May 5th, 2014

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[Fic] Method - gen, Stanford!era; Dean, OFC, eau de John; Dean-as-bait

Title: Method
Genre: gen, Stanford!era (Dean is 23), flashback vignette
Characters: Dean (POV), OFC, eau de John
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~2300
Summary: On a hunt with John and an old babysitter cum hunter, Dean plays victim to lure out the monsters. It hurts.
Notes: Written for skeletncloset's prompt at the Dean-centric S9 comment!meme, as well as an anon prompt at hoodie_time's 2012 summer-themed comment!meme. Oh, don't look at me like that!

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Notes on "Method"

- The first 150 words were written in 2012 and then abandoned in a file labeled "Vanessa." Then it sat on my hard drive next to files named "Carolina" and "Marina," which made them seem a whole lot like written records of one night stands than they actually are. Well, this one. The other two actually are one night stands, just not mine.

- The rest of the fic was vaguely colored by this one time my mother and my brother and I were doing a creek walk. I must have been thirteen or fourteen, because my brother was old enough to come but young enough to need me to carry him through the deep parts. In any case, we came across this big black water beetle, probably the size of a fifty cent piece. My mother was excited by this, and told me to catch it so we could show her friend, Kat the Naturalist. I did. I cupped it in my hands, and we all looked at the beetle, oohed and aahed, that sort of thing. After several minutes, we let the beetle go.

Then Kat turned to my mother and commended my bravery, because that species of water beetle could be vicious, and their bites extremely painful.

Of course it wasn't bravery. Just ignorance. My mother had been excited about the beetle, she'd known about its temperament, and she knew exactly how painful its bites were, but she'd omitted this information. Because she knew that if she told me that, I wasn't going to put my hands anywhere near it.

But I did put my hands around it, assuming that it'd all be good, because surely my mother wouldn't put me in harm's way!

Well, so much for that theory. But it wasn't a venomous beetle, so it wasn't technically dangerous, and we did get to observe a cool beetle. So I guess the moral here is twofold:

1) Don't assume your mother actually has your best interests in mind.
2) Never let fear hold you back.

These do not necessarily coincide with the morals of the fic, if it has any.

I know this is my third post today, after multiple days of multi-posts. Apparently I'm That Person.

Okay, so I haven't updated my masterlist since mid-2013. I guess I should do that. But I figured that while I was at it, I might as well redo the formatting of it, so that the idea of keeping it current is less distressing.

Right now it's ordered by season, but since my new favorite genre is "pair a new season with an old season!" that's kind of a pain. Other than rid myself of that, I guess I'll just try to shamelessly emulate glorious_spoon's masterlist, because hers is the only one I've actually used (and use fairly regularly! as everyone should!). Though admittedly I'm not sure how much of that is her skill with masterlists--though it is prodigious--and how much of that is her masterful skill with summaries and, you know, writing. :P

The shortlist of categories I am considering:

spn_j2_bigbang fics
spn_summergen fics
fics where Sam eats, or fails to eat an just ruminates on, strange confections
endless numbers of 5x22 AUs and codas
a weird number of Mystery Spot AUs and codas
fics about minor/unnamed/throwaway characters; ladies, mostly
creepy experimental prose
psychologically or emotionally compromised experimental prose
fics that basically just fridge Dean and roll from there
Dean H/C I am proud of
embarrassing Dean H/C no one in the world would be proud of
Dean/suicidal ideation, which is so populous it gets its own separate category
fics I have gotten in trouble for writing (sorry, Dean fandom)
fics the world really, really didn't need

I mean, sure, it SOUNDS like I'm being facetious, but those actually are pretty accurate categories. The only other things I might add are "S9 tags" and "Meg/everyone, usually Lisa." And I figure this would be a great opportunity to redact things that are not worth listing, thank the lord.

But are these categories useful to people who aren't me? That's the question. Actually, the question is, does it matter? Do people even use masterlists?