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I know that Supernatural is all about the classic rock...

but scrolling through Iron & Wine on my library, I feel like I could write pages and pages of fic from the song titles alone. I mean, for godssake:

-Godless Brother in Love
-Me and Lazarus
-Your Fake Name is Good Enough for Me (that one made me laugh)
-Call Your Boys

And then, of course, we come to the lyrics.


Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is burning down

(And then, for something a bit shippier)

And the fallen house across the way, it’ll keep everything
The baby’s breath, our bravery wasted
And our shame.

Like stubborn boys with big green eyes
We’ll see everything
In the timid shade of the autumn leaves
And the buzzard’s wing

(And if we're including covers, or you just want something more explicit...)

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousine waits in the street...





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NaNoWriMo 2011- A Sample

So it's that time of year again! And I'm pretty sure I should be committed this time around (to an institution, haha.)

But anyway, here follows a short excerpt from this year's novel, Moja Bosna / "My Bosnia"

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  That morning, on the borderline between dawn and darkness, Wall was none-too-gently shooed out of the dispensary by one of the elderly nurses, and he was told to bring the “brat” with him. There was, after all, no room for Ant to sleep in the crowded inpatient room and hallways, and no bassinets for him even if there had been room. It was all, Wall insisted to himself, totally unfair.
 
  And then there were two, Wall thought to himself, shifting uncomfortably to get a better and more solid hold on the kid in the crook of his elbow. But of course it was all but impossible for him not to transition from that relatively sober and tranquilizing thought to the far more alarming and honest, holy shit I’m holding a baby. And his mind was all but lost from there.
 
  It all felt so frightfully close,  so new. He could still smell the latex on his hand, from the gloves that he only later realized the bloody doctors didn’t even wear all the time. As if that wasn’t something short of ridiculous.
 
  He was forced into a sort of autopilot that guided him back towards Nadja’s hovel (it seemed even more like a hovel now that there was going to be a baby living in it, having to share in the poverty that, up until that point, when it had only been a matter of two adults riding it out in their generally ascetic and separate lives, hadn’t been much of a problem.) Without thinking, he mixed up a batch of the cheap Red Cross baby formula that he really hoped wasn’t tainted with mad cow or some horrible Chinese fungus because really, that just wouldn’t be on. And he heated it up on the little propane stove and he tried to remember the way that one is supposed to test to see if it’s too hot for the baby to drink – wasn’t there some spot on the wrist that’s supposed to be sensitive enough? And he stuck his finger in the pot to try it out and nearly cursed in surprise because the thing was really fucking hot but little children weren’t supposed to hear words like that so he restrained himself and just bit the hell out of his lip instead, being very very careful not to drop the baby.
 
A few hours passed, in which little Ant had been fed and changed and amused with strange faces and Wall was really starting to wonder when the kid was going to get tired because, honestly, wasn’t being born supposed to be some sort of big ordeal and all that? But he just sort of lay in his little bassinet (which was probably all of seventy years old and had been found in the bottom of a junk heap and smelled funny) and looked alternately up at the corrugated tin ceiling and back at Wall and he had really big eyes for something so small.
 
“You know,” said Wall suddenly, “ you really ought to get some sleep.”  The child does not move, does not alter his expression, but Wall could not help but get a distinct vibe that said something along the lines of oh yeah, and who’s gonna make me? It did not feel at all strange to respond to that unspoken rebuttal, so he did.
 
“I’m just saying, you’ve had something of a trying day. It wouldn’t be a bad idea.”
 
Ant chose that moment to turn his gaze back towards the ceiling, either in cold response or just because he was tired or Wall’s face, there was no way to tell. You’re not the boss of me.
 
“I am so the boss of you, young man!” said Wall, feeling the need to tack the exclamation point onto the end of that sentence, but also doing so remarkably gently. “And you will do as you are told.”
 
He could have sworn he heard an impatient little huff coming from the direction of the bassinet, but it had to have been his imagination. It seemed, in fact, a crazy enough thought that Wall forced himself to stay seated where he was for at least a good five minutes just so he could sort himself out and make sure that he wasn’t losing his mind.
 
But then, when he finally did get up and peer at last into the little bassinet, ready perhaps for one more one-sided war of the words, the boy was somehow, already asleep.
 
And this of course left Wall to consider the possibility that he had, somehow, in the course of his relatively short existence, miraculously developed decent parenting skills. Go figure.
 


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Trouble in Mind - the first bit


Trouble in Mind - A Novel
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Some things are pure

Some things are right

 

He dreamed in shades of amphetamine-fueled black and white, sharpness and clarity unmatched since Dorothy first stepped out into Munchkin-land and it seemed that they would never be able to go back to the good old days. His imagination, warped as it may have been by the chemical collision, was crisp and clean, and by extension, simple. Pared down.

 

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Fic: An Exchange of Words

...Can't...stop....writing...... I'm telling you, I've written more for Holmes fandom in a week than I did in six months for nu!Trek. Sheesh....

Anyway.


Title: An Exchange of Words
Rating: PG13
Summary: Had Post-Its been invented in sometime in the Victorian era, it's likely that the Great War of the Notes would have gotten somewhat more heated. As it is, we must make due with what we have.
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Disclaimer: Not mine.
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Keep Calm, and Carry On

 Keep Calm, and Carry On
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: Eh, maybe PG13?
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Prompt: Poor Watson: He has a sudden and severe PTSD reaction while he and Holmes are on location snooping about, maybe on the verge of cracking a case. Whatever does Holmes do?

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FIC: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin (in E Minor)


Summary: There may be good reason why Watson does not complain about Holmes practicing violin at three o'clock in the morning.

Title: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin (in E Minor)
Pairing, characters: Sherlock Holmes/Dr. John Watson
Disclaimer: Need we really go through this?
Warnings: None
Rating: PG

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Book Review: Someone's Heart is Burning

Tanya Shaffer's account of one year spent wandering around Ghana, Mali, and east Africa is hardly how-to guide for the average traveller, and it's hardly meant to be. Ms. Shaffer is, from the very beginning, honest in voicing her inability to provide any sort of outline for future individuals who might seek to follow in her path.

However, while many of the passages describing her friendships and attachments to the numerous people that she meets on her journey, and her travels to locales as different from each other as Nairobi and the small Ghanain village of Afranguah, as fabled as Timbuktu, are certainly interesting in their own right, that doesn't seem to be what Ms. Shaffer herself is most interested in telling us.

A good portion of the book is taken up by a troubled (and mostly uninteresting) love story between Ms. Shaffer and her sort-of-not-really-ex-boyfriend, the reason she felt compelled to flee to Africa in the first place. The climax and conclusion of the book is not, in fact, some fantastic revelation brought about by her travels and encounters with new and fascinating cultures, but a tense and difficult phone conversation with said boyfriend, and her preferred method of ending the book, and retaining the reader's interest, is leaving it up to the imagination whether or not she eventually returns to him after her trip is concluded.

Believe it or not, Ms. Shaffer, we could care less.
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