CHILDREN INTERVIEWING CHILDREN. Seriously, this is a tall awkward child being interviewed by a shorter and somewhat less awkward child. I swear they make some of the same faces. And both so earnest!
And honestly I almost want to make a transcript of the entire thing, because it is so great. Olli went as "an Oktoberfest guy" for Halloween, lederhosen and all! He likes Pittsburgh because it's smaller than NYC and gets quiet in the evenings! He also goes into some detail about his warmup routine before practice (20 mins on bikes and doing calesthenics) and his routine before games (he arrives 2.5 hours before hand to deal with equipment and stuff). He watches a lot of movies and reads a book occasionally.
Basically if you happen to be writing Olli Maatta fic (*cough*), this is GOLDEN while also being charming and adorable. You just want to pinch the cheeks of everyone on the screen. I am SO CHARMED.
Carrefour by Merlin Missy - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Anaesthesia + Ingress gen, 10k. Possibly my favorite fic I have ever read for this book. Because all of us needed the fic where Anaesthesia survives, rescues/is rescued by Door's missing sister, and saves the day, did we not?
Of Five Adventures That Occurred During The Reign Of The Raven Barista. by Lanna Michaels - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Gen. 1.2k. Because we all needed a JS&MN magical coffee shop AU, too.
Shalbatana by ellen_fremedon - The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Nadia, Hiroko, Ann. 8k. With Ann's guidance, Nadia and Hiroko set off across Mars to find the Sojourner rover, still wandering. I love this integration of the canon with RL Mars events that have happened since it was written, and I love seeing fic of this particular cast of characters, who never interacted much in canon. ellen_fremedon also does a great job of capturing the majesty and isolation of Mars, the way Robinson did.
The Spanish Castle by LookingForOctober - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Valancy gen, 3.4k. Valancy visits a real life castle and finds a kindred spirit there. Just a sweet and lovely post-book moment.
The Witch [ART] by sassynails - The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
I'm not familiar with this character, but it doesn't matter, because this multimedia piece is just stunning.
So, how's your team doing? What good things are you reading? What good things are you writing? What do you wish other people would write (so you don't have to)? Spill!
All conversations worth having about space voyages were couched in terms of "delta vee," meaning the increase or decrease in velocity that had to be imparted to a vehicle en route. For, in a common bit of mathematical shorthand, the Greek letter delta (Δ) was used to mean "the amount of change in..." and V was the obvious abbreviation for velocity. The words "delta vee," then, were what you heard when engineers read those symbols aloud.
Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying this book. The Big Thing happened thirty or forty pages ago, and I got a little teary for a moment. But SERIOUSLY, GET AN EDITOR.
My main assignment was for Pacific Rim, which I'd never written before! I had trouble settling on an idea and fell back on my old standby of picking a concrete object and writing a story around it. This was the result:
and then, and then (507 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mako Mori
Additional Tags: Shatterdome
It’s at the Shatterdome, they say, and so she goes.
I started several hockey treats and didn't finish any of them, but I eventually decided that for Trick or Treat, this one was close enough to being a story that I would post it anyway. This fic is what happens when you tell me you like body horror, people coming back from the dead, and slice of life fic.
repairs (558 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Body Horror, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ambiguous Relationships
Geno settled next to Sid and slanted a glance each way. No one paid much attention. Then he pulled off his left glove and shook it over Sid’s lap, and out of it dropped a finger.
I figured out why Stephenson's books are so long. It's because they feature sentences like this:
And also so they could give the peoples of the world some agency. ... "Agency," in the lingo of the sorts of people who had set up this announcement, meant giving people options, giving them some things that they could do to have an effect - imaginary or not.
I've read similarly 3rd-grade-level explanations of, for example, Soyuz spacecraft. At the time I assumed he just wanted to be clear for any non-scientific audience, but now I don't know what audience he's going for. And even supposing your audience is familiar with neither agency nor the Soyuz spacecraft, there are more elegant and less patronizing ways to convey that information. Was he this bad back in the day, like in Cryptonomicon? Maybe he was and I just didn't notice.
In any case, I'm maybe ~60 pages into a 860-page book. This'll be a while.
Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho.
I found this pleasant but not entirely satisfactory. The jacket cover suggests comparisons to Heyer and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, but it has too much serious subject matter for the former and none of the ambitiousness of backstory, worldbuilding, and footnotes of the latter. Someone suggested that perhaps I'd like it better on a second read, now that I know what to expect, and I think that might be true. Even then, the ending seemed weak, and I suspect I will still want more worldbuilding.
In any case, it is a Regency fantasy romp with familiars and magicians and also lots of women, people of color, and examination of various forms of oppression. If that is your sort of thing, then I suspect you would enjoy it.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
I finished this a bit ago. It was suitably psychologically twisted, as I'd hoped, although it lacked the building menace of Haunting of Hill House. I couldn't decide if the reveal towards the end of the book was actually intended to be a reveal, since I'd assumed it to be true since about page two. Anyway, a very Jackson book. I want to read more of her novels.
Holiday Hockey Exchange has signups open until November 9.
Hockey RPF Kinkfest, a prompt-based exchange run through prompting and filling on the kinkmeme, just started a second round running through November 14.
Slapshot of the Heart is a rom com fusion exchange that posts on Valentine's Day, with nominations opening November 12.
I got bogged down by figuring out Plot, though, forever my nemesis. The fic has been mouldering long enough that I can admit I will never finish it, so I'm setting it free, and here it is, for anyone who's curious.
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Is this the turning point? Oh please, oh please.
This actually makes us 5-1 out of the last six games, which feels wrong. So many of this wins felt like luck and fingernails. But this one we earned. Well, Flower earned, and then some of the goal-scorers helped, too.
A stat: The Penguins have scored 16 goals. That’s the lowest total in franchise history after nine games, one less than the 17 they scored in 1970 and 2003. They’ve allowed 17 goals. That’s also the lowest total in franchise history after nine games, two better than the 19 they gave up in 2009. -- Jonathan Bombulie, Trib Live
Sounds about right.
Anyway, here were my results. "In chapters" means the fic was posted to AO3 in chapters, which generally increases exposure and kudos count. "One-shot" means it was posted all at once (regardless of length). "Backdated" means it was manually given a date earlier than posting, ie, six years before the archive opened.
1. If I Knew Then… by daughtershade – Spike/Xander, 48k (in chapters)
2. Small and scaly by devo79 – Spike/Xander, 27k
3. Just a Counterfeit James Dean by impertinence – Faith/Buffy post-series, 57k (one-shot)
4. Loserville by shrift – Spike/Xander, 16k (backdated one-shot)
5. Piece of Cake by spuffy_luvr – Spke/Buffy all-human AU, 99k (in chapters)
6. Wish You Were Here (Instead of Me) by CristinaK – Buffy+Willow+ensemble gen, 4k (one-shot)
7. Vampire's Kiss by flitterfluttyfly – Spike/Xander urban fantasy AU, 7k (one-shot)
8. Twisting the Harvest by akasakasan – Angel/Xander canon divergence AU, 27k (in chapters)
9. Away from the Numbers by EntreNous – Spike/Xander PWP, 15k (in chapters)
10. Sweet William by LittleMouse – Angel/Spike canon divergence AU, 31k (in chapters)
One of the things about AO3 is that it's very slash-heavy, so it makes sense that Spike/Xander has such a good showing here. I don't know how its actual activity compares to activity for, say, Spike/Buffy, but I feel comfortable saying that Spike/Xander was not five times as popular as Spike/Buffy.
I also am just not interested in hardly any of this. I spent the longest time thinking slash just didn't appeal to me, until I moved on to a new fandom and realized that no, what hadn't appealed to me were Angel and Xander, and there wasn't much slash to be had that didn't include at least one of them! And all-human AUs have always had zero appeal for me.
I think I tried the Faith/Buffy fic a while back but got thrown off by the Faith internal narration; it turns out what I really want for Faith/Buffy fic is Buffy POV. I feel like I already know Faith inside and out, but Buffy has always been more opaque to me.
The gen ensemble fic looks interesting, though, and was posted in 2014. I am very curious to know how a gen one-shot in a dying fandom got that many kudos, so I have that one open in a tab.
Anyway, a thought I had about it: one of the big things I'm trying to capture with that timeline is the ~narrative, and how it ebbs and flows over time. For me one of the hardest things to figure out when I'm trying to include people from other teams is the emotional and ~narrative context for their team. Have they been doing well? Badly? Someone slumping? Ridic PDO? Starting goalie is fine but working too much because the backup is playing like hot garbage? What's the fanbase excited about? What's it panicking about?
So that's part of what I'm trying to do with the timeline.
(FYI, one of my most successful ways for catching up on that stuff in a hurry is to find a team's year-end posts on SB Nation or some other blog with a strong commenting culture, and reading the comments. It's still biased towards recent events, but you can get a sense of what the fanbase thought of the season as a whole.)
( 10 recs under the cut )
Three times Valancy said what she was thinking (and one time she didn't have to) (The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery, Valancy gen, 2k)
The very first exchange fic I ever received! My request was basically one of those "I'd love anything!" ones, but the result is just lovely, and so very much in the spirit of the book. I think the Valancy+Olive scene is the one that sticks most in my mind.
Good Children (Spirited Away, Chihiro gen, 2.9k)
Exactly the day-in-the-life/worldbulding fic I wanted about Chihiro's life in the bathhouse. I have particularly fond memories of her further encounter with the Daikon spirit.
Eh By Gum (Wallace and Gromit, gen adventures, 5.3k)
Candy making caper with mandatory sneaky villain! The voices here are so good. There are so many great lines. I see there is more W&G fic on the archive now, but I think this was the first.
The Time Comes (seaQuest DSV Krieg+Ford gen, 2.1k)
I think this was the third year in a row I'd requested seaQuest fic, and finally my ship came!. (Except not a ship, because it's gen. :D) This is set very much in and around one of my favorite episodes of S1, and captures some of the thoughts and motivations of one Ben Krieg (who reminds me a little of my current Brad Marchand headcanons, though that is neither here nor there).
and now we are many places (FF, gen ensemble adventures, 2.9k)
A fic about a day out with the Future Foundation, featuring exactly as much mishap and joy as the comic itself provides. (Gosh, I loved this comic.)
So Goddamned Beautiful (Saga, Alana/Marko, 4.6k)
AKA the Alana/Marko mpreg fic of my dreeeeeeams. I accidentally peeked at the tags for this ahead of time and freaked out, and then it met all of my expectations and more. The worldbuilding is perfect, the character voices are perfect, it's porny in all the right places. BEST.
A Tale of Two Thieves (Uncanny X-Force, Psylocke/Cluster, 2.3k)
A very sweet fic about two thieving mutant ladies coming to terms with themselves and each other. The only femslash I've ever gotten for YT; apparently it's inspired me to request a bunch more, judging by my letter this year!
Some of these were super hard decisions (Jo vs Ellen? Jo vs Amelia???), but it shook out into something I'm pretty happy with, in about three tiers: top third are the characters I love, middle third are characters I have no or conflicting feelings towards, bottom third are characters that make me say "ugh", plus all the S9-S10 characters I haven't seen.
( LIST )
On the whole, I definitely favored earlier over later, other things being more or less equal. The two things I learned during sorting is that I have a whole lot more antipathy towards Ben Braeden than I would have guessed - me kicking against the convenient cute kid thing, presumably - and a whole lot more appreciation for Gwen Campbell. Clearly this means I should write some Gwen Campbell fic? :D
Also, Dean's place on the list is Dean circa S8 (when I stopped). If I could compartmentalize him and just think about Dean S1-7 or so, he'd have placed very differently.
Now I'm come over all nostalgic. *sniff*
Marc-Andre Fleury/Evgeni Malkin, 5.1k, rated T, fantasy/curses.
It’s bad enough that Flower can't talk to people without calling them things like poopy butt. It’s worse that Geno isn’t talking to him at all.
Jack Johnson/Sidney Crosby, 3.1k, rated M, h/c.
“I’ve got some time.” Sid’s voice buzzed a little. Too many satellite connections between Jack and Prague, probably. “I want to get some work started at the house, so I’ll be around for a week or so. You should come.”
Silver Medal Baby
Hilary Knight/Evgeni Malkin, 1.9k, rated T, mpreg (IN THE MOST PREDICTABLE REVEAL EVER KNOW TO MAN)
"You not even win gold! We had loser sex."
Hilary did not point out that at least she medaled. If one of them was going to get knocked up at the Olympics, obviously it would be Geno.
So if you happen to notice me failing to link to any of those things and feel like dropping me a link, PLEASE DO. I'm going to be tracking stuff I want to link to on my Pinboard, but crowdsourcing this would make it so much better.
And, obviously, feel free to use for your own fic reference. That's what it's there for. :)
* From the preseason games this week we learn:
- Kessel/Crosby/Malkin/Letang can really do some damage vs another team's JV squad. Which isn't to say I wasn't COMPLETELY DELIGHTED by goals from Olli and Phil (TWO OF THEM) and other people.
- I'm not sure if Geno has any goals yet in the preheason, but he has been a beast on the ice nonetheless. I mean.
- OTOH, this team w/out Letang, Maatta, Crosby, and Kessel is kind of unfortunate. Especially those D-guys. STAY HEALTHY, KIDS.
If you like Gaiman but also female characters and emotional complicatedness, GET THEE TO THIS BOOK.
I have fewer horror prompts than sexy/fluffy prompts, but that's just because I had a harder time thinking of prompts. Please be assured I would be delighted by horror fic or art! Below I’ve included some general types of horror I like, though, so maybe that will help inspire you.
( general likes/dislikes )
( Fandoms: Hockey RPF, Supernatural, Karen Memory )
( books! )
In the meantime, a list of things I'm thinking about requesting:
* WNBA RPF (Ramu Tokashiki <3)
* Left Hand of Darkness
* Kraken - China Mieville
* Decoys (2004)
* Zerophilia (2005)
* Jupiter Ascending (I want more Jupiter/Kalique fic so bad)
Interestingly, no Saga on that list. That is because a) between YT last year and rarepairfest this year, I already got the two Saga fics of my DREEEAMS, and b) I'm not really feeling my previous Saga enthusiasm, due to current canon.
Pocosin, by Ursula Vernon. It has a possum god and a Pratchett-esque witch and God and the Devil and Death, and it made me tear me up.
Also, if you are interested in following Hugo discussion and don't mind anon memes, some folks are facilitating an ongoing Hugo-reading project on ffa. Everything is open to be talked about whenever, but in particular they're reading short fiction by the month. The latest thread is here and includes things like a roundup of the last couple of weeks of discussion and links to free online short fiction published in February. And the threads always have the same title, so you can find them in the future by searching ffa (note: must be logged into DW to use search).
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With that in mind, I've been actively reading pro literary SFF for the first time in probably at least five years (other than, like, Mieville). So far, the novels I've been reading are old, but within the next week or so I should be picking up Jo Walton's The Just City and Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory at the library, which I am looking forward to.
However, I've been reading a lot of 2015 short fiction! You guys, there is SO MUCH short SFF being published these days. Tons of it's free online - Clarkesworld, Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com - and there's more that costs, like the big three and Lightspeed.
There've been some threads on ffa for this purpose, which has been keeping me motivated. I've tried a bunch of stuff, but so far Clarkesworld is ahead by a mile in terms of producing stuff I like. What I've read there has been at least moderately successful at least 85% of the time, which is already a better rate than I have previously experienced at any short fiction venue ever. In case you're looking for recs for nominating/general reading purposes, here are a bunch that I enjoyed or found interesting, though sometimes with caveats:
* Cat Pictures Please, by Naomi Kritzer - a would-be benevolent AI who likes cats
* A Universal Elegy, by Tang Fei - unreliable, unstable narrator, creeping alien horror
* Three Cups of Grief, with Starlight, by Aliette de Bodard - mind ships! complicated sibling dynamics
* The 3 Resurrections of Jessica Churchill, by Kelly Robson - compelling, creepy aliens, teen Native girl protagonist, am not sure how I feel about inclusion of 9/11 element, beware graphic rape scene
Anyway, this is a post for talking about 2015 stuff you've read, whether or not you have any intention of nominating things for Hugos. Novels you've read or are looking forward to? Short fiction that you enjoyed?
(FYI if you're looking for things to read, mrissa posts occasional roundup of short fiction she's enjoyed, and someone's keeping a spreadsheet of recced Hugo-eligible works here.)
I wrote the last of this story less than 24 hours before it went live, and I honestly have no idea whether it's any good. But hey, I finished it. And yay, Faith/Giles.
The Clockwork Circuit of the Stars (2099 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rupert Giles/Faith Lehane
Characters: Rupert Giles, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ritual Sex, Fuck Or Die, Slayer-Watcher Relationship
“So, Cliffnotes,” Buffy said. The table might’ve been round, but there was still no question which one of them was queen. “Slayer and watcher do the hokey-pokey, and the world keeps turning itself around.”
A long, thick, syrupy silence followed. Faith broke it by laughing, and everyone turned to glare. “What, like it’s going to be anyone except me and G?”
FYI I'm probably about done reccing Kane/Toews, but there was one here in particular that I really loved and didn't want to leave out. However, I've stuck that pairing at the bottom so you can avoid it if you prefer.
( Sid/Geno )
( Other Pens Pairings / Pens Gen )
( Pens Vids )
( Other Pairings )
( Kane/Toews )
If you're into Saga at all, you have to read.
And since there's no anon period, I can tell you about my fic as well, which is written for China Mieville's The Scar. I've always wanted to write fic for this book, although Tanner/Shekel was not what I ever expected to write. I got to write canon tentacles, though! In fact I amused my Twitter timeline quite a bit a couple of weeks ago, angsting over the porn parts. I'd exhausted all creativity by the time I got to the title, though, as you see.
It turns out this is in fact the first m/m I've ever written for a fictional canon. I'm not sure quite how that happened, but there you are.
kraken bits (3283 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Bas Lag - China Miéville
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tanner Sack/Shekel
Characters: Tanner Sack, Shekel
Additional Tags: Tentacles, First Time, Age Difference, Body Image, body shame
Imprisoned, Remade, free now and alone but for his work mates and for Shekel, who liked him – simply and easily, Tanner had thought, though the view was cloudier now. Who’d be surprised at an old invert wanting something like desire turned his way again, after all that?