La Penserosa
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Joined 07-18-11, id: 3081910, Profile Updated: 07-19-14
Author has written 6 stories for Criminal Minds.

Update (7/18/14): I'm trying this Twitter thing, let's talk plot bunnies, prompts, fandoms and general fun, find me @LaPenserosa1

"...But hail thou Goddess, sage and holy, Hail divinest Melancholy whose saintly visage is too bright to hit the sense of human sight; and therefore to our weaker view, O'er laid with black, staid Wisdoms hue...these pleasures Melancholy give and I with thee will choose to live." - John Milton's Il Penseroso

Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain." - Ecclesiastes 1:18

"All who wander are not lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

"And as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our soul, there walks a lady we all know, who shines white light and wants to show, how everything still turns to gold, and if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last, when all is one and one is all, to be a rock and not to roll." - Stairway to Heaven

"We have thoughts, but thoughts are fluid. Then we assign a word to a thought and we're stuck with that word for that thought. So be careful with words. I like to think, yeah, the same words that hurt can heal. It's a matter of how you pick them. There are no bad words just bad thoughts and bad intentions." - George Carlin


The 'about me' stuff:

I'm a California girl born and raised. I love the Beach Boys song but Katy Perry's song of the same title drives me up the wall. I love cold weather and find that consistently hot weather leaves me with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which means I am most likely to be indoors writing when it's 95F outside - though I suppose that would change if I had a pool - and outside playing when its 55F and windy.

The best city I've ever been to is San Francisco, CA. I lived there for five years and being away from it...well, I now know what the man meant when he sang, "I left my heart in San Francisco." Train's "Save Me, San Francisco" has kind of become my anthem since I'm stuck in a small town whose idea of musical variety is country AND western and tolerance is an underground and totally transgressive idea.

I'm liberal/progressive and very vocal about it in the right settings. I self-identify as queer but for survival reasons I could pass for an any-woman in Smalltown, USA...well, until I start talking, I suppose. When I was younger, I enjoyed getting into political fights with just about anyone but my edge has dulled with age - unless provoked. I enjoy a good debate especially if the person can hold the opposing point with the conviction that it deserves - even if they aren't believers themselves.

I'm on sabbatical from a post-grad program so I welcome conversation partners that aren't afraid to bat around whacky and pseudo-intellectual ideas. I don't see much of that kind of thing these days.


About my writing:

I've been telling stories and writing poetry for as long as I can remember. I love making people laugh and really love creeping them out too. My favorite kinds of stories are the ones that make your stomach flip at the end. I love a good plot twist!

I started watching Criminal Minds after my mom called me at university and told me about this great program with a girl that reminded her so much of me. It took several tries but I finally got into the show. And as sweet as my mother is for saying so, my fashion sense and wit are nowhere near Ms. Penelope Garcia.

I enjoy working pieces of my own random knowledge, experience, and studies into my writing which is useful when writing for Reid.

My writing, so far, has leaned sharply towards the darker/kinkier aspects of life and I'm okay with that - I hope you are too. I am always open to new ideas, plot bunnies, and suggestions. If you'd like to see something and don't want to write it yourself, lemme know and I'll probably be only to happy to oblige.

I have yet to write het fic for CM but I am not opposed to it. Rossi/Prentiss or Prentiss/Hotch seem to make the most sense in that regard.

Back in the day, I wrote BSB fan fiction for my friends and cousin but I never published it online 'cause frankly, it was just personalized smut. I've written a few novella-length original works but have yet to share them with anyone outside of a creative writing class.

I began writing fan fiction again to get up the nerve to share my work and to get back into the habit of writing regularly. It is so nice to be able sit down and write something that isn't in APA or MLA format. Even though there have been times where I've been tempted to footnote a source - I fought the urge.


A random smattering of music I enjoy:

Opera (Donizetti or Strauss being the current faves) - I am of the opinion that more people in their 20s (which I am) would adore opera if it was more accessible and people who liked it weren't so damn snobbish when sharing their love for it. There is really nothing better than sitting down, passing the peace pipe around, and listening to a beautiful waltz by Strauss or some Maria Callas. Then again that's just me.

1950's & 60's Pop: Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, Big Bopper (Chantilly Lace never fails to make me smile), Leslie Gore, The Animals, The Zombies, The Turtles, The Beatles, the Byrds, the Beach Boys...just to name a few.

Rock: Robert Plant (I've been lucky enough to see him live twice and it seriously made my life), Led Zeppelin, The Who, the Beatles (yes, twice), Cream, Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Janis Joplin, Elvis Costello, John Prine, the Doors, Los Lobos, Journey, Grateful Dead, Garcia/Grisman and a lot of others that left this world before I could come to appreciate them.

Current Music: Rihanna, Matchbox Twenty, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Nickelback (yes, there I said it), Green Day, Backstreet Boys, Britney, Lady Gaga, Christina, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, CeeLo, and Pink...yeah pretty much anything Top 40..I've even been known to rock out to the occasional Miley. Ya gotta have some junk food in with the protein.

Theatre/Musicals: RENT, Jekyll & Hyde, Reefer Madness: The Musical!, Rocky Horror, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and more...


Television (for the last seven years I've been without one so I'm catching up on my TV):

Guilty pleasures: America's Next Top Model, The Bachelor(ette), Jersey Shore, and Real Housewives of wherever they're filming it this season.

What I couldn't live without: Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Mentalist, Blue Bloods, CSI, CSI:NY, Glee, Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, and South Park.

Favorite Books & Authors:

Stephen King: On Writing, Hearts in Atlantis, Lisey's Story, Apt Pupil, The Body (Stand By Me), Shawshank Redemption. I try to avoid horror novels when I can.

Marcos Villatoro: Holy Spirit of My Uncles Cojones and the Romilla Chacon series. (Great writer and really hot too)

Shakespeare: A Midsummer's Night Dream, Henry V, Richard III, Merry Wives of Windsor, and As You Like It.

Alice Sebold (one of my heros): Lucky, Lovely Bones, and The Almost Moon

Every writer should read Ann Lamott's 'Bird by Bird'

Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go', Dean Koontz's 'Life Expectancy', Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper: Case Closed' and Megan McCafferty's 'Jessica Darling series'...just some random titles.


Parting Words:

I love talking to new and different people, so please if you want to chat then let's chat. Random and unexpected friendships are some of the best.

I'd be happy to BETA. I tend to go more for rhythm when I write so do keep that in mind.

Again, I hope you've enjoyed reading what I've put out there and I can't wait to read what you've got.

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Faith, Hope and Mercy by TheKnittingLady reviews
Reid goes missing. When he comes back something's changed. Can Rossi figure out how to help?
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 67 - Words: 77,216 - Reviews: 308 - Favs: 148 - Follows: 112 - Updated: 5/8/2013 - Published: 3/2/2013 - D. Rossi, S. Reid - Complete
Two Princes by DarknessIsTheUniverse reviews
Another take on those fics where the team is in high school. Will be Reid-centric and include him meeting two guys who seem interested in him. Featuring Hotch as a prep, Morgan as a gang member, Emily as a goth and Gideon as a concerned dad. Slash!
Criminal Minds - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 13 - Words: 24,466 - Reviews: 173 - Favs: 151 - Follows: 220 - Updated: 5/18/2012 - Published: 5/13/2011 - S. Reid
LDSK 80 by Vanessa S. Quest reviews
Part 2 in the Threads in the Darkness cowrite between IcePrnceI and myself. Beta'd by the lovely writing2death. The team is called to Nevada for a LDSK but what happens if the unsub finds them before they find him? H/R established. Please R & R!
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,635 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/27/2011 - A. Hotchner/Hotch, S. Reid - Complete
Wicked Games by SugaKane01 reviews
Derek's an expert player at the game of love but what happens when he wants to play w/Reid? Is Derek finally ready to stop playing games and when s/one else makes a play for Reid, how will Derek react and what will Spencer do? M/R/ SLASH ON INDEFINITE HIATUS
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 25 - Words: 100,592 - Reviews: 321 - Favs: 256 - Follows: 325 - Updated: 5/12/2011 - Published: 12/8/2010 - S. Reid, D. Morgan
Collapse by ShooBeans reviews
Spencer Reid was an addict; it was as clear as day now. Reid wasn't in control so Hotch had to be, for Reid's own wellbeing. Hotch/Reid slash. Read warnings inside.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,712 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 99 - Updated: 5/10/2011 - Published: 4/28/2011 - A. Hotchner/Hotch, S. Reid
Window Seat by SugaKane01 reviews
Jack gets a minor injury while Spencer is watching him and Aaron reacts badly. Jack is fine, but will Spencer and Aaron's relationship recover from the damage done? Hotch/Reid Slash...so you know boys kissing boys.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 13,282 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 471 - Follows: 57 - Published: 4/23/2011 - S. Reid, A. Hotchner/Hotch - Complete
Make Believe by K-TDD reviews
For a prompt on the angst meme. Unable to come out but desperate for a boyfriend, Karofsky blackmails Kurt into being his for one night a week.
Glee - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 7 - Words: 61,258 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 101 - Follows: 163 - Updated: 4/15/2011 - Published: 3/7/2011 - Kurt H., D. Karofsky
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Any Road reviews
Dr. Spencer Reid was not always the well-regarded resident genius of the BAU but to the members of his team he has never been anything other than an integral piece of their foundation. Yet the journey to the FBI was an arduous one and the cost of his future would come at a heavy price and the understanding of others could be a salve for his pain or a dangerous poison.
Criminal Minds - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 18,195 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 4/11 - Published: 8/26/2012 - S. Reid, J. Gideon
False Sense of Security reviews
Takes place around the time of episodes "Lucky/Penelope." Reid/Morgan est. relationship. BAU installs more surveillance cameras after the most recent security breach. Reid has never been very lucky, like the time he pulled Derek Morgan into an empty interview room….with a security feed directly to Penelope Garcia. *slash*
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,087 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 9 - Published: 4/4/2013 - S. Reid, D. Morgan, P. Garcia - Complete
The Restored Life reviews
Sequel to Bait & Switch. Reid is out of the hospital after the event of Bait and has been assigned to accompany David Rossi on a book tour and campus recruitment junket. During their stop in San Francisco the rest of the team joins them to investigate a case and Reid meets an enigmatic man in a bookstore who may hold more than just potential salvation for Reid. Slash, eventually.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Crime/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 12 - Words: 68,009 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 12/15/2012 - Published: 6/11/2012 - S. Reid - Complete
Word Made Flesh reviews
Spencer Reid wants something tangible to represent how pain has changed him and he thinks he may know someone who will understand. WARNING: SLASH and Sadomasochism. Was a one-shot, now potential work in progress.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 26,814 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 12/15/2012 - Published: 9/18/2011 - A. Hotchner/Hotch, S. Reid
Bait & Switch reviews
Spencer Reid is a young FBI profiler tasked with interviewing Christopher Keller, a Death Row inmate with many secrets and a very dangerous appetite. Crossover with Oz. M for violence, sex, and language. Please R&R
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 44,685 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 2/16/2012 - Published: 1/29/2012 - S. Reid - Complete
The Bleeding Heart reviews
Dr. Reid receives a letter from Nathan Harris who has been released from psychiatric care. Will Dr. Reid find Nathan before he finds the team and a fresh crop of victims? Strong M for descriptions of violence and sex/sexuality.
Criminal Minds - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 25,344 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 1/28/2012 - Published: 9/21/2011 - S. Reid - Complete