May. 17th, 2020 05:21 pm
polomonkey: (gwen window)
Hi! Slowly but steadily learning how to use lj, hopefully I'll get the hang of it sometime this millenium...

My fics can all be found here at AO3, and my tumblr here. Feel free to add me if you want to chat :)
polomonkey: (arthur boat)
WILD CARD sensory deprivation
hypothermia medication

New prompt card! These all have to go together in one story... I'm thinking Merlin, although Humans and Endeavour is always a possibility. Any ideas?
polomonkey: (morgana)

Banner and Art by dylogger

Don't know whether I'll have time to join this year but it's a great little low pressure fest!
I promise not to post about it too much but look at this beautiful banner Red Queen made for Pornalot! One of several gorgeous ones she made...

Banner by [livejournal.com profile] le_red_queen

Come and get your kink on at [livejournal.com profile] pornalot

A new Merlin porn fest to sink your teeth into. Sign-Ups close on July 26th.


Jul. 11th, 2016 01:29 am
I'm co-modding a new Merlin porn fest! If you're at all interested, you can check it out here: [livejournal.com profile] pornalot

Hope to see you there!

And if you're not interested but you'd like to spread the word, you can share the above banner from this page :D

H/C Bingo

Jun. 19th, 2016 06:40 pm
I got my card for h/c bingo!

Bit of a daunting one this year, I think I prefer [livejournal.com profile] clea2011's... I can't see myself doing things like heart attack or major illness to be honest as they're a bit close to life, but hostages and taking care of somebody are catnip.

Also I got alien abduction again! I'm writing porn for it this time, I swear...

My hc_bingo card )
I noticed a lot of people are doing the Write Every Day in May thing! I am psyched to see it from y'all although I am terrible at things like that myself - so I'm trying the baby challenge of Write Some Days in May...

Anyway, this is my prompt set for hurt/comfort bingo's May challenge.

suicide attempt bodyguards
blackmail trust issues

It has to be for a small fandom so I'm doing Humans, and you can use as many of the four prompts as you want. Blackmail is popping out at me so far, although trust issues wouldn't exactly be hard for poor Leo... Any suggestions?
Here are the fifteen fic recs I did for the March challenge on hurt/comfort bingo. My prompts were hostages, nightmares, and insomnia.

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Fic: Soon

Mar. 20th, 2016 10:49 pm
Title: Soon
Word Count: 813
Rating: R
Warnings: Murder, slightly cracky violence
Summary: Based on this tumblr post by [livejournal.com profile] 5leggedcricket: 'There is no way that Mary Collins was Merlin’s first kill. Have you seen the ease with which he killed her? He didn’t even have to think about it. What exactly had Merlin been up to in Ealdor?'

I was reminded I wrote this recently when we had the Merlin rewatch! So here's my alternate take on The Dragon's Call :)

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polomonkey: (arthur boat)
Title: As I Lay Dying
Word Count: 1011
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Captivity, referenced torture

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Heroine Big Bang! Big, Mini & Tiny Options.
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I only found out about this recently but it seems like an awesome thing to do if you have any fic or art ideas lying around for a Merlin lady (or a lady of any fandom). My plan is to write a Gwen POV fic in which her and Morgana set out to rescue Merlin and Arthur after they've been taken hostage. Aiming for mini-bang level (which is 5k - you can also write 1.5k, 10k, or 25k) but we shall see.

Anyway, just wanted to put it out there in case anyone else was interested, sign ups are open until April 1st :)
Hey guys, was hoping to solicit some opinions! I tend to automatically write in present tense but I wonder if it puts people off. I'm about to embark on another long fic which feels like it probably should be past tense but I have to fight all the time while I'm writing not to slip back into present! Any thoughts?

[Poll #2034519]

On a side note, do you think different tenses suit different kind of fics?
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I've decided to make a last ditch effort to finish two lines on my hurt/comfort bingo before tomorrow, because I apparently I can only accomplish anything under the threat of an imminent deadline. The squares I'm covering are 'survivor's guilt' and 'dungeons'. I have a vague idea about an Arthur/Elyan fic set after the events of A Herald of the New Age for survivor's guilt, but does anyone have any dungeon related prompts?

Rarepair and femslash suggestions very welcome! It has to involve at least a bit of hurt/comfort but it can be fluffy or funny or porny as well if you want (and I don't object to a Humans prompt either, although I suppose Merlin lends itself slightly better to dungeon prompts...)

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I will finish this meme, so help me God.

25: Music: Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Only music with no lyrics! Otherwise I get hella distracted... Mushroom sent me some amazing creepy fairytale music when I was writing my Merlin Horror entry, and that helped me get in the mood a lot, so maybe I should look into assembling some playlists.

26: What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Depression era bank robbers for my Bonnie and Clyde Morgwen au! Also depression era bare knuckle boxing (apparently I have a thing for the 1930s), which was super fascinating! I found so much cool stuff out and then basically none of it could go in my tiny 750 word pornathon entry. One day I will use all that research...

27: Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer

I like to write in bed! But my back hates me for it. And I usually write by hand and then transfer. I write on my lunch break at work now, which is good because I'm usually too tired when I get home... but also I have to hunch over my notebook obsessively whenever anyone walks by, in my eternal and constant paranoia that anyone actually gives a shit about what I'm doing.

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polomonkey: (arthur boat)
Officially lost track of where I am with these *flails*

21: Sequels: Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

OH THE GUILT. I swear I have been putting this question off because there should have been a sequel to A Prayer Before Birth like a year ago and I am a bad person. After Merlin Horror and Merlin Mpreg fest I'm gonna do it (except When the Road Runs Out needs another chapter, and I have to finish my Humans fic and my abo fic and oh nooooo)

22: Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Does Merlin Writers' Tropes Bingo count as a fest? If so, I did and it was fabulous. I think I doubled the amount of Merlin fics I've written and it was an brilliant experience. Summer Pornathon was also awesomely fun, and thanks to that I can say I pretty much have no NOTPs in the Merlin fandom anymore...

But the best fest experience was this year's ACBB. Because that's how I started going on Chatzy and actually talked to people in the Merlin fandom, and then Mushroom agreed to collab with me, and literally my whole experience of fandom has completely changed in the last few months and it's been really amazing. Like a little gap has been filled that I didn't know was missing. /end gush

23: When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

AO3, and occasionally FF.net for sentimental reasons.

24: Betaing: How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I've only ever had one beta! It was for ACBB and she was grand :) But I find having someone beta your work quite a nervewracking experience. I should do it more though because I went on an old fic the other day and found I wrote 'peaked his interest' instead of 'piqued his interest' and I was FILLED WITH MURDEROUS RAGE.

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banner by [livejournal.com profile] raitala

I planned to do four Merlin rec posts for Rectober, and by jingo, I'm going to jolly well get it done...

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18: Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Hmmm... nowadays it might be more likely to be other people or kink memes or fests etc. When I started, it was just me. I came into the Merlin fandom knowing I wanted to write a fic about Merlin having anorexia and I wanted to write one about Arthur being abused at home, and then after that I just sort of played it by ear.

The most specific bunny I had was meeting an awesome lady farmer who told me how lambing season worked, and instantly knowing I had to put that in a fic somehow. Thus City Slicker was born...

19: When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

I have an ideas document and it is such a hot mess. Lines I wanted to save for later, odd paragraphs of fic, prompts, things people said in Chatzy... and then just a single note at the bottom that says: 'Catboy Merlin'. Sigh.

20: Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

YES! Let me rave forever about how fantastic the Merlin fanartists are. My tumblr is basically all art reblogs, and I get bunnied a lot by them. But to be honest I am nervous to write a fic for them sometimes in case they don't like it! Which is silly and I should get over it and just write that one Whimsycatcher fic I am burning to write because damn...

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polomonkey: (arthur boat)
May as well just resign myself to doing these in chunks, I am so rubbish!

15: Warnings: What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Definitely rape, graphic violence, suicide etc. I'd rather overwarn than underwarn nowadays, even at the risk of being spoilery.

And my strangest warning would have to be for Arthur having sex with an eight inch tall fairy...

Sidhe pic
You'll be pleased to hear this is not the fairy Arthur has sex with

16: Summaries: Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

They're mostly fine, and then sometimes they just DO NOT WORK. The summary for Gentle, Gentle needs to go die in a hole. And my ACBB one sounded a bit like a bad film trailer but oh well.

17: Titles: Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

I really like coming up with titles! I mainly use lines from poems, play titles or song lyrics. A Prayer Before Birth was called something entirely different for the first chapter, because it got to like 6am and I couldn't think of a decent title so I just slapped some rubbish placeholder in. I also remember having extreme trouble naming The Tulip Thief.

I usually give each chapter a title too. I have a Sherlock fic where all the chapters are play titles, for no reason whatsoever...

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12: Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No! Although The Wasting Game is technically an adaptation of a poem by Philip Gross, if that counts...

13: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I write more modern aus than canon for Merlin (usually due to extreme laziness and inability to be historically accurate). It's no secret that the canon of the show is a bit, er, lacking sometimes on plot and characterisation, and probably the greatest thing about Merlin fanfic is how skilfully some people can fill the gaps canon left.

I definitely see the Arthurian legends through the lens of Merlin now! Probably one of the greatest things about seeing them through that lens is the rehabilition of Guinevere from one-note adulteress to the delightful Gwen we all know and love <3

Cutie Gwen gif

14: Ratings: how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

As high as it can go, baby. *slow motion wink*

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