snickfic: Sam Dean pilot (SD in the beginning)
After a really great two years, it looks like [livejournal.com profile] rocksalt_recs is closing down. I am so sad. I haven't used it a ton in the last six months or so, but it's been such a great resource for the SPN fannish community, and I've enjoyed reccing things there.

It sounds like there might be a possibility of it staying open if they found new mods to run it, so if that sounds like something you'd like to participate in, here's your chance.
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
My last post for the day. Probably.

* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.

* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)

* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.
snickfic: pink seahorse!girl nuzzling pregnant green seahorse!boy (mpreg)
Oh hey! Only six weeks after first talking about this, I'm finally starting this meme! I decided that seven days was much too restrictive if I was going to talk about, like, ALL FIC, so instead I have narrowed it down by theme, and I'll probably repeat the meme periodically as I feel like it. For now the theme is mpreg, because as you know, Bob, it is the favorite of all my favorites.

Something Old:
Hexed, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Randominity - Harry Potter, Harry/Draco
In which Harry flubs a spell and accidentally knocks up Draco, and there are all sorts of unexpected consequences.

You have to understand, back when I was a wide-eyed new fan (ie, six years ago), there was not nearly as much mpreg as there is now. Since then there's been some kind of fannish revolution re: certain tropes, which I find fascinating, although that's neither here nor there. So when I figured out mpreg was a thing that existed in fandom and I went hunting for it, Harry Potter fandom was a treasure trove - it was a big enough fandom that even back then there was tons of mpreg for a variety of ships, and on top of that there was painless-j and her epic HP mpreg recs list. As a result, I read a ton of HP fic back then, despite having only read one of the books and part of another one.

Out of them all, this was and remains one of my favorites. It's got the mpreg-is-weird angle and also the unlikely-friendship thing that I adore, as well as a lot of the kinds of moments that I read mpreg for, like when Draco awkwardly explains to Harry why he's decided to keep the baby, despite finally being given an out. It has some awkward first-time (and second-time) sex, too, which I also appreciate.

It does have some weirdness, such as the fact that Harry's spell has taken away Draco's boy bits and given him girl bits, which a) is implied rather than ever outright stated, so that I didn't even pick up on it in my first couple of reads, and b) leads to this awkward post-partum conversation where Draco inquires whether Harry will even be sexually interested in him anymore, now that he has his dick back. (Spoiler: Harry is.)

Still, I have a lot of nostalgic fondness for this fic, which is what the "something old" category is all about. So. :)

the entire meme )
snickfic: [A+X] Fantomex shooting across the snow (Fantomex)
[livejournal.com profile] rahirah asked me a question that I thought merited its own post, because it's a question that I'm always interested in seeing other people answer, too: What attracts you to fandoms where you write fic, as opposed to fandoms where you may just read/watch?

I used to think there was some complicated and mysterious alchemy that determined what my next fandom would be, but in fact it seems to boil down to two things:

1. A character I obsess over. This character has so far always been male, which might surprise some of you given my enthusiasm the last few years for female characters. Historically, though, my pattern is: fall in love with male character, get into fandom, eventually switch allegiances primarily to female characters. (Who knows what this bodes in terms of hockey fandom.)

Now, why some male characters do this for me and not others is mysterious; there are some similarities that can be drawn between Spike and Dean Winchester, but my most recent obsession is character/RL person Evgeni Malkin, who has basically no similarities with either of the other two.

2. Lots of fic already existing about said character. It turns out that I can love a character to bits and pieces, but if there isn't tons of fic to feed my interest, it withers and dies. And what's more, I need all that fic to play off of when I start writing my own, which is what rahirah really asked. Writing fic for a small/non-existent fandom is hard work, as far as I'm concerned - much harder than writing for a larger fandom. I'm not great at inventing the wheel; I will never be one of those authors on the forefront of a new fandom, blazing the trail. I need a fandom to be in conversation with.

--

Now, the exception to all this for me is Marvel comics.

cut for long description of the shape of Marvel canon and fandom )

Having given you all that background, Marvel comics really does not look like the fandom for me, does it? Current fannish communities and fic are clustered largely around a handful of titles I'm not fannishly invested in, and the only male character I care all that much about, Fantomex, has like five fics on AO3.

And yet, like I said, Marvel comics are the exception to all my fannish patterns, because I've loved the female characters right from the start and because I continue to love the canon so much that I keep offering various pieces of it in exchanges and trying my hand at it. I'm pretty sure Marvel comics is never going to be my main fic fandom, because there just isn't enough concentrated community and fic. (This means when I write fic, there aren't a ton of people interested, either.) But apparently I'm going to keep plugging away nonetheless.

--

Now that I've said all that: What does it take for a canon to move you to writing fic/making art/getting fannishly creative? What are the secret ingredients?
snickfic: Dean handcuffed 5.04 (Dean 1)
the unlit room - Endverse AU: Kevin, Jo, and Cas raid an abandoned hospital for supplies, and find something they don’t expect.

Someone wrote me Kevin and Jo and Castiel in the Endverse. :D Endverse makes everything better, say I. This is very moody and full of atmosphere as they search the abandoned hospital. It's from Kevin's POV, and he spends the occasional moment wondering what the deal is with this Cas guy, anyway.

So it's good, and it's mine, and you should read it.
snickfic: (Saga)
Wow, it's been at least a month since I did one of these. I'm hoping to get back up to speed now.

Storm #1 )

Saga #21 )
snickfic: "Since the day I met you I've become steadily more depraved." (Heyer depraved)

[profile] spn_masquerade
The Beggar's Banquet: Round Opens August 2nd


AKA Basically Blindfold. I've always been sad I missed [livejournal.com profile] 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.

Click the banner for more info!

YOU GUYS

Jul. 21st, 2014 12:49 pm
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
I have expressed reservations in the past about the new Storm solo, based mostly on the ho-hum cover art. However, the combination of interior art and writing in this lettered preview of #1 has TOTALLY won me over. Like, so totally that I might drive all the way to comics shop on Wednesday to get me a hard copy.

More X-Men

Jul. 20th, 2014 10:21 am
snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (x-men)
I will probably do up a write-up at some point of this classic X-Men stuff I'm reading, but in the meantime, have some random panels I uploaded to Tumblr, with occasional squee. :D
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
I am, in fact, reading something that I can talk about for reading Wednesday! Specifically I am, slowly and in very small chunks, reading an Audubon field guide to deserts. Right now I'm reading about the peculiarities of high-salinity soil and how that affects vegetation. Eventually, I suppose, I'll move to reading individual species entries, although I will say I wish they were organized by region or something. I realize that would be less useful as an organizational tool when all you have to go on is, "It's a yellow flower," but it'd be nicer for browsing, IMO.

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!
snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (crosby)
Behold, I have written hockey fic! 16.5k of it, all at once! I feel like anyone who knows me even moderately well who happened to read this fic would know it was mine, because it is so much bound up in my particular a/b/o preoccupations. And indeed, both Brutti and June guessed it ahead of time. Brutti sent me a PM that was basically, "Soooo, I'm pretty sure you wrote this fic..."

notes and process for this fic - possibly better read after reading the fic )

Base Notes (16505 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
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
Summary:

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.


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snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
The big news is that there's going to be a new Thor, and it's a woman. No, I'm not really clear on what that means, either. No, I don't know why her armor has boobs. No, I don't know why, if you're going for a Thor legacy hero, Sif wouldn't be your first pick.

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.

books meme

Jul. 13th, 2014 11:35 am
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
Reposted from Tumblr.

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!

  1. The Little White Horse - Elizabeth Gouge (because hares are more noble than rabbits)

  2. 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)

  3. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (one of my single most favorite books ever ever ever)

  4. Anne of the Island - L.M. Montgomery (or really everything by Montgomery, but Anne's games of imagination with Davy particularly resonated)

  5. The Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle (I was so disappointed to find out what mitochondria were actually like. So disappointed)

  6. The Harper Hall Trilogy - Anne McCaffrey (FORMATIVE. INFLUENCE.)

  7. My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George (wilderness survival narratives - never over them)

  8. 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)

  9. The Alfred Hitchcock series of children's horror anthologies (so much weird there for a young mind just starving for weird)

  10. 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.
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)
This has waited so long for me to have time to write it up that now I feel a little embarrassed to be posting it. It is SO LONG, you guys. But. Here there be goodies.

Women in the NHL )

Sid/Geno )

Kane/Toews )

Other pairings )
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
My fic!!

The Man in the Gabardine Suit is a Spy (1823 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
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
Summary:

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!)
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
And now for Fic Mountain reveals! I wrote Natasha for the third time this year, this time from Yelena's POV. Natasha+Yelena is a fascinating, complex canonical relationship that just doesn't take much to tip it over into shippiness. (Even though I barely got there in this fic.)

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
Chapters: 1/1
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
Summary:

They're in hostile territory, Natasha is badly injured, and there is only Yelena to keep her alive - if she chooses to.

GIMME

Jul. 5th, 2014 08:31 am
snickfic: (Cordelia excited)

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.

EEEEE.
snickfic: Sif scowling while swinging sword (Sif)
Fic Mountains fics are now open for perusal. My fic is there somewhere in the archive. I suspect it is a little predictable; if any of you think you've spotted it, I'd be most interested to hear.

Meanwhile, I received:
Two for Joy (3389 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Journey into Mystery
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki (Marvel), Verity Willis
Summary:

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.
snickfic: "Since the day I met you I've become steadily more depraved." (Heyer depraved)
* an arranged marriage fic
* 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.
snickfic: digital painting of Gen and Jared curled up on bed in PJs (Jared/Gen)
This is so cool. [livejournal.com profile] eosrose asked me months ago if she could record a podfic of All Clean, the Jared/Gen brownie enema fic. I said yes, and now the results are posted! An hour forty of lonely farmer Jared and his cranky all-service brownie, straight to your ears.
snickfic: (Willow magic)
It is time to get a new computer. My old reliable laptop, nearly five years old, is dying by inches.

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. :)
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
[livejournal.com profile] indiachick and I were talking about how great Mieville is at building his world via the power of suggestion, and behold, here is a fantastic example. (It is useful to know here that Bas-Lag is the name of the planet.)

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.

--The Scar

snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
Am rereading Mieville's The Scar (which I have been rereading on and off for about two years, but have only read once in its entirety), and I came across the following passage that I felt the need to share. This is Bellis Coldwine, folks:

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.
snickfic: (Willow)
And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people! As always, full customizable.

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.
snickfic: adorable J2 promo pic (J2)
Last day! I thought I had this day all sorted out, and then [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni went all introspective with her answer. So in that spirit, I will say that Seraph will always be one of my proudest accomplishments. I tend not to think of it much anymore, because I finished it four and a half years ago (!), and when I do try to reread it I mostly see its flaws; I've grown a lot as a writer since that fic, and distance is often an unflattering vantage point anyway. Still, it's the longest fictional work I've ever written (yet) as well as being the thing that introduced me to fandom and let me meet a lot of people who are still dear friends to this day.

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.

the whole meme )
snickfic: (SD church)
I find myself much more invested in this exchange this year than I would have expected, so I am here again, reminding you to sign up. Remember, this year you don't have to offer Sam or Dean if you don't want to!

snickfic: Genevieve lying on the grass, text LOVE (Gen)
Of Various Mythological Beasts and Into the Briny Deep (series on AO3) - SPN RPF - Gen/Misha - 4.3k, rated NC-17

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.)

the whole meme )
snickfic: Sam Dean (SD)
In a House by the Sea, with Mermaids (AO3 | LJ) - SPN - Sam, Dean - 3.4k, rated PG-13

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.

the whole meme )
snickfic: Sam Dean (SD)
The last couple of days I have been overcome by SPN nostalgia and have been wanting to read SPN gen fic. Maybe I'm antsy for Summgergen to start? Anyway, I ended up just browsing on AO3, which led me to an absolute gem of a horror piece that I just recced at [livejournal.com profile] rocksalt_recs, here. So you should check it out. And also rec, because it is open reccing at rocksalt_recs. See?


OPEN RECCING
in June at rocksalt_recs
All genres, ships, and fanwork types are welcome! No sign-up required.

Click here for more info.




snickfic: Danneel Harris (Danneel)
Not Just For Hallmark Specials Anymore (AO3) - SPN RPF - Danneel/Jensen - 24k, rated PG
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.

the whole meme )
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
Polysemy (AO3) - China Mieville's Railsea - Abacat Naphi/OFC - 3k, rated R
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.)

the whole meme )
snickfic: Ruby devil's trap (Ruby)
Jo's Last Chance Coffee Shop (LJ | AO3) - SPN - Jo/Ruby - 3k, rated R
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 )
snickfic: (Spike)
The Very Small Girl and the Monster (LJ | AO3) - Firefly/BtVS - River+Spike with past Spike/Buffy - 2k, rated G
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 )
snickfic: (Willow)
I think that many of us like talking about our and linking to our work but are embarrassed to do so without excuse, so I am making us an excuse. Behold, the Seven Days of Self-Promotion Meme, inspired by another recent meme but with more categories, all obviously customizable as you see fit. Notice that the categories are very broad, so you can talk about your art or vids or meta or whatever if you don't write fic.

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.
snickfic: Jo and Ellen Harvelle (Harvelles)
Hello, Summergen Author! I am so excited that this fest is still going strong, and I am thrilled that you're going to write something for me. I've got some likes and dislikes below, as well as some expansion on one of the prompts, but I am really most interested in the story you want to write. So, feel free to take any of my prompts and run with it in any direction your heart desires.

likes/dislikes )

prompts )
snickfic: Sam Dean (SD)
I keep saying I've written more S8 fic than anything else, but I decided it was time to put it to the test. So, voila, a list! With some fics that featured characters from one season set in another season, I counted it twice.

list behind cut )

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.

SUMMERGEN

May. 24th, 2014 07:36 am
snickfic: Sam Dean at door to bunker (SD batcave)
YAY, [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen! It's back! The comm was so quiet this year that I assumed it was done for, but no! It's a truly venerable SPN fandom tradition and one I'm very glad to see return. I (should) know better than to sign up myself, because this is one fest that always seems to make me hate words by the time I finish my assignment for it, but I really look forward to reading everyone else's! I read almost every fic last year and really enjoyed the experience.
snickfic: [Saga] Alana cradling Hazel and holding a cudgel (Alana)
Because I should go to bed instead, and yet here I am.

Things I'm reading as they come out because I love them that much
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Mighty Avengers
Ms. Marvel
Black Widow (I mean, I don't love it, but nor do I plan to give it up anytime soon)
Moon Knight
Elektra
Saga
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
Thunderbolts
Secret Avengers (the new one)
She-Hulk
Wolverine & the X-Men (the new one)
Amazing X-Men (swashbuckling!)
Cyclops (Rucka. Also space.)
Hawkeye
Silver Surfer
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)

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