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Got some tremendously bad news at work today. First there were budget cuts and then there was the stupid administrative response to said budget cuts that will undermine most of the innovative changes we've made over the past 9 years. Spent over 3 hours in a meeting to determine that, yes, these changes are set in stone, and the best I can do as department head is rearrange things around the edges so that we can all go to hell in a slightly more comfortable handcart. Blech.

To comfort me, take a swing at this meme? I gakked it from ithildyn.

The thing is, when people look for stories, they always make it sound like badfic. Now, often that's because it really is badfic, but sometimes it's good and they just suck at describing the story.

So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to summarize badly any one (or more!) of my stories and I'll try to guess which it is. You could even pretend you don't remember the pairing or fandom to make it harder to guess.

Here are lists of my fics in due South, Highlander, and other fandoms.


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Feb. 28th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry you're having a bad day. It can be so frustrating when you have to watch other people make stupid decisions and there's nothing you can do. I'll have a go at the meme - I've chosen possibly my favourite story by you, certainly one of the best in a challenge that produced some outstanding stories. I love the twisty endings you write.

I'm looking for a fic where Fraser's on trial for murder or something, but he didn't do it, and Ray figures it out, even though he's not a cop anymore himself. And Fraser is found innocent at the end, I think. And they play chess a lot. Halp?
Feb. 28th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Guilty Until Proven Innocent, one of my first dS stories! With the jail-house chess. I've always liked that one, thanks kill_claudio.

I've signed up for this year's ds_harlequin, with the prompt "12. Fraser is an international criminal mastermind, moved to Chicago when Canada became a little too dangerous to operate in. RayK is the cop set on finding the evidence to take him down. Whenever they meet, sparks (of various kinds) fly, but how do a criminal and a cop find that elusive happily ever after?" And I'm doing something dark and scary with it!
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
And I'm doing something dark and scary with it!

*whistles* Master of understatement, you! Tell poor unsuspecting KC about the corpse!
Feb. 29th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Shhhhh, don't tell anyone! It's going to be s surprise!
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Corpse? Corpse?! ...I think I'd like to remain poor and unsuspecting a while longer, thanks. And here I thought ds_harlequin was all about the fluff. Not that I'm complaining, mind. keerawa's brand of dark and scary is always a good read.
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
I actually checked with the mod to see if it was OK to post black as night crime-drama to the comm. zeenell says that as long as I'm writing to the prompt, it's kosher. Thanks for the compliment!
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm looking forward to this. It sounds like the dark cousin of "Chicago's Most Wanted".
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
It really, really is! Writing under the long shadow of cesperanza is a little intimidating, but I like where it's going.
Feb. 28th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had such a rotten day :(
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, ith. The situatiuon remains unchanged, but at least I'm getting alittle emotional distance from it now.
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
There was something about a busted pot, and I think ants had something to do with it. Oh, and there was bacon! Maybe the ants wanted the bacon? I don't remember.
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
This was a real stumper. I think it must be Dissonance. I used fire ants as a metaphor, and the smell of burnt bacon as a physical description in that story. But where the busted pot comes in? I haven't the foggiest.
Feb. 29th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Yes! The busted pot was the vase that Robert and Gina fought over.
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh of course!
Feb. 28th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear your bad news from work. Hang in there, my dear. Hugs.
Love, max
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, max. I appreciate the hug.
Feb. 28th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Nothin' like a heavy dose of total frustration to start one's day... gack. *wishes cookies for you*

Ummm, okay, I'm trying to find this story where the one guy - I think he's from Alaska - wants to play with the other guy's pet turtle all the time, in Chicago, and the other guy's mad because he wants to jump the one guy's bones, but the first guy, the one from Alaska, or something, keeps playing with the turtle. I can't remember how it ends, but the turtle is in it. Do you have one like that?
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Cokkies are always helpful.

And I certainly do have a turtle-fic that fits the description. Proper Care and Feeding, woot!

Thanks, brig, just thinking about that one cheers me up.
Feb. 29th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry you're having a hard time :(
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, sparklebutch.
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your bad day of work. It sounds like the kind of news that will be an ongoing issue, too, so I can't really say, "It'll be better tomorrow!" Except, as you say, you'll have some emotional distance. And possibly you've taken out your stress on a punching bag or something by then. (Hopefully a punching bag and not, like, a parking metre).

Okay! I like this meme! Here goes...

I'm looking for this story I read a couple of months ago, but I can't remember who wrote it or what it was about. But I DO remember that the gay guy (the cute one! the one with the hair!) splashed some beer on some lady, and she got mad, and he got mad. I can't remember why, though, because it was only beer. It's not like anyone threw a punch or anything. Halp?

Me again! I seem to remember this one had two guys named Ray in it, and they were meeting about something, and one guy offered to blow the other guy, and it was hawt. But they didn't know each other's names? It was all cool and anonymous and stuff, except that they did kinda know each other. I dunno. I just remember the hawt, and that it was maybe a little scary. Anyone recognize this one?

Ugh, I can't remember much about this one. It's almost like I read it in another life. Ray smokes a stale pack of cigarettes in the story, and he kisses some Army Rangers dude. (Or maybe the guy was in the Coast Guard?) Anyway, I remember liking it a whole lot. I hope someone can help!

And last but not least (which is a lie, because I really am tempted to work my way through your whole terrific oeuvre)...

The story I'm looking for involves sex. Fraser and Ray sex, specifically. They're hanging out at Maggie's place and Fraser puts The Moves on Ray. It was really hot and Fraser fantasizes about a lot of different positions with Ray and there is sex. Gnnnngh. I like sex! What was it called?
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Nos. I'm at that point where I'm only angry when I think about it. I appreciate the support. Now, all aboard for fun time!

1) Ooh, that took me a bit to figure out. Marisol! Pretty obscure. I like how you used your beta-power of grasping the heart of the story, and then completely avoided mentioning it in your description. The guy. The cute one. With the hair. *bonk*

2) That's a gimme, since I've only written the one Ray/Ray. <ahref="http://keerawa.livejournal.com/44481.html">Safe House</a>!

3) In another life, huh? The stale pack of cigarettes, oddly enough, is a detail that springs to my mind, too. I still think this is my favorite of all my work, Con Job!

4) Oh, hey, your present, Slow and Easy. *sighs hapily*

Way to cheer me up, Nos!
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
*g* This was a lot of fun! I don't think Marisol is that obscure - you podficced it, after all, and it was GREAT. Soooo deeply disturbing and angry. Oh Ray. (He's totally the cute one. With the hair!)

I vote for more Ray/Ray, actually. That story was chilling. And, yeah, I'm with you on "Con Job" - I love your stories so much, and that fic seems to really crystalize everything you do so well: struggles with identity and sexuality, noirish narration, a great RayK characterization, and that faint shadow that hovers over everything, even a happy ending. You said loooong ago that you were open to people writing sequels/prequels/otherwise adding to one of your stories, and I am so very, very tempted to write a drabble or something in the "Con Job" 'verse. It's inspirational, is what it is.

And "Slow and Easy"! I LOVE it! I reread it again last night, and man oh man, is it the best porn ever? I think so! I hope you'd consider doing a podfic of that one. It is love!
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
You said loooong ago that you were open to people writing sequels/prequels/otherwise adding to one of your stories, and I am so very, very tempted to write a drabble or something in the "Con Job" 'verse.

It's an open and on-going invitation, but I would specifically be THRILLED if you were to write anything based off of 'Con Job'.

I really should podfic "Slow and Easy". It's on my list.
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your problem at work, especially since you're a manager. If you're a peon, you can shake your fist at management, but as a manager, you'll inevitably get saddled with some of the dark looks & resentment aimed at TPTB, even though you're actually trying to the best of your ability to alleviate the situation....
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
I think people realize that I have no say in this, but it means that I feel I'm responsible for trying to find solutions. Thanks, springwoof!
Feb. 29th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Um, so I'm looking for a fic with these two guys - one of them is really sick and the other gets all freaked out. I remember they ate some stew and there was something about a romance novel. And some pirates. I remember there were pirates! And um, some sex. Does this sound familiar?

Mar. 1st, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Oh, hey, that's Inside the Tent! The stew sounded familiar, but your mention of pirates through me for a while. Ray as an artic "Pirate Bride"! *grins*
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
I would have done "Proper Care And Feeding" but brigantine beat me to it. So I had to settle for my second favorite story...

At least you managed to guess it...I managed to stump nos with one of hers...
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