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Hiya I'm teh. :)  You can call me Nicole, or even just teh. I've been writing in some form or other for most of my life - my house just flooded the other day and I had to move all my stuff, and among all my rubbish, I found bits and pieces of writing on yellowing paper which I'd done when I was nine or ten. That's a long time ago. :P

I usually go by teh tarik / tehtarik on fanfic archives, and I'm @anagrammaddict on twitter & tumblr. All my HP fic is posted on HPFF, which apparently is going to shut down soon, so I'm not going to link to that site. I'll try to move over all my works from there to my HPFT account, but it will be a long slow process. Currently most of my fic gets posted onto my AO3 (M) - please be aware that I do have a couple of explicit fics here and there.

I've pretty much left the HP fandom, though I do have some unfinished stories here and there (hopefully I'll be able to return to finish them up). My reason for leaving HP behind is because I want to write everything else. :P I like to write diversely; I like to dabble in different universes - I like to know that I can, and am able to do so, and not just be comfortable in one fandom for my writing. Flexibility is very important to me. I don't like to have a fixed style. So these days I'm mostly concentrating on other random fandoms + OF here and there.

Mostly I will use this journal as a space to collect all my drabbles and writing scraps, to post excerpts and such. Please do feel free to ask questions - I will do my best to reply as soon as possible.

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Rumpelstiltskin

Hey, Nicole!:hug: I swear every time I see you it feels like it's been a year since the last!  I've come with questions!

 

  1. What fandom did you find most difficult in which to begin writing? What was the easiest?
  2. What is the longest you've ever spent writing one piece (including any gap of time in between writing it)? 
  3. What is your favorite piece that you've written so far? What makes it special to you?
  4. Who is your favorite character (in any fandom) and, of course, why?

^_^ I hope everything is well! I'm sorry to hear that your house was flooded! Hopefully, it wasn't overly damaging. 

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On 4/1/2018 at 11:10 AM, Rumpelstiltskin said:

Hey, Nicole!:hug: I swear every time I see you it feels like it's been a year since the last!  I've come with questions!

 

  1. What fandom did you find most difficult in which to begin writing? What was the easiest?
  2. What is the longest you've ever spent writing one piece (including any gap of time in between writing it)? 
  3. What is your favorite piece that you've written so far? What makes it special to you?
  4. Who is your favorite character (in any fandom) and, of course, why?

^_^ I hope everything is well! I'm sorry to hear that your house was flooded! Hopefully, it wasn't overly damaging. 

@Rumpelstiltskin Awww Rumpels! :hug::wub::hug: It has been waaay too long, and I do miss you (and being active on these forums!) Thank you so much for asking my questions - I'm not the quickest at responding, but here I am now.

 

1. Most difficult fandom to write in: Star Wars. :P Good God I hate writing in this fandom hahaha. I just find it so...daunting. I always like to have a good sense of setting in my fics, and it's kinda hard for me with Star Wars, because it has such a vast sprawling canon and lore already, and I had to do a fair bit of research for the most basic of things that probably all SW fic writers know at the top of their heads. I didn't know the places, the planets, the different species of peoples in the galaxy, what on earth do you call this thing which makes that thing do the thing...???? A lot of science-y science-fiction-y concepts which I had to learn / wrap my head around. Even now I'm not confident about writing SW fic lol.

Easiest fandom to write in - I haven't actually written in too many different fandoms apart from HP, but I guess writing within the Supernatural universe is pretty easy. It's set in the current world + supernatural creatures running around. It's not the most enjoyable fandom to write in, though (the fandom I enjoy writing in a lot is Pacific Rim haha).

 

2. Well, I've still got unfinished stories in my drafts folder, which have been sitting there for years and years!! But if you mean something that's already finished, that would be my only complete novel, Let Perpetual Light. It's a HP fic about young Ariana & Albus & Grindelwald. I started it as an AU project for NaNo 2013, then completely changed everything up and made it fit into canon (well, sort of), and by the time I'd edited the whole thing and posted the final version of the last chapter, it was mid-2016. So just over 2 and a half years, start to finish. :D

 

3. Favourite piece? Oh dear I don't know. When I write something I really like, I get hung up on it for a little while -- I go back re-reading it over and over again. Then all the novelty wears off and I forget about it as I find my next writing project. I'm quite happy with what I did with Let Perpetual Light -  on account of it being a multichaptered fic haha! But I also think that I managed to tie everything together...in the end..hopefully??? Another fic of mine which I think I should mention is gladly beyond, which is a Rose / Scorpius. I wrote it in 2013. Back then, when I wrote it, I thought it was just about 2 people struggling with their relationship. But when I re-read it these days, I think, well, what an absolutely miserable fic. These characters are wonderfully useless people. And that's such a downer of an ending. Well, it's open-ended, but it doesn't bode well for these characters. And despite all these thoughts, I'm actually happy I wrote it the way I did lol. (Does this make me an awful person...??) Because the last 10-15 fics or so that I've written have all had positive or definitely hopeful endings. Hope is a thing that recurs in my characters, in my fics. So that Rose/Scorpius fic stood out to me, because I realised I am also able to write something hopeless, something different. I don't believe in protecting my characters too much; while I love reading fix-its, I don't like writing them too much.

 

4. It changes with fandom! I don't really know. Right this moment, it's Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. However:

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unfortunately they fridged Mako in the recent PR movie. As in, killed her in the most meaningless way possible. Which of course, is prompting me to write an angry fic lol

Other notable characters: T'Challa and Nakia from Black Panther, Chirrut Imwe from Star Wars Rogue One, Mazikeen and Ella Lopez from Lucifer, Bucky Barnes from Captain America, Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, Sam Winchester from Supernatural is an old favourite haha.

 

Wow, I hope I made sense in all my rambling answers! Thanks so much again for your questions, Rumpels! :wub:

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Here's a drabble that I wrote back in 2013 or 2014. This was originally posted on the former MNFF forums / beta boards, which had drabble challenges every now and then.
This drabble was written for the 'It's Not You, It's Me' Break-Up Challenge, where I had to write a character breaking up with another character by letter. Lol if I remember correctly. Anyway, I'm pleased to say that this drabble won the challenge. Pairing (or former pairing) is Oliver Wood / Marietta Edgecombe.

 

 

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'Lo there Ettie,

Figured I’d write you something while waiting for you to turn up here at the Leaky. I heard women dig this sort of thing, being written to. We agreed to meet here half-eight, remember? It’s past that now, and between me and this pint right here under my nose, I don’t think you’re going to show. Guess I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m OK, still got a bit of hope that things will change and anyway there’s a match blaring on the wireless. Quidditch World Cup semi-final, remember? Brazil versus Japan. I’ve got my bets on Brazil – they’re the hosts after all; the game’s good so far.

Cardoso just got booked; Tanaka took an elbow to the throat and now he’s sputtering like a candle.

Maybe it was a mistake asking you out tonight to listen to some stupid game with me.

You know, I sort of leave things up to the game. Like, if the Arrows score within the next ten minutes, I’ll go up to the girl sitting by her lonesome at the counter. She turned out to be you. And when the Arrows won the match in the end, I asked for your number. You said yes, but not before making me believe you were going to say no, first. The Arrows pointed me to you, I guess. Sorry, couldn’t resist!

The ref’s just tried to foul one of the spectators. Something about a bewitched vuvuzela spouting Doxys which are attacking the players; that’s got to be the newest foul in history, the seven hundred and twelfth. Maybe this match isn’t that exciting after all. Maybe you’re smart not to come – maybe you’ll still turn up?

Maybe – in the next ten points, you’ll turn up.

Pereira got that one. Sounds like Watanabe’s trying to convince the ref that Pereira was haversacking. Nope, it’s official. Ten points. And you’re still not here. Score’s 340-240 to Brazil. I’ll give you the next ten points. And Pereira got it. The next ten points, then. Ten points and you’ll turn up, and then we’ll sort out all the crap we’ve been through lately and things’ll be good again.

But no – Fujima just caught the Snitch. Beat Gonçalves to it by a millimetre, apparently. Japan are through to the finals. I’m through with this pint. Funny, but I don’t think I’ve ever cared less about someone bagging the Snitch. Now there’s nothing to distract me from your absence.

Guess I should peel my hopeful arse off this stool and call it a night. And this letter – bugger this letter. Maybe I’ll leave it with the barman in case you do drop by. Already old Tom’s looking at me strangely, what the hell, Oliver Wood sitting in a bar, writing.

It’ll feel strange walking out without you. But the game’s done and I’ve run out of ten points to give, I’m heading home. Think I’ll manage.

Sorry but I don’t think I’ll call.

 

All the best, Ettie.

Oliver

 

 

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teh tarik

I posted a new fic up onto the HPFT archives a few days ago -- it has been awhile since I've put anything up on these archives. I had to resubmit twice, I think, (sorry, validators...& thanks!) before the formatting looked alright to me. Guess it's been awhile since I had to put anything through a queue & I wasn't used to it.

It will definitely be tricky for me to upload all my older fics here, transfer them over from HPFF. Every time I open an old fic -- I can't just -- post. I get that terrible itch to edit it. That feeling, I can do it so much better now. I can rewrite it and make it good. (old me probably thought that was good enough to post...). But I really shouldn't edit my old works. It'll cost me time. A lot of time. And I have new ideas to write. I'm always working on something, on some new fic, or bits of OF. & I'm slow enough with writing.

One thing I will definitely miss from HPFF will be those site-wide collabs, posted on the HPFF United account. (Mentioning these site collabs just made me facepalm...I haven't backed up my stories / entries in those collabs). I don't think I did a lot, though, so shouldn't take me long. Such a shame all that is going to be deleted. But gah, I do miss those collabs - such great fun stress-writing as a crazy big group. Hopefully we can have site collabs here on HPFT as well??? ;) Unless there are already some and I'm just being useless...serves me right for being gone for so long. :P

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This here, another drabble, written a few years back for one of those gift exchange / secret santa things. This is a Sherlock drabble, because my then-giftee, Kiana / patronus_charm was a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch IIRC. It probably doesn't make sense now, because this drabble has been taken out of the context of things  that took place at the time. But for the sake of putting all my writing scraps in one place, here we go.

 

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Nobody comes out of 221B anymore, apart from the landlady, who sometimes stands on the doorstep during rush hour, craning her neck, looking for someone. Two minutes later, she goes back in and the door seals itself into a closed puzzle. The last time you saw Sherlock Holmes, he was in the tabloids, his name in bold, racketing above a grainy picture of a body tumbling from the roof of St. Bart’s. Except it was a photograph, so he wasn’t falling; really, he was airborne. You turned off the TV that day, deleted all the news apps from your phone. You refused to believe all the scandals.

You cross the street, plastic wrapper crackling against your arm, and lay the cone of flowers down on the doorstep. The lettering, 221B, catches the dull coin of streetlight and the glow distracts the curves and points of the numbers, rendering them illegible.  These flowers are a gesture of consolation for the landlady.

“Chrysanthemums,” someone says in a low scrape of a voice, nearly giving you a severe case of whiplash. You know this voice; you’ve listened to the downward swirl of his words every time he passes through the corridors of St Bart’s, always on his way to do postmortems. “Mrs. Hudson hates them.”

“You – you’re – ,” Your voice shakes, the syllables becoming gelatin.

“Dead? Haven’t crossed that threshold yet.”

He’s the same, somehow he’s the same, the Belstaff coat, the scarf, the hair that looks like it has tangled with sofa cushions all night long, the complete and utter lack of surprise or wonder on his face. All of that plus a thin streamer of blood running down his nose along with a split lip.

“How did –”

“Wrong question. Use your eyes. You’ve read the papers.” He steps right up to the door of 221B, but his gaze drops to the wilting flowers on the ground, and he pauses. “Tinley.”


You’re aghast. “You know who I am?”

He exhales extra loudly to make a point. He does have a reputation for being a bit of a tosser.

“I know that you’re a pharmacist at St. Bart’s, and you work the late shift, which is when you usually see me heading to the morgue. Every Thursday night you stop at the Melliflora Bouquets flower store near the subway entrance and buy the last available flowers – chrysanthemums, of course – before the store closes and leave them here on the doorstep of 221B, which is always transferred to the skip in the alley by Mrs Hudson the next morning.”

Your shoes will look good bouncing off his forehead.

“You also used to read John’s blog religiously when he was still updating it; in fact, you’re the top commenter there. An examination of your Internet Provider address and a fairly basic online search yielded your name, location, occupation, toothpaste brand of choice, the fact that you’re a self-styled ‘crazy cat lady’ and your relationship status, which is stuck in transit somewhere between a government employee and a fairly famous football player. Of course I know who you are.”

He sticks the key into lock of 221B. “But I’ve forgot your first name. What was it – Alicia, Anthea, Audrey – ?”

“Anika,” you say, irritably, snatching up the flowers on the ground and stuffing them into your bag. No need for these now. “I suppose you’ll be frequenting the morgue again. What shall I tell everyone at St Bart’s?”

He steps inside the dark flat. Mrs. Hudson must be asleep. “Use a hashtag.”

You’re halfway across the street by the time the door closes, phone in hand, heading toward the tube station. You know exactly what you’re going to say.

#SherlockLives

 

I doubt I'll ever write anything again for Sherlock. :P

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I think I'm done planning this one-shot, which is great, because now I can start writing it. Which is also not great, because now I have to start writing it. I dread writing it, because it feels like it's going to be one of those difficult one-shots, structurally. Why do I go to such difficult lengths for fic lol. :P Plus, I think this is going to be one of those longer one-shots that I'm writing. For starters, I've split it into 10 or 11 sections. And each section is meant to be a mini-story in itself. Who wants to make predictions at how long this will get?

The longest one-shot I've written to date is about 14,000 words. Actually, if I'd been more focused and patient, I'd count my 25,000 word novella (written last year) as a one-shot. But I couldn't wait to post it, so I split it into 3 chapters instead.

If I don't have any story to work on, I get this terrible itch. This restlessness. I get dissatisfied with a lot of things in RL easily, and I get distracted. I guess writing fic has kept me sane - especially in the last couple of years.

I'm glad I'm still sane. I'm glad I'm writing fic.

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Aphoride

Just popping in to say that although our fic interests have somewhat diverged (I have literally no knowledge about Pacific Rim. it could be anything for all I know :P), everything you write is amazing. <3 <3 <3 

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teh tarik

Awwee Lauraa :wub::wub: Thank you for dropping by -- I have missed you heaps! Also, amazing writing?? LOOK WHO'S TALKING. :P

Pacific Rim has just some ridiculous and very cool concepts which I love...but it may not be to everyone's tastes.

And though our fic interests may have diverged, I still have a lot of unfinished drafts sitting around. For example, a complete (but very badly written) first draft of a 15K Gellert fic, which I should really edit and post!

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