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22 September 2018 @ 02:18 pm
Ever have one of those days where you just can't figure out what Past You was thinking? First, I missed the opening of claims at spn_reversebang because of an appointment, but was too disorganized to set up a proxy claimer. THEN, one of my top choices was still available when I got home, but I apparently forgot to sign up for the challenge? How does that even happen? *facepalm* Past Me, we need to have words. I guess I'll have to see if there's anything left for claiming tomorrow when it opens to people who didn't sign up. Cross your fingers for me!

Also hi! Not dead, just disorganized. I hope everyone's doing well!

UPDATE: Just got that fabulous piece in the second round of claims! Lucky! :)
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17 July 2018 @ 08:57 am
Fic title: The Scars of Time
Author name: cleflink
Artist name: ameraleigh
Genre: RPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: PG
Word count: 35250
Warnings: a little bit of violence, mentions of past homophobia and child neglect, abandonment issues
Summary: Jensen works as a Chrono Tech, which is just a fancy title for being a time-traveling mechanic who fixes holes in the fabric of history. It's not exactly glamorous, but Jensen has learned to be content with his lot in life. Then he meets Jared and, suddenly, there's so much more to his life than just being content.

But Jensen's first loyalty must always be to the integrity of the time stream. And when Jared's very existence threatens to turn all of history inside out, Jensen is faced with the only decision he never wanted to make.

On LJ (coming soon)
On AO3


Author's Notes and Acknowledgements: Oof, this one was a challenge. Between work, an unexpected trip to the hospital last week and me being, well, me, I'm vaguely surprised this one got finished at all. I'm sad that I didn't get to write about more of their time travel adventures, but I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out.

So many thanks to ameraleigh for picking my story and creating some truly beautiful pieces to go with it. Thanks also for your patience with me, hon! Go visit her ART POST and give her all the love!

Thanks to Laura for the speedy beta. Any remaining mistakes are mine. Kudos and fistbumps to the crew on the Discord server who helped me sprint to finish the first draft in time for the deadline.

And thanks always to wendy for being a rockstar.

Finally, thank you to everyone who reads this story. I hope you enjoy it!
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13 May 2018 @ 09:37 am
Claims for spn_j2_bigbang go live in less than half an hour (anyone find mine?), so I figured I'd take the opportunity to post this now, before I forget again, and give people something to distract them from the tension for a few minutes. There's a lot of world building in this one, considering the word count, so I hope it's still as fun to read as it was to write.

Title: Dreams in Darkest Night
Fandom: CWRPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: G
Word count: 2500
A/N: Written for the 2018 round of spnspringfling for jdl71's prompt "Why are you watching me while I sleep?". This is almost certainly not the story se was expecting. :P Also available on AO3!

Summary: Some secrets can break even the strongest relationships. Jensen's could do so much worse than that. AU

Dream walkers were considered more myth than reality in this day and age.Collapse )

*waves pompoms* Good luck to everyone participating in the BB claims today!
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07 February 2018 @ 09:34 pm
...I am so beyond sick of the snow, guys, you have no idea.

Hi everyone! This is me pretending that I'm actually okay at being social and stuff. *wry* It's week one of semester two, and the goddamn snow got the buses cancelled today for the second time since January. The school was still open, sadly, which means that I had to schlep my ass to school where I sat in my workroom and did prep work for 90% of the day because none of the students showed up. Well worth the hellish drive. orz But at least I am a little more organized?

I have not yet had a chance to take a proper look at the prompts on j2_jukebox, but I am hoping to rectify that this weekend. I am also chugging away VERY slowly at my story for spn_j2_bigbang, because God knows that deadline will be here before we know it.

In relation to my BB story, I also have a question for my American peeps! Say I had a character (let's call him Jarrett) who's attending college in the early 2000s. Would Miami be an acceptable place for him and his friends to go for Spring Break? Wikipedia tells me that Daytona Beach is a more common destination, but plot reasons mean that it would be really awesome if I could send him to Miami instead. Thoughts?
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15 January 2018 @ 12:37 am
Title: Threads
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: PG
Word count: 2930
A/N: Written as a really last minute pinch hit for the 2017 round of spn_j2_xmas for lady_simoriah. Happy late Christmas! This story was written in something of a hurry, for which I apologize. Note to future me: don't attempt to write a high fantasy story in a week; it doesn't really work. orz I'm hoping to have some time this week to round it out a little bit more, but feel free anyone to ask for more details if things don't make sense. AO3 link to come.

Summary: Amildir has many questions about the two new wyvers traveling with the caravan.

They always stood too close together.Collapse )
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13 January 2018 @ 12:39 pm
School's back in, and I'm immediately back to being sleep-deprived and behind on my marking. My life, ladies and gentlemen. *shakes head* Soooo, instead of being productive, I'm going to do this meme! Life choices! :D

Reply to this post with 'memesheep!' (why not?), and I will pick three of your icons for you to talk about in your own journal; please then keep the meme going by making this offer on your post.

Here are the userpicsbeelikej wanted to know more about:

[ns] ivory tower - never keep both feet on the ground
This is a picture of the Ivory Tower from The Neverending Story, which is still one of my favourite movies of all time. The subquote is inspired by the part in the film where Bastian's dad tells him that he needs to start 'keeping both feet on the ground' and live in the real world instead of dreaming and imagining all the time. I never want to be so 'grown up' that I forget how to dream, which I think is a large part of the reason why I adore this film, even though I'm technically too old for children's movies. In terms of design, it's a screenshot from the film with some minor Photoshop colour adjustment and a border that I added on.

[text] bullshit - made by mithborien
*laughs* God, I love this icon. As the subquote indicates, it was made for me by mithborien as part of the art she created for my 2012 spn_j2_bigbang story, Superheroes Suck, or, The Unfortunately Extraordinary Life of Jensen Ackles. I'm still really proud of this story, both because I got to mess with people's expectations in a way that (most) people didn't seem to see coming, and because snarky Jensen is my favourite. This icon gets more use than the other two quote ones she made me, if only because this line doesn't make it seem like I'm directly insulting the person I'm responding to.

[ck] browns
Oh, Christian Kane. Unsurprisingly, I knew him first as a regularly reoccurring character in the J2 fic I was reading, and only afterwards as an actor and musician in his own right. I am now a big fan of him in all capacities, and when I came across this picture (in a computer background, if I'm remembering correctly), it was just so pretty that I had to make it an icon. There's not much call in my infrequent posting for a Chris Kane icon, but I'm keeping it anyway. I don't think I did anything to it except crop the original image, because I am LAZY.

Also, because I am shameless, I may as well throw it out there that I put one of my older stories up for artist grabs at quicky_bang. Y'know. In case anyone's interested.

Watch this space for something more interesting tomorrow!
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07 January 2018 @ 09:10 pm
Happy 2018 everyone!

Today is the last day of my Christmas vacation (boo!), so I wanted to take a moment to touch base before exams and semester two begin.

Cut on account of the fact that I talk too muchCollapse )
And that's about it from me! How is everyone else doing?
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30 November 2017 @ 09:53 pm
Title: Desperately Seeking Someone
Author: cleflink
Artist: dancing_adrift
Fandom: CWRPS
Pairings: Jensen Ackles/Jared Padalecki, brief Jensen/Others
Rating: PG
Word Count: 9000
A/N: Written for the 2017 round of spn_reversebang.
RBB is one of my favourite challenges, because we have so many talented artists in this fandom, and I love the chance to get to work with new people and stretch my writing muscles to write to a visual prompt. This is the first time since I started participating that there was One Prompt that I wanted above all others, so I was beyond lucky to claim dancing_adrift's incredibly inspiring art. She has been a great partner to work with - even when I wasn't such a good partner to her - and her enthusiasm for this collab was infectious. I can only hope that I've done her fantastic art justice, and I hope that you all go visit her Art Post to give her some well-deserved kudos! It was great working with you, hon!
Thanks also to our lovely mods, for all the hard work they do keeping this challenge running smoothly.

Summary: After the dramatic implosion of yet another relationship, Jensen is ready to swear off love forever. Instead, he ends up trying to find a new boyfriend with what is perhaps the most unorthodox method known to man. He’ll never live it down if it actually works.

As it turns out, Fate has a funny way of showing him that what he thought he'd been missing all along… isn't quite what he expected.

Art Post

Is this a want ad for a boyfriend?Collapse )
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04 November 2017 @ 11:19 pm
Title: An Eloquent Silence
Fandom: CWRPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: G
Word count: 1830
A/N: Look what I found! This was written for gluedwithgold in the 2017 round of spnspringfling. Organized I am not. orz
Also available on AO3

Summary: This was not what Jared had expected of a witch doctor.

I've been hit with a silence curse. I've been told you might be able to break it.Collapse )
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29 October 2017 @ 09:26 am
Guess who completely forgot to sign up for spn_j2_xmas? *facepalm* First time since I joined this fandom that I haven't played. D: But! I have signed up as a pinch hitter, so we'll see what happens.

Fun fact! My story "Learn to Glow for Other's Good" was written as a pinch hit for spn_j2_xmas and is still one of my most popular stories. Guess things have only gone downhill in the past seven years!

How are all of y'all? Any exciting Halloween plans?
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01 October 2017 @ 11:41 am
Dear Yuletide Santa,

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24 September 2017 @ 01:11 pm
Hi! It's September and I'm really not sure how that happened. I'm also not sure how I haven't posted an update since bloody January. Can I blame my chronic slacker tendencies my job?

I am actually in a really good place right now, emotionally speaking. My job is very busy, but I feel more confident in my position and the courses I'm teaching than I did last year. I'm also helping out with some clubs that I'm actually interested in, which makes it more fun than work. I'm hoping to do more writing as a result of this emotional upswing, but it will depend on how organized I am.

Top things on the list:Collapse )

What's gone on with me in the past, geez, 9 months, you ask? Here's a list!

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...and that's all I can think of right now. I know it's been especially quiet here since the mass exodus to Dreamwidth (where I have a mirror account, for those who would rather see me there), but what's everyone been up to?
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15 July 2017 @ 02:19 am

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14 July 2017 @ 05:57 pm
Title: Muse FM
Author name: cleflink
Artist name: dollarformyname
Fandom: CWRPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: PG
Word count: 31920
Warnings: Fantasy violence

Summary: Jared's job is boring, boring, boring. As a night security guard, he protects empty buildings by sitting on his ass and watching the security cameras while listening to a lot of talk radio. Not exactly the life he dreamed of for himself but hey, it's a living.

When he gets chosen for a new job babysitting the front desk at Muse FM radio station, Jared's mostly expecting more of the same. He's not expecting Jensen, the mysterious, hoodie-wearing host of Muse FM's overnight show, to catch his interest quite so thoroughly, or to be quite so difficult to figure out. He's not expecting so many unanswered questions about what, exactly, he's supposed to be protecting Jensen from. He's also not expecting to care so much about either of those things.

Oh, and he's definitely not expecting the monsters.

On LJ | On AO3
Master Art Post

Acknowledgements: Massive thanks to dollarformyname for picking my summary and for making some gorgeous art despite so many other things getting in her way. She's so wonderfully talented and I am beyond lucky to get to work with such amazing artists year after year for this challenge. Your enthusiasm and determination have been truly amazing to experience, hon; I'm delighted that we finally got to work together after all this time! Everyone make sure to check out her Art Post and take a look at all the lovely things!

Hugs and thanks to dugindeep for being my sounding board, whip cracker and sprint partner. I missed you in the end process, my dear, *shakes fist at life* but it wouldn't have happened at all without your help, so thank you! Thanks also to Laura for the quick and dirty beta. Any remaining mistakes are mine.

Thanks as always to wendy for keeping this ship afloat year after year! This is my seventh year participating, and it's a (stressful) delight every year. You rock, Wendy!

And finally, thanks to all of you for reading! This one kind of took on a life of its own, so I hope you enjoy.
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Title: Of Beds and Beehives
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Word count: 1275
Rating: NC-17
A/N: Written for the prompt 'misunderstandings' in round 7 of come_at_once. Because we can all use more retirement fic in our lives. Also available on AO3.

Summary: In which John is far too old for all of this excitement, but it was certainly better than the alternative.

John woke up to an empty bed and promptly panicked.Collapse )