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[FANMIX] would rather be waltzin' with you

Medium: TV
Fandom: Sherlock
Subject: Sherlock/John (unrequited love : pining Sherlock)
Title: would rather be waltzin' with you
Warnings: Possible thematic and visual spoilers for S3:02 The Sign of Three.
Notes: This fanmix is made entirely of songs by Rufus Wainwright, because I am on a bit of a jag, and it fits. I don't make a lot of fanmixes, so I welcome comments, etc. Images are edited (marginally, poorly) by me.

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Oh hi. Just sneaking back in....

So I know I've been not-on-Livejournal for a while now...

But between trying to form a career and going back to school full-time, and taking care of my family (and sometimes even myself), it's been a bit hectic. I can be found on Tumblr (mostly because it's easier to update on cigarette breaks!) as sariagray, if anyone's interested in finding me!

In any case, just wanted to swing by and wish everyone a Happy New Year! :D Hope you're all well!
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Torchwood Survey - Results

Before I begin, a disclaimer. I am not a statistician. I am not a scientist. I’m just a fan with a vague question: ”What happens to a fandom when it dies?” or, more accurately, “Where did everybody go!?” This is in no way meant to be a hard and fast realistic view of the Torchwood fandom; the sample size was relatively small and my analysis is amateurish. My interpretations of the data, while I try to be as unbiased as possible, are my own interpretations and are therefore subject to personal opinion. This is meant to be a fun exercise/experiment and nothing more.

ETA 7/20/2013 9:36p: I also want to stress that this is correlated data. There is not necessarily a direct line between one data point and another.

I would also like to pause here to thank all of the people who participated in this survey. Because I am not about to pay a fee to satisfy a whim, I was only able to collate the first 100 responses. I know I would have gotten more, and there were a total of 104 when I closed the quiz (apologies to the four people whose data I could not use). There was a fantastic response to this and I am beyond touched.

Now, let’s get into the hard results, per question.

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Torchwood Survey

Hi All!

I have created a new survey to track what television fandoms took over for individuals when the Torchwood fandom collapsed. Basically, I want to analyse the split amongst new fandoms.

It's a quick survey, and I'd love if you would take a moment and go through it.

The survey is HERE

And please feel free to share to anyone/any group.

Thanks! :D
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Imma Play Too!

I found this on a bunch of people's LJs, so...yes? I want to talk about ~things.

(Also hello! Also I got a part in a one-act!)

One of the most helpful words of advice my first creative writing teacher gave me was this: “Sometimes, people don’t want to see how the sausage was made.”

Naturally, what he was really talking about was art. Good writing does not make itself evident; rather, a well-composed work hides its bones. The pains (and joys) of composition cannot be seen in a finished work. However, sometimes people *do* want a tour of the sausage factory, particularly in communities with a lot of creative activity - like fandom.

So, send me the title of one of my fics and I’ll peel back the sausage casing by answering the following questions:

What part was most difficult?

What are you most proud of?

What’s a reference you made no one has picked up on yet?

What’s a bit that sums up your take on a character?

Favorite line(s) of dialogue?

Favorite lines(s) of prose?

Were there any points where you were trying to do something specific with sound, vocabulary, or rhythm?

How many drafts did the work go through?

Were you listening to anything while writing the fic? If so, what?

Imagery that is important to the fic, either while composing or in the fic itself?

What were you most worried about during the composition?

How do you want readers to react to this fic?

What did you want them to take away from it?

What inspired this fic?

If you used a beta, what did you agree or disagree on?

Did anything surprise you during the writing?

Were any parts written under the influence?
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[FIC] The Paper Burns, But the Words Fly Free

Title: The Paper Burns, But the Words Fly Free
Author: sariagray
Rating: PG13
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock/John
Word Count: ~2000
Warnings: None.
Summary: If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you be more careful of what you say? Magical realism AU.
Beta: My gratitude and adoration belongs to tymewyse. All mistakes are my own.
Disclaimer: Do not own, or lease.
Author Notes: Credits for quotes can be found at the end of this work. This was inspired by this picture, that I found on Pinterest of all places.

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[FIC] safe with but a slight scratch

Title: safe with but a slight scratch
Author: sariagray
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Martha Jones
Word Count: ~1700
Warnings: Post - KKBB
Summary: It’s like being battle-weary all over again.
Beta: analineblue, the ever lovely.
Disclaimer: Do not own, or lease.
Author Notes: Here. Have a long author’s note! First, this story is for star54kar, who won me in the AO3 Auction. She requested “a story exploring what we didn't see in canon when Jack came back from running off with the Doctor” and specifically asked for “what he needed to do to regain Ianto's trust and how they re-established their relationship.” She has given her approval, so it can’t be that bad! :) I had decided to work on this story while visiting at my parents’ house. On their desktop, I noticed a document called “Wehavehad.doc” and, thinking it may have been one of the wayward half-finished fics I’ve left lying around, opened it up. Turns out it was a transcription of a letter that my brother had put together for my mother. As I read it, the story I had been struggling to write faded away and the story herein slowly began to grow around these words. I liked them so much, I kept them! The letter was written to Martha Twyman Gilbert, who was the first wife of Andrew Jackson Gilbert (my great-great grandfather). The letter is from Travis J. Twyman, Jr., her brother, a Confederate soldier in the 19th Volunteer Infantry of Virginia. The letters came to us from my great-uncle in Virginia. The letter is dated with: Chafford Farm/May 15th, 1864.

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In a Wide World after All

Title: In a Wide World after All
Author: sariagray
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Dean, Sam, Charlie
Word Count: ~2100
Warnings: Spoilers for 8x20 Pac-Man Fever and all episodes prior.
Summary: After Charlie leaves, it’s time to move forward. On an adventure. Coda to 8x20.
Beta: analineblue looked this over; all mistakes are my own.
Disclaimer: Do not own, or lease.
Author Notes: Quotes are from Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The title is also from a quote in that book.

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I Am Selling Myself, Yes I Am

Hi friends!

As you may or may not know, AO3 is going through its April fund drive. As a big fan of AO3 and also as a not-for-profit employee, I know how huge this is. Unfortunately, as many are, I am a bit too strapped to donate at the moment (between weddings and doctor’s visits and bills and all of those lovely little things that add up this time of year!).

Turns out, there’s a fic auction that will be taking place in a couple of weeks! The proceeds will go to help AO3, which is great!

More information about this can be found here: AO3 Auction on Tumblr

And more importantly, I have signed up! And am willing to write either Sherlock or (dun-dun-dun!) Torchwood. Because I miss Torchwood, I think.

Anyway. If you have any interest, you should consider either signing up yourself or bidding during the bidding period (April 15-25 – I’ll post a reminder!). You should especially bid on me, because I want to feel like a validated individual, and if no one bids, I will probably cry hysterically for hours in my room with the lights out. And you wouldn’t want that, would you?

So yes, let’s do this thing! :D