February 21st, 2007

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

WIP Amnesty Wednesday

I woke up this morning feeling more energetic than I have in a week (though far from better), so I've decided to post the 3 chapters of my languishing WIP today. Things to remember:

1. I am 95% sure this is all you're going to get. These 3 chapters have been sitting on my hard drive for over a year. Every so often, I open them, re-read, giggle like a madwoman, and then close them again. I sincerely doubt this will ever be finished.

2. It's a gimmick fic. GIMMICK fic. I know this. It's half the reason I started writing it, lol.

3. I am totally ripping myself off with this. How? It's another Scoobies out of water fic. Think Rhapsody in Oil. I have done this exact same thing before in another milieu, so points on the originality meter are in the negatives.

That being said, just thinking about this fic makes me smile. Which is why I thought of it when I saw so many people talking about WIP Amnesty weekend last weekend. I have posted a brief section of the first chapter when posting WIP snippets before, so that might seem familiar to some of you, but otherwise, nobody else has seen this except for sadbhyl when I first wrote it a year and a half ago. A few might have heard about it, because I was tormenting people with images of it at Phauxcon that year, but otherwise...nada.

TITLE: Hazy Shade of Innocence
AUTHOR: Eurydice
RATING: R for now (it would have eventually gone NC17)
PAIRING: Spike/Buffy
GENRE: Um...hard to say. We'll say romantic light with a side of fluff. It's ensemble fun, light on the angst.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine, which is a shame because usually we're nicer to them than Joss was. The chapter title is courtesy of Wang Chung.
PREVIOUSLY ON BUFFY: Season 6. That’s right. I said, Season 6. Starting right after “Life Serial.” Everything is canon up to that point---Buffy died to save the world, Buffy got brought back from Heaven, nobody but Spike knows where she was, and she’s doing her best not to let it get to her. I’m going AU from here, though, for a more fun way of Buffy realizing that life isn’t so bad. And maybe a healthier approach to her relationship with Spike.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably ripping myself off with this fic. I don’t care, lol. I want a fun Spuffy/ensemble fic, and I’ve been wanting to write something like this for awhile, so if you think it resembles one of my other fics as you’re reading, well, I knew that already… :)

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WIP, ch. 2

And now for chapter 2...

TITLE: Hazy Shade of Innocence
AUTHOR: Eurydice
RATING: R for now (it would have eventually gone NC17)
PAIRING: Spike/Buffy
GENRE: Um...hard to say. We'll say romantic light with a side of fluff. It's ensemble fun, light on the angst.
DISCLAIMER: The characters are Joss’ which is a shame because I think we’re nicer to them than he was. The chapter title is courtesy of The Bangles.
PREVIOUSLY ON BUFFY: Everyone but Tara and Dawn went to the construction of the new high school to stop a big bad they heard was on the loose. There, they split up – Buffy and Willow to use the power of the covered Hellmouth to track the magic, Giles and Spike to look for anything suspicious, and Xander and Anya in the gymnasium keeping an eye on the high school class reunion that is happening…

The first part is here.

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WIP, ch. 3

And here's the final part...

TITLE: Hazy Shade of Innocence
AUTHOR: Eurydice
RATING: R for now (it would have eventually gone NC17)
PAIRING: Spike/Buffy
GENRE: Um...hard to say. We'll say romantic light with a side of fluff. It's ensemble fun, light on the angst.
DISCLAIMER: The characters are Joss’ which is a shame because I think we’re nicer to them than he was. The chapter title is courtesy of Katrina and the Waves.
PREVIOUSLY ON BUFFY: The gang has discovered themselves in their seventeen-year-old bodies, including Spike in William’s and Giles as Ripper. Now, they’re trying to meet up…

The first two parts are here and here

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And there you have it. The only completed chapters of my most indulgent fic. I have half of chapter 4 done, and an outline complete with 80's song titles for chapter names, sitting on my hard drive, but somehow, I've always managed to talk myself out of finishing this. I think it's because I feel guilty about writing it. I mean, it's completely about me a) having fun putting the Scoobies in the 80's, and b) wanting to write a high school fic that wasn't a high school fic. I graduated in '87, and reliving all this, and having images come into my head was tremendous fun. But I've done this kind of story before. Look at Rhapsody. Or Beg the Liquid Red. All that's different is the message I wanted to convey (for Buffy to learn that no matter what happens, life goes on and you can never go back to the way things were). But I still read these chapter and smile, and I play through the scenes I know coming up and I laugh, and so it's probably worth it in the end to share at least these snippets. At least, I hope so. :)
eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

Another sale!

So, that slash BDSM vampire novel I mentioned pepperlandgirl4 and I finished last Friday? It has a home!

"Master of Obsidian" has been contracted by Amber Quill Press. Which means it's going to be available as both an e-book and in print. And it means we'll likely be able to do the whole series like this. Because, yeah, Pepper and I are completely sucked into this 'verse. So much so that we even started the next book (called "Chiaroscuro") last night. And are working on it even as I write up this post, lol.

No idea on what the turnaround on this is going to be. Pepper seems to think it's going to be reasonably quick because paranormal BDSM, especially slash, is quite hot right now. I'll keep you updated. :)