some kids built this outside my dorm.
and here we see students worshiping their almighty god while singing the song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about for months now. Tired and Wired represented a massive period of my life where I found this incredible group of people who became my closest friends and I learned how to be confident in myself and I discovered what it felt like to be truly, honestly passionate about something that I created. Two years is a very long time and so much has changed since then, and while not a day goes by when it doesn’t cross my mind at some time, I’ve reached a point in my life where a lot of things are beginning and a lot of things are ending and it feels like the right time to bring Tired and Wired to a final close.
In its heyday, it was so alive among this core group of people that it really did feel like something that could live and breathe on its own outside of my mind. Now, it feels as though it’s ready to rest. Things have been silent around it for over a year now, and it’s run its course. So I’ve taken it down off of both LJ and AO3. I’ve taken a lot of my other works down, leaving only a handful of things that I’m unsure about yet. The friends who helped create Tired and Wired were there to experience it as it grew and expanded, and they know what it meant to me. It still means that to me, but in a different way. I’m ready to make it a part of my past that I can look back on and remember a time when an enormous group of friends supported me in something that I loved, and nothing could ever replace that feeling.
I’m completely, absolutely overwhelmed right now. How can I even begin to thank you for any of this. TaW means so much to me and whenever I hear from someone that’s read it I feel as though all those months I spent writing it and the moment where I doubted myself were worth it. So I just want you to know that these messages have made me all emotionally volatile and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for you.
Aw, thank you, anon! And I dug around a bit and found these shots - this is what the entire wall looked like (it’s hard to see the details, but all the drawings are Tired and Wired-related things that my beautiful friends have sent to me in the past two years) and this is above my bed with the Tired and Wired dreamcast poster Genie made for me and Alexa’s non-TaW design of Ray. All of the drawings were posted on here at some point, so if you go back (way, way back - probably 70 pages or so) in my TaW tag you’ll see them. And because you can’t see the details of Genie’s poster, here’s a proper photo of it:
I feel like Nate and Brad would have a little girl that isnt allowed to touch anything when they go over to Uncle Ray and Uncle Walts house
She wouldn’t be allowed to visit them unless one of her dads is there to supervise the visit because she came one one afternoon with a new ‘haircut’ and had learned how to play five-card-draw
I like to think that the four of them adopting Shifty and Skinny was almost like the rest of the boys gaining kids as well (and I’m sure Megs will back me up here). Harry and Kitty had kids, of course. I’m thinking three or four, and they were spoiled rotten by Nix and Dick. As for everyone else … I never really gave it much thought!
Hmm … I’m not sure about musical theatre for Ray (I feel as though his ‘enthusiasm’ would have prompted any director to suggest he find another creative outlet) but I can absolutely see him performing impromptu renditions of musical numbers to the boys when they’re all hungover and just want some peace and quiet. Because when has Ray ever made their lives easy?
I thought we were supposed to have grown up in university.
What a fantastic question, anon.
Obviously they’d celebrate it all together. A handful of the boys (Joe and Web, Babe and Gene, Andy and Eddie) would try to sneak away for some peace and quiet, but Ray and Lux would lead a scavenger mission to drag them all back into 303 and sit on their laps until they promised to stick around. Walt and Harry would go to the drug store and load up on as many boxes of cheap chocolates they could find, hauling them back to the Hall and dumping them in a pile in the middle of the room. All the couches would be pushed into a semi-circle around the television, which would eventually be playing ‘Love, Actually’ (despite Nix’s complaints that it’s a Christmas movie, powerless against Skip’s shouts that ‘IT’S ROMANTIC, LEWIS, SHOW SOME HEART’). Leckie and Web would try to make things civilized by opening a few bottles of wine, but it would be long before Ray and Malarkey find their way into Hoosier’s beer stash and distributed it. Everyone would end up sprawled across one another’s laps as they watched the film and munched away on the chocolates and whatever Hoosier managed to talk Joe into baking.
YOU’RE SO SWEET, ANON.
It’s a college AU fic based on the three HBO war shows. It essentially follows them through their first year of college together, with a handful of coda fics set afterwards. It started out quietly enough but it ended up being over 360,000 words long and it has 30 mixes and an entire dreamcast and graphics and fanvids and blogs dedicated to it and a published version and it’s overwhelming how much I love it. Plus it brought me together with the greatest group of people I’ve ever known. I may have started writing it, but it was the friends I made who adopted it and made it something I could be proud of.
“Hell Andy, I pull that moon down for you, all you have to do is ask…”
Listening to Of Angels and Angles by the Decemberists gives me hellsa Andy/Eddie TaW feels. Rereading it. Yep.
THE EXPRESSION ON MY FACE RIGHT NOW IS INDESCRIBABLE
THIS WAS THE ONE SCENE I AM MORE PROUD OF THAN ANY OTHER
LOOK AT THIS
I rewatched The Pacific and Band of Brothers and read Tired and Wired and its coda fics over the last week and everything was perfect oh my gosh. I loved Snafu, and the coda Snafu’s Katrina. I associate this song with hurricane Katrina, and it really fits Snafu on top of that, so I had to draw this. I really might have to add that fic to my golden trio. It will now be a golden quartet.
I really don’t know what to say, anon. This is … probably the greatest compliment I’ve received in months. I’m absolutely speechless. That fic is my pride and joy, and hearing that someone’s read it - let alone enjoyed it - brings me more happiness than you could possibly know. Unfortunately I’m taking an indefinite hiatus from writing (and it’s upsetting me to no end), but you’ve made my entire week and I want you to know how much this means to me. Thank you so much.
The first thing I thought of when I read your message, anon, was Ray and Luz filming a recreation of the music video for Black Velvet. I remember that it used to be on TV a lot when I was a kid and now I can’t stop laughing. Go youtube it and join me.