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 [archiveofourown.org 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.)

* [livejournal.com 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: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
Okay, when I say bunches I mean mostly hockey, but there's a few other things, too, which I put first.

* [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling is open for signups! This is quite possibly my favorite fannish event of any kind, just because of how it's structured - low min AND a max word count, prompts but you don't know your recip, tight deadline, anon posting. If you're into SPN at all, definitely consider giving this a try. It's way fun.

* You know that 3 Sentence Ficathon I linked to a while back? It has 3500 comments now and is still going. It's like people are pining for the prompt memes of yore. Or something.

* On the paucity of data available in women's sports (shocking, I know)

* Marc-Andre Fleury, ruiner of things

* My Geno/Flower feelings, let me show you them. Also did you know that they roomed together for the latter half of the 2011-2012 season? Did you? HMMM. :D

* The Pens did a Casino night for charity. Apparently Flower kept tossing cards on the ground if he didn't like them, and meanwhile Geno gave good face, as usual. I have about 25 posts in my Tumblr likes; IDK how I'm supposed to choose which ones to reblog.

* This article by Pascal Dupuis about his two blood clots in a year is really a gut-wrenching read.

* This failure to score a goal is like how Charlie Chaplin would fail to score a goal.

* Have a bunch of hockey microfic. Only a tweet long each. There's a bunch that are awfully fun.
snickfic: bw Sam in plaid (Sam)
I have been reading [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling very indifferently, which basically means "only the things with women and also occasional other rare pairs." From that group, though, there's been a surplus of really great stuff. Behold!

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

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

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

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

Our Last Summer - Jared/Jensen/Genevieve (NSFW)
And now some art! This is just gorgeous, the intimacy, the lines and colors, the late-summer feel that suffuses everything.
snickfic: Sam and Dean (SPN)


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

(I... may have already figured out my ships and most of my prompts several months ago.)
snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
Title: you were meant for me (perhaps as punishment)
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Meg/Castiel
Words / Rating: 2400 words / hard R for sex
Content / Warnings: hallucinations, temporary character death, blood
Spoilers: through 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin
Summary: Castiel's in Purgatory, one step ahead of the leviathan and with no one's company but his own. And Meg's, but she's not real, of course.

A/N: written for [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling for the prompt "wherever I go, there you are." I was tickled pink for an excuse to write more Meg/Castiel, especially once I lighted on the idea of purgatory, which has fascinated me as a setting since 7.23.

at springfling | at AO3
snickfic: Sam Dean (SD)
The last of my recs! More delicious stuff. I was a lot more organized about reading this year than last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the things and looking at all the art. Yay. This fest remains my favorite fannish event of the year.

Erg, this got long.

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The Most Special, the Most Lonely - Sam/Kevin, R
Not my ship, but this comes far closer to convincing me than anything else I've seen so far. Set just after the finale, with Kevin feeling about how you'd expect, and Sam just needing some space, and them finding something in each other, maybe.

Hat Trick - Jared/Misha R
This is a horror/fantasy fic about a cursed hat shop. Yes. And it is both horrible and delightful. The author has a really deft touch, spooling out the story at just the right pace.

One More Miracle - J2, NC-17
Jared is the king of the land who has just secured his rightful throne, and Jensen is the right hand man who helped him secure it. I love this first of all for the worldbuilding, which is rich and fascinating even in the background, and second for the deep and equal relationship Jard and Jensen clearly have between them. A really neat vignette; I'd read a whole longfic set in this world.

My Rugged Heart - Sam/Dean/Jo, PG-13
This is a threesome-get-together fic featuring my fav SPN female character of all, but it's a get-together fic in which Sam isn't quite what he is in canon; his special abilities in canon have morphed to something stranger and more unpredictable here. And the eventual joy and affection between the three of them is just lovely.

Still Raining, Still Dreaming - Sam/Castiel, R
Post-8.23. Sam and Castiel, huddled in a cabin, talking past each other. Sam's fumbling to communicate; Castiel isn't even trying. A complicated, bitter, bracing piece of fic.

Better to Light a Candle - Sam/Castiel, PG
The softer, slightly sweet Sam/Castiel, also post-8.23. These are glimpses of friendship growing to something more, much to Sam's surprise - and a little dismay, maybe.

Nothing But Time - Ruby/Anna, R
4.09 wasn't the first time Ruby met Anna. I like what the other does here with Anna, showing that she always had sight beyond the strictly natural, and I also really like the Ruby characterization. Very nifty.

The Undone and The Divine - Ruby/Anna, ART
THE COLORS, oh my gosh. Watercolor, bright and vibrant, and the artist does some interesting contrasting things with Ruby and Anna's respective wings that are unlike I'm seen anywhere else (which is saying something - SPN fandom is extremely fond of its wings).
snickfic: (Abaddon)
I would totally rec my gift fic here, except I already did yesterday when I got it, but you should absolutely read it, because it is delightful. And in other things:

Handprint on the Driver's Side - Sam/Jo, R
UGH, so good I am just beside myself. Jo runs across Sam shortly after 3.16. This isn't the first time I've seen this premise, but I think this might be my favorite execution of it. It's all sharp edges here, and kindness is unwelcome, and the characterization is so good. Maybe my favorite piece of the challenge so far.

Synergy - Sam/Dean/Jess, PG
In which Dean rescues Jess from the fire and then has to figure out where he fits in. The conclusion came a little quick, it felt like to me, but the rest was all delicious and hurty in the best ways.

Under Electric Candlelight - J2, NC-17
The core of this is porn, but it's the feelings at the edges that hit me right in the gut. I feel a lot for Jared and Jensen both, but mostly Jared, poor kid.

Unholy Trinity - ART, Naomi+Abaddon+Kali wallpaper
It's so pretty! I love the colors. But the composition is super neat, too, and I love the visual motifs attached to each character. I'm putting this as my desktop, as soon as I get bored of what I have.
snickfic: Genevieve lying on the grass, text LOVE (Gen)
I was telling Ghost the other day that I am very easy these days: happy tropey fic with ladies just makes me grin from ear to ear, every time. And lately my cup runneth over! Lookie lookie!

First, the springfling fic for me was posted this morning:
Brave New Planet - Jared/Gen, for my prompt "science fiction AU"

YOU GUYS. JARED/GEN SPACE SHENANIGANS. They are both adorable in it, warming up to each other in very small quarters during a space voyage. The science fictional bits are way cool, too - there's enough there to feel like this is set in a real universe somewhere, but not enough that it overwhelms.

It is adorable and wonderful and exactly my sort of thing, and you all should read.

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Second, almost by accident I discovered someone had filled a prompt of mine from Tropefest (which is for tropey fics featuring women):
A Clean Line Across the Sea by [livejournal.com profile] exmanhater - Gen/Adrianne

Is a PERN AU. :DDDD Pern AUs are a guilty pleasure and a bulletproof kink; you will always have me at "Pern AU." This one is delicious and delightful, and spends a fair bit of time just hanging out in the Pern universe before the shippy stuff goes into high gear. The author manages, IMO, to excise the icky bits from the canon, while keeping dragons and mating flights. And the side characters! Julie McNiven as wingleader! And Gen and Adrianne themselves are just as sweet as they can be (while also being, you know, highly competent dragon riders).
snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
We'll see if I manage to follow through and rec things all week, but for now, here are my favorites for the first few days (with the caveat that I read very little Sam/Dean and am unlikely to rec porn unless it's also got good character stuff I like).

Please note that all these are anonymous! Author reveals don't happen until later. Also, they're all under 2500 words.

It's Always Sunny in Area 51 - Dean+Cas, PG-13
Military/SF AU, in which Dean gets lost in the military complex known as Area 51 and runs into a nerdy scientist type with zero socials skills. Neat Dean+Sam dynamic, too, and the final image is great.

We Are Only Free Inside These Walls - Meg/Castiel, R
Every so often, Meg and Castiel play hookey from their respective duties and meet in the middle. A far future fic with some neat angel/demon ship aspects to it. Also, hairbrushing. I really like the interplay between them here.

Devil's Luck - Sam/Dean, PG-13
LADYHAWKE AU, YOU GUYS. From an OC demon's perspective in second person POV, which I realize will lose some people, but this is SO GREAT. It's dark but not too dark, the narrator voice is great, the slow unfolding of what's happening is great. For those concerned about the ship, it reads as basically gen expect for one line of implied Sam/Dean. It's great fun, y'all.

A Thin Veneer - J2, PG-13
FBI AU, in which Jared got stuck in white collar crimes years ago on account of freezing in action, and now is the one-man welcome wagon for the guy just coming out from deep undercover. This fic is mostly character, and very nicely done character work it is, too. The slow development of Jared's relationship with Jensen and the emotion of the finish really worked for me.

The Wall Between Us - ART, Dean+Cas, NSFW (gore)
Dean may or may not have acquired a pet komodo dragon in purgatory. One way or the other, the giant lizard in the picture no doubt explains why Dean is holding a corpse by its hair. Great composition, very dramatic lighting, this fic invites all sorts of stories to explain it.

When You Put It Like That - ART, Victor+Bela, SFW
Noir AU! W00t! Is he the world-weary cop doing what he can in a city full of scum? Is she the sticky-fingered moll who sometimes gifts him with information sometimes? They snark a lot, but neither of them ever mention that one incident when they got drunk together after a gunfight...
snickfic: (Jayne PR)
Somewhere in the springfling rules it says that you need to respond to your assignment email to let the mods know that you got it and you're good to go. See here. So if you haven't yet, make sure you do! This includes several people on my flist.
snickfic: Sam and Dean (SPN)


This was my single favorite fannish event last year. It's described as "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's great fun, open to both fic and art, and produces all sorts of yummy things. GO PLAY.
snickfic: action!Sam (Sam action)
[livejournal.com profile] shipswap is running another rarepair fic exchange, with nominations now open.

[livejournal.com profile] rarewomen is running again this year, with nominations open soon.

[community profile] megexchange is a fic exchange for fic about one Meg Masters, demon. Sign-ups are open here.

I haven't decided which of these I'm going to sign up for, if any. The Meg-centric fest sounds like a great excuse to hone my Meg skills; I wrote that one Meg+Ruby ficlet a while back, and she was a lot of fun to write. And I already nominated a bunch of ships for Ship Swap, so they're there for me to request if I end up participating.

Really, the only exchanges I'm committing myself to this year are [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling, because I had a blast last year, and [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas, because I wanted to last year and didn't. Next in priority after those would be [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen, but we will have to see. I did relatively a lot of exchanges last year and kind of wore myself out.

I'm also already signed up for [livejournal.com profile] genteensybang (w00t! writer sign-ups close Thursday!) and [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang, and I'd like to do [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang again, because that was really cool last year.

rec!

Jun. 12th, 2012 11:57 am
snickfic: Sam Dean (SD)
So y'all need to go over and read A Fish Out of Water, which some kind anonymous soul wrote me for [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling for my prompt "an unlikely mermaid." It's about Sam and Jody Mills, but mostly it's about a quite fearsome elderly woman who starts out the fic with her shotgun trained on Sam. For my money, she is absolutely the best part.

There's been a lot of other neat stuff, too, such as a Dean/Castiel Men in Black mashup (oh the nostalgia), a very nifty S6!Sam/Gwen Campbell piece from Gwen's POV, a Mary character study, and this gorgeous (yet adorable!) watercolor.

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