I do wish the fest produced a wider mix of characters; there is just so much Sam and Dean relative to the other characters. There wasn't even hardly any Dean+Castiel or Sam+Castiel, and no Kevin fic at all. There were enough ladies, either (although I suppose you all know there would never have been enough ladies to suit me. :)) I suspect this imbalance is partly because a person can't opt out of writing Sam and Dean, so in a lot of cases, that might be all you match on. Oh, well.
Anyway. I have one last batch of recs for you all!
Lethe by claudiapriscus
Dean is lost in a forest, and his kid brother is tagging along. It's a pretty weird forest, though. I won't say more, because you probably want to read this one unspoiled. It's a neat mystery-type fic, though, with lots of atmosphere.
The Oak and the Dragon by zubeneschamali
AWWWW. Sam finds a soul glass in the bunker. This should have been so sappy, and yet somehow it... wasn't? Or it was so gentle and peaceful and lovely that I didn't care. I love the imagery and the mood of this.
Mistakes We'll Make Again by allhailaugustus
A teenchester fic in Sam's senior year of high school. This involves a case of sorts, but the real tension is between Sam, who's started to hide things like SAT studying, and Dean, who knows something's off but doesn't know what. This fic is a like a summer storm just waiting to roll in. The ending resolves nothing at all, in the most satisfying way.
Good For What Ails You by tifaching
This is a feel-good fic about that time in high school when Dean learned how to cook. By the time you're done, I promise you'll be hungry. It's lovely to see Dean get some affirmation, and I love the bunker framing story, too.
Headliners by kalliel
This is... this is a weird fic. (I hope kalliel knows I mean that in the best way. <3) It posits one simple change from canon, but the result is takes French Mistake elements and "My Heart Will Go On" verse elements and Eve storyline elements and throws them into a blender. And the result is Jo Harvelle's stepson's meditation on Jo's meditation on Dean Winchester, recently found dead (except Jo knows it's not him). It's a challenging read, I would say, where the effects are almost more important than the events that cause them. Also very grim. If all this sounds appealing, then you will love this fic, I promise you.
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Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, season 2
Word count: ~3,500
Characters/Pairings: Dawn, Mr Gordo (background Buffy/Angel)
Summary: A different angle on "Becoming". Buffy thinks she has problems with Angel turning evil? Well, boo hoo. Dawn has to deal with a possessed stuffed pig trying to raise an army to end the world.
Written for letsgetitdone 2013.
Thanks to angearia for the inspiration.
Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill
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- Current Music:Pink Floyd - Pigs On The Wing
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I was going to do count-down posts and promotion, but I have all the business savvy of a Christmas cactus, so here we are, the day of!! But I am posting today on this momentous occasion to mark my entry into the world of published fiction broadly and erotic romance more specifically. Ladies (and gents, if you're reading), the sky's the limit in this genre. Check out Ellora's Cave for all their tasty themes! I haven't explored too much yet, but there's speculative fiction, paranormal, historical, New Adult, gay and lesbian, Christmas, Regency--THERE'S EVERYTHING! For the genre fiction writer in all of us fandom writers, this place is a treasure trove. And a great opportunity to kickstart a way to actually get paid doing this thing we've cultivated here on the ninnernet (to quote my fav romantic hero of the moment, Icabod Crane). EC is a women-owned and operated publisher of all genres of romance, but they specialize in Erotic Romance. Think 50 Shades but with better politics. :D:D:D:D:D
Anyway, Down To Business. My book is Indelible Ink. (Boys Will Do Boys is the special release I'm part of. There are five other books that came out with mine. All--you guessed it!--male/male romance.)
Here's my blurb!
"Fresh from the West Coast and out of a bad relationship, Jon Park wants nothing more than to make a name for himself on the East Coast with his tattoo and piercing parlor. But opening Park Ink in the dead of winter may not have been the best strategy. By February, he’s low on cash with few appointments and enough stress to turn him gray before he hits thirty.
All that changes when he finds Arthur half-frozen on his doorstep. A homeless thief with a troubled past, he ignites Jon’s creativity and charms his way into a quick friendship. Jon’s wary of falling in love again but still recognizes talent and promises to teach Arthur about tattooing, despite what it might do to his heart.
When the ugliness they both left behind threatens to swallow them whole, Jon must make a choice—go on alone or accept the man who’s gotten under his skin just as permanently as the ink he uses."
I'm pleased as punch with it, and I hope a few of you will like it, too! A big thank you to harrigan who did a very helpful read-through before I sent it off to the Ellora's Cave (virtual) slush pile, and also to amber1960 and questofdreams for helping me with my synopsis and letter. <3<3<3<3<3 (I like to think those double as hearts and kissy faces :D)
And good news! I just heard from my editor that EC wants to publish the sequel/companion, Stripped Down, next year! So look for that in the summer!
And now I'm off to write book 3!
I swear I'm going to get on answering comments soon. I just haven't had the brain to do more than nod in response for a lot of things, but now that my board meeting is over and work should be mostly quiet until the new year, maybe I can do that, and also some writing. The Yuletide deadline approaches!
31 Days of December meme: 12/6: my favorite ice cream! (to make and to eat) for tsuki_no_bara
I think my overall favorite ice cream of all the ones I've made is lemon sour cream (I basically halve the amount of sugar in the recipe, otherwise it's too sweet), though the mocha chip and the strawberry cream cheese tie for a close second. All three are really easy, no egg/no custard ice creams, which means you can mix them up quickly, and they're all really creamy and flavorful.
I also like the Nutella ice cream, which is miles easier than making your own gianduja (and I haven't found a non-Nutella one in grocery stores, though I know more high-end versions exist), though I have done the thing where you toast and grind your own hazelnuts etc. and I did not find it all that rewarding.
And of course, the grapefruit champagne sorbet is a real winner and also super easy.
This is perfectly timed, as I'm in the midst of trying to work out what ice cream to make for Christmas gifts this year, since it was such a hit last year, and when I said I was maybe going to try pie inna jar instead, people seemed upset. So ice cream it is!
Right now, I believe I am going to swap out the banana, the orange, and the pineapple swirl from last year, and add in apple cider, amaretto, coffee, and cannoli, and possibly a batch of the champagne sorbet, since the latter two recipes didn't make all that much.
This is what the list looks like right now:
= chocolate peanut butter
= lemon sour cream
= mocha chip
= apple cider
= salted caramel
= strawberry cream cheese
= grapefruit champagne sorbet
I purchased a third freezer bowl for the ice cream maker, so I can make three kinds of ice cream a day (I don't care what they say, I have never successfully frozen two batches in the same bowl - it is always too warm for the second batch), and I've added a couple things that make smaller batches to the list to mix it up a little. Friday, 12/20, is my last day at work, so I'll have that weekend, plus 12/23 and 12/24 to do it, and make fig cookies. I think it's doable. I guess we'll see.
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- Current Mood: optimistic
- Current Music:Bad Reputation - Freedy Johnston
Chapter: 15 of undetermined number
Fandom: Kpop: Infinite
Characters/Pairings: Hoya/Myungsoo, Hoya/Sungjong and Myungsoo/Sungyeol bffery, OT7
Rating: Hard R
Warnings: A/B/O verse, so: dubcon (for both parties) and all that’s associated with the omegaverse
Summary: It was as close to perfect as a plan could be. Which is to say: not quite. Myungsoo had plans and Howon had a dream, but the future is never that simple, no matter how certain it had seemed.
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- Current Mood: morose
Everyone has their own criteria for favorite books, favorite genres... so I thought I'd start by sharing some resources that have LOTS of recs, to help you find something that fits your tastes.
- EW asks readers: What is the Best YA Novel of All Time? from 64 nominees voted in challenge brackets (see the full results here.)
- NPR listeners: 100 favorite teen novels
- Bitch magazine: 100 best YA books for Feminist Readers
- Reading in Color book blog
Some of the above are lists of most *popular* YA books, and include some books I personally would not recommend at all. But they include some of my favorites too! Other lists are critics' choices. The last is "a book blog that reviews YA/MG books about people of color (poc)." The blogger, a very articulate teen, adds, "There is a serious lack of books being reviewed by teens that are YA/MG about people of color, I hope my blog is one step closer to filling in this void." She has tags at the bottom right of the page, so that you can filter on the number of stars she'd give a book (e.g. 5/5 or sub-genre, or minority group represented, etc.) To be honest, this prompt has made me resolve to make a conscious effort to expand my reading to include some of her recs.
In the spirit of small packages, I'm going to limit my gushing to just a few recent favorites.
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- Current Mood: contemplative
- Current Mood: hungry
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Title: Three Steps Past Triton
Fandom/Genre: SPN: space adventure
Pairing(s): Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles
Word Count: 24000
Art Masterpost: All the AMAZING art for this fic - seriously, you have to click here! (Story spoilers, beware.)
Summary: Jensen is a space captain. Jared is a space whore. When Jensen gives Jared just one chance, the kid takes it. They travel through hell and beyond, though that's partly astronomy, not metaphor. And in the end, maybe it wasn't the kid that needed saving.
Originally for a prompt in the To Boldly Go ficathon hosted by deirdre_c. I posted a little ficlet, and couldn't let it go. This, um, happened. And then, amazingly, cassiopeia7 happened, and made me think about practicalities and aerodynamics, and just what Hell's Gate should look like – and just look at what she made for this story. We hope you love both fic and art; we definitely loved creating them!
Bayliss! One of the most amazing, heartbreaking, and tragical character arcs ever to grace our television screens! Tim Bayliss walks into the Baltimore PD Homicide squad in "Gone for Goode" and walks out seven seasons and a movie later, well. That would be telling.
He starts out as the new guy, our POV character into this world of thinking detectives, with his textbook and his empathy, and of course Gee assigns him to the abrasive genius/lone wolf/doesn't need a partner Pembleton to produce one of the most - if not THE MOST - glorious partnerships ever on TV. Pembleton wants no part of Bayliss, but Bayliss just wants to learn and there's no place better for it than at Pembleton's side. And while the show - and the friendship - never softens Pembleton, his partnership with Bayliss allows him to open up a little, and they do grow into a fabulous working relationship, and Bayliss turns out to be a damn fine detective, though he's forever haunted by the first case he ever worked as primary, the murder of Adena Watson. I know I'm not the only person to yell "DON'T PICK UP THE PHONE TIMMEH" every time I watch "Gone for Goode," as though somehow, this time, Kay will catch the case and close it, when Bayliss and Pembleton could not, thus sparing Tim a lot of the angst and self-doubt he carries forward.
I love all their car conversations, from the ridiculous ("They named a town in Mexico after the rat dog?") to the sublime ("Virtue isn't virtue until it's tested--tempted.")
To me, one of the main tragedies of Tim's life is that he's in love with Frank - I'm not sure he even conceptualizes it that way on any conscious level, but I think it's true - but while Frank loves him as a friend and a partner, he's not in love with Tim.
Which is actually the perfect segue into the news that I spent the past few days marathoning Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and if they don't get Kyle Secor to play Holt's husband, I don't even know what I'll do. (Though Clark Johnson would be a fine casting choice, too.)
Anyway! Brooklyn Nine-Nine is quite entertaining, even if you spend a lot of it wanting to punch Andy Samberg hard in the face, as I do! The show manages around him to be really funny, with a great ensemble that has gelled more quickly than most new shows do. Andre Braugher's supremely dry and deadpan Captain Holt is my favorite, of course, but Terry Crews as Sergeant Terry Jeffords runs a close second - Crews is COMEDY GOLD - and Stephanie Beatriz's Rosa Diaz is my third favorite.
I picked it up because of the gifsets from the Thanksgiving episode, and also the one of Diaz and Santiago in the car, having (or not having, according to Diaz) a moment. I might ship it a little.
While the episodes are formulaic - it's a sitcom on Fox - what I also like is that for the most part, Holt comes out on top, despite Peralta's irritating "genius detective" schtick, and that when Holt doesn't, it's because Peralta has the whole squad working with him (thus doing what Holt wants anyway, which is for Peralta to learn to work with a team). I also like that for all the butting heads Holt and Peralta do, it never feels mean-spirited or that they dislike each other. There's a sweetness to a lot of the comedy on this show, which I appreciate, and which also helps disperse any lingering embarrassment squick I might feel. Personally, I find Peralta brings it all on himself and he knows it, so I don't feel bad for him. The only one who I occasionally wince for is Santiago, because she wants SO BADLY for Holt to mentor her, and she's got a Hermione thing going on that makes her easy to identify with.
I've even grown to enjoy Boyle and Gina, who were the two weak links for me in the show, though ( spoilers for the Christmas episodeCollapse ). Anyway, Boyle's over the top fawning over Peralta was a strike against him, but I like that they let him be good at his job, if slower, more methodical, and less flashy than Peralta, who might be a good detective but is a shitty partner. Gina, who is played by Chelsea Peretti in full on Laverne DeFazio mode, won me over in the episode where they take Terry to the gun range. ( spoilersCollapse )
It's not a perfect show - it could do with less focus on Peralta and less of Samberg's mugging for the camera, and also cutting out the fat jokes - but it is an entertaining one, which is basically what I want from a half-hour comedy.
And on the not perfect but entertaining tip, we also have Arrow. ( spoilersCollapse )
I've enjoyed the AV Club's Arrow coverage, especially since almost no one on my flist talks about it, and today, both Alan Sepinwall and Mo Ryan are talking about it, too. (hat tip to alethia for the links.)
This post is long enough, and work keeps interrupting, so I'll save my flailing about this week's The Good Wife for tomorrow.
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- Current Mood: bouncy
- Current Music:Money Changes Everything - Cyndi Lauper
I haven’t watched the tv show Alias for years, and if the days had more hours, I certainly would be driven to a rewatch by this request, because it’s been too long, and I do have the Alias dvds (of four seasons. The fifth, well, three guesses how I feel about it). So, based on rusty memory and old entries, here are a few thoughts on the relationship Arvin Sloane has with Jack and Sydney Bristow, which I would argue is second only to the Sydney and Jack relationship in its importance to the show as a whole. (Well, there is that Vaughn fellow, but you can keep him.)
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- Current Mood: cheerful
Note: Apologies to earnmysong for not being able to fill your first prompt -- I started writing and basically just got "TAYLOR TOWNSEND IS THE BEST THE END" and then my memory collapsed. /o\ Feel free to reprimand/spam with nostalgic things.
In no particular order and totally not exhaustive:
- The Anne of Green Gables movies. CHILDHOOD. With the exception of the third film, which we do not talk about. To be discussed further on another day.
- The Harry Potter movies. Gotta be on the list. I have watched virtually all of them 500 million times.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Last movie series, I promise. Again, childhood. Orlando Bloom's luxurious locks. EOWYN OF ROHAN.
- 10 Things I Hate About You. [smashes into your house at 3 in the morning screaming] KAT STRATFORD EXISTS.
- Bonnie & Clyde. I'm convinced this story is responsible for 95% of my horrific choices in faves to this day. Amen.
- Interview with the Vampire. Look, I grew up on the Vampire Chronicles because such was my disturbed childhood, ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY CHOOSE ONE'S FORMATIVE INFLUENCES. And I still maintain this movie is the gold standard for "sympathetic blood-sucking protagonists". Vampire movies just aren't what they used to be. /grumble grumble
- Peter Pan. Fine, this is basically a list of "formative shit that fucked me up for life", SAY WHAT YOU WILL. And Peter/Wendy is the doomed ship to rule them all, don't look at me.
- Chicago. HE HAD IT COMING. Fave musical or fave musical? Fave musical. And beacon of aspirational misandry. #formative
- Legally Blonde. Actually the most empowering movie ever tbh.
- Mulan. No other Disney compares.
- Anastasia. IN THE END I WANNA BE STANDING AT THE BEGINNING WITH YOUUUUU. No further commentary necessary.
- The Silence of the Lambs. (lol @ my jump in genre) Well, because this list needs more serial killers
having inappropriate sexual tension with protagonists.
- American Beauty. When I think back on this movie I actually find it terribly pretentious, but tbh that still doesn't erase the huge impact it had on me as a teenager.
- Black Swan. My fave headfuck in recent times. And I know the feminist commentary didn't work for anyone but it really struck a chord with me. Plus, dancing porn. I think it'll last the test of time (for me).
- Easy A. Okay, I only saw this recently, but it is literally everything I've ever wanted from a teen movie (that isn't 10 Things). The ultimate anti-slut shaming shutdown. Emma Stone is the perfect woman.
Now you tell me yours.
- Current Location:the card up your sleeve
- Current Mood: productive
- Current Music:please please please let me get what i want (muse)
chance I'll be in Michigan - x%
chance I'll be in Australia - y%
chance I'll be in a totally different country - z%
...with x, y, and z changing on an hourly basis.
Next year, I'll be living somewhere, and doing something. It might even be somewhere that I speak the language.
...and you'll know when I do.
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- Current Mood: sore
... Survival of the Dumbest. (cit. ladykikuri )
I'm laughing so hard. The writers are doing the stupidiest things. XD Poor Hershel anyway.
(Ps: I'm trying to understand what happens to Loki in the you-know-what scene from Thor: the Dark World. ladykikuri has the most interesting ideas)
(I'm also busy with the study. I'm trying to do my best so if you don't see me around a lot you know why. I just want to be a good student and I'm scared that I'm not. *anxiety girl strikes again*)
- Current Mood: stressed
I can't wait to get home and watch the clip! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
12/4: today's topic is classic cliches (one room left! let's get you out of these wet clothes!) and why they're so great for redbrunja
Cliches are cliches for a reason and that reason is that they work. They are not always necessarily well done, which is why they can feel rote, tired and unappealing, but when done well, they spark and zing and hit home, because they've been tested and refined by authors and audiences for years, and also because we're so influenced by them, trained to recognize the shape and genre of a story and enjoy either the crisply followed outlines or, in the case of stories that subvert cliches, the clever diversions from them. The subversion doesn't work if the audience isn't familiar with what's being subverted.
And the prompt actually lists my two favorite cliches - "one room left at the hotel! We have to share a bed!" and "let's get you out of these wet clothes!" - they're guaranteed story starters, because you play without how the characters react to the situations, and that changes based on the characters involved and the status of their relationship, so these tropes can be refreshed even when it seems like they've all been done.
I missed last week because work was frantic, but there really wasn't anything to report. So this week, I give you the Wednesday reading meme:
What I've just finished reading
Touchstone by Laurie R. King, a mystery novel set in England between WWI and WWII, about an American FBI agent on the hunt for a bomber who is a rising leftist politician in England with an aristocratic girlfriend.
The mystery itself is pretty engrossing, and I mostly liked the characters, but I feel like the novel went on way too long, and included some sections from extraneous points of view. I honestly did not need any of the sections from Carstairs' POV, and I felt like the one-offs from a few other characters were intrusive rather than illuminating. I also didn't love the resolution of the case. I mean, I kind of figured it out, but I didn't like that ( spoilerCollapse ) So the library has the second book, but I might wait a while before I get it.
Oh, and I finished Two Serpents Rise, which had a slightly predictable ending, but which I mostly enjoyed, though I am super curious about the worldbuilding, given that Caleb - the main character - quotes Casablanca and refers to it (not by name) as a classic (and there was another reference to our world, but I can't recall what it was off the top of my head). Is this a space colony? A post-apolcayptic world that rebuilt itself only to face another apocalypse? A complete alternate history of earth with some linguistic similarities (the setting and main characters in this one are all Aztec-influenced, for example)? I don't know, but I enjoyed it and I'm curious to see what the third book brings.
What I'm reading now
Countdown City, the sequel to The Last Policeman, which is about a now ex-police detective during the final three months of the world (if you'll recall, there is an asteroid on a cataclysmic collision course with earth). I just started it, but so far Henry is trying to find the missing husband of an old friend.
What I'm reading next
barring something else popping up from the library, uh, I don't know? I feel like I have a ton of things I want to read sitting on my iPad, so anything could happen!
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- Current Mood: excited
- Current Music:Rain City - Turin Brakes
Anyway, this may not be what some of you were expecting as the end of this series, but it is the way I always imagined it ending. And it is a series. There are many references in this story to what has gone before, for which see here for previous stories in the series. I'll put up a link to the series on Ao3 when I've posted it there (which won't be till after I have an overall title. Sigh!)
Setting: Charles Robson's flat, London. The evening of the same day of the previous story, Secrets.
Rating: PG-13/R-ish (mainly for swearing and mention of attempted rape).
Pairings: Spike/Giles. Mention of Spike/Buffy.
Beta: dwyld read it through for me. All mistakes are mine, of course.
Author's Note: That's it! No more WIPs.
Full Circle Part One
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And then it spawns comments like this: I thought to myself, "I would like a Shapeshifting Murder Piñata for my birthday" and then I thought about it a little more and realized that I did not, in fact want one of those.
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MY VERY FAVORITE THING EVER!
Everyone go! Prompt! Write! Be merry!!!
Looks like it is for all fandoms, which is my kind of party.
Hopefully it will still be going when I get back from holiday!
I'll be at the beach for the next few days, but I'll have my phone on me, so PM if you need to talk.
- Current Mood: full
- Current Music:happy endings