briarwood: (TS Jim DL)
I came across 20 amazing facts about the human body a couple of weeks ago. Some of the 20 I already knew, many I didn't. But the interesting ones from a Sentinel fandom perspective are 15, 16 and 20 on the list, as they deal with the senses.

(In case I have readers not in the fandom, the basic premise of The Sentinel is a genetic gift that enhances the five senses to an extraordinary/superhuman degree.)

Eyesight is pretty miraculous )

briarwood: (ZenFen Crane)
The stories for the Sentinel reverse bang are being posted this month over in [ profile] sentinelbigbang. We've got something for everyone, I think, gen and slash, angst and humour, some crossovers, some AUs, some pwps...and all of them with wonderful artworks.

I've got two entries in the reverse bang: my story is The Silence of Eagle's Nest (PG, slash, J/B) created for Mella's artwork. It's a Doctor Who crossover set in the wild west. Which is, well, kinda weird for me. I'm not the horse-opera type, I know nothing about that period in history and I don't really connect with it. It's also my first attempt to write DW and I suspect will be my last: I really struggled to capture the Doctor. But I am happy with the finished story.

I also have some artwork in the reverse bang, but that's not posted yet.

(Also - sod it, my dreamwidth paid account has run out and I can't afford to renew until I've had a chat with my bank. I wouldn't mind, but wah! all my icons are gone!)
briarwood: Sentinel: My Kind of Justice (TS Justice)
1. Today I learned that my new job has penalties for doing things too well.

I finished up a report I've been slogging over for two weeks. It was irritating work, because my part depended on collating a lot of information that other people were supposed to give me. And mostly didn't. So I ended up doing a bunch of the analysis myself, downloading the statistics myself and pretty much guessing what would be in some of the missing papers. I explained all of the parts I'd imputed (that's what statisticians say instead of 'guess') when I handed the report over to my manager for approval.

She promptly passed it to her manager, who passed it to someone else. I came back from lunch to find J waiting for me. "This is excellent work," he told me, and I thought, okay, this is cool. Then he dropped the bomb. He wants me to present it to the frigging board at a meeting on Monday!!!

(Note: while normally this would be a real vote of confidence, I am conscious that the board are not going to like the content of my report. It concerns this big project and between the lines I'm basically saying they're going about it all wrong.)

2. Today I learned that The Sentinel is my happy place.

Well, I kinda knew that already. But it's nice to be reminded.

I started writing Sentinel fic with stories about serial killers. Wild Justice has possibly the most odious villain I have ever created (and, yeah, I include my SPN fics in that); I still feel the need to scrub out my brain after re-reading those murder scenes. And Predator took a hero and turned him into a serial killer. (Actually I am amused by how close Dexter has become to my Dark!Jim. I wasn't even aware of Darkly Dreaming Dexter when I wrote Predator and the TV series hadn't been made.)

Anyhow, my point is Sentinel used to be a place for my darkest side to come out and play. My creative brain has been in a dark place lately. No light and fluffy stuff for Morgan, I've been all death and addiction, betrayal and PTSD, the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-is-the-headlamp-of-an-oncoming-train kinda dark. My Yuletide assignment fit that perfectly, which is probably why I found it so easy to write. More serial killers and betrayal, though I did manage to squeeze a positive ending out of it.

Tonight, I have written 2,000 words of Sentinel. It's a little angsty, but it's basically two guys in love, trying to live a normal life. It might turn into might not. But it's like a pallette cleanser for my brain. I'm back in a happy place.

Very cool.
briarwood: Sentinel: "I must not put salt in Jim's coffee." (TS Blair Salt)
There is a debate going on Propect-L right now that's veered from highly amusing to reminding me of something extremely offensive. The list rules appear fuzzy on whether or not I can reproduce it, so I won't. But I will summarise.

Newbie posts what at first appears to be a reasonable question: what are the most reasonable terms one can use for male genetalia when writing sex scenes? Sentinel fans generally being a friendly and helpful bunch, she gets plenty of suggestions. She is also advised to avoid terms such as "member, "manhood" and "love-stick", each for thier individual and obvious reasons.

Newbie rejects every single suggestion as either "vulgar", "belittling" or out of character. Given that this is a Sentinel list and the members rightly think they know Jim and Blair pretty well, the out of character bit prompts some confusion among those trying to help her. Newbie finally reveals that her fic is a crossover, and thus the sexin' characters are not Jim and Blair. It's a little unclear whether she's pairing OCs or characters from another fandom. Her posts get increasingly weird from this point onward, as she variously suggests she's looking for a term an Amish guy might be comfortable using to refer to his hard, sweaty manly bits, or in the alternative, a term one might use in church.

Honey, if you know a church where guys get down and dirty and discuss their dicks, I just might give up atheism!

It's at this point that I began to get suspicious. Her posts have the character of someone who is deliberately poking everyone else with a stick, trying to provoke a specific reaction. She's clearly not after actual advice, since she shoots down every constructive suggestion. I have a feeling that she's going to pop up somewhere in a few weeks time, gleefully parading the results of her "social experiment". I've seen it before, on other lists and coms and the tone here is identical. Her deliberate obfuscation about exactly what fandom she's writing; her prudish rejection of even the most PG-13 terms for erections (from someone who claims to be writing sex scenes! ETA: and says she was raised a naturist LOL!), her weird attitudes to, well, all screams troll to me.

I sure hope I'm wrong, because I hate to see so many good people falling for it.
briarwood: (TS Jim DL)
Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder

Title: Persistence
Author: Morgan Briarwood / [personal profile] briarwood
Fandom: Sentinel
Wordcount: 3500
Rating: All Ages
Pairing(s): Jim/Blair
Warning(s): None
Notes: I think it was [ profile] slipperieslope who begged me, some time ago, to write a follow up to my Predator series. At the time, I'd told all I could: the story was complete, so I said she'd just have to imagine the jungle sexcapades. But the request stayed with me. This story is set some years after Protector, with Jim and Blair still living with the Chopec. It's not entirely a happy tale, but I hope it will be appreciated. Happy Holidays!
Summary: Jim has an accident while hunting. (Hurt, with a dash of comfort.)

Persistence )
briarwood: (TS Blair VoS)

Title: Home For Christmas (Cry Wolf 'verse)
Fandom: Sentinel
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Warnings: Schmoop
Notes: Happy holidays to all my flist! This fic is set in my Cry Wolf 'verse. If you haven't read Cry Wolf all you really need to know is Blair is a werewolf, and both Jim and Blair left Cascade because of this. This story is the first Christmas after Blair was bitten.

Summary: Home is where the heart is.

Home For Christmas )

Also posted on AO3:

briarwood: (TS Blair VoS)
A very happy birthday to [personal profile] betagoddess!

This story was intended to go into your scrapbook, but I hated my original ending and didn't want to send you a story I didn't like. When I realised I would never fix it in time for the scrapbook, I decided to save it up for your birthday instead.

Title: Partners
Fandom: Sentinel
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Warnings: None

Summary: A moment of comfort.

Partners )

Also posted on AO3:

briarwood: Sentinel: Blair (TS Blair Smile)

Title: Wild At Heart (Cry Wolf 'verse)
Fandom: Sentinel
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Warnings: None
Notes: If you haven't read Cry Wolf, the only thing you need to know is that Blair is a werewolf.

Summary: "It was at this time, just before the Change, that Blair felt he had a sense – just the merest inkling – of what it was like to be Jim. To be a sentinel. Blair’s sense of touch became so heightened that clothing was uncomfortable; his hearing sharpened; his sense of taste warped somehow, so foods he wouldn’t normally enjoy became sweet as honey. Most of all his sense of smell seemed to go into overdrive, each scent around him clear and unique."

Written for: [personal profile] slipperieslope who won me in this year's Sweet Charity auction. She generously asked me to share the story with everyone right away, so here it is! Enjoy!
Credits: Thanks to [personal profile] raynedanser for the super-fast beta!

Wild At Heart )

Also posted on AO3:

briarwood: Sentinel: My Kind of Justice (TS Justice)

All of my Sentinel stories are now up in the Archive of our Own. Fifteen stories, about 273,000 words. Funny that doesn't seem like all that much but still...I found some very fond memories going back through these fics.

What stands out for me is that every single one of these stories under 40,000 words were written for you, my friends here on LJ: in fic exchanges or from prompts you've given me. And now this feels like a goodbye post, which it's not. I just want to say thank you. Thank you all for inspiring me so much in this fandom.

For the record... )
briarwood: Sentinel: Blair (TS Blair Smile)

Title: Twenty Four Hours (2/2)
Fandom: Sentinel/Supernatural Crossover
Rating: Mature
Pairing: None
Summary: Twenty four hours in the life of Detective Jim Ellison, in which he attempts to solve a particularly bloody murder.
Warnings: For warnings, notes etc see part one.

Click for Part One

Twenty Four Hours 2/2 )

Also posted on AO3:

briarwood: Sentinel: Jim (Predator Icon) (TS Jim Frown)

Title: Twenty Four Hours (1/2)
Fandom: Sentinel/Supernatural Crossover
Rating: Mature
Pairing: None
Warnings: Gory details, but no "on-screen" violence.
Summary: Twenty four hours in the life of Detective Jim Ellison, in which he attempts to solve a particularly bloody murder.
Timeline: In Sentinel canon, this is set during season one, shortly after Cypher. In Supernatural canon, it's pre-series: Sam is 12, Dean 16.
Note 1: The story is a crossover, but heavy on the Sentinel. TS fen need not know anything about SPN in order to read the story. From the SPN side this is an outside-point-of-view story; a little familiarity with the Sentinel characters would be helpful, but is not essential.
Note 2: Written for [ profile] marishna's multifandom picture challenge; [ profile] marishna always gives me the best prompts (see my pic here), but I'm terribly late submitting this story. I hope she'll forgive me, and I hope the wait is worth it.
Note 3: A huge thank-you to [ profile] raynedanser and [ profile] sunnyd_lite who helped straighten me out when I ran into a writers' roadblock.

Twenty Four Hours )

Also posted on AO3:

briarwood: Sentinel: "I must not put salt in Jim's coffee." (TS Blair Salt)
I'm not sure what I did to deserve it, but this showed up in my "recommendations" on Amazon.

There's no "official" synopsis of the book, but one of the reviews is nicely detailed.

Does this sound like a TS AU fic or what? )
briarwood: Sentinel: Blair (TS Blair Smile)

The article isn't about TS, but there's a reference to Moonridge, for anyone interested.
briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)

Title: What Are Friends For?
Fandom: Sentinel
Rating: Adults Only
Pairing: Jim/Blair (Blair/Rafe mentioned)
Summary: Blair has a little problem. Jim helps.
Notes: This is my TS Secret Santa story from last year. I recently realised I'd never reposted it, so it seems like a good fic to post today. My request was for Virgin!Blair. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Friends For? )

Also posted on AO3:

What Are Friends For? )
briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)

Title: Instinct
Fandom: The Sentinel
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jim/Blair - Can be read as gen or slash: your choice.
Summary: Blair is injured when an op goes badly wrong.
Warnings: None.
Notes: Written for [ profile] betagoddess, who has waited far too long for a story I promised her in February! She asked me for hurt/comfort with Blair as the hurt-ee. I have learned that I simply cannot write H/C to order: if it doesn't feel like a natural part of a plot to me, it just doesn't happen. Also, Blair won't talk to me if I hurt him. So, this may not be what you had in mind, dearest, but I hope you'll like it.

Also posted on AO3:

Instinct )
briarwood: (SPN Road)

This post links to all of the fanfic I have posted in my journal. The fanfic pages of my website is the most up-to-date place to find my fic. Stories posted in my LJ are usually my WIPs, and are posted having been proof-read, but not beta-read or properly edited. I do a final edit once each story is finished, and the versions on my site are always the edited versions. I do not go back and re-edit the LJ copy, except sometimes to correct glaring errors. This means my LJ is the first place to find most of my stories, but not the best place.

Current Fics

Deliver Us From Evil (Supernatural, Gen, Mary-centric)

Thicker Than Water (Supernatural, Gen)

Divided Loyalties (Supernatural, John/Ellen)

Older stories behind the cut )

briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)
Happy valentines to everyone!

Valentine's Day is supposedly couples-day. Well, I'm single and thrilled about it, and don't see why I should be left out. So a couple of weeks ago I offered a gift of fic or artwork to any of my friends who wanted to chuck a prompt my way.

Here's my round-up:

Sentinel slash fic for [ profile] patty1h

Sentinel artwork and some icons for [ profile] karieflybabe

Stargate Atlantis het fic for [ profile] trinity1986

An original art piece and a couple of icons for [ profile] admiralandrea

Sentinel slash fic for [ profile] raynedanser

[ profile] betagoddess, your fic isn't quite finished yet. I'm so sorry not to be posting your gift with the others but I hope it'll be worth the wait.

briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)

Title: Shadows
Rating: All Ages
Fandom: Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Summary: A gift for [ profile] raynedanser who asked for a Jim/Blair story, with the prompt "shadows". This is set in my Cry Wolf 'verse, while Jim and Blair are still renovating their new home in Panther Creek.

Shadows )

Also posted at AO3:

briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Sentinel Jim/Blair)
A gift of artwork for [ profile] karieflybabe who asked me for Blair artwork or some Sentinel icons.

Art )

Icons )

FIC: Care

Feb. 14th, 2007 05:03 am
briarwood: Sentinel: "I must not put salt in Jim's coffee." (TS Blair Salt)

Title: Care
Rating: All Ages
Fandom: Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Summary: A gift for [ profile] patty1h who asked for Jim and Blair tending each other's wounds after an arrest which went badly.

Care )

Also posted at AO3:


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