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do-it-yourself guide to building an apocalyptic militia
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
So I had a moment of buh while looking at my posting stats in AO3.

Total Word Count: 3,192,064
Down to Agincourt series: 541,405 (and in progress)
Percent of Total: ~17%

Granted, there are several things I haven't posted there, but still.

I posted my first fanfic circa 1999, but roughly 17% of my total posted output was in the last nine months with three novels, and two of those are one and two on my longest novels list (A Thousand Lights in Space and It's the Stars that Lie, respectively). My five longest novels are those, Jus Ad Bellum (X-Men), Map of the World (book one of Agincourt), and War Games (Star Trek Reboot).

When I started this series--which was a freaking writing exercise, for fuck's sake--three years ago and it started growing, I made a joke about haha, this could reach 300,000 words. According to my last rough word count in my Agincourt workbook, because it needed one, the series will top 1.5 million words, and numbers immediately lose meaning for me just writing that.

...and I still can't tell you how this happened. My last clear memory was when I sat down and thought "I wonder what Cas and Lucifer's meeting after Dean's death in The End would be like". And in A Thousand Lights in Space (book three), I have the better part of a chapter devoted to the characters digging a giant hole for a new mess and observational relationship drama (and coffee).

Like, years ago, [personal profile] hradzka described John Ringo's later books as man gets women and builds things and how that was super attractive as genre. I got it then, but I really really get it now; it's very fighting to save the world plus home improvement (...militia camp improvement?) and negotiating important trade alliances while learning to cook (and farm) and build a do-it-yourself camp LAN. There is something unbelievably satisfying about how after killing demons everyone goes home and works on that new addition to the cabin and fixing potholes and learning leatherworking and scheduling patrols in Excel before checking the reports you are adding to a Oracle database that patrol turns in on jump drives. And you have just enough time to go pilfer rugs from somewhere because the ones in the living room are hideous before cleaning your personal arsenal that takes up an entire closet and talking about what all your knives are made out of (titanium versus ceramic versus hardened steel).

Last clear memory: writing a angsty confrontation between Cas and Lucifer over Dean's dead body.

Current part I edited recently (about two books ahead): a sincere discussion regarding the pros and cons of certain colors of weather-resistant paint for Chitaqua's cabins. It's getting kind of heated and everyone is way too armed.

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I love you so damn much and I hope you can someday find a way to publish the series.

You are awesome.

1.) OMG YOUR ICON BABY!SPOCK!
2.) I am wondering uneasily at this point that my googling has landed me on all the watch lists for people who potentially will either start cults or build survivalist militias (or both).

Also, thank you. *g*

I wouldn't worry about the survivalists and cultists. No biggie.

I'd worry about Homeland Security. ;)

We won't talk about my notes on safe doses of illegal drugs I got off google and how to care for people in arrest. And gun and knife research.

If you are honest to the feds about researching for fanfic they will probably think it's weird enough to believe you. ^_^

I'll show them my spreadsheets and outtakes.

Me: No, really, there's this scene where Dean's having a heart attack during a magical fever and I needed to know how much amphetamines Cas is shooting up in the bathroom right now and if it will kill him before Dean magically wakes up.
Them: ....
Me: ...okay, no, I cut that part in the bathroom, but I needed to know, okay? For science.

LOLLLLLLLL

To be real though, I love stories that inspire me to research. ^_^

So you're having basically the same problem I had with Every Man, only like three orders of magnitude bigger. :) (Oh, wouldn't it be cool to have 2014!Cas in "Croatoan"? :5,000 words later: I'm still not out of River Grove, this may be a problem.)

I venture to suggest that your love of information management may be leaking out onto Castiel. Not that that's a bad thing. I'm down with the fallen angel being in love with his spreadsheets.

*giggles* Your pain helps, trust me. A lot!

I venture to suggest that your love of information management may be leaking out onto Castiel. Not that that's a bad thing. I'm down with the fallen angel being in love with his spreadsheets.

It was him or Chuck who had to take over fine logistics, and by preference AND PLOT I HAD THAT EXCUSE RIGHT HERE it was Cas.


Home improvement with weapons handy. Sounds harmless...

With a word count like that, I can't blame Chitaquans for thinking Dean and Castiel are together-together. This is slow burn on a geological scale. But I adore it. They're both wonderfully complex and adorable. It's got me through some tough days, knowing it's on my Kindle.

Can I just say, Sam!girl that I am, how much I love that Sam is still a living presence in the story? Dean thinks of him with such warmth. In memory yet green, in joy still felt.



Thank you!

Can I just say, Sam!girl that I am, how much I love that Sam is still a living presence in the story? Dean thinks of him with such warmth. In memory yet green, in joy still felt.

My only real regret is the lack of Sam, as I Wincested and genned the Winchester brothers like whoa well before I met Castiel (though yeah, I'm a Dean girl). OTOH, Dean's silent asides to Sam are seriously fun to write, and I'm trying to add more and more of those to show that--unlike Book One--Dean's not in the place where he couldn't even think about Sam, much less talk about him (and basicaly make the same mistakes End!Dean made just in a differnet context).

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