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This seems like a good day to talk about hockey. How do you feel about your team's chances of succeeding in (or making) the playoffs? What kind of fic do you wish there were more of? Is Stamkos really going to sign with the Maple Leafs?

Also, herein find some other people on DW who talk hockey! There are more of us than you might think. :)

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a meme!

Nabbed from many people.

1. Your 3 fanworks with the most AO3 comment threads: Make Yourself at Home (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, bowerbird AU), my new most popular fic ever. Three Christmases with Miss Honey (Matilda, Matilda + Miss Hockey), a moderate hit for YT one year that I thought might be my most popular fic until the end of time. Switch Hitter (Hockey RPF, girl!Sid/Geno, D/s AU).

2. Your 3 fanworks with the most kudos: Base Notes (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, a/b/o) – my first hockey fic! Make Yourself at Home, again. And finally And in Health (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno). This fandom has spoiled me for kudos, basically.

3. Your oldest fanwork: A Right Sorry Couple of Vamps (BtVS/Ats, Spike+Darla), written for the Fall Fandom Free-for-All back in 2008.

4. Your latest fanwork: three's a crowd (SPN, Tamara+Sam), a weird, atmospheric little futurefic for spn_j2_xmas.

5. Fanwork you are proudest of: ONE fanwork?? How about I just pick one that comes to mind: worn for sleeping (SPN, Jess/Sam), which is moody and creepy and has a twist and says stuff about canon, all in 1100 words. Still super pleased with how that one turned out.

6. Your longest fanwork: Still Seraph (BtVS, Spike+ensemble, mpreg), a 67k fic I finished in 2009. Have never even come close since. But I've got a WIP that might bump up close to it if I can ever finish. /o\

7. Your 3 fanworks with the most bookmarks: Base Notes, Make Yourself at Home, Switch Hitter. Hockey fandom does it again.

8. Your top 3 crossover works: I have no idea how we're measuring this. I write very few crossovers anyway, but here are three I'm fond of: This is the World We Made (BtVS/Dollhouse, Dawn+Topher), the first fic I've managed to write that really gets at how I feel about how freaking badass Dawn Summers would grow up to be. The Very Small Girl and the Monster (BtVS/Firefly, River+Spike), far-future fic for BtVS in which River meets someone who can finally explain who she is. Lift (Firefly/Matilda, River+Matilda), another River-centric crossover that gets a lot of mileage out of her dreams. Probably the crackiest crossover I've ever attempted, in terms of canons crossed.

9. Your favorite characters to portray: I'm going to assume this means "favorite characters to write, in which case Dawn Summers, Illyria, Jo Harvelle, Genevieve Cortese, Geno.

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recs: Agent Carter

Looking through my bookmarks, I see I have a post's worth of these, and now seems like a good time with the new season starting soon-ish.

In the Apartment After the War by [archiveofourown.org profile] Beatrice_Otter
Angie + Peggy, 3k. Just a little apartment exploration and conversation, in which Peggy opens up a little and we get to see things through Angie's eyes. Great Angie voice.

Living Arrangements by [archiveofourown.org profile] Netgirl_y2k
Peggy/Angie, 3k. Angie notices that they're practically married. It takes Peggy a little longer to figure out. Just sweet friends-to-lovers.

Double Exposure (Ten Conversations) by [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera
Peggy/Daniel/Jack, 1.3k. It's lovely to hunt as a pair; she might have prowled with Angie, if Daniel hadn't charmed her. Hot and angsty and succinct. Yow.

too many war wounds and not enough wars by [archiveofourown.org profile] paperclipbitch
Jack/Daniel/Sousa, 7k. D/s and psychological wounds. Very satisfying.

As Real Girls Do by [archiveofourown.org profile] scribblemyname
Dottie Underwood, 1.4k. A sharp, satisfying little character study of a character canon left in desperate need of fleshing out. Brings in some Winter Soldier canon in an interesting way, too.

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Hockey Recs #9

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Yuletide Recs, vol II

I have a bunch of fics downloaded to put on my Kindle later, but I'm pretty much done with my pre-reveals reading, so have a final batch of recs.

Beauty and the Beast, The Dispossessed, Sunless Sea/Fallen London, Strange Empire, Sunshine (McKinley), Imperial RadchCollapse )

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2015: the year in media

Things I read/watched/wrote/what have you in 2015!

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FIC: And in Health

Realized recently that I'd never posted about this, which I posted to AO3 a couple of weeks ago. It's very silly.

And in Health (2204 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: Pittsburgh Penguins, Marriage Proposal, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

So Geno proposed to people in times of stress. That was fine. Geno’s feelings were ferocious and unwieldy and sometimes just fucking inconvenient, and there wasn’t a guy on the team who hadn’t figured that out within a couple of weeks of being here.



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Yuletide Recs, vol I

My focus this Yuletide has been largely space stuff, stuff with lots of focus on female characters, or both, which informs most of this list. (I have been having the BEST time, too. I'm going to use this strategy every year.)

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FIC: three's a crowd

Title: three's a crowd
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters: Tamara, Sam
Words / Rating: 1200 words / PG-13 for language
Era: futurefic, but with spoilers through S4, I guess
Content / Warnings: canon-level violence, general creepiness
Summary: Tamara hasn't seen Sam Winchester in twenty years. She's not sure she's happy to see him now.

A/N: For de_nugis. I did not even begin to do justice to your prompts, but I did enjoy getting to write Tamara again. I hope you find something in this fic to enjoy and that you have very happy holidays. <3

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Dear Rare Bears Author

YAAAAY, Rare Bears! I'm so excited that this exchange exists, and you have no idea how thrilled I am to read the fic you write for me, dear author. I've included a lot of info here about stuff I like, but please don't feel overwhelmed - I obviously don't expect anyone to include all the things I like in one fic! They're just suggestions to hopefully jog your creativity. :)

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Ancillary reading progress

I finished Ancillary Justice this morning, and then of course I promptly went and got Ancillary Sword from the library. (It amuses me that there are 40 holds on 15 copies of Justice, but 6 holds on 17 copies of Sword. The first-in-the-series effect is a powerful one.)

I've heard rumblings of people not liking the sequels as much as the first, and I will say Sword so far has 100% less trekking through the snow, which is one of my weak spots. However, so far if anything I'm enjoying it even more than the first one, because Leckie just keeps digging deeper into the ramifications of her worldbuilding.

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Just a note, please no spoilers for either Sword or Mercy, even "you'll see more of that." I want to be surprised. :)

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fandom_stocking

Hey, so I caved and made a stocking this year at [community profile] fandom_stocking, which means you all should make stockings, too, and then point me to them. :DDD

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Wednesday reading - Seveneves

I finished, at long last! Unspoilery thoughts:
* I enjoyed the first two thirds for the human drama aspect.
* The last third was not worth reading - if you want to know how it goes, get someone to spoil it for you.
* Neal Stephenson would stop mid-coitus to tell you how condoms work. At length. At least three times.

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Currently this team and RL are both fairly stressful, and so I have ended up investing most of my feelings about both in Olli Maatta instead. On one hand, this has been a bit traumatic in the last week! On the other hand, it means that I pretty much could not have gotten a better present today, which is Olli getting interviewed by Trevor, intrepid Junior Reporter.

CHILDREN INTERVIEWING CHILDREN. Seriously, this is a tall awkward child being interviewed by a shorter and somewhat less awkward child. I swear they make some of the same faces. And both so earnest!

And honestly I almost want to make a transcript of the entire thing, because it is so great. Olli went as "an Oktoberfest guy" for Halloween, lederhosen and all! He likes Pittsburgh because it's smaller than NYC and gets quiet in the evenings! He also goes into some detail about his warmup routine before practice (20 mins on bikes and doing calesthenics) and his routine before games (he arrives 2.5 hours before hand to deal with equipment and stuff). He watches a lot of movies and reads a book occasionally.

Basically if you happen to be writing Olli Maatta fic (*cough*), this is GOLDEN while also being charming and adorable. You just want to pinch the cheeks of everyone on the screen. I am SO CHARMED.

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book fic recs

I continue to work on thinning out my recs tag on Pinboard, so have some more recs! The theme this time is book fandoms.

Carrefour by Merlin Missy - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Anaesthesia + Ingress gen, 10k. Possibly my favorite fic I have ever read for this book. Because all of us needed the fic where Anaesthesia survives, rescues/is rescued by Door's missing sister, and saves the day, did we not?

Of Five Adventures That Occurred During The Reign Of The Raven Barista. by Lanna Michaels - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Gen. 1.2k. Because we all needed a JS&MN magical coffee shop AU, too.

Shalbatana by [archiveofourown.org profile] ellen_fremedon - The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Nadia, Hiroko, Ann. 8k. With Ann's guidance, Nadia and Hiroko set off across Mars to find the Sojourner rover, still wandering. I love this integration of the canon with RL Mars events that have happened since it was written, and I love seeing fic of this particular cast of characters, who never interacted much in canon. ellen_fremedon also does a great job of capturing the majesty and isolation of Mars, the way Robinson did.

The Spanish Castle by [archiveofourown.org profile] LookingForOctober - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Valancy gen, 3.4k. Valancy visits a real life castle and finds a kindred spirit there. Just a sweet and lovely post-book moment.

The Witch [ART] by [archiveofourown.org profile] sassynails - The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
I'm not familiar with this character, but it doesn't matter, because this multimedia piece is just stunning.

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Olli :'((((((

I am so sad, you guys. I'm really, really hoping it was less awful than it looked when he was trying and failing to get up off the ice. Latest news is that he was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.

(For context, including video.)

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open hockey post

I know I have a bunch of hockey people on here that I don't get to talk to often, and also I feel like I would like some namespace discussion of hockey things.

So, how's your team doing? What good things are you reading? What good things are you writing? What do you wish other people would write (so you don't have to)? Spill!

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now really, Stephenson, was this necessary?

All conversations worth having about space voyages were couched in terms of "delta vee," meaning the increase or decrease in velocity that had to be imparted to a vehicle en route. For, in a common bit of mathematical shorthand, the Greek letter delta (Δ) was used to mean "the amount of change in..." and V was the obvious abbreviation for velocity. The words "delta vee," then, were what you heard when engineers read those symbols aloud.


Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying this book. The Big Thing happened thirty or forty pages ago, and I got a little teary for a moment. But SERIOUSLY, GET AN EDITOR.

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FIC: Trick or Treat fics by me!

I wrote two fics for Trick or Treat this year, so not exactly last year's five-treat extravaganza, but I'm pleased with what I did write.

My main assignment was for Pacific Rim, which I'd never written before! I had trouble settling on an idea and fell back on my old standby of picking a concrete object and writing a story around it. This was the result:
and then, and then (507 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mako Mori
Additional Tags: Shatterdome
Summary:

It’s at the Shatterdome, they say, and so she goes.



I started several hockey treats and didn't finish any of them, but I eventually decided that for Trick or Treat, this one was close enough to being a story that I would post it anyway. This fic is what happens when you tell me you like body horror, people coming back from the dead, and slice of life fic.
repairs (558 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Body Horror, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ambiguous Relationships
Summary:

Geno settled next to Sid and slanted a glance each way. No one paid much attention. Then he pulled off his left glove and shook it over Sid’s lap, and out of it dropped a finger.



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Wednesday reading

Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson.
I figured out why Stephenson's books are so long. It's because they feature sentences like this:

And also so they could give the peoples of the world some agency. ... "Agency," in the lingo of the sorts of people who had set up this announcement, meant giving people options, giving them some things that they could do to have an effect - imaginary or not.

I've read similarly 3rd-grade-level explanations of, for example, Soyuz spacecraft. At the time I assumed he just wanted to be clear for any non-scientific audience, but now I don't know what audience he's going for. And even supposing your audience is familiar with neither agency nor the Soyuz spacecraft, there are more elegant and less patronizing ways to convey that information. Was he this bad back in the day, like in Cryptonomicon? Maybe he was and I just didn't notice.

In any case, I'm maybe ~60 pages into a 860-page book. This'll be a while.

Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho.
I found this pleasant but not entirely satisfactory. The jacket cover suggests comparisons to Heyer and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, but it has too much serious subject matter for the former and none of the ambitiousness of backstory, worldbuilding, and footnotes of the latter. Someone suggested that perhaps I'd like it better on a second read, now that I know what to expect, and I think that might be true. Even then, the ending seemed weak, and I suspect I will still want more worldbuilding.

In any case, it is a Regency fantasy romp with familiars and magicians and also lots of women, people of color, and examination of various forms of oppression. If that is your sort of thing, then I suspect you would enjoy it.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
I finished this a bit ago. It was suitably psychologically twisted, as I'd hoped, although it lacked the building menace of Haunting of Hill House. I couldn't decide if the reveal towards the end of the book was actually intended to be a reveal, since I'd assumed it to be true since about page two. Anyway, a very Jackson book. I want to read more of her novels.

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???

So somehow the crosspost of that WIP amnesty has crossposted to LJ four times in the last two days?? I have not been doing this, and I don't check LJ very often, so I didn't even realize until now. I am so confused. I'm going to give it a day or two to see if it stops, and if not, I will... try to do something.

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hockey stuff happening

Hockey Festivus, a 500-word exchange that matches on character instead of pairing, closes signups in a couple of hours.

Holiday Hockey Exchange has signups open until November 9.

Hockey RPF Kinkfest, a prompt-based exchange run through prompting and filling on the kinkmeme, just started a second round running through November 14.

Slapshot of the Heart is a rom com fusion exchange that posts on Valentine's Day, with nominations opening November 12.

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Hockey Recs #8

Busy couple of months! Good job, little hockey fandom. *pets it*

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re: the WIP amnesty fic I posted yesterday

I JUST remembered that the title I had in mind for it all along was "The Man Who Plead His Belly" inspired by this bit of English law. I still think that was a fantastic title - too bad it will never have a finished fic to go with it.

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Ages ago, I wrote 8k of an S3 AU fic where Sam determines that, for reasons, the way to keep Dean out of hell (for a little while, anyway) is to get him pregnant. I had a lot of fun with the worldbuilding of it, which was motivated by (if not apparently related to) some of what big_pink did in her magnum opus Red (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ). I also got a huge kick out of my OC.

I got bogged down by figuring out Plot, though, forever my nemesis. The fic has been mouldering long enough that I can admit I will never finish it, so I'm setting it free, and here it is, for anyone who's curious.

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Ages ago, I wrote 8k of an S3 AU fic where Sam determines that, for reasons, the way to keep Dean out of hell (for a little while, anyway) is to get him pregnant. I had a lot of fun with the worldbuilding of it, which was motivated by (if not apparently related to) some of what big_pink did in her magnum opus Red (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ). I also got a huge kick out of my OC.

I got bogged down by figuring out Plot, though, forever my nemesis. The fic has been mouldering long enough that I can admit I will never finish it, so I'm setting it free, and here it is, for anyone who's curious.

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Ages ago, I wrote 8k of an S3 AU fic where Sam determines that, for reasons, the way to keep Dean out of hell (for a little while, anyway) is to get him pregnant. I had a lot of fun with the worldbuilding of it, which was motivated by (if not apparently related to) some of what big_pink did in her magnum opus Red (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ). I also got a huge kick out of my OC.

I got bogged down by figuring out Plot, though, forever my nemesis. The fic has been mouldering long enough that I can admit I will never finish it, so I'm setting it free, and here it is, for anyone who's curious.

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I AM SO PLEASED

Goals! And Phil! And Bonino for the empty netter that just took the heart out of the Caps, I suspect (although not as much as if Beau's had gone in, too, instead of ringing off the post)! And FLOWER OMG.

Is this the turning point? Oh please, oh please.

This actually makes us 5-1 out of the last six games, which feels wrong. So many of this wins felt like luck and fingernails. But this one we earned. Well, Flower earned, and then some of the goal-scorers helped, too.

A stat: The Penguins have scored 16 goals. That’s the lowest total in franchise history after nine games, one less than the 17 they scored in 1970 and 2003. They’ve allowed 17 goals. That’s also the lowest total in franchise history after nine games, two better than the 19 they gave up in 2009. -- Jonathan Bombulie, Trib Live

Sounds about right.

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top ten BtVS fics on AO3

I got bored today and also curious, and I sorted the Buffy tag on AO3 by kudos and made a list of the top ten fics that weren't crossovers. It was the not-crossover part that took work; since Buffy is an old fandom and getting quieter all the time, straight Buffy fics don't get nearly the kudos that MCU or whatever crossovers do.

Anyway, here were my results. "In chapters" means the fic was posted to AO3 in chapters, which generally increases exposure and kudos count. "One-shot" means it was posted all at once (regardless of length). "Backdated" means it was manually given a date earlier than posting, ie, six years before the archive opened.

1. If I Knew Then… by daughtershade – Spike/Xander, 48k (in chapters)
2. Small and scaly by devo79 – Spike/Xander, 27k
3. Just a Counterfeit James Dean by impertinence – Faith/Buffy post-series, 57k (one-shot)
4. Loserville by shrift – Spike/Xander, 16k (backdated one-shot)
5. Piece of Cake by spuffy_luvr – Spke/Buffy all-human AU, 99k (in chapters)
6. Wish You Were Here (Instead of Me) by CristinaK – Buffy+Willow+ensemble gen, 4k (one-shot)
7. Vampire's Kiss by flitterfluttyfly – Spike/Xander urban fantasy AU, 7k (one-shot)
8. Twisting the Harvest by akasakasan – Angel/Xander canon divergence AU, 27k (in chapters)
9. Away from the Numbers by EntreNous – Spike/Xander PWP, 15k (in chapters)
10. Sweet William by LittleMouse – Angel/Spike canon divergence AU, 31k (in chapters)

One of the things about AO3 is that it's very slash-heavy, so it makes sense that Spike/Xander has such a good showing here. I don't know how its actual activity compares to activity for, say, Spike/Buffy, but I feel comfortable saying that Spike/Xander was not five times as popular as Spike/Buffy.

I also am just not interested in hardly any of this. I spent the longest time thinking slash just didn't appeal to me, until I moved on to a new fandom and realized that no, what hadn't appealed to me were Angel and Xander, and there wasn't much slash to be had that didn't include at least one of them! And all-human AUs have always had zero appeal for me.

I think I tried the Faith/Buffy fic a while back but got thrown off by the Faith internal narration; it turns out what I really want for Faith/Buffy fic is Buffy POV. I feel like I already know Faith inside and out, but Buffy has always been more opaque to me.

The gen ensemble fic looks interesting, though, and was posted in 2014. I am very curious to know how a gen one-shot in a dying fandom got that many kudos, so I have that one open in a tab.

Observations? Thoughts?

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updated the Pens timeline again

It's here. I should put a link in the sidebar for finding. Comments for things I should put are much appreciated! (ESPECIALLY WITH LINKS.)

Anyway, a thought I had about it: one of the big things I'm trying to capture with that timeline is the ~narrative, and how it ebbs and flows over time. For me one of the hardest things to figure out when I'm trying to include people from other teams is the emotional and ~narrative context for their team. Have they been doing well? Badly? Someone slumping? Ridic PDO? Starting goalie is fine but working too much because the backup is playing like hot garbage? What's the fanbase excited about? What's it panicking about?

So that's part of what I'm trying to do with the timeline.

(FYI, one of my most successful ways for catching up on that stuff in a hurry is to find a team's year-end posts on SB Nation or some other blog with a strong commenting culture, and reading the comments. It's still biased towards recent events, but you can get a sense of what the fanbase thought of the season as a whole.)

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SPN recs #12

Why do one recs post in a day when you can do two? I mean, obviously. It's been three years since I made an SPN recs post (and a year since rocksalt_recs closed, *sob*) so obviously some of these of have been sitting around for a quite a while! Which means they are... well-aged, right? Right?

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Ghosts of Yuletide Past

Apparently it is Rectober this month, and also the Yuletide letters post is up (signups opening tomorrow, I believe), so this seems like the perfect time to rec all of the gift fics I've received in past Yuletides.

Yuletide 2008
Three times Valancy said what she was thinking (and one time she didn't have to) (The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery, Valancy gen, 2k)
The very first exchange fic I ever received! My request was basically one of those "I'd love anything!" ones, but the result is just lovely, and so very much in the spirit of the book. I think the Valancy+Olive scene is the one that sticks most in my mind.

Yuletide 2009
Good Children (Spirited Away, Chihiro gen, 2.9k)
Exactly the day-in-the-life/worldbulding fic I wanted about Chihiro's life in the bathhouse. I have particularly fond memories of her further encounter with the Daikon spirit.

Eh By Gum (Wallace and Gromit, gen adventures, 5.3k)
Candy making caper with mandatory sneaky villain! The voices here are so good. There are so many great lines. I see there is more W&G fic on the archive now, but I think this was the first.

Yuletide 2010
The Time Comes (seaQuest DSV Krieg+Ford gen, 2.1k)
I think this was the third year in a row I'd requested seaQuest fic, and finally my ship came!. (Except not a ship, because it's gen. :D) This is set very much in and around one of my favorite episodes of S1, and captures some of the thoughts and motivations of one Ben Krieg (who reminds me a little of my current Brad Marchand headcanons, though that is neither here nor there).

Yuletide 2013
and now we are many places (FF, gen ensemble adventures, 2.9k)
A fic about a day out with the Future Foundation, featuring exactly as much mishap and joy as the comic itself provides. (Gosh, I loved this comic.)

Yuletide 2014
So Goddamned Beautiful (Saga, Alana/Marko, 4.6k)
AKA the Alana/Marko mpreg fic of my dreeeeeeams. I accidentally peeked at the tags for this ahead of time and freaked out, and then it met all of my expectations and more. The worldbuilding is perfect, the character voices are perfect, it's porny in all the right places. BEST.

A Tale of Two Thieves (Uncanny X-Force, Psylocke/Cluster, 2.3k)
A very sweet fic about two thieving mutant ladies coming to terms with themselves and each other. The only femslash I've ever gotten for YT; apparently it's inspired me to request a bunch more, judging by my letter this year!

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well, that was underwhelming

Be better, Pens. Meanwhile my secondary team (because apparently I have one of those now) lost 6-2, geez.

At least we now know that Olli cries at Pokemon, Geno cries at sad endings (because he's "emotional guy" BLESS HIS HEART), and Geno and Gonch diagram plays on walls. ALL is not lost.

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SPN character sorting meme

You can sort all (?) the SPN characters that have appeared in at least two episodes here.

Some of these were super hard decisions (Jo vs Ellen? Jo vs Amelia???), but it shook out into something I'm pretty happy with, in about three tiers: top third are the characters I love, middle third are characters I have no or conflicting feelings towards, bottom third are characters that make me say "ugh", plus all the S9-S10 characters I haven't seen.

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On the whole, I definitely favored earlier over later, other things being more or less equal. The two things I learned during sorting is that I have a whole lot more antipathy towards Ben Braeden than I would have guessed - me kicking against the convenient cute kid thing, presumably - and a whole lot more appreciation for Gwen Campbell. Clearly this means I should write some Gwen Campbell fic? :D

Also, Dean's place on the list is Dean circa S8 (when I stopped). If I could compartmentalize him and just think about Dean S1-7 or so, he'd have placed very differently.

Now I'm come over all nostalgic. *sniff*

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I ended up writing three things for this exchange. First was my assignment, second was a pinch hit, and third was a treat, because I sent [personal profile] verity the opening fifty words or so and didn't know what to do with it, and she said, "WRITE IT FOR ME AS A TREAT." And I did.

Adult Conversation
Marc-Andre Fleury/Evgeni Malkin, 5.1k, rated T, fantasy/curses.
It’s bad enough that Flower can't talk to people without calling them things like poopy butt. It’s worse that Geno isn’t talking to him at all.


condiments
Jack Johnson/Sidney Crosby, 3.1k, rated M, h/c.
“I’ve got some time.” Sid’s voice buzzed a little. Too many satellite connections between Jack and Prague, probably. “I want to get some work started at the house, so I’ll be around for a week or so. You should come.”


Silver Medal Baby
Hilary Knight/Evgeni Malkin, 1.9k, rated T, mpreg (IN THE MOST PREDICTABLE REVEAL EVER KNOW TO MAN)
"You not even win gold! We had loser sex."

Hilary did not point out that at least she medaled. If one of them was going to get knocked up at the Olympics, obviously it would be Geno.


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hockey rarepairs is LIVE

All the wonderful fics are here!

I've got three fics in the exchange, so feel free to guess which ones are mine! One of them is a gimme, though. Like, it is the most obviously snick-fic that has ever ficced.

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okay, I am doing a hockey thing

A while back I started a Pens 2015-2016 timeline project, which I've now decided to take the flock off of. The goal is to make a timeline of all the news/major events for the Pens in one place for future reference. Things that count as news: games, injury reports, roster transactions, cute photos on Instagram, Sidney Crosby documentaries. Things that don't count as news (unless I happen to feel like it): interviews and profile pieces of players, analysis, speculation.

So if you happen to notice me failing to link to any of those things and feel like dropping me a link, PLEASE DO. I'm going to be tracking stuff I want to link to on my Pinboard, but crowdsourcing this would make it so much better.

And, obviously, feel free to use for your own fic reference. That's what it's there for. :)

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hockey things

* This week has been Death by Sidney Crosby. First we have all the Tim Horton's ad footage with him and Mackinnon, and then we get 23 glorious minutes of In the Room-type coverage of his hockey school and his hometown. There's so much genuine smiling and giggling in these! It makes me so happy! Also I feel they pretty thoroughly disprove Sidney Crosby: Hockey Vulcan. Like, he may or may not be a goofy weirdo (she says with love), but he clearly is also a guy who has fun and friends and who enjoys people.

* From the preseason games this week we learn:
- Kessel/Crosby/Malkin/Letang can really do some damage vs another team's JV squad. Which isn't to say I wasn't COMPLETELY DELIGHTED by goals from Olli and Phil (TWO OF THEM) and other people.
- I'm not sure if Geno has any goals yet in the preheason, but he has been a beast on the ice nonetheless. I mean.
- OTOH, this team w/out Letang, Maatta, Crosby, and Kessel is kind of unfortunate. Especially those D-guys. STAY HEALTHY, KIDS.

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Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge

THIS WAS SO GREAT. I've hit some really fun books so far during this Hugo reading project, but this one brought me by far the most unalloyed joy. It also does every single thing I never knew I wanted in a book about [SPOILER]. I am so happy right now, I can't even tell you.

If you like Gaiman but also female characters and emotional complicatedness, GET THEE TO THIS BOOK.

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