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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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: 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?