Sweeten Ch4 up on AO3

Chapter 4 of Sweeten the Bitter Dregs is now up on Archive of Our Own.

In other news, still working on Pearl of Fire edits.

I’ve also roughed out a short missing scene fic for Nagi no Asukara. Not my usual fare, but the bunnies jumped on part of ep 23/24 and would not let go. So far it’s spawned the aforementioned missing scene (Phone Call, about 5 pages) and started another that looks like it’ll be maybe 3 pages. Plus at least one more idea for yet another short bit. Oh boy.

I’m writing them down, for some of the same reasons that after you run a marathon you might take a few weeks of gentle short runs instead of galloping off into another one. ATM I really need the promise of “this will be finished quickly” to get myself moving on writing anything. Hoping to build up my energy reserves this way so I can get back to some of the longer stuff.


27 thoughts on “Sweeten Ch4 up on AO3

  1. As much fun as it is to read your stuff, I hope you don’t burn out. I’m sure that it will be interesting even if they don’t go anywhere.

    Also, got your book yesterday, will read it tomorrow after work finishes jerking me around it, it being here makes my weekend look better!

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  2. First thought: “That’s not a last chapter, that’s a cliffhanger!”
    Second thought: “Oh, yeah, she did already mention a sequel in the works…”

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      1. >
        The next can cross over with things.
        Zuko: “Remind me to set the Avatar on fire the next time I see him for this insanity.”

        Toph: “Zuko, you can’t blame Aang for every weird thing that happens to you and me.”

        Zuko: “The hell I can’t!”

        Jack: “Are you two seriously having a couples spat in the middle of a freaking zombie attack?!?”

        Teruko: “Why not? It’s not like it’s limiting my Lord and Lady’s combat capabilities.”

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      2. You know, Kabaneri’s tech level could plausibly fit post Aang, and I’m not committed to having Korra. (And I must remind myself that Katara’s mother is dead, next time I have sense to spare on that one project.) Yeah, yeah, bending maybe ruins the power levels, making it kinda pointless.

        Wanders off babbling into the night about crossovers….

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      3. >
        Amusing as the bunnies find the image… no. 🙂
        Well a Nagi no Asukara mix would presumably be pretty short.
        -Character looks at zombie hordes on land-
        “You know, let’s stay in the sea, lot safer here.”
        :The End:

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      4. Not if I’m borrowing directly from canon…

        But I’m tired stupid, at least as far as the bunnies are concerned. If someone mentioned, say, twenty thousand leagues under the sea, and earth defense force mao chan, they would probably insist that it is a great idea, and should be combined with mack bolan, afterschool military activity, no one lives forever, and desolate era.

        Maybe they’ll stop the nonsense if I go find some eigenvectors.

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      5. So you’re crossing it over with Thomas the Tank Engine and the Little Engine Who Could?

        I could never really get into Thomas, probably because I was either too old or too young to appreciate it.


      6. I’m actually as big a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine as a person can be without having actually read the books, or seen any of the shows in years. I wanted to be really useful when I grew up.


  3. None of the pregnant women are drinking pine needle tea, I hope?

    Apparently bitter melon tea is your Japanese vitamin C thing in the summer, but it’s also bad for pregnant ladies. But maybe there is a stash of yuzu preserves for them. I mean, there’s honey, so there could be preserves. Or potatoes.

    Umeboshi (salt-pickled ume), maybe? I mean, they’re apricots, they should have Vitamin C. And it’s the kind of thing that samurai would pack along as a battle food, or that you could buy and sock away easily; or make out of ume in the summer if you had enough salt and drying space, and then sock away easily in a big jar.

    Yes, this is kinda strange to focus on. But sometimes it seems like half the herb teas in creation have a bad effect on pregnancy.

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    1. This is what I tell students who are doing a research paper:

      Look at Wikipedia or Infogalactic. Don’t read the article; the article is useless. Look at the sources.
      Read the sources and look at the source’s sources. Read those and look at their sources.
      If applicable, find the technical journals and look at those. Look at their sources.

      The closer you can get to the original research, excavation, or technical specifications, the better off you are. It will allow you to draw your own conclusions based on the original data, rather than trying to look at things through layers of interpretations and interpretations of those interpretations.

      Which is not to say that those layers of interpretation are useless – they represent the evolving understanding within the field, and it is useful to know what the state of thinking on the field is, and what conclusions have been tested and rejected and why.

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    2. I’m tempted to give a facetious answer that starts with ‘read Kipling’, and continues on for very many words.

      The serious answer is that there are three basic approaches to writing engineering that are used in fiction.

      The first is ‘engineer as wizard’. This is easiest, but it tends to come off a bit wrong if someone knows what to look for.

      The second is doing a ton of research. The problems you are writing into the story will not match any engineering that has been done and written about publicly. So you add up bits and pieces of many different projects until you can counterfeit the feel of it. This works well for a lot of uses, as long as you don’t give out enough details for the engineers in your audience to completely analyze what is going on.

      The third is doing a ton of research. A writer who is also a trained and experienced engineer can counterfeit the look and feel of an impossible device, as long as they do enough research. This is faster because you can zero in on exactly the problems you want to write about. This is slower, because you have to do a lot of the work yourself, or find a specialist in whatever obscure area you are interested in. Because a lot of the well trod paths are for physically possible devices. (If one is writing engineering fiction about physically possible devices whose design is well understood, one will have letters from readers who specialize in that field of engineering if one doesn’t do enough research.)

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