lauren3210: (merthur)
Okay so, I was trawling through the prompts list for a couple of fests yesterday, and I noticed that on quite a few of them, people have listed pet names being used between their OTPs as a squick/dislike. And then last night, instead of sleeping as I should have been doing, I found myself laying awake and trying to decide where I fall on this kink. Thinky thoughts under the cut!
click here, cupcakes! )

So, what do you all think about pet names? Hate them? Love them? Like to be specific? Inquiring minds want to know!
lauren3210: (merthur)
Title: The Rewards of Bravery
Summary: During an Auror mission gone wrong, Harry finds himself with an unexpected new power: he can tell when people are lying. It’s incredibly annoying, except for when Draco’s around...
Rating: NC-17 (just)
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 13,000

So yeah, this one was me. Could you guys tell? I bet you could!
lauren3210: (merthur)
I totally forgot to put this on my own LJ once it was posted at [ profile] hp_kinkfest. Not that it really matters, because everyone on my flist interested in reading it probably already has, but still, it's nice to have everything in one place, so! I had great fun writing this; it's not often that I feel for a pairing outside my own OTP so quickly and so deeply. Charlie really spoke to me in this fic, so much so that I had to get out of bed in the middle of the night and write the entire thing in one sitting. I'll be honest, I've never really given much thought to the character of Charlie before, and if the kink showcased hadn't called to me as loud as it did, I doubt I would have done so now. However, thanks to this fic, I'm suddenly having so many Charlie Weasley feels and I have an intense desire to write a long, character driven story all about him and his dragons. Who knows, maybe I will? But anyway, this story. I was completely overwhelmed by the response it's gotten, so many people said such lovely things about it, and now I find I'm ridiculously proud of this little thing. *strokes it*

Title: In the Still of the Night

Prompt Number: 19 submitted by [ profile] gracerene

Kink Showcased: Somnophilia

Rating: NC-17

Pairing(s): Charlie/Harry

Summary: Harry sleeps, and Charlie watches, and remembers the fire that burned bright in his innocence.

Warnings: Dubious consent; content that could be construed as romanticising underage sex with a minor, although both participants are over the age of consent.

Word Count: ~2100

Author's Notes: So, this is my first time writing for this fest, and my first time writing this pairing, I hope I do it justice. Grace, baby, I really hope this is the kind of thing you were looking for and that it hits the spot, despite the pov being one I know you struggle with. Huge thanks to [ profile] birdsofshore for forcing me to look at the prompt list, and then making it up to me by offering awesome advice to make this better. Title taken from the song of the same name by Fred Parris and the Satins.

In the Still of the Night
lauren3210: (merthur)
I'm really not quite sure how I've managed to get myself into this, but January hasn't even finished yet and somehow I've found myself signed up for THREE separate fests so far this year (and that doesn't even include things like Erised and Smoochfest that I'd already planned to join in with later this year). So, this is a blame post where I point out all of you horrible people who forced me to go look at prompting posts and then sat back and laughed at me as I flailed over all of the fics I suddenly wanted to write, okay? How dare you.

[ profile] hp_kinkfest is the first one, and the blame for this lands squarely in the lap of [ profile] birdsofshore (as well as the meanie who left the awesome prompt that I began salivating over). However, Birds has already made up for it by betaing my submission, so I guess that makes us even. *grumbles*

[ profile] dracotops_harry is the next on the list, and this is all absolutely [ profile] dicta_contrion's fault for just hanging that prompts list out there for just anybody to see. I mean really, you should be more careful about where you put things, D. *shakes head*

And finally, I just signed up for [ profile] harrydracompreg, because [ profile] capitu planted the idea in my head and then skipped off laughing and just left me to deal with it. Honestly, what did I ever do to you?

Okay, so maybe this should be a thank you post rather than a blame post, because I'm actually really excited for these fests. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to expand my writing attempts, and all of these are helping me to do that. So far I've got ideas for a change in pov style, a pairing I haven't written before, and a switch in top/bottom dynamics to what I usually write, so I'm well on my way to completing this particular resolution - which really, absolutely never happens, because I tend to forget about them as soon as I've made them.

So yeah, be on the look out for some different types of stories coming from me over the next few months! XD
lauren3210: (merthur)
I was inspired by [ profile] nia_kantorka's recent post on her likes/dislikes in reading fanfic, and thought I'd give it a try myself! Then I looked up at my open tabs, and saw that I have 4 Drarry fics, 3 Merthur fics, 2 Stucky fics, 2 McShep fics and a Destiel, all waiting for me to read, and I realised I may have a slight problem, but anyway, here's my list! And I kept it general, rather than pairing specific, because otherwise I'd be here all bloody month just writing them down!

my long and windy list thing )

Wow, that was longer than I thought it was going to be, things just kept coming to me!
lauren3210: (stucky steve)
Okay, so I finally finished Merlin over the weekend (thanks for that, [ profile] indyonblue and [ profile] nia_kantorka, I won't be getting over that any time soon), and obviously the first thing I did is go looking for fics. Unfortunately, one of the first I came across was the untagged MCD fic that I was complaining about last night, so I'm feeling a little... gun shy about searching for more.

So, if anybody on my flist has some recs for me, they would be greatly appreciated!
lauren3210: (Default)
I don't understand, how can you not warn for Major Character Death in a fic?

I mean, I get that people don't like to give away the ending of their stories, but that's a pretty big thing to not tag. AO3 even has it up there in bold so that it's the first thing you see. I get not wanting to tag who tops and who bottoms and stuff like that, and maybe even things like dubcon when interpretations can differ. But MCD? I need to fucking know that before I start reading.

I don't know, maybe it's just important to me and not so much to anyone else. I test extremely high in levels of affective empathy, so where one person might feel sad over a character dying, I almost literally feel the pain of losing a loved one because I find it hard to dissociate my own feelings from that of the characters. The only time I've read a MCD fic was three years ago, and I'm still not over it, I still randomly burst into tears whenever something reminds me of it.

Until today, anyway, because I unwittingly walked into an untagged MCD fic and ended up having a panic attack and vomiting on my bedroom floor. I haven't been able to stop shaking and crying for the last four hours, and my husband is starting to get that look he always gets when he thinks it might be time for me to go back on my meds. What a wonderful fucking way to start the new year.
lauren3210: (Default)
Whoop whoop, I can finally claim my fic! I feel like I've been waiting for ever to claim this one (because for some evil reason those sneaky mods put me FIRST why, why would you do that to me?)! I had such a great time working on this, and I'm so completely chuffed that [ profile] amorette enjoyed it. And all the comments were awesome, and I can't wait to start replying to them!

Title: (The Piece) I was Missing All Along
Author: lauren3210
Recipient: amorette
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~31,000
Infidelity against an OMC nobody cares about

Content/Enticements: Boys being dumb, girls rolling their eyes at them, and a game or two of Quidditch?
Summary: Draco and Harry have been flatmates and best friends for years, and Draco thinks life is just perfect that way. But when something comes along and threatens to take all that away, Draco has to decide what it is he really wants, and just how hard he's going to work to get it.
Author's Notes: To my dear amorette, I had a wonderful time writing for you. I don't think I managed to get in everything that you listed, but I hope that what I came up with captured the feel of the type of fic you enjoy reading the most. A big thanks to the mods for matching me up so perfectly, as well as their continual awesomeness; to my beta for pointing out all my many mistakes, and to kedavranox and melusinahp for helping me back on Amorette's track when I floundered. You guys all rock!
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.

Also, please don't forget to check out my gift, written by the amazingly wonderful [ profile] femmequixotic and [ profile] noeon (how lucky am I?) House Style For Gryffindors because it's awesome and you won't regret it!
lauren3210: (Default)
This is just a quick post to say Happy Birthday to the wonderful, amazing, and truly lovely [ profile] gracerene!!

You've been so lovely to me since I joined this little fandom, and I can't thank you enough for welcoming me here, reading my fics and commenting on them, talking to me here, and just generally making me feel really loved. You're just awesome, okay. So, in return, I wrote you a little something. Well, I say little, but apparently short PWPs are just not my thing, because this story grew from lazy afternoon sex into an entire wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey story (I honestly have no idea how that happened). So here it is, and I really hope you like it and that you have an AMAZING birthday, because you deserve it! *kisses*

Title: Brevem Conspectum
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Word Count: 11,700
Warnings: kid!fic; domestic!fic; mentions of past/future mpreg, but nothing explicit; bottom!Draco; mentions of switching.
Summary: During a routine clearing of an old Death Eater house, Harry stumbles over an ancient spell that sends him somewhere completely different. He has to work out where he is and how to get back. Or if he even wants to.

Huge thanks to [ profile] nia_kantorka for letting me know this auspicious occasion was coming up and giving me time to do something about it! <3
lauren3210: (Default)
I saw a gifset on Tumblr, and I couldn't not write the little story that came into my head, so, here we are:

Title: Tie Me Up in Knots
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: R/Mature
Word Count: 2100
Summary: “Harry, are you wearing a Slytherin tie?”

It's fairly silly, and I wrote it in an hour so I'm sure it's also not very good, but I like it anyway, haha! Tell me what you think if you read it? <3
lauren3210: (Bucky)
I have some feels about television shows, and I have a need to talk about them, so.

tv discussion )

In other news, my [ profile] hd_erised fic is done, betaed, and submitted, which is excellent news. I'm not bragging (well, maybe a little bit, haha), because I know that others are still working their way through theirs, and this was literally the only thing I've been working on, and I needed to get it done by this week, because I know I just won't have time in the coming couple of months. But actually, I'm really freaking proud of this story; it's the third longest fic I've ever written and then put out for people to read, and it's one of the few of my own that I get a kick out of rereading. I just, I really love it, y'all. This fest has really given me a confidence boost in my writing, so I thank all of you who directed me over there back in August *kisses*.

My Mum and Stepdad are coming up to visit us in literally a week (ohmygod help), so I'm having to clean my house from top to bottom. I love my mother more than life itself, but she's a neat freak, and likes to tell me quite often that I'm lazy (I am) and should work harder at keeping the house clean. "My house never looked liked this when you were growing up," is one of her favourite sayings. I could point out to her that when we were growing up, she was at work all day while we were with a childminder, so there was nobody in the bloody house to mess it up, compared to me, who works from home and has two children under 10 who like to paint the walls with sticky handprints (my mum wisely waited 10 years between me and my younger brother), but instead I usually just roll my eyes and show her to my cleaning supply cupboard. So, downside of this visit? I get less time on the internet to read gay porn, and I get a lecture on how to be a better housewife (please, mother, like you even know what that is, you're just ever so slightly OCD). But the upside? I get to see my mum, whom I adore, and the kids get to see their Grandad, whom they adore, and I'm pretty sure all of my ironing pile will get done by someone other than myself by the time they leave again. Sounds like a fantastic deal to me.

Right, now I'm going to go and start another Rectober post! How is everyone else? Having good weeks so far?

lauren3210: (Bucky)
I made a little comment in my post last night that I was deliberating on whether or not to read an RPF piece by a writer I adore, because I'd never read stuff like that before. When I woke up this morning, I'd got a couple of messages (from people not on my flist, which i don't understand how that works, do people go searching for stuff on here? But that's a question for another day.) saying that there was nothing wrong with RPF and not to be so judgmental. I've answered those messages, but I thought I'd put a little post on here to give my views on RPF, just in case any of the people on my flist also thought I was being judgmental.

My objective thoughts: I don't find it morally wrong, or gross or weird or anything like that, and I don't judge anyone who likes to either read or write RPF. As with pretty much everything, my views are that if it's not hurting anyone, then there's no harm in indulging yourself in the realm of fiction.

My subjective thoughts: I don't get RPF? I don't mean this in a "why would you do that" kind of way, but in an actual "I don't understand" kind of way. I read and write fic about characters because I've fallen in love with these two fictional people; I know everything about them and I want them to be happy in my head, and I know they'll only be happy with that one other character. But with real famous people, I don't actually know them? I have no idea how these people would react in situations, and so to me, RPF always sort of seems to me like original fiction, just with a couple of characters who just happen to look like and have the same names as a couple of people from real life? And the thing is, I get that some people do the same with famous people as I do with fictional characters; they fall in love with them and want them to be happy, and so that's where RPF comes in, and I get that. But for me personally, I don't ever feel that way about famous people. Maybe it's because I've spent so much of my life in fictional worlds, or maybe it's because I literally grew up around semi/about to be famous people (I used to hang out with Frank Bruno's daughter because they lived round the corner from me, and I went to school with Chris Hayden, the drummer for Florence and the Machine and quite a few more) so I'm kind of used to the fact that they're still just people? I just, I don't understand it because I just don't care about the actors behind the characters I love, at least not any more than I would care about the random dude who lives across the road from me that I smile and say good morning to every day.

I don't understand it, but I don't judge it either, because I know that not everyone is like me, and everyone has the right to squee over whatever the hell they want. So please, just in case anyone thought I was judging, just know that I wasn't, and I'm sorry if I caused anyone any distress or discomfort. <3

Please feel free to tell me you agree/disagree/find RPF morally objectionable or whatever; I always love a good discussion!
lauren3210: (Bucky)
Do you ever sometimes, after reading a bunch of fics that have had you thinking deeply, commiserating with characters, or even just plain old sobbing into your hands, just really need something that you can literally laugh at loud at? I get like this sometimes, where I feel as though my heart is so heavy with emotion, I just need something that I can snort-laugh over, something that reminds me that even fictional life can be absolutely fucking hilarious at times. For this very reason, I have a small stockpile of fics that I like to reread every so often, ones that have me laughing so hard that wetting myself is almost a literal concern. So I thought I'd share them, if for nothing else so that I have a post where I always know where they are.

Random funny fic recs )

I have more, but these will do for now. I really hope you consider having a look at these fics even if you don't ship the ships, because they're definitely worth it. And I'm done, 'kay bye.

lauren3210: (Destiel)
So I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier a few nights ago with my girls, and since then I've spent pretty much every second in a rapidly deepening Stucky fic pit and crying over yet another life ruining ship.

Sometimes I really miss the good old days, where all I cared about was Spike/Buffy and rejoicing because Whedon actually occasionally delivered on his romantic subtext (never forgiving him for not going there with Faith/Buffy though).

I'm thinking that maybe someone should set up an OTP Anonymous. Maybe they could wean me off them with slowly worsening ships until I realise my life is better off without all these soul destroying feelings about fictional couples.

Except... Stucky, man. Stucky.
lauren3210: (Destiel)
*In other words, yet another post where Lauren asks for advice because she can't work this shit out by herself for some reason*

A little while ago, I got a comment on one of my fics in the Teen Wolf fandom, where someone explained that they felt a little bit uncomfortable with one of my scenes, as alcohol was involved. To put it in context, character A gives character B some alcohol (which he knowingly and willingly drinks) and then pushes him in the path of character C, whom she believes he has a crush on. Character A does this because she's hoping that a slightly tipsy character B will confess his feelings for character C. What ends up happening is that characters B and C go at it in a storeroom. Now, in the context of this story, character A is lacking some information - characters B and C are already in a relationship, so all the alcohol does is get character B slightly horny. At least, this was how I viewed the scene itself as I wrote it, and so the idea of dubcon never entered my head. However, as only myself and characters B and C knew the whole story, once the commenter mentioned it, I could see how that scene could be viewed as dubcon by an outsider, at least until the twist is revealed at the end.

So my question is this: at what point does the involvement of alcohol (or anything similar) make a scene dubcon? Was it the imbalance of power that made this commenter feel uncomfortable, in that because only one character had been imbibing and the other was sober? Does the level of inebriation play any part? Maybe I find this difficult to gauge because I myself have never had a negative experience involving alcohol, or maybe now that I'm older and know my limits (3 glasses of wine, 6 double vodkas, don't go near beer ever) I tend to place those limits on the characters I write? For example, I can be happily experiencing a good buzz from a few drinks, and still be confident in my ability to make my own choices, but maybe this isn't so for others?

Basically, I am just wondering what people's general opinions are on sex scenes where alcohol is involved. Does it make a difference if only one character has been drinking? Is it dubcon due to the imbalance between characters, or is it more to do with the alcohol and the level of inebriation itself? I hate the idea of anything I write triggering someone, just because I see something a different way to others, so should I just slap a dubcon warning on anything involving alcohol just in case?
lauren3210: (Destiel)
I would really love some advice on what people think of fandom fic terms? I'm sometimes not exactly sure what flangst is, for example, or crack, or fluff. Like, is fluff people telling each other that they love them? Is crack the same as humour? I've never been entirely sure, although that might just be my usual anxieties raising their ugly head. I'm a fairly intelligent person, I should be able to figure this stuff out myself, right? But anyway, I would really appreciate a few people giving me examples of what they think of when they see the words fluff, crack, flangst, or angst.
lauren3210: (Destiel)
Quick [ profile] hd_erised assignment update! I just hit 4k, and I definitely have a clearer idea of what I'm doing with this story. I'm going to stop giving word count updates now (just in case that gives it away, lol), but I'm just so excited! Although I think about a quarter of it will probably go in the rubbish bin after editing, but I'm going with the idea that I can edit out all the crap once I'm done. That's an okay way to do things, right?

Yay Go Me!

Aug. 11th, 2014 10:19 pm
lauren3210: (Destiel)
I've just written my first 1000 words for my [ profile] hd_erised assignment! \o/ \o/ \o/

I'm actually feeling pretty good about this story so far, and thank you to the two lovely people who answered my questions earlier (you know who you are!) and helping me out! I've got a pretty good plan sorted out - which I hardly ever do, I usually just write whatever comes to me. But this fic is super special because it's a gift, so I'm trying hard to make it really perfect. Fingers crossed I keep this pace up!
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