31 so there's still time!

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Here we go again.

Oct. 24th, 2011 | 12:53 pm
music: The Rapture - Grace of Your Love

I know, I know. I've been terribly lax about journal updates lately, but I have a good reason - several good reasons, even!

Firstly, until last week I was hard at work on my chapter [livejournal.com profile] spn_redemption which y'all should go check out here, along with [livejournal.com profile] zatnikatel and [livejournal.com profile] dotfic's lovely episodes before and after. It's nice to see so many people responding to the project in such a positive way, since it's pretty much the only thing keeping my fandom-related spirits up these days without any Cas to go around.

Otherwise, my other big project has been for, yes - wait for it - [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang, working once again with the talented and amazing [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime. Our posting date is next Monday, October 31, and so far I have once again managed to blow out the minimum wordcount, because apparently I don't know when to STFU. I'm excited about the story, however, as it features Dean and Cas in the setting of the modern-day Irish restaurant industry for fun, hijinks and plenty o' sex. So for the sake of tradition, I give you the progress meter:


32000 / 20000 (160.00%)


I can't wait to share it with everyone, so keep an eye out for that in one week's time! I hope no one thinks I've forgotten about LJ...

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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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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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Crunch time, chickens.

Jul. 22nd, 2011 | 10:10 pm

Barely more than a month left to go. Shit just got real. (Or will it get really real in 3000 more words?)

97,000 / 20,000 (485.00%)

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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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WHAT'S UP I'M FUCKED

Jun. 24th, 2011 | 08:46 am
mood: intimidated intimidated

Yep, J2BB update. That is all.

77000 / 20000 (385.00%)

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[livejournal.com profile] help_a_friend auction offer! Place your bids!

May. 25th, 2011 | 12:19 am
mood: hopeful hopeful



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In the spirit of helping those in need, I have made an offer for two buy-it-now fics in honour of the seriously lovely, talented and fabulous [info]plentyofowls, who is in need of some support. As someone who has been a privileged recipient of her amazing artwork, kindness and wicked sense of humour, I am all too happy to return the favour and help out in the best way I know how - in this case, offering some fic. If you're interested in contributing any creative works, please click the banner above and visit the comm.

My thread can be found here - my current offer is for two fics, either Dean/Castiel or Jensen/Misha, starting at $5 (USD)/1000 words. The fic can be as long or as short as you like (well, barring the minimum); each additional 1000 words is $5, so when you place your bid be sure to let me know your maximum amount. Unlike traditional auctions, the winning bids will belong two the first two people to post.

Check it out and support a good cause and a beloved fandom talent. Chop-chop!

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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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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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Preach!

May. 3rd, 2011 | 09:16 pm
mood: pleased pleased

Stolen from Euclase's tumblr, because she is brilliant on top of being a brilliant artist:


Can I get an A-fuckin'-men?

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I just finished my J2BB draft. What?

Apr. 18th, 2011 | 10:44 pm
mood: ecstatic ecstatic

Aaaahhh you guys, I just finished my freaking [info]spn_j2_bigbang draft! I want to run around flailing and screaming my head off, except that I still have a good 30 000 words to write between now and the final deadline, since the second half is very much a DRAFT and mostly description.

But that doesn't matter, because I'm not out of the game yet! Whoohoo! I'm so excited to get back to writing the meat of the story, I can't even tell you. I think Bombora is going to end up being my favourite thing I've ever written.



43000 / 20000 (215.00%)


To the deadline, I say: BOOYAH, MOTHERFUCKER.

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Kinda I want to

Apr. 17th, 2011 | 10:51 am
mood: contemplative contemplative
music: NIN - Kinda I Want To

I think I done caved - I'm going to whip up some stuff for this year's [info]mmom . Though I sincerely doubt I'll be able to produce anything for each of the 31 days in May, there are a couple ideas in the work that will hopefully come to fruition. You should do it, too! Even if it's just in spirit and with the doors closed.



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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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Let the screaming and rending of clothes begin.

Apr. 1st, 2011 | 08:56 pm
mood: excited excited

So today [info]fossarian and I signed up for [info]deancasbigbang under our [info]wipper_snappers alias. Anyone care to place bets on how long it'll be before we start to lose our shit? Me neither.

Anyway, this promises to be a fun challenge this year, with boatloads of super talented artists and writers on board. You should sign up, too! This is a great opportunity to get that long fic you've been thinking about done.



Click the banner to sign up

See you on the other side, peeps!

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When Play Turns What Now?

Apr. 1st, 2011 | 07:09 pm
mood: determined determined

Hey y'all,

Just a quick note to confirm that I am indeed still working on When Play Turns Bitter. No real excuse for the hiatus this time except that I've been trying to concentrate on
[info]spn_j2_bigbang on account of the looming draft deadline, as well as the side projects I've been doing with [info]fossarian, but I've got ~3000 words of the new chapter hammered out so far. With any luck it'll get posted soon, so - worry not!

I said I wouldn't leave you hanging, and a promise is a promise. So... promise. /o\

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J2BB Update

Mar. 27th, 2011 | 05:08 pm
mood: blah blah
music: Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar

Haven't done one of these in a while, partly due to being busy, but also because I haven't done much work on this. *cowers* I just finished a new chapter, however, and have finally adjusted my draft mindset from "make it perfect" to "get it done". Fingers crossed!

36600 / 20000 (183.00%)

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