snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
I've been following the Hugo discussion for most of the year, ever since the 2015 nominations were announced. It seems to me that the most important thing to come out of all the Hugo brouhaha is that if we care about them as awards (not that you have to! plenty of people don't give a darn, and that's fine!), the most important thing we can do to support them is be more active at the nominations stage as well as the voting stage.

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, [livejournal.com profile] mrissa posts occasional roundup of short fiction she's enjoyed, and someone's keeping a spreadsheet of recced Hugo-eligible works here.)
snickfic: (Faith)
I matched on Faith/Giles for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest, and after a solid six weeks of scrabbling around, trying to decide what to write, I ended up saying screw it, obviously the solution is world-saving fuck or die.

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
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Explicit
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
Summary:

“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?”

snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
I always say I'm going to do make my next recs post a little sooner, and then I really, really don't. Maybe this time I'll learn.

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 )
snickfic: (Saga)
Guys, I finally got a chance to read my [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest, fic, and it is AMAAAAAZING. It is The Honey Trap, and it is 1800 words of Stalk/Brand via Raymond Chandler, where The Brand is our gumshoe and The Stalk is that bad idea that keeps coming back. The voices are FANTASTIC, and the xeno sex is hot, and I am so happy.

If you're into Saga at all, you have to read.
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (dragon)
The [community profile] whitedwarfrabbithole fics are live! [archiveofourown.org profile] Sunchales wrote me Soap and Squid, a story set in the Botanical Gardens in Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun universe. If you like the books, you should check out the fic. It is very creepy, as the Botanical Gardens should be.

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
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bas Lag - China Miéville
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tanner Sack/Shekel
Characters: Tanner Sack, Shekel
Additional Tags: Tentacles, First Time, Age Difference, Body Image, body shame
Summary:

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?

snickfic: (Willow)
I currently have 158 works archived at Ao3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 161 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
snickfic: Sam and Dean (SPN)
Has there been any good fic for [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen that both a) features ladies and b) doesn't involve any canon after S8? Because if there are, I would like to read them.

Also, anybody have any SPNJ2BB recs? I haven't looked there at ALL yet. /o\
snickfic: (Default)
Read
- catch up on East of West
- read the issues of New Mutants that are on MU
- continue on with Claremont Uncanny X-Men (I'm reading the Brood Saga right now)
- Whedon's Uncanny X-Men

Reread
- Storm
- Uncanny X-Force (Remender)

Hilariously, these make for a much shorter list than last time, even though I haven't read most of what was on the old list. I guess I just got pickier?
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (Storm)
Have I mentioned recently that I am really, really seasonal in terms of media I consume? To the point that when the weather takes a particular turn, I will immediately go "Oh hey, time to reread X / listen to Y again."

And summer is comics season.

Cyclops, No More Humans, Amazing X-Men, Dark Phoenix Saga )
snickfic: close-up photo of Marc-Andre Fleury (fleury close)
Probably everyone who cares already knows, but signups for the [tumblr.com profile] hockeyrarepairexchange are open right now. There are approximately two million pairings nominated, so unless you're into the Devils or the Red Wings, if you're into hockey it is very, very likely there is something there for you.
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
Yay, author who likes the same tiny ships I do! \o/ I hope you find something here to inspire you. :)

cut for length )
snickfic: Sif facepalming with text "breathe" (Sif facepalm)
I haven't tried to read comics there in forever, but now they have this shiny new reader that's very smooth but also cuts off a lot of the words at the margins if you use the smart view setting, and my laptop screen is just not big enough to read a full page at a time without squinting.

Woe.
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (Psylocke)
I said I was done with Marvel, but now there are tons of new titles coming out this fall, and I have to at least rubberneck.

* Spider-Woman - I have no Jess feeling, but the pregnancy plotline for a female character is just a leeetle overused, don't we think? More importantly, how is this the cover. How. This isn't even a challenging pose; she's just STANDING. With a BROKEN BACK.

* A-Force - I read an issue of this via Secret Wars (although apparently it's getting rebooted RIGHT AWAY, and seriously, how stupid is the reboot stuff yet? HAVE WE REACHED REBOOT STUPIDITY HORIZON). It was cute? IDK, team of entirely ladies to protect island entirely of ladies; hard to go completely wrong.

* All-New Wolverine - by which we mean X-23, it looks like. I'm a bit leery of this book because authors tend to go the angst porn route with X-23 in ways that make me uncomfortable. We'll see.

* ULTIMATES - aka Al Ewing's new book featuring much of his Mighty Avengers team, YAY. Unrelated to the Ultimate universe, afaik; there are, after all, only so many superlatives to go around. I just read all of his Captain America and the Might Avengers run this weekend, and it was utterly delightful. Can't wait for more. And as you see on the cover, MONICA RAMBEAU HAS HER DREADS BACK.

* Uncanny X-Men - so apparently Psylocke+Fantomex+some other baddies vs the world is just a long-term thing now. I mean, I'm not complaining. (Except, ugh, Land. WHY. WHY.) I still need to finish the rest of Spurrier's X-Force, now that it's all up on Marvel Unlimited.

* Old Man Logan - okay, this is just me being uninformed, but Wolverine is dead now, right? So who's Old Man Logan?

* Extraordinary X-Men - "Featuring adult Iceman, Storm, Colossus, Magik, Old Man Logan, teen Jean Grey and Nightcrawler." Okay, that could be a pretty great team, yeah? Fairly old school. Possibly lots of fun. And Jeff Lemire is writing, of whom I've heard good things? Although less for his team books.

* Ms. Marvel - still! \o/ Good job, Marvel.

* The Mighty Thor - Same Thor team, same Thor lady, All-New All-Different title! I got bored of the lady Thor book because it was like 80% fights, but it was really pretty. I might check it out in trade.

* Captain Marvel - Female writers + art by Kris Anka. I have basically given up on Carol; I didn't enjoy KSD's treatment of her at all. Maybe I'll like this better? The cover is great, at any rate.
snickfic: (Saga)
Have some links!

What's The Point Of Comics Criticism? A Conversation Between Daniel Elkin & Colin Smith. Very interesting discussion of the role of cultural criticism, and how and if a critic should constrain themselves to certain approaches.

Je Suis Airboy: Why Airboy’s Defenders Need to Listen and Reflect Instead. That the comics mainstream, including creators, is gross in any number of ways is not new, but this nonetheless felt like a worthwhile response to a particular comic's issues.

Batgirl: Transgender Representation and the Power of Words. And this, meanwhile, is a great example of the better way to respond when one's work is criticized for being offensive, including an extensive panel-by-panel comparison of some changes made to a recent Batgirl comic in response to criticism.
snickfic: Sif facepalming with text "breathe" (Sif facepalm)
You'd think I would cease to be surprised by the general incompetence of every single aspect of Marvel's website, but no. On the one hand, the fact that their "manage print subscription" page is nonfunctional again is no real surprise - it's been broken more often than it's worked since I've been subscribing to Marvel.

On the other hand, this page supposedly advertising the special Battleworld-set Thors miniseries has the correct photo and "recent talent" that I assume is accurate (I know Aaron's writing it, anyway), but the copy is advertising THE FRACTION RUN, which was three volumes of Thor comics ago and last published in 2013. And they're advertising Coipel on art, when his last issue hit stands in 2011.

Seriously. Most incompetent online vending I have ever seen in my life.
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
Ryan Lambert asks, How many goals could Phil Kessel score with Penguins?. The short answer: a lot. Some prime quotes (not all of them necessarily related to goal scoring):

The Toronto media is obviously loath to get into the “fancy” stats (or as they are known, counting numbers with some division mixed in)


His best friend in the whole wide world ... Tyler Bozak. ... Now, again, this is Kessel's best friend and Kessel felt comfortable with him on the ice, so who was Randy Carlyle or any other coach to break them up as long as Kessel kept filling the net with goals (which, you'll remember from above, he certainly did).


Crosby increases his linemates' career goals-for per 60 by more than 68 percent. Malkin does so by nearly 47 percent.


If Crosby can drag Chris Kunitz onto the Canadian Olympic team, he might just win Kessel a Rocket Richard.


I am GIDDY, you guys. I think we're going to see something special, come fall.
snickfic: [Saga] Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn)
Fic written for the Everywoman exchange. I finally managed to write a little Brand/Stalk noir! More or less! I feel like the ending is really weak, but :PPP

On the plus side, my recip liked it and pointed out what an excellent piano player The Stalk would surely be in a jazz bar of some kind, and just, EEEEE YES PLEASE.

the legs on that dame (1329 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Saga (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: The Brand/The Stalk
Characters: The Brand | Sophie (Saga), The Stalk | Enriette (Saga)
Additional Tags: Assassins & Hitmen, Pre-Canon
Summary:

“I don’t know about this,” Enriette said.

Sophie kept her eye on the dude with fins standing under a yellow street lamp. “You’re the one who wanted to shoot something.”

snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (crosby)
DK is kind of ridiculous and shouldn't be taken seriously, but this article is really just a bunch of quote from Kessel about how happy he is to be going to Pittsburgh. He sounds positively overjoyed.

Meanwhile, Steve Dangle gives his reaction to the trade. The last four minutes or so are a nice summary of Kessel's strengths and weaknesses.

And if you need an example of just how bad and well into ridiculous the Toronto media is, here's one dude's take on the Kessel trade. You see why I have a soft spot for the guy. He gets so much crap.

Specifically, he gets a ton of flack for his eating habits and not looking like what we generally expect athletes to look like. Reading media about him is like Survey of Bodyshaming 101. Even people I generally think of as respectable journalists or bloggers just have to get a line in about how he's a good player despite what he looks like. The guy was the highest-scoring guy on the Leafs all six years he was there. He's one of the fastest in the league. Does it really matter a damn if he LOOKS athletic?

In other Pens news, the Geno plus (fake) animals saga continues.
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
ICON UNUSUALLY APROPOS TODAY.

Okay, so, we acquired Phil Kessel (minus some retained salary) and some other players and picks in return for Kapanen, Spaling, and some other players and picks. What this means:
* We got Phil Kessel! Who is a legit superstar. And now he's ours.
* We got Phil Kessel, who was probably my fav hockey person in the NHL who wasn't a Pen (except maybe Ovi, but I think Ovi is happy where he's at). I have a huge soft spot for Kessel because of all the crap he's taken from the Toronto media and management over the years. And now he's ours! \o/
* Toronto RETAINED SALARY. WTF.
* We didn't give up Olli OR Pouliot. I think this means Rutherford is magic.
* We dumped Spaling, who was serviceable but cost too much.
* Now we won't/can't trade for Patrick Sharp. Or his face. \o/

First, your OBLIGATORY FIRST PHIL KESSEL READ.

While we're at it, here's one from Puck Daddy today specifically about the ridiculous Toronto media and its ridiculous treatment of Kessel.

And here is HockeyMeesh's breakdown of the trade. Meesh is my fav Pens blogger, btw; you should totes follow him on Twitter.

Second, some worthy quotes. First, from the article by Seth Rorabaugh above:
General manager Jim Rutherford said discussions on this trade went on for approximately a month. Coupling that with the somewhat light package of assets the Penguins gave up, it's a pretty clear illustration of how badly the Maple Leafs wanted to get rid of Kessel.


Rutherford again, this time courtesy of Dejan Kovacevic:
“You can never know with trades. Over time is when you can best judge trades,” Rutherford said. “We got the best player in the trade right now. It usually works out for the team that gets the best player. To not take a lot off our team and to add Kessel, at this point, that gives me personal satisfaction.”


Basically I am just going to spend the next several weeks going, "We got Phil Kessel. We got Phil Kessel!" I am positively giddy, you guys.
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
If we finish out the day with our core four, Olli, and Pouliot still on the roster, I will consider it a successful free agency day.

*aggressively bites nails*
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (malkin)
Behold, my fic for the Sid/Geno exchange! My recip asked for animal courtship rituals and suggested bowerbirds among other things, and after looking through numerous lists of Weird Animal Courtship Rituals (thank you, internet), I came back around to the bowerbirds fic after all. It is societally-mandated curtainfic, y'all.

Make Yourself at Home (8577 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury
Additional Tags: Wooing, Interior Decorating, Angst, Animal Traits, Happy Ending, Friends With Benefits
Summary:

“I could just live at your house,” Sid said, scowling at a color swatch. “I like your house.”

“My house best,” Zhenya agreed. Then, because he did actually care about Sid and his ongoing bower-building angst, he added, “But your house good, too.”

(A bowerbird AU)

snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
General things I like: psychological horror, existential horror, weird plants, creepy ruins, creepy weird landscapes, body horror, amnesia. Kink negotiation, body appreciation, touching and teasing, xeno kink, women in charge, watersports, enemas, stuffing/belly kink (those last three are my kink trifecta; feel free to consider any of them as prompts for any of these fandoms!). A/B/O, tentacles, wingfic, steampunk vibes, mpreg. (I really love mpreg.)

General things I don’t like / DNW: sexual violence or threats thereof; gore for the sake of gore; death of the POV character; trauma to eyes, hands, or teeth. Larger person physically dominating smaller one, comeplay, non-con, D/s-type punishment. Infidelity, first-person POV, crossovers (exceptions noted).

Supernatural )

Hockey RPF )

Saga )

X-Men (Comicverse) )

so, Mad Max

Jun. 3rd, 2015 07:51 am
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
You guys, Mad Max: Fury Road was everything I have ever wanted in an action movie: tons of women in key roles, deliciously weird worldbuilding, spectacle, and a deep and meticulous commitment to its aesthetic. It was two and a half hours of sheer joy. My friend and I walked out of the theater grinning from ear to ear.

(There were no megafauna, but I guess I can forgive it that.)

The only trouble is now I'm mad that not only are all the other movies not this good, but they're not even trying. Women? Eh, sure, why not let one of the secondaries be a girl? Aesthetic? Feh, who needs aesthetics when you can have explosions.

Anyway, if emotional resonance and rocket launchers is your kind of storytelling, then this is for you.
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
June 3 - Hello dear author, I suck, I thought we had a couple more days before assignments went out. If you were hoping for more guidance than was in my requests, I am planning to get a full letter up this weekend. However, I said all the really important stuff there, and if that alone was enough to inspire you, then feel free to go full speed ahead and never mind the letter; I am confident I will love it.

General Likes/Dislikes )

Book of the New Sun, Kraken, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Scar, The Mars Trilogy )
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
* I <3 my Pinboard so much. So much, you guys. Never leave me.

* I typed up a bunch of cracky, tropey female-centric recs for someone, as those are fics very dear to my heart, and ahhhh I'd forgotten how much I love writing in canons with women. I miss it, y'all. In the meantime, I might add to that list and post it here, if I get around to it.

* Speaking of recs: I have so many hockey recs I need to make. So many.

* Have I mentioned that I <3 the hockey kinkmeme recently? I DO. (This Eichel/McDavid soulbonding WIP is currently making me very happy.) Right now there's a "Kinkfest" that's sort of being hosted there, info here; it's extremely informal and boils down to "write a kinky thing in this two-week period, and we'll add it to the masterlist." I shall try to come up with something.

* I have been cooking! Emphasis on veggies, just because. It turns out roasting zucchini, carrots, and celery and then sticking them in spaghetti sauce makes for MUCH MORE EXCITING pasta. I'm going to have to experiment with that a lot more. Especially as I now have half a pound of arugula I need to use by, like, this weekend. (Suggestions welcome.)

* O Capdad, My Capdad: the Daddening - an explanation of how (almost) every single captain in the NHL is like Dad.

* bb Geno. YOU GUYS.

* Do you want to watch 5+ minutes of bridge vs. trucks? Of course you do. (Spoiler: the bridge wins every time.)

* The Discovery Channel Twitter trolled the Pens Twitter, and it was the best.
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
It's awfully late in the year to make a list of stuff I want to read, but I'm finally reading again, so what the hey. FYI my list from last year is here.

New Fiction
* Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis books
* Kameron Hurley's SF series that starts with God's War
* Cyteen by CJ Cherryh, because [personal profile] verity says so
* Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, because Hugos
* We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, because I love The Haunting of Hill House so
* The Instrumentality of Mankind, the complete short stories by Cordwainer Smith

New Non-Fiction
* Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
* The Language of the Night by Ursula Le Guin, because it's sitting on my shelf

Rereads
* The Birthday of the World, collection by Ursula Le Guin
* Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
* Sunshine by Robin McKinley, because it's time
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
EveryWoman signups close today! This has been your reminder. (Looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] kwritten.)

Signups are also open for White Dwarf Rabbit Hole, the SFF lit exchange. There's a ton of good stuff in the tag set to choose from...
snickfic: Buffy Dawn weird love is better than no love (Buffy Dawn)
General things I like: psychological horror, existential horror, weird plants, creepy ruins, creepy weird landscapes, body horror, amnesia. Kink negotiation, body appreciation, touching and teasing, xeno kink, women in charge, watersports, enemas, stuffing/belly kink (those last three are my kink trifecta; feel free to consider any of them as prompts for any of these fandoms!). A/B/O, tentacles, wingfic, steampunk vibes, mpreg.

General things I don’t like / DNW: sexual violence or threats thereof; gore for the sake of gore; death of the POV character; trauma to eyes, hands, or teeth. Larger person physically dominating smaller one, comeplay, non-con, D/s-type punishment. Infidelity, first-person POV, crossovers (exceptions noted).

Jupiter Ascending, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Downton Abbey, Supernatural, Saga )
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
What are y'all reading and watching lately?

I've been picking away at due South. It's just so cute and fuzzy, you guys!

In reading I'm on a Patricia McKillip kick while also working my way through the Hugo-nominated novels. The Three-Body Problem had a lot of interesting ideas, and I love the creepiness as the mystery unfolds over the first 2/3. It's been many moons since I read a book that cared this much about pure science, rather than applied. All that talk about the three-body problem was almost as good as math. :D The backstory dumps that come after the reveal just kill the momentum, though. And now I'm a little way into The Goblin Emperor, which so far is a fine and pleasant read but has not distinguished itself to me at all. I'm also hoping some more women show up soon. (NO SPOILERS. Remember I am a delicate flower about spoilers!)

I've actually read more in the past month than I feel like I have in a really long time. This makes me very happy.

That said, I'm so behind on comics. I have a whole pile I need to get to. In a few weeks, maybe. And I see there are new issues of Copperhead out! \o/
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
Is anyone else watching this? It's a Canadian show about some women surviving in frontier Canada - the main characters are a half-Native woman with gun skillz and a broad-brim hat, an Easterner with brains who spent time in an institution (possibly for not being neurotypical? or just caring too much about the wrong things, aka How Bodies Work), and the madam who runs the town brothel.

I watched the first ep and really liked it but also it was kind of intense, so I haven't watched any more. Basically I need a watching buddy who will hold my virtual hand (not necessarily in realtime) so I can nerve up and continue. I am promised canon femslash down the road, and I really want to get to it!
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
I have Big Plans for my Sid/Geno exchange fic. I know the story I want to tell, and I have a pretty good idea of the emotional beats (subject to change, of course, once I get into it). However, I am not just sure how I'm going to tell it yet. I'm not positive whose POV I'm going to tell it from. I'm still figuring out how best to introduce the worldbuilding and how much of it I need to make explicit. Some of what I'm imagining as backstory may not make it into the story at all. I don't even know when in the timeline the story starts. It's top-down writing: I have an idea for the end result, but I have to then write the words that produce that result.

On one hand, there's something very satisfying and concrete about having a clear goal for what I want to do. On the other hand, that means it's easy to get frustrated when the words I am writing do not, in fact, achieve that goal. I think this is part of the reason I had SO MANY false starts when writing the girl!Sid D/s AU that posted in January - I knew what I wanted, and I kept having to backtrack because what I'd written didn't get where I wanted. I think I cut 6k out of an eventual 9k story. Here's hoping that doesn't happen this time.

The thing is, this is completely the opposite of how I write a lot of fic (and original fic, too, for that matter). Very often I'll start with a scenario - "A meets B" or "A, B, and C go on a road trip and develop feelings" or "A gets pregnant" - and then work out what that means for the characters. I think of this as bottom-up writing. Emotional beats develop more organically, which sounds nice until you look at ivy climbing up a wall and realize organic is often code for "messy and nonlinear with a lot of unnecessary side tangents." If your writing strategy is "plant the seed and then let the story grow of its own accord," that's going to mean pruning. It also means that the story can't be hurried along, and no matter how you push at it, it might take much longer to grow to maturity than you would like. (See: my Illyria fic. Five years and counting!)

Anyway. That is my writing thought for the day. Is there one of these strategies that you guys use more often than the other? Do neither of them fit your mode of writing at all? Talk writing at me. :)
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
I've been cutting down on exchanges this year, but here are two new ones I'm super excited about and planning to sign up for:

[community profile] everywoman: female characters exchange, 500-word minimum, nominations open

[community profile] whitedwarfrabbithole: exchange for SFF prose canons, brainstorming now, noms open May 2.
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (malkin)
I have been posting to the kinkmeme! Very occasionally, it's true, but still.

golden showers (bring may flowers) (2417 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Watersports, Scent Marking, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Possessive Behavior, Kink Exploration, Cuddling & Snuggling
Summary:

Gonch was right – it wasn’t common. Still, at least once a week, Geno caught a whiff of some omega that smelled like the inside of a urinal. He filed it away as one of those weird things Americans did, and he didn’t think about it.

Mostly he didn’t think about it.


This is what I did with my weekend, rather than... anything productive. I snagged the prompt on the meme because I thought it'd be easy and then spent much of the next twenty-four hours angsting in chat about worldbuilding and how my characters wouldn't stop TALKING. I just wanted to write about pee, geez.

This is a kink fic, folks. The worldbuilding here is a little bit silly. The fic is also REALLY SAPPY. WHY SO SAPPY, SID AND GENO?

Waste Not (1238 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Belly Kink, Belly Rubs, Stuffing
Summary:

Sidney eats more than he should, and Geno enjoys the results more than he expects.


This one is older, and I had it stuck in the anonymous collection for a long time because I wasn't sure I wanted to own up to it, but here it is. There will probably be a sequel to this one at some point.
snickfic: photo, Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save (fleury)
And our season is over. Goods:
* We barely scraped into the playoffs, but we went head-to-head against the best team in the league (by points, anyway) and fought them every inch.
* Every loss was a one-goal loss. We held them to two goals per game for all four of their wins, the second time in NHL history a series has been won this way.
* We did this with one top four defenseman, a bottom pairing, a seventh D, and two AHL call-ups.
* Fleury was spectacular. Apparently #fleurydeservedbetter was trending in Pittsburgh last night, and it wasn't a lie.
* We fought SO HARD. We made mistakes, and the Rangers made us pay, and we took so many more penalties than we should, but my gosh, we left it ALL on the ice. It's too bad we couldn't get another bounce or two go our way, because history is going to remember this series as NYR trouncing us 4-1, but SO MUCH is missing from that metric.
* Now we get to go heal.
* Next year: Letang, Maatta, Pouliot. Think about that.

Bads:
* That Lovejoy trade isn't looking any better than it did to start with.
* That Perron trade looks a lot worse than it did to start with.
* Poor Ehrhoff. Don't think he got out of this season what he'd hoped.
* Flower deserved better. Yeah.

That's a lot of good mixed in with the bad, but I'm still so sad that this how we went out. I'm going to keep being sad for a while.

I'm collecting post-game and post-season links that I think are worth reading (ie, not stupid).
ECQ Game 5 – This is the end. Pens lose 2-1 (OT), lose series 4-1, by Meesh Shanmugam
Losing always hurts, but the Penguins didn’t lose their “composure”, didn’t have to deal with a Fleury meltdown, and did keep the series close despite what a 4-1 series loss may suggest. These are all valuable memories and lessons moving forward for the team. For once, they will go into the next postseason not with thoughts of how they failed, or blew it, or melted down. Next postseason will be built from a hard-fought series despite not having the necessary pieces to win. In a transition year, the Penguins may have built a foundation for another franchise upswing. There are plenty of reasons for hope next year.

Penguins Season Ends With Fourth 2-1 Loss to Rangers, by Angie Carducci
A team that went into a month-long freefall down the stretch and snuck into the playoffs by beating the league’s worst team on the last day of the regular season found a way to compete within a goal of the Rangers for five consecutive games.

Penguins - Rangers - Game 5 postgame, by Seth Rorabaugh
-This was the best they could do. These Pittsburgh Penguins put everything they could into this series. They darn near played it perfectly within their limitations. But they were extremely limited. When Taylor Chorney, Brian Dumoulin and Scott Wilson are in the lineup instead of Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff and Pascal Dupuis, the same expectations simply can not be met. Yes, injuries happen to every team. But they simply crippled this team.

-One of the real shames of this brief but fierce five-game battle is that the brilliance of Fleury in this series will nearly be forgotten. He was the main reason this team got into the playoffs and he was the only reason they had a sniff at even beating the Rangers in any of these games. With two consecutive sturdy playoff seasons under his belt, there should be not doubt in his status as THE franchise goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 5 Impressions: Rangers 2, Pens 1 (OT), by Sam Kasan and Michelle Crechiolo
My biggest takeaway from Game 5 is that the Pens truly did leave it all out on the ice – especially in the third period and overtime. And while I know there are no moral victories in the playoffs and the fact remains that Pittsburgh’s season is over, with their backs against the ropes they fought valiantly and put forth one heck of an effort to try and extend this series.
snickfic: photo, Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save (fleury)
We're in the playoffs! My gosh, that Sabres game was so much work. But Flower got his shutout to lead the league, first time a Pens goalie has ever done that. I'm so proud. *sniff*

Honestly I just really wanted us to get in, and now we're here, so good job us despite everything. Now we have a solid four days of rest without any games, and when we get back we'll have a full six D again. And hey, at least we have no expectations on us, which is novel and maybe a kind of luxury. We're the underdog, for the first time in ages.

What follows are a bunch of links for my own encouragement; they all propose that maybe possibly the Pens aren't going to be a total disaster in round one against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers. (Not included: the article whose writer thinks the Pens will get swept.)

Pittsburgh vs New York is Process vs PDO (hey, if ever-cranky Ryan Wilson is offering hope, that means something)
Stanley Cup Favorites: Who Are the Real Contenders - somehow the Pens are at the very top of this list, although it doesn't account for recent injuries at all
Switch Flipping Time
NHL Playoffs: 5 ways the Pittsburgh Penguins could pull an upset
Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Pens vs Rangers By the Numbers

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