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Person of Interest: 1.01-1.06

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.)

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fannish things happening

[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.

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roundup: fics by me

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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.

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fics what I have posted

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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



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Hockey Recs #11

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fandom things

[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.

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some very late Hugo recs

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.

Novelette
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!

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Pens vs the world

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!

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On Clinton in Honduras

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.

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Fics by me!

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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?”



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Hockey Recs #10

There is sadly no Olli in this recs post. I just wanted to use this nifty icon.

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a bunch of stuff

* 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.)

* 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.

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current Hugo nom plans

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 Tor.com 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.

Novel
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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Podfic!

As a part of the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology VI, cool people have podficced two of my old Buffyverse stories! They happen to be two personal favorites, so I am doubly pleased. Have a listen, if you are so inclined!

Again, recorded by [archiveofourown.org profile] RickyPulsifer - Darla+Lindsay McDonald, Ats, 8 minutes
The first time Darla rose from the dead, it wasn't like this.

Tea Parties, recorded by [archiveofourown.org profile] RickyPulsifer and [archiveofourown.org profile] the_dragongirl - Dru/Buffybot, 12:21 minutes
Dru has lost all her dollies, but she knows where to find a new one.

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open hockey post

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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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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