i'm talking 'bout things that i know

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:11 am
musesfool: Barry Allen is the fastest man alive (what if you had wings and flew)
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So I posted my 23K word Finn/Rey road trip epic last night and didn't bother to post here because I wanted to go to bed and now AO3 is down. So no one can read my story! Arrgh! I had anxiety dreams about it - that I'd left half the story out, or mistagged it, or it was riddled with typos, and therefore got no response whatsoever, but I didn't think there would be actual technical difficulties in the waking world. Bah.

Anyway, should you be interested in reading 23K words of Rey and Finn being adorable and also lectured about Force stuff by the ghost of Anakin Skywalker, here it is on Dreamwidth:

Celestial Navigation
Star Wars; Finn/Rey, Anakin; pg; 23,315 words
Finn and Rey's epic space road trip adventure, featuring pirates, kittens, and the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.

Or you can read it on AO3 when the site starts working properly again; here is the link: Celestial Navigation.

And okay, I admit I think a lot more about Anakin Skywalker than most people do, but I don't think it was just that particular alarming trait that made me laugh at last night's Flash. I think there really were, yet again, startling parallels with Barry that...are not what you want from your otherwise charming and good superhero. IJS.

The Flash: The Present
spoilers )

There was also Brooklyn Nine Nine, which had some funny moments was but was not at its best last night.

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Books? Books.

What I've just finished
Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, which I liked but didn't love, because I'm not really emotionally invested in any of Wendig's new characters (except maybe Rae Sloane and only because she's a worthy adversary who I'd like to see come to the realization that fascism is bad, though I don't expect that to ever happen), except for the Leia stuff. ♥LEIA♥ She is not fucking around. "I would burn down the whole galaxy if I thought it was right." Her father's daughter indeed, and I don't mean Bail.

spoilers )

Star Wars Annual 2 by Kelly Thompson, which also featured some great Leia content - I really like that they are giving her strong stuff in all the ancillary materials, but it still doesn't make up for the lack in the films. I am just saying. Anyway, this shows why she's so good at what she does - not just leading troops but swaying the hearts and minds of people, even those who start out wanting nothing to do with her. And it also shows how self-aware she is about what she does and the cost of doing it. Not to be a broken record or anything but ♥LEIA♥. She's only been my very favorite since I was 7, so *hands*

Rivers of London: Night Witches by Ben Aaronovitch, the second comics volume featuring Peter and Nightingale, and I wanted to like it more than I did, since it was ostensibly about Varvara, and I'm not sure if it was me or the book, but while I liked it okay, I didn't love it.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Hold the phone, folks, I think this might be the actual best book I've read this year. At least just from a writing standpoint. I've been more emotionally invested in others (TRK, CK) but this was just brilliantly written and compelling and delightful from start to finish. It's about Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is sentenced to live the rest of his life in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, and how he handles house arrest for decades. It's ridiculously good, with an excellent use of an omniscient narrator. Highly recommended.

Star Wars: Aphra #1
A good start to this new comic spinoff of Darth Vader. Some interesting backstory, and even more direct parallels of Aphra with Han (and Indiana Jones). We'll see how it goes.

What I'm reading now
I started Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon on the commute this morning, since I forgot to download my yuletide source material for review to my new iPad. Oops.

What I'm reading next
Redacted for Yuletide. I have a Board meeting tonight, but if I can't review canon and get something workable sketched out by Saturday morning, I might have to default. Arrgh.

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musesfool: Finn (and my face has a name)
[personal profile] musesfool
Holy crap you guys. I wasn't sure I'd ever get to the end of this but here it is!

Celestial Navigation
Star Wars; Finn/Rey, Anakin; pg; 23,315 words
Finn and Rey's epic space road trip adventure, featuring pirates, kittens, and the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.

Written for the West Wing title project. Thanks so much to [tumblr.com profile] silveronthetree for all the cheerleading and helping she did while I wrote.

Read it at AO3!

Feedback is adored.

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gehayi: (zoe_you_paid_money (irulan_amy))
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FFT: Chapter 28--The White God

The last story in the book, featuring three characters posing as African goddesses, an Africa containing talking endangered animals but no black people, ableism toward the mentally ill, and a divinely planned Utopia favoring bullying, a breeding program that has more than a little in common with eugenics, and mind control.

warning: ableism, warning: abuse (emotional), warning: abuse (physical), warning: animal cruelty, warning: child abuse, warning: death/possible death, warning: do not want, warning: excessive violence, warning: potential triggers, warning: racism, warning: sexism, warning: threats (non-violent), warning: threats of violence, warning: violence
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
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Title: Almost Only Counts In Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
Series: Overwatch
Character/pairing: Junkrat/Mei
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 6432
Summary: Junkrat notices that Mei doesn't smile when he's around. He attempts to rectify this. Attempts being the key word here.
Author's note:


Junkrat's various emotes and stuff.


The lore and the actual gameplay don't really intersect this much, but this was my attempt to figure out how much of it did when I first got into the series a couple months ago. Thanks to consistentlyaverage for the beta.


Read more... )
musesfool: luke/lorelai (almost like being in love)
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I was discussing Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life with a co-worker, and this morning I read this discussion on the AV Club: Does it matter if Rory Gilmore is the worst? and I started thinking about how it does matter, if only in terms of ...I'm not sure how to put it, if there's a term for it I'm not remembering, but when as a writer, you want the reader to view a character a certain way but the audience views them completely differently. And if that's a failure of the writing or not. (spoiler: I tend to think it is!)

Now obviously, readers bring their own experiences and lenses to stories and thus, everybody watches/reads a different text, sometimes the difference is slight and sometimes the difference is great, and even a single person can have differing responses depending on where they are in their own lives at the time the come to and revisit a story. But even acknowledging that, for the most part, if I'm writing the protagonist to be a hero, I hope that it works and readers believe they're reading about hero, not a jerk who gets everything handed to them because of authorial fiat.

eventually there are vague Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life spoilers )

I don't really have any conclusions, but I definitely think it's a thing writers should pay close attention to when writing their characters - it's one thing for the character to think they're hot shit, but another for the narrative to confirm that, even when their actions don't warrant it, and it can cause a huge disconnect with the audience if that's not the intention. (Again, for whatever authorial intent is worth.)

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I do want to live in the woods**

Dec. 5th, 2016 10:49 am
moetushie: (yoi: victuuri)
[personal profile] moetushie
On Tumblr yesterday, we had this meme about what your fic #brand was, and I quickly realized that my #brand is to be the the Hillary Clinton of fanfiction. (You know, in terms of losing what I could easily have own.)

It's a dumb, terrible, selfish joke, but it's also the first time I joked about the election, since the election. Am I healing? Or am I just settling into a biter stew that I'm going to be trapped in for the four years? Or, most likely, I'm just dealing with reality (terrible) with fandom (also terrible but with much lower stakes)???

(Damn it, though, I wish the readers would love me. What is about me that alienates them so!)


** I actually hate Hillary living in the woods jokes. Hasn't she gone through enough?? Guess I'm still kind of a stan.

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Dec. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
Adventdrabbles, an active advent calender community!

was he was waiting for you to fall

Dec. 4th, 2016 12:20 pm
musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
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Last night, I dreamt that Ewan McGregor was actually the devil in disguise and he went around seducing people for their souls and I woke up and thought:

1. that's hilarious because didn't he just play Jesus in a movie recently? and

2. it would totally explain how one man could be so ridiculously charming. I mean, my tumblr tag for him is #so fucking charming. I'm just saying. I would totally let myself be seduced by Ewan McGregor, even at the cost of my soul. Who wouldn't?

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Star Wars Rebels: An Inside Man
spoilers )

Speaking of Rogue One, in the twenty minutes between my getting the email that tickets were on sale and my purchasing tickets (i.e., the time it took for L. to get back to me that she didn't really want to go), the 84th Street theater with the recliners was sold out for the Friday night 8 pm show. So I bought a ticket for Saturday at 2 pm. But then I discovered that the theater in my neighborhood wasn't sold out, so I did get a Friday night ticket after all. (I can't go Thursday because that night I have to bake for the office holiday potluck on Friday.) So I'll be seeing it both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it warrants it.

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fic: For Your Amusement

Dec. 4th, 2016 02:14 am
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
Title: For Your Amusement
Series: Team Fortress 2
Character/pairing: Scout/Miss Pauling, implied RED Spy/BLU Scout's mother/Sniper, Heavy/Medic, ensemble
Word count: 10,674 (15,804 in total)
Rating: PG-13
Author's note: the goat wrestling mention is a reference to The Goat on HIMYM.

This is pre-Mann vs Machine/TF comics plotline and pre-Expiration Date, because the majority of this fic was written back in 2013.

Follows Round and Round and Life's A Beach in a series called "Give Me A Break." This is the last part.

Happy birthday, Hazmad.

Read more... )

Yuri On Ice: 15 icons

Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:19 pm
moetushie: (yoi: victor shining eyes)
[personal profile] moetushie
Under the cut.

Click! )

Want, take, have.

Note: All the animated icons work on DW on AO3, but not on LJ.
musesfool: Oliver, Diggle, & Felicity from Arrow (proved things i never believed)
[personal profile] musesfool
So yesterday was a day. Work was a thing that happened. And kept happening. It probably warrants a long locked post for venting, but meh. Suffice it to say I was not impressed with other people's inability to understand that their inability to finalize some documents meant extra hours of work and a trip to FedEx/Kinkos for me. But it got done and is out of my hands now, and I'm sure I was not able to keep all of my displeasure under wraps so we'll see what happens going forward.

Anyway! Television!

Steven Universe: Three Gems and a Baby
This was adorably charming until it was really sad. But it also showed how much the Crystal Gems have grown as people, and that's lovely. Also, help me out - was there a second episode? Or just a stinger with Steven and Connie? My recording cut off with them spoiler ) Was there more after that?

Pitch: Scratched
spoilers )

Legends of Tomorrow: Invasion!
spoilers )

Will I go back to watching LoT now? Probably not, but I'm glad we got this crossover and I can't wait for the musical one between Flash and Supergirl later on.

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Genprompt Bingo

Dec. 3rd, 2016 07:21 am
gehayi: (Default)
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I got an opt-in card from [community profile] genprompt_bingo. I picked the prompt lists Science Fiction and Fantasy, Crack, Extending Canon and Meta, and AU & Crossovers. (If I'm going to be completely fair, I suppose that the Wild Card should come from one of those lists, which is why I'm mentioning it.)

Anyway, here is the card:

Crack: Elves, Pixies, and other Magical Helpers or Irritations Supernatural Elements Shapeshifting When I'm 64: Future Hey, it's that guy: Minor characters
Detective AU Mutation / Transformation Fusion with another fandom Crack Sentient Weaponry
Virtual Reality Film Noir Wild Card The way we were: Pre-canon Horribly Misunderstood Villain
Crack Treated Seriously That Moment (incident / chapter / episode) in detail You're only young twice: Age Regression Character transformed into an animal Contemporary AU
Sufficiently Advanced Technology Original characters Alternative Professions Crossover: TV shows and movies World Ends in First Paragraph


I hope I get a lot of this done. I'd really love to have a blackout.

fic: Going Once, Going Twice

Dec. 2nd, 2016 10:54 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
Title: Going Once, Going Twice
Series: Fire Emblem 9/10
Character/Pairing: Ike/Soren, Tibarn/Reyson, Naesala/Leanne, various women > Ike (esp. Aimee), Boyd/Mist, Heather/Nephenee, Kieran/Oscar, Nealuchi, Shinon, Gatrie
Summary: AU. Strapped for money, Naesala starts a charity bachelor auction to fund the reconstruction of the Bird kingdoms.
Word count: 5028
Author's note: modern au, some canon changing despite the obvious (The Serenes Massacre would kind of put a damper on the crack.)


Merry Christmas, Jen.

Thanks to Wind for the beta.


Read more... )

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Dec. 2nd, 2016 09:12 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
"I failed Nanowrimo, now what?" just a nice pickmeup for people (like me) who didn't make it this year.

Hi.

Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:20 pm
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (yoi: victor)
[personal profile] moetushie
I'm deep in ice skating anime hell and I feel fine. I will probably be committing Victor/Yuuri fic sooner than later.

I'm feeling a lot of feelings!!!

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Dec. 1st, 2016 11:59 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
I've already written quite a bit of casefic, but I thought This how-to and this meta were a good read.

Fic, yo

Dec. 1st, 2016 10:26 pm
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
[personal profile] moetushie
of resurrection, a grasped fistful (2025 words) by havisham
Chapters: 1/3
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Pvt. Lorraine, James "Bucky" Barnes/Original Character(s)
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Original Characters, Pvt. Lorraine (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Bi Bi Bucky, Moderate Speed Build, 5 Things, Pining, Work In Progress, Identity Issues
Summary:

Denial and anger -- those are two things Bucky Barnes has always excelled at. That doesn't change -- even if everything else does. (Or: Five people Bucky slept with who weren't Steve, and one time -- well, who's to say?)



I am sure to finish this WIP out of all the other WIPs I have started! Yes indeedy.

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Dec. 1st, 2016 05:28 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
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Holiday Season of kink.

Have you missed writing kinks? Well, it's time to put your kinky imagination to good use again! Join us for the Holiday Season of Kink!

This challenge has a really generous deadline, so you have lots of time to create one fanwork for it, but you are of course free to do more than one if you want.

The end of this Holiday Season of Kink (and last day to post your fanwork) is Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2017. Of course, the fanworks don't have to be holiday season-themed, if you don't want them to be, but if you want to throw in some of this season's holidays, we'll be happy to see it.

How to participate:
*Choose at least three (3) kinks from our long list of kinks here, and create one fanwork that explores all the kinks you have chosen.

*You can choose as many kinks as you want, but if you prefer to be assigned kinks, just comment and say how many you want, and we will randomly select kinks from the list.

*As fanwork, you can write one fic (minimum 1000 words for this Season), draw or paint fanart, make graphic art, a comic, doujinshi, etc.

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