* YAY, Odyc, finally. This is Matt Fraction's new genderswapped Odyssey in spaaace, in case you missed it. Art by Christian Ward, so we know it'll be a total trip.
* I have no idea what this Madman thing is about, but it involves the Allreds and also a lot of other good people.
* I really have to look into Copperhead, space western with female lead.
* Really not liking the spoilers for Luke Cage (see the Mighty Avengers solicit). I know it's all to do with the Axis event somehow, but I am Not Pleased.
* Really like everything else about the Mighty Avengers solicits, though, basically because they exist. New art! Still Al Ewing!
*Dang it, I'm going to have read Spider-Woman even though it's got Greg Land on it. How am I reading two Land-arted books in a row? How? And I don't actually know enough about Jessica Drew to care about, but OTOH it looks like this book is primed to give me the girl team-up book I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. DANG IT. (Those covers, though. Those covers are amazing. OTOH, the one page of interior is pretty cool!
* I have no particular commentary on the Storm or Ms. Marvel solicits, just, yay. I can't wait to get Storm #2 tomorrow.
* Dang it, X-Force still looks interesting. I have to re-up that subscription after all, despite the art.
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Words / Rating: 1100 words / rated G
Spoilers: through 2.22 "Becoming II"
Summary: The apocalypse means Willow's magic is getting pretty good. It isn't the only thing that's changing.
A/N: Written for the apocalyptic round of femslash_minis for snogged, who asked for the Slayer handbook, the mall, and "Little Black Holes That Open Up, Destroy Things, and Disappear."
This is a weird one, y'all. I can't really explain what's going on in the background, other than that canon's been doing quite a bit of diverging. Also that the apocalypse is treating Willow pretty well, all things considered.
( Willow waited in the double entry between the inner and outer doors, her palm hot with the banked fires of the unity orb Giles had helped her bind this morning. )
Very old rec: The Kids Aren't Alright, longform in-universe journalism about Tony Stark and Stark Industries. So, meta fic, very convincingly written. I read it years ago, shortly after the first movie came out I think, and just now found it again.
Amphibious (8088 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin
Additional Tags: Mpreg, Animal Transformation, Romance, Salamanders, Were-Creatures
Sidney eventually got used to Alex sometimes being a salamander. Now that Alex is pregnant with Sidney's salamander babies, he really hopes Sidney can get used to that, too. It isn't that weird, right? Right?
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Instead, what I can do is write a character with a particular run of comics in mind. So I wrote Edmondson!Natasha, all isolated and driven, and then I wrote early!00s!Natasha with Yelena, where she cares about Yelena and views her from the perspective of a wealth of spy experience, and also she has kind of a sense of humor about Yelena. Those are basically different Natashas, though, as far as I am concerned. I *could* fanwank the differences, but in order to do that I'd really want some kind of coherent narrative thread in the comics that take us at least in the general direction from one to the other, and AFAIK there isn't one (although to be fair I haven't read most of the team stuff Natasha's been in).
In any case, point is: I can write for specific runs or sets of runs (Betsy and Fantomex in UXF vol.1, UXF vol.2, and XF vol.3 come to mind as a related set of runs that are relatively unified). And that works fine as long as there's enough in the run to write a character. OTOH, I'd have a really hard time writing for, say, Wood's X-Men, because none of the characters get enough time or arc stand alone as characters in that book.
But what I figured out today was, I actually don't enjoy reading outside of specific runs, either. I'm a little slow, but it finally occurred to me to look for X-men fic on ff.net, which actually is pretty fantastic, because they have fic split into comics and movies. However, again, I don't actually want to read most of it, because it doesn't seem to be set in any particular portion of canon, so I can't place it. I don't know what the fic is responding to. It's even worse than trying to read fic for a particular book that I don't know; at least there, I can see where the holes are.
tl;dr superheroe comics fic is hard.
EDIT: However, I see that the /friends page looks basically same as the /feed version these days, but with cuts that are less broken. So I guess I'll switch back to that.
Unspoilery: I see the flaws, and yet, FUNNY SPACE OPERA. BE STILL MY HEART. I feel like I haven't seen a proper big-budget space opera since Revenge of the Sith. Can that be right? Woe.
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I need an MCU icon, maybe.
EDIT: FYI, there's kinkmeme for Guardians of the Galaxy and other cosmic Marvel, including comics. Not much fic yet, but half of the prompts there are the most adorable kink prompts I have ever seen.
It sounds like there might be a possibility of it staying open if they found new mods to run it, so if that sounds like something you'd like to participate in, here's your chance.
* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.
* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)
* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.
Hexed, by Randominity - Harry Potter, Harry/Draco
In which Harry flubs a spell and accidentally knocks up Draco, and there are all sorts of unexpected consequences.
You have to understand, back when I was a wide-eyed new fan (ie, six years ago), there was not nearly as much mpreg as there is now. Since then there's been some kind of fannish revolution re: certain tropes, which I find fascinating, although that's neither here nor there. So when I figured out mpreg was a thing that existed in fandom and I went hunting for it, Harry Potter fandom was a treasure trove - it was a big enough fandom that even back then there was tons of mpreg for a variety of ships, and on top of that there was painless-j and her epic HP mpreg recs list. As a result, I read a ton of HP fic back then, despite having only read one of the books and part of another one.
Out of them all, this was and remains one of my favorites. It's got the mpreg-is-weird angle and also the unlikely-friendship thing that I adore, as well as a lot of the kinds of moments that I read mpreg for, like when Draco awkwardly explains to Harry why he's decided to keep the baby, despite finally being given an out. It has some awkward first-time (and second-time) sex, too, which I also appreciate.
It does have some weirdness, such as the fact that Harry's spell has taken away Draco's boy bits and given him girl bits, which a) is implied rather than ever outright stated, so that I didn't even pick up on it in my first couple of reads, and b) leads to this awkward post-partum conversation where Draco inquires whether Harry will even be sexually interested in him anymore, now that he has his dick back. (Spoiler: Harry is.)
Still, I have a lot of nostalgic fondness for this fic, which is what the "something old" category is all about. So. :)
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I used to think there was some complicated and mysterious alchemy that determined what my next fandom would be, but in fact it seems to boil down to two things:
1. A character I obsess over. This character has so far always been male, which might surprise some of you given my enthusiasm the last few years for female characters. Historically, though, my pattern is: fall in love with male character, get into fandom, eventually switch allegiances primarily to female characters. (Who knows what this bodes in terms of hockey fandom.)
Now, why some male characters do this for me and not others is mysterious; there are some similarities that can be drawn between Spike and Dean Winchester, but my most recent obsession is character/RL person Evgeni Malkin, who has basically no similarities with either of the other two.
2. Lots of fic already existing about said character. It turns out that I can love a character to bits and pieces, but if there isn't tons of fic to feed my interest, it withers and dies. And what's more, I need all that fic to play off of when I start writing my own, which is what rahirah really asked. Writing fic for a small/non-existent fandom is hard work, as far as I'm concerned - much harder than writing for a larger fandom. I'm not great at inventing the wheel; I will never be one of those authors on the forefront of a new fandom, blazing the trail. I need a fandom to be in conversation with.
Now, the exception to all this for me is Marvel comics.
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Having given you all that background, Marvel comics really does not look like the fandom for me, does it? Current fannish communities and fic are clustered largely around a handful of titles I'm not fannishly invested in, and the only male character I care all that much about, Fantomex, has like five fics on AO3.
And yet, like I said, Marvel comics are the exception to all my fannish patterns, because I've loved the female characters right from the start and because I continue to love the canon so much that I keep offering various pieces of it in exchanges and trying my hand at it. I'm pretty sure Marvel comics is never going to be my main fic fandom, because there just isn't enough concentrated community and fic. (This means when I write fic, there aren't a ton of people interested, either.) But apparently I'm going to keep plugging away nonetheless.
Now that I've said all that: What does it take for a canon to move you to writing fic/making art/getting fannishly creative? What are the secret ingredients?
Someone wrote me Kevin and Jo and Castiel in the Endverse. :D Endverse makes everything better, say I. This is very moody and full of atmosphere as they search the abandoned hospital. It's from Kevin's POV, and he spends the occasional moment wondering what the deal is with this Cas guy, anyway.
So it's good, and it's mine, and you should read it.
The Beggar's Banquet: Round Opens August 2nd
AKA Basically Blindfold. I've always been sad I missed blindfold_spn; I juuust missed it on its way out as I was getting into the kinkier side of the fandom. I don't know that I'll write anything for this, but I will definitely prompt in hopes of inspiring other people.
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Anyway: it is very soothing, like watching a nature documentary. And now I know what "riparian" and "playa" and "gypsum" means in this context! W00t!
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Base Notes (16505 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Evgeni Malkin/Maxime Talbot
Characters: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Maxime Talbot, Sergei Gonchar
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scents & Smells, Romance, Language Barrier
In which Evgeni Malkin comes to America as one of the few omegas in pro hockey, lights up the NHL, and spends a lot of time wondering why Sidney Crosby is so damn weird.
What I do know: that gives Marvel eight, count 'em eight female-led titles. Dude. I also know that I am stoked. (Although I'd be a little more stoked if that Esad Ribic art on the left wasn't just a teaser. I want him on a female-led title, darn it!)
Also, Marvel's October solicits are out today, and mostly they're fairly meh. Wow, another event? This latest one is still going on! Also a mini chronicling the aftermath of Wolverine's death, immediately following the mini that chronicles his actual death! Wow!
HOWEVER. Two things that I do care about are: Kamala + Peter Park team-up in Amazing Spider-Man, ohhhhhh, I want ALL the Kamala teamups. And secondly, Natasha + X-23 team-up in Black Widow. Girl friendship! Bonding over assassin pasts! GIMME.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
This list is going to largely consist of "Books I read at an impressionable age that have had lasting effects on my mental landscape." All aboard the nostalgia train!
- The Little White Horse - Elizabeth Gouge (because hares are more noble than rabbits)
- The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm - Nancy Farmer (between this and House of the Scorpion, Farmer is one of the weirdest and most underappreciated YA authors of the 90s)
- The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (one of my single most favorite books ever ever ever)
- Anne of the Island - L.M. Montgomery (or really everything by Montgomery, but Anne's games of imagination with Davy particularly resonated)
- The Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle (I was so disappointed to find out what mitochondria were actually like. So disappointed)
- The Harper Hall Trilogy - Anne McCaffrey (FORMATIVE. INFLUENCE.)
- My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George (wilderness survival narratives - never over them)
- The Goats - Brock Cole (such an odd man out on this list - boy and girl on the cusp of puberty get bullied at summer camp and run away together for several days, stealing food and hiding out and bedsharing - but it's stuck with me all this time after only that one read)
- The Alfred Hitchcock series of children's horror anthologies (so much weird there for a young mind just starving for weird)
- Weirdos of the Universe Unite - Pamela Sargent (where I was introduced to several mythological / folklore figures, for one thing, like Baba Yaga and the Horned King. A profoundly weird and silly book.)
The main themes here seem to be: female authors, SFF in some way. Shocking, I know. From when I could read, the weird was always what I wanted.
Other key influences that didn't make this list: Dr. Seuss (again, as weird as possible: On Beyond Z, Oh the Places You'll Go...), Chris Van Allsburg, Bruce Coville because I couldn't choose just one, Alexander Key with some inescapably 60s-flavored children's fantasy alongside his relatively respectable Escape to Witch Mountain, The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts, and on and on.
The Man in the Gabardine Suit is a Spy (1823 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury
Steve and Natasha are on the run. Until one day, they aren't.
It's pretty great. One of my prompts was for Steve and Natasha being on the run for longer than in the movie, but I never thought to myself what that would look like. What it looks like in a slightly more dystopian MUC is "us against the world" in SPADES. And if you know me, you know that is one of my favorite things.
Also, like I said, title. The title is brilliant. (Maybe I would like song titles more often if they were for songs I actually knew and were as apt as this one is. For the record, it's from a Simon and Garfunkel song called "America" (!), about a literal and metaphorical journey of self-discovery. It so happens to be one of my personal S&G faves, too!)
For the record, the title is an allusion to the trapdoor spider, for reasons which may or may not become clear over the course of the fic. It's not my best title choice, let's just say, but I was a little desperate.
Trapdoor (1138 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Black Widow (Comics), Marvel 616, Marvel (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yelena Belova/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort
They're in hostile territory, Natasha is badly injured, and there is only Yelena to keep her alive - if she chooses to.
Neil Gaiman's American Gods picked up by Starz for TV series adaptation: Cable network to develop adaptation of novel, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as showrunners, after HBO abandons project
People have been telling me how awesome Bryan Fuller is forEVER, and I have been wanting a good adaptation of American Gods for slightly longer than that.
Meanwhile, I received:
Two for Joy (3389 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Journey into Mystery
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki (Marvel), Verity Willis
This is a story about Loki. It doesn't feature quite as much lying as you might expect based on that. Verity won't let it.
Agent of Asgard fic! Fic with Verity in it! This fic is told by Loki himself, with frequent interjections from Verity. I think in some ways it's meant as a fix-it for the end of the Loki run of Journey into Mystery, so probably best read once you're familiar with what happens with Loki there.
In any case, it's delightful, with references to real-life oddities and other Marvel characters, too, as well as winks to canon and the mild zaniness Al Ewing has been writing into it. If you're at all a fan of 616!Loki in his recent incarnations, I suspect you'll find a lot to enjoy here.
* a circus AU
* a soulbonding fic (along the lines of something in this post)
I don't have ideas for any of those things right now, and I don't know what fandom they'd go in. But SOMEDAY. (Possibly the solution would be to combine them and write a fic with all three.)
Icon not particularly suited to this post, but used because it amuses me.
So, question: what processor do I need to be able to stream in HD comfortably? The internet is not being very helpful in answering this. And does the kind of processor matter much? The price seems to vary by processor, even when the processing speed is the same, which confuses me.
Please note I'm not gaming or anything. The most taxing thing I am going to ask of this computer is let me watch hockey games and use ghcat at the same time. :)
The avanc was a rare visitor to the seas of Bas-Lag. The intricacies of transplanar life were abstruse and uncertain. Neither Tanner Sack nor any of his colleagues knew whether the creature that breached in Bas-Lag was a partial or a total manifestation, a confusion of scale (some protozoon, some plankton from a huge brine dimension), a pseudoorganism spontaneously generated in the vents between worlds. No one knew.
Bellis felt a flicker of slight surprise at his sadness. She felt nothing. She was not even disappointed. They had sought and found something in each other, and they had business together (an absurdly understated formulation for their project), but that was all. She bore him no ill feelings. She even felt a residue of affection and gratitude to him, like a film of grease. But no more than that. She was surprised by his faltering tone, his regret and apologies and hint of deeper feelings.
Bellis discovered, with unfolding interest, that she was not quite convinced by him. She did not believe his insinuations. She could not tell whether he believed them himself, but she knew, suddenly, that she did not.
She found that calming. She sat still, after he was gone, with her hands folded, her pale face immobile and lapped by the wind.
Like a film of grease.
Day 1: something old
Day 2: something new
Day 3: something for your fav character/pairing
Day 4: something for a character you don't like / pairing you don't ship
Day 5: something that's underappreciated by the universe
Day 6: something that's a gateway drug
Day 7: something you reread/rewatch/look at again
I'll start tomorrow, I think.
That said, the fic that actually came to mind when designing this meme was this one:
Long Way Home (LJ | A03) - SPN RPF - Jared/Jensen/Genevieve - 21k, rated NC-17
I wrote this all in a huge push during October/November of 2012 for spn_reversebang, inspired by a gorgeous piece of art whose spirit didn't quite make it into the final product but kept me going anyway.
In my perfect world, everyone has written a post-apocalyptic road trip fic; this is mine. Occasionally I manage to write exactly what I want in a fic, and this is one of those: isolation, survival tactics, so much cuddling, weird new relationships built on grief. It is just as much my id on display as the Jensen/Danneel cafe fic, but a different part of it. I think when I look back years from now, this will still be one of my favorite fics I've ever written.
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This is a series I wrote for Ghost and Verity; the Gen/Misha part was for Ghost and the tentacles were for Verity. The first is set in high school, when Gen first starts getting her dragon form (which comes in pieces; she starts with a tail) and then Misha gets his, which is... unexpected. And the second is in college, with ridiculous costumes and feelings and experimental tentacle sex. They're just fun and sweet and I like them. (I also liked slipping Adrianne/Aldis into the background of the college one, and I REALLY enjoyed deciding that Jensen dressed up as Jane Foster for Halloween.)
(I will say I had trouble picking for this day, though, because about 90% of my output in the past three years has been for minor fandoms, pairings, or characters. I kinda picked this one at random.)
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Here's a fic for a major fandom about it's primary characters, whom I've written little about together, perhaps surprisingly. I wrote this fic for an ohsam event for what is possibly my favorite prompt that I have ever filled:
Curtain fic. Boys have stopped hunting. There’s a farmhouse or house by the sea or whatever. Sam has a huge cat that adores him. Dean and the cat make stink-eyes at one another. Both boys are adjusting to their wounds – psychological and otherwise – but they get by. It’d be all pretty great, really, were it not for the fact that Sam’s been hearing sounds – wailing out in the fields (or on the beach), the sound of crying, etc. It’s hard to convince Dean that it’s real, that he’s not imagining it when he’s completely deaf in both ears and has been for the last couple of years. Gen, pls! (And if you put one of them in glasses, I’ll love you forever and ever.)
The prompt's so evocative, suggesting mood and setting and the beginnings of a plot. It just cries out for a story. I'm proud to say that I got every one of those items in except the cat (and I had plans for him, too, but in the end he just didn't fit. I can tell you, though, that he was an enormous buff-colored long hair named Nemo).
For some reason actually writing the fic was like pulling teeth, partly because for once I started it with an image and some nice words rather than a firm scenario. In that way it was much more like my pro-fic writing experiences than fanfic. I like it now that it's done, though. It's by far the happiest Sam-and-Dean fic I've ever written, and probably the only curtainfic for them I'm ever likely to write. The setting still makes me ridiculously happy, because Sam and Dean by the sea! How great is that? And I remain quite smug about a particular detail related to the titular mermaid.
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