instarec

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:09 am
snickfic: adorable J2 promo pic (J2)
I Kind of Liked It Your Way, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Chash
Look, it's 10k of Chash writing hooker!Jensen (and also the My Little Pony card game). There was no way I wasn't going to love it. If that sounds even remotely relevant to your interests, there's no way you aren't going to love it, too.

(Also, hi! I'm back! \o/)

solicits!

Aug. 19th, 2014 08:06 am
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
It is that time of the month again.

Image
* YAY, Odyc, finally. This is Matt Fraction's new genderswapped Odyssey in spaaace, in case you missed it. Art by Christian Ward, so we know it'll be a total trip.

* I have no idea what this Madman thing is about, but it involves the Allreds and also a lot of other good people.

* I really have to look into Copperhead, space western with female lead.


Marvel
* Really not liking the spoilers for Luke Cage (see the Mighty Avengers solicit). I know it's all to do with the Axis event somehow, but I am Not Pleased.

* Really like everything else about the Mighty Avengers solicits, though, basically because they exist. New art! Still Al Ewing!

*Dang it, I'm going to have read Spider-Woman even though it's got Greg Land on it. How am I reading two Land-arted books in a row? How? And I don't actually know enough about Jessica Drew to care about, but OTOH it looks like this book is primed to give me the girl team-up book I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. DANG IT. (Those covers, though. Those covers are amazing. OTOH, the one page of interior is pretty cool!

* I have no particular commentary on the Storm or Ms. Marvel solicits, just, yay. I can't wait to get Storm #2 tomorrow.

* Dang it, X-Force still looks interesting. I have to re-up that subscription after all, despite the art.
snickfic: (Willow)
Title: Banked
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Willow/Kendra
Words / Rating: 1100 words / rated G
Spoilers: through 2.22 "Becoming II"
Summary: The apocalypse means Willow's magic is getting pretty good. It isn't the only thing that's changing.

A/N: Written for the apocalyptic round of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis for [livejournal.com profile] snogged, who asked for the Slayer handbook, the mall, and "Little Black Holes That Open Up, Destroy Things, and Disappear."

This is a weird one, y'all. I can't really explain what's going on in the background, other than that canon's been doing quite a bit of diverging. Also that the apocalypse is treating Willow pretty well, all things considered.

Willow waited in the double entry between the inner and outer doors, her palm hot with the banked fires of the unity orb Giles had helped her bind this morning.  )

some recs

Aug. 18th, 2014 06:44 pm
snickfic: (Faith)
Instarec: [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni WROTE ME BTVS/HOCKEY FIC. :DDD It is The Chains They Revere, and in it Sid and Geno meet Faith and Lydia Chalmers and some slayers and also stop a Hellmouth eruption, and also there is pining, and it is DELIGHTFUL. It pleases me ridiculously, and everyone should read it.

Very old rec: The Kids Aren't Alright, longform in-universe journalism about Tony Stark and Stark Industries. So, meta fic, very convincingly written. I read it years ago, shortly after the first movie came out I think, and just now found it again.
snickfic: pink seahorse!girl nuzzling pregnant green seahorse!boy (mpreg)
Behold, I have written very silly fic. 8100 words of it. It should tell you all you need to know that I almost titled it "Alexander Salamander," because how often in an author's life does a rhyme that perfect present itself?

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Amphibious (8088 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin
Additional Tags: Mpreg, Animal Transformation, Romance, Salamanders, Were-Creatures
Summary:

Sidney eventually got used to Alex sometimes being a salamander. Now that Alex is pregnant with Sidney's salamander babies, he really hopes Sidney can get used to that, too. It isn't that weird, right? Right?

GotG recs

Aug. 11th, 2014 08:35 pm
snickfic: Karen Gillan as Nebula (gotg)
I was planning to save this until I at least worked all the way through my open tabs, and then I said, "Eh, screw that." So here are some recs. They are largely of the fluffy gen variety, because a) that's what I was hoping to find, and b) it seems to be 90% of what the fandom's writing so far. (The other 10% is porn, but alas, very little of it is good porn. Where's my xeno kink, fandom?!)

recs behind cut! )
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
I think I've mentioned before that I have a hard time writing fic for characters without placing in the context of some particular events in their universe. Like, I tried to write several variations of Natasha+Bucky for Beyond Panels, and it was like pulling teeth, especially with Natasha, because she's had so much variation in the way she's written and in her backstory. I can't just extract an ur-Natasha from all the 616 Natashas and say, yes, this is the character I am writing. I can't pick and choose that way.

Instead, what I can do is write a character with a particular run of comics in mind. So I wrote Edmondson!Natasha, all isolated and driven, and then I wrote early!00s!Natasha with Yelena, where she cares about Yelena and views her from the perspective of a wealth of spy experience, and also she has kind of a sense of humor about Yelena. Those are basically different Natashas, though, as far as I am concerned. I *could* fanwank the differences, but in order to do that I'd really want some kind of coherent narrative thread in the comics that take us at least in the general direction from one to the other, and AFAIK there isn't one (although to be fair I haven't read most of the team stuff Natasha's been in).

In any case, point is: I can write for specific runs or sets of runs (Betsy and Fantomex in UXF vol.1, UXF vol.2, and XF vol.3 come to mind as a related set of runs that are relatively unified). And that works fine as long as there's enough in the run to write a character. OTOH, I'd have a really hard time writing for, say, Wood's X-Men, because none of the characters get enough time or arc stand alone as characters in that book.

But what I figured out today was, I actually don't enjoy reading outside of specific runs, either. I'm a little slow, but it finally occurred to me to look for X-men fic on ff.net, which actually is pretty fantastic, because they have fic split into comics and movies. However, again, I don't actually want to read most of it, because it doesn't seem to be set in any particular portion of canon, so I can't place it. I don't know what the fic is responding to. It's even worse than trying to read fic for a particular book that I don't know; at least there, I can see where the holes are.

tl;dr superheroe comics fic is hard.
snickfic: Karen Gillan as Nebula (gotg)
Spend today reading Guardians fic (mostly fluffy genfic, which was exactly what I wanted; recs forthcoming) and Guardians comics (Annihilation was dull in the "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die" kind of way; Annihilation: Conquest - Star-Lord was...cute? Better, anyway). May or may not have been a day well spent.
snickfic: (Willow magic)
So, it seems that our lj-cut text on the /feed version of the flist went away and we're back to the scissors? Drat. I prefer the text, but also the scissors format leaves these huge gaps of white space in the middle of the entry.

EDIT: However, I see that the /friends page looks basically same as the /feed version these days, but with cuts that are less broken. So I guess I'll switch back to that.
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
I went and saw it! Clearly Marvel is doing something right, because they have gotten 100% of my theater dollars so far this year. (That would be for Cap 2 and this, mind.)

Unspoilery: I see the flaws, and yet, FUNNY SPACE OPERA. BE STILL MY HEART. I feel like I haven't seen a proper big-budget space opera since Revenge of the Sith. Can that be right? Woe.

Spoilery )

I need an MCU icon, maybe.

EDIT: FYI, there's kinkmeme for Guardians of the Galaxy and other cosmic Marvel, including comics. Not much fic yet, but half of the prompts there are the most adorable kink prompts I have ever seen.
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: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (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.

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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.

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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: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (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: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (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.


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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 )

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