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I've had a bit of a slow start to the Rough Trade Writing Challenge this week. It was a bit unexpected that writing in a new fandom would slow down my process significantly. Having struggled a bit this week, I realized that 1) I'm writing a Stargate Atlnatis Post-Season 5 story, so I don't have the earlier part of the series to work with event wise and 2) I'm also writing an original main character, as well as secondary characters with quite a bit of world building since there's a limited amount of information on the Ancients/Alterans and in turn Sateda in canon.

The first two initial scenes took quite a bit of my allocated writing time this week to get sorted, but the rhythm and pace of the story and characterizations are smoothing themselves out. My writing speed should finally start picking up now that I have my introductory bits sorted out. As usual, there is humor in my writing (at least when it comes to John and Rodney), which seems to be almost involuntary on my part. Overall, I'm happy with the start of the piece. 

Even with my snails pace (500 words/hour if it's going well), I should still be done with the first episode of The Descendant by the due date of July 14th.
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I have a couple of projects, in two new fandoms (at least for me writing wise) in the works, both of which are a bit different than what I've done before. The first is an Alpha/Beta/Omega action adventure romance for BBC's Merlin. The story length is planned at 50K and since this will be the first time writing an A/B/O, I'll be posting it as a WIP on The Wild Hare Project. The second project is in the Stargate Atlantis fandom, in which I've been a long time reader (and lurker). I'll be participating in the July 2017 Rough Trade Writing Challenge: Battle of the Five Fandoms hosted by Keira Marcos with this project. The challenge is to write in episode format for one of the five television series listed. Each episode is suppose to be a short story 5-15K in length. Writing in an episode format will be quite different to what I’m use to. The series for The Descendant is currently being plotted as a ten episode series and I’m going to shoot for on average 10K per episode.

I'm a bit trepidatious about writing both projects, but that is the point in challenging yourself and doing something different. I love both fandoms and both bunnies bit me in the behind last year and have been on my mind ever since since.

Best, The Nut.

Camouflage
 
 
Merlin is hiding more than his Magic from the King of Camelot.
 
Title: Camouflage
Author: Chestnut NOLA
Fandom: Merlin (Canon-Era)
Relationship(s): Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Genre: A/B/O Dynamics, Romance, Suspense, Action and Adventure
Word Count: 50K (estimated)
 
 
 
The Descendant

An Ancient warship finds Atlantis and the crew consists of the direct descendants of the Alterans. A small contingent that has been in hiding in Pegasus for millennia. They can no longer sustain their population and had heard rumors of the Earth colonists on Atlantis. Captain Theodorus Mauritius Pastorem is a young, but experienced leader determined to find a safe harbor for what is left of his crew. Many have already ascended, but the Descendants that are left are not done living and fighting the creation of their ancestors.

Title: The Descendant
Author: Chestnut NOLA
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Genre: Romance, suspense
Relationship(s): Theodorus Mauritius Pastorem (OMC)/Ronon Dex; John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Warnings: Canon-level violence, explicit sex
Word Count (estimated): 100,000
 
Descendant: Theodorus Mauritius Pastorem [Theodore Maurice Pastor aka Theo]
 

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I really do enjoy getting comments on my stories, as most writers do. In the past I have posted WIPs on AO3, which has helped to keep me on schedule. However, there are things some readers do when commenting on WIPs that can derail me and my writing process.

Readers who don't like my stories or interpret my stories in a way I did not intend, irritate or perhaps anger me (such as in the case of accusing me of internalized misogyny), but they do not completely cause a crash into a writing wall to occur.

There are two types of reader comments that do interrupt my writing mojo to the point that it takes quite a bit of effort on my part to ignore it and continue.

1) When a reader speculates on my plot and guesses where the story is going to go or what the climax is going to be.  2) When a reader tries, through their comments no matter how seemingly positive, to drive my story in a direction they want it to go rather than where I intend. These type of comments make me either, 1) want to completely re-plot my story right smack dab in the middle of the piece or, 2) stop writing on it for the foreseeable future.

So, I've made the decision not to post WIPs on AO3 anymore. I still want to have WIPs posted to help keep me on schedule, but AO3 is not the place to do it, at least for me. Neither is my own website, since I prefer to post only finished works there.

There is a new project in town that is for writers called, The Wild Hare Project. Hosted by Keira Marcos and created by her and Jilly James. Wild Hare is a new space for writers to post their works. A collective for those uncomfortable with posting elsewhere or uncomfortable with reader critique intruding on their writing process. Readers are welcome to stop by, read and comment, but the site is moderated to prevent certain types of commenting that could hinder a writer's ability to work.

I'll be posting any first draft WIPs on the site. I appreciate it as a safe space to explore tropes, fandoms, or pairings, I haven't dipped my toe in yet. I'll only post finished stories on my website and AO3 from now on.

If you are a new writer or a writer uncomfortable with posting your work in other spaces, you should check out The Wild Hare Project.

Legacy

Feb. 8th, 2017 05:08 am
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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus

A short ficlet for the prompt: Rebellion

To read the story head over here!
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I’m a planner, always have been (which is annoying some of the time), with set goals for most things in life. In regards to writing, I had to look over my crazed (continuously breeding) plot bunny file and sort out what I’ll be working on this year. I knew I had to be realistic and write what stories can actually be done with my limited free-time. Real life derailed my plans in the fall, so writing goals had to be set aside for the last three months. It’s made me a bit irritable, I always feel good and positive when I’m working on writing projects, so knew I needed to decide what stories I absolutely have to do this year.

So here it is, the plan (hopefully realistic) in order:

Title: Can I Kiss You Now?
Fandom: James Bond (Craig Movies)
Relationship(s): James Bond/Q
Genre: Romance, Humor
Warnings: Explicit (perhaps)
Word Count: 10,000-15,000 (estimated)

2016-2017 00Q Reverse Big Bang Challenge
Art by Myztic Myan Moon

Summary Pending Posting! (Shhhh it’s a secret until Saturday).

Title: Crescent City Boogaloo
Author: L.J. MacTavish
Fandom: Original Fiction
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Gay Fiction
Length: 80,000

Two years after the death of his long-time partner, NOPD Detective Oscar “Oz” Chadwick has no interest in romance or finding love again, no interest at all in opening his heart to another. Only his job, friends, and his saucy bit of good’s sister keep him focused to carry on despite his grief.

His job as a homicide detective for the New Orleans Police Department is always a good distraction, and Oz is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer causing chaos during the Carnival season.

With the FBI horning in on his case, his Police Commander riding him like Seabiscuit to solve it, and a one-night stand haunting him, in the form of FBI Special Agent, Jacques Verret. Oz must catch a killer stalking The Big Easy, all the while avoiding any additional romantic entanglements. You can read the first chapter here.

Title: Hunted
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Relationship(s): Spencer Reid/Aaron Hotchner
Genre: Suspense, angst, romance
Warnings: Canon-level Violence, Explicit sex
Word Count: 20,000-25,000

Criminal Minds Bang 2017 Challenge

The BAU is on the hunt for thirteen serial killers after a coordinated mass prison break. Little do they know one of the thirteen is after one of their own.

Title: The Descendant
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Relationship (s): Ansgarus Mauritius Pastorem/Ronon Dex; John Sheppard/Rodney McKay; OMCs OMFs
Genre: Romantic suspense and adventure
Warnings: Canon-level violence, explicit sex
Word Count: 100,000 (estimated)

July 2017: Battle of the Five Fandoms on Rough Trade

An Ancient warship finds Atlantis and the crew consists of direct descendants. A small contingent that has been in hiding for millennia. They can no longer sustain their population without inbreeding and had heard rumors of the Earth colonists on Atlantis. The captain is a young man, a descendant of Janus, brilliant and beautiful. Many of the crew have already ascended, but the Descendants that are left are not done living and fighting the creation of their ancestors.

Title: Obsessed
Fandom: Merlin (TV)
Relationship(s): Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Genre: Romantic suspense
Warnings: Canon-level violence, explicit sex
Word Count: 20,000-25,000

A visiting noble shows a sexual interest in Merlin.

Title: Perfect Illusion
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall, SPECTRE)
Relationship(s): James Bond/Q
Genre: Romantic suspense
Warnings: Canon-level violence, explicit sex
Word Count: 60,000 (estimated)

Inspired by London Spy

James Bond meets a young man sitting on a bench by the Thames. They eventually become lovers though Edwin (aka future Q) doesn’t know James is MI6. Edwin is a librarian and underground hacker. James goes missing and Edwin works to find him with the help of his hacker friends and perhaps a burly former Royal Marine neighbor, save him.

In between the larger projects, I hope to get some more shorts completed in the fandom’s of James Bond (Craig Movies), London Spy, Merlin (TV), Sherlock (BBC), Star Trek (AOS), and Stargate Atlantis.

Best, The Nut.

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James Bond didn’t know how it happened, but somehow he’d gotten beguiled into assisting the Quartermaster with preparations for Christmas (or the one where Q doesn’t want James Bond to be alone for the holidays).

To read the story, head over here!

The Nest

Oct. 20th, 2016 08:42 am
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There was no Q at the front of the room working with a running commentary, often droll, on everything relevant and irrelevant to whatever he was doing at that particular moment.


A ficlet for the prompt: Cave

To read the story, head over here!

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It was his own fault, he was the masochist who’d fallen in love with the worst possible person in existence and he couldn’t even find it in himself to be angry about it.

Irresistible is my latest attempt at a PWP (Porn Without Plot); however, here is still a hint of a plot, but only a hint!
 

The Seine

Sep. 23rd, 2016 07:33 pm
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Prompt: Revenge (my first ficlet)

"Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural."
—William Makepeace Thackeray

Read the story here!

Divergence

Sep. 19th, 2016 05:16 am
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In the midst of a serial killer investigation, their superiors at the FBI call Spencer and Aaron’s relationship into question. With Spencer’s Transcendental powers increasing at a frightening rate, can he and Aaron keep their bond and Spencer’s abilities a secret or will they be forced apart to preserve their union?

Divergence is the third novella in my Criminal Minds/Sentinel Fusion series, Transference.
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I have a number of stories confirmed for the rest of 2016 and a number of plot bunnies in mind for 2017. The bunnies were getting out of hand, so I felt I needed to address my writing schedule.

Confirmed stories for 2016 include:

Title: Divergence (Part 3 of the Transference Series)
Fandom: Criminal Minds (Sentinel Fusion)
Relationship(s):Spencer Reid/Aaron Hotchner
Genre: Romantic suspense, angst
Word Count: 35,000 (estimated)

In the midst of a serial killer investigation, Spencer and Aron’s relationship is called into question by their superiors at the FBI. With Spencer’s Transcendental powers increasing at a frightening rate, can he and Aaron keep their bond and Spencer’s abilities a secret? Or will they be forced apart to preserve their union?

A/N: I got a little behind schedule with my obsession in fully plotting this story out prior to writing. The first time since I started to write last year that I’ve been able to have a completed plot. I anticipate posting this story by the end of August 2016.

Title: The Descendant
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis (Post-Season Five)
Relationship(s): John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Ansgarus Mauritius Pastorem (OMC)/Ronan Dex
Genre: Romantic suspense, humor
Word Count: 100,000 (estimated)

An Ancient warship finds Atlantis and the crew consists of the direct descendants of the Alterans. A small contingent that has been in hiding for millennia. They can no longer sustain their population without inbreeding and had heard rumors of the Earth colonists on Atlantis. The captain is a young man, a descendant of Janus, brilliant and beautiful. Many of the crew have already ascended, but the Descendants that are left are not done living and fighting the creation of their ancestors.

A/N: This will be the first story in the scifi genre I’ve attempted, as well as the longest story I have planned. I’ve been a long-time SGA fan, so looking forward to writing some McShep love this year, as well as creating an interesting Original Character. I anticipate starting to post the story in December 2016.

Those are the two confirmed stories I’ll be working on throughout the summer and fall. Of course, my 00Q (James Bond/Q) obsession knows no bounds, so I hope I’ll have time to get a few shorter stories done in that fandom before the end of the year.

Confirmed stories for 2017 include:

Title: (untitled)
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall, Spectre)
Relationship(s): 00Q (James Bond/Q)
Genre: Romantic suspense, angst
Word Count: 60,000-80,000 (estimated)

After Skyfall James Bond is at loose ends physically and emotionally with the death of M. He meets a young man sitting on a bench by the Thames and they eventually become lovers. Edwin is all that James could want in a lover, smart, sarcastic, irascible, and inherently kindhearted. Of course, Edwin doesn’t know his boyfriend works for MI6. When James goes missing, Edwin will have to find out who his lover of ten months really is and with the help of his friends, (and perhaps a burly former Royal Marine neighbor) save him.

This plot bunny has evolved a bit since it bit me on the ass after watching London Spy in the fall of 2015. So a London Spyesq 00Q story was born. This will probably be a SPECTRE-AU story. This project will be the first I work on in 2017, so I hope to have it posted sometime in March or April. And don’t worry folks, Q will eventually become Q!

Title: Hunted
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Relationship(s): Spencer Reid/Aaron Hotchner
Genre: Romantic suspense, angst
Word Count: 50,000 (estimated)

The BAU is on the hunt for thirteen serial killers after a coordinated mass prison break. Little do they know one of the thirteen is after one of their own. With one man down, can the BAU save their friend and team member, Spencer Reid from an obsessed killer? Will Hotch lose the man he loves? The man who doesn’t know Aaron’s loved him for a very long time?

A/N: This bunny just whacked me upside this head this week, but I truly like the premise, so it’s a definite on my writing schedule for 2017. No estimated date of completion yet, but most like summer or early fall.

As for the rest of 2017, I would like to write at least one Sherlock (BBC) story and try my hand at a Star Trek (AOS) short story. Of course, there’s a few smaller 00Q’s on my list as well.

I’m looking forward to trying my hand at some longer stories and new fandoms in the coming months.

Best, The Nut.

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One week to go before sign-ups open for Artists and Writers for the 2016-2017 00Q Reverse Big Bang! So make sure it’s on your calendar!

Sign-ups will open at Midnight UTC time on July 23rd (24:00 Hours). To find out what time that is for you, check out the world timetable here.

For more information about the upcoming challenge, check out the Rules. In the mean time, feel free to ask the Mod anything via Tumblr or email (00qreversebang@gmail.com).

It’s gonna be an epic challenge!

Best, The Nut (aka your friendly 00Q Reverse Big Bang Moderator)

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I’m pleased to announce the 00Q Reverse Big Bang Art and Writing Challenge is a go this year!

A Reverse Bang is where artists draw scenarios and then writers claim the art and write stories for it. I participated as a writer last year and the stories and art generated by the challenge were fantastic! The challenge focus is on the pairing of James Bond/Q from the films Skyfall and Spectre. By the time the posting date in January 2017 rolls around, there’ll be some extraordinary 00Q art and fic available for all to enjoy.

Anyone interested in participating check out the challenge rules here.

Artist and writer sign-ups are scheduled to open July 23, 2016. So SAVE THE DATE!!!!

Best, The Nut (aka Chestnut NOLA your friendly 00Q Moderator)

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Danny Holt has two options, believe and accept what he’s been told over the course of his torment by a nefarious government agency or continue his search for the truth. Though he’s been persecuted by a force he doesn’t understand and has no defense against, Danny is not ready to accept defeat. With the fire of his love for Alex still all consuming and the danger of pursuing the truth greater than ever, Danny needs an ally. Will the great detective and his blogger take his case?

Find My Love was written during the April 2016 Rough Trade Writing Challenge hosted by Keira Marcos. The story is a London Spy/Sherlock (BBC) crossover fix-it fic for both shows. You can read the story here.
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Q knew it was a bad idea to invite James Bond, womanizer, heartbreaker, libertine… lover, up to his flat.

How To Shag Your Quartermaster (Properly) is
a prequel to the series, The Worth of Your Doorway, but can also be read as a stand-alone.
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Q has no idea if living with James Bond, reformed womanizer, heartbreaker, libertine… lover, in domestic bliss is actually bliss or not.

You can read the story here.

007, You Belong in My Bed is part two of my novella, The Worth of Your Doorway written for the 00Q Reverse Big Bang Challenge. Both stories can be found on my website here.

Convergence

Dec. 3rd, 2015 06:43 am
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Dr. Spencer Reid, newest addition to the BAU has been dreaming of art and murder. In denial that his telepathy has return, Spencer must work with his team and his boss Sentinel Aaron Hotchner to find the Unsub. Will love help Spencer control his gift or will the darkness in his mind destroy not only himself, but Aaron as well?

Convergence is a romantic suspense novella set in the fandom of Criminal Minds fused with The Sentinel. It is a sequel to my short story Transference, but can be read as a stand alone.

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I realized after I had posted the third chapter of my current WIP today, that I have stumbled over the 100,000 word mark in just four months. I’m a bit stunned at myself, since I only started writing fiction in July. I know it’s a small drop in the ocean of fandom, when so many other authors have been sharing their work for years. But, it is significant for me considering that I had never written a story in my life before and honestly didn’t think I could.

I’ve been a lurker since 2002 and only recently decided to stop lurking and start participating in fandom. I signed up with my fandom name on Facebook in April and continued to lurk until June, when I decided to participate in Keira Marco’s Rough Trade writing challenge. Then the lurking stopped, I started commenting on fic that I enjoyed, got great tips and advice on writing, and I’ve made some lovely fandom friends.

It’s been a wonderful adventure so far and I’m so overjoyed to be a part of it that I have come out of the fandom closet to my family. They mostly don’t get it, but they have been encouraging nonetheless. My mother is so excited that I’m teaching myself to write that she has willingly and wholeheartedly read all of my stories. Lucky for me, she’s become quite liberal in her later years since my fandom writing is m/m romance with a dash of erotic sensuality. It’s not really her cup of tea (or coffee), but she admits to having enjoyed my efforts.

I’m so glad I stopped lurking. For anyone in fandom thinking about trying their hand at writing. I would say… Go For It. The rewards outway the risks. Best, The Nut.

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