sam_storyteller: (Alternate Universe)
Title: Works No Longer In Progress, 2012
Rating: G through R
Fandoms: Avengers, Sherlock, Suits, White Collar, Merlin
Warnings: See descriptions for warnings. There's only one or two that even need them.
Notes: Every year (well, okay, once last year, and now again) I do a post of all the bits of fic I couldn't find a place for. Some stand alone pretty well; most are just starts I don't have the interest or energy to finish.

Also available at AO3.

Avengers )

Powers )

Suits )

Sherlock )

White Collar/Merlin )
sam_storyteller: (Alternate Universe)
Title: Oh, What A Show
Rating: PG (Merlin/Arthur, Gwaine/Ragnell)
Summary: Circus Camelot has a building it doesn't own, a trick rider who just ran off to do panto, and a serious sponsor problem. Fortunately, it also has Merlin Emrys, master illusionist, and Arthur Pendragon, prince of tumblers.

Chapter One

Chapter Two )
sam_storyteller: (Alternate Universe)
Title: Oh, What A Show
Rating: PG (Merlin/Arthur, Gwaine/Ragnell)
Warnings: None.
Summary: Circus Camelot has a building it doesn't own, a trick rider who just ran off to do panto, and a serious sponsor problem. Fortunately, it also has Merlin Emrys, master illusionist, and Arthur Pendragon, prince of tumblers.
BETA CREDIT JESUS: [personal profile] girlpearl gave me this disorder, but at least she helped me clean up afterwards. [livejournal.com profile] neifile7 was her usual lovely grammar-and-style pickin' self.
Notes: I don't even know, you guys. I just don't know.

Also available at AO3.

Chapter One )
sam_storyteller: (Blue Moon Coffee)
Title: Harry Of The Caves
Rating: PG
Warnings: None.
Summary: Merlin doesn't trust this new tournament knight at all. He probably has good reason.
BETA CREDIT, JESUS: It's like [personal profile] girlpearl and [livejournal.com profile] misswinterhill are telepathically linked.
Notes: Part of my "Under 1000" challenge. This clocks at around 1400, actually, but it's the spirit of the thing; I'm not going to go butchering a perfectly good story just to cram it into a thousand words. The goal is to get in a good writing headspace by setting a rule, not to apply the rule ruthlessly to what is already produced.

Also available at AO3.

Harry Of The Caves )
sam_storyteller: (Default)
Title: Advisor To The King
Rating: R (Sexual content)
Warnings: Brief mention of character death (Uther, Gaius).
Summary: Arthur is king, and change is in the wind.
Betas: [personal profile] girlpearl and [livejournal.com profile] misswinterhill are to blame. This was a 2000 word vignette until they got hold of it.
Notes: Mild spoilers through 3.05.

Part One

Sir Gwaine, my lord Merlin. Welcome home. )
sam_storyteller: (Default)
Title: Advisor To The King
Rating: R (Sexual content)
Warnings: Brief mention of character death (Uther, Gaius).
Summary: Arthur is king, and change is in the wind. (Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Merlin/Gwen)
Betas: [personal profile] girlpearl and [livejournal.com profile] misswinterhill are to blame. This was a 2000 word vignette until they got hold of it.
Notes: Mild spoilers through 3.05.

Originally Posted 10.24.10

Also available at AO3.

I've spent years defending Camelot with magic, and it's exhausting. Hiding is exhausting, and I'm done. )

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On Storytelling:

Fanfiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by folk.
-- Henry Jenkins

Life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language.
-- Tom Stoppard

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
-- G. Bernard Shaw

A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument...and the occasional bar fight.
-- J. Michael Strazynski

Here's how to become a great artist. First, get miserable. Misery drives you to become a great artist, but the art does nothing for your misery, which drives you to drugs, which makes you a lousy artist.
-- House M.D.

Humans? They're long gone. Vanished. Extinct. They only exist in stories.
-- Ferngully

Anton Chekov, who was a doctor, said, "Medicine is my wife; writing is my mistress."

Se non e vero, e ben trovato. (Even if it’s not true, it’s a good story.)
-- Italian Proverb

The recipe for becoming a good novelist is easy to give, but to carry it out presupposes qualities one is accustomed to overlook. One has only to make a hundred or so sketches for novels, none longer than two pages but of such distinctness that every word in them is necessary. One should write down anecdotes every day until one has learnt how to give them the most pregnant and effective form; one should be tireless in collecting and describing human types and characters; one should above all relate things to others and listen to others relate, keeping one's eyes and ears open for the effect produced on those present, one should travel like a landscape painter or costume designer. One should, finally, reflect on the motives of human actions, disdain no signpost for instruction about them and be a collector of these things by day and night. One should continue in this many-sided exercise for some ten years; what is then created in the workshop will be fit to go out into the world.
-- Nietzsche

The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
-- Samuel Butler

What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.
-- Samuel Johnson

Same story, different versions, and all are true.
-- POTC: Dead Man's Chest

I am a humble artist
moulding my earthly clod,
adding my labour to nature's,
simply assisting God.
-- Piet Hein

Every archaeologist knows in his heart why he digs. He digs, in pity and humility, that the dead may live again, that what is past may not be forever lost, that something may be salvaged from the wrack of the ages.
-- From "The Testimony of the Spade"

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
-- Francis Bacon

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
-- Seneca epistles 88 45

When asked how she acquired her knowledge of science, Octavia Butler replied, "I read."

Imagination is more important than information.
-- Albert Einstein

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