snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
Usual disclaimer of everyone's different, what works for me may not work for you, etc, but these are all things that I have found to be true over and over and over in my personal writing life.

1. The thing you want to write most, write first. If you keep waiting for the "right time" to write it, you very easily might never write it at all. (This is a very pointed comment at myself, fyi.)

2. If you're not sure what happens next, try delegating decisions to someone else. Get someone you trust to read what you have so far, and then ask them what else the story needs to happen. (The ONLY reason my Sid/Phil story is finished is because I got a friend to do this for the last ~5k or so.)

3. If you're stuck on a project and nothing you write works, you probably made a mistake earlier in the story. Go back and figure out how you wrote yourself into this corner, and cut that part out.
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook> (mood horror)
Posted ON Wednesday, will wonders never cease.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This was an ARC that someone thrust into my hands at a con last year, although it's now long since published. It's the story of how we find a giant robot hand buried in the earth, which leads to finding more giant robot parts, which leads to the question of what exactly humans dare do with a giant robot. This was low on science and speculation and high on... IDK, human interest? Which makes it sound like a Robert Charles Wilson novel, except it wasn't that good. It was told almost entirely as a series of interviews by a secretive, powerful gentleman with unclear official status, so that was fun, but by mid-book I was really hoping that we'd find out more about him and his ambiguous morality and status - he's such a central figure that I hoped the book would turn his sort-of neutrality on its head. In that, I was disappointed.

House of Leaves, by whatsisname. This book has crystallized for me for the first time that although I love weird creepy houses (in fact weird creepy architecture of all kinds), I just don't get them often because I'm completely disinterested in ghosts. Anyway, the textbook manuscript portion is fascinating and I already love it; the framing story with this idiot barhopper and his idiot bro friend is driving me crazy. (NO SPOILERS PLEASE.)

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Reread. Because it's that time of year.
snickfic: Gamora profile (mcu)
Written for [ profile] avengersfest! Schmoopy team gen. :D

Good Eats (2647 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drax the Destroyer & Gamora & Groot & Peter Quill & Rocket Raccoon
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Drax the Destroyer, Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon
Additional Tags: Found Family, Food, Family Feels

Everyone has a favorite food from when they were young. Gamora just doesn't remember hers.

snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (sid)
It's been a quiet summer, fic-wise, so this one's a little shorter than usual.

7 fics old and new for your perusal )
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)
A reminder that the hockey RPF comm on Imzy is still going, although it's quieted down somewhat after the initial burst of enthusiasm. But there's still at least one post to the comm most days, ready for discussion, and I still have invites for thems that want 'em.

TRICK OR TREAT. [community profile] trickortreatex is pretty much my favorite exchange these days - I've done it all three years. You can request/offer both fic and art if you want, and the minimum for fic is only 300 words. SUPER LOW STRESS. I usually try to write a bunch of treats, too, because like, 300 words is nothing. I can do that, right? And the tag set seems particularly delicious this year. COME PLAY. Come ask for hockey so I can treat you.

books read

Sep. 8th, 2016 10:46 am
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. A girl and her family go to live on a desolate island off of England, and the girl determines to salvage her father's unfairly tainted scientific reputation. This didn't hit my iddy spots quite as hard or delight me quite as much as Cuckoo Song, but it was still very good. I love how complicated Hardinge's relationships are and how no one is ever as good or as bad as they seem - which is very much one of the themes in this book.

The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. In a land of many and varied humanoid species, a winged loner stumbles across the first one of his kind that he's met since he was a child and gets embroiled in winged politics. Someone told me this author wrote fic before she went pro and I was like "YUP, MAKES SENSE," because she knows to punch the id buttons like a fic writer. But also politics! Fighting! Romance (that made me cry on an airplane)! This is the first of a series, and I look forward to reading more.

The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. A story about several women a century apart and their experiences in a possibly-haunted old farmhouse in Vermont. I loved so much about this - the varied female cast, the setting, the careful peeling back of layers as we discover what happened. I wanted something spooky with a legit supernatural element, and this totally delivers.

HOWEVER. spoilers )

Dreamships, by Melissa Scott. 90s SF about AI and spaceships and stuff. I got recced this one for canon gay, but honestly I got 50 pages in and gave up because I found it such a slog. Too much tell instead of show in the narrative, and so much very dull worldbuilding exposition. It was like it was trying to be cyberpunk but didn't have the chops.
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook> (mood horror)
(Yes, I know, this is ridiculously early. I'M EXCITED, OKAY. Done with tweaking as of 9/19.)

YAY, I’ve done this exchange for the last couple of years and am super excited to do it again. I hope you are also excited! I tried to include both fluffy/sexy prompts and horror prompts for each character/fandom I requested. However, they’re just ideas, so if you have something else you’d like to write or draw related to my requested characters, feel free! I've also included lists of stuff I like in general, to help inspire you.

I have fewer horror prompts than sexy/fluffy prompts, but that's just because I had a harder time thinking of prompts. Please be assured I would be delighted by horror fic or art! Below I’ve included some general types of horror I like, though, so maybe that will help inspire you.

general likes/dislikes )

Hockey RPF )


Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

Supernatural )

Karen Memory )

Stranger Things (TV 2016) )
snickfic: (Buffy close)
I've been wanting to write Buffy/Faith a/b/o for ages. This is... not exactly what I planned to write? But I enjoyed writing it, and here it is.

as the gentle rain from heaven (1757 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faith Lehane/Buffy Summers
Characters: Buffy Summers, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Watersports, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Nonnies Made Me Do It

Every O watered the flowers at least once; it was part of the teen experience. All the movies said so. It was fine.

snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (sid)
Over a year ago, I saw a kinkmeme prompt that boiled down to "What if Phil Kessel got outed just after he was traded to the Pens?" I started a fill almost immediately, and have been adding to it off and on ever since, and also going back and revising as real life kept catching up to the events of the fic. (Jossed by reality! *shakes fist*) Finally, in a totally unexpected burst of creativity, I wrote the final third of it in the last week and a half. And here it is.

I'd like to write up some commentary for some of it - at the very least a list of sources for all the random details and references I included. But that's not going to happen right this minute, so in the meantime, have a fic.

Camouflage (13794 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby & Marc-Andre Fleury
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Marc-Andre Fleury, Amanda Kessel
Additional Tags: Outing, Homophobia, Homophobic Language, Coming Out, Pittsburgh Penguins

Just weeks after Phil Kessel is acquired by the Penguins, Phil’s gay sex tape leaks. It’s about the worst thing Sid can imagine happening to anyone.


Aug. 11th, 2016 03:23 pm
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
60 Essential SF reads, aka A Bunch of Books by Women, a Genderqueer (?) Person, and John Scalzi. I have no idea what John Scalzi did to place himself in such exalted company, although having read Old Man's War, I can't say it seems to have been his writing, really.

I have read 20 of the authors represented and 17 of the specific books suggested, which mostly tells me the people who wrote the list did a decent job of choosing which of an author's books people were most likely to have read, as opposed to all those lists that have something other than Pern as McCaffrey's representative book.

the list )

A few of those people/books are on my immediate to read list - I have The Cloud Roads on hold at the library as we speak - and some I've never heard of. A few authors I didn't bold because I'd only read short stories, not novels.

Overall, this list MUCH better represents my reading interests than your average "X Import Books" list, as I usually never get as high as 30% on them. Of those I've read, Tam Lin and Sunshine are all-time favorites, and The Raven Boys, The Dispossessed, and A Wrinkle in Time are all very good. (I think. I actually don't know if A Wrinkle in Time is good. L'Engle is so unique that I have trouble comparing her in any useful fashion with anyone else.)

ships meme

Aug. 9th, 2016 04:50 pm
snickfic: digital painting of Gen and Jared curled up on bed in PJs (Jared/Gen)
Meme nabbed from [personal profile] makioka in a post she made approximately five million years ago.
You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you 3-6 couples or characters that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples/characters and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

my ships: Gen/Jared, Faith/Buffy, Sid/Geno )
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook> (mood horror)
[community profile] darkestnightex is a multi-fandom exchange for "dark themes," signups going on through the 12th. Info here. Glorious tagset of angst, horrors, and dirtybadwrong is here. Come sign up and request hockey with me!! I want to write so many treats.
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook> (mood horror)
Dear Creator of the dark-theme fanwork of my dreams, I am sooooo excited about this exchange, I can't even tell you. It's ridiculous. Until I started digging into the tagset, I hadn't realized how much I've been pining for stuff that's darker, angstier, more screwed up. When fics and artwork go live, it'll be like Halloween has come early! \o/

I apologize in advance for how long this letter is. I just got really excited. Also, I ended up needing to say more about some canons than others, but I promise you, I would be equally excited about a gift related to any of them!

MCU – Guardians of the Galaxy )

Hockey RPF )


Sleepy Hollow (TV) )
snickfic: Gamora profile (mcu)
Every so often I just have a day where I HAVE to write something. Today was one of those days. The result is... 2600 words of murdery Gamora/Nebula time loops? That is not what I planned to write for my first non-drabble fic in this fandom, but here are.

Conveniently, this also fills my overlapping Reunion/Punishment squares for trope bingo and kink bingo respectively. W00t!

stone floor, ceiling of stars (2585 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gamora/Nebula (Marvel)
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel), Thanos (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Torture, Time Loop, Pseudo-Incest, Hopeful Ending

Her hand was restored, Gamora noted. She looked at Gamora with fathomless eyes. Gamora had known how to read those eyes once, to see the expression in them.

“Nebula,” Thanos said. “Kill her.”

snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
Most of these have been sitting in my bookmarks for a while, waiting for a recs theme that fit. Well, here's one: these are fics that get my VERY VERY HIGHEST recommendation. These are flat-out some of the best fics I have ever read. Or at least some of the ones I liked the most.

With No Lodestar in Sight by [ profile] lindentree - True Grit, Mattie/LeBeouf, 82k.
Eighty-two thousand glorious words of plotty post-canon adventures and slow-burn romance. I cannot even tell you how much I love this fic. The author captures Mattie's voice and scalpel-like pragmaticism perfectly, and Rooster Cogburn is in it, and also did I mentioned adventures? And plot? This is everything I could have dreamed of in a post-canon shipfic, and it is so, so satisfying.

Counterfeit and Counterpart by [ profile] Frea_O - MCU, Maria+Natasha friendship, 28k.
It's very rare that fic depicts friendship with as much care and nuance and with as many emotional complications as romance gets, but this fic does. This is a prickly friendship, sometimes two steps forward and one step back. And don't let the summary fool you - this is not a series of unrelated vignettes, but a story with a purpose. Maria is cranky and great, and there's a road trip at the end that's just marvelous. This whole fic is marvelous

A Beginner's Guide to Communing with the Dead by [ profile] suspiciousflashlight - SPN, Dean/Castiel, 77k
This is an urban fantasy AU where Dean is a work-worn cop haunted, literally and figuratively, by the murder of one Jo Harvelle, and who accidentally summons an angel to his attic. And then keeps him there. And convinces him to help Dean solve the murder. It's the worldbuilding and the plot I love this fic for - it is possibly one of the most tightly-plotted fics I have ever read, with definitely one of the best climactic scenes I have ever seen in a fic. Or possibly in fiction.
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)
Bruins were one of the featured teams in this month's Flash Fic Exchange, and so I wrote this for Las, combining her prompts of wingfic and "the great outdoors." For some reason, the outdoors I was feeling just now was the desert.

barb, shaft, quill (2451 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand
Characters: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Additional Tags: Boston Bruins, Wingfic, Desert

Everyone knew about Brad’s obsession with the desert – deserts in general, the Sonoran in specific. Nobody knew what the hell to make of it. “You’re from fucking Halifax, man,” Torey had said one time when Brad turned up with some random fact about Gila monsters. “You should be into lobster or clams or some shit.”

snickfic: Gamora profile (mcu)
I signed up for [ profile] avengersfest in hopes of writing some Guardians of the Galaxy or crackship femslash fic. Alas, no one else has signed up requesting either of those things (at least, not involving the femslash crackships I want). So, clearly I need people who want those things to sign up with me. :D Rules and dates are here and signups are here.

I need to reupload my Nebula icon - it is much more appropriate for the part of the MCU I'm into now.


Jul. 9th, 2016 08:31 pm
snickfic: (anya bunnies)
Got around to watching this, at long last. COME TALK TO ME, FRIENDS.

spoilers )

rec yo self

Jul. 8th, 2016 11:04 pm
snickfic: digital painting of Gen and Jared curled up on bed in PJs (Jared/Gen)
So I accidentally ended up rereading All Clean, the fairy tale AU enema fic I wrote a couple of years ago for bingos, and gosh, it's cuter than I remembered. (Also more fem-dommy than I think I realized at the time. Oops.) It's definitely one of those niche fics with a limited audience, though, so not a lot of people ever read it. But! if you want cute het kink with eventual feelings (and also a lot of angst about farming), you should check it out.

And now, in return for that shameless self-rec I just made, you should rec to me a fic of yours you're proud and would like more people to read. I can't promise I will, depending on ship etc, but I'll at least take a look, and maybe some other folks in the comments will as well.

Bingo cards

Jul. 8th, 2016 09:57 pm
snickfic: "Since the day I met you I've become steadily more depraved." (Heyer depraved)
Trying out that thing again where I get a [community profile] trope_bingo card and a kink card ([community profile] seasonofkink these days) and overlay them on top of one another. Last time I finished all of one fic, but it was a 13k modern fairy tale AU with enema kink in it, so you know, I'd really call the project a success.

Anyway, this time, my cards:
behind the cut )

and my ideas for them )
snickfic: Gamora profile (mcu)
Took a break from hockey fic today to write a couple of MCU femslash drabbles for [ profile] femslash100's latest drabbletag round. This is a lot of fun, fyi - find a femslash prompt, fill it with a fic 100-250 words long, post with two new prompts of your own. Many, many fandoms to choose from!

Anyway, the fics:
Losers and Finders - Gamora/Jane Foster, 100 words
Losers, Peter called their troupe, but Jane isn’t one.

leaven - Gamora/Nebula/Natasha Romanov, 250 words
This is how Gamora meets Nebula again: surrounded by fallen corpse soldiers while some redheaded woman in black looks on.
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
Ah, summer: that time of year when a young woman's fancy turns to superheroes and space operas. Apparently. This happens to me every year, but not usually quite this emphatically!

I've rewatched GotG a couple of times and have a ton of stuff liked on Tumblr that needs to be queued, and also I'm working my way through almost two years of AO3 fic. This hasn't taken as long as you might think, because there are STILL only 1500 works on AO3, and only 800 that are complete, over 1k, and in English.

So I'm having a delightful time, and now I have some recs!

Skin by [ profile] interabang
Drax/Gamora, 1.1k. A quiet, gradually developing relationship between two people who have lost a lot.

Conjugal Relations by [ profile] Wandering_Swain
4.5k, Drax/Peter. “Are you propositioning me?” / Drax looked relieved. “Yes.” Theoretically a PWP, but with a lot of humor and character stuff in it.

we tried the world (it wasn't for us) by [ profile] FreshBrains
1.1k, Gamora+Nebula, human AU. The fraught sisterly relationship through a different lens. I would read so many more words of this.

windy and wild, got the blues in your shoes by [ profile] argyleam
1.5k, Gamora/Peter. This is kind of a hard ship to sell me in because of how awkwardly canon tries to set it up, but I am totally sold on this casual, respectful, try-this-and-see version of it. Also has this fantastic moment voyeurism in it, which I didn't think I was even into but which this fic ties into feeling safe and connected. I really, really loved this fic.

ride along to another shore by [ profile] argyleam
1.6k, team gen. A night with the team after a job. Not a lot happens in this vignette, but this author has such a great voice and such a great handle on the character voices that I didn't mind at all.

never been a sinner by [ profile] glorious_spoon
8.9k, Peter/OCs and team gen. Peter barters his body to a crew of pirates to keep them away from his team; after it's all over and they get away, his team is not ready to just let him pretend like nothing's wrong. The crew of the Milano is maybe not your first choice for post-trauma care, but what they lack in finesse they make up for with bucketloads of sincerity (despite themselves). I really enjoyed how despite what happened to him, Peter gets to spend most of the fic being active and making choices. Very satisfying.
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
Authors were just revealed for the Sid/Geno exchange, and so I can tell you I wrote this, a story about Geno coming to America to be the Pens camera guy. This is the first time I've ever written a not-a-player AU for this fandom! [personal profile] verity held my hand a lot and squeed every installment I emailed her, which I appreciated more than I can say.

tilt-shift (4348 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Romance, Coming Out, Alternate Universe - Not Hockey Player(s), Found Family

Zhenya rode the Pens charter plane with the rest of the media crew: Michelle and Sam and the ROOT team. He went to bed too late and woke up way too fucking early. “Good thing you’re behind the camera instead of in front of it,” Michelle said one morning. She had a donut from the continental breakfast. Zhenya had two.

“You look like me, too, if you don’t have all that makeup,” Zhenya told her crankily.

snickfic: (Default)
To distract myself from the next hockey game (Pens up 3-2 in SCF! Could win the cup tomorrow!!!) I got a Netflix account for the first time in years. I had a whole list of stuff to watch and ended up starting with Person of Interest, which I'd never been super excited about based on on what I'd heard until I heard it had canon queer lady romance.

It turns out that happens way later, though - right now it's all a wealthy genius with unorthodox ideas about philanthropy and a special forces vet teaming up to stop murders via a post-9/11 flavor of Minority Report. Also it turns out the former is Michael Emerson and the latter is Jim Caviezel, which I had somehow failed to realize. Actually it turns out that I can't recognize Caviezel at all when he's not Jesus, not even a little.

So far I'm enjoying it! The dude to lady ratio is awfully high, unfortunately, but the cases are fun and the ongoing arc is fairly low key currently, which helps me keep watching. And Caviezel does a great job making Reese really creepy. Like, I would not want to talk to that man on the street - even on TV he rings ALL the alarm bells. And Michael Emerson, whom I didn't really appreciate on LOST (I was 100% about the good guys on that show), is just a joy to watch.

Haven't had a lot of strong feelings about specific eps so far, but I just watched 1.06, which has the fixer Zoe Morgan in it, and I LOVE HER. She is so great. There's all this mutual respect between her and Reese, which is my kryptonite, and she's so competent, and I like that she's a tidge older than I'd expect, somehow. And it sounds like we might even see her again! (Don't tell me if we do. NO SPOILERS.)
snickfic: action!Sam (Sam action)
[community profile] fandomgiftbox is a new comm that operates like [profile] fandomstocking, but now instead of during the holiday season. I like the signups on this more than for Fandom Stocking, which always seemed really focused on shipfic, fic in general, and lists of things rather than prompts. Signups open here if you're interested.

Also, there's a Pens Rare Pair Fest happening here. Prompts have already been prompted, but you can browse the prompts and write and post fills, which will all be revealed June 19th. There are so many great ideas there that I hope result in fic.
snickfic: close-up photo of Marc-Andre Fleury (flower close)
Circus (4329 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marc-Andre Fleury/Matt Murray/Jeff Zatkoff
Characters: Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray, Jeff Zatkoff
Additional Tags: Threesome, Threesome - M/M/M, Relationship Negotiation, Porn with Feelings, Pittsburgh Penguins

Flower is a good teammate who doesn't mind playing backup. He's trying, anyway.

I have in the past week said I couldn't write PWPs or poly for exchanges, and then I got this flash fic exchange assignment and proceeded to do both. In three days. For 4300 words.

It has the kind of flaws that a fic is going to have when you write it in three days, but also it engages with RL events and with how I see these people in ways that I don't manage to get at very often in this fandom, and I'm just really freaking pleased with it. It's my favorite thing I've posted so far this year.

Also it's got kinky worldbuilding not really indicated in the tags, if you're into that.

The Other Side of the Wall (1718 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins Ensemble
Additional Tags: Crossdressing, Revelations, Boston Bruins

The problem is that a new dress always makes him a little giddy, secretly, in the bottom of his stomach. A new dress he loves this much overwhelms all his better judgment.

Fact about me: when I see a prompt on the kinkmeme involving a team captain, very often I want to fill it with Chara. It's sheer contrariness on my part.

So I wrote this one Sunday morning on a lark. The title and prompt are inspired by Captain Shakespeare from Stardust, if that's an incentive.
snickfic: Evgeni Malkin, looking up and grinning (geno happy)
I participated in a "flash fiction" exchange recently, with no minimum and three days to write. The scare quotes are because in those three days I wrote 3600 words /o\ But the result is the "our NHL with bonus magic" kind of AU, with pining and minor nature porn.

Almost as Bright (3619 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Nature, Pining, Fantasy

Last night Zhenya was in a club in Moscow. This morning he's lying naked on the beach of a lake he doesn't recognize. This has never happened to him before.

And today someone asked for Tanger/his temper/Sid, and this is what came out. I had a lot of fun writing a looser, wilder voice than my usual for this fandom. I couldn't keep it up for a longfic, but for 1k, it was fun.

in line (1043 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Kris Letang
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang
Additional Tags: Shower Sex, Semi-Public Sex

Tanger’s laugh this time is real: temper past. “You gonna reward me? Keep me in line?”

snickfic: (Buffy close)
[community profile] smallfandomkinkmeme is a kinkmeme for any fandom small/inactive enough not to have its own going kinkmeme. This includes Buffy, it turns out!

* So I guess the comics experiment is over. I gave up Saga after several arcs I didn't care about + killing off my fave, and meanwhile Marvel is just too big a mess of events, "reboots", creator juggling, and the willful prevention of any kind of character growth and movement. I took Marvel out of the interests in my Tumblr bio today, so I think that makes it official.

* Flower is out with a concussion. I hope he recovers fully and with no long-term effects, however long that takes, although we've had so many different injuries in the last 2-3 months it's hard to feel properly concerned about any one of them any more. Every year, Pens. :( At least we got Dumo back today?

* When I got interested in the Bruins, I said to myself, yay, a new ship that will give me a different dynamic than Sid/Geno. The problem? Marchy and Bergy are even more PDA in their appreciation of each other than Sid and Geno. Brad is not Geno, but otherwise, yep, another ship where they just like each other a lot. Oh well. At least Marchy/Segs breaks that mold - they also like each other, but in a bro way.
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
Short Story
Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon. Vernon just has my number, I guess. The main character here is a woman who carves decoys, not very well, and sells many of them to an old man who, it turns out, also used to carve. I love the concreteness of the carving, the creepy factor in the middle, and the hopeful note at the end.

So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer. Selected entries from a food blog during an epidemic. This feels like a very affectionate and hopeful look at the human spirit, and I can appreciate that.

Deadline for Hugo nominating is a week from today!
snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (sid)
That was an exceedingly satisfying weekend of hockey.

I mean, aside from Dumo getting injured, Rust getting boarded followed by like FIVE MINUTES of concussion protocol, and Sid getting punched repeatedly in the head bareknuckled while he was down on the ice and couldn't move.

But ASIDE FROM THAT, wow. That was great hockey. Without Geno, even!
snickfic: (Buffy close)
First, an assertion of ignorance: I do not follow politics a lot generally (although I’m working on it), and in particular I have no large-scale context for US foreign policy in Latin America. What follows is based on my personal experiences in Honduras in 2009-2010 and conversations I had with people there, hazily recollected, plus some hasty wikipedia research. I just wanted to share what observations I had, for what they're worth.

Some context and observations )
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
Have posted a couple of things recently. First, for the Bruins exchange I wrote Las a fic that was supposed to be about pond hockey and ended up instead being about homesickness and coming home and all the things that might mean. As I warned [personal profile] verity when I sent it to her for beta, it is VERY EARNEST.

Always Coming Home (4895 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand
Characters: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Additional Tags: Homesickness, Melancholy, Friends to Lovers, Boston Bruins, 2012-2013 NHL Season, Pining

Patrice considered the distance on Google Maps, and he talked to his mother. Finally he called his grandmother. “Could I come out and see you and the family, one afternoon?” Of course he could, she assured him, just the slightest bit offended that he would ask. It took him longer to ask the next question. “Can I bring someone with me?”

And then today I posted a sequel to that Sid/Geno stuffing kink from way back.

Like the Pizza Thing (2938 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Stuffing, Established Relationship, Banter, Belly Kink
Series: Part 2 of Waste Not

Deliberately Geno laid out on the coffee table the enormous subs Carl and Sons was known for: a hot pastrami on wheat for him, Sid’s sweet mustard turkey. But this time, there was a spare. He put that one next to the others, reverent, anticipating.

Sid eyeballed it curiously. “You extra hungry today?”

snickfic: Olli Maatta smiling (olli)
There is sadly no Olli in this recs post. I just wanted to use this nifty icon.

Pens Pairings )

Bruins Pairings )

Other Pairings )
snickfic: (anya bunnies)
* If you have watched and loved the music video to "Genghis Khan," then you NEED to read this coda, Just like in the pulp magazines by [ profile] adreadfulidea. If you haven't watched and loved the music video, HERE IT IS AND YOU SHOULD WATCH IT NOW. (I think I've seen it about eight times now.)

* [ profile] spnspringfling is running again! This may be my absolute favorite exchange I have ever done - as the mods say, it's a "rapid-fire, double-blind, anonymous exchange challenge, in which you have a brief set of prompts, a week to work, and a lower AND upper limit on the size of your work." It is so fun.

* There've been so many hockey developments this week that I don't know where to start. Olli contract signing (<3333333)! Justin Schultz acquisition! Scuderi traded to LA because he "didn't fit in with Chicago's plans" (LOL)! We got Geno back and beat the Jets, and we called Murray up from WBS, and just, lots of hockey things.

* Rare Bears draft due on Tuesday (eep!). Sid/Geno Exchange running again, due to open signups in ~a month.
snickfic: Spaceman Spiff about to crash his spaceship (mood sf)
In case people are looking for things to consider for the Hugos or just good stuff to read/watch. For the short stories, lucky you, you get the off-hand blurb I put in Excel, with later thoughts in brackets.

I would really like to find at least one or two things to nominate for the novelette and novella categories. I welcome suggestions. I know there are two novellas on that I need to check out, and I would also be willing to spend small amounts of $ to read stuff for that category.

Short Story
Pocosin by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine)
Beautifully told, Pratchett-esque witches. I cried.

Cloth Mother by Sarah Pauling (Strange Horizons)
Parental AIs, pet holograms. Bit sentimental? Yet I loved it. [The longer I think about this one, the smarter it gets.]

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)
Funny, deft, pokes at AI tropes. [One of those that will probably age quickly. Whatever, it was fun.]

Three Cups of Grief by Aliette de Bodard
People birthing ships. Neat worldbuilding.

Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge. MY FAVORITE PRO THING I HAVE READ FOR 2015. Gaiman-esque dark-ish YA fantasy with rich female characters and emotional complicatedness. If you read only one thing in this post, read this.

Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear. Steampunk lesbians in kind-of Seattle.

The Just City, by Jo Walton. Athena and friends attempt to make Plato's Republic thought experiment a reality, which works about as well as you would expect. A book full of very cerebral characters.

Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie. Space opera about identity and embodiment and personhood and fish sauce.

Graphic Novel
Bitch Planet: Vol. I, by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Valentine de Landro, others. Sharp and rich and vicious in its criticism of patriarchy, in the best ways. I feel like Deconnick's voice and approach doesn't always suit the stories she writes, but this book is a pitch-perfect fit for her.

Copperhead: Vol. I, by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski. Space western with single mom sheriff, colonization/racial tensions. Still haven't decided if these creators are just very lucky at not putting their foot it in yet or if they know exactly what they're doing. Either way, first volume was A+.

Dramatic Presentation: Long
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. I'd nominate this in all five slots if they let me.

Agent Carter: Season One.

Best Fancast
Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men.


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