Well, a lot actually. Now this time last year, I’d probably read about ten real live paper books. I started Dracula late last year, and I’m still only about 3/4 of the way through. Pathetic, but, I did pick it up again tonight while soaking in the bath. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been reading it, with summer here, a hot bath is the last thing I wanna jump into. Can’t write in the bath, oh no, and can’t read fanfic or ebooks in the bath either. Real books will always have a place, and that is for bathtime reading.
So yeah, reading a lot of fanfic. Big epic things in my habit of picking up a fic when it’s complete or near completion. Goddamn I love DarkAbsynthe’s Story Master and Kindle for PC. So, what fanfic have I been reading just lately…
Well, let’s go back, shall we? For a start, a couple months ago I began the year by reading every single fic in the Slash Backslash One-Shot Contest. Goddamn there are some great fics there. I chucked the stand out ones in my FFn faves.
My favourite from that contest has to be This Mortal Life, which got extended and is now up to 20 chapters. This was the fic that had me squeeing with fangirly excitement whenever it updated and gushing profusely on twitter and PM stalking the author, hidingfromsomeone. It still tickles me that she’s mentioned my name in a couple authors notes due to my overenthusiastic reviews ;) Now normally I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at this fic because it contains an original character (shock horror), a prejudice I have left over from my BtVS fic days. TBH I’ve not seen many OC’s in twific but when I do, I really do tend to back away pretty quick. But god if I didn’t fall in love with Adam in the original one shot. And yeah, I was looking for some Jake slash at the time too, so I pushed past my bias and I’m so glad I did. TML consumed my life for a time, really.
Now sure, the fic has changed quite significantly in the last 4 chapters or so, it’s no longer wolfy slash, which means I don’t squee quite so loud when the alert comes in my email box, but reading the update is still the first thing I do :D I’m more of a happy-for-now than a happily-ever-after fan, which looks to be the way it’s going with TML, but, honestly, it’s nothing more than what the author promised in the original one shot. That’s follow through, and I respect that :D
And oh yeah… it’s hot as fuck.
Moving right along. The next fic I feel compelled to mention is Lessons Learned by mistyhaze420. This baby really did keep me up past 3am reading and put me completely out of action for 3 or 4 days. Just enough angst to keep me happy, and a really sweet yet somewhat gritty love story. Beautiful. And fucking huge O.O at close to 250k words and still going. So glad I didn’t look at that before I started, cos I’m sure it would have scared me the hell off it.
And then a couple days ago I finished Equal & Opposite by Oh Jasper My Jasper. Annngggssssttttyyyyyyyy! I fucking loved it. Not to spoil anything, not that anyone reads my shite, but I’m so fucking glad there is a companion piece: Errors & Omissions, which I have just started, and is still going at over 200k. I’m crossing my fingers for a HFN on that one.
Okay, theme? Fics over 100k have to be fuckawesome to keep my attention. There are like 4 fics of that length in my FFn faves, and 3 of them are mentioned above.
Another stand out in my faves, and at just over 80k, and big on my list because of the angst and dark and broodyness of it, is After the Storm by tjbaby. The setting is inspired, the characters somewhat unhinged and sick and I love it. There are some OC’s, but they don’t last long, which is perfect, and a couple have bitten the dust in disturbingly macabre fashion. Delicious. And still going. Currently at a very exciting point :) Now TJ is one of my two fucked-up-brain-twins, if that makes any sense at all to anyone other than me, her and venis-envy. Probably not. Anyway, I’m terribly honoured that TJ uses me as a muse on occasion, it’s like the highest honour ever. Just knowing that I inspire such sick-fuckery takes me to my happy place.
And my other not quite epic (epic in my wee brain means 100k+. I’m conservative and have a short attention span) yet fic that I leap on whenever it appears in my inbox is Learning to Live Again by gypsysue. Loads of angst and UST and tears and laughter and happiness in that wee sweetheart. And IMNSHO the best dry hump in the fandom.
Speaking of epic, that has to be the epic post. I was gonna talk about some of the ebook shorts I’ve been reading too, but that will have to wait for another day. I’m beat and have some nano-novel rewrites to transcribe O.O