snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
I've been super excited about this book since I first started seeing art for it, and I was not disappointed.

Elektra #1 )
snickfic: (Cordelia excited)
STORM #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Victor Ibanez
CLASSIFIED


The 'classified' presumably means it spins out of the Original Sin event, aka the Dead Watcher Murder Mystery.

Does anyone have any feelings on Greg Pak? He's bibliography is a real hodgepodge and doesn't have anything I'd even want to read, much less anything I've already read.
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
Full solicitations listing here.

Thoughts:
- Oh look, yet another artist for X-Men. Matteo Buffagni, whom I'm not familiar with but whose work looks fine. That's six artists in 17 issues, unless I've missed one: Coipel, Lopez, Dodson, Anka, Mann, Buffagni. That seems excessive. I'd care more if the writing hadn't become such a complete train wreck.

- Rock He-Kim is back on X-Force; apparently the Jorge Molina issues were just fill-in. Feh.

- I know just enough about Runaways to be mad about the Avengers Undercover solicit.

- Meanwhile, the solicit for Black Widow:
BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!

Given... events, I wonder if this is flashback issue, or...?

- The Moon Knight cover is sooooo pretty.

- IDC about Cyclops, but "Young Cyclops has space adventures with his space pirate father" is the kind of premise I can get behind. Also, Greg Rucka. I await reports.

- Has anyone read any of the new Wolverine & the X-Men? I got reeeally tired of the old one, but the new looks to be putting more emphasis on characters I care about while toning down the zaniness a lot.
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
Huh. )

Anyway, overall, I really loved most of this series. Great characters throughout, great acting, some really spine-chilling moments, neat cinematography, neat music. Well worth the two seasons.
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
This is my first time participating in this exchange, because this time last year I had no fandoms that qualified, and between then and now I have fallen in love with comics and hockey rpf, and CA:WS happened, too! So know, dear author, that I am caught up in the first flush of excitement for all these fandoms and cannot wait to see whichever fic you choose to write for me.

Likes/Dislikes )

Captain America (Movies) )

Hockey RPF )

Marvel (Comics) )
snickfic: [Twin Peaks] Norma and Shelley (Twin Peaks)
Because I definitely don't have the brain do anything else tonight. Probably. Although there may be some comics reactions later.

Send me a character and I'll tell you;
OTP:
OTF:
OT3:
NOTP:


Meme closed! But you can check in the comments of both posts to see my answers. :)
snickfic: Genevieve lying on the grass, text LOVE (Gen)
Masterpost for Jared/Gen modern fairy tale AU with enema kink and angst is here! With links to gorgeous art by [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7, who came to the rescue when no one else claimed me.
snickfic: Genevieve lying on the grass, text LOVE (Gen)


Title: All Clean
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Pairing: Jared/Gen
Words / Rating ~13k words / NC-17
Contents / Warnings: modern fairy tale AU, angst, washing kink, enema kink, light femdom
Summary: When Jared takes over his grandma's farm, he inherits a few things - like a brownie. Magical fairy tale company is better than no company at all, but the brownie can only stay as long as she's cleaning something. She and Jared get pretty creative about finding things for her to clean.

A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] genteensybang. Art by the glorious [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7. She was very gracious in taking on my fic when no one else wanted it, and look how pretty the results! Thank you so much, hon. <3 You all should absolutely go tell her what a wonderful job she did, over at the art masterpost.

Oh my gosh, this fic. I think it shakes down to about 60% angsty modern fairy tale and 40% kink. It is ALL GHOST'S FAULT. I had the bright idea to overlay my [community profile] kink_bingo card on top of my [community profile] trope_bingo card and combine prompts. (That was last July, and this is in fact the first fic to come out of that, although one of these days I am going to finish that Anna/Castiel "writing on the body" fic. Anyway, success of this venture: decidedly mixed.) There were a few combos that stumped me, though, like "enemas + fairy tale AU." Ghost to the rescue! She gave me not one but THREE possible scenarios, from which I chose one that developed into this fic. And then she kept enthusing over the snippets I sent her. So, yes. All her fault.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Whole fic on AO3
Art Masterpost
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So now that there a bunch of new books out, here are my unspoilery thoughts on the ones I've tried. Roughly in descending order of how much I like them.

Loki: Agent of Asgard - Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Another Ewing book, which I picked up solely because I liked Mighty Avengers so much, and I have not been disappointed. This last issue involved a Marvelverse retelling of a Norse myth; the retelling featured a rocket launcher. Also a brand new character was introduced in the second issue who is both interesting in her own right and the perfect Loki foil, and I am super excited to see more of her. And have I mentioned the fanservice? *fans self*

Ms. Marvel - G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey who idolizes Carol Danvers and then acquires super powers. We're only two issues in, but this book is brimful of HEART.It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Alphona's art is a little bit whimsical and hits exactly the right note.

Moon Knight - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
So far this seems to be largely an experiment in form, but oh, what a gorgeous form it is. Ellis is dry and understated, and the Shalvey/Bellaire combo is pretty much my dream team, especially working on something a bit more fantastical like this. Every idea Ellis is throwing at them, they're knocking out of the park.

Black Widow - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
The art here is really gorgeous, especially if you like sort of a dreamy, painted look to your spy action. The story is a bit thin so far; I will likely never be enthralled by one-off spy plots, especially ones that offer so little characterization to compensate. Edmondson's penchant for metaphor-heavy, first-person narration does the book no favors either. However, the continuing plot is finally picking up now, and I like Noto's art even more than I did at first.

Captain Marvel - Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez
Carol Danvers goes to space! I really love the art here, and I think Lopez is by far the best fit tonally for this book out of the many artists who've tried their hand at Captain Marvel in the past two years. However, I think I just don't like Carol Danvers that much. If you do, then you should definitely check this out.

X-Force - Simon Spurrier, He-Rock Kim
I wanted to like this because it has Psylocke and Fantomex in it, and Spurrier seemed like an interesting choice as he comes off his success with the zany fringe title X-Men: Legacy, but I hate the art here so much - SO MUCH - that I can't even tell how I feel about the rest of it. However, we're picking up Jorge Molina for a few issues here soon, and I like what I've seen of the previews for those issues, so maybe there's hope.
snickfic: (Saga)
Somehow there are suddenly tons of events I can write and request comics for! So exciting!

[livejournal.com profile] marvelgrabbag is a promptfest, where you make 4-5 Marvel-related prompts and then later claim at least one prompt for your very own. The signup process is not the most intuitive, because signups are on AO3 for claims that will be on LJ, but whatever. Here's the list of prompts so far. Anyone who's been paid any attention to any of my fest signups in the last six months will recognize most of my prompts, and anyone who knows me at all will recognize the rest. :D

Night on Fic Mountain is Yuletide in the summer, basically. For all of us who have trouble participating in Yuletide as much as we'd like because of holidays/family/dial-up, this is THE PERFECT THING. I'm super excited about the comics fandoms that've been nominated.

Not Prime Time, the fest for mid-size fandoms is running again this year. Last near I had no fandoms that qualified; this year, between comics and hockey, I have plenty! I'M GOING TO ASK FOR HOCKEY FIC. I... may already have my entire Dear Author letter written.

Meanwhile, for more immediate gratification, I already mentioned MCU + all kinds of comics kink meme, for which you should prompt things so I have something to fill. Also there's [livejournal.com profile] marvel_cinekink, which is MCU only and therefore not so relevant to my interests but which nonetheless presently features this WIP which delves into the Winter Soldier's post-movie identity issues in lots of delicious hurty ways.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
I haven't done one of these in ages. I snagged this one from Tumblr. If you want to play, pick a number, and I will discuss.

the mission, should you accept it, is to stay positive about your writing and yourself, but to also be fair about your shortcomings.

1. of the fic you’ve written, which are you most proud of?
2. favorite tense (past/present/future)
3. favorite POV (first/second/third/etc)
4. what are some themes you love writing about?
5. what inspires you to write?
6. thoughts on critique
7. create a character on the spot…. NOW!
8. is there a character you love writing for the most? the least? why?
9. a passage from a WIP
10. what are your strengths wrt writing?
11. what are your weaknesses wrt writing?
12. what’s your favorite place for writing resources?
13. who are your favorite writers?
14. anything else that you want to know XD
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
This is actually an old comics meme, but it might be in the process of being revived? In any case, there is a new discussion post and also a kink meme post which is a new addition to the meme. All very exciting. Go forth and talk comics, ye who are so inclined.
snickfic: bw Sam in plaid (Sam)
I have been reading [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling very indifferently, which basically means "only the things with women and also occasional other rare pairs." From that group, though, there's been a surplus of really great stuff. Behold!

Greeting the Monster in Our Easter Dresses - Meg/Abaddon
Mostly a Meg character study, set mostly in a hell that's whimsical but fully tangible. This is Meg all the way through, doing as she's bid but enjoying Earth more than she should, serving her cause but still taking pleasures for herself where she finds them. And the writing is ace.

Welcome Home - Sam/Dean/Jess
I generally read very little Wincest, but it turns out I am a sucker for Wincest/girl threesomes, especially quiet happy ones, which this eventually becomes. The simmering tension of all the things Jess doesn't know about Sam is what makes this one, I think.

Three Things - pre-Sam/Kevin
In which Kevin comes back from the dead and has trouble making the adjustment. Also involves Sam walking around in his brain and then having a heart to heart with him. The dream sequence is really nicely done and suits Kevin's character very well, and the interactions with them give some neat insight into Sam as well.

All Good Things - Sam/Tessa
Elegiac. Sad and terrible and lovely, with great imagery of a Sam in a big empty world with only ants, snakes, and a reaper for company.

Our Last Summer - Jared/Jensen/Genevieve (NSFW)
And now some art! This is just gorgeous, the intimacy, the lines and colors, the late-summer feel that suffuses everything.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
I have [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen words! Words I like! I know exactly what I want to do with this fic and have known since a day after I got the assignment, and it is a thing I can do without the handwringing that began my Beyond Panels assignment, and I am altogether very pleased. Plus the prompt gives me an excuse to write an aspect of canon I've been wanting to write for quite a while. YAY ALL AROUND.

--

Upcoming films, because I went to see Winter Soldier yesterday and there trailers.
* Lucy, with body horror and ScarJo with out-of-control powers? And also Morgan Freeman? YES PLEASE I WILL WATCH THE HECK OUT OF THAT. Even though the ~science is clearly ridiculous.

* Godzilla looks very silly, but also probably cooler than the last Godzilla remake, and I am a TOTAL SUCKER for giant megafauna which I may have mentioned, so. Also Bryan Cranston, what even.

* Maleficient looks more interesting than I expected. I can see why people have been getting a femslash vibe from it. I will definitely wait on reviews, though.

--

Speaking of, yes, I saw Winter Soldier! Unspoilery version: I enjoyed it quite a bit, for pretty much exactly the reasons I expected to enjoy it.

spoilers )
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So it turned out I wrote two stories for Beyond Panels.

Open Road, Captain America comics, Natasha+Bucky
A post-apocalyptic road trip amnesiafic? Because why not? I had much bigger aspirations for this fic, but this is what I ended up with. It's, shall we say, largely a mood experiment. Or something.

Safe House, Black Widow comics, Natasha+Ana
This is very much a slice-of-life, between-the-scenes kind of fic for the new Edmondson/Noto volume of Black Widow. That book is 90% of Natasha on the job in foreign locales and 10% of her at home in a large, bare apartment in Little Ukraine, NYC. This fic flips those percentages. I ended up being pretty happy with it in terms of capturing Natasha's perspective in the canon, and also because I got to write female friendship in it, which makes me happy.

I think by and large these two fics demonstrate that I'm just ever so much happier if I'm working within or pushing against the confines of some specific canon, especially when I first start writing a new canon. It's only later when I become more comfortable with my own interpretation that I can relax my attention to canon detail and start exploring with big AUs and things.
snickfic: (Default)
* Marc-Andre Fleury, you guys. I am completely charmed by his French-Canadian accent. And his pretty pretty eyes. And his pretty pretty moves, because what even was that save in the shootout against Detroit last night? (I saw an article that described it as a "snow angle save" - dang it, so near and yet so far.) So WHY is there no fic about him? Even with that whole goalie mystique thing going on? If I end up signing up for Not Prime Time, you can bet I will be asking for some.

* Tanger's back! 70 days after his stroke! But it was only a little stroke, we are assured. Don't you feel assured?

* Speaking of people coming back, I hope Geno does that soooon. Games are not the same without him. They're saying right now that he may be back sometime in the middle of the first playoff series, so, end of next week-ish.

* You know how in fic Sidney Crosby is the health nut who won't even eat sauces on his meat? LOL no. This article suggests that up until very recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins subsisted largely on pizza and ice cream sundaes. (Aside: Tanner Glass is the instigator of a discover-new-restaurants brigade.)

* So there is a new playoff format this year, to the confusion of everyone. Including a lot of the players. Crosby figured it out last week.

* Flyers game on Saturday. Presumably there will be plenty of ~energy in that game. (Rant: IDK how it is in other sports, but hockey announcers spend so much time talking about FEELINGS. It's hilarious, but also frustrating. Last night we were told that Neal being on the first line generated a lot of emotion and energy! Which must have been why an entirely different line then scored a goal! FEELINGS ARE MAGIC, and also the hockey player's psyche is a fragile butterfly. Whereas what I really want the announcers to talk about is, like, technique and play analysis. Grumble grumble.)

* I reeeally need to hunt down a hockey-appropriate icon. I did go looking the other day and discovered that in the early 00s Wolverine recruited an Edmonton Oiler to be a super hero. Presumably that team choice was less bemusing then than it is now.
snickfic: [Saga] Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn)
Eee, archive is open! I am working my way through but I already have a few recs.

Girls' Day Out, FF, ensemble gen
AKA the fic for MEEEE. Darla and Jen take Tong, Onome, and Luna for a girls' day out. Naturally it becomes a more eventful trip than Darla was planning on. It's sweet and adorable and made me happy.

the only place, FF, mostly Scott with background Scott/Darla
This is so lovely, a post-canon fic that's a much more somber approach, specifically to Scott and his depression. A really great mix of zany asides and characterization sharp enough to make you bleed. And yet ultimately hopeful.

(And there's even a THIRD FF fic, but I haven't read it yet. A bounty of riches!)

Gwendolyn being badass, Saga, art
Man, the ATTITUDE Gwen has here. Love the colors, all the little details, and the use of Lying Cat is just perfect. It's must-see.
snickfic: (Default)
Someone asked me about my Buffy/Drusilla feelings recently, and I went on long enough that I thought I'd paste it here.

it's a very short manifesto, mind )
snickfic: (Default)
So, uh, I've been reading a lot of hockey fic lately?

Sid/Geno fic )

other fic with Penguins )

Kaner/Toews fic )
snickfic: Close-up of Monica Rambeau as drawn by Stuart Immonen in NEXTwave (monica rambeau)
I'm just going to say this above the cut where everyone can see it: Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers is my favorite Marvel book on the stands right now, at least that I've read more than two issues of. (Other contenders: Ms Marvel and Loki, the latter of which coincidentally is also written by Ewing.) It's just fun, with the right mix of banter and heart, and it has the advantage of being about a bunch of characters who aren't appearing anywhere else right now and in many cases haven't in a while, which means Ewing can do whatever the heck he wants with them. If you're looking to support diversity in comics, this also happens to be Marvel's "minority team book" - analogous to the all-women X-Men, I guess? But with less fanfare and better writing.

Anyhoo.

New Marvel book:
Mighty Avengers #8 )

Old books from other companies:
Revival #1 )

Atomic Robo#1 )
snickfic: (Default)
Generally when I get into a new fandom, it isn't so much because it is so much better than all the fandoms that passed me by, but because it happened to come along at a time when I had a fannish (or other) gap that needed to be filled. I got into Buffy fandom in that long post-grad school period when I was unemployed, I got into SPN when I ran out of Buffy steam, etc. Hockey and comics are kind of co-existing right now, which they can do mostly because hockey has fic and comics fandom does not, mostly, while comics have women and hockey does not (at least not the corner of it I'm in).

So anyway, much hockey, because I have time and I can. I continue to watch games and read the play analyses [livejournal.com profile] ghostyouknow27 sends me links to, and yesterday I picked up some books at the library from which I may or may not glean useful things.

I may have to give up on long-time referee Kerry Fraser's Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes, though, because while I'm usually more forgiving of narrative foibles in memoirs than in other genres, Fraser is kind of a bit much even by that standard. The fact that he calls himself a "legend" in the subtitle is fairly indicative. :\

And now I'm off to the mail to see if my copy of X-Force #2 has arrived yet.

(If anyone can suggest a Marvel comics panel involving hockey that I could make an icon from, I would be obliged. Otherwise, I may have to resort to a screenshot of Angel's tiny Connor-sized hockey stick.)
snickfic: Sam and Dean (SPN)


I am not kidding, [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling is pretty much my favorite fannish event ever. You get a week with three pairings and three prompts to mix and match as you please. VERY FUN. I highly recommend it.

(I... may have already figured out my ships and most of my prompts several months ago.)
snickfic: (Default)
I'm through 2.09 Lincoln Highway now, and folks, I enjoyed the first season, but I am really enjoying the second season.

spoilers )

In short, this is absolutely my new #1 choice for "TV Shows Canceled Before Their Prime." I enjoyed S1, but now in the middle of S2? This is some great TV, right here.

(Not that I don't understand why. What kind of TV show has an elephant? And LIVE VULTURES?)
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
PSA: Comixology has all but the latest issue of Red Sonja on sale today.

--

Last night I dreamed that the new Elektra solo was out, but the entire first issue was about her wandering in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. Interacting with ponies. "Aha," I said to my dream self. "This is why we never got any real preview of the interior art."

--

Moon Knight #1 )

Captain Marvel #1 )

Loki #2 )
snickfic: alpha/beta/omega: mpreg, alpha women, genderswappy het dynamics (alpha/beta/omega)
Alpha/Beta/Omega Het/Femslash Ficathon

It's time for another round of A/B/O Ladies! Despite the text in the banner, the fest is open to ART and META as well as fic. You should all sign up. :DDD

(This is the perfect thing to write that a/b/o noir for that I keep talking about. HMM.)
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
Multiple instances this round of what I'm going to call editor fails, for lack of a better term.

New comics:
X-Men #11 )

Mighty Avengers #7 )

Old comics:
Winter Soldier #1 )
snickfic: (Default)
So, hockey is a thing I read now. Also a thing I watch. [livejournal.com profile] ghostyouknow27 and I have plans to watch the Caps/Pens game Monday night and chat at each other about it. ([personal profile] flamebyrd, you were not wrong.) Two weeks ago, everything I knew about hockey I had learned from The Mighty Ducks and sequels; now I know... somewhat more, which maybe I will tell you about sometime if you are interested.

But in the meantime, FIC. All of these are at least nominally non-AU, in the sense that the characters still play hockey, but then there might also be soulbonding or a green card marriage or a ficus plant. Fidelity to actual observed RL personalities is loose at best, with a strong but questionably accurate trend towards space toaster Sidney Crosby and imperturbable sweetheart Geno Malkin. Since that is a combination I find appealing, I am not much fussed about accuracy. :D

NB that many of these are locked for AO3 users only, so be sure you sign in first.

AU-ish Sidney Crosby/Geno Malkin )

less AU-ish Sid/Geno )

other pairings )
snickfic: (Spike Dawn sigh)
Dear Marvel.com, you are so very broken. How are you so broken.

Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, who writes Afterlife with Archie, has just been promoted to Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics. Apparently this is a new position created for him as Archie Comics continues to expand its interests in all sorts of interesting directions. There's an interview with Aguirre-Sacasa and co-CEO Jon Goldwater here, which has a fair bit of corporatespeak but also a nice summary of the different things they've been doing lately.

I'm particularly fascinated with their explicit interest in creating Archie AUs:

Given what we've seen from Archie in the last few years, and "Afterlife" being as far as things have been pushed so far, do you think there's a lot of room to further challenge the perception of what people expect from Archie?

Goldwater: Yes. As long as the story is a great story, and you're not changing the essence of who the characters are, I think people will not just accept it, I think people are incredibly interested in Archie being put in different types of incarnations, whatever they may be. As long as Archie's Archie, and the gang are who they are, whatever the setting is around them, I think people are really interested in that kind of situation.

Aguirre-Sacasa: I completely agree. The monthly "Life with Archie" -- I think people love seeing those twin storylines develop. That's now been going 35 issues. People love it. "Betty and Veronica" -- the brilliant Dan Parent did a great run of stories [last year] in a fairy tale setting. I think people love seeing these characters in different environments. It feels a little more fresh, it feels a little more contemporary, it feels like it's in dialogue with the rest of culture. Do I think there could be a "Game of Thrones" version of Archie and his gang? Absolutely.


Obviously such things have been around for ages; there's a futuristic Archie-in-space setting that turns up in reprint digests sometimes, there's the one with the time-travel agents, there's the crossover where the Archie gang met The Punisher (I am not even kidding). Still. I approve of the new wave of weird stuff. Although probably I still will not get my a/b/o AU.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So now I really need a hockey RPF/Avengers crossover where somehow the Penguins are involved in international intrigue and Natasha drops in to save the day and then she and Geno hang out afterwards and are comfortably Russian at each other.

In other news, things I have learned about hockey RPF:
* Food is really, really important. No fic is complete without a scene of food porn. And by that I mean people cooking and eating and moaning over food, not, like, applying it to their bodies for someone to lick off.

* The only thing more important than food is pining. SO MUCH PINING. ALL THE PINING.

* Native Russian speakers are allergic to articles, definite or indefinite. They're also fond of speaking in third person about the person to whom they are speaking at the time.

* A chirp is a kind of insult among hockey players, which leads to a lot of mental images of a lot of big rugged athletes twittering at one another.

* Hockey fandom is apparently uninterested in h/c as a genre, which surprises me given how often the fics circle around players being injured (partly because it saves the authors from having to write any actual hockey, and partly because apparently this particular duo has spent a lot of their respective careers being seriously injured).
snickfic: (Willow magic)
And it's that terrible kind of broken where things do come in eventually, usually, if I am patient, which means I do actually still try to access them and spend a lot of time staring at the 'in progress' swirly. :P
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (Psylocke)
Yay ladies. :D Thank you so much, dear author, for writing me a fic! Be assured that if you are writing one of my beloved ladies, then I will be thrilled.

General Likes/Dislikes )

Supernatural )

Marvel Comics )

Downton Abbey )
snickfic: (Xander latin)
I was reading along in my latest issue of Mighty Avengers, and suddenly I sat up and said, "Huh, I did not this author was British." I looked him up, and lo he was. I got clued in because he used one of those tricky phrases that I think doesn't get included in the sweater/jumper list of American and British English differences.

So, here are three phrasings that always tell me that an author isn't American and which I wouldn't expect from an American character (generally speaking; I assume there are regional differences, but these have all been faithful indicators for me in the past as to authorship):

1. Using 'meant to' where I would use 'supposed to.' I usually interpret 'meant to' as being about, say, purpose or life meaning or someone's (say a parent's or God's) intentions for someone else. 'Supposed to' is much more immediate and includes expectations one puts on oneself.

Good example: Vivian always knew she was meant to work with kids.

Bad example: We're meant to be unpacking our stuff, but it's kind of turned into a housewarming.

Fixed example: We're supposed to be unpacking our stuff, but it's kind of turned into a housewarming.

2. 'Different to.' This FAQ breaks down the UK/US usage. Basically, US speakers never say 'different to,' ever. I would instead use 'different from' (which is apparently fairly standard worldwide) or 'different than' (which is more of an American-specific usage).

3. Singular/plural usage of collective nouns. I actually don't see non-American writers use this for American characters, so maybe everyone already knows about it, but I think it's cool, so I'm going to tell you about it anyway. Basically, American English always uses collective nouns (ex: family, team) as singular and British English sometimes uses them as plural, if the context treats the difference members as indivduals.

British English: The company are braced for lay-offs.

American English: The company is braced for lay-offs.

(I am not totally confident of my British English example there; someone tell me if it sounds ridiculous.)

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