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Was gonna wait til I was done but I had a really awful day so I decided to hell with it, I'll start posting it to the meme now and hopefully get some nice feedback :D



Title: Everyday Love in Stockholm

Fandom: X-Men First Class

Pairing: Erik/Charles

Prompt: Magneto is the ruler of the posthuman world. His only secret? Charles Xavier, the human he's kept locked in his bedroom ever since his right-hand woman, Mystique, came to him pleading for mercy for her stepbrother, who accepted her mutant form and protected her as a child. The human he started fucking after Mystique was killed in battle, despite the guilt he feels at contaminating even this last promise to the woman who was integral to his life's work and happiness.


(Everyday Love in Stockholm)
tahariel: (Star Trekkin')
So I ran out of internet today and decided to go look at the hitcounter website I used on my last fic and my fanmix. I haven't looked at them in months, so I was really surprised to find... wait for it...

4014 pageviews for Asymptote, and 921 for my fanmix! Considering that they have 113 and 39 comments on each respectively, and that roughly one third to a half of those will be my replies to comments, that's astounding!

Now, don't get me wrong - I'm really happy just knowing how many people have read it / at least thought about downloading it. I love comments, but having numbers there really fills me with joy. It's interesting as a comparison, though, isn't it? As a statistic of how many people comment versus how many read?

I think I'll go comment on some fic I love right now, actually.

(If anyone is interested, I use Statcounter.com to monitor the number of pageviews. It's free and it's discreet, and it lets me have this gleefulness over my stuff without me having to rely solely on comments.)


Now for the rec!






Clearly very few of you (ie, only [livejournal.com profile] ionaonie) love Superman Returns as much as I do, because she is the only one who caressed its special tickybox on my poll. However! Superman Returns is awesome, and I'm sticking to my guns! Not only does it have Brandon Routh (mmm, Brandon Routh!) and a bullet bouncing off Superman's eye while he smirks hotly, but it is also a really great film for me on an emotional level. There is so much going on under the surface of it, which I really felt tapped into watching it even though that is probably why it didn't do so well at the box office.

Anyway, I'm pairing one of the least popular fandoms from my poll with one of the most - Firefly - in one rec! I'm just that damn good.


Between Suns by [livejournal.com profile] taybeck_fic. Extract: "We're not fit to bear the weight of an angel," River insisted, turning from the railing. "This ship could fly apart under those footsteps."


Tags: supermanreturns, dcu, firefly, crossover:supermanreturns, crossover:firefly, crossover, gen, fic, clark, river, a:talyafiredancer



tahariel: (Books)
...so, I thought about why I was stuck on the fic I was trying to write, and then I tried to write some more, and was stuck some more. So I did some more thinking.

Whenever I write fic, I've always been better at writing something that tries to convey a mood, a feeling, than at seriously plotty stuff. There's plot in there, but the plot is there as a catalyst to carry the mood over to the reader. That's what I'm good at, fic-wise. And the fic I was trying to write wasn't like that at all. I love love LOVE the premise, and I'm going to keep trying, but maybe it needs more gestation time first.

So now I'm writing something completely different! And I need your help!

Here is my question: what are your favourite poems? Why do you like them? Can you quote me some/all of it?

It would be really helpful! Thank you in advance :)
tahariel: (Harry Potter - Ravenclaws smarter)
So today was my first day of actual clinic work in my new job! As many of you are aware, I have been rather concerned that I was going to be incompetent and flail around looking like an idiot. As it was, even though I got three weird patients in a row, I was fine and I'm starting to get an idea of where to gets the notes from and where the put them, and I haven't once accidentally written 'student' under my name. I'm now a legitimate orthoptist!

Yesterday was my graduation, which went really well - I didn't fall over or anything - so I'm just waiting to see the photos from that now. It was bizarrely sunny in Liverpool, considering how rubbish the weather was everywhere else.

So! Basically, everything is still going well! I'm hoping to start writing my new Star Trek fic tonight (I'll be honest, I wanted to do some real planning first, but I'm getting finger-itchy, so. We'll see how it comes out and if it sucks then I'll have to rework it.)
tahariel: (Pixelstained technopeasant wretch!)
So this weekend I decided to test out a little theory of mine to see what the read/review ratio was on my fic. I've always wondered how many people actually read a fic, as compared to how many review - I know for a fact that I'm terribly guilty at times of failing to review, though I'm trying to improve, and I assume this counts for everyone else.

The reason I'm posting my findings is not because I want to make a big stink or anything, but because I thought other people might be interested too. Certainly my peeps at [livejournal.com profile] merlinmeet expressed an interest at the weekend, so here we are :)

On Sunday, four days after the fic was first posted, I placed a non-obtrusive hit-counting script on the fic page so that I could see how many people opened the webpage. (If you're interested, I used Statcounter.com to do this.) Since Sunday, I have received something like six reviews; however, the page has received 248 hits at last count.

So in three days, that means that only 2.41% of those accessing the page reviewed.

Of course, some of these may have disliked the fic, or the summary, or the pairing, and hit the back button, not read the fic at all; some may have finished it, but not liked it enough to review; others may have internet arrangements which mean they cannot review for whatever reason. Like I said, I'm not trying to stir up shit, I just think it's interesting.

It's an ego boost, anyway, seeing how many people have clicked over to my fic. And I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't like it if that percentage was higher, but what fic writer wouldn't?

I think I'll do the same on future fics to see if that percentage holds true if you take into account all the hits from the first posting of the fic, and get a more averaged result. Would people be interested in seeing the results? If so, I'll post them, but maybe I'm just a statistics geek.

ETA: HTML-fail fixed.
tahariel: (Star Trek - rock paper scissors lizard s)
[livejournal.com profile] jade_dragoness drew an illustration for Asymptote for me! It's so cute! Go look!

In related news, I'm seriously planning my next Star Trek fic. It's looking to be a bit of an epic, though, so I have no idea when it'll go up.
tahariel: (Star Trekkin')
Title: Asymptote

Fandom: STXI

Pairing: Kirk/Spock

Word Count: 5974

Rating: R / NC-17, for language and sex

Warnings: None

Author's Notes: I hadn't written anything in months when I started this, and haven't written fanfic in years. But somehow Star Trek has got me going again - which I'm totally loving, because I really missed writing! Thanks to everyone who's left such lovely comments on the original meme thread (here). Feedback is love! Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] kirkspock.

ETA: You can now also find this fic at the Archive of Our Own and at the automated Kirk/Spock archive, once it's been approved, thanks to kind prompting from [livejournal.com profile] awarrington.

Summary: Prompt from [livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink: Prompt: K/S. So, this idea kind of hit me out of nowhere. Pretty much following the tradition of aliens-made-them-do-it [only kind of inverted], in which Kirk and Spock end up at a planet where they are not allowed to touch each other [due to religious issues, politeness protocol, whatever].

This makes Spock realize how many times a day, Kirk had been touching him, [his shoulder, pat at the back, random hugs, etc] and how much he had been enjoying those touches. In fact, Spock is a bit annoyed [angry!] that he's been deprived his daily ration of Kirk-touch. And when he tries to sneak in a touch, however subtle, the aliens get in the way. [Damn aliens!] This pretty much pushes his control to the limit.

Then when the whole ordeal is over, Spock jumps Kirk in the conference room as soon as the briefing on the away mission is over because he cannot wait! \o/

Bonus: Kirk and Spock aren't together yet, so first time.

Double bonus: Kirk has no clue what the hell going on with Spock until the jumping happens.




Anticipation was not an emotion Spock had intended to allow himself to feel. )

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