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alaurin101 asked:

40 questions meme: #4-How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them? #16-If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?

#4-How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

Answered this one for Kabe.  However, if we should move out of SWTOR fic and into other territories, my son gave me an idea for a Guardians of the Galaxy fic: a loyal Sakaaran soldier survived Ronan’s assault on Xandar and watched Ronan die.  He has no purpose now.  He decides killing Gamora for her betrayal will somehow redeem the fact that he didn’t perish with the rest of Ronan’s forces.

In short, way too many ideas.

#16-If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?

Unlike a lot of other writers, I don’t have a lot of romantic pairs in my stories.  Cleaner and Kaliyo, while loads of fun to write, by its very nature can’t be permanent.  Varrel and Jaesa’s relationship is caring if distant, and Kruvaûsh’s demands will strain it, so I can imagine it falling apart.  Vashutarl and Ian aren’t even off the ground yet, so I suppose I could do without them as a couple.  While I like Sha’ra’zaed/Vector and Kirya/Corso, I haven’t explored their relationships much so I don’t think I’d miss them.  Rixik/Mako has no chance of being long-term, and like the previously mentioned couples, I haven’t explored them.  Sal and the Old Man are background characters.  I can’t imagine writing only their relationship and no other, seeing as I haven’t done a lot to date with them.  Jurial hasn’t found a match yet and neither has Jealousy.

That pretty much leaves the AU pair of Rixik-Kirya.  You know, I’m okay with that.  They’re a bit of an odd couple, but they love each other dearly and aren’t afraid of showing it.  Their continued marriage underpins the whole of Uncharted Territory.  That AU is their story together.  If I have to pick only one couple, I’m glad it’s the one with a heathy, loving, relationship.  


Music Meme

"You can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and write down the first 10 songs that come up. Then tag 10 people! Don’t skip any songs!"


Since I share my main music account with my husband, I compiled this list from only what’s downloaded to my phone.  I like BÖC, what can I say.


1. Blue Öyster Cult: R.U. Ready 2 Rock

2. Blue Öyster Cult: Beat ‘Em Up

3. Joe Walsh: Mother Says

4. Celtic Thunder: The Maid of Black Curls

5. Blue Öyster Cult: Goin’ Through the Motions

6. Billy Idol: Power Junkie

7. Blue Öyster Cult: Veteran of the Psychic Wars

8. Hellboy Original Soundtrack: Hellboy and Liz

9. Loreena McKennitt: Danté’s Prayer

10. Alice in Chains: Would


Tagging: kabeone (if you are so inclined) and anyone else who hasn’t done it and wants to.



A large part of my adult, career-related life has been lived by Susan Ivanova’s examples and wisdom.

i don’t really know who this is i think she’s from babylon 5 but AWESOME

Oh man.  MAN.  Man.  Lemme tell you about Susan Ivanova.

Susan Ivanova, second in command of Babylon 5, has been through a lot of shit.  First, off, Babylon 5 is a deliberate melting pot of a place where. after a really bad war, different species can come to seek peace.  Earthgov is skeptical about it.  The other species governments are skeptical about it.  As a result, the station often stands between the universe and very bad shit going down. 

Commander Ivanova is in charge of operations.  All the day to day stuff.  She handles it pretty well.


Mostly, anyway.

She is not here to put up with anyone’s shit.  Not even if you’re from Earth.

She’s second in command of a station with captains that are perpetually putting themselves and the station through a lot of political… well, ugly politics.  She’s often the one left behind, having to tell folks the Captain is not available and she’s in charge.  Honestly, for having to be the grownup among so many damned children, she’s very well liked. 

She’s not all business, though, she’s a great friend as well as commander, with a lovely, dry, gallows sense of humor.  I’m not sure there’s a person on the station who doesn’t have a private joke or at least a friendly word with her (provided they’re not fucking up her schedule).

Her family is Russian and Jewish, and it actually comes up from time to time.  She occasionally sends a shout out to god (she’s not practicing, iirc, but she still identifies as Jewish and keeps a few traditions), She commentates often on her Russian heritage.

Susan Ivanova: I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. 

She meets up with family and friends from her past and doesn’t shy away from them:

Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So how are things back home? 
Rabbi Koslov: They change, they stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say: “If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world’s fruit basket.” 

She had a rough time growing up - her mother was a telepath, and in this universe if you’re telepathic and human you have two options: join a quasi-militaristic organization called the PsiCorps that will immediately take you from your family and control your whole life (they even have a saying: the Corps is Mother.  The Corps is Father.  It’s as chilling as you think,); option two is to take some drugs that suppress your abilities.  Ivanova’s mother chose the second option, and after a long, ugly period suffering under the effects of the drug, she took her own life.

You can imagine Susan is not thrilled with anyone associated with the Psicorps. But when a Psicorps telepath named Talia Winters comes on board, some interesting things happen.

At first she avoids the hell out of her.

But then, eventually, Susan doesn’t mind her so much.

Talia reaches out, and turns up at Susan’s quarters late one night.

They actually become real friends.

And you know, they have scenes like this.

And then, when Talia is gone she confesses:

Susan also later falls in love with a man named Marcus Cole, which means for my money she’s the first bisexual lady in space that I ever saw on TV.  Possibly ever.

For all that though, for her friendships and lovely jokes and cuddly-as-a-cactus-flower appeal, they never ever forget how good she is at her job.  She is shatteringly competent.

She is a military commander, and from time to time, she shows it.

Also, she was airlocking people before it was cool.

The whole crew is in on the airlocking thing, really.  They support her airlocking habits.  It’s lovely of them to do.

In summation:

Commander Susan Ivanova, bisexual Russian Jewish space princess of my heart.  Forever.  Watch this show.


Stronghold Crafting: Armormech Edition!

Fabricator Crystals - archaeology & slicing

  • MK-1
    • 5 red crystals from archaeology levels 3 & 2
    • 1 tech part from slicing levels 3 & 2
  • MK-2
    • 5 red crystals from archaeology 4 & 5
    • 1 tech part from slicing levels 4 & 5
  • MK-3
    • 5 red crystals from archaeology 6 & 9
    • 1 tech part from slicing levels 6 & 9

Fabricator Design - underworld trading (fabrics)

  • MK-1
    • 5 lashaa silk & 1 shimmersilk (level 2)
    • 5 dramassian silk & 1 kilik-silk (level 3)
  • MK-2
    • 5 septsilk & 1 rodian flame silk (level 4)
    • 5 vinesilk & 1 saava silk (level 5)
  • MK-3
    • 5 nanosilk & 1 denebrillan star silk (level 6)
    • 5 hypercloth & 1 nanite threaded cloth (level 9)

Synthetic Prefab - underworld trading (metals)

  • MK-1
    • 5 mullinine & 1 alusteel (level 2)
    • 5 xonolite & 1 krayt dragon scales (level 3)
  • MK-2
    • 5 titanium & 1 neuranium (level 4)
    • 5 quadranium & 1 promethium (level 5)
  • MK-3
    • 5 ciricium & 1 mandalorian iron (level 6)
    • 5 frasium & 1 beryllius (level 9)

Quick reminder:
all universals require one of each of the four components of their level

  1. fabricator crystal
  2. fabricator design
  3. synthetic prefab
  4. industrial prefab

Happy crafting!

Reblogging because I need a master list of this stuff.

sillymonkey71 asked:

Would you ever kill off a canon character?

Do AU’s count?  Then yes, absolutely, I’d kill off a canon character.  I have plans in place to kill off a canon character even as we speak.  Muahahaha *wrings hands in evil villain fashion*


I have difficulty killing off canon characters in canon stories, though.  They’re canon characters.  They’re not my characters.  I had to come up with a convoluted excuse for why my Agent kept Kaliyo around.


lesabear asked:

Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?  

Number two (since I mentioned number one for Rissalf) is dumb villains and villains with dumb sidekicks.  I find it annoying in nearly every case.  I suppose it’s not really a trope as such, unless played for laughs, but even then it usually just irritates me.  I know there’s some overlap with ineffective villains, but that’s not quite the same.  I see it quite often in juvenile material—it’s the central theme in Scooby Doo.  Somehow I can enjoy Phineas and Ferb and League of Super Evil (at least in small doses, I have a 10-year-old), but Dr Evil of the Austin Powers series just doesn’t work for me.  I like smart villains.  Making them dumb feels like cheating.

Also: The Chosen One.  I love Star Wars, but I hardly ever use this trope even in my Star Wars fic.  In fact, despite the game’s near insistence of making your character the Chosen One, most of mine don’t fall into this category in my stories.  They have other reasons for becoming the heroes.  Somehow I find this trope unsatisfying as part of character development.  It doesn’t annoy me as much as time travel or dumb villains, though.


rissalf asked:

Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole? Which fic has been the hardest to write?

Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

TVTropes! I can spend days on that site unless forcibly pulled from the computer…seriously, though?  Time travel.  Time travel and paradoxes.  I loved these kinds of stories for the longest time.  Read every one I could get my hands on.  Even messed around with the idea in stories.  However, It seems I had a lifetime hard limit on the number of time travel paradox stories I could read before hating them.  

I went one over.

I can’t imagine writing anything involving time travel.  At all.

Yet I’m a Whovian.  Go figure.  Still, I like best the episodes where time travel is more like a car.  It gets you to where the story happens, it’s not a major plot point in itself.

Which fic has been the hardest to write?

The most difficult fic for me to write was We Belong, for my Agent.  It was about Sha’ra’zaed acknowledging her feelings for Vector and seeking out a relationship with him.  I don’t write that kind of thing well.  So I don’t often write it.  Developing relationships.  I don’t quite get it, I guess.  I don’t know how to show it, what to show, what readers respond to and like.  Characters talking about feelings and falling in love is pretty darn far out of my comfort zone as far as writing is concerned.  Even in this piece I don’t think I do it well, if at all.


brightephemera asked:

40 questions time...1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic. (If there's one thing consistent from you it's your variety of settings and voices, so I'd love to hear your take on it.) 7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it. and 38. Talk about a review that made your day.

40 questions time…1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic. (If there’s one thing consistent from you it’s your variety of settings and voices, so I’d love to hear your take on it.)

It’s easier to describe what I’m uncomfortable writing: people falling in love, developing relationships, and sex and intimacy.  Well, with that out of the way…

An interesting character, often one with some kind of internal conflict in their nature or a conflict between their personal code of conduct and everyone else’s.  Then pick at it and see what they do.  Not every character responds the same way.  Varrel’s central conflict is his honor and the Dark Side of the Force.  Vashutarl is finding her confidence without family and cultural backup.  Cleaner’s is the desire to experience as much freedom as he can within the constraints of Keeper’s rules.  Sha’ra’zaed shows everyone the face they expect to see—so much so she doesn’t remember what her real one looks like.  Alan Tanner (OC whom you’ve only met in some small bits) wants to be a good person, but believes in his heart he’s a monster.

I also like smart villains and heroes.  My characters generally act logically, unless there’s a reason why they don’t and I want to show the reason why first.  I like intrigue and complicated plots, but nothing convoluted and contrived.  I want to immerse readers in my world and reward them for paying attention.  To thank them for spending time in my world, if that makes any sense at all.

7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

This is a snippet from an ancient, never published bit in the form of old-timey Ango-Saxon epic poetry like Beowulf:

“Grinning, I tear down Death’s bloody banner

and hang myself.”

This was the last line of the piece; the implication being the the narrator followed this thought with a kamikaze attack against her enemies (which I did not write out, it seemed unnecessary.  She survived, the poem was written afterward).  There was something about the image, stealing death from Death, claiming it as her own, damn the consequences, and the phrase that I really liked.  Even if the subject matter is depressing, a bit teen-angsty-gothy, and I never used it anywhere else.  It’s just so darn visual to me: the hero, certain of doom, stealing the scythe from Death’s hand.

I copied it out from longhand once, lost the copy in a computer upgrade, lost the backup after a virus attack and subsequent scrub, thought it was lost for good then found both my printed and handwritten versions but never re-entered it for some reason.  Apparently, it’s determined to exist on paper alone.  

It was a theme I mess around with occasionally.  What happens when the heroic, certain to result in death action…doesn’t?  What does the character do now?  How do they go on, dealing with surviving something they never expected to survive?  What consequences are there, both personal and otherwise?  I guess that gets back to the internal conflict thing.

38. Talk about a review that made your day.

Any complement just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially because I feel my own commentary on other’s works sounds so lame.  When I got commentary on my first stand-alone thread, Cleaner, it was awesome.  I was terrified to make that thread.  I never started a thread before.  Like, ever.  People liked it.  They wanted more.  Popcorn and gummy bears were involved.  

frauzet wrote a post shortly after I started running kiryaandrixik on Tumblr.  She said she never much cared for Twi’leks until she read Cleaner and then Kirya and Rixik.  To change one person’s opinion of an entire fictional species?  And not be a canon writer?  *cue happy dance*  

There was also a reply to one of Sha’ra’zaed’s stories (I’ll dig for the link in a separate post; I’m too tired to look for it now) where the commenter mentioned that I “write Chiss as though I am one” which also made me very happy.  If I can transport someone to somewhere else for a little while, let them see out of different eyes, then I figure I’ve done something right.


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