Happy? Anniversary!

Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:22 am
keaalu: (Pulsar)
Title: Happy? Anniversary!
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Notes: Happy 10th Birthday, Blue Universe!

Warp and Pulse swap notes on how long they've been together and managed to not kill each other (intentionally or otherwise). So, Starscream still lives with a bunch of obnoxious glitches. (No sympathy. He brings it on himself.)

OK technically this is a month late, I started posting Screaming Blue in April 2008. But still, 10 years! *throws confetti*

Other links out: [link to AO3] [link to ff.net] [Link to tumblr] [Link to devART]

After a day spent locked in battle with THE most wilfully obtuse bunch of self-serving councillors on his side of the planet – and coming within a wing-width of FEEDING Waveguide all his carefully-drafted budget assessments – Starscream had been looking forwards to a quiet night to himself. )
keaalu: (Seem icon)
Look at this! OMG. 😍

My awesome friend Exie (who is totally NOT a brick) wrote a ficlet that follows on from the one I just posted, with the exception that hers is infinitely more adorable.

Late Nights and Early Mornings

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Thundercracker (Transformers), Starscream (Transformers), Skywarp (Transformers), Skyfire (Transformers), Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Summary: Celerity finds out TC has a hobby, and that his family is loud (but that wasn’t news to anyone).

Take the Initiative

Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:28 pm
keaalu: (Pulsar)
Title: Take the Initiative
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13 I guess? Do TF cusswords count as swearing? *ponders*
Notes: Tired of watching Celerity allllways sighing at TC's office door, Skywarp takes the initiative to play matchmaker. It doesn’t go quite as planned, but it isn’t a total disaster, either.

Not sure precisely when this is set, other than "some time between Future Tense and Remember Me".

And additional NB: Lara is a BIG girl – not quite as big as Hardline, but close (taller than new-model Seekers, definitely), and built rather like a brick outhouse. She's... not sure how much she likes being THAT BIG.

Other links out: [link to AO3] [link to ff.net] [Link to tumblr] [Link to devART]

“Grounders,” Skywarp snorted, deliberately baiting Thundercracker's deputy for a response. “Never can handle their high-octane fuels.” )
keaalu: (Pulsar)
So I wasn't planning on uploading this but eh, it's productivity. I spotted this on tumblr this morning and I went "oops. I think this is me right now?"

In case it disappears, it says:
"real writing tip sometimes you write your best stuff when you don’t even try or don’t even think about ever publishing it or doing anything with it
you go: imma write this for me and next thing you know you’ve written 60K and you have an entire world and plot and you wonder why you didn’t indulge yeARS AGO
"
(Audrey Rose B.)

I'm still not really planning on doing anything with this, but it's still productivity, right? And we all know what they say about plans.

Some disjointed notes! Kitty-giraffe is lost, cold, and wet )

Maybe now she'll get out of my head?
keaalu: (horrified whitesides)
Title (chapter): Remember Me (06)
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Muuuch later than I wanted, but it's better late than never, right?

In which Skywarp comes up with a plan to rescue the kids! It’s a terrible plan, but it’s better than no plan at all – right, Screamer? He probably ought to have run it past his bros before swinging straight into carrying it out, though.

Slipstream had already lost track of the number of times he’d been sent sprawling, when his captors finally hustled him into a cell and kicked his feet out from under him again. )

All Begins with "P"

Saturday, 13 January 2018 11:41 am
keaalu: A particularly useless cycle lane. (Cycle-route terror)
...plagiarism, passive-aggressive, petty, pranks, and paint!

Skywarp doesn't have a whole lot of good ideas, but when Starscream SOMEONE steals the few he does have? Well.

Prepare for war, dudes.

Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Notes: This year hasn't started out fantastic, from a creative point of view, which is what gave birth to this little short. Trying to get it out of my system, haha. A vindictive Skywarp and exploding paintcans was the easy part; it was difficult to figure out how to start it, though, so I'm sorry it's a little rushed / untidy. I am apparently the queen of passive-aggressive. (I uploaded the rough draft of this to another site the other day; never doing THAT again. I’m only sharing drafts with people I trust, from now on.)

For the record, TC is more immediately worried about getting the paint off the bathroom. Screamer will probably be sullen and embarrassed if they have to chip him out of a paint straightjacket, but he will be unbearable if he can’t use the washracks.

Read more... )

Aviation Flu

Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:24 pm
keaalu: Three colourful speech balloons (Coloured balloons)
Title (chapter): Aviation Flu
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13
Notes: The other day, I caught a cold. I’ve been lucky and not had a bad one in years, so I suppose it was due. On the bus on the way home, Skywarp came out in sympathy. Misery loves company?

“Aviation Flu” is courtesy of a colleague who accidentally called avian flu that a few times; I used to like to wonder if it was what you caught if you worked with aeroplanes? But actually, maybe it’s what you catch if you are an aeroplane.

It was obvious from the moment Pulsar came online, to find her Seeker venting excessively warm air and with pumps that seemed to be buzzing, that Skywarp wasn’t in particularly good health, that orn. )
keaalu: (Default)
This one's actually on time, though!

Title (chapter): Remember Me (05)
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13
Notes: In which certain old "friends" finally answer the phone, but didn't count on two teleports foiling their attempts at theatre.

It really shouldn’t have taken this long for their call to Earth to be answered. Starscream paced and muttered to himself the whole time. ''They’re doing this on purpose. Keeping me waiting.'' )
keaalu: I say I am writing, but actually I have a game of solitaire open (nano procrastinate)
Iiiii should have posted this a week and a half ago but I am terrible at remembering to post anything on here. ¬_¬

Title (chapter): Remember Me (04)
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13
Notes: In which Slipstream realises just how big this thing might be that he and Dash are caught up in, and Starscream finally gets back from New Vos to a hostile welcome.

The command centre on Nemesis was every bit as sickly purple and ostentatiously oversized as Slipstream remembered it. He didn’t remember ever seeing it from THIS angle, though. ''Show proper respect to your new master, scum!'' )
keaalu: (Default)
Title (chapter): Future Tense (14)
Series: Transformers, G1-based “Blue” AU
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Where Skywarp flies out to New Vos to avoid Thundercracker I MEAN visit his fellow alien-abductee, and gets a little useful information to add to his campaign to get-starscream-interested-in-this-if-it-kills-me. You can't avoid your wingmates forever, though. And didn't anyone ever tell you that saying "if it kills me" is really tempting fate...?

‘‘Future Tense’’, Chapter Fourteen )

Only Human

Friday, 30 September 2016 01:06 am
keaalu: (horrified whitesides)
This plotless incomplete ficbit appeared out of the ether the other night and refused to budge until I’d written a little of it. I don't think it's going to go anywhere and no, I have zero idea of context ^__^ . I haven't got as far as wondering WHY any of it happened.

I have a second idea lurking in the wings – “Nothing Set in Stone” – which is also product of a dream, but that one can wait. I haven’t even decided if I want to upload it. It’s gone a bit weird. (People will probably be able to guess at least some elements of the plot based on the title and my love of puns.)

Plotless fluff below cut )
keaalu: (Seem icon)
Disclaimer: As ever, author neither claims nor intentionally implies ownership of the 'Transformers' brand, or any canon character or concept herein, who are copyright 1984-present Hasbro/etc and used with much love and respect to their creators.

A/N: Gosh, has it really been 2 years? I’m so sorry. (In my defence, I haven’t been concentrating on other projects, work has been busy and I pretty much haven’t written anything. Getting out of the drought is tricky!)

Chapter under cut for length. )
keaalu: A picture of a box of pencils, with the word prolific, to show how busy I am! (Prolific pencils)
Disclaimer: As ever, author neither claims nor intentionally implies ownership of the 'Transformers' brand, or any canon character or concept herein, who are copyright 1984-present Hasbro/etc and used with much love and respect to their creators.

A/N: Sorry again for the delay, haha. I just thought I’d got my groove back… and my PC decided it wasn’t going to play by the rules. (To the extent that I had to buy a whole new damn PC before I could get on with writing. Argh.)

Chapter under cut for length. (teehee, ''length'') )

(Edit: argh, autocorrect. It's councillor.)

Seek/bike

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 11:46 pm
keaalu: Keep calm and carry on style icon that reads no I will not keep calm and you can fuck off (fuck off)
A little bit of something that I've been playing with, since I saw the prompt "wearing each other's clothes" in a meme. ^__^ (I'm totally not putting off struggling to finish a chapter of FT, honest)

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After working all through the night, helping co-ordinate a rescue after a derelict skyscraper had collapsed on the Rustig border, Thundercracker was tired. He sat in the big chair facing the huge window, watching a flier stitch contrails into an insipid mackerel sky, nursing half a cube of high-grade and waiting for the sun to show itself before finally retiring to his room to get some much-needed down time.

He pinched the bridge of his nose and concentrated on bleeding off a little of the pressure in his helm. Getting all the injured parties out from under the rubble and shipped off to hospital had been fairly draining, and he could really have done with Skywarp’s help, but the teleport had been in a particularly funny mood. He’d mainly just got under everyone’s feet, before finally disappearing and turning off his locator beacon altogether.

It was only a general lack of energy that stopped Thundercracker going in search of his errant wingmate and delivering the well-earned punch in the head that had Skywarp’s name on it.

Calm, TC. Think how nice and cool and fresh your energon is. Think how good it’ll feel to get all your gyroscopes rebalanced, all your coolant lines depressurised, all your memory defragmented. When you get up, you’ll feel like a new mech.

He watched the sun begin to peek over the horizon, blushing an insipid morning sky with a subtle pink glow, and snorted at himself. Once I’ve strangled Skywarp, maybe. He deactivated his optics and allowed the play of morning sunlight across his enamel to lull him into a pleasant doze.

He was at the point of finally offlining altogether when the shrill squeal of outrage blasted into his awareness, rudely stripping away the layers of comfortable dormancy. Worryingly, it was male. More worryingly, it wasn’t Starscream. The blue Seeker leaped out of his chair, barely maintaining his sleepy balance, and collided with one of the easy chairs, already looking for attackers-

The house appeared to be empty… save for the raised voices, coming from Skywarp’s suite. Great. Knocking the bolts out of his wingmate's thick head could wait until he'd dealt with whoever was trying to kill him. Punching the fragger was a privilege only trinemates were party to.

Thundercracker launched himself at the upstairs level, narrowly avoiding crashing into the skylight, and vaulted over the mezzanine wall, already broadcasting an emergency code to unlock the door.

Barging through, weapons charged and ready for anything, he was not prepared for what he found. “What in Pit-?”

Two strangers occupied the berth. A large, bemused, mostly-white female Seeker with blue cheek flashes and a smooth helm, and a small, dark bike, glaring at his hands with a murderous expression in his crimson optics, blazing hot enough to melt sheet metal. It was the hottest, most baleful crimson glow the blue jet had seen in a long time, very nearly bright enough to light the entire room.

Or-… wait. The closer Thundercracker looked, the more he realised that the pair weren’t so unfamiliar, after all. The big femme bore the trademark police Battenburg in blue and yellow, the vivid squares marching up each wing, and in place of audio venting, she bore a rounded blue crystal lens on each side of her head. By contrast, the little dark mech was primarily black, with a smart silver “waistcoat”, and extremities such a lurid purple that it couldn’t be anyone other than-

Skywarp?” Thundercracker finally let his hands drop back to his sides, and straightened up, able only to gawp.

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(It's nearly Nanowrimo, noooo)
keaalu: Why are you being so gullible and out of character? (Gullible OOC)
Can you believe it? Close to 2 years after I last posted something (seriously, it was the 7th July 2011 - I was sure it was later than that), I HAVE A NEW CHAPTER TO UPLOAD!

Title (chapter): Future Tense (chapter 10)
Series: Transformers, G1-based (“Blue” AU)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Sometimes, figuring out where you are involves a little more than just updating your maps. Skywarp finds himself swimming against the tide, somewhat.

Chapter under cut to save space )

(Edit: D'oh, forgot my tags.)

Future Tense

Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:58 am
keaalu: Why are you being so gullible and out of character? (Gullible OOC)
I think I already mentioned it somewhere, but back in December I finally joined AO3 / Archive of Our Own.

I have now started to reupload my work there, starting (of course) with "Future Tense" - and because I really, really did not like the rushed, semi-jokey style of the first part (particularly the first two chapters) I'm slightly rewriting them as I go. :)

Chapters 1-4 have been edited and uploaded; the gist of the plot is the same, but there's less rubbish and slightly less horrible dialogue. I'm working on 5 and 6 at the moment. Hopefully, 7,8 and 9 won't need too much doing on them, as they're more recent (and less execrable).

Then, THEN! I should have a new chapter to upload! Woo. I'm working on 10 as we speak. I also have a file on my computer titled "plot reworking.docx", which should help me keep on track with my storyline and not derail myself again.

SUCCESS. I always said I'd get back to this story. Finally, I found my way ^^

(In the future, I hope to edit the worst of the clunk out of SMB and Warped, and get them reuploaded as well. Just don't expect it too soon, haha)
keaalu: A picture of a box of pencils, with the word prolific, to show how busy I am! (Prolific pencils)
Just a little newsy thing: I have finally* got my invite through for "Archive of Our Own" and begun to set things up! I'll link to it once I've worked out what the URL is, haha.

I'm going to be uploading the Blue trilogy over there, first of all, but I'll be editing them a little first - not hugely, and not really too much "plot wise", but the grammar is horrible and the start of "Screaming Blue Murder" is a little wobbly, since I wasn't too familiar with how the characters wanted to come across. (TC and Warp were somewhat surprise additions, if I'm honest. I'm glad they decided to join in, though.)

(* I requested the invite on 25/09/2012. I got the invite on 01/12/12, so it's a sliiight lie that I "just got" the invite. The sentiment is fairly unchanged, though.)

Edit: All right, I think this is the address to use. There's nothing there yet is all, haha.
Keaalu on the Archive of Our Own
keaalu: (Easily distracted)
Title (chapter): Future Tense (09)
Series: Transformers, G1-based (“Blue” AU)
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Ugh. Sorry this one's taken sooo looong. (I seem to say that every time, but this time it's particularly true. 7 months, erp.) I've had another couple of stories on the go at the same time, and ended up getting writer's block on them all. I still haven't QUITE got over it, but egh. This is mostly another talky non-chapter – I'm having issues with my plot. XD There's some gremlins got in here and caused some odd formatting since I uploaded it - random numbers have popped up in the middle of some words - I think I caught it all, but it's getting late, so if I missed any, I apologise.

‘‘Future Tense’’, Chapter Nine )
keaalu: (grrskai)
Title (chapter): Future Tense (08)
Series: Transformers, G1-based (“Blue” AU)
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Haha wtf, HOW long did you say between updates? Sorry I've been soooo slooow. This WOULD have been up a lot sooner, but Skywarp was misbehaving, then NaNoWriMo got in the way.

To answer the few questions I've had directed at me: no, I am not refitting the characters so they look like those strange, bendy-looking designs from the newer "Animated" series. (To be perfectly honest, that people might think that hadn't even occurred to me, so I apologise to those people who were getting worried – or vice versa.) Starscream (rightly or wrongly) pointed out that you can't bitch about the energy crisis, but still continue on the exact same way you have been down the millennia. In my mind's eye. I "see" something more like a tetrajet, just with bilateral (not trilateral) symmetry, so sort of "flatter", and with broader wings. Root mode is essentially G1, just slightly "lighter"/less bulky.

Edit: Thanks to skywarped for spotting my timeline flubs. XD I hope it reads a little less confusingly now. :)

‘‘Future Tense’’, Chapter Eight )

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