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I have recently realized just how useful Marvel's art books, released along with the movies, are for me as a fic writer. For one, sometimes they have layouts of locations and close-ups of details. For another, the text is usually chock-full of worldbuilding information from the design team. The Captain Marvel art book was an absolute gold mine. I got so much out cool info out of it that I made a post series about it.

Since then I've referred to several other art books in the process of working on fic, and it occurred to me other people might like info on what books are out there and how to find copies. This post is focused on the cosmic MCU, but as far as I know, every single MCU movie has had an accompanying art book, and all but the very earliest have been subtitled "The Art of the Movie."

The thing is, art books are a) expensive and b) limited runs, so accessing them can be difficult! Here are some various angles to take as you look for a copy of the book you're interested in:

- Buy a hard copy. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBay are the obvious places to begin, but smaller online bookstores sometimes have them as well, so check your favorite. Powells and TFAW (my one-stop online comics shop) are two that come to mind. Cost: $35-50 USD when the run is still available; $$$ for books only available from secondary sellers.

- Buy a digital copy. Amazon has Kindle versions for most of the art books, and Barnes & Noble has Nook versions for most of them. Sometimes there will be a Kindle edition but not a Nook edition; you just have to check around. Both Nook and Kindle have apps for viewing. I like the Nook app on my laptop moderately well and haven't tried Kindle yet. (Incidentally, Nook is having a sale on most of these right now.) Cost: $12-15 USD.

- Borrow a hard copy from your library. Definitely worth checking, especially if your library system is a large one!

- Borrow a digital copy from Hoopla, accessed with your library card (if your library system subscribes). Hoopla titles are viewed through your browser. I checked out the GotG vol. 1 art book this way, and Hoopla had me reading it through their comics view, which was okayish, although the "magnify text near cursor" gimmick was obnoxious. Hoopla has a lot of the books but not all of them.

Below the cut, I made a list of titles and links for all the cosmic MCU art books so far (Thor, GotG, IW/Endgame, Captain Marvel), with links to Amazon, B&N, Hoopla, and other sellers I happened to check. Obviously these listings are ephemeral, so in a year the usefulness of this list might be pretty low, but for now here they are.

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We Die Like Fen 2 - fic I wrote

We Die Like Fen had a second and final round, and I signed up this time! As opposed to last time, when I gave and received fic without signing up. Totally different. My one regret in this exchange is that I had the opportunity to write about Gemma Chan for three of my four assignments, and only managed to write her for one. And that one wasn't even Minn-Erva! Oh, well.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018): sail away, sail away, sail away - Rachel/Astrid, 1.5k. After Nick breaks up with her, Rachel goes on their honeymooon anyway, and Astrid is a surprise visitor. I shipped the hell out of this ship from about the midway point in the movie, and it was fun to finally get a chance to write it. Reading this, you might well come away with the impression that my entire conception of a luxury vacation is an infinity pool, and you wouldn't be wrong.

MCU: red and white (all over) - Bucky/Shuri, 700 words. Femdom. Bucky can't quite trust himself with his new arm; Shuri has an idea for how to help. I absolutely fucking love the conceit for this, and this fic really needed to be like 15k, but it was a flash exchange, so instead it's just this ficlet.

MCU: Is This Cost or Is It Reward - Gamora/Nebula, 2.6k. Several years after Gamora ran away, Nebula stumbles across her hooking on a random planet. I've been wanting to write Gamora/Nebula hookerfic for years; I am not really sure this is the hookerfic I wanted to write. IDK. I have very mixed feelings about this one. It has lots of bits I like, but I'm not sure I like what they add up to? My recip was really happy with it, though.

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Thursday recs: fic for spooky canons

Another Thursday, another recs post! This time I was delighted to have picked up enough recs for spooky canons to make a post.

Sunless Skies
A Visitation: Your Aunt by [archiveofourown.org profile] CandlesInTheWell
The Inconvenient Aunt, gen, 2k. Do you even have an aunt? This was written for the prompt "Eldritch abomination aunts," and it is indeed an utterly delightful mix of cosmic horror, inability to trust one's senses, and familial relations. I think you can probably read this one without any canon knowledge.

The Ritual (2017)
If at First by [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivine
Hutch/Luke, Luke/Moder, 500 words. Speaking of not being able to trust your senses, this is a very efficient little ficlet of canon-divergent mindfuckery.

Black Spot | Zone Blanche
And the Horned God Makes Four by [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivine
Laurene/Teddy Bear/Siriani, 3k. This is threesome sex pollen the Villenfranche way, which means with a pervading sense of unknowable foreboding as experienced by characters with an extremely pragmatic approach to the whole thing. Great voices, great moody atmosphere, and the sex is hot. A++ all around. (NB I haven't finished the series yet, so no spoilers in comments here, please.)

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Blade Runner 2049

Well, mostly I've been watching a lot of Dead Meat horror videos/podcasts. I also mooost of the way through a horror short story collection I'll talk about next week. But I did watch a movie this week:

Movie
Blade Runner 2049. K, a replicant (Ryan Gosling) on the LA police force discovers he (maybe??) has a personal connection to the most recent feral replicant that he "retired." This was... an experience? This movie is gorgeous, with a number of different, fully-realized futuristic settings. It's also really fucking long. I was not prepared for a 2:40 runtime. The plot is convoluted - I was hampered by having not seen Blade Runner in at least 15 years, so once we met Harrison Ford and started explicitly referring to events from the old movie, I started getting lost. I still don't understand the chain of events that happened prior to the movie.

I'd heard a lot about how male-gazey it was, so I was surprised by how many significant female characters were in it. Robin Wright as K's boss was an especially delightful surprise, and the main antagonist is also a woman, Luv, who works for the company that makes replicants. Luv has a whole lot going on, and I really wanted to know more about her. On the other hand there is an awful lot of just incidental female objectification in it, and not just in the nudity sense. K's AI girlfriend Joi was probably the worst of this, for me, as I didn't feel like she contributed anything to the story, and then she died.

My favorite part of the whole thing was probably the very beginning, to be honest, which features Dave Bautista! I've never seen him in a movie without his Drax makeup on, but I thought he did a great job, and apparently I am reflexively fond of any character he plays, now.

I guess I'm glad I saw it. I don't need to see it again. The director, Dennis Villenueve, is directing the new Dune, and this bodes well for Dune's aesthetics, at least.

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Fic by me and a poll

This has just been a very productive six weeks or so on the writing front. Here is a pinch hit I wrote for the 300bpm flash exchange, for fic inspired by songs. A pre-canon missing scene, heavily inspired by discussions of Hala in the Captain Marvel art book.

It's been interesting to read the comments on this one; people definitely seem to fall in two distinct camps, as far as whether they view it more as fluffy creepiness or creepy fluff. One of the aspects I find fascinating about Carol and Yon-Rogg's relationship is that it's never just one thing. There are always layers.

Hallway Light (1147 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain Marvel (2019)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Carol Danvers & Yon-Rogg
Characters: Carol Danvers, Yon-Rogg (Marvel)
Additional Tags: pre-Captain Marvel (2019), Hala (Marvel), General Situational Creepitude, creepy fluff?, Fluffy Creepiness?
Summary:

“Here,” Yon-Rogg says, stopping before a door with a pointed, high-peaked frame above it. In the glyphs Vers has had to relearn from scratch, she reads, Gymnasium.

“I was at the gym,” Vers says.

Yon-Rogg thumbs the door open. “This one’s better.”



And now a poll!



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MCU recs #13

Iiiiit's Thursday! Here's another round of MCU recs.

VID: Old Town Road by [youtube.com profile] madxthing
Short but delicious Cap action vid, with some really seamless editing. The bit at :32 when Cap in one movie tosses his shield to Cap in another movie is just *chef's kiss*.

Ships That Don't Always Come In by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio
Peggy + Thompson gen, 1.5k. Peggy knows him a little too well, sometimes. In which Thompson has a lot of feelings about being gay, none of which he's going to admit to, and Peggy sees him for who he is. I am always a sucker for gen about queer people finding acceptance, and this absolutely hit that spot, even though Jack isn't in a place to accept that acceptance, yet.

Gamora/Nebula ficlet, prompt "cocunts" by anon
She buys a tight bio-mesh cunt the next time they’re on Xandar. Non-lubricating, she reads on the packaging. Clitoris included. Deals with past body modification, really high-tech sex toys, and a quiet, intimate, vulnerable moment between these two that haven't much experience with those.

The Food is Probably a Metaphor by [archiveofourown.org profile] innie
Scott Lang/Jimmy Woo, 3k. Cute getting-together fic, great Scott voice, and there's even a classic Luis summary at the end.

blood in blood and hand in hand by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe
Carol/Yon-Rogg, 14k. Carol decides soulbonding with Yon-Rogg will help her take down the Supreme Intelligence. This is the chewy, long, achy, messy fic about these two that I have been longing for. I'm very picky about their dynamic, and this gets it just right, with Yon-Rogg's prickly arrogance and true-believer naivete contrasting with Carol's straight-shooting approach and willingness to think outside the box. The slow burn and the feelings are REALLY GOOD here, aided by several helpings of hurt/comfort. Ahhhhhh.

Anything Serious by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday
Nat/Tony, 1.5k. They start off FWB; it takes a decade or so and a few apocalypses to get them farther. This fic feels really economical in its use of words; not a one wasted.

space travel's in my blood by [archiveofourown.org profile] SkyRose
Valkyrie/Jane, 1k. The tale of Valkyrie traveling to Midgard, becoming King, and meeting Jane Foster. Nifty drabbles series following Valkyrie in the time since Ragnarok. A neat character study.

Beyond Boys by [archiveofourown.org profile] downjune
Pre-Bucky/Killmonger, 1k. What an intriguing pairing! And downjune's take on them both is so perfect, I want to quote every line. I love Killmonger's simmering rage and Bucky's wry chill.

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media consumed: non-horror edition

Books
The Outskirter's Secret by Rosemary Kirstein, the second book in the Steerswoman series. Holy crap, I have never read a series that improved so radically from one book to the next (possibly because I never tried again after the first book, but, you know). I loved absolutely everything about the Outskirts, I love all the details of Rowan and Bel's lives over the course of the book, and the big plotty/worldbuildy things continue to intrigue.

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Movies
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). A bunch of strangers congregate at a down-at-heels hotel on the California/Nevada border. LOL what the fuck was this? What was this movie even trying to do? After some deliberation, it feels to me like writer, director, and producer Drew Goddard (Buffy alum!) was trying to be Tarantino, but with less blood, in the sense of putting some characters together, taking a left turn halfway through, and ending up in this kind of nihilistic swamp of a climax. IDK man.

I enjoyed the Jeff Bridges character, and Cynthia Erivo was great as the would-be soul singer. I really liked their relationship. Jon Hamm was a kick in the pants, and I was sorry there wasn't more of him. Chris Hemsworth's violent cult leader character was the weak link, IMO; maybe I, like Darlene, am just bored with his type, or maybe Hemsworth didn't have the right charisma. Either way, there was no reason for the big final scene to go on as long as did. Sadism is not inherently interesting, people!

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MCU fics I have written

It's been a busy couple of weeks! First, I finished a little post-movie Talos/Soren fic that works with an idea I had basically as soon as I saw the movie. I had a lot of fun with the alien biology in this one. Also has lots of reunited family feels.

Home is Where You Find It (2001 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain Marvel (2019)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Soren/Talos (Marvel), Talos & Talos's Daughter (Marvel)
Characters: Talos (Marvel), Soren (Marvel), Talos's Daughter (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Mpreg, Post-Captain Marvel (2019), Nonnies Made Me Do It, Alien Biology
Summary:

Mila often seemed to feel Talos’s eyes on her, although she was still shy about approaching him. It was slow work, learning the preferences and moods and joy of this young person he’d carried for a few months once, long ago, and then never seen again. “She’s been asking for a sister for years,” Soren said softly.



And second, I wrote Bucky/Shuri political marriage with secretly-a-virgin!Bucky for Just Married. My recip only requested one freeform tag for this ship, so I knew right away what I was writing. The worldbuilding is all EXTREMELY pantsy, in the "flying by the seat of my pants" way, but I'm pretty happy with how the feelings turned out. Huge shoutout to LearnedFoot who helped me untangle a feelings snarling a third of the way in. <3

The Princess's Virgin Consort (7244 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Panther (2018)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Shuri
Characters: Shuri (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Black Panther Ensemble
Additional Tags: Political Marriage, First Time, Loss of Virginity, Secretly a Virgin, Post-Civil War (Marvel), Adult Shuri (Marvel), Extra Treat, Disabled Character
Summary:

In order to preserve Bucky's political asylum, Shuri is going to marry him and make him her prince consort. The fact that he's never "consorted" with anyone before is a minor detail.



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horror consumed

I have to do this now before my list gets any longer! I'm making this a horror-only post so that it's not TOO long.

Movies
The Perfection (2019). The previous darling of a prestigious cello academy meets its shining new star, both women. This was absolutely fucking bonkers and I LOVED IT. It's got incredibly fucked up canon femslash, and it's hot, grotesque, gorgeous, and operates on a completely OTT logic all its own. I confess to being a little sad that it didn't end up going in an eldritch horror direction (and it was SO CLOSE to doing so!!), but man I loved the whole thing anyway. I may request for Yuletide.

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The Ritual (2017). Four English schlubs goes go hiking in Sweden in memory of their mutual dead friend and get chased by a monster. I had this recced to me a lot, but it's literally just another story about a bunch of hikers and a monster. We even encounter the apparently inevitable monster-worshipping Swedish hillbillies. I was underwhelmed. I will grant that the monster's design is extremely cool, though.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016). A coroner (Brian Cox!) and his medical tech son (Emile Hirsch) try to determine the cause of death of a mysterious young woman. I wanted this to be a lot better than it was. Cox and Hirsch have good chemistry - very important when half your movie is basically a two-person narration of an autopsy! - and I was invested in their characters' relationship. The movie didn't take it anywhere interesting, though, and the supernatural end of things (helpfully spoiled for me by the Netflix genre tag) was underwhelming. I guess I'm just not into the "person unknowingly stumbles across the supernatural, suffers painfully" as a genre.

TV
Dark. I watched the first couple eps of this German-made Netflix original about... time shenanigans? They were very moody and atmospheric, which I liked. OTOH it felt really slow, and I wasn't invested in any of the characters. And then in episode three, Mikkel's whole situation just stressed me out, and I stopped watching. When I don't know what's going on with a story, sometimes I want to keep watching and find out, and other times I just feel like there's no reason for me to care. This show is definitely an example of the latter.

Prose
The Sick Land. This is a daily blog chronicling the activities of researcher Alex Case exploring the "Sick Land," a deeply strange, largely unknown, possibly unknowable region of land in an indeterminate location. Think the Shimmer from the Southern Reach books, but with less clearly-defined borders.

I read this because it was recced as cosmic horror and because I like fiction framed as documents/letters/journal entries. It did indeed have cosmic horror, but overall I wanted the writing to be a lot stronger and more vivid. It never specifies where the Sick Land is located, which meant I had no clues as to ecology, weather, etc except what the story itself gave me, and the story was really vague and avoided specificity. The journal entries also spend WAY too much time on dreams; probably 25-35% of the entries are just the researcher talking about what they dreamt the night before. Dreams are a hard sell in fiction! Deploy them sparingly!

I also wanted at least a few more crumbs about Alex Case. I assume the author had a reason for never identifying their gender, but that just left me feeling like I was missing part of who Alex was. In fairness, I also wanted to know a bunch of other things about Alex that I didn't get.

This makes it all sound like I hated it, but mostly I found it mediocre? It did have some nice instances of body horror, there's a great time loop sequence towards the end, and I enjoyed the series of revelations in the final fifth or so of the story (especially the source of the machinery). And I liked the end, even though I was a little confused by the thematic significance of how we got there. If you want a slow descent into madness and weirdness, you could do worse.

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Thursday Recs: your turn :)

For the first time since we started this, I don't have a recs post! Ideally I like to have at least two recs that are themed in some way, and I don't, today.

SO. Instead of me reccing things, I would like everyone who has recced a fic or fanwork today to drop a comment here with a link to your recs post! That way I can be sure to see them, and so can other people.

Edit: As of this evening, we now have recs here for:
The 100
A:tLA
GoT
Good Omens
Harry Potter
Leverage
LotR
MCU
Musician RPF
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Wars

You should check them out! And keep dropping your recs here for people to see. :))

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MCU recs #12

Another couple of weeks worth of MCU recs. Most of these have come from the recent spate of flash exchanges, which have been amazing for MCU fic. Also a lot of these were written for me. >.> Enjoy.

VID: Problem by Talitha78
Steve/Bucky circa TWS, with Bucky as Steve's problem girlfriend. :D :D :D

ART: Carol/Maria on a motorcycle by [tumblr.com profile] shipsicle - SFW

the thoroughbred, the hummingbird by [archiveofourown.org profile] seinmit
Steve/Bucky, 10k. Bucky has life grow around him, in the bluegrass, the bellies of the broodmares, and his own unruly body. Post-TWS, Bucky rediscovers himself, takes care of horses, and eventually realizes he has more in common with them than he thought. I'm a sucker of the entire "Bucky relearns to be a person" genre, but in addition this has a really rich prose style and also mpreg, aka my fave, which it explores via a fic-long extended metaphor that I was super into. Includes a teaser for the next fic in the series (not yet written), so skip the "post-credit epilogue" if you don't want a cliffhanger.

Not Malignant by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday
Stephen Strange/Wong, 2k. Stephen gets a magical pregnancy and then, much to his surprise, a relationship. This is low-key and sweet. I love all the small details of Stephen's pregnancy (his feelings about chairs are a highlight), and I also really enjoyed his friendship with Christine.

Blue Light Special by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio
Stephen Strange + Wong, 1k. In which Stephen discovers he has a rooftop garden and finds some peace there. This is sweet and quiet and lovely. I've discovered a weakness for gardens as therapy, and this is such a nice example, as Stephen brings his back to life one unmagical bag of fertilizer at a time.

there's nothing but blue skies by [archiveofourown.org profile] Meatball42
Steve/Tony, 600 words. Steve and Tony are stuck in a time loop in the Savage Lands, but only Tony knows about the time loop part. Brutally angsty. :D

Blueborn (Or: on how Loki, Crown Prince of Asgard, once again secured all your futures through humility and brilliant foresight. Attendance mandatory.) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Unforgotten
Thor/Heimdall, 1k. Thor needs to get married. Thankfully, Heimdall's willing. And then they produced an heir together. :') This is very sweet, and Loki kind of steals the show, even though he's barely in it.

Blues Skies for Miles by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio
Bereet/Nebula/Gamora, 2k. "We will never speak to the others of this," was the first coherent thing that Bereet heard, rasped in a growly voice from the scary blue lady. Bereet's first mating heat hits at a very inconvenient time; this fic is the aftermath. I am SO DELIGHTED fic for this ship exists, and this is so lovely. ;___; I love all the little character notes, and I am in awe of how sexy this fic is, considering it has no sex in it.

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Fic: various MCU

I've been writing things!

Clean Slant of Light
Thor/Heimdall, 1300 words. This is an extremely moody post-Ragnarok fic full of feeeelings about a blowjob by a roadside in the New Mexico desert, and I am really, really happy with it. I hadn't written any Thor/Heimdall in like a year, and it was time.

in the blue dark, waiting
Valkyrie, Thor, Hela gen, 300 words. Post-Ragnarok, kind of horror? Written for the Writing Rainbow: Blue flash exchange, where the title had to include the word blue. I'm not convinced the causal link between the first two drabbles and the last one is as clear as it needed to be, and tbh none of the drabbles are quite as razor-sharp as I wanted, but these things happen in flash exchanges.

The Sex Pollen Aftermath Blues
Nat/Tony, 900 words, mpreg. Also written for Writing Rainbow: Blue. I have avoided writing Tony forever because he intimidates the hell out of me, but it turns out mpreg is the carrot I need to write almost anything. I know you are all shocked. Anyway I'm moderately happy with how this turned out, and very pleased with the reception.

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Fic rec: Star Wars gen

Last week after posting, my "to rec" tag on Pinboard was down to THREE THINGS, and since then I've been busy with RL stuff and not reading fic, which is to say that I have only one rec this week, but it's really great!

(Reminder that all my fic recs can also be browsed on my Pinboard.)

Star Wars
Bunch of Mystic Mumbo-Jumbo by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday
Han + ensemble gen, 1.5k. In which Han is a force ghost. This is not very long but somehow manages to fit SO MUCH humor and SO MUCH heart into it. All the voices are pitch-perfect, and it will make you laugh and then BREAK YOUR HEART (but in the good way). Ahhhhh.

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media consumed

I'm halfway through the next Steerswoman book, but not finished yet, so for now we have only this.

Movies
Destination Wedding (2018). A "romantic comedy-drama" starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, playing two completely awful people who are guests to the same wedding. "Oh look," I said, "what an appealing cast." Friends, this was so bad. It was so, so bad. I think it cost about $10 to make, none of which went to the writer, the director, or the camera crew. I'm very fond of both of these actors, but this film did not play to either of their respectively narrow, possibly incompatible skill sets. The movie is almost entirely composed of them snarking with or sniping at each other in front of a static camera, and this is unfortunate because the script is rough to begin with and worse when attempted by these two. Also, content warning for some extremely transphobic remarks (have I mentioned what awful people they are?). In conclusion: AVOID, ABORT.

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AO3 fic annually by kudos

From [personal profile] owlmoose: "List your top fanfic on AO3 for every year, sorted by kudos."

2008: What Became of Marie La Fleur - Beauty and the Beast (1991), Belle + green sister friendship fic, in drabbles, written for my first Yuletide. This was one of those fics that win Yuletide, a feat I've never managed to repeat.

2009: Three Christmases with Miss Honey - Matilda by Roald Dahl, also for Yuletide, and my second most popular Yuletide fic ever.

2010: Little Red and the Big Bad - BtVS, Spike/Willow, written for [personal profile] rahirah, I think? The popularity of this one has always befuddled me; apparently there are way more Spike/Willow shippers out there than I realized.

2011: The Very Small Girl and the Monster - BtVS/Firefly crossover, River+Spike, written for [personal profile] lirazel.

2012: What Should Really, Really Never Be - SPN, gen-ish a/b/o fic set during the extremely meta 6.15 "French Mistake" episode, written as an anonymous serial for the SPN anon meme. Was my most-kudosed non-hockey fic for a number of years.

2013: Best Thing Going - SPN, Meg/Castiel 8.17 fix-it fic. Aww, it makes me happy that this is so high up.

2014: Base Notes - hockey RPF, Sid/Geno a/b/o. My first hockey fic and my most kudosed, even though I've written quite a lot of it since then. Written for [personal profile] downjune for Not Prime Time.

2015: Make Yourself at Home - hockey RPF, Sid/Geno bowerbird AU. Written for the first round of the S/G exchange.

2016: objects in the mirror - Stranger Things, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan. Written for Yuletide four months after the season came out, apparently cementing its place in the kudos standings forever.

2017: Thaw - hockey RPF, Sid/Geno low-key angst. Written for a round of Pens Monthly.

2018: Liminal - hockey RPF, Sid/Geno angsty horror-ish thing (with happy ending!). Written for the fourth round of the S/G exchange.

So far this year my most popular fic by a mile is an original works fic I wrote in a weekend - isn't that always how it goes? But I'll hold off on that for now and see what else the year brings.

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MCU recs post #11

Thursday recs! (It's already Thursday somewhere, right?) You guys, the exchange writers have been knocking it out of the park lately, because I have another FULL POST of MCU recs already, mostly but not all from either Multifandom Drabble or MCU Exchange. Brace yourselves. :D :D :D

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media consumed

Well, I am talking about books on reading Wednesday, but it's entirely by accident.

Books
Lent by Jo Walton. In the late 15th century, Girolamo Savonarola banishes demons, prophesies about the future of Florence as the city of God, and does all he can to make it so. I read this solely due to Marissa Lingen's review of it, because I was intrigued by the promise of a "spiral structure" and a book "interrogating/extending the natural conclusions of worldviews quite unlike your own." It turns out what Lingen means by a "spiral structure" is that it's a time loop story, which was not as novel a structure to me as I guess it is for Lingen, which, fair. She's probably read fewer Loki/Tony time loop romances than I have.

More crucially, for a book I was reading mainly for the worldbuilding, I felt like it left an awful lot of the worldbuilding out? spoilersCollapse )

I kind of feel like I just don't understand the point of this book.

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, novella by Margaret Killjoy. Danielle hitchhikes to an anarchist community to discover why her friend committed suicide and encounters a murderous spirit deer. I enjoyed this in terms of its themes of predator and prey, but a) I wanted it to be much longer, with much more time spent in the community, building relationships and developing the themes, before the final action gets going, and b) the ending made the whole book feel trite. Of all things, I was not expecting the book to end on a note of "now our queer anarchist friends group will fight supernatural crime!"

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein. A steerswoman (a woman who must truthfully answer all who ask her, and whose questions must be truthfully answered) investigates a mystery of her world. This was very bland. I liked the worldbuilding, and the "collective knowledge vs. knowledge controlled by a few" theme felt very timely, although this was written 30 years ago. I liked that Rowan almost immediately teams up with a warrior woman with a curious streak, because how often do you read SFF where the central characters are women who are not related, and this is neither remarked upon nor somehow made necessary by gender concerns of the plot?

OTOH, I really had a hard time getting emotionally invested in anyone or in the story. The characters all felt flat to me. Like, they had emotional concerns (especially the third character we eventually pick up along the way, a young teenage boy with a tragic backstory and a grudge), but I always felt distant from them. The book was also very cavalier about our main characters torturing and killing people. Considering how the book seems to present Rowan as this kind of morally flawless character, I wish at the very least it had gone into Steerswoman ethics regarding violence.

I'm interested in where the worldbuilding is going, though, and I have the second book already (it was an omnibus edition), so I will at least read the second in the series.

Movies
Insidious (2010). I watched this because I liked The Conjuring so much, also directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson, but I did not like this one much. The husband and wife dynamic felt less developed and was less appealing, the long, trippy astral projection sequence wasn't my thing at all (I am a REALLY hard sell on dream sequences and that kind of thing, and the weirder they are the harder a sell I am), and I did not enjoy the gotcha ending. A bust all around.

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Multifandom Drabble recs!

Multifandom Drabble might well be my very favorite fandom event of the year. It's so low-key, and it produces so much delicious bite-sized fic. It's also really fun to write for: all I need is one image or line of dialogue or idea.

Things I wrote - all Captain Marvel this time. I managed a treat for everyone who requested Captain Marvel! \o/ These are all 100 words.
somewhere out there - Maria/Minn-Erva post-movie
if you lived here - Carol & Yon-Rogg pre-movie
skin deep - Carol/Yon-Rogg post-movie
altitude - Carol/Maria wingfic

Things I received (and boy did I luck out!!!) These are all MCU and either drabbles or drabble series.
Revenant by [archiveofourown.org profile] thedevilchicken - Tony Stark/Stephen Strange, post-Endgame. Tony's resurrection is inconvenient. 500 words.
Ghost by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday - Tony Stark/Stephen Strange. Tony has a ghost problem, supposedly. 100 words.
Risk Management by [archiveofourown.org profile] Penknife - Tony Stark/Stephen Strange. Hurt/comfort. 500 words.
Watcher by [archiveofourown.org profile] Unforgotten - Heimdall/Thor. Heimdall steps into the world he's watched for so long. 100 words.
Clutch by [archiveofourown.org profile] lionessvalenti - Gamora & Nebula. Alien biology + past trauma. This is BRUTAL and GREAT. 100 words.
Still Breathing by [archiveofourown.org profile] runicmagitek - Carol/Valkyrie, slow burn vignettes. 1200 words.
Ravenous by [archiveofourown.org profile] madeinessos - Valkyrie/Hela, in happier, pre-canon times. 100 words.

Some other things I loved!
Dance Lessons by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio - Stranger Things, Steve + the kids. 100 words.
Kitchen Counters Can Be Lab Benches Too by [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin - MCU, Shuri + T'Chaka, precanon engineering adventures. 200 words.
Natasha's Blade by [archiveofourown.org profile] alexcat - MCU, Natasha/Tony, three liaisons. 300 words.
Pearls of Wisdom by [archiveofourown.org profile] madeinessos - MCU, Nakia/Ramonda D/s PWP, 🔥🔥🔥. 300 words.
Afternoon Delight by [archiveofourown.org profile] Meatball42 - MCU, Pepper/Tony PWP. 100 words.
permutations by [archiveofourown.org profile] copacet - MCU, Wanda+Pietro vs Thanos, three AUs. These really showcase what you can do with the form, IMO. 300 words.
Salute by [archiveofourown.org profile] saiditallbefore - MCU, Nat gen. Steve gives the SHIELD to Nat. 500 words.
Play Among the Stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] Muccamukk - MCU, Rhodey/Tony. Rhodey wants to be an astronaut; Tony convinces him to want other things. 300 words.

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Thursday recs: PotC, Jeeves

(ICYMI, Reccing Thursday is a new initiative some other folks and I are trying out. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: today, here or elsewhere on your social media, rec a fanwork or two. A new discovery? An old favorite? Anything goes! And if you're up for it, maybe mention you're doing it for Reccing Thursday. We'd love to have more people join us!)

Today's theme is "historical m/m." :D

Pirates of the Caribbean
Between Wind and Water by [archiveofourown.org profile] rexluscus
James Norrington/Jack Sparrow, 90k. AU after the first movie. [A]n experiment in dropping POTC characters into an actual historical event: the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in 1741. James Norrington is having a very bad couple of years; it is not immediately obvious how Jack Sparrow could possibly be the solution to any of his problems, and yet. This was such a satisfying read. I loved how grounded in historical detail it was, but I also enjoyed, as the fic has it tagged, all "Norrington's wet ugly messy embarrassing feelings" about his place in the world. He's trying so hard. ;__; And the slow burn was great, too! Everything was great. A really enjoyable 90k to settle into and stay awhile.

Jeeves - PG Wodehouse
Jeeves and the Tarte aux Pommes by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe
Jeeves/Wooster, 8k. Bertie decides to become a man worthy of Jeeves' approval (and affection). Here is some utterly delightful mutual pining for your Thursday. SUCH delicious pining! The glorious reveal! I feel like often after the mutual pining is revealed, stories tend to jump straight to happiness and kissing and sex, and I love that here Jeeves has to spend some time processing and having feelings before he's ready to get on with the activity that Bertie is clearly already on board for.

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The Art of Captain Marvel: miscellaneous

All right, these are the last of my photos and excerpts! This is a hodgepodge of stuff on the Supreme Intelligence and Earth bits and pieces. Remember you can find the rest of the entries here. Hope you enjoyed! FWIW, I got this book from my local library, so if you'd like to browse at your leisure, you might try your library system first.

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Fic: Hardware and Software

I wrote a short fic for the recent Iron Triangle flash exchange, which matched ONLY on AO3 canonical freeform tags, not fandoms or characters. My recip wanted f/f sibling incest, and it so happens I have a go-to pairing for that. ;) I was glad for the excuse to write more Gamora/Nebula - it's been a while.

Hardware and Software (1404 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gamora/Nebula (Marvel)
Characters: Nebula (Marvel), Gamora (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Femslash, Sibling Incest, Complicated Relationships, On the Run, Rough Kissing, Pre-Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Injury, Body Modification, Canon-Typical Violence
Summary:

Gamora was weak at first. Confused. That’s what happened when you got a neural implant, in Nebula’s experience, which of course Gamora had none of, because this had never happened to her before.



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The Art of Captain Marvel: Skrulls

If the page count in this book is proportional to the amount of time the design team spent on various aspects of the movie, then they spent a long fucking time on the Skrulls. Seriously, if you want twenty or thirty pages of variant Skrull designs, then you definitely want to get your hands on this book. I found it kind of dull after the first 3-4 pages, so I did a lot of flipping.

However, there were also some pages devoted to Skrull worldbuilding, which is much more my speed and most of what I have in this post. One more post after this!

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The Art of Captain Marvel: Starforce

Some more excerpts and photos from The Art of Captain Marvel! I'm collecting them all in this tag. I've got maybe two more posts to come after this one - one on the Skrulls, and the other a collection of miscellaneous.(Again, apologies for glare in the photos.)

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hockey recs #27

Some Thursday recs for your fourth of July. I don't read that actively in hockey fandom anymore, so this trio of recs is a real hodgepodge. Also, just a reminder that all my recs may also be found on my Pinboard, which you can do a little bit of filtering/searching on.

ART: Waiting Game by [archiveofourown.org profile] only_blue
Sid/Geno, NSFW. A whole collection of art pieces hinting at a very intriguing story involving werewolves, tattoos, and hockey. I really love this artist's style.

Wants and Needs by [archiveofourown.org profile] saintroux
Sid/Geno, 20k. Inconveniently, Geno's going into heat just before Worlds, and to his surprise, Sid flies to Slovakia to help him out. This is a/b/o with just the right ratio of heat porn to crunchy feelings. Very satisfying.

the other thing by [archiveofourown.org profile] cornfields
Benn/Seguin, 27k for series. Tyler is definitely not gay; he just fucks men sometimes. Somehow I have never recced this two-part series before, but it's a really emotionally devastating portrait of internalized homophobia, with some hope at the end.

lay all your love on me by [archiveofourown.org profile] girlmarauders
McDavid/Strome, 5k. Captains who don't make it to the playoffs have to spend the first part of their offseason incubating eggs. This is the delicious absolutely fucking absurd porn entry of the recs post, and omg it so good. It is every fucking thing I want in oviposition porn + belly kink aftermath. If you like those things, you will love this.

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Dear AUex Creator

Dear Creator,

Thank you so much for making something for me! I’ve never done AUex before, but I’m very excited to see what you create for me. Most of all I hope you have fun, because these prompts are just crying out for fun/weird/bonkers interpretations. I really look forward to seeing where you take them!

My prompts here mostly fall into two camps: canon divergence and weird canon element mashups. I’m really interested in worldbuilding and how these changes to canon affect not only the people most directly involved but also the characters on the edges. I LOVE high-concept stuff that takes canon in a new, weird direction, and I love seeing how the events of canon diverge with those new elements. I also would love fic where the new, different world means people meet each other at different times and places in their lives than in canon (or maybe at all, if they never met in canon). Give me all those butterfly effects!!

Also feel free to mix prompts within a request, or use more than one from the same request. For example, if you see Dr. Strange prompts you like, feel free to draw inspiration from both if you want.

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The Art of Captain Marvel: Hala

I’ve been working my way through The Art of Captain Marvel, the big coffee table art book with text by Eleni Roussos, and oh my gosh you guys, it is CHOCK FULL of incredible design and worldbuilding detail, and a lot of great character commentary as well. I’m not going to take this as canon, because to me canon is what’s in the text and only that, but boy this book fills in a lot of holes in terms of what Kree culture is like, who the Starforce team is and how the members interact with each other, Skrull cultural aesthetic and design principles, and other goodies, and I will definitely be adopting a bunch of it into my personal headcanon immediately (and then discard everything I don’t want, lol).

I’ve taken a few photos and transcribed a bunch of text, and I’m going to be spreading it out over a couple of posts, with some commentary, because I can’t help myself. Apologies for the glare on the photos.

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MCU hang-out spots

This is just a couple of reminders for MCU communities I run. First, [community profile] mcu_cosmic is a comm for the cosmic MCU (mostly focused on the Thor movies, the GotG movies, and Captain Marvel). We have weekly discussion and recs post, and people are always welcome to link their meta, fic, and recs.

Second, I run Road to Knowhere, an 18+ discord for all things MCU, all kinks and ships welcome. We're a chill and multi-shippy bunch, and new members are always welcome.

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MCU recs post #10

(ICYMI, Reccing Thursday is a new initiative some other folks and I are trying out. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: today, here or elsewhere on your social media, rec a fanwork or two. A new discovery? An old favorite? Anything goes! And if you're up for it, maybe mention you're doing it for Reccing Thursday. We'd love to have more people join us!)

My MCU recs this time are mostly cosmic, mostly femslash, courtesy of the Marvel Femslash exchange. :D

ART: GotG paintings by [tumblr.com profile] wisenail - SFW, rich and beautiful style

ART: Carol, Valkyrie, and disguised Thor by [twitter.com profile] PapurrCat - SFW, funny, and both of the women are 🔥.

VID: Half Acre by [archiveofourown.org profile] aurumcalendula
Captain Marvel vid. The first Captain Marvel vid I've seen, but I very much hope not the last. :D

dead come to life by [archiveofourown.org profile] saiditallbefore
Carol/Maria Rambeau, 2k. This is a soulmark AU, with a neat perspective, since Carol doesn't remember the source of hers. Good feelings, angsty worldbuilding.

fast, thorough, sharp as a tack by [archiveofourown.org profile] gsparkle
Natasha/Maria Hill, 3.5k. Natasha and Maria end up in a competition of sorts. This is just fun. I love the humor, the playful yet intense vibe between them and how Nat's caught in this delicious uncertainty of "do I want to be her or do her?"

Lost Things by [archiveofourown.org profile] thedevilchicken
Valkyrie/Gamora, 1k. Gamora comes to Sakaar to find something. Scrapper 142 offers to help. Low-key, hot, with really nice character notes for both of them.

Heart for a Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday
Hela/Valkyrie, 1k. Valkyrie, during and after (and during?) Hela. I love the kind of poetic stop-and-start nature of this fic, how we dip our toes into all these different streams of Valkyrie's thoughts.

Little Sparrow Bones by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe
Nebula/Gamora, 2k. Nebula and Gamora engage in a little sisterly breathplay, for purely utilitarian purposes. Deliciously fucked up. :D

There's Mess by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe
Carol/Minn-Erva, 3k. Post-movie, Carol realizes Minn-Erva has been following her. Sex ensues. I'm a little biased since this gift was for me <3, but the voices in this are A++ and the sex is very hot.

Bad Ideas by [archiveofourown.org profile] Unforgotten
Bucky/Loki, 6k. Loki arrives unexpectedly in Wakanda with amnesia. What a great/terrible premise. I would read so many more fics of Loki losing his memory at various points in his history – SO much potential for angst. Anyway this is very fun, and I like the outside perspective of Loki and his even-copious feelings.

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MCU OT3s

As a follow-up on yesterday's stats post about explicit fic in the MCU, I went and dug up info about all the most popular MCU OT3s/threesomes. Unlike yesterday's, these numbers aren't filtered for otp:true, because a lot of A/B/C fics are also tagged with A/B or B/C or sometimes all three pairings, in addition to being tagged A/B/C, and I didn't want to lose those. So these are just the total works for the ships.

Even with that in mind, wow, people are a LOT more likely to write porn for these than for your average two-person ship.

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That is a lot of ships that are over 40% porn! Loki/Steve/Tony takes the cake, with a whopping 58%, but it's a pretty small ship; for ships with over 100 fics, Steve/Bucky/Rumlow wins, probably unsurprisingly. On the other end of things, wow, Tony/Pepper/Strange and Clint/Laura/Nat.

Honestly, I was mostly curious about what the big OT3s were in the first place. A LOT of Bucky/Steve/third ships, unsurprisingly. I'm kind of interested in both Tony/Pepper/Rhodey and Tony/Pepper/Bruce and will probably go investigate those. *eyes*

PLEASE NOTE that it is extremely likely I've missed some ships that have enough fics to be in that list. There's no good process for finding ships of three or more people on AO3; I basically messed around a lot with exclusions + the "Threesome" tag. I would love suggestions for other ships that have at least 30 fics!

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Explicit fic in MCU fandom

Today was another of those Play With Stats days. I got curious about the distribution of explicit fic in the MCU and how it broke down by ship and ship category (m/m, f/f, het). Several hours later, I know a lot more about the popular MCU ships than I did before, and also I have a bunch of intriguing numbers to share behind the cut!

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various fannish musings

* [archiveofourown.org profile] destinationtoast just posted a big collection of AO3 femslash stats, with a link to a similar collection of stats from 2016. I'm always a sucker for stats, so of course I love these.

* I've completed three exchanges this year. In Chocolate Box, I wrote an assignment I was very happy with and also three treats. In Unusual Bearings and Marvel Femslash, I wrote a fairly long fic for each of my assignments (and also wrote an insubstantial last-min treat for Marvel Femslash, but that's kind of beside the point). My experiences here have some things in common: I'm really happy with how all three exchanges went, and I put a LOT of work into all three exchanges, although that work wasn't always distributed in the same way. But as a result, those exchanges all wore me out, and it was a very good thing there was lots of time between them!

Back in my 2018 year-end post, one of my goals for 2019 was "DO FEWER EXCHANGES and write more treats in the ones I do sign up for." But I don't think just writing treats is the answer; the answer is that I like to have a few exchanges that I make into big events. This is why "You only have to write 1000 words!" is a lie. I don't want to write just 1000 words! I'm not happy if I only write 1000 words! In fact I often find exchanges where I'm only trying to do the minimum way more stressful than exchanges where I'm all in. I can't do them by half-measures, I guess.

Meanwhile, I've defaulted on one exchange this year that was going to be exactly that kind of "Just do the minimum, self!!" exchange, and I've signed up and then deleted my signups for several more. Currently I'm signed up for two: Multifandom Drabble, which I might actually manage to write only the one drabble for and feel fine abou) and Just Married, which I think I might also feel okay about just writing the one assignment, which shouldn't be extremely long. I'm considering AUex, but otherwise my big exchange plan for the second half of the year is Trick or Treat, which is months away.

So going forward, again, I need to plan on doing a handful of exchanges and putting a lot into each one. Self-knowledge, right?

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video games played

I'm not usually much of a gamer; I tell people that I have enough obsessions already without adding a whole new medium. But I got a miserable cold two weeks ago and am still not fully recovered, and video games have had exactly the degree of engagement I've needed without actually requiring any energy.

I don't actually know very much about video games, though - my most recent gaming-specific device is a Game Boy Color, which I still play occasionally - so I may be misusing some of the jargon below.

Long Live the Queen. This is a... text game, I guess? Where you educate this young queen-to-be by telling her what classes to take, and story happens depending on the choices you've made. I got this ages ago because someone was requesting femslash for Yuletide. I can't say I got any ships out of it, but it's kind of addictive, with tons of different story outcomes I haven't hit yet (partly because I persist in making a lot of the same choices every time even though that is very much not the point!). I did win once, though - which means I got Elodie all the way to her coronation, alive - which I am quite pleased with.

The Last Door (episodes 1-4). A pixel art point-and-click mystery game with a strong Lovecraftian vibe, set in the UK in Victorian times. I very much enjoyed the art and I liked the first episode a lot, but as the story progressed, the worldbuilding became increasingly incoherent. The climax of episode 3 was just pure silliness, with no thematic resonance with the imagery that had been built up before, which IMO is deadly when coherence of imagery is the only logic tying any of your plot together. I probably will not continue.

Rusty Lake Hotel. A point-and-click puzzle game where the objective is to murder various anthropomorphized animals (dressed in waistcoats) in fairly gory ways in order to serve them to the other hotel guests, an objective which was not at all clear to me from the game description. I quite liked the puzzle aspect, but the combo of surreality and violence really did not do anything for me. I probably won't continue this series, either.

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Reccing Thursday - Spiderverse, PoI, Goon

(ICYMI, Reccing Thursday is a new initiative some other folks and I are trying out. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: today, here or elsewhere on your social media, rec a fanwork or two. A new discovery? An old favorite? Anything goes! And if you're up for it, maybe mention you're doing it for Reccing Thursday. We'd love to have more people join us!)

This week's recs are an utter hodgepodge of fic for *checks notes* canons that are TV or movies? Possibly but not necessarily live-action? Sure, we'll go with it.

Into the Spiderverse: Tiny Stitches, Done by Hand by [archiveofourown.org profile] letters_of_stars. 25k, gen. Peter B gets stuck in Miles's world and sits around waiting to die. Spoiler, he does not die, but he does have FIVE MILLION FEELINGS and maybe some personal revelations. Peter B was absolutely my favorite character in the movie, and it's great to just wallow in his feelings and wry perspective for a while.

Person of Interest: Darkness Its Own Kingdom by [archiveofourown.org profile] PhoenixFalls. John/Zoe, 3k. Post-show fic where Zoe lets herself into her condo in the middle of the night and John is there, and they have comfort sex and a lot of feelings and it's very fraught and tender.

Goon (2011): Prochaines Règles by [archiveofourown.org profile] febricant. Eva/Doug/Xavier, 12k. This is the story of them building a life together, and it's so sweet and quiet and lovely. I especially appreciate Xavier's POV as he's stumbling into this thing with them while not being sure how he fits, but really all the sections are so nice.

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Media Consumed

Movies
Pulp Fiction (1994). NGL, 80% of the reason I finally watched this was because I was trying to decide whether or not to splurge for this Captain Marvel t-shirt. Anyway, I... don't regret seeing it? The ratio of Travolta to Samuel L. Jackson was a lot higher than I expected or wanted, but we survived. I appreciated how it was in no hurry to get to wherever it was getting to next. I think I liked the bookending SLJ+Travolta story the best. (Tim Roth!) The back half of the Bruce Willis storyline was also A Trip.

Snatch (2000). I was sick and in the mood to watch awful men do awful things in a purportedly entertaining way, I guess, because I watched this next. It was a bad life choice. I did enjoy Brad Pitt a lot in it, and Benicio del Toro for the brief time he was on screen, and I enjoyed how since it was set in London, the acquisition of even a single handgun was a major preoccupation for several different major characters. But overall it was bad.

Games
Gone Home. Three years after I bought this, I finally finished it! I enjoyed the general "spooky house in the 90s" vibe a lot, and the canon f/f romance was very sweet. OTOH the game turned out to have a LOT less to do with conspiracy theories and a weird old uncle than I expected from the first hour or so of gameplay, and I still want to play the game that I thought it was going to be.

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FIC: Marvel Femslash by me!

I wrote two fics for the Marvel Femslash exchange, and I am excited to finally get to talk about them! I have some recs coming too, but I think I'm going to bundle them all together for Reccing Thursday.

First, my assignment, which I am really freaking proud of. I set out to write one scene of Minn-Erva/Nebula sparring that leads to sex, and then it kept growing to something much more ambitious than I intended to write. It's got porn! An emotional arc! A big late-game reveal! I've been feeling uncertain about my ability to write long things that aren't RPF, and then this fic just kind of... happened. I'm really grateful for [personal profile] lucymonster, whose requests were like my dream assignment and gave me free rein to write as much messy angst as my heart desired.

The Good of All Kree (6604 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain Marvel (2019), Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Minn-Erva/Nebula
Characters: Minn-Erva (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Pre-Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Angst, First Time, Fighting As Foreplay, Rough Sex, Painful Orgasm, (Past) Non-Consensual Body Modification, Past Minn-Erva/Proxima Midnight, Vaginal Fingering, Disillusionment, Hopeful Ending, Minn-Erva Lives
Summary:

When Thanos and Ronan and Sanctuary itself get to be too much, Minn-Erva retreats to the training room in the ship's bowels. The thing is, Nebula's always there, too.



And this was a treat! I really wanted to write, like, four treats, but it didn't quite happen. Anyway, this is a different take on Valkyrie than I've tried before, leaning more into the humor of her character. I think it worked? I also got to write the Grandmaster again, and he is just really fun. :D
Three Objectives (2041 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Thor (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Brunnhilde | Valkyrie/Gamora (Marvel)
Characters: Brunnhilde | Valkyrie (Marvel), Gamora (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Pre-Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Cunnilingus, Sakaar (Marvel)
Summary:

“You know what I like best after a good brawl?”

“What?” Gamora said, her voice flat with disinterest.

“Guess.” 142 raised her eyebrows, and then she gave Gamora a looking-over, in case the eyebrows failed to properly communicate her intentions.



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Thursday recs: Lord of the Rings

Somehow I have not one but two?? Legolas/Gimli fic recs in the queue, even though I would say I never read this fandom.

A Road Bright and Swift by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dorinda
16k. This is post-canon getting-together with a near-drowning in the middle and Legolas being entirely unprepared to deal with his feelings, and it is so gorgeously written, oh my gosh. Just all these beautiful moments being described, one after the other.

Knowledge and Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] Flamebyrd
30k. College AU, of a sort. Per the author: The university in this story is heavily inspired by Oxford, but not entirely accurate to it (now or in the past). The setting is similarly heavily inspired by 1930s England, but not entirely accurate to it. The world is heavily inspired by Tolkien's Middle-Earth, but... you get the picture. I'm super not into mundane modern-day college AUs, but it turns out I feel very differently when everyone retains their race from canon, and there's little worldbuilding tidbits like Legolas trying to coax Thranduil into installing a telephone in the Greenwood. I just enjoyed the whole world immensely, as well as all the clever transpositions of Tolkein's events and character beats.

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FIC: Black Panther and Person of Interest

So in addition to reading a bunch of fics for We Die Like Fen, I also wrote a couple of things as treats.

Black Panther: The Way Forward, Nakia/T'Challa/Erik, 1k. Post-movie, T'Challa, Nakia, and Erik in negotiations for a political marriage. I had never thought of this ship before in my life until I ran across it in the requests, and honestly I don't know WHY I didn't think of it? I've always had a little trouble with shipping T'Challa/Erik because they just seem like sort of a fundamentally unstable dynamic to me, but somehow adding Nakia to the mix changes everything for me. Anyway, this fic needs like 10-20k and I only had time to write 1k. More could be coming at some point? tbd.

Person of Interest: The Most of It, Reese/Finch, 900 words. LOL have I mentioned I have a kink sock? Here it is. I wrote this silly, shameless oviposition/belly kink porn in 40 minutes, for the first and possibly last PoI fic of my career. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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MCU Recs Post #9

Edit: If you tried clicking on some of these and didn't get anywhere, try again. For some reason when I pasted the links, random blank spaces got inserted into the addresses? Who even knows.

Moar MCU recs for Reccing Thursday! It's just been a very busy couple of weeks on the MCU fic-reading front. And next week might also be MCU themed, because the Marvel Femslash collection is opening this weekend. <3__<3

This time I've got some art, some femslash, some Valkyrie, some Carol Danvers, some Bucky, and other assorted oddments.

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Reccing Thursday

It's Thursday again! Here are some recs. This week's theme appears to be "age difference het."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Even the Deepest Scars by [archiveofourown.org profile] cookiegirl
Wishverse Buffy/Giles, 16k. In an altered Wishverse, Buffy survives and Giles has the chance to get to know the Slayer who was once supposed to be his. But showing Buffy that she doesn't need to be alone isn't easy. This is kind of more pre-het, but it's great to see a fic that really digs into the person Buffy has become in the Wishverse and how she got there, and her and Giles's respective relationships with the Watchers is also really interesting.

The Hunger Games
To the Victor, the Spoil by [archiveofourown.org profile] annakovsky
Katniss/Haymitch, 13k. No berries, no mockingjay, no rebellion. Katniss killed Peeta in the arena, and now she has to live with herself like every other victor. This "us against a crapsack world" stuff is absolutely MY JAM. Features, among other things, Katniss having sex with Haymitch so her first time with someone she can choose, before she gets lent out to every rich pervert in the capital. Good angsty feels.

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