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Jul. 18th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 13

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 13
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: NC-17 for the whole story, though most chapters are PG-13
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: All aired episodes, to be on the safe end.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 4870 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes:  My friends, I'm extending the sincerest apologies for how long it has taken me to produce this chapter (and thank you to the folks who checked on me to see if I was okay, and to everyone who was so patient and did NOT write me nasty notes, as I've heard sometimes happens round here).  I've been in quite a painful struggle with this for a while now, with lots of drafts and no success.  (There's not much to say on this, except it really is quite literally painful when you get terrified and start to dread doing the one thing that's always come easily and produced such pleasure for you.)  I won't call it "writer's block," because I don't want to pathologize something that's probably a totally natural ebb in the writing process, but if there were such a thing as writer's block, then I've been wrestling with it.  Maybe it's because it was chapter 13?

I'm still trying very hard to keep up with a weekly posting schedule, but, given my recent struggles with this, I can't make promises. (I can promise not to abandon the fic, though.)  But I really am touched by those of you who checked in with me, and by the fact that there are still people who are sticking with the story.  Thank you.

As usual, I'll state for the record that  glitterwocky is directing the plot (though 'Trice seems to contribute her own agendas a lot), I'm doing the writing (when I actually manage to write), and cake_blocked has discovered Kurt and 'Trice's Pinterest page for Butterlush, which she is helping them to maintain.  And cookiesummers has found and is maintaining Kurt's Butterlush blog, which is where Kurt publishes his essays, weekly recipes, and some really delicious images.  (She's done such a bang-up job there...please take a look!)  A big super thank you to both of these lovely and amazing people for putting these cool bits into the world.

(*Moony-eyed sighhhhh*  I just love collaboration.)

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Jun. 22nd, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 12 (for real this time!)

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Jun. 16th, 2012

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Progress Update, or, Something's Coming

Dearest Invisible Internet People:

Just a note to say that there will be a new chapter of Sweet! posted very soon, but probably not today.  (I'm writing this note because I've received a few frantic PMs already today, worried that the story has been abandoned.  It hasn't.)

I'm working as hard as I can, but have been ill for the last few days and, as glitterwocky has tried to tell me and experience has thus far proven, it is nearly impossible to write about sex and love and baked goods when you are thoroughly nauseated and sometimes barfing.  Truth!

(Although, in a ginger-ale-and-fever-induced dream last night, I remembered for myself almost verbatim the entirety of Margaret Atwood's "Rape Fantasies," which I read as a freshman in college a billionty years ago, and which is a lot funnier than the title might suggest, but is also smart and poignant, and isn't about actual rape, at least not directly, and which I suggest as a bit of interim reading for the desperate, because it beats the back of a cereal box by a long shot.)

So, to those of you who've sent inquiries, be not afraid.  (I said that in a booming Angel Voice, with my arm dramatically outstretched.)  To those of you still following this, much gratitude for your patience.  To those of you who gave me this virus, be warned that I am going to find you and kick your ass/es (once you have properly recovered from the virus anyway; I mean, I'm pissed off, but I'm not a sadist.)

Cheers,
Q
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Jun. 9th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 11

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 11
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: NC-17 (waaaaaaaaaait for it)
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: All aired episodes, to be on the safe end.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 4,400 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: Thank you all for waiting so patiently during our brief hiatus.  We're back now, with a vengeance (though we accomplished very little during our summit in Ohio, except that [info]glitterwocky spent two days painstakingly painting the linework tattoos on my arms with watercolors which I accidentally washed off in the shower, [info]cake_blocked made me laugh so hard wine came out of my nose, and I found out what it might be like to have children, for which I am decidedly ill-equipped). 

Vengeance aside, if you're a visual person, you should check out the Pinterest page for Butterlush that [info]cake_blocked is helping Kurt (and 'Trice) to maintain.  It's super cool.

I must have told you this ten times already (as my mom used to say, "Once is funny, twice is enough, three times is a spanking."  I'm not sure what ten times is, though.) :  [info]glitterwocky directs the plot, I do the writing, and [info]cake_blocked chips in with puns and opinions.  Together, we rob banks, but we give all the money to homeless musicians, so it's okay.

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May. 26th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 10

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 10
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: Let's say NC-17, even though  this chapter... isn't.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: All aired episodes, to be on the safe end.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 3,400 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: I'll be, for once, relatively brief.  My apologies for the late chapter and late replies to comments on the last; Brooklyn has been dramatically stormy, and this knocked my internet out for a few days.  I got it back last night, finally (and how disturbing that it makes me feel connected to the world like it does; it didn't even exist when I went to college, oh, what did we do with our time then?). Thank you for being patient!

(And now I must tell you, after this delay, that our story is going on hiatus for a week, since I will be traveling to Ohio for a summit with cakeblocked and glitterwocky, and will be unable to write or post.  But we will, I swear, be working on this together.  If, by working, you understand me to mean drinking lots of wine and playing the guitar and yodeling or something cool like that.)

This is a joint project: [info]glitterwocky sets the plot points, I fill it all in with the writing, and [info]cake_blocked helps with the puns, the ideas and the pastries.  All three of us think about sugar far too often, and do the test baking and recipe adjusting (collaborating, weirdly, across hundreds of miles).  The lunch Blaine has in D.C. is pilfered shamelessly from [info]glitterwocky's memory of a similar lunch in D.C. on a business trip last year.

[info]cake_blocked has been helping Kurt to maintain a Pinterest page for Butterlush--it's cool and full of deliciously pretty pictures and recipes. 

And [info]ileliberte has made some really beautiful art for this story!  It's meant to illustrate chapter 9, but I'm so completely touched that I'll probably keep mentioning it until someone tells me to shut up.  (I'm fanning myself with happy-hands right now!)

Kurt borrowed his recipes this week from David Lebovitz's beautiful ice cream book, The Perfect Scoop.  Kurt has left them unchanged because, well, they're perfect as is.

And if you want the Latin translations for Kurt's blog in this chapter and your Googling finger is broken, scroll to the end of the chapter; I'll provide them there.

Well, that wasn't actually brief, was it?

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May. 17th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, Chapter 9

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 9
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: Let's say NC-17, even though we don't want to tell you when it's coming.  Just know it's coming at some point.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: Let's just say all aired episodes, okay?
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 4,700 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: Thank you, once again, to everyone who's been reading along, and especially to everyone who's leaving gracious, encouraging notes here!  As I keep saying, this was all [info]glitterwocky's idea, and she's the one giving the plot points.  I'm doing the figuring how to hit them and putting that into words.  [info]cake_blocked is helping with cheerleading, puns and opinions.  And [info]cake_blocked has unearthed Kurt's Pinterest page for Butterlush, which she is kindly helping him to maintain.  You can discover that here (it's delicious... they have both done awesome work there).

Given this week's flap about how everybody was kissing on Glee except the gay boys (which, I agree, comes across rather sexist and homophobic, though I don't know if that was the motivation for the decision, and I'm totally fine with watching pretty ladies kiss each other, really), I'm offering up this week's chapter (read on, my friends).  It's reparations (though the timing was a total coincidence... we knew about what we were doing here well before we knew there'd be a flap over what they did on Glee over there).  And it's also me saying, "Hey, [info]glitterwocky, please feel better.  You are loved.  Here, have some handsome gentlemen making out as a token of my affection."

For the rest of you, please enjoy as well.  You have earned it somehow, I am sure.

(Oh, and don't be angry--none of that is a spoiler, I swear.  You'll see.)

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May. 10th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 8

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 8
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: We're calling it NC-17 to cover our bases, but making no promises, perverts.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: Some sporadic mention of events up through s3 ep14.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 6,200 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: I won't apologize for the slightly late posting (you'll see why that would be ironic once you read the chapter), but I will say here comes the sun!  The dog days are over!  School's out for summer!  Some other song that means something appropriate!  I've officially, finally finished all end-of-semester duties and am, relatively, released.  Yay, me.

This is, as I frequently remind you, a joint project helped by many hands.  glitterwocky invented the concept, directs the plot (except when I rebel, occasionally, for which I DO actually apologize) and dreams up confections.  cake_blocked chimes in with ideas, opinions, puns and desserts ideas.  Both of them, under normal circumstances, read beta, but once again this week, due to my inefficiency and lack of time, this chapter hasn't had that benefit. 

Cake_blocked has, however, discovered that Kurt joined Pinterest on behalf of Butterlush, and has been posting up some really delicious ideas.  She and glitterwocky are helping Kurt to maintain the site.  You can check it out here (thank you cake_blocked).


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May. 4th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 7

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 7
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: We're calling it NC-17 to cover our bases, but making no promises, perverts.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: Some sporadic mention of events up through s3 ep14.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 3,900 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: Apologies for the later-than-usual posting this week.  Jobs? Families? Bodies?  Who needs 'em, that's what I say.  Thank you for waiting and for being patient and supportive of our project!  As I've said before, this is a joint effort.  [info]glitterwocky's the one who invented the situation and the universe, who requests the food porn, who reads beta, who directs the plot and pulls the strings.  I'm doing the writing.  [info]cake_blocked is doing a lot of difficult pastry research, cheering, punning and beta work.  Together, we are Charlie's Angels.  Except we don't carry guns, and I'm not really confident that any of us could kick someone in such a way that they would fall down. And we've not really solved any mysteries lately, not even the question of why someone would market a bath bomb that turns your bathwater blood red or, uh, brown.  (If you have an answer to that, help a sister out, please.)

This week's recipe, because we are all very much too tired to invent, came from this gorgeous little blog.  Thank you cake_blocked for finding it and suggesting it and indirectly forcing me to try it out today and delight myself with shortbread while possibly inducing a heart attack from butter.  You taunted me with the decadence of your lunchtime avocado, so...

Oh!  And thanks to glitterwocky's amazing niece, who really did try to purchase a cake with dried beans last week.  (And thanks to her mom for letting us use the story.)

And thanks to flaming_muse for helping me solve a stupid problem with LJ--hopefully anyone who's experienced problems with my posts not appearing current on their friends page will... no longer... experience that.  There was probably a better way to say it, but I think I'm plumb out of words tonight. 

(Once again, I have to take full responsibility for any errors or crazy decisions here, as, due to time and energy constraints this week, this chapter has not had the benefit of a beta reading.  I hope this will not result for me in an ending like Frankenstein or Suddenly Last Summer.)


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Apr. 21st, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 6/?

Media: Fic, multichapter
Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 6
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: We're calling it NC-17 to cover our bases, but making no promises, perverts.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: Some sporadic mention of events up through s3 ep14.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).
Word Count:  About 4,800 words (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: Apologies for the later-than-usual posting--it's that horrible time of year in academia, so I'm already over-worked and under-slept, and to top it off, LJ gave me a fair amount of backtalk about putting anything up tonight (that is, the jerk refused to post anything for me, and kept erasing everything I tried to do).  I've been trying for a couple hours now and, by George, perhaps?

To repeat myself (at which I am excellent), this is a joint project that has been helped along by many people, though (due to crappy schedules and other Generally Horrible Things) this particular chapter has not had the benefit of a beta reading, so I take sole responsibility for any mistakes, stupidity or poor decisions here.  On the whole, while I'm writing the actual words, glitterwocky came up with the concept, eats a lot of pastry as research and sends me the photographic evidence, acts as beta and makes demands upon the plot like the crazed and brilliant puppetmaster she is. cake_blocked chimes in with more pastry opinions, lots of brilliant puns and keen beta work. chefreeni has sent chocolates, which are totally legitimate fuel, and has provided some great feedback on recipes and baking (as she is, you might guess, actually a pastry chef). 

And more people than I might have ever imagined have been reading along, trying out the recipes, and leaving encouraging, insightful comments for us, which helps push this along more than you might imagine.  (One of the joys, I'm unexpectedly learning, of writing something and publishing it piecemeal, instead of publishing it when it's all done and I've comfortably polished it, is that it gets to evolve in response to the ideas of readers, and so, quite literally, this story is the result of many readers' expressions of imagination and feedback and insight, though I've not done the honorable thing and marked each time this happens.  I'm not sure I'd even be conscious of it every time.  So I'm writing a blanket thanks and acknowledgment for that kind of contribution here.  Thank you!)

(Some citations for the recipes in this round, because we've not really altered them from their sources:  Elizabeth Hummel's Marzipan is actually based closely on Margaret Braun's recipe from her brilliant book Cakewalk, while Kurt's Marzipan recipe with almonds and pistachios comes from here.)

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Apr. 14th, 2012

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Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 5/?

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Title: Sweet! A Love Story Told in Sugar, chapter 5
Author: OhQuixotica, with Glitterwocky
Rating: We've been hovering about in PG-13 for a while, but I want to give the lads the option to do something kinky on the spur.  Plus, why would you want to see it coming here?  Just know it's coming eventually.  So.  NC-17, then.
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson
Spoilers: Some sporadic mention of events up through s3 ep14.
Warnings: Mention of the death of an OC (throughout the chapters).  Food pornz.
Word Count:  About 5850 (this chapter)
Summary: Future AU in which Kurt and Blaine did not meet in high school.  Kurt is a pastry chef who runs his own little West Village bakery called BUTTERLUSH.  Blaine is an accountant who stumbles--literally--upon the sweetest thing ever.

Author Notes: So it's starting to look like Wednesday is the day when chapters will go up (not, as I might have originally suggested, Monday).  So be it.  Other than that, these notes are probably getting redundant.  But. Still.  Thanks to everyone who's been reading along, and especially to those of you who have been supporting us by leaving encouraging comments and/or recommending this story in various places.  (Plus, as has probably become clear, I and glitterwocky and cake_blocked like to play with you in the comments.  You're all very fun.) 

Also, a ridiculously giant thank-you and smooches and heart cookies to chefreeni, who sent along some of the most amazingly delicious truffles from her bakery today.  This literally made me stupid with joy and foodgasms.  Maybe she'll tell us all where we can get more at some point, but in the meantime, she's been offering great baking advice in the comments.

Not really adequate words to say thank you for the support and encouragement and enthusiasm so many of you are tossing our way.  It totally steams us all ahead here at the Sweet! factory.  So we're sending you love and knishes.  And cookies.  And cream puffs filled with daisies and bunnies and hearts.  And unicorns pooping glitter on top of everything you own.

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