lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
The Catalog Description

A profound and entrancing potion. Deep, wispy, and unfathomably dark: vetiver, dark woods, crumbling and burnt black sandalwood and a drop of lemon rind.

The Forum Reviews

The forums seem to have three reactions to this perfume:

1. This is a really masculine scent, like aftershave or men's cologne. Let me smear this on a man's collarbone and bury my face in his neck.

2. This is a light, springtime scent--very fresh.

3. Vetiver and woods, dark and complex.

I also learned that Bath and Body works did a vetiver scent in the early 2000s and that the forums voted Incantation as the BPAL fragrance most likely to be the signature scent of Severus Snape.

Our Reactions

Emma, my eleven year old daughter, is testing all the perfumes with me and having a lot of fun with it. Remember that she is eleven when reading her reactions. LOL

Emma: Smells like wet sand and wood. No scent of lemon

Me: Smells like wood and vetiver; a bit smoky; no lemon

Josh: Although Emma and I thought it smelled the same on each other, Josh detected a hint of licorice on Emma's wrist that he didn't on mine. He also detected a hint of floral on my wrist. I smelled neither of those things.

I can see where the forums get masculine from this scent although I don't read it as an exclusively masculine scent. I also boggle at the people who described this perfume as light or springy. I think this scent is deep and pleasantly green, like a forest or a handful of herbs stored in a cedar box that's a bit burnt around the edges.

This scent stayed essentially the same from application until it faded. It didn't have a lot of throw and it faded within a few hours. I liked it, as did Josh (Emma not so much; it's definitely a grown-up scent), and I'll definitely use the imp but it's not going on my list of scents to purchase in a big bottle.

The Fic

1000 words of Tara-centric BtVS gen; warnings: child abuse and the canonical death of her mother )

AO3 already has a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab tag, but I'm going to create a perfume fandom tag for people who write fic based on other perfume lines. ETA: the fandom tag I created is Perfumes.
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Here's my entry for the Xander round of [ profile] maleslashminis. Thanks to [ profile] crazydiamondsue for knowing which character says what and when and why, always.

Request: Xander/Ben; beer, medical emergency (trivial or crisis, up to you), Glory; no non-con or Anya bashing

For [ profile] brutti_ma_buoni

The soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep )
lunabee34: (btvs: b/w spander by literati)
So, I've been uploading my fic to AO3, and it struck me that it's been almost five years since I wrote a Spander fic, and I wondered what sort of Spander I would write if I tried now.

Apparently, this kind.

Title: This is not a love story
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: Adult
Word count: ~ 2500
Warnings: non-consensual sex, partner betrayal (of Anya)

With the exception of the first vignette, where I have slightly tweaked canon dialogue and events, this should be canonically compatible.

Well, real life’s not like that. Everybody dies. Everybody leaves. And you keep hanging on for whoever’s still here. )
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I have gone completely cross-eyed and simply cannot write any more of my column that's due on Monday.

And yet, every night this week as I lay down to sleep, I have coughed and coughed and coughed until I kinda think my esophagus is eroded. These are not the abs of steel I wanted! So, not really relishing bedtime.

Let's do this instead. Give me a fannish prompt--pairing, character, situation, *something*, and I'll write you one hundred words right now on the spot, insta-fic.


*is bored*
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Here's what I wrote for the meme where you explain a pair's last kiss; 100 words each.

River/Jubal Early )

Buffy/Riley )

Buffy/Faith )
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Untitled Buffy/Angel Drabble; Adult )

I got in the mood to write some B/A after reading the following two exquisite stories. If you wanna read how this pairing is really done:

Older and Far Away by [ profile] chrisleeoctaves This fic is so achingly beautiful. Angel looks down at the floor before meeting her eyes. “I don’t need you to blame me for it to hurt.” “I’m responsible, too,” she says. It’s a peace offering he will not accept. “I’m not sixteen anymore.” She doesn’t know why she says that, only that it’s true. He shakes his head, backing away from the light streaming through the window towards a shadowy corner. For some reason, this is the thing that makes her cry. And suddenly, where she has been stoic and composed, she is adrift and inconsolable.

All Ways by [ profile] kita0610 This story is brilliant. It has such a lovely, dual-edged title and the narrative structure is wonderfully dreamy and reminiscent of a fairy tale. It also hurts you in the gut to read. In a good way. It was impossible that they had only done this once. Impossible that the amount of times she had killed him and made love to him were exactly the same.
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I wrote this silly bit of umm...unfic...which is unbeta'd as there are no actual sentences LOL

Buffy/Xander; 10, 000 words; Adult: An Outline )
lunabee34: (anya by emella)
You guys have done such a good job of cheering me up. In fact, I feel so much better that I wrote really, really silly fic. It's not beta'd cause it's so ridiculous, I don't want Kitty to disown me. *g*

Just shy of 300 words, Buffy/Anya, utter silliness )
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This is set during the Homecoming episode, when Xander and Willow are fluking.
[ profile] kitty_poker1 is the rockinginst beta EVAH!!!!

Eidolon )

PS I know that is the suckiest title of suck town! Why oh why do titles elude me? I'd been calling the file "Xander Lusts for Willow" but that doesn't really have that, uh, ring to it, I was going for.
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Here it is; the Buffy/Faith piece that has taken over my life for the past weeks. This is for [ profile] thelastgoodname. Merry Christmas.

Thanks very much to the flist for helping me dig up canonical info on Faith, and thanks to [ profile] kitty_poker1 for the beta. As always, you are invaluable to me. :)

This takes place in season four and is rated a hard R, I think.

Something Elemental )
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Here it is, Lorraine's drunken prose. This has got a little bit of everything, from personal life experience to snippets of a variety of fandoms.

Excerpts )
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Now that I’m done with Shadowlands I wanted to write a little something about what went into creating it. I started this fic in February, and it’s now September. SL has consumed a significant portion of my life; it’s possibly the lengthiest project I’ve ever worked on. It’s certainly one of which I’m very proud.

Possibly the wankiest thing I've ever done on lj )
lunabee34: (shadowlands by chocgood84)
Title: Shadowlands Part 15
Rating: NC-17 (overall)
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Disclaimers: The Buffyverse and all its characters belong to Joss Whedon & co. The story is mine.
Summary: Set immediately after the Ats ep "Damage." Xander finds out Spike is alive and comes to L. A. to see for himself.
Beta: [ profile] kitty_poker1 Words cannot express how much you've helped me during the process of writing this fic. Thank you so much

This is the final chapter of Shadowlands. It's now complete. I feel bereft, sort of. LOL

Previous Parts comfort one another HERE.

Shadowlands Chapter 15 )

Thank you all so much for making this such a great writing experience. I truly have found a wonderful community of readers/writers I'm glad I'm a part of.

If anyone's interested, I wrote a seriously wanky post on the making of Shadowlands *snort* HERE
lunabee34: (shadowlands by chocgood84)
Title: Shadowlands Part 14
Rating: NC-17 (overall)
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Disclaimers: The Buffyverse and all its characters belong to Joss Whedon & co. The story is mine.
Summary: Set immediately after the Ats ep "Damage." Xander finds out Spike is alive and comes to L. A. to see for himself.
Beta: [ profile] kitty_poker1 You RAWK!!!!! Hard. LOL

Previous Parts flirt shamelessly with each other HERE.

Shadowlands Part 14 )
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I've been trying to write about this topic for nearly ten years now, and I finally wrote something that I didn't feel should immediately go in the garbage. Thanks to [ profile] kitty_poker1 for all your encouragement and kind words about this fic. You are very dear to my heart. Thanks also to [ profile] secondverse for writing "Skin Through the Trees" and kindly talking to me about your experience of writing it. Finally, thanks to [ profile] crazydiamondue for asking Yin to unlock the fic for me.

Title: Curling Like Pink Tea Cups
Pairing: Anya/Xander, though this is not a shippy fic
Rating: Adult
Beta: [ profile] kitty_poker1
Warning: This fic deals with abortion.

I took the title of this piece from a poem by Anne Sexton.

Read more... )
lunabee34: (shadowlands by chocgood84)
Title: Shadowlands Part 13
Rating: NC-17 (overall)
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Disclaimers: The Buffyverse and all its characters belong to Joss Whedon & co. The story is mine.
Summary: Set immediately after the Ats ep "Damage." Xander finds out Spike is alive and comes to L. A. to see for himself.
Beta: [ profile] kitty_poker1 Thank you especially for all the encouragement you gave me in this part. You are such a lovely person, and I value our friendship deeply.

Previous Parts go to the Faulkner conference and reenact the "branch scene" HERE

I know this has been slow going guys; I started out with a bang, and now the parts are coming more and more slowly. But we are nearing the end, and I promise to try to update in a more timely fashion.

Shadowlands Part 13 )
lunabee34: (willow by emella)
[ profile] shannon730 is one year older today, and I thought I'd take a minute to tell her how much she means to me. Shannon was, essentially, the first person I met in fandom. She beta'd my first EVER fic, introduced me to [ profile] kitty_poker1 who is now my beta, and helped me learn the ropes of fandom. I will always be grateful to her for her support and friendship.

I wrote a little ficlet for her in the vein of a Xander meme I've seen running around lj. Don't worry, sweetie. This is more Shannon!friendly. (There is one teensy Xandery part to it; I couldn't resist. LOL)

Pairings: Willow/Xander, Willow/Spike, Willow/Oz, Willow/Tara
Rating: R for language

Five Things That Never Happened to Willow Rosenberg )

PS This is unbeta'd as I wanted to get it out in time for your day! It is lacking Kitty's touches that make my work bearable, but I hope it's not completely unreadable.


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