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!
( notes and process for this fic - possibly better read after reading the fic )
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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So I, uh, have a habit of making prompts on the kinkmemes and then filling them myself when no one else does. Because they're really great prompts, you know? They have everything I want in them! But this is probably the single most ridiculous example, because when I wrote the prompt that led to this fic, I seriously had nothing in mind beyond the prompt itself (which is now, more or less, the fic summary on AO3). And a year later, 24k!
Anyway, this is basically everything I have ever wanted in a comfort fic. Winter and soup and tea and mpreg and girl-saves-boy and friendship and slow burn. It took me a while to realize that I'd sort of written a coffee shop AU, except there's really very little discussion of coffee. Soup, on the other hand, gets extensive and loving mention.
I will say that, despite the title of this day in the meme, I would almost certainly not have gotten more a couple of thousand words into this if it weren't for some faithful commenters who followed along the whole year.
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This was a Yuletide treat a couple of years ago. I had always wanted to write fic for a Mieville novel, and I had just read Railsea, and in their Yuletide letter this person requested fic about the mysterious and fearsome female moletrain captain, Captain Naphi. After a year or so writing the more stripped-down style prose I usually end up with for SPN, it was awfully fun to attempt Mieville's much more rambunctious and stylized prose. It's distant backstory, so it might be worth trying even if you haven't read the novel.
This was also, incidentally, the fic that officially got me writing f/f, a trend which is still going strong.
(By the way, if you've had a hankering to try Mieville, you could do a lot worse than Railsea. It's got that same gonzo worldbuilding that the Bas-Lag novels are so full of, but with much much less ickiness. It's basically coming-of-age novel mixed up with nods to Moby Dick - Naphi is the Captain Ahab figure - It's story of exploration and wonder as our protagonist finds himself going farther and farther off the map, but you don't read it for him; you read it for the side characters and, most of all, for the world and prose. At least, that's what I really enjoyed about it.)
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Summary: Out of all the coffee shops in all the crumbling post-apocalyptic world, Ruby walks into Jo's.
This fic is what happens when I get it into my head to write a post-apocalyptic coffee shop AU. In a world that fell apart somewhere mid-S4 (for reasons that are never explicitly given in the fic but which begin and end with Eve), Jo's alone, surrounded by monsters, and no longer interested in much anything except making coffee for people and maybe, in memory of her mom, serving as something of a resource for hunters, the way the Roadhouse always was. And into this fragile status quo walks Ruby, looking for Sam Winchester.
I love the world I developed for this, I love this muted, shades-of-gray Jo, and I love the relationship I developed between her and Ruby. This is exactly the kind of relationship that post-apocalyptic and other catastrophic scenarios provide some fertile ground for. Everything's so deliciously bleak and prickly!
( all the days )
This is one of those rare fics that I look back on and still think turned out just about exactly how I wanted it. The premise is that River is a Slayer and has been dreaming of the past through the eyes of other Slayers. In particular, since humanity left Earth That Was, those Slayers have been getting training from a dangerous, white-haired man in a long coat. So it's a mix of dreams and River arranging events just so, so she can meet this man for herself.
I'm generally pretty happy with the dreams, and with the Firefly-voice (always tricky), and the River-logic (ditto), and the emotional note that the whole fic finally resolves on. It's a fic that manages to have a lot of heart, I think, even with the crack premise.
( all the days )
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of
And then other people can read your discussion and follow your links to your fanworks (and maybe comment on them?) and you can read their discussion and follow their links and comment on them, and it will all be lovely.
Yes? :D I'm going to do my own first day here in a bit.
( likes/dislikes )
( prompts )
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So I've actually written one more related to S5 than S8, to my surprise. I think it's interesting to note that of the first eight seasons, those are two of the three I would point to as the most deeply flawed. OTOH, S8 introduces a lot of new and interesting elements, while S5 gives us an end-of-the-world setting plus a lot of interesting character combinations, so that accounts for most of my fic writing. (I rarely write fic to explain canon's holes or fix its weaknesses. Just not my favorite thing to do. It might be due to laziness.)
Meanwhile, I have written exactly one fic related to S7, and it's actually set pre-season using a character introduced in S7 (Amy the kitsune). So that tells you all my feelings about S7. I'm not sure why I haven't written more in S1, unless it's just because it's soooo Sam-and-Dean centric, and I've actually written very little straight Sam-and-Dean.
Things I'm reading as they come out because I love them that much
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Black Widow (I mean, I don't love it, but nor do I plan to give it up anytime soon)
Lazarus (I'm not actually caught up with this yet, but I have a Comixology subscription now!)
Things I read/am planning to read on MU as they appear or in trade
Secret Avengers (the new one)
Wolverine & the X-Men (the new one)
Amazing X-Men (swashbuckling!)
Cyclops (Rucka. Also space.)
X-Force (as soon as my subscription runs out)
the Original Sin side comic with the Asgardians
New things I am looking forward to with varying amounts of squee and/or trepidation
Storm (ugh, the covers. ugh, the X-office.)
Low (Remender. But so pretty! But Remender.)
Trees (Ellis. 'nuf said)
No Crash Landings, by jouissant - Saga - The Stalk, The Will
This is exactly the Stalk backstory I needed. Spaceships, tentative friendship, eyebrow-raising asides about the coming-of-age rituals of the Stalk's race.
Speed Bumps, by Salmon_Pink - Young Avengers - David/Tommy
See, this is the kind of kink I expect out of a canon like Marvel, but rarely actually see. Tommy has this problem where, when he gets aroused, time doesn't operate properly for him. It's really a drag for all concerned, but they work it out eventually. Sexy and fun and with sneaky feelings, too.
so rip me up and set me loose by defcontwo - Winter Soldier comics - Natasha/Elektra
This is all sharp edges and teeth, as I'd expect from these two, set just after a major event in the Winter Soldier comic.
Lilac Perfume by redbrunja - Hawkeye - Clint/Kate
I don't ship this, precisely, but I don't not-ship it? And this is a delightful fic written for Porn Battle that really uses its primary prompt word - lilac - to full advantage.
Embiggen, by thingswithwings - Young Avengers, Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan, America Chavez
Teen girl superheroes meet, bond, older shares wisdom with younger. THERE IS NO BAD HERE.
( Black Widow #6 )
( Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 )
( X-Force #4 )
( Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1 )
( Deadpool #19 )
( Amazing X-Men #1 )
( first lines )
In short: clearly I think the question of when is the single most important question to answer. Also who.
I started listing the last lines, too, but it was too depressing. I need to pay more attention to how other people end their stories, because mine end with dialogue very nearly always, and more variety seems desirable.
Someone wrote me Mary/Lavinia!! This pairing was the first femslash OTP of my heart, and lo, now there is fic, just for me. It's from Lavinia's POV and it about her being dazzled by Mary, which a quite understandable reaction, IMO. Yes. :D
Fic by me:
Title: Ain't No Mountain
Words / Rating: 4600 words / hard R
Content / Warnings: pseudo-incest, dubcon on Castiel's part, underage (Claire is 17), unsafe sex, post-S8
Summary: This time, Castiel's the one sitting still, and Claire's the one blowing into his life with gale force.
A/N: YAY. I haven't been this excited about a fic I've written since Yuletide at least. I've been meaning to write Claire/Castiel for quite a while, and my recip gave me the perfect excuse. It is not perfect, I'm not positive I hit all the notes quite right that I wanted to hit, and I worry that I did not represent the screwedupness of the situation quite sufficiently. But still, I am Quite Pleased. :D
* Speaking of Flower, tonight was not as good as the two shutouts, but we will take it. And hey, 145 minutes of playing time without getting scored on is nothing to sneeze at. He set a Penguins record there. Even tonight, his save percentage was still better than Lundqvist, who is statistically a better goalie and considered one of the best in the league. Not in this playoff series, though. Lundqvist's defense is not backing him up.
* This was more a story of Rangers losing than Penguins winning, but again, we will take it. We did apply a lot more pressure than most of last game, where we pretty much sat back with our two goals and let Flower save our bacon. Geno had a great no-look goal this time, and we got a short-handed goal off a Rangers power play, too.
* Geno had a pretty great game in general. A goal, an assist, he was racing down the ice on the ice and making things happen all game, and he had thirteen (!) shot attempts. Yay, Geno.
* Brian Gibbons has been distinguishing himself, too. He is our representative tiny-but-speedy player, and he did a lot of speeding tonight, including a setup for another one of those goals.
* Orpik back after missing five games for an injury, only to go out again in the first period on a completely unrelated injury. Bummer.
* Letang looks really, really good out there for a guy who had a stroke four months ago. Letang looks good out there, period. Except for his hair; that's pretty unfortunate.