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May. 18th, 2016

The Good, The Bad and The Oz Drabble Tree!!!

Just a reminder that The Good, The Bad, And The Oz Drabble Tree is open at oz_wishing_well, and waiting for your drabbles right now!!!  So get over there and FOCUS PEOPLE!  Write a drabble now! 

Here's a little gift to help you get yourselves in the right mood for Oz.  Enjoy!!








Woo hoo!!!


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/279721.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Mar. 4th, 2016

Last Minute Lyric Wheel Reminder!



What?!?!

You didn't get around to submitting lyrics for the Oz Lyric Wheel?
That's okay, there are still plenty of excellent lyrics left to claim.
It's not necessary to have submitted lyrics to write for the Wheel,
all you need is to be inspired by them.
And you can interpret the lyrics any way you want!

So why are you still here?
You should be over at the Oz Lyric Wheel,
choosing lyrics for your next Oz story!
Go! Shoo! Hurry!!!
Today is your last chance!!!

Oz Lyric Wheel


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/279474.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Feb. 20th, 2016

An Oz Lyric Wheel Challenge!



Once upon a time, there was a Yahoo group called Oz Lyric Wheel. 
Songs were hummed, stories were written, and all was right with the world. 
:::cue flute music and birdsongs:::
Chirp Chirp

But then, the tradition faded away, and all we
had left were the memories (and the excellent stories, of course.)

~sigh~

One day, not too long ago, [personal profile] ozsaur  and [personal profile] trillingstar 
were talking about all the great songfic at the old Wheel,
and they were struck with the idea that maybe it was time for a new Lyric Wheel
Now I know that not everyone likes songfic, but this is different. 
You don't have to quote the lyrics in the story, you just have to be inspired by the lyrics. 
And you get to choose the lyrics you want to write about. 
Cool, huh?

I say this is a win/win!  So go digging around
your old eight-track/vinyl/cassette/cd/m3p collections,

hop over to the Oz Lyric Wheel,

and share the lyrical love, people!


February 19: Sign ups open
February 26: Sign ups close
February 27: Claiming opens
March 4: Claiming closes
April 1: Posting begins!

Yay!!!

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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/279071.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Feb. 7th, 2016

Fic: BtVS, Knight in Shining Armor, Spike/Xander, NC17

It's been a while since I've posted.  A lot has happened, but I'll save that for another post.  For now, I have a story, and some good news.

Buffy fans, or at least Spike/Xander fans, will be glad to know that laazikaat has been seen lurking around SpanderFiles, and she's made a few changes.  Okay, maybe lurking is the wrong word...since she's the owner and all, but you know what I mean.  She's simplified the face of the site, to make it easier to access on mobile devices, and she's added the endings to a few longer works that had been ongoing since she'd last been around.  She hasn't started adding any new works, but it's a start, and we're glad to see her back.  Yay!!!

It looks like maybe Lady Q is back as well, since I saw her leaving Spander story announcements on the ShoutBox recently. Yay!  Which leads me to my final piece of good news:  stillrose is back, and has finished There's Always a Sneer in Vegas!  Woo hoo!!!!  Applause!  Cheers!!!!  You can't tell I'm excited, can you?  She's only been writing it for about a gazillion years!  Okay, close to a decade, but that's close enough.  I haven't read the last several chapters, yet, so DON'T SPOIL ME!!!  Thanks.  Anyway, if you haven't read it yet, but you like Apocafictic Spander, with a side of ... everything, you should read Sneer. Really.  You should.  I occasionally twinge at a typo, but these things happen, and at close to 350,000 words, this is an epic story that deserves to be read.  So do it.  Oh, it's on AO3 now, as well:  There's Always a Sneer in Vegas


And now, back to Dusty's fic: here's the newest one.  Hope you like it.  (Just don't expect 350k words!)

Title: Knight in Shining Armor
Fandom: BtVS
Author: dustandroses
Characters: Spike/Xander
Rating: NC17
Genre: First Time, Humor
Warnings: None
Summary: Spike is stuck with Xander, cleaning out an old, old rodent's nest.  What they find inside may bore them, but who knows, maybe it will change their lives.
Spoilers: Through Season Five, I guess
Word Count: 4746 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this story taken from the following tamingthemuse prompts - Prompt #497: Cuirass, Prompt #498: Gefilte Fish
Notes: Links to info on medeival armor, cuirass, and muscle crirass from the Greek period.


Knight in Shining Armor


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/279021.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Oct. 22nd, 2015

I loves me some Oz!

This is it, guys!

Tomorrow is the last day, so go sign up for oz_magi, okay?



 
Feel free to use this banner for oz_magi pimps!


 
PS - there's a new fish in Oz called macaroncey, and they made dinner.  Go check it out on Oz_graffiti, all right?


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/278647.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Oct. 17th, 2015

It's Oz Magi time again!

Sweet!

So...uh... You may notice that you've seen this banner before.  I kind of swiped it from last year's pimp.  But hey, I made it, I can use it more than once if I want, right?  That's right!  So what are you gonna do about it, huh?  Screw you!  I don't need your kind of negativity in my pimp post, so just get out of here and...um...

:::clears throat:::

Looks like I got a little carried away, huh?

Sorry.  Thinking about Oz does that to me, ya know?

So yeah...go sign up for oz_magi , okay?



 
Feel free to use this banner for oz_magi pimps!


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/278477.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Sep. 13th, 2015

Last Chance for Spook Me!!!



It's the thirteenth, people! 
If you're signing up for Spook Me, today is your last chance!







The Spook Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon 2015!



All fandoms are welcome. Stories can be Gen, Het, Slash or Femmeslash. All ratings are accepted. This is a very low-key challenge, no minimum or maximum word counts. Drabbles and ficlets are fine. Monster epics are great too! But please make sure the story is complete.

You can sign up at Live Journal's spook_me or at </a></b></a>[info]spook_me's Dreamwidth journal. (You do not need an LJ or DW account to participate. As long as you have an email address where I can send your prompts, you can sign up.)


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/278157.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Sep. 10th, 2015

Fic: BtVS, Nosh, Spike/Xander, NC17

The last of three fic for the Reviving Spander Ficathon.  I still have four Buffy fic to post over the next week or so, that I've been  putting off for various reasons, I'll try to get to at least one of those soon, but hopefully, this will hold you over until then!


Title: Nosh
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: NC17
Genre: Humor, PWP
Warnings: None
Summary: Spike wants to bite Xander, but Xander's not so sure about that.
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 1464 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompt: #448: Rabies
Notes: For the Reviving Spander Ficathon.
    Nosh: verb - to eat enthusiastically or greedily.


Nosh at AO3

Nosh at LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/277847.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Fic: BtVS, Twelfth, Spike/Xander, R

The second of three for the Reviving Spander Ficathon.


Title: Twelfth
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: R
Genre: Dark, Vamp!Xander
Warnings: Dark, Temporary Major Character Death, Permanent Minor Character Death
Summary: Spike watches Xander fight, and reminisces about how they got to the twelfth.
Spoilers: Somewhere into Season Four
Word Count: 1391 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompt: #464: Coltish
Notes: AU - The story ignores the comics for the most part.


Twelfth at AO3

Twelfth
at LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/277711.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Fic: BtVS, Rebound, Spike/Xander, R

The first of three stories for the Reviving Spander ficathon.  Thanks to lusciousxander for holding the ficathon!


Title: Rebound
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: R
Genre: Pre-slash, First Kiss
Warnings: None
Summary: Spike and Xander are trapped, and the boredom is killing them.
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 1250 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompts: #453: Ooze & #454: Outcast
Notes: For the Reviving Spander Ficathon.


Rebound at AO3

Rebound at LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/277251.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Sep. 7th, 2015

The Spook Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon 2015!




OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!! It's back!





When the chill winds of autumn rattle the bare limbs of the trees,
and dark clouds race across the face of the moon,
the veil between worlds lifts to reveal:

The Spook Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon 2015!



Aren't you excited?

All fandoms are welcome. Stories can be Gen, Het, Slash or Femmeslash. All ratings are accepted.


Signups end September thirteenth!


This is a very low-key challenge, no minimum or maximum word counts. Drabbles and ficlets are fine. Monster epics are great too! But please make sure the story is complete.

You can sign up at Live Journal's spook_me or at [personal profile] spook_me's Dreamwidth journal. (You do not need an LJ or DW account to participate. As long as you have an email address where I can send your prompts, you can sign up.)


Feel free to promote/pimp the challenge everywhere that it is allowed - the banner is free to use.



Get busy people! You only have a week to sign-up!!!


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/277079.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Aug. 16th, 2015

Fic: Oz, Cranky Calls, Diane Wittlesey & Ensemble, R

This story was intended for August 2 on Summer of Oz, but I just got it finished last night.  It's a good thing I talked [personal profile] ozsaur into giving us an amnesty for fic that didn't make it onto their respective days, huh?  Whew!  It's a lot longer than I expected, and not as humorous as intended.  As a matter of fact, it got plain old angsty there for a minute or two.  But it does have some humor in it, so I'm keeping that in the header, so there.

[personal profile] ozsaur  told me this story would be 5k by the time I finished it, and I told her No Way!  So I'm glad it's only a little bit over 4k, because I'd be embarrassed otherwise...  Of course I was expecting 2k, so I was way off base, huh?  I hope you enjoy it, anyway.


Title: Cranky Calls
Fandom: HBO's Oz
Author: dustandroses
Characters: Diane Wittlesey, Ensemble
Rating: R (for a little language)
Genre: Humor, Angst, Gen, The Routine - day to day life in Oz
Warnings: None
Summary: Em City's Head C.O. Diane Wittlesey is grouchy, but she's not the only one.
Spoilers: Through Season Two, Episode Seven: Animal Farm
Word Count: 4378 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompts #471: Crank Call, #472 Picaroon, and #473 Feculent
Notes: The idea for this fic supplied by Ozsaur, with much thanks!
One line from Part One is quoted from Season One, Episode One: The Routine, written by Tom Fontana.  See if you can find it, Ozzies!
Written for the Summer of Oz on oz_wishing_well.


Cranky Calls on AO3

Cranky Calls on LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/276737.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Jul. 7th, 2015

Fic: Oz, Green-Eyed Monster, Murphy/McManus, NC17

It's time for my second contribution to Summer of Oz, and my first SOZ Porn Tuesday contribution.  Okay, so the story is not just a PWP, there's actually a bit of plot in there somewhere...  But there is definitely sex, so it counts, right?  Of course right!

Enjoy!


Title: Green-Eyed Monster
Fandom: HBO's Oz
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Sean Murphy/Tim McManus
Rating: NC17
Genre: First Time, Jealousy, Porn Fic
Warnings: None
Summary: Howell tries to play McManus, but her plan backfires on her.
Spoilers: Through Season Three, Episode Four - Unnatural Disasters
Word Count: 4274 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompts #465: Flashback, #466: Anthomancy, and #467: Snowflake.  vanillalime suggested the Summer of Oz prompt, which can be found at the end of the story.
Notes: The name and the quote at the beginning of the story are from Shakespeare's play Othello, Act 3, Scene 3.
Graphic by Dustandroses, photos found on the web.
Written for the Summer of Oz on oz_wishing_well.








This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/276706.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Jun. 28th, 2015

Fic: Oz, The Scent of Church Incense, Alvarez & Mukada friendship, PG13

This fic was originally prompted by myhappyface, in February of 2010 for the second Oz Free For All.  I wrote it late, and then it languished in my files awaiting a beta.  It seemed like all my favorite betas were busy, so I just kinda of forgot about it for a while (FIVE YEARS?)  I brushed it off for Summer of Oz, did a bit of rewriting, got it betaed (finally!), and made a banner for it.  So yeah, everything old is new again, right?



banner by dustandroses



Title: The Scent of Church Incense
Fandom: HBO's Oz
Author: dustandroses
Beta: ozsaur, my hero and shit
Pairing: Miguel Alvarez & Father Ray Mukada friendship
Rating: PG13
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Friendship Fic
Warnings: Canon Suicide Attempt, Canon Typical Violence
Summary: After he takes Rivera's eyes, Miguel slowly decends into madness trapped in a small Solitary cell.  What he needs is a friend.  Who knows, maybe Ray Mukada needs a friend, too.
Spoilers: Through Season Three, Episode Three - Legs
Word Count: 3051 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: This fic was originally prompted by myhappyface, in February of 2010 for the second Oz Free For All.  I went back and looked for the prompt, but since she's changed her name, all her old comments were deleted.  I hope this fic fits the prompt - if she even remembers making it...  So I give it to you all.  Enjoy!
Notes: Super-duper thanks to trillingstar, who did a last-second beta of my banner, and searched her entire massive collection of fonts for just the right one.


The Scent of Church Incense at AO3

The Scent of Church Incense - at Dusty's LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/276307.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Jun. 15th, 2015

Uh oh...time is getting short!

Have you signed up for the Summer of Oz, yet?

The last official day for sign-ups is tomorrow - June 16!  Of course, [personal profile] ozsaur  said she's being generous, and if you sign up before the 20th, she won't turn you away.  There are still two Porn Tuesday's open in July.  Gasp!   So go over and sign up today, dammit!

There are some excellent prompts on the prompts list, so you should check them out.  I want someone to write the one about why Cutler chose to leave Alvarez everything he owned, and the one where Richie Hanlon survives, and the kinky Beecher/O'Reily one, too. Plus the one about Dino Ortolani surviving!  Can't forget that one.  Then there's the one where Tim starts to have erotic dreams about Sean...

I need these!

SOMEONE NEEDS TO WRITE THEM NOW!!!!

So go sign up, please?


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/276143.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Jun. 3rd, 2015

Sign up for Summer of Oz!


All right, you prags!  Get your asses over to oz_wishing_well and sign up for

Summer of Oz! 

A summer of Oz art, fiction, meta, whatever you want to do!  Days are filling up fast, over half the days are already taken.  There are only THREE Porn Tuesdays left, and only TWO days left in the Rare Characters/Pairings theme week!  Haven't written any Oz lately?  Now's the time!

I know I have friends here who know Oz, but have never written/done art for it.  Now's the time to take a dare, and treat us all to an icon or two, or a ficlet, or some graphics, maybe some gifs...  You know you wanna do it!  Or you can suggest prompts, to help some struggling writer/artist along.

The dates are June 20 thru August 10, and there's only one day left in June!.  All media allowed: writing, art, vids, meta, picspams, gifs!  You can do whatever you want!

You can read the rules here at the sign-up page

Here's a page for prompts for those who can't decide what to do - feel free to suggest prompts, or take them - help yourselves.


Remember: June 16th is the last day for sign-ups!  Do it now!

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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/275720.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

May. 31st, 2015

Fic: BtVS, Two Cherries on Top, Spike/Xander, NC17

I was eating chocolate ice cream while wondering what to do with this week's tamingthemuse prompt.  Then it hit me.  What kind of job would please Xander the most?  And this story was born.


Title: Two Cherries on Top
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: NC17
Genre: Humor, PWP
Warnings: Messy Sex
Summary: Xander creates a work of art, but refuses to share.
Spoilers: Basement of Doom-ish time range.
Word Count: 1221 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompt: #462: Magnum Opus
Notes: Just a little bit of fluff from Xander's new favorite job of the week.


Two Cherries on Top at AO3

Two Cherries on Top at LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/275617.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

May. 29th, 2015

Summer of Oz, anyone?

All right, you prags!  Get your asses over to oz_rapsheet, and tell Ozsuar you're interested in her newest idea: A Summer of Oz!!! 

I know I have friends here who know Oz, but have never written/done art for it.  Now's the time to take a dare, and treat us all to an icon or two, or a ficlet, or some graphics, maybe some gifs...  You know you wanna do it! 

The dates would be June 15 thru August 15, so there's plenty of days to pick from.  All media allowed: writing, art, vids, meta, picspams, gifs!  You can do whatever you want!

We need at least five more participants before she'll make it official, so get over to oz_rapsheet, and let her know you're in!


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/275240.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

Fic: BtVS, Mottled Skin, Angelus/Xander, NC17

Wrote this last week for tamingthemuse, but I've been really bad about posting things on time.  So I'm offering it to you tonight.  It's an odd pairing, for me, but it fit the prompt.

Enjoy!


Title: Mottled Skin
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Angelus/Xander
Rating: NC17
Genre: Master/Slave, Darkish
Warnings: Breath Play (Autoerotic Asphyxiation), Rough Sex, Underage Xander, NonCon
Summary: Xander bears his Master's bruises.
Spoilers: Vague Late Season Two?
Word Count: 738 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompt: #461: Leash
Notes: I labeled this NC17, although it could probably be taken as a rough R.  It just seems more explicit than it actually is.


Mottled Skin on AO3

Mottled Skin on Live Journal

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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/274956.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.

May. 10th, 2015

Fic: BtVS, Beast of Prey, Spike/Hyena!Xander, NC17

NOTE: The first thousand or so words of this story were released as a ficlet under the title "Predator and Prey."  Since I got so many comments about the need for more story on this one, I've been working on a longer version, and now present it as "Beast of Prey."

So if you recognize the first bit, keep reading, there's another six thousand words left of the story!



Title: Beast of Prey (aka Predator and Prey)
Fandom: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Author: dustandroses
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: NC17
Genre: First Time, Hyena!Xander
Warnings: None
Summary: Xander-bloody-Harris wasn't quite who he seemed to be...
Spoilers: Season One, Episode Six: The Pack & Season Five-ish?
Word Count: 7557 words
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em - not making any money off 'em. Dern it.
Prompt Notes: Inspiration for this fic taken from tamingthemuse prompts: #455: Smirk, #456: Consanguineal, #457: Fugacious, #458: Twister, and #459: Kokopelli
Notes: The story takes place in some vague Season Five space, but the only real spoilers are for Season One: The Pack.
Thank you to everyone who asked for more of this story.  I was happy to oblige.  I hope you like it.


Beast of Prey (aka Predator and Prey) at AO3

Beast of Prey (aka Predator and Prey) at LJ


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This entry was originally posted at http://dustandroses.dreamwidth.org/274852.html. Feel free to comment here or at Dreamwidth.