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Fic Index

Here's the fic index so far, all in reverse chronological order of when they were written (updated as of May 1, 2011, to include all SPN, Castle, and NUMB3RS).  All adult-rated fics, including J2 and Wincest, are at my comm, zuben_fic .


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Person of Interest

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FIC: Knit Two, Purl One (1/1) (PG)

Title: Knit Two, Purl One
Rating: PG
Word count: 1,943
Warnings: none
Summary: What started as a way for Sam to keep himself out of trouble turns out to be the key to solving a case. Now, he just needs to keep Dean from finding out what it is he can do...

A/N: Written for spn_summergen for theymp and never claimed! Hope you enjoy.

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2017 Film and TV recap meme

I see a few other people trying to start over again on LJ, so...here goes! Thanks to harrigan and cassiopeia7 for the idea.

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Catch you later

Like many other people, I'm no longer comfortable with LJ's new terms of service, and I've decamped to Dreamwidth. Everything from this journal, fic included, is over there now, and I'm working on backing up my fic journal there as well. Feel free to find me there under the same usernames. I'll crosspost from there when I do post (which hasn't been much lately, anyway), but I'll be hanging out there from now on. Hope to see you!

FIC: The Tear in the Sky (1/1) (SPN gen)

Title: The Tear in the Sky
Author: zubeneschamali
Artist: illiminal
Rating: PG
Word count: 4703
Summary: How Season Nine should have started. Sam's recovering from the damage the Trials have wreaked on his body when he notices that something's not quite right—not with him, but with Dean.

A/N: spn_reversebang does it to me again: shows me an intriguing piece of art that makes me want to know what's going on so badly that I have to sit down and write it. I wish RL hadn't made writing such a struggle this year, so I owe illiminal a lot for putting up with me. I hope I did your art justice. Thanks also to morganoconner for being my proxy during claims and beta reading at the last minute.

Small versions of the art are embedded in the fic, including the title, but please look at the full versions here and tell illiminal how awesome it is. I'm so pleased to have been able to work on this!

The full version with art can be found on AO3 here.

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Misha Collins, AB'97, "C-List Celebrity"

Or so reads the cover of the latest issue of my alumni magazine. For those who want to read about Misha (who was in my graduating class at Chicago, even though I didn't know him) and his take on fandom:

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Winner takes all

If you follow me here or on Twitter, you know how much of a Cubs fan I am. I've talked before about how important the Cubs were to my childhood, or at least their failures. >.< But that's something you have to understand about why them winning the World Series (THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!) is such a big deal. It's not just that they hadn't won a championship since 1908, the longest any U.S. sports team has gone without by a good forty years. It's not just that my grandfather went his entire life without seeing them win, and my dad has gone 75 years without seeing them win (like the tons of other people being spontaneously honored on the bricks outside Wrigley Field), and that watching and listening to the Cubs with them was such an important part of my childhood. It's not just that there are sweet stories like David Ross, the oldest player ever to be in the World Series, hitting a home run last night, or the rookie Carl Edwards, Jr., starting to pitch in the crucial bottom of the tenth inning, or that the emininetly shippable Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo (known as Bryzzo because they're best buds and bat one after the other) collaborated for the last out.

It's that after decades, even a century, of Cub fans going for years without even a shot at the playoffs and then having their hearts broken by ALMOST getting there but not quite, we've learned to protect ourselves. Like late-series SPN fans, we don't get our hopes up that we're going to get what we want. We have low expectations and are happy when we beat them. We see things start to go downhill, just start to decline, and we loudly proclaim, "Told you so! That's why we can't have nice things!" and give up hope. If we actually fall behind, we just want it to be over quickly so we don't have to watch.

And yet.

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41 questions for 41 years

I'm at the age where I'm excited to see someone my age in the Olympics. Super excited when they win a medal, and there have been a few!

So in honor of the number 41, here are my answers to the questions that have been floating around LJ.

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Consider yourself tagged!


Thoughts on fandom and feedback

This is kind of ironic given the comment I left in the post, but you should all go check out dugindeep's discussion of feedback and fandom and what's happening to both: http://dugindeep.livejournal.com/438044.html. I know LJ isn't completely dead; I still have multiple posts on personal and fic topics per day on my screen. So what can we do to make it more lively and ensure artists and authors keep producing?

Zuben who?

Hey......so....it's been a while. Thought I'd try and get myself going again with the following questions snagged from fireheart13 and paperbackwriter:

1. Do you like blue cheese? NO. Gross.

2. Have you ever smoked? No.

3. Do you own a gun? No.

4. What is your favourite flavour? Butterscotch and/or caramel.

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Help me with a quilt? Again?

Wow, it's been a long time. Short version: I had a very busy semester, I'm writing a book that's due at the end of the summer, and my state is at the front of the pack in the race to destroy public higher education in the U.S. I'm back at running (one more half marathon under my belt), and I just got back from a wonderful two weeks in Colorado. I'm really struggling with fic writer's block right now, but that's a story for another time. I've shown up for the first time in months to ask for your help with another quilt!

Last year I made this one based on the patterns people were able to get for me from across the country. The Row by Row experience is back, this time with over 3000 quilt shops across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Each store came up with their own 9"x36" pattern based on the theme of "Home Sweet Home." The patterns are free -- but you have to go to the store to get them. Most shops also have kits, but I'm just looking for patterns. Can you help me out? Before September 5th?

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If you live in any of these places, or will be traveling through, or know someone who does, I'd love to hear from you! As always, I totally understand if you can't get to a store or aren't willing. No worries. But if you can help, I'll send you a little something quilty as a thank you. :)

ART: Here Be Dragons (1/1, SPN Gen)

Here it is...my first ever art! I entered spn_reversebang this year as an artist because a) I knew I'd be too busy to write for it this year, and b) I had an idea for a piece of art for the first time ever, and c) my newly-gained experience with quilting from the Row by Row challenge made me think I could come up with my own landscape. It sort of went as planned!

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30 years ago today

I was in fifth grade. It was the end of the school day, and the principal made the announcement over the intercom while I was sitting in Miss Beezley's classroom. The Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded, and all of the astronauts were lost.

I remember riding the bus home thinking it had to be a mistake, or an awful joke of some kind. Things like that didn't happen. There was a teacher on board, for goodness' sake, not just astronauts. Why would the principal say something like that when it couldn't possibly be true?

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Title: Sakonnet Point
Author: zubeneschamali
Rating: PG
Word count: 5275
Warnings: none
Summary: Outsider POV, crossover with X-Files. Something is killing young men on the New England coast. Sam and Dean have to contend not just with the monster, but with two FBI agents, even if those agents might be more willing than most to hear them out. Written for spn_summergen.

Author's Notes: Since my first fandom and first fic-writing were for the X-Files, I was thrilled to see annie46's request for a crossover for last year's spn_summergen. I obviously had to bend canon to get these two in the same place and time as Sam and Dean, so consider this somewhere around S2 for SPN and S5 for XF. Thanks to fiercelynormal for the beta read.

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Title: The Life I Left Behind Me is a Cold Room
Author: zubeneschamali
Rating: PG
Pairing: pre-Rey/Finn/Poe
Word count: 988
Spoilers: Um, yeah. Set some indeterminate time after SW:TFA, spoilers galore.
Summary: It's not like Rey isn't used to the cold, but she really wishes the sun would shine on this planet once in a while.

A/N: When you don't intend to start writing in a new fandom, but you get a new trope_bingo card that includes "huddle for warmth," and you realize that Rey would probably be cold on any planet that's not a desert, and...yeah. Thanks to morganoconner for the beta reading and squeeing. ;) Title from Sarah McLachlan.

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The quilt, at last

This summer I asked for help in collecting quilt patterns from shops around the country, and y'all got together and sent me about a dozen quilts' worth. Y'all are awesome. I wasn't able to use everything, but I did finish a quilt using ten of the patterns, and I could not have done it without you. I'm going to hang it on my wall and think of my fandom friends every time I see it. :)

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As the semester closes...

I gave my final exam today, and despite it being held at 8 AM when class normally meets at 10, I think everyone showed up. Eventually. Now I get to grade 6 short answer questions 107 times ha ha ha FML and its dedication to good pedagogical assessment.

Nevertheless, I'm in a good mood because Mr. Z is coming home tomorrow. :D

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No joy in Mudville

I was nine years old when the Cubs won the World Series.

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Update on the quilt pattern thing

Hi! Thanks so much to everyone who has offered to visit their local quilt shop (or send a friend to do so) and get a Row by Row pattern for me. I really appreciate it, and a little something is forthcoming to show that appreciation. :)

I looked through the Facebook pages associated with the hundreds of stores participating in this event, and I found a few that I really must have. Some of them for tentacle reasons, some because they're just gorgeous, some because I want them on the wall of my office. I'm sure I won't actually get them all, but if anyone lives in or near these places or will be passing through before September 8, would you be willing to pick up a free pattern for me?

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Bonus: If I get one of the tentacle patterns (marked with ~~), I'll make it as a donation for the Wincon auction. (If not in time for this year, then next year.)

Help me with a quilt?

I've been on vacation in the Pacific Northwest/Vancouver (JUST missing the filming of both SPN and XF, which makes me bitterly unhappy), and in my travels to various quilt shops in the region, which is an important part of any vacation, I discovered this thing called the Row by Row Experience. There are over a thousand quilt shops across the country who are participating, each designing a free pattern for a row of a quilt around the theme of water. These are some of the designs:

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The kicker is, you can only get the pattern from the physical shop, not online. And there are some really cool patterns from all over the country, and given my love of geography and of quilting, this seems like a natural challenge for me to take up. So if you live in the US or Canada, would you be able to help?

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Sidelined again

Well, the good news is, I correctly self-diagnosed why my foot's been hurting when I run. Thanks, Internet!

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Welcome to Night Vale

This is not either of the two posts that I've been meaning to make for a while, but it is some ramblings about the latest Welcome to Night Vale (the May 1 episode), so feel free to ignore if you aren't a fan.

If you are a fan and have fallen behind, you need to catch up.

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Alive and kickin'

Hi, LJ! This is the first of at least three posts that I've been meaning to make for a couple of months now. I traveled to Kentucky in February, and I have some interesting pics from that. Then I went to New York in March, where I got to hang out with bewaretheides15 and tebtosca, both of whom are as awesome in person as online (not that you had any doubts, right?). Next week, it's up to Chicago for my annual super-sized academic conference (6,700 papers are being presented in 5 days), and then the semester will be almost over, whee!

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10.14 reactions

Just the fact that I'm writing an episode reaction for the first time all year should tell you something, right?

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12 Days of Christmas VIII (seriously?)

I said I was going to finish this, even if it takes to the end of January. Grr.

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12 Days of Christmas VII

Still going...also, I'm writing like mad to get my Get Your Words Out goal accomplished this year. I've already signed up for a more ambitious goal next year. *headdesk* But that means there'll be lots of new fic over at zuben_fic soon!

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12 Days of Christmas VI

Happy weekend-after-Christmas! Hope Santa was good to you and that everyone liked the gifts you got them.

Seven foods that I dislike. Well, last week I disliked pretty much all foods, because I had a sudden, excruiciating toothache that drove me to the dentist, where they took one look at the x-ray and said, yep, that's a decaying nerve under that tooth, come back on Monday for a root canal. So the weekend before Christmas was spent eating the softest foods I could find, taking as many ibuprofen as I was allowed, and waiting in eager anticipation (seriously) for the root canal. Now that it's over and my jaw has stopped aching from being propped open for the procedure, life is much better. I'm so grateful that it happened after the semester was over (though I did have to grade one class's term papers with a raging toothache, but they almost all got As for their final grades anyway, so wev) and before Christmas so that I could enjoy the day with Mr. Z and the 'rents.

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12 Days of Christmas V

I'm going to finish this even if it takes me till Twelfth Night, damn it. Till then, for those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas!

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