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Because I didn't have anything scheduled for early hours in lab today, I slept in until the decadent hour of 6:30, and when I dragged myself out of bed, it was only to put on athletic clothes and plug in the elliptical.

Generation Kill DVD1 was still in, so I turned it on for something to watch. As you do. (I listen to my iPod for pace-setting, but it's nice to have some pretty eye-candy as I sweat).

So, this morning's deep thought. Or, you know, not deep at all, just enough to keep my brain occupied...

Someone should tell me the story of Brad secretly writing notes to Walt before they deployed, and giving them to his sister, who sprayed them with a little bit of Brad's cologne before mailing them. Then, while Ray's giving his "war is the motherfucking answer" monologue, Walt is sniffing Brad's cologne and thinking about the last night they spent together before orders came through. And Brad's just stretched out, a few feet away, his laptop open. To anyone else, it looks like he's intently studying schematics, but Walt can see the way he's peeking under his eyelashes, watching Walt for any reaction to his letter.

Yes? Someone should tell me more about this.
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I wrote fic! This was for [personal profile] riverlight, originally posted at the YAGKYAS comm.

In lieu of goldfish
Brad/Nate, Ray/Walt
2835 words
PG for language
beta by [personal profile] mimiheart, audienced by [personal profile] why_me_why_not and [personal profile] jmc_bks; remaining mistakes are mine alone

Brad is the White House Press Secretary. Nate Fick's the new guy covering the White House for Mother Jones. (A West Wing AU of the pre-slash variety.)
asimplechord: (brad & walt)
♣ I posted fic! This was written for [ profile] schlicky in the [ profile] we_pimpin Fall Festival Exchange.

the next Spielberg (AO3) or here, at the comm
Ray/OFC, Brad/Walt
teen to mature || ~3100 words
It's lack of porn that fucks countries up. Lack of porn is the root fucking cause of all global instability. (Or: Ray’s ultimate career choice is down to Brad and Walt.)

[[ profile] schlicky, I plotted an entire alternate reality Casablanca crossover, where the civil war never ended b/c the Confederacy never invaded the Union - Ray was the equivalent of Sam, Brad was Rick, and Nate was Ilsa - but I fail at follow-through, and that's why you got something specific for the picture without much plot. Sorry, bb.]

♣ Killer Elite. IDK, I was expecting one thing, given the content of the trailers I'd seen, and what the movie delivered was... not quite that? Not bad. Clive Owen and Jason Statham got to be bad-asses, with lots of fighting, anyway.

♣ Finished reading the book about the Rehnquist/Roberts Court. I should probably move on to Oryx and Crake, since a bunch of friends are doing a bookclub and that's the next book, but I have Rafa and CJ Chivers' The Gun and Ilona Andrews' On the Edge, so I'm having a hard time settling on a single book.

♣ New seasons of Criminal Minds and Castle both started this week. I thought both were fairly predictable, but at least with Criminal Minds premiere, that story arc is finished. I’ve never been particularly fond of JJ as a character, but the way that CBS got rid of her and Prentiss was cheap, and now that they’re back hopefully the show will go back to episodic individual cases, which I much prefer.

Houston BestFest is happening in midtown this weekend! Local bands plus national ones. (Against Me! :D :D :D CAKE :D :D :D) 10-10 today, 10-8 tomorrow. Rail service is cancelled b/c of construction in the med center (again), but if parking is full near the park, there’s still a bus that will get you there.
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+ The grant is submitted, so at this point there is absolutely nothing that can be added to my work to-do list. This is a good thing.

+ We brewed (I say that, but really A brewed today, a wheat IPA, while I cleaned), and smoked a brisket (beef: not my thing, but it's his, so whatever), and instead of being social, we're going to hang out at our house tonight. Friends are having a party, but one of the people involved pissed me off: last week he told me that my ink "looks nice in comparison to most prison tatts". Uh. Yeah. My response: you are drunk, so I'm going to point you toward your wife (who was also annoyed, b/c he was the designated driver for the evening) instead of shoving my beer and my fist in your face. I just. Yeah. Lots of people comment on my ink, people I know and strangers alike, and mostly it doesn't bother me; I'm patient about explaining what it means if they ask. But for an acquaintance to deliver what he probably meant as a joke in his drunk mind but came off as insult? When he's been semi-insulting to me about them in the past? No. I'm done. He can fuck right off.

+ Mmm, banana bread with pecans.

+ Tropic of Chaos by Christian Parenti. Interesting topic, but a book published by someone who writes for The Nation? I expect to be copy-edited well enough that the South American nation's name is appropriately spelled. Colombia, not Columbia.

+ NCAA lacrosse finals on my TV. MD/VA. Totally making me want to write more about Brad/Nate in the college AU. Y/Y/MFY?

+ Rafa/Nole tomorrow. Breakfast at Wimbledon? We might even have some strawberries to mix with cream.

+ Fireworks Monday at Tinsley Park. We'll probably hang out at the Flying Saucer beforehand, if anyone wants to meet for beers and then walk over by the Allen Parkway.
asimplechord: (pianoback)
I have a ton of random snippets of fic that will never be rounded out into actual stories. In an effort to clear my hard-drive (and because my OCD and antisocial tendencies needed indulgence after a week in a loud, disorganized, people-occupied place) I spent the last hour deciding what to toss and what I might reasonably work on. That stuff is staying.

These are the snippets of stuff that I finally admit will never be written in their entirety.

Bandom, Brendon/Spencer, Pure Country AU. Outlined, but only one scene actually written. )

Brendon/Regan/Shane. Yeah, this is NEVER getting finished. Ever. )

Brendon/Spencer, bandom firefighter/EMT AU )

GK, Brad/OFC with Brad/Nate UST )
asimplechord: (inevitable)
running in circles

Brad/Nate, 1000 words

for [ profile] lickingbeads' prompt at [ profile] lunatics_word's DADT repeal porn fest, but sadly without much porn

Nobody said it was easy
Oh it's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard

--Coldplay, The Scientist

tell me your secrets and ask me your questions )
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+ My [ profile] yagkyas fic is finished! It's been beta'd. I'm letting it sit for a day before I look at it again, make any additional changes, and then submit it. \o/

+ All holiday shopping (minus one pair of liners for crocs) is complete. Multiple loaves of pumpkin-pecan bread are cooling, and banana-walnut batter is waiting to be poured into the baking tins when they become available. \o/

+ I still haven't addressed any holiday cards yet. /o\

+ I'm most of the way through S1 of The West Wing. I might be the only person in the world who didn't watch it when it was being broadcast. Between 1996 and early 2004, I watched college football, hockey, and the occasional episode of ER, and that's pretty much it; I read a fuck-ton of books and scientific papers, though. Anyway. I am in love with CJ. Seriously, my competence kink, she hits it EVERY EPISODE. And 1.7, the state dinner episode where she's in the gorgeous grey silk gown, barefoot in her office? I needed a moment. (Aaron thinks this is hilarious; for some reason he - who watched TWW with Rachel - thought Sam would be my favorite. Um. No.) I have to ask: is Danny Concannon based on the actual WaPo WHPC rep, or a nod to Danny Schechter, News Dissector?

Anyway. I won't ramble, because I'm sure that the awesome of TWW is already known to most of you.

+ I have eight different tabs of poetry open. I would love for someone to write GK fic based on Frost's Not To Keep.

+ Since the exchange fic is done, I am allowing myself to think more about the college AU, or maybe a vampire-politics AU. Here, have a fic-bit of the former. How Nate meets Brad in the college AU )
asimplechord: (Walt)
The Corner of 6th and How To Forget
Walt/Brad || 2637 words || adult
Complete fiction, meant to imply absolutely nothing about any real people whose names or faces served as inspiration.
Nothing but irredeemable porn here. Part of a college AU that is largely unwritten as yet, but should stand alone since there's no real plot to speak of. This ficlet started life as a drabble for [ profile] pjvilar and [ profile] schlicky, and grew from there. Inspired by this photo and this NSFW one. Entirely unbeta'd, so hit me up with errors as you see them. Title and cut text from Old 97's Designs on you.

it'll probably never happen again )

This entry was originally posted at
asimplechord: (half-faded)
Faces of Luck
adult ll 2040 words ll girl!Brad/Nate
Fiction, obviously. Based on portrayals in the series, and implying nothing about any real people.

The story behind #12 of 10 Some Things About Bradley Ann Colbert. This was supposed to be an exercise in writing straight-up porn, since I've been having ~issues with that lately. That is not quite what happened. So we get porny schmoop. And I need to shift it out of the "in progress" folder to the "posted fic & ficlets" one, so you get it as is, entirely unbeta'd. No one to blame but me and my brain for this one. Title and cut text are from Audioslave's Be Yourself.

don't lose any sleep tonight / I'm sure everything will end up alright )

This entry was originally posted at
asimplechord: (the prom pose is all about hand placemen)
I was thinking about genderswap in GenKill fandom last night. It's really hard for me to see Nate as a girl, I think because in his writing, in OBA, he's pretty clearly settled into his masculinity, looking for the last bastion of masculinity in Recon. (That's not to say it can't be done. It just takes some selling. Or setting in a really really different AU.)

But Brad, whose sisters call him a girl? Who just shrugs and doesn't argue or defend himself when Wright brings it up on camera, in front of the other guys? Yeah.

10 Some things about Bradley Ann Colbert: )
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A Disney AU, where Bravo Company are the characters in The Fox And The Hound, or -- BETTER YET -- Lady And The Tramp.

Best distraction from work ever, y/n?
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a) BRMC's Live In London DVD is on sale. If you pre-order from the band's website, there's an immediate download of the audio files. I have no words for what the live version of Aya does to me. Just. Yeah. I'll be... over there. *waves helplessly*

b) Vacuuming, dusting, dishes are done. Laundry's mostly done.

c) 100 pages more read of Aftermath. I could pretend that I have something profound to say about it, but mostly right now I'm pondering how very small the world of punditry, analysis, and journalism is, given all the comments from other folks whose blogs I follow. Interesting to read Rosen's analysis of the surge in Iraq, and of Petraeus, and compare to previous authors' opinions.

d) Instead of writing my [ profile] yagkyas exchange fic, I spent the day pondering a GK Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves AU.

I can feel you judging me, and all I can say in my defense is that Alan Rickman was AWESOME in that movie.

And that you know you'd read a thousand words of shenanigans involving swordfights and ambushes in the woods if it included Brad blowing into Nate's ear when he's about to win the archery contest.

e) Gabe Saporta's love for Mikeyway will never cease to entertain me. He encapsulates everything that drew me to bandom bands, back in the day, before I realized bandom even was a fandom.
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I drabbled this a week or so ago, when [ profile] why_me_why_not needed some schmoop for cheering up. I meant to post it then but got side-tracked, and I was reminded of it when I checked Danger Room this morning.

So, here, from the Chart Your Way universe.

400 words )

This entry was originally posted at
asimplechord: (ivy league)
chart your way
pg || Brad/Nate || 528 words
Complete fiction, based on portrayals by actors and implying nothing about real people.
Inspired by Something Corporate's Globes & Maps, from which the title and cut text were culled. Totally self-indulgent schmoop here.

I wanna hang onto something )

ETA: Now with bonus map-related drabble, 400 words.

This entry was originally posted at
asimplechord: (inevitable)
can't stutter when you're talking without words
teen || Brad/Nate || 1231 words
Complete fiction based on portrayals by actors, and implying absolutely nothing about any real, living (or dead) people.
Unbeta'd. I know next to nothing about astronomy and constellations, except that the ones I named do, in fact, exist. Written as comment fic for [ profile] lickingbeads in response to this not quite work-safe pic. Cut text modified from Suzanne Vega's Solitude Standing.

I can see by your eyes you've been waiting )

This entry was originally posted at
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Five Times People Realized Brad and Nate Were Together
PG-13 || ~4500 words
beta'd by [personal profile] why_me_why_not; remaining mistakes (including POV switches that I couldn't figure out how to fix and still convey all that I wanted to convey) are my own
Set in the same universe as Out of sync at the beginning, Steal (the rhythm) while you can, and this ficlet.
Based on the actors' portrayals and meant to imply absolutely nothing about real people.

see what I let you see )

This entry was originally posted at Please comment here or there using OpenID.
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1. I posted fic last night, and then forgot to pimp it here!

Steal (the rhythm) while you can
[ profile] irisgirl12000 and [ profile] why_me_why_not
Brad/Nate (Generation Kill) || adult || ~2200
Based on the performances of actors associated with the HBO series, meaning nothing about real people.

Follows Out of sync at the beginning. Porn without much plot, but the little dialogue that is present will make more sense if you've read the previous fic. Title from Soundgarden.

Brad's snoring softly when Nate wakes up. He lies there a while, enjoying the way Brad's body heat keeps the breeze from the ceiling fan from creating a chill.

2. >:/ libraries in NJ

3. :D Books! Chalmers Johnson's new book should arrive on my doorstep tomorrow! It's a follow up to the trilogy about blowback and American empire. Along with it, I'm expecting The Fourth Star. I suppose I should hop to, and finish reading Washington Rules instead of messing about with Inception fanfic, right?

4. The thing that bothers me most about the uproar over Cordoba House is that the people who object most strenuously to a mosque at Ground Zero are the same people who will wave a copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights in defense of the right to bear arms; somehow they forget that the First Amendment of that very same document guarantees the right to religious freedom. Or, IDK, they stop being strict constructionists and say that the founders didn't mean it the way we're interpreting it. (I sincerely doubt that, since James Madison was part of Jefferson's cohort, and as has been quoted pretty much everywhere lately, TJ's the one who wrote that "it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.") The First Amendment also guarantees that if a mosque is built there, haters can protest it to their hearts' content. But still. Muslims have EVERY RIGHT to build a mosque there. Beyond that, I don't see why someone who is not a resident of the area thinks they should have any say in the matter. Who gives a shit what Sarah Palin thinks? Why is Newt Gingrich's opinion important? Do they live there? Are they family members of those who died? Did they suffer when the towers fell? How is their objection relevant in any way?

ETA: ♥ Jon Stewart & John Oliver on this topic. /ETA

5. Also on the political level: hmmm, Stan McChrystal. I can't help but compare a possible political future for him to Petraeus, who vowed once again that he would not go into politics in his interview with David Gregory this weekend. (I was tickled by Gregory's use of Grant and Grant's quotes re: going into politics to broach the subject, esp. since Petraeus has spent a great deal of time reading/studying Grant.)

6. My mom forwarded the address of a cousin who is deployed in Iraq, with the suggestion that he might like to receive some mail. I honestly have NO IDEA what to write. This is a cousin I haven't seen in at least five years, and saw infrequently for the decade before that. I can babble about random stuff, I suppose, but is a guy who's been deployed for over a year really going to give a shit about daily life and family events in the 'burbs, especially for the cousin that he probably only vaguely remembers as being a babysitter and homework-aid when he was a kid?

fic post!

Aug. 3rd, 2010 09:00 pm
asimplechord: (ivy league)
Out of sync at the beginning
by [ profile] irisgirl12000 & [ profile] why_me_why_not
Generation Kill || Brad/Nate || Adult || ~3300 words
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction based on the portrayal of characters in Generation Kill by Alexander Skarsgard and Stark Sands, and is meant to imply nothing about the real people who bear these names.

Summary: When Ray tells Nate to fix whatever's between him and Brad, Nate has to figure out if Ray's fucking with him, and if not, how to get Brad where he wants him.

A/N: As one does - or maybe it's just as we do - we accidentally created a 'verse based on a random comment. This is the beginning of... something. Originally written mostly as textfic. There are other bits and bobs in various email and phone logs, and we'll get to posting them as we clean them up, but this can stand on its own. We beta'd this ourselves, so hit us up with any mistakes. Title paraphrased from The National's Slow Show.

Nate knows something’s Not Right when he gets home, but he’s certain he can defend himself against whatever it is that’s causing the uneasy feeling.

Sorry if you happen to be seeing this multiple times.

fic tidbit

Jul. 29th, 2010 10:30 am
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Because we all know that when I say I'm not writing, it always works out that way. *eyeroll*

This is from the universe [ profile] why_me_why_not and I have been kicking around. I planned on sending this to her last night after work, but I found a copy of Dereliction of Duty on googlebooks so I could think of different things Brad would've written in the margins, and then I got sucked into reading it.




Nate's grinning over a neatly written, "that explains a lot" next to Robert McNamara was serving on the business faculty at Harvard University, teaching the application of statistical analysis to management problems. Initially disqualified from military service because of his inability to pass an eye examination, he became a consultant to the War Department to develop statistical controls within the Army Air Corps supply systems when Brad comes in from the garage.

" 'Putting an Ivy League POG in charge of a war is a sure way to fail', Brad?"

"It certainly didn't help matters." Brad must've wiped his hands off before coming in, but there's still a streak of motor oil on the back of one hand. He retreats to the kitchen to scrub it off. Nate follows, bringing his beer and the book, a finger marking his place.

"So, McMaster?"

"Not bad for an Army puke. He makes a valid point."

"It's on the Corps' recommended reading list for colonels and higher ranks."

"Your point?"

"No point. Just... curious."

Nate is forcibly reminded once again, as if the entire exercise of Operation Iraqi Freedom hadn't been an object lesson in the matter, that intelligence is not the sole purview of the college educated or officer class.

"Feel any better knowing that McMaster's advising CentCom and Abizaid in Iraq?"

"Honestly? Not really. I'm still not clear that what we did isn't just going to fuck them and us up for the foreseeable future." Brad shrugs. "But I'm a grunt, and I followed orders. Mission accomplished." The last is spoken in a tone dry as dust, and he washes it down with a sip of Nate's beer.


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