Word Count: 3380
Rating: M+, E
Summary: The reality of the situation hit Miroku right then. He spun in her grasp and she wasted no time pulling his face down into hers and kissing him with a passion that almost burned. He knew it was the fever from whatever potion was acting on her, but he couldn’t stop his body from responding.
Link: ff.net, ao3
Then, this morning I woke up to puppy barf on the carpet. Just gross.
1. Reply to this post with "FOOTPRINTS!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.
( ICONS! )
That was fun.
Now I have to go see if I need to treat the carpet again. D:
Chapter Title: Epilogue
Word Count: 860
Summary: Final chapter of Endless Sleep. With Miroku's help, Sango does all that she can to convince the King of All Night's Dreaming to return her son.
Notes: I took a major risk with this chapter. I've been debating for weeks how I wanted to end this so that I really was able to drive the whole point of the story home. I wanted it to be clear that, as a result of Sango's compromise from the last chapter, what Dream expected to happen came to fruition. The warrior woman trope started there because now Sango and Miroku's daughter lives in Dreaming to inspire our stories.
I tried a bunch of different ways to end this. I thought about doing it straight, from an omniscient point of view, that discussed Sango's guilt and despair from the vague memory of her dream, which would eventually slip away. I thought about making the ending "classic fairy tale" to show how Sango's actions affected story-telling. I even thought about writing it in verse.
But none of those ideas really seemed to fully explain the everlasting consequences of Sango's agreement. So, to do that, I set the chapter in present-day LA, with a script writer (yes, he's based on Joss Whedon) discussing the end of the story with his agent. I do an injustice to my story by glossing over the ending and the emotional weight that is there, but I think I make up for that in really underlining my main point: that Sango and Miroku's daughter is living on in our stories.
I also indulged in a little hubris in implying that my story would be good as a major motion picture, but there is a bit of hand waving there. The script being discussed is not actually my story, just a close (much, much better) approximation of it. That's why I kept details vague.
Anyway. I've said what I wanted to say with my story. It's over and now I don't have another WIP hanging over my head. YAY!
Chapter Title: Dream's Compromise
Word Count: 3,124
Summary: Continuation of Endless Sleep. With Miroku's help, Sango does all that she can to convince the King of All Night's Dreaming to return her son.
( Notes. Careful, I have a lot to say about this fic. :) )
As much fun as I've had, I'm glad it's almost over.
One more day. Here goes!
( Day 30 - Your favorite ship for ever and ever and ever? )
We get snow maybe once every 10 years here and it rarely sticks, but we got almost a half an inch last night! Crazy!
Also, I'd like a moment of silence for The Dude. There has been a gecko that has shared this room I have my computer in. He usually hangs out on the window sill or on some of the blinds. He was a cool little dude that found his way into the room months ago.
Sadly, it seems he passed away sometime last night. I knew his time was probably near because he was just kind of hanging out on the floor and not adventuring around the room as he normally did. Poor little guy. :(
And on that note, I'm going for today's meme question that anyone who knows me would probably guess:
( Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal? )
( Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one understands why? )
I'm not sure I'll be able to meme tomorrow (doctor's appointment), but I'll probably be back on Friday!
I look and see that the beginner is similar to Hatha, so I was excited to try it.
Holy friggin' cow! The Beginner setting nearly did me in. I used to be okay at yoga, but that was 3 years ago. I've lost any flexibility I had, and then some. Today, I can barely lift my arm to scratch my head. And let me say it again, this was the BEGINNER level.
But this is good. I'm excited to keep at it. I'll just have to wait a couple more days before I can move again. :P
But it's meme time!
( Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing? )
I'm actually going to miss it. The only thing I'm looking forward to from not working there is not having to wake up to the alarm every morning. Yes, it will also be nice doing the work I want, that I was trained for, but I had a good job and made good money. Working for free is not so fun.
Hopefully, working for free will pay off in a job sooner than later.
Anyway. I also finally typed up the next chapter in my IY/Sandman fic. I'm going to submit it into the mirsan_fics community so I can post it there later tonight (after it gets a couple of proof-reads). It's surprisingly different than the hand-written version that I wrote these last three weeks in the 15 minutes I had here and there at work before I was allowed to clock in in the mornings and after lunch. I fixed the perspective (major whoops there) and made it more exciting. I also added a Fiddler's Green cameo at the last minute. I love him and figured that Sango and Miroku would need a little hint in navigating Dream's realm.
( Meta-discussion of my story. )
I've also decided to post my Inuyasha/Sandman crossover at fanfic.net.
Results so far are discouraging. For whatever reason, it won't let me post Inuyasha as Category 1. I don't know if it makes a difference in how it's listed on the site (I'm not expecting a lot of traffic for this story), but in terms of what the story is about, (it's mostly a Mir/San with a prominent role for Dream at the end) in my opinion, Inuyasha should be listed first. I mean, what the heck, even alphabetically (by category or series title), it should be first. (I love parentheses in this paragraph.)
Whatever. I'm also working on this story's second chapter. It's almost done, but needs a major rework in order to make any grammatical sense (I accidentally switched from first person to third person half-way through, oops) and to make it a little more compelling and suspenseful.
On a positive note, I found an excellent synopsis of Dream Hunters for the curious who also read my posts:
And, if my parents can find it in their hearts to just leave me the heck alone today, I'll write another drabble for the "Green" prompt, too.
I have a completely awesome fic inspired by a mirsan_fics prompt: Dream. I want to do a Sandman crossover. It would be awesome! But I've sketched it out in my head to a point where the story progresses awesomely, there is an awesome confrontation, and then... Sango and Dream just look at each other and both stubbornly refuse to budge on their terms. So the story has staaaaaaaalled. I just hate that. When the characters won't do what you want them to. :( Every compromise I try to have them make just doesn't make sense for either character.
Grr. I love stubborn characters, but why did I want to write a story about TWO of them? It would be so awesome if they would just cooperate with me.
Been watching FMA Brotherhood with scribefigaro. Wanting to fanfic. However, I'm still at the self-insert stage of wanting to fanfic. This means I don't know enough about the characters to actually write them, so I want to write others' perspectives of them. Will have to watch more and see what happens.
Work is work. I think I've made up my mind to quit at the end of October. I have a conference I need to prepare for in November, plus interviews (if my applications have generated any interest), also, I need to start writing my dissertation in publishable, article form so that I don't stagnate academically.
So, yeah. That's what's up in my world.