cicer: (Oops)
AUGH. The sequel to Embarazado, which I intended to finish and post in the last few days, is taking more time than I'd planned. As a result, I've totally missed my own Mpreg Week. There are no words for how much I suck. It'll be done by tomorrow, I swear. *fails epicly*

In the realm of good news, I've been doing quite a bit of writing over the past couple days, though things haven't been going as quickly as I would have liked. However, I had a touch of a tummy bug a few days ago, and now my mother has it. Unfortunuately she seems to have it a lot worse than I did, poor thing. So in between feeling punk and playing nursemaid, I've been a little distracted. I meant to post some of my thoughts on the latest chapter of Saiyuki, but forgot to do so. Fortunuately, there's already a lively discussion going on over at [ profile] louiselux's journal, specifically here! I plan to dive in as soon as I can get my brain ramblings into a form that will make sense to other people.

Also! That quotes meme is making the rounds again, so I'm nicking it from [ profile] lisa_bee

Quotination! )

Additionally, I want to do that 'ask me about my writing' thing. If anybody has any questions about any of my stories and wants clarification or commentary, or is curious about my writing process/techniques, ask away! I would like to navel-gaze.
cicer: (Crack: part of this nutritious breakfast)
Some of you may remember that around this time last year (and the year before that) I took it into my head to declare a randomly chosen seven-day span of time to be Mpreg Week. Perhaps you'd forgotten. Perhaps you'd hoped I'd forgotten! Au contraire, my dears; I have not forgotten! And since I love mpreg, and others have been kind enough to indulge me in the past, I am now declaring it to be The Third Annual Mpreg Week! You know what that means! Mpreg, from today until next Sunday! Read it, write it, draw it, rec it, talk about it, whatever tickles your fancy. For my part, I shall work on finishing the long-awaited sequel to Embarazado, and perhaps a few other little drabbles and ficlets if I can manage it.

Now, go forth and mpreg!
cicer: (Hey dudes hey dudes)
I wroted two more ficlets for the [ profile] saiyuki_time challenges! It occurs to me that maybe not everyone who follows this journal also follows that comm (though you all should!) so I shall link to the fics here. Apologies to those of you who do folllow the comm and are getting spammed with this twice!

Entrapment, written for the 'Addiction' prompt. Light Hakkai/Gojyo. Gojyo has a rather unique addiction, and arranges for Hakkai to give him what he wants.

So Funny I Forgot To Laugh, written for the 'Humor' prompt. Also implied Hakkai/Gojyo. Why does Hakkai laugh in his sleep anyway? The world may never know! Gojyo, meanwhile, would just like it to stop.

Hope you enjoy!
cicer: (Scattered leaves)
Just a short note to let one and all know that I am, in fact, still alive. Good lord, I don't think I've gone this long without posting in the entire time I've had this journal. Unfortunately, life has had me in a strangehold for the last several months and doesn't seem to be willing to let up anytime soon. Nothing bad is happening, I'm just insanely busy and will probably be so until the end of the semester. Sigh. In the mean time, I'm hanging in there, and struggling to cope with the fact that I just don't have as much leisure time as I used to.

I haven't been doing much (or sometimes any) writing in the last few months either, but I'm trying to change that. I just wrote something for the [ profile] saiyuki_time comm, A Small Crime. I'm going to try and keep with with doing a ficlet for each prompt, since it seems to be a good way to stay semi-regular with writing as posting fic. Meanwhile, the battle against my many other WIP rages on, though lately I seem to have decided that discretion is the better part of valor. (In other words, I've been hiding under the covers and not writing at all.) But as, springs I shall bravely soldier on in my attempts to compose something that I am not totally embarrassed of. We will see how that goes.

In other news, I have been doing a lot of sleeping, a moderate amount of reading, and a (very) little exercising. Beyond that, there is little to report. My life has become exceedingly dull.

Further updates as events warrant! (In other words, it may be a while.) Carry on, folks!
cicer: (pr0n)
Now, I'm absolutely certain that all of you (at least all of you who would be interested) have seen [ profile] toxictattoo's Weiss Kreuz kink fic meme and [ profile] vom_marlowe's Saiyuki fic kink meme, but I'm going to link them anyway for my own reference. Seriously, though, if you haven't looked at these recently, check them out! There's tons of awesome, smoldering-hot fic to be had. Plus, they're still going strong with new requests and fics, which is good for those of us that have been putting off making or answering a request! I am definitely going to try and do a couple ficlets for the meme, though, in order to repay everyone else for the hawt pr0n they have provided me with. So hie thee hence and start checking out the smut! It's gooood.
cicer: (sketchy Sanzo)
I have come to the sad conclusion that I am a bibliophile of the highest order. Recently, somebody asked me what I would buy if I had 10,000 dollars to spend as I wished. My immediate answer was, "Books." Inevitably, they asked, "Well, what else?" To which I responded, "...More...books?" I think they thought that nobody could possibly need or want ten thousand dollar's worth of books, but oh how wrong they are. I could buy dozens in one go, easily. I went to Barnes and Noble today, with the intention of celebrating a sucessful first week of classes buy buying myself books, and wanted nearly everything I saw. It was hard to restrain myself from spending too much. Woes. I think I need some kind of book-addict rehab, but I like book-buying too much to repent my ways.

I did buy four books though, and am very excited about them. I got Sex with Kings, which I decided I had to have after I read Sex with the Queen a few months ago and loved it. I'm a history geek with a passion for reading about royalty, so this was a must-have for me. Also, the sexcapades of the royals of yore are very amusing to read.

I also got The Persian Boy, after hearing various people on my friendslist chattering about Mary Renault. Also, I bought Peony in Love, because I loved Lisa See's other stuff so much. Finally, I bought Princess Academy, which I'd already read via the local library. I like Shannon Hale a lot. Her stories are really sweet and well done, and they have a lot of life in them. I wanted to get one of her books I hadn't read yet, but they only had this one and another that I already owned. Boo. Will have to order them online.

As far as school goes, I had a very easy re-entry and like all of my classes very much, which is excellent. I'm taking the Creative Writing workshop again, and I'm really thrilled about that. I absolutely adored it last semester, but was afraid I wouldn't be able to take it again this semester because of scheduling conflicts. Happily, I can! It's funny, but I've noticed I actually write more during the school year than I do during the summer and holidays. I always mean to take advantage of the free time to write, but somehow end up getting bored or lazy and not following through. I seem to have better discipline during the semester. My Creative Writing class has inspired me to dust off the novel I did for NaNoWriMo '05 and see about continuing it. I haven't touched it since that November, and I don't know why, since I really do like the story. I think I might do a sequel to it for this year's NaNoWriMo, for which I'm already excited and have been thinking about for months. :D I've already warned my professor that I'm going to try and draft some of the people from our Creative Writing class into doing it too. She supports me wholeheartedly, so now I must think of ways to trick my classmates into agreeing. Hm.

I'm feeling very cheery lately, and I hope all of you out there are feeling the same!
cicer: (walk in the rain)
Oh my god, you stupid fic, just end already! I thought I'd be able to finish you today, but you're still going. Dammit. *bangs head on keyboard* Curse you, [ profile] cicer's-inability-to-write-anything-under-3,000-words. You are a pain in my behind, and probably the reason why I never finish anything these days. Arg.

I shall distract myself with a meme.

Nicked from somebody on my friendsfriends list. See if you can figure out what they're from. Bear in mind that if you can't, I will bug you about how much you need to see the ones you don't recognize. :D I tried not to pick too obvious ones, but I think they're still pretty well-known.

Ten Pop Culture References You Expect Your Nearest and Dearest to Get:

1. Who's the more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him?
2. You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
3. Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage.
4. See, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly.
5. No, thank you. We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations.
6. Never send a human to do a machine's job.
7. The Burger Lord pathfinder salesmen had been shot 25 minutes after setting foot in France.
8. You don't have to stay anywhere forever.
9. Things used to be pretty simple. A hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty. Really honed my brooding skills.
10. It's called a sense of humor - you should get one - they're nice.
cicer: (Violate)
There are so many movies out right now that I want to see. This is a new and different experience for me, since I usually go to the theater about twice a year and am always hopelessly out-of-date when it comes to pop-culture stuff. But! Movies! I went with my mother to see Stardust last week and loved it, much to my surprise. She really wanted to see it, but I was hesitant since I usually don't much care for movie adaptations of books. Plus, I loved the novel so much that I was afraid that if the movie didn't live up to my expectations I would end up hurling popcorn at the screen and making a scene right in the middle of the theater. It was a really sweet and charming movie though, and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd certainly recommend it. There were a bunch of really spiffy-looking coming attractions before the movie that made me jones for another night at the theater, soon. Next I want to see Invasion, because it looks cool and suitably creepy. Also, my dad and I used to watch the 1956 Invasion of the Bodysnatchers together and mock it the whole way through, so I've got to see this version for nostalgic purposes. Sadly, I'm gonna have to go by myself, since nobody I know wants to see the movie. Oh well.

It's getting to be back-to-school time, so good luck to those of you who are heading back into the trenches as students or teachers. Go, fight, win! I'm beginning to get a little excited about my own classes starting next week since I really like my schedule. Also, I'm taking the same Creative Writing workshop that I took last semester, so I'm guaranteed at least one class I'll love. I have to take a math class this semester though, boo. Like most writers and English language inclined folks I know, I'm really not much of a math person. Hopefully this time I'll at least...uh. Not fail the class? That would be good.

On another topic entirely, skimming through my journal entries to tag and organize things for my backup journals has been interesting, simply because it's given me a chance to see what I talk about and how often I post about certain things. The patterns that emerge from taking a close look at my entries are really interesting. I'm a statistics geek, though, so I'm always fascinated by those journaling programs that tell you stuff like what percentage of your posts fall on a certain day or at a certain time, or things like that. It has made me curious, though, about what the people who read my journal pay attention to. Obviously, just because I post about something doesn't mean anyone actually reads it. So on that note, and because it's been a while since I've done a gratuitous self-involved poll, have some ticky boxes! Tell me which type of entries you pay attention to/find interesting versus the ones you just skim past.

[Poll #1042511]

Speaking of fic, I can has some porn! It's almost done, and providing the characters cooperate with me, I'll hopefully get it up in the next couple days. It feels like it's been a while since I've written a sex scene. This is clearly unacceptable and must be remedied. Yay, porn!
cicer: (teh sex)
Hey, that WIP meme really does work at providing inspiration! In my case, it's less inspiration to write than inspiration to get off my duff and finish editing, but hey. Whatever works. At any rate, here's the full Antique Bakery fic that I posted a snippet of.

“You’re more trouble than you’re worth.”  )
cicer: (walk in the rain)
Nicked from [ profile] daegaer and [ profile] trensaddiction: When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

The one with Tachibana and Ono )

The one with Sanzo and Gojyo )

The one with baby!Gojyo )

The one with amnesiac!youkai!Hakkai )

The one where Sanzo remembers his childhood )

The one where Hakkai is jealous )

The really long casino AU )

The genderfuck mpreg which will never ever be finished )

Guess who really need to get off her lazy butt and finish some of these? Yeah, that would be me. Eep. *shuffles off to open MS Word*
cicer: (crack)
The first of the mpreg fics! Expect two more in the next couple of days. [ profile] maycat55555 wanted pregnant Kougaiji, so I delivered (pun not intended). This was written in a bit of a haste over the past twenty-four hours and given only a cursory edit, so please forgive any errors or just plain lousy writing. Beware of cheesiness. Sigh. I have a more difficult time writing Kougaiji and company than I do writing the Ikkou!

It was late. )
cicer: (Default)
Recently, [ profile] emungere has written some lovely Saiyuki fics examining what might have happened if things had gone a little differently for our favorite Ikkou when they were small. It got me to thinking about a particular incident, and this is what tumbled out.

Sheng hurried after Master Koumyou’s retreating back, trying not to snag his robes on the bramble. )
cicer: (zz Black and white Hakkai)
Ooo boy. I've been fussing around with this fic for almost four months now. It's still not quite what I'd like it to be, but I thought it better to just get it up and call it finished. Please excuse the roughness.

I’ve always been interested in what happened in the period between the time Gojyo picked Hakkai up off the road and the time Sanzo turned up. This fic started as a result of me thinking about various things that might have occurred during that month.

I worry that the ending is a little unclear. Please let me know if I ought to rewrite it.

Gojyo crept into the dark bedroom, a tangle of blankets draped over his arm. )
cicer: (Goku/Sanzo)
Summary: When Goku wants to know the facts of life, who's more suited to educate him that Gojyo? Well, probably a lot of people. Unfortunately, Gojyo's the only one around.

Hints of 58 and 39. This could probably use a little more polish, and possible a beta, but my writing has been giving me fits lately and I’ve been constantly rewriting and scraping stuff. So I’m pretty much just sick of looking at this as desperate to get something off the to-do pile. I apologize for any roughness or misspellings. Bear with me as I try to get back into the writing groove!

Deep in his third beer, Gojyo didn’t notice when Goku slunk into the seat across from him. )
cicer: (have you ever been a pervert?)
So, I'm taking a creative writing course this semester. It's totally a blast so far. The class is funny and clever, and the professor is a dear family friend who I love to bits. She has assigned us a writing exercise in which we are to write a sex scene. Best assignment ever. I'm afraid I may have outed myself as a bit of a pervert when I offered to give some tips to my classmates, most of which had never attempted to write sex before. Oh well. They all laughed pretty hard when I sternly told them to never use funny euphemisms when writing sex. I was too demure to give examples, but as long as no one ends up using phrases like 'steaming man-wand of love' or talking about trains going into tunnels, I'll know they took my valuable advice to heart.

I'm having a bit of a hard time writing my sex scene, though, since my characters will just not put it in. Instead, I have five pages of description, build-up, and character development. Who wants that?! My professor has already laughed at me though, and assured me that she understands that I'm a novelist, and as such have extremely difficulty containing my stories to three or four pages. Oh well. When I turn this in, I'll assure her that I'll understand if she wants to skip over the boring parts and go straight to the porn.

Also, I have come to the sad conclusion that I am not fooling my mother at all when it comes to what sort of things I write. She always begs to see what I'm writing, so I showed her a short story I did for class about two sailors on a ship. As she started reading it, she immediately furrowed her brow and said, "Is this going to be porn?" I said, "Um. No." She said, "Oh, okay, I was just wondering because I was going to say that maybe you shouldn't show that to your teacher." I love the implication than she not only knows I write the man porn, but she would be okay with me showing it to her as long as I don't inflict it on my professor. It's extra-funny because the professor is one of her best friends and honestly, they are two of the most pervy women I've ever met. It's really no wonder I ended up the way I did.


In other news! Recs and fic are forthcoming, I swear. I've just been a little overwhelmed this semester. I forget how much full-time school takes it out of me. I don't know how some of you do work and school, I really don't. I think I would die. When I get home it's about all I can do to finish my work and then read porn and watch dumb TV. Arg. Must build up constitution so I can do more! Failing that, must acquire knowledge of everything in the world and become independently wealthy, thus rendering school and work unnecessary. I think it's a good plan.
cicer: (crack)
Nicked from [ profile] springgreen, a more in-depth look at what I wrote this year (er, wait, last year)!

Year in review meme )
cicer: (Violate)
This has been a pretty good year for me. There was some angst, but also a whole lot of self-discovery and trying of new things. I was definitely blessed with all the good things in life, like financial security, the health of my loved ones, and general happiness and contentment. There's very, very little that was lacking in my life in 2006, and even less that I could wish for in the new year. So I feel very lucky and hope 2007 is just as nice! May all of you be blessed in the new year! I hope all your dreams and plans come to fruition, and you and your loved ones are happy and safe.

Now, it's time for the total number of words I've written this year! After I passed the 100,000 word mark last year, I decided I wanted to try and double that in 2006. Somehow, incredibly, I managed it. NaNoWriMo gave me the boost I needed, and I wrote a lot over the spring and summer. The final total for this year is 210,938 words. Just over half of that still hasn't seen the light of day. My NaNoNovel is about 80k words, and another 50k or so is unfinished/in-progress fanfiction projects. Still, I'm quite happy with what I did and hope to equal or surpass it next year.

I hope all of you who pursue creative projects (be they writing, drawing, or anything else) have had muses who were kind to you this year, as mine were! Best of luck for all your endeavors in the New Year! It's been an absolute pleasure and honor to know so many great and talented people, and I look forward to continuing the friendships I've made over the last year, as well as making new ones!
cicer: (pr0n)
Someone gave me a prompt for youkai!Hakkai/Gojyo sex...a few months ago. In the hubbub of NaNoWriMo and the holidays, I quite forgot about it and only now remembered to finish it up. Embarrassingly, I don't even remember who it was, but. Well. Your fic's done, whoever-you-are!

Stretching his legs out in front of him, Gojyo sat on the front porch and watched, transfixed. )
cicer: (I want that too)
It's the day after Christmas, so what do we need? Morbid and depressing Weiss Kreuz fic, clearly! The title is Latin for 'from what comes after'.

Crawford steps out of the way at the spray of blood )
cicer: (Ghost)
I wrote about half of this months ago and then, as I often do with my half-finished ficlets, forgot all about it. I rescued it from the depths of my harddrive a couple weeks ago and finished it. I don't even remember where the idea for this came from. I guess I've just always been fascinated by the unusual 'meet cute' Hakkai and Gojyo had and wondered what it would have been like if it had gone another way.

Five Ways Hakkai and Gojyo Never Met )
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