Title: Revelation
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Word Count: 4,200
Characters: Sam, Dean, Mary, Lucifer, original hunter characters
Genre: gen, hurt/comfort, intense angst, some humor, heroism, badassery, family feels, the consequences of growing up without a mother, hunter gathering
Summary: It's a good thing Mary hasn't asked her sons much about what they've been up to while she was dead, because they'd just as soon she didn't know about most of it, especially Sam. Maybe she wouldn't want anything to do with him anymore, if she knew. Unfortunately, it's no longer his choice.

"Sam really didn't want their mom to know Sam had been some kind of freak who had visions and was the devil's chosen vessel, that they'd both spent a great deal of time in hell .... Looking back, there was very little to go on the list of 'things you want to tell your long-lost mother about.'"

Spoilers through 12.6.


I LOVE S12. I've often felt inspired to write fic, watching this season, but never so much as watching 12.6, which included or hinted at things I've always wanted to see in canon: mainly, for Sam and Dean to finally get some of their due from other hunters for all their amazing accomplishments, and for Mary to get to know about them too, so this fic is putting all of that that I wanted to see into a story, plus more. I hope you like!

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Title: Consequences
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2,200
Characters: Sam, Dean, Cas, OCs
Genre: gen, humor, kids, fluff, bunker
Summary: Soulless Sam got around quite a bit, and never faced a consequence ... until now.


I think we can all use something to make us smile this week ....


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Let's talk about vids, specifically one of the vids I made for gishwhes. The item said "At gishwhes headquarters, we do almost everything right, with one glaring exception: we have not yet commissioned a gishwhes theme-song. We need a catchy, 10-second jingle that we can play every time the Slangaroo takes the stage."

Here's what I did with it:



Initially, I had very ambitious plans for this video, with a loooooong caveat at the end, read like in those commercials where someone who can speak incredibly quickly is trying to get all the limitations and conditions in really fast, but I was struggling mightily with depression that day, and then I discovered the video was only supposed to be ten seconds, and simpler is usually better, so I hewed it down to the basics, and voila!

I knew exactly what I wanted for the graphic, and [livejournal.com profile] septembers_coda thought she might be able to pull something together in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint ... I could tell you stories about PowerPoint, but in sum, I've always thought of it as the lol MS Office program because, well, I've never given a slide-show presentation to anyone and never expect to, and the slides you can create in PowerPoint often seem to boil down to "This is a slide. The slide says I'm talking about _____. And indeed, now listen to me talk about _____."


Al Gore doll

The amount of information you can actually fit on one of those slides seems negligible and is generally a repetition of the most basic aspect of whatever the speaker is saying that, uh, probably didn't need a slide to be communicated or remembered. But enough about my prejudices! I can snicker about the uselessness of PowerPoint on my own time (but loooool).

ANYWAY

I tease [livejournal.com profile] septembers_coda because she uses MS Office for EVERYTHING. For gishwhes items that call for images, or a collage of images, or anything to do with images, I use an image editing program. She uses MS Word. Whatever the item calls for, she can come up with a way to use MS Office to complete it. I like to tell her that one day she'll create a full-length feature film using MS Office, because by gum if she didn't put together not one but two animated graphics for my videos in PowerPoint!

I asked her for the slangaroo (this year's gishwhes mascot) on some sort of rainbow-y or glittery background, hopping into the frame, and then sort of zooming in/coming out at the viewer. I figured out how to make it hop, and she did all the rest.

Meanwhile, back on the audio end of things ....

My image editing program might be hilariously outdated (but at least it's not a word processor! ;->), but I DO have good audio editing software! So I put together a little jingle, complete with tuba and xylophone (would any jingle be complete without them?), sang it as cheesily as I could muster, sped up the graphic, called attention to the asterisk in the best way MovieMaker would let me, and WE HAVE LAUNCH.

OKAY, POWERPOINT, I grant that you're not completely useless!

It's Throwback Thursday at [livejournal.com profile] amilliondays, where you post about something that USED to make you happy, even if you can't imagine ever being into it now! (Or even if you can.)

Here is mine:

HE-MAN AND SHE-RA. I used to watch both shows religiously every day when I got home from middle school. (Then, Voltron, but that's another post.) I even got my (much older) brother into them. She-Ra was probably the better show, but they were both all kinds of cheesy and ridiculous. (And imagine our delight when a live-action He-Man movie, starring Dolph Lundgren, came out not long later! Except it turned out to be really quite, uhhmmm ... S & M.)

I won't subject you to lots of pictures of He-Man (although please do yourself a favor and google "he-man cosplay" images); rather, I will share with you two videos, one a hilarious spoof video from a few years ago somebody made and put online of He-Man and friends singing a modern dance song:



And on what for me is a more poignant note, the full-length song from the pilot episode of She-Ra, a song which my brother hunted down on tape and got for me (not an easy feat, and he did it partly because he simply thought it was a great song), and which, years later, a friend in college was just as into (having gotten into it on his own, also being a big He-Man/She-Ra fan). It really is musically great, if you can get past all the silly sound effects and the Casiotone production:

Title: Catching Up
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, both funny and dark
Word Count: ~1,300
Characters: Dean, Sam, Walt, Roy

Summary: "When I come back, I'mma be pissed." Those were Dean's last words before Walt and Roy killed him, and Sam too. He's pissed, all right.


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Trying to talk about David Bowie is one of those things where there's so much to say, I'll probably end up saying nothing at all. Or so I imagined, but here I keep making posts. Here's a fun one, a short video of Ricky Gervais talking about being pen pals with Bowie:



Well, and hey, if we're talking about Bowie writing wonderful letters, then I should include this, as well.
Title: Night Closure
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, humor, badassery, very slight casefic, brothers on the road together
Characters: Sam, Dean, OMC
Word Count: 1,250
Summary: Something's off about the construction worker stopping traffic in the middle of the night on a mountain road all by himself in the middle of winter. Very off.



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Fic: Troll

Oct. 5th, 2015 08:38 pm
Title: Troll
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, casefic, humor
Characters: Sam, Dean, the thing they're hunting
Word Count: ~1000
Summary: Sam and Dean hunt a monster they never have before: a troll.


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Title: Hotel Blues
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: G
Word Count: 500
Characters: Sam, Dean, hotel clerks
Genre: gen, slice of life, humor, brief outside POV
Summary: The hotel room was nice ... too nice.


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CHECK IT OUT--[livejournal.com profile] sylvia_locust podficced my soulless!Sam humor duo of fics, "Donut Run" and "Donuts on the Run." Here's the podfic--with art, too!!! SO COOL--I've never been podficced before (although I just for the first time recorded one myself), and podficcing is just the coolest thing. Yay for reading out loud and hearing each other instead of just reading each other!

Anyway, she did a great job--check it out! :-D
Title: Backgammon
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] zelda_addict
Rating: G
Genre: gen, humor, brother time
Characters: Dean, Sam
Word Count: 290
Summary: Dean finds some games in a room in the bunker and convinces Sam to play them with him.

I promised the person who guessed all the code names for bands in this fic a congratulatory drabble (more like a ficlet, as it turned out), and this is it! [livejournal.com profile] zelda_addict, you rock! I deviated slightly from your prompt, hope that's all right.

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Title: Faithfully
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Recipient and Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mamapranayama
Fandoms: SPN/Psych crossover
Rating: PG for a teeny bit of language
Genre: gen, humor, resolution fic, case!fic (kinda), brother feels
Characters: Dean, Sam, Shawn, Gus, Lassiter, mention of Cain's bees
Word Count: ~3,400
Summary: Sam and Dean follow a lead on a possible werewolf case in Santa Barbara, where no one seems to be who they say they are at the local police department, especially that Shawn Spencer guy claiming to be a psychic ....

Written for the 3rd annual Spring Fic Exchange over at [livejournal.com profile] spn_bigpretzel. With fantastic art from [livejournal.com profile] mamapranayama!

Notes:

- Feel free to read even if you aren't familiar with Psych; I don't think it'll infringe on your enjoyment of the fic.

- Setting: late S9 for SPN (so I could have a little fun with Lassiter/Cain), early S2 for Psych (because that's all I've seen of Psych so far!).

- Setting a SPN fic in the latter half of S9 inevitably brings up Sam and Dean's relationship issues--I couldn't avoid addressing them, but a lighthearted fic also gave me an opportunity to handle them in a way that left me feeling happy--hopefully it'll do the same for you!

faithfullyart

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Title: Wild Animals
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG for language, non-graphic violence, and minor/non-graphic animal cruelty
Genre: gen, brotherly feels, some humor
Characters: Sam, Dean, OCs
Word Count: 1,100
Summary: Sam won't walk away and leave a coyote some rednecks have captured, so Dean can't, either.

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Fic: Idiots

Jan. 6th, 2014 06:53 pm
Title: Idiots
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, outsider pov, casefic, some humor, slice of Winchester life
Characters: Dean, Sam, OC
Word Count: 2,000
Summary: Some of the people the Winchesters help really don't want to be helped.

"Next that hustler was going to ask her for money; she just knew it."


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This looked like too much fun to resist ...

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Friday I ruled Canada as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). In May I gave change to a homeless guy (19 points). Last Wednesday I turned [livejournal.com profile] cleflink in for eating carbs (3 points). In April I signed my organ donor card (28 points). In February [livejournal.com profile] jagfanlj and I donated clothes to the needy (11 points).

Overall, I've been nice (761 points). For Christmas I deserve a red Radio-Flyer wagon!

Sincerely,
brightly_lit

Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:


Cribbed from everyone.
Title: Of Demons, Monsters, and Squirrels ...
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Genre: gen, humor, outsider pov
Rating: PG
Characters: Sam, Dean, OSC (Original Squirrel Character)
Word Count: 460
Summary: Chaz always knew this day would arrive, but why did the Winchesters have to come after a harmless squirrel shifter like him?!

I was reminded of this one by Dean's altercation with the pigeon in 9.05 and realized I'd never posted it to my lj (I wrote it for a Big Pretzel comment meme), so here you go, enjoy. :-)

From a prompt by [livejournal.com profile] zelda_addict. http://spn-bigpretzel.livejournal.com/493095.html?page=2#comments


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Title: The First Time Sam Ran Away
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, wee!chesters, some humor, emotional h/c, angst, slice of life
Characters: John, Dean, Sam (John's POV)
Word Count: ~4,500
Summary: Sam is four. The title pretty much says it all.

"John saw another little piece of Dean being compressed into a new shape by all the pressure he had to endure. John hoped it was like was coal being forged into a diamond ... but he doubted it. Dean never complained about this. If anything, he seemed to blame himself for not being stronger."


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Title: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Bradbury!
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit
Rating: PG
Genre: gen, humor
Characters: Dean, Sam, Charlie
Word Count: 1,800
Summary: It's Halloween, and Sam and Dean need some fake blood for a hunt, so they enlist Charlie, who takes them shopping in suburbia. Suffice to say, suburbia is not Dean's kind of place.

"Jeez, acting was hard work. You had to go stand on the colored tape on the floor, and say a bunch of stuff, and everyone was always mad at you and telling you you weren’t doing a good job ..."
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