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12 January 2013 @ 10:50 pm
Batman stuff & rl woes  
Holy crap you guys. I have 429 followers now, not including subscribers. 429!

So it's been awhile! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Mine could have been better.

Am I allowed to talk about me for a minute? Right. I had a little buddy up until recently. Here he is being woken up from a nap.

(He frequently slept like this.)

He was the dumbest and sweetest friend I've ever had, and he passed away in my arms early one morning at the end of October. I don't know what happened. It's been eating me up. One day he was his normal annoying self and the next day he was on his way out. I know rats don't live very long, but I really expected to get more mileage out of him.

He loved bellykisses, sitting like this, perfecting his slug impersonation, and balancing on things (despite having terrible balance and a permanent head tilt from an inner ear infection when he was young).

He was the best. I miss him every day.


If you guys know me, you know that when I'm sad I tend to write whump compulsively. So, here it is. :D

Stiffen the Sinews (Summon Up the Blood) - part one on AO3

Updates go HERE. This is a Bane/Blake fic that involves noncon (naturally). I meant it to be a short little thing just to work out my feels, and now it's an ongoing saga. XD

So that's what I'm up to! When I'm feeling less lazy I'm start copying StS over to my journal, but for now you can follow it on the kinkmeme.

Happy playoffs, and may the odds be ever in your team's favour! (And by your team, I mean the Patriots.)
ღaeronite on January 13th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry about your tiny friend. :( His slug impersonation looks adorably happy. What was his name?
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 13th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
His name was Boomer. He also got Booger, Boog, Boogie-woogie, Boo, and Goose. I called him my Grey Goose. :)
gabbyluv23gabbyluv23 on January 13th, 2013 06:50 am (UTC)
Awww He was so cute. Sorry for your loss. I've been wanting a pet for a while now and since I actually have money I was thinking of buying a guinea pig. Anyways, I enjoy your writing. I'm currently obsessed with both of your TDKR Kinkmeme fills. You are definitely my favorite fanfiction writers ever. I've never cried reading a fanfic ever until I read Leverage. That's like my fav fanfic ever.
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Hah, there's a follow-up to Leverage that I've been working on ... since I finished Leverage. I take it out and work on it a little every few months. You reassure me that if I ever finished and posted it, at least one person would read it. XD

Guinea pigs are lovely pets. They're such couch potatoes. A pig will sprawl out on you for hours and just doze and purr. I got one over the holidays, her name is Indy (I couldn't resist that face). Actually, I'm hoping to pick up a baby friend for her tomorrow - they do better in pairs. Get an Abyssinian, they have permanent bedhead and are super cute. <3
gabbyluv23: Spideypoolgabbyluv23 on January 26th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Awesome I love Leverage, well obviously. Of course I would read it and I'm sure I won't be the only one. I so wasn't even expecting one so that would be amazing and I can be totally patient since I have the TDKR stories to keep me busy. lol
Aww She's so cute! I so have to get one now. My mom doesn't think I should get a pet, but she's okay with small ones that will remain in my room. She doesn't think I'm responsible enough and I'm like 21. lol So whatever, but a small pet cage would look so cute on my desk. I've wanting one for a while so she's okay with it now, she's just glad I don't want a cat anymore (I still do) because she doesn't like animals running around the house. Growing up the only pets we had were fish and two birds and a backyard dog we kept for my aunt a couple of months.
deathbymutationdeathbymutation on January 13th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
Sorry about your rat, it always sad when you lose a pet.

So glad to see you writing more John/Bane. No Holds Barred is the most read fic on my kobo. Speaking of which, I'm celebrating "I hate men" for the next 3 days *wink wink* and I think I'm going to hunker down with a hot water bottle, a blanket and your fic on my kobo.

Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you <3
tiger_iristiger_iris on January 13th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your rat,Whisky. I know what it is to lose pets, and it is always a torture, especially when you don't know what happened.

I'm terribly obsessed by Stiffen the Sinews. Although I remain an Arthur/Eames fan at heart, you made me love Bane/Blake too :)
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you. <3 And I'm glad I made a convert out of you!
Sarisa: warriorsarisa_rahe on January 13th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your little guy. He looked like he lived a happy life. It's extra hard when it's sudden and out of nowhere. I hope you're doing all right.

I'm so glad you're writing Bane/Blake- I was pretty convinced that I would not automatically ship them just because I adore Arthur/Eames, but that didn't last long... Stiffen the Sinews is really interesting, and seeing you've posted something always brightens my day.
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks. Boomer was a happy rat - he was too dumb to ever be sad. <3
withitoruponit: smoky jgley_up on January 13th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your friend. I lost my 2 rats to a breakup (the ex got to keep them) and I worried about them for ages.

On a more positive note, I absolutely love your writing! You have written some of my favourite fics ever!
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! And sorry about your rats as well. They're such sweet pets.
kellifer_fic: Arthurkellifer_fic on January 13th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Wow... just wow. Instead of sleeping, I read this monstrous thing (on AO3 and then went to the links and there was more!) and then found there was a sequel to the other story (bless you for linking halfway through this one so I didn't despair) and basically yeah, no sleep.

I usually steer completely clear of NC stories, I don't seek out Bane/Blake stuff because how could it NOT be, at least at first unless John was horribly OC but your worldbuilding is so tight, your stories so vivid and visceral that I trusted you with it and the first story with John being held by Bane just enthralled me and so here I am again.

Your verses man, these and Pavlov's Bell - never stop.

Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you gave it a shot, and enjoyed it! No plans to stop any time soon. :)
WolfSongvilkasdaina on January 14th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your rat, Boomer. What a gorgeous guy he was! I've had several pet rats, and they are phenomenal pets, and it looks like Boomer was very well taken care of! (Was he neutered? If so, that's real dedication on your part! All my boys were) Looks like he was on carefresh and everything! Good rat owner! Sadly, rats have such a short lifespan, I mean, once you get to two years, you're counting by months. All of my boys died around that time, two with heart failure, and two with myco-related problems, and it's possible that that's what happened with Boomer. Rats are so prone to just about every illness, but if it's not cancer, it's that blasted myco, etc. I haven't owned a rat in ages, despite working in a vet office where I could easily care for one, because it's so damn difficult to accept that they're so prone to health issues. But what wonderful babies they are <3 Nothing like dogs or cats, even though I have both, the rats are something else. Brought a smile to my face daily, they did.

I'm also going to gush about your fanfics for a moment, because I've spent many a nights forgoing sleep in order to read. Pavlov's bell is one of my favorites, but No Hold's Barred is my TDKR canon, mmkay? I find myself yelling at other fics when they contradict that fic, because in my mind, that's what it is, and that's that. :P
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 14th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, rats are great. Boom made me laugh every day. He had a (smarter, better-looking) brother named Badger who was plagued by myco from babyhood, the poor guy. I'm fortunate enough to work at a vet clinic as well, so at least I could just walk in and say "I need this much Doxycycline at this strength" and get it for a reduced rate (chicken-flavoured, since we're a cat/dog clinic - the boys went nutty for it), but Badger's 'lifelong cold' really took a toll on his health. He lived to be a year and 9 months. His death was very easy to see coming - he aged very rapidly over the course of a few weeks and was a little scarecrow by the end. I gave him treats and lovin's and he went quite peacefully. I think I'm having a harder time with Boomer because his death was so much more sudden, I had no time to prepare for it. And Badge was always a little more aloof. Different relationship, because he was so clever and funny, but Boog was a big doof who just loved to be loved. :)

He was neutered, yes (another reason I expected him to live longer). At eight months of age my boys hit puberty and went from this to this. Boomer was the aggressor, so when he started ripping Badger's fur out I whisked him to an exotics clinic to get snipped. Most nervewracking decision of my life. XD I was really glad I did it in the end, but it was one of those freak situations where a neuter didn't help. If a rat can be mentally challenged, Boomer was. I think he was just too dumb to know how to interact socially with other rats. When reintroduction with Badger failed - after many, many repeated attempts - I took Boom on a playdate to meet my friend's female rats and he just went Chris Brown on them.

So that was my rats. XD Badger's opinion of Boomer forevermore was pretty much that Boomer was a life-ruiner who ruins people's lives (I also had to throw out poor Badgey's beloved toys and house when stupid Boomer got fur mites somehow). I miss them both - they were hilarious in such different ways.
WolfSongvilkasdaina on January 15th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
Preaching to the choir about medication! I went through four vets before I finally had the diagnosis of a pneumonia for my biggest boy, Rosencrantz. During that process, I had him on Doxy and Baytril and Amoxil and Zithro before finally a Convenia injection cleared it. He was my heart rat! Never met a friendlier, lovelier, more kisseyface rat in my entire life! Always, ALWAYS bruxing! Guildenstern (I don't have any good adult pictures of him, he was my zoomer rat) was Rose's buddy. And I messed up about Guild's illness, we had taken him to the vet because we assumed he had another myco flare-up, but found out it was lung cancer.These two boys, Loki and Freyr, were the two kids who passed away from heart failure, so we had trips down the diuretic, etc road with them. Great bunch, all of them, but I know what you mean about loving them differently. Not less, just different. Loki and Freyr were so bonded to each other they never really came around to me, whereas Rose and Guild were obtained separately, and while they bonded well together, they were very people affectionate.

Again, sorry to hear about your little guys. :( They were gorgeous boys!
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 15th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
omg. ROSENCRANTZ. Those boogly eyes. He is adorable!! I know what you mean by heart rat. Boog was the same - lovey, kissy, just a total lump of adoration (except with his brother).

I laughed when I saw your rats' names. For you, a snippet from my PBell future!fic:

He'd always begged for years for a pet, and both their dads had always said no, because neither wanted a dog or a cat in the house and Arthur didn't like rodents. They'd finally caved when Will turned fourteen. Thomas had gotten new ice skates for their birthday: Will had picked Puck out of a litter of baby rats at the local pet shop.

“This one's Bottom, then.” Bottom nibbles his finger curiously, as if checking to see whether it might be edible. Thomas can't remember the third rat's name. Banquo, maybe? Lamely, he jokes, “You could name the next two Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.”

He doesn't have to see Will's face to know that he's rolling his eyes.
WolfSongvilkasdaina on January 15th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
OMGSNIPPETISAWESOME!!!! XD *rolls over snippet* I lurve that 'verse!

And yes, Rosencrantz. I thought I was getting a female rat, and you know that sneaky little trick that rats have of drawing their balls up? Yeah... I was fooled. A WEEK later, Rose wasn't a girl anymore. So, Rosencrantz.
WolfSongvilkasdaina on January 15th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
OH! I saw this and giggled, you're internet famous for these two!
secretlybrontesecretlybronte on January 14th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
I've been reading you almost since you started writing here (hi!). I'm so sorry to hear about your rats. I have had two and they have truly been the pets I've loved most. They love you back in a way no other pets can. It's heartbreaking to lose them. (My rats were so much fatter than that. Seriously. They were like... Biggest Loser contestant rats.)

That said, I'm really enjoying your foray into Bane/Blake, even though I was "enh" about the canon. All three stories are great reads. In fact, I was lying in bed last night wondering how Bane would react to Neil McCormick, since Neil is sort of an unsaved Talia/pit!Blake-without-Bane. And then I couldn't figure out how to get them in the same story short of a "Woops, that isn't Blake!" kidnapping. So, this is what you've done to me. It's a very good time. :)
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. <3 Rats are truly the sweetest pets. Until Boomer and his brother, I'd only had guinea pigs, who are great - but Boom was the suckiest, loviest furball I've ever met. Anyway, I'm glad you're liking the B/B! :)
drunkenmangodrunkenmango on January 14th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
I am very sorry about your Boomer. He was a darling. His pictures made me laugh. We lost our family dog last October and it still hurts so much. It's our second time dealing with the death of our pet but it was so sudden..
er..even though I'm still coping with grief, your writing brings moments of happiness. Thank you, Whisky. (yes, I read NHB three times, Requiescat verse and BT verse since November.)
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Thanks <3 He made me laugh every day, which was one of the hardest things about losing him! Sorry to hear about your dog as well. They're probably the hardest pets of all to lose. <3
come back to reality: All fun and games until...lapointchick on January 14th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
Oh my Glob! I had no idea you'd written another Bane/Blake fic :D I need to read that ASAP. 

What happened to your pet rat makes me so sad. It sucks when pets die, it's incredibly painful. Those pictures of him are adorable. At least Boomer had a home and was happy with you in the short time he was alive *hugs you*
Whiskywhiskyrunner on January 25th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, Boomer was a very happy rat. As I said in another comment, he was too dumb to ever be sad. <3 Glad you're enjoying the B/B fics. :)
sotobowsotobow on January 28th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
"Stiffen the Sinews"
Just wanted to let you know that I am reading your StS and even with the heavy tragedy in it (I had to skip/skim parts b/c some of it was pretty rough to read), it is very good and I can't seem to stop reading it (all the characters are written so well that my heart just aches for them). I always know that what you write will be good (you have an amazing way with characters and just make them pop in their stories), so I knew I had to read it. And I'm glad I did. :)

I loved both Bane and Blake in the movie (and Talia - I thought she was just the coolest thing), and I love Nadiya as well. It's a very sad story, but you give it a few light moments as well. The shift in worldview from our world to theirs is interesting. Things are different there, and horrible things here are necessities there. That comes across very well in the story.

I don't often read WIPs, but I haven't read a story of yours that you haven't finished, so I figured I could start. I'm looking forward to updates. You've got me really invested in the characters, now. :) You also have a way of writing that allows me to read things that I normally would find too rough to read (like major violence) - you write it in a way that is realistic enough that I believe every single character, but that is also done in a way that's not *too* real, you know? I'm not sure if that makes sense, and if it doesn't just know that it's meant as a big compliment.

In short, I love the whole story and am really looking forward to updates. :)
sotobowsotobow on January 28th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: "Stiffen the Sinews"
And I'm so sorry to hear about your rat! :(
darkravenwrotedarkravenwrote on March 4th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
For the love of GOD, please right more Blake/Bane, if only for the sanity of a fellow writer! I will assign you a masterful promp - after painstaking amounts of thought! - if that's what it takes!