caitri: (Printer)
All Star Trek stories are Kirk/McCoy unless otherwise stated.
All Avengers stories are Steve/Tony unless otherwise stated.
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caitri: (ample nacelles)
So I entered that Strange New Worlds contest for Star Trek stories and didn't get in, so I thought I'd go ahead and share the story I wrote anyway because I'm still proud of it. It's gen, TOS though it could also be read as Reboot. Many thanks to the lovely [ profile] abigail89 who heroically beta'd and encouraged me to finish!! <3

The Drowned and the Saved )
caitri: (books)
There are a hundred students in this round of workshops; there are four workshops of poetry, three of fiction, two of creative nonfiction, and then the lone "literary/book arts hybrid" class I'm taking. My class has 7 people in it, while the others have ~15 per. Consequently, over the last day and a half, I've explained what book arts are to about 40 people.

I'm tired.


Here are some pictures of what we did just today:


This is a sheet of paper marbled using the Japanese suminagashi method, where you take a small paper circle, drop a few drops of dye on top, and then blow or move it around the water with a skewer; the dye only adheres to the surface of the water, and so you can place your paper directly on top. You don't have to treat the paper beforehand, or spend a few hours doing other set-up and prep as you must with Turkish marbling. Consequently, even though the dyes are less vivid, I am quite the fan!


We started off with two exercises. The first was "Twenty First Lines"--potential first lines to twenty works which we submitted before the workshop started. The instructors printed and bound these to create small prompt books. The "Word Dance" was an activity where we created cards using phrases from our writing samples which we shared and redistributed as a group, making poems with the new (randomized) material. Mine reads:

Excuse me
sound might grow a steady stream
if such was ever to be

maybe someone had someone
again and again
subject to the will

Shoes by the door nose each other like fish
tingling cheek
promise of London Devil
garb thin as a sapling.

[I'm only proud of the first six lines which sounds like an actual narrative to me. It's pretty clear I had no idea what to do with the other four.]


Another project we took on this morning was creating a commonplace book, bound accordion style and creating a collage on the cover. We were given envelopes of various interesting scraps, and this is what I put together. The ribbon ties in the back to hold the volume shut; it has an envelope glued in the back to hold various project materials. I don't typically care for accordion bindings, but I'm pleased with how this one came out at least visually.


I've written a story for tomorrow from a prompt; I'm happyish with the text but not the accompanying image, which I'm not going to share, because no, it looks juvenile. (OTOH maybe tomorrow I'll go to class and it will magically seem better, but I think not.) Here it is:


If you stay with me... )


Last night I wrote a poem, and it at least I an pleased with:

sent at midnight
and at 8am

read and responded

demonstrate only

that I am
the signifier
and you
the signified.


Tonight we listened to readings by each of the student fellows--effective "apprentices" to the instructors this term. Like the workshops, they were a mixture of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I suppose it was a classical "writing seminar moment": all of them white, at least approaching middle class if not actively upper class. One was a gay man. They all had, I guess you could say strong voices, but in that workshoppy way they were indistinguishable too, talking of permissible things like love and loss and extra-marital affairs. One older gentleman had a story from the pov of a recovering alcoholic struggling to connect with his son; the gay writer mentioned a bathhouse. This was the non-normative material. This morning my instructors had a brief spiel about "safe space" and to be aware and accepting of "raw" material, but I am rather underwhelmed? Does that sound awful? And you can count the POCs on one hand; I've spoken to half of them already through happenstance.

It has all made me feel rather anxious. But this may sound like I'm disappointed in the whole thing--I'm not, exactly, and I've never been surrounded by so many creative types before, so that's interesting. So, we'll see what happens. I have my personal conference with my instructors tomorrow, and we're going to discuss the chapter I sent them of my printerfic--the one with all of the triggery stuff. So. We'll see what they make of that.
caitri: (obvious flirting is obvious)
Title: “We’re On Fire Now” (Love is Parenthetical)
Author: caitri
Prompt: 11--WHATEVER: Jim keeps proposing to Bones and keeps getting rejected. One time, Bones is so busy, he's not really paying attention and replies "whatever". Jim takes it as a positive and starts planning a wedding. How does Bones find out and how does he react! (Bones POV)
Rating: PG (Language)
Warnings: N/A
Word Count: 2294
Summary: This day has been a long one in coming. Too bad Leonard didn’t know about it. For the Sweethearts Challenge at [ profile] jim_and_bones. Many thanks to [ profile] hora_tio for betaing!!!! [ profile] corrie71 has Jim's POV in her story Whatever.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Charles mouse)
Title: The Shopping Trip
Author: caitri
Rating: G
Word Count: 1291
Summary: Abbie knew that taking Ichabod shopping was going to be a long, painful process, which is why she put it off for as long as she could. And when Crane has been in the twenty-first century for two months, when he has been locked in cars and shot guns with more than one bullet, when they have fought demons and the undead together, surely a trip to Beekman’s Grocery can’t be that bad--can it?
Disclaimer: I am the farthest thing from a writer or employee of Fox as it is possible to be. So.

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caitri: (charles write)
Okay, a bunch of my f-listies have been doing the two sentence horror story meme. Here's my shot (buh dum chh) at it:

"It's a Margaret Atwood Sort of Day"

He looked very charming with his downcast eyes as he said, “I used to be afraid of talking to women.” I started to say, sweetly, “But that’s silly,” but that’s of course when he brought out his gun.
caitri: (printer)
This is a chapter for my printerfic novel I've been revising for my creative writing class. You know, the seventeenth century one about the girl who wants to be a printer so she crossdresses (as happens) and runs into hijinks (as happens) and prints (as happens if I'm writing it). Anyone with some spare time and the will to concrit will be LOVED FOREVER.

ETA: Trigger warning for assault. She'll be fine though, BUT!

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Title: Start As You Mean To Go On (Five Questions, One Statement, and One Answer, All in a New York Minute)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Pepper/Happy, Bruce/Darcy, Thor/Jane, Natasha/Rhodey, Peter/Gwen, Clint/Coulson, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 2,915
Summary: New Year’s Eve at Avengers Tower. Movieverse.
A/N: With some Science Bros especially for [ profile] tocourtdisaster because I never finished her birthday present, and Bruce/Darcy and Clint/Coulson for [ profile] gadgetorious on principle.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.
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caitri: (Is that a Firefly)
Mal: "Ain't all buttons and charts, little albatross. Know what the first rule of flying is? Well I s'pose you do, since you already know what I'm 'bout to say."

River: "I do. But I like to hear you say it."

Mal: "Love. Can know all the math in the 'verse but take a boat in the air that you don't love? She'll shake you off just as sure as a turn in the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughtta fall down...tell you she's hurtin' 'fore she keens...makes her a home."


And lookit what [ profile] avictoriangirl made!!!!!

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man What Can't We Face)
Still thinking about the deleted Cap scene from Avengers which breaks my nerdy little heart (ALL OF THE HUGS FOR STEVE, ALL OF THEM), and then got bitten by the plot bunny:

Okay, so Steve spends ALL THIS TIME wanting to go back "home" to the 1940s, right? He keeps thinking about what he'd tell Bucky (and then remembering that Bucky is STILL dead, back then) and Peggy and the gang about this weird future where men on the street want to sell you minutes and time (oh god I LOVED that little detail as he walks past the hawkers of cellphones), and Howard has a kid who is OLDER than they are, etc etc. He keeps up this running commentary of everything he wants to remember to tell them (and how he thinks they'd react) for ages, right?

And then, little by little, he stops, because he makes his peace and Tony is his best friend-kinda boyfriend and the Avengers are his family and it's all pretty awesome. Time goes by.

And THEN they're fighting the baddy of the day who...sends Steve back in time somehow. He just wakes up and there he is in his sleeping roll, Bucky toeing him awake because it's time to get up, sunshine, they've got a long way to go to the rendeveux point, and Gabe and Dernier are trading banter in French and Falsworth is on guard duty, etc etc. And Bucky's like, What's the matter with you, Rogers? and Steve's like ...Really weird dream, and...everything is back to what it was, they're running missions, etc., but Steve can't shake the feeling that this isn't right. And he's like half ecstatic that he has Bucky and Peggy and everyone back but he also completely misses Tony and the Avengers, etc.


And then they are on a mission and it turns out that HYDRA has a time displacement mathingy that somehow ties in with what 21st century baddie had, and...Steve has to make a choice. Stay in the 1940s (and risk effecting the time line, of course he's thinking about that, it's not like he hasn't watched enough Star Trek with Clint and Bruce to know that is an Issue) or go back to 2012.

Bucky is the one that makes him go back to Tony, because ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL TEARS.

And then he gets home and it's happy ever after because hey, closure, finally.


This counts as having written the damn thing, right? TITLE: BUYING TIME. So there.
caitri: (We'll Never Survive)
Title: In the Belly Of
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Kirk/McCoy, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 741
Summary: Because space whales…fish…are a thing. In multiple universes. (Look, Todd asked and I said Okay, and this is what happened. I don’t know either.)
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Bad Roboy, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Title: Under Your Influence (The Way It Works Like Caffeine)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Bruce/Darcy, background Clint/Natasha, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 2,114
Summary: Movieverse. The one where Bruce and Darcy try to have a date. Written for [ profile] gadgetorious.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Hawkeye)
Title: You Know These Words (Like an Old Country Song)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Clint/Natasha, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 4,833
Summary: Movieverse. The one where Clint Barton used to be a Hunter. A crossover of sorts with Supernatural.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Eric Kripke, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Is this a kissing book?)
Title: As Seen In the Mirror
Author: caitri
Rating: G
Pairings: Kirk/McCoy (pre-slash)
Word Count: 925
Summary: A young Jim Kirk sees his heart’s desire—or possibly, his future.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot. Just so you know. With further apologies to J.K. Rowling.
A/N: So during Word Wars at [ profile] jim_and_bones, [ profile] shortstack88 suggested a challenge of Harry Potter/Trek crossovers. This is what happened. With thanks to [ profile] fairyniamh for the title.

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man What Can't We Face)
Title: What Do You See?
Author: caitri
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Steve/Tony, Bucky/Natasha
Word Count: 1237
Summary: A character study. Movieverse.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Stan Lee, Avi Arad, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.
A/N: Trying to figure out how to write Bucky, and then this conversation sort of occurred to me, and, well. Can be read as taking place in the universe of Avengers Rampant though I’m not sure if it really is or not.

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caitri: (charles write)
So tonight my writing class workshopped the first part of James Eyre. It was kind of a weird experience because it was a WIP and also only a couple familiar with what I was really doing/time period, and for feedback I sat there and kept quiet while people said this or that which wouldn't have been an issue if they were more familiar with 19th c. stuff. (Fairy references, btw? Not humorous. Actually kind of threatening and implying sexual deviance.) When I did explain a little bit at the end, it was suggested I could explain some things like the fairy reference via footnotes, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. Very meta and postmodern and this is, y'know, unironically 19th c.

So. Several helpful things were said, but some things, not so much. Must contemplate.

Anyway, we also have a weekly assignment to write at least a couple hundred words of something for weeks when we aren't workshopping. So here's a scene of--something--I banged out over my post-class snack just now:

I’d all but inhaled the rice and fish because I was so hungry, so the daifuki afterwards is a relief. No one else wants theirs—glutinous rice and red bean paste and black sesame seeds aren’t the ideal dessert for most Americans—so by default I end up with my share and then some.

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caitri: (Default)
Title: Avengers Rampant! (Or, the One with the Unicorn)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Steve/Tony, Clint/Darcy, Thor/Jane
Word Count: 13,894
Summary: What it says on the tin, but strangely less cracky. Movieverse.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Stan Lee, Avi Arad, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.
A/N 1: Most of the good jokes in this fic come from [ profile] librarian_7. That is all.
A/N 2: There’s always good stuff after the credits.
A/N 3: [ profile] wihluta has made a podfic!

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