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Author Anaraine


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Hi there! It's nice to meet you, author - we've matched on at least one amazing lady, and I'm so excited to see where you take her. This letter is really only here to help spark something for you - if you already have an idea in mind, please go for it! Don't be intimidated by the wealth of information here - I just love to blather, and none of the following needs to be used in your story. I'm just tossing out ideas.

In general... )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries )

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny )

The Hobbit )

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Posted: 28 Feb 14 04:41 • Comments
Title: Welcome to Stay
Rating: G
Wordcount: 200
Pairing: Electra de Sainte-Coquille/Maerwen
Archive: Femslash100
Prompt: #399 ~ stay at Illustrationfemslash100

In the beginning, she returned to her own room to sleep. )

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Posted: 25 Feb 14 23:03 • Comments
Title: Down by the River
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 1042
Pairing: Buffy/Dwalin
Summary: Not that it's a common thing for him to end private spars in an indulgence of flesh, but Buffy had been looking at him like that earlier that morning, and he should've expected her to find a way to get what she wanted.
A/N: Written for Porn Battle XV. Complete PWP - I had a lot of plotty set up, but it got axed when I realized I had thirty minutes to finish the porn and post. Maybe I'll finish that, someday. (Originally posted here. Also at AO3.)

Dwalin should have expected their spar to end like this. )

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Posted: 16 Feb 14 15:21 • Comments
Title: To Drink From Your Lips
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 1519
Pairing: Bacchus/Lily
Summary: It still feels odd to him, sometimes, that he gets to touch, that Lily has found something in him that she can love. Bacchus is a crusty old sailor with an unsavory past, rough around the edges and old enough to be her father (if he had started young, and he had).
A/N: Written for Porn Battle XV. I believe Bacchus is significantly older than Lily, though I think it's kind of hard to tell in-game. Certainly, Lily is the oldest eligible bachlorette in the game, and Bacchus is old enough to have run away from being a possibly infamous pirate. (Originally posted here. Also at AO3.)

He finds her standing on his boat, hands braced on the gunwale and leaning out over the ocean. )

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Posted: 10 Feb 14 02:21 • Comments
So, I finally got around to watching Thor 2: The Dark World this evening...

I am sure everyone and their mother has seen this movie before me, but I'm cutting for spoilers anyways. )

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Posted: 8 Feb 14 03:20 • Comments
I got an interesting email this evening from LibThing.

During a security review, we found that LibraryThing suffered a data breach in November 2011. While no book data or financial information was taken, lost or changed, the hackers did take email addresses and encrypted password hashes for some accounts created prior to that date.

The entire LibraryThing team and I deeply regret and apologize that this happened on our watch. Since 2011, we have significantly improved our security measures, which have been further tightened across the board since we discovered this breach. As a further apology, we are upgrading you and all LibraryThing members who joined prior to November 20th, 2011 to full lifetime accounts.
(There's a slightly more in-depth blog entry at LibThing, discussing it.)

Given that the hack occurred in 2011, and they're just finding it out now in 2014, the damage is obviously already done. I don't recall any particular uptick in spam, but then I don't watch my spam like a hawk, either. (I am kind of side-eying the people who are pitching a fit about this. Do I think that they should have known sooner? Yes. But there's no point in yelling about it now.)

In any case, I am very pleased that they're handing out lifetime accounts. It wasn't like they were particularly expensive - $25 - but I never seemed to have the spare money on hand when I felt like updating. (Though I had purchased an annual membership once, I believe.)

Anyways, I think I'll actually start using the account more, now. Maybe I'll finally get all of my books documented! That would be so awesome. I could know what friggin' books I have without having to dig through my mountain of boxes. I could enter books that are on my kindle - and not have to worry about purchasing duplicates! I am excited.

Posted: 5 Feb 14 02:46 • Comments
Title: On a Snowy Night
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 1057
Pairing: Electra de Sainte-Coquille/Maerwen
Summary: They don't always sleep in the same bed, but Electra would welcome the heat of another body on such a cold night.
A/N: Written for Porn Battle XV. I was absolutely delighted to see Tides of Destiny up for prompting - I've been playing that game a lot, recently. And these ladies are clearly girlfriends, I want to see them get married in the game. (Originally posted here. Also at AO3.)

Maerwen is not very fond of public displays of affection, and Electra respects that. )

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Posted: 3 Feb 14 02:56 • Comments
So, I finally pulled this game out of my backlog and started playing. I knew I was going to like it - come on, it's Rune Factory - but I didn't expect how much. I basically blitzed through the game this past week, and it was a complete delight. (Though, I have to mention, I'm a little grumpy that the time counter stops at 99:99:59, because I have complicated feelings about records of how much time I've wasted on playing video games. If you're going to shame me into believing that I'm wasting too much time, I want you to be accurate about it. This is why I like Steam's logs so much.)

ANYWAYS. I've just gotten to the credits scene, so I've finished the "plot" of the game, and I have some thoughts.

In case you didn't get the hint, that means spoilers. )

In summary, I can understand why some people don't like this game. But I thought it was completely worth the money I paid for it. I love that I can play this game on my PS3. I loved that time doesn't pass inside buildings. (Always a feature I talk about, when playing Harvest Moon type games!) I found the character designs to be pretty awesome, and while their character stories were a little odd (seriously, one day I will bitch about Electra's weird characterization with regard to Beatrix), I can ignore it, or it can be fixed with fanfiction.

Now, to complete the game to 100%. I'll need to start making extensive lists of everything I need to make, and every monster I need to defeat and tame. :D

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Posted: 7 Jan 14 21:23 • Comments
Title: Only For Us
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 150
Pairing: Dís/Fǫnn (OFC)
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Archive: Femslash100
Prompt: #393 ~ ours at Illustrationfemslash100
Notes: Fǫnn is old Norse for 'snow, snowdrift'. And I want me some more lady!dwarves, Tolkien!

Dís, daughter of Thráin, son of Thrór, knows that this cannot last. )

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Posted: 29 Dec 13 17:39 • Comments
Dec 19 - Sign Ups Open
Apr 01 - Fic Rough Drafts Due
Apr 04 - Artist Claims Open
May 04 - Artist Rough Drafts Due
May 10 - Big Bang Posting Begins
May 24 - End of Big Bang Posting

Illustrationhobbitstory | FAQ
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The Hobbit Big Bang</img>

This is less of a bigbang, and more like a mini one, but I am 100% okay with that. The Tolkien fandom has always been a little intimidating, to me? (And I feel super silly about that, but that's just how it goes.) So having a shorter bang -minimum is at 7k- will be much less stress-inducing for me. On top of that, they're also allowing crossovers! Which may be a possibility. In any case, I am very excited about this. I just need to grab hold of one of those ideas that have been flitting through my head the past few months.

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Posted: 24 Dec 13 18:20 • Comments
Title: Come With Me
Rating: G
Word Count: 158
Pairing: Tamara/Isaac
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Dedication: Written for Illustrationalexseanchai's 2013 Illustrationfandom_stocking
Archive: DW Comment
Summary: Tamara and Isaac, in days and nights.

Most days, they're happy. Tamara loves Isaac, and she knows that he loves her too. They still share wild nights like when they were twenty, the world rushing by in a blur of sensation and sound. But they're a little more guarded now, too. A little more careful, a little less reckless. They spend just as many nights sharing in a comfortable companionship, holding hands and sharing chaste kisses. There's nothing like the feel of letting someone you trust touch your skin and hold you tight.

But there are some days, when neither of them are willing to shoulder the blame. Those days are spent in stiff silence, impotent rage locked up inside their hearts and their tongues still behind clenched teeth, unwilling to scream. Those days hurt like salt in an open wound, but they soldier through, because all they have left is each other. And there is no one else Tamara would trust at her back.

Posted: 19 Dec 13 08:12 • Comments
Title: Their Third Christmas
Rating: PG
Word Count: 617
Pairing: Jess/Jo
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Dedication: Written for Illustrationwicked_wyvern's 2013 Illustrationfandom_stocking
Archive: DW Comment
Summary: Third time's the charm when it comes to Christmas for Jess and Jo.

Their first Christmas together was a disaster. )

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Posted: 17 Dec 13 12:26 • Comments
It's that time of the year again. I actually managed to drop my stocking off in a reasonable amount of time this year! But then I forgot to write about it. So. If you haven't wandered over to Illustrationfandom_stocking, you've got until the 18th to sign up. I'm looking forward to getting to fill some stockings.

I'm in a bit of a Hobbit mood, as of late. And I'm gobbling up lady!Bilbo stories at a fast rate. (Part of this, I think, is that I really dislike Martin Freeman as a person, even though I do think he did a good job as Bilbo in the Hobbit. I am so conflicted. But when it's lady!Bilbo, I can pretend she's anyone! Although one such story I read fancasted her as Angel Coulby, which. Nnf. Yes. Please. There's a lot of Angel Coulby in vaguely Tolkien-esque clothes, too - I think she was in Merlin, maybe? (I haven't seen Merlin.) So that makes it even easier for her to slide into my imagination.) So basically, my stocking declares ALL THE LADY BILBO PAIRINGS because I want to see her paired with every dwarf, please and thank you. There's also a smattering of rarer fandoms, though I left off Supernatural this time. My stocking is here.

I've also been baking a lot. A holiday party had some spritz cookies, and they were remarkably delicious and filled with nostalgia. So I came home and dug out my press, and started with spritz cookies, and then just continued. I've ended up making lots of little cookie plates for my neighbors (which is a first, for this neighboorhood!) and some for friends and lots for family. I'd be tempted to send some of them off in the mail, but I don't think they'll keep very well....
Posted: 11 Dec 13 10:35 • More • Comments
Posted: 23 Nov 13 21:22 • Comments
Smell my feet! (No, actually, my feet smell pretty amazing right now, I just got out of the shower and lotioned up and I smell like delicious sweet cinnamon pumpkin. Nomnomnom.) Give me something good to eat! And now, a meme:

Ganked via Illustrationalexseanchai
In honour of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!

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Posted: 31 Oct 13 03:01 • Comments
Doot doot doot. It's time for a new drabble cycle at Illustrationfemslash100! And it's only twelve drabbles, so I'm hoping to wrap these up much faster than the last one...

⚐ Astrology Drabble Cycle ⚐
Table From Illustrationfemslash100
[Buffy Summers]
⚐ 02.
⚐ 03.
⚐ 04.
⚐ 05.
⚐ 06.
⚐ 07.
⚐ 08.
⚐ 09.
⚐ 10.
⚐ 11.
⚐ 12.

Posted: 2 Oct 13 15:22 • Comments
Title: Dinner Will Just Have to Wait
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 100
Pairing: Carmen Porter/Dean Winchester
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Prompt: Minor Character POV at Illustrationthe_deepbluesea/an anonymous prompt of Carmen Porter, basorexia at Illustrationspn_bitesized
Notes: Basorexia - an overwhelming desire to neck or kiss

Carmen taps her pen against her teeth, letting her eyes wander as she tries to compose a letter that will satisfy her mother. She absently notes that Dean is poking about in the kitchen, pulling out ingredients for what looks like a stir-fry.

Then he rolls his neck, stretching out stiff muscles, and Carmen wants.

She wants to press a line of warm kisses to his neck, wants to sit in his lap and do nothing but feel his smile against her lips.

Carmen drops her pen as she stands. It's a shame, but dinner will just have to wait.

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Posted: 27 Sep 13 15:32 • Comments
Title: An Ugly Crier
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100
Characters: Nancy Fitzgerald
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Prompt: Minor Character POV at Illustrationthe_deepbluesea/Illustrationmorebutterflys' prompt of Nancy, sad at Illustrationspn_bitesized

Nancy cries when her Nana passes away. She's fifteen years old and shaking, her body wrecked by huge, gasping sobs.

(Her mother passes her a handkerchief with an admonishment to dry her tears. All Nancy can hear in the gesture is that she's an ugly crier. She always has been, but Nana had never cared, holding her close and letting her sob her heart out.)

Later, when her father gives Nana's rosary to Nancy for safe keeping, saying that it's what Nana would've wanted, Nancy feels her lip quivering.

(She always keeps the rosary at hand. It gives her strength.)

Posted: 21 Sep 13 01:28 • Comments
Fic Battle for the, oh, what is it - third round of Illustrationthe_deepbluesea? I think so. Written for three different prompts, and they're all between 200-300 words. My continuing attempts to get myself into the Hobbit fandom.

Autumn [Bilbo Baggins] )

Someone Walks Into a Bar [Dís, daughter of Thráin] )

Revelation [Bifur, Bofur, Bombur] )

Also, for the sake of archiving purposes, here are some haiku, written for a different challenge.

Thorin, Fíli, Kíli )

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Posted: 13 Sep 13 23:47 • Comments
Dreamwidth Circle Meme</img>
Dreamwidth Circle Meme

If you're coming from the meme, hello there! I added you because you sounded like a person I wanted to get to know. Feel free to ask me silly questions in return.

If you're not coming from the meme, awesome people who I've known for a while - well, you're always free to ask me silly questions.

ALSO. ALSO ALSO ALSO. I haven't watched the episode yet, but Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is back on tv! It's the first episode of the second season/series/whatever, and I AM SO EXCITED. BE EXCITED WITH ME. (If you would like to watch MFMM, shoot me a PM and I can point you in the right direction.)

In a hilarious but also hurty sort of way - I leaned back against a hot frying pan this morning! I have a three inch burn just under my jeans, and it's... kind of disgusting. It was completely my own fault, so I can only laugh at my own stupidity, but I am not looking forward to weeks of burn cream and the blisters I suspect will develop (fairly sure it's second degree, it was pretty nasty).

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Posted: 7 Sep 13 01:01 • Comments
Title: The Burden of Silence
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 100
Characters: Constance Welch (Constance/Joseph, Joseph/OFCs)
Warnings: Infidelity
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Prompt: Minor Character POV at Illustrationthe_deepbluesea/an anonymous prompt of Constance Welch: silent at Illustrationspn_bitesized

Constance Welch is upset when her husband comes home, smelling of nasty perfume and cheap beer. She doesn't know what to do.

Joseph stumbles toward her, pressing his nose into her hair and murmuring, "Connie, Connie, I love you. I'm so sorry, Connie. I won't ever do it again."

Constance isn't sure she should believe him, but she wants to, so she stays silent.

It's a mistake.

He doesn't stop.

They have two children, and Constance loves them with all her heart. But she can feel the weight of her husband's indiscretions around her neck, and she's not strong enough.

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Posted: 29 Aug 13 02:42 • Comments
A 104℉ temperature sent me to urgent care (which sucked) because it sent me to the emergency room (which sucked) and now I might be scheduling a CT scan (although everyone kind of doesn't want to because I've already had three in my life, as well a bazillion pelvic x-rays, and apparently the medical world is suddenly getting concerned about how much radiation from x-rays and such is fucking people over and giving them cancer and so suddenly x-rays and CT scans are now LAST RESORTS for anyone under the age of thirty - why NO I'm not feeling bitter about this at all, why do you ask?) and then a scheduling a surgery because GUESS WHAT. I MIGHT HAVE APPENDICITIS.

...I ranted about this some more, but it really kinda turned into really gross medical TMI so. Just cross your fingers for me, hm? No appendicitis. I could live with it just being a kidney infection - and I'm already on antibiotics for that, so hopefully this will clear up and I'll stop feeling like complete and utter shit in ten - well, less now, actually - six, I think? - days.

IN HAPPY MAKING NEWS Illustrationrarepairfest just went live today, and while I feel supremely guilty in the fact that I didn't end up finishing mine on time (it will be finished, and added as a ginormo treat), I did get an absolutely fucking gorgeous story that I'm bouncing over right now. I'm mulling over a really long and excited comment instead of just leaving a hyperactive bouncing and clapping and "this is for me?!" comment. (Story: Teen Wolf: Laura/Derek (sibling incest): Kissing is a Comfort) Go glee over rare pairings and leave lovely comments. I've seen some other ...
Posted: 19 Aug 13 21:23 • More • Comments
Title: Run Like Hell
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 150
Pairing: Mary/Jess
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Prompt: #19 ~ One Way Trip @ Illustrationfemslash100's Lesbian Pulp Fiction Titles Drabble Cycle Round (my table)
Notes: Follows Calling Her Name and On Faith.

"Wouldn't anywhere be better than here?" )

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Posted: 13 Aug 13 01:01 • Comments
A spin-off of Supernatural (from about late season three to the end of season five) for Illustrationthe_deepbluesea's Challenge 38.

Synopsis: Vessels and meatsuits, permission and possession. Angels and demons have more in common than they'd like to admit. Lower ranked angels can take human bodies without permission, and higher ranked demons can't possess a meatsuit without explicit consent.

While Sam and Dean Winchester race to keep the seals on Lucifer's prison from breaking, there are other key humans being courted by angels and demons to open their souls and let them in. After all, this fight isn't just about Lucifer and Michael.

Main Characters )

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Posted: 6 Aug 13 02:59 • Comments
Title: Be a Bad Girl
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 200
Pairing: Charlie/Kat
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters, and I don’t make any money writing about them. They remain copyright to their creators.
Prompt: #14 ~ Good Girl, Bad Girl @ Illustrationfemslash100's Lesbian Pulp Fiction Titles Drabble Cycle Round (my table)
Notes: Follows Ladies in Love and Best Girlfriend in the World.

Charlie laughs. "I don't think I qualify for a good girl, anymore." )

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Posted: 28 Jun 13 00:18 • Comments